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There are plenty of aspiring screenwriters out there who want to turn their favorite comic book, video game, toyline and whatever else Hollywood snatches up, into a feature film. However, few of them ever actually have the drive or ambition to actually do it. Enter Max Landis, the writer of the found footage superhero flick Chronicle and the forthcoming new take on Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe. Landis is now 29 years old and has a lucrative screenwriting career, but just 10 years ago he was a 19-year old with the dream of turning the popular Super Nintendo video game Super Mario World into a feature film. More below! Posting on his own website (via SlashFilm), Landis revealed that he wrote a 436-page adaptation of the video game (read it all here). For those who don't know, the standard model for scripts is that each page equals about a minute of running time. »
- Ethan Anderton
Writer-producer Simon Kinberg has spoken about the upcoming reboot The Fantastic Four whilst promoting the home entertainment release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, specifically when we might expect to see some footage from the film. Here’s what he had to say:
“We’re putting it together now, and one of the important things, because this Fantastic Four is a reboot, and is such a different tonality and vibe from those other films, we want to make sure that the first thing we put out really expresses the voice of the movie, and isn’t compromised by not having visual effects ready, or anything like that. I don’t actually know when [a trailer is] coming out, but I’ve seen all the footage from the movie. I was there for pretty much the whole shoot. It is a very different film from the others, and one that I think is very different from other superhero movies. »
- Thomas Roach
Daniel Radcliffe stars in one of the few horror films hitting cinemas at Halloween this year - "Horns". Already available on VOD services in the United States, the film is still taking a more traditional release path in other countries including the U.K. where Radcliffe has been doing press.
Speaking with Empire Online, Radcliffe's next project to hit cinemas is 20th Century Fox's new take on "Frankenstein" which stars Radcliffe as the servant Igor to James McAvoy's Dr. Victor Frankenstein. Frequent "Sherlock" episode diretor Paul McGuigan helms this take on the story which will be very different to the book.
In fact, Frankenstein's monster is not really a part of the action with Radcliffe saying:
"The creation of the monster isn't right until the end – you see their attempts at it. Although I'm not sure we're teeing ourselves up for four more movies or anything.
Instead, the movie »
- Garth Franklin
Writer-producer Simon Kinberg is currently in post-production on the 20th Century Fox superhero adventure The Fantastic Four, and everything we've heard about the reboot thus far makes it clear that this is vastly different than any other incarnation of these superheroes that have come before it. With the release less than a year away, many fans have been wondering when the first footage will debut. When asked that very question in a recent interview, Simon Kinberg reveals that he doesn't known when the first trailer will arrive. But he has a good reason why we haven't seen anything yet.
"We're putting it together now, and one of the important things, because this Fantastic Four is a reboot, and is such a »
As we laid out recently, there are a lot of superhero movies coming up; the year 2016 will bring us seven such films alone. One of the biggest question marks in the near future, however, is The Fantastic Four reboot. It’s not so much that there’s doubt about director Josh Trank (Chronicle) rebooting the material, or that fans are unsure about the casting—Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, and Tobey Kebbell is a really solid lineup. It’s that we haven’t seen a single thing from this movie yet. Granted, it isn’t set to hit theaters until next August, but by this point we’ve usually seen something from a property of this scale. Marvel released the first Ant-Man image and poster the week that filming began. Warner Bros. has been rolling out a number of promo images for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, »
- Adam Chitwood
With the Hunger Games franchise inching towards its close – albeit with the final book needlessly split into two films for sadly commercial reasons – the Young Adult movie throne will soon be vacant. Divergent had a so-so stab at the title earlier this year, with Shailene Woodley's charisma improving the sketchily explained narrative and sequels on the way.
But while the Veronica Roth adaptation was certain a cut above tried-and-failed Ya novel adaptations like Beautiful Creatures or The Mortal Instruments, it isn't the undisputed champion of the teen audience arena, just yet.
So could The Maze Runner become the 'next Twilight/Hunger Games/massive cash cow'? Well, it's a maybe.
In this dystopian (well, of course) tale, sixteen-year-old boy Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) awakes in an elevator, which rises into a grass clearing – surrounded by ominous towering walls. He's got no memory of whom he is or why he might have »
Exclusive: Hell On Wheels star Anson Mount has joined the cast of Mr. Right, the hitman action romance starring Anna Kendrick as girl unlucky in love and Sam Rockwell as the assassin she accidentally falls for. Filming begins next week in New Orleans under helmer Paco Cabezas (Neon Flesh), who’s directing from a script by Chronicle‘s Max Landis.
Mount will play Richard Cartigan, a member of a New Jersey crime syndicate who’s jockeying to become head of the family. Also joining Mount alongside Rockwell, Kendrick, Tim Roth, RZA,and James Ransone in the cast are Michael Eklund (Bates Motel, The Call) as the tattooed thug Johnny Howl, and Katie Nehra (Alex Of Venice), who’ll play the bookish roommate to Kendrick’s Martha.
- Jen Yamato
Last week Michael B. Jordan offered up a few thoughts on the criticism towards his casting as Johnny Storm / The Human Torch in 20th Century Fox’s upcoming reboot of The Fantastic Four, and now co-star Miles Teller (a.k.a. the new Mister Fantastic) has chimed in with some comments on the negative reaction that the reboot has received from fans of Marvel’s First Family.
“There are a million blogs and websites talking about the casting and they hear one little thing, like, oh, there was rumor it was a found-footage movie, so then there were a million comments on that.” said Teller in an interview with The Huffington Post. “If we’re going to be up for everybody’s public disposal of it, I try not to get too caught up with anything on the Internet. Out of sight is out of mind for me a lot of the time. »
- Gary Collinson
Somewhere in the world right now, Tobey Maguire and Sam Raimi are sipping cocktails and laughing gleefully to pleasant memories of the early noughties as Sony watch their once prized franchise slowly burn to the ground.
This time last year, many (including myself) believed that Sony’s Amazing Spider-man 2 would be the movie to finally break the web-slinging superhero franchise into billion dollar territory to rival that of Marvel Studios. However, flashforward to now and the future of Peter Parker’s big screen adventures looks more uncertain than ever. Despite the fact that Marc Webb had cast Academy Award winning actor Jamie Foxx as his main antagonist and terrifically talented newcomer Dane DeHaan as his new Harry Osborn, The Amazing Spider-man 2 still couldn’t be saved from old pitfalls. Unfortunately, the big budget sequel repeated the mistakes of Spider-man 3 (albeit without any jazz clubs or silly dancing »
- Ben Read
• Oscar nominee Casey Affleck will return to his native Massachusetts to star in and produce a film based on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The script written by Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy (The Fighter) is based on the book "Boston Strong" by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge and chronicles the massive manhunt to find the two men believed responsible for the bombings and the city's response to the horrific events. [Variety] • Steve Carell will continue his trend of taking on less comedic roles in an untitled thriller from director Gore Verbinski (The Lone Ranger). The film will be the third straight »
- Jake Perlman
Directed by Paco Cabezas (Neon Flesh) and written by Max Landis (Chronicle), the film revolves around a young woman (Anna Kendrick) who cannot believe her luck when she meets her dream man (Sam Rockwell). The pair fall in love, and everything’s hunky dory until her seemingly perfect guy turns out to be harbouring a secret: he’s a hitman. While my paraphrasing of the premise might not seem original, or enticing, remember that this is a script by Landis. He’s one of my favourite screenwriters, and has a knack for spinning out new angles on tired ideas.
Roth will now get to tackle Landis’ peppy dialogue as he’s set to play Hopper, Mr. Right’s former mentor turned nemesis. Sounds like a very villainous role, »
- Gem Seddon
With Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell already aboard and shooting set to start next week, director Paco Cabezas has found another actor for the cast of action/comedy/romance Mr. Right. Tim Roth is now aboard to play a nasty nemesis.Cabezas is working on this one from a script by Chronicle writer, Frankenstein scribe and Twitter enfante terrible Max Landis. Kendrick plays a woman who has endured a long streak of bad luck when it comes to finding men. So she’s overjoyed to find a guy (Rockwell) who seems to be perfect for her.That, of course, is when the trouble starts. It turns out that her ideal bloke is a reformed hit man whose lethal past is about to catch up with him in a big way, and the couple’s fledgling relationship is put to the test as they figure out how to save each other. »
According to Deadline, RZA — real name Robert Fitzgerald Diggs — will star alongside Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick in the film, which follows a young woman (Kendrick) who falls head over heels for the seemingly perfect man. However, as the story unfolds, we learn that the titular Mr. Right just so happens to moonlight as a hitman — now that’s a gnarly skeleton to keep locked up in the closet.
Nonetheless, in terms of RZA’s role, it’s understood the celebrated rapper will step into the shoes of Shotgun Steve, a trained marksman who collaborates with an opposing gangster. At this stage, that’s all we have in terms of plot details, though Deadline reports that Max Landis — the scribe behind 2012’s excellent found footage superhero flick, Chronicle. »
- Michael Briers
Obi-Wan Kenobi may finally be getting his star moment.
The popular "Star Wars" character has always been an important figure in all six movies, whether he was the young, swashbuckling teacher of Anakin Skywalker or the venerable guiding hand to Luke. Now comes a rumor from Cinelinx that Kenobi will step up from being just a mentor to being the star of the show.
A source told the site that Lucasfilm is "currently developing a trilogy of films centered around the iconic Jedi." These could be among the standalone films announced by the studio, two of which will be directed by Gareth Edwards ("Godzilla") and Josh Trank ("Chronicle").
Previous rumors indicated that the standalone movies would focus on Boba Fett, Yoda, and/or Han Solo - and this may still be the case.
As for these purported Obi-Wan Kenobi films, here's what Cinelinx's source had to say about them: It's not a trilogy, »
- Kelly Woo
Rapper/producer/actor/director RZA has joined the cast of Mr. Right alongside Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell, EW has confirmed. The Paco Cabezas-directed film follows Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) as a woman who falls in love with a hit-man. RZA will play Shotgun Steve, a marksman who works for a rival gangster. Max Landis (Chronicle) will be penning the script. Deadline was the first to report the news. This isn't the first time the Wu-Tang rapper has appeared on the big screen. In addition to directing 2012's Man with the Iron Fists, he most recently appeared in G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Brick Mansions. »
- Emily Blake
Exclusive: Rapper and filmmaker RZA (The Man With The Iron Fists, Gang Related) has joined the cast of Mr. Right, the action-comedy-romance that Neon Flesh‘s Paco Cabezas is directing from a script by Chronicle scribe Max Landis. Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick lead the story of a woman whose unlucky streak in love seemingly ends when she meets the perfect guy – who turns out to be a hitman. Well, nobody’s perfect. RZA will play Shotgun Steve, an expert marksman who works for a rival gangster. The Grammy-winning Wu-Tang Clan Mc and producer, who was nominated for a BAFTA for his Kill Bill score, is coming off Paramount’s G.I. Joe 2 on the big screen and Fox’s recently cancelled Gang Related on the small screen. He also starred opposite the late Paul Walker in this year’s Brick Mansions and is plotting a sequel to his 2012 directorial debut, »
- Jen Yamato
Next year will be chock full of blockbusters, including 20th Century Fox.s reboot of Marvel.s First Family: The Fantastic Four. However, there.s not much we know about the film. Since the announcement of Chronicle director Josh Trank at the helm, we.ve been repeatedly told that The Fantastic Four.s tone will be "grounded," meaning that although there are people running around with weird superpowers, the film primarily will have a more realistic feel. Human Torch actor Michael B. Jordan gave us an example of this "grounded" tone last week when he described the Fantastic Four.s costumes as new and fresh "without going to the cheesy superhero outfits." Yesterday, ABC News caught up with Jordan to get the inside scoop on The Fantastic Four, which is a lot harder to do compared to other superhero film productions. He couldn.t reveal much, but he did elaborate »
The last two Fantastic Four films were a lot of things, but "gritty" sure wasn't one of them. With a series reboot coming in August 2015, actor Michael B. Jordan says we can expect a different look and tone than we got last time. In a chat with ABC, Jordan says the film by Chronicle director Josh Trank was a lot of hard work, but that he and the cast are very excited to share the film with the rest of the world.
On the topic of how the titular characters will look, Jordan gives us an idea of what the costumes that he, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell will be wearing will look like. "It's a new look. We are all in containment suits. ... It's gritty. It's a gritty film," he told the outlet. "The costume process definitely took some time to get in and out of that thing, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Official details of 20th Century Fox’s upcoming reboot to The Fantastic Four have been kept under lock and key with only few snippets and rumours here and there. One person who has been quite vocal about the movie is The Human Torch Michael B. Jordan, with the actor being very open about the criticisms of his casting due to his race. And now in a new interview, he’s let slip some details about the suits for Marvel’s First Family.
“It’s a new look. We are all in containment suits,” Jordan told ABC News. “The costume process definitely took some time to get in and out of that thing, especially since I was bulking up. It was a little more snug during filming. We got through it man. It was a process, but we did it. It was hard work.”
The look of the Fantastic Four has »
- Luke Owen
20th Century Fox's "Fantastic Four" reboot has been all but out of sight aside from a few small leaks. For fans, the movie not appearing at Comic-Con this year was a controversial move, leading many skeptics to believe director Josh Trank ("Chronicle") and Fox lack the confidence to show off the film early. But the picture emerging in recent interviews is that "Fantastic Four" may very well be a vastly different beast from the comics and may need a careful narrative of adjustment for fan expectation. For one, Miles Teller, who plays Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, recently claimed the movie is, "different in every way” from past versions, and suggested that Trank had to really sell Fox on his take. That included atypical casting choices, like changing Johnny Storm's race from Caucasian to African American after casting Michael B. Jordan as the Johnny Storm/Human Torch. “I ended up meeting »
- Edward Davis
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