Posted on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 by Angie Han
After making his name on crime dramas set in his native Boston, Dennis Lehane is getting his next bit of inspiration from outside the country. The Shutter Island author has been tapped to write Sony’s English-language remake of A Prophet (a.k.a. Un prophète), Jacques Audiard‘s acclaimed French crime drama. More details on the upcoming film after the jump.
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No matter how good the visuals were, the writing on Breaking Bad was always better. This was made evident to me a few months before Breaking Bad finally faded to black. Director Jason Reitman did a live read of Vince Gilligan‘s pilot script and I described the writing as follows: “As fantastic the first episode of Breaking Bad is to watch, to hear it read reveals another level of brilliance. If you were to travel back in time, sit down with Gilligan in 2007 and ask him to describe what happens in the show over a few beers, that’s what his writing sounds like. It’s perfectly, brilliantly descriptive with a language that’s filled with vulgarity and humor. It has a conversational, culturally current tone that pops off the page.”
So it’s no surprise the script to the Breaking Bad finale, “Felina,” gives much more detail to what we saw on screen. In Gilligan’s language, he describes the final mindset of his main characters, revealing how he truly felt they finished the series. Check it out below. Read More »
Nicolas Winding Refn is off Logan’s Run, but he does have the television revamp of Barbarella to work on. As far as features go, his next project may well be a Tokyo-set film that has been called The Avenging Silence, and which he has likened (in some manner — don’t take this too seriously, it turns out) to a prequel to Valhalla Rising. But details on that one are scarce.
In the meantime, there’s also the development of the ”all-female horror film” I Walk With the Dead, which Refn has been toying with for years, and which has been rumored to star Carey Mulligan. (Who also appeared in Refn’s breakout film Drive.)
Now young UK playwright Polly Stenham is going to be the voice of the film; while the director normally writes his own scripts, in this case he’s turning to an outside source to script. Why? Perhaps because, as he’s said in the past, he’s not great at writing female characters, and this film is meant to feature nothing but. Read More »
Pacific Rim 2 exists on a hard drive in Hollywood. For some time now, screenwriter Travis Beacham has been writing a sequel to this summer’s Pacific Rim with the knowledge it might never get made. Guillermo del Toro’s film recently squeaked by to $100 million in the United States, but grossed three times that internationally, earning record numbers in China. Those numbers made the sequel a bit more likely but there has yet to be any official movement on it.
In a new interview, del Toro confirms he and Beacham are continuing to write the film with the hope Legendary will give them a green light. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
First-time filmmaker Matthew Johnson attracted some attention this year for The Dirties, a provocative look at a school shooting from the perspective of two would-be killers. But his next foray into youth-centric entertainment will be far less controversial.
Johnson is in talks to write Encyclopedia Brown, Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the classic children’s mystery series. Roy Lee and Howard David Deutsch are producing. More about the project after the jump.
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Hollywood had a minor flashback to the Eighties and Nineties this weekend as studios fought tooth and nail over the rights to a high-concept spec script by a first-time writer. In the end, Universal outbid Sony and paid $1.2 million for the rights to Section 6 by Aaron Berg. The script is period spy thriller set during World War I, focusing on the formation of the intelligence agency MI6. One of the main characters is Sir George Mansfield Cummings, the service’s first director, who might have been an inspiration for M in the James Bond films. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 10th, 2013 by Angie Han
The twisted minds behind Saws IV, V, VI, and 3D are ready to bring some fun to the whole family. And no, that isn’t a sick way of describing the next Saw plotline.
Writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have signed on for Disney’s The Stuff of Legend, a fantasy-action film about heroic toys involved in an unseen war. Music video and commercial director Pete Candeland has been attached to direct since last year. Hit the jump for plot details and more.
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Many people forget that current effort are the second time Warner Bros. has tried to make a unified, DC universe on film. In 2007, before even the Marvel Cinematic Universe began with Iron Man, a Justice League movie was in the works. George Miller (Mad Max, Happy Feet) was set to direct the film, written by Kieran and Michele Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows). Armie Hammer was cast as Batman, D.J. Cotrona was Superman, Adam Brody was The Flash, and Megan Gale was Wonder Woman. However, as the budget continued to balloon, the film was shelved. Then Christopher Nolan released The Dark Knight, Marvel released Iron Man, and this film became a distant memory.
Now, DC is back at it again with Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman, and possibly The Flash and Wonder Woman leading to another Justice League movie. David Goyer is a good bet to be writing a new Justice League, but for an idea of the movie we almost saw, the script for the 2007 Justice League has now come online. Read More »
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