Posted on Friday, August 31st, 2012 by Angie Han
Will Smith‘s possible directorial debut has taken one step forward, as Sony Pictures gives the green light to The Redemption of Cain. The script, by Caleeb Pinkett (brother of Jada), puts a vampiric twist on Cain and Abel’s Biblical tale of sibling rivalry. Because why check off just one hot Hollywood trend when you can knock out two for the same price? More details after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
Even as Hollywood continues to churn out paranormal romances and fairy tale retellings, it’s time to brace ourselves for the next white-hot trend: Biblical epics.
The newest project to fall into this category is Pontius Pilate, an account of one of the most infamous villains of all time. In the Bible, Pilate presides over Jesus Christ’s trial. Although he’s reluctant to condemn Jesus, Pilate eventually sends him to the cross under pressure from Jewish leaders and an unruly crowd. Warner Bros. has just acquired the hot script, from Woman on Top writer Vera Blasi. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, July 12th, 2012 by Angie Han
Like so many actors before him, Will Smith has caught the directing bug. Smith has mainly stuck with acting and producing since breaking out in the ’90s with The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, but is now eyeing a directorial debut with a Cain and Abel movie set up at Sony. This seems to be the same project that he attached himself to back in 2010, as a star and producer. Last we heard, that script (by Dan Knauf and Smith’s brother-in-law Caleeb Pinkett) combined two hot Hollywood trends — Biblical epics and vampires. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 by Angie Han
Paramount’s official synopsis for Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah is pretty vague, referring to it as “a close adaptation” and giving only the barest outline of the classic Biblical tale. But if you’re really curious about what approach Aronofsky plans to take, it’s not hard to dig up some pretty potent clues. A few lucky folks have already gotten a glimpse at the actual script, and for a more visual reference we can turn to Aronofsky’s own comic books based on that script.
Not surprisingly, Aronofsky’s version is a far cry from the simple religious tale you may vaguely recall from Sunday school. For starters, his Noah is a Mad Max-style warrior dealing with “eleven-foot-tall fallen angels with six arms and no wings.” Really. More details after the jump. More details after the jump.
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Briefly: Latino Review got a boost yesterday from the news that Guardians of the Galaxy would be the next ‘mystery Marvel movie’ to be announced for 2014, basically confirming a not terribly well-guarded secret. Then, late last night, the site spoke up again to say that Legendary Pictures will ride into Hall H on the back of a giant atomic-powered lizard. Or simply: the company is probably bringing Godzilla to Comic Con.
This isn’t the same sort of well-kept secret, but it also isn’t much of a surprise. Legendary had a big panel outside of Hall H last year in which the company talked about Pacific Rim publicly and in detail for the first time, and where it also gave out some info about the now-cancelled Paradise Lost.
We don’t know much about Godzilla at this point, so Comic Con would be a good venue for Legendary to announce some details. We do know that Gareth Edwards, director of Monsters, is in the director’s chair. We’ve also heard that there will be other monsters in the film, but as the script has been in the works for a while (most recently through David Goyer and then Max Borenstein) who knows what has changed.
Paul Verhoven, the dual-sided filmmaker whose Hollywood career is broadly split between highly aware genre fare (RoboCop, Starship Troopers, Black Book) and gleeful, exploitative silliness (Showgirls, Basic Instinct, Total Recall), has long wanted to make a film about Jesus. Yes, that Jesus, the carpenter. He co-wrote a book on the subject, Jesus of Nazareth, and has tried for some time to raise money to do a film version.
Now he’s a couple steps closer, perhaps thanks to a climate that is more favorable than usual towards big films with religious origins. (Think Aronofsky’s Noah and Spielberg’s Gods and Kings.) Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction, Beowulf) has been hired to script, and Muse Productions is ready to finance the picture. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
That There Will Be Blood helmer Paul Thomas Anderson is back with a new feature after five long years is exciting enough. Toss in the fact that his latest reunites him with frequent collaborator Philip Seymour Hoffman, and it’s no wonder The Master is one of our most highly anticipated movies of the year.
The first teaser was a beautifully crafted, deeply unsettling clip centered on a Navy man named Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix), and the second offers us a much better look at the titular Master himself, religious leader Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman). Not surprisingly, it already appears to be one hell of a performance. Amy Adams, who plays Lancaster’s wife, makes a brief showing as well. Watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2012 by Angie Han
Jennifer Connelly was one of the earliest names being rumored for Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah, with The Tracking Board preemptively announcing her casting as Naameh, wife of Noah (Russell Crowe) all the way back in April. However, while a slew of other names including Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Emma Watson, and Ray Winstone have boarded the cast over the past several weeks, her status has remained uncertain. As of several days ago, we were even hearing that Julianne Moore was in consideration for the role originally said to Connelly’s.
But sometimes even apparently unfounded rumors turn out to have some truth to them, and this is one of those times. Various outlets are now reporting that Connelly has finally received an official offer, and is now in negotiations to join Aronofsky’s Biblical epic. More details after the jump.
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