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James McTeigue talks Ninja Assassin, Raven, Superman

21 November 2009 10:00 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Fellow film blogger Alex Billington at has conducted an insightful interview with Wachowski Brothers’ protege, James McTeigue. As well as answering questions about Ninja Assassin and why he opted for CG blood, he talks about his first film V for Vendetta, his upcoming project The Raven, a bit about his filmmaking background, but most interestingly about his thoughts on his proposed Superman movie.

McTeigue states that he would want to make substantial changes to the traditional Superman mythology in order to update the character so he can exist in modern society. After the disappointment that was Superman Returns, all the legal problems between the various owners of the Superman property, and Diane Nelson (head of newly formed DC Entertainment) announcing that any proposed Superman films are currently on hold, things are not looking too good for The Man of Steel.

All legal issues aside, I do believe that »

- Andrew Peters

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Six Awesome New ‘Ninja Assassin’ Clips

11 November 2009 10:46 AM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

One of most fun-looking martial arts movies to come along in awhile is Ninja Assassin. It stars Korean mega pop star, Rain (in his first leading action role) and comes to us from director James McTeigue as well as The Wachowski brothers, the team who brought us the excellent comic book adaptation, V For Vendetta.

Ninja Assassin is about a ninja who defects from the orphanage where he was trained, only to be hunted by his ninja clan brethren whose very existence is considered a myth. But, as with a lot of these types of movies, the plot doesn’t really matter – all that matters is that the action is kick-ass and that certainly looks to be the case with this film.


Thanks to the guys over at Collider we have six new clips from Ninja Assassin, all provided within the one video player for your viewing convenience . Check the clips out below:

Awesome stuff. »

- Ross Miller

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James McTeigue Talks Superman & Magneto

1 October 2009 8:24 PM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

At the end of July, Robert Sanchez at IESB broke the news that Warner Brothers were looking at James McTeigue to possibly direct a new Superman feature film that would act as a franchise reboot.

A few weeks later, McTeigue sat with MTV and while not confirming or denying any involvement, he did relay his idea of a reboot for Superman should he land the gig. His plan would take the Man of Steel in a different direction and skip through the overdone origins of Clark growing up into the hero we know him as.

Things were looking good for our favorite Kryptonian, up until Diane Nelson, the head of the newly formed DC Entertainment, explained that they do not have another Superman film as part of their current plans.


Was she just saying that just in case they don’t sort out their legal troubles with the heirs to »

- Rob Keyes

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Interview With Ninja Assassin Director James McTeigue

10 August 2009 9:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Last week, I had the opportunity to talk with director James McTeigue (V For Vendetta) about his new film, Ninja Assassin. As many of you know, McTeigue started in Hollywood as a second assistant director on films like Dark City, and made a name for himself as the first assistant director on The Matrix films. He famously took the reigns from The Wachowski Brothers, directing big screen adaptation of Alan Moore's comic book V For Vendetta (currently ranked #178 on IMDb's top 250 of all time). His latest film, Ninja Assassin, hits theaters on November 25th. I caught a sneak preview screening during Comic-Con, and while I'm barred from reviewing the movie, I will say that the action is bloody awesome and worth the price of admission alone. I was also able to talk briefly with James about his next project, a period thriller titled The Raven, a fictionalized account of »

- Peter Sciretta

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