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Having made his debut feature with the acclaimed 2008 thriller The Escapist, British filmmaker Rupert Wyatt directed the hugely successful Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes in 2011. Reviving a franchise that had long since slipped into the doldrums, it was hailed as a summer film with an all-too-rare streak of intelligence.
Wyatt's latest film is a very different proposition: a remake of the 1974 film starring James Caan, The Gambler is a slickly-written drama about a college professor (an against-the-grain Mark Wahlberg) in hock to some very dangerous people. With his debts mounting, Wahlberg's gambler resorts to a series of schemes to try to pay his way out of trouble, only for his self-destructive nature to send him sinking further into the mire.
As The Gambler's UK release approaches, we catch »
20th Century Fox's The Fantastic Four has been receiving praise this week, with an alleged studio employee claiming the reboot, "isn't a complete trainwreck" and is "a genuinely good movie." One day later, producer Matthew Vaughn added that, "it's good," and that fans of director Josh Trank's first movie Chronicle will enjoy The Fantastic Four. Today, we get a much different report from Bleeding Cool, where an unidentified "well-connected senior executive" described the movie as "a mess." The studio has gone ahead and ordered extensive reshoots, which could be the reason why we haven't seen the first trailer or even any photos as of yet, less than eight months until the release.
A rumor surfaced last year alleging that 20th Century Fox was quietly searching for other directors to take over for Josh Trank, though no one was willing to start over from scratch. While the studio denied the rumor at the time, »
The final guild/industry group to declare nominees did so this afternoon as the Motion Picture Sound Editors (Mpse) spoke up with a roll call of players for the 62nd Golden Reel Awards. On the film side of things, "Birdman" and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" had the best showing with three nominations each. I've been wondering if the latter could slide into Oscar play this year, but it's hard to gauge here, as "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" had a nice Mpse showing, too. In the effects/foley category, "Fury" is featured as well, also a strong possibility to pop up. All other expected players ("American Sniper," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Unbroken," etc.) are featured. We'll see how the sound branch shakes it all out tomorrow but I'm a little more confused by where they'll end up going than usual, I must say. Check out »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Associated Press reports the Academy Award winner behind “Titanic” and “The Terminator” dropped the bad news for fans hoping to see the first of three new movies in 2016 while promoting the local film industry in Wellington, New Zealand with “Hobbit” director Peter Jackson. Cameron filmed the 2009 blockbuster there, and has returned to produce the three sequels, which will be released over three consecutive years.
See photos: Disney Releases First Look at ‘Avatar »
- Greg Gilman
Andy Serkis’ performance capture studio to produce with Double Negative for Sky.Imaginarium Studios, in partnership with Double Negative, is to bring Fungus the Bogeyman to life for a new 4 x 60-minute series.UK broadcaster Sky 1 has commissioned the adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ classic family story and will comprise both live action and animated elements to bring the bestselling children’s book to life.The series will debut this Christmas and w
UK broadcaster Sky 1 has commissioned the adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ classic family story and will comprise both live action and animated elements to bring the bestselling children’s book to life.
The series will debut this Christmas and will be distributed internationally by Sky Vision.
The family »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
All workmanlike polish and no sense of play makes the remake of James Toback’s 1974 drama a very dull film indeed
The Gambler has a director’s name on it – a damn good director, as it happens – but really, like most movies these days, it was made by The Machine. The film was put together by skilled agents and casting directors (it has a cast that, on paper, at least, is out of this world), while the script got passed around among the top directors, after Scorsese spent time developing it with his Departed writer William Monahan. He jumped ship, and when the bottle finally stopped spinning, it pointed at Rupert Wyatt, helmsman of the excellent Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.
All of which sounds pretty peachy, right? Stars all aligned, script polished to a gleaming sheen, everyone burning on all cylinders. Hitsville, here we come!
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- John Patterson
With an underrated drama currently in theaters ("The Gambler," a flawed, but worthwhile remake featuring a committed performance from Mark Wahlberg), and having single-handedly rebooted a major franchise with "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes," director Rupert Wyatt seemed to arrive out of nowhere. But you don't get a parking spot in Hollywood without something vouching for you, and for Wyatt, it was his 2008 prison drama "The Escapist." Led by Brian Cox as a veteran convict with an escape plan, the movie didn't win raves, but got noticed in the right places, enough to allow for the right meetings to get set up, and for Wyatt to launch his career. And now, the movie is getting a remake. Legendary Pictures announced (via Collider) that Liam Neeson will get grizzled in the lead role in the movie, which is currently searching for a director, but has a script from Sean O'Keefe. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With it being Neeson Season and all, I guess it's only appropriate a new project is in the works starring the actor. It's being reported that Liam Neeson will star in Legendary Pictures' remake of the 2008 prisoner thriller The Escapist. The original U.K. film was Rupert Wyatt's (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, The Gambler) directorial debut, and it starred Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes and Dominic Cooper. No director has been announced, but Wyatt is attached to »
- Jesse Giroux
Legendary Pictures announced a deal for impressive Cold in July director Jim Mickle to be at the helm of a new project called Esperanza, based on the book of the same name by John N. Maclean. And in that news, they also revealed another developing project elsewhere. First of all, Sean O'Keefe, a writer who has had several scripts picked up but not produced into feature films yet, will be scripting Esperanza, the story of a Spartan culture of firefighters battling the ‘perfect storm’ of wildfires. Sounds like 300 meets Planes: Fire & Rescue to me. And it's O'Keefe who is also behind that aforementioned project we learned was in the works. In the same press release, it's mentioned that O'Keefe is working on a remake of The Escapist. The original UK thriller was directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Gambler), who will produce the remake now. »
- Ethan Anderton
Liam Neeson’s shift from solid drama actor to all-out action badass came rather late in his acting career. As this Friday sees the release of trilogy-closer, Taken 3, does this mean he might be heading for new waters? By the looks of his next project, the answer to that question is a resounding no. Just because Bryan Mills is retiring (we’ll see) doesn’t mean that Neeson has to relinquish his ass-kicking credentials, as he’ll be carrying on his action-packed antics in The Escapist.
A remake of Rupert Wyatt’s British thriller, Studio Canal are taking the reins on this Americanized take on The Escapist. It’s assumed that Neeson will tackle the role Brian Cox commandeered in the first movie, and it’ll be a change to see him dishing out orders while his lackeys do the heavy lifting.
In the 2009 original, Cox starred as a »
- Gem Seddon
Liam Neeson is attached to star in a remake of The Escapist, the 2009 film that served as the directorial debut of Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Gambler). Sean O'Keefe is writing the screenplay, but no director is attached at this time. It isn't known when production may begin on the StudioCanal action thriller.
The original film The Escapist starred Brian Cox as a convict serving a life sentence, who recruits his fellow inmates to stage a prison break, so he can visit his ailing daughter. Damian Lewis, Joseph Fiennes, Liam Cunningham, Dominic Cooper and Steven Mackintosh rounded out the supporting cast in The Escapist, which helped pave the way for Rupert Wyatt to direct Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Actor Brian Cox revealed to us in a 2011 interview that he was so impressed with Rupert Wyatt's work in The Escapist, that he »
Liam Neeson is reportedly attached to star in a remake of the 2008 British prison thriller "The Escapist" for StudioCanal. Sean O'Keefe is writing the screenplay, but no director is attached at present.
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" helmer Rupert Wyatt made his directorial debut on the original which starred Brian Cox as a convict serving a life sentence. He recruits his fellow inmates to stage a prison break so he can visit his ailing daughter.
Damian Lewis, Joseph Fiennes, Dominic Cooper and Liam Cunningham also starred in the original which led to Wyatt's gig rebooting the 'Apes' franchise. Neeson can be seen in cinemas this week with "Taken 3".
Source: Collider »
- Garth Franklin
The Gambit character, who debuted in 1990, is an expert card-thrower and has the power to manipulate kinetic energy.
Fox also announced Monday that it had set or shifted dates for six other films — most notably, moving its next “Planet of the Apes” movie back a year to July 14, 2017.
The studio had originally planned to open its ninth “Planet of the Apes” on July 29, 2016. Instead, Fox has taken the “Fantastic Four” sequel off July 14, 2017, and moved it forward six weeks to June 2, 2017.
- Dave McNary
With director Rupert Wyatt’s (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) The Gambler now playing in theaters, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with the busy director. As most of you know from the trailers, the remake stars Mark Wahlberg as a literature professor whose gambling spirals out of control, affecting both himself and those around him. The film also stars Brie Larson, Jessica Lange, John Goodman, and Michael K. Williams. As you might imagine with a script by William Monahan, the film is loaded with incredible dialogue and tense, edge-of-your-seat sequences. During the extended interview Wyatt talked about making The Gambler, Monahan's script, how his first cut differed from the final product, deleted scenes, what he would have done with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Wyatt also talked about his first feature, The Escapist, and how it's found a new audience on Netflix (if you've »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
In years past on Daily Dead, I’ve gone back and forth on whether we should run an end of the year list. There are always movies that I recognize are really well made, but I didn’t like and is it even fair to run a “Best” list when there’s the odd movie that I didn’t get a chance to see? It was enough to drive me insane and so I decided to do something a bit different in 2013. This year, we return with our “Favorites of the Year” lists and the difference here is that we’re not just highlighting movies. Instead, we’re sharing our favorite genre experiences of the year with our readers, which could be a favorite movie, collectible, event, or person. Check back every day this week to find out what made the cut for the rest of the Daily Dead team. »
- Jonathan James
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