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The Shack Adaptation Lands Director Stuart Hazeldine

7 November 2014 12:13 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Finally, an adaptation of William P. Young’s inspirational Christian bestseller The Shack is picking up steam over at Lionsgate, now that the studio has set Stuart Hazeldine to sit behind the camera on the project.

Hazeldine doesn’t have too much directing experience, but he’s made his mark on the film industry by scripting multiple epics, from Gods and Kings (the Moses pic which Steven Spielberg was developing before Ridley Scott powered ahead with Exodus) to Irish war saga Gods and Men and Bernard Cromwell adaptation Agincourt (which has Michael Mann set to direct). Previously, Hazeldine also helmed the BAFTA-nominated indie Exam, which he also wrote, and the short film Christian, about Jesus Christ disguising himself as a 14-year old boy to visit a tough British high school.

On The Shack, Hazeldine will be working from a script by John Fusco (Hidalgo, Netflix’s Marco Polo, upcoming Crouching Tiger, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Stuart Hazeldine Finds The Shack

5 November 2014 4:03 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Almost a year ago now, it looked like Forest Whitaker would be taking on an adaptation of William Paul Young’s bestseller The Shack as his next directing gig. He’s moved on since then, and now Lionsgate/Summit has found someone else for the job: step forward Exam’s Stuart Hazeldine.John Fusco has written the adaptation, which will follow a character named Mackenzie Allen Phillips who, while trying to recover from a huge personal tragedy, receives a mysterious note that invites him to the titular structure.The most intriguing part of the note is that it’s signed Papa, his wife’s nickname for God. Phillips decides to play along, and discovers that the Shack has more of a Biblical overtone than even the note suggested.Williams’ book hit shelves in 2007 and has been in development since 2013, when Summit bought the rights. Hazeldine has been busy as a »

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2011

12 March 2014 4:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Mar 2014 - 05:44

Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2011, and a great year for lesser-seen gems...

Even a cursory glance at the top 10 grossing films of 2011 reveals something strange: nine of the entries are sequels. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 brought the fantasy franchise to a close with a staggering $1.3bn haul. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon wasn't too far behind with just over $1.1bn. On Stranger Tides continued the Pirates Of The Caribbean series' wave of success, despite mixed reviews.

Elsewhere in the top 10, you'll find another Twilight, a fourth Mission: Impossible, a second Kung Fu Panda, a fifth Fast, another Hangover, and further Cars. Standing alone on the list is The Smurfs, the adaptation of Peyo's Belgian comic strip. In fact, 2011 saw the release of no fewer than 28 sequels - the most we've yet seen in any given year. »

- ryanlambie

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2009

19 February 2014 5:01 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40

The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...

The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.

Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...

25. A Perfect Getaway

A really good, »

- ryanlambie

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