Filmmakers regularly say it’s impossible to get a medium sized movie made in Hollywood. They believe studios would much rather make a $250 million movie than five $50 million movies and that might be the case. Paramount, however, is having a blast making much cheaper movies. In addition to the Paranormal Activity franchise, they’re currently in post production on Almanac, produced by Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and directed by Dean Israelite. That’s a $13 million found footage movie that follows a group of teenager who mess up their lives with time travel. It’s out in February.
Paramount and Platinum Dunes must like what they’re seeing from that film because they just bought the next pitch from Almanac‘s writers Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark. It’s called Raindrop and it’s another high-concept, found footage film with a small budget. Read More »
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The biggest “of course” news of the day comes from the set of the Michael Bay-produced, Jonathan Liebesman-directed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. At one point the film was going to be called Ninja Turtles, but script issues (and just a dose of Internet venom) delayed the film and changed some key elements. One of those changes is the title, which thanks to the set photo above, we can now resume discussing under the title Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Also, though Megan Fox‘s April O’Neil wasn’t wearing her trademark yellow on set earlier in the week, that has since been amended. Check out the images below. Read More »
A teenager discovers the ability to time travel and uses a book of sports results to his benefit. This, is not, the logline for the second act of Back to the Future Part II. It’s the reported plot of Almanac, a mystery project from Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes which was announced last month. At the time, plot details were under wraps save for the fact that it was a found footage film in the vein of Chronicle. Now, one site has gotten some inside info and provided a bunch of details.
Almanac was written on spec by Andrew Stark and Jason Pagan and has Dean Israelite attached to direct. Read more about it below. Read More »
As if Michael Bay didn’t have enough to do, prepping one film and finishing another, he and his Platinum Dunes partners just sold a top secret found footage film to Paramount. It’s called Almanac and was written on spec by Andrew Stark and Jason Pagan, with Dean Israelite attached to direct. They’re all newcomers (though Israelite is the cousin of Jonathan Liebesman.)
Not a lot is know about the film, but sources tell us it’s very much in the vein of Chronicle except with time travel instead of superheroes. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, and that suggests that some people working on the new TMNT film really, really like Gareth Evans‘ film The Raid. The Indonesian martial-arts action picture is built on fight scenes that draw on pencak silat, the collective martial arts style of Indonesia. Choreographed by Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian, The Raid features some of the best fight scenes since Ong Bak, with fast, joint-shattering and face-breaking violence.
Looks like that movie is one of the ones that have influence on Paramount and Platinum Dunes’ delayed Ninja Turtles. In a very long video interview, TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman says the fight scenes in the new film will be inspired by The Raid, as well as Fist of Legend. Read More »
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Will Vanilla Ice be ninja, ninja rapping in the new Ninja Turtles reboot? It’s possible. Or, at least, that’s what could be discerned from his (non) comments in a new interview. The rapper-turned-actor-turned home remodeler, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, appears in next week’s That’s My Boy and was recently discussing his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fandom with MTV. He then refused to comment when asked about possible involvement with the new film, which will reportedly start shooting in Vancouver later this year. Watch the clip and more after the jump. Read More »
While fans have been very vocal regarding Michael Bay’s comments about his company’s upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, Ninja Turtles, one thing that hasn’t really been discussed is the human element. While the turtles themselves are essential, the supporting characters are a huge part of the universe. So will Casey Jones and April O’Neil make appearances? We don’t know yet. What we do know is hip hop aritst Kid Cudi (who hit song “Pursuit of Happiness” was recently remixed in Project X) is most likely helping with the film in some way.
Cudi, real name Scott Mescudi, first posted a photo on his Tumblr of a Ninja Turtle with a caption suggesting he was going to be part of the film, next tweeted about Bay’s comments and then producer Brad Fuller retweeted an article about the whole situation. Seems like a good bet he’ll be part of the movie. How so exactly? Speculate and see the evidence after the jump. Read More »
The future has been bleak for the Halloween series. There was once a plan for The Weinstein Company to follow Rob Zombie’s two movies with a third movie, to be written by Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer, but start dates and release dates for that movie have come and gone, and in general TWC seemed little interested in making a new film.
And now the Weinsteins won’t make a new Halloween, as the rights have been sold to another company. Bloody Disgusting reports that Platinum Dunes is taking up the rights to Halloween, and will produce a new sequel, or another reboot, or something. The nature of the intended project is unknown. Supposedly the new film will not be in 3D, and it will not use found footage, and the suggestion is that Lussier and Farmer are out, too.
Given that Platinum Dunes has already remade other major horror franchises (Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and A Nightmare on Elm Street) this is like collecting the final ace for a four of a kind. For them, at least. For us, given the way those other remakes went, it might look more like a bust hand.
After the break, Hellraiser goes to TV, and a comedy with a horror bent gets a remake. Read More »
You can almost hear Michael Bay getting irritated as he types this — the producer/director has weighed in once more about the various controversies (I use that term lightly) over the new live-action version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Yesterday we heard the title might be simply Ninja Turtles, and now Bay has confirmed that title via his own forums. Read More »