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Alan Feuer’s article, published last year, detailed the life of French-Canadian Jimmy Cournoyer, who created a massive marijuana enterprise that included staging plants in Montreal, border-crossing into the United States at an Indian reservation and a network of distributors in New York.
“Along the way, Mr. Cournoyer, a martial-arts enthusiast with a taste for fast cars, oversaw an unlikely ensemble of underlings, a company of criminals that came to include Native American smugglers, Hells Angels, Mexican money launderers, a clothier turned cocaine dealer in Southern California and a preppy, Polo-wearing Staten Island gangster,” Feuer wrote.
“The size and sophistication of his fallen empire were unprecedented, those who chased him say, »
- Dave McNary
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Justice League, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Gotham, The Lego Batman Movie, Batman: Bad Blood, DC Super Hero Girls, Justice League Unlimited, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Ant-Man, Thor: Ragnarok, Captain Marvel, Jessica Jones, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Guardians of the Galaxy, Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers Reassembled, Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, Gambit, Fantastic Four, Heroes Reborn and more…
We’ll start off this Week in Spandex with the DC Extended Universe, and this week has brought confirmation from producer Charles Roven that a new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to arrive “certainly before the end of the year”, while he also addressed the packed cast of characters for the superhero epic, as well as teasing a potential extended edition: »
- Gary Collinson
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Warner Bros. Pictures has hired screenwriter David Leslie Johnson to write the screenplay for the DC adaptation “Aquaman” for director James Wan (“Furious 7”) and starring Jason Momoa (“Game of Thrones”) in the title role. Johnson has a history with the studio writing the scripts for “Wrath of the Titans”, “Red Hiding Hood”, and “Orphan.”
Johnson recently collaborated with James Wan rewriting the screenplay to his follow-up to “The Conjuring”, “The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist.” Sources say Johnson is a third option to write the screenplay for “Aquaman” as Warner Bros. have already enlisted writers Will Beall (“Gangster Squad”) and Kurt Johnstad (“300: Rise of an Empire”) to write separate competing screenplays for the studio who will decide which script goes into production.
“Aquaman” is set to release in theaters July 27th, 2018.
Source: THR »
- J.B. Casas
Here’s the thing about Aquaman – the movie needs to work, and in order to do that, the script needs to have a very specific tone. Producer Zack Snyder captured that tone perfectly with his previously released still of Aquaman star Jason Momoa in full costume – but this doesn’t guarantee that the filmmakers entrusted with executing the project on set will be able to follow through. This is why the hiring of Aquaman writers comes under such scrutiny.
Thus far, we have heard of the involvement of three writers, all allegedly completing their own, individual Aquaman scripts – in much the same way that several Wonder Woman scripts have reportedly been commissioned. The choice of writers has left much to be desired however. Will Beall is a relative newcomer to the world of screenwriting, having just five episodes of Castle, and the movie Gangster Squad to his name. Jeff Nichols »
- Sarah Myles
With James Wan (Fast & Furious 7) on board to direct, The Hollywood Reporter has now revealed that screenwriter David Leslie Johnson (Red Riding Hood, Wrath of the Titans) has signed on to write 2018’s Aquaman movie.
The studio has previously hired Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad to pen separate scripts for the movie, and the report claims that it is unclear with Johnson will be producing a third script, or working with Wan to streamline the project. Johnson has previously collaborated with Wan on the upcoming horror sequel The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, which Wan is currently shooting.
- Gary Collinson
Aquaman doesn't arrive in theaters until 2018. And that's probably a good thing, as it sounds like Warner Bros. and DC Comics still aren't sure which direction to take this underwater superhero adventure. A new writer has been brought in to work on the story. But it isn't known how he fits into the overall puzzle currently being laid out in terms of bringing this all together.
James Wan, who co-created the Saw horror franchise, is still directing Aquaman. But he doesn't have a script locked into place yet. This movie is taking an interesting approach to the material. There are currently two different writers working on two different scripts. Will Beall is writing the first version, while Kurt Johnstad is working on a completely different draft. It is believed that the best material from both will be merged together.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Not much has been heard about said film, short of the fact that Warner Bros currently has it scheduled for 2018. Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad had been hired to pen competing scripts, with the idea that Warner Bros would pick the one it favoured.
However, now comes the news that David Leslie Johnson has also been hired, to put a screenplay together.
It's unclear thus far where Johnson fits in exactly. He could be writing a third screenplay for the film, or he could be working more directly with director James Wan to »
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that David Leslie Johnson (Red Riding Hood) is set to write Aquaman for Warner Bros. and director James Wan. He started off his career as Frank Darabont's assistant before writing Wrath of the Titans for the studio, and he's no stranger to working with Wan after penning the screenplay for The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist. It was originally reported that Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad were writing dueling scripts for the King of Atlantis' first movie which will see Jason Momoa take on the leading role. The trade adds that, "One source said that Johnson would be a third rail on the development track however several sources said Johnson is working with Wan to streamline the project." What do you guys think about this latest Aquaman development? As always, be sure to let us know your thoughts in the usual place. »
To celebrate the release of the high octane action-drama Vikings: The Complete Third Season, available on DVD from 2nd November 2015, we have an amazing 10 copies to give away courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Ragnar and his Norsemen must come together as relationships are strained and loyal friendships questioned.
Also starring Clive Stadden (Hammer of Gods) as Ragnar’s brother, Gustaf Skarsgård (The Way Back) as boat builder Floki, Katheryn Winnick (Bones) as shield-maiden and Ragnar’s ex-wife Lagertha, George Blagden (Wrath of the Titans) as the naive and pious Athelstan, Jessalyn Gilsig (Heroes) as enigmatic widow Siggy and Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games) as Ragnar’s son, Bjorn.
To be in with a chance of winning, »
- Laura Holmes
Liam Neeson is one busy fella! His latest suspense-thriller, The Commuter, will find him starring as a normal businessman who gets caught up in a criminal conspiracy that affects him and his fellow commuters, according to Deadline. The role will be a departure for him, in that he won't be able to draw upon "a particular set of skills," as he did in the Taken movies that made him a worldwide action star. Since the first installment in 2008, Neeson has displayed his action chops in Clash of the Titans, The A-Team, Unknown, The Grey, Wrath of the Titans, Battleship, Non-Stop, and Run All Night, and he's also set to star in upcoming action pictures such as The Returner and A Willing Patriot. Now, not all those movies have been straightforward action movies. Joe...
- Peter Martin
San Sebastian – Hosting “Clash of the Titans,” “Wrath of the Titans,” “Fast and Furious 6,” “Exodus” and “In the Heart of the Sea,” Spain’s Canary Islands have added another big shoot to its location roster: the latest “Bourne” installment, with Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Wikander and Julia Stiles.
Filming in Tenerife from Sept. 7, the “Bourne” shoot comes as the Canaries have scored their first San Sebastian competition slot with Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s “Evolution,” a France-Belgium- Spain production, co-produced by Sebastian Alvarez at the Canaries’ Volcano Films, a co-producer on Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” which shot exteriors on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura. Lanzarote provided “Evolution’s” stunning waterscapes.
Qualifying as Spanish nationality movies, the Canary Island’s past big shoots made avail of a 2007 Spanish movie Agrupacion de Interes Economico tax shelter, offering deductions of 38% for the Canaries.
“’Evolution’ is the principle example of a film that, »
- John Hopewell
A new poster and “behind-the-waves” featurette have arrived online for upcoming action remake Point Break, both of which you can view right here…
See Also: Watch the first trailer for the Point Break remake
A young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill-seeking elite athletes – led by the charismatic Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez). The athletes are suspected of carrying out a spate of crimes in extremely unusual ways.
Deep undercover, and with his life in imminent danger, Utah strives to prove they are the architects of this string of inconceivable crimes.
The film is replete with the most daring athleticism ever seen in a motion picture. These action adventure feats are performed by elite athletes representing the world’s best in class in big-wave surfing, wingsuit flying, sheer-face snowboarding, free rock climbing, and high-speed motorcycling.
The new version of the 1991 hit is directed by Ericson Core »
- Scott J. Davis
MTV have released the official trailer for their upcoming fantasy series The Shannara Chronicles, based on the best-selling series of books by Terry Brooks. The story of Shannara takes place in "the Four Lands," which are identified in the books as Earth long after civilization has been destroyed in a chemical and nuclear holocaust called "the Great Wars."
Series of adventures, war, and evil that occur throughout the history of the Four Lands.
The footage in this first trailer is essentially the same as we saw debut at "The Shannara Chronicles" panel discussion at San Diego Comic-Con 2015, just reassembled, but boy is it still imp [Continued ...] »
Robert Rodriguez was hired by Warner Bros. earlier this year to direct a live-action Jonny Quest movie, and producer Adrian Askarieh provided an update on the project during an interview with Collider. Rodriguez is co-writing the script with Pirates Of The Caribbean scribe Terry Rossio, working from a previous draft by Dan Mazeau (Wrath Of The Titans), and Askarieh says they want to present it to the studio... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Iconic horror characters don't stay dead for long, and it was only a matter of time until Freddy Kreuger returned to haunt audience's dreams. It's been five years since the decently successful but critically maligned reboot starring Jackie Earle Haley, and even longer since Robert Englund's turn in "Freddy vs. Jason," so the time has come for a new actor put on the razor gloves. The Wrap reports that New Line has tapped David Leslie Johnson (“Orphan,” "Red Riding Hood," "Wrath Of The Titans") to write the screenplay for the new 'Nightmare,' though there's no word yet on what the approach might be. It's probably safe to say the basic mechanics of the long-running franchise will be in place. Is there more than can be done with Freddy? Share your thoughts below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
One…two…more reboots are coming for you. Just five years after Platinum Dune’s ill-fated A Nightmare on Elm Street, New Line has announced they intend to return prized bogeyman Freddy Krueger to his former onscreen glory with a fresh remake/reboot/rehash/cash-grab.
The Wrap reports that David Leslie Johnson has been tapped to pen a new Elm Street for New Line, a company fondly nicknamed “the house that Freddy built”.
Freddy’s a great villain and the concept of a monster that hunts you in your dreams is endlessly fertile. Craven mined it with some truly iconic moments and using remarkable cinematic techniques and thrifty craftsmanship (remember the scene where Freddy comes out of the wall? That cost a mere $10) he was able to conjure up great scares in service of imaginative storytelling.
Later sequels were less daring or innovative. 1994’s New Nightmare, »
- Daniel Kelly
The actor and director, currently in post production on The Last Photograph, will present the Foundation’s annual bursary to “a new voice in cinema” on Aug 21 in Sarajevo.
Previous curators include Charlotte Rampling, Emily Watson, Jeremy Irons, Danny Glover and Stellan Skarsgard, directors Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Simon McBurney and Danis Tanović, as well as John Lyons, Annie Nocenti and photographer Juergen Teller.
Huston will also present Danis Tanović’s Tigers, with the Director and Producers. The film will be screened within the Open Air Programme at the festival’s largest venue.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
New Line Cinema is planning to bring Freddy Krueger back from the dead for a second time. Yes, that's right. Instead of giving the 2010 remake a sequel, the plan is to completely wipe the slate clean and start over with a brand new reboot. Just five years after Jackie Earle Haley took over the iconic role from Robert Englund, the studio will soon be searching for someone new to wear the infamous glove with the knife fingers.
This new A Nightmare on Elm Street may not be produced by Platinum Dunes. They were behind the 2010 remake that fared okay at the box office, but didn't register at all with fans. It came and went without too many complaints. It wasn't an outright bomb, as it pulled in $63 million in the states off a $35 million budget. It went onto earn $115.6 million worldwide. But there weren't many fans of the movie, and according to The Tracking Board, »
After failing the first time around with a reboot in 2010, New Line Cinema is reportedly having another go at resurrecting Freddy Krueger as The Tracking Board (via Bloody Disgusting) reports that studio is looking into a whole new remake of "A Nightmare On Elm Street".
This would be the second project for Johnson announced this week, the first being the reboot of "Dungeons and Dragons" in the works at Warner Bros. Pictures. Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes produced the 2010 remake, but the company is not listed as producer on the new one at this time.
- Garth Franklin
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