Though film fans are well-versed in Chan-wook Park’s 2003 film Oldboy, most audiences have no idea what the film is. To 90% of people who go to the movies, it’s nothing more than an ultra-violent, ten-year-old foreign language film with subtitles, if they even know that much about it. At least, that’s what Filmdistrict is thinking will be the case when Spike Lee‘s remake of Oldboy opens November 22. They’re hoping audiences will be as surprised and entertained as we were the first time we saw the original.
Still, everyone involved is well aware film fans can be vocal when reacting to remakes, and no one is a bigger champion of the original than screenwriter Mark Protosevich. The writer of the original Thor and I Am Legend considers himself a massive fan of the original film. And when he first heard about the remake, he was hesitant. Then Will Smith approached him about writing it for director Steven Spielberg. What fan would say “No” to that?
Below, read about Protosevich’s dealings with those two superstars and his justifications for remaking one of the biggest cult classics of all time. Read More »
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Movies set at sea seem to be a new big thing, and now Will Smith is going to sail New York City across the Atlantic Ocean. He’ll star in The City That Sailed for Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy.
The film is one that Smith was considering a few years ago, before he committed to Men in Black III. And this isn’t the first time that Smith and Levy have been connected through a project — the director was going to helm the Fantastic Voyage remake for Fox in 2011, and wanted Smith to star in that. The deal never went through, however.
But Smith’s company Overbrook Entertainment is actively developing The City That Sailed again, and Smith has committed to star.
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As the world waits to find out if Will Smith will appear in Independence Day sequels or not, the actor is now attached to another sci-fi concept. It’s called Selling Time, and it follows a man who is given the opportunity to relive the worst day of life in exchange for seven years of his life. The script was written by Dan McDermott, but several others – including Spike Lee – have taken a pass since. No director is attached, but reportedly several A-listers are now interested in the 20th Century Fox property. Read More »
Given the choice between making a movie with Will Smith and making one without him, a major studio will almost always choose Smith. That’s especially the case for a film with a major budget, and if the film in question is one which is a sequel to another Smith film, then it really isn’t even a question any longer.
But what if Smith is unwilling to commit?
Roland Emmerich has been developing a couple of Independence Day sequels, possibly called ID Forever parts I and II, for a little while now, but the real go-ahead point will come when Smith definitively commits, or turns town the project. To be ready for that moment, there are actually two written scripts right now — one has a role for Smith, the other does not. Which one will be shot? Read More »
We don’t really cover “movie star” stuff on /Film as it slides closer to the stuff you’d read in gossip magazines and websites, but I thought this video was really fascinating (especially since this trailer is a big part of the movie making process on Smith’s films). Big movie stars sometimes demand big contractual comforts — and when Will Smith is working on a movie, he has a mobile home away from home set-up on the lot (or on location).
Nicknamed “The Heat”, this two-story luxury motor home mansion, created by Anderson Mobile Estates, features a full kitchen, master bedroom, several recreation rooms, a screening room with a 100-inch screen, a conference room capable of fitting 30-people, a lounge with a bar, bathrooms, showers, featuring luxury accents throughout. He can watch dailies in the theater, hold meetings in the conference room, mobile offices for Smith’s assistant and personal writing staff., and the living room transforms into space where Smith can privately have his makeup and wardrobe done The whole thing expands to 1,150 square feet, 53 feet in length, has 22 wheels, weighs in at around 30 tons, and cost $2.5 Million to own (rent is supposedly $9,000 a week). Watch a video tour of the biggest movie star on-set trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, September 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
While Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are all set to return for the Independence Day sequel, director Roland Emmerich told press earlier this summer that Will Smith likely wouldn’t come back, because he was just too expensive and too famous. But that was before After Earth proved a critically reviled flop, and now it seems Smith may be a little more open to the idea of a return.
In a recent interview, Emmerich revealed that he has a meeting set up with Smith to discuss the project. “Anything can happen,” he said of Smith’s status regarding the project. Hit the jump to read the rest of his comment, and to get a possible update on the release date.
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Briefly: The movie Focus once had Ben Affleck attached as the lead, but it became a Will Smith movie earlier this year. And now Rodrigo Santoro, who’ll once again play Xerxes in 300: Rise of an Empire, has been set to play “the powerful owner of a Formula One race team” who is also the antagonist to Smith’s character. The heist movie will be directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love). Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Bill Pullman, and even the outer space aliens are returning for the long-awaited sequel to Independence Day, but one prominent figure that won’t be back is Will Smith. After years of whispers that Smith was asking for too much money to come back, Emmerich has confirmed that that is indeed the case.
That’s not the only reason Smith isn’t reprising his role, however. According to Emmerich, he doesn’t really want Smith back anyway because the actor is too famous. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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Sony is developing a fourth Men in Black film, but it may not be able to rely upon Will Smith to play the charming lead. While Smith led audiences into the world of a secret government bureau incorporated to police galactic aliens on Earth, and acted as the franchise center for three films, he’s not so sure about continuing on.
Oren Uziel (The Kitchen Sink) was recently signed to rewrite 21 Jump Street 2, and to script Men in Black 4. But without Smith, who has helped power international interest in the series, is there any point to pushing the series forward? Conversely, once returns from After Earth are fully tallied, could Smith revise his lack of interest in a fourth MIB? Read More »