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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I’ll say this for Jonathan Liebesman‘s Clash of the Titans sequel Wrath of the Titans: the movie really doesn’t look to skimp on the creatures and mythical monsters. Not only that, but it gives the returning Sam Worthington a haircut that is really worthy of the legacy of Harry Hamlin’s style from the 1981 Clash of the Titans. (Not sure that’s a good thing, actually.)

Anyway, the sequel has Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes reprising their roles as Zeus and Hades, and adds Toby Kebbell and Rosamund Pike, both of whom get a couple good shots in this new trailer. But most of what this new look affers is monsters, monsters, monsters. Which is a big part of what we really need from a movie like this, after all. Check it out below. Read More »

Alfred Hitchcock‘s filmography reads like an all-time best of list: Psycho, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Notorious, The Birds, it goes on and on. But out of all of Hitchcock’s movies, only one received the Academy Award for Best Picture: 1940’s Rebecca. Hitchcock’s first American project, Rebecca featured Laurence Olivier as a widower whose new wife (Joan Fontaine) is overwhelmed by the spirit of his late wife, the title character. It was based on a 1938 book of the same name by Daphne du Maurier.

Now, DreamWorks and Working Title are planning to go back to the source material and remake the story with Steven Knight, who wrote Eastern Promises for David Cronenberg, hired to write the screenplay. Read more after the jump. Read More »

‘Wrath of the Titans’ Theatrical Trailer

Does Warner Bros. not care if anyone watches the trailer for Wrath of the Titans? Less than an hour after the trailer debut for The Dark Knight Rises — the most anticipated trailer release in many months — and at the same time as Fox’s first look at Prometheus, the studio has also dropped the first footage of the sequel to Clash of the Titans.

Wrath of the Titans looks like it has gone all-out to include as much stuff as possible, but that may just be how the trailer is cut. Check it out below. Read More »

Steve Knight made the leap from TV writer to big-time screenwriter with Dirty Pretty Things — an Oscar nomination helped — and then did well with Eastern Promises. His script for Wrath of the Titans is being shot right now, but he’s also got a directorial project brewing. Hummingbird is set up via Fox, New Regency and Shine Pictures, and has some of his Eastern Promises producers behind it. And if you were a fan of that film, Hummingbird may well have something to offer, too. Read More »


Nikki Finke is reporting that Matt Damon is going to star in a biopic of Robert F Kennedy for New Regency. Directed by Gary Ross, and written by Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight. The film will be adapted from the Evan Thomas-penned biography His Life, published in 2000.

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Columbia Picturres has finally decided to step up development of the big screen adaptation of Dan Brown‘s latest book, and Da Vinci Code sequel The Lost Symbol.  The studio has hired Steven Knight, whose credits include Eastern Promises, Dirty Pretty Things, who also penned drafts of Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

The third adventure is a 12-hour race to the finish quest set in Washington, DC, following mystery-solving Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon unravel Freemason conspiracy theories using hidden codes.  The film franchise already accounts for over $1.24 billion in worldwide box office.

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Last month we told you that David Fincher had signed on to direct Keanu Reeves in a movie about a Chef. We since discovered that The Untitled Chef Project is a screenplay by Steven Knight, the screenwriter behind Dirty Pretty Things, Amazing Grace, Eastern Promises, and Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Dennis Lehane adaptation Shutter Island.  The script which was featured on the 2007 Black List, tells the story of “A Michelin-level chef who tries to make a comeback from major personal issues. He gathers his old friends together as his ‘dream team’ and ends up falling in love with the newest member of the group.”

This week MTV got the chance to ask Fincher about the project during an interview for his latest film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Fincher called the project “good and chewy,” claiming that the movie will be “like a celibate sex comedy if that means anything.” Ummmm yeah….

And then Fincher says the magic words: “It’s really about the creative process. It’s truly an aromatic art-form, making food. I love that idea.” And with that explanation,  I now understand Fincher’s attraction to the project. But Keanu Reeves, really? Fincher claims that he loves Keanu’s passion for that world. His passion for the world of cooking? But more importantly, what does Fincher think about Keanu’s acting abilities or range?

Universal and Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski have acquired the rights to a 2007 Wall Street Journal article about the real life effects of a virtual addiction. Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight has been hired to pen a screenplay based on Alexandra Alter‘s article, which is titled “Is This Man Cheating on His Wife”.

The article is about a Phoenix-based woman who discovers that her husband married his Second Life girlfriend in the virtual world. He claims its just a game and that they have never spoken in real life, but together they own two virtual dogs, pay a mortgage together and “spend hours shopping at the mall and taking long motorcycle rides.”

The real life wife joined an online support group for spouses of obsessive online gamers, and says her husband’s online addiction has become out of control, but she isn’t ready to move out and separate from him. The husband argues that “She watches TV, and I do this. I tried to get her involved so we could play together, but she wasn’t interested.” You can read the entire article on

The concept is certainly not new. I have seen the idea on the big screen in documentary form a couple times, most recently in Second Skin. I’m actually surprised that no one has decided to adapt the idea for a fictional film. It’s not just about the effects of a video game on a relationship, but also about the effects of a virtual relationship.

source: Variety