Early last year Lakeshore Entertainment became one of many companies to actively put a Frankenstein movie into development. In this case the property is I, Frankenstein, based on the graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux. The story is a contemporary fantasy/thriller based on Mary Shelly’s original gothic tale. It follows the monster, Adam Frankenstein, who has survived to the modern era and finds himself (itself?) caught up in a war between immortals. No shit.
Lionsgate will distribute I, Frankenstein, and the studio announced today that Aaron Eckhart will play Adam Frankenstein. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 by Angie Han
30 Days of Night screenwriter Stuart Beattie has signed on to write and direct I, Frankenstein for Lakeshore Entertainment. The film will be based on the Darkstorm Studios graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux, one of the writers behind 2003’s vampire-werewolf action flick Underworld. I, Frankenstein features the classic literary monster as a modern-day private detective who deals with both humans and other supernatural creatures — including Dracula, now a mob boss, and the Invisible Man, a secret agent. More details after the jump.
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Tom Clancy has found great success expanding his various novels into the video game medium, as developers continue to churn out seemingly endless entries into the Splinter Cell, Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon series (among others), but when it comes to film, Jack Ryan has cornered the market. Out of the four films that have been adapted from Clancy’s novels, all have featured Ryan, who is easily the author’s most famous and widely recognized character. Now a fifth is in the works, and it’s starring Chris Pine as — what a surprise — Jack Ryan.
But wait, what’s this? For the first time ever, the work of Tom Clancy is actually heading to theaters sans Ryan, with an adaptation of his novel Without Remorse. Though Ryan isn’t featured in the book, the story does take place in the “Ryanverse”. In fact, the book’s central protagonist, former Navy SEAL and CIA operative John Kelly (aka John Clark), has been portrayed twice before in the Jack Ryan films, first by Willem Dafoe in Clear and Present Danger and later by Liev Schreiber in The Sum of All Fears.
Writing the adaptation is The Shield creator Shawn Ryan, who until now has primarily worked in TV, most recently serving as a writer and executive producer on FX’s Terriers.
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Paramount Pictures International has released the full length movie trailer for Stuart Beattie‘s directorial debut Tomorrow When The War Began. You might recognize Beattie’s name as he is a big Hollywood screenwriter behind such films as Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Collateral, Derailed, 30 Days of Night, Australia, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
The action adventure drama is based on John Marsden’s critically- acclaimed novel, and tells the story of “eight unlikely high school teenagers band together to fight when their country is invaded and their families are taken.” It’s basically Australian’s answer to Red Dawn. The movie stars Caitlin Stasey, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lincoln Lewis, Deniz Akeniz, Phoebe Tonkin, Chris Pang, Ashleigh Cummings, Andy Ryan, and Colin Friels.
Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Tintin buddies Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg might soon be swapping more than spit performance capture data, with IESB reporting that ET’s daddy might be picking up the producing reigns on Halo some years after Jackson laid them down.
They cite ” studio executives” and “close ties to CAA” as offering confirmation that Spielberg is “currently in active negotiations to develop the feature film adaptation”. But why? What can he see in it that Jackson could not?
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Stuart Beattie is starting to promote G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra, but he’s got a lot more projects to talk about. Beattie was recently announced as the writer/director who would adapt the Australian book series that begins with Tomorrow, When the War Began, and he’s got a Tarzan script and a Halo spec that he’s trying to get off the ground. SciFiWire parceled all the info from their interview over a series of articles (here, here and here), and we’ve collected it back together for you. Read More »
Who knew that Australia had it’s own Red Dawn? According to THR, Australia screenwriter Stuart Beattie (who also wrote Collateral, GI Joe and the story for Pirates of the Caribbean) is going to write and direct an adaptation of the novel Tomorrow, When the War Began. The film, which he calls “coming of age in a war zone,” will be his directorial debut. The book is the first in a seven-novel young adult series by John Marsden which has become quite popular in Australia. The basic story follows an insurgent band of Australian teenagers who fight against an enemy invasion and occupation of their land. So, yeah, kinda like Red Dawn, not that the John Milius picture and its remake have any lock on the idea of kids fighting the guerrilla fight for their country. Read More »
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Hack director Stephen Sommers is replacing Guillermo del Toro to direct a live action adaptation of Tarzan for Warner Bros. THR reports that Stuart Beattie will co-write the project with Sommers. del Toro has been attached to the project since it was announced two years ago, but his commitment to The Hobbit has put him out of the running.
Normally if Sommers were to replace del Toro on a film project, I would be up in arms. But the story of Tarzan has never really interested me. And I’m glad Sommers will be confined to a movie I don’t care if he ruins while del Toro’s talents will be better suited to a film I do care about. Sommers, who is responsible for The Mummy films, The Scorpion King and the horrible Van Helsing, is taking a completely new take on the property, rather than adapt from the original book or previous films. Beatie worked with Sommers on G.I. Joe, which explains a lot… or nothing.