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The intensified scandal over the doping actions of Lance Armstrong have irrevocably tainted his participation in cycling. As you might expect, however, the controversy has only increased the speed at which various producers are trying to put together a film based on his story.

One of a few projects in the works about the cancer survivor and disgraced champ is Red Blooded American, housed at Warner Bros. Atlas Entertainment is producing, and Jay Roach is directing, and the development is based on a script by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion). Now Bradley Cooper has come on as a producer. He may also star in the film. Read More »

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In just a few weeks we’ll get to see a new Danny Boyle movie, and that’s pretty great. The film is Trance, and as the slice of art above suggests, it leaves the psyche of a man, played by James McAvoy, in less than perfect shape.

This new red-band trailer shows more of Boyle’s heavily-stylized return to all-out genre fare. It also give a taste of some of the more unpleasant moments in the film, and a hint or two of a couple of the more pleasurable moments, too.

And McAvoy’s character isn’t the only one who has his head messed with. There’s a payoff shot in this trailer that had me gobsmacked for a moment, before the gorehound in me took over and started giggling like mad. Check it out below — this one is definitely not safe for work, even if those unsafe flashes are fairly brief.  Read More »

Briefly: It is very possible that you’ll read of Warner Bros.’ enthusiasm for the David Dobkin script Arthur & Lancelot and give a shrug. We know little about the story, after all, other than the fact that it comes from the Wedding Crashers and The Change-Up director and is a contemporary retelling of the Arthurian legend. We don’t even know much about the tone — is it comic, action-oriented, or something else? — but the fact that Sherlock Holmes producer Lionel Wigram is backing the project suggests a blend of action and comedy.

What might be interesting, however, is that Deadline reports two casualties of the process in which WB fast-tracked Arthur & Lancelot for a March 15, 2013 release. The Bryan Singer remake of Excalibur, and Guy Ritchie and John Hodge‘s other Arthur film are both dead, says the site.

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The last time we talked about Guy Ritchie‘s King Arthur movie, it was suggested that a new script was going to be called for, superceding the Warren Ellis draft and now, we’ve found out who the new writer will be. The lucky winner is John Hodge, probably most famous for having written Danny Boyle’s Shallow Grave and Trainspotting. If his adaptation of Trainspotting is anything to go by, he can certainly make order out of rather sprawling and tangled narrative messes, so perhaps he’s a great choice for guaranteeing a driving through-line in this episodic, stop-start storyline.

At least when Ellis was at the Word Processor the film’s basic shape was to be “very specifically about the gathering of the Knights”. Cue Lock Stock style ensemble of British character actors. Variety have reported that the basic source material will be Mallory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, but I can’t imagine the tone and flavour of a 15th century French romance being maintained under Ritchie’s directorship.

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On the no-brainer development fast track now is the second film to be based on a novel by Vikas Swarup, the guy who penned Q&A. That one was the novel adapted into Danny Boyle‘s outrageously popular Slumdog Millionaire.

According to Screen Daily, Six Suspects is to be a $15 million budget whodunit set in Delhi. Set to be scripted by John Hodge, screenwriter of not one but two other Danny Boyle-helmed films (Trainspotting, Shallow Grave) the project is being described as “Agatha Christie meets Elmore Leonard” and, if it’s anything like Slumdog, the film will dive into Delhi’s criminal underbelly known for its contract killings and rampant fraud.

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Danny Boyle talks Trainspotting Sequel, Porno

Porno BookIt’s been 11 years since Trainspotting burst onto the scene. Scottish writer Irvine Welsh’s sequel titled Porno was released five years back. So will Sunshine director Danny Boyle ever get around to making the movie?

“That’s the thing. We’ve been given the rights to do the sequel to it, and there is a script – a very early script from John Hodge, the writer of the first one. And we got the idea of doing it, but it depends on [the actors] being quite a bit older than they are at the moment. They need to have a bit of age,” admitted the director to IGN. “Our take on it is, their headiness – these guys who lived at the absolute brink, felt they were invincible and felt they could abuse themselves to the absolute limit – suddenly hit middle age. They’re in their forties and they look it – but they don’t really look it, those actors, yet. They’re a bit moisturised up and looked after. So when they get a bit older, we’ll have a go at sassing it up a bit, yeah.”

Trainspotting starred Ewan McGregor (now age 35), Ewen Bremner (35), Jonny Lee Miller (34), Kevin McKidd (33), Robert Carlyle (45) and Kelly Macdonald (31).

Porno follows the characters of Trainspotting nine years after the events of the earlier book, as their paths cross again in, this time the pornography business being the backdrop rather than heroin use.  The novel is divided into 3 sections, each of which comprises chapters with different narrators. Unlike Trainspotting which had more narrational diversity, Porno is reduced to just 5 narrators: Sick Boy, Renton, Spud, Begbie and Nikki.

If Boyle decides to make it, let’s hope he does it soon.

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