So far, The Finest Hours is one of the biggest box office bombs of the year. Disney expected a loss of $75 million on the Craig Gillespie-directed drama. That miss followed up his Fright Night remake and Million Dollar Arm — two studio movies that, like The Finest Hours, also underperformed. It appears as if none of these misfires are slowing Gillespie down, though, because the Lars and the Real Girl director has just signed on to helm I, Tonya, the biopic about disgraced ice skater Tonya Harding.
Below, learn more about the project, which will star Margot Robbie.
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Next week brings the release of Disney’s high seas rescue drama The Finest Hours, and the film is getting a release in IMAX 3D for the most immersive experience possible. The only way it could be more immersive is if the people working at the theater kept dumping buckets of water on you. That way you can be just as wet as Chris Pine and Casey Affleck will be in this movie about what is being called the most daring Coast Guard rescue mission ever. If you need anymore convincing to see the movie, check out a four-minute IMAX trailer for the movie after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 by Angie Han
At a time when our big-screen heroes typically come packaged with extraordinary abilities or cutting-edge gadgets or mystical prophecies, Craig Gillespie‘s The Finest Hours looks like a throwback. It’s a no-frills tale of heroism, made all the more remarkable by the fact that these incredible events actually too place. In 1952, a brutal nor’easter savaged New England, smashing apart an oil tanker called the SS Pendleton and leaving over 30 sailors stranded at sea. Back on the Massachusetts shore, the Coast Guard got word of the disaster, and a small team of men bravely risked their own lives to help. The incident is still considered one of the greatest rescues in Coast Guard history.
In November 2014, I had the opportunity to visit the set of The Finest Hours along with a few other journalists. We spoke with a few of the talents involved, including director Gillespie, stars Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Kyle Gallner, and John Magaro, and producers Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero. After the jump, find out what we learned on the set of The Finest Hours. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
Jack Ryan, Star Trek, and now Wonder Woman star Chris Pine is no stranger to hero roles, but there’s something a little different about his next one. The Finest Hours stars Pine as real-life figure Bernie Webber, who on a bitterly cold winter day in 1952 led one of the greatest rescues in the history of the U.S. Coast Guard. And that’s without the aid of sci-fi gadgets, superpowered buddies, or a novelist’s imagination, mind you.
Webber is an old-fashioned kind of leading man in an old-fashioned kind of movie — one that, according to Pine, rejects modern cynicism in favor of simple, decent earnestness. The new Finest Hours trailer aims to highlight these men’s brave deeds, while keeping them grounded in a relatable sort of humanity. Check out the new Finest Hours trailer — and then read our on-set interviews with Pine and director Craig Gillespie — after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 by Angie Han
Chris Pine is currently off reprising his role as Captain Kirk for Star Trek Beyond, but later this year we’ll see him playing a very different kind of captain in The Finest Hours. Based on a true story, the survival drama tells of a U.S. Coast Guard team led by Captain Webber (Pine) that sets out to rescue the survivors of a sinking oil tanker in the middle of a deadly storm. Watch The Finest Hours trailer after the jump. Read More »
Fright Night may not have done massive business for Disney and DreamWorks, but it was good enough to keep the principals on board at Disney. Screenwriter Marti Noxon was just announced as part of a new Pixar project, and now Fright Night remake director Craig Gillespie, who also made Lars and the Real Girl, is in talks to make the baseball drama Million Dollar Arm. Jon Hamm remains set to star. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 28th, 2011 by Angie Han
Six months after he boarded the project, Craig Gillespie has become the latest director to drop the Seth Grahame-Smith adaptation Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The announcement comes two months after he publicly assured everyone he remained very much a part of the picture, and a little less than a month after Blake Lively added her list to the long, long list of actresses who’ve passed on the lead role. It’s back to the drawing board, again, apparently. Wonderful. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 by Angie Han
Blake Lively has just joined the A-list ranks of Scarlett Johansson, Emma Stone, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, and Natalie Portman as the latest actress to turn down the opportunity to star in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Craig Gillespie‘s beleaguered adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s Jane Austen spoof. Lively’s rejection comes as yet another setback for the project, which has already suffered numerous stops and starts throughout the development process. Are we ever going to see this film get off the ground? More details after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2011 by Angie Han
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has had just about every hot young starlet attached at some point or other, and Blake Lively is one of those actresses whose name seems to pop up any time anyone in Hollywood is casting for a female lead. It was bound to happen sooner or later that their paths would cross. And indeed, a new rumor has started making the rounds that Lively has been offered the lead role of Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which which will be directed by Craig Gillespie. More details after the jump.
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Update: To eliminate any possibility of confusion, be aware this reported director change has been thoroughly denied by Lionsgate. Craig Gillespie, the studio says, remains very much a part of P&P&Z. Original article follows for posterity. (via STYD and contact from Lionsgate reps.)
Oh, no, not this again. Lionsgate has had a terrifically difficult time getting a film version of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies off the ground. The film has gone through multiple directors and screenwriters, with David O. Russell penning a script and once planning to direct. He left; Mike White was hired to direct in his stead, then dropped out. Eventually Craig Gillespie (Lars & the Real Girl, Fright Night) was hired to direct, with Fright Night writer Marti Noxon coming on to rewrite the script.
Now Gillespie has reportedly bailed, too, leaving the project at square one yet again.
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