I miss going to the movies and buying a ticket for a Tony Scott movie. There’s no voice and style like his in the theaters these days. When big-budget movies come across as interchangeable sometimes, a commercial director who polarized and told stories with aggression and grit is missed. Talk about a director who knew how to create momentum and atmosphere!
Scott also knew how to make some grimy worlds visually appealing and immersive without glossing up unpleasant subject matter. During Scott’s best commentary track, for the thriller Man on Fire, he said, “I want to touch these worlds.” Whatever world Scott was depicting, he tried to stay honest to it. His eye for attention-to-detail is impressive in every track.
Like Scott’s brother Ridley, he not only directed landmark and influential films, he also kindly recorded many exceedingly high-quality commentaries for our pleasure throughout his rich and varied career. If you want a nice dose of honesty, humor, and passion, look no further than these tracks, which are sometimes bittersweet to hear now that he is no longer with us.
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We’ve been hearing about a possible Crank sequel for over seven years now. The 3D boom of the early 2000s should have alone made it worthwhile to have a Crank 3-D in production. At one point the story was going to have Chelios track down Osama Bin Laden as the plot for Crank 3, but as the filmmakers once put it, “that got fucked up.”
So what is the status of Crank 3? Mark Neveldine provides a status update and also talks about the insane filmmaker duo’s dream remake of The Warriors. Read about it, after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 by David Chen
Maverick was a phony.
So says Amy Nicholson in our latest video essay collaboration about Top Gun (See our previous discussion of Synecdoche, New York, Part 1 and Part 2). Nicholson, who’s recently published an enjoyable and insightful biography of Tom Cruise, believes that Maverick wasn’t actually a tough guy – he was just a scared kid playing a tough guy.
Hit the jump to check out the Why You’re Wrong About Top Gun video essay and see if you’re convinced.
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The danger zone will be located right in your local IMAX theater. Looks like Paramount has come up with a plan for the 3D version of Tony Scott‘s classic 1986 action film, Top Gun after reportedly being uncertain about how and when to release it. Top Gun is getting an IMAX 3D re-release on February 8, 2013, in advance of its 2D and 3D Blu-ray debut on February 19. Scott oversaw the 3D conversion before his passing earlier this year. Read more about the release after the jump. Read More »
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In the wake of the tragic suicide of director/producer Tony Scott, there was some small murmuring about the future of Top Gun 2. Scott had been developing the sequel to his 1986 hit along with Tom Cruise, David Ellison’s Skydance Productions, and Paramount. And while the news one the film was hitting the web at a slow trickle, there was no doubt that the film was moving forward.
Without Scott, however, that seems to have changed. Paramount converted Top Gun to 3D, in part to prime audiences for the sequel, and is now trying to figure out how to release that film even as the sequel is stalled out. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 by David Chen
In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra, and Adam are joined by C. Robert Cargill (writer of Sinister) to remember the films of Tony Scott.
You can always e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next week when we’ll be reviewing Jaws, now out on Blu-Ray.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
With the exception of Machete Kills, which is a sequel to 2010 film, everything in today’s Sequel Bits is pretty old school, featuring characters or properties that have been around at least a decade. After the jump:
- Joss Whedon talks a little bit about The Avengers 2
- Bruce Campbell says the new Evil Dead is “fabulous”
- Production resumes on Iron Man 3 after RDJ‘s injury
- Benedict Cumberbatch reveals when we’ll see Smaug
- Bobby Farrelly spills Dumb and Dumber 2 plot details
- Marko Zaror joins Machete Kills, see his character poster
- See Paul Walker and Vin Diesel on the Fast Six set
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We’re shocked to learn tonight that Tony Scott, the brother of Ridley Scott and the director of films such as The Hunger, Top Gun, and True Romance, died today at the age of 68 due to an apparent suicide. Sources report that Scott leapt from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro at 12:35pm this afternoon, and that authorities identified the body, recovered this afternoon, as Scott. The coroner’s department and LA port police report that he jumped “without hesitation,” and that a note was found in his office.
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Paramount has quite a few sequel projects in the works of late, with Star Trek 2 in the finishing stages and plans for a Top Gun sequel, a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, and Transformers 4. We talked about the plan for that last film earlier today, but the same interview that gave up info about T4 also provides updates on a couple other paramount projects.
In short, while Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol was a tremendous success, don’t expect it to generate another sequel in extra-fast fashion. The M:I series has a pattern of going dormant for some time between films, and that looks like it will be the case nice again. But paramount wants to keep things going with Tom Cruise, and we can now expect to see Top Gun 2 before Mission: Impossible 5. Read More »
For a little while now, we’ve known that Paramount, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and potentially director Tony Scott want to make a sequel of some sort to Scott’s mid-’80s Tom Cruise blockbuster Top Gun. Last year Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, writers who contributed to X-Men: First Class, were tapped to craft the new Top Gun script. As it turns out, they never actually wrote anything for the film, but that doesn’t meant that the dogfighting sequel has crashed and burned.
Now Paramount has hired a new screenwriter: Peter Craig, the chief screenwriter on The Town, will now script for David Ellison’s Skydance Productions, Bruckheimer and Paramount. Read More »