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FilmNation Ventures Into Animation with Sci-Fi Reimagining of Chaplin’s ‘The Kid’ (Exclusive)

FilmNation Ventures Into Animation with Sci-Fi Reimagining of Chaplin’s ‘The Kid’ (Exclusive)
FilmNation has boarded its first animated feature: A science fiction re-imagining of Chaplin Chaplin’s 1921 film “The Kid” to be directed by Christian Volckman (“Renaissance”) and Rupert Wyatt (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”).

French animation outfit Superprod, Luxembourg’s Bidibul and U.S. banner Big Beach, the New-York based company behind “Little Miss Sunshine,” have joined forces to produce the yet-to-be-titled animated feature inspired by the characters and themes in “The Kid.”

Boris Starling, a journalist and best-selling author who created the BBC1 primetime series “Messiah,” is writing the script with Volckman and Wyatt.

Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf are producing for Big Beach banner alongside Superprod’s Clément Calvet and Jérémie Fajner, the producer pair behind Tomm Moore’s Oscar-nominated “Song of the Sea,” and Bidibul’s Lilian Eche and Christel Henon. The feature is being developed with the support of Chaplin’s family and the rights holders of “The Kid.
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Eerie First Look At Rupert Wyatt’s ‘Captive State’

Thus far in his career, Rupert Wyatt has made a firm decision not to repeat himself. From his prison pic “The Escapist,” he leaped to the blockbuster “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes,” which launched a new franchise. From there he pivoted to the drama “The Gambler,” and now he’s going sci-fi with “Captive State.”

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Starring John Goodman, Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors, and Vera Farmiga, the film is set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, and explores the lives on both sides of the conflict – the collaborators and dissidents.

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Midnight Special Director Nichols Tapped For Alien Nation Reboot

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Last year, I reported on a planned relaunch of Alien Nation. The topical sci-fi flick from the 80s gave way to a TV show, and it's premise continues to be as timely today as it was then. When I reported on it back in March of 2015, I shared with you the idea that Fox wanted to reboot the film and expand the story into a Planet Of The Apes style franchise. Back then, it was Art Marcum and Matt Holloway who had been hired to bring this vision to life. Now it looks like Fox has made a creative shakeup, and it's a very intriguing one.

Deadline is reporting that Jeff Nichols has been tapped to write and direct Alien Nation. What makes that so intriguing? The fact that Nichols is a fairly serious filmmaker, and his films- up to this point- have been smaller, more thoughtful affairs. That's not
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Rupert Wyatt Will Direct Original Sci-Fi Project ‘Captive State’

Rupert Wyatt Will Direct Original Sci-Fi Project ‘Captive State’
After directing a reboot (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), a remake (The Gambler), and the pilot for another remake (The Exoricist), director Rupert Wyatt is now developing an original project. After The Gambler, Wyatt wanted to start directing his own material again, as he did with his feature debut, The Escapist (co-written by Daniel Hardy). The filmmaker is sticking […]

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‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Director Rupert Wyatt Gets Into A ‘Captive State’

Director Rupert Wyatt seems to be decidedly picky in terms of projects. After directing “The Escapist,” 20th Century Fox gave him the keys to “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes,” which he helmed to major, franchise starting success. He could have directed the sequel “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes,” but he turned down […]

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Apes director Rupert Wyatt to write and direct the sci-fi, Captive State

Ryan Lambie Aug 25, 2016

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes director Rupert Wyatt is tackling an original sci-fi movie next, called Captive State...

There are a couple of exciting, original sci-fi movies on the horizon, with Denis Villeneuve's Arrival (based on the Ted Chiang short story Story Of Your Life) and Passengers (from Headhunters director Morten Tyldum) currently top of our must-watch list. Now, Rupert Wyatt - director of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and Mark Wahlberg drama The Gambler - has added another one: something called Captive State.

Precious little is known about the project other than that intriguing title, but Variety reports that Wyatt co-wrote the screenplay with his wife, Erica Beeney, and that studios are currently bidding to get their hands on it.

Wyatt's track record suggests that Captive State's well worth our attention; his debut, 2008's The Escapist, was a tense and economical
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Seu Jorge of ‘The Life Aquatic’ Announces David Bowie Covers Tour

Seu Jorge of ‘The Life Aquatic’ Announces David Bowie Covers Tour
Wes Anderson’s underrated 2004 film “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” follows Steve Zissou (Bill Murray), an eccentric oceanographer, and his large crew on a revenge mission to kill a rare “jaguar shark” that murdered his partner. In the film, Brazilian singer Seu Jorge plays Pelé dos Santos, a member of Zissou’s crew, who memorably sings Portuguese acoustic covers of David Bowie songs. Jorge later released a collection of these covers on an album entitled “The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions Featuring Seu Jorge.” Bowie himself remarked about Jorge’s covers, “Had Seu Jorge not recorded my songs in Portuguese I would never have heard this new level of beauty which he has imbued them with.”

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Now, Jorge has announced a tour where he will play these Bowie covers live. According to Pitchfork, images from “The Life Aquatic” will play on screens shaped like boat sails.
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Latest odds on who will play the next James Bond

With mixed reviews for Spectre, the talk about who will play the next Bond is at an all-time high. This online sportsbook has updated the odds, with Tom Hardy and Idris Elba listed as strong favorites. There are actually a number of names in the mix with the even bet being Damian Lewis (pictured). The actor, who became a household name following his work on the TV drama Homeland, and countless film roles including The Escapist, Romeo and Juliet and this year’s Bill, is the firm favourite to take over the role from current 007 Daniel Craig when he finally hands in his notice as the famous British super-spy.

Tom Hardy is next in line, closely followed by Idris Elba. Hardy is sure to have had his odds improved by the stunning double turn in this year’s gangster biopic Legend.

Also mentioned as +600 (6-1) are Nicholas Hoult, who led
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Why Did 'X-Men' Spinoff 'Gambit' Really Lose Its Director?

Just three months after signing on to direct 20th Century Fox's highly-anticipated superhero spinoff Gambit, filmmaker Rupert Wyatt backed out of the project two weeks ago. The departure was attributed to a shift in the Gambit production schedule, which was supposed to begin in November, but was then changed to March 2016, which reportedly conflicted with an unspecified project. Today, The Hollywood Reporter claims that the split happened because 20th Century Fox started questioning whether or not the filmmaker was truly committed to the project.

Ironically, just weeks before Rupert Wyatt signed on this past June, a report surfaced that actor/producer Channing Tatum was having trouble finding a director for Gambit. He reportedly approached his Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller, along with Darren Aronofsky (Noah), Gareth Evans (The Raid: Redemption) and J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year). All of those filmmakers passed on the project. But even after Rupert Wyatt signed on,
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Rupert Wyatt Bails On Gambit Movie

The Gambit movie just can’t catch a break, and even when there’s some good news, it seems that it falls apart, or at least threatens to. Getting Channing Tatum to star was something that split fans, because some said he just doesn’t seem like he’s a great choice (me among them), but then we had to go through the fear that he might be lost.

Now, shortly after signing director Rupert Wyatt, the production schedule changed, and he’s out. Apparently, the shooting start has been pushed back a couple of months, and Wyatt isn’t available to commit to the timeframe.

Of course, who knows how things will work out at this point, and how quickly the film can get someone else on board, but it could end up being a blessing in disguise. That is, unless the movie, already plagued with various problems getting

Gambit Rupert Wyatt scoop – Confirmed to direct for Fox

Gambit Rupert Wyatt scoop! Director who brought Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and The Gambler to screens, will next direct Gambit for Fox, a spin-off from the X-Men movies. Gambit Rupert Wyatt scoop – English helmer to direct for 20th Century Fox

Rupert Wyatt, who helmed the brilliant The Escapist, before going on to direct big-budget Hollywood blockbusters Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and The Gambler, is being lined up to direct Channing Tatum in the Gambit movie over at Fox. The English director is set to take control of the film for a potential October shoot with Tatum in the lead role.

More on the Gambit Rupert Wyatt scoop below.

Marvel Comics writer Chris Claremont wrote the treatment for the film, the story for which is being kept under wraps by the studio presently.

Gambit is a fictional superhero heavily associated with the X-Men. The character
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Rupert Wyatt Set To Direct Channing Tatum As Gambit

According to EW, 20th Century Fox has hired Rupert Wyatt (The Gambler, Rise of the Planet of The Apes, The Escapist) to helm their solo Gambit movie, which will star Channing Tatum as Cajun mutant, Remy LeBeau. This won't be the character's first live-action incarnation of course, as he was played by Taylor Kitsch in X-Men Origins: Wolverine - but fans were left underwhelmed by both the movie and that interpretation of Gambit, and have been looking forward to seeing some justice done. Aside from the star (and now the director) we don't know a whole lot about this, but Tatum has told us to expect a different take on the typical origin story, and that the plot will play around with the usual tropes associated with superhero movies. Tatum is also producing the film along with Reid Carolin, Lauren Schuler Donner, and Simon Kinberg. Gambit is set for release on Oct.
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Rupert Wyatt to Direct X-men Spinoff Gambit

At long last, the Gambit movie has found its director. Channing Tatum came onboard the X-Men spinoff last year, and 20th Century Fox quickly staked out an October 7, 2016 release date. But the project has been slow-going when it comes to finding a director, with the clock ticking and October 2016 looming closer. Reports swirled that Tatum reached out to folks like Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher) to take the helm, but EW now reports that Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt has been tapped to steer this particular superhero ship. Gambit aka Remy LeBeau is a fan-favorite character from the X-Men comics, a New Orleans native with a penchant for gambling and turning objects (like playing cards) into throw-able explosives. Taylor Kitsch filled the role in the 2009 misfire X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but with Gambit Tatum aims to jumpstart a new X-Men franchise as the series proper is currently at
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New “Making Of” Featurette Debuts For Desert Dancer; Benjamin Wallfisch’s Soundtrack Available April 7

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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
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Second Opinion – The Gambler (2014)

The Gambler, 2014.

Directed by Rupert Wyatt

Starring Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Michael K. Williams, Brie Larson, Jessica Lange and George Kennedy.


Lit professor and gambler Jim Bennett’s debt causes him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark. Further complicating his situation is his relationship with one of his students. Will Bennett risk his life for a second chance?

Spoilers for both the 1974 and 2014 versions of The Gambler below…

At the end of Karel Reisz’s 1974 film The Gambler James Caan’s character is debt-free after dragging a young student with a promising basketball career into the world of sports fixing. The student, Caan sees, is just as susceptible to making a quick thousand dollars as Caan is to losing it. Caan never smiles or shows signs of having broken free of his addiction; rather he goes into a nearby rundown brothel, picks a fight with a pimp,
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Greig Fraser interview: the cinematography of The Gambler

Cinematographer Greig Fraser talks to us about his work on The Gambler, from lenses to shooting in Los Angeles...

In Foxcatcher, there’s a captivating scene where Steve Carell’s character, millionaire John du Pont, ushers a stable of horses out into a grey, autumnal morning. It’s a moment given a luminous, magical quality by cinematographer Greig Fraser, whose other recent film credits include Let Me In and Zero Dark Thirty.

The Gambler, the new drama written by William Monahan (The Departed, Kingdom Of Heaven) and directed by Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) represented its own set of unique challenges. One of them was to bring tension and visual excitement to a story that frequently sees its wayward protagonist Jim (Mark Wahlberg) frittering his money away at a blackjack table or lecturing a theatre full of distracted college students.

It’s testament to
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Rupert Wyatt interview: The Gambler, Apes and more

British director Rupert Wyatt talks to us about his new film The Gambler, and what he's up to next...

Having made his debut feature with the acclaimed 2008 thriller The Escapist, British filmmaker Rupert Wyatt directed the hugely successful Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes in 2011. Reviving a franchise that had long since slipped into the doldrums, it was hailed as a summer film with an all-too-rare streak of intelligence.

Wyatt's latest film is a very different proposition: a remake of the 1974 film starring James Caan, The Gambler is a slickly-written drama about a college professor (an against-the-grain Mark Wahlberg) in hock to some very dangerous people. With his debts mounting, Wahlberg's gambler resorts to a series of schemes to try to pay his way out of trouble, only for his self-destructive nature to send him sinking further into the mire.

As The Gambler's UK release approaches, we catch
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Casting Net: Reese Witherspoon joins Matt Damon in Alexander Payne's 'Downsizing'

Casting Net: Reese Witherspoon joins Matt Damon in Alexander Payne's 'Downsizing'
Reese Witherspoon will star opposite Matt Damon in Downsizing. Alexander Payne will direct from a script he wrote alongside Jim Taylor. Set in the near future, the film follows a man who realizes he'd be better of if he shrunk himself. Payne, Taylor, and Witherspoon all previously worked on Election. [Variety] • The Fault in Our StarsAnsel Elgort is joining Chloë Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener in November Criminals. Sacha Gervasi is directing. Steven Knight adapted Sam Munson’s teen-thriller novel for the screen. The story tracks two teenagers in Washington D.C. who investigate a friend’s murder, and fall in love in the process.
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Liam Neeson Attached to ‘The Escapist’ Remake

Liam Neeson Attached to ‘The Escapist’ Remake
The most recent film from director Rupert Wyatt was a remake of The Gambler, and now his own first feature is getting the remake treatment. The Escapist is Wyatt’s UK debut, in which Brian Cox played a prison inmate who assembles a group of fellow inmates in order to stage an ambitious break from the […]

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Liam Neeson to star in Hollywood remake of The Escapist

Liam Neeson to star in Hollywood remake of The Escapist
Liam Neeson will star in the Hollywood remake of The Escapist.

The actor will lead the cast of the Legendary Pictures project, which has yet to secure a director.

2008's The Escapist was directed by Rupert Wyatt, and starred Brian Cox, Damian Lewis and Joseph Fiennes. Wyatt will serve as a producer on the remake.

The film follows a convict serving a life sentence, who plots a prison break when he learns that his daughter is terminally ill.

Neeson can next be seen in Taken 3, which he has previously suggested will be the final instalment of the series.

Taken 3 is released in the UK tomorrow (January 8) and in the Us on Friday (January 9). Watch a trailer below:
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