Joel Kinnaman is, if nothing else, about to have an interesting few days. The first of his two movies out this week, RoboCop, is Brazilian director Jose Padilha’s surprisingly philosophical and intense “reboot” of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 action classic. In it, Kinnaman plays Alex Murphy, a Detroit police officer who is maimed and rebuilt to become the titular futuristic lawman for a dystopian future. The other film is a little lower on the radar. Easy Money: Hard to Kill is the second installment of the Swedish crime franchise Easy Money (original title Snabba Cash), in which Kinnaman plays a former business student embroiled in the world of drug smuggling. The two films offer a telling glimpse of Kinnaman the actor: half-Swedish, half-American, splitting his time between European films and shows like Easy Money and the Johan Falk series, and American ones like RoboCop, Safe House, and The Killing. »
- Bilge Ebiri
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Writers: Richard Price
U.S. Distributor: Summit Ent/Lionsgate
Based on the first novel from a popular trilogy, this sounds like a melding of John Le Carre and Stieg Larsson (of course, mainplayers Rapace and Oldman might be responsible for that ambiance as well). Helmed by Swedish director Daniel Espinosa, who received wide acclaim with his 2010 film, Easy Money, we’re hoping this gets more traction than his 2012 English language debut, Safe House. A killer (and very masculine) cast should make this one to watch for, though screenwriter Richard Price can be a bit iffy. He’s been working television since his last feature screenplay, which was 2006’s Freedomland…but we’re hoping this is the same caliber »
- Nicholas Bell
Sony has picked up up Shadow Run, spec from scribe Joe Gazzam. The action is put in motion when a viral attack puts lives in danger, forcing a CIA agent to enact a secret prisoner exchange of Russia’s most notorious spy for the American scientist who can create a cure. It has been described by one source as "Safe House on a plane." Safe House was the hit Universal thriller that starred Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds as a fugitive and a CIA agent forced to team up to stop a conspiracy. Neal Moritz, who has a first-look
- Borys Kit
No black humor. No satire. No point. But hey, check out the 1987 catchphrases dropped in at random! I’m “biast” (pro): love the original…
I’m “biast” (con): …but saw little point in remaking it
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I was not feeling optimistic about any reboot or remake of Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop, which is still brutally relevant 27 years on. Could anyone find a good reason to update this flick when the original still has the power to shock us today? And then this new RoboCop opens in “sunny Tehran,” where “random patrols” by Ed-209s, unmanned walking tactical tanks, and Em-208s, android soldiers, keep the peace as part of the U.S.’s “Operation Freedom Tehran,” which makes the good people of the city feel safe and secure, we’re informed by a blowhard conservative TV host gleefully sharing this »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Deadline is reporting that Sony is in talks with Seth Gordon to direct the film adaptation of their video game smash, Uncharted. The film, written by Safe House‘s David Guggenheim, will be a big scale action adventure about one man’s quest to find the lost treasure of El Dorado. While Gordon may seem to be an odd choice, considering his recent hits have been in the comedy genre, with Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief, this would be something of a return to his roots for the director.
Gordon rose to fame when he directed The King of Kong, a celebrated documentary about diehard video gamers that compete to break world records in classic arcade games. At the time, he became immersed in video game culture, and might be just the man to translate what made the Uncharted franchise such a hit for Sony’s Playstation 3 to the screen. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Seth Gordon, who enjoyed great success a couple of years ago with the superb comedy Horrible Bosses, has signed on the dotted line to direct a feature adaptation of the hit video game Uncharted. The film is currently in-development over at Sony Pictures with David Guggenheim (Safe House) the last person to tinker with the script.
For those unaware with the third-person Playstation game, here’s a little plot synopsis:
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, the first in the series, combines action-adventure and platform elements with a third-person perspective to chart the journey of protagonist Nathan Drake, supposed descendant of the explorer Sir Francis Drake, as he seeks the lost treasure of El Dorado in South America with the help of journalist Elena Fisher and mentor Victor “Sully” Sullivan, though they are pursued relentlessly by both pirates led by Eddy Raja and later on by a group of mercenaries led by Gabriel Roman and Atoq Navarro, »
- Paul Heath
Sony Pictures has been trying to bring Naughty Dog's Uncharted video game franchise to the big screen for a long time. It once had a release date and even a director, but after a bunch of fan outcry over the direction David O. Russell was planning on taking the story (which essentially amounted to it Not being Uncharted at all), that director departed and the movie was put on the back burner. Now, however, it looks like Sony is finally getting serious about it, as they're now in negotiations with Director Seth Gordon to helm the film.
You may recognize Seth Gordon from his more recent comedy movies Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief, so it may not seem like he's a good match to helm Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Yet it's important to remember that this director's background comes from video games as his first project was the documentary, The King of Kong. »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Seemingly stuck in development forever, the film adaptation of the highly successful Uncharted series of video games has a new director attached, with Horrible Bosses helmer Seth Gordon taking up the reins following the departures of David O. Russell and Neil Burger.
Away from the big screen Gordon also directed 2007′s The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, a documentary about video games and gamers. So hopefully he is aware of how easy it is to muck this up! With a distinct lack of action direction on his CV however, do fans have something to worry about? Sure Drake likes to crack a joke but the series isn't known for being hilarious.
The script has been written by David Guggenheim, who previously wrote Safe House. No one is currently attached to star as Drake himself yet, with previous rumours suggesting Mark Wahlberg and perennial convention favourite Nathan Fillion. No »
- Chris Cooper
Sony Pictures is in talks with Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief) to direct "Uncharted," a live-action adaptation of the top-selling video game. The project has been in the works for years, with several high-profile directors attached, including David O. Russell (American Hustle). The script is written by David Guggenheim (Safe House). The next step is to find an actor to play the lead character, Nathan Drake. Drake is a treasure and antiquities hunter and descendant of the famed explorer Sir Francis Drake. With a female journalist and his mentor by his side, Drake attempts to find the lost treasure of El Dorado. »
Based on the first game in Naughty Dog's acclaimed and popular Playstation game series, the story charts the journey of Nathan Drake, supposed descendant of the explorer Francis Drake, as he seeks the lost treasure of El Dorado with the help of journalist Elena Fisher and mentor Victor "Sully" Sullivan.
Gordon has other commitments before that though, such as a remake of »
- Garth Franklin
Sony Pictures is currently in negotiations with director Seth Gordon to direct the big screen adaptation of the popular video game franchise Uncharted. This is a very unexpected choice as Gordon is know for directing films such a Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief, and his first film, King of Kong. This is a very different kind of film for the director, and I hope he has what it takes to pull it off.
This project has been in the works for years, and David O. Russell (American Hustle) was the last director attached to it. I can only imagine how incredible that film would have been, but maybe Gordon will give it the awesome adaptation that it deserves. The most recent script for the film was written by Safe House scribe David Guggenheim, who is currently writing Bad Boys 3.
The casting of Nathan Drake should be an interesting process. »
- Joey Paur
The last update we heard on Sony's gestating adaptation of the video game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune had Neil Burger leaving the director's chair as Marianne and Cormac Wibberley, the duo behind the National Treasure franchise, were hired to write a new draft of the script. However, since then, Safe House writer David Guggenheim has written a new draft (in addition to scripting Bad Boys 3 for the studio), and that has the project back in development with Horrible Bosses helmer Seth Gordon making the jump to the action genre with the video game adaptation. However, Gordon is no stranger to video games on film. Gordon made a name for himself after directing the documentary King of Kong, the underdog story about an everyman competing for the world record high score in the original Donkey Kong arcade game. Since then, Gordon has taken on studio comedies like Four Christmases, Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief. »
- Ethan Anderton
"Uncharted" may be a massively popular video game franchise, but getting the movie made has proven to be all kinds of difficult. At one time, it was mooted for David O. Russell who eventually left the project and was replaced by Neil Burger, who also wound up exiting. Things have been kind of dormant for the past couple of years, but no more. Seth Gordon ("The King Of Kong," "Identity Thief") has now been tapped to direct the flick, with a script from David Guggenheim ("Safe House," "Stolen"). It's a pretty big step up for Gordon who, until now, has mostly been known for studio and TV comedies and not the kind of grand blockbuster adventures fans of the game will be expecting. But he did direct a documentary about video games, so maybe that counts? At any rate, this still isn't close to happening as a lead has yet to be found and, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The filmmaker behind “Horrible Bosses” and “Identity Thief” just landed a major tentpole assignment at Sony, as Seth Gordon is in negotiations to direct “Uncharted” for the studio, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. David Guggenheim (“Safe House”) wrote the most recent draft of the script, which led to him securing the job of writing “Bad Boys 3″ for Sony. David O. Russell (“American Hustle”) and Neil Burger (“Divergent”) were previously circling the “Uncharted” director’s chair. The bestselling PlayStation video game concerns the adventures of Nathan Drake, a treasure and antiquities hunter who counts Sir Francis Drake amongst his. »
- Jeff Sneider
Exclusive: Sony Pictures Entertainment is negotiating with Seth Gordon to direct Uncharted, the live-action adaptation of the top-selling PlayStation vidgame series Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. This brings the Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief helmer back to his origins, where he helmed the celebrated documentary The King Of Kong and immersed himself in video game culture. The film is an Arad/Atlas Entertainment Production, produced by Chuck Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner, and Ari Arad. The most recent script of Uncharted is by Safe House scribe David Guggenheim, and the studio was hot enough on that draft that they set him to write Bad Boys 3. The project has had several prominent filmmakers involved over the years, most recently David O Russell, before he left to helm the Roven-produced American Hustle, a Best Picture Oscar contender. Next step is to find a protagonist to play Nathan Drake, the treasure and antiquities »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
According to Deadline, Sony Pictures are in talks with Seth Gordon for him to helm the live action adaptation of the critically acclaimed and top selling Playstation video game franchise, Uncharted. The story has also been continued in comic book format through DC. The Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief director once helmed the celebrated documentary King of King, in which he immersed himself in video game culture, so it's a world he's definitely familiar with. Safe House scribe David Guggenheim penned the screenplay, and the studio liked it so much that they got him to write Bad Boys 3 for them. The hunt is now on to fill the lead roles. How do you guys feel about this news? »
Has Orlando Bloom moved on from Miranda Kerr? The actor was spotted at the Roger Room, an L.A. bar, with French actress Nora Arnezeder on Tuesday. "Orlando was there just with a girl and not in a group," an eyewitness confirms to People. "He knew that there were paparazzi outside so he was being very careful about his behavior with her." The pair were later photographed leaving together on his motorbike, and she held on tight to Bloom as they drove away. Bloom, 37, split with his Victoria's Secret supermodel wife Kerr in October after three years of marriage. The »
- K.C. Blumm
We had a chance to sit down with director Mike Flanagan to discuss his new flick, Oculus (review), so we jumped at it. Read on for the scoop on the film, where it's going from here, and of course... what kind of terrors await you.
For those that don't know, Oculus was originally released as a short film many years ago so we asked Mike why he had decided to revisit the film and flesh it out further.
"We did Oculus the short back in 2005. I always hoped that it would turn into an anthology series. I wanted to do more shorts, but unfortunately I was never able to scrape together the resources to do so. However, once it went out and hit the festivals for a while, there was an immediate interest in a feature length expansion. The movie is home to mirrors and cameras inside of a room, »
- Uncle Creepy
If you haven’t seen Safe House, chances are you haven’t seen anything Swede Daniel Espinosa has directed. Mostly because those movies are not in English. If you saw Easy Money, you probably remember it more as the first time Joel Kinnaman (soon to be the new Robocop) made a name for himself.
So, it’s entirely possible that the rumor that Espinosa is circling New Regency’s film adaptation of Assassin’s Creed is true, as he seems like an action and budget friendly director for this sort of fare (producer Michael Fassbender is attached to play the lead).
However, New Regency is shooting this rumor down whenever it comes up, so…that’s on the other hand. If Assassin’s Creed is going to make a 2015 release, though, it’d better get a director onboard right quick.
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The most eagerly awaited videogame adaptation in years may have found its director: Safe House’s Daniel Espinosa could be about to sign on to direct the movie version of Assassin's Creed. According to Twitch Film, 20th Century Fox has chosen Espinosa to take charge of the big-screen version of Assassin’s Creed, with Michael Fassbender attached to star in and produce the film. Hollywood first took notice of Espinosa after his 2010 Swedish action thriller Snabba Cash (released as Easy Money in the UK last year), which launched the career...
- Matt Looker
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