Paul Greengrass has signed on to direct The Tunnels for FilmNation Entertainment, based on a new book proposal by Greg Mitchell.
The book tells the untold true story of a covert escape mission, where West Germans tried to get their friends and family out of East Berlin. Their group received surprising support from an American news organization, who funded their efforts. Mark Gordon is producing alongside FilmNation.
Here's what FilmNation's Aaron Ryder had to say about the project in a statement.
"Finding an untold true story of this caliber is such a rarity. Greg's proposal will make for a very human and cinematic experience. We have no doubt that Mark's producing and Paul's directing will make audiences around the world as excited about this film as we are."
Producer Mark Gordon had this to say in his statement.
"Paul and I have been looking for a project to work on together for some time. Separately, we have both been fascinated by stories around the Berlin Wall. While the wall fell in 1989, its consequences are still being felt today. We are thrilled to be working with FilmNation to bring this emotional story to the screen."
Paul Greengrass most recently directed Captain Phillips and we reported in September that he may return to direct a new Jason Bourne movie starring Matt Damon.
The plot is based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Lissa Evans, which follows a British movie crew during World War II, who try to boost morale after the infamous London Blitz devastated the area. Gabby Chiappe, who has written for British TV shows such as The Paradise and Shetland, is writing the adapted screenplay.
Lone Scherfig (An Education, One Day) is directing, with Amanda Posey (A Long Way Down) and Stephen Wooley (Byzantium) producing. Principal photography is scheduled to take place in summer 2015.
Sam Claflin most recently starred in The Quiet Ones and he will next be seen as Finnick Odair in Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. He is also starring in Lone Scherfig's The Riot Club, which is rolling out in overseas territories soon. Lily James will next be seen in Cinderella and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
The countdown is almost over! Saw will be returning to theaters to celebrate its 10th Anniversary next Friday, October 31! And there is no better way to party on Halloween than with this annual cinematic tradition back on the big screen.
In anticipation of the re-release of this legendary horror film, Lionsgate is thrilled to share the fourth collectable poster, featuring what may be the most iconic headtrap of all. This is the second to last one-sheet in the five poster series, which has been slowly revealed over the course of this entire month.
Check out the gripping poster below, and be sure to head to theaters on the evening of October 30th to be the first to experience the epic return of the unbelievably twisted serial killer, Jigsaw! With a dead body lying between them, two men wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer. Those men must follow various rules and objectives if they wish to survive and win the deadly game set for them:
Less then 10 years after Tim Burton brought The Dark Knight to the big screen in 1989's Batman, the franchise was essentially killed off by the 1997 critical and commercial disaster Batman & Robin. It lay dormant until Christopher Nolan breathed new life into the popular character with his hugely successful Dark Knight trilogy. Joel Schumacher directed both the 1995 hit Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, and he was slated to make a third film entitled Batman: Triumphant, which was written by Mark Protosevich. But it was killed after Batman & Robin tanked. Today, Bleeding Cool reports that Joel Schumacher is revisiting the Batman franchise with a 12-issue comic book that outlines his original vision for all three films, including the one that never saw the light of day.
Joel Schumacher is writing the comic book himself, re-working the stories laid out in Batman Forever, Batman & Robin and the unmade Batman: Triumphant as one singular story. Dustin Nguyen is providing the artwork for the comic, although it isn't known if the comic is already set up at a publisher, or when it may debut.
Here's a plot rundown for Batman: Triumphant from Batman Wikia.
"The Joker would return as a hallucination in Batman's mind caused by the Scarecrow's fear toxin. Harley Quinn appeared as a supporting character, written as the Joker's daughter trying to get revenge on Batman for the Joker's death."
Joel Schumacher recently spoke about the failed Batman & Robin with Variety, where he revealed that he had planned to bring Batman Forever star Val Kilmer back as the Dark Knight, before he dropped out at the last minute.
"Val left at eleventh hour to do The Island of Dr. Moreau. It changed everything. George (Clooney) made a noble effort. I was the problem with Batman & Robin. I never did a sequel to any of my movies, and sequels are only made for one reason: to make more money and sell more toys. I did my job. But I never got my ass in the seat right. They immediately wanted a sequel, but I said yes. There's nobody else to blame but me. I could have said, 'No, I'm not going to do it.' I just hope whenever I see a list of the worst movies ever made, we're not on it. I didn't do a good job. George did. Chris (O'Donnell) did. Uma (Thurman) is brilliant in it. Arnold (Schwarzenegger) is Arnold."
Bleeding Cool reports that there will likely be an official announcement once all the scripts are written, but it isn't clear when that may be.
Are you looking forward to seeing Joel Schumacher's true vision for the Batman movies, in comic book form? Or is Batman & Robin too painful a memory to revisit? Chime in with your thoughts below.
Road movie "Gueros" grabs audience award, best first work
With Star Wars: Episode VII deep into production, Disney and LucasFilm are also prepping their Star Wars spin-off movies, the first of which will hit theaters sometime in 2016, under the direction of Gareth Edwards (Godzilla). There is still much we don't know about the Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off, but a new interview from Hitfix reveals that Greig Fraser will serve as the cinematographer.
While he wouldn't divulge any specific details, here's what Greig Fraser had to say about the project.
"And then I'm doing a f---ing Star Wars movie, which is like - I don't know about you but Star Wars is like my first film love, do you know what I mean? Gareth is doing a standalone film. Of course I do know some specifics, but it's obviously something I've signed my kidneys away for."
There have been a number of rumors that one of the spin-offs will center on Han Solo, with another on Boba Fett. When pressed for details, Greig Fraser wouldn't say what the spin-off is about.
"No. I can't tell you what it's about. I think I signed my left kidney to Disney and my right kidney to George Lucas. So I'd hate to be talking to you next time when I'm on dialysis."
Greig Fraser did say that the spin-off does have a working title, but, naturally, he wouldn't say what it is.
"It does have a working title but I don't know if it's up to me to tell you what that is."
Greig Fraser served as the DP on two upcoming films coming out later this year, Foxcatcher (November 14) and The Gambler (December 19). His previous work includes Bright Star, Let Me In, Killing Them Softly, Snow White and the Huntsman and Zero Dark Thirty.
Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off comes to theaters December 16th, 2016. The film is directed by Gareth Edwards.
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If we're to believe a new report coming out of Schmoeville, Terminator Genisys is an absolute mess that is bound to upset longtime fans of the franchise and even kill off the sci-fi series for good. Those are some harsh words, delivered on the latest episode of Meet the Movie Press, where co-host Mark Reilly revealed new spoilers about the storyline.
Mark Reilly doesn't outright reveal the massive twist ending that Terminator Genisys will deliver next summer, but he does offer a few hints as to the direction this hybrid sequel/reboot is headed. Click away now if you want to avoid any type of SPOILER for this movie.
What might have the fans so hot and bothered that they will turn their back on the franchise forever? He explains:
"I have a very, very good source that has been right every time with stuff he or she has given me. And I know the whole movie of Terminator Genisys. I'm not going to spoil the movie. The real kind of scoop would ruin the movie. I'm just not into that...This is what I'll say..We're in trouble. This movie...I think it's going to piss off Terminator fans. I think it's going to be the last nail in the coffin in the franchise. The way that they are trying to spin a new take on the Terminator series? I don't even think it looks good on paper. I know the ending. I know who the villain is. And it's out of left field."
He confirms what we've already heard about the plot, that an older T-800 played by Arnold Schwarzenegger will return to 1984 to try and wipe out John Conner a second time, creating a new timeline. Mark Reilly continues:
"Again, it is Arnold coming back as old Terminator. And time traveling. The time traveling elements are going to confuse the hell out of everyone. That is what I'm hearing. The Terminator and new Terminators...We got a hybrid of the Terminator in Salvation...Now we have a different form of a Terminator...Which I will not get into because that is a big spoiler...But there is a different sort of Terminator coming out and its a reach. I'm like, why are you doing this? Can't we just go back to the basics? I would love to see Skynet's last attempt to destroy the Conner family for the future, and send in the last Terminator they have, and its the old T-800 model, Arnold Schwarzenegger as the bad guy."
Some are speculating that the big plot twist is that John Conner or Kyle Reese is actually revealed to be a Terminator at the end of the movie, which definitely would change everything we've seen before now. What do you think? Does Terminator Genisys have the potential to kill this franchise before a new trilogy can even get started?
Terminator Genisys comes to theaters July 1st, 2015 and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Matt Smith, J.K. Simmons, Douglas Smith, Dayo Okeniyi. The film is directed by Alan Taylor.
Some days it looks good and others, not so much
"So far, it's really really good working on the movie. Paul Rudd is amazing [and] I know he's gonna be awesome as Ant-Man. David Dastmalchian is a really good actor and he's really funny in [Ant-Man]. I can't wait to keep shooting."
The actor also spoke about the level of secrecy involved in the production, revealing he has to sign forms in order to get a script while on the set.
"Dude! It's a machine, man! And I understand now because, like, in order for me to get a script, I have to sign stuff. Somebody's got to deliver it straight to me, and I can only have one copy. They're very, very like protective of their scripts. And I didn't quite understand why. And then I've seen like a couple articles on how a movie script gets leaked, especially for Marvel, then the movie doesn't do as well. Because it gets out -everybody knows the story. And with a Marvel movie in particular, you want to be surprised. You want to be awed by something. And it doesn't really work because it's always kind of a mystery. So if you know everything about the murder mystery, it's not gonna be as exciting."
He also briefly discussed reading the original script by Edgar Wright, and went on to praise producer Kevin Feige.
"I read the script with Edgar Wright in the beginning. It was really cool. He's another guy that when you talk to him and you realize his vision elevates what was already awesome on the page. Then, it didn't work out with him. But, I'm still on it. It's that Marvel way of doing movies, which is really interesting. Kevin Feige is killing it."
In related news, Atlanta-based rapper/actor T.I. shed new light on his character, who was once thought to be a villain. As it turns out, the actor is actually playing a friend of Paul Rudd's Scott Lang.
When asked if he is being typecast because of his background, the actor had this to say.
"Not really; you could say so, but I'm actually more reformed in the movie than I am in real life."
What do you think about these new details? Chime in with your thoughts below, and stay tuned for more on Ant-Man as production continues in Atlanta.
Ant-Man comes to theaters July 17th, 2015 and stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Corey Stoll, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, John Slattery. The film is directed by Peyton Reed.
The medieval story follows a Scottish warlord who, with the help of his sons, defends their castle from a siege orchestrated by the commander of a cunning and deadly army. This project is just the latest medieval-themed tale to land at Warner Bros., which is developing Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. That project has Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Astrid Berges-Frisbey attached to star and Guy Ritchie set to direct.
William Eubank will direct World Breaker, with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken producing, and Joseph Vicenti and Joshua Horsfield executive producing. No production schedule was given.
William Eubank is also directing Tautona for Warner Bros., from a script he co-wrote with Carlyle Eubank and David Frigerio. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones is also producing that project alongside Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian.
When a surgically altered face is a projected image 30 feet high, its revisions can distract from the business at hand — playing a character.
Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the German blockbuster Who Am I, which has earned more than 6 million Euros ($7.59 million US) since debuting in late September, for an American remake.
Baran bo Odar directed the original German thriller, which centers on a young man (Tom Schilling) who gets drawn into a hacking organization. The plot begins with the man telling his story to Europol agents, which includes a crime spree that made him and his cohorts targets of the Russian mafia, who brutally kill three of the hackers in a hotel room. The film has been performing quite well in Germany, earning nearly the same amount as American hits Gone Girl and Dracula Untold.
Kevin McCormick is producing through his Langley Park company, although no writer or director have been attached to the remake at this time. Jesse Ehrman and Nik Mavinkurve are overseeing the project for Warner Bros.
"We know how he moves. We know his process"
We first reported on this project in April, when Meryl Streep signed on to play a woman chasing her dreams of being a rock star, which resulted in losing her family. Now this grocery store clerk gets one final shot at fulfilling her rock and roll destiny. Sebastian Stan is playing the woman's estranged son, joining a cast that also includes Kevin Kline and Rick Springfield.
Jonathan Demme (Rachel Getting Married) is directing from a screenplay by Diablo Cody (Young Adult), with Marc Platt and Mason Novick producing. It isn't known when production may begin.
Sebastian Stan most recently starred in Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier as Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier, a role he will reprise in Captain America 3.
Ricki and the Flash is in development and stars Meryl Streep, Sebastian Stan, Kevin Kline, Rick Springfield. The film is directed by Jonathan Demme.
Production is already under way on James Franco's next directorial outing Zeroville, with the filmmaker starring alongside Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, Megan Fox, Jacki Weaver, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King and Horatio Sanz.
The story is adapted from Steve Erickson's 2007 novel of the same name, which follows a loner and a film-obsessed architecture student (James Franco) who comes to Hollywood in the 1960s to pursue a career in the movie business. He has tattoos of A Place in the Sun stars Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor on his bald head, and upon his arrival in Hollywood, he becomes mistaken for one of the murderers in the Charles Manson family. He eventually lands a job as a film editor, where he discovers a secret film hidden within the frames of every movie ever made, while encountering former starlets, burglars, political guerrillas, punk musicians and veteran filmmakers.
Seth Rogen is playing Viking Man, a "cigar-chomping surf hippy" who serves as a guide to James Franco's character. Megan Fox is playing a femme fatale named Soledad, while Jacki Weaver plays a fellow film editor and mentor to the main character. Danny McBride is playing a "sinister financier," although no details were given for the characters played by Will Ferrell, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King and Horatio Sanz.
James Franco is directing from an adapted script by Paul Felten and Ian Olds, with the filmmaker/star also producing alongside Vince Jolivette, Caroline Aragon and Michael Mendelsohn.
Take a look at some of the photos from the set, which James Franco released through his Instagram page.
Earlier this week, we reported that the new trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron was set to debut during next week's episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. That all changed when the trailer leaked on Wednesday, causing the studio to officially release the footage six days early. Today, Marvel announced that even more new footage will debut during Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s new episode "A Fractured House", airing Tuesday, October 28 at 9 PM ET on ABC. Take a look at the official statement from Marvel below, in response to the trailer being viewed over 34.3 million times in the first 24 hours.
"And because we believe that the best way to say thanks is to give you more, we're delivering new Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron action to your TV sets, two weeks in a row! Tune in to Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this Tuesday, October 28 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC to see an exclusive piece from Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron. Then, on Tuesday, November 4 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC, tune into Marvel 75 Years: From Pulp to Pop! for another taste of Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron --and much more!"
The 34.3 million trailer views in just 24 hours broke the previous record of 20 million views, held by another Marvel sequel, Iron Man 3. Stay tuned next week as we'll bring you this new footage as soon as it becomes available.
Avengers: Age of Ultron comes to theaters May 1st, 2015 and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode 2.6, "A Fractured House" airs on ABC October 28th, 2014.
Disneytoon Studios returns to Pixie Hollow with the heartwarming adventure Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast. The new story explores an ancient myth of a fabled creature whose distant roar sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell's good friend Fawn, an animal fairy who's not afraid to break the rules to help an animal in need. But this animal-massive and strange with glowing green eyes-is not really welcome in Pixie Hollow, and the scout fairies are determined to capture the mysterious beast before it destroys their home. Fawn, who sees a tender heart beneath his gruff exterior, must convince Tink and the girls to risk everything to rescue the NeverBeast before time runs out. Directed by Steve Loter (Kim Possible) and produced by Makul Wigert (Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings), Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast roars to life in March 3, 2015.
Joining the cast of Tinker Bell regulars including: Mae Whitman (Tinker Bell), Megan Hilty (Rosetta), Lucy Liu(Silvermist), Raven-Symoné (Iridessa), and Anjelica Huston (Queen Clarion) is Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time) voicing the character Fawn.
Here's what director Steve Loter had to say about the new character Fawn.
"Fawn is a character who loves all animals unconditionally. She will help any animal that needs her, but sometimes Fawn thinks too impulsively, when she should be thinking with her head, as well as her heart. Fawn was inspired by my daughter and her unconditional love of animals. But Ginnifer had a very strong hand in crafting the character. Her sense of fun and her wondrous view of the world gave Fawn direction. You can hear the smile in Ginnifer's voice-this is a character that loves life and lives it to its fullest."
The heartwarming story explores the ancient myth of a mysterious creature whose distant roar sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell's friend Fawn, an animal fairy who's not afraid to break the rules to rescue the Never Beast before time runs out. The fairies meet Gruff who is a massive creature and the subject of an ancient Pixie Hollow myth. Hidden in a dark lair on the fringes of the fairies' beloved home, Gruff is discovered by curious and empathetic animal fairy Fawn, who sees something special in his glowing green eyes. His penchant for stacking rocks mystifies Fawn and her friends-but Gruff's true purpose is the real surprise.
Take a look at the first clip, where Tinker Bell and the girls meet the Neverbeast, along with new photos from the DisneyToon adventure.
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast comes to theaters March 3rd, 2015 and stars Mae Whitman, Megan Hilty, Lucy Liu, Raven-Symoné, Anjelica Huston, Ginnifer Goodwin. The film is directed by Steve Loter.
New plan replaces announced broadcast debut of the movie's teaser trailer following online leak