Evel Knievel was the prototype stuntman for the current age, a media-savvy showman who rode a devil-may-care attitude (and a willingness to endure pain) to fame and fortune. His rise and fall story is unique in its specifics, and woefully pedestrian in its arc of human foibles.
Who else has attempted to ride a steam-powered “rocket cycle” across a mile-wide canyon? And who cares if he made it? Knievel’s failures did as much myth-building as his successes. He was also a jerk who let his appetites run away with him. He cheated on his wife more times than anyone can count, and attacked his former promoter with a baseball bat, effectively braining his own career in the process.
Channing Tatum is obsessed with Evel Knievel, and he and his creative partner Reid Carolin are producing a biopic about the late stuntman which Tatum may star in as well. Now the film is reportedly courting a new director, who might be perfect for Knievel’s story of obsession and mental and physical intensity: Darren Aronofsky. Read More »
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There’s no shortage of movies in development about the Boston Marathon bombing that happened back in 2013, and one of the several projects in the mix just landed a director.
CBS Films is in final talks with Lone Survivor helmer Peter Berg to direct Patriots’ Day, which recounts the terrorist attack that happened on the historical holiday from the perspective of Boston Police commissioner Ed Davis. Find out more about Peter Berg directing Patriots Day after the jump! Read More »
The collaboration between actor/producer Mark Wahlberg and director/producer Peter Berg soldiers on following Entourage, Lone Survivor, and Ballers. Now Berg will make a film called Mile 22, an espionage thriller starring Wahlberg as a CIA agent stationed far from home, who has to deal with a whole variety of gun-toting enemies as he transports an informant out of town.
But the devil is in the details, and this new Berg and Wahlberg collaboration will also feature two versatile fighters: former MMA fighter Ronda Rousey, and Iko Uwais of The Raid. Read More »
Peter Berg cast Rihanna in his film Battleship, and now he’s going to direct a documentary about her. With producer Matthew Goldberg, Peter Berg recently launched a new production outfit called Film 45, which will create “non-scripted and branded entertainment for film, TV and other platforms.” One of the first productions from the company will be the Rihanna documentary… and it will be based on a film about Bob Dylan. Read More »
It took Ronda Rousey all of fourteen seconds to defend her championship by winning her bantamweight title fight against Cat Zingano during UFC 184. Afterwards, it didn’t take Rousey much longer to sign for her next film. She’ll fight alongside The Raid star Iko Uwais in Mile 22, a buddy thriller that will hopefully only team up Rousey and Uwais after giving them a chance to show down in a scene or two. Read More »
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J.C. Chandor, who raced from Margin Call to All Is Lost to A Most Violent Year, has left the director’s chair of the upcoming film Deepwater Horizon. The reason? Our old friend “creative differences,” at least as far as the official knowledge base goes. Now, coming in to replace him, is Peter Berg, whose most recent film was Lone Survivor. The link to the new Deepwater Horizon director may be Mark Wahlberg, who is set to star in the film, and was also the lead in Lone Survivor. Read More »
Hollywood has been trying to turn the popular ’70s TV show The Six Million Dollar Man into a feature film for decades. It’s taken so long, inflation has ballooned the idea of a six million dollar man into a six billion dollar man. And now, the team behind Lone Survivor is stepping up to the plate to make the movie.
Director Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg are teaming up to make The Six Billion Dollar Man for The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films. They’ll tell the story of a man named Steve Austin (Wahlberg) is nearly killed in a terrible accident, but is rebuilt with six billion dollars of improvements added onto his body. His newfound super strength and abilities make him an ideal secret agent. Read More »
Peter Berg and Taylor Kitsch have stuck by one another for years, beginning with Friday Night Lights and carrying through Battleship and last year’s Lone Survivor. Now they’ve teamed up for an entirely different sort of combat engagement. Kitsch stars in Berg’s first-person Call of Duty ad — a live-action affair that, like the game series, puts the viewer in the primary role. Then it throws a set of sad cliches at us. Catch ’em all below. Read More »
Finally, The Rock has come back to TV! Dwayne Johnson is quickly becoming one of the biggest action stars in the world, but he’ll soon put that aside to headline a new HBO show called Ballers. The half-hour dramedy follow a group of former and current football players and was just picked up to series. It’s being produced by its own all-star team including Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg, who’ll direct the pilot, and Entourage‘s Stephen Levinson, who wrote the script. Read More »