With "The Equalizer" coming this fall (check out the first trailer), and the boxing pic "Southpaw" starring Jake Gyllenhaal brewing, it looks like director Antoine Fuqua is putting another project on his plate. Deadline reports that Fuqua will take the helm of "Narco Sub," a movie formerly attached to the late Tony Scott, and one that once had Doug Liman taking a look at it. With a script from David Guggenheim ("Safe House"), with revisions by Simon Kinberg ("X-Men: Days Of Future Past") and Anthony Peckham ("Sherlock Holmes") the story will center around the submersible vehicles South American drug cartels use to smuggle cocaine into the United States. No word yet on if/when this might roll, and Fuqua is apparently also considering "The Magnificent Seven" remake at MGM (yep, it's still happening) so here's hoping "Narco Sub" is compelling enough to keep him away from that bad idea. And also catching Fuqua's eye? »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The long-gestating thriller Narco Sub has a new director. Tony Scott was initially developing the film as his next directorial effort before his unfortunate passing, then Doug Liman entered talks to take the helm last year. Liman subsequently moved on to a number of other projects, and now Deadline reports that Training Day and Olympus Has Fallen director Antoine Fuqua has become attached to direct the pic. Penned by Safe House scribe David Guggenheim, the Ridley Scott-produced 20th Century Fox film takes place in the drug world and revolves around the semi-submersible crafts that South American cartels use to smuggle cocaine into the U.S. Fuqua most recently directed The Equalizer, and based on early buzz for that Denzel Washington-fronted pic, Sony is already prepping a potential sequel. Fuqua is next set to direct the boxing film Southpaw and is apparently mulling over The Magnificent Seven remake at MGM, »
- Adam Chitwood
Call Gudrun Giddings the Scandinavia film whisperer. Ever since “Let the Right One In” and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” delivered box office that headed straight north, Hollywood has been mining Nordic noir that’s fresh, dark and edgy from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. Among the filmmakers in demand for overseas gigs: Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House”), Jalmari Helander (“Rare Exports”), Baltasar Kormakur (“2 Guns”), Tommy Wirkola (“Dead Snow”), Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (“Kon-Tiki”), Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”) and Andre Ovredal (“Troll Hunter”). To help deal with the language barrier, L.A.-based Giddings has become key in linking Scandinavian and Hollywood production companies, agencies and studios with talent, projects and financing.
Backstory: Giddings studied to be a lawyer, and learned the ropes of the film biz at Samuel and Victor Hadida’s Davis Films and Metropolitan Filmexport (“Domino,” “Silent Hill”), and later Paradox Entertainment (“Conan the Barbarian »
- Marc Graser
Swedish production group Tre Vanner is moving along with an English-language of the hit Swedish crime trilogy "Easy Money" (aka. "Snabba Cash") after the rights reverted back to them from Warner Brothers. Screenwriters Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken will pen the script for the remake.
Director Daniel Espinosa ("Safe House") and star Joel Kinnaman ("Robocop") launched their careers of the success of the first film which a man who becomes a drug runner in order to maintain his double life, his fate becomes tied to both a fugitive and a mafia enforcer. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
Swedish production group Tre Vanner is moving into English-language production, starting with a planned remake of their hit crime trilogy Easy Money. The Easy Money remake had been with Warner Bros. but now the rights have reverted back to Tre Vanner, which is developing the project on their own with screenwriters Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken. The first Easy Money film was a hit in Sweden and launched the international careers of director Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) and star Joel Kinnaman (Robocop). In addition to its Easy Money franchise Tre Vanner, which was recently acquired by Swedish major Svensk,
- Scott Roxborough
Exclusive: Swedish production company announces first English-language projects.
Both projects will be produced by Tre Vänner and Swedish major Svensk Filmindustri, with Svensk handling Scandinavian distribution. The two companies merged in 2013.
Jonsson’s Ibiza-set thriller The White Island centres around two female characters.
The film-maker, who won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2008 with The King Of Ping Pong and also directed Snabba Cash III - Life Deluxe, the third film in the trilogy, co-wrote the script with Matthew Ian Cirulnick based on extensive research.
“We will take the audience behind the curtain of Europe’s wildest party island,” producer »
London — Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard are set to star in “Prima,” produced by Daniel Dubiecki (“Juno,” “Up in the Air”) and Lara Alameddine of Los Angeles-based The Allegiance Theater. Embankment is selling international territories.
Farmiga stars as a mother who will stop at nothing to realize her daughter Jesse’s ballet dancing dream to play the coveted role of Sleeping Beauty. Sarsgaard plays a “devil in dance-shoes” instructor. The feel-good comedy about a badass just-teen ballerina starts pre-production this summer. The search for a 13-year-old newcomer is already under way.
Evan Greenberg, a NYC musical-theater director, will helm the pic. Choreography will be provided by Benjamin Millepied (“Black Swan,” “Paris National Ballet”) and Kurt Froman (“Black Swan,” “Billy Elliot” on Broadway).
CAA is »
- Leo Barraclough
New Regency has slowly been moving forward with Ubisoft's big screen adaptation of Assassin's Creed that is set to star Michael Fassbender. They are currently in talks with Justin Kurzel to direct the film. Kurzel recently directed an adaptation of Macbeth, which starred Fassbender. The actor obviously enjoyed working with him, and I'm sure he's using his producing power to help him get the gig.
I have no idea how good of a director Kurzel is, He hasn't done much, and I'm not familiar with anything that he has made. The last thing we heard about the project was that writers Bill Collage and Adam Cooper (Accepted) were brought on to write a script that would weave together the tale for the freerunning assassin.
Even though the film has a director, it's been said that Ubisoft will maintain control of key elements of the movie's creative direction. I'm sure the »
- Joey Paur
Deadline is reporting that New Regency is in talks with Justin Kurzel to direct “Assassin’s Creed,” which stars Michael Fassbender. Both have finished filming a new adaptation of Shakespeare's "Macbeth," which also stars Marion Cotillard.
The original game enters on the adventures of a bartender who finds out he comes from a secret and historic line of assassins. He is captured by a corporation who forces him to hunt down historic artifacts using a device that brings forward the memories as well as skills of his ancestors.
Fassbender and his partner Connor McCaughan are producing the project.
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- Kellvin Chavez
Though the project has been in active development for over a year and already has an August 7, 2015 release date, the Assassin’s Creed movie had thus far been moving ahead without a director. It appears that this has changed, though, as Variety reports that Justin Kurzel is now in talks to helm the video game adaptation for New Regency. Michael Fassbender is producing and attached to star in the pic, and Kurzel last helmed the upcoming Macbeth feature film adaptation in which Fassbender is also the star. Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) had been rumored as a possibility to direct Assassin’s Creed a few months ago and Gareth Evans (The Raid) was also apparently eyed for the gig, but Variety adds that Fassbender lobbied hard for Kurzel to land the job. Screenwriter Michael Lesslie performed the most recent rewrite on the script, and wouldn’t you know it, he also wrote Macbeth. »
- Adam Chitwood
Justin Kurzel is in talks with New Regency and Ubisoft to direct the video game adaptation Assassin's Creed, which would reunite him with his Macbeth star Michael Fassbender. This news comes just a few weeks after Bill Collage and Adam Cooper (Exodus: Gods and Kings) came aboard to rewrite the script.
We reported in January that Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Easy Money) was being eyed to direct, but that isn't happening anymore. Both New Regency and Ubisoft are eager to get this action-thriller into production, meaning Justin Kurzel's deal will likely be finalized very soon.
Justin Kurzel isn't exactly known for action movies, with indies such as The Snowtown Murders and The Turning under his belt. However, he recently wrapped Macbeth with Michael Fassbender, and it seems the actor, who is also producing Assassin's Creed, must have liked what he saw on the set to bring him on board for this project. »
A couple of days ago, we brought you an exclusive new image from Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, which boasts Michael Fassbender as the ambitious Scot. They’re ready to work together again, because Kurzel is in talks to direct the adaptation of Ubisoft game Assassin’s Creed.Fassbender has been attached to the film for a while now, in the lead role of an everyman kidnapped by a mysterious, high tech organisation and forced to relive the memories of his assassin ancestors as he locates powerful artefacts.Ubisoft and New Regency have been busy developing this one, and it looked at one point as if Safe House’s Daniel Espinosa might take the director’s job. He’s no longer involved, but Adam Cooper and Bill Collage were the most recent writers mentioned as contributing a draft or two. It would appear that Fassbender, who is also producing Creed, lobbied »
One of the benefits of having Michael Fassbender set as star and producer on Assassin's Creed is that he gets input into who will helm the movie. While Safe House director Daniel Espinosa was the candidate most recently rumored to join the video game adaptation, we now have confirmation that Fassbender's MacBeth director Justin Kurzel will helm Assassin's Creed. With rewrites handled by screenwriters Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, Deadline reports that the just wrapped MacBeth film will lead »
- Alex Maidy
The sheer number of projects that producer Jerry Bruckheimer has at any given time is baffling, and frankly, it’s surprising that the man gets anything done. He oversees several long-running film franchises and TV shows, most of which have sequels in the works. Last week, he offered updates on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Beverly Hills Cop 4, and now we have news about two more: Bad Boys 3 and National Treasure 3.
The fact that a third Bad Boys film hasn’t happened yet is pretty surprising, considering that the first one grossed $141 million in 1995, and its follow up in 2003 brought home $273 million. It’s not like director Michael Bay is against sequels, and he certainly likes to make money, so why haven’t we seen a third film now that we’re 11 years past the last installment?
According to Bruckheimer, all of »
- James Garcia
Last week, producer Jerry Bruckheimer offered updates on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Beverly Hills Cop 4, but those are just two of his highly-anticipated projects that are currently in development. During a new interview with Collider, the producer offered updates on a pair of sequels, National Treasure 3 and Bad Boys 3.
Both projects have been in development for several years, even though their predecessors, 2007's National Treasure: Book of Secrets ($457 million worldwide) and 2003's Bad Boys II ($273 million worldwide) fared quite well at the box office. However, it still may be quite some time before we see either of these sequels in theaters.
Bad Boys 3 has been in the works for over 10 years, with Sony recently hiring screenwriter David Guggenheim (Safe House) to work on the script back in December. Jerry Bruckheimer revealed that the project's real problem has to deal with the timing being off, »
Deadline has revealed that Ubisoft and New Regency’s forthcoming adaptation of the hit video games series Assassin’s Creed is to undergo a rewrite courtesy of Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, the screenwriters behind Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus. The duo’s other upcoming credits include Darren Aronofsky’s planned George Washington biopic The General, as well as an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Devil in the Grove and Jerry Bruckheimer disaster flick Shake.
The movie adaptation of Assassin’s Creed is being developed as a vehicle for Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave, X-Men: Days of Future Past), who is attached to co-produce and star. The original draft was penned by newcomer Michael Lesslie, with Scott Frank (The Wolverine) subsequently rewriting. A director is yet to become attached, although Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) has been rumoured as a possibility.
The post Assassin’s Creed movie to undergo »
- Gary Collinson
(Cbr) "Assassin’s Creed" has begun to gain a bit more traction, as Deadline reports the "Exodus: Gods & Kings" screenwriting team Adam Cooper and Bill Collage have signed on to script New Regency’s adaptation of the hit Ubisoft video game franchise. "Assassin’s Creed" has already cast "X-Men: Days of Future Past" star Michael Fassbender in a starring role, but a director has yet to be announced. As recently as January, "Safe House" director Daniel Espinosa was rumored to be Fox’s top choice to helm the project. No hard date has been given on the film’s release, although Fassbender said in October that the script was under development. The Ubisoft video game franchise has already released 10 installments chronicling the rivalry between a line of Assassins and an organization of Templars throughout history. Modern-day descendants of the ancient Assassins are able to experience memories of their ancestors through »
- Spinoff Online, Comic Book Resources
The stars of the upcoming new and original horror movie Oculus (review) gathered on the red carpet at the Chinese 6 Theater at the famous “Hollywood & Highland” corner to celebrate its premiere – and Dread Central was there!
Some folks say the poster is a little ambiguous so if you haven’t seen our junket video or read our review yet… here’s the scary skinny:
When teenage Kaylie’s younger brother, Tim, was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents, she made it her life’s mission to prove the law was wrong. She believes their deaths were at the supernatural hands of forces unleashed through an eerie antique in their home, The Lasser Glass. Tracing the provenance of the oversized mirror, adult Kaylie tracks it to an auction house, where she purchases it, and with the help of recently released Tim, she takes history’s reflections head-on. But… the »
- Staci Layne Wilson
The Assassin's Creed movie has hired two new writers.
The Assassin's Creed film will be released on June 19, 2015. »
Now you may not have heard of Norwegian filmmaker Erik Skjoldbjærg, but his 1997 feature film debut Insomnia, was the source material for Christopher Nolan’s eponymous remake starring Robin Williams and Al Pacino. Only recently, Skjoldbjærg’s latest production Pioneer has also been confirmed to have a forthcoming Hollywood re-imagining, with word of George Clooney taking on the role of producer.
“I’d be more than happy for them to do that,” he told us, sitting back comfortably in during our meeting in a London hotel. “I made a film out of it. If they were to say ‘we want to make a remake and shelve your version, put it in a box and try and forget it ever existed’ it would be a different issue. But that’s not the way it works. I’m proud of the fact that Christopher Nolan went and made that remake, and actually »
- Stefan Pape
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