7 items from 2016
If you have been living and routinely interacting with other human beings over the last month, you’ve probably heard one or two words involving this year’s Academy Awards and the heated controversy over the startling lack of both films and people of color among the nominees. Personally, I think that the real focus of concern ought to be less on the back end-- awards handed out for films which were financed and/or studio-approved, scheduled for production and filmed perhaps as much as two or three years ago-- and more on addressing the lack of cultural and intellectual and experiential diversity among those who have the power to make the decisions as to what films get made in the first place. This is no sure-fire way to ensure that there will be a richer and more consistent representation of diverse creative voices when it comes time for Hollywood »
- Dennis Cozzalio
A space opera, the story is set in a time where anything android, robotic or with artificial intelligence is hunted down by bounty hunters and destroyed.
On a distant mining colony, one self-aware and extremely lifelike robot called Tim-21 becomes the target of a galaxy-wide pursuit when it's believed he may hold the key to the destruction of the galaxy.
Tim-21 joins a rag-tag group running from one exotic planet to the next. Lemire and Josh Bratman will produce the film.
Wigutow has become a much in demand scribe whose work really hasn't hit screens yet. In recent times he re-wrote the currently in production "Bad Santa 2," just finished adapting Brian Michael Bendis' graphic novel "Fire," and previously did script work on the proposed "Tron: Legacy" sequel, »
- Garth Franklin
With Disney pulling the plug on Tron 3, director Joseph Koskinski (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion) has now lined up his next project, with Variety reporting that the filmmmaker has signed on to direct No Exit from a script by Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down).
The film will tell the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, “a group of firefighters that faced one of the deadliest wildfires in history in order to save an Arizona town, resulting in the tragic death of 19 crew members.”
Kosinski had previously been attached to the video game adaptation Gran Turismo, along with the big screen remake of The Twilight Zone. »
- Gary Collinson
With the rebooted Tron universe now all but dead over at Disney, director Joseph Kosinski has set his sights on Lionsgate’s No Exit, a real-life drama based on the tragic events that ensued when lightning struck Yarnell Hill in Arizona and ignited a vicious wildfire three years ago.
Best known for his work across Tron: Legacy and Tom Cruise-fronted sci-fi flick Oblivion, Variety reports that Kosinski will partner with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura on the feature film, which will mark the director’s first foray behind the lens to tackle a genre other than science fiction – and what a departure it is.
Working from a script penned by Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down), No Exit is poised to orbit around the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a tight-knit group of firefighters that were left scrambling to control a raging wildfire in 2013 that almost wiped out their entire crew. At its peak, »
- Michael Briers
The true story tale deals with one of the worst firefighting disasters in American history - a tragic wildfire in Arizona in 2013 that saw over 600 firefighters tackling a blaze that grew to 8,400 acres.
Due to fast-changing winds and 2,000-degree heat, all but one of a twenty-man wildfire fighting specialist team named Granite Mountain Hotshots perished.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Joseph Kosinski, the director behind Tron: Legacy and Oblivion, is moving away from the sci-fi realm and entering the fire with No Exit, the true story of the tragic wildfire in Prescott, Ariz., that killed almost an entire crew of firefighters in 2013. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is among those producing the project while Ken Nolan, who tackled another mission gone wrong when he penned Black Hawk Down, wrote the script. Molly Smith and her Black Label Media are coming on board to finance the movie, which could begin shooting as early as summer. Known as the Yarnell Hill Wildfire and
- Borys Kit
The pic tells the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of firefighters that faced one of the deadliest wildfires in history in order to save an Arizona town, resulting in the tragic death of 19 crew members.
Nolan developed the story on spec with the producers.
As for di Bonaventura, the film fits in his wheelhouse of action-packed films following projects like the “Transformers” franchise, “G.I. Joe” and the upcoming “Deepwater Horizon” starring Mark Wahlberg.
- Justin Kroll
7 items from 2016
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