Legendary’s MonsterVerse has featured multiple directors and a myriad of creatures since its launch in 2014, but one person has been along for the ride on every movie in the franchise: Max Borenstein, whose most recent credit is as a writer on this month’s titanic culmination, Godzilla vs. Kong.
We spoke with Borenstein about his involvement with the franchise on each movie, how he writes big monster fight sequences (“It’s not, ‘They fight on the water. Fill in the blanks.'”), how Legendary differs from Marvel Studios, and incorporating human drama in a movie where a lot of people just want to see giant monsters destroying stuff. Read More »
After appearing on Boardwalk Empire, Waco, and The Little Drummer Girl, Oscar nominee Michael Shannon is heading back to television once again. He’ll play former Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss in a new HBO pilot which chronicles the high-flying “Showtime” era of the team during the 1980s. Adam McKay (Step Brothers, The Big Short) is executive producing the show and directing the pilot. Here’s what we know. Read More »
AMC has given the go-ahead to The Terror season 2. Season 1 was adapted from Dan Simmons‘ novel of the same name, but AMC will now turn the series into an anthology show. Each season will focus on a new terrifying (and apparently historic) scenario. The Terror season 2 will be set in America during World War II.
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In January 2012, Variety reported that screenwriter Max Landis had sold a pitch to Walt Disney Pictures for an “untitled space adventure” pitch with the potential to be a film franchise that could “benefit all of the company’s divisions.” A few months later it was reported that screenwriter Max Borenstein was hired by the mouse house to write his own “space-set sci-fi adventure” called Paladin for Tron: Legacy producer Justin Springer.
But as it turns out, the two projects were actually Space Mountain feature films that Disney was developing in secret. Find out what Max Landis’ Space Mountain movie would have been and learn why both projects didn’t happen.
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Posted on Friday, September 18th, 2015 by Fred Topel
The movie Minority Report left me with a lot of questions. Or actually, it left me with frustrating answers to their questions. The movie asks: If you can catch someone before they commit a crime, should you still imprison them? It’s supposed to be a moral conundrum, but the way the movie frames it, it’s simple. No, you never have to imprison anyone, because Precrime is 100% effective. The movie states that most criminals don’t even bother anymore because they know they’ll get caught. The only crimes predicted are crimes of passion, and once you stop those, they’re not going to try again. So with John Anderton (Tom Cruise) on the case, it’s the prison system that was unnecessary. He’ll always prevent every crime, even if the same person comes up 100 times.
Fox’s Minority Report TV series shows that there were complications the film didn’t explore. Now that the precogs are free, Dash (Stark Sands) is trying to save people from his psychic visions of their death, but he never gets there in time. So Precrime was only 100% effective under Anderton. Other people aren’t as reliable. It also suggests that telling someone you’re going to catch them won’t necessarily stop them from perpetrating a crime. I got deep into this with series writer Max Borenstein, with producer Kevin Falls sitting in, after the Minority Report panel for the Television Critics Association. Read More »
Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein, who was brought back to script Godzilla 2, is speaking out for the first time giving us an idea of what we might expect from the monster sequel — and he’s throwing around words like “bigger” and “better”. Also we learn the details behind the hybrid visual effects that will make up Toho’s Godzilla reboot.
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Posted on Thursday, August 6th, 2015 by Fred Topel
The cast and producers of Fox’s Minority Report TV series gave a panel for the Television Critics Association today. It is the first series ever adapted from a Steven Spielberg-directed movie, and takes place 10 years after the film. Pre-crime has been abolished, per the film, and the movie’s three precog characters now live in hiding. We’ve got loads of new info on the show, as well as the first poster, below. Read More »
This morning, Disney released a new poster for Tomorrowland. Russ grabbed it before I was finished with breakfast, but I noticed something hidden within the image that is noteworthy – hence this post.
Ever since it was announced that director Brad Bird and screenwriter/producer Damon Lindelof’s secret 1952 project was to be titled Tomorrowland, Disney fanatics have speculated about what role the Disneyland park and Walt Disney himself might play in the film. We know that Walt Disney’s creations at the 1964 World’s Fair play into the plot. (specifically the ‘It’s a Small World After All’ attraction, which was later relocated to Disneyland, where it remains today.) Lindelof has said that the movie will show the origins of Tomorrowland but would not show Disneyland itself — but that doesn’t mean we won’t see notable aspects of Disneyland in the movie itself.
And today’s Tomorrowland poster gives us a first look at that. Will we see Disneyland’s Space Mountain in Tomorrowland?
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Fox’s planned Minority Report pilot has taken a step forward, as the network has announced a director for the show. Mark Mylod (Once Upon a Time, The Affair) will now helm the debut outing for the show based on Steven Spielberg’s 2002 movie. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
Godzilla 2 already has a release date, director, and list of monsters in place, and now it also has a writer. Max Borenstein, who scripted this summer’s Godzilla, will be back to write the sequel. Hit the jump for more details about Godzilla 2 writer Max Borenstein.
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