Walking out of Ruben Fleischer‘s Gangster Squad, a friend asked “was that supposed to be serious?” I thought about it, and didn’t have an answer. On one hand, of course it is. It’s a big budget studio film, chock full of huge names inspired by an incredible true story. But you’ve seen the trailers. They intercut period action with modern hip hop as if to say, “This film looks serious, but it’s light and fun too.” Unfortunately, that’s not the case with the movie itself.
Gangster Squad rarely mirrors the fun of those trailers. The film adequately tells its story, complete with the intricacies of a decadent era, giving the illusion of a classic crime drama. But that drama is mixed with slow-motion bullets, sped-up fight sequences and so many one liners you’ll think you’re reading “Tough Guys For Dummies.” All of which would be fine if everything around it wasn’t so polished. Is Gangster Squad supposed to be serious? Probably not, but because it never commits either way, we’re left with nothing an awkward, mildly entertaining tale. Read More »
The problem with a superhero team-up movie is you need a believable reason to have such varied characters together on screen. Humans, aliens, gods, mortals, rich, poor, trained, enhanced, it’s almost as if every single superhero belongs in their own box. The way Marvel was able to make The Avengers mash-up believable was build it up with several hours of backstory, in the form of five movies. If the latest DC rumor is true, they’re going the opposite way and just adapting a huge story.
Will Beall has been writing a Justice League movie, possibly aimed at a 2015 release, that would bring together heroes that might include Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and Green Lantern. Jumping right into something that massive would take an equally massive storyline and now, we might know what that is. After the jump, read which comic book arc Beale is basing his Justice League story on. Read More »
Back in June, comic fans began salivating at the actual possibility of a Justice League movie. The idea of teaming DC superheroes had been rattling around Hollywood for years but after Marvel’s The Avengers started setting all kinds of box office records, Warner Bros. finally decided to get things in order. Screenwriter Will Beall was revealed to be working a new version of the DC superhero mega film. Since then, speculation, rumors and some legal red-tape have been the only real updates about Justice League, which may or may not tie into Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel.
Either way, the gang over at Latino Review now have what they believe is an actual piece of news about the story of the film. Not the film itself mind you. There’s still no green light, director, release date (though Summer of 2015 is being eyed) or actors attached (though plenty have ideas). This news is about the character that, if the film happens, could be strong enough, important enough and evil enough to force the likes of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash and others to team up against them.
After the jump, read who it is as well as the problems this may create for a potential DC Comics cinematic universe. Read More »
Another day, another huge superhero team up update. Variety reports Warner Bros. has approached actor/director Ben Affleck to direct their DC Comics superhero team up film, Justice League. He’s the first director to see Will Beall’s script and will discuss the option and possibilities of the project in the coming weeks. Read much more after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, June 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
The timing of yesterday’s Justice League news initially made it seem as though Warner Bros. was finally getting the ball rolling in reaction to Marvel Studios’ super-sized success with The Avengers, but in fact the project’s been brewing for quite a while. Although we only heard about Gangster Squad scribe Will Beall‘s hiring last night, he actually signed on about a year ago and has been working on the picture ever since.
While the script hasn’t been finalized just yet, it’s apparently far enough along that word about it has reached Mark Millar‘s ears. According to the comic book writer, who knows a guy who knows Beall, Warner Bros.’ new take on the superhero team will be “dark and mature,” with a “very real-world” feel. Read his comments after the jump.
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It’s almost comical to think that, five or six years ago, Warner Bros. and DC were thinking of making a cheap-ish Justice League film. Sure, it might have been directed by George “Mad Max” Miller, and was set to feature some good actors, such as a then-unknown Armie Hammer as Bruce Wayne and Batman. But it would have been an all-new continuity for the characters, with Hammer’s Batman being a take on the character parallel to Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale’s.
The writer’s strike in 2007 stalled the film, and changing tax breaks in Australia killed it. And despite comments to suggest that it would happen eventually, Justice League has been dormant ever since.
Or has it? The Avengers is so big — one of the biggest earners ever — that naturally Warner Bros. wants their own version. And so Justice League lives again, and Warner Bros. has set Gangster Squad screenwriter Will Beall to write a film that will bring together DC’s biggest heroes. Read More »
Briefly: Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer is just not messing around when it comes to the cast of his new film, Gangster Squad. The film, scripted by LA cop Will Beall and formerly reffered to as Tales From the Gangster Squad, is based on a series of articles in the LA Times that recounted efforts of a ’40s LAPD squad to curtail the influx of organized crime in Los Angeles.
Sean Penn (as Mickey Cohen), Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Michael Peña were already in the cast and now Anthony Mackie has joined, too. He’s been rumored for this one (and for World War Z), but now he’s locked Gangster Squad. He’ll play Rocky Washington, ex-cop and the first black lieutenant in the LAPD, who is ultimately recruited to work as part of the gangster squad. Just when conventional wisdom says that a major studio will never fund an adult-oriented film like this, we get a period piece, with this cast. Cross your fingers that it works better than Public Enemies… [Variety]
When the job of directing Tales From The Gangster Squad was being rejected by some very prominent names, it didn’t inspire much confidence in the material. That’s now totally changed. Last month, Warner Bros. reportedly had offers out to both Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling to star in the film and now they’re both currently in talks. Also in talks is Josh Brolin. He’d play a cop who, alongside Gosling, tries to bring down 1940s Los Angeles mob boss Mickey Cohen, Penn’s role. Based on a series of articles by Paul Lieberman, the film – which now is going by the shorter, simpler title Gangster Squad – was written by former Los Angeles police officer Will Beall and will be directed by Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less helmer Ruben Fleischer. Read more after the break. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 by Angie Han
It was reported a few weeks back that Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov was set to produce John Scott 3‘s teen zombie spec script Maggie, with title sequence designer Henry Hobson directing. Apparently, that’s not quite the case. Bekmambetov never actually closed the deal, and Maggie is now back on the market.
Several bidders were interested when the spec was originally auctioned off, and multiple parties are said to be circling the project already, so it’s likely that a new producer will be picking up Maggie shorty. With its $5 million budget and trendy zombie subject, it’s got to be looking pretty good to potential producers.
Maggie isn’t exactly your typical zombie film, though. The story revolves around a 16-year-old girl from middle America who becomes infected by a zombie. In this universe, however, it takes six weeks for a zombie victim to fully transform. The movie deals with Maggie’s relationship with her family as she undergoes this horrific process. Granted, some shorter version of this story takes place in just about any zombie movie, but the slight shift in focus means it could have quite a different feel from most of the other zombie fare out there. [Deadline]
After the jump, Paramount acquires L.A. Rex for distribution.
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When Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling became the new guys attached to direct and star in the remake/new adaptation of Logan’s Run we cheered. Given that Mr. Refn had been very clear about his intentions to do a big studio movie, he might have chosen well with this one. The original Logan’s Run is silly and dated, yes, but given that it is about people who flee from a decadent, youth-obsessed culture, there’s a lot of material in the story that makes it relevant today. If the script is in the right hands, that is.
The last draft of Logan’s Run was by Alex Garland, but we figured that the script would undergo some work before shooting. And now Will Beall, the screenwriter who wrote Tales From the Gangster Squad, which Warner Bros. is very high on right now, is in negotiations to script. Read More »