James McTeigue Alien sleeper cell

The first and last time we heard about Alien Sleeper Cell was way back in 2011, when we heard the project had been put into development. Truth be told, it’s been so quiet in the years since then that we basically forgot it existed at all.

But it does, and now, at long last, it’s taking a major step forward. James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) has just signed on to direct the sci-fi thriller. Hit the jump for more about the Alien Sleeper Cell director.

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James McTeigue Directing ‘Bloodsport’ Reboot

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There will be a new version of Bloodsport, the ’80s martial arts thriller in which Jean-Claude Van Damme fought Bolo Yeung and his pecs. (Above, JCVD shows off the reaction most of us would have when faced with the magnificence of said pectorals.) We’ve known about the remake for a long time, but now the movie has a director. James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin, The Raven) will make the movie. Read More »

There’s plenty to look forward to in spring 2012, but as we head slowly (oh, ever so slowly) toward the warmer months, two films have been pushed back to other seasons while one has landed on a different spring date. After the jump, get updates on new release dates for Relativity’s The Raven and House at the End of the Street, as well as Focus Features’ Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.

[Update: Hit the jump for a just-released poster for The Raven]

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Literary adaptations can have a reputation for being stuffy, but James McTeigue‘s The Raven looks anything but. The story, which is not based on legendary writerĀ Edgar Allan Poe‘s poem of the same title, revolves around Poe (John Cusack) as he gets pulled into a serial killer case when a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) realizes that the murderer has modeled his crimes after Poe’s works. (Like a 19th-century Castle, I guess.) McTeigue is the director behind such visually striking actioners as V for Vendetta and Ninja Assassin, and The Raven looks to be along those same lines. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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James McTeigue to Direct ‘Ness/Capone’ For Relativity

The latest in competing movie news is that Warner Bros. isn’t the only studio with an Al Capone movie brewing. Relativity Media has Ness/Capone, based on the 2010 Black List script written by Grant Pierce Myers. The studio has just hired James McTeigue to direct it, as the filmmaker recently completed work on Relativity’s film The Raven. Read More »

Quite a lot of new posters showed up on the internets during the first official day of Comic Con today, and there are a few good ones. The teaser poster for The Amazing Spider-Man isn’t high-res, sadly, and it basically repurposes a shot of Spidey’s back that we saw via EW last week. But it’s a good teaser shot regardless.

There are two new Steven Soderbergh images, for Haywire and Contagion — or two and a half Steven Soderbegh posters if you count the new one-sheet for Moneyball, which Bennett Miller ended up directing after much drama. Andrew Niccol‘s In Time (formerly I’m.mortal and Time) gets a poster and two character sheets. And, finally, James McTeigue‘s The Raven gets a poster with some very Ralph Steadman-esque ink splashes and title scrawl. All good stuff, and all after the break.
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James McTeigue Directing ‘Message From the King’

Briefly: James McTeigue came up working for the Wachowskis and worked in their shadow to some extent while directing V For Vendetta and Ninja Assassin. But in the past couple years he has started to forge his own path. First he shot the literary thriller The Raven, starring John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe, and has that film in post-production now.

To follow up that period piece, Mr. McTeigue is now set to direct a modern thriller, called Message From the King. Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell (writers of Unknown) scripted, and Deadline describes the plot as following “Jacob King, an enigmatic outsider who comes to LA to investigate the sudden disappearance of his sister.” FilmNation is producing and plans to shoot the film this fall.

Update: Two more images were released over the weekend, and you can see them in the gallery below.

We’ve seen another shot or two, semi-official and not at all official, of John Cusack in costume as Edgar Allan Poe in James McTeigue‘s film The Raven. Now this is the first for-real official shot of the character, and the only downside is that it looks like the other shots.

Still, The Raven has settled on a March 9, 2012 release date (and evidently decided to keep the title The Raven), and I’m very interested to see more from the movie in which Poe ends up looking for a killer whose methods seem tied to the author’s work. We’ll see some footage at Comic Con when Relativity presents the film in Hall H on Friday July 22, but for now you can see the full image after the break. Read More »

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