Max Landis is releasing another comic book.
Landis, who is known for penning “Chronicle,” “American Ultra” and the upcoming TV series “Dirk Gently,” is turning back to comics for a new limited, nine-issue series called “Green Valley,” Skybound’s newest book through publisher Image Comics. The story follows a group of four knights, once close friends, who are given one last shot at redemption with a quest to kill a wizard and slay his dragons. The only problem is that dragons and wizards don’t exist.
“’Green Valley’ was an idea I had when I was a very little kid,” Landis said. “As I got older, most of my ideas from when I was small sounded stupider and stupider. But ‘Green Valley’ persisted in my mind, and grew. I’m glad to see it finally come to life so beautifully.”
This won’t be Landis’ first foray into the comic space. »
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Veteran casting director Ronna Kress has been named executive VP of casting for Twentieth Century Fox Film.
Kress will report directly to Emma Watts, president of production.
“We have worked with Ronna many times over the years and are excited to officially bring her into the Fox family,” said Watts. “She has a truly unique ability to identify talent and is a real actor’s champion.”
Kress began her career working in extras casting in New York on Woody Allen films. She moved to Los Angeles and worked for three years as the associate at Warner Bros. for casting director Marion Dougherty, then worked as the associate for David Rubin, casting with him such films as “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Cold Mountain.”
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Principal photography begins next week on the film, based on the true story of a group of firefighters known as the Granite Mountain hotshots who lost 19 members as they fought one of deadliest wildfires in Arizona history.
The Rockhampton native got his break in Wa feature Wasted on the Young in 2010.
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The film is based on the real-life of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, “an elite group of 20 firefighters who courageously battled one of the deadliest wildfires in history to save the homes and lives of other Arizonians. Nineteen of the men died heroes on that hill when the wind changed and fire engulfed them from all sides.”
In addition to Ben Hardy, it’s also being reported that Andie MacDowell (Cedar Cove) and Alex Russell (Chronicle) have signed on to appear, with the trio joining a stellar A-list cast that includes Josh Brolin (Sicario), Jeff Bridges (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Jennifer Connolly (Shelter), Miles Teller (Whiplash), Taylor Kitsch »
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There has been a lot of talk about how Batman V Superman is somehow a box office bomb, but it hasn't even been a year since Fox's Fantastic Four reboot reminded us what a true box office bomb actually is. It is one thing to not quite meet very lofty expectations, but it is another to have a huge superhero movie with a huge cast and marketing to barely make back its production budget even with international box office factored in.
A lot has been made of the failure that was the Fantastic Four reboot, which was absolutely panned by critics and currently sits at an abysmal 9 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. However, in a recent interview with The Daily Beast, actor Toby Kebbell who played Doctor Doom in the film, claims that a much better version of the film actually exists. Here is what he had to say.
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The action-drama is based on the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of twenty firefighters who courageously battled one of the deadliest wildfires in history to save the homes and lives of other Arizonians.
Nineteen of the men died heroes on that hill when the wind changed and fire engulfed them from all sides. The Aussie and the Brit join an impressive ensemble cast that includes Jennifer Connelly, Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch and James Badge Dale.
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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is set to premiere this autumn and will star Samuel Barnett in the title role opposite Elijah Wood as his assistant Todd and Hannah Marks as the female lead Amanda.
Img recently handled sales on BBC-amc hit The Night Manager, which it licensed to broadcasters and home media platforms in around 188 countries.
The AMC Studios, Ideate Media, and Idw Entertainment co-production of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency in association with Circle Of Confusion follows the eccentric detective and Todd as they attempt to solve a bizarre mystery.
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Should a deal place, the Swede would star opposite Will Smith and Joel Edgerton in the movie, which fast became one of the hottest packages in Hollywood before finding a home at Netflix in a deal said to have be worth north of $90 million.
Pitched as a buddy cop film in the vein of David Ayer’s End of Watch, Bright hails from Chronicle scribe Max Landis and is rooted in a fantasy realm where humans and Orcs co-exist. No details were given regarding Rapace’s role in the feature, though we do understand Smith’s human cop and Edgerton’s belligerent Orc will be the duo anchoring the story.
“The setting is a world where magical creatures live side by side with humans and the police have »
- Michael Briers
Previously in the works as a TV show adaptation at Fox and as a movie at Universal, Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s H.P. Lovecraft-inspired comic book series is now in development for the small screen at Idw Entertainment, who announced that they are developing a TV series based on Locke & Key, with Hill executive producing and writing the pilot episode:
Press Release: San Diego, CA (May 9th, 2016) – Idw Entertainment (“Idwe”) announced today that the award-winning, fan-favorite property Locke & Key is being developed as a television series. Author/creator Joe Hill will be writing the pilot and serving as an executive producer.
Locke & Key has garnered both awards and acclaim during its five-year run. Following the titular Locke family as they encounter magic beyond belief and evils beyond redemption, Locke & Key quickly won over readers and has since become a staple in introducing new readers to the medium. With »
- Derek Anderson
Now that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has hit theaters, the next DC Comics movie to debut will be Suicide Squad, arriving this summer. Much like Batman v Superman, which made history by bringing Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) together on the big screen for the first time, Suicide Squad will mark the first silver screen appearance for a number of villains, including Will Smith's Deadshot. As it turns out, the fact that this character hadn't been seen on the big screen before is one of the main reasons he signed for Suicide Squad.
Will Smith is no stranger to comic book fare, starring in the Men in Black franchise which was based on an obscure comic, and he also played an incredibly unconventional superhero in the 2008 movie Hancock. During an interview with ComingSoon.net, the actor revealed that he helped design Deadshot for Suicide Squad. »
Scarlett Johansson’s place among the Ghost in the Shell cast had been known for some time, but it was only with the release of the film’s first teaser image last week that accusations of whitewashing really began to spark an online debate. Couple this with those rumors claiming DreamWorks and Paramount had considered using CGI to make the leading stars appear “more Asian” and things began to get out of hand quite quickly.
Continuing that conversation today is Max Landis – screenwriter behind Josh Trank’s Chronicle and, more recently, Netflix’s high-profile supernatural drama, Bright – took to his own personal YouTube channel to break down Johansson’s casting and, ultimately, lay out some of the extenuating factors that play into a studio’s decision-making when selecting its leading stars.
It’s by no means a conclusive explanation, but it does help offer some insight into Hollywood’s established – and arguably narrow-minded – culture. »
- Michael Briers
The screenwriter – who is not associated with the anime remake – has weighed into the ‘whitewashing’ debate and said dearth of high-profile Asian stars is result of a ‘broken system’
Landis, writer of films such as Chronicle and American Ultra, took to YouTube on Friday to explain why studios chose Johansson over Asian actors for the part of cyborg policewoman Major Kusanagi in the controversial live action reworking.
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Hollywood. You either know how it works or you don’t. Most people commenting on Scarlett Johansson‘s casting in director Rupert Sanders‘ “Ghost in the Shell” have no idea how Hollywood really works, but thankfully, screenwriter Max Landis isn’t one of them. Landis is the prolific writer of “Chronicle, “American Ultra” and “Victor Frankenstein” who just sold two seven-figure specs — “Bright” to Netflix with Will Smith attached to star, and “Deeper” to MGM with Bradley Cooper attached to star. He’s young but he knows what he’s talking about, and judging by his rainbow-striped mohawk, it’s »
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Bradly Cooper was a busy guy in 2015, starring in movies such as Joy and Burnt while reprising two roles on two different TV shows (Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and Limitless), and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down for 2016. The Hangover actors latest project is Deeper, a sci-fi thriller set at the bottom of the sea. Written by Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra), Deeper is currently in the middle of a bidding war between studios and it’s easy to see why. According to The Wrap, it’s already got A-list talent Bradley Cooper attached to star, with Kornel Mundruczo (White God) set to direct. We don’t have much information on the plot or characters beyond a small synopsis, but it sounds pretty cool! Deeper follows a disgraced astronaut who turns his sights from exploring above to below. Embarking »
After closing a lucrative deal with Netflix to the tune of $90 million for David Ayer’s Bright – where the script was said to be valued around $4 million – Chronicle scribe Max Landis has sparked a new bidding war over sci-fi script Deeper.
That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, revealing that Guardians of the Galaxy and Burnt star Bradley Cooper is circling. Landis’ latest spec dates back to November, where the industrious scribe first unveiled Deeper as a claustrophobic deep-sea thriller. Kornel Mundruczo, the European helmer behind White God, is reportedly attached to direct.
In essence, the maritime drama centers on the story of a former astronaut (Cooper, we assume) who dives beneath the waves to explore a newly-discovered deep sea trench. Plunging deeper than even the Marianas Trench, the fissure opens up access to the deepest parts of the ocean, and all of the murky mysteries that reside there. Could »
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Landis, famed for his scripts for American Ultra and Chronicle, has written a spec script for Deeper, news of which was announced at the end of last year, with Kornel Mundruczo (White God) set to direct the film.
The script has had many suitors over the months since it was announced, with Lionsgate and Paramount Pictures amongst those interested in purchasing the rights for the film.
Deeper reportedly “involves a former astronaut hired to take a submersible to the lowest point in the ocean. As the submersible gets closer to its destination, supernatural events start to get involved.”
- Scott J. Davis
Donning futuristic battle suits, the pair are primed to headline the 2017 tentpole as Laureline (Delevingne) and Valérian (DeHann), tasked with defending “a utopian 28th century Earth and its neighboring planets from bad guys, with the pair’s adventures rooted in space opera and time travel themes.”
Much of Besson’s space opera will orbit around the planet of Syrte, where Delevingne and DeHaan’s space agents find themselves caught between intergalactic unrest. Deep down, their mission involves safeguarding the interests of the human species – be that in the form of space rescue missions or negotiating strange aliens from far-flung planets – though Valerian‘s real mission will be to craft a compelling universe, lest it go down as 2017’s Jupiter Ascending. »
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Based on the cult novel Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by English author Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), the BBC America television adaptation has reportedly cast Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings) in a key role.
According to Deadline, Wood will play Gently’s assistant Todd, who accompanies the titular detective on bizarre adventures, investigating all things supernatural and mysterious. Todd is being described as being a “compassionate, sweet, smarter-than-average man with biting wit” who definitely doesn’t consider himself just a sidekick to Gently but rather thinks that he is “just flat out better than Dirk at a lot of things.”
The pilot was written by Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra) and will run for at least 8 episodes. Back when the project was first announced Landis confessed that this was “a dream project of mine, no joke, and I absolutely positively couldn’t be happier… »
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Elijah Wood‘s latest small screen venture is bit less ruff.
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The Wilfred grad has nabbed a starring role in BBC America’s Dirk Gently, based on the popular novel Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams (Doctor Who). The eight-episode adaptation will be penned by Max Landis (Chronicle).
The hour-long program (slated for a fall 2016 premiere) is described as a comedic thriller following the peculiar adventures of an eccentric detective and his assistant Todd (played by Wood).
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Per BBC America, »
Rob Leane Jul 25, 2016
Samuel Barnett will be the new Dirk Gently - following in the footsteps of Steven Mangan and Harry Enfield - in BBC America's upcoming series of the same name. Elijah Wood is playing his assistant, Todd. The show has been penned by Chronicle’s Max Landis, inspired by the Douglas Adams novel Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.
The first trailer is here...
This follows the first official images, which were released by Entertainment Weekly last week. There's the close-up of Barnett as Dirk at the top of this page, and this group shot of Barnett, a dog, and his co-star Elijah Wood (who's playing Dirk's assistant Todd)...
"Dirk Gently is a comedic thriller that follows the bizarre »
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