Ready Player One director

If you thought the idea of Christopher Nolan directing Ready Player One was crazy, you may want to sit down for a second.

Earlier this week, we reported that Warner Bros. was reportedly courting the Intersteller director to helm the sci-fi adventure film, written by Zak Penn based on a book by Ernie Cline. It seemed like a pipe dream – Nolan generally develops his own screenplays – but it hinted at the confidence Warner Bros. had in the new script.

Well, it turns out that confidence is very real. Ain’t it Cool News reports not only is Warner Bros. talking to Nolan about it, they’re also looking at Robert Zemeckis, Peter Jackson, Edgar Wright and Matthew Vaughn. Read more about the Ready Player One director short list below. Read More »

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The odds of this happening are akin to successfully navigating an asteroid field, but it’s just so fun we had to pass it along. One site is reporting that Warner Bros. has offered Christopher Nolan the opportunity to direct Ready Player One, Ernie Cline‘s pop culture-infused sci-fi adventure, adapted by Zak Penn.

Recently, we reported that Penn’s script had been turned into the studio. If they like it, the timing is right to go out to directors. However, you have to think that Warner Bros. offers Nolan every single movie they have. If he wanted to direct Justice League, Wonder Woman, another Batman movie or The Hobbit, he could. So the question is, if this happened at all, would Christopher Nolan ever direct this film? Also, what does the offer say about the state of the property? Read more about Christopher Nolan Ready Player One below. Read More »

Maisie Williams Last of Us

Talk of Maisie Williams playing one of the two lead roles in video game adaptation The Last of Us began this past summer at Comic Con when producer Sam Raimi and The Last of Us video game creative director, Neil Druckmann, who is scripting the film, announced the development during Screen Gems’ panel. During that conversation Raimi mentioned that he had met with the young Game of Thrones actress to play Ellie, the young woman who navigates a sort of post-apocalyptic world after a viral pandemic ravages humanity.

In the months since that announcement, Williams has talked optimistically about The Last of Us, though no official cast announcement has been forthcoming. Now she says that “at the moment, it’s looking like ‘yes’,” despite the project still being in development. Read More »

ready player one movie

Fans of pop culture and video games have probably been waiting to hear what’s up with Ready Player One. Based on the book of the same title by Ernie Cline, the film rights were scooped up by Warner Bros. way back in 2010. Most recently we heard Zak Penn had taken over screenwriting duties on the project, which is about a futuristic world where everyone lives in a virtual reality. The man who created that reality dies, which starts a Willy Wonka-esque quest for its players to win his multi-billion dollar fortune. To win, they’ll have to exhibit aptitude in the things he loved growing up. Mainly, eighties movies, music and video games.

In a new interview with Penn, he’s confirmed the script for the Ready Player One movie is done and says one of the issues that may hold the film back from being what he imagined is licensing all the video games. Read about that, and how Penn cracked some of the book’s amazing visuals, below. Read More »

Watch the Doc ‘Atari: Game Over’ Now for Free

watch Atari: Game Over

When a landfill in New Mexico was dug up last year, with those involved hoping to exhume thousands of dumped copies of Atari’s terrible E.T. video game, the whole event was captured on camera for a documentary. That doc is Atari: Game Over, directed by Zak Penn, and it is now available online. Thanks to Microsoft’s Xbox Live service, you can watch Atari: Game Over for free. Read More »

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There are few deep niches of film fandom more arbitrary than analyzing a film’s logo. But, these days, when movies are promoted so far in advance, sometimes it’s the best fans can do. We saw this happen recently with Star Wars: The Force Awakens; now it is happening with Duncan Jones‘s Warcraft.

At San Diego Comic-Con this year, Legendary made a big deal of revealing the first Warcraft logo. With the film well-over a year from release at the time, we thought that would be the extent of it. Then Jones played some awesome early footage. The director expanded on that presentation last weekend at Blizzcon, a convention put on by the game’s developer, Blizzard. New footage, new images but, most interestingly, a new logo. Why the new logo change? We don’t know, but you can read an analyzation of the Warcraft logo change below. Read More »

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Warcraft movie characters

We haven’t seen much at all from the new Duncan Jones movie Warcraft, but at Blizzcon today the gates are opening on some of the film’s story. We’ve known most of the cast of the film, which includes Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky, Dominic Cooper, Daniel Wu and Clancy Brown. Until today we weren’t certain about most of their characters beyond the fact that Foster would play Medivh. Now we know roles for all the major players, and we’ve even got early renders of a couple of them in character. Meet the Warcraft movie characters below.

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