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- Peter Sciretta
Marvel fans who can’t get enough of the demigod Loki may be drawn to the massive monster franchise Legendary is cooking up, as it’s just been announced that Tom Hiddleston will play the lead role in the upcoming King Kong origins movie, Skull Island. A new director has also been attached to the film that will explore the seemingly prehistoric island teeming with colossal creatures.
Legendary announced today that Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct Skull Island off a screenplay by Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein. Skull Island was revealed at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con during a surprising teaser video that concluded with an amped-up King Kong. In late July we reported that Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) had been offered the director’s chair for the project, but now it is Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) who will helm the large-scale adventure.
- Derek Anderson
Tom Hiddleston, who has gone onto gain worldwide fame playing Loki in Thor and Marvel's The Avengers, will take the lead in Skull Island. There are no further details about his character at this time.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who directed last summer's sleeper hit The Kings of Summer, is taking the reins on this jungle adventure which will delve into the many monsters occupying Skull Island. The director is behind the upcoming Metal Gear Solid movie for Sony, and helmed the pilot episode of FX's You're the Worst.
He announced himself as director with this tweet:
Honored to join the @Legendary family. Brace for Skull Island!! pic.twitter.com/wufi6ejNwE
— Jordan Vogt-Roberts (@VogtRoberts) September 16, 2014
Legendary announced its plans to make a feature film based on the cinematic origins of King Kong during this year's San Diego Comic Con with an original draft of the script by Max Borenstein. Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions. Universal Pictures will distribute the film on November 4, 2016.
Vogt-Roberts directed and executive produced the Sundance darling The Kings Of Summer. He has also directed the pilot and multiple episodes of FX's new series "You're the Worst" and is set to direct Metal Gear Solid for Sony. His other credits include directing the pilot of "Cocked" for Amazon Studios and directing and executive producing the concert documentary Nick Offerman: American Ham. He is represented by UTA, 3 Arts »
- Kellvin Chavez
At this year’s Comic-Con, Legendary Pictures confirmed that along with Godzilla 2 they were developing a King Kong origin story called Skull Island. No additional details were revealed, though we have since learned that Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein would be penning the screenplay for this monster movie.
That has now been confirmed via press release today as the studio have announced that Jordan Vogt-Roberts is attached to direct Skull Island. He’s best known for popular Sundance film The Kings of Summer, but he’s also attached to Sony’s big screen adaptation of the Metal Gear Solid video game franchise.
Skull Island is set to be released on November 4th, 2016 and a brief (but rather vague) description of the film was included in the announcement. “Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences »
- Josh Wilding
Breaking: Legendary Pictures shocked the Comic-Con crowd with a teaser for the King Kong origin film Skull Island. They’ve set Jordan Vogt-Roberts to helm, and Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston, to star in the Max Borenstein-scripted pic. Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world, which was the most electrifying parts of Peter Jackson’s King Kong done for Universal several years ago. Universal Pictures will release on November 4, 2016.
Vogt-Roberts directed and executive produced the Sundance darling The Kings Of Summer and the FX pilot and subsequent episodes of You’re The Worst. He’s directing Metal Gear Solid for Sony. Hiddleston wows the Comic-Con crowd every time he comes, so this is fanboy catnip right here. UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorneys Alan Wertheimer and Andy Galker rep the helmer, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
On paper, "Dolphin Tale 2" looked like a stronger box office contender than "No Good Deed." Star-filled, family-friendly, upbeat animal sequel playing on nearly 3,700 screens vs. grim, modest-budget thriller debuting on about 2,200 screens? No wonder pundits predicted an opening around $24 million for "Dolphin" and $17 million for "Deed."
And yet, when Sunday's estimates came in, it was "Deed" boasting a $24.5 million debut and the top slot, while "Dolphin" settled for second place with $16.6 million.
What's behind the upset? A look at how the two films matched up head-to-head in their various elements offers some clues.
Empty Marketplace. Both films were positioned to take advantage of the current box office doldrums. Sure, there were other family films and action movies/thrillers playing, but they were all several weeks old and vulnerable. That said, September is generally not a good time for a family-friendly release (even though the first "Dolphin Tale" opened well »
- Gary Susman
‘No Good Deed’ movie going unpunished to top weekend box office? (photo: Idris Elba in ‘No Good Deed’) Apologies for the bad wordplay above, but if Friday estimates are a reliable indicator, No Good Deed should indeed go unpunished to the top of the domestic box office this weekend, September 12-14, 2014. But why "unpunished"? Well, so far the Sam Miller-directed thriller starring four-time Emmy nominee Idris Elba (Luther) and Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) has a downright putrid 10% score and 2.6/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics. Sony Pictures, whose subsidiary ScreenGems is distributing No Good Deed, reportedly opted to skip late Thursday screenings to ensure that the film’s plot twist would be kept under wraps. More likely, however, it was the critics’ derisive remarks that Sony wanted under wraps. For instance: "The final plot twist is about as »
- Zac Gille
With several of Marvel’s Phase Three movies yet to be announced, there’s been some speculation as to whether The Incredible Hulk could find himself heading up another solo movie following his showstealing turn in 2012’s The Avengers. The character is said to have an expanded role in next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, and now Lou Ferrigno – star of the 1970s TV series, and vocie of the Green Goliath in the McU – has suggested that another Hulk movie is in the works…
“That is a long way from now because I think down the road, I think in another year, they’re going to film a solo Hulk movie,” Ferrigno told FilmFad when asked about the chances of another live action Hulk TV series. “But I think the series can happen if they finish doing the Avengers or the Hulk movie, that’s my guess for now. »
- Gary Collinson
At times while watching No Good Deed it feels like the film is a test to see just how much of a creeper Idris Elba can be while still being popular with audiences. He plays ex-con Colin Evans, a violent man who loves nothing more than to toy with women. If at first it seems odd that Idris Elba is playing the typical B-movie criminal, it’s because he isn’t just going through the motions. The man who stole the show in Pacific Rim and recreated an icon in Mandela deserves a little more credit than that.
No Good Deed was directed by Sam Miller of BBC’s Luther and he knows how to take typical archetypes and work them around his leading man. Memorable villains like Hannibal Lector and Patrick Bateman are all too common for white actors, »
- Colin Biggs
The blond British thesp was originally cast in the part of the kinky billionaire but had to drop out two months later for reasons that weren't quite clear. Ultimately Irish model Jamie Dornan stepped in and played the role in the production.
Now, speaking with Moviefone, the actor said it was all a matter of an intense schedule that he couldn't handle and he wouldn't have originally signed up to the film if he hadn't wanted to do it. But:
"It was a really really difficult time in my life. I was going to finish 'Sons' at like 11p.m. Friday night, get on the plane Saturday morning to Vancouver for 'Fifty,' missing the whole first week of rehearsal and start shooting Monday morning.
And I was going to shoot that film, »
- Garth Franklin
Since 2011, Legendary has launched its comic book division Legendary Comics that features original comics and movie tie-ins with Legendary Pictures. Some in the comics included “The Tower Chronicles” series, “Godzilla” and “Pacific Rim.”
In a new six-issue series, Legendary Comics presents “Annihilator,” an original graphic novel from Grant Morrison (“Animal Man,” “Batman,” “Jla”). The cover art and interior art is provided by Frazer Irving (“Necronauts,” “Judge Death,”).
The story is about a washed-up Hollywood screenwriter Ray Spass is caught in a downward spiral of broken relationships, wild parties and self-destruction. Out of luck and out of chances, he’s one failed script away from fading into obscurity. Little does he know he’s about to write the story of his life. As his imagination runs rampant, Ray must join forces with his own fictional character Max Nomax on a reality-bending race to stop the entire universe from imploding…..without blowing »
- Gig Patta
Lionsgate is putting some of their affairs in order when it comes to the next few years and have set two big release dates. First, Now You See Me 2, the sequel to last year's surprise comedy hit (it did better than Hangover III and Pacific Rim - which it only cost a fraction of - in the states and pulled in some serious dough internationally) will come out on June 10th, 2016. We've been tracking this one for a while, but hadn't seen any firm commitments (though director Jon M. Chu) has been rumored for some time. Now we know that Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine will all be returning and that Ed Solomon and Pete Chiarelli will be writing the script. While the synopsis for Now You See Me 2 is still under wraps, we know a little bit »
- Evan Dickson
Charlie Hunnam is hot property right now. Having starred on "Sons Of Anarchy" wrapping up (the show begins its seventh and final season on FX tonight), and with "Pacific Rim" seemingly profitable enough to justify a sequel, the British actor is more in demand than ever. He'll reteam with Guillermo Del Toro on both "Crimson Peak" and "Pacific Rim 2, and he's said to be attached to survival drama "The Mountain Between Us," Guy Ritchie's "Knights Of The Round Table: King Arthur" and a remake of "Escape Of New York." But one project that Hunnam didn't complete was next year's adaptation of erotic literary blockbuster "Fifty Shades Of Grey." The actor was originally cast in the title role of billionaire/S&M enthusiast Christian Grey, but he dropped out of the project two months later, and Jamie Dornan assumed the role. In a new interview with Moviefone, Hunnam has made the reason for. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
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Sons of Anarchy‘s final season begins tonight, which means we get a healthy serving of eye candy in the form of Charlie Hunnam. Yowza! It’s been a wild ride for the English actor, who didn’t always have a grizzly beard and menacing looks.
Charlie first popped onto the scene over 15 years ago on the British version of Queer As Folk, all blonde, floppy-haired, and innocent. After a stint on Fox’s Undeclared, and roles in Nicholas Nickleby and Cold Mountain, his looks started to mature. Once he got his starring role on Sons of Anarchy in 2008, the blonde hair was longer, and the beard was in full swing. Nowadays, he only shaves for special occasions — like last year’s Pacific Rim — and routinely shows us all how much hard work in the gym can pay off. Originally cast as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey, »
- Taylor Ferber
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
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As Hollywood looks east, China's influence on blockbuster cinema is growing all the time, Simon writes...
For movie studios with big blockbusters to sell, it would be fair to say that market saturation has become something of a problem. Films, particularly English language films, are a global business, with simultaneous release dates around the globe now very much the exception rather than the norm. Furthermore, declines in American box office takings have been comfortably offset in recent times by burgeoning receipts outside the Us.
Take, for instance, Sony's Spider-Man films. Since the release of Sam Raimi's original movie in 2002, each of the subsequent webslinger adventures has taken less and less at the American box office. The takings outside of the States? The general trend has been more positive than that.
However, in the era where a $1bn-grossing worldwide blockbuster is no longer a novelty - it was only back »
In case you were wondering, yes, the Shadow of the Colossus movie is still in the works and now it's gotten a change up in the directors. When the film was initially announced, Josh Trank (the Fantastic Four reboot) was set to direct the video game adaptation, but it looks like his new duties on an upcoming Star Wars spin-off is going to keep him away from the project. Never fear, however, as a new director has been chosen. Come inside to find out more!
THR broke the news last night that Sony Pictures have brought in the horror film director Andres Muschietti (Mama) to replace Josh Trank on the upcoming adaptation of the classic PS2 game, Shadow of the Colossus.
Muschietti’s sister and producing partner, Barbara Muschietti, is boarding the project and will produce alongside Kevin Misher, who produces through his Misher Films banner. Seth Lochhead, who co-penned »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Pacific Rim beefcake Charlie Hunnam and The Wolf Of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie are both in talks to star in The Mountain Between Us. An adaptation of the novel by Charles Martin, the movie will be directed by Paradise Now‘s Hany Abu-Assad for Fox 2000 pictures. By the sounds of the synopsis, it reads like a Nicholas Sparks novel mashed together with The Grey. Except there’s no wolves, sadly.
Hunnam is in line to play Ben, a doctor on his way home from a medical conference, and Robbie will play Ashley, a writer en route to her wedding. When the pair find themselves stranded at an airport after their plane suffers a malfunction, they opt to charter a plane. Unfortunately, their cunning plan to navigate around the foibles of fate goes downhill fast. The pilot of their charter suffers a heart attack mid-flight and they crash into a snowy mountain range. »
- Gem Seddon
Fox’s big romantic drama “The Mountain Between Us” has had a few bumps along the way. Gerardo Naranjo (Mexico's Best Foreign Language Film entry with “Miss Bala" in 2011) was scheduled to direct and Michael Fassbender was set to star alongside “The Wolf Of Wall Street” actress Margot Robbie. But a lot has changed since those original announcements. Robbie is still on board, but most of the other principals have changed. Michael Fassbender has dropped out of the project, and replacing him is “Pacific Rim” star Charlie Hunnam. That’s not a trade up, but on the flipside, two-time Academy Award-nominee, Israeli-born Palestinian film director Hany Abu-Assad ("Paradise Now," “Omar”) has taken over the director’s chair. It’s now a radically different project in our minds, but it’s still one to watch. The film is a harrowing tale of survival and a love story, where a plane crash strands the two leads. »
- Edward Davis
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