With The Shallows, director Jaume Collet-Serra may have taken on his biggest challenge yet as a filmmaker. The director of Orphan, Non-Stop, and Run All Night made a film primarily set on the water, featuring an entirely CG antagonist, a great white shark, and a co-star that’s a seagull, whom Blake Lively‘s character names Steven Seagull. All these factors added up to a production that, Collet-Serra admits, wasn’t easy.
Collet-Serra typically relies more on practical effects, so The Shallows was a more CG-heavy experience than he was probably used to. The director was kind enough to take the time to discuss the experience of making The Shallows with us, and why the CG shark proved to be “the fear that lasts a year.”
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Posted on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 by Angie Han
Sony has released one last trailer for Blake Lively‘s summer shark movie The Shallows, and it may just be the best one yet. Instead of B-movie gore or schmaltzy backstory, it offers a stern lecture about self-reliance, all set to gorgeous, sun-dappled scenes of Nancy (Lively) preparing to get into the water. “Yes sir, it’s hard work to become self reliant,” a voice says firmly. But, he continues, “If you’re not self-reliant, you’l never do any more than just get by.”
It’s a weird choice that pays off, setting an intriguingly off-kilter tone for everything we see onscreen. Hopefully Nancy can hear the same narration we can, because she’s going to need all the self-reliance she can muster to survive the imminent shark attack. Watch the latest The Shallows trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
When it comes to underwater adventures this June, you’ve got two choices. You can cuddle up to the friendly fish of Pixar’s Finding Dory, and go home thinking about how enchanting the world under the sea is… or you can scare the crap out of yourself with The Shallows. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, the latter stars Blake Lively as a surfer who finds herself stranded off the coast of a secluded cove when a great white shark decides she’d make for a tasty snack. Watch The Shallows trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
You’d think the combined horrors of The Finest Hours and In the Heart of the Sea should be enough to discourage anyone from setting out on any body of water larger than a swimming pool, ever, but based on the box office receipts for both movies not a whole lot of people actually saw them. So just in case you’re still thinking a trip out to sea might be a nice way to spend an afternoon, here comes Jaume Collet-Serra‘s The Shallows to disabuse you of that notion.
Blake Lively plays a surfer who heads out to catch some waves on a quiet beach. Few people are around, but there is a shark hanging out nearby, and it’s decided Blake Lively is what it wants to have for lunch. After the creature attacks her, she’s left stranded 200 yards from shore. Watch The Shallows trailer after the jump. Read More »
If you thought the latest film in the Taken series would be the end of Liam Neeson‘s run as an action star, you thought wrong. Here comes Run All Night, which casts Neeson as a mob hitman who must protect his son from the violent attentions of a gangster after the young guy witnesses the wrong act. This one re-teams Neeson with his Non-Stop and Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra, and also features Joel Kinnaman, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ed Harris, Bruce McGill, Genesis Rodriguez, Boyd Holbrook, Holt McCallany, and Common. Check out the Run All Night trailer below. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, February 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
Warner Bros.’ live-action adaptation of Akira has gone through so many rough patches at this point that it’s a struggle for us to even remember at any given time whether it’s on again, or off. But Jaume Collet-Serra hasn’t lost track, because he’s still planning to direct. In fact, it’ll “hopefully” be his next project.
Whether that’s good news or bad news for fans of the source material is another question. While Collet-Serra says he wants to be “respectful,” he’s not interested in being overly faithful. For one thing, he hopes to “bring strong characters” into the film because he doesn’t find any of the characters from the original to be interesting. Read his comments after the jump.
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Liam Neeson‘s action-star career resurgence has been an exciting ride. Sure Taken 2 wasn’t as good as the first and Unknown stunk, but Neeson’s permanent charisma makes him exciting and believable as the aging hero in films like The Grey.
Not as believable as “Neeson the action star” is the plot of his new movie, Non-Stop. But that’s half the fun isn’t it? Neeson plays an Air Marshall on a transatlantic flight who is framed for a hijacking as he’s simultaneously trying to stop it. He’s joined on board by Julianne Moore and Downton Abbey‘s Michellle Dockery with Jaume Collet-Serra directing. It hits theaters February 28 and you can see the first trailer below. Read More »
Warner Bros. can no longer rely on the big summer projects developed by Legendary, so what’s the studio to do? How about the revival of a dead project? For years WB was working on a live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo‘s manga and movie Akira, but the last effort was put to bed over a year ago. Now it’s back on, and the guy who was last in the director’s chair, Jaume Collet-Serra, is in talks to return. Read More »
Director Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan) and actor Bradley Cooper both recently saw their respective Warner Bros. projects hit the skids. The director was set to make Akira, while Cooper was going to play Lucifer in Paradise Lost.
With both of those films scuttled for now, WB may be pairing the two men on another project: Here There Be Monsters, the film written by Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential) in which a disgraced British Naval Officer encounters a giant sea serpent. Read More »