• Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to play the title role in The Black Phantom, replacing Jamie Foxx, who left the project due to scheduling conflicts. Jackson would join Kevin Hart in Screen Gems’ action comedy, which is being directed by Tim Story. The film follows a hit man (Hart) who strikes an unlikely partnership with the hit man hired to kill him, The Black Phantom. Dave Lease and Megan Hinds wrote the script. Will Packer and Will Gluck will produce. [Deadline]
- C. Molly Smith
Lee Pace is currently on our screens as the vengeful, face-painted fundamentalist Ronan The Accuser in Guardians Of The Galaxy. But for Prisoner Of War, he’ll have to face off against aliens as a human warrior instead. Pace replaces Chronicle’s Alex Russell in the film, which sees him as an American soldier alongside a French foreign aid worker (Skyfall’s Bérénice Marlohe) who are sent to Africa. It sounds like a crusading drama, but factor in that humanity is in the middle of a last stand against a devastating alien invasion. And you have to figure that given the title, it’s not going to go well for either.Joe Miale, who has plied his trade on music videos, game tie-ins, straight-to-dvd efforts and shorts, is making the jump to feature films with this one, writing the script with Rowan Athale. Pace will next show up in The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies »
Exclusive: While he’s currently on screens everywhere as the face of intergalactic evil in Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, Lee Pace has lined up sci-fi thriller Prisoner Of War as his next leading role. It’s a departure from his snarling Guardians villain Ronan the Accuser: Pace joins Skyfall‘s Bérénice Marlohe in the story of an American soldier and a French foreign aid worker who team up in Africa amid humankind’s last stand against a cataclysmic alien invasion. Pace replaces Chronicle‘s Alex Russell in Prisoner, his first new project following a recent tear of huge blockbuster franchises. He next hits the […] »
With the home-entertainment release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 just around the corner, a deleted scene from the Spidey sequel featuring Peter Parker and Harry Osborn has turned up online, as well as an alternate ending which shows Peter’s dad Richard Parker popping up – alive – to deliver the famous “with great power…” line; take a look below…
We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead. It’s great to be Spider-Man.
For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen. But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. »
- Gary Collinson
He last appeared in a short-lived BBC Four series starring comic actor Stephen Mangan. Now Douglas Adams’ literary anti-hero Dirk Gently is to cross the pond for a second stab at small screen success courtesy of an adaptation by Chronicle writer Max Landis (pictured). Following the adventures of a detective who utilizes the principles of quantum mechanics in order to solve the unfathomable, the UK version featured original scripts by Howard Overman (Misfits). It is unclear whether the Us effort will be a straight (in as much as Adams can be seen as straight) take on the books or if the concept is being fleshed out for potential pick-up. The novels were also realized on radio by another Dirk (as in Maggs), who cast Harry Enfield in the title role.
A clear fan, Landis has enthused about the prospect of bringing Gently to the grindstone of a bigger marketplace:
- Steve Palace
The character was created in 1991 by Douglas Adams in his graphic novel Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. The story revolves around a holistic detective who investigates cases involving the supernatural.
Landis most recently wrote films such as Frankenstein with with Daniel Radcliffe and American Ultra with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. This will be the second time that Dirk Gently has been adapted for TV. It was also brought to life as a British TV series on BBC Four from 2010-12. The photos used in this post are from that series.
There's a lot of comic book characters being adapted for the small screen these days, and this sounds like it could »
- Joey Paur
Sneak Peek your first look at a sculpt 'stand-in' of the CG motion-capture 'Thing' from the upcoming Fox feature film reboot of Marvel Comics' "The Fantastic Four", directed by Josh Trank ("Chronicle"):
The "Fantastic Four", created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, were initially different from all other superheroes, because they did not conceal their identities, leading the public to be both suspicious and in awe of them. They also frequently argued and disagreed with each other.
Described at the time as "heroes with hangups", the 'Thing' has a wicked temper, the spoiled 'Human Torch' resents being a teenager among adults, 'Mr. Fantastic' blames himself for the Thing's grotesque transformation, while 'Sue Storm', aka 'The Invisible Woman', is in love with 'Reed Richards', but also has liaisons with 'Namor the Sub-Mariner'.
- Michael Stevens
Cast also includes Michael B. Jordan ("Chronicle") as 'Johnny Storm'/'Human Torch', Jamie Bell ("Billy Elliot") as 'Ben Grimm'/'The Thing', Miles Teller ("Divergent") as 'Reed Richards' /'Mr. Fantastic', Tim Blake Nelson ("O Brother, Where Art Thou?") as 'Harvey Elder'/'Mole Man' and Toby Kebbell as 'Dr. Doom'.
"'Harvey Elder' goes underground where he becomes to the ruler of the subterranean 'Moloids', attacking New York City..."
"It's a total reboot, that's for sure," said producer Matthew Vaughn about the new film. "It's got nothing to do with the other bloody ones."
"It's not stretchy guy and a guy running around in rock that looks like it's made polystyrene. And its not a comedy."
Aiming for a more "...grounded superhero and sci-fi. »
- Michael Stevens
(Cbr) Idw Entertainment has hired "Chronicle" screenwriter Max Landis to adapt Douglas Adams’ 1987 novel "Dirk Genty’s Holistic Detective Agency" and its sequel "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul" for television, The Live Feed reports. Circle of Confusion’s David Alpert on board to produce. "Dirk Gently" is described as a “thumping good detective-ghost-horror-who dunnit-time travel-romantic-musical-comedy-epic.” Adams died before completing the third "Dirk Gently" novel, "The Salmon of Doubt," which was published posthumously in its incomplete form. "Dirk Gently" has previously been adapted for other mediums, including for BBC Radio in 2007, and for television in the United Kingdom in 2010. The project is the latest in a series of announcements from Idw Entertainment, which launched in October. The division is also developing an adaptation of Jonathan Maberry’s "V-Wars" comic series. Idw Entertainment was also a partner with Xbox Entertainment on an adaptation of "Winter World," but following the massive layoffs at Xbox Entertainment, »
- Steve Sunu, Comic Book Resources
Dirk Gently is a private eye with a psychic edge and a love for cats and pizza. He’s showcased in two novels from the late, legendary author Douglas Adams, and now Dirk will be visiting the small screen and the paneled page, with a new Dirk Gently television show and comic book series announced by Idw Entertainment and Ideate Media, with Max Landis (Chronicle) set to executive produce the series and pen the pilot.
Douglas Adams, perhaps best known for writing the popular The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, wrote two Dirk Gently novels on which the show and comic books will be based upon: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (1987) and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988). Adams was working on a third Dirk Gently novel when he passed away in 2001.
In addition to being adapted for the stage and radio, Dirk Gently was portrayed »
- Derek Anderson
"Chronicle" scribe Max Landis is teaming with Idw for a TV series adaptation of Douglas Adams' 1991 "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" graphic novel and its sequel "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul".
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" author Adams created the story of the titular holistic detective who investigates cases involving the supernatural. Dave Alpert will produce the new series.
The property was already adapted for TV by the BBC with an hour-long pilot in 2010 followed by three episodes in 2012. That version starred Stephen Mangan as Gently, Darren Boyd as Macduff and Helen Baxendale as Susan.
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
Though he may not be quite as well known as the Hitchhikers gang, Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently remains a popular character and one who has been adapted several times in different formats, most recently for the BBC with Stephen Mangan in the title role. Now Chronicle writer and Twitter chatterbox Max Landis is taking on the first script for a new version.Comics publisher Idw is spearheading the new project under a TV deal it made back in October. There are few details about what the show will actually entail, but its concept will naturally be drawn from Adams’ 1987 tome Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and its 1988 follow-up The Long Dark Tea-Time Of The Soul. Both books follow Dirk, a man who investigates cases based on what he calls the "fundamental interconnectedness of all things.” He often works routine jobs, but also specialises in more supernatural and time-twisting fare. »
20th Century Fox has been fighting an uphill battle with its upcoming Fantastic Four reboot ever since the project was announced. Chronicle director Josh Trank took the helm after several false starts on the property, and ever since it’s been one of the most controversial and maligned comic book films in recent memory.
First came the backlash against race-swapping Johnny Storm a.k.a. The Human Torch, who’s being played by African American actor Michael B. Jordan, followed by negative reactions to the rest of the young cast, which includes The Spectacular Now‘s Miles Teller, Snowpiercer‘s Jamie Bell, House of Cards actress Kate Mara, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Toby Kebbell.
Fox hasn’t done much to help the situation, which took a turn for the worst when Mara herself sparked confusion over whether or not the movie would adapt anything from the source material. »
- James Garcia
Kate Mara, who plays the Invisible Woman in the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot, just posted a photo on her Twitter page, giving us a look at herself along with Miles Teller (Mr Fantastic), Michael B Jordan (Human Torch) and Jamie Bell (The Thing). The cast isn't in costume and they aren't on set. The point of the photo is to celebrate the end of production, which means that it's only a matter of time before we see the first footage. Check out the photo below. "Fantastic Four" is directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) and is set to hit theaters on June 19th, 2015. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
We don’t always go for the little things here at Thn but this photo is a cool one and interesting with The Fantastic Four reboot getting steadily closer as they aim for a summer 2015 release.
The Invisible Woman, Kate Mara, has shared a shot of her and fellow four all-new stars as production has officially wrapped on the Fox relaunch. It’s a funny thing with this film because sometimes people don’t enjoy seeing something re-done so quickly, I’m looking at you Spider-man, but in case the other Ff films were so forgettable that this effort seems more interesting – even if they’re not the big comic book stars like Batman but hey, it’s worked for Guardians Of The Galaxy!
- Dan Bullock
20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four has been filming since the beginning of May. Today, Kata Mara has announced (via twitter) that filming has wrapped on Josh Trank's superhero reboot. Amazingly enough, hardly any set photos leaked out, except for that purported image of The Thing. Though, that probably has a lot more to do with the location of the shoot. They filmed in Louisiana and much of it on a sound stage. Mara's tweet included an image of her with and Miles Teller, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan. That's a wrap on #FantasticFour! Thanks to my boys @Miles_Teller @michaelb4jordan @1jamiebell for the fun times... pic.twitter.com/7ZdgvlBsP3 — Kate Mara (@_KateMara) August 2, 2014 Fantastic Four directed by Josh Trank ("Chronicle") from a story and screenplay by Jeremy Slater and Simon Kinberg ("X-Men: Days of Future Past"). Kate Mara ("House of Cards") as Invisible Woman/Sue Storm, Michael B. »
Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera tops the list of the greatest documentaries of all time, according to hundreds of film critics, curators, directors, and documentary film specialists surveyed by British film magazine Sight & Sound.
Every 10 years, Sight & Sound polls hundreds of film luminaries from around the world to generate a list of the best films of all time. In 2012, Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo knocked Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane off its 50-year perch for the #1 spot. For the first time, the magazine is debuting a separate poll for documentaries. 340 critics, programmers and filmmakers were asked to participate; 100 of »
- Jacob Shamsian
With all the high profile superhero adaptations hitting theatres over the next few years, it seems strange how quiet 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot has been (especially as it will be released less than a year from now!).
After X-men: Days Of Future Past took the comic book crown of 2014 (assuming Guardians Of The Galaxy doesn’t beat it), Fox have quite a big advantage when it comes to promoting their future releases. Although some have already abandoned interest in the project due to the negative reception of the previous two films, their is quite a bit of talent attached to the newest take on Marvel’s first superhero family. The man behind the astounding Chronicle, Josh Trank, is currently filming Fantastic Four in New Orleans as his second directorial entry into his budding filmography.
Meanwhile in front of the camera, Trank has assembled an interestingly diverse and »
- Ben Read
There’s currently a growing trend amongst Hollywood studios to put directors of hit low-budget & independent sci-fi films at the helm of big-budget blockbusters. Gareth Edwards (Monsters) recently scored a hit at the box office with Godzilla and has been put in charge of one of Disney’s Star Wars spinoffs. Josh Trank (Chronicle) has graduated from a found footage superhero movie to the reboot of Fantastic Four. Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) directed this year’s critically-acclaimed sci-fi sequel/prequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Then, of course, there’s Moon director Duncan Jones and his long-awaited World of Warcraft adaptation, Warcraft.
The first full-length trailer for Warcraft made its debut during Legendary’s presentation at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, and Duncan Jones was also present to talk about how far the film has come since the short ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
JustifiedFilms just posted a photo, claiming that it's from the set of the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot, giving us a look at that The Thing will look like in the new film. Check out the photo below. The Thing will be created in post-production, but a bust is still needed for lots of reasons, including lighting and to make it easier for actors to interact with the character. "Fantastic Four" is directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) and is set to hit theaters on June 19th, 2015. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
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