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Back in 2007, Zack Snyder's "300" came out and pretty much blew everyone's minds.
Based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller, just like 2005's similarly stylized "Sin City," the film told the story of the ancient Spartans, led by Gerard Butler's King Leonidas, who, with an army of just 300, went up against the considerable military might of the golden god king Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro). The film was gorgeous and gory -- a blood-splattered living comic book that favored balls-to-the-walls coolness over characterization or plot cohesiveness.
Now, a cool seven years later, a sequel has arisen in the form of "300: Rise of an Empire," based again on a Frank Miller comic book, although one that, at the time of this writing, has gone unpublished. This time, the movie centers on Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton), who led the Athenian army against a similar (but much more water-logged) battle against Xerxes (again »
- Drew Taylor
Empire Strikes Back: Murro Piggy-back’s Off Snyder’s Initial Action Epic
Though director Zach Snyder may not be returning for director duties of 300: Rise of an Empire, fans of the first film should certainly be sated by the similar Frank Miller inspired spirit of the predecessor, helmed by relative newcomer Noam Murro (this is his sophomore film feature, which the first film also happened to be in Snyder’s filmography). This time around, we’re in the concurrent time frame of when the initial film is set, witnessing a brooding back story that boils into revenge driven violence both before, during, and after King Leonidas guides his fateful Spartans into the Hot Gates, where all does not end well (and Butler fans get to catch a glimpse or two of him in flashback). But what this latest chapter has that its predecessor does not is twin flames of »
- Nicholas Bell
Eva Green stalks this movie with pride and honor, and is almost the only thing worth watching amidst frenetic CGI cartoon battle action and endless ancient carnage. I’m “biast” (pro): loved 300
I’m “biast” (con): worried about Zack Snyder’s absence as director
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I’m beginning to understand how supervillains get born. Cuz I was rooting for the evil superbitch Persian naval commander Artemisia here, and I’m not even going to apologize for it.
Look, Hollywood: You mostly ignore us women, treat us like prizes to be won by heroes and blithering morons whose only goal in life is to find husbands. You tell us, in effect, that the stories of our lives aren’t worth telling, that we only matter as adjuncts to men’s stories. And then you give us a movie like 300: Rise of an Empire, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have provided Latino-Review with a new featurette for 300: Rise of an Empire, which focuses on the villains of the film.
The action adventure stars Sullivan Stapleton (“Gangster Squad”) as Themistokles and Eva Green (“Dark Shadows,” “Casino Royale”) as Artemisia. Lena Headey reprises her starring role from “300” as the Spartan Queen, Gorgo; Hans Matheson (“Clash of the Titans”) stars as Aeskylos; David Wenham returns as Dilios, and Rodrigo Santoro stars again as the Persian King, Xerxes.
Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war.
300: Rise of an Empire pits Themistokles against the massive »
- Kellvin Chavez
Director Ruben Fleischer blew a shotgun shell-sized hole into cinema when he debuted Zombieland.s gory and silly shenanigans to the world, and followed that up with the underrated caper comedy 30 Minutes or Less. He then directed the hell of out of the derivativeness that was Gangster Squad. If there is a pattern to be followed here, it can be assumed that his next feature will just be people shooting guns at bombs while cursing, but he.s going in a completely different direction, as he enters discussions to take on Disney.s Overnight, a family-friendly adventure comedy. Of course! I.m totally on board with this concept, however, as THR describes the film as "Home Alone in an Fao Scwartz-esque toy store. The story will center on a divorced and absent-minded father and his son trying to rebuild their relationship (I could have saved all kinds of past relationships »
Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer is in talks with Disney to helm an adventure film called Overnight. The film is described as Home Alone in a toy store, and the story centers on "a father and son [who] win an inaugural sleepover in an amazing toy store–the same night thieves decide to rob it."
The last movie that Fleischer directed was Gangster Squad, which didn't do very well with critics. I was one of the few people that actually kind of enjoyed it. I think Fleisher is a talented director who has a knack for making fun movies. He also directed 30 Minutes or Less. Overnight sounds like it will be a great project for him to take on.
Via: Deadline »
- Joey Paur
Disney might be putting its toys all in one basket with this one. Ruben Fleischer, who directed the charming "Zombieland" and the slightly less-charming "30 Minutes or Less" and the pretty silly "Gangster Squad," is in talks to direct the family film "Overnight."
Written by "22 Jump Street" scribe Oren Uziel, the film is described as "Home Alone" in a toy store much like Fao Schwarz. Hold on to your butts, because this ain't "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler"! This could be a cool fit, because although "Zombieland" was far from a family-friendly film, it was fast and funny enough to see Fleischer's style translating well into a PG-13 father/son farce. After the surprisingly dark "30 Minutes or Less" and disappointing "Gangster Squad," it could be interesting to see Fleischer take on a lighter project.
Uziel has written a number of scripts in various states of pre-production (or »
- Jenni Miller
Say you're a studio executive at Disney, and you've got this script on your desk, a script called “Overnight.” It was pitched to you as “ 'Home Alone' in a toy store," with the story following a father and son, who've won a sleepover in a toy store, and have to defend it against burglars until morning comes—and now it needs a director. As you sit there, chomping on your cigar and contemplating the Mickey-shape decanter of whiskey on your desk, do you think to yourself “what I need is a man who got his start with a short called 'Masturbation,' made a gruesome zombie comedy and a stoner kidnap comedy, and then topped it off with a star-studded, very violent, critically disdained period gangster flick”? Apparently, yes you do, which is why Disney has just hired the only man alive who fits that description: Ruben Fleischer, »
- Ben Brock
Briefly: Ruben Fleischer broke out big with Zombieland, but his following two films, 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad, have been, well, less impressive each time. Can a slight course change into more family-oriented territory tap the reset button and give him a project that’ll be back on track? We’ll find out if he […]
The post Ruben Fleischer to Direct ‘Overnight’ for Disney appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Gangster Squad and Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer has signed onto helm family comedy Overnight, a Home Alone-style romp set in a toy shop similar to Fao Schwartz. Plot details are being kept to an absolute minimum but it looks set to centre on a recently divorced father trying to save his relationship with his son.
Neal Moritz (21 Jump Street) is set to produce Overnight and 22 Jump Street screenwriter Oren Uziel has penned the screenplay, which is a promising sign. As yet, there's no word on potential cast members, or a start date for production.
Meanwhile, in other comedy news, it's been revealed that the We're the Millers sequel has found a screenwriter, with Adam Sztykiel (Due Date, Made of Honor) attached to pen the script. with Rawson Marshall Thurber will once again return to direct. The original made an impressive $269 million worldwide last year, with a cast that included Jason Sudeikis, »
- Gary Collinson
6 Miranda Drive
Kevin Bacon is set and Radha Mitchell is in negotiations to star in this story of a family that unwittingly brings a fear-feeding supernatural force with them when they return from a Grand Canyon vacation. [Source: THR]
Set inside a toy store, the story follows a father and son winning the chance to spend the night inside a new Fao type store. Their sleepover is interrupted when thieves break in. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
Though both 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad mostly failed to impress audiences and critics, director Ruben Fleischer is pressing on with a new project at Disney. Still riding the wave of his success with Zombieland, the filmmaker is headed into more family friendly territory with Overnight, a film from Original Film producer Neal Moritz (21 Jump Street), which Variety simply describes as Home Alone in a toy store. But rather than focusing on just a kid, this time it's a father and son who win the chance to sleepover in some sort of amazing toy store. But it just so happens to be the night some guys try to rob it. We already saw a bit of toy store heist action in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York when The Sticky Bandits tried to rob Duncan's Toy Chest (five floors of cash), but we're betting the toy store in »
- Ethan Anderton
Oren Uziel (The Kitchen Sink) wrote the script that is described as Home Alone set in a large toy store similar to Fao Schwartz. The story centers on a divorced father and his son who win a sleepover in the store, although their night takes a strange turn when they must difuse a hostage situation after thieves try to stage a robbery.
The project was initially set up at Sony/Columbia Pictures, but it was picked up out of turnaround by Disney last year. Neal H. Moritz is attached to produce, although production schedule has been released.
The director first gained notice with his 2009 undead comedy Zombieland, which he followed up with 2011's action-comedy 30 Minutes or Less and last year's period crime drama Gangster Squad. Oren Uziel's other credits include this summer's 22 Jump Street »
Word on filmmaker Ruben Fleischer’s next project has been quiet since his disappointing period crime thriller Gangster Squad opened in theaters early last year, but it appears that he’s now lining up a promising new film at Disney. THR reports that the Zombieland director is in talks to helm a family adventure called Overnight, which is described as Home Alone in a Fao Schwartz-esque toy store. Extensive plot details are unknown, but the story involves a hostage situation and an absent-minded, recently divorced father trying to save his relationship with his son. Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street) penned the screenplay and Neal Moritz (Fast & Furious franchise) is producing. There’s no word on how soon the project might move into production, but it was initially set up at Sony before Disney picked it up out of turnaround. Though Gangster Squad didn’t quite come together, Fleischer has shown promise »
- Adam Chitwood
The project is being compared to “Home Alone,” with a father and son winning the chance to spend the night inside the new Fao type store but find their sleepover interrupted when thieves break in.
Fleischer, whose credits also include “Zombieland” and “30 Minutes or Less,” is repped by UTA.
- Marc Graser
Breaking: Disney is in talks with Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleischer to helm Overnight. Produced by Neal Moritz’s Original Film, the pic is described to me as Home Alone in a toy store, as a father and son win an inaugural sleepover in an amazing toy store — the same night thieves decide to rob it. Fleischer, who most recently helmed Gangster Squad, is repped by UTA. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
After a big success with his first film, 2009’s Zombieland, Ruben Fleischer hasn’t exactly been on a hot streak. 30 Minutes Or Less was funny in parts but largely throwaway and Gangster Squad was savaged by critics and mostly ignored by audiences. So he may be hoping that time in a toy store could be just the ticket to put him back on top, entering negotiations to direct Overnight for Disney.By that, we don’t mean the Mouse House is handing him some corporate credit card and telling him to go crazy in Toys ‘R Us. Instead, Fleischer’s up for the job of making a new family adventure film for the company, which is being described as "Home Alone in a toy store."As you may be able to figure out from that boiled-down pitch, the script by 22 Jump Street co-writer Oren Uziel finds a father and son »
Zombieland and Gangster Squad helmer Ruben Fleischer is taking on Walt Disney Pictures' upcoming family adventure feature, Overnight . The Hollywood Reporter has the story, adding that the project was initially set up at Columbia Pictures but moved to Disney last year. The project hails from screenwriter Oren Uziel, whose upcoming genre mashup comedy The Kitchen Sink hits theaters early next year. According to the trade, Overnight is something akin to "'Home Alone' in an Fao Shwartz-esque toy store". Neal Moritz is producing Overnight . (Photo Credit: FayesVision / WENN.com) »
300: Rise Of An Empire told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” is a new chapter of the epic saga, which takes the action to a new battlefield—the sea.
The story pits the Greek general Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces, ruled by the mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and led by Artemisia, the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
Knowing his only hope of defeating the overwhelming Persian armada will be to unite all of Greece, Themistokles ultimately leads the charge that will change the course of the war.
The action adventure stars Sullivan Stapleton (“Gangster Squad”) as Themistokles and Eva Green (“Dark Shadows,” “Casino Royale”) as Artemisia. Reprising their roles from “300,” Lena Headey stars as the Spartan Queen, Gorgo; David Wenham appears as Dilios; Andrew Tiernan plays Ephialtes; Andrew Pleavin plays Daxos; and Rodrigo Santoro returns in the role of the Persian God-King, Xerxes. The main cast »
- Movie Geeks
Peek-a-boo! Ryan Gosling seems to have squashed rumors of a split between him and girlfriend Eva Mendes, as the actor was spotted at her Hollywood Hills home on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Gosling, 33, was photographed holding onto his phone as he stood behind Mendes' driveway gate. With only his upper body exposed and his blonde locks swept back, the Gangster Squad actor smiled and rocked some adorable facial hair. Speculation of a split between the couple of two years has surfaced as of late. But on Feb. 12, [...] »
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