It may seem like there are a ton of new projects hitting this week, and that’s because the American Film Market is getting under way. That’s where indies go to find financing and distribution partnerships, and so it’s one of a couple big marketplace events where producers announce new films. One of the most promising so far is Genius, which has changed up its cast a bit.
Once meant to star Sean Penn, the film will now pair Michael Fassbender and Colin Firth for the first time, in a film about the relationship between author Thomas Wolfe and his long-time editor Max Perkins. In the days where editors often seem more like proofreaders than true literary guiding lights, Maxwell Perkins remains famous for his work with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas Wolfe, among other writers.
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Movies based on video game properties too often end up looking like middle of the road genre fare (Resident Evil) or, worse, forgettable big budget stuff that doesn’t please fans of the property or a general audience (Doom, Prince of Persia). Ubisoft, the game studio that publishes the Prince of Persia games, is trying to make sure its properties don’t again get that lackluster treatment. Ubisoft has been working on its own to develop films based on its other properties, beginning with Assassin’s Creed, which trace the story of a modern man whose ancestors were highly trained, accomplished assassins.
Ubisoft scored a big win when it attached Michael Fassbender to produce and star in Assassin’s Creed. And now it has financial backers to make the film a reaity: New Regency, which is financing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, and Fox. Read More »
Terrence Malick‘s movies often aren’t about who is cast, but who makes the final cut. That’s nothing new for the director, but with him out shooting more film more often, and doing so in easy range of photographers, we’re getting to see more of his process than ever.
The latest set pics from Malick’s new film (formerly called Lawless, and currently untitled) feature Natalie Portman, blonde and looking every inch the Texas bar girl. There are shots of her with newly revealed co-stars Michael Fassbender and Holly Hunter, too. Will any of this stuff be in the final film? Your guess is as good as ours. Read More »
Briefly: This is a pretty small story, but it could lead to something fun: Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson (son of Brendan, and Bill Weasley in the last two Harry Potter films) have been signed to star in a UK comedy called Frank.
The Film4 production is written by Jon Ronson (who wrote the book The Men Who Stare at Goats) and Peter Straughan (who scripted the film The Men Who Stare at Goats, and co-scripted Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and will be directed by Lenny Abrahamson. That’s a pretty good talent lineup, and the idea of seeing Fassbender play in an a comedy is so appealing.
Oh, and the film might be kind of a musical, as Variety says “Gleeson will play an aspiring musician who finds himself in over his head when he joins an eccentric rock band led by Fassbender.”
Lynne Ramsay has made three very good films (most recently We Need to Talk About Kevin, which followed Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar) and now she’s prepping a western called Jane Got a Gun. The film has Natalie Portman attached to play “a woman whose outlaw husband returns home barely alive and riddled with bullet wounds. She is forced to reach out to an ex-lover and ask if he will help defend her farm when her husband’s gang eventually tracks him down to finish the job.”
Now it looks like Michael Fassbender could be the main recruit. Read More »
UbiSoft didn’t much like the Prince of Persia film that Disney turned out — mostly because audiences didn’t much like the movie — and so the game publisher is developing its next big game adaptation as an indie.
To do so, they’ve managed to land a guy who could make the project, based on the Assassin’s Creed games, nearly essential viewing. Michael Fassbender, the actor who can jump from serious stuff like Shame and Hunger to tentpoles such as X-Men: First Class and Prometheus, is going to produce and star in the film. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 by Angie Han
I’m starting to suspect Steve McQueen watches the same TV we do. The British director of Hunger and Shame has already cast Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch, Saturday Night Live‘s Taran Killam, and Raising Hope‘s Garret Dillahunt in his upcoming Twelve Years a Slave, and he’s now added another small-screen favorite. Michael K. Williams, a.k.a. Omar Little on The Wire, has just boarded the cast, which also includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Brad Pitt. More details after the jump.
UPDATE: A few hours after this post went up, it was announced that Beasts of the Southern Wild star Dwight Henry had also joined Twelve Years a Slave.
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On the grand list of Big Questions left by Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus, one item that probably falls somewhere down in the lower third is “what the hell did David say to the Engineer?”
Well, we can’t tell you specifically what the black goo is, or what it has to do with the green goo, or what the sea monkey in Holloway’s eye was all about, but we can answer that burning lower third mystery. (And a burning lower third mystery sounds like something you should really get checked out.)
Here’s how this works: the ancient language being studied by David (Michael Fassbender) is actually Proto-Indo-European (PIE), and the man giving him a hologram lesson is played by Dr. Anil Biltoo of the SOAS Language Centre in London. Dr. Biltoo is also the language consultant for the film, and he has provided a translation of David’s dialogue from his meeting with the Engineer. Read More »