“We don’t want this to be a superhero film; we want it to be a film that embraces what it is to be human,” director Justin Kurzel said from the set of his adaptation of Assassin’s Creed. Now, for most video game adaptations or huge tentpole films in general, such a comment would sound too good to be true–but this is coming from the director Snowtown Murders and last year’s Macbeth. Video game adaptations often don’t attract filmmakers of Kurzel’s caliber (although there’s another rare exception this year). He went from making a visceral and visually intoxicating William Shakespeare adaptation, which also starred Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, to bringing Ubisoft’s dense world to theaters.
Below, read our Assassin’s Creed set visit.
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I’ve never played a minute of the Assassin’s Creed games in my life, but that isn’t stopping me from looking forward to this year’s big screen adaptation of the popular video game. Directed by Justin Kurzel (Macbeth), this Ubisoft property has a real shot at breaking the deadly video game movie curse.
After months of shooting, Assassin’s Creed wraps principal photography. Learn more about the project after the jump.
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Robert Zemeckis is coming off of one of the rare bombs in his career. The Walk, which cost a reported $35 million, has made under $40 million worldwide. The director of Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Cast Away, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? hasn’t made too many financial duds in his career, but The Walk is now amongst them. Zemeckis is quickly moving forward, though, as his next project, a WWII romantic thriller, begins principal photography soon for release in 2016.
Learn more about the project after the jump.
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Macbeth, from director Justin Kurzel and starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, appears to be, if nothing else, a visually overwhelming adaptation of the play by William Shakespeare. Fassbender plays the general Macbeth, of course, who becomes king through treacherous violence, while Cotillard plays his devious and ruthless wife Lady Macbeth.
This Macbeth featurette features interviews with those three primary voices (Shakespeare not included) and features interesting notes just as Kurzel saying the script read like a western, and the idea that Macbeth is suffering from PTSD.
There are some good “making of” shots here, too, which are just as visually striking as the film’s footage itself. Fortunately, this featurette is just a bit more substantial than most things of this type. Running five minutes long it’s still a pretty digestible piece of marketing, but it gives the actors room to talk, and so we’ll take it.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 by Angie Han
One of our most anticipated films of the fall season has just given us another reason to get excited. The Weinstein Co. has unveiled a breathtaking new trailer for Macbeth, directed by Justin Kurzel. Michael Fassbender stars as the Scottish general who takes the throne, and Marion Cotillard as the ambitious wife who propels him there by any means necessary. Watch the new Macbeth trailer after the jump. Read More »
Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders) directed a new cinematic take on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in the lead roles of Lord and Lady Macbeth. The film is not a contemporary re-telling of the story of the Scottish lord who takes the King’s throne through murder, but judging from this first Macbeth teaser trailer, the film does take a strikingly stylized visual approach to telling the story. The footage is mesmerizing; watch below. Read More »
Casting Michael Fassbender as the lead in Assassin’s Creed was already a pretty big statement of the film’s size and scope. Now, it just got an additional dose of Oscar-winning credibility. Marion Cotillard will join the Justin Kurzel-directed film, scheduled for release December 21, 2016. Read more about Marion Cotillard joining the Assassin’s Creed cast below. Read More »
We expect the annual announcement of Academy Awards nominations to come with a healthy set of surprises, and usually a few snubs for films that arguably deserve to be in the final round of contention for one of the biggest arts awards in the world. This year’s set of snubs was more pronounced than most, with a set of nominations that ignores the diversity of great filmmakers and films that hit theaters in 2014. We know the Academy is made up of old (less than 14% under 50), white (94%) men (77%), but even with that understood, this year’s crop of nominees is sadly, even pathetically homogenous.
Granted, there are some pleasant surprises, too, if not nearly as many as there are snubs. Here’s a list of twelve major 2015 Oscar snubs and surprises.
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The Kid With a Bike, the last film from sibling directors Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, was one of the best films of 2011, and will probably end up standing as one of the best films of the decade. So we’d be excited at the prospect of any new film from the brothers. The fact that their new movie, Two Days, One Night, stars Marion Cotillard is just a lovely bonus. The film will premiere at Cannes next month, and the first new Dardenne Brothers trailer film is below. Read More »