John Carter‘s journey to the big screen is, quite possibly, even more interesting than the actual journey the character takes in the story. And that’s saying something when you’re talking about a Civil War hero transported to Mars to fight with nine-foot-tall aliens. The property has gone though dozens of different versions with various stars, filmmakers and even studios hellbent on adapting the influential Edgar Rice Burroughs property for the big screen. Consequently, because it took so long, films that draw heavily on the material, like Star Wars, Blade Runner and Avatar, are all considered to be slightly more innovative than they actually are. (I said “slightly”!)
And while it’s fairly well-documented that filmmakers such as Jon Favreau, Guillermo Del Toro and Robert Rodriguez all tried to tackle John Carter at one point, a pairing that isn’t so well-known is Die Hard director John McTiernan and star Tom Cruise. Yup. They were both interested in the material in the late eighties/early nineties.
After the jump, read what the current film’s producer, Jim Morris, revealed about the pairing and an account of what might have gone wrong. Read More »
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John McTiernan had a killer action movie run in the ’80s with Predator, Die Hard and The Hunt For Red October, and the ’90s weren’t so bad for him either, thanks to Last Action Hero and Die Hard: With a Vengeance. But the 2000s weren’t so hot, first because of Rollerball, and then because he was implicated in the 2006 Anthony Pellicano wiretapping and racketeering scandal. McTiernan ultimately perjured himself while testifying about his involvement in the Hollywood private investigator’s activities, which led to a one-year prison sentence.
John McTiernan’s conviction is waiting to go through the appeal process right now. In the meantime he has been trying to pull together a film called Shrapnel, based on a script by Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman) and provisionally starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. So that Face/Off reunion is finally going to happen? That’s what it was looking like for a while. All those details are things we’ve known for some time, but now it looks like financing for the movie is finally falling into place. Unfortunately, it might happen without Nic Cage. Read More »
Two of the most famous, craziest and controversial actors working in Hollywood today could possibly team up for one or two upcoming films. John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, who previously co-starred in the 1997 John Woo blockbuster Face/Off, are rumored to be circling two upcoming projects. The first is Shrapnel, written by Evan Dougherty and directed by John McTiernan. The second is Sea Trial, based on the novel by Frank De Felitta. Shrapnel would go first, possibly this summer, as Sea Trial has yet to find funding, but Vulture reports Travolta and Cage are both interested in both films. Read more about them after the break. Read More »
The past decade has not been kind to John McTiernan. After a career making a name for himself with movies like Predator, Die Hard and The Hunt for Red October, his only two efforts of the last ten years—Rollerball and Basic—have been critically reviled, and they didn’t perform so hot at the box office, either. Meanwhile, his personal life has been equally troubled, with the threat of jail time continuing to loom in the not-so-distant future. It’s even caused his movie Run, which was set to star Thomas Jane, to be put on hold.
Don’t count McTiernan out yet, though. He’s just signed on to direct the indie action-thriller Shrapnel, from a script by Evan Daugherty that made the 2008 Black List. More on the film after the break. Read More »
Former Punisher Thomas Jane is set to headline Die Hard director John McTiernan‘s car-chase actioner Run. The film is budgeted at $35 million and will shoot in Argentina, where the plot takes place as well. Jane will play an Interpol agent who happens on a large conspiracy while pursuing a murder suspect.
In the past, classic automobile-porn action flicks like The Bourne Ultimatum and Ronin have gloriously used-and-abused Audis, but BMW will provide the vehicles here, with a Super Mustang also set to make an appearance. Producer Michael Pierce adds that the automobiles will “chase each other at over 120 mph.” Well, now.
This marks McTiernan’s first film since he was ordered to serve four months in prison for lying to federal agents about his involvement in the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping fiasco. Obviously, the plot to Run is purposely lean and mean and it’d be great to see him return to form after a series of middling efforts, including the peak that was The Thomas Crown Affair and the depressing valley that was LL Cool J’s Rollerball. Jane, a very likable actor, evidently takes Karl Urban’s expired spot in the lead here, and after the flop that was The Mist and his unfortunate, abrupt run with The Punisher, Jane needs to center himself quickly in the public eye. If that’s as a Jason Statham-level action star, so be it, but my favorite role of his was in Boogie Nights, which was impossibly chameleonic, akin to Eric Bana’s in Chopper. This is a project that would sound absolutely ho-hum, but with the talent involved and a lot on the line, sparks could fly.
Source Link: Variety
Proving that drugged up drunk driving celebrities aren’t the only ones to appear behind bars now-a-days, Die Hard director John McTiernan was sentenced to four months in prison on Monday for lying to federal agents. McTiernan was one of seven defendants who pleaded guilty in connection with the conspiracy and racketeering case of Anthony Pellicano, who was charged with illegally wiretapping dozens of Hollywood celebrities and movie executives. The Predator director lied to the FBI about asking Pellicano to wiretap Rollerball producer Charles Roven. McTiernan had pleaded guilty to the charge in April 2006.
McTiernan’s filmography also includes: The Hunt for Red October, Medicine Man, Last Action Hero, Die Hard: With a Vengeance, The 13th Warrior, The Thomas Crown Affair, and Basic.
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