In November of 2006, when I interviewed Darren Aronofsky for the US release of The Fountain, he dropped a little bomb. Asked about his next project, he said he was working on “a biblical epic.” That turned out to be a new take on the tale of Noah and the flood, and it has been a project in various stages of development ever since.

Now there is a report that Darren Aronofsky has put together a package for Noah that has John Logan rewriting Aronofsky’s own script, New Regency thinking of co-financing, and several studios looking at proving the rest of the cash. With Black Swan recently crossing the $300m line worldwide, there may be no better time than now to get an ambitious project like Noah off the ground, and it looks like he’s seizing the chance. Read More »

Will Naomie Harris Be in ‘Bond 23’?

Briefly: We still don’t know very much at all about the twenty-third James Bond movie, other than that it will shoot this fall with Daniel Craig and Judi Dench reprising their roles as James Bond and M, respectively, under the direction of Sam Mendes. Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan are writing, and there may be parts for Javier Bardem and/or Ralph Fiennes, but those are not confirmed.

The latest report is that Naomi Harris, famous for 28 Days Later and the Pirates of the Caribbean films, is in talks for Bond 23. The first report came from the UK tabloid News of the World, but was later confirmed by EW and other outlets. We know nothing about what character she might play — ‘Bond girl’ being the only tag right now — but it’s a start. The still untitled twenty-third James Bond film will be released on October 26, 2012 in the UK and Ireland, and November 9 in the rest of the world.

Briefly: Daniel Craig is all over the place this week thanks to the new posters and trailers for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but he is still the star of another massive franchise with a global fanbase. Today there is a tiny bit of James Bond news, as Sony, EON Productions and MGM have announced a pair of release dates for the twenty-third Bond film. The as-yet untitled movie, just Bond 23 for now, will hit the UK and Ireland on October 26, 2012, and then open in the rest of the world on November 9, 2012. The worldwide date is about when we expected to see the film; the earlier date is just a bonus for those in Britain.

We know very little about the film at this point. Daniel Craig will return as James Bond, under the direction of Sam Mendes. The screenplay is by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan. Javier Bardem could end up in the film, and Judi Dench will very likely return. Beyond that, it’s almost all up in the air.

Just last week, Cloverfield and Let Me In director Matt Reeves signed to direct a new film based on the story 8 O’Clock in the Morning, which was once turned into the John Carpenter film They Live. Now he’s signed to adapt another prose property. This time it is Justin Cronin‘s novel The Passage, in which science accidentally creates a host of vampires that nearly wipe out mankind. Ridley Scott was once attached to direct, and he was a more obvious choice than Matt Reeves, whose films so far have told stories on a smaller scale than this.

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Teaser Trailer: Gore Verbinski’s Rango


Paramount Pictures has released the first movie trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean helmer Gore Verbinski’s computer animated feature film Rango. Based on an original idea by Verbinski, Rango is scripted by The Aviator scribe John Logan. Johnny Depp stars as an “chameleon with an identity crisis.” PRevious information has stated that Rango  is “a oddly charismatic household pet that goes on an adventure to discover its true self.” The movie co-stars Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone, and Timothy Olyphant as The Spirit of the West.

But the most interesting thing about this new project is that Industrial Light & Magic will be doing the animation using “cutting edge techniques” that Verbinski has said, “will allow us to capture and translate every aspect of Johnny’s performance, using it to drive the computer-generated character in a way that has yet to be seen in an animated feature.” Basically it sounds like Verbinski has gone the way of Robert Zemeckis.

The trailer, embedded after the jump, doesn’t really show us much. It’s more of a “what the fuck did I just see” kind of teaser trailers. Watch it now after the jump and please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Back in March,Academy Award-winning filmmaker and historian Martin Scorsese announced his approval of Digital 3D filmmaking, stating “We see in depth, for the most part. We go to the theater — it’s in depth. Why couldn’t a film like `Precious’ be in 3-D? It should be.” Scorsese even admitted that he’d love to make a 3D film himself.

And it was only a few months earlier, we heard that Scorsese’s next film might be an adaptation of Brian Selznick‘s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret (one of the projects that has been on the director’s slate since 2007).  For the last few months, it has been rumored that Scorsese might be making the 3D plunge with Hugo Cabret. But Variety now confirms that this will be a 3D production.

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Something tells me that Kathryn Bigelow won’t have too much trouble finding more work in the future after the massive critical praise and award hype for The Hurt Locker. We’ve previously reported that she’s re-teaming with Hurt Locker writer Mark Boal for the Latin America-centered Triple Frontiers, and there’s also word that she’s attached to direct Held By the Taliban.

Today we’ve learned that Bigelow has another project on her plate. THR is reporting that she’s set to direct the pilot for The Miraculous Year — an upcoming HBO series by screenwriter John Logan (The Aviator, The Last Samurai). The show is described as “an examination of a New York family as seen through the lens of a charismatic, self-destructive Broadway composer.” Bigelow will also exec-produce alongside Logan.

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Earlier this month there was word, via a couple of European press reports, that Martin Scorsese‘s next feature might be an adaptation of the young-lit novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Now trade reports are confirming that Scorsese and producer Graham King (The Departed) are indeed looking to reunite to film a version of the book, which tells the story of a 12-year old boy who lives in a Parisian train station. Read More »

Ridley Scott

Fox 2000 has signed screenwriter John Logan to adapt the Jordan Ainsley vampire novel The Passage. Fox is developing the project as a potential directing vehicle for Ridley Scott, who last teamed with Logan on the Academy Award-winning film Gladiator.
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Gore Verbinski is one of those directors who fills his plate with so many projects, that you’re not quite sure which ones, if any of them, will actually go into production. I think right now Verbinski is attached to produce an American remake of The Host , direct a segment of Heavy Metal , a live-action adaptation of the board game Clue , a film about a married guy who spends too much time with an MMORPG , a cowboy drama titled Big Hole, a big screen adaptation of BioShock, and Pirates of the Caribbean 4. So what is Verbinski going to do next?

Variety reports that Verbinski is going head first into the big screen adaptation of the popular video game BioShock which was announced almost a year ago. Verbinski informed producer Jerry Bruckheimer that he will not be in the director’s chair for the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, which is expected to go into production in 2010. At the Walt Disney Presentation in September, it was announced that Johnny Depp was signed on for a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, and while it was widely known that Verbinski wasn’t interested in doing another Pirates film, everyone just assumed he would return for one more.
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