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Writer/director Max Landis has slowly been working his way up the Hollywood with such films as Chronicle and American Ultra making their way to the big screen recently. But one thing Landis is always asked about is his father, acclaimed filmmaker John Landis, who is responsible for classic films such as The Blues Brothers, Coming […]
- Scott Davis
An American Werewolf In London remake on the cards?
Some pretty heavy rumours have surfaced surrounding An American Werewolf In London remake.
Some pretty big news has maybe reared its head online as new reaches us via Bloody Disgusting that a remake of perhaps one of the best horror films of all time could be on the way. An American Werewolf in London, which was directed by the great John Landis could be getting a makeover courtesy of his son, Max.
We’ve been poking around this for quite some time, but it’s been all but confirmed by the writer behind it – Max Landis. Yes, John’s son, who scripted the awesome Chronicle, as well as Victor Frankenstein and the upcoming “Channel Zero” on Syfy, is allegedly penning a modern take on his father’s classic. »
- Paul Heath
It’s probably just a matter of time before someone tries to mount a remake of John Landis‘ An American Werewolf in London, and now there’s a rumor floating around that the story is keeping in the family. John Landis‘ son Max Landis, writer of Chronicle, American Ultra, and Victor Frankenstein, recently shared some cryptic tweets that led fans […]
The post So Is Max Landis Making an ‘American Werewolf in London’ Remake or What? [Updated] appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Is infamous writer/director Max Landis about to remake one of his dad's all-time classics? That's what the prodigal son is teasing on Twitter. John Landis wrote and directed An American Werewolf in London way back in 1981, and it succeeded as one of the first horror comedies of that era. Now, it sounds like the movie might get resurrected. But it will be staying in the family.
An American Werewolf in London is considered one of the best werewolf movies of all-time, and even won Rick Baker a Best Make-Up Oscar. It should come as no surprise that in our current cinematic state of affairs that someone would eventually set out to remake or reboot the franchise. What makes this one a bit more interesting than the typical remake is that the script is coming from the original director's son.
Netflix has announced today that the upcoming BBC America series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is set to hit the streaming service in all territories outside the Us this December, after premiering in the States in October.
The series, based upon Douglas Adams’ wildly successful comic novels, is written and executive produced by Max Landis (Chronicle, Bright) and stars Samuel Barnett (Penny Dreadful, Endeavour) as Dirk and Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) as his assistant Todd.
See Also: Watch the first trailer for Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency here
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is a comedic thriller that follows the bizarre adventures of eccentric “holistic” detective Dirk Gently (Barnett) and his reluctant assistant Todd (Wood), as they wend their way through one big, seemingly insane mystery a season, crossing unlikely paths with a bevy of wild and sometimes dangerous characters, »
- Gary Collinson
Miles Teller is blonde now. The “Whiplash” and “War Dogs” star is currently sporting a mop of electric yellow hair, courtesy of Joseph Kosinski’s currently filming “Granite Mountain,” which casts Teller as a firefighter tasked with battling a wicked Arizona wildfire back in 2013. For Teller, it’s the next big step in a seemingly ever-evolving feature film career that, less than a six years in, already contains starring roles in festival favorites, Oscar contenders, superhero franchises and bawdy comedies.
In Teller’s newest feature, the Todd Phillips-directed “War Dogs,” the actor again changes direction, thanks to an action comedy that casts the actor alongside Jonah Hill as a pair of unlikely arms dealers who get in over their heads when they attempt to close a big deal with the U.S. government. But although the film has all the hallmarks of a Phillips film – namely, it’s about »
- Kate Erbland
Level 33 Entertainment has set the release date for “Blood in the Water,” a thriller starring Willa Holland, Alex Russell and Miguel Gomez, Variety has learned exclusively. The film will be released on Aug. 26.
Level 33 acquired the film, formerly known as “Pacific Standard Time,” in a deal struck with Taylor & Dodge, which is handling worldwide sales on the film.
The film is directed by Ben Cummings and Orson Cummings from their own script and produced by Mitchell Sandler and Mitch Solomon. A premiere and filmmaker Q&A will take place at Arena Cinema Hollywood on Aug. 26.
The film will open in select theaters and be available day and date on demand on Time Warner Cable, Comcast, iTunes, DirecTV, Amazon Instant, Dish Network, Vubiquity, Vudu and others.
Holland and Russell play a couple in their twenties who are housesitting for the summer at a palatial modern spread in the Hollywood. Living above their means, »
- Dave McNary
Nine years before he completed production on the multi-million dollar Disney remake of “Pete’s Dragon,” David Lowery was living out of the back of his car, editing corporate videos. The Dallas native directed his first feature, the little-seen “Lullaby,” at age 19. The ensuing years found him collaborating with a close-knit group of local film-savvy friends, but little in the way of upward mobility. “I never put a premium on making a living,” he told me in a recent phone conversation. “It was never one of those things that was important to me.”
Lowery’s work at the time suggests as much — it’s anything but commercial — and yet it provided him with an ideal platform for a massive career move as one of Disney’s newest secret weapons. “Pete’s Dragon,” a $60 million re-imagining of the 1977 live-action-animated musical film, has all the hallmarks of Lowery’s earlier work: a serene, »
- Eric Kohn
Ryan Lambie Aug 10, 2016
Blockbusters often rely on spectacle to hit big, but Hollywood’s obsession with event movies is hurting the stories it tells, Ryan argues
In the summer of 1989, Batman became just about inescapable. Tim Burton’s movie was a huge hit in cinemas, and all of a sudden, the black-out-of-yellow bat logo was emblazoned on just about everything: T-shirts, lunchboxes, billboard posters. In later interviews, Burton himself would concede that Batman had become not such a movie as an event - a pop cultural artefact whose images and sounds had spread so far, and so fast, that it had become something more than just a piece of fun, escapist entertainment.
It’s more than a quarter of a century since the release of Batman, but Hollywood’s thirst for making movies that match its scale and impact - or so they hope - that the pursuit has become all-consuming. »
One year after the release of the universally castigated superhero movie, Sean Wilson pops the question: is it really That bad?
Amidst a disappointing 2016 blockbuster movie season I’m struggling to identify any genuine underdog movies, ones that received their fare share of critical bile but which I actually liked. (Case in point: Suicide Squad, which has been near-universally hated and which I detested too.)
2015 however was slightly different. I can pinpoint at least three summer releases that I felt were unfairly treated: Tomorrowland, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and, most controversially, Fantastic Four. All of these movies tanked at the box office (Tomorrowland was considered a colossal live-action write-off for Disney) and received middling-to-poor reviews, slipping from the minds of most viewers whilst lingering in mine. True they are all considerably flawed but I can think of several, far more hateful 2015 releases that really got my back up. »
- Sean Wilson
For over six decades, Disney has been igniting in little girls the dream of being a princess. Then, in 2001, with the help of Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway, the House of Mouse showed us that wearing the tiara is not all it’s cracked up to be. The Princess Diaries opened in theaters 15 years ago today. Hathaway’s Mia Thermopiles learns just what kind of pressure and responsibility is involved with being princess when she learns she’s the heir to the crown of Genovia. “I don’t want to run my own country. I just want to pass 10th grade,” she moans. It was the film debut of Anne Hathaway, who has since become Hollywood royalty herself, earning an Oscar for Les Misérables and nabbing coveted roles like Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. The Princess Diaries gave us Anne Hathaway, and it also gave us »
- Emily Rome
With a little under a month to go until its release, a trailer has arrived online for the upcoming thriller Blood in the Water which stars Willa Holland, Alex Russell and Miguel Gomez; check it out below after the official synopsis…
While house-sitting for the summer at a palatial spread in the Hollywood Hills, young couple Percy (Alex Russell, Chronicle) and Veronica (Willa Holland, Gossip Girl) find themselves caught up in a love triangle that goes terribly wrong.
Blood in the Water is set for release on August 26th.
- Amie Cranswick
Warner Brothers are planning a feature length movie featuring Pepe Le Pew. Max Landis was speaking at the San Diego Comic Con about his TV series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, and has mentioned that he is hard at work on the animated film, which is based on the classic Looney Tunes character created by Chuck Jones and voiced by Mel Blanc.
The word is that Landis has delivered a wonderful pitch the studio, one that they couldn’t possibly pass up on, and now the talented writer of Chronicle and Victor Frankenstein, is hard at work penning the script.
There’s obviously no mention on timescales in terms of when production may start, but we’re guessing that the studio will want to press ahead as quickly as possible looking at the huge commercial appeal of feature-length animated movies at the moment.
You can read more over on Deadline where the story originated. »
- Paul Heath
Ryan Lambie Jul 25, 2016
The irrepressibly randy French skunk Pepé Le Pew is a shade over 60 years old now, but the Looney Tunes cartoon character could soon be getting his own movie at Warner Bros.
Screenwriter Max Landis brought the subject up during the panel for his forthcoming TV adaptation of Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently at Comic-Con over the weekend, where he revealed that he'd pitched his idea for a Pepé Le Pew movie to bosses at Warner. The studio liked the idea so much, it seems, that the project's now in the works, though how Landis will create a feature-length story around a fairly simple idea (an amorous, smelly skunk who makes repeated passes at cat) isn't yet clear. Landis has a particular talent for taking stories off on unexpected tangents, »
Noted professional-wrestling fan, screenwriter and director Max Landis is at Comic-Con, where he’s revealed one of many new projects he’s working on: a Pepé Le Pew movie being developed by Warner Bros. The animated film will follow the lecherous skunk of “Looney Tunes” fame, whom conventional wisdom would suggest is among the cartoon characters least suited to a feature-length revival in 2016. That’s probably part of Landis’ angle.
Read More: Max Landis Reviews ‘Ghostbusters,’ Says ‘Some Of It’s Racist’ & Tells Story Of His Own Pitch
Landis, who appeared on the panel for “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” — a BBC America series for which he’s lead writer and an executive producer — is also executive-producing “Channel Zero” for Syfy and writing both “Bright” for Netflix and “Deeper” for MGM.
- Michael Nordine
Talking up his new TV series "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency," screenwriter Max Landis ("Chronicle," "Victor Frankenstein") revealed that he's currently at work on a project you might not have expected - a Warner Bros. Pictures animated film based on the classic Looney Tunes character Pepe Le Pew.
Deadline reports that Landis' pitch on the material got the studio excited enough to more forward on this take of the overly amorous skunk. Little else is known about the project beyond it being the first animation project Landis has worked on.
- Garth Franklin
Earlier tonight, screenwriter Max Landis made his Comic-Con debut to promote his upcoming series Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, which will debut on BBC America on October 22. This will be Max Landis' first foray into television, after making a name for himself as the writer of movies such as Chronicle, American Ultra, and many more, but, during the panel, he revealed a very unique movie project that he's working on for Warner Bros. The writer revealed during his Comic-Con panel that he's also writing an animated movie based on the beloved character Pepe Le Pew.
Very little is known about the project, but Deadline reports that Warner Bros. enjoyed Max Landis' pitch on the material. It isn't known if any producers are attached to the project, or if the studio has a director in mind to tackle this project. If this does move forward into production, it »
DeHaan, who made his breakout in Josh Trank’s Chronicle before continuing that superhero streak in Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man franchise, will take point as the title character in Besson’s ambitious adaptation, one that mines inspiration from the eponymous comic book series.
Valerian is one half of a pair of special time-travelling operatives, a title DeHaan’s lead shares with Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad), who is on board in the role of Laureline. Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, Rihanna, 10 Cloverfield Lane star John Goodman and Rutger Hauer currently line the supporting roles.
While there’s no question that Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets harbors truckloads of promise, big-budget, fantastical science fiction that plays well with the »
- Michael Briers
EuropaCorp has released a new image for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets in anticipation of San Diego Comic Con! Here, we get to see Dane DeHaan inside one of the sleek spaceships in this epic sci-fi adventure. The movie also stars Cara Delevingne. It comes from the mind of acclaimed director Luc Besson, who returns to the genre he helped redefine for a new generation with The Fifth Element way back in 1997.
Rooted in the classic graphic novel series Valerian and Laureline, visionary maestro writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga. The film is coming to San Diego Comic-Con today for a can't miss panel that promise to bring the first exciting trailer. The fun kicks off at 1pm in Hall H.
"Witness the first public exhibition of footage from acclaimed director/producer/writer Luc Besson's first-ever Hall H presentation, »
Hollywood has been circling the live-action movie rights for several months now, with bidding intensifying following the smash hit release of Pokemon Go.
Earlier this week it was revealed that Legendary Entertainment had emerged as front-runner for the rights, and now Legendary and The Pokemon Company have announced that they have reached a deal to launch a live-action franchise, which will be built around Detective Pikachu, a new character introduced through the recent Japanese video game Great Detective Pikachu.
See Also: Nintendo is now worth more than Sony following Pokemon Go’s release
Further details on the live-action project are being kept under wraps, although it is expected that production will get underway next year. As yet, there’s no word on a creative team, although Max Landis (Chronicle) has been mentioned as a potential screenwriter.
- Gary Collinson
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