17 items from 2015
The prolific Teresa Palmer, who has six films in the can readying for release (including John Hillcoat crime drama Triple 9 and Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups), just signed on for the James Wan-produced horror pic Lights Out.
In a return to the horror genre, where she first made an impression in 2006’s The Grudge 2, Palmer will topline as an imperilled mother. Gabriel Bateman (CBS’ Stalker) was previously announced to be taking on the role of the young son in a family haunted by a supernatural entity that can only be seen in the dark. With everyone at risk, one family member is forced to battle the evil spirit head on.
David F. Sandberg will make his directorial debut on the pic, adapting his terrifying short of the same name. Lawrence Grey and Eric A. Heisserer are attached as producers, with Heisserer scripting an expansion of Sandberg’s story. »
- Isaac Feldberg
George Miller is riding a wave of adulation right now thanks to the critical and commercial success of Mad Max: Fury Road, but eight years ago the filmmaker came this close to making a superhero movie that would've resulted in an entirely different DC Cinematic Universe.
Back in summer 2007 a script titled Justice League Mortal, by Michele and Kieran Mulroney, impressed Warner Bros bosses and the studio quickly enlisted Miller to make it a reality for a summer 2009 release. However, the movie - which was due to shoot in Australia - was plagued by behind-the-scenes issues that eventually led to the plug being pulled.
— Digital Spy Film (@digitalspyfilm) May 27, 2015
An incoming writer's strike meant the script couldn't be finished, Christopher Nolan objected to a different cinematic »
So much to love in this Brit kiddie sci-fi adventure, with its brilliant concept that really works on a small budget and a real sense of place. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a big ol’ sci-fi geek
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
So much to love in this Brit kiddie sci-fi adventure! It’s like classic Doctor Who — you know, like we haven’t gotten much of lately — except without the Doctor, of course. It’s a Ya postapocalyptic adventure not based on a book (it’s an original story). It’s set after the alien invasion, which is when, I’ve always felt, all the really interesting stories exist to be told and yet we haven’t seen many of them. And the AI ETs aren’t here for the water.
On Robot-occupied Earth, the new masters »
- MaryAnn Johanson
For every Harry Potter or Hunger Games series, there are those franchises that didn't quite set the world on fire...
Since Insurgent came out, I’ve been thinking about those less fortunate: the franchise wannabes. While Divergent may have succeeded financially, (a film that rode on the coat-tails of the even more lucrative The Hunger Games franchise) there are others who didn’t quite make it into the movie world’s big leagues. These are the franchise-starters that flopped, the films produced with the optimistic hope that they will bring in the readies and kick-start Hollywood’s latest franchise. Worse luck for them, really.
For the sake of simplicity, this list will zero in on Ya franchise-starters, films adapted from a young adult novel or with that audience in mind. There are plenty of more mature films that struggled such as Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time, The A-Team »
Lin Pictures has hired Jonathan Eirich as president of film production, a position that calls for him to oversee the company’s live-action feature slate, TheWrap has learned. Eirich, who most recently served as senior VP of production at DreamWorks, will report directly to Lin Pictures principal Dan Lin. At DreamWorks, Eirich oversaw movies such as “The Help,” “Need for Speed,” “I Am Number Four,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and Steven Spielberg‘s upcoming Cold War spy thriller starring Tom Hanks. Eirich also oversaw development of two high-priority DreamWorks projects — Rupert Sanders’ “Ghost in the Shell” starring Scarlett Johansson and. »
- Jeff Sneider
Details about G.I. Joe 3 are up in the air at the moment. It was announced back in April last year that Jon M. Chu had left the director’s chair of the movie and the studio have since been in talks with D.J. Caruso (I Am Number Four) and Martin Campbell (GoldenEye) to take over.
According to the chaps over at Film Divider, it seems like Paramount are looking to add some new characters to the line-up to keep things fresh. First up will be the villainous Crimson twins Tomax and Xamot, who were big parts of the comic book and cartoon series, but perhaps more interestingly is the possibility of a cross over character.
The site claims that a character by the name of Matt Trakker will be added to the G.I. Joe roster. For those not in the know, Trakker was the leader of the good »
- Luke Owen
Exclusive: Married actors Mark Webber and Teresa Palmer make a bold foray into indie filmmaking in the digital era with The Ever After, a mostly self-financed drama the couple co-wrote, star in, and will release online worldwide on Valentine’s Day via direct-to-consumer platform Vhx.
Webber, seen recently in Jessabelle and Happy Christmas, and Palmer, known for her roles in I Am Number Four and Warm Bodies, star as Thomas and Ava, a photographer and an actress with a young child and a lovely La home who must confront their innermost vulnerabilities to save their marriage when trauma strikes. (Watch Deadline’s exclusive trailer above.)
In his third feature behind the camera after 2008’s Explicit Ills and 2012’s The End Of Love, Webber directs the partially crowdfunded drama which premiered last year at the La Film Festival. Filming took place in La and Palmer’s native Australia while Palmer was »
- Jen Yamato
Caruso is best know for directing Eagle Eye and I am Number Four, and has done his fair share of action so he would seem to be an appropriate choice for the Joes’ third outing. Recently Martin Campbell (GoldenEye) was also rumoured to be in talks to direct.
As of yet Paramount has not revealed a release date for the film, or any official casting news, although Dwayne Johnson is expected to return as Roadblock.
- Thomas Roach
Paramount may have finally found a director for G.I. Joe 3. After G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu jumped ship to make Jem and the Holograms for Blumhouse, the studio scrambled to find a replacement, with Casino Royale director Martin Campbell‘s name at one point ending up in the mix before he moved along. Now, though, Deadline is reporting that Disturbia director D.J. Caruso is in “early discussions” to take over the blockbuster franchise.
THR adds that, before a deal could be reached, Caruso would have to receive a stamp of approval from franchise star Dwayne Johnson, currently the only actor confirmed to return for the threequel. It makes sense that Ray Park’s Snake Eyes, Adrianne Palicki’s Lady Jaye, D.J. Cotrona’s Flint and Elodie Yung’s Jinx would all make appearances in G.I. Joe 3, but whether screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin will see fit to introduce »
- Isaac Feldberg
D.J. Caruso In Talks For G.I. Joe 3. D.J. Caruso is currently in talks to direct the third installment in the G.I. Joe movie franchise. Caruso whose previous directorial work includes Disturbia and I Am Number Four was brought into negotiations after G.I. Joe Retaliation director Jon M. [...]
Continue reading: G.I. Joe 3: Film May Have Found A New Director »
- Victor Stiff
amz asin="B00Q5996EQ" size="small"Gone Girl hits DVD and Blu-ray today and screenwriter Gillian Flynn is out and about chatting with the press, offering up nuggets of information such as word she would be up for getting the gang back together in a couple years for a sequel. "There could be a sequel at some point if everyone is game to get the gang back together, it could be really fun a few years from now," she told The Daily News. "We could pick it up and see what those crazy Dunnes are up to a few years down the road and if they got on -- not well I don't think." Um, spoiler Gillian! I'm not exactly sure where they could take a sequel, though their marriage counseling sessions might be interesting and I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised if their child ends up »
- Brad Brevet
It’s not clear on which characters may return since most of them didn’t return for a sequel. However, it’s probably a safe bet that Dwayne Johnson will return as Roadblock.
Chu left last year to direct another animated cartoon-turn-action movie with “Jem and the Holograms.” Martin Campbell’s name mentioned mid-year, but it never went anywhere during the talks.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter »
- Gig Patta
Paramount Pictures is pressing ahead with a third G.I. Joe movie, following the box office success of instalments one and two. But it must be hoping it can get a slightly better film out of the series this time around.
Part one was directed by Stephen Sommers, with the sequel helmed by Jon M Chu. And it was Chu who was initially its choice to return for a third movie as well. However, he's moved onto other projects, and so whilst Jonathan Lemkin has been working on a screenplay, G.I. Joe 3 has been missing a director.
Well, it might just have found one.
Deadline reports that D J Caruso is the new frontrunner. He's just finishing up work on The Disappointments Room due later this year. And his previous directorial outings have included I Am Number Four, »
Last we heard any news about G.I. Joe 3, the script was getting written by Jonathan Lemkin of Shooter fame, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu was going to return behind the camera. However, Chu decided to take on an adaptation of Jem and the Holograms, so now Paramount Pictures has been on the hunt for a new director. THR reports it's Disturbia, Eagle Eye and I Am Number Four director D.J. Caruso who is currently in talks to direct the film in the other major toy-based film franchise from the studio that also brought us Hasbro's Transformers to the big screen from producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Caruso had quite a dud on his hands after I Am Number Four, and he's pretty much been in movie jail since then. He directed some kind of kid-centric drama called Standing Up in 2013, but since we've never heard of it until now, »
- Ethan Anderton
DJ Caruso could be in line to direct GI Joe 3.
The I Am Number Four director is in early negotiations with Paramount, Deadline reports.
If Caruso does sign on to direct, the Disturbia filmmaker would work alongside Dwayne Johnson.
The Fast and Furious actor is said to be the headlining star of the third instalment.
Jon M. Chu directed the first sequel GI Joe: Retaliation, which grossed $372 million worldwide.
Watch a clip from GI Joe: Retaliation below: »
Despite word back in 2013 that G.I. Joe Retaliation director Jon M. Chu would be returning for duty on the action franchise’s third outing, it would appear that things have changed. According to Deadline, I Am Number Four’s D.J. Caruso is in early talks to handle the film instead.With Retaliation taking home $372 million worldwide, Paramount naturally wanted to keep things going, and with Chu in place, kicked off a search for writers. Snow White And The Huntsman’s Evan Daugherty was hired in late 2013 to craft the script, which was rumoured to feature the return of characters such as Scarlett (Rachel Nichols) and The Baroness (Sienna Miller) from Rise Of Cobra to appear alongside current franchise main man Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson). But news that Caruso is being courted to take over the main job makes us wonder whether the studio is going in a new direction.It’s all in flux, »
It's been quite some since we've heard anything about the follow-up to Jon M. Chu's G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but it now appears as if Paramount Pictures are finally taking aim at a director. D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye) has entered talks to helm the threequel which will put the spotlight on Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Roadblock character. Green Lantern director Martin Campbell was named as being in the running last year, but those talks apparently amounted to nothing. Caruso also directed I Am Number Four and is currently shooting the Wentworth Miller penned The Disappointments Room starring Kate Beckinsale. Do you guys think he would be a good fit for the franchise? »
17 items from 2015
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