Paramount Developing Benghazi Film

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Briefly: The attack on the US diplomatic mission and nearby CIA Annex in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 has become a lingering scandal for the Obama administration, with many people unsatisfied with both the White House’s method of dealing with the attack, and the way that information about the event has been doled out in the aftermath.

Now Paramount is buying rights to a forthcoming book, Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account Of What Really Happened In Benghazi, by Mitchell Zuckoff with the assistance of surviving members of the Annex Security Team who were present during the attack. Chuck Hogan, who wrote the novel that became The Town, and co-authored The Strain with Guillermo del Toro, will script a film based on the book. 

The book purports to be a firsthand account of the attack and its aftermath, which left four Americans dead, one of whom was U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Since the book hasn’t yet been released, there’s no knowing how accurate it is, and whether or not it paints the attack and subsequent response in any partisan light.

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The Strain, the vampire novel co-authored by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan that birthed a series of books, is going to be a series on FX, with del Toro scripting and directing the pilot. As the show movies forward, Carlton Cuse will act as show runner working with a cast that includes Corey StollDavid BradleyMia MaestroSean Astin, and Kevin Durand.

(Actually, the original idea for The Strain was meant for a TV show, but del Toro ended up taking it to the page first, and now it has worked its way back to television.)

The first teaser for the show aired this past weekend during The Walking Dead, but if you weren’t tuned in for that mid-series finale, check out the teaser spot below. Even if you were tuned in, you might not have realized what the strange spot was, as there’s really no indication that it is for The StrainRead More »

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Next summer, the twisted mind of Guillermo del Toro will be on display weekly. The Strain, an FX series based on a trilogy of vampire books del Toro co-wrote, has just been ordered to series by the network. The first of its 13 episodes will premiere in July 2014 with Lost’s Carlton Cuse as the showrunner. Del Toro directed the pilot. Read More »

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After Joe Carnahan‘s The Grey turned into a hit with critics and audiences, the director has worked on a couple projects that ended up going nowhere (Daredevil) or in directions that weren’t amenable to him (Death Wish). That’s an all-too-familiar situation for the director, who has worked for years to make films such as Killing Pablo and White Jazz. But credit Carnahan with persistence and stamina, as he doesn’t give up.

Now the director has a new potential directing gig, as he’s in talks to make Sugar Bandits, which would be an adaptation of the novel Devils in Exile, by Chuck Hogan. Read More »

These days, it seems everything Guillermo Del Toro touches turns to gold. While the director is firmly focused on his big budget film Pacific Rim, HBO recently option a property he’s attached to and FX order a pilot based on a book series he wrote. The FX pilot will be based on The Strain, a trilogy of vampire novels co-authored by Del Toro, which will be overseen by Lost executive producer and co-show-runner Carlton Cuse. Del Toro will direct the pilot.

Then there’s The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death by Corinne May Botz, which HBO optioned for a possible series with Del Toro to executive producer and possibly direct too. Read more about both projects after the jump. Read More »

I hope you didn’t think that spectacles like the Great Snow White Race of 2011 were going to disappear in 2012. There are multiple incarnations of Beauty and the Beast, Frankenstein and many other tales brewing at studios, all of which want to squeeze some money out of recognizable public domain characters.

Dracula is looking like the next target of attacks on multiple fronts. We just heard that Dracula Year Zero is back from the dead, and the film Harker, which recasts the Bram Stoker character as a member of Scotland Yard, is gearing up. Now Sony has picked up a new Dracula spec script from Jason Keller (Machine Gun Preacher, Mirror, Mirror and a rewrite on The Tomb), with the intent to create a ‘period franchise.’ Read More »

TIFF Movie Review: Ben Affleck’s The Town

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It is the opening day at the Toronto International Film Festival and this morning we screened, back to back, two movies directed by Affleck brothers: Ben Affleck‘s The Town and Casey Affleck‘s I’m Still Here. Hit the jump to read my mini review for The Town or watch some video reactions I recorded after the screening with Steve from Collider.
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Movie Trailer: Ben Affleck’s The Town

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Warner Bros has released the first trailer for the Ben Affleck-directed  big screen adaptation of the Chuck Hogan novel The Prince of Thieves which is titled The Town. Affleck stars as a career thief who falls in love with the manager of a bank he robbed. I know that might not sound like an interesting concept for a movie, but the trailer presents it as a gripping dramatic thriller.

The film co-stars Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Pete Postlethwaite, and Chris Cooper. I, like many others, was extremely impressed by Affleck’s directorial debut Gone Baby Gone, and it looks like he may have stepped up his game with his The Town. And you can’t forget that he also won an academy award for co-writing the screenplay for Good Will Hunting. Affleck worked on the screenplay with Peter Craig and Chuck Hogan.

The trailer will be attached to prints of Christopher Nolan’s Inception, which hits theaters on Friday. But you don’t have to wait until then to see it. Watch it now embedded after the jump, and please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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