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Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks have pulled the plug, at least for now, on an under-the-radar upcoming horror movie that they have been developing for some time. Haunted was being produced by Steven Spielberg and was going to be directed by 28 Weeks Later helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, but he has been fired and any form of production on the project has halted. What is perhaps most surprising is that the movie was supposed to start shooting in a few weeks, meaning that this project was very far along in the development process.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that the studio and Steven Spielberg had decided to give the project the axe. According to the report, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and Contagion writer Scott Z. Burns were doing some additional work on the script, which halted pre-production for a couple of weeks. As it turns out, the pair wound up doing a »
Ryan Lambie Sep 26, 2016
Great storytellers can see dramatic possibilities in the most ordinary places. New York filmmaker Jc Chandor has, in his career to date, spun three lean, tense movies out of such unlikely premises as the financial crisis, boating, and a small heating oil business in the early 1980s.
In the trio of movies he’s made so far, Chandor has, I’d argue, marked himself out as one of his generation’s most exciting filmmakers. As both writer and director, he fills his films with crisis and uncertainty; whether they’re weathering the storm of a banking disaster or bailing out a sinking yacht, his characters are constantly dealing with the ground moving between their feet. Chandor’s movies may be low-concept, but their high-drama makes them endlessly absorbing. »
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
As expected, Labor Day weekend wasn’t good for the two new wide releases at all, although the romantic drama The Light Between Oceans (DreamWorks), starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, ended up doing far better of the two. Also as expected, Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe (Screen Gems) won the weekend with a four-day total of $19.7 million, a little less than I predicted. The Light Between Oceans ended up with slightly over $6 million, roughly the same as my original prediction but 20th Century Fox’s thriller Morgan, starring Kate Mara, bomb-bomb-bombed with a ridiculously bad four-day opening of just $2.5 million in its first four days. The Mexican comedy No Manches Frida (Lionsgate/Pantelion) ended up faring better in just 362 theaters, »
- Edward Douglas
Earlier this month, it was revealed that the ever busy Steven Soderbergh was producing with an eye to direct a movie about The Panama Papers scandal, which brought to light the details of global financial corruption by some of the most powerful players of the worldwide elite. The picture has Scott Z. Burns (“The Informant!,” “Contagion,” “Side Effects“) […]
The post Look Out Steven Soderbergh, Netflix Is Also Making A Movie About The Panama Papers appeared first on The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In a medium founded on expanding one’s imagination and perception of reality, no genre does it better than science fiction. We’ve come a long way from the days when Georges Méliès took us to the moon, for today’s filmmakers look far beyond our universe and into the deepest corners of our soul to reflect the current society.
With the latest entry in the Star Trek franchise arriving in theaters this week, we’ve set out to reflect on the millennium’s sci-fi films that have most excelled. To note: we only stuck with feature-length works of 60 minutes or longer and, to make room for a few more titles, our definition of “the 21st century” stretched to include 2000.
Check out our top 50 below and let us know your favorites in the comments. We’ve also put the list on Letterboxd to keep track of how many you’ve seen. »
- The Film Stage
Well, so much for his retirement…
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Steven Soderbergh is set to follow-up the currently-in-production Lucky Logan with a movie based upon the Panama Papers scandal, which he is producing with an eye to direct.
The movie will be based upon Jake Bernstein’s upcoming book The Secrecy World, and will explore details the leaking of more than 11 million records from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which revealed details of the financial dealings and attempts to avoid taxation by many of the world’s wealthiest individuals. The book is said to “contain new details as well as revelations about the financial machinations of rulers and royalty, the illegal activities of some of the world’s largest banks, details about the role of U.S. companies and citizens and the inside story of how a global team of investigative journalists cracked the story.”
The script »
- Gary Collinson
Steven Soderbergh has signed on to produce a movie based around the leak of the Panama Papers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Panama Papers encompass more than 11 million leaked documents from the Panamanian company Mossack Fonseca. The disclosure of the materials by an anonymous whistleblower revealed Mossack Fonseca's extensive efforts to help the world's super-rich conceal wealth and evade taxes. News outlets published the first stories on the documents in April.
The story of the massive leak will be chronicled in The Secrecy World, a forthcoming book by Jake Bernstein. »
Steven Soderbergh is currently in production on his highly anticipated return to feature filmmaker, “Logan Lucky,” and it seems like he’s catching quite the cinematic bug on set. After famously retiring from moviemaking and stepping into television work, the director is quickly lining up new big screen projects, the latest of which is an untitled drama centered around the Panama Papers.
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The project will be based on Jake Bernstein’s yet-to-be-published book “The Secrecy of the World.” Bernstein was one of the investigative reporters who helped expose the Panama Papers, millions of documents that detailed how the world’s elite used a Panamanian law firm to escape financial scrutiny.
Soderbergh is set to produce the feature, though reports say he’s already eyeing the director’s chair. The auteur will team up with his longtime screenwriter Scott Z. Burns for the movie. »
- Zack Sharf
Steven Soderbergh is retired no more. The director, who had previously announced Side Effects (2013) as his last feature film, is making two movies in the next year or so. It was just announced that he will be directing a feature film about The Panama Papers, the leaked documents which revealed how many of the super-rich employ legal, but dodgy accounting systems to avoid taxation. Even some luminaries in the film world (Emma Watson, Pedro Almodovar and the estate of Stanley Kubrick) were named in that scandal. The film will be based on Secrecy World, a to-be-published book by the Pulitzer prize-winning reporter Jake Bernstein. The adaptation will be written by frequent Soderbergh collaborator Scott Z Burns (Contagion, Side Effects, The Informant!).
Sounds like another Contagion, no? Taking a global incident and examining it from different points of view. Before that he will make Ocean’s Fourteen -- well not exactly, »
- Murtada Elfadl
Film-maker will bring Jake Bernstein’s forthcoming book, Secrecy World, about the biggest data leak in history, to cinemas
Steven Soderbergh has taken on the previously reported Panama Papers movie. The film-maker, who recently unretired from directing feature films, is producing, and may direct, a film about the biggest data leak in history, according to Deadline.
Soderbergh’s film will be based on Secrecy World, a book by the Pulitzer prize-winning investigative reporter Jake Bernstein. He was one of the journalists at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (Icij) who helped bring the story to light. Bernstein’s book, which he is currently writing, will likely be adapted by Scott Z Burns, who made Contagion, Side Effects and The Informant! with Soderbergh.
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- Henry Barnes and agencies
Soderbergh will definitely produce the film, so reports TheWrap, which will be based on investigative reporter Jake Bernstein’s upcoming book “The Secrecy World.” The website reports that the ‘film will follow how the journalist helped unearthed an unprecedented 11.5 million files that linked some of the world’s most powerful figures to offshore bank accounts and shell companies used to hide wealth and avoid taxes.’
Those implicated in the high-profile leak included close associates of Russian president Vladimir Putin, the father of British Prime Minister David Cameron, relatives of China’s president Xi Jinping and soccer player Lionel Messi.
No news on when this will start to roll, but we’ll keep you informed.
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- Paul Heath
Despite taking a bit of a break/retirement from the world of film, it appears as if Steven Soderbergh is ready to dive right back in. He’s already lined up a directing gig in the form of Logan Lucky, which will star Channing Tatum and Adam Driver, and now he apparently has his eye on a project about the Panama Papers.
Right now Soderbergh is only attached to produce, but he may very well get behind the camera as well here. On scripting duties is Scott Z. Burns, a frequent collaborator of the director who has worked with him on films like Contagion and Side Effects, among others. Together, the two make a very strong team and their involvement on this movie alone makes it one to keep an eye on.
Burns will be based his script on Pulitzer Prize winner Jake Bernstein‘s upcoming novel Secrecy World, which »
- Mark Cassidy
Fans of good cinema can rejoice, for it seems Logan Lucky — Steven Soderbergh‘s first feature since 2013’s Side Effects — will not be a one-off for the director. While he’s currently doing some preliminary shooting for the Nascar-set heist drama before production officially begins later next month, he’s also found time to set up a new potential outing.
A press release informs that Soderbergh will produce and potentially direct a drama surrounding the Panama Papers, the largest data leak in corporate and government history. Set by Lawrence Grey’s Grey Matter Productions, it will be based upon Pulitzer Prize winner Jake Bernstein‘s upcoming book “Secrecy World,” which recounts the story of the leaking of more than 11 million records.
The book, which has yet to have a release date, features “all-new details about the Panama Papers, including revelations about the financial machinations of rulers and royalty, the illegal »
- Jordan Raup
Steven Soderbergh is making a movie about the infamous Panama Papers, TheWrap has confirmed. The filmmaker is producing the feature along with Lawrence Grey of Grey Matter Productions and Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content. Soderbergh is also considering directing the film. Scott Z. Burns, who has worked on Soderbergh films “Contagion,” “The Informant!” and “Side Effects” will write the screenplay. Also Read: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' 'Black & Chrome' Cut Gets German Release Based on investigative reporter Jake Bernstein’s upcoming book “The Secrecy World,” the film will follow how the journalist helped unearthed an unprecedented 11.5 million files that »
- Meriah Doty
Grey, Michael Sugar, Scott Burns and Soderbergh are producing, with Burns writing the script. Sugar was one of the four producers who received a best picture Academy Award for “Spotlight” in February.
The project is based on the upcoming book “The Secrecy World” by Jake Bernstein, senior reporter on the team that broke the Panama Papers story. The book will be published by Henry Holt in fall of 2017.
UTA came on board in April to begin selling the film rights to “Secrecy World,” an account of the leak of 11 million documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca about dubious global financial transactions. The Panama Papers were leaked by International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and provided details of how the wealthy and powerful used the law firm to escape scrutiny. »
- Dave McNary
The story of the Panama Papers is getting the movie treatment via filmmaker Steven Soderbergh. Soderbergh is set to produce with an eye to direct the feature, which will see him team up with screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, a frequent collaborator with whom he made Contagion, The Informant! and Side Effects. Lawrence Grey of Grey Matter Productions will produce with Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content. Soderbergh also will produce. The project will be based on the upcoming book The Secrecy World by Jake Bernstein, the investigative reporter who helped lead the unveiling of the 11 million records. The Panama Papers
- Borys Kit
Martinez last scored The Neon Demon, Nicholas Winding Refn’s new film which opens in UK cinemas this weekend. His previous work includes the scores for sex, lies and videotape, Drive, Only God Forgives, Contagion, Solaris and Traffic, and also Arbitrage, The Lincoln Lawyer and Spring Breakers.
The Wolverine 3, or whatever the filmmakers decide to call it, will be his first comic-book/ superhero movie.
Here’s a sample of Martinez’s work from the outstanding Drive– it’s quite something.
- Paul Heath
After scoring a number of films for acclaimed directors Nicolas Winding Refn & Steven Soderbergh over the years, composer Cliff Martinez is ready to embark on a whole new kind of challenge in the world of comic book movies. Earlier today, Film Music Reporter learned that Martinez has signed on to score James Mangold's upcoming Wolverine sequel, which stars the Academy Award-nominated Hugh Jackman in his final outing as the fan-favorite hero. He'll take over from Marco Beltrami, who scored 2013's The Wolverine. Details on the film's plot are being kept under lock-and-key, but it's been heavily rumored that the film could possibly be a loose adaptation of the Old Man Logan and/or Death of Wolverine storylines. Principal photography is currently underway in New Orleans. Martinez is best known for his work on over ten different Soderbergh projects for film and television, including Sex, Lies, and Videotape, King of the Hill, »
Composer Cliff Martinez, known for his work on “Drive,” “Traffic” and many other hit films, has just committed to score the upcoming third and final “Wolverine” film, according to Film Music Reporter. This marks the first time Martinez will work on a superhero movie.
Plot details for Hugh Jackman’s last appearance as the “X-Men” mutant are sparse, but James Mangold is directing the film written by David James Kelly. Patrick Stewart is also reprising his role as Professor Xavier.
- Liz Calvario
The film premiered at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival and was the recipient of numerous prestigious nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography at the Hong Kong Film Awards, where it also won in the Best Original Score category.
Based on a cult internet novel by Hong Kong writer “Mr. Pizza“, The Midnight After follows a group of 16 bus passengers who find that, in the time between entering and emerging from a traffic tunnel, the city was struck by an apocalyptic event.
The innovative Chan sculpts a blend of horror, comedy, mystery and sci-fi, flinging his unique cast of characters into increasingly bizarre scenarios.
The film received critical praise for its tone, most notably the blasé manner in which characters respond to the otherworldly circumstances they find themselves in. »
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