Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we’re giving up our freedoms online, watch the mother of all nuptial meltdowns, get inspired by an indie short that packs a real punch, try to make sense of a new Paul Walker vehicle, and watch Steve Coogan at his best.
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Wayne Kramer to Direct ‘Ecstasia’

Wayne Kramer is another director who has jumped from one project to another over the past year or so. In the wake of Crossing Over in 2009, he was once a possibility to make Kane & Lynch, but he passed on that project. He was possibly going to make a film about Pretty Boy Floyd, but that hasn’t gone anywhere yet. Then he was going to direct Sylvester Stallone in Headshot. But his vision for the film was more violent than Stallone wanted, and so he moved on from that, too.

Now he’s set to direct a futuristic drama called Ecstasia from his own script. Relativity Media just optioned the script, and this looks like it’ll be the next Wayne Kramer film. The movie sounds like it takes place in an almost dystopian alternate timeline where the only love between humans is created artificially. Read More »

Somehow, 2010-2011 is going to go down as a time period when finding a director for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies turned into a massive undertaking. David O. Russell was going to make the film, but he walked. Many others were considered, then Mike White was hired, then he left, too. Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, the upcoming Fright Night remake) has been said to be the top choice to be director #3, then for a minute it looked like PP&Z author Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg might co-direct. But now Deadline says Craig Gillespie is getting the job after all.

The basic project (zombies are inserted into the text of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice) doesn’t sound appealing at all, but I guess I can see why the idea of making a period drama with that weird horror overtone might be of interest to a director. It’s like a weird experiment; how do you take one thing and make it into something quite different, while only changing a few items? At this point, the whole arc of the project sounds like a weird experiment, though. Now we’ll have to watch how the casting process goes. I can only imagine that will take another few years.

After the break, Sylvester Stallone’s new movie needs a new director, but Meg Ryan probably won’t get the job because she’ll be busy making something else as her first film. Read More »

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 32 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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After flirting with films like Kane and Lynch, it looks like Wayne Kramer (Running Scared, The Cooler) finally has a new film locked down to follow up the rather disappointing Crossing Over. He’ll direct Sylvester Stallone in Headshot, a cop thriller that ranges from New York City to New Orleans. (Yep, Sly is going back to his recent Expendables stomping ground.) Read More »

Yes, you read that headline correctly. The most recent director for Kane & Lynch, Patrick Alessandrin (District 13: Ultimatum) has walked.

This is only the latest directorial change for the video game adaptation that is to star Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx. Previous possible directors included Wayne Kramer and F. Gary Gray, and those men are both being sought as possible replacements for Alessandrin, along with Antoine Fuqua. Read More »

The /Filmcast Ep. 106 – Knight and Day

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This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss the brilliance of Wayne Kramer, forecast a potentially bleak future for both Futurama and Party Down, shower some appreciation on the under-appreciated War of the Worlds, and get excited about Michel Gondry’s Green Hornet. Russ Fischer joins us for this episode.

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Wayne Kramer to Direct ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’

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Charles Arthur ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd hasn’t been portrayed in as many movies as some of the most famous real-life gangsters — he’s no Capone — but he’s certainly had his share of turns on the screen. Channing Tatum played him in Public Enemies; Martin Sheen played him on TV; Steve Kanaly played him in Dillinger. (That wasn’t him in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, though — Michael Badalucco played a version of Lester ‘Baby Face’ Nelson.)

Now Wayne Kramer (Running Scared) is looking to direct Pretty Boy Floyd, where the bank robber will get to take center stage for the first time in many years. Read More »

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