Power Rangers director

When Saban and Lionsgate announced development of a Power Rangers movie it was a notable bit of development, as the property has plenty of active fans. But that was before Joseph Kahn’s short film Power/Rangers went online. That short blew the ’90s TV property (which has enjoyed continuous production through to the present) into the stratosphere.

But we know that Kahn isn’t in the running to make the Lionsgate feature, and isn’t interested in the gig regardless. But there’s a director almost set. Dean Israelite, whose film Project Almanac was released early this year after a couple delays, is in talks to be the Power Rangers director. Read More »

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Francis Lawrence Odyssey

This fall, Lionsgate faces a horrifying thought: the end of The Hunger Games series, as Mockingjay – Part 2 opens in November. But the studio is making plans for something to follow that series, from the same people who worked on The Hunger Games. They’ve got a new adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey brewing, with Francis Lawrence set to direct the story of the ten-year journey home from the Trojan War undertaken by Greek hero Odysseus.  Read More »

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Maggie

That Arnold Schwarzenegger would star in a zombie movie isn’t surprising. What makes Maggie unexpected is that it’s less a no-holds-barred action thrill ride than an intimate family drama.

Schwarzenegger plays Wade, whose world is turned inside out when a spreading zombie virus infects his beloved daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin). Wade remains determined to stay by her side and protect her, even as her condition worsens. Watch the Maggie trailer after the jump. Read More »

WTF: ‘Mortdecai’ Gets PG-13 Home Video Release

Johnny Depp in Mortdecai

It’s not uncommon for R-rated movies to put out an “unrated” (and therefore sexier and/or bloodier) cut for the home video market. But Mortdecai, unconventional rogue that he is, is going the other direction.

Lionsgate is releasing a PG-13 version of the Johnny Depp flop through Digital HD. You know, to reach all those ninth graders who were dying to see a 52-year-old actor play a character from the 1970s. More on the Mortdecai PG-13 release after the jump.  Read More »

Lionsgate Picking Up ‘Robin Hood: Origins’

Robin Hood Origins

It was once somewhat unusual to see the same basic story being developed as an arms race by competing studios and producers, but now the arms race approach to making big movies it so common as to be unremarkable. One of several subjects of heated development currently occupying studio time is Robin Hood, and Lionsgate has just picked up Robin Hood: Origins, the gritty retelling of the outlaw’s origin penned by Joby HaroldRead More »

dust game movie

Lionsgate has acquired the big screen rights to Fantasy Flight Games’ popular sci-fi strategy board and miniature game series Dust and announced that Rawson Marshall Thurber will be directing the movie adaptation for producer Dan Lin (The Lego Movie, Sherlock Holmes).

I almost included this game in my list of board game movies that Hollywood should make next, but did not know enough about the game itself. I’ve never played it, but the art has always stood out to me. The story is set in an alternate history steampunk-themed version of the 1940s where World War II never ended and the world is divided into three sides: the Allies (the US, the Commonwealth, and the French colonies); the Axis (not led by Hitler); and the SSU, a union of the USSR and China. In this landscape the discovery of a new alien resource allows our scientists to create cool-looking combat mechs for this new battle.

Find out more about the Dust game movie adaptation after the jump.

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hunger games Mockingjay making of

Why have you been seeing so much virtual ink on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1? Well, it’s currently available on Digital HD and the Blu-ray arrives on Friday, March 6. When the biggest movie of the year comes home, people are excited. And with that excitement, /Film is happy to exclusively debut a short clip from the two hour behind the scenes documentary included on that release. It’s called The Mockingjay Lives: The Making of Mockingjay ­Part 1 and features “never-before-seen interviews and on-set footage of the cast and crew, taking an in-depth look at the making of the film including the script adaptation, location scouting, set design including physically creating the hovercraft ­casting the new characters, and bringing District 13 to life.”

That last bit is the focus of our clip. It shows some of the incredible planning and preparation that went into building what is basically the film’s entire set – the underground fortress of District 13. Director Francis Lawrence explains how the planning was well under way while they were still shooting The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and a bunch of the influences and research that went into the massive sets.

Below, watch our exclusive Hunger Games Mockingjay making of clip. Read More »

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 Honest Trailer

I wholeheartedly disagree with just about every sentiment in the latest Honest Trailer from the team at ScreenJunkies. But damned if it didn’t make me laugh.

The latest Honest Trailer is for the current highest grossing film of 2014, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. Its basic thesis is that the movie is long, boring and drawn-out just to set it as the first of two movies. Which, as I said, I totally disagree with. (You can read why in my review.) Still, there are some big laughs here, and plenty of edits that make the characters look really, really stupid. Which is always fun even if you love the movie.

Check out The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 Honest Trailer below. Read More »

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

 

The dystopian YA trend is still going strong in 2015, with The Divergent Series: Insurgent the first one out of the gate. Shailene Woodley once again plays Tris, a special snowflake with more than one personality trait. That makes her a threat to the corrupt system, run by Jeanine (Kate Winslet).

Joining her once more are Theo James as handsome love interest Four, Miles Teller as mean kid Peter, and Ansel Elgort as Tris’ skeptical brother. Octavia Spencer and Naomi Watts join the cast. Watch The Divergent Series Insurgent final trailer after the jump.

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