‘The Act of Killing’ Tops Sight & Sound 2013 Poll

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End of year lists can be great for highlighting stuff you may have missed, and the annual poll from UK film magazine Sight & Sound, one of the first 2013 year-end lists out of the gate, has a number of films included that are worth tracking down. The magazine polls over 100 “international critics, curators and academics,” taking a top-five list from each. The magazine’s list of top films (with some tied for a couple berths) is generated from those votes.

Documentary The Act of Killing, which follows as men responsible for genocidal killings in Indonesia confront and recreate their crimes as film scenes, took first place by a margin of five votes. Gravity and Blue is the Warmest Colour are the second and third place choices.

The full list is below, complete with trailers for each film, so you can be introduced to whatever films on the list are unfamiliar. Read More »

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Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange has been hovering near the top of Marvel’s to-do list for years, but there still hasn’t been a whole lot of visible movement on it. While Kevin Feige has said that he “definitely” wants to include the Sorcerer Supreme in Phase Three of the Cinematic Universe, the studio has yet to officially announce the project, let alone a release date, director, or star.

But a few years ago, they did get the wheels turning by hiring Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer to pen the first draft of the script. And now the details of that screenplay are supposedly starting to leak out. Not surprisingly, it’s an origin story. Get the latest rumors on the story after the jump.

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Mark Millar is making film deals left and right lately. Some are new, like the ones that have Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn looking at directing adaptations of Millar books The Secret Service and Superior.

And some are old, as with the deal to adapt Millar’s comic War Heroes to the screen. Columbia had the rights but put the project in turnaround. Now Universal, which has recently shed several projects of its own, is picking up the still in-development project. Read More »

Doctor Strange is a comic book property that has seemingly been high on Marvel’s list of possible projects for a couple years. The character, an arrogant surgeon injured in an accident who becomes the guardian of the spiritual side of the Marvel Universe, has been teased on lists of possible projects, and last summer Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer were hired to script. Just over a year after that hire, it’s time for asmall update: a script draft has reportedly been turned in to Marvel, which is proceeding with development. Read More »

Yesterday when I wrote about David O. Russell leaving Sony’s Uncharted, I mused about the possibility of the eventual film hewing much closer to the original games than his script had planned. That script was only tangentially related to the game, as it featured a family that is “a force to be reckoned with in the world of international art and antiquities … [a family] that deals with heads of state and heads of museums and metes out justice,” with the game’s hero, Nathan Drake, being one family member.

But when Mr. Russell left LionsGate’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the project carried on with the script he left behind. So I wondered if Sony would do the same with Uncharted. Now we know that the studio will go back to an earlier draft of the script and move forward from that. In other words: all the family stuff is definitely going away. More details follow. Read More »

New Concept Art from A Possible ‘Voltron’ Movie

In the off again, on again relationship between Hollywood and Voltron, it seems the film might actually be on again. A pair of awesome concept images have just surfaced attached to an upcoming pitch by Atlas Entertainment. Screenwriters Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Conan, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune) are reportedly part of the deal and if these images are any indication, it seems like they are certainly on the right track. Enough stalling, hit the jump to check out the pics. Read More »

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In October of 2008 Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige talked about the studio’s desire to develop a film centered around Dr. Strange. He said, “I’d say in the next year, year and a half, as we start putting together our film slate for 2012 and 2013, I would not be shocked if we saw Dr. Strange on those lists.”

As much as I’d like to see Mr. Feige in ‘shocked’ mode, this isn’t the time. It’s a year and a half later, and Dr. Strange is indeed on active development lists: Marvel has hired Conan screenwriters Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer to write a film centered around Marvel’s ‘sorcerer supreme.’ Read More »

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You might remember back in June that Sony hired a screenwriter, Kyle Ward, to develop a film based on the PlayStation 3 game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.  Our friends at LatinoReview are now reporting that Kyle’s deal fell apart at the last minute because Sony were unwilling to wait around, possibly as long as a year, as Ward was contractually obligated to pen Hitman 2.

They have instead hired the writing team Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, whose screenwriting credits include Sahara, the horrible adaptation of A Sound of Thunder, and the upcoming Dylan Dog adaptation Dead of Night and the Marcus Nispel remake of Conan. Donnelly and Oppenheimer’s produced projects aren’t too impressive, but they must have impressed someone to get attached to Conan and now the fast tracked video game adaptation Drake’s Fortune.

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