Netflix’s original content line-up is unmatched. The streaming service has been killing it with their original television releases for a few years now, and we are just beginning to see them dip their toes in the original feature film realm.
One of the first big films is Suicide Squad director David Ayer‘s crime sci-fi fantasy film Bright, written by Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis and starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramírez, Ike Barinholtz and Brad William Henke. Netflix surprised people watching the Academy Awards last night with a first look at the new film. Watch it again, after the jump.
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In just a couple months, Power Rangers gets an all-new adaptation, marking the first time the property has hit movie theaters without bringing one of the TV series iterations to the big screen. This is essentially a big screen reboot of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers taking a whole new approach to the story of five teens tasked with protecting the world from evil.
The most recent trailer for Power Rangers finally showed the heroes all suited up for action, not to mention calling upon their Zords to take on a massive version of Goldar. Now a new poster features an even better look at the Zords driven by our heroes, as well as the Power Rangers themselves.
But perhaps even more interesting is that a Power Rangers script written by Chronicle scribe Max Landis (whose influence still feels present on what we’ll see next month) has made its way online. Find out where you can read the Max Landis Power Rangers script and see the new poster after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 7th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
A key component of being a movie fan in the year 2016 is learning to shrug off remakes of your favorite movies and learn to live with the fact that bonafide classics are always going to get dusted off by studios hoping to capitalize on a familiar title. Remakes are going to happen. History has shown most of ’em to stink. Their presence has never erased the original from existence. The scales balance.
And yet, there’s something undeniably irritating about someone remaking An American Werewolf in London, one of the greatest horror movies of all time and the crown jewel of writer/director John Landis‘ career. It’s a near-perfect movie that just-so-happens to have a famous title. This was inevitable. The big twist here is that Max Landis, John Landis’ son, has jumped on board the remake as a writer and director.
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Douglas Adams‘ comedic detective novel Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency has already been given a TV series adaptation across the pond on BBC Four. But now BBC America is bringing us an American adaptation with just the right amount of British influence, this time created and written by Chronicle and American Ultra writer Max Landis.
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency stars Elijah Wood as a directionless former rocker named Todd who finds himself caught up in a mystery involving the titular time-traveling detective (played by Samuel Barnett). While Todd wants nothing to do with Dirk Gently, the energetic private eye believes that the universe will make him an integral part of what happens next, whether he likes it or not.
Somehow we missed the first Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency trailer when it arrived a couple months ago, but we’ve included it below along with a new featurette that has plenty of Max Landis hyping the show, as well as the first scene from the series featuring Todd meeting Dirk Gently for the first time. Watch all of those videos below. Read More »
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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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Pokemon Go continues to be all the rage in video gaming right now. The recently launched mobile version of the Nintendo video game franchise has become so popular in such a short amount of time that Comic-Con moved a panel for Pokemon Go from a smaller venue to the massive Hall H. And it sounds like sometime down the road Pokemon will be back at Comic-Con with a movie to show off with the movie rights officially being snagged by Legendary Pictures.
In addition, details on just what kind of story we can expect from the game have surfaced, and the movie will apparently go in a direction that likely no fan was expecting to hear. Find out more about the Pokemon movie after the jump. Read More »
Screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra) took to Twitter to give his thoughts on Paul Feig‘s new Ghostbusters reboot and to tell the story of how he once pitched a Ghostbusters movie to Sony. Hit the jump to read the story and find out how you can see the pitch for yourself.
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Netflix recently came out on top following a bidding war for Bright. The streaming service will fund and release director David Ayer‘s fantasy cop thriller, which stars Joel Edgerton and Will Smith. Written by Max Landis (American Ultra), Bright is set in a world in which orcs and fairies exist along humans.
Below, David Ayer discusses Bright, the room for creative freedom at Netflix, and what to expect from the film.
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Posted on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
Netflix is still relatively new to film distribution, but they’re already making a lot of noise. After scooping up what feels like half of this year’s Sundance lineup, the company has set its sights on David Ayer‘s Bright, starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. Described as a mash-up of Alien Nation and Ayer’s own End of Watch, the cop thriller unfolds in a world where orcs(!) and fairies(!!) live alongside humans. The project is expected to be Netflix’s biggest movie deal yet. Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
You’re probably already familiar with the work of Max Landis, the writer behind such films as Chronicle, American Ultra, and Victor Frankenstein. But now, prepare to meet Max Landis, the director. Landis makes his feature directing debut with Me Him Her, an indie comedy about a guy (Dustin Milligan) who arrives in L.A. to help out a closeted TV star buddy (Luke Bracey). The men get tangled up with a lesbian (Emily Meade), who’s reeling from a recent breakup.
The very first Me Him Her trailer debuted a few months ago, but Landis apparently wasn’t pleased with how “generic” it felt. So Landis has overseen a new cut of the Me Him Her trailer that really lets its freak flag fly. Check it out after the jump. Read More »