Clive Owen Anon

Calling Anon writer-director Andrew Niccol‘s next project might be a bit presumptuous. Like a lot of directors, he’s had casts assemble for past projects that never came to fruition. Remember that high-concept film he had going with Orlando BloomVincent Cassel, and Olga Kurylenko in the works? All directors have projects stall, of course, but it’s especially noticeable in the case of Niccol; it took six years for him to follow up Lord of War.

It sounds like Anon might be next for the Gattaca director, though. Clive Owen (The Knick) will star in the film, while his female co-star will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Monopoly

Lionsgate is rolling the dice on a Monopoly movie. The studio has set Oscar-nominated screenwriter Andrew Niccol to script the board game adaptation, which has been in on-again, off-again development for several years already. Get all the latest details on the Monopoly movie after the jump.  Read More »

Good Kill UK trailer

This new Good Kill UK trailer is a lot like the international trailer that dropped for the film not long ago. But it is a much better-assembled piece of work, with a more polished flow overall and a better deployment of the film’s signature elements. Specifically, Ethan Hawke as a fighter pilot turned drone pilot, who starts to crack as he targets and kills enemy combatants in the Middle East without leaving the safety of a control center in the US. Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) writes and directs, and just from this footage you might recognize the director’s touch. Check out this much better Good Kill trailer below. Read More »

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A decade after Lord of War and nearly two decades after Gattaca, Andrew Niccol and Ethan Hawke have joined forces again for Good Kill. Hawke leads the drama as a military pilot at war, but the twist is that he’s fighting this particular war from home — he’s a drone pilot stationed in Las Vegas while controlling machines halfway around the world.

In theory, it’s an ideal compromise that allows him to simultaneously serve his country and be there for his family. But as time goes on, he starts to question the mission and the tactics they’re using to achieve it. January Jones stars as his long-suffering wife, Zoe Kravitz is his co-pilot, and Bruce Greenwood is their commanding officer. Watch the Good Kill trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Good Kill andrew niccol

Writer/director Andrew Niccol, and actor Ethan Hawke have done two films together, Gattaca and Lord of War, and they’re really Niccol’s two best films. Now the pair have done a new film, Good Kill, which is described as “a unique look at the current state of war through the eyes of a drone-pilot.” The film premiered at Venice to good reviews, and makes its North American bow at TIFF tonight. Before that happens, however, we’ve got a dramatic and simple new poster for the film. Read More »

Will Smith in I Am Legend

Movies set at sea seem to be a new big thing, and now Will Smith is going to sail New York City across the Atlantic Ocean. He’ll star in The City That Sailed for Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy.

The film is one that Smith was considering a few years ago, before he committed to Men in Black III. And this isn’t the first time that Smith and Levy have been connected through a project — the director was going to helm the Fantastic Voyage remake for Fox in 2011, and wanted Smith to star in that. The deal never went through, however.

But Smith’s company Overbrook Entertainment is actively developing The City That Sailed again, and Smith has committed to star.

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Briefly: Writer/director Andrew Niccol and actor Ethan Hawke have done two memorable films together: the sci-fi trip Gattaca, in which Hawke played a lead role, and Lord of War, in which he appeared as an Interpol agent on the trail of Nic Cage’s weapons dealer.

Now, after Niccol has stumbled somewhat with In Time and The Host, he’s poised to climb back up into fans’ hearts by making a third film with Hawke. The film doesn’t have a title, and it is unclear if Niccol scripted (seems not) but there’s definitely a topical and tech-oriented twinge to the story.

Deadline reports that the film has Hawke as a fighter pilot who ends up working in Vegas, piloting drones that fly in Afghanistan. “He fights the Taliban by remote control for twelve hours a day, then goes home to the suburbs and feuds with his wife and kids for the other twelve. He starts to question his mission, and asking himself if he is creating more terrorists than he is killing in a war seemingly without end.”

 

 

The Host

There’s a segment of the population that will always turn out to see a movie advertised as being “based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer,” no matter what, and another segment that will avoid that movie like the plague, no matter what. Meyer’s first non-Twilight tale, the sci-fi romance The Host, doesn’t look likely to change the minds of diehards in either group. But for the rest of the population, there’s a new trailer to help them make up their minds.

Saoirse Ronan stars as Melanie Stryder, a young woman living on an Earth that’s been taken over by aliens. When one of the invaders tries to take control of her mind, Melanie’s consciousness tries to fight back. Max Irons and Jake Abel play her two handsome suitors, and Diane Kruger the leader of the extraterrestrials. Andrew Niccol directs. Watch the new video after the jump.

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The Twilight Saga is officially over — at least until Summit starts working on the inevitable reboot — but author Stephenie Meyer isn’t leaving the big screen just yet. Her first non-Twilight novel, The Host, is headed for cinemas next month, with Saoirse Ronan in the lead and Andrew Niccol at the helm.

Where the last trailer leaned heavily on the romance, no doubt in an effort to hook the same fans who turned out for Twilight, the new one aims for broader appeal by playing up the sci-fi action. Watch it after the jump.

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