Gods of Egypt

Gods of Egypt just can’t catch a break. The buzz surrounding the film is currently toxic, following the garish posters and a trailer that left people scratching their heads. Then, the film was criticized for its prominently white cast. Considering Gods of Egypt is, you know, based in Egypt, it’s a puzzling, if not completely surprising, choice that all the major leads — Gerard ButlerNikola Coster-Waldau, and Brenton Thwaites — are white.

After the jump, read what Lionsgate and director Alex Proyas have to say about the Gods of Egypt whitewashing.

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Gods of Egypt

Alex Proyas‘ Gods of Egypt made quite an impression with those first-look character posters, but perhaps not exactly the impression it’d hoped to make. Based on those images, the fantasy epic looked awfully gaudy, even Lisa Frank-y, and frankly kind of cheap. But character posters don’t tend to be the best representation of a movie anyway, so the more reasonable among us tried to reserve judgment until a real trailer came out.

Well, that trailer is finally here, and it does not, in fact, look like a Lisa Frank drawing come to life. (For one thing, there aren’t nearly enough unicorns or rainbows.) So what does it look like? Find out for yourself after the jump. Read More »

gods of egypt character posters

Alex Proyas doesn’t make as many movies as we’d like to see from him. The director of Dark City and Knowing is a selective filmmaker. By studio filmmaking standards, he’s an ambitious director. Knowing may not be everyone’s favorite movie, but it does end with the destruction of Earth and the lead character dying, not saving the world. Proyas’ new film, Gods of Egypt, may be his biggest one yet, based on the plot synopsis, but our first glimpse at the project doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. Then again, these are just character posters.

Check out the Gods of Egypt character posters after the jump.

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Summit Entertainment just dated three movies, two big sequels and a major fantasy adventure. Arriving first is Step Up All In, the latest film in the dance franchise directed by Trish Sie. As the title suggests, it takes place in Las Vegas. It’ll be released July 25, 2014.

Next is Allegiant, the third film in the Divergent franchise. Divergent is that Shailene Woodley young adult film which opens in March, but already has a sequel, Insurgent, dated for March 20, 2015 and now the third film, newly dated for March 18, 2016.

Third is the latest film from Dark City director Alex Proyas. It’s called Gods of Egypt and stars Gerard Butler, Geoffrey Rush and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Proyas wrote and directs the fantasy adventure, featuring magic, gods, swords and more hits on February 12, 2016.

Geoffrey Rush

After spending much of the past decade with Jack Sparrow on the high seas, Geoffrey Rush is headed to warmer, drier climates in Gods of Egypt. The Oscar-winning actor will join Gerard Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in the Alex Proyas-directed fantasy, which follows a mortal who gets caught up in a dispute between deities. Hit the jump to find out whom they’ll be playing.

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Briefly: Author Daniel H. Wilson is in a great position: his early books such as How to Survive a Robot Uprising, and How to Build a Robot Army, lead to the novel Robopocalpyse, which was immediately developed as a directorial effort for Steven Spielberg. (It’s Spielberg’s next film, following Lincoln.)

Now Wilson has another novel winding through development: the thriller Amped is part of a deal with Working Title Films. The company is picking up the project formerly housed at Summit, which originally optioned the novel before its publication. Working title has set Alex Proyas (Dark CityI, Robot; the canned Paradise Lost) to direct.

THR doesn’t have any info on the screenwriter for this project. The book is based around conflict between biologically “normal” humans and nanotech-enhanced people. In the near-future world, “technologically enhanced humans are governed by a strict set of conduct laws. Twenty-nine-year-old Owen Gray, a high school teacher at Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, joins the ranks of a persecuted underclass that is planning to change, or destroy, the world.”

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The last Alex Proyas film, Paradise Lost, came apart at the seams before it really got moving, thanks to budget issues that made the production unfeasible in the eyes of the Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. beancounters, and technological hurdles that got in the way of realizing the film’s ambitious sci-fi vision of battles in Heaven.

But Proyas now has another film project coming together, and it is one that also lives in the realm of the fantastic. The property is Joe Golem And The Drowning City, a graphic novel by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, and Christopher Golden.

The graphic novel follows “an orphaned teenage girl, an aging magician, a lunatic scientist, a Victorian occult detective, and the stalwart sidekick, Joe Golem—a man whose strange dreams hint of a history he has forgotten–as they struggle for the fate of an alternate 1970s lower Manhattan.” So that sounds pretty alright. Read More »

Alex Proyas to Direct ‘Gods of Egypt’

Paradise Lost may have turned out to be a bust, but director Alex Proyas seems to have no shortage of new projects to move on to. Last month, he announced that he was getting the pieces together to shoot The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag, an adaptation of the novella by Robert A. Heinlein, and now he’s on the verge of adding Summit’s fantasy epic Gods of Egypt to his slate as well. More details after the jump.

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In the three years since his last directorial effort Knowing, director Alex Proyas has seen not one but two of his potential follow-ups killed for budgetary reasons. Legendary Pictures scrapped his epic Paradise Lost in February, and though Universal revived Dracula: Year Zero in the same month, it was a new incarnation of the project without Proyas or would-be star Sam Worthington attached. Here’s hoping Proyas has some better luck with his latest next move, an adaptation of Robert Heinlein‘s novella The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag. More after the jump.

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