Passengers greenlit

If you’ve got Chris Pratt lined up to star in a movie, the first thing you’d want to do after Pratt’s most recent film scored the biggest opening weekend in cinema history is greenlight that project to lock him in as the star. And if the other possible star is also among the small group of actors who are arguably movie stars in any old sense, all the better.

Therefore, Sony has just greenlit Passengers, the very-long-in-development sci-fi drama that lined up Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence to star a few months ago. Read More »


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new Passengers director

We’ve talked about the script Passengers for years. The Jon Spaihts-penned script landed on the Black List back in 2007, and has wound through a very long development process ever since. It revolves around a man who is accidentally awakened during a long voyage to colonize a new planet. Faced with the likely possibility of living and dying alone on the ship, he wakes another passenger for companionship.

In the past couple years Passengers had Keanu Reeves attached to star, at one point with Rachel McAdams in the other lead role. But things have continued to change. Now The Imitation Game and Headhunters director Morten Tyldum (above, right, on the set of The Imitation Game) is in talks to be the new Passengers director, and he’ll put together a new cast.  Read More »

Morten Tyldum directing The Imitation Game

Jon SpaihtsPassengers is one of those scripts that’s been kicking around Hollywood for years, attracting lots of attention but never quite getting off the ground. Up until recently, it was going to be directed by Bryan Kirk with Keanu Reeves starring.

But now that that’s no longer the case, The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum will be the next to take a crack at it. More on the Passengers Morten Tyldum project after the jump.  Read More »

Imitation Game UK trailer

At festivals in September, Benedict Cumberbatch won praise for his portrayal of mathematician and codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game and the film won the Toronto festival’s all-important Audience Award. Directed by Morten Tyldum (Headhunters), the film follows Turing as he is recruited to work at Bletchley Park, wherein the UK’s Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) was housed. There, during World War II, teams worked to break Axis codes. The most difficult code system to break was run through the Enigma machine, and Alan Turing was at the forefront of the team working to smash Enigma. A new Imitation Game UK trailer has landed, and you can have a look below. Read More »

Imitation Game trailers

Prickly geniuses aren’t the only thing Benedict Cumberbatch knows how to play, but they do kind of seem to be his specialty. The Sherlock star’s latest movie is The Imitation Game, in which he plays brilliant but troubled mathematician / cryptologist / computer scientist / etc. Alan Turing.

During World War II, Turing was called upon to help Britain crack Germany’s codes. He was spectacularly successful, and is credited with helping turn the tides in the Allies’ favor. Hit the jump to watch the first The Imitation Game trailers. Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, and Matthew Goode also star.

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That image above is Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role of The Imitation Game, in which he plays mathematician Alan Turing. The film is based on a Black List script by Graham Moore, directed by Morten Tyldum, and evidently Harvey Weinstein sees it as a primo Oscar contender to open later this year. The indie mogul just paid $7m for distribution rights at the Euopean Film Market going on as part of the Berlin Film Festival. That, says Deadline, is the most ever paid for an American production at the market there. Read More »

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Benedict Cumberbatch sure does love movies about technology. He stars as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate;Star Trek is based around technological advancement; and now the Sherlock star will play one of the most famous computer scientists and codebreakers in history. Leonardo DiCaprio was circling the filmThe Imitation Game, a while back, but the role went to Cumberbatch.

Production has just begun on The Imitation Game, directed by Morten Tyldum (Headhunters). It tells the story of Alan Turing, a British computer pioneer who is (among many other achievements) credited with cracking a top-secret German code during World War II. Cumberbatch plays the lead (which we already knew), Keira Knightley is a fellow code-breaker, and they’re joined by Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and Rory Kinnear.

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There are lots of small updates on upcoming and hypothetical sequels, which means it’s time for another edition of Sequel Bits. Read about the following after the jump:

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger says The Legend of Conan, Terminator 5 and Triplets are all still being written.
  • Kevin Smith has a production schedule in mind for Clerks III.
  • Eric Roberts joins the cast of Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence).
  • As we wait on the new Bridget Jones movie, the character returns in book form.
  • Another director may be on the short list for Bond 24.
  • Daniel Radcliffe hypothesizes a Harry Potter sequel.
  • Nicolas Winding Refn says don’t expect a sequel to Drive.
  • Will Smith suggests he could appear in Independence Day 2, but it’s not looking good.

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It’s been a lot of fun watching the rise of Benedict Cumberbatch over the past couple years. The great BBC version of Sherlock propelled him to the top of some casting lists, and he quickly went from supporting roles in Four Lions, War Horse and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy to being the lead villain in Star Trek Into Darkness, and playing both the Necromancer and the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit. He’s shooting the Wikileaks movie The Fifth Estate right now, and today a new role has cropped up for the actor.

Cumberbatch is in talks to play Alan Turing, the legendary father of computing and artificial intelligence, in the film The Imitation Game. Originally set up at Warner Bros. with Leonardo DiCaprio as a likely star, the film moved to Black Bear Pictures. Headhunters director Morten Tyldum will direct the picture. Read More »