With Cannes around the corner, new film projects are cropping up, and deals are being signed. As Germain mentioned earlier we’ll see a lot of indie projects cropping up in the next couple weeks, but there are also studio projects moving forward.

For instance, Antoine Fuqua has added another project to his slate. Chicagoland, written by Peter Morgan, now has the director attached at New Line. It’s one of several films to which the director is attached, but he jumps on and off films with seeming alacrity, so it’s hard to say if this one will get made under his guidance. (For reference, the last theatrical film Fuqua made was the 2009 release Brooklyn’s Finest. He’s been attached to a good half-dozen or more since then.) The most interesting film on his slate, however, the Eminem-starring boxing drama Southpaw, seems to be pushed into the ether at this point while Eminem rides the latest wave of his music career.

There isn’t a lot of info about Chicagoland, but the script has been vaguely likened to Fuqua’s greatest success, Training Day. It seems like that comparison has been thrown at other films to which Fuqua has been attached, too. So we’ll see if it helps this one; a Peter Morgan script certainly isn’t a bad thing. [Variety]

After the break, Gavin O’Connor, who made the sadly under-seen film Warrior, will direct Yakuza, a thriller set in Japan. Read More »

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Warrior director Gavin O’Connor could follow up his moving tale of brotherly love and competition in the boxing ring with a story about an eternal man-child in bright green tights. Well, maybe the last part isn’t entirely a fair description of Billy Ray‘s Neverland, but the only hard knowledge we have about the script at this point is that it’s an origin story about the immortal Peter Pan and his archnemesis Captain Hook. Channing Tatum is attached to produce, but does not plan to star. More details after the jump.

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Despite a very positive critical reception and the considerable talents of cast members Nick Nolte, Tom Hardy, and Joel Edgerton, Gavin O’Connor‘s MMA drama Warrior didn’t exactly set the box office on fire when it opened earlier this month. But the director doesn’t seem too concerned with dwelling on the commercial disappointment. He’s already moved on to his next two projects, and they both sound pretty interesting. The writer/director is reportedly working on a film project titled The Samurai for Warner Bros., as well as a stage adaptation of The Hustler. More details after the jump.

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Warrior is one of my favorite films of the year. Much more than just a movie about mixed martial arts, director Gavin O’Connor‘s film earns its stripes by spending time developing complex characters and familiar relationships that pay off in spades once the fighting begins.

Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton play estranged brothers who simultaneously, and unbeknownst to each other, begin training for a massive MMA tournament. Both have disowned their father (Nick Nolte in an Oscar-worthy performance), which creates another layer of tension when Hardy’s character enlists him to help with training. Edgerton goes the more traditional route and all of these threads come to a head under the bright lights of the octagon.

I’m not overstating my love for this film when I say Warrior does for MMA what Rocky did for boxing – it brings the sport into the hearts of the mainstream thanks to incredibly vivid characters and performances. It’ll make grown men cry, cheer and now you can see it early. After the jump, read how you can see the film a few days before its September 9 release. Read More »

Whether it’s from a punch to the jaw or ogling women, when you cast two of the most sought after male actors in Hollywood as feuding siblings dead set on a mixed martial arts championship, odds are you’re going to turn a few heads. Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton do just that in the upcoming sports drama Warrior, directed by Gavin O’Connor. Hardy is a Marine home from war who asks his recovering alcoholic father, played by Nick Nolte, to train him for a massive fight tournament. Simultaneously, and unbeknownst to them, the pair’s estranged brother/son, played by Edgerton, is training for the same tournament.

I’ve seen Warrior and while I’m technically embargoed from publishing my thoughts, I will say this is a movie you’ll want on your radar. It doesn’t matter if you’re an MMA fan or just a fan of great drama and acting, Warrior delivers the goods. Big time. Plus it’ll make you even more excited to see Tom Hardy play Bane.

The movie opens September 9 and, for now, you can see how dedicated the actors were to their roles in these portraits by Tim Palen. They’re part of an upcoming book called The Men of Warrior but be forewarned. There’s a whole lot of man flesh after the jump. Read More »

Who will direct the Wolverine sequel for Fox? Since Darren Aronofsky elected not to make the film we’ve heard about some possible options, but none have been offered the gig so far, and the film remains sidelined for the moment. But a shortlist of eight names has emerged, and it contains a few that are surprising. Read More »

Other than comedies, sports movies are probably ruined in trailers more than another other genre. Mostly that’s because sports movies are generally predictable and cheesy but, even with that caveat, the trailer for Warrior might cross the line. Directed by Gavin O’Connor and starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton, the film follows two brothers who simultaneously, for different reasons, enter into the world of professional mixed martial arts. Just from that sentence alone you probably can venture a very educated guess as to what the film’s climax will be but does the trailer really need to not only show it, but blatantly state it?

Despite that, Warrior looks to be a potentially entertaining story of family and sport, much in the vein of The Fighter. Peter seemed to think so when he saw the film at CinemaCon and now you can judge for yourself. Warrior, which also stars Nick Nolte, is scheduled for release on September 9. The spoiler-filled trailer’s embedded after the jump. Read More »

Considering Apollo 18 had a release date before it had a director, and that release date was four months away, it’s not that big of a shock that the Timur Bekmambetov-produced film has been moved from its original March 4 release date. What’s more surprising is that it only moved back a month, to April 22. The film, which is a found footage tale about a secret moon mission which resulted in an alien encounter, is directed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego.

In other release date news, the rise of Tom Hardy continues this year as his new film Warrior, directed by Gavin O’Connor (Pride and Glory, Miracle), will hit theaters on September 9. Read more about that film after the jump. Read More »

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