The Secret History of Hollywood

I stumbled across Adam Roche‘s The Secret History of Hollywood podcast back in 2017, and it quickly became one of my favorite podcasts of all time. Roche has explored different Hollywood figures over the course of multiple seasons, painting incredibly vivid pictures of people like Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, James Cagney, and more through highly entertaining, immersive narrative episodes which are all heavily researched and wonderfully performed.

Roche writes, narrates, and produces each of the episodes, some of which are spectacularly long (occasionally running as long as nine to twelve hours). Now all of that work has paid off, because New Republic Pictures and writer/producer Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island, Altered Carbon) have scooped up the film and television rights to all eleven existing seasons of The Secret History of Hollywood, as well any future seasons of the podcast. Read More »

Wonder Woman 1984 - Gal Gadot - Golden Armor

For the longest time, Sony Pictures has been trying to get a Cleopatra movie off the ground. Directors like Paul Greengrass, David Fincher, Denis Villeneuve and many more have been linked to the project over the years. But now a new Cleopatra movie is in the works over at Paramount Pictures with Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot slated to reteam with the DC Comics superhero franchise director Patty Jenkins. Read More »

knights of the old republic movie

While Disney and Lucasfilm plan to take a brief respite from Star Wars movies after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, they’re already looking to the future. For instance: a Knights of the Old Republic movie is currently in the works, being penned by Laeta Kalogridis, writer of Alita: Battle Angel and Shutter Island. The film would be an adaptation of the Knights of the Old Republic video game series, set 4000 years before the formation of the Galactic Empire.

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altered carbon season 2

Netflix just gave the go-ahead to Altered Carbon season 2, and the show has found its new lead: Anthony Mackie. Mackie will be stepping in for previous lead Joel Kinnaman. But he’s playing the same character. If you’re wondering just how that will work, you obviously haven’t watched Altered Carbon season 1 yet.

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miguel sapochnik interview

Over the past few years, Miguel Sapochnik has been directing some of the most exciting episodes on television. Sapochnik’s Game of Thrones episodes, “Hardhome” and “Battle of the Bastards,” are unforgettable and earned him a well-deserved Emmy. Before returning for the final season of that HBO series, the director (who has also helmed episodes of House and True Detective) worked on one of Netflix’s newest and biggest shows, Altered Carbon, an adaptation from showrunner Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island).

Sapochnik directed the first episode of the 10-episode science-fiction series, which gave him the opportunity to visualize the world 300 years into the future, shoot some brutal action, and help get the ball rolling on a noir mystery. In a recent email interview with Sapochnik, he told us about his approach to showing the future, why Blade Runner is so seminal to filmmakers, his favorite action directors, and more.

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altered carbon trailer

Altered Carbon imagines a world in which humans have achieved a form of immortality — for a price. In the Netflix’s costly adaptation of Richard K. Morgan‘s 2002 novel, Altered Carbon depicts the world 300 years in the future in which human consciousness can be uploaded into new bodies, allowing people (mainly the rich) to essentially live forever.

But the technology doesn’t come without its detractors. The world sees a rise in murders, which kicks off our central murder mystery. And who better to solve that murder mystery than Joel Kinnaman, that guy that you sorta, kinda remember from Suicide Squad?

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Sinister 2

We’ve got a lot of ground to cover today, so let’s get right to it. After the jump:

  • Arnie is optimistic about Shane Black‘s Predator sequel.
  • Terminator 5 scribes talk James Cameron, time travel, and deleted scenes.
  • Samuel L. Jackson is totally up for another Unbreakable movie.
  • Quentin Tarantino wants to make a third Kill Bill someday.
  • The M:I5 plane stunt was inspired in part by Uncharted.
  • Pacific Rim 2 could help get Hellboy 3 made… if it’s a hit.
  • Sinister 2 distributes a series of creepy “collector’s cards.”
  • Patrick Wilson shares a photo from the Conjuring 2 set.
  • Milla Jovovich gets to work on Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.
  • Donate to charity for a chance to win a role in Star Trek Beyond.
  • LeBron James (jokingly) pitches an idea for Trainwreck 2.

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The Terminator

Paramount is about to add another massive franchise to its stable. Last week, sources revealed the studio reacquired the full rights to make new Friday the 13th and South Park movies and now, they’re in negotiations to acquire distribution rights for the Terminator franchise.

Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures and David Ellison‘s Skydance Productions own the rights to the film series about the epic struggle between man and machine. They hired screenwriters Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier to write a fifth installment back in January and Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to return for a fifth film. No director is attached. Read More »

Shining Prequel Overlook Hotel

The Shining has had quite the resurgence in the past few months. Rodney Ascher’s Room 237 is certainly one factor. Another, bigger motivator is Stephen King himself, who is currently working on a Shining sequel novel called Doctor Sleep. Warner Bros., which owns the rights to the Stanley Kubrick film, surely sees this as a perfect time to dust off last year’s idea for a prequel to the Kubrick film, giving it a title and going out to a big time writer.

The proposed prequel is called The Overlook Hotel, and Glen Mazzara, who was the showrunner on The Walking Dead for the last two years, is in talks to write it. Read More »

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Just as promised, the Terminator will be back. Progress on Terminator 5 has been on-again, off-again for the past couple of years, but now it’s picking back up with the hiring of writers Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier. While the pair have yet to complete any projects together, they’ve collaborated on a couple of things that haven’t made it to the screen yet. Seperately, Lussier is best known for the Nic Cage thriller Drive Angry, while Kalogridis’ credits include Shutter Island, Alexander, and Avatar. More details after the jump.

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