the maze runner

On June 4th 2013, I spent the night and early morning hours on a farm outside Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on the set of Wes Ball‘s upcoming movie adaptation The Maze Runner. Ball describes the film as Lord of the Flies meets Lost, so you know I am already very interested in this one. After the jump you can read about everything I learned about the movie while on The Maze Runner set.

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Catherine Hardwicke, who made the first Twilight film a few years back, and followed that with Red Riding Hood, is looking back towards the indie circuit. She’s about to make Plush, a thriller with Evan Rachel Wood, and as a potential follow-up she’s developing a gangster film set in ’60s London.

The new film is called Diamond, but it hasn’t been fully scripted yet; Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse are writing, and we probably won’t see cameras roll on this before 2013. Hardwicke began her career as a production designer, so I’d like to see how she approaches visualizing ’60s London for this one. [ScreenDaily]

After the break, The Departed screenwriter and London Boulevard director William Monahan sets up his next directing gig. Read More »

Good news, Thirteen-fans-who-are-also-Twilight-haters (what can I say, you are a very specific group): Catherine Hardwicke will be stepping away from supernatural teen romance and back toward her indie roots for a biopic of Swedish boxer Bo “Bosse” Hogberg. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace and her ex-husband Ola Rapace have been attached to the project since last fall. Ola has been in boxing training for four years to play Bo, who I’m told is considered a legend in his native country, while Noomi is set to play his cabaret singer wife Anita Lindblom. Read more after the jump.

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Catherine Hardwicke will forever be known as the director of Twilight, but she has been and hopefully will again be more than that. (Even Red Riding Hood, which was more like Twilight than not, was at least much weirder one than I expected.)

She’s now set to direct an adaptation of The Bitch Posse, a 2006 novel by Martha O’Connor that tells of a set of three friends who bonded in high school, then live through an event that shatters their friendship. The story also follows the three women in their 30s, flipping back and forth between the high school years and decades later when their shared secret has helped corrupt each of the three lives. Read More »

‘Red Riding Hood’ Theatrical Trailer

Warner Brothers has released the full theatrical trailer for Catherine Hardwicke‘s brand new interpretation of the classic fairy tale, Red Riding Hood, starring Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman. It basically takes the key visual from the previous trailer and adds in an extra minute of montage cut to hard rock. If you’ve been counting down the days until March 11, you’re about to have your mind blown. Read More »

The latest bestselling young-adult novel to get a feature film adaptation has found itself a hot new screenwriter. Noah Oppenheim will adapt The Maze Runner, a New York Times bestselling adventure book by James Dashner, that follows a group of kids who must navigate a deadly maze to make it out of an alternative dimension. Catherine Hardwicke has been tapped to direct the film, which is set up at 20th Century Fox

Oppenheim, a former producer on The Today Show, hit the 2010 Black List and got the attention of Steven Spielberg with his script called Jackie, which is about Jackie Kennedy Onassis in the days after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It’s set up at Fox Searchlight. He’s also writing the American remake of Snabba Cash for Zac Efron. Read more about The Maze Runner, see a fan video and more after the jump. Read More »

Catherine Hardwicke has seemingly moved on from her early days as a director of arthouse films with a youth-oriented bent. (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown) Now she’s enmeshed in more mainstream films with a youth-oriented bent. To follow up Twilight, she is in post-production on Red Riding Hood, which Warner Bros. will release in February of next year. (Here’s the trailer.) Now she’s reportedly at the negotiating table for a deal to direct a film based on the James Dasher novel The Maze Runner, which is the opening chapter of a young-adult sci-fi series. Read More »

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