Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
There’s another Godzilla movie stomping across the screen this year, and no, it isn’t an Asylum-style knockoff. If anything, it’s the opposite.
Rialto Pictures has announced that it will release a new restoration of the original Godzilla from 1954. By that, they mean the actual original. This is the uncut version released in Japan, not the 1956 American edit that did away with much of the footage in favor of new scenes featuring Raymond Burr.
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Briefly: It was a long, hard-fought battle, but the star of Jack Reacher and A Good Day To Die Hard has emerged victorious. Now he just has to fight a bunch of killer robots.
Jai Courtney has been cast as Kyle Reese in Alan Taylor‘s Terminator: Genesis, a 2015 reboot of James Cameron’s blockbuster franchise. (It’s the role made famous by Michael Biehn in Cameron’s original.) He’ll join Arnold Schwarzenegger, who plays the killing machine, Jason Clarke as his son John Connor, and Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, who Reese is sent into the past to protect. If you want to know if the plot details this time around are all the same as in Cameron’s first film, address questions to Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, who wrote the script. [Variety]
When I sat down with director Jose Padilha at Comic Con to talk about his upcoming Robocop reboot, I expected to have a very superficial conversation about his first Hollywood blockbuster. Instead, he dished out a deep psychological dissection of the characters and story of his film.
I’ve now seen the film and got another chance to talk with Padilha about the finished project. We spoke about how he got the directing gig, and the source of the concept at the core of the film. We talk about his background before filmmaking, when he studied political economy at Oxford. He tells me the most interesting thing he learned about the advancement in robotics while developing the movie. We discuss the struggles of trying to make a smart blockbuster movie in the Hollywood system. Why his RoboCop is not R-Rated and dealing with the MPAA over graphic violence in the film. All of this and more can be read in my interview with Jose, after the jump.
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Robert Rodriguez is taking From Dusk Till Dawn to television with a new series that expands upon his original film (in addition to remaking it), with Zane Holtz and D.J. Cotrona playing as Richie Gecko and Seth Gecko. To promote the show the publicity team is embracing the old-school lobby card concept, with the release of a bunch of new photos dressed up in the old lobby card style. Ours features Holz and Cotrona in a pose that will be very familiar to fans of films by Rodriguez and Dusk Till Dawn co-creator Quentin Tarantino. Check it out below. Read More »
Though The Monuments Men wasn’t the hit some people hoped it might be, George Clooney isn’t fazed. He’s still got a Best Picture Oscar for his work producing 2012′s Argo and now he and partner Grant Heslov set up a new project. They’re acquiring the remake rights to the 2013 Norwegian thriller Pioneer. The original film was directed by Erik Skjoldbjaerg and followed two brothers during the Norwegian oil boom in the 1980s. Wes Bentley and Stephen Lang were among the cast of the original; we don’t have any word on casting for the remake. Read More »
It’s one of the better stories in film fandom: two kids, Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala, with cinematographer Jayson Lamb, were such huge fans of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark that they remade the film, shot for shot. It took seven years, but eventually Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation was complete enough for people to watch, and years later even got the attention of Spielberg himself. The creators are not kids any longer, actually; the guys weren’t even teens when they started to shoot the Raiders remake, and the project got going in 1982.
But while many people have seen The Adaptation, the creators never really considered it as 100% finished as they were never able to shoot the airplane scene. You know the one, with the giant propellor, and the bald Nazi mechanic, and all that blood.
Now, as a documentary about The Adaptation and a dramatic film about its creation both get into gear, the original three creators are trying to raise money to shoot that one final scene. Read More »
If Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop wasn’t called “RoboCop,” it would be much easier to embrace. While this remake evokes and/or borrows many designs and big ideas from Paul Verhoven’s 1987 original, the meat of the story is almost totally unique, giving it the feel of a completely different movie. Obviously, that was the point, but by simultaneously differentiating itself while also staying beholden to the original, the film is burdened with the weight of expectations and analysis of the original film.
That burden aside, Padilha has made a pretty solid movie. It has a lot to say and it delves into facets of the Alex Murphy character we’d never seen before. The story is global; the influence of media and government plays a huge role. There’s some really intense action, which takes a back seat to myriad points of social commentary and morality. Those points give the film a seemingly unique voice, but it doesn’t work as a cohesive piece. Padilha has brought together a strong cast with beautiful music and camerawork to make a movie much better than one would expect, but nowhere near what you’d hoped. Read More »
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Briefly: Most of the lead roles in Terminator: Genesis have been filled. Arnold Schwarzenegger is the lead cyborg, Emilia Clarke is Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke is John Connor and Alan Taylor is directing. That leaves one final piece to the puzzle, John Connor’s dad Kyle Reese, and reportedly it’s down to two actors: Boyd Holbrook, recently seen in Out of the Furnace and The Host, or Jai Courtney, star of Jack Reacher and A Good Day to Die Hard. Rumor has it Holbrook is in the driver’s seat, but it’s still a close race. We should hear final casting soon, as the film is scheduled for release July 1, 2015. [Deadline and THR]