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Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin featured in new Everest image

14 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Universal Pictures has released a new image from director Baltasar Kormákur’s (2 Guns, Contraband) upcoming film Everest, featuring Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin

Inspired by the incredible events surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest of elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.

Everest is set for release in the UK on September 18th and the States on October 2nd, with a cast that also includes Jason Clarke, John Hawkes, Keira Knightley, Robin Wright, Emily Watson, Clive Standen, Michael Kelly, Sam WorthingtonElizabeth Debicki, Vanessa Kirby, Mia Goth, Naoko Mori, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson and Charlotte Bøving. »

- Gary Collinson

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Cate Blanchett Circles Disaster Thriller 'Cascade'

3 December 2014 4:23 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Cate Blanchett is eyeing the lead role in the upcoming 20th Century Fox thriller Cascade, with Baltasar Korm&#225kur entering negotiations to direct. The project is a loose remake of the 2003 pseudo-documentary The Day Britain Stopped, which we first reported on back in June 2012, when Ridley Scott and Steven Zaillian came on board to produce. Kieran Fitzgerald (The Homesman) wrote the screenplay.

The story takes place in the aftermath of an oil tanker's collision in the Persian Gulf, which escalates into an international crisis. If she signs on, Cate Blanchett will play the ship's captain, who tries to find a way to prove that she did not commit a terrorist act. Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game, Headhunters) was in talks to direct earlier this summer, but he is no longer involved.

Ridley Scott and Steven Zaillian are producing alongside Garrett Basch and Michael Schaefer. No production schedule has been released. »

- MovieWeb

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Baltasar Kormákur In Negotiations To Helm Fox Disaster Pic ‘Cascade’

3 December 2014 1:26 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns, Contraband) is in final negotiations to direct Cascade, the eco-disaster pic that Ridley Scott and Steven Zaillian are producing at Fox. Loosely based on the 2003 BBC mockumentary The Day Britain Stopped, Cascade is about a global catastrophe that follows an international chain of events triggered by an oil tanker collision in the Middle East.

The Scott Free and Film Rites production is scripted by Kieran Fitzgerald and also will be produced by Film RitesGarrett Basch. Cate Blanchett’s name has been bandied about to lead the project, but I hear she’s not attached. Meanwhile, Kormákur most recently filmed his 2015 adventure thriller Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington in the tale of a climbing expedition struck by a snowstorm on Mount Everest. Universal releases that picture in September.

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- Jen Yamato

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Baltasar Kormakur to Direct ‘Cascade’ for Fox, Film Rites and Scott Free

3 December 2014 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Baltasar Kormakur is in negotiations to direct “Cascade” for Fox, Scott Free and Film Rites.

The pic is based on BBC mockumentary “The Day Britain Stopped,” which revolves around a 2003 train strike that was first in a chain of events that ultimately led to a meltdown of the British transportation system.

This version is set after an oil tanker collision in the Persian Gulf sets off an international crisis.

Ridley Scott will produce for Scott Free with Steve Zaillian producing for Film Rites. Garrett Basch is also a producer.

Kieran Fitzgerald penned the script.

Kormakur made a name for himself with his gritty action thrillers “Contraband” and “2 Guns,” both starring Mark Wahlberg. He recently wrapped production on the adventure pic “Everest” and is developing the period action pic “Vikings” for Working Title.

He is repped by Wme.

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- Justin Kroll

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J.K. Simmons Receives Big Honor from Palm Springs International Film Festival

18 November 2014 8:39 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

He has been Spidey's boss, a mean prisoner in "Oz," Juno's daddy, and lately, Farmer's Insurance spokesperson, but now, J.K. Simmons is going to be a Palm Springs International Film Festival awardee.

The actor is currently making waves for his brilliant performance in "Whiplash," just in time for the Academy Awards season. Simmons will be joining previously announced winners, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore.

Here's the complete press release:

Palm Springs, CA (November 18, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present J.K. Simmons with the Spotlight Award, Actor at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.

.Throughout his career J.K. Simmons had played a wide range of »

- Manny

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Uni Monsters Get "Fargo," "Prisoners" Scribes

12 November 2014 6:33 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Universal Pictures is continuing to lock down plans for an interconnected cinematic universe featuring its classic monsters, with a trio of scribes having been hired by the studio.

Off screen, the studio aims to create something akin to Pixar's "brain trust" with a handful of scribes all weighing in on and contributing to each other's movies. Each will offer help as needed as they work on separate films that will include serialized storytelling elements.

Previously announced for this group were Chris Morgan ("Fast Five," "47 Ronin") and Alex Kurtzman ("Star Trek," "Transformers") who are also producing. Joining them will be "Fargo" TV series creator Noah Hawley, screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners," "Contraband"), and veteran screenwriter Ed Solomon ("Men in Black," "Now You See Me").

Guzikowski will take the lead on penning "The Wolfman," a new version of the classic werewolf story that hopes to avoid the mistakes of the 2010 adaptation. It will »

- Garth Franklin

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Aaron Guzikowski Hired For Universal's The Wolfman

12 November 2014 4:56 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Writing teams, it would appear, are the new big idea for shared universe films, given the successes of Marvel’s creative board for its movies and the auspicious work of Disney Animation/Pixar's “brain trusts”. Universal wants in on that action, hiring PrisonersAaron Guzikowski and Fargo TV adaptation man Noah Hawley to work on its monster movie films.They join Ed Solomon, who will be working alongside chief creative bods Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan on developing a linked series bringing classic Universal creatures such as The Mummy and The Wolfman back to life on screen.The plan is for the writers to work together developing the movies, pitching in ideas and helping with problems before splitting off to write the scripts separately, and then meeting back up to discuss them. Kurtzman, the Star Trek/Transformers veteran, is already at work on the Mummy film, which he’ll also direct for June 24, 2016. Guzikowski, »

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Universal Looking at 'Prisoners' Screenwriter for New 'Wolf Man'

12 November 2014 2:35 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The classic Universal monster movies are classics for a reason. They are extremely well crafted pieces focusing on a creepy tone rather than jump scares. They created characters that were both frightening and vulnerable. They are really interesting films, and I do not know if we will be able to get back to that, given the way horror has been trending the last couple of decades. Universal wants to keep their properties viable, though. So, with the surprising box office success of Dracula Untold, Universal is going back to all of their classic characters, including the Wolf Man. Even though they already tried this just a couple of years ago with Benicio Del Toro, they might as well try it again. Deadline reports the studio is reaching out to screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski, who wrote last year's pretty good film Prisoners, to pen the screenplay for the updated take on the lycanthrope. »

- Mike Shutt

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Universal Developing The Wolf Man Reboot

12 November 2014 11:21 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Marvel has set the standard for connecting characters in the same universe and with their newly revealed massive movie slate, DC is attempting to capture that intertwined magic and Universal also looks to create their own shared universe by relaunching their popular monsters. The Mummy reboot is already scheduled to come out in 2016 and it’s now been revealed that a new The Wolf Man movie is in the works.

Deadline reports that Universal Pictures has set their sights on Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband, Prisoners, SundanceTV’s The Red Road) to pen the script for The Wolf Man reboot. The latest take on the werewolf would fit into the shared universe of relaunched Universal Monsters, an undertaking that’s overseen by Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers) and Chris Moran (Fast & Furious series).

The Mummy reboot will be directed by Kurtzman off of a script by Jon Spaihts (a screenplay that was »

- Derek Anderson

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'Wolf Man' to Be Next Universal Monsters Shared Universe Movie?

12 November 2014 10:05 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Universal Monsters Shared Universe franchise announced back in July keeps getting bigger and bigger, with the studio rumored to be developing a reboot of The Wolf Man.

Prisoners screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski has reportedly come aboard to write the script, although no details were given about how this classic character will be rebooted. Universal's Dracula Untold was confirmed last month to be the first in this series. Although it wasn't initially envisioned as a part of the franchise, a prologue scene that showed Luke Evans' title character in a modern-day market is what helps kick off this universe.

The Untitled Mummy Reboot will fully launch the franchise, arriving in theaters June 24, 2016, with the studio announcing last month that an unspecified monster movie will hit theaters on April 21, 2017. It isn't known if The Wolf Man or another project will occupy this date yet.

The Wolf Man franchise was launched in »

- MovieWeb

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A New Wolf Man is on the Way from Universal

12 November 2014 8:17 AM, PST | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

One week after it was revealed that Universal Pictures has set a mystery Universal Monsters property for release April 21, 2017 comes word, via Deadline, that the studio is courting Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners, Contraband) to write a rebooted take on The Wolf Man. Universal’s original The Wolf Man was directed by George Waggner and released…

The post A New Wolf Man is on the Way from Universal appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Spencer Perry

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The Book of Life movie review: what’s a woman for?

24 October 2014 8:59 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

The animation is fresh, unique, and gorgeous. But we don’t need another tale of a man having exciting adventures while a woman waits around to marry him. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The animation, a CGI explosion of Mexican folkloric motifs, is fresh, unique, and gorgeous, if the design is at times so frenetic and overstuffed that it threatens sensory overload. The story the animation is used to tell, however, is so familiar as to be blandly generic, and totally unsurprising in both its overarching themes and its specific details.

Two deities who oversee realms of the afterlife — La Muerte (the voice of Kate del Castillo), who rules the Land of the Remembered, and Xibalba (the voice of Ron Perlman: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Pacific Rim), who rules the Land of »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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'2 Guns' Director Plans Viking Drama 'Vikingr' at Universal Pictures

8 October 2014 9:34 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur has already made his way to the United States with 2 Guns and Contraband, and now he's bringing some of the history of his homeland over here for his next project. THR reports Universal Pictures has hired Kormákur to direct Vikingr, an action drama that he also co-wrote with Ólafur Egill Egilsson. Vikings are a mostly untapped resource on the big screen, though The History Channel has fared well with their TV series focusing on the native Icelandic people. While there aren't any specifics on the story, the film is said to focus on the early days of Viking life, derived from classic tales. These tales come from the legendary Icelandic Sagas, which talk about these strong, almost mythical heroes and their adventures as early Nordic settlers and they struggles they endured as they established the Viking way of life. The trade says the film "offers a »

- Ethan Anderton

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Universal Sets Baltasar Kormákur For Vikingr

8 October 2014 6:01 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Universal is staying in business with 2 Guns and Contraband helmer Baltasar Kormákur, who’s currently in post-production on the big-budgeted survival pic Everest for the studio. Now, Kormákur has been signed to direct a historical epic titled Vikingr for Universal.

In addition to directing, Kormákur wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay with Ólafur Egill Egilsson. According to the official studio release, Vikingr “is based on the classic tales deriving from the legendary Icelandic Sagas, which document larger-than-life heroes, adventures and battles of early Nordic settlers, as well as daily life in the Viking age. Vikingr offers a fresh look at Viking culture that is both intimate and epic.”

The project is reportedly close to its director’s heart, none-too-surprising given that he is an Icelandic native. On paper, Vikingr seems like a slightly risky venture for Universal, but Kormákur has delivered two hits in a row for the studio, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Kormakur Set To Direct "Vikingr" Film

7 October 2014 9:48 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur ("2 Guns," "Contraband") is set to take the helm of the Viking action drama "Vikingr" for Universal Pictures and Rvk Studios. Kormakur and Olafur Egill Egilsson co-wrote the script.

Set during the early days of Viking life, the film reportedly offers a fresh look at Viking culture and is based on the classic tales from the legendary Icelandic Sagas.

Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Nathalie Marciano will produce. Kormakur has reportedly been trying to get the film made for the past fifteen years.

Source: Screen »

- Garth Franklin

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Universal Pictures Acquires Vikingr; Baltasar Kormakur Directing

7 October 2014 8:54 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur’s next adventure will be Vikingr for Universal Pictures. Kormakur wrote the story and the script, along with Olafur Egill Egilsson.

Producers on the project include Kormakur under his Rvk Studios banner, Marc Platt ProductionsMarc Platt and Adam Siegel, Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Nathalie Marciano.

The project is based on the classic tales deriving from the legendary Icelandic Sagas, which document larger than life heroes, adventures and battles of early Nordic settlers, as well as daily life in the Viking age.

Universal and Kormakur have a long running relationship going back to his breakthrough picture Contraband, which grossed $91 million worldwide on a $25 million budget. It was based on Kormakur’s Icelandic movie Reykjavik-Rotterdam.

Since then, he has also directed 2 Guns for the studio as well as the upcoming drama Everest. Set to be released on September 18, 2015, Everest is inspired by the »

- Michelle McCue

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'2 Guns' Director Takes on 'Vikingr' for Universal

7 October 2014 8:49 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Filmmaker Baltasar Korm&#225kur's next adventure will be Vikingr for Universal Pictures. Kormakur wrote the story and the script, along with &#211lafur Egilsson.

Producers on the project include Kormakur under his Rvk Studios banner, Marc Platt Productions' Marc Platt and Adam Siegel, Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Nathalie Marciano.

The project is based on the classic tales deriving from the legendary Icelandic Sagas, which document larger than life heroes, adventures and battles of early Nordic settlers, as well as daily life in the Viking age.

Universal and Kormakur have a long running relationship going back to his breakthrough picture Contraband, which grossed $91 million worldwide on a $25 million budget. It was based on Kormakur's Icelandic movie Reykjavik-Rotterdam. Since then, he has also directed 2 Guns for the studio as well as the upcoming drama Everest.

Vikingr comes to theaters in 2016. »

- MovieWeb

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Universal boards Baltasar Kormakur’s Vikingr

7 October 2014 4:29 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Icelandic filmmaker’s latest venture with Universal will be based on tales of Nordic settlers and life in the Viking age.

Kormakur, who has been looking to make the film for the past 15 years, wrote the story and the script along with Olafur Egill Egilsson.

Kormakur produces through his Rvk Studios alongside Marc Platt ProductionsMarc Platt and Adam Siegel, Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Nathalie Marciano.

Universal and Kormakur began his relationship with Universal on the 2012 action drama Contraband and has since made 2 Guns and the upcoming thriller Everest. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Baltasar Kormakur joins Universal’s Vikingr

7 October 2014 4:29 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Icelandic filmmaker’s latest venture with Universal will be based on tales of Nordic settlers and life in the Viking age.

Kormakur wrote the story and the script along with Olafur Egill Egilsson.

Kormakur produces through his Rvk Studios alongside Marc Platt ProductionsMarc Platt and Adam Siegel, Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Nathalie Marciano.

Universal and Kormakur began his relationship with Universal on the 2012 action drama Contraband and has since made 2 Guns and the upcoming thriller Everest. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Baltasar Kormákur to Direct Viking Action Drama Vikingr for Universal

7 October 2014 2:47 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

2 Guns and Contraband director Baltasar Kormákur will be treading familiar territory in an upcoming film.  Universal Pictures announced today that it has picked up Vikingr, an action drama revolving around the early days of Viking life that Kormákur co-wrote and will direct.  The project has been brewing for some time, and is close to Kormákur given his Icelandic heritage.  The story is based on the classic tales of the legendary Icelandic Sagas, “which document larger than life heroes, adventures and battles of early Nordic settlers, as well as daily life in the Viking age.”  The film will focus on Viking culture as a whole on a scale that is “both intimate and epic.” Kormákur most recently directed Everest for the studio, which is a survival drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, and Robin Wright that will be released next September.  No word on whether Vikingr will be his next film, »

- Adam Chitwood

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