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Paramount and Bad Robot Tap Newcomer Julius Onah to Direct Sci-Fi Film God Particle; J.J. Abrams Will Produce

30 November 2012 12:37 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot have found a director for the intriguing sci-fi pic God Particle.  Per Variety, the film “follows an American space station crew left abandoned after a problem with a Hadron accelerator causes Earth to vanish entirely.”  It sounds a bit like Danny Boyle's Sunshine, though seeing Earth completely disappear might be a bit more disturbing/terrifying for this space crew.  J.J. Abrams is set to produce, and newcomer Julius Onah has been hired to tackle directing duties with a script by Oren Uziel (Mortal Kombat: Rebirth).  Having helmed a number of critically lauded shorts, Onah recently made his feature directorial debut with the thriller The Girl Is in Trouble.  God Particle will be developed through Paramount’s Insurge arm, and thus will be made for a budget around $5-10 million. As with every Abrams project, further plot details are being kept firmly under wraps.  The premise is highly intriguing, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Kevin Tancharoen’s ‘Hunger Games’ Mashes Up ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Gladiator’

10 September 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Director Kevin Tancharoen is well known around these parts for his work on Mortal Kombat: Legacy, one of 2011's great web series debuts. What's less known about the Fame director is that he pitched The Hunger Games to Hollywood before the project was given to Gary Ross, who turned it into a hugely successful hit. Tancharoen, however, has posted up his original pitch trailer on YouTube, where we can see his original vision for the film. To create an accurate representation of his vision, he put together a mash-up trailer, culling together footage from dozens of films to synthesize the Hunger Games adaptation he wanted to put on screen. If the movies Tancharoen chose to include are any indication, his version of The Hunger Games would've been a wild mix of Gladiator, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, and Firefly, with a nice large helping of Harry Potter and Twlight on the side. »

- Sam Gutelle

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Video: Kevin Tancharoen's Pitch to Direct The Hunger Games

6 September 2012 5:38 PM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

We recently showed you a video created by director Joe Carnahan (The Grey) that was presented to 20th Century Fox as a pitch for the "Daredevil" reboot. The pitch was rejected, which is why Carnahan posted it online. Today, Kevin Tancharoen (Fame, Mortal Kombat: Rebirth) has unveiled a video pitch from several years ago to direct "The Hunger Games." The film eventually went to Gary Ross and became a massive success for Lionsgate. These pitches are basically put together using footage from other movies to demonstrate the pacing, tone and overall vision of the proposed film. Directors usually spend their own money and taken months to put together a package for presentation, which studios reject all the time. But this process has become the standard for big studio films. Check out Tancharoen's pitch below. And you might remember that he previously put together a pitch for a "Mortal Kombat" reboot. »

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'The Hunger Games' According to Director Kevin Tancharoen: What Could've Been

6 September 2012 12:26 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

When it comes to "The Hunger Games," we were very pleased with what director Gary Ross cooked up for the film adaptation.

It turned out to be a good movie and a great book-to-film adaptation, and we couldn't imagine it in anyone else's hands. That is, until we saw what "Fame" and "Mortal Kombat: Rebirth" director Kevin Tancharoen presented as a pitch trailer for Lionsgate studio on the project.

Slashfilm unearthed this pitch video Tancharoen submitted as a pseudo-application for the director gig way back when, and it's clear he had a unique vision for the property that more closely adopts the sci-fi and brutality aspects of the story rather than the emotional and political turmoils associated with the Games.

Tancharoen said, "It took me a month to finish it all. The pitch book took a little longer... It was incredibly difficult to find all these clips and tell a »

- Amanda Bell

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See Kevin Tancharoen's Pitch Video for His Take on 'Hunger Games'

6 September 2012 11:50 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

With Joe Carnahan's recently leaked Daredevil pitch videos, movie fans had a chance to see something that we rarely get to see: an early look into the process of dealing with major Hollywood studios. Pitch videos are made to sell the director's vision of a movie, usually by cutting together footage from existing films and trying to make something that represents the tone they're trying to achieve with a hopeful project. Now we have the chance for another look into this method, as /Film has Fame director Kevin Tancharoen's cool pitch video for his take on one of this year's biggest success stories, The Hunger Games. More below! Tancharoen is probably better known as the man who put together the impressive Mortal Kombat: Rebirth video as a pitch for a new take on the Mortal Kombat franchise, which led to a web series and development for a new full length film. »

- Ben Pearson

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Watch Mortal Kombat Director Kevin Tancharoen’s Video Pitch for The Hunger Games

6 September 2012 10:10 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

To say Lionsgate’s adaptation of The Hunger Games was a highly sought-after directing gig would be an understatement.  A number of filmmakers lobbied for the opportunity to bring Suzanne Collins’ novel to life on the big screen, and in doing so many of them put together “pitch trailers” in order to explain their vision for the film.  These videos are made all the time, but are rarely seen by the public.  When director Joe Carnahan realized that his iteration of Daredevil wouldn’t be coming to fruition at Fox, he graciously released the sizzle reel that he put together online.  Some of these videos are made entirely out of existing footage, while other filmmakers invest quite a bit of money to create their own footage and animatics for the reel. Director Kevin Tancharoen’s pitch for The Hunger Games is a case of the latter, and the video pitch »

- Adam Chitwood

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Mortal Kombat Legacy Gets a Second Season

15 July 2012 6:42 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

While it may not be the feature film we've all been looking forward to, word has come that the popular web series "Mortal Kombat Legacy" is gearing up for a second season of fist-flying, fire-breathing lunacy. Read on for the initial details.

Below you'll find creator / director Kevin Tancharoen talking about the project in a quick video. Right now they're still in the scripting stage, but Kevin does say, "I can break the silence and tell you guys what it's going to be about. It's going to be about the actual Mortal Kombat tournament this time."

Count us in! Season One of the 9-episode series from Tancharoen (Mortal Kombat: Rebirth) expands the mythos of the popular Mortal Kombat video game franchise and currently has garnered millions of hits on YouTube.

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- Uncle Creepy

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Mortal Kombat: Legacy Gearing Up For Season 2

15 July 2012 2:32 PM, PDT | MTV Multiplayer | See recent MTV Multiplayer news »

Fans of the Mortal Kombat: Legacy web-series, starring Michael Jai White, Darren Shahlavi, Jeri Ryan and Tamoh Penniket, got some good news during Comic-Con this week. The series, based on the fighting game of the same name, is getting a second season.

The series came about after director Kevin Tancharoen created the short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth as a feature-film pitch for Warner Bros. Sadly, it never got the green light for production with Warner Bros. instead opting to fund an original web-series. Shortly there after Mortal Kombat: Legacy was in production, with the first episode hitting YouTube on April 11, 2011.

While the first season focused mainly on character origins and setting up a new Mortal Kombat universe, Tancharoen has revealed that season two will introduce the actual Mortal Kombat tournament, bringing with it more visual effects and action.

As expected, a new season means new characters and Tancharoen wasn't shy »

- Don Hatfield

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The Higgs Boson and Paramount’s ‘God Particle’ Movie

5 July 2012 3:41 PM, PDT | | See recent newsinfilm news »

On Wednesday, Cern physicists all but confirmed the existence of the Higgs boson, the so-called “God particle” and a key piece in the subatomic puzzle of our universe. Essentially, the Higgs boson proves the Standard Model, a crucial, nearly 50-year-old theory that helps to explain how the subatomic particles that make up everything interact.

Cern, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, announced this historic discovery at their complex near Geneva, Switzerland. It is the birthplace of the World Wide Web and home to the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider, a particle accelerator on a 17-mile circular track buried in a tunnel 574 ft. below Switzerland and France. 800 trillion particles were collided at up to 7 TeV (teraelectron volts) to yield these findings, which they estimated were accurate down to less than three parts of 10 million. So, they’re pretty sure.

#Cms: “we have observed a new boson with a mass of 125.3 ± 0.6 GeV at 4.9 sigma significance. »

- Jeff Leins

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Strange Sounding Premise Of Upcoming Mortal Kombat Reboot Revealed

18 June 2012 6:05 AM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Bloody Disgusting have done some digging in regards to Warner Bros. planned reboot of the Mortal Kombat movie franchise. Apparently it is still moving forward with director Kevin Tancharoen attached, and they have also managed to uncover some details about the basic premise of the movie.. With Kevin Tancharoen still attached to direct from Oren Uziel’s screenplay, we’ve exclusively discovered that the live-action reboot will follow a lowly unlucky supermarket employee who discovers that he has out of this world powers and must decide between good and evil, even though the evil side has helped him discover his true potential and who he really is. Tancharoen and Uziel brought us the short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth and the subsequent web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy starring Michael Jai White and Jeri Ryan. They were impressive enough in their own right but jettisoned many of the fantasy elements in favor »

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God Particle Finds J.J. Abrams and Paramount Pictures

11 June 2012 6:31 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Paramount Pictures is teaming up with J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot company once again for the sci-fi thriller God Particle. Oren Uziel (The Kitchen Sink) wrote the screenplay, although it doesn't seem that J.J. Abrams will direct.

The story centers on a physics experiment with a particle accelerator that causes the Earth to seemingly disappear into thin air. The plot follows an American space station crew set floating adrift with no home to go back to, when they discover a European spacecraft on their radar.

The studio plans to shoot this project on a budget of just $5 million, and they will likely release it under their Paramount Insurge micro-budget division. No production schedule was released.

Oren Uziel also wrote the screenplay for Kevin Tancharoen's popular short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, which lead into the web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy. »

- MovieWeb

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Sci-Fi Horror Film The Kitchen Sink Gets a Director

9 February 2012 6:30 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Sony Pictures has hired Robbie Pickering (Natural Selection) to direct a new sci-fi horror comedy called The Kitchen Sink. The script was written by Oren Uziel (Mortal Kombat: Rebirth). At one point Jonah Hill was in talks to direct the film, but that obviously never happened. 

The story follows a group of zombie, vampire, and human teenagers who are forced to band together to take on an deadly alien invasion. They just have to suppress their urge to kill each other to do it. 

This sounds like it could be a fun and wacky movie to watch. The concept sounds pretty entertaining, and the script was actually a top choice on the 2010 Black List, so it has got to be solid. 

Source: Deadline ( »

- Venkman

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The Kitchen Sink Gets Director Robbie Pickering

8 February 2012 9:38 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Natural Selection director Robbie Pickering has signed on to direct The Kitchen Sink for Sony Pictures.

We last reported on this project back in March, when actor Jonah Hill was slated to make his directorial debut with the genre tale, although he is no longer involved with The Kitchen Sink. The story centers on three teenagers, a vampire, a zombie, and a human, who team up to save their small town from invading aliens.

Robbie Pickering will direct from a screenplay by Oren Uziel, which made the 2010 Black List. Oren Uziel also wrote the short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, which spawned the Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series.

No production schedule was given for The Kitchen Sink.

The Kitchen Sink comes to theaters in 2014. The film is directed by Robbie Pickering. »

- MovieWeb

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‘Natural Selection’ Director Robbie Pickering Dives Into Zombie-Alien-Vampire Film ‘The Kitchen Sink’

7 February 2012 7:04 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Deadline reports that Robbie Pickering (Natural Selection) has been signed by Sony to direct The Kitchen Sink from writer Oren Uziel. The script appeared on the 2010 edition of the Black List, a yearly master list of the industry’s best unproduced screenplays, and at one point Jonah Hill was in talks to make it his debut as a feature director but Sony has gone with Pickering instead. The Kitchen Sink follows a high school zombie, vampire, and human as they team together to fight off an alien invasion of their town. I’m surprised a werewolf didn’t get tossed in there just for sh*ts and giggles.

Uziel has been keeping himself busy since making the Black List by helping director Kevin Tancharoen reboot the Mortal Kombat franchise; first came the Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short that premiered on the internet back in 2010 which took a more gritty and somewhat realistic tone, »

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Nick Schenk to Write Robocop Remake; Mortal Kombat Writer Oren Uziel Sells Action-Comedy

31 January 2012 7:43 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Director José Padilha said that when he signed on to remake RoboCop, he didn't read any drafts left over from the Darren Aronofsky era because he "wanted to focus on my own thing and do my take."  To create that vision, Padilha has turned to Gran Torino writer Nick Schenk.  Heat Vision makes no mention of Josh Zetumer's reported involvement with the script, but MGM was initially looking at a February or March start date, so I don't imagine Schenk will have to start over from page one.  Yet despite the hubbub over Michael Fassbender's candidacy to play the cyborg police officer, no cast is locked in.  So Schenk should have some time to craft a solid shooting script in time for a production later in the year. Hit the jump for details on the pitch Oren Uziel (Mortal Kombat: Rebirth) sold to Neal Moritz (Fast Five). Variety describes »

- Brendan Bettinger

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