Island Dr Morneu

Briefly: Two writers have been hired to make yet another film adaptation of H.G. Wells‘ 1896 novel The Island of Dr. Moreau. Warner Bros. tapped¬†Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, producers on the Netflix show Hemlock Grove, to adapt the novel in a modern, socially conscious sci-fi film.

The novel has already been made into numerous movies, such as the 1932 film Island of Lost Souls, a 1977 version starring Burt Lancaster, and most recently in 1996, starring Marlon Brando. All told the tale of a crazy scientist who creates humanoid creatures from animals. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way is among the producing partners. [Deadline]

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Typically, we hear about screen tests being done for actors. But in the case of Zorro Reborn, which is tentatively set to star Gael Garcia Bernal in a futuristic revamp of the classic character, it is the director that is the object of the test.

The guy in question is Ricardo de Montreuil, who gained a lot of studio attention with his short film The Raven. (No relation to the John Cusack-starring film derived from Edgar Allen Poe.) The short was pretty quickly set up for a feature revamp at Universal, with Montreuil set to direct Mark Wahlberg.

In the meantime, however, he’s going to direct this screen test starring Bernal, which could land him the Zorro Reborn directing gig. Read More »

Briefly: Fox is rebooting Zorro, and now plans to put Gael Garcia Bernal behind the mask. Zorro Reborn will be a “futuristic reboot” of the Zorro tale that will reportedly be set somewhere quite different from the story’s classic locales.

Fox won’t comment, but let’s hope that the script, by Glenn Gers and Lee Shipman & Brian McGreevy, is to Zorro what Outland was to High Noon. (That is: “In Spaaaaaace!”) All we know for certain is that Bernal will be “the Spanish swordsman as a masked vigilante bent on revenge.” Which is to say, he’s playing Zorro.

No director is on board as of yet.  [Variety]

Most of the best filmmakers got their starts when another, more experienced, filmmaker took them under their wing. Famous examples include Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth (who was also mentored to a lesser extent by David Lynch), Peter Jackson and Neill Blomkamp, Roger Corman and everyone and next up, Shane Abbess has Alex Proyas.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Proyas will produce and “godfather” a film called Future Perfect which Abbess, an Australian director who almost did Source Code, will direct. Future Perfect focuses on an older man and younger girl, both genetically enhanced assassins, who are forced to go on the run. Think Hanna and The Professional meets Paper Moon. Read more after the break. Read More »

Zorro Heading to the Future in ‘Zorro Reborn’

Zorro has been making appearances in film for almost 100 years, but the most recent incarnation of the character played against tradition, with Anthony Hopkins playing an aged Don Diego de la Vega handing off the mask to a misfit outlaw played by Antonio Banderas. That was of course The Mask of Zorro, directed by Martin Campbell, who later followed up that film with the more family friendly The Legend of Zorro. The first film was moderately successful — enough, anyway, to get a sequel greenlit — but its follow-up barely even registered, either at the box office or with critics. At the time, it seemed like the character would be retired from movies, at least until a studio ran out of ideas and figured out a way to bring him back.

Only six years later, that time has come. Read More »

On Friday there was word that Orphan and Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra would be developing a new Dracula film with Leonardo DiCaprio’s company Appian Way. The basis is a spec script by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy called Bram Stoker’s Dracula Project. Or, it was using that name. Now the film is going under the name Harker, and new details reveal it to be what sounds like an action-oriented take on the old story. Read More »

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