Back in December, Mark Millar was talking up his new comic series, Nemesis, created with artist Steven McNiven. The concept is simple: what if a Bruce Wayne type became The Joker instead of Batman? Almost immediately there was discussion about a possible film. Some of that was discounted, because Millar talks up possible films rather often. He floated Guy Ritchie and Sam Raimi as possible Nemesis directors, for instance. But this one is moving forward, and possibly fast.

Furthermore, as if Tony Scott didn’t have enough projects on the fire (we just mentioned him being in talks to direct The Associate, and he’s got several other things going) the director is now attached to direct Nemesis. Read More »

Movie Trailer: Tony Scott’s Unstoppable

/Film reader Eddie R has sent us a link to the previously unreleased movie trailer for Tony Scott‘s upcoming action drama Unstoppable. I’ve been wondering with 20th Century Fox would start promoting this film as it is scheduled to hit theaters in just three months, and no publicity materials had yet been released (not a poster or even a photo). The trailer makes the film look pretty intense, although I’ve heard that it is more of a drama than a thriller.

The film stars Chris Pine, Denzel Washington, and Rosario Dawson in a story scripted by Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard, Deception, Race to Witch Mountain) loosely inspired by true events. The film tells the story of  an experienced engineer (Washington) who finds himself teaming up with a young conductor (Pine) in a race against time, with a runaway train carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals. The duo chase the runaway train in a separate locomotive and need to bring it under control before it derails on a curve and causes a toxic spill that could decimate a town.

Watch the movie trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Tony Scott, according to their sources, is “just a step away from” directing the big screen adaption of John Grisham‘s bestselling legal thriller The Associate. You might recall that Shia LaBeouf is attached to star, Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, GI Joe) is producing, and The Departed screenwriter William Monahan penned the script.

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Warning, rumor ahead: The Playlist is reporting that Fox has narrowed down the director of Wolverine 2 to  Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) and Tony Scott (Man on Fire, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3), according to a reliable source.

In March, we reported that Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie) turned in a script for the film, and that it’s tentatively scheduled to shoot in January 2011. Rumors say that production date may be pushed back, writes the Playlist. If Scott takes the film, it won’t shoot until some time later in 2011 given his commitment to Postdamer Plaz in January. If the studio wants to make the January 2011 schedule, Matt Reeves becomes a much stronger possibility.

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Tron Legacy hasn’t even been completed yet, but that’s not stopping up-and-coming director Joseph Kosinski from setting in place several new projects to keep him busy when he’s done. In addition to his already announced remake of The Black Hole and Oblivion, an adaptation of his graphic novel, he now has Archangels in the works, which is described as “a Bourne-style thriller crossed with alien elements”. Learn more after the break. Read More »

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For the past few months, Tony Scott has been gathering the cast for his next movie, Potsdamer Platz. (Which likely won’t be the film’s release title.) We’ve known that Mickey Rourke would appear in the film, and last time we heard anything about it the potential names new were Javier Bardem and Jason Statham.

At this point we don’t know the status of Statham’s involvement, but Bardem is seemingly now confirmed. And new hires include Christopher Walken and French musician Johnny Hallyday. Read More »


Suddenly, space sells. Two stories today have it that Fox is launching back into the outer reaches of space, thanks to the success of Avatar. In addition to developing the sequel to James Cameron’s massively successful film, Fox 2000 is the lead contender to buy a spec called Ion, with Channing Tatum attached to star. Meanwhile, Fox-based producer John Davis has optioned Ray Bradbury‘s classic story collection The Martian Chronicles. Read More »


Now there are two 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea films. Just over the weekend we heard that Disney has been quietly re-developing the film version that was sunk last year. Instead of McG directing, this one may have David Fincher at the helm.

Here’s where it gets complicated. Fox also has an adaptation of Jules Verne‘s classic story in the works, and has Ridley and Tony Scott developing the film through their company, Scott Free. Read More »


We’ve got a story that sounds pretty crazy on the surface, but the source is interesting. The Financial Times is reporting that Ridley and Tony Scott are interested in “steering MGM back to solvency after submitting a restructuring plan” to the studio’s lenders.

MGM, remember, has been in dire straights for months. A $3.7b (that’s billion) debt burden has put the company on the auction block, though recent bids have left creditors trying to come up with a plan to inject new capitol and effectively create a new company with reduced, and manageable, debt. A new management team would be required, and if this report is accurate the Scott brothers are interested in being part of that team. Whether they would provide part of that new capitol is unclear, as is where their company Scott Free would come into play, if at all. You’d think they’d want to keep Scott Free separate.

(There’s a certain precedent for filmmakers like the Scotts going into management, as the partially artist-controlled United Artists has a long history with MGM. The most recent version of UA, kickstarted by Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, was part of MGM.) [via Deadline]

After the break, news on Disney’s sale of Miramax. Read More »


Tony Scott has many, many projects on his plate. Almost a year ago we ran down many of them: his Hells Angels picture, Potsdamer Platz, an LA-set remake of The Warriors, Emma’s War and Unstoppable, for starters. Unstoppable is in post-production now, with a release scheduled for November, so it’s time for Scott to sort out his next project. Now it seems that Potsdamer Platz will be that next film. Read More »