The end credits on the Robert Rodriguez film Machete made a big promise: “Machete Will Return in Machete Kills and Machete Kills Again!” The first sequel has been the subject of speculation ever since the 2010 release of Machete, and now it is financed and getting ready to shoot.
Producer Alexander Rodnyansky is behind the film, which Rodriguez will direct based on a script by Kyle Ward. Danny Trejo and other cast members who play characters that survived Machete are all in talks to return, and the film might shoot as soon as April of this year. Read More »
The Resident Evil series proved to be a monster hit (no pun intended) for Screen Gems and Sony. So the fact that the companies are going back to video games as the RE films get stretched a bit thin should come as no surprise. Appropriately, Screen Gems has even turned to a video game franchise that was born from a concept intended as a Resident Evil sequel. That would be Devil May Cry, the story of Dante, white-haired demon killer and trenchcoat lover. Read More »
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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For quite some time, Sony has quietly been working to develop a film based on the PlayStation 3 game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Now with the game’s sequel getting great press in the wake of E3 (and thanks in part to a fun multiplayer beta) Sony has dropped word that the movie is actually happening. Kyle Ward has been hired to pen the script, which makes his second video game-related announcement in two days (He’s also scripting Hitman 2). Read More »
Music video and commercial director Sam Bayer has signed on to direct the action film noir thriller Fiasco Heights for Universal, with Michael Bay producing. According to THR, Kyle Ward‘s script tells the story of of a gunman who returns to a crime-ridden city “and teams with a degenerate gambler/private eye on the run from a syndicate to look for a beautiful femme fatale and a mysterious briefcase. penned the most recent draft.”
But who is Bayer? You probably don’t recognize his name, but you’ve most definitely seen his work. A graduate of New York City’s School of Visual Arts, Bayer became a popular director during the alternative rock era. His first mainstream gig was directing the video for Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit. He has worked with such artists as Green Day, Ozzy Osbourne, Sheryl Crow, Blind Melon, Justin Timberlake, Marilyn Manson, Metallica, The Cranberries, Hole, The Offspring, Garbage, John Mellencamp, Smashing Pumpkins, The Strokes and Blink-182. Bayer won Director of the Year at the MTV Awards in 2005 and 2007. Check out a montage of his music video filmography below.
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His advertising clients include Coca-Cola, Toyota, Intel, Cadillac, Acura, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Pepsi Cola, Lincoln Aviator, Sony, The U.S. Army and Jeep. Several of Bayer’s commercials have won the Clio, and his Nike spot “If You Let Me Play” won an Association of Independent Commercial Producers award for best direction in 1997. Check out some of his commercial work below.
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