Briefly: Brad Pitt is back to produce and star in the sequel to World War Z, but this one will have a new director as Marc Forster will not return. Juan Antonio Bayona (aka J.A. Bayona), who made The Impossible and The Orphanage, will direct the sequel. While there are arguments to be had over The Impossible, the disaster sequence in that film alone suggests that Bayona will be right at home with the big sequences in this film.
No one is set to write yet, and we don’t know how the plot of this sequel will jump off from the Wales-set finale of the first film, but Bayona will work with the writer to shape the script. (Which will hopefully be properly finished before cameras roll this time, to prevent some of that third-act scrambling that cost the first production so much time and money.)
Unusually for a tentpole release, Paramount has not yet set a release date, but expect that to happen soon. 2015 anyone? And this one has got to get a subtitle rather than a number, as World War Z 2 looks a bit like World War Zzz, and no studio wants to suggest we should snooze through the sequel. [THR]
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Posted on Thursday, June 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
I suppose 32-year-old Ben Savage is technically old enough to have a 13-year-old daughter, but it still feels weird to see him playing the proud dad instead of the confused kid on Girl Meets World, doesn’t it? Also after the jump:
- Darren Aronofsky and HBO ditch Michael Chabon‘s Hobgoblin
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- Channing Tatum will produce a show by Pete from Happy Endings
- Almost all of CBS‘s shows will premiere the week of September 22
- Netflix will return to Eli Roth‘s Hemlock Grove for a second season
- Charlie Sheen gets Selma Blair fired from Anger Management
- Dan Harmon is sorry he said those mean things about Community Season 4
- Girl Meets World is a go; see proud parents Cory and Topanga in new pics
- Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan are Masters of Sex in a new trailer
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Briefly: Juan Antonio Bayona, a disciple of Guillermo Del Toro, first directed The Orphanage. He followed that with The Impossible, which garnered Naomi Watts an Oscar nomination. Next up, the former music video director will follow his famous friend to Warner Bros. where he’ll direct an untitled sci-fi film written by Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, Munich, The Insider) and produced by Kevin McCormick (Gangster Squad).
There’s no word on what it’s about but Roth is a hugely talented screenwriter and him teaming with Bayona is something to keep an eye on. [Variety]
For about a year now, Let Me In and Cloverfield director Matt Reeves has been attached to a new theatrical film based on The Twilight Zone. It was just one of several projects on the director’s plate and certainly the most high profile. In that time, multiple writers had been tasked with writing a screenplay but, with nare a greenlight in sight after a year, it seems Reeves has decided to move on. He will no longer direct Warner Bros. new Twilight Zone movie.
Instead, he’s now become the frontrunner to replace Rupert Wyatt as the director of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Also on the short list behind Reeves: J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later), Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter), Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy), Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) and Rian Johnson (Looper). Read more after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, August 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
Five years after making his feature debut with the Guillermo del Toro-produced ghost story The Orphanage, filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona is back with The Impossible, which deals with an entirely different kind of fear. Instead of tangling with things that go bump in the night, the family at the center of the new film are facing the less fanciful terrors of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts star as a couple on winter vacation in Thailand with their three sons when tragedy hits. Torn apart in the chaos, the family struggles to reunite as they help and are helped by strangers along the way. Watch the new trailer after the jump.
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A couple years ago Juan Antonio Bayona got a lot of attention for his debut feature, the Guillermo del Toro-produced supernatural thriller The Orphanage. Now Bayona returns with a film called The Impossible. And while it isn’t a horror film, exactly — not in the way that The Orphanage was — it certainly deals with horror in a specific way.
The Impossible is based in part upon the Indian Ocean tsunami that ravaged Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia in 2004. It stars Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts as a couple vacationing in the country when the tsunami hits the Thai coastline. The results are, as we know from history, devastating.
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With the American Film Market in full gear, there’s seemingly no end the amount of new material that will be making its way online in the coming hours and days. We’re gonna package up the next two because – while radically different – each is about the best parts of being human. We have our first look at Tom Hanks’ next film Larry Crowne, which he also directed and co-wrote, starring himself, Julia Roberts, Bryan Cranton, Taraji P. Henson and many others. Then we also have a poster for The Impossible starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts from director Juan Antoino Bayona. Check out the full size images and official plot descriptions after the break. Read More »
Not so long ago, there was a rumor that Juan Antonio Bayona, director of the slow-burn Spanish horror/thriller film The Orphanage, would direct an episode in Summit’s Twilight series. While that didn’t happen (whew!) evidently there was something between the director and Summit, because he’s now making his follow-up to The Orphanage under their auspices. Bayona will now direct The Impossible for the studio, starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. Read More »
Variety have reported on the reteaming of Juan Antonio Bayona and Sergio Sanchez, the director and screenwriter of The Orphanage. They don’t have many concrete details on this new collaboration at this stage but still succeed in making the film seem incredibly exciting. There’s my bias showing.
One of the producers is quoted as saying the film will be a “powerful story, based on true facts, which poses large technical challenges”. Without knowing which true facts that little hint is more of a red herring, but the prospect of the film presenting “large technical challenges” whets my appetite.
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