The /Filmcast Interview – D.J. Caruso

The /Filmcast Interviews are a series of interviews with movie stars, directors, and other key figures from the film industry. In this episode, David speaks with director D.J. Caruso about directing television compared to directing movies, working on The Shield, and the making of his latest film, Eagle Eye. You can experience Eagle Eye in advance by going to EagleEyeFreeFall. The full text of this interview is available for your reading pleasure after the jump.

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David Chen: DJ Caruso thank you so much for speaking with us today on the SlashFilmcast.

DJ Caruso: Absolutely, I’m glad to be here.

David Chen: So DJ I was looking through your IMDB page and I realized that I’ve actually been following your career for over a decade since you worked on VR5
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The first cut of JJ AbramsStar Trek has screened to studio boss Brad Grey and executives on the Paramount lot. One source tells TrekMovie that the cut was “very impressive”, while another said that the reaction in the screening room was “far beyond expectations”. We’re still nine months away from release, and only a few of the 1300+ effects shots are remotely finished.

Apparently a theatrical trailer is already cut and edited, but the effects in the trailer have to be completed before it can be attached to a movie. Some people are buzzing that the studio hopes to release the trailer on September 26th with DJ Caruso’s Eagle Eye (Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci produced the film). But we’ve already heard that Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is eyeing that release. So who knows.


I have a bit of good news for those of you who were angry that Michael Bay’s Transformers lacked a coherent story. The sequel will have an extensive narrative, all of which takes place off screen in a series of prequel comic books. Of course I’m kidding… or am I? SplashPage‘s preview of IDW Publishing’s upcoming five-part Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen comic book miniseries Transformers: Destiny, provides final confirmation that the Fallen in the film’s title is actually the name of the main villain in the sequel (seen above).

Fallen is one of the original thirteen Transformers created by Primus to help him defeat Unicron. According to the Transformers Wiki, Fallen turned against his siblings, his creator, and his universe: “As Vector Prime was constructed to safeguard Space/Time, this robot’s function was to oversee the primal force of entropy, the aging and dissolution of order in this universe as presage to a new creation. However, this guardian of entropy became obsessed with the darker side of chaos and death, and in the black place these urges led him, the betrayer found a new god, more suited to his nature. He turned against Primus and became the Fallen. Now he is a being of power, darkness, and absolute dedication to Unicron. At the end of the first battle between the two Gods, for his treachery, the Fallen was sealed into extradimensional limbo along with his new master.” Very little of the Fallen’s backstory is given in his actual fictional appearances. Even his altmode, which was designed to be a tank, never appeared in his fictional appearances.

Destiny also fills the gap between the Reign of Starscream storyline, which picked up directly after the conclusion of the first movie, with Starscream returning to Cybertron with plans to rebuild the All Spark Cube from the information Frenzy accessed. The new series fills in the gaps, explaining how Sector 7 formed a new group, and how some of the new autobots and decepticons ended up on Earth, as both appear in the huge opening battle sequence at the Asian factory which opens up the film.

Screenwriter Roberto Orci also mentioned on the Don Murphy message boards that the film’s teaser trailer might be attached to Eagle Eye, which hits theaters on September 26th 2008. Transformers: Destiny will begin to hit comic book store shelves in December, leading up to Revenge in Summer 2009.

Eagle Eye Movie Poster

DreamWorks has released a new movie poster for Eagle Eye, too bad it’s not nearly as interesting as the two released movie trailers. I really have a feeling that this film will be a lot of fun. The new one sheet is somewhat reminiscent of the poster for Enemy of the State (seen also below), which is ironic since the trailer also shows shades of the Will Smith action thriller. It seems that Bourne Ultimatium has brought the black and white poster back in style. I’m still waiting for the day when the old school painted one-sheets (ala Drew Struzan) come back in fashion and the floating head style is put to death.  Click on the image below to enlarge.

Eagle Eye hits theaters on September 26.


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Paramount/DreamWorks just released a new theatrical trailer for Eagle Eye, which I’m guessing must be attached to prints of Wanted (which hits theaters this Friday). The new D.J. Caruso-directed fast-paced race-against-time-thriller which stars Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan as “two strangers who become the pawns of a mysterious woman they have never met, but who seems to know their every move. Realizing they are being used to further her diabolical plot, they must work together to outwit the woman before she has them killed.”

The trailer picks up where the teaser left off, and doesnt let up. Is it just me or is this film looking better and better? The action looks intense, and need I remind you that the movie is based on an original idea from Steven Spielberg?! Watch the trailer below and tell me what you think in the comments!

Watch the trailer in High Definition on Yahoo. Eagle Eye hits theaters on September 26th 2008.

Eagle Eye: Eight New Photos

Eight new photos from DJ Caruso’s Eagle Eye have hit the net. Click on the images above and below to enlarge.

In the fast-paced race-against-time-thriller “Eagle Eye” Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan are two strangers who become the pawns of a mysterious woman they have never met, but who seems to know their every move. Realizing they are being used to further her diabolical plot, they must work together to outwit the woman before she has them killed.


Eagle Eye will hit theaters on September 26th 2008.


Eagle Eye Teaser Trailer

Eagle Eye

I’m not sure if you’ve heard this yet, but Steven Spielberg had this idea which is the basis for Shia LaBeouf‘s next film. NO, I’m not talking about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (that was clearly George’s idea). I’m talking about Eagle Eye, the first original story Hollywood has seen from Spielberg since 1985’s The Goonies. And before you get too excited, no, Spielberg didn’t direct (he was way too busy with that little Harrison Ford film), Disturbia director DJ Caruso was again paired with Shia.

The teaser trailer comes off as a cross between The Matrix and Enemy of the State, although the official plot description describes as a young man who gets tangled up in a terrorist cell plotting a political assassination. Although, you won’t exactly get that information from this new teaser. But then again, I guess that’s why they call it a teaser, right? Watch the trailer and tell me what you think in the comments below!

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You can watch the new trailer in High Definition on Eagle Eye hits theaters on September 26th 2008.

Discuss: What do you think of Eagle Eye?

First Look: Eagle Eye

Eagle Eye

Dreamworks has released a first official look at Eagle Eye. Directed by Disturbia helmer D.J. Caruso, from a story by Steven Spielberg, Eagle Eye follows a young slacker (played by Shia LaBeouf) and a single mom (Michelle Monaghan) get tangled up in a terrorist cell plotting a political assassination. The film also stars Rosario Dawson, Billy Bob Thorton, Ethan Embry and Michael Chiklis. Eagle Eye hits theaters on September 26th 2008.

Discuss: Is it just me or does LaBeouf look strange with beard/mustache?

Dreamworks Bitchslaps Eagle Eye to September?

Eagle Eye Set PhotoEagle Eye was a hot property from day one, originating as an idea/story from legendary director Steven Spielberg. Directed by D.J. Caruso, re-teaming with Disturbia star Shia LaBeouf (Transformers), and set for a much coveted early August release date. But something has happened…

Maybe the film is running behind schedule. Or quite possibly, maybe they are afraid of the Judd Apatow-produced stoner comedy Pineapple Express? I’m sure the studio might explain that this is just a last minute addition to the major schedule reshuffle announced last week. Whatever the reason, Dreamworks has moved the film from its prime August real estate to late September. And while this move might seem like normal business to most casual movie fans, I believe something major is behind this decision.

Call me a conspiracy theorist if you want, but the facts show that a move from August to September is a major loss. It just doesn’t make sense. The average big Hollywood movie in August opens twice as big as a big Hollywood release in September. This could mean the difference between a $35-40 million to a $20-$25 million opening weekend. Are there technical problems or has the studio suddenly lost faith in the film’s earning potential?

Eagle Eye will now open on September 26th 2008, up against The Coen Brother’s Burn After Reading starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney, and the Paul W.S. Anderson remake of Death Race starring Jason Statham.

Update: Someone working on the film claims that production is behind schedule and they have 2-3 weeks of shooting left.

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Kevin SmithYesterday we told you that Rosario Dawson signed on to star alongside Shia LaBeouf in the D.J. Caruso thriller Eagle Eye. This however took Dawson out of the running for Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno, a romantic comedy that had been hand written for Dawson. And now Silent Bob finally speaks:

“What can I say? It kinda sucks. And not inasmuch as “Jesus – we’ll never find another actress for this role!” It kinda sucks because, like I’ve said, I wrote the part with Rosario in mind/for Rosario to play,” wrote Smith in his latest blog entry. “How did this happen, you ask? Well… it’s kinda my fault.”

Smith explains that he wrote Zack and Miri with two actors in mind for the respective leads, with the idea to shoot after filmed the announced horror film Red State. However, reaction to the Zack and Miri script was so enthusiastic across the boards, resulting in the film being fast-tracked into production before Red State (“something that wasn’t hard to do, considering “Red State” wasn’t finished yet”). The male lead “needed some time to get some stuff done,” so the film got pushed back to a January.

“This would’ve meant Rosario would be sitting on her hands all fall, waiting to shoot Zack and Miri. And with the impending strike, with actors not knowing if they’re gonna be working at all post-March, that’s a tough request to make of any actor,” wrote Smith. “Then, along comes “Eagle Eye” – the flick starring man-of-the-moment Shia LeBeouf, to be directed by “Disturbia” helmer D.J. Caruso – based on an original idea by… Wait for it… Steven fucking Spielberg. I mean, who wouldn’t take that gig?”

But Smith is not going to dwell on the negative.

“I’ll miss her, to be sure, but spin control dictates that I’ve gotta say maybe this is a good thing: certainly for Rosario (why be in the donkey show guy’s next picture when you’re invited into Camp Spielberg?) and maybe even for me and “Zack and Miri”. I’ve never worked with our (potential) male lead before, so it might be nice to have a female lead I’ve also never worked with before.”

You can read Smith’s full blog post which also includes photos from his 37th birthday Q&A/Prom/Poker Game, and a nice linkback to /Film’s original story (thanks Kev!)