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First-time filmmaker David Richards fulfills a dream with ‘The Knockoffs’

Isaac Smith as Buff Space Cadet in ‘The Knockoffs.’

David Richards is proving you don’t need formal training or to have made a short film or web series to write, produce and direct a feature film.

A former basketball coach and banker, Richards is shooting The Knockoffs, a family comedy/parody, in the Newcastle/Port Stephens region of Nsw.

The plot follows the World Toy Federation whose profits and dwindling, prompting its leaders to hatch an evil plan to restore fiscal viability to large toy companies.

After discovering a portal to a parallel dimension, the federation’s Supreme Toy leader (Paul J. Mailath) draws all the poorly made, non-commercial knockoff action figures into this toy world and sends in his highly trained toy agents to destroy them.

First he must eliminate a vintage figure, the first knockoff ever made. However he underestimates the knockoffs’ fierce desire to survive and
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Rediscovering The Crow director Alex Proyas's dazzling 'lost' debut film

Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds is a visually stunning reminder of Proyas’s fascinating early creative vision

For a brief period – which seemed to come and go like a dream – the Egyptian-Australian film-maker Alex Proyas was one of the coolest emerging directors in the world. The apotheosis of the music video-cum-feature film-maker’s coolness was his second feature, the 1994 goth-punk classic The Crow: a revenge fantasy set in a Gotham City-on-acid metropolis, starring a makeup-caked and black trench coat wearing Brandon Lee (who tragically died during an on-set accident).

Then there was Proyas’s spectacular follow-up, the Kafkaesque neo-noir Dark City: a surreal sci-fi set in a futuristic world where humans have become lab rats for an advanced but dying alien race. The top brass at Warner Bros seized the film and re-edited it, crowbarring their own botched version – which they considered more palatable for mass consumption – into cinemas.
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20 Crazy Details Behind The Making Of The Crow

Based on James O'Barr's comic book, 1994's The Crow was a groundbreaking work of stylistic fantasy action. Simultaneously blending elements of the past while also pioneering a new style of movies for the future, Alex Proyas' film won over critics and audiences alike with its unique blend of dark fantasy, horror, and action, pioneering a new style of revenge film.

However, it's impossible to talk about The Crow without discussing the freak on-set accident that struck down a rising star in his prime. Brandon Lee, son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, was just beginning his ascent to what was certainly going to be a long and acclaimed career when a weapon malfunctioned while filming a scene and claimed his life during what was only his third American film role. Lee's passing definitely hangs heavy over the movie, but The Crow has also been praised for serving as
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The Crow Remake Gets Completely Scrubbed from Sony's Schedule

The Crow Remake Gets Completely Scrubbed from Sony's Schedule
It may be time to finally give up on holding onto any hope whatsoever that The Crow remake is ever going to happen. Recently, both director Corin Hardy and Jason Momoa bailed on the project, which was getting very near production. This is the latest in a long series of setbacks for the movie, which just can't seem to catch a real break, despite a lot of people giving it a go over the years. Now, Sony has officially pulled The Crow from their release schedule, which may well be the final nail in the coffin, at least for a while.

The remake has been in the works for the better part of a decade, with the movie transferring to several different studios during that time period. There was some renewed hope when Sony stepped up in September 2017 to revive the project, with Jason Momoa attached to star. Unfortunately, the
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Jason Momoa and Corin Hardy discuss their departure from The Crow

Earlier this week it was announced that star Jason Momoa and director Corin Hardy have both exited the long-planned remake of The Crow, with the duo becoming the latest in a long line of talent to depart the troubled project.

The original report stated that their exit was down to creative and financial differences with producer and financier Samuel Hadida of Davis Films, and the project now finds itself in limbo once again.

Both Momoa and Hardy have now taken to social media to comment on the situation, with Momoa also sharing a piece of concept art featuring his incarnation of Eric Draven:

“I’ve waited 8 years to play this dream role,” said Momoa. “I love you @corinhardy and @sonypictures unfortunately I may have to wait< 8 more. Not our team. But I swear I will. James O’Barr sorry to let you down I won’t on the next. This
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Corin Hardy Says Exiting ‘The Crow’ Reboot Was ‘The Hardest Decision Of All’

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Corin Hardy Says Exiting ‘The Crow’ Reboot Was ‘The Hardest Decision Of All’
Director Corin Hardy says exiting his “dream project,” “The Crow” reboot, was “the hardest decision” after coming “so close” to crafting the perfect film.

“I knew from the off, that the idea of making a new version of ‘The Crow’ was never going to be for everyone, because it is a beloved film,” Hardy posted on Instagram on Friday. “And I say that as someone in love with it myself. But I poured everything I had into the last 3.5 years of work, to try & create something which honoured what the Crow stood for; from James O’Barr’s affecting graphic novel, to Alex Proyas’s original movie, with great respect to Brandon Lee and with the desire to make something bold and new, that myself, as an obsessive fan, could be proud of.”

He added, “And with @prideofgypsies Jason Momoa, and my amazing team of artists & film-makers, we came So close.
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Corin Hardy Shares Photo Of Jason Momoa In The Crow Makeup

For better or worse, it doesn’t look like we’re going to get that reboot of The Crow starring Aquaman’s Jason Momoa anytime soon. While the remake of the 1994 gothic action fantasy film was set to start shooting in the coming weeks with an October 2019 release date in mind, Momoa and director Corin Hardy have both exited the project due to creative differences.

As a lasting reminder of what could’ve been, however, Hardy has now Tweeted a pre-production photo that features the looming figure of Momoa in the same Crow makeup once sported by the late Brandon Lee.

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The director also released the following statement, which gets surprisingly poetic at the end:

I knew from the off, that the idea of making a new version
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Jason Momoa’s ‘The Crow’ Reboot Falls Apart

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Jason Momoa’s ‘The Crow’ Reboot Falls Apart
Jason Momoa has announced that Sony’s remake of “The Crow” appears to have fallen apart — but asserted that he’s still eager to play the lead role.

Momoa made the disclosure about the project’s demise and apologized to fans in an Instagram post Thursday alongside a photo of himself with filmmaker Corin Hardy, who was to direct.

“I’ve waited 8 years to play this dream role,” Momoa said. “I love you @corinhardy and @sonypictures unfortunately I may have to wait 8 more. Not our team. But I swear I will. James O’Barr sorry to let you down I won’t on the next. This film needs to be set free. And to the fans. Sorry. I can’t play anything but what this film deserves and it needs love. I’m ready when it’s right.”

Deadline first reported that financial issues between “The Crow” producer Samuel Hadida
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‘The Crow’ Remake Grounded Again: Jason Momoa & Director Corin Hardy Exit

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‘The Crow’ Remake Grounded Again: Jason Momoa & Director Corin Hardy Exit
Exclusive: The Crow has seen its wings clipped yet again. Sources tell me Jason Momoa and director Corin Hardy formally withdrew from the film this morning. This after Sony was close to exiting as the film’s worldwide distributor. I’m told this has to do with creative and financial differences with Samuel Hadida, whose Davis Films holds underlying rights and who was financing the film. Production was gearing up to start within the next five weeks in Budapest, and the picture was in full pre-production with Hardy presiding.

Sony Pictures announced last September that it had picked up the film for worldwide distribution, and announced an October 11, 2019 release date. Insiders said that deal hasn’t closed. My sources said Hadida’s inability to close a deal with Sony left the studio in exit mode, and that directly precipitated the exits of the filmmaker and star.

Above is the social
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Director Alex Proyas Clarifies Controversial #MeToo Statements: Terry Gilliam Shouldn’t Be Lumped in With Other Disgraced Directors

Editor’s Note (March 27): When IndieWire first published this story, the full text of what Proyas wrote on Facebook was, “Kill ‘Em All! The Guilty & The Witch-hunted. Then you’ll have nothing left to watch other than the sanitised directed-by-committee crap you’ll so thoroughly deserve.”

He later amended the post to add an asterisk and the explanation, “I do not support criminal perpetrators like Polanski in any way. I support #metoo and abuse survivors. I do not believe Terry Gilliam should be lumped in with perpetrators for stating an opinion, however egregious. Clarification for those who might not get this.”

In a Facebook message to IndieWire, he wrote, “I would appreciate it if you could report what I did actually say in my Facebook rather than what you thought I was implying. I did not support Polanski or Woody Allen in any way. I believe Polanski committed a crime without any question.
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Jason Momoa's The Crow Remake Finally Has a Release Date

Sony's The Crow remake now officially has a 2019 release date, which is pretty amazing. The idea of another Crow movie has been tossed around forever with all kinds of studios and actors attached to the project. When it was announced that Jason Momoa was going to play the lead, many fans didn't believe that it was going to happen after getting burned so many times before. However, a little ray of sunshine poked through the clouds late last year when it was confirmed that The Crow reboot would begin production this year under the direction of Corin Hardy.

Sony has announced that The Crow reboot will officially hit theaters on October 11th, 2019. The project was dropped months ago by Relativity Media after working on it for years. Sony was quick to snatch up the property and soon Jason Momoa and Corin Hardy were on board with the promise that
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The Crow Reborn Confirmed For October 2019 Release

Comic book adaptations were in a strange place in 1994. Properties were usually adapted extremely loosely, with little heed paid to the original comics beyond the basic concept. This made Alex Proyas’ moody and gothic The Crow a real eye-opener.

It was a firmly adult-orientated supernatural revenge thriller, featuring an iconic soundtrack boasting the likes of The Cure, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Rage Against the Machine and Stone Temple Pilots that went triple platinum. The film is also sadly notorious for the death of star Brandon Lee during production, who was killed in a freak accident involving a prop gun.

Now, the story is being remade as The Crow Reborn, and is set to star the hunkier-than-hunky Jason Momoa. It’s also just been confirmed for an October 11th, 2019 release date.

The remake, set to be directed by Corin Hardy (who previously did the excellent The Hallow), is reportedly intended
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Jason Momoa's The Crow Reboot Gets a 2019 Release Date

The Crow is the movie reboot that just won't go away. This film project has had a long hard road to the big screen and after all of the issues and problems that it has faced, it still managed to survive and now it actually has been given a release date of October 11th, 2019.

We've heard over and over again that this reboot will be more of a faithful adaptation of the comic book, which is what creator James O'Barr wants. It will not be a remake of Alex Proyas' 1994 film, but that didn't stop Proyas from speaking out against the film giving a heartfelt message of why this movie shouldn't be made. Regardless of what he or any of the fans think, Sony Pictures is going to push this thing through.

The movie will be directed by Corin Hardy, who directed The Conjuring spinoff film The Nun, which
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‘The Crow’ Reboot Gets 2019 Release Date

The Crow has almost become comical in the number of attempts at a reboot. Originally adapted in 1994 by Alex Proyas based off the Jason O’Barr comic book, various studios have tried to get a new version off the ground. The latest iteration has Corin Hardy as the director and Jason Momoa attached to star. Previous helmers included Stephen Norrington, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, and Javier F. Gutierrez while actors like Bradley Cooper, Tom Hiddleston, and Luke Evans were attached to play the resurrected crime-fighter over the years. But now it looks like The Crow might finally have a …
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20 Years Later, ‘Dark City’ Remains One of the Smartest Sci-Fi Films Ever Made

20 Years Later, ‘Dark City’ Remains One of the Smartest Sci-Fi Films Ever Made
Alex ProyasDark City turns 20 today, a science fiction masterpiece that is at once undeniably influential in its field yet still overlooked by many fans of the genre. That commercial neglect may be due in part to the theatrical version, which opened with a studio-mandated voice-over narration that compromised Proyas’ vision – as well […]

The post 20 Years Later, ‘Dark City’ Remains One of the Smartest Sci-Fi Films Ever Made appeared first on /Film.
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‘Dark City’ 20th anniversary: The underrated sci-fi classic was released in 1998, but got no love from the Oscars

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‘Dark City’ 20th anniversary: The underrated sci-fi classic was released in 1998, but got no love from the Oscars
Dark City” was released on February 27, 1998, and it helped me fall in love with movies. It also sparked my interest in awards. During the same period I was wrestling with continued Emmy snubs for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dark City” made me wonder how the Oscars could miss the boat on what is still one of the most visually and narratively innovative films I’ve seen. So on its 20th anniversary I decided to revisit the underrated science-fiction gem, which deserved Oscars 20 years ago.

Dark City” was a unique amalgam of genres with elements of murder mystery, film noir, horror and sci-fi dystopia, using those tropes to examine human memory and how we construct and perform our identities. It was undoubtedly a tough sell for New Line Cinema, and even tougher when you consider that at the time “Titanic” was still swimming circles around other releases at the box office.
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Canon Of Film: ‘Dark City’ (Directors Cut)

In this edition of Canon Of Film, we look at the director’s cut of Alex Proyas’ underated gothic noir, ‘Dark City‘. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Dark City: Director’S Cut (1998)

Director: Alex Proyas

Screenwriter: Alex Proyas and Lem Dobbs and David S. Goyer

At some point, it went from cool to cliche to say that you were a fan of ‘Dark City‘. I think it’s well-respected and well-known enough now, but at one point in time, even people who thought they really knew sci-fi and all the famous archetypal elements and the films that created them like Fritz Lang’s ‘Metropolis‘ or Kubrick’s, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey‘ or Ridley Scott’s ‘Blade Runner‘, a lot of those fans didn’t catch on to Alex Proyas’s ‘Dark City‘ ’til way later. It was practically ignored by the general
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Jason Statham to play The Killer’s Game with D.J. Caruso

For over 20 years, Hollywood has been trying to adapt Jay Bonansinga’s novel The Killer’s Game, and now THR is reporting that it finally looks to be heading out of development hell thanks to Stx Films.

According to the site, Jason Statham is currently in talks to star in the action thriller, with D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, xXx: Return of Xander Cage) in the director’s chair.

Statham will play “a veteran assassin who is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and takes a hit out on himself to avoid the pain that is destined to follow. After ordering the kill, he finds out that he was misdiagnosed and must then fend off the army of former colleagues trying to kill him.”

The project has passed through the hands of a host of directors over the years, including Alex Proyas, John Woo, Pitof, Rupert Wainwright, Renny Harlin and Simon Crane, while
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Jason Statham in Talks To Star In The Action Thriller The Killer's Game

Action vet Jason Statham is in negotiations to star in the action thriller The Killer’s Game that will be directed by D.J. Caruso (xXx: Return of Xander Cage). THR reports that this move breathes new life into one of Hollywood’s oldest unproduced scripts.

The Killer's Game is based on a novel by Jay Bonansinga; the story follows a veteran assassin who is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and takes a hit out on himself to avoid the pain that is destined to follow. The twist comes when he finds out that he was misdiagnosed and must then fend off the army of former colleagues trying to kill him.

The book was published in 1997, and since then Hollywood has been trying to turn it into a movie. Several great actors including Michael Keaton and Wesley Snipes were attached to star in the project during its early development.

A long
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Killer's Game Teams Jason Statham and Director D.J. Caruso

Killer's Game Teams Jason Statham and Director D.J. Caruso
An adaptation of an action-thriller book that has been in development for over 20 years may now finally see the light of day, thanks to star Jason Statham and director D.J. Caruso. Statham is in talks to star in Killer's Game, with Stx Films in talks to finance and distribute the film, with D.J. Caruso set to take the helm. Steve Richards of Endurance Media and Andrew Lazar of Mad Chance will produce, although there is no word on who will write the screenplay adaptation just yet. Over the past 20 years, there have been more than a few well-known writers, directors, and stars who have tried to bring this project to the big screen.

Killer's Game is based on the novel of the same by Jay Bonansinga, which was published in 1997, and Hollywood was seeking this project even before it was published. The story centers on an assassin, who, after learning he is dying,
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