It’s been a while since Mark Romanek put out a feature film — six years, to be exact, but it sounds like he could have another one gearing up in the not-too-distant future. The Never Let Me Go director has just been set to helm Septillion to One, a romantic comedy that has been described as “Silver Linings Playbook meets Ocean’s 11.” If that description rings a bell, it’s probably because Alexander Payne was circling this project several months ago. Read More »
When a prequel to The Shining was announced, it didn’t sound like such a hot idea. That changed when Mark Romanek became attached to the project — a real-deal director, not some run-of-the-mill work-for-hire. The director behind One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go is a filmmaker with a vision, and according to the producer of The Overlook Hotel, The Shining prequel will only move forward with Romanek if he gets the opportunity to make his own movie. Read more about the project after the jump.
Mark Romanek has been plenty busy in the past few years, but he hasn’t actually released a movie since 2010’s Never Let Me Go. Happily, he looks ready to get back into the feature filmmaking game with Norco, a bank robbery thriller based on true events. More on the Mark Romanek Norco project after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
Warner Bros. is moving forward with Overlook Hotel, written as a prequel to The Shining. The film is scripted by former Walking Dead showrunner Glenn Mazzara; the script is an original story, albeit one based on a deleted prologue written by Stephen King for his novel The Shining. Now the studio has a director: Mark Romanek is in talks to direct the Shining prequel. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, February 3rd, 2014 by Peter Sciretta
The small screen regularly attracts many big screen filmmakers to film 30 and 60 second television commercials, but the Super Bowl is the premiere for many of these new spots. So beyond the commercials for big screen movies and television shows, which of the commercials shown during the big game were directed by movie directors? Find out after the jump.
Posted on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
After leaving Cinderella because his dark take didn’t jibe with Disney’s more upbeat vision, Mark Romanek is about to dive into some very sinister territory indeed.
The Never Let Me Go helmer is in talks to direct Warner Bros.’ Boston Strangler, described as a Se7en or Zodiac-esque take on one of the most infamous serial killers in U.S. history. Casey Affleck is on board to star and executive produce, because Boston. Hit the jump for more details on the project.
Sequel Bits: ‘Jack Reacher’ Needs Asian Coin to Buy a Sequel, Plus Possible Dan Brown Movies, ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation,’ ‘Twins 2’
Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 by Russ Fischer
When Christopher McQuarrie was set to direct One Shot, which eventually became Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise, the idea was to launch a franchise based on the dozen-plus Reacher books by Lee Child. Turns out that Jack Reacher may be the character’s one shot at the big screen, at least in this incarnation.
The movie wasn’t all that expensive, at only $60m, but THR reports that Pararmount doesn’t consider the $153m combined worldwide gross to be impetus enough to make another one. But the film hasn’t yet opened in Japan, China, and Korea, and so there’s a chance that it could still rake in enough to make the $250m the studio would consider to be justification for a sequel. Even if it does hit the financial goal, Paramount and David Ellison’s Skydance Productions will have to negotiate a deal to bring Cruise back, and keep the next film moving at roughly the same cost of the first.
After the break ,
- A new Dan Brown book brings up talk of The Lost Symbol,
- a new G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer is all action,
- and Arnold Schwarzenegger hand-writes a Twins II / Triplets update.
Posted on Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
Disney’s live-action Cinderella film seemed to be fitting together so well. It had a talented director in Mark Romanek, an expensive screenplay by Chris Weitz and Aleen Brosh McKenna, an Oscar-winning star in Cate Blanchett as the evil-stepmother attached and a slew of actresses like Saoirse Ronan up for the lead.
The film has just experienced a setback, though, as Romanek (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go) has left the project because his darker take on the material wasn’t in line with Disney’s vision. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Saorsie Ronan, Gabriella Wilde, or Alicia Vikander Could Star Opposite Cate Blanchett in Mark Romanek’s Cinderella
Posted on Friday, November 30th, 2012 by Angie Han
The revisionist Snow White fable The Order of the Seven was scrapped several months ago, but prospective star Saoirse Ronan may get her shot at playing a Disney princess just yet. Provided she can beat out the competition, that is.
Along with Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) and Gabriella Wilde (Carrie), the Host actress is one of three names in the mix for Mark Romanek‘s live-action Cinderella adaptation. Whoever lands the gig will star opposite Cate Blanchett, who’s in negotiations to play the evil stepmother. More details after the jump.
Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
With Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror, Mirror behind us and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Jack the Giant Slayer, and Maleficent all due out within the next couple of years, it’s clear the live-action fairy tale trend isn’t going away anytime soon. One of the more promising projects coming down the pipeline is Disney’s untitled Cinderella adaptation, which has Mark Romanek attached to direct from a script by Chris Weitz. Now casting seems to be off to a great start, with Cate Blanchett the first to board. More after the jump.