Escape from New York Prequel

We’re coming up on 10 years of development on the Escape from New York remake that originated at New Line Cinema but now finds itself at 20th Century Fox. Over the years, we’ve seen various talents attached such as writers like Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) and Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) involved, directors such as Brett Ratner and Breck Eisner once attached, and names like Gerard Butler and Tom Hardy thrown around to play the lead.

As of now, no new talent has come on board since Luther creator Neil Cross was hired last fall, but some new details have emerged on the project that could either be really interesting or extremely frustrating for fans of the original movie. First and foremost, it has been confirmed that the Escape from New York remake is in fact a prequel that will provide some origin details on both Snake Plissken (originally played by Kurt Russell) and the state of the world. However, keep in mind that some of these details might dive into spoiler territory, so continue to read at your own risk. Read More »

Joe Carnahan death wish script

Writer-director Joe Carnahan (Narc) exited the Death Wish remake over creative differences. He wrote the lead role with his frequent collaborator Frank Grillo (The Grey) in mind, but Paramount and MGM insisted on Bruce Willis starring in the film. That idea didn’t fly with Carnahan, so he went on to pursue other projects. Eli Roth (Knock Knock) eventually ended up in the director’s chair, but Carnahan has hopes of one day reworking his script into a film of his own.

Below, learn more about Joe Carnahan’s Death Wish script.

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westworld finale

Westworld is a show that’s raised more than a few questions in its first season. Fans have gone wild with all sorts speculation and fan theories, placing some of the show’s tiniest details under a microscope. With the upcoming Westworld season one finale, most of the hit series’ questions will get answered, according to creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.

Below, learn more about the Westworld season one finale.

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superman lives animated film

The history of Tim Burton‘s squashed Superman film, Superman Lives, has been well documented. Just last year there was Jon Schnepp‘s documentary, The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?, which featured writer-director Kevin Smith discussing his time on the comic book movie. Now, Smith says he still wouldn’t mind seeing the script he wrote realized, at least in animation.

Below, learn more about Kevin Smith’s hopes for a Superman Lives script.

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Beauty and the Beast Photo

Fans of the 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast got quite a glimpse at the live-action remake coming from Disney in the spring thanks to the new trailer that was unveiled not too long ago. It looks very loyal to Disney’s first attempt at telling the tale as old as time, but advanced visual effects gives director Bill Condon an opportunity to tell the story in a new way, and it looks positively fantastic.

Now we get another little glimpse at the movie in the form of a new photo that finally gives us a shot of Luke Evans as Gaston attempting to catch the eye of Emma Watson as Belle. Read More »

highlander reboot

The Highlander reboot has been kicking around for many years now. We’ve seen all sorts of talent come and go with this project, including directors Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond) and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later). The last director attached to the Highlander reboot was Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (The Huntsman: Winter’s War), but he’s no longer involved. John Wick and John Wick: Chapter Two director Chad Stahelski (on the right side of the picture above) is now sitting in the Highlander reboot’s director’s chair.

Below, learn more about the Highlander reboot.

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predator

I have learned that Cinematographer Larry Fong has been hired as cinematographer for Shane Black‘s The Predator. This is great news for the upcoming reboot/sequel to the iconic 1987 sci-fi film Predator. More details on Fong and the production, after the jump.

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‘The Crow’ Flies Away From Relativity

The Crow leaves Relativity

The tragic saga of Relativity’s The Crow reboot continues, this time with an unexpected twist: it’s not actually Relativity’s The Crow reboot anymore. The project has left its longtime nest at the studio, landing now with Davis Films, Highland Film Group, and Electric Shadow.

Edward R. Pressman, who produced the 1994 movie starring Brandon Lee, remains on board to produce the new film. However, it’s unclear what this means for director Corin Hardy and star Jason Momoa, who are the latest in a long, long line of director/star combos who’ve tried to get The Crow off the ground. Read More »

Beauty and the Beast Trailer Comparison

This week brought the first trailer for the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and fans of the original animated movie from 1991 couldn’t wait to see how it turned out. In fact, so many of them watched the trailer in the first 24 hours that it ended up breaking a world record. But we’ll get to that after the jump.

In addition, one of the fans who can’t wait to see the new Beauty and the Beast decided to take the trailer and line it up with footage from the original animated movie. After you watch it, you’ll see just how perfectly the live-action movie emulates the modern classic.

Watch the Beauty and the Beast trailer comparison and find out what record the trailer broke after the jump. Read More »

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starship troopers

I used to think about Starship Troopers every single day because it’s one of my favorite movies and I quote it often and I find its satiric look at a fascist future society both hilarious and chilling. It put a babyfaced Neil Patrick Harris in a Nazi SS uniform. It’s director Paul Verhoeven‘s scathing masterpiece.

But now I think about it every hour or so, not just because it’s being remade as version that will be more faithful to Robert Heinlein‘s original novel, but because the current state of American politics has me pondering Verhoeven’s cynical, authoritarian vision of the future (see: his other genre masterpiece, RoboCop). And it turns out that Verhoeven is inviting comparison himself, explaining that Starship Troopers without the satire “would fit very much in a Trump Presidency.”

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