9 items from 2015
Variety is reporting that Universal Pictures have hired screenwriters Jon Spaihts and Eric Heisserer to co-write the new "Van Helsing" reboot for the studio. Spaihts' film credits includes Ridley Scott's "Prometheus", Scott Derrickson's "Doctor Strange", and Alex Kurtzman's "The Mummy" reboot. Heisserer is known for "The Nightmare on Elm Street" remake, "Final Destination 5", and Paul Walker's "Hours."
Plot details are unknown at this time. Universal is currently rebooting their classic monster franchises such as 2014's "Dracula Untold" and "The Mummy" reboot, which will be set in present day and directed by "Star Trek" and "Transformers" screenwriter Alex Kurtzman. There’s no word yet on when “Van Helsing” will take place. Universal first released a "Van Helsing" film in 2004 which starred actors Hugh Jackman ("Pan") and Kate Beckinsale ("Underworld"), but the film managed to flop at the box office.
Their is currently no release date set »
- J.B. Casas
Variety is reporting Universal has signed Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange) and Eric Heisserer (Hours) to co-write their upcoming Van Helsing reboot, which will build upon their still-developing classic monsters universe. Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are on-board as producers. Plot details remain scarce as do details on the shared monster movie universe, but what we do know is that a reboot of The Mummy will launch the universe when it hits theaters in 2017. The Van Helsing character was last seen on screen in the hit 2004 film of the same name, which starred Hugh Jackman (Wolverine 3) as the titular vampire hunter and Kate Beckinsale (Underworld 5) as his ill-fated lady love. At one point, Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) was attached to the reboot, but according to Variety reporter Justin Kroll, that is unsurprisingly no longer the case. What do you guys think of this latest development? Excited for a shared monster universe? »
Press Release: "Beverly Hills, CA – Anchor Bay Entertainment, a leading distributor of Starz Original series and other TV/independent feature film content, and the home entertainment division of Starz, announced today the acquisition of all North American rights -- theatrical, Digital HD, Blu-ray™/DVD and broadcast (except first pay TV window) to the feature film Martyrs from Wild Bunch.
Starring Troian Bellisario (“Pretty Little Liars”), Caitlin Carmichael (300: Rise of an Empire), Kate Burton (127 Hours), Bailey Nobel (“True Blood”) and Taylor John Smith (Insidious: Chapter 3) Martyrs is directed by Kevin Goetz and Michael Goetz, and produced by Peter Safran (The Conjuring). Martyrs was screened at the market in Cannes this year where the deal was negotiated by Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch and Josh Thomashow, »
- Derek Anderson
Some actors hit the ground running, starting as they mean to go on by giving career-making debut performances in commercial and critical hit films. Some even win awards for their first either feature film roles, like Lupita Nyong’o, who scooped tonnes of awards for her part in 12 Years A Slave. And then there are the actors who started their career in the likes of 1986 Troma horror comedy Monster In The Closet.
Following guest appearances on TV soap operas The Young And The Restless and Touched By An Angel, that’s where Paul Walker began his career. But it’s not about where you start off, it’s where you end up – and a good couple of decades after his role as “Professor” Bennett in a movie that’s one long mildly homophobic gag, he had built up a truly impressive filmography.
Who knows where his career might have taken him in later life, »
- Tom Baker
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Relativity Studios has released a new, behind-the-scenes featurette for their upcoming film Desert Dancer. The movie stars Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Tom Cullen, Nazanin Boniadi and Makram J. Khoury.
Check out the featurette now for an inside look at the cast’s dance rehearsals with acclaimed choreographer Akram Khan.
The video features Benjamin Wallfisch’s original score throughout.
Set in Iran, this powerful and unbelievable true story follows the brave ambition of Afshin Ghaffarian. During the volatile climate of the 2009 presidential election, where many cultural freedoms were threatened, Afshin and some friends (including Elaheh played by Freida Pinto) risk their lives and form an underground dance company.
Through banned online videos, they learn from timeless legends who cross all cultural divides, such as Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev. Afshin and Elaheh also learn much from each other, most importantly how to embrace their »
- Michelle McCue
Jeremy Renner has been cast in sci-fi drama Story of Your Life.
Adams plays a linguist expert who is hired by the military to converse with aliens who have landed on earth.
As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that may unlock the purpose of their visit.
Renner will play a physics professor paired with her.
Watch the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron below: »
The Paramount pic, an adaptation of Hugo Award-winning author Ted Chiang’s short story, takes place in a world reeling from the sudden arrival of alien crafts around the world. As world leaders grapple with the new species, an expert linguist (Adams) is recruited by the military to determine whether the aliens come in peace or pose a grave threat to humanity. As she slowly learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins to experience intense flashbacks, which could hold the key to figuring out what the aliens want from Earth.
Renner will take on the supporting role of a physics professor who joins the linguist in her quest to understand the extraterrestrial visitors.
- Isaac Feldberg
Avengers: Age of Ultron star Jeremy Renner has signed on to join Amy Adams in Paramount's sci-fi drama Story of Your Life. The project is based on the Hugo and Nebula-winning short story of the same name by Ted Chiang. Story of Your Life will actually serve as a reunion for both Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams, who both starred in the 2013 Best Picture nominee American Hustle.
Eric Heisserer (The Thing, Hours) wrote the adapted screenplay, which centers on alien spacecrafts that have landed all over the world. Amy Adams plays an expert linguist who has been recruited by the U.S. government to try and communicate with the aliens, to see if they come in peace or if they are a threat to mankind. As she begins to find out why the aliens are here, she experiences intense flashbacks that offer clues to what these creatures truly want. Jeremy Renner »
Screenwriter Eric Heisserer will make his comics debut at Dark Horse Comics with Shaper.
"A galactic empire hunts a race of shape shifters prophesied to overthrow its rule," reads Dark Horse's description.
"When orphaned teenager Spry discovers that he is one of the hunted - a Shaper - he must learn to use his newfound abilities to escape the empire's prime enforcer, Tor Ajax, and save his entire race."
Shaper #1 will be released on March 18. »
9 items from 2015
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