Cymbeline is a modern telling of William Shakespeare‘s play of the same name, from writer-director Michael Almereyda and star Ethan Hawke, who previously teamed to adapt Hamlet in 2000. We only heard of this film recently, and we’ve already got a trailer, probably due to the effort to secure distribution for the film in various territories.
And while you might hear “Shakespeare adaptation” and start to feel dismissive, this is akin to Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus or even Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet in that it uses Shakespeare’s play to power a cops and bikers story that has plenty of violence and energy. It looks interesting at the very least, and since the script retains the play’s original dialogue, there’s an appealing lilt to the proceedings, too. There’s also the additional cast: Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Penn Badgley, Anton Yelchin and Dakota Johnson, for starters. Check out the trailer below.
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Briefly: A remake of the French thriller Tell No One, which involves murder and layers of deception, has been in the works for years, with a variety of directors including Ben Affleck and Andrew Dominik attached to the movie. Now Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) is in talks to make the movie as a follow-up to Jane Got a Gun. Chris Terrio scripted the remake,
Here’s a synopsis of the original film: Eight years ago, pediatrician Alexandre Beck (François Cluzet) was the prime suspect in his wife’s murder. He’s put all that behind him, but now that two dead bodies have been found near his home, he’s suspected of wrongdoing once again. The case takes an unexpected turn when he receives an anonymous e-mail showing his wife alive — and eight years older — instructing him to “tell no one.” [Variety]
Briefly: One of the biggest surprise hits of 2013 was The Purge, James DeMonaco‘s small-budget thriller about a future where the U.S. legalizes all crime on one night each year. Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey starred. After a massive opening weekend, a sequel was quickly announced and now that sequel has a release date.
Universal Pictures is currently calling it “The next chapter of The Purge” and it’ll be released June 20, 2014. While no cast, returning or otherwise, has been announced, DeMonaco will return to write and direct along with producers Jason Blum, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and others.
With almost every film Spike Lee makes, he’s trying something different. From college comedy through racial drama, coming-of-age stories, the historical biopic, murder mystery, Hollywood blockbuster, sequel, war film, and sports movie, he rarely attempts the same genre twice. It’s part of the reason he’s remained influential and relevant for so many years.
His latest film, Oldboy, continues his trend of being unpredictable. Lee directs an American remake of a revered South Korean film (originally by Park Chan-wook) about a man mysteriously imprisoned for 20 years, and the aftermath of his release. It’s Lee’s first remake, which posed some brand-new challenges for the man behind such classics as Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, 25th Hour, and Malcolm X.
We had the distinct pleasure of chatting with Lee about those new challenges, his upcoming Kickstarter feature The Sweet Blood of Jesus, being a film professor at his alma-mater New York University and, of course, New York sports. Oldboy opens November 27, but read the interview below. Read More »
Though film fans are well-versed in Chan-wook Park’s 2003 film Oldboy, most audiences have no idea what the film is. To 90% of people who go to the movies, it’s nothing more than an ultra-violent, ten-year-old foreign language film with subtitles, if they even know that much about it. At least, that’s what Filmdistrict is thinking will be the case when Spike Lee‘s remake of Oldboy opens November 22. They’re hoping audiences will be as surprised and entertained as we were the first time we saw the original.
Still, everyone involved is well aware film fans can be vocal when reacting to remakes, and no one is a bigger champion of the original than screenwriter Mark Protosevich. The writer of the original Thor and I Am Legend considers himself a massive fan of the original film. And when he first heard about the remake, he was hesitant. Then Will Smith approached him about writing it for director Steven Spielberg. What fan would say “No” to that?
Below, read about Protosevich’s dealings with those two superstars and his justifications for remaking one of the biggest cult classics of all time. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
Thanks to Garry Marshall, we can’t hear of a movie title named after a holiday without fearing that it’ll be another dreadful sequel to Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve. But fear not — Bastille Day has about as much in common with those films as Taken does with What to Expect When You’re Expecting.
Instead, Bastille Day centers around a CIA agent who’s tasked with stopping a terrorist attack on Paris. And playing the part of the hero will be Idris Elba, fresh off of Thor: The Dark World. More about the new film after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, November 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
Matthew Vaughn‘s Layer Cake was instrumental in helping Daniel Craig land the iconic role of James Bond, but nowadays Craig is so busy 007-ing that he presumably doesn’t have time for the sequel. So he’s being replaced with another glowering British badass. Jason Statham and his manager / producing partner Steve Chasman have picked up the rights to J.J. Connolly‘s book Viva La Madness, the follow-up to his Layer Cake. Hit the jump for plot details on the new story and more.
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Briefly: Simon Pegg is looking pretty sleek in this first image from the film Kill Me Three Times, which showed up in THR’s print mag seen at the American Film Market.
Along with Pegg, the movie features Luke Hemsworth (brother of Chris and Liam), Sullivan Stapleton, Alice Braga, Bryan Brown, Teresa Palmer, and Callan Mulvey in a thriller that sees Braga as a singer in the middle of a plot that spirals into blackmail and vengeance. Pegg plays an assassin, but you probably guessed as much from looking at the image above. Kriv Stenders (Red Dog, Dark Frontier) is directing. [The Playlist]