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The Hollywood Reporter has learned that James Badge Dale has signed on for the lead role in 20th Century Fox's upcoming film adaptation of Cullen Bunn & Vanessa Del Rey's graphic novel The Empty Man. The story follows an ex-cop, plagued by the violent death of his wife and son, who battles to find a missing girl but soon discovers a sinister presence around him. Up-and-comer David Britten Prior will helm the project from his own script, which will deviate somewhat from the original six-issue miniseries. Boom! Studios' Ross Richie & Stephen Christy will produce and the studios are looking at a fall start date in South Africa. Badge Dale is of course best known to comic book movie fans for his role as the villainous Eric Savin in Iron Man 3. His other credits include a series regular role during the third season of 24, The Departed, Shame, The Grey, World War Z, »
Yesterday we brought you some comments from Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Tom Rothman, who stated that Sony plans to build a “whole Spider-Man universe” alongside the upcoming Spidey reboot which the studio is co-producing with Marvel Studios.
Well, it’s only taken a few hours for us to get our first rumour as to what that universe might entail, with Jeff Sneider claiming on Popcorn Talk that Sony is talking to screenwriter Abi Morgan (Shame) about scripting a Silver Sable movie. There’s also talk that Eli Roth (Knock Knock) could be in contention for the director’s chair.
First debuting in The Amazing Spider-Man #265 (hence the reason she’s part of the Spidey rights package), Silver Sable is the leader of the Wild Pack, a mecenary team who track down war criminals. The character was previously rumoured to be part of Sony’s female-led spinoff from The Amazing Spider-Man, »
- Gary Collinson
A few years ago, Sony gave the Spider-man universe the good ol' college try with The Amazing Spider-man 2. In that film, they set up what they'd hoped would be a Sinister Six film, which would've pre-empted DC in the whole "bad guys as leads" deal. Now that Spider-Man has joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one would expect that Sony Pictures would abandon creating their own little universe. No such luck.
According to Jeff Sneider on Popcorn Talk's "Meet the Movie Press," a Silver Sable project, which was first revealed during the Sony Leaks a couple years back, is still in the works, and Sony has turned to Shame and Suffragette screenwriter Abi Morgan to make it a reality. The character, for those unfamiliar, is an anti-hero and mercenary very much in the vein of Black Widow. She would apparently exist within the current Spider-man universe, and by proxy, the Marvel Cinematic Universe. »
- Joseph Medina
As we've heard that even with the Marvel deal in place, Sony Pictures is still intent on developing an onscreen "Spidey-verse" featuring supporting characters from the comics.
Now, Meet the Movie Press has heard about one potential Marvel antihero who might be a part of that - Silver Sable. News of this potential first hit back during the Sony hack in late 2014, and The Wrap editor Jeff Sneider reportedly says on the podcast that Sony still wants to move forward with a Silver Sable movie.
In fact, it is indicated that "Shame" scribe and "The Hour" creator Abi Morgan is in talks to potentially pen the script. In the comics, Silver Sable is a mercenary (without superpowers) who has been both an ally and enemy of Spider-Man and several other characters.
No other details are provided. It's still early days though with Sony likely waiting to see how audiences react »
- Garth Franklin
This was first mentioned in those infamous Sony email leaks, and now rumor has it that the studio is making moves again. On this week's episode of Meet The Movie Press, former The Wrap editor Jeff Sneider says he's heard that Sony still want to move forward with a Silver Sable movie, and are talking with screenwriter Abi Morgan (Shame, The Hour, The Invisible Woman,The Iron Lady) with a view to her penning the script. Silver Sable is a marvel Comics antihero/mercenary who has been both an ally and enemy of Spider-Man and several other characters. She has no actual superpowers, so it might be the case that Sony is interested in developing a Punisher-like female-led comic book movie that would eventually crossover with the rebooted Spider-Man/Marvel universe. No other details are provided, but watch this space for updates. »
It's hard to believe that Michael Fassbender only broke onto the scene six short years ago.
We first noticed the Irish/German actor when he had a small but memorable role in Quentin Tarantino'sInglorious Basterds, and he's quickly become not only one of our favourites, but easily one of the best actors of his generation.
Besides working on small, art-house films like Fish Tank, Frank and Shame, Fassbender took over the role of one of our most famous comic book characters, Magneto in X-Men. This Friday we're going to see him turn to the dark side, to work with Oscar Isaac's villain Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse. While we anticipate the new film, test your knowledge on Michael Fassbender with this week's quiz!
Take the quiz below and see X-Men: Apocalypse in theatres on May 27th! Click here for tickets and showtimes. »
- Adriana Floridia
"The Furniture" is our weekly series on Production Design. Here's Daniel Walber on Joy, now available on DVD and Bluray
It seems impossible that production designer Judy Becker has only received a single Oscar nomination, if not supremely unfair as well. At the very least, she should have snagged a second nomination for Carol. Her resume includes such diverse triumphs as We Need to Talk About Kevin, Brokeback Mountain, Shame and I’m Not There, as well as a neat early credit as a set dresser on Spike Lee’s Malcolm X. And so it seems totally appropriate that Becker is the first production designer to merit a repeat appearance in 'The Furniture'.
Becker’s most fruitful collaboration has been with David O. Russell. She's worked on every one of his features since The Fighter and she earned her lone Oscar nomination for American Hustle. Her sets for Joy, particularly »
- Daniel Walber
For no reason whatsoever that's what we're blogging at this moment! (Just humor me, okay? My back is in spasming pain.)
1865 - The Thirteenth Amendment was ratified, abolishing slavery in the U.S. but 151 years later the topic is still on everyone's minds: see TV's Underground (any of you watching this?), the exciting news about Harriet Tubman on the $20 and two new biopics about her in the works, plus recent and current Best Picture types (Lincoln, 12 Years a Slave and possibly Birth of a Nation)
1891 - Carnegie Hall (then named Music Hall) opened in NYC so that one day "Judy! Judy! Judy!" could be recorded for posterity
1927 - Pat Carroll is born so that 62 years later we might enjoy the genius of her voice »
- NATHANIEL R
Nathaniel, back from the Nashville Film Festival where I juried on the "New Directors" competition. More on that once our awards are announced. Until then, I'm under hush order. But let's catch up on all sorts of movie & entertainment news that happened over the past handful of days that we didn't cover here.
• Lin-Manuel Miranda won the Pulitzer for his Broadway smash Hamilton and, giddy squeal, The New Yorker's television goddess Emily Nussbaum won the Pulitzer for criticism. If you haven't read her, you must. She's just wonderful.
• The Golden Globes have clarified their rules for what drama and comedy mean in a probably futile attempt to get campaigns to stop trying to game the system.
• I forgot to mention that teen superhero duo Cloak and Dagger are getting their own TV show (yay! always loved them in the comic books) but Kate Beaton has two words for you "tit »
- NATHANIEL R
Daisy Lewellyn, a former magazine editor and star of the Bravo reality series Blood, Sweat & Heels, died Friday after a multi-year battle with bile duct cancer. She was 36.
Lewellyn shared her diagnosis with the rare form of cancer during the show’s second season premiere, which aired in March 2015.
“It was kind of shocking,” she told Madame Noir that month. “But also, when I was diagnosed, I remember some of my immediate thoughts being like, ‘Well, you know what? I’m not afraid to die,'” she told the site. “It wasn’t like I wanted to die, and it »
It was just earlier this week, with the arrival of his new 70mm-shot short film, that we wondered when Steve McQueen would decide what his follow-up to 12 Years a Slave would be. With HBO deciding not to move forward with his series Codes of Conduct, he was developing both a Paul Robeson biopic and an adaptation of the crime drama Widows. It looks like he’s moving ahead with the latter as we have an update on the production.
Over at My Entertainment World, the preeminent source for news on when productions are scheduled, they’ve noted a September 2016 start for shooting on Widows, confirming it will, in fact, be McQueen’s next project. Backed by New Regency, the Shame director co-wrote the screenplay Gone Girl‘s Gillian Flynn. It’ll be based on the British series which aired its first, six-episode season in 1983, followed by two additional runs, first »
- Jordan Raup
Stern, a leading expert in terrorism and Ptsd, opens up in the memoir about being raped along with her sister by an unknown assailant when they were both teens. The story chronicles her attempts, decades later, to investigate the unsolved crime and address her own trauma surrounding it.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Director Steve McQueen hasn’t made another feature since winning an Academy Award for Best Picture for Twelve Years a Slave in 2014. He had been plugging away on the new HBO series Codes of Conduct, which the pay cable network described as Six Degrees of Separation meets Shame. But despite a cast including Paul Dano, Helena Bonham Carter and Rebecca Hall, HBO scrapped the project after initially giving it a six-episode order. But McQueen has kept busy with short film projects including All Day, a 9-minute video installation featuring Kanye West. Of course, he’s no stranger to the short film format, having made some 20 short films since he was an […] »
- Paula Bernstein
Darren Aronofsky is set to produce “Undeniable” — based on the best-selling memoir “Denial” by Jessica Stern.
Stern, one of the leading experts in terrorism and post-traumatic stress disorder, published “Denial” in 2010. She opens up in the memoir about being raped along with her sister, as teenagers, by an unknown assailant. The book also chronicles her attempts, decades later, to investigate the unsolved crime and address her own trauma surrounding it.
Aronofsky will produce through his Protozoa Pictures. Although he has a first-look deal with New Regency, sources tell Variety that the company has passed on the project. It is unknown if Aronofsky will wait for more talent to come on board before shopping the package to other studios or take it out as is. »
- Justin Kroll
“Bessie” director Dee Rees is directing the film. Cassian Elwes (Elevated), Charles King (Macro), Kim Roth, Sally Jo Effenson Chris Lemole, Tim Zajaros and Carl Effenson are producing. Poppy Hanks will exec produce. MacRo will co-finance with Zeal. Good Universe is selling foreign rights.
Virgil Williams (“Criminal Minds”) penned the screenplay based on Hillary Jordan’s 2008 novel of the same name. It revolves around a city worker in a WWII-torn country who relocates his family to a failing Mississippi farm and is forced to overcome insurmountable hardships, including his brother’s return from war.
No distributor is currently attached, with producers planning to showcase the package in the coming weeks.
Former Wme partner King launched the media venture MacRo in 2015. The entertainment company is focused on premium content creation, distribution and engagement for African-American, »
- Justin Kroll
Carey Mulligan is consistently acknowledged as one of the finest actresses of her generation. She had already made a powerful impression on stage (in London when she was just 21, as Nina in Chekhov’s The Seagull, a role she reprised on Broadway) and on television (Bleak House, Northanger Abbey and the memorable Dr. Who episode “Blink”) before her breakout film performance in Lone Sherfig’s An Education, for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe, SAG, and Academy Award, and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress. Since then she has shone in such wide-ranging roles as warm, vulnerable Irene in Nicholas Winding Refn’s Drive, Michael Fassbender’s troubled sister in Steve McQueen’s Shame and a furious folk singer in the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis. And she has not forsaken theatre, having returned to the West End last year and subsequently onto Broadway in the »
- Paul Heath
Sure, you've seen Brie Larson in Room, but did you catch her in Short Term 12? How about Brooklyn's Saoirse Ronan in Hanna? Or Tom Hardy in The Drop? Here are some of this year's Oscar nominees' terrific earlier films. Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Departed Starring two of the frontrunners, The Departed is a double dip in this year's Best Actor pool. Damon is the bad boy, mentored by Jack Nicholson's South Boston mob boss (loosely based on Whitey Bulger) to be a mole in the state police. DiCaprio is the local kid trying to make good, »
- Alynda Wheat, @AlyndaWheat
Steve McQueen hasn’t released a new movie since 2013’s 12 Years a Slave, but he’s been busy working in TV. Specifically, he’s been plugging away at Codes of Conduct, a HBO series described as “Six Degrees of Separation meets Shame.” With a fantastic cast including Paul Dano, Helena Bonham Carter, and Rebecca Hall, the New York City-set drama looked all set […]
The post Steve McQueen’s ‘Codes of Conduct’ Stalls at HBO appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
HBO has become famous in recent years for scrapping high-profile projects developed with major filmmakers, and today they've just done it again.
THR reports that HBO has scrapped "Codes of Conduct," its six-episode event series from "Shame" and "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen who would have directed all six episodes. As such only a pilot was shot.
The show was to explore a young African-American man with a mysterious past entering New York high society. Newcomer Devon Terrell was to star alongside Paul Dano, Helena Bonham Carter, and Rebecca Hall. It's not clear why the network passed on the project, but it has been added to the scrap heap alongside two series by David Fincher ("Utopia," "Videosyncrazy") which are now dead with Fincher heading back to his "House of Cards" home at Netflix.
Those high profile cancellations come on top of reports of troubled productions that have required major re-tooling, »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: The King’s Speech producer is developing the period crime drama for television.
See Saw Films, the producer of The King’s Speech, is developing Ian McGuire’s period crime novel The North Water as a TV series as it looks to grow its fledgling TV division.
It is also launching its forthcoming BBC1 Nick Hornby-penned, Helena Bonham-fronted comedy drama Love, Nina at Berlinale on Wednesday.
The company is now looking to turn Scribner-published novel The North Water into a big-budget thriller after optioning the rights.
The book, which was published this month, tells the story of a 19th century whaling ship that sets sail for the Arctic with a killer on board. It has already received rave reviews from authors including Hilary Mantel and Martin Amis.
It is the »
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