Transformers is too big a film franchise to just go away now that Michael Bay has done his three films. The director says he’s gone. Shia LaBeouf says he’s done. (“I’m sure they’ll make more of them, it’s still a very hot franchise, there’s still value in it. I think people will still go to see it. I just don’t know if I have anything to contribute.”) So what next? Given the way we know things are likely to happen with a series like Batman, one obvious supposition is: reboot. But that evidently isn’t in the cards, either, at least not now.
One of the producers of the franchise is definitively crossing reboot off the list of options for the series. What really happens next isn’t exactly clear, however. Read More »
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UPDATED: Well, this is not the outcome I’d hoped for. Shortly after word came out that Guillermo del Toro might go to Legendary and Warner Bros. to do Pacific Rim, word started to filter out that At the Mountains of Madness is really not happening. And the Criterion Cast has run an email where the director says the film is dead. RIP then to the GDT version of At the Mountains of Madness. Original article follows.
Over the past nine months we’ve been holding our breath while awaiting the final green light on Guillermo del Toro‘s passion project: an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft‘s At the Mountains of Madness. James Cameron helped him set up the project at Universal last year, and it has been moving through development rapidly, with creature designs being assembled as the script was fine-tuned. But as recently as last month a green light was elusive, even with Tom Cruise linked to the film.
Now comments from producer Don Murphy are being taken as implication that the film will shoot this June, and that Tom Cruise is definitely going to be facing down the Great Old Ones in the fictional Antarctic. Read More »
Jon Stewart is more than a sharp comic and (unexpectedly) a reliable voice for news analysis. He has worked as an actor, and is now making a foray back into producing. Stewart has optioned the rights to the life story of journalist Maziar Bahari, who was arrested in 2009 during the Iranian election protests. Bahari had taken part in a Daily Show sketch several months prior where he spoke to comedian Jason Jones, who was dressed as a spy. But Bahari’s jailers took the sketch as evidence that he was actually a spy, and interrogated him daily over 118 days.
After his release, Bahari appeared on the Daily Show to speak with Stewart (see their great exchange after the break) and Stewart has now purchased his life rights to form the basis for a feature film. Stewart’s company, Busboy Productions, will produce what is currently called the Untitled Maziar Bahari Project. [Pajiba]
After the break, Don Murphy’s company options Cory Doctorow’s new novel. Read More »
Evan Young and Jareth Grealish are the co-writers of the comic book series the forgotten, officially all in lower case like that. It’s a murder mystery series featuring a lead character with one very unusal power , “the ability to reach out with his own mind to anyone he sees, anyone he meets, anyone on the street and make them forget about him completely.” This mysterious man sets about trying to solve the murder of a stripper and comes in contact with a lot of nasty folk that I’d want to forget about me too.
It was a complete, standalone story, originally published as a monthly series then collected into a single volume which was then optioned by John Wells and Don Murphy‘s Angry Films earlier this year, and just recently, their option has been renewed.
Asked for progress on the project, Grealish said:
A well established screenwriter is now attached to the project. While we’re not at liberty to disclose his name, I can assure you the guy has some very impressive credentials. The take that he and our producers have on the forgotten is top-notch. Evan and I are very excited about where they are taking it.
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An option is definitely not anything like a greenlight for a film, nor is it even talent being hired to develop a film, and all it is, really, is a producer lying down some dollar to prevent anybody else scooping up a great potential. Bearing that in mind, I’m still really very pleased to report that Don Murphy has optioned Cory Doctorow‘s semi-sci-fi political activism adventure novel, Little Brother. There’s really no need for me to tell you too much about the book when, thanks to Creative Commons, you can download it for yourself, for free. I recommend the nice, easy-on-the-eye pdf version styled by Bruce M Campell. All I’ll tell you in advance is that the story doubles as a kind of handbook on how to use social networking media, wit and chutzpah to fight back in a dictatorship. If you’re worried about this being neutered or sillified in the translation, note that Murphy has retained Doctorow as a consultant for the feature adaptation. Why not go the whole hog and have him write a draft?
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A number of sites today are pushing forward the story that G.I. Joe director Stephen Sommers has been locked out of the film’s editing room, based on a post from film producer Don Murphy’s message board (now removed), as noticed by Latino Review. The story is picking up steam, in part thanks to vaguely corroborative posts by people like Jeff Wells. And while I can’t verify the story, I have heard several really bad things about the film from a few informed sources. Common word is that it is a disaster for Paramount, and that a lot of unplanned post-production work was done to amp up the action and excitement factors and possibly just to make the thing watchable. Details of the original post from Murphy’s message board after the jump. Read More »
Michael Bay has confirmed in a post on his message board that the trailer for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen will hit in February, either in movie theaters or attached to the Superbowl. Bay also says that theatrical teaser posters will hit shortly after the new year. The Bay-produced Friday the 13th remake hits theaters on February 13th 2009, but that seems like a really odd fit for the teaser:
Hey everyone. Back from Egypt and Jordan – we had a wonderful shoot over there. I will miss the crew they were an amazing bunch of people and a lot of fun. I’m stuck in the edit room up to my eye balls – also finished producing Friday the 13th and The Unborn – coming out the after the new year. Our Trailer for Transformer you have been asking about – First there will be a teaser poster soon after the new year, and the teaser trailer will be out either in the theaters early Feb. or on the Superbowl. Cannot decide yet. I’m going to release some set stills on this site in a few weeks. I’ll keep you informed. Going back to do more selects now from my portable avid that I take home from work. It’s late, see you.
Transformers producer Don Murphy has also commented on his message board saying that they are planning to hold off on the big marketing push the film until the final stretch.
“We’re kind of trying to follow the PIRATES OF CARIBBEAN model, that is, no publicity for as long as possible, since the sequel will have enormous attention no matter what we do.”
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Kung Fu Panda co-director John Stevenson will direct a big screen adaptation of Grant Morrison‘s comic book miniseries We3. Producer Don Murphy confirmed to ShockTillYouDrop that the film will be R-rated, live-action with the likely change of computer generated killer rabbits.
Stevenson has also been rumored to be attached to Joel Silver’s He-Man film, so it looks like he’s trying to find a project in the live-action realm that might benefit from his computer animation background. I wouldn’t expect We3 to go into production any time soon as the project was set up at New Line, but is currently looking for a new home.
FilmIck once called Grant Morrison’s screenplay adaptation “even better than the source material”, saying that it was “the single best unproduced script”. That’s a pretty big claim. Published in 2004 by Vertigo, described as “Western Manga”, the official plot synopsis follows:
“WE3 tells the unforgettable story of three innocent pets — a dog, a cat and a rabbit who have been converted into deadly cyborgs by a sinister military weapons program. With nervous systems amplified to match their terrifying mechanical exoskeletons, the members of Animal Weapon 3 have the firepower of a battalion between them. But they are just the programs prototypes and, now that their testing is complete, theyre slated to be permanently decommissioned” until they seize their one chance to make a desperate run for freedom! Relentlessly pursued by their makers, the WE3 team must navigate a frightening and confusing world where their instincts and heightened abilities make them as much a threat as those hunting them but a world, nonetheless, in which there is something called Home. Action-packed and heart-wrenching, WE3 is a new high mark from two of comics greatest talents.”
For those interested in checking out the paperback, its available on Amazon for $10.39