As unbelievable as the notion of Darren Aronofsky directing Wolverine 2 might be, there’s something more difficult to swallow going on in Hollwood: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is becoming a hot property. Initially set to be directed by David O. Russell with Natalie Portman starring (she is still producing) the film now needs a new creative team. So, start the ‘shortlist’ compilation. Directors such as Neil Marshall and Mike Newell are reportedly in the mix, and Scarlett Johansson has been mentioned as a possible star. Read More »
Fox’s sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine is moving forward, and the studio is reportedly on the cusp of hiring a director. The shortlist is very short, indeed: David Slade (Hard Candy, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) is said to be the frontrunner, with Robert Schwentke (Red) as a backup option. Read More »
Last week it was reported that 20th Century Fox was in talks with Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn to direct the X-Men series prequel/reboot X-Men: First Class. Deadlinequickly responded claiming that “Vaughn’s negotiations have been touch and go, and sources close to the director said he’s passing. ” Cinematical posted a list of eight directors Fox was in talks to take the helm: Louis Leterrier, Jonathan Mostow, Daniel Espinosa, Rupert Sanders, Timur Bekmambetov, David Slade, and Carl Erick Rinsch.
Well it appears Vaughn has returned to the table, and according to Flemming, the “studio is working with his WME reps to close the deal.”
I love Vaughn, and was a big fan of Kick-Ass, but I really would have loved to see what commercial directors turned first time feature directors Carl Erick Rinsch or Rupert Sanders could have done with the comic book property.
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The full trailer for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse debuted on today Oprah, and if her stamp of approval isn’t enough to get you excited about the third film in the Twilight series, I don’t know what is.
OK, enough sarcasm, but I will say this: perhaps the trailer has deliberately gone extra heavy on a promise of action, but this looks like the Twilight movie with the most running so far. Is that worth anything? Check it out after the break and find out. Read More »
It’s been a hell of a day for rumors and doom and gloom reports. There is word that Sony isn’t happy with The Green Hornet, and that Warner Bros. is rather down on The Losers (about which I’ve heard good things) and Jonah Hex, which has led to a disinterest in pursuing Lobo. (According to Anne Thompson, Sony called the Green Hornet report ‘complete garbage’ and ‘unfounded.’)
Then there was a report that said Summit was about to embark on reshoots for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Not a serious deal, because reshoots happen all the time and are often planned into the schedule and budget. But in this case, the rumor said that Eclipse director David Slade would not be involved, and that Summit is reaching out to prior Twilight directors Catherine Hardwicke and Chris Weitz to handle the reshoot.
So, as we’ve asked before: is this bullshit or not? According to Summit, the reports of someone other than Slade directing are definitely bullshit. Read More »
Yesterday we posted ten seconds of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the third film in the Twilight series. Now we’ve got the full trailer for the David Slade-directed chapter, which, based on this trailer, brings the love triangle between Bella (Kristen Stweart), Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) much closer together. Read More »
It’s a teaser for a trailer! The real trailer for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will be online tomorrow in advance of the theatrical premiere Friday, where it will be attached to the Robert Pattinson film Remember Me. In the meantime, you can now see ten seconds from Eclipse. Here we get a truncated bit of dialogue that sets up, or more properly reiterates, the core conflict at the heart of this romance: does mopey Bella (Kristen Stewart) choose Edward (Pattinson) or Jacob (Taylor Lautner)? Sadly, we don’t get much sense for how new director David Slade will treat the material. Here, it looks like a midpoint between the previous two Twilight films.
But the real reason I’m posting this is that I can’t get over the bit of dialogue from Jacob. “I’m going to fight for you…until your heart stops beating.” Is there any creepier profession of dedication than that? (OK, obviously there is, but in this context I’m still loving Jacob’s line.)
Check out the clip after the break. We’ll have the full trailer tomorrow. Read More »
The last time The Shadow hit movie screens, things didn’t work out so well. The 1994 Alec Baldwin version directed by Russell Mulcahy suggested that the character might have a better home on radio and in the pages of pulp magazines and comics. Yet Sam Raimi picked up the rights to the character in 2006. For a variety of reasons he has yet to pull a film together. Now he’s a step closer, as Fox has bought into the character, so Raimi should have the go-ahead to tinker again in the pulpy hero genre that produced his own film Darkman. Read More »
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From day one David Slade seemed like an odd choice to direct a film in the Twilight franchise – and not least because of his controversial comments damning the first installment. With Eclipse, however, it seemed maybe like Summit were going for a slightly harder-edged feel by choosing him, and it even gave some undecided floating voters a tiny bit of confidence that this next film in the series would have broader appeal than the first two – films which were, let’s be honest, quite squarely targeted at certain easily defined demographics.
Entertainment Weekly now bring news that Slade’s choice of editor and regular collaborator Art Jones has been replaced on the project by Nancy Richardson, editor of the original Catherine Hardwicke movie. The studio said that they were not “blaming” Jones but that the film needed a “stronger” edit. Hmmm. The comments on this one pretty much write themselves – and that ‘Art’ has been replaced by ‘Nancy’ just adds to the comedy potential.
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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