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Adapting the non-fiction book by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge called Boston Strong, the new film has been in pre-production since last November, with Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) set to direct. Zetumer will rewrite an existing draft from screenwriters Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy (The Fighter), and was picked by the studio as he has most recently been working with them on the script for Gambit, the spin-off X-Men movie starring Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher).
The story is primarily based around the hunt for the bombers, which culminated in a chase around Boston which left a MIT policeman dead, as well as one of the bombers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The second bomber,
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is currently undergoing his trial for the bombings »
- Scott J. Davis
20th Century Fox has enlisted RoboCop writer Joshua Zetumer to adapt Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge’s nonfiction book Boston Strong, which chronicles the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. The studio picked up the project in November and attached Safe House helmer Daniel Espinosa to direct. The Fighter writers Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy wrote a draft of the screenplay that piqued Fox's interest enough to bite. The studio then turned to Zetumer, who is already working with Fox on X-Men spinoff Gambit as a star vehicle for Channing Tatum. The Boston Strong project is moving forward at
- Tatiana Siegel, Borys Kit
The lack of a James Bond picture caused revenue to fall at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 2014 even as the studio managed to record record profits.
Revenue at the entertainment company behind 007 and “The Hobbit” hit $1.44 billion, down 5.8% from $1.53 billion in the previous year. Net income at the company topped out at $156 million for the calendar year ending Dec. 31, up 27% from $122.2 million in 2013.
“The continued strength and performance of our new content as well as that of our library assets, across all platforms, further supported by strategic acquisitions and partnerships have helped MGM earn its highest annual profits in its modern history for the second consecutive year,” said MGM chairman-ceo Gary Barber in a statement.
Operating cash flow reached $373 million, up 33% from the previous calendar year, while adjusted Ebitda rose 10% to $363 million. Fourth-quarter earnings surged 45% to $42 million, and adjusted Ebitda doubled to $114 million.
Profit growth stemmed from increased profitability from joint ventures, including its Epix pay television network, »
- Brent Lang
Latino-Review's El Mayimbe is at it again with his Suicide Squad scoops, this time claiming he's heard Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, Robocop) is being eyed to play The Thinker in the David Ayer film. While even he says to take this with a grain of salt, it's possible that The Thinker could still appear in the movie with a different actor playing the character. There have been three supervillains in the DC comics who have used the name The Thinker (or just Thinker), »
- Jesse Giroux
With production starting in Toronto next month on Warner Bros.' DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad, it seems there are still more characters left to be cast. Latino Review's El Mayimbe reveals that Jackie Earle Haley is being considered to play The Thinker. Of course, this has yet to be confirmed by Warner Bros. and DC Comics at this time, and this is the first time we've heard this character even mentioned as being a part of the adaptation.
What remains unclear is which version of The Thinker will be used in Suicide Squad, if this rumor turns out to be true. It seems likely that the original character, Clifford De Voe, will be the one shown in the movie. Clifford De Voe was a failed lawyer who developed a thinking cap that could project mental force, which allowed him to become "the brains" behind the operations of several different villains. »
Back in January it was reported that Ben Affleck’s Batman could make an appearance in Suicide Squad to set up a future solo movie, and now El Mayimbe of Latino-Review has posted a few more rumours regarding The Dark Knight’s involvement with Warner’s upcoming DC supervillain ensemble.
The report claims that, “In the film Batman is some sort of big boogeyman that the government Really hates. Get this, prior to the events in Batman v Superman, The Joker is the only one to really ever meet him or know him and that’s why he’s so important to Amanda Waller. They have footage of Batman in action which they watch. There is a bit of dialogue where they say Batman is the key to tracking down all ‘the supers.’ Very cool stuff.”
Sounds plausible, and it seems to make sense that with the likes of The »
- Gary Collinson
Another Suicide Squad rumour to add the list of ones we’ve had over the last couple of weeks. We’ve heard that Onslaught and Antiphon will be the main villains and that Deathstroke will be their muscle for hire. Well, here’s the new one.
According to the ‘ever-reliable’ El Mayimbe from Latino-Review, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad will feature Batman villain Dr. Hugo Strange as a psychiatrist at the prison that is holding The Joker. The rumour is that Strange will play a major role in the movie and will have several scenes with Harley Quinn and The Joker. Should this be the case, it may give us some clues as to the sort of stories we’ll get when it comes to Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie.
Dr. Hugo Strange first appeared in Detective Comics #36 in 1940 as a genius scientist, but was changed to more of a Dr. »
- Luke Owen
Latino-Review are claiming that Joe Manganiello (True Blood) is in line to take on the role of Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke and will play a major role in the movie. This should come as no surprise as Deathstroke has been rumoured to be a part of Suicide Squad for some time now with Jason Clarke (Terminator: Genisys) reportedly being offered the role (but turning it down for scheduling reasons) and Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop) also auditioning before he was given the role of Rick Flagg.
The site is also reporting that Deathstroke will act as a ‘gun for hire’ for the bad guys, and will use his blades and guns to take down the entire squad. »
- Luke Owen
Too long and too same-old, and even Liam Neeson’s effortless tough-guy charm can only carry this familiar-feeling film so far. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Yup. We get it. Liam Neeson is one of the all-time great Hollywood tough guys. I’m not even being sarcastic. In Run All Night, his Jimmy Conlon is an obnoxious alcoholic bum, a former hitman for the Irish mob in New York who’s haunted by all the people he killed. He’s hated by his adult son, Mike (Joel Kinnaman: RoboCop, Easy Money: Hard to Kill), who wants nothing to do with his father, and with good reason: Jimmy Conlon is not a nice man. At all. And yet somehow, Neeson (Taken 3, A Walk Among the Tombstones) suckers us into sympathizing with him »
- MaryAnn Johanson
David Ayer’s Suicide Squad film is chalk full of villains, who will headline the film as the core group of super criminals-turned-mercenaries. However, even the likes of Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Rick Flag, and Enchantress need someone to go up against. According to Latino-Review, that enemy may have been found.
The site reports that Antiphon, a character who first appeared in the pages of Suicide Squad in 2002, will be the main baddie for the film, and will lead a “badass terrorist cell” called Onslaught. In the comics, Onslaught is a team of international superpowered terrorists-for-hire. The team is usually made up of lesser-known villains like Djinn, a man who has been reduced to binary code, a speedster named Jaculi, an assassin named Rivan and a genetically altered monster in lion armor called Manticore. Whether any of them will show up on screen remains to be seen.
Latino-Review describes »
- James Garcia
Yesterday we brought you some comments from Jai Courtney (Insurgent) about his upcoming role as Captain Boomerang in Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad – where he described the movie as “dark”, “cool” and “dope” – and now his soon-to-be co-star Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop) has shared a few comments about the DC supervillain ensemble, which will see him leading the Squad as Rick Flagg.
“I love the script,” Kinnaman tells Screen Rant. “It’s super entertaining and David Ayer is a really interesting director. You know there’s a lot of flashy directors who are good with the camera, but when you get people who are from another aspect of filmmaking into a director’s role, you’re always very happy if it’s a writer or an editor, because those are the storytellers, and David is really a storyteller… Even though this is a massive superhero production it’s an amazing story.” He continued, »
- Gary Collinson
Latino Review's El Mayimbe indicates that the antagonists of the piece will be Antiphon and his special ops team of mercenaries - a terrorist cell called Onslaught - who are hunting superheroes and villains for their own agenda.
The character is a burn victim and amputee who walks with a prosthetic leg, and Antiphon is thought to be the role that Ed Harris has been linked to rather than another one he was rumored to be playing earlier this week. Harris himself has previously denied any involvement in the project.
Meanwhile, "Robocop" and "Run All Night" star Joel Kinnaman has confirmed he's joined the cast of the film in the Rick Flagg role and says because this will be the first "Suicide Squad" film there is a »
- Garth Franklin
Suicide Squad has secured a new member: Joel Kinnaman. The movie has been full of cast shakeups from the start; Tom Hardy was on board to play Rick Flagg, but bowed out of the film due to scheduling conflicts. The studio was reportedly wooing Jake Gyllenhaal for the role, but now RoboCop's Kinnaman has been confirmed. Director David Ayer has described the film, chock-full of baddies from the DC universe, as "a Dirty Dozen with supervillains." Needless to say, we're very excited. Take a look at everyone who has been confirmed for the movie below. »
In addition to Joel Kinnaman's confirmation that he will be playing Rick Flagg Jr. in Suicide Squad, yesterday's press junket for the upcoming Run All Night thriller also saw veteran actor Ed Harris address the rumors from earlier this year that said he was "under consideration" for Rick Flagg Sr. “I don’t know anything about that,” said the four-time Oscar-nominated thespian, via ScreenRant. “Joel mentioned that there was something he wanted me to look at, or think about doing, but I don’t know if that was it or not.” So, perhaps the "rumor" sprouted from Joel Kinnaman pursuing Harris to play his supervillain character's father in the hotly-anticipated DC Comics adpatation. Anyhow, later during the Run All Night press junket, Kinnaman had talked more about his role in Suicide Squad, and praised writer/director David Ayer. “I love the script,” said the Robocop star. “It’s super »
Someday the mobsters, petty thugs and crooked cops of the world will finally get it through their thick skulls that you should never, ever mess with Liam Neeson’s family — not that audiences have reason to complain in the meantime, so long as they keep getting action pictures as straightforward and robustly satisfying as “Run All Night.” In his third and arguably most effective partnership with director Jaume Collet-Serra (after “Unknown” and “Non-Stop”), the 62-year-old Neeson puts his world-weary killer instincts to good use as an aging Brooklyn hit man trying to protect his estranged son — a twist that pushes this tense, elegantly assembled chase thriller into full-on male-weepie territory, so heavy with sins-of-the-fathers anguish that it almost plays out like a latter-day “Road to Perdition.” Yet Collet-Serra keeps things moving so nimbly that the emotions never turn leaden, suggesting that this Warner Bros. programmer could display some much-needed commercial »
- Justin Chang
Talking to MTV, Jai Courtney (Insurgent, Die Hard 5) has called his upcoming DC movie Suicide Squad “dark”, “cool” and “dope”. He plays Australian super(-ish) villain Captain Boomerang and has promised the film “won’t be a comic book movie we’ve seen before.”
He also told an anecdote about the weeks before he was cast:
“David Ayer was really the major point of attraction for me, with this. It’s funny, Shia Labeouf and I were on a road trip to New Orleans to work on a film we did together called Man Down. And we were talking about David because [Shia] had just done Fury. We were talking about that experience and I was fascinated by what he put the guys through in order to get ready for that. It sounded amazing.”
He then reveals he told Shia he would never do a comic book movie because he »
- Oli Davis
Director David Ayer's film had already cast Will Smith, Jai Courtney, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto and Cara Delevingne. Furthermore, Tom Hardy had been cast in the role of Rick Flag, before departing the project earlier this year.
Chatting to Allocine, the actor was quizzed on Suicide Squad, and he revealed that "all I can say is that I will be in the movie, and it's going to be amazing". And whilst he doesn't mention the words 'Rick' and 'Flag' at any point, »
Back in February, we reported that actor Joel Kinnaman had signed on to replace Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg in Warner Bros.' DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad, although the studio never confirmed the news. While doing press for his action-thriller Run All Night, in theaters this weekend, Joel Kinnaman told AlloCine that he is now officially part of the cast. Here's what he had to say in a succinct statement below:
"All I can say is that I will be in the movie, and it's going to be amazing."
In a separate interview with Uproxx, the actor was asked if he feels less pressure taking on a lesser-known character like Rick Flagg, as opposed to the title character in last year's RoboCop reboot. The actor teased that, while he does want to learn the back story of Rick Flagg, David Ayer is creating a new universe with this adaptation. »
Earlier today, Joel Kinnaman only shared one sentence about his role as Rick Flag in director David Ayers' Suicide Squad. However, in a new interview with Uproxx, Kinnaman goes into detail about the benefits of playing a comic book character that fans may not necessarily be overly familiar with. Said the RoboCop actor, "You want the backstory of the character, but I think this is also a universe that David Ayer is going to create – there’s a lot more. Also, when you’re doing the first movie in a comic book, you always have the leeway of you’re going to move it from a comic book to a film and put it in real life – you’re always going to make a lot of changes and create a new universe. So you’re kind of setting a precedent. When you’re remaking a movie that’s already »
It was reported back in mid-February that Warner Bros. and director David Ayer were looking at Joel Kinnaman (Run All Night, RoboCop) to replace the departed Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg in the DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad. Now we have official word from the actor via an interview with Allocine the he will indeed be in the film, though he isn't about to say which character just yet. "All I can say is that I'm going to be in the movie, and it's going to be amazing," Kinnaman said. In a separate interview he confirms he's playing Flagg. The following comes from Uproxx: You mention being aware of what the fans want, how does that play into what you want to do with Rick Flag in Suicide Squadc He's not a super known character, so maybe you don't have to worry about that as much and you can really own it. »
- Brad Brevet
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