The quality of television in the past few years has been most impressive, even outpacing film as the place to find the highest quality entertainment right now. And that means some filmmakers are bringing their own film properties to the small screen for a second chance at finding an audience.
The newest attempt to bring a movie to television is RED, the action comedy franchise starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren and more. NBC is developing an hour-long RED TV series, and we’ve got early details on the developing project. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 by Angie Han
Michael Bay is gearing up for a sci-fi adventure that doesn’t involve aliens that morph into cars. According to a new report, he’s attached to direct Time Salvager, based on the upcoming novel by Wesley Chu. As you might’ve guessed from the title, it centers on a time traveler. Read all about the Michael Bay Time Salvager deal after the jump. Read More »
Another week, another Mark Millar property being turned into a movie. Fresh off the huge success of Kingsman: The Secret Service, the comic book writer behind Kick-Ass, Wanted and Nemesis has teamed with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to work on a movie version of Jupiter’s Legacy. Not to be confused with Jupiter Ascending, the just-finished series centers on the disappointing children of the world’s first superheroes. Read more about the Jupiter’s Legacy below. Read More »
Marvel is doing it, DC is doing it, Lucasfilm is doing it, the Ghostbusters are doing it and now it looks like Transformers will be doing it too.
Deadline reports that Akiva Goldsman, the Oscar-winning writer of a A Beautiful Mind (and the writer of Batman and Robin, among other films) is in negotiations with Paramount to lead a brain trust of writers with the aim of upping the output of Transformers movies for the studio. Goldsman will join executive producers Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura in the hiring of a collection of writers to create “a potential multi-part Transformers sequel, and come up with potential spinoff films.” Read more about this potential Transformers Cinematic Universe below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Angie Han
Fresh off of one thriller, Keanu Reeves is diving into another. The John Wick star has just signed on for Replicas, a sci-fi pic directed by Tanya Wexler (Hysteria). Not unlike John Wick, it centers on a man reacting to the loss of someone he loves. Hit the jump for more on the Keanu Reeves Replicas movie.
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Leprechaun: Origins helmer Zach Lipovsky will be directing a Dead Rising movie based on the popular Capcom survival horror video game series. The film is being produced by Legendary Pictures’ new Legendary Digital Media division and Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. After the jump we have a lot more information on the project.
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Posted on Friday, July 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
You’d think the harrowing drama of his All Is Lost would make anyone think twice about venturing back into the sea, but director J.C. Chandor isn’t scared. He’s now in talks to direct Deepwater Horizon, about the real-life oil rig of the same name. Its explosion in 2010 caused the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Get all the details on the project after the jump.
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There’s a very short list of Hollywood producers who are names unto themselves. On that list is Lorenzo di Bonaventura, of both the G.I. Joe and Transformers franchises. He’s also the producer of Salt, Red, Side Effects, Jack Ryan, Beverly Hills Cop 4 and more. The guy is a proven hit-maker with a great handle on the pulse of mainstream audiences.
His latest film, Transformers: Age of Extinction, is more of the same. Despite being savaged by critics, audiences are once again turning out for the franchise. On the occasion of that release, we had the pleasure of speaking with di Bonaventura about a few things. We talked about producing for Michael Bay, and the choice of using Dinobots not only in the film, but in the marketing as well. I asked about the length of the film, the inevitability of Bay leaving the franchise, and what the ending of this film means for Transformers 5, currently slotted for 2016. Finally, I just had to ask about my favorite Transformer, Hot Rod. Read all his answers below in our full interview with Transformers: Age of Extinction producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura Read More »
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No one does action quite like Michael Bay. Love his movies or hate them, there’s no denying the director has an incredible eye for action and his latest movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction, is the biggest one yet. The effects, the locations, the stunts, all of it suggests a budget and freedom few filmmakers would ever enjoy. Which, actually, isn’t true. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura told us despite the continued success of the Transformers franchise, they aren’t given a blank check. In particular, Bay’s action scenes have to be very carefully constricted to make sure everything stays on budget.
Below, read di Bonaventura talk about how the Michael Bay action scenes in Transformers: Age of Extinction are accounted for in the budget, which is a little more backwards than you’d imagine. Read More »
After the worldwide box office success of Transformers: Age of Extinction, it’s no surprise Paramount started getting the ball rolling on Transformers 5 for 2016. We still don’t know who’ll be writing it or directing it but, we can make a good assumption it’ll be long. The first four film, all directed by Michael Bay, have gotten increasingly long with each installment. They’re 144, 150, 154 and 165 minutes long respectively. So, with that in mind, I asked producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura if we’d ever see a shorter, compact Transformers movie.
We also asked him who, if anyone, would take over for Bay if he ever decides to leave the franchise. You can get the answers to both questions below. Read More »