Revisiting The Wachowski’s Speed Racer on DVD, I have wondered if the movie was released a couple years later and filmed in 3D, if it would have been a hit. Well it looks like we might find out, and this time without the hokey characters.
Walt Disney Pictures is developing Hovercar 3D, based on an online serial which resulted in a popular young-adult book series from the Australian novelist Matthew Reilly. The film project is being described as “a live-action techno-thriller” which follows a hovercar racer “tasked with escorting an informant to safety as the two come under fire from corrupt government operatives.” The books have often been compared with Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game or Harry Potter.
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His name is Bond, Fredrik Bond. And this wildly successful commercial director is now attached to direct Year 12, a sci-fi action film produced by Joe Roth, based on a spec-script by Edward Ricourt. The film is set 12 years after an alien invasion of Earth in which the human resistance recruits an underwater uranium miner to help them blow up an alien mothership. The project was set up at Paramount, who recently put it into turn around.
Bond’s name might sound familiar because he shares one with a famous spy but also because he’s attached to direct Hack/Slash for Rogue and the American remake of The Host for Universal. The Wrap, who broke the story, didn’t say which film might be made first. If you’d like to see more of Bond’s work, check out this post which highlights several of the commercials that put him on the map.
The potential film version of the comic book Hack/Slash has been making news for over a year now. Two reasons. One, it’s classic fanbait: hot girl plus skimpy clothes plus violence. And two, it was originally handed to screenwriter Justin Marks, the guy who became blog fodder for having a bunch of high-profile writing gigs with no produced credits. Then the Marks-penned Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li came out, and suddenly we weren’t writing about Marks nearly as often. As is so often the case, the lousiness of Street Fighter may or may not actually have anything to do with the Marks script, but with nothing else bearing his name it’s harder to give him the benefit of the doubt.
After being announced, Hack/Slash was passed from director Todd Lincoln to Fredrik Bond. Now there’s a report that a new screenwriter is on board, as well. In retrospect, when you think like a production company, hiring the same guy that is writing the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre for Twisted Pictures probably seems like a slam dunk. Read More »
Rogue Pictures has hired commercial and music video director Fredrik Bond to direct a big screen adaptation of Hack/Slash, the popular comic book created by Tim Seeley and Stefano Caselli.
The series follows a horror victim named Cassie Hack, who strikes back at the homicidal maniacs and serial killers, known as “slashers”. Justin Marks( He-Man and the Masters of the Universe) wrote the screenplay, which is said to be heavy on the comedy and horror. Rogue hopes to go into production this Winter or early next year. Todd Lincoln was previously attached to the project but moved on to other things.
Who is Fredrik Bond? The Swedish commercial director has been nominated , and ranked by Campaign Magazine as one of the “World’s Hottest New Directors”. Check out some of his commercials here. He is/was also attached to the American remake of Joon-ho Bong’s The Host.
Universal Studios has signed a director to remake Bong Joon-ho‘s 2006 Korean monster film The Host. Commercial film director Fredrik Bond will helm the project, based on a script by Smart People scribe Mark Poirier, and Gore Verbinski will produce. Bond has directed a variety of commercials over the last few years (check them out right now here). Haven’t seen The Host? Check out the trailer below!
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The Host follows a dysfunctional family who sets out to bring their little girl back home after a horrifying giant monster that emerges from the Han River to wreak havoc on Seoul. The Host was released on a record number of screens in South Korea and broke box-office records throughout its domestic run. By the end of its run, over 13 million people had bought tickets, making it the highest grossing South Korean film of all time. Joon-Jo talked to Sci-Fi about the idea of an American remake during the film’s original theatrical run. Here is what he said:
“Maybe three or four years down the line, if The Host [remake] comes out, and there’s a cool director who takes it on and makes it a real great film, then I’d be very happy,” Bong told SciFiWire in an interview, through a translator. “On the other hand, if it’s just crap, I think I’d be happy, too, because then people would be like, ‘Oh, yeah, Bong’s original was really good.’ So, for me, it’s a win-win situation. But Universal has a tradition of doing horror and creature films, so I anticipate that they will do a great film.”
If you haven’t yet, check out Fredrik’s commercial work in our Commercial Directors Spotlight.
Fredrik Bond is directing the American remake of The Host for Universal, but who is he? The Swedish commercial director began his career as a photographer, studying at NYU Film School. Bond got his break after directing a documentary about photographer David Sim’s work for Levis. In 1999, he was one of 30 directors chosen out of 500 for the prestigious Saatchi and Saatchi New Directors Showcase, which was part of the Cannes Advertising Festival.
Ranked by Campaign Magazine as one of the “World’s Hottest New Directors”, Bond went on to win over a dozen British Television Advertising Awards. His commercial clients have included Adidas, KISS FM, Monster.com and Volkswagen. He directed a music video for Moby for the song Bodyrock. In 2005 and 2008, Bond was nominated for the Directors Guild of America’s Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials. Check out some of his work below.
Carling – “Space”
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JC Penny – “Aviator”
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Milk: The Straw
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Pepsi: Times Square (Kung Fu Fighter)
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