Ridley Scott confirmed with the Wall Street Journal Blog Speakeasy that he will indeed be returning to the scene of one of his most beloved sci-fi films, Blade Runner. I’m not a huge fan of the film but I can certainly appreciate what it meant to a generation of sci-fi fans as well as the huge impact it has had on so many films. The challenge now is whether they can recapture that magic and live up to the hype and scrutiny that will surely come.
Now not the Marvel comics character Shang-Chi, but a movie version of the ’70s Tv show which starred David Carradine and also had a comic book series. Deadline have the details..
I’m sure any CBMer of a certain age, or even those wise enough to catch some re-runs, remember the Kung Fu Tv series fondly. It starred the late David Carradine as a Shaolin Monk possessed of great martial arts skills as he wanders the American wild west in search of his brother, adventure and enlightenment. It was pretty damn awesome. And now Legendary Entertainment are bringing us a big screen version with none other than Hudson himself at the helm..
Bill Paxton is in talks to direct Kung Fu, a screen adaptation of the classic 1972 TV series that starred David Carradine. Paxton, who
Still refusing to let any details slip about his role as John Blake in The Dark Knight Rises, the actor has instead praised Christopher Nolan’s directing and storytelling, promising that fans are in for a treat… So far, all we know about Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character in The Dark Knight Rises is that he’s a police officer, with any additional details we know of having come from what we’ve spotted in the various set photos and videos. (all of which have only served to make him all the more mysterious) So, when USA Today caught up with him in Toronto recently, what could he reveal about his role in the movie? “”Nothing,” he said.
Oh. Thankfully, he did go on to describe Christopher Nolan’s style of directing and storytelling, praising him and promising fans that all they need to do is have faith in him to deliver an amazing movie. “I can tell you that one of the things I admire most about Mr. Nolan is that he understands that the story begins before the movie does. He’s already telling the story that he’s got cooked up. He’s a master storyteller. Every little bit of information he lets out, he does it at the proper time.”
“Far be it for me to preempt the rhythm of his. I love that people are excited about it. I guarantee, as an audience member, one will have the best experience if one just trusts him,” he added.
Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Michael Caine as Alfred
Gary Oldman as Commissioner Jim Gordon
Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox
Tom Hardy as Bane
Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake
Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate
Josh Pence as Ra’s Al Ghul
It’s a shame, and many fans will be disappointed but Raimi will only be producing the new addition to the Evil Dead series. The director will be..
Brett Ratner! Only kidding. Bloody Disgusting have unearthed who will step into Sam Rami’s shoes for the new installment in the Evil Dead franchise..
In an exclusive scoop, we’re told that Fede Alvarez (Federico Alvarez) is directing for Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures and Madnate. The remake was announced way back in 2004. No word on casting or if Bruce Campbell will return.
The site also reveal that Raimi will be on board as producer, and the movie will be a “quasi-remake”. I assume that means it will tell roughly the same story but not EXACTLY the same, and hope beyond hoe that Bruce Campbell will be involved. Alvarez has only previously directed the very impressive short film Panic Attack! back in 2009. Check it out below.
Directed by Kevin Tancharoen, this new Mortal Kombat Web Series is coming alone nicely and as reported earlier out April…
Kano is the leader of the Black Dragon criminal empire. Making his first chronological appearance in Mortal Kombat: Special Forces, he freed fellow Black Dragon cohorts No Face, Tasia, Jarek and Tremor from a U.S. Special Forces security facility, under the pretense that they would reform the Black Dragon organization.
Over the next couple of weeks we are going to take a look at some of the talented comic writers and artists we spent time with at Staple-Austin over the past weekend. We had a great time meeting and interviewing these guys and girls and want to give you a chance to check out some of their work.
Today’s artist of the day is writer and producer Seth Caplan. Seth has produced a ton of movies including “Teenage Dirtbag”, “Flatland”, and the upcoming “You, Me and the Circus”. Enjoy our interview where we discuss the recently released graphic novel “Throne of Secrets” as well as tons of other upcoming projects and check out his bio below.
Seth Caplan is a Chicago born award-winning filmmaker who has worked for production companies in New York, Los Angeles, and Amsterdam. Seth co-founded Enspire Learning, where he produced e-learning courses for Harvard Business School and the Department of Education. He holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.F.A. from the American Film Institute. Caplan’s thesis film “Duncan Removed” was honored with a student Emmy and was nominated for a Student Academy Award. His next project, “FLATLAND: THE MOVIE,” is an animated film featuring the voices of Martin Sheen, Kristen Bell, and Tony Hale.
Yesterday it was confirmed that Jose Padilha would be directing the reboot/remake of ‘Robocop’ and in this interview he tells us a little about it and reveals that he’s been involved for quite a while already…
Just yesterday we got the official word that Jose Padilha had signed on to direct the upcoming reboot/remake of ‘Robocop’ but as it turns out he’s actually been involved in the film for quite some time.
As rumored, Deadline is confirming that writer/director Shane Black is on the verge of being hired to helm Iron Man 3.
Muses Deadline, “Shane is first and foremost a writer but it’s not clear whether he’ll be penning the IM3 script as well. ‘That’s not figured out,’ our source says. Of course, everyone in and around Marvel is keeping mum. But Black has a long relationship with Robert Downey Jr since Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. Not only did Shane make his directing debut on the 2005 cult favorite he co-wrote, but it helped re-launch Downey Jr
The biography of Cleopatra which will star Angelina Jolie, is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winner Stacy Schiff’s “Cleopatra: A Life.” The producer Scott Rudin reveals that they’re pretty close to attaching a director to the Sony film…
Already in development and starring Angelina Jolie, it is rumored that Paul Greengrass is in the running as director, though producer of
‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’ director Irvin Kershner has died in Los Angeles at age 87, the Agence France-Presse reports. Goddaughter Adriana Santini said Kershner had faced an illness for some time.
In addition to directing what many regard as the pinnacle of the ‘Star Wars’ saga, Kershner helmed ‘Never Say Never Again’ and ‘Robocop 2.’
The onetime George Lucas collaborator taught courses in film and photography at the University of Southern California. In an interview later in his life, Kershner spoke of teaching Lucas in the 1960s. “Even then, I could see that he was a very special student,” Kershner said. “Not that he had a great eye, but he had vision.”
Kershner was born in Philadelphia in 1923; he was a musician and photographer before delving into documentary and eventually feature filmmaking.
Reflecting on the 30-year legacy of ‘Empire Strikes Back’ in October, Kershner told Vanity Fair: “I think the critics felt that they were going to see an extension of ‘Star Wars.’ In other words, they wanted another ‘Star Wars.’ I decided that the potential was much greater than a rerun of ‘Star Wars.’ When I finally accepted the assignment, I knew that it was going to be a dark film, with more depth to the characters than in the first film. It took a few years for the critics to catch up with the film and to see it as a fairy tale rather than a comic book.”
Kershner also famously turned down ‘Return of the Jedi,’ telling VF, “After working for two years and nine months doing ‘Empire,’ and having it take so much out of my life and having given me so much, I felt that it was a complete experience and it was time to move on.”
One specific legacy of Kershner’s, embedded within ‘Empire Strikes Back,’ is Han Solo’s legendary “I know” response to Princess Leia’s “I love you.” The script called for Harrison Ford to reply with a simple “I love you, too,” but Kershner’s gut said otherwise.
“I shot the line and it just didn’t seem right for the character of Han Solo. We were into the lunch break and I said to Harrison try it again and just do whatever comes to mind. That is when Harrison said the line, ‘I know.’ After the take, I said to my assistant director, David Tomblin, ‘It’s a wrap,’” Kershner told Vanity Fair. “George [Lucas] saw the first cut and said, ‘Wait a minute, wait a minute. That’s not the line in the script.’ I said, ‘I love you, too was not Han Solo.’ Han Solo was a rebel. George felt that the audience would laugh. And I said, ‘That’s wonderful, he is probably going to his death for all they know.’”
Despite Lucas’ initial dismay at Kershner’s interpretation, audience tests proved the line a hit, and Kershner ultimately admits, “George was the best producer I ever worked with.”
See a clip of Kershner speaking about George Lucas:
This is not what I signed up for. That’s the thought that kept going through my head as I sat watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I was expecting action, adventure, intrigue, and mystery. What I got was an overwrought drama ripe with poor pacing, questionable narrative choices, and what amounts to a movie based on what I feel to be weakest book of the series.
It’s an issue that has really been present since the beginning of this series but usually it’s the other way around. I would read the book finding it at times breathtaking, heartbreaking, and at the least interesting but often it just didn’t transfer to the screen. I found most of the problems with the earlier movies to be the fact that they tried to cut a book that could have been made into three or four movies into a single film. Integral parts would be left out or important character developing scenes that played to the overall story were left on the cutting room floor to make room for action sequences and such. I can’t blame them, there’s a lot of material there to pull from but ultimately a few poor decisions on the director’s behalf have left many of the previous entries a bit flat. I will say this though, up until this point the movies had become incrementally better as they got the Potter formula mixed, but they really seemed to drop the ball regarding this latest entry.
It’s not like I didn’t see this coming, I knew from the first day I picked up The Deathly Hallows that they would struggle to turn this movie into something interesting. I really felt for the first time that this movie would actually be helped by sizing down bits and pieces from this book and had they stuck with the formula they had been working with they surely would have had a decent finale to wrap it up with. That is until they got greedy. Someone decided if they split up the book into too parts they could maximize profits. Big mistake. The boring parts of the book have now become central to the plot. Almost the entire second act of the movie, which in a shorter version would have been a fifteen minute montage, leads us on a tedious journey into the wilds of Potter Land, where apparently all you do is argue, share exposition until you reveal a clue, and argue some more.
Ultimately this movie is exactly what the book was, an overwritten money grab. An opportunity to stretch the already thin narrative to the breaking point in order to maximize profit points. The only thing we have to look forward to now is how Hollywood rewrites the ending to the movie so they can go out on their own and start making their own Potter movies, cartoons, and TV shows. Here’s what I suggest, Harry finds out that Hermione is his sister, Ron is a ginger robot servant, and Valdemort is your father Harry! I smell prequels! Somebody get Lucas on the phone and see if he’s interested in directing this for us.
Deadline.com is reporting that the pilot for the TV adaptation of the comic Locke & Key, which will air on Fox, has found a director.
Offers Deadline, “Based on the comic, Locke & Key, from 20th TV and writer Josh Friedman, is set in a mysterious New England mansion. This marks the TV debut of Mark Romanek, who started off as a music video director. His feature credits include One Hour Photo and this year’s Never Let Me Go.”
Locke & Key is being produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who seem to constantly be in the news with TV shows like Hawaii 5-0 and such movies as Star Trek, Mission Impossible 3, Cowboys & Aliens, Transformers 1 and 2, Star Trek 2, etc. So the question is: how can they possibly handle all of these different projects?
In an exclusive interview with CBM, Kurtzman explains, “You know, our company has grown and we are, I think, with a lot of amazing people that we’re working with; people we’re able to rely on. It’s not just the two of us handling everything — there are a lot of people involved and it’s so unfair that they don’t get the credit for it, because it’s such a team effort. So when we’re announced as producing a project, it’s basically our company and the people we work with there.”