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No one’s is ever going to launch an Oscar campaign for Need for Speed, but there’s a case to be made for unpretentious, action-packed popcorn pleasures like the racing thriller. Aaron Paul gave a mesmerizing performance, the stunts were spectacular and, perhaps best of all, it proved that helmer Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) knows his way around a slick action vehicle. Now, Waugh is set to dive into the deep end for a much pricier venture – a $120 million sci-epic titled Inversion.
The script, from Bragi Schut (Season of the Witch) and David Arata (Spy Game), follows a young Chinese scientist and a street-smart American ex-patriate who team up and race against time to prevent a cataclysmic reversal of gravity, which would send entire cities and civilians falling into the sky to certain death.
It’s an exciting premise, and Waugh’s background as a stunt coordinator should »
- Isaac Feldberg
The story follows two unlikely heroes, a young Chinese scientist and a street smart American expat, on a frenzied journey across the globe to save Earth from an apocalyptic threat...A total reversal of gravity that causes whole cities and civilizations to uproot and plummet into the sky.
Inversion is currently in the stages of pre-production, with a screenplay written by Bragi F. Schut (Season of the Witch) and Oscar winner David Arata (Children of Men). The film is expected to start shooting in April 2015. You can check out the first piece of concept art here: »
Costing a whopping $120 million, the story follows a young Chinese scientist and a street-smart American expat who race to save Earth from an apocalyptic threat - a gravity reversal causing civilizations to uproot and plummet into the sky.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Stunt coordinator-turned-director Scott Waugh is aiming high for his next feature film. It was announced today that the filmmaker behind Act of Valor and this year’s Need for Speed is in final talks to direct the $120 million sci-fi epic Inversion. The story follows two unlikely heroes, a young Chinese scientist and a street smart American expat, on a “frenzied journey across the globe to save Earth from an apocalyptic threat—a total reversal of gravity that causes whole cities and civilizations to uproot and plummet into the sky.” Pre-production is currently underway, and the plan is to start filming in late April 2015. Inversion has a script by Bragi Schut (Season of the Witch) and David Arata (Spy Game), with Michael Nozik, Markus Barmettler, and Philip Lee onboard to produce. Need for Speed remains one of the worst films I’ve seen this year so I can’t say I’m enthused by this news, »
- Adam Chitwood
“Inversion,” unveiled at Cannes by Mark Damon’s Foresight Unlimited, follows a young Chinese scientist and a street-smart American expat in a race against the clock across the globe to save Earth from an apocalyptic threat — a reversal of gravity causing civilizations to uproot and plummet into the sky. Bragi Schut and David Arata (“Children of Men”) are scripting.
Producers are Michael Nozik (“Syriana”), Markus Barmettler and Philip Lee (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) with an April start date planned for production. Foresight Unlimited will continue sales at the American Film Market.
Waugh is a former stunt performer who appeared in “Spider-Man” and “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” and co-founded Bandito Brothers. He co-directed 2012’s “Act of Valor” with Mike McCoy and helmed “Need for Speed,” which grossed over $200 million this year.
“Inversion” was introduced to »
- Dave McNary
Brad Pitt's Fury was able to usurp first place from Gone Girl this weekend, though it was a closer race than anticipated.Meanwhile, Birdman opened at four locations in New York and Los Angeles and scored one of the best per-theater averages ever for a live-action movie.Opening at 3,173 theaters, Fury rolled in to first place this weekend with $23.7 million. This debut is in the same general ballpark as movies like Captain Phillips ($25.7 million), Act of Valor ($24.5 million) and The Monuments Men ($22 million). That's a fine range to be in, though it's a bit disappointing considering how far off it is from recent R-rated thrillers Gone Girl ($37.5 million) and The Equalizer ($34.1 million).Sony's marketing played up Fury's intense tank-on-tank action, which made it a strong option among male moviegoers. Unfortunately, the movie never really connected with women, who wound up accounting for just 40 percent of the audience on opening weekend. »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
I first saw cinematographer Shane Hurlbut speaking at a trade show held in New York City in 2010 hosted by Canon. Hurlbut had just finished shooting Act of Valor, shot predominately using the Canon 5D Mark II, and he burst on stage with enough energy to power the building. At the time I wrote that he was “loud, in your face, cracking jokes while dashing about the stage,” but it was also clear he had a passion both for the gear and for sharing information. Since then Hurlbut has lensed the pictures Deadfall, Need for Speed, and the currently in […] »
- Michael Murie
Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley at Relativity Media have been through different manifestations through the years that involved grand enterprises like slate financing half of the movies in Hollywood at one time, and plotting an Ipo in the near future. The story of this festival has been the number of upstart companies that bought films as they re-brand themselves into indie distribution players. They include the soon-to-be-renamed Millennium buying Madame Bovary, EuropaCorp buying Big Game for its new domestic distribution pipeline Red, and Rlj/Image acquiring the Thomas McCarthy-directed Adam Sandler comedy The Cobbler.
Relativity has also been honing its own identity, and it made the first two deals of the festival, buying the completed picture The Woman in Black 2, and Kidnap, a thriller that Halle Berry will star in. Relativity chased the Chris Rock film Top Five and premiered two films here, Beyond The Lights and Hector And The Search For Happiness. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Razen will work closely with Electric’s head of international distribution Sonia Mehandjiyska in acquiring projects for the slate.
He will also be instrumental in finding and developing projects for Electric’s production pipeline.
Electric’s international sales slate includes Before I Disappear, Kelly & Cal and The Better Angels. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
As Warner Bros. attempts to fill out their slate of DC Comics films, we can now rest assured that one of them will be an Aquaman feature as the studio has set Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Kurt Johnstad (300: Rise of an Empire, Act of Valor) to write competing scripts for a feature film based on the underwater superhero. Apparently both scripts will be developed at the same time until one is decided to be the best. Of course, given we're talking about Beall and Johnstad here I think we're looking for the script that's the lesser of two evils as neither has shown any real talent for screenwriting as of yet. At this time, it seems safe to assume Jason Momoa would be playing the title character as he has all but been confirmed to be playing the character in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. »
- Brad Brevet
Warner Bros. is going all in on the fishy DC character Aquaman by hiring two separate writers to write scripts for the film. That's right: scripts, plural.
Will Beall (""Gangster Squad") and Kurt Johnstad ("300," "Act of Valor," "300: Rise of an Empire") will be writing separate scripts for Aquaman's big-screen debut. It's not quite clear how this will work; will WB cobble together a Frankenstein script from the best bits of each, or what? The character already has some image problems - he can talk to other sea critters, big whoop! -- but he's also got some staunch defenders.
One of those defenders is Zack Snyder, the director of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and other upcoming Justice League movies. Snyder apparently called in to a radio show to defend this fictional comic book character to a couple of snarky DJs.
"I don't want to give anything away about »
- Jenni Miller
At last, an actual Aquaman movie is on the way. It’s well-known (if not official) that Jason Momoa is playing the sea-dwelling superhero in Justice League, likely appearing first in cameo form in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Via The Hollywood Reporter, now we also know that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are pushing a solo installment for Aquaman, with two screenwriters hired to separately churn out their take on the character with the hopes that one of them will be perfect. Those writers are Will Beall, who is really only known cinematically for Gangster Squad, and Kurt Johnstad, who worked with Justice League franchise mastermind Zack Snyder on 300 and its sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire, and also penned the script for Act of Valor. Neither sounds like an amazing prospect, but the competition could bring out the best in each of them. I would attempt to lend them some guidance — because I’m »
- Christopher Campbell
Warner Bros. and DC Comics are aggressively trying to develop Aquaman as a stand-alone franchise with both Will Beall (Gangster Squad; Castle) and Kurt Johnstad (300: Rise of an Empire; Act of Valor) writing two completely different screenplays.
Aquaman is being positioned as one of the many titles that will make up Warner Bros. multi-movie DC Comics cinematic universe. The studio and the producers have hired two separate writers with the hopes of getting the best possible version of this particular story.
Another reason for this is so that Warner Bros. can give the still in-development Aquaman one of its recently announced release dates, making sure it has a muscular push behind it. In all, 9 DC Comics movies have been scheduled between 2016 and 2020 at the studio.
Warner Bros. is ready to get Aquaman on the fast track to production. They want it so bad that they've hired two writers to write two different scripts for the film. The screenwriters hired are Will Beall (Castle, Gangster Squad) and Kurt Johnstad (300, Act of Valor, 300: Rise of an Empire).
Obviously Aquaman's release date is somewhere in the full list of release date that the studio announced recently that ranges from 2016 to 2020. It's also just more confirmation to me that Aquaman will at least be introduced in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, since that is the film that is really going to set up the DC cinematic universe.
The news comes from THR who explains using two writers saying, "Aquaman is being developed on dual tracks, where studios and producers hire two separate writers to work on the same project in the hopes of getting the best version. »
- Joey Paur
While Marvel is busy exploring the cosmic side of its cinematic universe, Warner Brothers is taking to the seas with theirs. We know that Aquaman will have a brief cameo in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (played, unofficially, by Jason Momoa), and now we have word that Warner Bros. is aggressively developing a solo film for the super-powered Atlantean.
According to THR, the studio has hired two writers to pen two different script treatments for Aquaman, and will pick whichever version the producers like best.
Personally, I couldn’t be happier about the news that Aquaman is getting his own solo film… but I could be a bit happier about the writers they’ve chosen to make it happen. In one corner, we have Will Beall, who wrote Gangster Squad and a Justice League script that the studio reportedly hated and scrapped. In the other corner, we have Kurt Johnstad, »
- James Garcia
In celebration of the newly distributed home release of the action crime film, ‘Need For Speed,’ the drama’s production company, DreamWorks, has unveiled clips from the movie. The videos showcase some of the most intense and electrifying scenes from the film. + ‘Need For Speed’ is the second directorial effort from Scott Waugh, who previously helmed ‘Act of Valor.’ The 3D film, which is based on the Electronic Arts racing video game franchise, was written by George Gatins. DreamWorks has released the following synopsis for ‘Need For Speed’: ‘Need For Speed’ follows Tobey, a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
In celebration of the August 5th home entertainment release for Need For Speed, an exclusive screening event was held for Petersen Automotive Museum Members on the evening of Thursday, July 31 and Wamg was there.
The event showcased an advanced screening of the bonus feature “Capturing Speed: Making An Authentic Car Movie,” hosted a filmmaker/talent Q&A with Director Scott Waugh & childhood family friend and industry stunt coordinator extraordinaire Lance Gilbert, and then screened the entire film. The hero car from the film will be on display at the museum through October.
In Capturing Speed: Making An Authentic Car Movie, viewers are invited to go behind the wheel for an up-close look at what it takes to capture high-octane car stunts on camera.
The filmmakers discuss the challenges and benefits of this “old school” in-camera approach, which requires the actors to learn how to handle a car at »
- Movie Geeks
Ella Robinson, Relativity Media's former vice president of national publicity, has joined Dkc Public Relations as the senior vice president of the company's entertainment group, TheWrap has learned. Based out of Dkc's New York City office, Robinson will report to Joe Quenqua, director of entertainment in the agency's Los Angeles office. She will work across Dkc's entire entertainment portfolio. Also read: Jason Sudeikis Joins Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson in Relativity Heist Comedy (Exclusive) While at Relativity, Robinson oversaw all East Coast operations and worked on campaigns for films including “Limitless,” “Immortals,” “Act of Valor” and “Safe Haven.” Prior to joining Relativity Media, »
- Greg Gilman
Need For Speed director Scott Waugh became a stuntman in 1982 and retired in 2005. Waugh was the president of Stunts Unlimited for three years, the most prestigious stunt organization in the world. During his tenure, Stunts Unlimited was involved in such box office hits as Spider-Man, Talladega Nights, 24 and Bad Boys II. Under Waugh’s leadership, Stunts Unlimited received three consecutive Emmy Awards for Best Stunt Coordinator. He has been involved in more than 150 film and television productions in various capacities and gained his first-hand filmmaking knowledge from directors Michael Mann, Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone while on their sets.
His feature film directorial debut, Act of Valor, which Relativity Media released in February 2012, opened #1 at the U.S. box office and went on to gross more than $80 million worldwide. He followed that up with this years high-octane racing action flick Need For Speed, which sees Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul star as Tobey Marshall, »
- Phil Wheat
While still a relatively new medium, the world of online original video content continues to evolve everyday. Narrative web series are growing in prominence and popularity, giving actors, writers, and directors new opportunities to tell interesting stories. One company leading this charge is Machinima, which has been behind some of the web’s biggest hits, including the popular Mortal Kombat: Legacy series from Kevin Tancharoen.
Today, Machinima released its latest online series, Chop Shop. The six-episode series, developed in collaboration with Paramount’s micro-budget division Insurge Pictures, follows an ex-car thief named Porter (John Bregar) who is pulled back into a life of crime by his former partners.
Chop Shop’s strong creative team begins with its production company Bandito Brothers, which was responsible for the surprise action hit Act of Valor. Elliott Lester (Blitz) directed the series based on scripts from writers Josh Baizer and Marshall Johnson ...
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- Rob Frappier
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