Mark Romanek shining prequel

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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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.

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Mark Romanek

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.

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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.

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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 »

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.

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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.

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Apparently, this tradition of each sequel going bigger than the last isn’t just a Hollywood thing. It seems the folks behind that Avatar-defeating Chinese softcore film 3D Sex and Zen are determined to get even wilder this time around, and they’ve figured out just the way to do it. After the jump:

- 3D Sex and Zen’s sequel ups the ante by going 4D
- Some photos and quotes from Star Trek 2
- The Da Vinci Code sequel The Lost Symbol finds a writer
- Men in Black 3 will get a new trailer next week, has new photos now

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