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Briefly: Two and a half years ago, Arnold Schwarzenegger was looking at the action thriller Captive, back when he was mulling a whole bunch of post-Governor gigs. He never made the movie, but it’s still kicking around, and now his one-time fellow expendable Bruce Willis is in talks to star in the film. The movie is an indie with a kidnapping plot that has Simon Brand set to direct, and a March start date penciled in. Brand previously made the 2006 film Unknown, which also had a kidnapping plot.

Presumably the script is still the one by Benjamin van der Veen and Kario Salem, based on a story by Nicolai Fuglsig. Seems like that’s the case, as the plot details reported by Variety are the same as they were in 2011. In short, Willis would be “an American real estate magnate living in Brazil who is kidnapped and held for ransom.  As he frantically searches for a way out of his armored-truck prison cell hidden in a Sao Paolo landfill, a detective specializing in kidnap and ransom cases works to find him.” We don’t know who will play the detective at this point.

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I’m not sure we’ll ever get a live-action movie adaptation of Halo, but the advertising world has been doing a good job of showing us what it could look like. Neill Blomkamp (District 9) was the first to realize the game in live action in a short film which also served as a test for a Halo movie that never got made. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and The Huntsman) directed a spot for Halo 3 and more recently Halo 3: ODST. Israeli commercial director Noam Murro (Smart People) did some spots for Halo: Reach.

At E3 2012, Microsoft revealed a new must-see live-action Halo trailer for Halo 4 directed by Danish commercial director and former photo journalist Nicolai Fuglsig.

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Nicolai Fuglsig is an award-winning photojournalist and commercial director who created an internet sensation when he directed a commercial for Sony’s Bravia line of televisions, in which a quarter-million bouncy rubber balls were poured down San Francisco streets. In 2009 Fuglsig was linked to a futuristic Robin Hood film at Warner Bros., and he’s been attached to other features as well. None have yet come to fruition, but he’s still working towards a feature directorial gig.

His latest attachment is a film called Brass Monkey. It’s not a feature version of an early Beastie Boys song. (You make the call as to whether that’s a good thing or not.) This is a thriller set up at Paramount based on Fuglsig’s own pitch. Read More »

Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s comeback is really back on track. Seriously. His first stab at a post-politics return to acting was hamstrung by an embarassing and irresponsible paternity situation. But a few months have passed, public ire has shifted to other targets, and Arnie is making appearances on casting sheets once again.

He’s got The Last Stand booked already, in which he’ll be directed by I Saw the Devil‘s Kim Jee-woon, with Peter Stormare likely co-starring. There is also the possibility of a fifth Terminator film. Now he’s in talks to star in an indie action thriller called Captive. Read More »

Briefly: One of the bigger laughs we had last year came via the announcement that the Wachowskis were attached to write and direct Hood, an urban retelling of the Robin Hood story. (With Will Smith attached to star.) The project didn’t exactly make waves, and rather fell off the radar as the Wachowskis moved into developing Cloud Atlas with Tom Tykwer; they’ll shoot that film later this year. Hood became something like a 2010 footnote: “remember this awful-sounding thing they flirted with before taking home the arty prom queen?”

On a parallel track, Warner Bros. has been slowly developing another Robin Hood film, this one a futuristic take set in “a dystopian London and center on a band of thieves whose activities restore hope to the city’s embattled population.” Jason Dean Hall was hired to write in 2009, and commercial director Nicolai Fuglsig attached to direct.

Now Deadline says that Michael Ross is rewriting the film. So WB is moving forward with this one, quite possibly because the Wachowskis are busy with Cloud Atlas. The question then becomes: is Hood effectively buried with this film taking priority at the studio?

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Ridley Scott isn’t the only man in Hollywood making a Robin Hood movie. Warner Bros is also developing a film based on the classic tale, but with a sci-fi twist. Danish commercial director Nicolai Fuglsig pitched the project, and has signed on to direct. Newcomer Jason Dean Hall, who wrote the Ashton Kutcher Sundance comedy Spread and is working on a big screen adaptation of the video game Blacklight for Fox, has been hired to write the screenplay. Charles Roven (The Dark Knight) and Gianni Nunnari (300, The Departed) are producing the adaptation.

According to RiskyBiz, the story will “be set in a dystopian London and center on a band of thieves whose activities restore hope to the city’s embattled population.” The producers describe it as “a futuristic action adventure” that will be “both inspired by and pay homage to the legend of Robin Hood.” The concept sounds like it has a lot of potential (but then again, they really didn’t tell us a heck of a lot). Fuglsig has directed a couple of commercials I’ve admired over the past few years, including one of my favorite commercials of all time. Check out some of his selected work in our commercial director spotlight.

Commercial Director Spotlight: Nicolai Fuglsig

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Today it was announced that commercial Nicolai Fuglsig would be directing a futuristic action adventure re-imagining of Robin Hood for Warner Bros (Read that story here). I thought now would be a good time to take a look at some of Fugisig’s commercial work.

Fuglsig is a 36-year old Danish director, who started as a war photographer for Danish newspapers. He won multiple awards for his photojournalism work, and won the Kodak prize for “Best Photographer in The World Under 30″. He recorded footage with a digital video camera in Kosovo, which got resulted in an unplanned documentary titled Return to Exiled, which played in Danish cinemas and television. He was chosen by Levi’s to make a couple short films, which gained him entry into the world of commercials.

Fuglsig gained fame within the advertising world for his spectacular work on a Sony Bravia commercial, which featured a quarter of a million bouncy balls being let loose on one of San Francisco’s steepest hills. It’s one of my favorite commercials of all time. Watch a selection of Fuglsig’s work, after the jump.

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