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He’s resurrected superspy James Bond twice in Goldeneye and Casino Royale. Now it’s hoped director Martin Campbell will give long-gestating submarine thriller Hunter Killer a shot in the arm. Based on the novel Firing Point by George Wallace and Don Keith, the plot concerns an underwater battle of wits between a rogue Russian commander and American special forces. With echoes of Tom Clancy’s The Hunt For Red October, the film appears to be bringing the clash between Communism and capitalism back to the Hollywood arena. Casting details are yet to be announced but expect some grizzled faces to be lit by blinking radar screens. Gerard Butler is said to be in the frame, though whether he’ll be rolling his R’s or chomping on a cigar remains to be seen.
Campbell cut his teeth on murky political TV drama Edge Of Darkness (which he also remade »
- Steve Palace
Since directing Casino Royale in 2006, and introducing the world to Daniel Craig as James Bond, filmmaker Martin Campbell hasn't had much luck on the big screen. Edge of Darkness wasn't a big success, even though that was more the fault of Mel Gibson's personal life, and Green Lantern was a bomb (he might very well be to blame for that). But now Campbell is ready to move on with an adaptation of the graphic novel Sebastian X set up at Voltage Films and Valhalla Motion Pictures (with "The Walking Dead" executive producer Gale Anne Hurd on board), working in conjunction with the publisher Humanoids. If you're not familiar with Sebastian X, Variety says the graphic novel by Michelangelo La Neve follows an elite cop who, after a near-fatal injury, is implanted with the memories of the world’s most notorious terrorist, named Sebastian X, in order to infiltrate his group before their next attack. »
- Ethan Anderton
Filmmaker Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Green Lantern) has been set to direct an adaptation of the graphic novel Sebastian X for Voltage Films, Valhalla Motion Pictures and publisher Humanoids. The plot centers on a police officer who suffers a near-fatal injury and is implanted with the memories of the world's most dangerous terrorist, known as Sebastian X. He then goes on a mission to infiltrate the terrorist's organization before they can pull off their next attack.
Bill Marsilii (Deja Vu) is writing the adapted screenplay, based on Michelangelo La Neve's graphic novel of the same name. Nicolas Chartier and Craig J. Flores are producing for Voltage Pictures, alongside Valhalla's Gale Anne Hurd and Humanoids' Pierre Spengler and Fabrice Giger. Voltage Pictures will handle worldwide distribution, although no production schedule has been given at this time.
Bill Marsilii has been tapped to the write the screenplay. The graphic novel by Michelangelo La Neve centers on an elite cop who, after a near-fatal injury, is implanted with the memories of the world’s most notorious terrorist — Sebastian X — in order to infiltrate his group before their next attack.
Dominic Rustam and Babacar Diene are overseeing the project on behalf of Voltage with Phillip Kobylanski overseeing on the Valhalla side. Matthew Miller, Jason Miller and Bobby Sabelhaus are executive producing.
Voltage Pictures will handle worldwide distribution.
- Dave McNary
Although both movies drew highly negative reviews, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and G.I. Joe: Retaliation both pulled in over $300 million apiece for Paramount, making a third installment of the action-adventure franchise all but inevitable. We learned way back in July that Lethal Weapon 4 scribe Jonathan Lemkin had been tasked with scripting G.I. Joe 3, and that Jon M. Chu would not be returning to direct, but outside of that, it’s been radio silence on the threequel. Now, however, there are whispers around the interwebs that Paramount has singled out a replacement for Chu: Casino Royale director Martin Campbell.
According to Schmoes Know, which claims to have learned of the helmer’s possible involvement via the same shadowy but “reliable” source that (rightly) revealed that Michael B. Jordan would be in the Fantastic Four reboot, Campbell is the studio’s top choice and has just entered talks. »
- Isaac Feldberg
According to Schmoes Know, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers: Age of Extinction) is looking at director Martin Campbell to take over the reins of G.I. Joe 3 following the departure of G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu.
Campbell hasn’t directed a film since 2011’s Green Lantern, while his previous credits include No Escape, GoldenEye, The Legend of Zorro, Casino Royale and Edge of Darkness. It’s unknown whether Cambell has any interest in the G.I. Joe gig, or if there’s even any truth to the report in the first place…
- Gary Collinson
Had a film the caliber of A Most Wanted Man been made in the late '60s or early '70s, with a name such as Jean-Pierre Melville or Alan J. Pakula, directing it would already be a part of the Criterion Collection, celebrated for the last 40 years as a classic. Whether it will stand so tall 40 years from now is a mystery, but digging into a film of this nature in the midst of today's modern cinematic age is pure joy for cinema lovers, and it's the third film in a row from director Anton Corbijn (Control, The American) deserving of such lofty praise. Adapted from John le Carre's novel of the same name by screenwriter Andrew Bovell (Edge of Darkness), A Most Wanted Man is a slow burn, spy thriller examining a post 9/11 world wherein the idea of friend or foe is a blurry, political mess and the »
- Brad Brevet
"A wise man's life is based around 'fuck you.'" After some first look photos surfaced earlier this month, we finally get a better look at the last minute awards contender The Gambler from Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt. A red band trailer for the film starring Mark Wahlberg has arrived, and it has one hell of a profanity-ridden monologue from John Goodman that gets us really excited to see this flick. Wahlberg plays an English professor and a high-stakes gambler who bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael K. Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. But things don't go so well. Watch! Here's the first red band trailer for Rupert Wyatt's The Gambler direct from Paramount Pictures: The Gambler is directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Escapist) and written by William Monahan (The Departed, »
- Ethan Anderton
One of the films sneaking up on awards season this winter is The Gambler from Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt. It's a remake of the 1974 drama of the same name about a college professor (Mark Wahlberg) with an unhealthy gambling addiction that puts his girlfriend (Brie Larson) and mother (Jessica Lange) at risk. Believing Wahlberg as an inventor in Transformers: Age of Extinction was tough, but the actor shrunk down 60 pounds to look like a legitimate teacher, and we have a first look at the film. Just like our glimpse at American Sniper came out of nowhere, expect the first trailer very soon. Look! Here's the first photos from Rupert Wyatt's The Gambler from USA Today: The Gambler is directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Escapist) and written by William Monahan (The Departed, Edge of Darkness). The film »
- Ethan Anderton
It is now routine, in surveys of best-ever TV fictions, for Us series screened during the last decade including The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Mad Men and The Wire to slug it out for gold, silver and bronze, while Britain's main hope of making the podium comes from productions that date from far back into the last century, such as The Singing Detective, Boys from the Blackstuff and Edge of Darkness.
Some argue, though, that Britain is too submissive to the legend of a new American golden age of televisual imagination and this may be a good time for the fightback to start, as the first half of this year has seen the launch of three of the most lauded and talked-about dramas made in the UK in recent times. »
- Mark Lawson
Originally titled The Good People, short film and music video prodigy Corin Hardy's debut feature was renamed The Woods, and on tap for you today is the second piece of poster art for the film, which is currently in post-production. Dig it!
Fraught economic pressures force Adam Hitchens, a London based conservationist, to take a job surveying an Irish forest. He hopes the move to a mill house deep in the idyllic countryside will be a breath of fresh air for his wife, Clare; their young baby son, Finn; and dog, Iggy.
Not everyone approves of their arrival, however. A farmer with strong beliefs in local tradition and folklore warns of danger if Adam does not stop unsettling the ancient, »
- Steve Barton
It's truly tragic to think that audiences only have two more Philip Seymour Hoffman performances to look forward to following the upsetting death of the actor earlier this year. He'll return as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I this fall, but next month everyone should go see A Most Wanted Man. This quiet, understated thriller features a stirring performance from a grizzled and perpetually smoking Hoffman as he leads a covert German intelligence organization tasked with hunting spies. It's the perfect slow-burning spy thriller, and a new trailer from across the pond has arrived. Watch! Here's the new UK trailer for Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man from eOne UK: A Most Wanted Man is directed by Anton Corbijn (The American) and written by Andrew Bovell (Edge of Darkness), based on John Le Carre's novel of the same name. German spy Gunther Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman »
- Ethan Anderton
Burn Notice: Fox, 9pm
It's the final ever episode of the hit show tonight, and after Michael's (Jeffrey Donovan) betrayal, he attempts to win back people's trust.
Meanwhile, James (John Pyper-Ferguson) becomes obsessed with ending his life.
The 1980s conspiracy thriller, which is set in a world of state security and political power, is being repeated tonight.
A Yorkshire policeman (Ronald Craven) discovers his murdered daughter was an eco-terrorist involved in a raid on a nuclear plant. Also starring Emma Craven and Darius Jedburgh.
Big Brother: Channel 5, 10pm
The housemates attempt to seize power in the house, how will their decisions affect the dynamics?
Every once in a while, a television drama comes along that perfectly encapsulates the mood of the time in which it was made. In the 1980s - a decade best remembered in the United Kingdom for Thatcherism and the omnipresent threat of nuclear war - that drama was Edge of Darkness.
Edge of Darkness - a six-part serial - is the story of Ronnie Craven, a Yorkshire police detective who initiates an off-the-books enquiry into his daughter's murder, only to discover that her death has broader political implications.
Soon, Craven is drawn into a world of corrupt politics and eco-terrorism, culminating in an ill-fated excursion into a radioactive waste facility known as 'Northmoor' - the hub of a power-hungry plot by malevolent forces. »
This mix of political thriller and crime drama is being repeated by the BBC for those who don't care about Fifa and Luis Suárez
We're now long past the stage of 11pm kick-offs, but BBC4's decision to repeat the brooding, quietly bonkers 1985 miniseries Edge of Darkness late on Monday nights is the best kind of World Cup counter-programming, even if Gaia the name of Joanne Whalley's gung-ho eco-militant pressure group sounds like someone who might play on the left wing for Brazil. Devised by Z-Cars co-creator Troy Kennedy Martin and broad enough in its artistic ambition to encompass the creeping military-industrial cosiness between Reagan and Thatcher, the threat of state-sponsored nuclear terrorism, the then-radical environmental theories of James Lovelock and an evocative (if endlessly repeated) Eric Clapton guitar solo, Edge of Darkness is hardly an overlooked gem lost to the shifting tides of TV history. When the six-part »
- Graeme Virtue
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The Elite League campaign may have some way to run, but the King's Lynn Stars already seem likely to remain atop the table for the foreseeable. A few rungs lower down, the battle to plunder a play-off berth continues, with Eastbourne Eagles hosting 2013 Elite League champions Poole Pirates. The imperious form of Darcy Ward suggests it might be the pirate flag that flutters triumphantly at the end of the night, but in Bjarne Pedersen the Eagles have their own rider in fine fettle. Mark Jones
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The only excuse I've heard from anyone as to why Edge of Tomorrow bombed at the domestic box office this weekend from those that said they didn't like the marketing. Personally I thought the trailers worked, they got me more interested in it, especially when you take into consideration the Groundhog Day plotting and ridiculous title, the latter of which is what I'd like us to discuss. Edge of Tomorrow is based on the graphic novel "All You Need is Kill", which the film was originally titled. Then it was changed to Edge of Tomorrow and we all scoffed as neither title sounded particularly compelling, the first obscure and confusing, the second being generic and uninteresting. I admit that while writing this very post I almost wrote Edge of Darkness instead of Edge of Tomorrow, you know, that Mel Gibson movie from 2010, also from Warner Bros. Today I read a »
- Brad Brevet
Originally titled The Good People, short film and music video prodigy Corin Hardy's debut feature has been renamed The Woods and on tap for you today is the first piece of poster art for the film, which is currently being filmed in Ireland.
Check out the art below, courtesy of Empire, and look for more on this one real soon!
The Woods follows a London-based conservationist who is sent to Ireland to investigate an ancient forest. During his survey he accidentally disturbs the hallowed grounds and finds himself in a fight for survival to protect his family from an ancient brood of creatures.
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- John Squires
Short film and music video prodigy Corin Hardy is currently putting the finishing touches to his debut feature The Woods at Roger Corman's old studio in Galway, so now seems like a good time to debut the film's first poster. The Irish folk horror stars Joseph Mawle (Game Of Thrones) and Bojana Novakovic (Edge Of Darkness), with Michael McElhatton (Shadow Dancer), Michael Smiley (A Field In England, Spaced), and several woodland creatures you'd probably rather not encounter on a dark night.The film was previously known as The Good People, and that original title refers to dark fairy-folk The Hallow, feared and respected by locals, and not averse to stealing the odd child to bolster their numbers. Tree surgeon Mawle is given a gig in their woods, and moves his family from the city for a spot of slower-paced life in the fresh air. But of course, in the »
The first details on the latest tale of terror from Occupant Entertainment are here, and we've got the skinny for you! Supernatural happenings are afoot in The Woods, and here are your first casting details and a whole lot more. Read on!
From the Press Release
Written by Hardy and Olga Barreneche, The Woods stars Joseph Mawle (pictured; Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, "Game of Thrones”), who will be next seen in Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea, and Bojana Novakovic (Devil, Edge of Darkness), who currently stars on “Rake”. The film is produced by Occupant's Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino and is overseen by Occupant executive Kate Sharp. Fantastic Films is acting as the Irish co-producer and financing is coming from Prescience, Hyperion Media Group, »
- Steve Barton
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