Geoffrey Rush

After spending much of the past decade with Jack Sparrow on the high seas, Geoffrey Rush is headed to warmer, drier climates in Gods of Egypt. The Oscar-winning actor will join Gerard Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in the Alex Proyas-directed fantasy, which follows a mortal who gets caught up in a dispute between deities. Hit the jump to find out whom they’ll be playing.

Read More »

Briefly: Author Daniel H. Wilson is in a great position: his early books such as How to Survive a Robot Uprising, and How to Build a Robot Army, lead to the novel Robopocalpyse, which was immediately developed as a directorial effort for Steven Spielberg. (It’s Spielberg’s next film, following Lincoln.)

Now Wilson has another novel winding through development: the thriller Amped is part of a deal with Working Title Films. The company is picking up the project formerly housed at Summit, which originally optioned the novel before its publication. Working title has set Alex Proyas (Dark CityI, Robot; the canned Paradise Lost) to direct.

THR doesn’t have any info on the screenwriter for this project. The book is based around conflict between biologically “normal” humans and nanotech-enhanced people. In the near-future world, “technologically enhanced humans are governed by a strict set of conduct laws. Twenty-nine-year-old Owen Gray, a high school teacher at Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, joins the ranks of a persecuted underclass that is planning to change, or destroy, the world.”

The last Alex Proyas film, Paradise Lost, came apart at the seams before it really got moving, thanks to budget issues that made the production unfeasible in the eyes of the Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. beancounters, and technological hurdles that got in the way of realizing the film’s ambitious sci-fi vision of battles in Heaven.

But Proyas now has another film project coming together, and it is one that also lives in the realm of the fantastic. The property is Joe Golem And The Drowning City, a graphic novel by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, and Christopher Golden.

The graphic novel follows “an orphaned teenage girl, an aging magician, a lunatic scientist, a Victorian occult detective, and the stalwart sidekick, Joe Golem—a man whose strange dreams hint of a history he has forgotten–as they struggle for the fate of an alternate 1970s lower Manhattan.” So that sounds pretty alright. Read More »

Alex Proyas to Direct ‘Gods of Egypt’

Paradise Lost may have turned out to be a bust, but director Alex Proyas seems to have no shortage of new projects to move on to. Last month, he announced that he was getting the pieces together to shoot The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag, an adaptation of the novella by Robert A. Heinlein, and now he’s on the verge of adding Summit’s fantasy epic Gods of Egypt to his slate as well. More details after the jump.

Read More »

In the three years since his last directorial effort Knowing, director Alex Proyas has seen not one but two of his potential follow-ups killed for budgetary reasons. Legendary Pictures scrapped his epic Paradise Lost in February, and though Universal revived Dracula: Year Zero in the same month, it was a new incarnation of the project without Proyas or would-be star Sam Worthington attached. Here’s hoping Proyas has some better luck with his latest next move, an adaptation of Robert Heinlein‘s novella The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag. More after the jump.

Read More »

Briefly: There’s not much info at this point, but both Variety and Deadline are reporting that Legendary Pictures has scrapped the Alex Proyas film Paradise Lost. Read More »

Several studios have been actively trimming and shedding projects over the past year. Universal cut loose a handful of board game movies (Ouija, Monopoly, etc.) and scrapped Guillermo del Toro’s At the Mountains of Madness, while Warner Bros. has paused or scrapped films like Akira, Arthur & Lancelot and Paradise Lost.

That last one is to be directed by Alex Proyas as a big-budget re-imagining of the war in heaven that follows the fall of Lucifer, as told in Milton‘s epic poem Paradise Lost. We know that the plan for the film involves a relatively short live-action shoot in Australia, which will then be followed by a year of intense post-production in which the film’s big aerial battle sequences will be brought to life. Bradley Cooper is on board to play Lucifer.

In December Legendary Entertainment pulled back plans to shoot the film early this year, as the budget was pushing north of $120m. The idea was to rework the script a bit so that the cost could be brought back down to earth. Now Bradley Cooper suggests that process was successful, as he thinks the film could shoot by this summer. Read More »

If you’ve been following the development of Paradise Lost, which Alex Proyas was planning to direct early next year with Bradley Cooper starring as Lucifer, and which is said to feature a few massive battles between armored airborne angels, you might have thought, “gee, that sounds really expensive.”

Turns out Disney isn’t the only company willing to put a film on hold when the budget threatens to get out of hand, as Legendary Entertainment has just benched Paradise Lost while some script changes are made that will help bring the budget down a bit. And in the meantime, hopefully Bradley Cooper can move forward with his stated intent to script a film version of Dan SimmonsHyperion novels. Read More »

The latest addition to Alex Proyas‘ adaptation of Milton‘s canonical poem Paradise Lost is Casey Affleck, who is in talks to play the God’s messenger, the angel Gabriel, in the film. Along with him comes Camilla Belle (10,000 B.C.), who is reportedly the top choice to play Eve. Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

It’s the ‘supporting actors in big movies’ Casting Bits, with a confirmation of a report that surfaced last week, and two nice additions to big projects at Legendary Pictures. After the break, you’ll find:

  • Jonah Hill is confirmed for the action comedy Neighborhood Watch,
  • Rufus Sewell joins Paradise Lost,
  • and Clifton Collins, Jr. fights monsters in Pacific Rim.

Read More »