Last week there was word that Pierre Morel, the director of District 13, Taken, and From Paris with Love, had been named as “a lead candidate” to helm Universal’s Ouija, based on the Hasbro board game. Now two more filmmakers have entered the mix: Sylvain White, director of Stomp the Yard, The Losers and the DTV effort I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, and Scott Stewart, director of Legion and the upcoming Priest. Read More »
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I didn’t have high expectations for Sylvain White’s The Losers. White’s filmography wasn’t terribly impressive to me, and the plot led some of my fellow critics to refer to the film’s titular group of operatives as “a poor man’s A-Team.” Still, I held out hope that we’d at least get an enjoyable action romp. Sadly, it turns out I was mistaken.
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Box Office is reporting that Warner Bros has decided to bump Sylvain White‘s comic book adaptation The Losers from its previously announced release date of April 9th to June 4th 2010. It is assumed that the new Summer release was to give Warner Bros’ other release Clash of the Titans more breathing room. Clash had been recently pushed back to an April 2nd release due to a last-minute decision to do a post-production 3D conversion. So now The Losers will hit theaters just one week before Fox’s big screen adaptation of The A-Team. The two films have been compared in almost every write-up on the internet, and now they are set to go head to head in the Summer box office wars.’
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The Los Angeles Times has an interview with Sylvain White, director of the big screen adaptation of The Losers. The article comes with a new promo photo, which kinda recreates the drawn teaser poster for The Losers, which was revealed at Comic Con. Check out the full photo, after the jump. If you haven’t yet seen the movie trailer that hit the web on Friday, click here.
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The first trailer for The Losers has now been unveiled courtesy of MSN. You can see it embedded below the break. What follows is a lightly updated post originally servicing a clip of the trailer, and not the full thing we now have.
This film will be a solid rival for The A Team, I think, spinning a similar tale of a wronged bunch of military folk who then band together and use their skills against naughty types. The naughty types here are the double crossing CIA who stitched them up in the first place.
The film adaptation features Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba and Chris Evans and was directed by Sylvain White. The script is credited to both Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt, the man behind the upcoming Spider-Man reboot screenplays.
So many daft catch phrases have come and gone, I don’t know why “Outstanding!” didn’t catch on after Avatar. Maybe Jeffrey Dean Morgan will have a little more luck with it.
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Warner Bros has released the first official photos from Sylvain White‘s big screen adaptation of the Vertigo label comic book The Losers, thanks to Omelete.
Originally published as a war comic feature set during World War II, The Losers was later re-imagined set against the events surrounding the war on terror. The Vertigo imprint version ran for 32 issues from 2003 to 2006. The Losers tells the story of a former Special Forces team who were betrayed by their handler Max, and left for dead following the conclusion of their operation. The team were forced to regroup and enter on a mission of revenge against Max, who has been using the CIA for his own interests.
More photos after the jump.
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In the early ’80s, Frank Miller prefaced his groundbreaking work on The Dark Knight Returns with a limited series called Ronin, which saw a feudal Japanese samurai and his demon antagonist brought forward to a ravaged, lawless modern New York. The story has been potential fodder for a film adaptation a couple times over the past decade, most notably when Darren Aronofsky and New Line nearly teamed up to make a feature. Now Sylvain White, once set for for Castlevania and currently directing The Losers in Puerto Rico, has talked about his ideas for Ronin, which he is tapped to direct and envisions as “a very dark, futuristic, sci-fi film.” Read More »
Since he was first revealed as part of the Watchmen cast, Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been the subject of intense geek scrutiny and, lately, the recipient of some big geek love – even though hardly a soul has seen the completed film as yet. This is likely to be played out for a while yet, if only in a lower key, as he’s reportedly negotiating a role in The Losers, adapted from the Andy Diggle and Jock comic book.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Morgan is closing in on a deal to play Clay, the leader of the titular group of double-crossed special forces ops. Sylvain White is directing from a script that has passed between Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt (and I hope somebody else, please, because those guys don’t exactly fill me with confidence).
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Sylvain White, the director behind such ::cough:: classics ::cough:: as Stomp the Yard and I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, is in final negotiations to direct adaptation of DC Comics Vertigo label comic book The Losers.
White is also attached to a big screen version of CastleVania and Frank Miller’s Ronin. How he’s been able to spin his success on Stomp the Yard into a career in developing comic book and video game film properties is beyond me.
In 2007, Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt wrote a script based on the comic book property for Tim Story (Fantastic Four). Joel Silver’s Dark Castle Entertainment is in talks to develop and finance the film adaptation.
The Losers was a war comic feature created in 1970, set during World War II. Later re-imagined set against the events surrounding the war on terror the Vertigo imprint version ran for 32 issues from 2003 to 2006.
Written by Andy Diggle and illustrated by Jock, The Losers tells the story of a former Special Forces team who were betrayed by their handler Max, and left for dead following the conclusion of their operation. The team were forced to regroup and enter on a mission of revenge against Max, who has been using the CIA for his own interests.
The good news is that Paul W.S. Anderson (not EVER to be confused with the much more talented Paul Thomas Anderson) is not filming the big screen adaptation of Castlevania. The bad news is that Stomp the Yard director Sylvain White has signed on to helm the project. You probably don’t remember White from such forgettable work such as Trois 3: The Escort and the direct to video feature I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer. Somehow White has also convinced someone to let him ruin Frank Miller’s Ronin as well. If that’s not enough, Universal’s Rogue Pictures is paying White a reported seven-figures (!?!) to film the video game adaptation.
I Am Legend and 30 Days Of Night are both being prepped for release later this year. It seems that Hollywood is starting to see the beginning of a resurgence in the Vampire genre (much like happened to Zombie films in the past few years). And the Castlevania video game series offers some interesting takes on the classic Dracula stories of the past. But there is no hope. The Castlevania script is written by Paul W.S. Anderson. According to Variety, “the drama begins as a Transylvanian knight leads his men into a gothic castle to seek refuge from the Turkish army. The knights soon discover the castle is controlled by the original vampire.”
White claims that he played the Castlevania video game series in the early 1990’s, but was really attracted to the project because of the chance to make a vampire film. Great, another video game adaptation which will be turned into another generic genre film. And if that doesn’t worry you, White says the film will be “a dark, epic period movie that almost has an anime feel to it.”
Principal photography will begin late Fall in South Africa and Romania, with a tentative release set for late 2008.