One of the biggest movie surprises of 2013 was the success of World War Z. The film hit theaters carrying some significant behind the scenes baggage, but ended up grossing over $200 million in the US and over $500 million internationally. It was a massive hit and talk of a sequel began to heat up soon after the film’s release. Not much happened on that front during 2014 but now, we finally have a small update on World War Z 2, scheduled to be directed by Juan Antonio Bayona for a 2016 release.
Steven Knight, the writer and director of Locke, and writer of Eastern Promises, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Dirty Pretty Things and Seventh Son, is writing a treatment for the sequel. He suggested the film wouldn’t be what fans are expecting. He said he’s starting with a “clean slate.” Read more about World War Z 2 below. Read More »
Here we have news on two very different series coming from Netflix. First: the streaming service has picked up rights to the BBC series Peaky Blinders, which adds Tom Hardy to its second season roster this fall. We hadn’t known when we’d see the new season in the States, so it’s great to know that we can soon see Peaky Blinders on Netflix.
And then the company has also picked up rights to the ’80s kids property Popples, which will be developed as an animated series. More info on both is below. Read More »
The first season of British gangster series Peaky Blinders has flown under the radar of many viewers in the US, despite starring Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill. Expect the show to experience a huge uptick in interest soon, however, as the second season will also feature Tom Hardy. The show was created by Steven Knight, who writes and produces. He also happens to be the guy who directed Hardy in Locke; that connection probably didn’t hurt when it came to bringing Hardy into the fold. Check out a bearded Hardy and some of the season two action in the Peaky Binders trailer below. Read More »
The sequel to 2013’s surprise hit World War Z just found another important building block. A few months back, director Juan Antonio Bayona was tapped to direct the film and now Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steven Knight has been hired to write the screenplay. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
Over a decade after he made his feature film debut in Black Hawk Down, Tom Hardy is preparing to work with Ridley Scott again. This time, they’ll be joining forces for a BBC One drama called Taboo, created by Hardy’s Locke director Steven Knight.
Meanwhile, Hardy has also booked another, very different kind of role. He’ll be showing off his pipes in London Road, a musical about the 2006 Ipswich serial murders. Hit the jump for more details on both of Hardy’s new gigs.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by Angie Han
Fresh off of shooting David Ayer’s Fury, Brad Pitt is looking to head back to World War II. This time, it’ll be for an untitled romantic thriller scripted by Steven Knight, writer of Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things and director of Locke. More details on the project after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
The premise of Locke sounds, frankly, boring as hell. It’s an 85-minute movie about a guy answering phone calls in his car and getting stressed out about his personal and professional lives. Yet reviews out of Sundance (including Peter’s) indicate that it’s anything but, and the first Locke trailer we got last month backed up all that praise.
It probably helps that the guy in question is played by the compulsively watchable Tom Hardy. If anyone can carry a one-man show, it’s him. The new U.S. trailer reveals a little more about Ivan Locke’s dilemma than the U.K. one did, but thankfully not too much. See the new promo and the new poster after the jump.
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Amid the high-profile work featuring Tom Hardy, the actor quickly shot a small film in which his is essentially the only visible face.
The movie is called Locke, and it is a one-man show described by one review as “basically just Tom Hardy driving a car while making a bunch of phone calls.” Lest you get the wrong idea, that same review from Variety goes on to call the movie an “ingeniously executed study in cinematic minimalism [with] depth, beauty and poise” and “a finely tuned showcase for Hardy’s exceptional acting skills.” So that’s alright, then.
The film premiered at the Venice Film Fest this past weekend, where it met with positive reviews such as Variety’s. Oh, and the movie comes from writer/director Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Redemption) and executive producer Joe Wright (Hanna, Anna Karenina).
We don’t have a trailer yet, but there’s a clip you can check out to start getting an idea about the movie. Read More »
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Parker may not have sated audiences’ desire for a dose of Jason Statham action, but the trailer for Hummingbird suggests it will be more able to deliver. The film is the directorial debut of Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things screenwriter Steven Knight, and it looks like Knight has corralled Statham’s typical action approach into something that might be a bit more memorable.
Statham plays a broken ex-military guy who steals another man’s identity and ultimately finds himself in a bad position with part of London’s criminal element. Sounds pretty routine, but the actor is barely recognizable at the outset of the trailer. He does quickly ease into a more familiar sort of character, but there’s just enough here to think that Hummingbird might be a bit more satisfying than some of Statham’s routine action exercises.
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Posted on Friday, March 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
Remakes can be tricky propositions under the best of circumstances. When the property in question is a former Academy Award winner or a beloved classic by a revered auteur — in other words, something that’s still held in very high esteem by plenty of people — the project gets even tougher to pull off without inspiring mass grumbling.
But DreamWorks is attempting to do just that with their planned remake of Rebecca, Alfred Hitchcock‘s only Best Picture winner, and now they’ve found a director to help them out. Nikolaj Arcel, who last helmed the Danish Best Foreign Language Film nominee A Royal Affair, has just signed on to direct the new version of the movie. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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