Few modern American historical figures are as mysterious and mythical as chess champion Bobby Fischer. The first American, and youngest World Chess Champion, who famously disappeared for several decades, has been the subject of multiple narrative and documentary films.
A new effort has recently moved up on the board. It’s called Pawn Sacrifice and will be directed by Ed Zwick with Tobey Maguire set to play Fischer. Now Peter Sarsgaard and Liev Schreiber have joined the film, which has been gestating for several years with David Fincher once attached to direct. It finally starts filming in October. Read More »
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M. Night Shyamalan‘s new film and potential comeback After Earth has been moved up one week from June 7 to May 31. It’s a good move on Columbia’s part, as the Will Smith movie can very likely dominate that late May weekend, which is otherwise occupied by Now You See Me and The Purge.
After Earth has Smith and his son Jaden Smith playing a father/son duo who crash land on Earth long after humanity has fled the planet. In the race to signal for rescue, the two men face ferocious Earth-grown dangers and an alien creature that dogs his steps.
After the break, we’ve got info on two more potential Will Smith films. Read More »
Thanks to the James Bond film series and stuff like the Tom Clancy Jack Ryan films and the Bourne movies, production companies and studios look at any series of espionage novels with dollar signs in their eyes. Sure, there are many examples of thriller novel to film adaptations that failed to ignite a franchise, but no one ever built a successful movie series by not adapting books.
In 2008 CBS Films bought the rights to a set of books by Vince Flynn that follow CIA Agent Mitch Rapp. Originally the studio planned to adapt the first book in the series, Consent to Kill, with Antoine Fuqua set to direct and various actors in consideration to play Rapp.
That plan was eventually ditched in favor of starting with American Assassin, the book that is eleventh in Flynn’s series, but acts as a prequel. Last year Ed Zwick (The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond) was set to direct, but he has since accepted a deal to make The Great Wall, and CBS decided to move forward without him. In his place Jeffrey Nachmanoff has stepped in. Who? Read More »
In 2013, we’ll see Henry Cavill jump buildings in a single bound. After that, he’ll be building them. The Man of Steel star, who is just about done shooting that film, is busy lining up his next project. Variety reports he’ll star in Ed Zwick‘s The Great Wall, an action epic produced by the new Legendary East banner of Legendary Pictures, which will uncover the mystery of how The Great Wall of China came to be. Read more after the jump. Read More »
There was a point two years ago when CBS Films put into motion the first adaptation of one of Vince Flynn‘s Mitch Rapp novels. Consent to Kill was going to be the subject of the adaptation, with Antoine Fuqua directing and actors like Matthew Fox, Gerard Butler and Colin Farrell as possible accomplices.
That stalled, and perhaps for the better, as it turns out. Because Vince Flynn last year published American Assassin, a prequel story that tells of how Mitch Rapp ends up as a CIA terrorist hunter. (Yeah, I know. Just go with it.) Now that book is going to be the first of his from CBS Films, and Ed Zwick has just been set to direct. Read More »
Love and Other Drugs is a romantic comedy, which of late is a genre that tends to be unremarkable. And it is co-written and directed by Ed Zwick who, sadly, tends to make movies that are also unremarkable. That’s not two strikes, but it’s close. (For me.)
But the film is also a kind of Brokeback Mountain reunion, as it puts Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway back in the same cast. That’s a selling point (for me, anyway) but I’m not sure that this just-released trailer is. Read More »
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The Hollywood Reporter recently held a roundtable discussion with the six of this year’s Best Director hopefuls: Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon), Gus Van Sant (Milk), Ed Zwick (Definace), Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler), Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino). David Fincher and Christopher Nolan apparently weren’t available for the sit down. You can watch some video clips from the roundtable interview after the jump. I wish that THR would put the entire thing online, but the most we can hope for is that more clips will be released.
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