Ebola is kind of a big deal right now, with people in the US worried about new cases in the States, and the fact that we’re already hearing reports of health workers breaking quarantine and containment protocols. So let’s make an ebola TV series! But while an event series based around the virus might seem like opportunism, in fact producers Lynda Obst and Ridley Scott have been working to adapt Richard Preston‘s 1994 book The Hot Zone for the past year, after originally optioning the material two decades ago. Read More »
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Angelina Jolie takes her second turn as director with Unbroken, which adapts the book by Laura Hillenbrand to tell the story of Olympic competitor and WWII hero Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell). The film’s first trailer focused quite a bit on Zamperini’s upbringing, but this new Unbroken trailer focuses primarily on the war and its aftermath, during which Zamperini and two other Air Force crewmen survived the crash of their plane, only to be picked up by the Japanese Navy.
Transferred through a set of Japanese POW camps, Zamperini and Russel Allen Phillips were held captive from 1943 until the end of the war in 1945, during which time they experienced horrific treatment, some of which is seen briefly in this trailer. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Angie Han
Everyone knows the story of Moby-Dick, but fewer may be aware it was inspired by real events. Ron Howard‘s latest film, In the Heart of the Sea, tells that true tale.
Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, and Cillian Murphy star as crew members aboard the Essex, a 19th century whaleship from Nantucket, Massachusetts. In 1820, the ship was struck by a 80-foot sperm whale. The vessel sank, leaving the crew struggling to survive in the Pacific Ocean. Hit the jump to see the first In the Heart of the Sea trailer.
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David Fincher was attached to make the Steve Jobs film scripted by Aaron Sorkin, and he wanted Christian Bale to star. Fincher eventually dropped out, and Bale was never signed to play the lead role. Danny Boyle came on to direct and set his sights on Leonardo DiCaprio. But that starring deal never got signed, and now Boyle has turned back to Bale. Sony is in talks with Christian Bale to star in the Steve Jobs movie, and that is part of a new wrinkle for another film Bale has been attached to in the past few months. Read More »
Joseph Kosinski has been established as a sci-fi director thanks to Tron Legacy and Oblivion, his work on the Black Hole remake, and commercial work such as his recent Destiny spot. But he’s working to move in other directions, with non-sci-fi developments. One was the project Go Like Hell he and Tom Cruise were trying to put together, about the rivalry between Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari.
Now Kosinski has a new project, and it also steps away from the sci-fi angle. As with Go Like Hell, this one is based on a true story. In this case, the basis is an article by Evan Hughes that investigates the story of a 17-year old drug dealer who claimed also did work as an FBI informant. Universal just optioned The Trials of White Boy Rick and set Kosinski to direct. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
Luke Wilson is going all the way to the top of the NFL. He’s in talks to play Roger Goodell, who’s been in the headlines a lot lately for his terrible handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence scandal. But this isn’t about that, it’s about a different NFL scandal. Wilson will play Goodell in Sony’s untitled concussion movie, joining Will Smith as the doctor who blew the whistle on traumatic brain injuries in football.
Climbing aboard with Wilson are David Morse and Arliss Howard. Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Paul Reiser, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw were cast previously. Hit the jump for more on the Luke Wilson Roger Goodell casting.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
A little over a year after Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston is heading back to the criminal underworld. The Emmy-winning actor is attached to lead The Infiltrator, about real-life federal agent Robert Mazur’s years undercover.
Brad Furman, who directed Cranston in The Lincoln Lawyer, will helm. Hit the jump for more about the Bryan Cranston Infiltrator movie.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
Massachusetts native Casey Affleck has just signed on to chronicle one of the saddest moments in his state’s recent history. He’s set to star in and produce Boston Strong, about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
The Fighter scribes Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy wrote the script, based on the upcoming book by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge. Get more details on the Casey Affleck Boston Marathon bombing movie after the jump.
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