I got a press release earlier today that describes the new Spike Lee film, Oldboy, as “a unique reinterpretation of the 2003 Korean film,” with that ’03 movie being the Park Chan-wook effort that turned the director into a globally-popular filmmaker. That’s a slightly new way to position a remake.
We’ve seen so many clips, violent glimpses, and featurettes for the film that a new trailer feels like it is coming in very late. And, in fact, this “new” trailer is basically the red-band one that landed over the summer, with a few changes to make it suitable for all audiences. A couple bits of explicit violence are gone, as are two or three butt shots. In fact, one butt shot from the original trailer has been digitally altered for this one. Look for it below! Read More »
Please Recommend /Film on Facebook
Robert Rodriguez is a prime partner in the new El Rey Network, which is the new “genre-busting cable network” aimed at the Latino audience, and we’ve known that one of the cornerstones of the El Rey programming would be a new From Dusk Till Dawn series. Rodriguez isn’t just producing the series, either; as it goes into production in Austin, TX, the announcement has come that he’s directing the first two hour-long episodes.
The show will remake and expand the movie in ten episodes, with D.J. Cotrona (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) as Seth Gecko, Zane Holtz (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) as Richie Gecko, Jesse Garcia (Sons of Anarchy) as new character Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez, and Don Johnson (Django Unchained, Miami Vice) as Sheriff Earl McGraw. Read More »
Jon Favreau is in talks to finally make that big budget Disney family movie we’re been waiting for. No, not Magic Kingdom. Instead, the director of Iron Man and Iron Man 2 is in negotiations to direct a new version of Rudyard Kipling‘s classic tale The Jungle Book. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
After taking on a legendary family feud and Depression-era outlaws — not to mention flirting with the Kennedy clan — the History network is ready to take on one of the most painful chapters of America’s past with its next miniseries.
The channel is working on a remake of Roots, the iconic 1977 miniseries based on the novel by Alex Haley. Hit the jump for all the details, and to find out what the original Kinta Kunte, LeVar Burton, thinks of all this.
Read More »
Spike Lee‘s remake of Oldboy is quickly approaching, and with it come answers to innumerable questions. Paramount among those questions is “Will American audiences want to see such a brutal, visceral story after eating their Thanksgiving dinners?” Based on this violent clip, it seems like a hard sell.
Josh Brolin stars as Joe Doucett, an unlikeable salesman who is mysteriously imprisoned for twenty years. He’s then just as mysteriously released, and hellbent on finding out who could do such a horrible thing. Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Imperioli are along for the ride.
We’ve seen plenty of images, trailers and much more but this latest video – not a trailer, but not quite a full scene – shows a bit of what Doucett does in captivity for twenty years, and the hammer filled rage he has upon release. Check it out below. Read More »
Briefly: Recent best director Oscar winner Michel Hazanavicius, who won for The Artist, is directing The Artist star Bérénice Bejo and Annette Bening in his upcoming film The Search. The film, which Hazanavicus wrote based on the 1948 film of the same name, is about “an NGO worker who forms a special relationship with a young boy in warn-torn Chechnya.” The original film was set in Berlin, after the end of WWII.
The film is shooting now in Georgia (the country, not the state), and Hazanavicus has his producer Thomas Langmann on board, along with crew from The Artist. [Deadline]
Things have gone pretty quiet around the reboot of RoboCop since the premiere of the first trailer a couple months ago. That might be a smart move; rather than inundating people with info and images, the marketing campaign has been low-key, feeding the interest and curiosity people have for the film. That trailer was among the most-viewed we’ve posted in the latter half of this year.
Now, however, there’s a new trailer on the way, and before that debut later this week we’ve got a bunch of new images. You can check them out below. Read More »
The original Sleepaway Camp, from 1983, which follows a bullied girl at a summer camp where people start turning up dead, isn’t the best movie in the ’80s horror canon. But it is notorious for its ending, and for generally being a nasty piece of work. (For example, it goes so far as to suggest that one character’s psychosis was caused by witnessing their father’s loving homosexual experience with another man.) But those elements make it a favorite among some fans, even as they generally dismiss the three “unauthorized” sequels (and one “legit” one from the film’s original director, Robert Hiltzik) that followed. There isn’t another film quite like it, and it seems unlikely that it would get made today.
But while an original film like Sleepaway Camp probably wouldn’t happen now, a reboot can more easily take flight. Jeff Katz, formerly of Fox and New Line, wants to reboot the film, and potentially start a new franchise. The idea is to write a modern version that sets up “a new film series that echoes its legacy and the psychosexual elements that made the first pic such a memorable cult favorite.” There’s no writer or director yet, so it’s way too early to know what this version will do with the ideas of the original.
If you’ve never seen that first film, it’ll be out on Blu-ray from Shout! Factory next year. [Deadline]
Cool Posts From Around the Web: