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For the past few years (and arguably the decades which preceded them), the impact of British directors, writers and actors in Hollywood has been hard to ignore. However, there are also a number of filmmakers who have found great success both critically and commercially with movies made and based in the UK.
This success hasn’t escaped the attention of studio bosses in Hollywood, and many of the directors in particular are now making the leap from low budget fare to movies with budgets of $100 million or more. Here, we count down just six of the best British directors you should be keeping an eye on over the next year.
As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts on these selections, so be sure to let us know what you think below.
6. Joe Cornish
- Josh Wilding
With Chronicle director Josh Trank's The Fantastic Four gearing up to go into production, Deadline is reporting that 20th Century Fox will take the first step in merging its Marvel properties with the upcoming reboot, with the site revealing that X-Men veteran Hugh Jackman will appear in a brief cameo role in the film as the adamantium clawed Logan.
According to the report, Jackman - who will next be seen as Wolverine in May's X-Men: Days of Future Past - has signed a new three film deal with Fox, which also includes 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse and the recently announced sequel to The Wolverine, which is set to hit in 2017. This third solo movie will mark Jackman's Tenth appearance as the fan favourite mutant, having been an ever-present in Fox's X-Men franchise since the first film in 2000.
The Fantastic Four is set for release on June 19th 2015, with a cast »
- Gary Collinson
The great cast of Ant-man keeps on growing and today they have the addition of Corey Stoll, star of House Of Cards, The Bourne Legacy, Non-stop, Midnight In Paris and a whole lot more. Although he’s currently ‘in talks’ it does seem set that he’ll join Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd and the other list of hopefuls that include Patrick Wilson, Michael Pena and Evangeline Lilly.
What’s interesting about the cast here is that many of them straddle that good/bad divide, so it seems Wright is looking to cast people who could be working for either side of the metaphorical angelic or evil that we’ll surely encounter.
The Brit director has co-written the film with Joe Cornish, the man who gave us the underrated Attack The Block and the pair also worked together on The Adventures Of Tintin. for those who don’t know, Ant-man is about a biochemist called Dr. »
- Dan Bullock
Andy Serkis, best known for playing Gollum in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is going to direct a live action adaptation of The Jungle Book. It remains unclear if Serkis will take part in the film after previous director Alejandro González Iñárritu had to step down due to scheduling conflicts.
This is a new setback for Warner Bros’ version of the story that will compete against Disney for The Jungle Book live action adaptation. Jon Favreau will direct Disney version, starring Idris Elba as the man-eating tiger “Sher Khan”.
This will be Serkis first feature as director, recently he directed the second unit on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movies. Serkis posses a vast knowledge an expertise working with projects whose visuals merge CG and motion capture elements. Serkis has a plethora of motion capture experience, having worked on Peter Jackson’s King Kong, Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin »
- Hector E Rivas
It’s been over two years since the release of The Adventures of Tintin, the very successful adaptation of the comic book series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé, which was produced by Peter Jackson and directed by Steven Spielberg. Seeing as the film was a critical success with nearly $400 million at the worldwide box office, a sequel was always in the works with Jackson and Spielberg trading roles. But since the release of the original in December of 2011, we haven’t heard much talk about the follow-up. Now, it appears as if things may be moving forward with news that a completed script for a Tintin sequel is ready and just waiting for Jackson.
In a conversation with the Daily Mail, prolific English novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz (Alex Rider, Foyle’s War) mentioned his work on The Adventures of Tintin. “I’ve just finished writing the new Tintin film for Steven Spielberg, »
- Adam A. Donaldson
Things have been pretty quiet around the fate of "The Adventures Of Tintin," the franchise with the combined powers of Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson behind it, and of course, one of the most popular comic characters of all time. But it has been three years since 'Tintin,' and those initial plans of a Christmas 2014 or summer 2015 release for the next chapter certainly won't be bearing out. But movement does continue to happen and one more major step in getting things rolling has been taken. Speaking with the Daily Mail, novelist and screenwriter Antony Horowtiz provided an update on the his work on the sequel, the tentatively titled "The Adventures Of Tintin: Prisoners Of The Sun." "I’ve just finished writing the new Tintin film for Steven Spielberg," he revealed. And that's it. (And note, Spielberg is a producer on the movie, and directed the first installment). And this »
- Kevin Jagernauth
British comedian turned filmmaker Joe Cornish has signed on to direct Section 6, Universal's upcoming spy thriller that delves into the creation of the British intelligence agency MI6 during the First World War.
Cornish made his directorial debut in 2011 with Attack the Block, and has also served as co-writer on The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and Ant-Man with Edgar Wright. Recently, he'd been mentioned amongst the candidates to helm Star Trek 3 after the departure of J.J. Abrams.
- Gary Collinson
Joe Cornish made quite a splash in 2011 with his debut directorial effort Attack the Block. And he’s kept busy since, co-writing Ant-Man and The Adventures of Tintin with Edgar Wright. But it’s only now that he’s getting around to making a decision on his next directing gig. Universal has tapped Cornish to direct Section […]
The post Joe Cornish to Direct MI6 Thriller ‘Section 6′ appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Comedian/ writer turned film director Joe Cornish found success with the superb British horror comedy Attack The Block a couple of years ago, as well as with co-writing duties on films like The Adventures Of Tintin and the upcoming Ant-man. Now it looks like he will return to the directors chair to helm a new British spy movie revolving around MI6. The film is titled Section 6, and is apparently one of the hottest scripts around town after appearing at the top of the Blacklist.
The film is officially described as ‘an exploration of the formation of Great Britain’s secret intelligence agencey, Military Intelligence, Section 6, known more commonly as MI6.
Aaron Berg wrote said script. The project is housed over at Universal.
Source: The Wrap »
- Paul Heath
Now that we know who's set to play Marvel's First Family in Fox's upcoming reboot The Fantastic Four, attention is shifting towards the villain of the piece, with The Wrap revealing that four actors remain on the shortlist for the role of the ruthless Latverian ruler Doctor Doom.
According to the site, Fox and director Josh Trank (Chronicle) are looking at Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans) and Sam Riley (Control) for the part of Victor Von Doom, who was played by Julian McMahon in Fantastic Four and its sequel Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
Who would you like to see taking on the role of Doctor Doom? Let us know in the comments below or head on over to The Flickering Myth Forum...
- Gary Collinson
Although Fox and director Josh Trank are yet to officially confirm the recent casting news on the upcoming reboot of The Fantastic Four, it's been the worst kept secret in Hollywood for the past few months that the film will reunite Trank with his Chronicle star Michael B. Jordan, who is set to play Johnny Storm, a.k.a. The Human Torch. Of course, that means a change of race for the Torch - a decision which hasn't sat right with many fans of Marvel's First Family. Well, Jordan has now addressed the criticism towards his casting during an interview with Cinefilos (via Cbm)...
"It was expected. You kinda know going into it that people are used to seeing something one way, it's a continuity thing more than anything. People don't like change too much. But annoyed? Eh, you just kinda accept it, it is what it is. You can't make everybody happy. »
- Gary Collinson
There are people to whom the rules don't apply, and one of them, at least in the cinematic realm, is Steven Spielberg. Oh, he wants to remake one of the all time great classic films and musicals? As far as 20th Century Fox is concerned, he can go right ahead. Deadline reports that honchos at Fox have removed the Hands Off, Keep Away tape from Robert Wise's "West Side Story," because Spielberg "is interested in making it." That's it. For all we know, he could've said, "Yeah, huh, that might be neat" and here we are. It's certainly worth pondering especially since the usually prolific Spielberg is currently in project limbo, with "Robopocalypse" on hold, and other projects such as "Montezuma" and the continually promised "The Adventures Of Tintin" percolating potentially in the background. One thing in favor of "West Wide Story" is that Spielberg has never really done a musical, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
We're still yet to get official confirmation from 20th Century Fox as to the cast (even though it seems all but assured at this point), but with The Fantastic Four gearing up to go into production this month, producer Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) has spoken briefly about the reboot to Empire, during which he made sure to distance it from Fox's previous Ff movies.
"It’s a total reboot. It’s got nothing to with the other bloody ones," said Vaughn, referring to Fantastic Four and Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, both of which starred Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis as Marvel's First Family. "It’s not a stretchy guy and a guy running around in rock that looks like it’s made of polystyrene. And it’s not a comedy."
Let's hope that they do stick with some of the source material, »
- Gary Collinson
If you are a movie watcher of any intensity, chances are you have heard many musical scores from the great John Williams, who is most famous for his scores for the films of Steven Spielberg and for the Star Wars franchise. Many of his themes have become iconic in popular culture, from the majestic theme for Superman to the imposing Imperial March for Darth Vader.
Film music has a way of conjuring up powerful memories of the movies from which it originates. Someone listening to a longing French horn playing the Force theme and building to a powerful crescendo will instantly picture the binary sunset on Tatooine from Star Wars. The soaring flying theme from E.T. will summon an image of a bicycle flying across the moon, or a simple, but ominous, two note stab instantly inspires anxiety in people as they picture a shark fin protruding from the water. »
- Daniel Rafacz
To measure how much things have changed on the Iranian film scene with the election of moderate president Hassan Rouhani in June, one need only look at some of the activity at the recent Fajr Film Festival and market. Movies like “Tales,” a drama by about economic hardship, which had been banned since 2011, screened at the fest. And London-based Harry/Amir, a partnership between two young producers, Brit Harry Amies and Iranian Amir Rezazadeh, was looking to bring Western productions into Iran.
Iranian film production is booming, said producer Mohammad Attebai, who cited an official report stating that 170 features are in the pipeline in 2014, more than twice as many as last year. More significantly, almost half of these pics are by first-time directors whose pent-up rage over the disputed 2009 election pushed them to make movies, he said.
Yet while Iranian filmmakers are feeling a real difference in the political climate, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Edgar Wright and Marvel Studios have already signed three great actors to star in the upcoming superhero flick Ant-Man, but apparently that just isn't enough, because today they've added a fourth. According to sources at Variety, Patrick Wilson is now in talks for what the trade calls "the last major role" in the movie. Based on a script by Wright and The Adventures of Tintin co-writer Joe Cornish, Ant-Man is set to star both Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd as the titular hero, with Douglas playing Dr. Henry Pym, the discoverer of Pym Particles and the original Ant-Man, and Rudd playing Scott Lang, a desperate criminal who winds up stealing the Ant-Man suit. The story is said to be a caper of sorts that will eventually see both Douglas and Rudd teaming up for a job. Evangeline Lilly is reportedly attached to play the movie's lead female role, but it's »
One of the most Our Kind of Shows-friendly networks, The CW, has done us a few more favors, bless ‘em. They’ve given us not only the dates for the season finales of all Our Kind of Shows that they broadcast – that’s Arrow, The Tomorrow People, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Star-Crossed, and The 100 – but tacked on a new one as a bonus!
Well, it’s not a new series, but Labyrinth is a four-hour miniseries, and it stars so many familiar faces. The War Doctor! The Winter Soldier! Draco Malfoy! Defiance‘s Datak Tarr! Winter’s Tale‘s Beverly! More info about that below, along with the season finale dates and times. The SciFi Mafia Calendar (see the Calendar tab above) has also been updated.
- Erin Willard
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Batman vs. Superman, Gotham, Arrow, Constantine, Son of Batman, Teen Titans Go! and more...
Well, they sure made us wait, but this week Marvel Studios gave us our first look at August's cosmic superhero adventure Guardians of the Galaxy, and boy did they deliver, with the reveal of the first trailer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! leading to what's been described as a "social media smash", with more mentions in the first 12 hours across Facebook and Twitter following its release than Man of Steel managed in 24 hours. The fun got underway on Monday with the arrival »
- Gary Collinson
Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara have confirmed that they are set to star in the Fantastic Four reboot as Johnny Storm (Human Torch) and Sue Storm (Invisible Girl), while rumors spread that Jamie Bell and Miles Teller will also star.
Michael B. Jordan And Kate Mara Confirmed
Josh Trank will direct the reboot, which would take place completely separately from the two previous Fantastic Four films. Trank recently made a splash in Hollywood with his film Chronicle. Chronicle was also a superhero film and also stared Jordan in a principal role. The movie was made on an incredibly low budget and blew critics away with it’s innovative use of camera tricks and lack of CGI effects. Chronicle certainly provided a different kind of superhero movie, setting itself apart from bigger Marvel franchises like Thor and Iron Man. Trank, a writer-director, will also act as a co-writer on the film. »
20th Century Fox and Chronicle director Josh Trank have finally found their roster for next year's superhero reboot The Fantastic Four, and if you've been following the casting rumours closely, there'll be little surprise in three quarters of the names.
As rumoured, Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle, Fruitvale Station) is set to play Johnny Storm / The Human Torch, with Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now, That Awkward Moment) securing the role of Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic and Kate Mara (American Horror Story, House of Cards) as Susan Storm / The Invisible Woman. Meanwhile, British actor Jamie Bell (Billy Elliott, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn) has been offered the role of Ben Grimm, a.k.a. The Thing.
- Gary Collinson
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