Posted on Monday, December 9th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s become de rigeur for any beloved show on its way out to tease the possibility of a movie sequel, and sometimes those promises even come true. Veronica Mars is headed to the big screen next year, for example, and Entourage is set to shoot next month. But don’t expect Friday Night Lights to join them in theaters.
Since the football drama ended in 2011, certain cast and crew members have hinted repeatedly at a follow-up film — Peter Berg among them. Now, however, the producer is singing a different tune, saying that he doesn’t think a movie is such a great idea after all. Read his comments after the jump.
[Update: Taylor Kitsch has weighed in on the movie idea. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.]
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Normally, the director has 100% final say on a film set. He’s the man. However, that was not the case on the set of Lone Survivor. Director Peter Berg and producer/star Mark Wahlberg were so committed to realism on the set, they hired several Navy SEALs as advisors and told them they could stop filming or call B.S. on anything, at any time.
The film tells the harrowing true story of four Navy SEALS on a mission in Afghanistan who are posed with an impossible decision with unthinkable ramifications. Wahlberg stars as Marcus Luttrell, the real life SEAL who wrote a book about the experience, and he was among the SEALs on set with this unusual filmmaking power. Luttrell, along with Wahlberg and Berg, spoke about this at a recent screening of the film at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, presented by Film Independent. Read the quotes below. Read More »
Here’s the second full trailer for the true war story Lone Survivor, which is based on the book by Navy SEAL Marcus Littrell, who was part of a small group of SEALs that found itself ambushed by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Peter Berg directs stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster & Eric Bana. Check it out below. Read More »
Peter Berg‘s new film, Lone Survivor, is heading towards theaters with a bit more subdued promotional push than is typical for the director’s last few films. But the first trailer was compelling, as it shows men in the Navy SEAL team who targeted an al Qaeda subject in Afghanistan, and was overwhelmed by an unexpected Taliban force.
Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Ali Suliman, Alexander Ludwig, and Eric Bana all feature in the film, and you’ll see them in some new footage in this featurette. There’s also some explanation from Berg about the mission on which the film is based. In fact, the source for the movie is the book Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell, who was (as the title suggests) the one survivor of the operation. He speaks up here, too, hoping that this feature will get his story out to a bigger audience than ever. Read More »
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After Lost, writer/producer Damon Lindelof aimed at the big screen, working on scripts for films such as Cowboys & Aliens, Star Trek Into Darkness, Prometheus, World War Z, and Tomorrowland. Now the show he’s been developing for a while, The Leftovers, has been ordered to series at HBO. Ten episodes have been ordered; Peter Berg directed the pilot.
The series follows the after-effects of the Rapture, or more specifically what happens to people who don’t make the cut and are stuck on Earth rather than ascending to the heavens. The crux is that the leftovers, as they could be called, don’t necessarily understand what happened. They only know a bunch of people, including many of their family members and loved ones, disappeared overnight. Read More »
Director Peter Berg‘s last movie was Universal’s gigantic Battleship. By comparison, his new movie, Lone Survivor, is really sneaking up on us. The first trailer for the film was released relatively quietly today, and it shows Mark Wahlberg in the role of a Navy SEAL on a mission to take out a Taliban figure. It’s a true story, based on the book Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10, by Marcus Luttrell. The actual tale has gone down as a dramatic moment in recent military history, and this trailer suggests that Berg is taking it very seriously.
Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch and Eric Bana are also part of the story, but as the title suggests, things don’t go super-well for some of them. Oh, and as soon as the trailer really kicks into gear it plays out to the tune of Peter Gabriel mournfully covering David Bowie’s “Heroes.” Check out the trailer below. Read More »
Directors sure do love Mark Wahlberg. After making Pain and Gain with Michael Bay, the action-prone filmmaker brought the actor back to star in Transformers 4. In between, Wahlberg shot a movie called Lone Survivor with Peter Berg. Now, Berg’s asked the actor to team up with him once again.
Wahlberg and Berg will make American Desperado, the real life story of “super criminal” Jon Roberts who worked in the mafia, with Columbian drug cartels, and eventually with the American government. Based on a novel by Roberts and Evan Wright (Generation Kill), the film will be adapted by the Oscar-winning writer of The Departed William Monahan. Paramount Pictures hopes the film will be up and running next year. Read More »
Damon Lindelof is returning to TV and he’s just cast his new Jack Shephard. Justin Theroux, star of Mulholland Dr., Your Highness and the co-writer of Tropic Thunder and Iron Man 2, has just been cast as the lead in the new HBO pilot The Leftovers. Based on a novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta, The Leftovers takes place in a world where most of humanity mysteriously disappears. The story follows the confused people who remain and their struggle to survive with constant questions and insecurities.
Theroux will play Kevin Garvey, the town’s leader who tries to keep things normal even with frightening questions to be answered. Lindelof is co-writing and co-executive producing the show with Perrotta, marking his first return to television after Lost. Read More »
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Sometimes its easy to forget just how ubiquitous producer Brian Grazer is. Not only does he work hand in hand with Oscar-winning director Ron Howard on some of the biggest movies out there, he also shepherded a ton of well-known television shows. After some years off the air, two of his more famous shows, Arrested Development and 24, will soon be returning in new ways. Now a third might do the same.
In a new interview, Grazer confirmed he’s “absolutely moving forward” with the movie version of the NBC drama Friday Night Lights, and they might turn to crowd-funding, ala Veronica Mars, to prove the fans want the series to return. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 by Angie Han
We have a particularly murderer-heavy edition of TV Bits today, with news about Dexter, Hannibal, and The Killing. After the jump:
- Dallas, Veep, Rectify, and Orphan Black get renewed
- Vampire Diaries spinoff gets green light
- Julian Sands joins Dexter in mystery role
- Downton Abbey gets its first black character
- John Oliver will host The Daily Show this summer
- Bryan Fuller has Pushing Daisies movie ideas
- NBC affiliate axes Hannibal
- The Killing‘s new mystery will be solved within the season
- FX and Seth Rogen develop Bigfoot comedy
- Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Peter Berg team for HBO
- Alex Gibney will direct Frank Sinatra documentary
- The Arrested Development doc hits tomorrow; see more Season 4 stills
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