5 items from 2016
As Hollywood struggles to reinvent their array of superheroes with each iteration, it’s no surprise that audiences would become hungry for something off the beaten path. While it’s not the first post-modern comic-book adaptation, Deadpool is billed as ushering in a new direction: a fan-spurred, self-aware tentpole that’s R-rated to its core, featuring a wise-ass character (don’t call him a superhero) who’s fully cognizant of his outsider status in both the world he inhabits and Hollywood’s comic-book sandbox writ large. Despite the excess of fourth-wall-breaking continually reminding us of both, Tim Miller‘s directorial debut ultimately ends up feeling like another similarly structured, monotonous origin story, albeit with a more vulgar veneer.
Scripted by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (Zombieland), and based on Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld‘s original comic series, Deadpool stars Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson, a former special ops soldier with a 40+ kill streak. »
- Jordan Raup
Lucky Logan: Steven Soderbergh, who announced his retirement from directing feature films in 2012, will return to the big screen to helm Lucky Logan. Channing Tatum will star in the movie; its premise has not yet been disclosed. Tatum and Soderbergh previously worked together on Haywire, Magic Mike (above) and Side Effects. Soderbergh has lately been directing TV medical drama The Knick. [Variety] 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Last fall, Bryan Singer announced that 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea would be his next film and now we know who will be backing it. 20th Century Fox is officially on board, aiming to begin production early in the fall; Singer will begin casting right away. Rick Sordelet and Dan Studney wrote the screenplay, based on the novel by Jules Verne...
- Peter Martin
Well, that didn't take long...
Steven Soderbergh, best known for his Ocean's Eleven films, Traffic, and Sex, Lies, & Videotape, went into semi-retirement three years ago. It wasn't a total farewell to Hollywood. Soderbergh claimed he was done directing feature films, specifically. He'd still be around to produce, be a cinematographer, or possibly direct for television, but- for all intents and purposes- his time sitting in the director's chair for a major motion picture was over.
Yeah, about that..
According to Variety, Soderbergh read the script for the upcoming Channing Tatum vehicle Lucky Logan and simply fell in love with it. Between loving the script, and having a great working relationship with Tatum, he's reportedly ready to come out of retirement so that he can direct this film. The pair has previously worked together as actor and director for Haywire, Side Effects, and Magic Mike.
"That's great, Channing. Now »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Lucky Logan: Steven Soderbergh, who announced his retirement from directing feature films in 2012, will return to the big screen to helm Lucky Logan. Channing Tatum will star in the movie; its premise has not yet been disclosed. Tatum and Soderbergh previously worked together on Haywire, Magic Mike (above) and Side Effects. Soderbergh has lately been directing TV medical drama The Knick. [Variety] 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Last fall, Bryan Singer announced that 20,000...
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Update: Nearly three years after announcing his retirement from the film industry, Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh is heading back to the big screen.
Sources tell Variety that Soderbergh is attached to direct the feature film “Lucky Logan” with Channing Tatum on board to star.
Gregory Jacobs will produce the movie, which is currently a mystery, but sources say Soderbergh recently got his hands on the script and quickly fell in love with the premise.
No reps returned calls for comment. However, shortly after Variety published this story, Soderbergh said the report was “wrong” on Twitter. (An earlier version of this story suggested Matt Damon would co-star in the film, which is titled “Lucky Logan,” not “Hillbilly Heist.”)
Sources tell Variety that most of the major studios including Warner Bros., Sony and Fox are all lining up to acquire the hot package, and that a deal should be in place by the end of the week. »
- Justin Kroll
5 items from 2016
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