What if Jason Bourne was a stoner in love? Then you’ve have the basis of American Ultra, the new film from director Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) and writer Max Landis (Chronicle). Jesse Eisenberg and Kirsten Stewart, reuniting after Adventureland, are Mike and Phoebe. They’re huge slackers who smoke pot, hang out and watch TV but Mike wants to propose. Just as he’s about to do that, events start to unfold revealing his a sleeper agent, secret spy action character. Yes, Jesse Eisenberg’s character.
The film opens August 21 and the first still from the film has been revealed along with two character posters. Check out the first American Ultra posters and still below. Read More »
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Max Landis isn’t writing Ghostbusters 3. Ghostbusters 3 doesn’t even exist, really. Sony is, in fact, moving head with a rebooted Ghostbusters directed by Paul Feig and are trying to do a second film in that universe, starring Channing Tatum. And while the minds behind the original franchise (Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman) have their hands on these films, each will pretend 1984’s Ghostbusters and 1989’s Ghostbusters 2 never happened.
To some fans, not seeing a satisfying return of those characters trumps any good feelings about the franchise returning. Max Landis speaks to those people. The screenwriter and director took the fake news of him writing a sequel seriously, so he actually did. He never pitched it or showed it to anyone, but instead just used it as an exercise in creating a sequel, building mythology and more.
After all that, Landis has now put his Ghostbusters 3 treatment online for anyone to read. Find out more below. Read More »
Every week, at least twice a week, World Wrestling Entertainment puts on a TV show. There’s never a rerun, there’s a huge cast of characters, and it’s all performed live without a safety net. And unless you’re a fan, it’s hard to explain that the matches aren’t always why we watch. We watch for the drama. The story. One wrestler simply talking to another wrestler in the middle of the ring. A key interaction back stage. Something going on outside the ring while a match is happening. These are the things that make wrestling great. It’s the best soap opera on TV.
Still, wrestling has a stigma as low-brow entertainment and someone has to defend it. Who better than Max Landis? The verbose screenwriter has made a 24 minute short film called Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling where he tells the story of legendary wrestler turned executive Triple H. But Landis gender-swaps the entire cast, just to prove this epic, decades long story is on par with the best storytelling there is no matter who’s playing the roles. Watch Max Landis’ Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling below. Read More »
Max Landis (Chronicle, and the upcoming American Ultra and Victor Frankenstein) has released a new short film called Jane LA. The 12-minute short film is a documentary/found footage-style story about a girl named Jane who claims to be creating a bomb as an art project. How much of her plan is a joke and how much of it is real? The short is compelling, funny and totally not what you expect. Watch the Max Landis Jane LA short film after the jump.
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In 2012, Screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle, and upcoming American Ultra, Victor Frankenstein) released a short film called The Death and Return of Superman which starred Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Ron Howard, Chris Hardwick, Simon Pegg and more. The short, described as “an educational parody,” told the hilarious, literal, insider version what happened in 1992 when DC Comics decided to kill, then resurrect, Superman. The video became a viral hit, watched by over 2.6 million people. Tonight I got contacted by Max, who has released a teaser video announcing The Death and Return of Superman sequel Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling. Watch the announcement teaser trailer and I’ll attempt to get more details out of Landis, after the jump.
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Douglas Adams is best known for his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio plays and novels, but he wrote a lot of other stuff over the course of his productive career. The two Dirk Gently novels are not as famous as the Hitchhiker’s books, but they may be even more pure distillations of Adams’ personality and interests. The books tell of Dirk Gently (one of the character’s pseudonyms) who works out cases based on the “fundamental interconnectedness of all things,” and whose cases can involve time travel, impossible physics, systems of divination and old gods.
Now a new Dirk Gently TV series is in development, from IDW and Dave Alpert (The Walking Dead) of Circle of Confusion.
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Tuesday night’s story about Max Landis potentially doing a polish on Ghostbusters 3 was debunked pretty fast by the screenwriter, but it also lit a fire under his ass. In the hours since since the story broke, was debunked and then deleted, Landis revealed he obviously had been thinking about Ghostbusters 3 a lot. And since he’s not going to actually be writing the screenplay, he decided to lay his ideas out on Twitter.
Landis’ Ghostbusters 3 story isn’t a simple passing of the torch we’d been hearing about for nearly a decade. Instead, it’s a global Ghostbusting affair with franchised teams from all over the globe, one of which goes bad. It’s then up to the main heroes to save the world. It would also explain who Slimer is, work in the mythology and villains of the first film, and more. In short – it sounds really awesome.
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Late Tuesday night, a report claimed Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis was working on a new draft of Ghostbusters 3. According to Nikki Finke‘s sources, Landis was probably going to do a polish rather than a completely new screenplay. (The report has since been deleted)
Unfortunately, after initial reports, Landis quickly took to Twitter to deny them. He’s not writing or polishing Ghostbusters 3, though he’d love to. Read the rest of the story below.
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