10 items from 2017
Tom Cruise’s “The Mummy” seriously underperformed at the domestic box office this weekend, delivering just $31.6 million from over 4,000 locations. It’s a rare miss for the 54-year-old star, who has a reported 16 films to his name that have grossed over $100 million prior to last week’s release of the flagship movie for a hopeful Universal franchise. Take the misfortunes of his Hollywood colleague Johnny Depp, who suffered five consecutive misfires (namely “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “Black Mass” “Mortdecai,” “Transcendence” and “The Lone Ranger” before this summer’s rebound with “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Author: Zehra Phelan
Warner Bros’ Monster Universe is really starting to shape up. With the almighty monster-off destined to erupt in three years time with Godzilla Vs Kong in May 2020 a deal has been struck that will see the Blair Witch (2016) and You’re Next director Adam Wingard take up the coveted helm.
Wingard is no stranger to the monster, well in the form of horror monsters that is, rebooting 2016’s Blair Witch, 2012’s V/H/S and most recently wrapping on Netflix‘s adaptation of the horror Manga Death Note. It’s no secret Wingard has become a very sought-after talent with many fighting for his services, it was even rumoured he would be taking the helm of the Tom Hardy led Venom, instead, Ruben Fleischer has now stepped into that role.
Before the handbags at dawn battle between ape and lizard creature though comes Godzilla: King of the »
- Zehra Phelan
The film is the fourth in the series that started with Godzilla, which was directed by Gareth Edwards back in 2014. Kong: Skull Island hit cinemas earlier this year and Michael Dougherty will helm Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, which will hit in 2019.
Legendary has set up a writer’s room for the film that will bring the two monsters together in 2020. The likes of Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean), T.S. Nowlin (The Maze Runner), J. Michael Straczynski (Sense8), Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne (Star Trek Beyond), Jack Paglen (Transcendence), Lindsey Beer (The Kingkiller Chronicle) and Cat Vasko are all involved.
- Paul Heath
The MonsterVerse, featuring Godzilla and King Kong, is in full swing, following 2014's release of Godzilla and this year's Kong: Skull Island. Not to be confused with Universal's universe featuring its own classic monsters, now called Dark Universe, the MonsterVerse's next chapter will be Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 2019. Following that sequel to 2014's Godzilla, Godzilla Vs. Kong is set to bring the two legendary monsters together in 2020.
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed the director attached to Godzilla Vs. Kong, and it's neither Godzilla's Gareth Edwards or Kong: Skull Island's Jordan Voght-Roberts. Adam Wingard, known for his work on horror films such as You're Next, The Guest, and 2016's remake of Blair Witch, has been tapped to direct the feature, from a script crafted by a writer's room including Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean), Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne (Star Trek Beyond), Lindsey Beer, Cat Vasko, »
- Nick Doll
Well. That career escalated quickly. Once the darling of the indie horror scene with small films like A Horrible Way To Die and You're Next Adam Wingard has locked in a deal to direct Godzilla vs. Kong for Legendary and Warner Bros. To date the biggest thing he has directed is his recent adaptation of the Japanese franchise Death Note for Netflix due in August. This upcoming chapter was written by committee, lead by Pirates of the Caribbean scribe Terry Rossio. He was joined back in March for a writing pow-wow by Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne (Star Trek Beyond), Fresh faces and female voices Lindsey Beer and Cat Vasko, Maze Runner movies writer T.S. Nowlin (also Pacific Rim: Uprising), Jack Paglen (Transcendence and...
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Author: Dave Roper
So, we come to the end of this particular series. We’ve covered a number of aspects of the creative input into film-making, including actors, actresses, writers composers, and directors (in two parts). We’ve stopped short of costume, make-up, special effects, art design and others, however our final stop is Cinematography. The Dop exerts plenty of influence over the look of the film. Yes, lighting, production design and the director’s vision are key too, but the consistency and persistence with which certain directors stick with and return to a trusted Dop shows just how much they contribute.
Seven has a unique visual aesthetic. Plenty of films have gone for the “always raining, always dark” approach, but contrast Seven with something like AvP: Requiem for a shining example of how hard it is to pull off effectively. And contrast is the word. Seven »
- Dave Roper
MaryAnn’s quick take… A rote disappointment. There is nothing shocking or even mildly unexpected here. But there is an ironic weakening of the power of the xenomorphs to terrify. I’m “biast” (pro): love Alien and Aliens
I’m “biast” (con): wasn’t crazy about Prometheus
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s difficult to imagine that there will ever be a movie scene as unexpected and as shocking as that bit in Alien — yeah, that bit — when a tiny horrifying alien creature, all teeth and slither, bursts out of poor John Hurt’s chest and slowly gawps around as if to say, “That’s right, meatbags: I, your worst nightmare, have arrived.” We sure as hell are not going to see a replication of the paralyzing terror those of us in the cinema darkness shared with the human onlookers onscreen if no »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 cyberpunk opus, “Ghost in the Shell,” was one of the first Japanese anime titles to cross over to Western audiences, and it’s been reissued and repackaged so often since the millennium that it’s scant surprise studio execs seized upon it as reproducible property. Possibly it was a matter of waiting: for digital effects houses to get up to spec, the right deals to be struck, and any accusations of cultural appropriation to blow over. Paramount’s all-new live-action “Ghost,” powered by hefty reserves of American and Asian money, emerges as a dazzling logistical display with a missing file where the human interest might once have been stored.
Fans need not blubber unduly. As overseen by “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders, this transliteration would seem faithful enough to satiate those who just want to see favorite scenes and characters redrawn on the biggest screen imaginable. »
- Mike McCahill
Movies are the new Television. Well, sort of. In recent years, in the midst of mass sequelization and the rise of long-running film franchises, it’s become commonplace to plan out your movies well in advance of their release. Perhaps best known for this is Marvel Studios. Following the success of Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they’ve announced their slate of films beforehand in advance. The folks over at Paramount took this idea and escalated it to the next level, but announcing a writers room led by Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to map out the future of the Transformers franchise. Now, it sounds like the folks over at the MonsterVerse will be doing the same for the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong movie.
According to THR, Legendary and Warner Bros have hired screenwriter Terry Rossio — best known for co-writing the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies with Ted »
- Joseph Medina
Created to serve, Michael Fassbender’s Walter, the world’s most advanced synthetic companion, tumbles off the production line in the all-new viral clip for Ridley Scott’s prequel-sequel, Alien Covenant.
If you’ve been keeping pace with Covenant‘s development cycle, you’ll know that Walter is one of two androids to feature in the horror flick – the other being David, also portrayed by Michael Fassbender – and is considered an instrumental member of the crew as the embark on humanity’s first large-scale colonization mission. He’ll be working under Katherine Waterston’s terraforming expert Daniels, who spearheads the search for a wayward distress call on a remote alien planet. And if that wasn’t enough to prove Alien: Covenant is poised to steer the franchise back to its putrid horror roots, VFX expert Neil Corbould has warned fans that the imminent sci-fi adventure is the goriest entry in »
- Michael Briers
10 items from 2017
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