Brian De Palma to Direct Thriller ‘The Key Man’

The last decade hasn’t been the most popular one for Brian De Palma, at least in a commerical sense. I do love his 2003 movie Femme Fatale a whole hell of a lot, but can’t really get behind the James Ellroy adaptation The Black Dahlia, and feel like the minor Iraq War film Redacted might be worth a second look at some point in the future, if only because it was a relatively early effort to embrace the always-on nature of modern video.

But now it’s a whole new decade, and the director has been working to line up a couple of possible projects. We’ve heard he might remake Alain Corneau’s Crime d’amour (Love Crime) as a film called Passion, for example. Now it seems as if he has money lined up for another project, a thriller called The Key Man, which will shoot by the end of this year. Read More »

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Shrek Director Heads To Fountain City

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Lightstream Pictures has preemptively acquired and will co-finance Shrek franchise director-writer-producer Andrew Adamson‘s live-action fantasy adventure film Fountain City.

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Joby Harold To Write Atlantis Rising

Awake screenwriter Joby Harold has been hired to adapt Platinum Studios’ five-part apocalyptic sci-fi comic book mini-series Atlantis Rising. Underworld and Live Free or Die Hard helmer Len Wiseman is set to direct.

Transformers writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci originally brought the project to DreamWorks, and will produce the project. THR says that Dreamworks envisions Atlantic Rising as “a big-budget, effects-driven sci-fi war movie in the vein of the James Cameron-directed Aliens and The Abyss.” Wow, high expectations. The book’s official plot description follows:

“After more than a thousand years of peaceful coexistence, Atlantis and the surface world are on the brink of war with the fate of both civilizations hanging in the balance.”

Sounds like a pretty cool concept — a war between the inhabitants of the land and the sea? You can read the first four issues of the comic book for free on drunkduck.com. Wiseman will probably helm Motorcade first. The film is being aimed for a Summer 2011 release.