Back in September of 2014, news surfaced that Dwayne Johnson would star in The Janson Directive, based on the novel of the same name from The Bourne Identity author Robert Ludlum. The project just so happened to be set up at Universal Pictures, the home of the Jason Bourne film franchise, which made the opportunity for a crossover easily possible. Thankfully, Universal isn’t trying to expand the world of Jason Bourne again, but they are looking to create a new cinematic universe.
The Janson Directive will be the first in a series of films based on Robert Ludlum novels that all take place in the same universe, and Universal has already assembled a team to shepherd the new endeavor. Find out more about the Robert Ludlum cinematic universe after the jump. Read More »
When a prequel to The Shining was announced, it didn’t sound like such a hot idea. That changed when Mark Romanek became attached to the project — a real-deal director, not some run-of-the-mill work-for-hire. The director behind One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go is a filmmaker with a vision, and according to the producer of The Overlook Hotel, The Shining prequel will only move forward with Romanek if he gets the opportunity to make his own movie. Read more about the project after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 by Angie Han
Prepare to relive very recent history with Truth, James Vanderbilt‘s drama about the “Rathergate” scandal. Robert Redford plays CBS News anchor Dan Rather, and Cate Blanchett his producer Mary Mapes. Toper Grace, Elisabeth Moss, Dennis Quaid, Bruce Greenwood, and Stacy Keach also star. Watch the Truth trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
Having helped dramatize the Watergate scandal in All the President’s Men, Robert Redford will also bring the so-called “Rathergate” scandal to life in a new movie. Redford is attached to play Dan Rather in Truth, about the controversy that marred the end of the newscaster’s network career.
He’ll be joined by Cate Blanchett, who’ll play Rather’s former producer Mary Mapes. The memoir penned by the real-life Mapes, Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, and the Privilege of Power, serves as the film’s source material. The film marks screenwriter James Vanderbilt‘s directorial debut. Hit the jump for more details.
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Briefly: With or without Will Smith, a sequel to Independence Day is happening. For obvious reasons, director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin were hoping the mega-star would choose to return to the franchise that helped launch his career. Smith originally said he wouldn’t be in the film, then backed off that statement. Fox hired James Vanderbilt to write two independent scripts – one with Smith’s character and the other without.
Deadline now reports Smith has “pretty much decided” he’s not going to do the movie. Never say never but, the smart money is the version of the film without the character (perhaps focused on his son?) will forward.
Independence Day 2 will blow up theaters July 1, 2016.
Posted on Monday, June 10th, 2013 by Angie Han
Roland Emmerich‘s White House Down is the second of two “Die Hard on Pennsylvania Avenue” pics to hit screens this year, but if it delivers on the promises made by this four-minute final trailer, it could just blow the other one out of the water altogether. It has all the ingredients for a satisfying summer blockbuster: tons of big, explosive action; a liberal sprinkling of humor; and even some cute buddy-cop rapport between Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. Watch it after the jump.
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The Shining has had quite the resurgence in the past few months. Rodney Ascher’s Room 237 is certainly one factor. Another, bigger motivator is Stephen King himself, who is currently working on a Shining sequel novel called Doctor Sleep. Warner Bros., which owns the rights to the Stanley Kubrick film, surely sees this as a perfect time to dust off last year’s idea for a prequel to the Kubrick film, giving it a title and going out to a big time writer.
The proposed prequel is called The Overlook Hotel, and Glen Mazzara, who was the showrunner on The Walking Dead for the last two years, is in talks to write it. Read More »
That dirty wifebeater Channing Tatum is wearing is no coincidence. “I’ve always wanted to do a Die Hard” admitted the actor and in his upcoming action film White House Down, he’s getting that chance. Director Roland Emmerich will once again reign havoc on the White House, this time with the help of John Cale (Tatum), a Secret Service agent who is separated from his daughter when the White House is invaded by a group of mercenaries. It’s an action film in the vein not only of that classic 1988 Bruce Willis movie but The Rock, Air Force One and Emmerich’s own film, Independence Day.
Oddly enough, for a film that takes place largely in Washington D.C. and the World’s most famous residence, filming almost exclusively took place in Montreal, Quebec Canada. In fact, save for a few second unit plates in D.C. and one park scene, all of White House Down will be filmed on stages in Montreal including a place called Mel’s Cite du Cinema. Which is where we were on day 33 of an 82 day shoot, watching Tatum fight on the roof of the White House, destroy a Black Hawk helicopter with a high-tech missile launcher and eventually get thrown over the edge through a huge piece of glass.
It’s September 19, 2012, just six months after James Vanderbilt’s script was purchased by Sony and nine months until the film’s release June 28. Yes, it’s an inhumanly quick turnaround for a major summer blockbuster, but that’s the way Emmerich and his crew like it. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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Former Secret Service agent John Cale (Channing Tatum) just wanted to take his daughter on a tour of the White House. Thank God he did. If it wasn’t for him, who would look after the President (Jamie Foxx) when a group of international terrorists take over the world’s most famous home?
That’s the basic plot of White House Down, this year’s second “Die Hard in a White House” action film. Sony Pictures is hoping it’s more Armageddon than Deep Impact, though, with a bigger scale, bigger stars and bigger director in serial White House destroyer Roland Emmerich. The script, by James Vanderbilt, went from purchase to shooting in a matter of months and in the first trailer, you get a sense why it was such a hot property. White House Down looks like it has the potential to be a quintessential big-budget summer action movie.
Co-starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Jason Clarke, Richard Jenkins, Lance Reddick and Joey King, the film opens June 28. Check out the first trailer below. Read More »
In this summer’s White House Down, director Roland Emmerich will once again wreak havoc on the President’s pad. It’s a place he knows well, having first blown it up 1996’s Independence Day. Ever since that film was released, fans have discussed a sequel and in the past few months, Emmerich and his producer Dean Devlin have confirmed sequels are in the works: ID Forever Part One and ID Forever Part Two.
Emmerich has now revealed the seed that the sequels will grow from, as well as the timeline and the main characters. The films take place about 20 years after the original film, and the world has been rebuilt. Twenty years, it seems, is about how long it takes for the aliens to respond to a distress call their destroyed friends sent out at the end of the first film.
He also revealed he and Devlin have completed two scripts and James Vanderbilt, the writer of The Amazing Spider-Man and White House Down, is currently doing the rewrites.
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