Regional crime boss James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger has a curiously strong hold on the imaginations of filmmakers. As one of the last of a largely bygone generation of gangsters, Bulger has become an inspiration for those looking to create screen villains — Jack Nicholson’s character in The Departed, for example, was based on Bulger. So was Pete Postlethwaite’s character in The Town.
The Boston-area criminal has captured the interest of Boston-area filmmakers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as well, and the two have planned a Bulger film for a couple years now. Looks like the will be beat to the punch, however, by Barry Levinson. The director is attached to Black Mass, a film based on Dick Lehr and Gerald O’Neill’s 2001 book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob.
Now Levinson has landed Johnny Depp — star of the Levinson-produced crime film Donnie Brasco — to play Bulger. That gives Black Mass serious momentum. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, December 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
Just as we’re enjoying the last of 2012′s cinematic offerings, the latest edition of the Black List has hit the web. The annual survey highlights the hottest unproduced screenplays of the year, as based on the votes of hundreds of executives.
The term “unproduced” is used rather vaguely here. Some of these scripts (like Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day and Wally Pfister‘s Transcendence) already have a director or star attached, while others are still floating around in search of the right studio or producer. The subjects and honorees range greatly as well. Nazi hunters, Hillary Clinton, the NFL, and time-traveling teens are among the subjects of this year’s winners, and the screenwriters run the gamut from industry newcomers to seasoned pros.
Hit the jump to read the full list.
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Wally Pfister has become famous as Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer, but he’s making the leap to director with a film called Transcendence. We’ve known little about the movie beyond the fact that Johnny Depp will play the lead — one of three scientists — and that the story has a sci-fi bent as one of the characters ”creates a computer that develops a malevolent awareness.”
Now we know that the script — in at least one recent draft — features “themes of singularity, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence.” There’s more — some really specific stuff about Depp’s role, in fact — but because the info could be construed as spoilerish, you’ll find it all below. Read More »
How big do you want your big sci-fi movies? Today IMAX and Warner Bros. announced the continuation of a partnership that will see twenty Warners films released in “the IMAX Experience” format over the next few years. Along with the deal comes some info on a few different upcoming films, including Gravity, Transcendence, and Jupiter Ascending.
Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity, in which Sandra Bullock plays a woman who has to survive a space bound trip to safety after an accident with her research craft, will be released in an unconverted IMAX format, for example. There’s still no release date for the film, however.
And Transcendence, the film from Christopher Nolan‘s cinematography Wally Pfister, will go IMAX as well, even though he’ll shoot the film in a standard film format. (No big native IMAX sequences in this one, early, unlike his last couple Batman movies with Nolan.) That doesn’t have a date, either.
Then there are a couple other odd details, such as the listing for the Wachowskis‘ Jupiter Ascending, which specifies that the film is in 3D. Doug LIman‘s All You Need is Kill will also be in 3D, as will the 300 sequel 300: Rise of An Empire.
The full IMAX Experience slate is as follows: Jack the Giant Slayer 3D (March 1, 2013); Man of Steel 3D (June 14, 2013); Pacific Rim 3D (July 12, 2013); 300: Rise of an Empire 3D (August 2, 2013); Gravity 3D: (TBD); Seventh Son 3D (October 18, 2013); The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3D(December 13, 2013); All You Need Is Kill 3D (March 7, 2014); Transcendence (TBD); Godzilla (5/16/14); Jupiter Ascending 3D (TBD); The Hobbit: There And Back Again 3D (July 18, 2014); Black Sky (TBD); Tarzan 3D (TBD); Fury Road 3D (TBD); Journey 3 3D (TBD)
Posted on Friday, October 26th, 2012 by Angie Han
As Christopher Nolan‘s longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister prepares his directorial debut, he’s looking to join forces with another Nolan favorite. Christian Bale is said to be on Pfister’s radar for Transcendence, potentially joining rumored stars Johnny Depp, Noomi Rapace, Christoph Waltz, and others. If those names actually pan out, Pfister could end up with a star-studded ensemble to rival any of Nolan’s. Read more after the jump.
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For a few months we’ve known that Wally Pfister, the cinematographer who has shot all of Christopher Nolan‘s major work from Memento on, would be making his directorial debut with a top-secret film. We’ve known that Nolan and Emma Thomas are producing, and Pfister said not long ago that “it’s a present-day science fiction film, a fairly big concept. It’s bigger budget — not as big as “Batman,” but not independent.”
Other than those tidbits we’ve known nothing, not even a title. Now we know the film is called Transcendence, and that Johhny Depp is in talks to star.
Edit: While the original news break called the film “Transendence,” as originally spelled here, it appears that was wrong, and the title uses the standard spelling Transcendence.
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