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Exclusive Interview With Non-Stop Director Jaume Collet-Serra

26 February 2014 7:34 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Whether he’s fighting on land, in the air, or at sea, people just can’t seem to get enough Liam Neeson – or that’s what studios are hoping, at least. Ever since his role in Taken, Liam has seen his skyrocketing action hero stock grant him numerous ass-kicking roles, most recently in the upcoming airplane thriller Non-Stop.

Guiding Mr. Neeson on yet another deadly adventure is director Jaume Collet-Serra, a frequent collaborator with producer Joel Silver. You know Jaume from films like House of Wax, Orphan and Unknown, but now he’s taking to the skies to conquer his fear of flying once and for all – by trying to kill passengers and blow up a plane.

While Jaume was in New York City a few weekends ago promoting his new film, I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking Non-Stop with him in an exclusive interview. Covering a multitude of topics, »

- Matt Donato

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Director Jaume Collet-Serra Talks Non-stop, His Fear of Flying, Breaking Cameras, Run All Night, Here There Be Monsters, Akira, and More

24 February 2014 6:31 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

As someone with a severe fear of the dentist, I’d take a pass on absolutely anything that would have me in a dentist’s office for a stretch of time.  (Or for five minutes for that matter.)  Jaume Collet-Serra, however, opts for the exact opposite approach.  Rather than assuage his fear of flying by avoiding airplanes altogether, he signs up for a gig that has him working in one for months. Collet-Serra reunites with his Unknown star Liam Neeson for Non-Stop, a movie that hones in on an air marshal aboard a transatlantic flight to London.  Once airborne, the marshal starts receiving text messages from an unknown source, threatening to kill a passenger every 20 minutes unless he’s given $150 million.  With Non-Stop­ making its way into theaters on Friday, February 28th, Collider got the opportunity to talk to Collet-Serra about channeling his fear into his characters, designing his airplane »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Warner Bros Exec Sarah Schechter To Run Greg Berlanti’s Film And TV Company

14 February 2014 4:16 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: After a fast rise as a Warner Bros production executive, Sarah Schechter is leaving the executive suite to become president of Warner Bros-based Berlanti Productions. She will run both the film and television shingles for writer, director and producer Greg Berlanti. Schechter, who joined Warner Bros as a creative exec in 2005, rose to VP in 2007 and Svp in 2009. Among the films she has been supervising is the Berlanti-produced Pan, which became a priority project on a first draft by Jason Fuchs. The 3D film now has Joe Wright aboard as director, Hugh Jackman playing Blackbeard and Garrett Hedlund playing Hook and it is prepping in London for June 26, 2015 release. She has also been supervising the Etan Cohen-directed Get Hard, the comedy that will star Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart; the Ben Affleck-directed adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel Live By Night; and the Jaume Collet-Serra-directed Akira. »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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Warner Bros Exec Sarah Schechter To Run Greg Berlanti’s Film And TV Company

14 February 2014 4:16 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: After a fast rise as a Warner Bros production executive, Sarah Schechter is leaving the executive suite to become president of Warner Bros-based Berlanti Productions. She will run both the film and television shingles for writer, director and producer Greg Berlanti. Schechter, who joined Warner Bros as a creative exec in 2005, rose to VP in 2007 and Svp in 2009. Among the films she has been supervising is the Berlanti-produced Pan, which became a priority project on a first draft by Jason Fuchs. The 3D film now has Joe Wright aboard as director, Hugh Jackman playing Blackbeard and Garrett Hedlund playing Hook and it is prepping in London for June 26, 2015 release. She has also been supervising the Etan Cohen-directed Get Hard, the comedy that will star Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart; the Ben Affleck-directed adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel Live By Night; and the Jaume Collet-Serra-directed Akira. »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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Ron Howard In Talks To Take Director’s Chair For ‘The Jungle Book’

14 February 2014 4:05 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

With director Alejandro González Iñárritu (21 Grams, Babel) dropping out of the project due to scheduling issues related to post-production duties on his latest film, Birdman, Warner Bros. has approached Ron Howard to take the helm on their live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book. The script, written by screenwriter Callie Kloves, is an adaptation from novelist and poet Rudyard Kipling’s short stories featuring feral jungle child, Mowgli, and his animal pals Bagheera and Baloo, and the ever awful Bengal tiger, Shere Khan. The story of Mowgli and friends was brought to pop culture prominence with Disney’s 1967 animated adaptation, The Jungle Book, their next followup being 1994′s live-action effort, Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, starring Jason Scott Lee, and a poorly received theatrical sequel 27 years later with The Jungle Book 2. Of course, that doesn’t mean Walt Disney Studios is calling it quits on yet another interpretation of the tale, as »

- Dustin Hucks

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'Akira' director wants to set up a series of films with live-action reboot

12 February 2014 12:20 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) Jaume Collet-Serra has been on a long, strange ride when it comes to adapting "Akira". The director was attached to make the film in 2011, but dropped out after Warner Bros. sought to slash the budget. Now he’s back on track with a more focused take. “It’s different, because you have to be respectful of the source material,” Collet-Serra told ComingSoon during a press junket for "Non-Stop". “[Katsuhiro] Otomo adapted his own work from a manga into an anime and both things are completely different and genius. The only way to do a live version of "Akira" is to take »

- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources

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Jaume Collet-Serra "slams" the original Akira and says his version will be better

12 February 2014 1:19 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Well. This is certainly a piece of news that might anger some.

In an interview with Coming Soon promoting his latest movie Non-Stop starring Liam NeesonJaume Collet-Serra discussed the original Akira and his thoughts on his live action adaptation, should it ever come to fruition. While he was very praising of certain aspects of it, he certainly feels that he can improve it...

"You have to be respectful of the source material" Collect-Serra said of Akira. "Otomo adapted his own work from a manga into an anime and both things are completely different and genius. The only way to do a live version of Akira is to take the spirit and adapt it. It will be as different as the anime was from the manga. I hope that I can bring strong characters. In the original source material, I don’t think the main characters are the protagonists. What »

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Jaume Collet-Serra On His Live Action ‘Akira’ Film

12 February 2014 12:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The 1988 anime classic Akira has gone down as one of the greatest animated films of all time, even after twenty five years it remains one of the most influential science fiction stories ever told. After two English dubs of the fantastic Akira it came as no surprise that Hollywood was looking to cash in and adapt it as a live action film franchise.

This understandably caused heavy criticism among fans of the original anime and the manga in which the film was based on. The issue wasn’t helped with controversial plot leaks such as the change in setting from Neo-Tokyo to New-Manhattan. After years in development hell the project was eventually shelved by Warner Bros. due to the high financial risk the film carried. Now whilst promoting his new film Non-stop starring Liam Neeson, director Jaume Collet-Serra has been chatting about Akira.

Serra has been attached as director of »

- Ben Read

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Collet-Sera Still Working On "Akira" Remake

10 February 2014 11:36 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Currently doing press for the Liam Neeson thriller "Non-Stop," filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra has confirmed he's still very much working on the new "Akira" adaptation at Warner Bros. Pictures.

The original's story was set in a neon-lit futuristic post-nuclear war "New Tokyo" in 2019. Kaneda is a bike gang leader whose close friend Tetsuo gets involved in a secret government project known as Akira. Trying to save him, Kaneda runs into anti-government activists, corrupt politicians, irresponsible scientists and a despotic military leader.

The confrontation sparks off Tetsuo's supernatural power leading to not only death but the uncovering of the truth about Akira that the government tried to bury three decades before. The story was previously adapted into a 1988 anime film which is considered a classic of the genre. This version is expected to stick close to the original manga and could spread the story across several films.

Collet-Serra tells Coming Soon that »

- Garth Franklin

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Jaume Collet-Serra’s ‘Akira’ Won’t Be Too Faithful to the Source Material

10 February 2014 1:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Warner Bros.’ live-action adaptation of Akira has gone through so many rough patches at this point that it’s a struggle for us to even remember at any given time whether it’s on again, or off. But Jaume Collet-Serra hasn’t lost track, because he’s still planning to direct. In fact, it’ll “hopefully” be his next project. […] »

- Angie Han

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Jaume Collet-Serra says the Akira movie will differ from the manga and anime

10 February 2014 9:16 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

The American version of seminal manga/anime Akira has been in development for years with everyone from Leonardo DiCaprio, Stephen Norrington, Allen and Albert Hughes, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zac Efron, Morgan Freeman, James Franco, Keanu Reeves, Keira Knightley, and Gary Oldman attached or rumored at some point. As recently as 2012, Non-stop and Orphan director Jaume Collet-Serra was attached to the movie. Even after the fourth shutdown of the project last year, Collet-Serra rejoined the film »

- Alex Maidy

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Jaume Collet-Serra still hoping to direct Akira

9 February 2014 10:53 PM, PST | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

The long-mooted remake of classic anime, Akira, might have been on hiatus for several years now, but director Jaume Collet-Serra is still hopeful that he will get the chance to helm the live-action update. The last time Collet-Serra was attached to the project, Warner balked at his proposed $90 million budget, and Akira has been in limbo ever since. However, the director has brought the film back onto the agenda once more, telling press that, “I’m focusing on Akira, so hopefully that’s the next one. “I’ve done two movies since I...

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- George Wales

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Director Jaume Collet-Serra Hopes Akira Will Be His Next Project

9 February 2014 5:43 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

After spending years trying to get a live-action adaptation of Akira off the ground, it seemed as though Jaume Collet-Serra was going to be the man to do it - that is until plans imploded due to budget issues.  However, two years after Warner Bros. insisted on re-working the script to bring down the $90 million tab, news broke that the project was back on track.  In August, word got out that Collet-Serra was in discussions to re-board the production and apparently those discussions went quite well because Collet-Serra himself confirmed he’s actively working on the project.  Hit the jump for more. While talking to the director about his latest film, Non-Stop, Collet-Serra made a point to note: “I’m focusing on Akira though.” In fact, Akira might even be his next endeavor because he also added: “So hopefully that’s the next one.” The main issue for Warner Bros. has been that big budget. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Jaume Collet-Serra Dishes Live-Action Akira Updates

8 February 2014 2:07 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

For far too long we’ve been teased with a live-action Akira movie that’s seen numerous creators come and go, but back in August we learned that writer/director Jaume Collet-Serra ultimately “won” the job with a vision that impressed studio heads the most.

Since then, we’ve heard nothing – mainly because Jaume has been busy with films like Non-Stop and Run All Night. However, I recently had the chance to catch up with the director at the press day for Non-Stop and I asked him what his future plans were, and if they included Akira.

Here’s his response:

Jaume Collet-Serra: I’m still fighting with Akira. The studio is hot on it again. I left the project two years ago, they waited for me, they’ve been like, “We want you to do the movie,” and so I’m writing again. One of the issues why it stopped was the script. »

- Matt Donato

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