Every couple months there seems to be an incremental update on the feature film version of 24. Most of these updates amount to saying that the project isn’t dead yet, but that it isn’t really moving full steam ahead, either.
Now Mark Bomback (Unstoppable, Live Free or Die Hard, Total Recall) is about to turn in a new draft that would put Kiefer Sutherland back in the Jack Bauer role, and Deadline says that Fox has a director shortlist with about five names. Yeah, there’s always a director shortlist when a project is at this stage, and even the most notable fact of this update, that Tony Scott is no longer attached and isn’t part of that shortlist, isn’t really a surprise given the fact that his attachment always seemed very loose at best. The site says Kiefer Sutherland is available starting in April 2012, and that’s when Fox wants to shoot the movie. Read More »
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Well, it’s not nearly as good as Peter Weir going back to Master and Commander, but at least someone at Fox is interested in making a nautical thriller. Kind of. Tony Scott has signed to work with Fox once again as producer and director on a drug-running sub thriller called — seriously, this part isn’t a joke — Narco Sub. The title would seem to refer to crafts — once only semi-submersible but now fully submersible — that South American drug cartels sometimes use to smuggle cocaine into the United States. Colombian drug runners seem particularly fond of the little craft, which are adept at evading radar and sonar.
The script is by new hot screenwriter David Guggenheim, and the project overall is described as being reminiscent of films like Man on Fire and Crimson Tide. Read More »
Posted on Saturday, October 15th, 2011 by Angie Han
Our last couple editions of TV Bits have been filled with mostly good news, but today’s is more of a downer, what with shows getting axed, a guy getting hurt, and, well, do you consider a Fred Durst sitcom bad news? At least AMC has some nice things to offer, including a new trailer for Hell on Wheels and some intriguing dramas in the works.
After the jump:
- Charlie’s Angels and Memphis Beat get cancelled
- Olivia Wilde leaves House
- Transporter star Chris Vance gets injured
- Fred Durst signs a deal with CBS
- Hell on Wheels gets a new trailer
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Briefly: Paramount is in the first stages of converting Tony Scott‘s iconic 1986 film Top Gun to 3D. Four minutes have been converted so far — mostly featuring one of the film’s big aerial combat sequences — and screened today at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam. The company behind the conversion, Legend3D, is pushing its tech in the hopes that more catalog titles will be converted.
Legend3D CEO Rob Hummel said, “As I understand it, they are planning to release [Top Gun] in 3D in early 2012, though I known they want to get Tony Scott’s approval before they go forward.” Paramount has been slowly playing with ways of milking continued interest in Top Gun, whether that interest is genuine or ironic. The studio held anniversary screenings of the film earlier this year, and there is still the possibility of a sequel that could also be made with the input, possibly even the direction, of Tony Scott. [THR]
Let’s get the good news out of the way first. It’s a big announcement day for the Scott brothers, with the more frenetic Tony Scott‘s publicists dropping word that he’s still working to make Hell’s Angels. Specifically, he wants Jeff Bridges to play iconic Hell’s Angels leader Sonny Barger. That’s great casting. I’m not going to say what I think about Sonny Barger here, because the last time I did that I heard from his attorney. Suffice to say that he’s led a colorful, controversial life and — even directed by Tony Scott — Jeff Bridges would be fantastic as Barger on-screen.
That might take some time to get underway, however, if it happens at all. See, not long ago, everyone suddenly remembered that Jeff Bridges is great, and his dance card is pretty full at the moment. So while Tony Scott waits for Hell’s Angels to come together he’s proving that old adage about idle hands doing the devil’s work. Specifically, he’s in talks to remake The Wild Bunch. Seriously? Seriously. Read More »
Whether it be Johnny Depp, Matthew Modine or Walter Matthau, we’ve become accustomed to seeing pirates on the big screen. However, hot off the financial success of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, it seems as if those peg-legged, eye-patched, parrot-shouldered scoundrels could be soon making it to the small screen too. Fox is in negotiations for the rights to a mini-series tentatively called Pyrates, created by Barry Schindel (Law and Order, Numbers) with 24 director Stephen Hopkins attached to do an episode. The show is conceived as a 10-13 episode mini-series with Ridley and Tony Scott‘s Scott Free Productions set to produce. Read about the plot, when it could air and more after the break. Read More »
Last summer, people from around the world filmed themselves going through their daily lives and put the videos on YouTube. Director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play) and producers Tony and Ridley Scott then went ahead and made a movie out of those videos, editing them together to show a snap shot of the world on one single day. In doing so they’ve created a film that needs to be seen to be believed.
Life In A Day had its world premiere live on YouTube and at the Sundance Film Festival becoming one of my favorite movies there. And though its difficult to put into words the incredible variety of people, emotions, experiences, visuals and more that are portrayed, this trailer does the trick. Check it out after the break. Read More »
Twenty-five years ago, I have the distinct memory of opening my local newspaper, turning to the movie page, and pointing to the words “Top Gun.” Even at six years old, the power of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer was hard to deny and my grandfather took me to see Maverick, Goose, Iceman, Slider and the rest in the soon-to-be-classic fighter pilot action film. Since then, I – like some of us – have probably seen the movie 100 times. It’s now at a point where certain line deliveries or off camera dialogue really make me laugh and Quentin Tarantino’s dissection of the film as a homosexual metaphor has crystallized. Basically, Top Gun has become a hilariously awesome microcosm of cold war blockbuster filmmaking with some really weird subtext.
Even so, until last night I hadn’t seen the film on the big screen since that first screening 25 years ago. I must say, seeing Tony Scott‘s film projected on the big screen was fantastic. Watching the stunt work, camera moves and editing of the flight sequences on such a grand scale was radically different from watching the movie on TNT. Top Gun was, and always will be, meant to be seen on the big screen.
Now, everyone has a chance to share that experience and wallow in nostalgia. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, AMC is hosting two screening of the Tom Cruise classic on April 30 and May 2. Find out where and more info after the break. Read More »
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