The Wrap is reporting that Taylor Kitsch (Battleship, John Carter) has been offered the leading role in the upcoming English-language remake of "The Raid," which will be directed by Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3). "The Raid" tells the story of an elite DEA Fast team that becomes trapped in a tenement run by a notorious drug lord, his two highly-violent martial arts killers, and a personal militia armed with machetes and machine guns. Stranded on the 6th floor with no way out, the team must fight their way through the city's worst to survive their mission. Kitsch is also up for a major part in the second season of HBO's "True Detective," which may create a scheduling conflict for "The Raid." Stay tuned. »
It wasn’t long ago that Taylor Kitsch was expected to be the next big box office draw. 2012 saw the Friday Night Lights star headline three major films in the form of John Carter, Battleship, and Savages. Unfortunately for the actor, all of those projects failed to connect with audiences, and his career stalled before it even really started.
However, his past failures haven’t caused him to give up hope just yet. A new report suggests that Kitsch is being offered the lead role in the upcoming English-language remake of the action film The Raid - while rumors continue to circulate about his potential involvement with season two of the HBO crime drama True Detective.
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- Chris Agar
A remake of the Indonesian action hit The Raid has been in the works since 2011, but it wasn't until earlier this year that The Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes was brought on board to direct the film. Production was delayed slightly back to 2015, and the cast is currently being rounded up with Frank Grillo being the only confirmed cast member after being mentioned on a shortlist with desired stars like Ethan Hawke, Anthony Mackie and Luke Evans. However, a new name has emerged who wasn't on the shortlist as The Wrap has learned that John Carter and Battleship star Taylor Kitsch has an offer for the lead role. However, it's far form a done deal, because Kitsch is still in consideration for a lead role in the second season of HBO's original series "True Detective." It appears he could still end up with that coveted television role, but his representatives »
- Ethan Anderton
Battleship and John Carter star Taylor Kitsch has been offered the leading role in Patrick Hughes' upcoming English-language remake of Gareth Evans' The Raid, The Wrap reports. The catch here is that Kitsch is also up for a major part in the second season of HBO's "True Detective," and it appears that the timing for both projects could overlap. »
The first trailer for the upcoming horror movie inspired by a Ouija Board has finally been released, but it’s hard to say whether or not it was worth the wait! It marks the directorial debut of Stiles White, and the cast is made up of the usual sort of good looking unknowns who will likely be dispatched one after the other.
Anyone who has ever played around with a Ouija Board know there’s no real reason to be afraid of them, but this group of friends – who are trying to contact their recently deceased friend – soon find out that her death was no accident and that there may in fact be something far more sinister about this particular board game.
In the trailer, we get to see some of the nasty things that some of the friends go through, and the movie could find some success thanks to »
- Josh Wilding
Just in time for Halloween, have a look at the first trailer for Universal Pictures’ supernatural thriller Ouija. The film stars Olivia Cooke, Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith, Bianca Santos, and Ana Coto.
In Ouija, a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.
Stiles White directs the supernatural thriller that is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller (The Purge, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th) alongside Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series, The Purge), Bennett Schneir (Battleship) and Hasbro. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White wrote the script for Ouija, and Universal will distribute the film worldwide.
Ouija opens on October 24th.
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- Michelle McCue
It’s been years since we first reported on Ouija, back when the original plan would have McG directing and a $100+ million budget. More recently, Universal took Ouija in a new direction with Platinum Dunes teaming up with Blumhouse Productions. Here’s a look at the first trailer:
“In theaters this Halloween, Ouija follows a group of friends who must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. Stiles White directs the supernatural thriller that is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller (The Purge, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th) alongside Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series, The Purge), Bennett Schneir (Battleship) and Hasbro.”
- Jonathan James
Even though it's apparently been playing in movie theaters for a little while now, Universal has finally dropped the trailer for their upcoming horror film based on the popular paranormal board "game" of the same name. Come inside to check out the trailer and take a gander at the poster.
My feelings on horror films are widely known (I'm a big chicken), so when you couple that with the idea of basing one off of a board game, I'm not really all that enthusiastic. Even so, there's a market for these things and the firs trailer is actually decent.
There's a definite Final Destination vibe going on here with overtones of your typical haunting films. While I'm not holding out much hope that this film with be genre-defining, or anything, I've been wrong before.
“In Ouija, a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
The Wrap says Colin Farrell is in talks to star in the second season of HBO's True Detective, an anthology performance-based mystery series whose first iteration just nabbed it's cast some Emmy nominations.
Series creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto has been pretty tight lipped about what the second season would be about and who would be in it. It's going to involve the transportation industry, the occult, take place in the State of California and has about four "lead" roles.
As of now Nic Pizzolatto is half-done scripting Season 2, which means look for a casting announcement as soon as next week.
These reports were squarely denied by HBO. You know, like they are all the time. »
Movie News - Is Mark Wahlberg the star of a film remake of The Six Million Dollar Man? The 43-year-old actor is said to be in talks with Universal Pictures to take on the lead role in a big-screen adaptation of the 70s sci-fi TV series, The Tracking Board reports. The story would follow astronaut Steve Austin - who was played by Lee Majors in the original series - whose body is rebuilt with cybernetic technology after suffering traumatic injuries in an aircraft crash, and Wahlberg is said to be in negotiations to reprise the role. 'Battleship' filmmaker Peter Berg is reportedly attached to produce and possibly direct if the project comes together, which would see him reunite with his 'Lone Survivor' colleague Wahlberg. Harvey Weinstein is also said to be taking on a producing role in some capacity. 'The Six Million Dollar Man' has been the subject »
‘Tis the season for red, white and blue patriotism, which finds perfect cinematic expression in the pro-American military thriller Lone Survivor, which recently debuted on Blu-ray. Based on The New York Times bestselling book “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10,” Lone Survivor doesn’t stop to ask any big questions about what we’re doing in the Middle East, let alone offer any Kubrick-ian treatise on the nature of war. Instead, it simply dramatizes with harrowing effectiveness the true story of four heroic Navy SEALs who fought against the Taliban to the bitter end out of unmitigated love of country and their fellow American soldiers. Hit the jump for my complete Lone Survivor Blu-ray review. Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg (2006 Best Supporting Actor, The Departed) stars in the film as real-life hero and “Lone Survivor” author Marcus Luttrell, a Seal sniper who, »
- Harrison Pierce
Canadian-born Taylor Kitsch has worked as an actor for over eight years and is known for his role as Tim Riggins on the NBC television show "Friday Night Lights," as well as many others in films such as "Battleship," "John Carter" and HBO's "The Normal Heart." Recently, however, he has mixed things up and taken on his first directorial project. His new short film, entitled "Pieces," tells the story of Kyle (played by Kitsch), whose failure to pay a crushing gambling debt puts his life in danger and his best friend, Evan (Josh Pence), in an awkward position, having to navigate through a seedy underworld he knows nothing about in order to save him. Indiewire caught up with Kitsch on the eve of the film's world premiere at the 2014 Palm Springs International ShortFest & Film Market to discuss the project and directing as a whole. What pushed you to direct?Well, »
- Oliver MacMahon
I have a curious habit, maybe you have it too, if you are a real movie geek, film fan, cinema addict, what have you.
A certain number of movies that I have seen and loved with all my heart were losers at the box office or were mercilessly slammed by critics, usually both. This doesn’t happen all the time, mind you. I know a bad movie when I see one. But several times I have seen a movie on opening day and loved it so much I was sure it would be a big hit and be loved by critics and film goers, nope, not all the time.
Here then is my own personal and highly eccentric top ten list, with some honorable mentions, of movies that lost out, yet I love them still, many of them desperately, hysterically, madly do I love these films, well anyway… let me tell you about it. »
- Sam Moffitt
Chicago – The story goes that when deciding on the project, director Peter Berg read a copy of Marcus Luttrell’s book “Lone Survivor” in one sitting. Whether this tale includes a bathroom break, or even a few days in-between but with usage of the same chair, for a director like Berg this story will always ring possible.
After all, he’s the guy who tried to legitimize Hasbro’s movie militarization, by pitting real American veterans against goofy strategy aliens in “Battleship.” Even in that disaster, his efforts were inspired, and valiant.
I’ve rattled on about Berg because his voice is so crucial to how well Luttrell’s true story has transitioned into the experience of watching a film, and feeling something from one. This isn’t just a drama about soldiers stuck behind enemy lines, but the limits these men pushed for themselves and each other. Berg »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Peter Berg, all is forgiven. Though the director once brought us the absolutely awful Battleship, now he has completely redeemed himself with Lone Survivor, a gripping and rousing tribute to the United States servicemen who risk their lives each and every day in the name of their country. It feels strange to be reviewing Berg’s film – as if I could ever criticize it for attempting to honor those men and women by viscerally depicting just a handful of them making the ultimate sacrifice in combat. No, Lone Survivor is a film of immense power, and it is almost beyond criticism because of that.
With that disclaimer, I must confess, I did not love it unconditionally. This is a Hollywood film, and it feels cheaper for that in certain moments. It’s no spoiler to say that Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg) is the lone survivor of the title, and that »
- Isaac Feldberg
In "The Grand Seduction," Taylor Kitsch's character Dr. Paul Lewis is a big-city doctor ultimately charmed by the quaint lifestyle that a tiny Newfoundland fishing community offers. And as it turns out, Kitsch felt much the same way about shooting director Don McKellar's relatively small Canadian production; on the heels of two high-profile Hollywood action movies in "Battleship" and "John Carter," "The Grand Seduction" allowed him to leave 15-hour days and green screen behind for a few weeks by the water and (of course) daily fly fishing.
The fact that he'd be starring alongside Brendan Gleeson in the English-language remake of Jean-Francois Pouliot's 2003 Quebecois hit "Seducing Dr. Lewis" didn't hurt either, according to the B.C. native. So there were no elaborate tricks required to get Kitsch to sign on, unlike the little white lies the town uses to keep Lewis around, like faking a love of cricket »
- Rick Mele
For awhile, the spectacular flop that was John Carter seemed the yardstick by which all other flops would be measured. A huge, multi-million dollar film chock full of CGI that was intended to spawn at least one sequel, if not a full franchise, its collapse at the box office was epic and thorough, prompting extensive examination of just what went wrong. In the midst of the furor was star Taylor Kitsch, whose attempts to make a name for himself in Hollywood have been met with failed film after failed film.
But Kitsch is still going strong, despite John Carter, Battleship, and Savages. He’s currently appearing in HBO drama The Normal Heart, and returns to his native Canada in miniseries The Grand Seduction. But there’s still a place in his heart for John Carter, and what might have been, as he tells Variety. Here’s what he said about »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Out talking about his roles in both HBO's "The Normal Heart" and the upcoming limited release "The Grand Seduction," actor Taylor Kitsch briefly talked about "John Carter" and the film's proposed sequel which was nixed after the costly first film bombed.
He tells Variety:
"I know the second script was fucking awesome. We had to plant a grounding, so we could really take off in the second one. The second one was even more emotionally taxing, which was awesome."
Kitsch also spoke about the failure of that film and "Battleship":
"It wasn't an uplifting experience. My biggest regret would have been if I didn't do enough personally. If I didn't give it everything I had. If I hadn't prepped enough. I don't have that regret, so that allows me to let go."
- Garth Franklin
Spare a thought for Taylor Kitsch, people. Two years after “John Carter” bombed in ways we dissected at length, followed by the double whammy of “Battleship” and “Savages” also, um, underperforming, and he's still out there, working his way through serious projects. Our review of HBO's AIDS drama “The Normal Heart” finds him one of the better things about it, and he also has Canadian mini-comedy “The Grand Seduction” coming up, where he stars alongside Brendan Gleeson (trailer here).Accordingly, he sat down with Variety to talk over his newest projects, which revealed that he hasn't overwhelmed himself with preparation for either of them – “I wish I'd seen it”, he says of the stage version of “The Normal Heart,” and “I had never heard of it or knew it existed” of the original, French-Canadian version of “The Grand Seduction”, which came out 10 years ago. But then again, dude went and sat down with Larry Kramer, »
- Ben Brock
While John Carter may have been a commercial and critical disappointment, the Andrew Stanton adventure movie has grown on fans since it hit Blu-ray, myself included. Set to be a franchise starter for Disney, John Carter instead faded into infamy. Many also looked at the movie coupled with Battleship as the death knell on Taylor Kitsch's career. Since then, Kitsch has tried to shake those flops and has turned in strong performances in movies like Savages and Lone Survivor. This past »
- Alex Maidy
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