In 2011, Universal acquired a pitch for a sci-fi movie called Crime of the Century from Fast & Furious screenwriter/producer Chris Morgan. He’s producing that film, which is based on an original idea from Dan Trachtenberg (Black Mirror) and writer Daniel Kunka (12 Rounds). Trachtenberg has been on board to direct from the very beginning, long before he made his feature directorial debut last year with 10 Cloverfield Lane.
Crime of the Century has been shrouded in mystery for years as it’s inched through the development process, but I spoke with Morgan and Trachtenberg and managed to get a couple of updates about the movie. This sounds like it’s going to be huge.
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Here’s the central irony of Comic Con: because of the absurd Hall H admittance policies and the vagaries of scheduling, I didn’t get to see the new TRON Legacy footage. But I did interview the director, Joseph Kosinski. The full transcript of that interview will be posted shortly, but I did want to share a quick tidbit that fans of Steven Lisberger’s original 1982 film might like.
The film will feature a sequence set in the ’80s — not in the 1982 time period of the original film, but sometime later in the decade — with slightly retro stylings, and there will be a second ‘new’ light cycle design seen in that sequence, upping the new ‘cylce designs in Legacy to two. We’ve seen both of these light cycles in concept art posted today, and the ’80s sequence is what justifies (or introduces) the Flynn light cycle v2. Read More »
In this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley praise the work of Ron Silver, get excited about Sam Raimi’s return, debate the caliber of American action films in recent years, and wonder exactly why the executives in charge of the SciFi Channel hate their loyal fans. Special guest Brad Brevet joins us from Rope of Silicon.
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