Rupert Wyatt to Direct Noir Thriller ‘Night Film’

Rupert Wyatt

Rupert Wyatt got some positive notice after the his debut feature, The Escapist, but it was his next film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, that introduced him to a broader audience. And although he decided to bow out of that franchise before the sequel started shooting, he’s apparently happy to re-team with the people behind it.

Wyatt has just been attached to direct Night Film, Chernin Entertainment’s adaptation of Marisha Pessl‘s upcoming crime thriller novel.

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If you’re one of the 60,000 or so backers of the Veronica Mars movie project, you’re probably starting to get a little curious about what your money’s actually going to buy. Sure, we know it’ll be a feature film featuring Neptune’s sharpest P.I., ten years out of high school. But which of her old friends and nemeses will we see? How much sex and violence can we anticipate? Is this the end of Veronica’s journey, or just the beginning?

Series creator Rob Thomas has all the answers, and while he’s not ready to give everything away he’s happy to drop a few hints. And he may slip a few more in a Twitter live chat tomorrow morning. Hit the jump to learn the latest details on the project, and get more info on the Twitter event.

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It took Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell several years to get as far as a Kickstarter campaign for the long-awaited Veronica Mars movie sequel, and fans less than twelve hours to scrape together the necessary $2 million budget. Now, just as promised, Warner Bros. has officially greenlit the movie. All that’s left for us at this point is the waiting. By Thomas’ own estimates, Veronica Mars won’t hit theaters for another year or so.

On the plus side, though, that means there’s plenty of time to revisit the original series before picking back up with the Neptune crowd. Hit the jump to find out where you can stream it online for free. Plus, learn more about how exactly Warner Bros. plans to make the movie.

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Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: In less than 12 hours from launching the kickstarter, Rob Thomas has raised over $2,000,000 for the Veronica Mars movie, hitting the goal of the project. Of course, they have 30 days left to go, and will still need the fans to help raise more money to allow them to do more in the story. $2 million might sound like a lot to many of you, but consider they lose an estimated $400,000 to Kickstarter fees and taxes. They will likely have to pay 20% in fees and taxes of any future raised funds too. And they also need to pay for the various rewards to those who have and will fund this project, which includes shipping posters, t-shirts, dvds and box sets. The film will likely have to be a union production, and while its expected the actors will be working close to scale (and participate in the back end) it still will be very costly at the absolute minimum level. Basically I’m saying, just because they’ve hit the goal doesn’t mean you shouldn’t “donate.” Do you want to see a good movie? Haven’t donated yet? You still have 30 days… The original story from Angie Han can be read after the jump.

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Much as Marc Webb is currently doing, Robert Rodriguez has begun to tweet photos from the set of his comic book sequel.

Rodriguez’s movie, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, is well into production in Texas aiming at an October 4 release date. It stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Stacy Keach, Christopher Meloni, Dennis HaysbertRay Liotta, Juno Temple, Jeremy Piven and Jamie Chung, among others in an adaptation of the Frank Miller comic.

Rodriguez tweeted two photos, one of which you see above, showing Josh Brolin’s character in the film. What’s great about these photos is not only are they our first look at the film, but that the other one shows what the set looks like versus the nearly finished plate above. Read More »

Although Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has been shooting for some time now, the nature of the production means that not all of the actors have to be on set at the same time. Directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have been taking advantage of that by roping in their stars when they can, so even now we’re getting some major casting announcements. The new addition this week is Stacy Keach, who’ll play a major villain called Wallenquist. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Cameras have been rolling on Robert Rodriguez‘s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For for some time now, but either he’s only just gotten around to casting one of its major characters, or publicists have waited to announce the casting until late in the game. Eva Green has just been announced as part of the project in the role of Ava Lord, the femme fatale who features prominently in the titular plotline. Meanwhile, he’s also added rising star Julia Garner, who’ll play a stripper in another story, opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s Johnny. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Whether your idea of fun is G-rated college kids or hard-R strippers, there’s something in today’s Sequel Bits for you. After the jump:

  • Jessica Alba promises to do more dancing in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • … while Robert Rodrigez comments on Dennis Haysbert replacing Michael Clarke Duncan
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger explains why his age won’t be an issue in The Legend of Conan
  • Screenwriter Craig Mazin talks about weathering criticism for The Hangover Part II
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be digitally remastered for a one-week IMAX 3D release
  • See some cute international posters and a new setting for Monsters University
  • Vin Diesel and Karl Urban face off once again in the newest Riddick still

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