Briefly: The movie-and-TV adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower that Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer have been assembling has gone through a few revisions. At this point, it stands as a one-film deal financed by Media Rights Capital, with Russell Crowe starring as Roland the gunslinger. If that film does well, MRC could move forward on more movies.
But things have become a bit more complicated. Grazer now says that there’s a new financing offer on the table, which would allow the original plan of three movies and two limited TV series to be shot. Which deal will they take?
Grazer told Deadline that “a Silicon Valley investor” has come forward with a proposal to finance The Dark Tower as it was originally planned. If there are two funding possibilities out there, the situation probably also has factors we can’t guess. (For starters, MRC is well-established, while this new investor might not have much media experience.) So there’s no point to assuming that this will go one way or the other. Could MRC and the new investor work together? Regardless, for those who’ve hoped to see the bigger Dark Tower, there’s a glimmer of hope.
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Many TV spots do little more than rearrange footage from a film’s primary trailers into 30-second bites. And that’s fine. But the Man of Steel TV spots have been giving up perhaps more new footage than usual, and this third spot has quite a grand scope packed into half a minute.
The capper is a shot of one very angry Superman (Henry Cavill) as he flies into action, but there are also some quick new shots of Michael Shannon as General Zod, and some action and effects bits that we haven’t seen before. All in all, it’s probably the most epic TV commercial that will be airing this month, so have a look below if you haven’t already seen it. Read More »
The latest trailer for Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel did a lot to convince people that the director of 300 and Watchmen was in fact the right choice for the film. The continuation of a certain tone from Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies doesn’t help, but Snyder’s casting choices — Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, and Henry Cavill as Superman — are persuasive arguments that his sense of direction for Superman is steady. And then there’s the range of action seen in the trailer, which brings the character to life in a way that few expected.
Now there are a couple new bits of marketing that don’t quite push our perception of the film in the way that trailer did. As the header image above suggests, a new poster focuses very much on Superman and his power in flight. The TV spot, meanwhile, looks to his birth family, and gives the voiceover reigns to Russell Crowe as Jor-El to explain his son’s potential destiny on Earth. Read More »
The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly has a big S on its chest and it surely doesn’t disappoint. Man of Steel is the featured film and, in the article, there are seven brand new photos as well as a ton of new info on the highly anticipated Superman reboot. You see one of those photos above. See more from Zack Snyder film, opening June 14, below.
Update: Images removed.
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Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel has begun to screen and word is that it’s fantastic. We’d heard that executives at Warner Bros. truly loved the film and now, reports are coming in from other people too. (And from people who don’t have billions and billions of dollars potentially invested in the success of a rebooted Superman.)
In particular, JoBlo is reporting the film is nearly complete (save for the 3D conversion) and despite the somber tone the trailers suggest, the film is chock full of action. We’ll talk more specifics below. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, February 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
While it makes sense that the marketing for Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel would focus heavily on the Man of Steel (Henry Cavill) himself, it’s had the effect of playing down the other characters. No doubt General Zod (Michael Shannon) and Jor-El (Russell Crowe) play important roles in Superman’s journey, but we’ve barely gotten more than a glimpse of them in all the footage and stills so far.
Fortunately, any comic book movie this big also comes with a slew of merchandising tie-ins, which can shed light on some of the other aspects of the film. DC unveiled their new line of Man of Steel figures at the Toy Fair in New York this past weekend. Among the 12″ figures rolled out were Jor-El and Zod in full battle armor, along with Zod’s right-hand woman Faora (Antje Traue). Take a look after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
As a writer and producer, Akiva Goldsman has enjoyed an enviable career working on projects like A Beautiful Mind, I, Robot, and I Am Legend. But this winter, he’s finding himself in some new territory as he shoots his feature directorial debut Winter’s Tale.
Based on the novel by Mark Helperin, the romantic fantasy follows a thief named Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) who breaks into a seemingly empty mansion in Victorian-era New York City. Once inside, he’s surprised to meet and fall for Beverly Penn (Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay), the dying young woman cloistered within. Russell Crowe also stars, as a criminal boss named Pearly Soames who has it in for Peter. A handful of photos from the set have hit the web, and you can check them out after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, January 28th, 2013 by Angie Han
Over a decade after it kicked into gear with X-Men and Spider-Man, the superhero movie trend shows no signs of flagging. Costumed heroes will keep going strong in 2013 with several more high-profile releases, including Man of Steel, Kick-Ass 2, The Wolverine, and Thor: The Dark World. While we’ve haven’t seen trailers for most of them so far (Man of Steel excepted) the latest issue of Empire Magazine offers a little taste of each movie with some new images.
Check them out after the jump.
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There’s a lot we don’t know about Man of Steel. Taking cues from producer Christopher Nolan, Zack Snyder and the team at Warner Bros. have kept details of the film hidden to the greatest degree possible. The teaser and trailer give us a few clues — this seems to be an action movie wrapped in a melancholy outer shell. But even with the glimpses of otherwordly images seen in the trailer, we have little real info to go on when it comes to plotting out the more remote locations visited in the film.
Now Russell Crowe, who plays Jor-El, the father of Superman (Henry Cavill) has given us a few interesting clues in a conversation about the film. Read More »