15 items from 2016
Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016
They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...
The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.
The Exorcist II (1977)
Budget: $14 million
Like most films made for purely financial reasons, »
"Slumdog Millionaire" and "Immortals" actress Freida Pinto has scored the female lead role in Showtime and Sky Atlantic's six-part mini-series "Guerrilla" which is being produced by Green Door Pictures, Fifty Fathoms, ABC Signature and Stearns Castle.
Idris Elba and "12 Years a Slave" scribe John Ridley serve as executive producers on the story about a politically active couple whose relationship is tested when they liberate a charismatic political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London.
Their ultimate target becomes the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism. Pinto will play the wife of the couple, the husband has yet to be cast. Elba has a supporting role in the production, though details of it have yet to be revealed.
Ridley will write the majority of the episodes and direct the first two, while Sam Miller »
- Garth Franklin
Ancient Egypt - a land of pyramids, colossal statues and unconvincing scorpions. Did you know that, in the time of the pharoahs, gods lived among ordinary mortals and could transform into huge, fire-spouting robots? Director Alex Proyas’ Gods Of Egypt may have been demolished by critics when it appeared in the Us earlier this year, but it’s certainly educational.
Proyas previously brought us such dark and moody delights as The Crow and Dark City, but Gods Of Egypt is completely unlike anything he’s made before. It’s big, it’s camp, it’s awash with CGI which varies in quality from shot to shot. In style and tone, it belongs in that same odd category of action fantasy films as Louis Leterrier’s Clash Of The Titans »
Back in April, Netflix picked up the rights to Death Note, after they expired while the project was at Warner Bros. This adaptation of the popular Japanese manga series is now moving forward, with Nat Wolff joining the cast in April. Now we have word of another casting addition, Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton). No details were given for his character.
Almost exactly six years after Warner Bros. first acquired the rights to the http://movieweb.com/x-men-apocalypse-kodi-smit-mcphee-nightcrawler-photo/Japanese manga comic Death Note, Warner Bros. hired director Adam Wingard (The Guest) to take the helm last April. We reported last year that director Gus Van Sant was attached to the project, which previously had Shane Black set to direct back in 2011. Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect) wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay.
The plot, based on the original manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, follows a student who discovers a strange notebook, which allows him to kill anyone whose name he writes in it. The student decides to rid the world of all men and women he deems to be evil, while a police officer starts tracking him down, as the bodies keep piling up. The script had been previously worked on by Charley Parlapanides and Vlas Parlapanides (Immortals) and the writing team of Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, before Jeremy Slater came on board.
Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Jason Hoffs and Masi Oka are producing, with Doug Davison and Brian Witten serving as executive producers. Adam Wingard's other directorial credits include A Horrible Way to Die, You're Next and segments of horror anthology films such as V/H/S, V/H/S/2 and The ABCs of Death. Netflix hasn't issued a release date at this time, so stay tuned.
Keith Stanfield made his feature acting debut in 2013's Short Term 12, and went on to star in The Purge: Anarchy, Selma, Dope and the blockbuster biopic Straight Outta Compton. He most recently starred in another biopic, Miles Ahead, and he will next be seen in Snowden and Memoria. We'll be sure to keep you posted with more on Death Note as we get closer to production starting this summer. »
"The Fall" and "Immortals" director Tarsem Singh helms all ten episodes of the series which stars Adria Arjona as Dorothy, Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Lucas 'The Scarecrow' and Florence Kasumba as the Wicked Witch of the East - all three of which can be seen in the first look pictures below from EW.
The network has yet to set an air date.
- Garth Franklin
Producers have tapped Harrison Query to adapt the script, based on Gerald E. Kelly’s book “Honor for Sale: The Darkest Chapter in the History of New York’s Finest.” Kelly, a former police officer, recounts the years from 1969 to 1976 and the theft of 500 pounds of narcotics from the NYPD’s Property Clerk’s office — including some of the heroin seized during the famed “French Connection” case.
Kelly story focuses on a Special Investigations Unit detective who replaced suitcases of drugs with flour during various visits to the Property Room over three years and died under suspicious circumstances in 1972 as investigations into the Siu were getting underway. »
- Dave McNary
Ic Title Match: Wade Barrett (C) vs. The Miz
Mark Henry vs. Ryback
Fandango vs. Chris Jericho
World Heavyweight Title Match: Alberto Del Rio (C) w/ Ricardo Rodriguez vs. Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter
For The Shield‘s first WrestleMania match, I expected something just as good as, if not better than, their debut match at »
- Shaun Eddleston
Michael Cole w/Jack Swagger vs. Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler (Win by Dq)
Triple H vs. The Undertaker (No Holds Barred Match)
For anyone who’s has ever had the pleasure (or perhaps, displeasure) of watching WrestleMania Xxvii, you will know that there are quite a significant number »
- Jackson Ball
The British Bulldogs & Tit Santana vs. The Hart Foundation & Danny Davis
Koko B. Ware vs. ‘The Natural’ Butch Reed w/Slick
- Jackson Ball
It’s tempting to want to give too much credit to Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt for sheer invention. Not since last year’s polarizing belly flop, Jupiter Ascending, has a blockbuster been so filled to the brim with intricate, nonsensical, transcendently stupid world building. Within the first twenty minutes, an amber-encrusted Egypt obsessed with pageantry and grand gestures becomes a fiery hellscape ruled by winged mechs with designs based on dense Egyptian mythology shooting laser beams at each other.
From there, the mythology keeps building an ornate, jeweled ladder to nowhere, throwing in every manner of insane set decoration, from immortal leviathans made of smoke to chariots led by gigantic scarabs to floating portals to nether realms. But while the film becomes a constant test to outdo itself, the raw ambition isn’t nearly enough to make up for the content of the actual film: an ungainly, ugly, nearly interminable monstrosity. »
- Michael Snydel
After several years of delays, The Hollywood Gang production company is finally moving forward with Robin Hood 2058, which offers a futuristic take on the classic Robin Hood story. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the production company has brought on British writer Tony Lee to work on the script. Other writers who have worked on the project in the past include Jason Dean Hall (Paranoia) and Michael Ross (The Throwaways). Gianni Nunnari, known for his work on 300 and Immortals is producing with The Hollywood Gang.
The story is set in a futuristic, dystopian version of London, following a rogue MI5 agent on a mission to avenge injustice. The project's working title Robin Hood 2058 is believed to change at some point, but the site didn't reveal what the replacement title may be. Despite the massively different setting, writer Tony Lee revealed that he plans on staying faithful to the original source material. »
A reimagining of Robin Hood, set 40 years in the future, is pressing ahead...
The latest in the string of adaptations-that-aren't-really-adaptations just got a scriptwriter with a background in comics. We're referring to the 'futuristic Robin Hood' project currently in development at The Hollywood Gang, the production house headed by 300 and Immortals producer Gianni Nunnari.
Tony Lee just signed onto to pen the script for the adaptation, one of several Robin Hood projects in various stages of development. This one, described as a Robin Hood reimagining, is said to be set in a 'dystopian London with a rogue MI5 agent on a mission to avenge injustice', according to The Hollywood Reporter.
With a working title of Robin Hood 2058, one can only imagine how loosely this adaptation might be based on the original tale of Robin Hood, Sherwood, and his Merry Men. However, Lee does seem a good man for the job, »
New York Times bestselling author Tony Lee has been brought onboard to work on the script for a futuristic reimagining of Robin Hood that is in the works at Hollywood Gang.
Jason Dean Hall ("American Sniper") and Michael Ross ("The Throwaways") worked on previous drafts of the script which is set in a dystopian London and follows a rogue MI5 agent on a mission to avenge injustice.
It's one of several Robin Hood films in development with rivals in the works at Sony, Warner, Disney and Lionsgate - the latter the furthest along with a project called "Robin Hood: Origins" starring "Kingsman" breakout actor Taron Egerton.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
The votes are in, and Ryan Kavanaugh's plan for the reorganization of Relativity Media has commanded a huge amount of "accept" votes from creditors. But don't count on the studio behind such films as Immortals, Limitless and The Fighter emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy just yet. Sure, some of Kavanaugh's recent antagonists including Cortland Capital and Manchester Securities have voted to accept the plan, as has the Directors Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild, along with more than 85 percent of unsecured creditors. There are certainly notable objectors, too, including Nicholas Sparks Productions (which co-produced Relativity’s Safe Haven)
- Eriq Gardner
After a tumultuous year for Relativity Media that saw the independent company fall into Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late July, founder Ryan Kavanaugh is facing daunting challenges to reinvigorate his operation as 2016 gets underway. Following a series of lackluster films, the retreat of financial partners and accusations of fraud from a couple of one-time business allies, Relativity is looking at a tough road to recovery. Hollywood watchers are wondering whether the 41-year-old entrepreneur can right the ship and return the company to being a full-functioning entertainment enterprise. Here are 10 questions to help better understand whether Kavanaugh and his beleaguered company can stage a successful comeback this year.
Where is the money?
The reorganization plan Kavanaugh submitted to U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Michael Wiles calls for $100 million in new equity investment. But as the new year dawned, Relativity’s disclosure statements still left a big blank as to the source of that crucial money. »
- James Rainey
15 items from 2016
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