One-Last-Dive

Summer’s a great time for horror and thrills that take place in the water. Jaws set a standard for horror in the deep, leading to dozens of films that take advantage of the inherent distrust many people have of an environment in which they are very much an intruder.

Director Jason Eisener has a horror segment featuring a bit of water action, and a lot of POV footage, that you can watch right now as part of V/H/S/2. (Available On Demand.) But if you want something more immediate, check out the 70-second film One Last Dive, which has a nice setup and a weird payoff that will make some of you jump out of your seat. As a bonus, it comes with three other one-minute films from other directors. Read More »

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Paul McGuigan‘s upcoming version of Frankenstein, scripted by Max Landis, has just found its second lead.

James McAvoy has been cast as Dr. Frankenstein; he’ll share the screen with Daniel Radcliffe, who has long been attached to play Igor, the lead in this unique spin on the classic tale.

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Want to watch Tom Hiddleston reenact the plot of Thor: The Dark World with action figures? What’s going on on the set of X-Men Days of Future Past? How will Scarlet Witch look in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Who wins in a fight, The Avengers or the Guardians of the Galaxy? Which Superman story did Max Landis want to bring to TV? What’s up with Bucky’s hair in Captain America The Winter Soldier? When is the new Thor: The Dark World trailer coming? And who is the heart of Guardians of the Galaxy? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

‘Chronicle’ Sequel Loses Writer Max Landis

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Chronicle turned out to be a surprise smash hit, making $126 million worldwide — not bad at all when the film only cost $12 million to begin with. A sequel seemed like the obvious next step, and indeed Fox has one in the works. The bad news, however, is that it’s moving forward without its original director or writer.

Max Landis, who scripted the first film, was hired to write the sequel all the way back in March 2012, just a few weeks after Chronicle opened. But he’s hit some trouble along the way, and now he reveals he’s off the project entirely. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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When you’re a successful, in-demand screenwriter, you can just get on YouTube and rant. Max Landis, writer of one of the better superhero movies in the past few years (Chronicle) and director of a Superman fan film, did just that after seeing Man of Steel.

Landis has a true passion for the Superman character, and has some very choice words for the filmmakers behind not only this film, but other superhero movies in general. He talks about how the destruction in the film is totally against the character and serves as a reminder that the “hero” has been removed from “superhero” movies. It’s an interesting and thought-provoking monologue. Check it out below. Read More »

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The brain behind last year’s surprise hit Chronicle wants to set the record straight about its sequel. Max Landis, who wrote the found-footage superhero movie, sincerely believes Chronicle 2 will get made. He’s even got a script completed that the studio likes; one that is decidely darker than the first film. That’s a bit of an issue, as is the fact that director Josh Trank is about to start making 2015′s Fantastic Four reboot. All of that adds up to a film that will happen at some point, but just not yet, and is, Landis says, certainly not in any trouble.

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Even before the conclusion of the Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe was making a valiant effort to prove himself as an actor. He performed on Broadway, in independent dramas, psychological thrillers, and now he’s likely to play his most different role yet. Radcliffe is in talks to play Igor, the lead character of Max Landis‘ unique take on Frankenstein. Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin) is set to direct. Read more below. Read More »

Three directors recently booked brand new films: one underworked, one overworked and another making his debut. After the jump read about

  • Joe Dante will be directing the horror-thriller Air Disturbance.
  • Shawn Levy takes over This Is Where I Leave You, a family comedy originally set for Adam Shankman
  • Writer Max Landis will make his directorial debut with Me Him Her, a “sexual identity comedy.”

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