Archive for February 9, 2012
The last time the esteemed Morgan Freeman was linked to an expensive adaptation of a post-apocalyptic sci-fi comic book, the film in question was Warner Bros.’ currently-defunct live-action Akira project. Jump to the present, and the Oscar-winner has instead signed on for a flick that’s far less controversial – and also sounds more promising – namely, director Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion adaptation.
Tom Cruise is headlining Kosinski’s followup to TRON: Legacy, which is based on an impending comic book series co-developed by the filmmaker. Freeman will appear in Oblivion (or whatever it ends up being officially titled) alongside the still-popular A-lister, as well as two up-and-coming starlets in the forms of Olga Kurylenko and Andrea Riseborough.
To refresh you memory, here is an official description of the Oblivion comic book:
In a future where the Earth’s ...
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It seems that not even the devil himself can save Alex Proyas’ big-budget adaptation of Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost. The film – which recounts the angel Lucifer’s fall from heaven and transformation into Satan – was set to go into production this summer, having been delayed from its original January start date. Deadline now reports that Legendary pictures has decided to scrap the film altogether.
Budget concerns were the culprit for Paradise Lost’s troubles. The film – which would’ve needed extensive visual effects to create the sets of heaven, hell and the Garden of Eden, not to mention its angelic protagonists – already had a budget over $100 million and was expected to climb even higher as production went on. Needless to say, that was a risky proposition in the eyes of Legendary.
Paradise Lost was apparently ...
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Mel Gibson recently gave a Q&A session after a screening of George Miller’s original Mad Max at the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles. During the event, Gibson dropped some details on his upcoming projects, which include a Viking epic – now been titled Berserker - his upcoming film about Judah Maccabee and George Miller’s thoughts on the latest Mad Max film, Fury Road.
Gibson’s next film, Get The Gringo (formally titled How I Spent My Summer Vacation), is going straight to VOD but he appears to still be interested in big-budget filmmaking – much like his previous directorial efforts Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto.
With regards to the Viking film Berserker, Gibson said:
“I just got a second draft of something I’m really excited about today. It’s actually a Viking thing. ...
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Martin McDonagh’s darkly comical, yet genuinely somber tale of two hit men laying low on a “vacation” – ie. the Oscar-nominated 2008 film In Bruges – is one of those cult titles that dedicated movie geeks seem to pretty much unanimously love. Hence the excitement among cinema lovers for Seven Psychopaths, McDonagh’s new strange tale of moralistic criminals, deranged oddballs, and all the violence that breaks out when their worlds collide.
Post-production is reportedly underway on Seven Psychopaths, which CBS Films is eying for a Fall 2012 release. Today, we have the first official stills from the film, along with some additional plot and character details that offer an early look at McDonagh’s pulpy yet satirical examination of the writing process.
Seven Psychopaths reunites McDonagh with his In Bruges leading man, Colin Farrell. This time, Farrell is playing a Hollywood screenwriter not-so-coincidentally named Marty, who finds himself struggling for inspiration ...
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Expectations have never been high, when it concerns Crank helmers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor’s ability to create an especially captivating take on the Ghost Rider mythology in this month’s sequel, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Early word is that the film doesn’t exactly offer much, as far as richly-realized character and plot development goes – but that it does deliver the goods where bombastic action set pieces and nonstop thrills are concerned.
Heck, going by the previous Spirit of Vengeance TV spots and featurettes released – along with the handful of new clips we have for you to watch today – it’s easy to forget that this followup DOES actually have a plot; one that could set the stage for a welcome change-up in casting for future Ghost Rider installments, no less.
Here’s the ...
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