In this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley, discuss the mainstream appeal of Shutter Island, try and fail to get excited about Marcus Nispel (the newly minted director of Conan), and wonder about the possibilities of lost subplots in Pixar’s Up. Special guest Alex Albrecht joins us this evening from Diggnation and The Totally Rad Show.
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Our friends at FirstShowing are in France for the Cannes Film Festival, and have gotten a bunch of snapshots of some of the cool promotional posters for upcoming films. Above are the billboards for Martin Scorsese‘s Shutter Island starring Leonard Dicaprio, and Robert Zemeckis‘ performance capture 3D adaptation of A Christmas Carol, starring Jim Carrey.I’m really digging the redish-orange on black look of the Scorsese poster.
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The unwinding of the Empire magazine 20th Anniversary pearl necklace goes on and on with yet another exclusive revealed this afternoon. This time, they have a behind-the-scenes image of Martin Scorsese talking to Leonardo Di Caprio and Michelle Williams on the set – or more likely location – of Shutter Island. I’ve cropped off Leo in the picture above.
Empire atrribute descriptions of the film in their piece to both Mark Ruffalo and Scorsese himself. If that hype is to be believed, this will be one of Scorsese’s “great films.” Those quotes coming right up…
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RopeofSilicon have gotten their hands on an early teaser poster for Martin Scorsese‘s adaptation of Dennis Lehane‘s novel Shutter Island, which was published in a Berliner Zeitung newspaper. I’m pretty sure, and hope, that this is just an early marketing concept.
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Earlier we told you how Paramount/Dreamworks had pushed JJ Abrams’ Star Trek back to May 2009 as part of a major studio schedule reshuffle. Lets take a look at some of the other films in this huge reshuffle:
- Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island starring Leonardo DiCaprio will now hit theaters on October 2nd 2009. No release date had previously been announced
- David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button starring Brad Pitt will move from November 26th to December 19th 2008.
- The Ben Stiller comedy Tropic Thunder has been moved from July 11th to August 15th
- Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, will now be distributed by Paramount Vantage.
- A new yet-to-be-titled Wayne Bros comedy has been given a February 6th 2009 release date. The movie follows a rich, white girl from the suburbs who finds herself on a series of misadventures when she moves to the mean streets of the inner-city. Sounds hilarious! </sarcasm>
- The RenÃ©e Zellweger horror/thriller Case 39 originally scheduled for release on August 22nd 2008 will now be released on April 10th 2009. The film centers on an idealistic social worker who saves an abused 10-year-old girl from her parents only to discover that the girl is not as innocent as she thinks.
- Eddie Murphy’s Nowhereland, which was originally set to hit theaters on September 26th 2008 will now be released on June 12th 2009. Murphy plays a financial executive who can’t stop his career downspiral is invited into his daughter’s imaginary world, where solutions to his problems await.
Well, it’s official: Martin Scorsese‘s mystery drama, due in 2009 and formerly known as Shutter Island, is now entitled Ashecliffe. New title is the name of the plot’s asylum located on the fictional island off Boston harbor. No word on why the title was changed. I keep thinking of a fat kid with a pinwheel hat pronouncing it “Asscliffe” while producing lots of drool to entertain himself. Shutter Island is also the name of the 2003 Dennis Lehane novel on which the film is based.
Dehane is quoted as saying his novel is a cross between the classic, romantic imagery found in Bronte sisters’ literature (Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre) and the paranoid creepiness of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers from 1956, the decade in which the book is based. I wouldn’t read it, but I’d watch it. Scorsese’s film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, the currently mourning Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley (hot off The Wackness) and Patricia Clarkson. And if you’re a babe wondering about Sly Stallone, he’s no longer rumored to be involved. So, babe, you like Rambo, huh?
All of the details thus far make it sound like an ideal bookend to the director’s wonderfully deranged and tension-bubbling remake of Cape Fear from 1991. As long as the fat, drooling kid above doesn’t sit behind me, call me siked. And is it just me, or does Paramount seem like its behind all of the surefire moneymaking powerhouse flicks these days?
Ben Kingsley and Mark Ruffalo have joined the cast of Martin Scorsese‘s Shutter Island. Based on the Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone) novel, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels, who travels to Shutter Island, a small island in Massachusetts’ Outer Harbor, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to find an escaped murderous patient in the Summer of 1954. Ruffalo will play DiCaprio’s partner U.S. Marshal Chuck Aule. And I’ll let the official plot description take over:
“But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems. And neither is Teddy Daniels. Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffe’s radical approach to psychiatry? The closer Teddy and Chuck get to the truth, the more elusive it becomes, and the more they begin to believe that they may never leave Shutter Island. Because someone is trying to drive them insane. . .”
Kingsley will portray the mental hospital’s chief physician. Ruffalo joined the cast last week, but for some reason or another, we never got around to reporting it. Laeta Kalogridis’ (Alexander, Pathfinder, James Cameron’s Battle Angel) screenplay was finished before the writers strike began, and Scorsese hopes to start production in March in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Nova Scotia.
Has Martin Scorsese gone mad? The legendary director has apparently offered Sylvester Stallone the part of Chuck Aule in the big screen adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island!? Stallone hasn’t signed on the dotted line as of yet (but why wouldn’t he? It’s Scorsese?), but if he does come on board, he’ll be starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.
Dennis Lehane is an author known for his Boston-based mystery novels, two of which have been adapted to the big screen. Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River was underrated, and Ben Affleck’s Gone Baby Gone is one of the best movies of 2008 (go see this gem now). I haven’t read the book, so It’s not for me to say if Sly could play this role or not. Judging by some of the characters in Lehane’s other novels/movie adaptation, Stallone might even be a perfect fit. And there has to be some level of trust in Scorsese, who is certainly not interested in Sly for his name value.
Official Plot Description: It’s Summer, 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to a small island in Massachusetts’ Outer Harbor, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, he sets out to find an escaped patient, a murderess named Rachel Solando, as a hurricane bears down upon them. But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems. And neither is Teddy Daniels. Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffe’s radical approach to psychiatry? The closer Teddy and Chuck get to the truth, the more elusive it becomes, and the more they begin to believe that they may never leave Shutter Island. Because someone is trying to drive them insane. . .
The script is written by Laeta Kalogridis (Alexander, Pathfinder, James Cameron’s Battle Angel). The project is being fast tracked ahead of Marty’s numerous other projects in development. Paramount hopes to start production in March in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Nova Scotia.
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