Buzz be dammed, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ruled the box office this weekend. The reboot earned an estimated $65 million and Paramount quickly jumped into action. Sunday morning, the studio greenlit the sequel and already set a release date: June 3, 2016. Screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec will once again write with Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes team once again producing. There’s no word if Jonathan Liebsman will direct. Read more about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel below. Read More »
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In 1987, director Fred Dekker released The Monster Squad. The film was a major box office disappointment but caught fire on home video, gaining fans over the years. Decades later, it’s a cult classic with a dedicated, passionate fan base. That fan base willed the film onto DVD and caught the attention of Hollywood. In particular, attention came from Platinum Dunes, the team behind multiple horror remakes and this weekend’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They began developing a remake of the property back in 2010 and even hired writers. Since then though, nothing has really come of the remake. Now, in a new interview, the Platinum Dunes team admitted it’s finally dead. Read more about the Monster Squad remake below. Read More »
The biggest problem with Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is how disposable it is. If the movie was silly and goofy, but entertaining and engaging even on the lowest level, it might be something worth talking about. But this movie is a cinematic flatline that shows rare blips of life only to crash back down again into nothing.
It’s not a total disaster. The Turtles themselves, now fully realized with performance-capture CG, look impressive. Their demeanors often harken back to the happy-go-lucky characters from various hit TV incarnations. Unfortunately, those personalities rarely get to shine because the film is hell-bent on setting up an overly complicated, way-too coincidental plot that never gives the Turtles a chance to breathe. The rare times we’re with them, they’re always preoccupied with saving one person or beating up a bunch of others. And because the Turtles never get to be true characters, there’s no emotional core and the movie fades away. Read More »
Pain and Gain aside, Michael Bay has been in the world of Transformers for eight years now. Eight years. That’s almost a decade removed from the Michael Bay of old. Long gone are the days of the high-concept Michael Bay action films like Bad Boys, The Rock or Armageddon. Even The Island, Pearl Harbor and Bad Boys II are a distant memory. Yet that memory may once again become a reality in in the coming years. Paramount Pictures just picked up an untitled adventure film pitch, written by Tom Wheeler and Robbie Thompson. It is being developed by Platinum Dunes with an eye on Bay directing. Read More »
A remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds has been in development for a long time. Martin Campbell was attached at one point, but for about five years, the idea has sat on a shelf picking up dust. Until today. Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Mandalay Bay just hired Dutch director Diederik Van Rooijen to helm The Birds remake, the most recent draft of which was written by Jonathan Herman. Naomi Watts was once attached, but no longer. Read More »
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The found-footage, time travel movie Welcome to Yesterday was set to be released on February 28. However, Paramount and Platinum Dunes have now decided to delay the film until Summer or Fall.
Formerly called Almanac, the film is directed by Dean Israelite and follows a group of kids who stumble on the ability to time travel. They use it to have a lot of fun. The official reason for the delay is producer Michael Bay, who is currently hard at work on Transformers: Age of Extinction. He wants to give the film personal attention. They’ll also use the time to “refine” the marketing, which has been all but non-existent. Read More »
A group of high school kids discover the ability to travel in time. That’s the simple logline of Welcome to Yesterday, formerly called Almanac, which just released its first trailer. Starring a slew of young newcomers, the found footage sci-fi film was written by Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark and is directed by Dean Israelite. It’s scheduled for release February 28.
Jumping back in time ourselves, on July 1 of this year I was on the Atlanta set of the film. We spoke to all the principal actors, writers, producer and director to find out how Platinum Dunes’ first foray into the world of micro-budget genre filmmaking was looking. What we found was a very logical, interesting and angsty take on found footage and time travel. This was definitely not the heavily Back to the Future Part II influenced plot originally rumored.
Watch the trailer below, and read a bit more about our visit to the set. Read More »
Michael Bay‘s production company, Platinum Dunes, has been all about low-budget genre films in recent months. The first, Almanac, is set for release in February, and the company has just signed to do another one. This time, though, they’ve recruited a first-time director with a dream resume.
Marvel Studios storyboard artist and animatics supervisor Federico D’Alessandro is in talks to direct Lockdown at Franklin High, a micro-budget monster movie written by Joe Ballarini and Greg Bishop. It follows a brother and sister who get locked in their high school when a monster begins to terrorize the school. Read More »
When the reboot of Friday the 13th made $40 million on its opening weekend in 2009, a sequel seemed inevitable. The film only cost $20 million and the franchise has been known to spit out a follow-up or ten. But four years have passed and there’s been very little movement. In 2010, the producers all but declared the sequel dead. Then, this past Summer, Paramount regained full rights to the film on the condition a sequel get made in the next five years. So the clock is ticking.
Now, horror journalist Ryan Turek of Shock Till You Drop reports producers are indeed fielding pitches from writers for a new Friday the 13th. The catch is, they’re asking for a “found footage” take on the material. Read More »