11 items from 2016
Has Hollywood’s obsession with reboots/remakes gone too far? Sam Esmail, creator of the mind-breaking television series “Mr. Robot” and temporally trippy film “Comet,” is set to adapt the 1927 Fritz Lang film “Metropolis” as a television miniseries.
This news is a pretty big deal for cinephiliacs. “Metropolis” planted the seeds for the science fiction genre to flourish, with every sci-fi film classic from “Blade Runner“ to “Star Wars“ owing an enormous debt to Lang’s vindicated masterpiece.
- Elizabeth MacLeod
Welcome to Variety‘s new podcast “Remote Controlled,” which each week will bring conversations with some of the best and brightest professionals in television working behind and in front of the camera.
In this week’s pilot episode, Debra Birnbaum, Variety executive editor, television and Indiewire executive editor Michael Schneider chat with Sam Esmail, the writer-creator of smash hit USA Network show “Mr. Robot,” about the challenges of writing and directing and whether the show is following the course he originally intended.
“Mr. Robot” earned six nominations at last week’s Emmy’s and carried away two awards, including one for lead actor Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson. Esmail says on the podcast, recorded before the Emmys, that he is surprised the show has broken out in such a big way. However, the recognition for Malek was no surprise, given how striking his audition was.
For more, listen to the full episode of “Remote Controlled” below.
- Will Thorne
Walt Disney Records is set to release a massive original motion picture soundtrack for their upcoming live-action take on “Pete’s Dragon” next month. The new album features 3 original songs written for the David Lowery film, including the end credit track “Something Wild” by electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling featuring Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. The soundtrack will also include “Nobody Knows” performed by the Lumineers, plus “The Dragon Song” performed by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.
Read More: How Indie Filmmaker David Lowery Embraced ‘Pete’s Dragon’ at Disney
Performed by Grammy-nominated band The Lumineers, “Nobody Knows” was written by “Pete’s Dragon” co-screenwriter Toby Halbrooks with Andrew Tinker. “The Dragon Song,” performed by singer-songwriter Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (Will Oldham), was written by “Pete’s »
- Kate Erbland
Now that “Swiss Army Man” has considerably raised the collective cachet of Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert (known together as Daniels), one of their earlier works is being brought to greater attention. “Possibilia” first premiered at Tribeca in 2014 before being spotlighted as part of Sundance’s New Frontiers the next year, and now the “interactive love story set in the multiverse” is set to be released online. Watch its trailer below.
Alex Karpovsky (“Girls,” “Red Flag,” “Hail Caesar!”) and Zoe Jarman (“The Office,” “Modern Family”) star as a couple on the verge of breaking up. Per the official synopsis, “the viewer is able to slide between these possible outcomes even as they multiply, following the couple in the kitchen or the living room, in a raucous fight or tender embrace. Eventually the storyline fragments »
- Michael Nordine
San Diego Comic Con 2016 is almost here and the flood of cool news continues to pour in! Syfy and USA Network have announced the lineup of panels for their new and returning shows, including Colony, starring Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead). Also: details on the Kevin Smith-hosted Geeking Out premiere episode and the Ghostbusters filters rollout on Snapchat.
USA Network's Colony Sdcc 2016 Panel Discussion Details: Press Release: "New York, NY (July 7, 2016) – Syfy and USA Network today unveiled their San Diego Comic-Con lineup, featuring an exciting series of panels and screenings with both returning and soon-to-premiere series. Stars and creatives from Syfy’s The Magicians and The Expanse and USA’s Mr. Robot and Colony and will appear at panels, while upcoming fall series Incorporated (Syfy) and Falling Water (USA) will feature exclusive pilot screenings for both shows.
Fans unable to attend Comic-Con in person »
- Tamika Jones
In less than a week, we’ll see Elliot (Rami Malek), Mr. Robot (Christian Slater), Darlene (Carly Chaikin), and the rest of fsociety in season two of Mr. Robot. Created by Sam Esmail–who directed the overlooked film Comet (watch it on Netflix)–the acclaimed series returns for 12 episodes, which are all directed by Esmail. Just in time before Mr. Robot comes back, USA has […]
- Jack Giroux
Filmmaker Sam Esmail overcame the lack of audience for his first film "Comet" by creating last summer's most talked about TV series - USA's "Mr. Robot". With the success of that, one of his old scripts has picked up new life.
Deadline reports that Stx Entertainment picked up the rights to his script "Sequels, Remakes, and Adaptations". The story follows a young man [who] is told by an angel that all humans on earth are given 500,000 chances to live a complete and fulfilled life, but [then] finds out he's already used up all but his last chance to finally get it right.
- Garth Franklin
The second season of USA’s acclaimed drama “Mr. Robot” will launch July 13, the network announced Wednesday.
Last summer, the drama starring Rami Malek as a young cyber-security engineer and Christian Slater as the mysterious leader of an underground hacker group averaged a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.74 million viewers overall in Nielsen’s “live plus-7” estimates — standing as the network’s No. 2-rated program of 2015 in the demo, behind only “Suits.” It’s unclear if “Mr. Robot” will again follow “Suits” when it airs on Wednesday this summer.
Following the events of fsociety’s 5/9 hack on multi-national company Evil Corp., the second season of “Mr. Robot” will explore the consequences of that attack as well as the illusion of control.
- Rick Kissell
March 7 was the first day of production on season two of USA’s “Mr. Robot,” and star Christian Slater had a question for his showrunner, Sam Esmail. “I wasn’t sure where we were in the story,” recounts Slater, who plays the titular character.
Slater found Esmail behind the monitor, as the director of the episode. “It was so perfect that Sam was there to be the oracle, to guide us along and keep us on track,” says the actor.
In fact, that’s where Esmail will be positioned all season. In addition to serving as creator and head writer for the Golden Globe-winning drama, the 38-year-old creative has taken on the additional challenge of helming all 10 episodes for the show’s sophomore season.
“I am so very specific in how I want to shoot the show and the visual grammar of how I want to tell the story,” explains Esmail. »
- Debra Birnbaum
Instantly forgettable but inoffensive fluff… you know, for kids. And “inoffensive” is better than can be said for many movies aimed at children. I’m “biast” (pro): didn’t hate two of the three previous installments…
I’m “biast” (con): …but the most recent one was awful
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
After a detour into terribleness with their third outing, Chipwrecked, the CGI singing rodents Alvin and the Chipmunks return to form with their fourth film, Road Chip. Yes, I have seen all entries in the cinematic oeuvre of the Chipmunks — it’s not all fun and games in this film-criticism racket — so I know that there is a “usual” to them: instantly forgettable but inoffensive fluff… you know, for kids. And since “inoffensive” is better than can be said for many movies aimed at children, the Chipmunks yet again eke out a pass. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Iffr’s new artistic director Bero Beyer brings television back to the big screen in Rotterdam.
Following on from the 2013 strand Signals: Changing Channels, Beyer and former Critics’ Week programmer Léo Soesanto have jointly created Episodic/Epidemic - a new strand that highlights filmmakers working within television formats.
The section sits within Perspectives - an over-arching part of the festival Bero considers as “film-making that detours to the left, to the right and upside down of cinema”.
Both Soesanto and Beyer assert it is not another festival trend, which has seen TV strands such as Berlinale’s Special Series and Toronto’s Primetime, but instead an extension of Iffr’s programming.
“This is at the heart of Rotterdam [Iffr] - we want to celebrate all the ways a filmmaker can express themselves. Whether it’s music, art, gaming, Vr or episodic - we want to find the best way to present different types of storytelling,” said Bero.
11 items from 2016
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