John Krasinski has brushed his shoulder against movie stardom a few times now. Although best known for playing the affable goofball Jim Halpert on the NBC version of The Office, Krasinski almost played Captain America for Marvel Studios. When that didn’t work out, he landed the role of a different kind of American soldier in Michael Bay’s 13 Hours, but that film fizzled at the box office. Krasinski is a fine actor, adept with both comedy and drama, but he always feels like he’s just one big role away from headlining more movies.
Perhaps that role could come in God Particle, the new J.J. Abrams-produced science fiction thriller that Krasinksi is currently in talks to join.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 by Angie Han
Just about any movie involving J.J. Abrams begins life in his famous “mystery box,” from intimate thrillers (10 Cloverfield Lane) to record-breaking blockbusters (Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Some of them, however, stay there longer than others. Like the Julius Onah-directed God Particle. We first heard about the project all the way back in 2012, and while we’ve gotten periodic updates on it since then, most of the concrete details remain under lock and key.
As of today, however, we do finally know when all will be revealed. Paramount has set a 2017 release date for the Abrams-produced sci-fi thriller, which has a script by Oren Uziel. Get the God Particle release date and more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, November 19th, 2015 by Angie Han
Earlier this year, screenwriter Doug Jung joined Simon Pegg aboard the Enterprise to finally get that Star Trek Beyond script into shooting shape. Though it’ll be some time before we see how their efforts turned out, Paramount and J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot, at least, seem pleased with the results so far. They’ve re-teaming with Jung to get the ball rolling on another of their projects, the low-budget sci-fi God Particle. Read More »
When the director of the first two Star Trek films went to another Star-oriented franchise, the world waited to hear who would direct the third new Star Trek film. Dozens of names were floated for Star Trek 3 and then Roberto Orci, a co-producer and writer on the first two films in the series, stepped into the seat. This was a controversial decision. Orci had never directed a film; fans were worried. Fast-forward a few months and Orci is out. He’s still involved as a producer, but he won’t be directing. The search is on once again on for another director.
As Paramount and Bad Robot frantically try and find someone to hit a planned Summer 2016 release date, we figured we’d help. We came up with 15 names who should, could, and actually might direct Star Trek 3. That means anyone who has an obvious film in the pike is out. Anyone who had passed is out and huge Hail Marys like Spielberg, Nolan or Scorsese are out. What’s left is a half wish-list, half possible list of 15 names. Read our Star Trek 3 director ideas below. Read More »
Legendary’s X-Men-esque sci-fi film Brilliance lost a superstar, but could gain an Oscar-winner. The film is set in a futuristic world where some people are born with special abilities, and where one man uses his higher intelligence to hunt terrorists. It was supposed to star Will Smith. The actor dropped out, and could be replaced by recent Oscar winner Jared Leto. Noomi Rapace is still co-starring and Julius Onah will direct. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 by Angie Han
Noomi Rapace is getting herself some superpowers. The Swedish actress is joining Will Smith in Brilliance, about a world where a small percent of the population is born with special abilities. Julius Onah (The Girl Is in Trouble) is directing from a script by David Koepp (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit). Hit the jump for plot and character details and more.
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Will Smith is in talks to star in Brilliance, an adaptation of a novel by Marcus Sakey, to be directed by Julius Onah. It’s set in a futuristic world where some people are born with special abilities, and one man uses his higher intelligence to hunt terrorists. Think X-Men meets Zero Dark Thirty. Read More »
Briefly: Paramount and Bad Robot continue to plan one film after another, and the latest effort is God Particle. The picture will be part of the low-budget Insurge label — the division of Paramount started in the wake of Paranormal Activity’s success — and the companies have now chosen a director. Julius Onah, who has made a handful of short films and the feature The Girl is in Trouble. His project Big Man, which is part of Focus Features’ Africa First program, sounds like something I’d like to see.
Big Man is a drama, but God Particle has a sci-fi thriller bent. It follows “an American space station crew left abandoned after a problem with a Hadron accelerator causes Earth to vanish entirely.” It was written by Oren Uziel, and J.J. Abrams is producing. That fact means that the film will probably be pretty low-profile until Onah has finished it.
Onah’s short Don’t Look Back — shot entirely on a phone — is after the break. Read More »