Steven Spielberg and Warner Bros. have been doing a slow dance towards one another over the last couple months.

The film potentially bringing the two parties together has been the Moses biopic Gods and Kings, which may turn out ot be a lot more like Saving Private Ryan than we would have previously expected. And while there isn’t a signed deal in place at this point, things are continuing to move forward. Right now, it looks like the next week could see the completion of a deal that will put Spielberg in the director’s chair for the film by April or May 2013, after he’s done with Robopocalypse. Read More »

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Semantics are always a struggle in film reporting. People are “interested,” “circling,” “offered” or “in talks” for projects all the time but none of those words specifically mean they are doing the movie. Plus, until the cameras start rolling, nothing is definite. For example, a few months back, we reported that Warner Bros. was “interested” in having Steven Spielberg direct their epic story of Moses called Gods and Kings. The problem with that is, who isn’t interested in working with Spielberg? Germain Lussier is interested in starring in a Spielberg movie but that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.

It seems now, though, Warner’s “interest” has evolved to “talks” which means the legendary director is a significant step closer to adding the epic tale to his list of upcoming projects. Read more after the jump. Read More »

When a story opens with ‘could Steven Spielberg direct X?’ the answer is almost certainly going to be ‘no.’ Naturally a lot of projects land on or near the desk of one of the biggest directors in the world, and naturally he doesn’t have time for 90% of even the ones he would be tempted to make.

But let’s say that Warner Bros. had a large-scale epic about the life of Moses and wanted Spielberg to make it. What would the chances be? Read More »

I talked about the very serious film Paradise Lost earlier today — the documentary about the just-freed West Memphis Three. But there’s that other Paradise Lost being developed by Legendary Pictures and director Alex Proyas. That’s the very loose adaptation of the epic poem by Milton that chronicles the break between Lucifer and Heaven. The film will be a largely mocapped, CGI affair with Bradley Cooper playing Lucifer and Benjamin Walker playing the archangel Michael. And now they’ll be joined by Djimon Hounsou as Abdiel, the angel of death. Read More »

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The director of Dark City is ready to take a trip to the darkest city: Hell. Alex Proyas, who also directed I, Robot and Knowing, has signed on to direct Paradise Lost, a film based on the epic 17th century poem by John Milton. It’ll be produced by Legendary Pictures who has a production and financing deal with Warner Brothers. The screenplay was written by Stuart Hazeldine based on an original draft by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi. Polishes were also provided by Lawrence Kasdan and Ryan Condal.

The actual poem Paradise Lost tells several different stories dealing with God’s relationship to men, most famously Satan’s temptation of Adam and Eve and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Reportedly, though, this version of the film will focus on “the story of the epic war in heaven between archangels Michael and Lucifer, and will be crafted as an action vehicle that will include aerial warfare, possibly shot in 3D.” Can religion and 3D action mix? Hit the jump to read more about it. Read More »

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In November, we posted a trailer for Stuart Hazeldine‘s high-concept, low-budget thriller single-room real-time feature debut Exam, which premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival last Summer. IFC has since launched a genre label called IFC Midnight which will release the movie exclusively on Video On Demand beginning in July. QuietEarth calls the plot “Cube meets The Apprentice”. Here is the official plot synopsis:

Eight talented candidates have reached the final stage of selection to join the ranks of a mysterious and powerful corporation. Entering a windowless room, an Invigilator gives them eighty minutes to answer one simple question. He outlines three rules they must obey or be disqualified: don’t talk to him or the armed guard by the door, don’t spoil their papers and don’t leave the room. He starts the clock and leaves. The candidates turn over their question papers, only to find they’re completely blank.

I’ve always been a fan of minimalistic single-location stories, from Hard Candy to Saw, Jonathan Liebesman’s The Killing Room to most recently, Paranormal Activity and Buried. The trailer is now online and embedded after the jump. As always, leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Stuart Hazeldine‘s high-concept, low-budget thriller single-room real-time feature debut Exam premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival back in August. QuietEarth calls the plot “Cube meets The Apprentice”. Here is the official plot synopsis:

Eight talented candidates have reached the final stage of selection to join the ranks of a mysterious and powerful corporation. Entering a windowless room, an Invigilator gives them eighty minutes to answer one simple question. He outlines three rules they must obey or be disqualified: don’t talk to him or the armed guard by the door, don’t spoil their papers and don’t leave the room. He starts the clock and leaves. The candidates turn over their question papers, only to find they’re completely blank.

I’ve always been a fan of minimalistic single-location stories, from Hard Candy to Saw, Jonathan Liebesman’s The Killing Room to most recently, Paranormal Activity. The trailer is now online thanks to Empire, and embedded after the jump. As always, leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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