April 24, 2014

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Star Trek may bleed into Star Wars – J.J. Abrams

So, it’s officially official. Disney just put out a press release, which means I can write about it without fear of it being debunked moments after publication. J.J. Abrams is indeed directing Star Wars: Episode VII. And what do I have to say about that? Well… not much really.
There is indeed a part of me that feels that it is wholly inappropriate and/or unnatural that the same director will be behind new Star Trek *and* new Star Wars movies. Back in the old days, I believed in the perhaps simplistic idea that every franchise would get their own special director. Sam Raimi had Spider-Man, Bryan Singer had X-Men, and Chris Nolan had Batman. Obviously that idea no longer exists.
Bryan Singer can helm X-Men and then go on to attempt to reboot Superman with Superman Returns before taking back the X-Men franchise from Matthew Vaughn, who is now rumored to be among Warner’s top choices for a Justice League movie. Even with more and more franchises being rebooted and/or changing hands, it seems like an awfully incestuous little circle, with only a handful of directors seemingly ending up helming these major properties. Say what you will about Marvel, but they deserve kudos for thinking outside the box on pretty much every major film thus far when it comes to a director.
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“Blade Runner” Screenwriter Hampton Fancher in Talks to Pen Sequel Idea for Director Ridley Scott

HollywoodNews.com: Hampton Fancher is in talks to reunite with his “Blade Runner” director Ridley Scott to develop the idea for the original screenplay for the Alcon Entertainment, Scott Free, and Bud Yorkin produced follow up to the ground-breaking 1982 science fiction classic, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
The filmmakers are also revealing for the first time that the much-anticipated project is intended to be a sequel to the renowned original. The filmmakers would reveal only that the new story will take place some years after the first film concluded.
The three-time Oscar-nominated Scott and his “Blade Runner” collaborator Fancher originally conceived of their 1982 classic as the first in a series of films incorporating the themes and characters featured in Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”, from which “Blade Runner” was adapted. Circumstances, however, took Scott into other directions and the project never advanced.
Fancher, although a writer of fiction, was known primarily as an actor at the time Scott enlisted him to adapt the Dick novel for the screen. Fancher followed his ?Blade Runner? success with the screenplays, ?The Mighty Quinn? (1989) and “The Minus Man” (1999). He has continued to write fiction throughout his career.
Scott also will produce with Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove as well as Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.
The original film, which has been singled out as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications, was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.
State Kosove and Johnson: “It is a perfect opportunity to reunite Ridley with Hampton on this new project, one in fact inspired by their own personal collaboration, a classic of cinema if there ever was one.”
Released by Warner Bros. almost 30 years ago, “Blade Runner” was adapted by Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” and directed by Scott following [...]

Why some comic adaptations failed: Iron Man 2, Punisher: War Zone, Superman Returns, Hulk

HollywoodNews.com: Actor Tom Hiddleston wrote an eloquent essay yesterday for The Guardian basically praising and defending the sub-genre known as the superhero picture. Plenty of disdain for the genre comes from the very notion that it’s big-budget entertainment based on literature that was technically intended for children that gobbles up production dollars and screen space that otherwise might be allotted for more explicitly grown-up fare. But at least some of the alleged weariness of this specific type of film (the superhero comic book adaptation) comes from a feeling that all-too many of them are basically telling the same story. You’ve generally got the standard origin story which (let’s be honest) basically takes Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie and pours it into a different color bottle (I say that as a big fan of Spider-Man and Captain America). Then you have the sequels, which are quite often merely a case of escalation and/or the hero dealing with self-doubt often while in combat with a ‘bigger/badder’ version of himself (again, thank you Superman II). But over the last twenty years or so, there have been a handful of high-profile comic book films that have attempted to play around with the formula but have artistically failed anyway. As a rebuttal to the idea that ‘all superhero movies are the same’ as well as a reaffirmation of the idea that ‘it’s not what it’s about, but how it’s about it’, let’s take a look at five comic book adaptations that didn’t play it safe, but didn’t come out on top either.
Batman & Robin (1997)
I would argue that it’s a sign of maturity among film pundits and critics when they are finally adult enough to realize that Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin is not the worst film ever made. Peel away all the attempted camp, the self-depreciating homoerotic jokes, the terrible lead performance from Arnold Schwarzenegger and you’re left with simply a good story told very poorly. As the fourth film in a franchise, Schumacher and company had a bit more leeway in terms of where they wanted to take their film this time around. And as such, they told a rather thoughtful tale of an adult and sane Bruce Wayne trying to figure out how to be an appropriate head to his surrogate family. No longer wracked with guilt over his parents’ deaths, Wayne [...]

IMAX domination coming this Summer

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: Simply put, during the first twelve weeks of summer (May 4th to July 20th), there are six, maybe seven major movies all debuting in IMAX for at least the first week of their respective theatrical runs. Three of them are in May, one is in June, and two or three are in July. What are they you ask? Well…
The Avengers goes first on May 4th, with a week of 3D IMAX play before losing (or sharing?) those screens to Warner Bros’ Dark Shadows. Despite its big-scale action and explosions, Universal’s $212 million Battleship will go out purely on 35mm 2D film, which gives the Tim Burton vampire comedy two full weeks until it loses its 2D IMAX screens to Sony’s Men In Black 3D. Universal again forgoes IMAX for its next major tentpole, the $175 million (!!) Snow White and the Huntsmen, which debuts on June 1st. That gives Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones a two week run before being supplanted by 20th Century Fox’s Prometheus, which will get 3D IMAX screens for 3.5 weeks, owing to the surprising choice by Pixar to not go IMAX for Brave on June 22nd. and Paramount’s GI Joe: Retribution going out in 35mm 2D on June 29th. If that changes, then just add another one or two to the June tally. But come July 3rd, Sony steals the IMAX screens right back for The Amazing Spider-Man 3D. Spidey gets the IMAX screens for at least 1.5 weeks before Fox debuts Ice Age: Continental Drift on July 13th (which isn’t listed on the IMAX home page but is listed as debuting in IMAX 3D in Fox’s marketing materials). Come what may, summer basically ends on July 20th.
That of course is the release date for Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, which not only features large chunks of the film shot on IMAX film but actually seems to be keeping those IMAX screens all the way until October 5th, when Disney debut’s Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie. Although not listed on the IMAX website, it is possible that Disney’s Finding Nemo 3D reissue and/or Sony’s Resident Evil: Retribution will end up going the IMAX route in September. That the last six weeks of summer 2012 features not a single IMAX debut would signify either that Warner Bros scored [...]

Chris Nolan sends new “Dark Knight Rises” audio to clean up Bane dialogue?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It was the great debate of 2012: Could you understand Bane in the “Dark Knight Rises” prologue, or did Chris Nolan need to tweak the villains inaudible dialogue to help audiences hear his dialogue?
It sounds like the latter half of the argument is winning out.
Citing an anonymous projectionist, Collider reports that a new audio mix for the prologue was sent to IMAX theaters to improve the sound of Bane’s dialogue.
“They’ve gone in and lowered the background noise of the plane and other things, thus making Bane’s dialogue clearer and more understandable,” this source says. “He asked some people after they left the movie if they could understand Bane and they all said they had no issue understanding him, and were excited for the movie.”
There are factors. Tom Hardy, who plays Bane in the film, has an accent. He also wears a mask over his mouth. Nolan had come out to defend his villain, saying audiences can figure out what’s happening through the visuals. Which is true. But we also want to hear what Bane’s saying. It’s kind of important.
So, it sounds like “Rises” will clean up its “act” before its July 20 release. Catch the latest trailer below:

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Will Warner Bros. make another Twilight Zone movie?

HollywoodNews.com: First off, the various articles all chiming with SHOCK that Chris Nolan is at the top of Warner Bros’ list to helm a new Twilight Zone Movies is pretty funny. OF COURSE Chris Nolan is on the top of Warner’s list for this project. I’m pretty sure he’s on the top of the list for every single project at Warner Bros, including a Sex and the City prequel and whatever variation on Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve they trot out next year (Halloween? Oh wait…). Saying that Chris Nolan is the preferred choice to direct anything at Warner Bros. is like saying that the connoisseurs at Ruth Chris would prefer to have a fillet as opposed to chicken or ribs. He’s the studio’s most valuable resource, and he has delivered the critical and commercial goods on a shockingly consistent level. So it stands to reason that he’s at the top of the list for any project that Warner deems a high priority.
Second of all, it is not a little depressing that Chris Nolan is basically being courted to do a feature-length version of a long-beloved TV show. Wasn’t Christopher Nolan supposed to be the great white hope in the realm of big-budget original filmmaking? I like his films as much as the next nerd, but since Memento, he’s helmed a remake of a foreign film, a comic book trilogy, an adaptation of a novel (arguably his best film and arguably counting as ‘original’ as defined by the movie gods), and a genuinely original science-fiction thriller. Oh, and he’s also producing yet-another comic book reboot and possibly getting involved in yet-another Howard Hughes biopic. So while a Twilight Zone movie could provide the best of both worlds (an original genre film hidden inside a safe brand name), it is disconcerting that one of the more talented filmmakers is again jumping on the franchise train.
Aside from that, I do believe that Warner Bros is missing a massive opportunity here. The articles list Michael Bay, Alfonso Cuaron, and Rupert Wyatt as also being on the mythical ‘short-list’. Well, here’s a not-so novel idea. Instead of just doing one feature-length film that “touches on several themes from the Rod Sterling TV show…”, Warner Bros. should just let them all run wild. If you recall, the first Twilight [...]

Daredevil details from director David Slade

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: This may surprise you, but news that Marvel’s blind superhero Daredevil is getting a cinematic second chance has me more excited than, say, the nugget of info that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been added to Chris Nolan’s Batman sequel. We kind of know what we are going to get from Nolan. But Daredevil deserves better than what he received in 2003, and I’m hoping for brighter (well, actually, darker) things in his future.
Hiring director David Slade (“Hard Candy,” “30 Days of Night”) appears to be a step in the right direction. Even his “Twilight” installment, “Eclipse,” had a sharper edge than its predecessors. Now we’ll have to wait and see what material he has to work with.
But Slade took to Twitter on Sunday to elaborate on Daredevil, Wolverine, and more.
“Forgot to look at the internet for a few weeks and its a litany of false (and not so far off) rumours,” Slade Tweeted. “So without breaking confidentiality, yes Daredevil, we have a great outline for a very strong character driven take on Mr Matt Murdock. It will bare no relation to the previous Daredevil movie in any way. We are at early planning stages and have not yet discussed any cast.”
Though I’m not sure who asked (because this rumor didn’t seem to be making the rounds), Slade weighed in on the planned “Deadpool” film by saying, “Love DEADPOOL, was never engaged in the (quite fantastic) script, last I heard studio was looking at comedy directors. None of my business.”
He also chimed in on the Wolverine production, which recently lost Darren Aronofsky.
“There have been no discussions about this project to date,” Slade Tweeted. “Interesting to see what will happen with that as the again excellent script by Chris McQuarrie was set largely in Japan.”
Slade ends with, “So that’s all the news that’s fit to print.”
But if you are interested in Daredevil, comics or movies, Slade is one that you need to be following on Twitter.
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Could James Bond be back in theaters by 2012?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: There has been a lot of talk about the busy 2011 film schedule, with multiple tent poles competing for eyeballs (and dollars).
Next year, alone, Marvel will release “Thor” and “Captain America” pictures, Jon Favreau’s got “Cowboys and Aliens,” Todd Phillips finds the cure for “Hangover 2,” Johnny Depp sets sail in a fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean,” a younger “X-Men” class begins, “Cars 2” revs up, Michael Bay unleashes “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” and “Harry Potter” comes to an explosive conclusion.
And those are just the supposed summer blockbusters.
But look ahead to 2012, and you’ll see that the release schedule is filling up, as well. There’ going to be a “Star Trek” sequel in theaters. Andrew Stanton’s got “John Carter of Mars.” Judd Apatow plans a new comedy. Marc Webb’s “Spider-Man” reboot has staked out July 4, and Chris Nolan plans to release his third (and final) “Batman” film.
This morning, we’re hearing another familiar face could be in theaters that year. That would be Bond. James Bond.
Yes, in bankruptcy filings, MGM announced that it planned to have the 23rd Bond film in theaters by November 2012, with new 007 adventures released every two years. Bloomberg reports that the studio would own half of the Bond film, with an “equal partner” paying the production costs.
That’s great news for current Bond Daniel Craig, though it could play hell with his schedule if David Fincher’s “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” adaptation catches on and leads to the two sequels he’d need to film to complete the literary trilogy. But that’s putting the cart before the horse. For now, it sounds like we’ll have a new Bond in 2012. Stay tuned for details as they emerge.
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“Wall Street 2″ is a genuine mainstream hit with $19 million

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: The funny thing about long-delayed sequels is that it’s generally pretty easy for them to top the opening weekends of their predecessors purely due to inflation. So while “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps” is a genuine mainstream hit with $19 million on 3,565 screens ($5,330 per screen) over its debut weekend, it’s basically just double the figures as the original “Wall Street” posted back in 1987, despite opening with 5x the dollar amount. The original film opened with $4.3 million in 730 theaters ($5,622 per screen). Adjusted for relative inflation, that would give the original Oliver Stone cautionary tale around $10 million in 2010 dollars. But outside of its context from the 23-year old original film, this sequel performed well on its own accord.
It is Michael Douglas’s first number 1 opening since “Don’t Say A Word’s” $17 million debut almost nine years ago to the weekend, and it’s his second-biggest opening weekend ever, behind the $21 million opening of “You, Me, and Dupree.” For Shia LeBeouf, this almost qualifies as a relative comedown, as this is his lowest live-action opening weekend since “Holes” ($16 million) made him a recognizable name back in 2003. But when you work with Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay, a $19 million opening for an Oliver Stone drama almost feels like a letdown. This is actually Oliver Stone’s biggest Fri-Sun gross of his career, although final figures may put it below the $18.7 million debut of “World Trade Center.” Point being, while Oliver Stone may be known as a director who alternates between controversial battering rams and hard-leftist documentaries, when he makes a mainstream picture, audiences generally show up. The film pulled a 2.7x weekend multiplier, which actually counts as solid in these front-loaded days. The film apparently cost $60 million, so it will have to do decent worldwide coin as well to really make money for Fox, but the picture debuted with $9 million in overseas grosses as well, giving the film a solid $28 million worldwide gross in the first three days. Where it goes from here is an open question. Usually I’d say that a picture like this would be a second choice for general audiences for awhile, but Ben Affleck’s “The Town” seems to be filling that slot at the moment (more on that one later).
Coming in second place was the Zack Snyder animated action fable, “Legends of [...]

Ed Norton wants to riddle moviegoers in ‘Batman 3′

HollywoodNews.com: Ed Norton seriously wants to be in another superhero film.
After losing out to Mark Ruffalo for the role of The Hulk in Marvel’s “Avengers” film, Norton wants a part in Christopher Nolan’s next “Batman” film.
“Chris Nolan’s making the best ones out there by far,” Norton said of the “Dark Knight” director. “I’d do one with him – he’s set a new bar for sure.”
If Norton had a shot at a villain role, it would be The Riddler. “Inception” thesp Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Johnny Depp have been buzzed for the role, which Jim Carrey played in 1995’s “Batman Forever.” Robin Williams recently said over the summer that he was definitely not linked to the part.
Norton next appears in Overture’s “Stone” alongside Robert De Niro on October 8. The film follows a convicted arsonist who taunts his parole officer by manipulating his wife.
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Photo Credit: Overture
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