Over a year has passed since we last heard about the 20th Century Fox remake of Murder on the Orient Express. At that time several big name producers were attached – including Ridley Scott and Simon Kinberg – but no one else. So it took a while, but now there’s a writer too. It’s Michael Green, the TV vet who wrote the 2011 Green Lantern and co-wrote the upcoming Blade Runner sequel. He’ll be tasked with putting a new spin on the 1934 novel by Agatha Christie which has been adapted numerous times, most notable in 1974 by Sidney Lumet. Read more about the Murder on the Orient Express remake below. Read More »
Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies) is in negotiations to direct the Blade Runner sequel for Alcon Entertainment. Read all the Blade Runner sequel director, cast and crew details after the jump.
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A TV series is once again in development based on the Neil Gaiman novel American Gods. The story, which tells of a conflict between two factions of gods, old and new, and the man named Shadow who is caught in the middle, was previously in development at HBO. But that effort faltered. Now, Freemantle Medi is developing a new show, which will air on Starz. Even better, the pilot is being scripted by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, Heroes) and Michael Green (The River, Kings, Heroes). Green will serve as showrunner, and exec produce the series with Fuller and Gaiman. There’s a lot of good news in there; we’e got more info on this Bryan Fuller American Gods project below. Read More »
Prometheus 2 has a new writer and will, reportedly, be the mystery Ridley Scott film 20th Century Fox recently dated for March 4, 2016. Michael Green, the writer of Green Lantern and the new Blade Runner film, has been brought on to rewrite Jack Paglen‘s original draft. Reportedly, the story will feature multiple versions of Michael Fassbender‘s android David. Read More »
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 »