Earlier this week Legendary Pictures, producers of the The Dark Knight and The Hangover among others, announced they’d gotten a large investment from a Hong Kong investor to move forward with Legendary East, a new company that would make its own movies. Mere days later, Legendary East already has its first project. It’s called The Great Wall and it’ll be directed by Edward Zwick (Glory, The Last Samurai). He’ll also co-write the screenplay with partner Marshall Herskovitz, which “reveals the legend behind a great mystery of our age: why this magnificent structure came to be.” Read more after the break. Read More »

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Paramount has released a new trailer for Edward Zwick‘s Defiance, the upcoming Daniel Craig WWII film. The film ahs already been getting early award buzz, and the trailer looks powerful. The poster also premiered today on InContention. You can check that out below as well. As always, leave your comments and tell me what you think?

Official Plot Synopsis: Based on an extraordinary true story, DEFIANCE is an epic tale of family, honor, vengeance and salvation in World War II. The year is 1941 and the Jews of Eastern Europe are being massacred by the thousands. Managing to escape certain death, three brothers take refuge in the dense surrounding woods they have known since childhood. There they begin their desperate battle against the Nazis. Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell star as brothers who turn a primitive struggle to survive into something far more consequential – a way to avenge the deaths of their loved ones by saving thousands of others.

At first it is all they can do to stay alive. But gradually, as whispers of their daring spreads, they begin to attract others – men and women, young and old – willing to risk everything for the sake of even a moment’s freedom. Tuvia (CRAIG) is a reluctant leader and his decisions are challenged by his brother, Zus (SCHREIBER) who worries that Tuvia’s idealistic plans will doom them all. Asael (BELL) is the youngest – caught between his brothers’ fierce rivalry. As a brutal winter descends, they work to create a community, and to keep faith alive when all humanity appeared to be lost.

DEFIANCE is directed by Edward Zwick (BLOOD DIAMOND, GLORY) from a screenplay by Zwick and Clay Frohman, based on Nechama Tec’s non-fiction book of the same name. The producers are Zwick and Pieter Jan Brugge. The team recreating the forest haven includes two-time Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Eduardo Serra (BLOOD DIAMOND, GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING), production designer Dan Weil (BLOOD DIAMOND, THE BOURNE IDENTITY) and Oscar®-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan (GOSFORD PARK, A ROOM WITH A VIEW).

Defiance hits theaters on December 12th 2008.

Defiance Movie Trailer

 

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Compare the trailer to this December’s Defiance to the trailer for October’s Valkyrie. Both begin with solemn white words on black referencing the evils of Adolf Hitler, but only the former manages to build up the palpable suspense and the grave importance of its character(s)’s mission. That is until a jarring tonal shift occurs at the fifty second mark, right when Defiance‘s imagery should have intensified, stopped suddenly and left the audience wanting more. I went from curiosity, to slight intrigue to imagining one of Michael Scott’s feel good office posters. The title doesn’t help. Also, I have no idea what the $50 million budget went towards after watching this.

Directed by Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond, Glory, The Last Samurai), Defiance stars Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell and Liev Schreiber as three Jewish brothers who flee Nazi-occupied Poland and build a makeshift village alongside Russian resistance fighters.

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You can also watch the trailer in High Definition at Yahoo.com. Defiance hits theaters on December 26, 2008.

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