John Constantine

Marvel may be running circles around DC in the big-screen franchise department, but the latter is doing quite well for itself on the small screen. One of several DC-based shows in the works right now is Constantine, and it’s moving quickly. The drama got a pilot order from NBC earlier this month, and has now picked up Neil Marshall (The Descent) to helm. More details after the jump.

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Over eighty years after its debut on the big screen, the original King Kong may get a sequel. In 2004 an illustrated sequel novel, Kong: King of Skull Island, was published. The story is set a quarter-century after King Kong, and which finds Carl Denham and Jack Driscoll on a trip back to Skull Island, where they find out a lot more about both their one-time charge and the environment that gave birth to him.

Now Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones) is rumored to be attached to direct a film based on the book. But, as great as that idea is, based on a statement from his writer/director Axelle Carolyn, who also happens to be married to Marshall, you might not want to get your hopes up yet. Read More »

Black Sails

The trailers for The Lone Ranger have drawn more than a few comparisons to Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp’s last team-up, Pirates of the Caribbean. But Tonto’s untamed West is a world away from Captain Jack Sparrow’s high seas, and if waterlogged adventure is more your speed Starz has just the thing for you.

Executive produced by Michael Bay, Black Sails follows the fearsome pirate captain Flint (Toby Stephens), his new crew member John Silver (Luke Arnold), and the rest of their as they go up against the British Royal Navy. Neil Marshall, who directed the climactic Game of Thrones Season 2 episode “Blackwater,” helmed the pilot. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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There may not be a whole lot to watch on TV right now, but there’s plenty to watch in TV Bits. After the jump:

  • Neil Marshall will direct Michael Bay‘s pirate drama Black Sails
  • John Boyd and Dileep Rao join Kiefer Sutherland in Touch
  • The Walking Dead will kill off another series regular in Season 3
  • Charlie Sheen‘s Anger Management gets 90 more eps. Sigh
  • Watch Showtime’s animated prequel mini-web-series for Dexter
  • NBC’s The New Normal hits the web a couple weeks early
  • Fox unveils more teasers for Fringe‘s fifth and final season
  • American Horror Story spills plot details; watch more teasers

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For years — almost a decade — the script The Last Voyage of the Demeter has been a revolving door of directors who could never quite get the film made. Robert Schwentke (Red), Marcus Nispel (Conan the Barbarian), Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters),and David Slade (Hard Candy) have all tried to film the script by Bragi Schut (Season of the Witch).

The story explores in detail the sea voyage that brings Dracula from Transylvania to England. Ruzowitzky even had a cast lined up, with Noomi Rapace and Ben Kingsley attached, but his version never happened, and even when Slade came on board over a year ago, the ship didn’t sail.

Now Neil Marshall (The Descent, Doomsday, Centurion) is attached to direct for Millennium Films. Read More »

Neil Marshall to Direct ‘Hellfest’

Looks like the next movie by Neil Marshall (Doomsday, The Descent) will be a horror film with a pretty classic setup. It goes by the name Hellfest, and the director is in early talks to make it his next project, with a summer 2012 shoot looking likely if all the assorted deals work out. Read More »

Neil Marshall (The Descent, Centurion) has been linked to quite a few projects over the past few months. (Culinary horror Underground, the spontaneous combustion movie Burst, and more.) Now it looks like he’s no longer part of one development project, The Professionals, even as the director says he’s writing an alien invasion film set in WWII. Read More »

Yesterday it was reported that Neil Marshall, Mike Newell and David Slade are on the short list of filmmakers being considered to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Scarlett Johansson and Bradley Cooper circling the lead roles. The Wrap now adds a couple more interesting names to the list:

Jonathan Demme has read the script and wants to direct the movie, but he’s not the only one interested in the job, as TheWrap has learned that Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”), Mike White (“Year of the Dog”) and the “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller are also in the mix.

I can understand Demme’s interest, but Matt Reeves seems like a more natural fit coming off of Let Me In. Mike White’s humor seems like an odd match for this property, and his directorial debut Year of the Dog left me thinking he should stick to screenwriting. I have yet to see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, despite constant encouragement to do so from friends. I’ve heard it’s hilarious. I really liked Lord/Miller’s animated television series Clone High U.S.A., but does their cartoon-like sensibility fit this period zombie film (even if it is a ridiculous comic take?).

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