7 items from 2015
Unfriended is a low budget horror film produced by Timur Bekmambetov. The film takes place entirely on a laptop screen and features six teenagers communicating via Skype when someone unexpectedly joins their call, someone who claims to be a girl named Laura Barns, a classmate of theirs who committed suicide a year ago. Soon after the first Unfriended trailer hit the web, it collected millions of views. It’s also racked up some serious social media attention with 261,951 tweets using the hashtag #Unfriended published in a single day, beating Fifty Shades of Grey’s record of 240,697 tweets the first day its trailer was released. The found footage genre has been long mastered by the authors of horror films, but Unfriended is still considered to be a fresh take not only in the genre, but also in cinematic language. Unfriended sparked a huge stir at the Fantasia International Film Festival in »
- Elizaveta Chalenko
The 2008 movie Wanted was a good, solid hit for Universal Pictures and director Timur Bekmambetov. So much so that pretty much ever since, there's been chatter about a possible sequel. A sequel that, you've probably noticed, hasn't materialised.
In truth, we'd assumed that Wanted 2 was a dead project. The last we heard on it was a couple of years ago, and it just seemed like the film had missed its moment. Yet director Bekmambetov is still keen to move things forward.
In a new chat with Collider, he revealed that "for my part, I already have the concept of the new story. I have all the screenwriters and co-producers on board. I've seen that some websites have even posted the posters of Wanted 2! I think there »
It.s been close to seven years since Wanted smashed into cinemas in such gloriously over-the-top fashion that it instantly developed a fervent fan-base. Talk of a sequel has come and gone with every subsequent film that its rich ensemble and creative team have been involved in, and the subject of Wanted 2 has once again risen during a discussing with director Timur Bekmambetov - who insists that he.d love for it to happen and wants his original stars to return. During his chat with Collider, Bekmambetov admitted that he.s already been hard at work on Wanted 2. In fact, he.s already outlined the story for the film, got a team on-board to bring it to fruition, and he even teased that he wants to work with all of the original cast members from the original; even the ones who died in the film. Said the director, »
With rising star James McAvoy starring opposite Hollywood starlet Angeline Jolie, a high-octane premise that kicks physics to the kerb, not to mention a respective box office haul of around $340 million, you’d be forgiven for believing that a direct sequel to Timur Bekmambetov’s Wanted was set in stone. However, in the six years that have lapsed since the release of the original, there is still no concrete sign of a Wanted 2.
Granted, members of the cast and crew have been vocal about the follow-up’s chances in the past, even going so far as to hinting that a potential sequel could continue the bullet-bending action with those two aforementioned stars, McAvoy and Jolie. Couple this with Universal’s most recent statement citing that the studio was waiting on the right script and Wanted 2 showcases all the symptoms of a sequel that has irrefutably stalled during development for one reason or another. »
- Michael Briers
At last report two years ago, Universal was said to be waiting for the right story to come along before proceeding with the sequel. This week, Collider spoke with Bekmambetov himself who revealed that said story is apparently ready and now it's up to the studio:
"For my part I already have the concept of the new story. I have all the screenwriters and co-producers on board. I’ve seen that some websites have even posted the posters of Wanted 2! I think there are a lot of people waiting for the second part of the story we’ve made in 2008.
Unfortunately, Universal is still thinking about the possible dates of the pre-production start. I know that the movie should be released, »
- Garth Franklin
It's been more than two years since we last heard about Wanted 2, the long-gestating sequel to Timur Bekmambetov's adaptation of Mark Millar's comic Wanted. The 2008 film, which was most notable for it's over-the-top style and casual disregard of physics, followed Wesley (James McAvoy), a timid and frustrated man stuck in a cubicle who discovers he's the progeny of a legendary hitman in league with a clan of superhuman assassins (Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, Common, Konstantin Khabenskiy) called the Fraternity. Back in 2013, McAvoy said that Universal was "doing the right thing" by waiting for the right story before moving forward with the sequel. According to Bekmambetov, that story is ready. [caption id="attachment_443023" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Universal[/caption] Yesterday, our contributor Elizaveta Chalenko spoke with the director about the prospect of Wanted 2, and he's definitely still up for it. Not only is he still interested in making the sequel, he's got »
- Haleigh Foutch
At one point, it was going to be Guillermo del Toro directing a live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast over at Warner Bros. with Emma Watson set to star as Belle. Well, at the same time Disney was developing a of their own and now that del Toro is no longer involved at WB, Disney is the only one left in the game and they've got Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, Dreamgirls) directing and Watson now confirmed for the lead role in their feature. It's an interesting turn of events considering Watson had been loosely attached to the WB version since 2011, but it seems she's the right actor for the part no matter where it's being made or who is directing as production on Disney's feature is expected to begin later this year. Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the screenplay with a career that so »
- Brad Brevet
7 items from 2015
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