Posted on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
One of the greatest films that never was could finally be coming to fruition, and Baz Luhrmann might be the man to make it happen. Steven Spielberg and HBO are reportedly eyeing the Great Gatsby director for Napoleon, a miniseries based on a never-produced script by the great Stanley Kubrick. Hit the jump for more on the project and its epic history.
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And we’re back with another awesome, ominous trailer for the HBO limited series True Detective. This first self-contained season, directed entirely by Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre), tracks a decades-long murder case that unfolds as the same two detectives, played by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, dig into the details in both the mid-’90s and the modern day.
Like the other videos promoting the series, this one goes more for atmosphere, intensity, and a sense of general foreboding than it does story details. Which is just fine; these shots just make the story seem more interesting and odd. Read More »
Briefly: There’s no confirmation as of yet, but one of the best companies to adapt TV and film properties might be adapting one of HBO’s biggest shows. Telltale Games, who did the popular and critically acclaimed Walking Dead game as well as Back to the Future, Jurassic Park and others, is reportedly developing a video game based on the HBO series, Game of Thrones. The series itself is based on the George R.R. Martin series A Song of Ice and Fire. IGN has more.
When John Oliver spent the summer filling in for Jon Stewart as the host of The Daily Show, it wasn’t the enaction of a ploy to take over the seat of the show that gave Oliver his biggest break. But it did turn out to be an audition for Oliver to anchor a new show.
Unsurprisingly, the new show will be not unlike The Daily Show. It will be a weekly series on HBO, with “a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events,” says Michael Lombardo, president of programming at HBO. The show will air Sundays starting in 2014. Read More »
When a popular book or property is announced for a movie, the first reaction of many fans is “They should make it a TV series instead.” Television gives complex stories time to develop, where movies sometimes rush though popular stories to meet a specific run time. The novel to miniseries transition, without a movie adaptation, can be incredibly successful (Game of Thrones) or incredibly polarizing (Under the Dome) and isn’t as frequently done as the novel-to-movie shift.
Now, something even rarer and more exciting is happening. The Norwegian film Headhunters, which had been slated for an English language remake with Mark Wahlberg circling, is now being developed into an HBO series. Originally the property was a popular Norwegian novel by Jo Nesbø, which was then adapted into that excellent 2011 film by Morten Tyldum. The English remake rights to that film were purchased by Summit. Lionsgate then purchased Summit, along with the rights, and they’ve now decided HBO is a better place for the story than the big screen. Read More »
12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen is the latest in a long line of film directors to end up on HBO. He’s got a new drama project brewing for the channel, with World War Z co-writer Matthew Michael Carnahan, music producer Russell Simmons, and The King’s Speech and Shame producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman all working on the development.
McQueen and Carnahan co-wrote and McQueen will direct the New York City-set tale that is being described as “Six Degrees of Separation meets Shame.” Read More »
A song from Austin band The Black Angels powers this new trailer for HBO’s True Detective, and that pretty much puts the whole concept over the top for me. The show, written and directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as cops embroiled in a very long murder investigation, has looked wonderful in a couple of previous promos and trailers.
Though there’s some already-familiary footage in there, this trailer sets up just a bit more of that murder mystery and gives a lot more info about the two main characters: McConaughey’s pessimistic but smart investigator, and Harrelson’s steady but troubled guy who usually colors inside the lines. We’ll know in January whether or not the show lives up to its potential; for now check out the trailer below. Read More »
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After a few years of trying to figure out how to work together, director Spike Lee and boxer Mike Tyson finally collaborated on Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth. The stand-up performance, which will air next month on HBO, is a filmed document of Tyson’s one-man show recounting his history, his many personal troubles, and of course his success in the ring.
Watch a trailer for the show, below. Read More »