Posted on Monday, August 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
Over the past decade, Todd Phillips has built himself a comfortable niche as the director of lucrative R-rated comedies. While he came out of the gate with confrontational documentary Hated, his first non-documentary feature was Road Trip, followed by Old School, Starsky & Hutch, School for Scoundrels, Due Date, and the two Hangover films — three if you count next year’s installment. But it seems the filmmaker’s now eager to try something completely different.
Phillips has just entered talks to direct The Gambler, Paramount’s remake of the 1974 drama starring James Caan. He takes over for Martin Scorsese, who was once attached to helm with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 by Angie Han
No, it wasn’t just you — Men in Black 3, entertaining as it was, made no sense at all. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that starting the shoot without a completed sequel did not help. Also after the jump:
- Robert Rodriguez talks up Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
- G.I. Joe toys pulled from shelves after Retaliation shifts release date
- Nick Frost talks possible Snow White and the Huntsman sequels
- Don’t worry, Robert Pattinson has not been offered Catching Fire
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Catherine Hardwicke, who made the first Twilight film a few years back, and followed that with Red Riding Hood, is looking back towards the indie circuit. She’s about to make Plush, a thriller with Evan Rachel Wood, and as a potential follow-up she’s developing a gangster film set in ’60s London.
The new film is called Diamond, but it hasn’t been fully scripted yet; Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse are writing, and we probably won’t see cameras roll on this before 2013. Hardwicke began her career as a production designer, so I’d like to see how she approaches visualizing ’60s London for this one. [ScreenDaily]
After the break, The Departed screenwriter and London Boulevard director William Monahan sets up his next directing gig. Read More »
Joseph Kosinski is set to follow Tron Legacy with an original sci-fi idea that he hatched as a proof of concept graphic novel a couple years ago. The film is Oblivion (which has also been called Horizons, and said to be untitled as well) and was originally housed at Disney before the studio cut it loose. But the film ended up at Universal with Tom Cruise in the lead role, and now Morgan Freeman has joined the cast in an important role. Read More »
William Monahan, screenwriter of Kingdom of Heaven and Oscar-winning writer of The Departed, directed his first film back in 2009. London Boulevard opened quietly in the UK last year and is opening even more quietly in the States this fall.
The movie is an adaptation of a novel by Ken Bruen (who also wrote the books on which The Guard and Blitz were based) and stars Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley and Ray Winstone in a London-based gangster movie. Reviews haven’t been particularly good — hence the quiet opening — but the cast is top-notch and the material looks fun and difficult to resist despite the tepid reviews. Check out a new US trailer below and get a taste of the action. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, October 17th, 2011 by Angie Han
Reports of a possible sequel to Martin Scorsese‘s The Departed have been floating around pretty much since its release, but we haven’t heard any solid news about a follow-up in quite some time. In a recent interview, however, screenwriter William Monahan re-ignited the conversation by revealing his thoughts on a possible storyline for the sequel — though he was also careful to warn that he thinks it may never happen. Read more after the jump.
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Want to rewatch the best part of Green Lantern? What kind of reviews is Batman: Arkham City getting from game critics? Can the screenwriter of Sin City 2 give any updates about the movie? How does Attack the Block fit into New York Comic Con? Is there an update on real life superhero Phoenix Jones? Are you excited to see more features from the Captain America: The First Avenger Blu-ray? Read about all that and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Monday, August 29th, 2011 by Angie Han
The long-rumored sequel to Sin City sounds like it’s finally coming together, six years after the first film’s opening. The last time we checked on the film, titled Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For, director Robert Rodriguez said that he and his team were “just waiting for the script” to start shooting. Now they’ve brought in additional help to complete that final piece. William Monahan, the Oscar-winning writer of The Departed, has been hired to work on the script. Read more after the jump.
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The last big news late last week was that The Departed team of screenwriter William Monahan and director Martin Scorsese would remake the 1974 film The Gambler. James Caan starred in the original as a New York English professor who has a serious gambling addiction. Thing is, the film wasn’t just any old movie, at least for the screenwriter, James Toback. The script was a particularly autobiographical one, with Caan’s character being a thinly veiled version of Toback himself.
So when Toback learned of the remake the same way most people did — by reading about it on the internet — he was none too happy. (Especially as he is friends with multiple remake participants, including possible star Leonardo DiCaprio.) In his frustration, the writer/director penned a heartfelt letter that gives a rare insight into how the original creator of a film might feel about the remake process. Read More »