Posted on Thursday, September 21st, 2017 by Ben Pearson
Earlier this month, we were treated to the first teaser for Spanish filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra‘s newest action thriller The Commuter, which reunites him with his frequent collaborator Liam Neeson (Non-Stop, Unknown, Run All Night). That trailer featured a small glimpse at the blend of goofiness and deadly seriousness with which Collet-Serra tends to approach genre movies like these, but a new international teaser has just come out, and this thing makes me want to inject the film directly into my veins as soon as possible.
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Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows, Non-Stop, Orphan) has signed on to direct Dwayne Johnson in Disney’s Jungle Cruise. Taking on the movie adaptation of Disneyland’s classic theme park ride means that Collet-Serra must withdraw himself from possible directing duties on Suicide Squad 2. Jaume was the top choice for the Warner Bros’ superhero sequel, and with his departure from the running, this now puts the DC team back to the drawing board. Learn more about where this leaves Warner Bros and find out more about the Jungle Cruise director below.
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After a lengthy search, executives at Warner Bros. and DC Films may have finally found their Suicide Squad 2 director. Deadline reports that Jaume Collet-Serra, the Spanish filmmaker behind movies like Orphan, The Shallows, and the Liam Neeson vehicles Unknown, Non-Stop, and Run All Night is now the frontrunner to helm the villain-centric comic book movie sequel.
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Jaume Collet-Serra, the Spanish filmmaker at the helm of movies like Orphan, Unknown, Non-Stop, and The Shallows, appears to have graduated from B-movie genre efforts to a potentially A-list prestige film. Annapurna Pictures has hired him to direct Waco, a movie about the 1993 Texas conflict that raged between the FBI and a right-wing cult group and resulted in a body count of more than 75 people.
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With The Shallows, director Jaume Collet-Serra may have taken on his biggest challenge yet as a filmmaker. The director of Orphan, Non-Stop, and Run All Night made a film primarily set on the water, featuring an entirely CG antagonist, a great white shark, and a co-star that’s a seagull, whom Blake Lively‘s character names Steven Seagull. All these factors added up to a production that, Collet-Serra admits, wasn’t easy.
Collet-Serra typically relies more on practical effects, so The Shallows was a more CG-heavy experience than he was probably used to. The director was kind enough to take the time to discuss the experience of making The Shallows with us, and why the CG shark proved to be “the fear that lasts a year.”
Below, read our Jaume Collet-Serra interview.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 by Angie Han
Sony has released one last trailer for Blake Lively‘s summer shark movie The Shallows, and it may just be the best one yet. Instead of B-movie gore or schmaltzy backstory, it offers a stern lecture about self-reliance, all set to gorgeous, sun-dappled scenes of Nancy (Lively) preparing to get into the water. “Yes sir, it’s hard work to become self reliant,” a voice says firmly. But, he continues, “If you’re not self-reliant, you’l never do any more than just get by.”
It’s a weird choice that pays off, setting an intriguingly off-kilter tone for everything we see onscreen. Hopefully Nancy can hear the same narration we can, because she’s going to need all the self-reliance she can muster to survive the imminent shark attack. Watch the latest The Shallows trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
When it comes to underwater adventures this June, you’ve got two choices. You can cuddle up to the friendly fish of Pixar’s Finding Dory, and go home thinking about how enchanting the world under the sea is… or you can scare the crap out of yourself with The Shallows. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, the latter stars Blake Lively as a surfer who finds herself stranded off the coast of a secluded cove when a great white shark decides she’d make for a tasty snack. Watch The Shallows trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
You’d think the combined horrors of The Finest Hours and In the Heart of the Sea should be enough to discourage anyone from setting out on any body of water larger than a swimming pool, ever, but based on the box office receipts for both movies not a whole lot of people actually saw them. So just in case you’re still thinking a trip out to sea might be a nice way to spend an afternoon, here comes Jaume Collet-Serra‘s The Shallows to disabuse you of that notion.
Blake Lively plays a surfer who heads out to catch some waves on a quiet beach. Few people are around, but there is a shark hanging out nearby, and it’s decided Blake Lively is what it wants to have for lunch. After the creature attacks her, she’s left stranded 200 yards from shore. Watch The Shallows trailer after the jump. Read More »
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If you thought the latest film in the Taken series would be the end of Liam Neeson‘s run as an action star, you thought wrong. Here comes Run All Night, which casts Neeson as a mob hitman who must protect his son from the violent attentions of a gangster after the young guy witnesses the wrong act. This one re-teams Neeson with his Non-Stop and Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra, and also features Joel Kinnaman, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ed Harris, Bruce McGill, Genesis Rodriguez, Boyd Holbrook, Holt McCallany, and Common. Check out the Run All Night trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
Warner Bros.’ live-action adaptation of Akira has gone through so many rough patches at this point that it’s a struggle for us to even remember at any given time whether it’s on again, or off. But Jaume Collet-Serra hasn’t lost track, because he’s still planning to direct. In fact, it’ll “hopefully” be his next project.
Whether that’s good news or bad news for fans of the source material is another question. While Collet-Serra says he wants to be “respectful,” he’s not interested in being overly faithful. For one thing, he hopes to “bring strong characters” into the film because he doesn’t find any of the characters from the original to be interesting. Read his comments after the jump.
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