Jon C. Chu’s recent departure from the latest live-action adaptation of Masters of the Universe left Sony without a director. New screenwriter Terry Rossio has now had a few months to work on the script and finally, by the power of Grayskull, three names have emerged as front runners. They are Mike Cahill (Another Earth), Chris McKay (The Lego Movie) and Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid). Read More »
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If you aren’t in Park City, Utah for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the news you really want to follow is what films are getting picked up for distribution. That means you’ll get a chance to see them eventually and, so far, it’s happened for a few: Happy Christmas, Whiplash, Laggies, Dinosaur 13 and Wish I Was Here have all been bought.
Add two more titles to the list: Mike Cahill‘s sci-fi film I Origins, which was picked up by Fox Searchlight, and The Night Comes For Us Next which…technically…didn’t play Sundance because it hasn’t been shot yet. But its two principal filmmakers are here, The Raid 2‘s Gareth Evans, who’s producing, and Killers‘ director Timo Tjahjanto, directing. Radius/TWC picked up the soon-to-be action film. Read more below. Read More »
Mike Cahill‘s I Origins might be the best science vs faith movie I’ve seen since Robert Zemeckis’s Contact. That is a very huge compliment coming from me, as Contact is one of my favorite films.
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Director Mike Cahill broke out of Sundance 2011 with the sci-fi tinged drama Another Earth, featuring Brit Marling as a young woman whose process of coming to terms with her own troubled past is complicated by the revelation of a parallel Earth, apparently identical to our own. Does a version of the same woman live on that planet, and did it make the same mistakes this one did?
Now details of Cahill’s next project have come to light, and it sounds like a film that could complement Another Earth quite well. The film is i Origins, and it centers on a scientist whose success with a new breakthrough hinges on a young girl in India. Read More »
Another Earth, a sort of low-key relationship drama, is a film that did very well at Sundance — it won the special jury prize and was picked up by Fox Searchlight for release in the near future. The film hasn’t really played anywhere outside Sundance, so this teaser trailer and pair of clips is all that’s really out there to get the film in the public eye. While these aren’t really the best clips — I half expect Fox Searchlight to have them taken down — they’ll do for now, until a real, full trailer is released. Read More »
At the beginning of the week, everyone was talking about Elizabeth Olsen, the OTHER Olsen sister, who had been unofficially crowned the “it” girl of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. She’s a new young talent that had her public coming out, appearing in two films at this year’s fest, both of which sold early in the week — Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House.
And Elizabeth is a talent we should watch out for in years to come, but the star power extruding from her family’s name seems to be blinding people to the real story, the real “it” girl of this year’s festival — Brit Marling. If you ask me, she is a new force in the independent film scene. Not only did she star in two of the more highly acclaimed films of this year’s Sundance, but she also co-wrote and produced both features. Both movies have a sci-fi component, but for the most part deal in the world and reality of today.
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