11 items from 2015
Alex Garland's taut, tense directorial debut Ex Machina is many things: it's a claustrophobic thriller, a high-concept science fiction story, a character-driven chamber play, an exploration of the possibilities of artificial intelligence and a treatise on human consciousness.
It's also breathlessly entertaining, representing a very smooth transition to directing for veteran writer-producer Garland, whose past CV highlights include Danny Boyle's Sunshine, Kazuo Ishiguro adaptation Never Let Me Go and 2012's good-against-the-odds Dredd reboot.
The film is essentially a three-hander - with another key character coming into play later on - centred on everyman programmer Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), who is selected to take part in a groundbreaking artificial intelligence experiment. The AI in question is Ava (Alicia Vikander), created by the reclusive Nathan (Oscar Isaac) to be the world's first genuinely conscious machine.
Digital Spy sat down with Garland, Vikander and Gleeson to discuss how Ex Machina came to be, »
An adaptation of Bill Willingham’s popular Fables comic book series has been in the works for quite some time now, but never really gained traction. Today, however, the film’s producer offered up an intriguing and encouraging update.
We learned back in June of 2013 that A Royal Affair helmer Nikolaj Arcel (who was once on the shortlist for Marvel’s Doctor Strange) would be bringing the DC/Vertigo comic to the big screen, and according to producer David Heyman (Gravity, Harry Potter), that’s still very much the case. On top of that, the movie now has a new screenwriter, in the form of Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class scribe Jane Goldman.
Heyman dropped the news in a recent interview with Cbr:
“Jane Goldman is working on a draft as we speak. Nik Arcel is attached [to direct]. He did a draft, and now he’s supervising Jane, who’s doing a draft. »
- James Garcia
A big-screen adaptation of Bill Willingham’s popular Fables comic series has been in the works at Warner Brothers for quite some time now, but has not had a substantial update in nearly two years. Thankfully, that’s now changed, as the film has gained a new screenwriter in the form of Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and Kingsman: The Secret Service scribe Jane Goldman.
Goldman will pen a draft that builds upon the one written by A Royal Affair director Nikolaj Arcel, who jumped on board to helm the film back in 2013. The update comes from producer David Heyman (Gravity, Harry Potter), who assures us that Arcel is still involved and offers words of encouragement for those eager to see the DC/Vertigo comic brought to life:
“Jane Goldman is working on a draft as we speak. Nik Arcel is attached [to direct]. He did a draft, and now he’s supervising Jane, »
- James Garcia
While promoting his new family movie Paddington, producer David Heyman offered an update on his Vertigo Comics adaptation Fables, revealing that Kick-Ass screenwriter Jane Goldman has signed on to pen a new draft of the screenplay. Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) is still attached to direct, and is overseeing this new script by Goldman. Here's what the producer had to say in an interview with Comic Book Resources.
"Jane Goldman is working on a draft as we speak. Nikolaj Arcel is attached [to direct]. He did a draft, and now he's supervising Jane, who's doing a draft. Hoping that it'll come in and we'll be able to move to the next stage. All these things always take longer than you want. And Fables is not easy, by any means, but I think it'll be pretty great."
There hasn't been any movement on the planned film adaptation of the DC and Vertigo series Fables since director Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) joined the project back in June of 2013. But according to producer David Heyman, a big screen version of the Bill Willingham comics is still in the works, and Kingsman: The Secret Service and X-men: Days Of Future Past scribe Jane Goldman has been hired to write the script. Jane is working on a draft of Fables as we speak. Nik Arcel »
- Jesse Giroux
Any fan of comic book movies should know the name of screen writer Jane Goldman. She's already proven she's adept at adaptions of comic-book properties, such as Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, and the upcoming Kingsman: The Secret Service (all with her frequent partner in crime, director Matthew Vaughn), as well as making quite the name outside of the comic book genre by penning Stardust and The Woman in Black. Now, Empire are reporting she has signed on as scribe for the long announced adaption of Vertigo's, DC's mature readers imprint, Fables, which imagines a world where not only are fairy tale characters real, they also live among us, with all their powers intact, in the magically camouflaged New York neighbourhood, Fabletown. With A Royal Affair's Nikolaj Arcel at the helm, Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect, The Fantastic Four) was originally on board, and it is unknown how much of »
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Almost two years ago came word that the famed comic book series "Fables" was being turned into a feature film, not surprising as attempts have been made to adapt the property before.
At the time Jeremy Slater (*"The Lazarus Effect," "The Fantastic Four") was linked as the film's writer. This week there's word that scribe Jane Goldman ("Kick-Ass," "X-Men: First Class," "Kingsman: The Secret Service") is currently working on a draft with "A Royal Affair" director Nikolaj Arcel who is attached to helm. The film's producer David Heyman tells Cbr and Empire:
"[Arcel] did a draft, and now he's supervising Jane, who's doing a draft. Hoping that it'll come in and we'll be able to move to the next stage. All these things always take longer than you want. And 'Fables' is not easy, by any means, but I think it'll be pretty great.”
Talking about his fondness for the property, »
- Garth Franklin
It's been some time now since it was revealed that Warner Bros is developing a film of the Vertigo Comics property, Fables. Back in June 2013, it was revealed that Harry Potter producer David Heyman was overseeing the project, and that Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) was set to direct.
As it turns out, the project remains an active one. Arcel is still on board to direct the film, but as producer Heyman has told Comic Book Resources, "Jane Goldman is working on a draft as we speak". Goldman previously co-penned screenplays for Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and the incoming Kingsman: The Secret Service, amongst others.
Heyman revealed that Nikolaj Arcel had previously done a draft of the film, and that "now he's supervising Jane, who's doing a draft. Hopefully that'll »
It's been a good 18 months since we last heard any news about the film adaptation of DC/Vertigo Comics' Fables. At that point Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) had just come aboard as director, with Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect and the new Fantastic Four) writing the script. Since then it's been eerily quiet, but producer David Heyman has just revealed that development is ongoing, and that Jane Goldman is now taking a crack at the screenplay.Goldman is, of course, no stranger to putting comics on the screen, having previously written Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and the incoming Kingsman: The Secret Service. She also penned the adaptations of Neil Gaiman's Stardust and Susan Hill's The Woman In Black, with more than a modicum of success."Jane is working on a draft of Fables as we speak," says Heyman. "Nik Arcel [who's still attached to direct] did a draft, and now he’s supervising Jane, »
After a '70s BBC TV adaptation, Vera Brittain's World War I memoir Testament of Youth comes to the big screen this week under the stewardship of Harry Potter producer David Heyman and director James Kent. What emerges is a well-mounted drama that's a moving look at the seismic effect the Great War had on a generation.
Fast-rising Swedish star Alicia Vikander is the beating heart of the story, bringing spirit and steely determination (not to mention an impeccable British accent) to the role of Brittain. This will come as no surprise to those who caught her in A Royal Affair and Anna Karenina, and with Testament of Youth the first of eight films she has coming up in 2015, it's looking like a big year. »
By Anjelica Oswald
The nine foreign-language films shortlisted by the Academy hail from three continents: South America, Europe and Africa. From South America, Argentina’s Wild Tales and Venezuela’s The Liberator made the list. From Africa, Mauritania’s Timbuktu did as well. From Europe, Estonia’s Tangerines, Georgia’s Corn Island, the Netherlands’ Accused, Poland’s Ida, Russia’s Leviathan and Sweden’s Force Majeure all made the top nine.
This year could mark the first Oscar nomination for Estonia, Georgia, Mauritania (whose film was the country’s first Oscar-submitted film) and Venezuela. Argentina, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden have each received two Oscar nominations in the past 14 years. Of those four countries, Argentina is the only one to win an Oscar, which it did in 2010 for The Secret in Their Eyes. If Russia lands a nomination, it will be the country’s second in the 21st century. »
- Anjelica Oswald
11 items from 2015
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