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David Ayer in Negotiations to Direct Scarface Remake

19 May 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Writer and director David Ayer knows how to make a certain type of gritty, street-level film, evident in his epic takes on war and crime in Fury and End of Watch. Ayer, who is a military veteran, understands the intense brotherhood that exists between Soldiers, cops, and criminals. He knows what makes these people tick and how to express their points-of-view on film with a degree of authenticity that few others in Hollywood can achieve.

For whatever reason, Ayer's sensibilities didn't translate particularly well to the big-budget anti-superhero film Suicide Squad (don't let the box office fool you, this was not a good movie). Deadline is reporting that Ayer is in negotiations with Universal to direct a reboot of the classic gangster film Scarface, this time set in modern-day Los Angeles and starring actor Diego Luna (Rogue One).

Related - Scarface Remake: Director Antoine Fuqua Steps Down, Universal Looking For »

- David Kozlowski

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Suicide Squad’s David Ayer in talks to direct Scarface

19 May 2017 11:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Tony Sokol May 22, 2017

The Scarface remake looks like it has a new director, as David Ayer enters talks...

Suicide Squad director David Ayer is in early talks to direct and write Universal’s new take on the gangster classic Scarface. Ayer steps in for Antoine Fuqua, who couldn’t fit the film into his schedule, given his current commitment to making The Equalizer 2.

Scarface will follow the rise and fall of a Mexican gangster. It will star Diego Luna, who played Cassian Andor in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as the bad immigrant made worse. It will be set in the El Sereno area of South Los Angeles

Ayer has form in the genre. Before Suicide Squad he directed the gritty crime films End Of Watch, Hard Times and Street Kings. He also wrote the screenplay for Training Day. Right now, he's currently directing and producing Bright, which will also star Will Smith, »

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David Ayer in Talks to Direct Universal's 'Scarface'

19 May 2017 9:13 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

After tackling supervillains with Suicide Squad, David Ayer is heading back to the streets of Los Angeles.   Ayer, who won acclaim penning the hard-hitting Training Day and making gritty movies such as End of Watch, is in talks to direct Universal's Scarface, which is trading in its Miami locale for the streets of L.A.     Scarface tells the story of the rise and fall of a gangster, which has seen previous versions made in 1932 and 1983, the latter of which came from director Brian De Palma and starred Al Pacino.    Diego Luna »

- Mia Galuppo ,Borys Kit

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‘Stranger Things’ David Harbour Rises To The Challenge Of Season 2: “We’re Going To Take A Lot Of Risks”

15 May 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Playing grizzled police chief Jim Hopper in Netflix’s Stranger Things turned David Harbour into a household name. Before, he was a character actor beloved of directors like David Ayer (End of Watch, Suicide Squad), Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) and Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road). But he was front and center in the Duffer brothers’ series, as a reluctant officer of the law content to coast through life in his small town until the disappearance of a neighborhood boy forced… »

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Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes Adaptation Set To Premiere This August

11 May 2017 3:18 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Yet another Stephen King novel is set to get the TV treatment. While folks may be more dead set on seeing some of Stephen King’s older work — like It, The Dark Tower, Firestarter, or The Mist — on the big and small screen, we can’t forget that the dude’s been writing pretty great novels in recent years as well. Most recently, King’s put out a trilogy of hard-boiled detective novels. The stories started with Mr. Mercedes, continued with Finder Keepers, and concluded with End of Watch.

We’ve known for some time that the first book would be adapted for the small screen, but after being announced, back-burnered, and then brought back to the fold, it became easy to lose track over what the actual status of the project was. Now, Audience Network has announced that the 10-episode limited series has a premiere date of Wednesday, August »

- Joseph Medina

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August Premiere Date for At&T Audience Network’s Series Adaptation of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes

11 May 2017 1:25 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Brady Hartsfield lives to kill, and he promises to strike again in Mr. Mercedes, an upcoming series based on Stephen King's book of the same name (the first entry in a trilogy). The series will be released on the At&T Audience Network from Sonar Entertainment this summer, with an official premiere date and image revealed.

Mr. Mercedes will premiere on Wednesday, August 9th on the At&T Audience Network. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more details, and check out an image of Harry Treadaway as Brady Hartsfield and a promo video for the series below:

Press Release: El Segundo, Calif., May 11, 2017 -- The new At&T* Audience Network original series from Sonar Entertainment, "Mr. Mercedes," is premiering Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt. Watch it exclusively on Audience Network through Directv, At&T U-verse, and Directv Now.

"Mr. Mercedes" is based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King. »

- Derek Anderson

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Amazon Studios strikes raft of first-look producer deals

2 May 2017 11:20 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Production companies sign two-year deals with streaming giant.

In a move that further bolsters its commitment to art house cinema, Amazon Studios announced on Tuesday it had struck first-look producer deals with Bona Fide Productions, Killer Films, and Le Grisbi Productions.

Bona Fide, run by Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, and Killer Films, run by Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, will each get an exclusive first-look deal in film and television.

John Lesher’s Le Grisbi has partnered on what Amazon called “indie-sized” films for two years.

Amazon Studios teamed up with Killer on Todd Haynes’s imminent Cannes competition entry Wonderstruck starring Julianne Moore.

The digital platform is collaborating with Bona Fide on Marc Webb’s The Only Living Boy In New York starring Jeff Bridges, Callum Turner, and Kate Beckinsale. Like Wonderstruck, that film will debut later this year.

Bona Fide Productions, Killer Films and Le Grisbi Productions each have a long history of making »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Open Road Taps Loren Schwartz to Replace Jonathan Helfgot as Marketing President

25 April 2017 8:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Open Road Films has shaken up its marketing operation, naming Loren Schwartz to replace Jonathan Helfgot as president of marketing.

Schwartz will report directly to Open Road Films CEO Tom Ortenberg, who also made the announcement Tuesday.

Helfgot came on board slightly over a year ago, replacing Jason Cassidy in the post. That shuffle came a month after Open Road’s “Spotlight” had won best picture at the Academy Awards.

Helfgot is returning to 20th Century Fox, where he will be exec VP of theatrical marketing and report to Pam Levine, president of global marketing. He previously worked at Fox in a number of roles from 2004 to 2011.

Open Road also announced that Liz Biber has been promoted to president of publicity and will continue to report to Ortenberg. Biber has been head of publicity since the company’s inception in 2011.

Schwartz was previously executive VP of marketing at Screen Gems »

- Dave McNary

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DVD Review – My Father Die (2016)

3 April 2017 2:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

My Father Die, 2016.

Directed by Sean Brosnan.

Starring Joe Anderson, John Schneider, Kevin Gage, Sean Brosnan, Gary Stretch, Gabe White, Candace Smith, Chester Rushing, and William Mark McCullough.

Synopsis:

A deaf mute takes revenge on the man that killed his brother, only that man happens to be his father.

Revenge thrillers are two-a-penny, especially in the direct-to-dvd market, and with the plots of most of them being relatively similar – let’s face it, how many ways are there to show somebody wronged and then getting their own back? – it takes something special to elevate a film from the rest of the pack. Right from the off My Father Die sets itself apart from the rest by making a few interesting choices that set up a main plot rife with subtext and the ability to keep you glued to the screen right until the end.

Beginning with a poetic voiceover from »

- Amie Cranswick

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Why Hiring Joss Whedon For Batgirl Could Help Save The DC Universe!

1 April 2017 5:31 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Life is tough right now for DC. The first three DC Extended Universe movies were critically panned, movies with characters like Batman can't crack $1 billion at the box office, and projects are falling apart left and right as directors and writers drop out, delaying them until who knows when.  The Flash has lost several directors, Aquaman was recently delayed, and films that should be priorities like The Batman and Man of Steel 2 don't even have release dates. Several of the Justice League solo-films on DC's slate may have release dates, but not directors or writers! 

And yet, DC keeps announcing new projects that seem like long-shots at this point, especially if they can't even get The Flash off the ground. We've heard about not only a Shazam movie, but also a spin-off for Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam. In addition to no brainers like Suicide Squad 2, DC has made »

- Nick Doll

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‘Body Cam’ Spec Is First Movie Deal For Ex-Awesomeness TV Chief Brian Robbins

31 March 2017 4:11 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive:  Brian Robbins, the former Awesomeness TV CEO, has made his first big material acquisition for the new venture he’s still in the process of putting together. In a mid-six figure deal, Robbins just acquired Body Cam, a feature spec script by tyro screenwriter Richmond Riedel. The script developed a following this week and garnered three offers in a bidding situation, for a premise that is Get Out meets End of Watch. Here’s the logline: Several Lapd officers are… »

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Jake Gyllenhaal Reunites with ‘Life’ Director For ‘Anarchists vs. Isis’ War Drama

26 March 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Jake Gyllenhaal has become one of the most consistently solid actors working today. He went on a heck of a hot streak recently with Prisoners, End of Watch, Enemy, and Nightcrawler, and though his movies have been a bit more hit or miss since then, he still regularly delivers stirring, compelling performances that are always worth discussing. […]

The post Jake Gyllenhaal Reunites with ‘Life’ Director For ‘Anarchists vs. Isis’ War Drama appeared first on /Film. »

- Ben Pearson

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CHiPS Review

24 March 2017 3:48 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Stefan Pape

 

Even some of the more engaging action comedy capers have to make a compromise, as the success rate in establishing a strong narrative while remaining consistently funny is a a hurdle many a filmmaker has stumbled on. Some thrive in their farcicality and the story becomes something of a side-note, while in others, it’s the comedy that takes precedence, with the narrative working as a mere vehicle for the humour. Dax Shepard’s CHiPS is a rare case, though – for it succeeds in neither.

Shepard plays Jon Baker, a newly enforced member of the Chp (California Highway Patrol) wanting to make his mark, and impress his wife (Kristen Bell) in a bid to save their dying marriage. Threatened with being fired if he doesn’t file within the top bracket of performers, he’s unenthused when meeting his partner, undercover FBI agent Frank Poncherello (Michael Pena »

- Stefan Pape

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Mandalay Pictures Comes Aboard To Produce Cory Miller’s ‘City On Fire’

17 March 2017 5:39 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Mandalay Pictures has come on board to produce City on Fire, written by Black List scribe Cory Miller. The feature will be produced by Jason Michael Berman (The Birth of a Nation, Burning Sands) and Alex Ott (Suicide Squad, Fury, End of Watch). The film follows the 1985 events in West Philadelphia when three city blocks were burned to the ground and destroyed 62 row houses, leaving 11 people dead and hundreds homeless. City on Fire tells the incendiary true… »

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Terrence Howard, Mike Epps, Paula Patton to Star in Crime Thriller '.38' (Exclusive)

14 March 2017 9:12 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Terrence Howard, Mike Epps and Paula Patton will star in .38, a crime thriller to be directed by Michael Carney.

Armory Films' Tim Zajaros and Christopher R. Lemole, who were involved in the making of Sundance sensation Mudbound, is producing Anita Gou and Matthew Malek of Foxtail Entertainment. David Guillod and Mark Burg from Primary Wave Entertainment are also producing.

The thriller is expected to begin shooting in May in Thomasville, Ga.

Described as a sort of End of Watch-meets-Crash, .38 tracks a rookie cop on the mean streets of St. Louis as he spends his first night on the job »

- Borys Kit

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3 images from the Will Smith/David Ayer Netflix film ‘Bright’

7 March 2017 3:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Netflix Original Film Bright comes from director David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch, Suicide Squad), and stars Will Smith (Men in Black), Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby), Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Lucy Fry (11.22.63), Edgar Ramirez (Hands of Stone, Zero Dark Thirty), Margaret Cho (Drop Dead Diva), and Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad).

Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time. Bright is genre-bending action movie that follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward (Will Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine patrol night and encounter a darkness that will ultimately alter the future and their world as they know it.

Written by Max Landis (Chronicle), Bright will launch globally this December.

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- Phil Wheat

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New Images from David Ayer’s Bright, Starring Will Smith

6 March 2017 3:37 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Following its initial video reveal during Oscars night, David Ayer's supernatural thriller Bright is further teased in new images featuring Will Smith's Ward and his orc police officer partner, Jakoby, played by Joel Edgerton.

Check out the new images below (via EW), and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on Bright, which Smith tells EW is similar to "...Training Day—a gritty La cop drama, the darkness and handheld grittiness—meets Lord of the Rings."

"Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time. Bright is genre-bending action movie that follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward (Will Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine patrol night and encounter a darkness that will ultimately alter the future and their world as they know it.

Bright is available only on Netflix this December. Bright »

- Derek Anderson

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Bright Images Tease A Fantastical New World As Will Smith Bigs Up Film’s Timely Social Commentary

6 March 2017 11:35 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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You’ve heard of it, haven’t you? The buddy-cop dynamic? Ever since Lethal Weapon popularized the genre – for western audiences, at least – in ’87, moviegoers have encountered nine kinds of films featuring mismatched duos in uniform. With Bright, writer-director David Ayer (Training Day, Suicide Squad) is extracting the core elements of the sub-genre to build a fantasy drama in which Will Smith and Joel Edgerton take point as the unlikely leading duo.

Setting up shop at Netflix, Bright is arguably one of the company’s biggest original properties to date, after the online streamer scooped up rights to Max Landis’ spec script in a deal worth upwards of $90 million. That’s a significant vote of confidence from Netflix, and after rolling out the suitably fantastical first teaser, Entertainment Weekly has now unearthed a trio of images featuring Smith, Edgerton and the rest of the gang in action. »

- Michael Briers

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First-look images from David Ayer’s Bright featuring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton

6 March 2017 11:25 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last week we brought you a teaser trailer for David Ayer’s upcoming fantasy action thriller Bright [watch it here], and now Netflix has released three first-look images from the film featuring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton; check them out below…

Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time, this action-thriller directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch, writer of Training Day) follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward, a human (Will Smith), and Jakoby, an orc (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a young female elf and a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything.

Bright is set to arrive on Netflix »

- Amie Cranswick

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Bright: First Look Images of Joel Edgerton and Will Smith

6 March 2017 9:57 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

As previously reported a world which consists of Orcs and humans working side by side together in the Lapd will finally become a reality come December 2017… All thanks to Suicide Squad’s David Ayer who takes the driving seat behind the Netflix original film, Bright. To take us deep into this dark alternate world three first look images have come to light.

Related: Bright Teaser Trailer

Our first image portrays a gun totting Will Smith as human Lapd Cop, Ward. Mean and moody and ready to take down some otherworldly criminal types.

The second image shows Joel Edgerton as you’ve never seen him before as Jakoby, the first ever Orc Cop to grace the American police force. With his large bulking frame, blue(ish) skin tone and bald head, a menacing demeanour engulfs his very being. We would hate to get on the wrong side of him. »

- Zehra Phelan

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