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 »

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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 »

As audiences wait to see what Martin Scorsese has done by moving outside his comfort zone and working with 3D in a family movie, the legendary director is already looking ahead to get back in his comfort zone with a gritty New York drama. He’s currently developing a remake of the 1974 film The Gambler with screenwriter William Monahan. The original film starred James Caan in a Golden Globe nominated performance as a New York English professor, beloved by his students, who wrestles with a serious gambling addition, continually going deeper and deeper into debt. Leonardo DiCaprio is attached to play the role in the remake. There’s more after the break. Read More »

William Monahan to Write and Direct ‘Becket’

William Monahan (The Departed) graduated from screenwriter to writer/director with London Boulevard, for which we just saw a UK trailer. Now he’s lined up a second directorial project: an adaptation of the Jean Anouilh play Becket. Read More »

Movie Trailer: ‘London Boulevard’

Screenwriter William Monahan made his directorial debut not long ago with London Boulevard. But despite being the first film from a big-name writer and featuring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley, the film didn’t show up at festivals and has generally had a rather low profile. And if this just-released trailer is any indication, that might be because the movie is a weird blend of tone and genre.

Pre-judge London Boulevard for yourself, after the break. Read More »

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kosinski oblivion

Deadline is reporting that Disney has hired William Monahan, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Departed, to adapt the graphic novel Oblivion for Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski. In addition to The Departed, Monahan has writer credits on Kingdom of Heaven, Body of Lies, Edge of Darkness and the upcoming London Boulevard, which he will make his directorial debut. The “illustrated novel” announced back in February was written by Kosinski with art by Andree Wallin. At Comic-Con, Radical Comics distributed a preview chapter from the upcoming graphic novel. You can see some art from the book after the jump.

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the associate writer

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Tony Scott, according to their sources, is “just a step away from” directing the big screen adaption of John Grisham‘s bestselling legal thriller The Associate. You might recall that Shia LaBeouf is attached to star, Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, GI Joe) is producing, and The Departed screenwriter William Monahan penned the script.

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LONDON BOULEVARD

Awards Daily has found the first official photo from William Monahan’s London Boulevard on ONTD. Monahan is the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Martin Scorsese’s The Departed and Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven. Boulevard is Monahan’s directorial debut.

Based on the novel by Ken Bruen, this London-based crime drama stars Colin Farrell as “a man newly released from prison who falls in love with a reclusive young movie star (played by Keira Knightley) and finds himself in a duel with a vicious gangster.”

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