Someone wants to produce an English-language Audition remake. The 1997 Ryu Murakami novel was turned into a 1999 thriller by director Takashi Miike. The film became notorious at festivals, and quickly aroused the interest of cult audiences in the US. In the story, a widower uses a staged audition process — ostensibly for a television show — to find a new girlfriend. The woman he chooses, however, has some really serious problems, and things get weird.
No, really. Things get really weird. Audition has two or three impossible-to-forget sequences, at least one of which stands among the more messed-up things I’ve seen in a movie. How will the US version fare? Read more below. Read More »
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On the spectrum of news about a reboot, remake or sequel, Tuesday’s reveal of Shane Black and Fred Dekker doing a Predator movie was about as good as it gets. You’ve got Black, of the best writers out there, who also happens to be a solid director and who was involved in the original film. He’s teaming up with his good friend Dekker, himself a pretty great writer and director, and they’re tackling a popular franchise that has only had three dedicated movies. All big wins.
The original story was that this new Predator would be a reboot. But according to Black, that’s not he case. He wouldn’t quantify it exactly but said the film wouldn’t start over when there’s so much mythology to mine. That means it’s a sequel of some sort. Read his exact words below. Read More »
In 2013, Steven Spielberg was president of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. He was there to enjoy movies and give prizes, but he also conducted a little business. One of the films there, called Like Father, Like Son, got a lot of attention. It was then awarded with a Jury Prize by the festival, but an even bigger one from Spielberg himself. Spielberg’s company, DreamWorks, picked up the remake rights to the film, which follows two families which mix up their children.
Now, they’ve finally hired a team to move forward with the Like Father Like Son remake: Paul and Chris Weitz, the men behind American Pie, About A Boy, The Golden Compass and others. Read More »
Sure, why not drop news of another reboot? The ’80s film WarGames, which originally starred Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy, is being remade by MGM. (The studio has already created a series of other remakes, including RoboCop, Carrie, and Red Dawn, and has Poltergeist and The Town That Dreaded Sundown to come.) Now the studio is poised to hire Dean Israelite to direct and Arash Amel to write the WarGames remake. Read More »
All together now: “it’s ’cause of the echo!” When John McTiernan directed the original Predator, Fox wanted Shane Black to rewrite the script, and gave him a role in the film to lure him to the project. He played the bestpectacled Rick Hawkins, whose dirty jokes are some of the most memorable lines in the film. Now Shane Black is going back to the project. He’s been hired to write treatment for a Predator reboot, which Fred Dekker (Monster Squad) will script. Black may end up directing the film. Read More »
The first trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles did a good job of holding back its stars. This new trailer for the film, which opens August 8, goes the opposite way. It is almost completely comprised of the bodies, voices, attitudes and actions of our heroes in a half-shell: Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo and Donatello.
In two minutes-plus, this latest trailer is jam-packed with gadgets, pop culture references, plot reveals and more. It also shows that despite what we’d already thought, William Fichtner is not playing Shredder. Check out the new, and maybe final, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer below. Read More »
Debate continues to rage about Warner Bros. plans for their DC properties. We know Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is coming in 2016, and we’re pretty certain Justice League will follow in 2017. Beyond that, rumors of Flash/Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and Shazam movies and more remain unconfirmed. One thing that has not been mentioned at all is a new Batman movie.
The rumored schedule through 2018 didn’t include a solo Batman film, something that’s a no-brainer for the studio now that Ben Affleck is in the cowl. However, the latest rumor that 2019 is when it will happen. The working title is simply The Batman. Read more about the new Batman movie below.
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The remake of Point Break may have been delayed slightly when Gerard Butler dropped out, but it is quickly gathering steam once more. And the cast, at least, is shaping up to be interesting. Édgar Ramírez, Luke Bracey and Ray Winstone have been announced in the past few weeks. Now Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) has signed on to play the lead female role. Read More »