In Joe Carnahan‘s The Grey, a group of oil workers survive a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness and trek through the elements, dying one-by-one as they’re torn to pieces by wolves or simply lose the will to live. It’s a fine metaphor for Sony’s long-gestating adaptation of the Uncharted video game series, which has been in development since 2009 and has burned through more writers, directors, and release dates than I care to include in this sentence. So it’s only natural that Carnahan, whose movies often broken people battling impossible odds, would take over screenwriting duties. He knows a thing or two about winning a war of attrition.
But let’s press pause on that metaphor get to the real news here: Carnahan has apparently finished the Uncharted screenplay and he took to social media to celebrate.
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We first heard about Holmes and Watson back in 2008. At the time, it was going to star Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen, but the comedy fell to the wayside, and we instead got two Sherlock Holmes movies from Guy Ritchie. The musical was revived last summer with Ferrell still onboard but with Cohen out. Etan Cohen‘s (Get Hard) film now has John C. Reilly playing Watson, making this an exciting reunion for the Step-Brothers and Talladega Nights stars. They’re in good company, too, as Hugh Laurie (Chance) and Ralph Fiennes (A Bigger Splash) have signed on to star in the film.
Below, learn more about Holmes and Watson.
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If you’ve already moved on from the Ghostbusters reboot from this past summer, that’s totally fine. If you didn’t like the movie, I don’t blame you. Paul Feig‘s attempt at a new Ghostbusters didn’t live up to what I was hoping to see from the movie. Honestly, I didn’t think it was downright terrible, but I thought it lost itself in the shuffle of trying to be a tentpole blockbuster when it should have stayed more true to the first half of the movie.
Beyond that, I actually liked the new team made up of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, and it’s a shame that we’ll never get to see them alongside the original Ghostbusters team of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. However, that doesn’t mean that the two universes, as separate as they are, can’t be tied to each other. In fact, I think that the new Ghostbusters universe can easily and feasibly be tied to the original movie without upsetting anything about the mythology.
Find out how a Ghostbusters reboot connection to the original movie is still very much possible after the jump. Read More »
It’s taken almost a decade for Passengers to hit the big screen. Now that the film is out in theaters, I thought we could discuss how the ending of the film failed its premise, and how the original Passengers ending from the screenplay was different from the final film.
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Passengers was partially born out of a movie that was never made. The first script screenwriter Jon Spaihts sold was called Shadow 19, originally a Warner Bros. project that made Keanu Reeves and his producing partner, Stephen Hamel, want to continue working with Spaihts — which ultimately led to Passengers. Spaiht’s script was famously embraced by those who read it, but it went on to spend years and years in development.
Almost a decade after Passengers got started, the sci-fi romance has finally reached theaters with Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence in the starring roles. In the years since writing it, Spaihts has worked on plenty of high-profile projects, including Prometheus, Doctor Strange, and The Black Hole remake, but Passengers is his first completely original script to get produced.
We recently spoke with the screenwriter — who’s looking forward to making his directorial debut when he finds the time — about Passengers‘ many years in development, how the story evolved, a deleted scene he misses, and more. Below, read our Jon Spaihts interview.
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It’s probably a safe bet that we’ll never see the return of Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore on the big screen as the original Ghostbusters. Not only have we lost one of the original cast members (RIP Harold Ramis), but the reboot has established itself as existing in an entirely different universe, despite the many similarities and borrowed elements between the reboot and the original, making a crossover essentially impossible. But that doesn’t mean we can get a Ghostbusters crossover elsewhere.
Comics publisher IDW has announced some of the forthcoming 2017 titles, and one of them is a Ghostbusters crossover that will see the original 1984 team meeting Erin Gilbert, Abby Yates, Jillian Holtzmann and Patty Tolan, the conductors of the metaphysical examination from the 2016 movie. Find out more about the Ghostbusters crossover comic below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
Sometime last year, Sony announced plans to make The Emoji Movie, which is exactly what it sounds like — an entire feature film about the bubbly little faces that live in your phone. It was described in rough terms as “Wreck-It Ralph meets Inside Out,” which, despite the fact that we really like both of those movies, didn’t do much to make us feel better about The Emoji Movie. But hey, we’ve been wrong before. Sometimes terrible-on-paper ideas yield incredible movies. Maybe, just maybe, The Emoji Movie is one of those times.
… Or, you know, maybe not. It seems like a bad sign that the first Emoji Movie trailer does not seem all that excited about The Emoji Movie. I guess the marketing team thought they were being ironic, but really all I see is a reflection of my own lack of interest in this film. Watch the first The Emoji Movie trailer below. Read More »
Back in the fall, we learned that Sony Pictures was reaching back into literary history for a new live-action and computer generated hybrid film by adapting Beatrix Potter‘s classic character Peter Rabbit for his own movie. The film has late night sensation James Corden voicing the titular bunny, and now we have our first look at the updated version of the character in his photorealistic animated form.
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Posted on Thursday, December 15th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Earlier this year, I was the only person on the planet mentally unwell enough to defend Independence Day: Resurgence, one of the most critically reviled blockbuster in a year chock-full of movies that audiences of all stripes flat-out rejected. I suppose I just have a soft spot for director Roland Emmerich, whose filmmaking has evolved over the years from “glossy Irwin Allen riff” to “hilariously cruel, misanthropic insanity.” It came as no surprise that Emmerich’s next movie was supposed to be a science fiction thriller about the moon plummeting into the earth. That was the next logical step.
But Emmerich has other interests, too, like trying to prove that Shakespeare didn’t write his plays and making hideously awful movies about important events in LGBTQ history and, apparently, reading the work of author Blake Crouch, since he’s in currently looking to adapt his 2016 novel Dark Matter.
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Just a few days before Christmas, the sci-fi adventure romance Passengers will hit screens, putting Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence at the center of a story that feels like Titanic in space. While we’ll have to wait a little longer to see this one, some members of the press have already seen the movie ahead of time, and the first Passengers reviews have started to hit the web.
While both Pratt and Lawrence get acclaim for their performances, the consensus seems to be that their talents are wasted on a movie that never quite reaches its full potential, seemingly because director Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) doesn’t really know how to keep Jon Spaihts‘ script (which made the Black List years ago) as interesting as it should be on screen.
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