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Traditionally speaking, January is considered the dumping ground in cinematic circles; a proverbial graveyard in which studios send projects that are deemed to be not up to scratch. Films such as Contraband and The Devil Inside are perhaps the most notable examples of late, but with the wholly rebooted The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Paul Thomas Andreson’s Inherent Vice and Ex Machina on course to release in January, 2015, this year could very well be the exception.
The latter of which is certainly one that’s peaked our interest. Coming by way of Alex Garland — British screenwriter behind 28 Days Later and 2012’s beloved Dredd reboot — Ex Machina is an existential thriller that centres around artificial intelligence and, thanks to Swedish website Moviezine, we now have our first look at Alicia Vikander’s A.I. character.
Ex Machina also stars two actors that currently have roles in another in-development sci-fi that goes »
- Michael Briers
Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey) announced that director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett, the team behind indie home invasion festival hit You're Next (review), have signed on to his long gestating remake of the epic Korean revenge thriller I Saw the Devil.
For those of you paying attention, I Saw The Devil was one of the most highly acclaimed films of 2011 topping many best lists. It was easily one of my favourite films of that year and may be the finest revenge film ever in how it twists the tired genre into something bold, epic and totally original.
Here's Adi's announcement:
Here's the trailer for the original film:
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Last December, it was revealed that an English-language remake of Kim Jee-woon's I Saw the Devil, and now TheWrap brings word that You're Next and The Guest team of Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard will bring the project to life. Barrett will write the script with Wingard at the helm while Snoot Entertainment's Keith Calder and Jessica Calder (who worked with the pair on both You're Next and The Guest) will produce with Adi Shankar (Dredd) and Spencer Silna. »
With the release of their thriller The Guest just a couple days away, The Wrap reports filmmaking team Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard are nearing a deal to write and direct the developing remake of Kim Jee-Woon's South Korean film I Saw the Devil from 2010. In fact, it seems to be a done deal because Barrett has already started writing the script and Wingard is already preparing to round up a cast. As we reported late last year, Dredd and The Grey producer Adi Shankar is producing the remake, and he's joined by Keith & Jessica Calder from Snoot Entertainment, the company behind The Guest and You're Next. Just in case you need anymore confirmation, here's Calder addressing the story on Twitter: @GermainLussier Just saw it. We didn’t know about the story breaking, but it’s all true. We’re all obsessed with the original film. — Keith Calder (@keithcalder »
- Ethan Anderton
I've long been fond of director Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett's collaborations (A Horrible Way to Die, V/H/S/, and You're Next among them) and I think you guys will have a total fucking blast with The Guest. So I'm definitely excited (and a little surprised) to learn that they will be tackling a remake of Kim Jee-Woon's modern masterpiece I Saw the Devil. Though the original South Korean film was just released in 2010, I'm confident that Wingard and Barrett have what it takes to make an English language version of the story feel fresh and relevant. In additional good news Keith Calder and Jessica Calder, who shepherded the duo's last two features, will return to produce the film alongside Dredd producers Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna. If you're at all a fan of serial killer films, you'll want to check this out. Hit the jump for »
- Evan Dickson
Just days before their latest genre film “The Guest” hits theaters, Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard are nearing a deal to write and direct an English-language remake of Kim Jee-Woon's 2010 South Korean serial killer thriller “I Saw the Devil,” TheWrap has learned. Snoot Entertainment, the company behind “The Guest” and “You're Next,” has also boarded the project. Snoot's Keith Calder and Jessica Calder will produce with Adi Shankar (“Dredd”) and Spencer Silna. The original “I Saw the Devil” is a classic revenge tale about an elite special agent (“G.I. Joe's” Lee Byung-hun) whose pregnant fiancé is murdered by an evil madman. »
- Jeff Sneider
Well, it looks like all of those “scoops” about Adam Driver and Gwendoline Christie playing bad guys in Star Wars: Episode VII were wide of the mark, as the pair have appeared in the latest batch of set photos from the hotly-anticipated sequel depicting the base of the Rebel Alliance, which show Driver wearing X-Wing pilot clothes, and Christie presumably as some kind of Alliance officer. Take a look courtesy of Rick Lawrence (via Cbm)…
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015 and sees returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita »
- Gary Collinson
Chalk this one up squarely as a rumour – especially considering its source is the UK tabloid The Sun – but it seems that Daniel Craig (Skyfall) may have shot a secret cameo appearance in Star Wars: Episode VII. Craig reportedly begged director J.J. Abrams for a role in the hotly-anticipated sequel, saying that he’d be happy to have his face hidden, and apparently shot the part this week at Pinewood, where he was spotted with Carrie Fisher. However, a more likely scenario is that Craig was at Pinewood for pre-production on Bond 24, which is set to begin filming this December.
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015 and sees returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis »
- Gary Collinson
With the possibility of a new Incredible Hulk movie and TV series on the horizon (if you ask Lou Ferrigno anyway), Bruce Banner himself Mark Ruffalo may find himself being busy over the next year or so. But that hasn’t stopped the actor from dreaming about other roles. In fact, he’s looking to head to a galaxy far, far away – but not with J.J. Abrams for Star Wars: Episode VII and instead with Rian Johnson and Star Wars: Episode VIII.
In an interview with Collider about his upcoming movie Infinitely Polar Bear, Ruffalo said that he has reached out personally to Rian Johnson saying he’s “desperate” for a role in Star Wars: Episode VIII. The actor said, “my e-mail to Rian after all these years was ‘Rian, congratulations on everything you’ve been doing. And by the way, if there’s a part in Star Wars, please, »
- Luke Owen
It looks like J.J. Abrams has cast his childhood pal Greg Gunberg in the eagerly-anticipated sequel Star Wars: Episode VII, with the Heroes and Masters of Sex star taking to Twitter to reveal that he has a role in the film, stating that, “If I say more than that, Jj will have me killed.” The two have worked together extensively in the past, with Grunberg featuing in Felicity and Alias, as well as appearing in minor roles in Lost, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek and Super 8. Presumably, his part in Episode VII will follow suit, and is likely little more than a cameo.
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015 and sees returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis »
- Gary Collinson
In the latest Fmtv’s Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys has a look at the latest Star Wars: Episode VII set picture, the design of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’s new Batmobile, the latest Benedict Cumberbatch casting rumour and much, much more! Check out the video below…
Fmtv will be back next week with another installment of Movie Myths and Movie Newsgasm. If you haven’t already, you can subscribe here. See below for more information on the films discussed…
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set for release on May 6th 2016, with Zack Snyder directing a cast that includes returning Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent) and Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) alongside Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman, Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jesse Eisenberg »
- Oliver Davis
While out taking photos for his job at Airbourne Aviation flying club, Matthew Myatt snapped an image supposedly from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII – by complete accident!
“I didn’t know it was there, and we flew down and did some orbits,” Mr. Myatt said. “It was based around the old cruise missile silo. It wasn’t until I got back last night and started going through the images that it just jumped out at me. I was quite stunned. It was like, ‘wow’. That’s how the picture came about, purely by luck. I had to go and grab my son who’s a big Star Wars fan and get him to come and look at the picture and pinch me and make sure I’d seen what I’d seen. It was one of those unbelievable moments.”
Check out the image below…
The picture, taken above former Raf airbase Greenham Common, »
- Luke Owen
Filming for Star Wars: Episode VII has been going on for a few months now, and throughout the shoot director J.J. Abrams has teased us several times by writing notes on a piece of card with something of note usually visible in the background. This time it is less obvious but his latest tease hints at the return of the Empire in Episode VII…
The message reads ‘Why do I suddenly have this desperate need to own a watch?! Damn you Apple!!! Jj’. This has no real clear significance to Star Wars but the background shows identical décor to what we saw in the Death Star. Many fans will recognise this, but here is a photo from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope tshowing the design of the lights…
There has already been some leaks suggesting that the Empire will be making a return. Kevin Smith revealed that »
- Thomas Roach
Karl Urban has been discussing the possibility of a follow-up to Dredd, and has revealed that any such film would most likely be a prequel. The first film may have been a commercial flop, but there are a hardcore of fans who genuinely revere it, and sure enough, Urban was asked about a possible reprise during an appearance at the Chicago Comic-Con. “Why yes, there is a definite possibility,” said Urban, “but it is more likely that we will do the origin story with Dredd trekking through the Cursed Earth to find the first Chief Judge...
- George Wales
Since the character's debut in 1977, Judge Dredd has become one of the most popular comic book characters in the UK. Unfortunately, U.S. fans never took quite as adamantly to the Street Judge from Mega-City One. Whether the totalitarian state depicted in the comics alienated American readers, or if the shadow of American characters like Superman and Batman obscured the character, Dredd failed to make a big splash with mainstream U.S. consumers. Although Sylvester Stallone’s “Judge Dredd” opened at number five at the box office in 1995, the film underperformed “Batman Forever” (then in week three) by over $3 million. Still, the “Dredd” franchise returned to the big screen in 2012, this time with Karl Urban playing the titular enforcer. And the film did even worse. Opening at sixth for its opening weekend, “Dredd” was a spectacular flop. The barely scraped together $35.5 million worldwide (in 3D no less!) over its six »
- Zach Hollwedel
If there was a song title that succinctly summed up the collective Dredd fans. point-of-view on a possible sequel, it would be Journey.s "Don.t Stop Believing." Because dammit, we want to see this thing get made! Does it matter what storyline the filmmakers end up going with? Not really, as long as an actual storyline exists. And according to the sneering Judge himself, Karl Urban, there.s a very specific section of Judge Dredd.s history that may make its way to the big screen, assuming DNA Films & Co. quits taking Slo-mo and starts putting some pieces together. Appearing at the Chicago Comic-Con recently, Urban was asked by ShallowGraves if any of the dark judges would possibly be making their way into Dredd 2. Instead of giving the usual "Sign the petition and we.re hoping this thing gets made," response, Urban actually drops an incredibly insightful nugget about »
Dredd 2 remains, thankfully, the sequel that won't go away. In spite of the limited box office returns of the first Dredd, it's gone on to become a decent hit on DVD and Blu-ray, and there's continued fan clamour for a follow-up.
When Shallow Graves met the actor, it asked him directly whether it was possible that we might see the Dark Judges pop up in Dredd 2, should it press ahead. And to quote the site, 'he stopped what he was doing, and it was evident that I struck the geek mark'. With a smile on his face, Urban said "why yes, there is a definite possibility. »
(Cbr) "Dredd" has gone a long way to earn a huge and deserved fan following since its 2012 release. Unfortunately, director Pete Travis’ adaptation wasn’t a box-office hit. And yet, there’s still hope for a follow-up Appearing at Wizard World Chicago Con, star Karl Urban dropped a few more potential details. Luckily MovieWeb was there to listen in. “Why yes, there is a definite possibility,” Urban said. “But, it is more likely that we will do the ‘Origins’ story with Dredd trekking through the cursed earth to find the first Chief Judge Fargo.” Fargo was the first Judge, a celebrated figure of law and order who is Judge Dredd’s clone father. The character’s early days were fleshed out in a serialized "2000 Ad" story called “Origins” by Judge Dredd creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. Published between 2006 and 2007, the story followed Dredd as he traveled outside of Mega-City »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
I really enjoyed Karl Urban's Dredd, and like all of the other fans, I want to see a sequel happen. Earlier this year Urban said that there have been conversations with screenwriter Alex Garland and Lionsgate about bringing another Dredd movie to the big screen.
While attending Chicago Comic-Con the actor was asked about the possibility of Dredd 2 and he revealed that if it happens it will most likely be a prequel instead of a sequel. Here's what he had to say as reported by Movie Web:
"Why yes, there is a definite possibility. But, it is more likely that we will do the origins story with Dredd trekking through the cursed earth to find the first Chief Judge Fargo."
- Joey Paur
Reboots and remakes are a dime a dozen in contemporary Hollywood, with seemingly every studio harkening back to yesteryear to bring back a host of beloved cinematic IPs for better or worse. However, few of these nostalgic attempts at reinvigorating a franchise manage to satisfy the core fan base let alone recoup their production cost. And one such reboot to fall foul to the latter was 2012’s beloved and crucially under-appreciated Dredd.
Despite being held up by fans as an instant classic, Pete Travis’ visualization of Mega City One’s judge, jury and executioner was deemed a commercial dud, thereby extinguishing any potential hope of a sequel. Nevertheless, the film’s ardent supporters have been rallying for the story to continue ever since.
- Michael Briers
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