Alan Taylor, the director of Thor: The Dark World, won’t confirm or deny if he’s directing the 2015 Terminator film. “I’m under the personal policy to say it’s a rumor,” he told me at the junket for his new Marvel film. Taylor did, however, admit talks have been progressing and if he was to direct the film – hypothetically, of course – fans should regard it like Batman Begins in relation to the Joel Schumacher Batman movies. That is: a respectful remake taking a franchise in a new direction after multiple missteps. Read his quotes and more below. Read More »
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Though each of the classic Universal monster movies (starting with Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, and The Mummy) stands alone, by the time producers were done with all the characters, some had started to cross over into one another’s films. So it’s no surprise to hear that there are ideas for a Marvel Studios-style “monsters universe” at Universal now.
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have been working on two monster-releated reboots for Universal: The Mummy and Van Helsing. Now Orci explains that, in coming up with ideas for each, the notion of “a universe” has started to sprout. Read More »
The 1981 romance Endless Love had a theme song by Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross that was one of the biggest singles of the year. So naturally this trailer for the remake features a cover version of the song… ‘Addicted to Love,’ originally by Robert Palmer.
In fact, that’s probably a better song for the story; while the earnest and sweet Ritchie and Ross duet gave Endless Love a similar image, in fact the story is a lot more weird. It features a straight-laced boy and bohemian girl who fall in love and start having loads of sex, thanks in part to the girl’s permissive free-spirit parents. But her mom starts to get off on watching the kids go at it, and eventually there’s an inappropriate attempt a seduction, and arson, and a mental institution. So sweet!
The original, an adaptation of the novel by Scott Spencer, was critically trashed. How will this remake fare? This version stars Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde, and it seems like the roles have been flipped as she’s the one from the uptight home and he’s the free spirit. Some other elements seem to be in place, but it’s difficult to tell what else has been changed. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
Briefly: Brie Larson has been on the rise for a few years, but 2013 has been a big year. Her role in Short Term 12 has proved to be an attention-getter; she’s great in The Spectacular Now, and she was terrific in a minor but important role in Don Jon as well. Those are just three pieces of work that are propelling Larson towards bigger movies, but coming all at once (all were Sundance debuts) has helped build momentum.
Now she’s in talks to join Mark Wahlberg in The Gambler, which is a remake of a 1974 film starring James Caan. We don’t have any details about her role, but casting for the film seems to be coming together, so we might hear more soon. Rupert Wyatt (Rise of The Planet Of The Apes, The Escapist) will direct from a script by William Monahan. [Deadline]
We know a good bit about Oldboy, from Spike Lee. It’s a remake, after all, so the story is pretty well set in the minds of many potential audience members.
The film stars Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlo Copley, and Samuel L. Jackson, and presents a story of deep-seated offenses and elaborate revenge. We’ve seen some footage that shows how Lee and crew have worked with and around the original film from Park Chan-wook. And now there’s a clip that keeps things pretty simple, as it presents a conversation between the characters played by Brolin and Olsen. It’s tense, heated stuff, and actually might be one of the better looks at the movie so far. Read More »
This Halloween, there’s literally only one wide horror release and that’s Kimberly Peirce‘s remake of Carrie. That fact alone should make the film a hit, but this viral video can’t hurt either. A team of filmmakers, actors and stuntmen set up a fake coffee shop in New York City for the lone goal of freaking customers out when a young girl starts moving crap with her mind. And freak people out they did. Check it out below. Read More »
When you’re an Oscar-winning director, you can go to the movies and walk out with your next project. That reportedly happened for Danny Boyle, who saw Havana Marking‘s 2013 documentary Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers and immediately decided he wanted to turn it into a narrative. So that’s what he’s going to do.
The documentary tells the behind the scenes story of the world’s most successful jewel thieves and the underground world of the international drug trade. Pathe and Fox Searchlight will co-finance the remake. Read More »
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What better way to honor the memory of the recently deceased author Tom Clancy than to get our first look at the reboot of a franchise featuring his most famous character? Kenneth Branagh‘s reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, stars Chris Pine in the title role. Unlike versions of the character played by Ben Affleck, Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin, however, this Jack Ryan is just at the beginning of his career as a secret agent.
Branagh does double duty as the main bad guy, Kevin Costner plays a senior agent and Keira Knightley is Ryan’s lady. Check out the trailer, which is full of that trademark Tom Clancy action and intrigue, below. Read More »