Well…this is bound to be controversial, to say the least. Since musician biopics continue to be all the rage, there’s now a Michel Jackson biopic in the works from Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King. While a biopic of Jackson isn’t a bad idea on its own, this one comes with a pretty major caveat: it has the approval of Jackson’s estate.
That means two things: one is that the movie will be able to use Jackson’s songs. The other is that you can all but guarantee the film will sidestep the many controversies surrounding the late King of Pop’s life and career.
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No, Sandra Bullock won’t be starring in a remake of Clint Eastwood’s 1992 Oscar-winning revisionist western.
But the Ocean’s 8 star will be headlining an Unforgiven of her own, this one a remake of the British miniseries of the same name. Bullock is set to lead the film version, which will be written by The Usual Suspects and Mission: Impossible – Fallout scribe Christopher McQuarrie, and she’ll play “a woman released from prison on license after serving 15 years for the murder of two policemen.” Learn more below. Read More »
It’s probably a pretty good day for Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld. Mega producer Graham King and Fundamental Films have partnered up and locked up the rights to the writer’s Extreme Universe, for an estimated price in the seven-figure range. King is teaming up with screenwriter and producer Akiva Goldsman to attempt to turn the Extreme Universe into a franchise.
Below, learn more about possible Extreme Universe movies.
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Producer Graham King (Allied) has said before the Tomb Raider reboot will show how Lara Croft became such an adventurous, globe-trotting archaeologist. Academy Award-winner Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) is set to play the British video game character in director Roar Uthaug‘s (The Wave) film, which King recently described as a “back to the roots story.” He also divulged details of Croft’s first adventure.
Below, get some Tomb Raider story details.
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The Dan Simmons novel Hyperion, along with its companion/second-half novel The Fall of Hyperion, is one of the great modern works of science fiction. With a story of seven characters on a pilgrimage to enter a time-warped tomb, the story adopts the structure of the Canterbury Tales to weave together disparate genres, the influence of poetry by John Keats, and far-flung science fiction concepts.
Bradley Cooper has wanted to adapt Hyperion for many years; some time ago he even lobbied to get the gig writing the script. Now he, along with Graham King and Todd Phillips, is producing a Hyperion TV series for Syfy. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
Of the nine movies currently up for Best Picture, Martin Scorsese‘s Hugo is my personal favorite. There’s so much I love about the film, from its eye-popping visuals and impeccable use of 3D to its inspiring tale and lovable performances. I’m not the only one that feels that way, of course — Hugo‘s been a popular pick on many critics’ lists and awards ballots. And now, as Academy voters mull over their final decisions, Paramount is eager to remind everyone of Hugo‘s many wonderful qualities.
The studio has released a six-minute featurette titled “The Magic of Hugo,” which goes behind the scenes to look at the hows and whys of making the picture. Scorsese, editor Thelma Schoonmaker, production designer Dante Ferretti, producer Graham King, visual effects supervisor Robert Legato, composer Howard Shore, and stars Ben Kingsley and Sacha Baron Cohen all appear to discuss their work on the project, and to talk about what made the film so special. Watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, January 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
Since breaking out in 2007’s Superbad, Emma Stone has become one of the fastest-rising starlets in Hollywood. She held her own against acting heavyweights Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer in last summer’s The Help, has a splashy superhero pic lined up in The Amazing Spider-Man, and will star as the female lead in her Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad. But she’s been taking her time deciding on her next steps, with only next year’s animated comedy The Croods scheduled beyond that.
That is, until now. Stone has just committed to star in and executive produce Little White Corvette, an action comedy from 30 Minutes or Less writer Michael Diliberti. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2011 by Angie Han
Reports of the death of creativity in Hollywood are probably somewhat exaggerated, but it can’t be denied that there are a lot of reboots, remakes, adaptations, sequels, prequels, etc. in the pipeline. After the jump, updates on three we’ve got our eye on:
- Jose Padilha describes his Robocop as being about “a man being turned into a product by a corporation”
- Tomb Raider producer Graham King confirms that he has a completed script, and explains how he took inspiration from Rise of the Planet of the Apes
- Dark Shadows star Helena Bonham Carter discusses what makes Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows such a tough sell
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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck earned worldwide fame and screenwriting Oscars thanks to the film Good Will Hunting. While each has developed his own career in the years since, the possibility of another collaboration between Affleck and Damon has always been a subject of inquiry. Now, only days after Damon announced his intent to direct his first film (an as-yet untitled legal drama he co-wrote with John Krasinski) and Affleck was said to be the chosen director for The Stand, we’ve got word that the two are going to re-team for a new Boston-set picture.
The subject of the film, which Affleck will direct, is recently captured gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger. Whitey Bulger was a prominent member of Boston’s notorious Winter Hill Gang (named for a Somerville, MA neighborhood) starting in the early ’70s, and took control of the gang in ’79. He fled Boston in the mid-’90s and was on the run until this past summer, when he was arrested in Santa Monica. Other producers are putting together their own Whitey Bulger films, so will Affleck and Damon be able to beat them to the screen? Read More »