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*full disclosure: an online screener of this film was provided by Vision Films. It is hard to recommend a film that borrows so heavily from others. The Employer, from director Frank Merle, is an almost complete adaption of Stuart Hazeldine's United Kingdom shot Exam (2009). Both films deal with anonymous corporations and strange hiring practices. While it is not unusual to see a horror film borrow from another, The Employer is a film that this critic has seen many times before. And, The Employer does not bring anything new to the claustrophobic style of filmmaking, which has been seen in films such as The Steam Experiment, 247°F and many others. Instead, this film is very predictable, with Malcolm McDowell's performance as the boss, the only reason to watch. Exam and The Employer have very comparable stories. Both films deal with some very ambitious job seekers. Their ambition is turned »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
Heat, Public Enemies and Ali helmer Michael Mann has revealed that his next project will be an adaptation of the 2008 Bernard Corwell novel Agincourt, published as Azincourt in the Us. We first heard of Mann’s involvement in the big-screen version of the novel via an article at Collider back in 2011, but now the news is that Mann has officially got things going on the project by bringing British writer Stuart Hazeldine (Exam) on board to turn said novel into a screenplay.
Amazon outlines the story:
Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a cursed past–haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, »
- Paul Heath
Michael Mann has chosen his next project. It’ll be an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s 2008 novel Agincourt, which tells the story of an archer who comes of age under Henry V as the king prepares to lead his outnumbered English troops against the French in the Battle Of Agincourt. British writer Stuart Hazeldine has been brought aboard to adapt the film.
Here’s a full synopsis of the movie:
Agincourt (Azincourt in French) is one of the most famous battles ever fought; the victory of a small, despised, sick and hungry army over an enemy that massively outnumbered it. Azincourt, the novel coming soon, tells the story of that small army; how it embarked from England confident of victory, but was beaten down and horribly weakened by the stubborn French defence of Harfleur.
By the end of that siege common-sense dictated that the army sail for home, but Henry V »
- Laura Frances
Michael Mann is hard at work preparing to direct his next film, an untitled thriller about cyber crime, but while he prepares to roll cameras on that project he is still thinking about the future. One of his long in-development projects, the 15th century war story Agincourt, is getting some of the dust blown off of it. According to Deadline, screenwriter Stuart Hazeldine has been hired to do a rewrite of the script for the upcoming film, which is based on the book by Bernard Cornwell. Set in the 15th century, the story follows an man who grows up under the rule of King Henry V, gets recognized as an incredibly skilled archer and goes to the Battle of Agincourt to fight for his country against the French. Hazeldine's only feature credit is the 2009 thriller Exam, which he also directed. This won't be the first time that Mann has made »
Exam writer/director Stuart Hazeldine is no stranger to writing for big projects and big name directors. His next gig looks to follow that trend, as no lesser a filmmaker than Michael Mann has Hazeldine toiling on a new draft of Agincourt.Based on Sharpe creator Bernard Cornwell’s 2008 novel Azincourt, the film will follow a young man who sees the opportunity for a second chance. Our hero is Nicholas Hook, an archer who comes of age under Henry V as the king prepares to lead his outnumbered English troops against the French at the Battle Of Agincourt, as immortalised in Shakespeare’s Henry V. Hook has a death sentence on his head, but is saved when his skills with the bow catch the attention of the king. The archer develops into a warrior and falls in love with a young woman whose virtue he saved from a lecherous priest. »
We have tracked the entire life cycle of Steven Spielberg's relationship with Gods and Kings, a Moses biopic written by Michael Green (Green Lantern) and Stuart Hazeldine (Exam). Warner Bros. asked Spielberg in September 2011. The director entered negotiations in November 2011. He was reportedly near a deal in January 2012. And now, according to Deadline, Spielberg has decided to drop the project. This is sad news for Warner Bros., but now they are free to move on---after all, time is an issue, because ideally the studio would like to beat Ridley Scott's competing Moses biopic (now titled Exodus) in the race to the multiplex. WB has reached out to Ang Lee to direct, now that he's caught up to Spielberg's two Best Director Oscars with his Life of Pi win. Lee is said to be interested, but hasn't taken a formal meeting yet. This is sure to be a high »
- Brendan Bettinger
Most of you will know Stuart Hazeldine for his blazing debut feature Exam, a tense and claustrophobic thriller starring Jimi Mistry and Colin Salmon, but you may also know him as a prolific Twitterphile and one of Hollywood’s hottest screenwriter.
With credits like The Mutant Chronicles and the as-yet-unproduced Paradise Lost adaptation (originally cast with Bradley Cooper and Benjamin Walker before the funding got pulled), as well as a whole host of uncredited rewrites on the likes of The Day The Earth Stood Still, and spec scripts for sequels to Alien and Blade Runner, he is a force to be reckoned with, both as a writer and as a director.
Stuart was kind enough to give me some of his time and discuss his career to date and his directing methods, as well as 3D, Stress and, er, Tripods…
Thanks for your time, Stuart. Let’s start with the »
- Oscar Harding
7 items from 2013
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