Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: The first part of the podcast was published yesterday, which is what we originally reported on. The second part of the conversation is now online, and I have updated the bottom of this story with additional information including Episode VIII shooting schedule, the process of writing the script and shooting location. The original post from September 18th 2014 follows, followed by an BOLDED marked update with the additional information.
Rian Johnson talked a bit about the creative freedom he has been given working on Star Wars Episode VIII (and IX?) while talking to fellow filmmaker Terry Gilliam on the TalkHouse podcast. Find out what Johnson said about writing the next installment of the Star Wars franchise, what it’s like to be working in someone else’s world, the obligation to bring Yoda and puppets back to the series, and an idea to have Gilliam have a cameo which might reveal a possible character in the upcoming eighth film. All this and more can be read and heard in the Rian Johnson Terry Gilliam Star Wars discussion, after the jump.
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Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros dropped a fun Breaking Bad easter egg in Gareth Edwards‘ Godzilla, did you notice it? The Walter White appearance happens in the first 50 seconds of the film, in the opening title sequence. See the Walter White’s Breaking Bad Godzilla easter egg after the jump.
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Universal Pictures is getting ready to reboot all of their Universal Monsters. The last film not part of this new era is Dracula Untold, a standalone blend of fact and fiction that becomes a pseudo-Dracula origin story. Luke Evans (Fast and Furious 6, The Hobbit) is Prince Vlad of Transylvania, a just ruler who leads a peaceful life with his family. That changes when his country is invaded by a seemingly unbeatable enemy, leading Vlad to make the ultimate sacrifice to save his people. Vlad himself was a real person and the inspiration for Dracula. Whether or not he actually became a vampire named Dracula is probably less true.
Directed by Gary Shore, Dracula Untold opens October 17. Check out the latest Dracula Untold trailer, this one from Japan, below. Read More »
Multiple cuts of Wong Kar-Wai‘s latest film, The Grandmaster, already exist. Primarily, there’s the long Chinese cut and the shorter US version, the latter of which excises some characters completely and focuses the story in a slightly different manner. Now there’ll be a new version. Wong is prepping a 3D version of The Grandmaster for Chinese release. The 3D conversion isn’t the only different in this one, however, as it is also reported to have previously unseen footage. Read More »
Guy Ritchie is getting ready to start a new franchise and he’s just picked the main player. Charlie Hunnam, he of Pacific Rim and Sons of Anarchy fame, will play King Arthur in the Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, currently scheduled for release July 22, 2016. He’ll likely be joined by the previously announced Idris Elba, playing a mentor role. Elizabeth Olsen is the top choice for the female lead, but has not yet committed. Read More »
Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has posted a new photo from the Jurassic World set, which features a nice tribute to Richard Attenborough, the actor who played Jurassic Park founder John Hammond in the original Steven Spielberg film and died over the weekend. See the new Richard Attenborough Jurassic World tribute image, after the jump.
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Disney and Lucasfilm are working to create a new Star Wars trilogy, a few stand-alone films, a new animated television series following the origins of the Rebellion, plus books, games and even theme park attractions. And from what we’ve heard, the plan is for all of them to interconnect and cross over among one another in ways we’ve never seen in the history of storytelling. Learn more about the future of Star Wars long-form interconnected storytelling, after the jump.
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