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• The first issue in The Darkest Hour – the Spider-Event of the year! • Flash Thompson, the Secret Avenger known as Venom, is back in town for his first run-in with the Superior Spider-Man! • Will their first encounter be friendly, or will Flash sense something perilous about Peter Parker’s presence? Superior Spider-man #22 Written by Dan Slott & Christos Gage Pencils & Cover by Humberto Ramos Variant Cover by J. Scott Campbell »
It is fairly easy to title a superhero movie. Most of the time, you just name it after the hero or their cool-sounding nickname (The Dark Knight, Man of Steel). However, bring two superheroes together, as in the case of the hotly anticipated 2015 duelling between the Caped Crusader and the Last Son of Krypton, and figuring out a title may be a little harder than you think. Batman vs. Superman seems like a good title, as does World’s Finest, a DC Comics series featuring the two illustrious heroes. But there is room for creativity.
This week, Warner Bros. registered a list of titles and domain names through MarkMonitor, an internet brand protection company, and unfortunately, they are all quite horrible.
- Jordan Adler
Infini, a futuristic sci-fi thriller from director Shane Abbess, starts shooting in Sydney on Monday.
Scripted by Abbess and Brian Cachia, the privately financed film focuses on a search and rescue team sent into deep space to retrieve a stranded soldier.
It.s the first project from Storm Vision Entertainment, a joint venture between production companies Storm Alley Entertainment (Shane Abbess and Sidonie Abbene) and Eclectik Vision (Brett Thornquest).
The Storm Vision partners plans to collaborate on a number of genre projects of varying budget sizes for 2014 and beyond. Matthew Graham is the lead producer on Infini, which is Abbess. follow-up to Gabriel, a fantasy-action-horror film about an archangel who fights to bring light back to purgatory and save the souls of the city's inhabitants. »
- Don Groves
Chronicle's Adam Schroeder is producing. While no story details were given, it is said to be in the same vein as Chronicle, centering on a big visual concept with a young cast at its core. The pitch also included a visual test reel that Chris Gorak directed.
Chris Gorak started his career as an art director and production designer for films such as Tombstone, Fight Club, Minority Report and Lords of Dogtown. He made his feature directorial debut with the 2006 thriller Right at Your Door, which he followed up with 2011's The Darkest Hour. »
According to The Hollywood Reporter , Paramount has won out in a heated bidding war for director Chris Gorak's ( The Darkest Hour ) new spec script titled "Attach." Chronicle producer Adam Schroeder will produce the film which, despite being kept under wraps, is described as in "a similar vein as Chronicle in that it is a big visual concept with a young cast at the center of it." It's also reported that the pitch included a visual test for the film, which sparked the bidding war. Check back here for more details on the project as we learn them. (Photo credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) »
Director James Gunn revealed on his Facebook page earlier today that Tyler Bates has come aboard to compose the score for Guardians of the Galaxy. Take a look at the director's message below, revealing that the musician has already recording portions of the score during production.
"Grateful to be working with my favorite composer, Tyler Bates, on Guardians of the Galaxy. Unlike most films, Tyler writes huge chunks of the score first so that I can actually film to the music. During action scenes and huge dramatic moments we blare the score on set so that the cast, crew, and camera can move in harmony with the music. Music is often an afterthought in film, but never for us. And everything Tyler's done so far has been amazing!"
One of the most visually stylish and indeed exciting directors working in Hollywood today is Timur Bekmambetov, who has brought us the likes of Night Watch, Wanted and the more recent Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Bekmambetov is an equally prolific producer (he produced Apollo 18 and The Darkest Hour in recent years), and has a slew of projects in the works including one intriguingly titled Squirrels, which looks like some kind of comedic horror movie.
Squirrels hasn’t gone into production yet, but there is already a ‘sales’ trailer online courtesy of our friends over at Bleeding Cool. The site also has a synopsis for the film, which Bekmambetov is producing (though apparently not directing), from a script by Daniel Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin, and claims that backers Red Sea Media are looking at some A-list talent to star.
When a young man’s estranged father is killed under suspicious circumstances, »
- Paul Heath
Here’s some brand new photos featuring Joel Kinnaman on the set of the upcoming remake of “RoboCop” by director José Padilha (Rio, eu te amo, Elite Squad) and starring Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, Paranoia, Monster Butler, Lawless), Michael Keaton (30 Rock, Toy Story 4), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury, Old Boy, Django Unchained, The Avengers), Joel Kinnaman (Knight of Cups, Easy Money, The Darkest Hour) and Abbie Cornish (An Ordinary Man, Seven Psychopaths, The Girl, W.E.). Film Synopsis: In a crime-ridden city, a fatally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg with submerged memories haunting him. The film is scheduled for release in the United [ Read More ]
- Brian Corder
Exclusive Media has come aboard Passengers to handle international sales rights for Brian Kirk’s (Game Of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire) sci-fi romance starring Keanu Reeves and Academy Award winning Reese Witherspoon, it was announced today by producers Stephen Hamel and Ben Browning and Exclusive Media’s President of International Sales and Distribution, Alex Walton.
Produced by Wayfare Entertainment and Company Films, Passengers was developed by Stephen Hamel and Keanu Reeves at their production house Company Films. Hamel will produce the film with Wayfare’s CEO Ben Browning. Start Media’s Michael Maher and Lynwood Spinks will executive produce. Set for a January 2014 start date, Alex Walton will launch the international sales for the film at the upcoming Cannes Film Market. The project was acquired for the company by Tobin Armbrust, President of Worldwide Production & Acquisitions.
- David Agnew
Reese Witherspoon, nowadays known more for her, er, law-enforcement antics than her professional movie career as “America’s Sweetheart”, has joined the cast of the long-gestating Keanu Reeves sci-fi film “Passengers”. The film, set to be directed by Brian Kirk (who has a trio of “Game of Thrones” episodes under his belt, along with a pretty extensive UK TV filmography), will find Reeves playing the lead, with Witherspoon joining as his love interest. Written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), the story revolves around a spacecraft transporting human cargo to a distant colony planet that malfunctions causing one passenger (Reeves) to prematurely thaw from a cryogenic slumber nearly a century before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he decides to wake up a second passenger, marking the beginning of what becomes a unique love story. Spaihts, as mentioned, is the same guy who wrote “Prometheus” and »
Six-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs), Oscar nominee Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Bérénice Marlohe (Skyfall), Lambert Wilson (Of Gods And Men) and Olivia Thirlby (Juno) have joined the cast of Mockingbird Pictures and Demarest Films’ 5 To 7 alongside the previously announced Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness). The film, set to start shooting in May in New York, is written and will be directed by Victor Levin (AMC’s “Mad Men”).
5 to 7 is being produced and co-financed by Sam Englebardt and William D. Johnson of Demarest Films, and by Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures with their investor group as executive producers. The film is co-executive produced by Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel of The Solution Entertainment Group, which is handling international sales and will represent the film at the Cannes Film Market. CAA and Wme are co-representing the U.S. rights.
5 To 7 is set in New York, »
- Michelle McCue
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "Prince Avalanche" comedy, starring Paul Rudd (This Is 40) and Emile Hirsch (The Darkest Hour). Check it out below. Plot: Meditative and stern Alvin (Rudd) and his girlfriend's brother, Lance (Hirsch), dopey and insecure, leave the city behind to spend the summer in solitude repainting traffic lines down the center of a country highway ravaged by wildfire. As they sink into their job in the remarkable landscape, they learn more than they want to about each other. The new movie is written and directed by David Gordon Green (The Sitter, Pineapple Express), and is set to hit theaters on August 9th, in limited release. Trailer: »
You might not remember, but quite a few years ago, director Joseph Kosinski got attached to direct a remake of Disney's 1979 film "The Black Hole." This was in the midst of him gearing up "Tron: Legacy" and there hasn't bee much news about it since, but recently at WonderCon, Kosinski said it was still on his slate. "We've been working on the story for four years now," he shared with IGN, adding, "We got a really exciting idea for it. As long as the script can kind of deliver on that -- the interest is there on the studio side. It's going to have enough creative juices to have in order to dive back in. We got some exciting ideas -- so we'll see." So yes, Disney is interested. The studio has snapped up "Prometheus" (and "The Darkest Hour," fyi) scribe Jon Spaihts to write the movie, taking over for Jesse Wigutow, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jon Spaihts, the scribe behind "The Darkest Hour" and the more direct "Alien"-prequel inspired drafts of "Prometheus," has been hired to work on the script for Disney's reboot of its 1979 sci-fi epic "The Black Hole".
The original, at the time the most expensive film the studio ever made, followed a group of space explorers aboard the USS Palomino.
The group come across a lost ship, the USS Cygnus, hovering outside a black hole. Inside, they meet a scientist (Maximilian Schell) commanding an army of faceless robots who says the crew deserted him as he planned to go through the black hole.
The explorers soon discover that the robots are the remnants of the former crew and that the scientist has no intention of letting them leave.
The new version has been described as a big-scale epic that is "philosophical and somewhat dark in tone". It's unknown if the robots Maximillian, »
- Garth Franklin
According to a new report, screenwriter Jon Spaihts has been hired to rewrite the film, picking up where screenwriter Travis Beachem left off. Previously, Spaihts wrote the Timur Bekmambetov-produced sci-fi film The Darkest Hour and the pseudo-Alien prequel Prometheus. Spaihts is also currently working on Len Wiseman’s reboot of The Mummy.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, which was the first to break the story, Spaihts won Disney over with his “big idea” concept for the film, which is “philosophical and somewhat dark in tone.”
For those unfamiliar with the original film, here’s a short synopsis via THR:
- Rob Frappier
You can't escape the most powerful force in the universe. This just shot to the top of my most anticipated in sci-fi. For years we've been following development on Disney's remake of the 1979 sci-fi cult classic The Black Hole, which Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski announced would be next for him. That was before he went on to make Oblivion, which is about to hit theaters, and why Kosinski is out talking to press. At the same moment he was telling one site that The Black Hole remake "is on", THR was figuring out who they've hired for the script - it's none other than Jon Spaihts, who we talked world building with last year. Screenwriter Jon Spaihts isn't a mainstream name yet, but he's quickly becoming known for his incredibly complex, deep sci-fi writing, even if the final movie in the end doesn't turn out that great. He's credited »
- Alex Billington
The project was first put into development way back in 2009, when Joseph Kosinski was prepping his directorial debut Tron: Legacy. Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim) was first brought on to write the script, although we have heard very little about the project over the past few years.
The 1979 original film The Black Hole was the most expensive film Disney had ever made, at the time. Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, and Ernest Borgnine starred in this sci-fi thriller about a group of space explorers who find a ship dubbed the USS Cygnus right outside of a black hole. Once they board the mysterious vessel, they find a mad scientist whose crew had abandoned him before entering the black hole. No story details were given for this new version, »
Welcome to a new series of articles we’re running here at WhatCulture, prior to a new section of the site that will be opening up soon – one which will focus entirely on the subject of screenwriting.
Back when the first trailer for Prometheus was unveiled online, most of us probably thought we were staring right into the big, beautiful eyes of a full-fledged sci-fi masterpiece. The movie contained within the frames of the trailer appeared to show something rich, dazzling, mind-blowing and perhaps even out of time. And it was Ridley Scott, going back to his roots with a huge, space-based blockbuster, one which starred Michael Fassbender and Idris Elba and…
Alas, it was not to be. It’s probably safe to say that »
- T.J. Barnard
Liam Neeson won’t let anyone take his son in the mob drama “Run All Night”, in which he’ll play an “aging hitman who is forced to take on his brutal former boss to protect his estranged son and his family.” Seriously, people need to really stop trying to take Liam Neeson’s family from him. It never ends well. (For the people trying to take his family away, that is. It usually ends pretty swell for ol Liam in these movies, though.) Joel Kinnaman (soon to be seen in the upcoming “Robocop” remake) will play Neeson’s son, who goes on the run with the help of pops when, while working as a chauffeur, he witnesses a murder and is scheduled to be eliminated by the bad guys as a reslt. Kinnaman is probably most known to TV audiences as one of the main cops in AMC’s “The Killing” TV series, »
Screenwriter Jon Spaihts can't catch a break. Well, aside from the whole "sought-after, successful sci-fi screenwriter" thing; that's a pretty good break. However, he wrote The Darkest Hour and Prometheus, two movies with cool sci-fi concepts that were clearly overdeveloped and crippled by studios or other writers after Spaihts laid the groundwork. Most recently he was hired to write a reboot of The Mummy for Universal that would, "go back to a franchise's roots in dark, scary source material, and simultaneously open it up to an epic scale we haven't seen before." Spaiht's streak continues, though, as the studio has just brought in a new writer-- only this time, it's not Spaiht's script that's being reworked. Universal hired...
- Peter Hall
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