Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
After trying and failing to get The Man From U.N.C.L.E. off the ground with Steven Soderbergh, the Warner Bros. project seemed to get a new lease on life when Guy Ritchie signed on and then got Tom Cruise and Armie Hammer to star. But once again, the long-gestating picture has hit a speed bump.
Cruise has now dropped out of the role of Napoleon Solo, months after he began circling. At least Hammer remains attached for now. Hit the jump to get the details on Cruise’s exit.
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Briefly: We don’t know what Mission: Impossible 5 will be about, but we know who will write: Drew Pearce, who scripted Iron Man 3 with director Shane Black, has been hired to write the film. Tom Cruise returns to star, and the sequel will reportedly shoot in the fall of this year, after Cruise finishes The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Will Pearce again work with a director who is also known as a screenwriter? Christopher McQuarrie, who directed Cruise in Jack Reacher, has been linked to the film. And while he hasn’t signed on, THR reports that he is “in discussions” to direct M:I 5, even as he has already been set to direct a remake of Ice Station Zebra.
Pearce also did some work on the Pacific Rim script, and is writing another film that he’ll direct as well; details on that are thin right now.
Briefly: Mission: Impossible 5 is a go. Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions just signed star Tom Cruise to return for the fifth film in the blockbuster franchise, confirming rumblings that began after 2011′s Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol was a massive hit. The studio has yet to officially announce a writer or director but all signs point to Christopher McQuarrie, who last directed Cruise in Jack Reacher. (Which comes out on DVD and Blu this week.) More on the project as information becomes available. [Deadline]
Briefly: Armie Hammer worked with one of the world’s biggest movie stars in The Lone Ranger, and now he’s set to partner up with another in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., for which James Bond creator Ian Fleming contributed early concepts. Hammer has been added to the cast of Guy Ritchie‘s new version of the espionage-focused TV series that ran in the mid-’60s. Read More »
The Matrix. 2001: A Space Odyssey. Independence Day. Star Wars. Wall-E. If you know and like those movies (and at least one more we won’t mention to avoid spoiling anything) you’re going to find Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion incredibly familiar. The filmmaker’s second film directly references and was indirectly influenced by a plethora of classic films, giving his “original” story a not-so-original feel. It’s almost as if Kosinski’s love of sci-fi was so big, he simply had to stuff it all into one big movie.
Yet even with those influences bursting from its seams, Oblivion is a delight. It is a gorgeous, exciting and satisfying film filled with beautiful visuals, eye-popping action and confident storytelling.
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Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
Tom Cruise has jumped from genre to genre over the course of his decades-long career, but lately the one he seems most invested in is sci-fi. This weekend’s Oblivion marks his first sci-fi flick since 2005′s The War of the Worlds, but he’s got several lined up beyond that including Doug Liman’s All You Need Is Kill and the time travel flick Our Name Is Adam.
And now, on top of all that, he’s now poised to continue that streak with Warner Bros.’ Yukikaze, in which he’ll play a futuristic soldier engaged in an interdimensional war against aliens. Hit the jump to keep reading.
[Update: Watch the first episode of the Yukikaze anime adaptation after the jump.]
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Universal is releasing a steady flow of featurettes about the making of the Tom Cruise film Oblivion, many of which focus on the unique aspects of crafting a future version of Earth. For the new one, as with some of the other behind the scenes looks at the film, there’s a focus here on the degree to which the film avoided using CG to create the landscapes and scenery that we see in many scenes.
Last week we saw a featurette for Oblivion that followed the crew of Joseph Kosinski‘s film during the first day of shooting in Iceland. This week there’s another that catches up with the production after it has been in the country for a while, and which really focuses on the logistics of shooting in a remote locale. Vague shades of the crafting of Middle-Earth here. Not that Peter Jackson was by any means the first director to take a crew off the grid, but he has set the tone of late as far as documenting the process. Kosinki’s crew seems to be doing good work, however, even with a far more constrained cast. Read More »
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The first track released from the Oblivion score, crafted by Anthony Gonzalez of M83 and Joseph Trapanese, was a big layered cake of swelling synth sounds powered by a slow but rising drum beat. The new track is the title tune, which will likely play over the end credits. Like that first track, it features Norwegian singer Susanne Sundfør, and is a more upbeat track right off the bat.
This one doesn’t do as much for me, as has the tenor of a lot of end credit songs that are tailored to be broadly appealing. Your mileage may vary, however, so have a listen below — it’ll send a lot of people dancing out of the theater, at the very least, and Sundfør’s voice is quite pretty.
Along with that tune, we’ve a new featurette, on the film’s Sky Towers. (We’ve also embedded one on the Bubble Ship that we hadn’t highlighted before, just to give you more from Joseph Kosinski‘s new film.) Read More »