Each time Andrew Garfield‘s name comes up for a project these days, it’s seemingly bigger and more impressive than the last thing. He was crucial to David Fincher’s The Social Network, he re-imagined your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, and now arguably the greatest living filmmaker has tapped him to star in his new project.
Martin Scorsese has cast Garfield as the lead in in Silence, based on an Shusaku Endo novel about Jesuits who attempt to spread Christianity in 17th century Japan. He’ll be joined by Ken Watanabe and filming is set to start Summer 2014. Garfield will play Father Rodrigues, who travels to Japan with a priest and Watanabe will play the priest’s interpreter. Read More »
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When Steven Spielberg officially fell away from the DreamWorks project Gods and Kings, leaving the director’s chair open for potential occupation by Ang Lee, we knew that the film’s sagging momentum would be an opportunity for Fox to push its own Moses movie forward.
Ridley Scott has been developing the film, Exodus, at Fox. (Its relationship to Otto Preminger’s 1960 film is in title only, we presume. The film’s relationship to the book of the same name in the Hebrew Bible is likely more direct.) Originally written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, it has a new draft by Steve Zaillian. Ridley Scott reportedly wants to make it his next film after The Councellor, and now he may have Christian Bale as his Moses. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
Biblical epics seem to be all the rage these days, but one director that won’t be jumping on that bandwagon is Steven Spielberg. The filmmaker has been linked to Warner Bros.’ Moses biopic Gods and Kings since about 2011, but has finally decided to move on. The studio is thinking big for his replacement, however, and has made moves toward Ang Lee as a possible new director. Read more after the jump.
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The 1959 film Ben-Hur, starring Charlton Heston, is one of the most revered films of all-time. Along with classics such as Gone with the Wind, Lawrence of Arabia, Citizen Kane and The Wizard of Oz, it’s regularly in the discussion of the best American films ever made. Which, one would think, would make a remake off limits.
MGM has found a way. The company, which released the original film but then sold the rights to Ted Turner, has just purchased a spec script by Keith Clarke (The Way Back) that is “much different” from the original film and “more faithful” to the original book, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace. There’s more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
As a producer, Ridley Scott has maintained a strong presence on television with shows like The Good Wife and Numb3rs. As a director, he hasn’t crossed over to the small screen in four decades. That’ll change next year, however, as Scott has just signed on to helm a Showtime drama pilot titled The Vatican. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
We’ve seen the ark, we’ve seen Noah, and we’ve seen his friends and family. Now a new batch of set photos reveals the big scary villain that Russell Crowe‘s lead character will be up against. No, not the flood: Ray Winstone was revealed this summer as Tubal-cain, the apparently human nemesis to Crowe’s man of faith. Specifics on his character are hard to come by at this point, but judging by these images he’ll be getting roughed up quite a bit. Check them out after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
[UPDATE: THR reports that legendary stunt coordinator and second unit director Vic Armstrong is now in negotiations to direct. Armstrong's previous director credits include episodes of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and the Dolph Lundgren movie Army of One.]
That Biblical epic trend sweeping over Hollywood isn’t stopping at the Old Testament, apparently. Planning has begun on a mainstream cinematic reboot of Left Behind, based on Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins‘ bestselling novels about the end times.
And to replace Kirk Cameron, who starred in the previous movie adaptation of the books, they’ve entered talks with Nicolas Cage. Even by the standards of Cage’s hyper-eclectic career, this is a rather unexpected career choice. More details after the jump.
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Coming off the Oscar-winning Black Swan, director Darren Aronofsky could have done anything, so after dropping The Wolverine, he decided to build an ark. He’s currently shooting Noah, the Biblical tale of a man who builds an ark to save life on Earth after receiving a message from God. Russell Crowe plays the title role but he’s joined by Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins. It’s scheduled for release March 28, 2014 and after the jump you can see some new set photos. Read More »