Posted on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
Even among this summer’s crowded lineup of blockbuster sequels, Fast and Furious 6 manages to stand out as one of the most highly anticipated releases of early summer. The trailers and promos so far have been gloriously high-octane, highlighting the fancy automotive tricks that are the series’ claim to fame.
The newest featurette highlights still more explosive new footage, but also reveals a bit more about the story and characters. Vin Diesel, Luke Evans, Michelle Rodriguez, and more discuss what’s driving the players, and how they bounce off of each other. Watch it after the jump.
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Just when you thought you’d seen every single angle someone could take on the Robin Hood story, Hollywood has come up with another. The latest is a revenge thriller centered on Robin’s friends, a la Ocean’s Eleven or The Dirty Dozen. It’s called Merry Men, and DreamWorks just spent seven figures to acquire it. Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace) will write, Neal Moritz (Fast Five) will produce and Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) will direct. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
The fairy tale trend that’s taken over Hollywood clearly isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Even as cameras roll on Disney’s Maleficent, which retells Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of its villain, there’s another reinterpretation of the story brewing, this time with the prince who breaks the spell at its center. Fast and the Furious producer Neal Moritz is behind the new version, a comedy which sees its male protagonist stalked by Sleeping Beauty after he awakens her. More details after the jump.
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If you liked the down on his luck superhero elements of the Will Smith film Hancock, but weren’t as much into the ‘gods and love’ story that dominated the second half, you should give some attention to Big Man Japan. That is Hitoshi Matsumoto‘s 2007 Japanese mock documentary about a guy who can grow to gigantic size and fight monsters, but has to deal with a sagging public image. (It was released in Japan as Dainipponjin.)
Big Man Japan is weird fun, full of goofy CGI, and has one of the most batshit crazy endings I’ve seen in some time. (The end really plays with the film’s intentional similarity to Ultraman, and given that the rest of the film has things like a giant monster with an eye-tipped penis tentacle, the fact that the end stands out as really crazy should tell you something.) So, naturally, an American studio is going to try to produce a remake. Read More »
I had predicted that Jonathan Liebesman‘s Battle: Los Angeles might be the surprise hit of this year’s Comic-Con. I was wrong. I’ve talked with a bunch of people who have screened early cuts of the film, and the buzz I’ve been hearing from these people is overwhelmingly possitive. For those of you who haven’t been following the film’s production, the movie has been described as a Black Hawk Down-style military story set in an alien invasion.
While most Comic Con attendees seemed to like the footage screened in Hall H, it didn’t become a standout of the presentations at this year’s convention (you can read Adam’s coverage and watch our video blog here). Despite that fact, we have transcribed the panel from the Sony presentation in Hall H for those of you not in attendance to read. Participants include director Jonathan Liebesman, producer Neal Moritz, and stars Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez.
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Here’s the thing about Preacher: making it into a movie that makes any sense and retains the spirit of the original comic is going to be a hell of a task. (ahem.) Even if Kick-Ass is quite successful, the collision of sex, religion and violence that is Preacher won’t be an easy sell. Producers have tried and failed, and producer Neal Moritz is still plugging along with his take.
Last we heard, he had John August writing the script and Sam Mendes waiting to direct. But then James Bond entered Mendes’ life, and now Preacher needs a new director. Read More »
You thought that Hollywood was scraping the bottom of the barrel when they began greenlighting movie adaptations based on popular toy brands and board games. Now the toy manufacturers are developing new toy brands with the goal of simultaneously turning the properties into a big screen features, brining new meaning to the phrase “Toy Movie”.
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Sony has hired Shane Black to bring pulp hero Doc Savage back to the big screen.
I’ve been waiting for Black to step back into the director’s chair for five years now. His feature directorial debut, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, is one of my favorite films of the past decade, mostly due to Black’s incredible script and partly due to Robert Downey Jr’s awesome pre-Iron Man comedic performance. Black is considered one of the pioneer screenwriters of the action genre, and was the highest paid screenwriter in the late 1980′s/early 1990′s. He broke onto the scene with Lethal Weapon, followed by The Monster Squad, The Last Boy Scout, Last Action Hero (re-write), and The Long Kiss Goodnight.
While I’m excited to see Black behind the camera, I am skeptical of him helming a film which he didn’t personally write. The screenplay was written by Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry. Neal Moritz (Fast and Furious) is producing the project, which likely means that one of the cast members will be played by a rap artist (I’m only half joking).
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