13 items from 2015
Film scripts are re-written all the time by numerous writers, with each subsequent iteration often differing from the last. Changes can take place to such an extent that you often end up with a shooting script that doesn't resemble the one that sparked a studio's interest.
Such is the case with 2013's Tom Cruise sci-fi vehicle "Oblivion" according to the film's original script writer William Monahan. Monahan, who penned the likes of "The Departed" and "Kingdom of Heaven," handed over his "Oblivion" script which then scored re-writes by the likes of Karl Gajdusek and Michael Arndt.
In a new interview with Den of Geek, Monahan surprisingly laments the loss of his original script and what Joseph Kosinski's film ultimately turned out to be:
"It differed enormously. I’d written something I think was very good, perhaps a science fiction classic, which I imagine got the film greenlit, and then »
- Garth Franklin
The 2013 Tom Cruise sci-fi vehicle, Oblivion did rather well for itself with a $280 million worldwide take. By most accounts, it was a visually stunning film with solid cast performances and even carried somewhat of an interesting series of plot twists. However, don.t expect any kind of adulation from writer, William Monahan, who penned an early draft of the film.s original script. According to Monahan, whatever he had originally written was cut up and altered to the point that there was "nothing left of me." In an interview with Den of Geek, Monahan expresses a serious case of lament regarding the fate of his original script, which would eventually fall into the narrative hands of screenwriter, Karl Gajdusek and then later, Michael Arndt. (Who would himself fall victim to the script-slicing game with the Star Wars: The Force Awakens script.) Monahan rants rather passionately of the final product that »
Back in 2013, Tom Cruise scored a decent-sized sci-fi hit with Oblivion. The movie teamed him up with Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, and it remains a derivative sci-fi movie, but a terrific one to look at.
However, it's also a film that differed enormously from the original script that was penned for it. William Monahan - who wrote The Gambler and The Departed - revealed to us that a lot changed from his idea for the film, to what we eventually saw.
"It differed enormously", he told us. "I’d written something I think was very good, perhaps a science fiction classic, which I imagine got the film greenlit, and then it was turned by subsequent writers into cannon fodder, despite Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman and Andrea Riseborough and Olga Kurylenko, »
It seems like the success both critically and commercially for Edge of Tomorrow has got Tom Cruise and Doug Liman thinking about their next move together. This time though — they are leaving out the Groundhog Day aspect of the story.
The Hollywood Reporter reported on Wednesday that Cruise and Liman are set to re-team for Mena, a 1980s drug thriller being made by Universal and CrossCreek. The project was originally being eyed by Ron Howard to direct, who was attached to direct the project when Universal picked it up as a spec by Gary Spinelli for a reported $1 million.
The film tells the story of Barry Seal, a fired Twa pilot who became a major drug smuggler for the Medellin Cartel. He was later recruited by the DEA and CIA to provide intelligence, with his work tying to the Iran Contra scandal. He was assassinated by Colombians in 1986.
Liman is currently finishing up the documentary, »
- Zach Dennis
Tom Cruise is reuniting with his Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman for the upcoming crime thriller Mena. Ron Howard was once attached to direct the project after Universal picked up the spec script by Gary Spinelli (Stash House) for $1 million. Universal is distributing, with Cross Creek Pictures providing the financing and producing with Imagine Entertainment.
Mena is based on the true story of Barry Seal, a Twa pilot who was fired and then becomes a major drug smuggler for the Medellin Cartel in Colombia. He was later recruited by both the DEA and the CIA to provide intelligence on the cartel, which was tied in to the Iran-Contra affair. Barry Seal was assassinated by the Colombians in 1986.
Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson are producing for Cross Creek, alongside Imagine's Brian Grazer and Quadrant Pictures' Doug Davison. This project marks the first time Doug Liman has returned to Universal Pictures »
We started this website back in 2007, and since then, the names of some sequels seem to come up with reasonable regularity, albeit with no sign of the film itself. And in the time we've been going, yet more names have added themselves to the list of follow-ups that are seemingly stuck in development hell.
With the new Ghostbusters film set to escape and become a real thing in the next year or two, here's just a sample of the other projects struggling to get off the ground (with one or two edging closer to a greenlight than others...)
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Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is being eyed for the male lead in the upcoming Paramount Pictures drama The Taliban Shuffle, alongside Tina Fey. Showbiz 411 reports that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is believed to be "the final choice" for the male lead role, although no other character details were revealed. If he does sign on, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau will join a cast that also includes Margot Robbie and Martin Freeman.
The plot is based on freelance journalist Kim Barker's non-fiction novel of the same name, which follows her exploits of covering the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, "shuffling" between the two countries. Tina Fey is playing Kim Barker, with Margot Robbie playing a broadcast journalist colleague, with Martin Freeman playing Barker's love interest, a Scottish photojournalist.
After Gravity blew your eardrums out of the airlock in 2013 with its seamless mix of sound effects and music, it was hard to imagine a film wowing just as much the year after, but 2014 was a year in which movie soundtracks became, if anything, even more intricate, from films about the nature of being a musician to those that replicated the noise of human existence for alien senses.
Before 2014 becomes a distant ringing in the ears, here are the top 14 movie soundtracks of the year.
Once you've heard Mica Levi's soundtrack to Under the Skin, everything else sounds both disappointing and even more exciting. I say 'soundtrack' because, like the best movies, Jonathan Glazer's sci-fi understands that sound and music are two halves of the same hastily-conceived metaphor. »
Edge of Tomorrow (or Live.Die.Repeat. as the Blu-ray case has repackaged the film using its catchy tagline) looked like just another sci-fi blockbuster flick starring perennial movie star Tom Cruise (last seen in 2013’s sci-fi blockbuster Oblivion). But this film, based on a Japanese young adult novel titled All You Need Is Kill (a title that really stands out), surprised audiences and critics with its unique storytelling and compelling leads. So if you missed this film in theaters this summer, you finally have the chance to live it and repeat it as much as possible. An intelligent alien race has invaded earth, and we are losing. Despite nominal wins like the one at Verdun led by Rita Vritaski (Emily Blunt), the outlook on the war is grim. General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson) is sending forces onto the beaches of France for a full-frontal attack on the aliens, dubbed Mimics. »
- John Keith
The Flickering Myth Podcast reviews Birdman…
It’s been tipped for several award nominations and it topped several best of lists in 2014 (it made #10 on our list), but now Birdman is officially released in the UK.
On this episode of the Flickering Myth Podcast, Luke Owen, Scott Davis and Rohan Morbey give their thoughts on the movie, any criticisms they have and briefly discuss release schedules around Oscar season.
Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.
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- Luke Owen
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Hey everyone! After a couple of years away, I'm thrilled to announce that I'm back with the gang at GeekTyrant. This was where I got my start writing about film and television online, and I'm very excited to return to the team, help the site move forward in 2015, and start interacting with this awesome community again.
As you recover from last night's New Year's Eve festivities, I wanted to offer up a list of my favorite films of 2014. Chances are pretty good you've seen a handful of these films, but maybe there are a couple that you haven't seen, and this list may encourage you to check them out to see where they'd rank on your own list. Enjoy!
- Ben Pearson
In years past on Daily Dead, I’ve gone back and forth on whether we should run an end of the year list. There are always movies that I recognize are really well made, but I didn’t like and is it even fair to run a “Best” list when there’s the odd movie that I didn’t get a chance to see? It was enough to drive me insane and so I decided to do something a bit different in 2013. This year, we return with our “Favorites of the Year” lists and the difference here is that we’re not just highlighting movies. Instead, we’re sharing our favorite genre experiences of the year with our readers, which could be a favorite movie, collectible, event, or person. Check back every day this week to find out what made the cut for the rest of the Daily Dead team. »
- Jonathan James
13 items from 2015
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