The film version of Alan Moore‘s pulp/literary team-up comic series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was notable for being only the second of Moore’s comics to hit the big screen, and unfortunately famous for being Sean Connery’s last live-action feature role. It’s a pretty lousy piece of work, that film, that is mostly infamous for being crappy. Now there might be a way to move beyond it.
The comic series is rising to new life as a TV show — or it is taking the first step towards doing so, at least. Michael Green (The River, Heroes, Smallville) will serve as writer and executive producer on a pilot based on the comic, and if the show is picked up to series he’ll serve as show runner as well. Read More »
The notion of a Blade Runner sequel wasn’t something a lot of sci-fi fans wanted to think about even before Ridley Scott made Prometheus. And now that we have that semi-prequel to Alien to take into account, it seems more than ever that Blade Runner might be better left alone.
The new film is happening, however, based on a first draft by Blade Runner writer Hampton Fancher. So let’s try to look on the bright side, shall we? How about considering what the newly announced rewrite screenwriter might bring to the table? Michael Green has been hired to script, and since he’s one of the credited writers on Green Lantern… oh, crap. Read More »
Steven Spielberg and Warner Bros. have been doing a slow dance towards one another over the last couple months.
The film potentially bringing the two parties together has been the Moses biopic Gods and Kings, which may turn out ot be a lot more like Saving Private Ryan than we would have previously expected. And while there isn’t a signed deal in place at this point, things are continuing to move forward. Right now, it looks like the next week could see the completion of a deal that will put Spielberg in the director’s chair for the film by April or May 2013, after he’s done with Robopocalypse. Read More »
Semantics are always a struggle in film reporting. People are “interested,” “circling,” “offered” or “in talks” for projects all the time but none of those words specifically mean they are doing the movie. Plus, until the cameras start rolling, nothing is definite. For example, a few months back, we reported that Warner Bros. was “interested” in having Steven Spielberg direct their epic story of Moses called Gods and Kings. The problem with that is, who isn’t interested in working with Spielberg? Germain Lussier is interested in starring in a Spielberg movie but that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.
It seems now, though, Warner’s “interest” has evolved to “talks” which means the legendary director is a significant step closer to adding the epic tale to his list of upcoming projects. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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When a story opens with ‘could Steven Spielberg direct X?’ the answer is almost certainly going to be ‘no.’ Naturally a lot of projects land on or near the desk of one of the biggest directors in the world, and naturally he doesn’t have time for 90% of even the ones he would be tempted to make.
But let’s say that Warner Bros. had a large-scale epic about the life of Moses and wanted Spielberg to make it. What would the chances be? Read More »
Green Lantern had a reasonable (not great) opening weekend but was otherwise a creative and financial dud. It is an example of that strange studio phenomenon: a film that manages to feel both over-written, with villains and setpieces seemingly cobbled together from different script drafts, and under-scripted, thanks to the total lack of sense behind most of the character actions. And audiences didn’t respond, once the marketing gave way to word of mouth? Shocker.
Because that opening weekend was north of $50m, Warner Bros. is still planning a sequel. What will the studio’s approach be this time? A solid script that establishes a story with logical and emotional drive and then embellishes it with action? Pfft. Why bother, when it can just be darker and edgier? (Or Dark Knight-ier, as the case may be.) Read More »
Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli is behind a new ABC show called The River, which follows the search for a missing nature TV host. Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan) directed the pilot from a script by Michael R. Perry and Michael Green, and a trailer has shown up online. Read More »
Last month, Greg Berlanti shed some light on what his and his writing partners’ plans were for The Flash screenplay, which he’s currently at work on with Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim. At the time it sounded like they weren’t quite sure which direction they were heading with the film, as Berlanti proceeded to throw out a number of wild comparisons to films like The Matrix, The Dark Knight, Se7en, and The Silence of the Lambs.
According to Guggenheim though, those comparisons may have been more apt than previously suspected. Read what he had to say after the break. Read More »
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The Flash has looked like the most likely candidate as the next DC superhero film to come out of Warner Bros., but we haven’t heard much concrete news about the project in a few months. The Flash has been in the script stage, and until something is delivered that Warner Bros. likes, the character won’t be running anywhere.
But now there’s word that the script is due by the end of the year, which is leading to early speculation about who might direct and star. Read More »
I find it funny that 20th Century Fox waited until the day when Disney revealed that they would be acquiring Marvel to announce the next step in the Fantastic Four film franchise. Or perhaps the information somehow leaked out when everyone was trying to gather all the details of what properties Disney would have and not have feature film rights to. Either way, tonight it was revealed that Akiva Goldsman has been hired to produce a new Fantastic Four film, a complete reboot.
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