It.s officially time for us to accept the fact that the RoboCop reboot is happening. A full trailer is expected to air on Entertainment Tonight, and the program teased a teaser for their exclusive teaser . because that.s how film journalism rolls in the year 2013. Honestly, the teaser doesn.t look terrible. I didn.t even cringe too badly when they changed "good cop/bad cop" to "good cop/RoboCop." At least it.s Michael K. Williams delivering the line. In fact, the cast of director Jose Padilha.s remake has me tentatively hopeful that the movie will be watchable (even though the fresh horrors of Len Wiseman.s Total Recall reboot are fresh in my mind). Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson and Gary Oldman are on board as the film.s primary baddies. The Killing co-star Joel Kinnaman will step into the metallic armor. And the movie explores »
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Over the past few weeks we've been inundated with news from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but 20th Century Fox stole a few headlines from Marvel Studios this week by releasing the first trailer for Bryan Singer's hotly-anticipated mutant epic X-Men: Days of Future Past, next year's time-travelling X-sequel sequel which brings together Fox's original X-Men and X-Men: First Class timelines. Although lacking in any real visual effects (owing to the fact they're yet to be completed), the teaser gave us a look at the majority of »
- Gary Collinson
Foresight Unlimited is handling international sales and will introduce the project to buyers next week at the American Film Market.
Beckinsale would portray a mother who moves into a dilapidated country manor near an aging Eastern seaboard town. There in the attic she discovers a small locked door — and the ghost of a young girl beckoning her to open it.
The film will be exec produced by Demarest Films’ Sam Englebardt and Bill Johnson, Foresight’s Tamara Birkemoe, PalmStar’s Kevin Frakes, Merced Media’s Raj Brinder Singh and Envision’s Remington Chase and Stepan Martirosyan. »
- Dave McNary
The story, written by actor-turned-writer Wentworth Miller (Stoker), centers on a woman (Kate Beckinsale) who moves her family into a countryside Colonial mansion. She begins to lose her mental faculties when she learns about the house's violent past, and begins seeing visions of a dead girl.
Yes, of course it’s a ridiculous premise, but Sleepy Hollow is easily my favorite new show of the season, and not just because I started out with pretty low expectations. While it doesn’t have the futuristic science and often nauseatingly horrifying effects of Fringe, it does have a Fringe kind of look and feel and dialog style, maybe because it was created by two of Fringe‘s co-creators (Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman) and many of its producers and other behind-the-scenes-people.
TV Spot: Sleepy Hollow – The Horseman Returns!
If you haven’t been watching yet, you’ll want to catch up before Monday. While the Five Episodes in Five Minutes featurette below gives you a general idea, you don’t get much of the humor, great dialogue, or chemistry. »
- Erin Willard
DJ Caruso has signed on to direct The Disappointments Room.
Kate Beckinsale has been offered the lead role in the supernatural thriller, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film centres around a woman who moves her family to a colonial mansion in the countryside.
She begins to lose her mind after being haunted by the terrible events of the house's past.
Caruso previously directed Disturbia, Eagle Eye and I Am Number Four.
It looks like pre-production on Warner Bros.' Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman is about to step up a gear, with a tweet from Production Weekly revealing that a production office has been opened in Raleigh Michigan Studios in Pontiac, as well as confirming that Patrick Tatopoulos has been brought in by Zack Snyder as production designer.
Tatopoulos' previous production design credits include Independence Day, Dark City, Underworld: Evolution, Live Free or Die Hard, Total Recall and the upcoming 300: Rise of an Empire, which has Snyder producing. Be sure to check out an interview we posted last year, during which Patrick discussed the craft of production design.
Batman vs. Superman is expected to begin filming in Detroit in February, with Ben Affleck (Bruce Wayne / Batman) cast alongside returning Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Clark Kent / Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent) and Lawrence Fishburne »
- Gary Collinson
Shooting on Warner Bros. highly-anticipated Batman Vs. Superman is about to begin, with the sequel setting up their official headquarters in Pontiac, Michigan, according to Production Weekly. Patrick Tatopoulos has joined the sequel as production designer.
In related news, Production Weekly also reveals that director Christopher McQuarrie is currently scouting locations in London for Mission: Impossible 5, with production scheduled to begin in February 2014.
— Production Weekly (@prodweek) October 30, 2013
Filming to begin February on @chrismcquarrie’s Mission: Impossible 5, currently scouting out of their London production office. #MI5Diary
— Production Weekly (@prodweek) October 29, 2013
While many fans may know Patrick Tatopoulos best as the director of Underworld 3: The Rise of The Lycans, he has served as production designer on several big budget movies such as Independence Day, Live Free or Die Hard, »
No, The Disappointments Room is not the storage locker where Kate Beckinsale keeps the various drafts of the Whiteout screenplay. It’s actually a new supernatural thriller script she’s been offered and that I Am Number Four’s D.J. Caruso is down to direct.The Disappointments Room would see Beckinsale as a mother who moves her family to a storied mansion in the country. While it has plenty of land and lovely architecture, she discovers it also comes with a gruesome history and starts to slowly go insane when plagued by visions of a dead girl. We always hate it when the estate agents leave that off the listing.Wentworth Miller, who already demonstrated his scripting chops with Stoker, wrote this one and the project is now set to be touted at the American Film Market. Beckinsale isn’t firmly aboard yet, but the producers will be hoping she »
The continuing saga of the Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation is probably more interesting than the film itself will be. First there was the endless speculation on who would play S&M stalker…I mean, romantic lead Christian Grey. Then there was the universal horror at Charlie Hunnam dropping out of the role, only to be replaced by Jamie Dornan (who?). Now, with the cast seemingly in place and a start date looming, we learn that a new screenwriter has been brought in to perform some tweaks on the script.
The Fifty Shades script has already gone through two writers: Kelly Marcel (Terra Nova) and Patrick Marber (Closer). Now The Wolverine scribe Mark Bomback is taking a crack at it, presumably to fix any problems that Marcel and Marber might have missed. Bomback is an odd choice to do script fixes on what’s ostensibly a romantic drama. His screen credits, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Summit Entertainment hasn't had the easiest of roads when it comes to development on its Highlander reboot; we've already seen both director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) and leading man Ryan Reynolds (Turbo) depart the project, but it seems the studio hasn't given up hopes of bringing Connor MacLeod back to the screen with Deadline reporting that Cedric Nicolas-Troyan has signed on to make his feature directorial debut. An Academy Award-nominated VFX supervisor for Snow White and the Huntsman, Nicolas Troyan's other VFX credits include One Hour Photo, The Ring, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, while he's also served as second unit director on Disney's upcoming Maleficent.
"I have been working on my pitch for this since the summer, and when I got there I met the original producer and I just started geeking out and he loved it, »
- Gary Collinson
News Simon Brew 30 Oct 2013 - 06:49
Costume rumours, the new Batmobile chatter, production design and David S Goyer, all in our latest Batman Vs Superman round-up...
The first shots are in the proverbial can for Zack Snyder's 2015 Batman Vs Superman movie, with some early footage taken the weekend before last of an American Football game. That's to be used in a match-up in the film between the Gotham City University and Metropolis State University teams.
The full shoot isn't set until 2014, though, but that hasn't stopped bits and bobs of news rolling in.
Firstly, Production Weekly has confirmed that the movie now has a production office, at Raleigh Michigan Studios in Pontiac. More interestingly, though, it's also revealed that Patrick Tatopoulos has signed on as Production Designer for the movie. He's previously served as Production Designer on the likes of Independence Day, Dark City, the Total Recall remake and, »
Because no one knows scintillating erotica quite like the guy who wrote the Total Recall remake. Following in the footsteps of Closer scribe Patrick Marber, The Wolverine writer Mark Bomback is next in line to take a pass at the Fifty Shades of Grey script. The announcement will likely come as a surprise to anyone who has seen The Wolverine and remembers the chemistry vacuum created during Hugh Jackman and Tao Okamoto's wooden love-making scene. If Bomback was called in to ramp up the non-erotic scenes, however, we are all in. »
- Halle Kiefer
Production Weekly Tweeted the following today: Batman Vs. Superman has opened a production office at Raleigh Michigan Studios in Pontiac. Patrick Tatopoulos on as Production Designer.— Production Weekly (@prodweek) October 30, 2013 You may recognize Patrick Tatopoulos' name as he has served as Production Designer on films such as Total Recall (2012), Live Free or Die Hard, Underworld: Evolution, and the soon to be released 300: Rise of an Empire. Not only that, the man is a jack of all trades behind the camera. Just check out his impressive resume on IMDb. I'm not too familiar with the setup Raleigh has in Pontiac, but I wouldn't rule out the possibility that they will shoot some interiors on soundstages there. I'm still assuming that principal photography shall commence around February 2014 when they start filming in Detroit and at various locations around the state. Being a resident of the area, I'll bring you all »
Two weeks after Universal Pictures hired screenwriter Patrick Marber (Closer) to polish the Fifty Shades of Grey script, the studio has brought on Mark Bomback to put the finishing touches on this anticipated adaptation.
Kelly Marcel wrote the original draft, based on the popular E.L. James novel, which follows the torrid affair between young billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and college student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson). Jennifer Ehle also stars as Anastasia's mother, with Luke Grimes signing on last week to play Christian's brother Elliot.
Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing, with Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca producing. We reported last month that production will start this November in Vancouver, although shooting was recently pushed into either mid-November or early December. Universal is still planning on releasing the drama on August 1, 2014, despite the brief production delay.
Hugh Jackman's second solo outing as the adamantium-clawed Logan may not have set the box-office alight domestically, with The Wolverine earning just $132.1 million during its North American run - the lowest of any X-Men movie to date. However, the James Mangold-directed solo sequel has enjoyed healthy returns internationally and, having opened strongly in China two weeks back, the film has surpassed the $407.7 million worldwide haul of Bryan Singer's X2: X-Men United this past weekend to become the second-highest grossing instalment in 20th Century Fox's X-Men franchise behind 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand.
The Wolverine is based upon Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's acclaimed 1981 miniseries and sees Logan heading to Japan at the behest of Shingen (Hiroyuki Sanada), an old acquaintance who claims he can put an end to Logan's immortality. Also featuring in the cast are Will Yun Lee (Total Recall) as Kenuichio Harada, Brian Tee »
- Gary Collinson
Over the past couple of months we've heard plenty of names linked to the upcoming Warcraft movie, such as the likes of Colin Farrell (Total Recall), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness), Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood, Prisoners), Anson Mount (Straw Dogs), and Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol), and now it seems we have our first official addition to the cast of Legendary Pictures and Atlas Entertainment's to to be epic video game adaptation.
According to Variety Vikings star Travis Fimmel has secured one of four lead roles in the movie, which is being directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code). The site goes on to report that Paula Patton remains in talks, while Colin Farrell also has a deal on the table. The film is expected to go into production in January ahead of its release on December 18th 2015, so expect to hear plenty more casting »
- Gary Collinson
• The Kings of Summer breakout actor Nick Robinson is currently in talks to join the cast of Universal’s Jurassic World. Robinson, who also stars on ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey, is slated to play Ty Simpkins’ (Iron Man 3) older brother in the upcoming installment of the Jurassic Park series, which also stars Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help). Jurassic World, produced by Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Pat Crowley, will be released June 12, 2015. [The Wrap]
- Pamela Gocobachi
The Fox network execs are becoming increasingly beloved here at SciFiMafia.com, as today they announced more good news: Sleepy Hollow has been renewed for a second season. It’s the first Fox show of the season to get a renewal, which shows their faith in the new show that is my favorite of the season.
There is one downside, however; their renewal now for a 13-episode Season 2 means that Season 1 will remain a 13-episode season, and won’t get a “back nine” pickup. But that’s okay, 13-episode seasons tend to be tighter, and Yay It’S Been Renewed.
Here are the deets about the pickup, the viewing numbers – they’re great – and the next episode, after this great screenshot from that next episode:
Fox Awakens Season Two Of Hit Drama Series “Sleepy Hollow” Premiere Episode Surpasses 22 Million Viewers Across Platforms Next All-New Episode Airs Monday, October 7, on Fox »
- Erin Willard
Horror fans may have been a bit unsure about a modern-day take on Sleepy Hollow when it was first announced, but the show has had a sizable following since it first premiered and Fox has officially renewed the series for a second season:
“The show has proven to be a risk well worth taking – it’s a conceptual blast unlike anything else on television and it all holds together with inventive writing and a fantastic cast,” said Reilly. “I can’t wait for fans to experience what else is in store for this fall and even more of this wild ride into Season Two.”
The series premiere of Sleepy Hollow earned a 5.0/13 rating among Adults 18-49 and drew 13.6 million viewers after three additional days of time-shifted viewing, »
- Jonathan James
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