Dantes Inferno

No, the director of the new Evil Dead film is not making a film based on Dante Alighieri’s classic poem. He might, however, helm a film based on a video game of the same name. Fede Alvarez, who wowed audiences earlier this year with his brutal new take on the classic Sam Raimi film, is in talks to helm Dante’s Inferno, based on the Electronic Arts game. The game borrows from Dante’s classic poem in that you actually play as a knight named after the poet who travels into the nine rings of Hell to rescue his beloved Beatrice. Jay Basu wrote the most recent draft of the script and Universal Pictures will distribute. Read More »

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News on the development of a sequel to Gareth Edwards‘ lo-fi indie sci-fi romance Monsters was quiet for a while, but the movie recently raised its head once again. UK director Tom Green (Misfits) is now at the helm, working from a script by Jay Basu, with Edwards acting as producer.

We know the film is set to be titled Monsters: Dark Continent, and now we’ve got a long plot description that gives a really good idea of where the film is going. Hint: the monsters are now everywhere. Oh, and there just might be an echo of Heart of Darkness — or Apocalypse Now — in there. Read More »

When Gareth Edwards released his low-budget sci-fi/romance picture Monsters in 2010, it made a lot of waves and gained the young director many fans in very short order. Star Scoot McNairy rode the film to roles in some great-looking projects (Argo, Killing Them Softly) and Edwards became the director of Legendary Pictures’ new take on Godzilla.

Talk of a sequel to Monsters also cropped up as the film was rolling into theaters, but we haven’t heard much about that development in a while. Now there’s a report that the project has a new director, and a new title: Monsters: The Dark Continent. Read More »

Working Title Developing New Screen Version of Merlin

There’s no accounting for logic when it comes to film development, but that is both the beauty and the insanity of the business. This past summer audiences had a chance to see The Sorcerers Apprentice, in which Nicolas Cage played one of three disciples of Merlin. (Alfred Molina and Monica Bellucci played the other two disciples.) And audiences shrugged. So, now, when it comes to developing a new film about Merlin, some will point to The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and say, “but that didn’t work!” Never mind that audiences didn’t skip Apprentice because it had anything to do with Merlin; they skipped it because it looked superficial or silly or just not entertaining enough.

So, when you see that Working Title is developing a Merlin film that, like The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, will set the magical character’s story in the present day, what’s the response? Read More »

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