One of Steven Spielberg‘s greatest achievements was his 2002 sci-fi thriller Minority Report; it is also my favorite Tom Cruise movie while we’re really talking here. Now Spielberg is developing a Minority Report TV series says The Wrap. Minority Report was based on a Philip K. Dick short story about a PreCrime unit, preventing crimes before they happened. If you saw the movie (see it now, see it again why not) you know how well that worked out.
Spielberg is developing the TV series with his Amblin Television studio, with Godzilla writer Max Borenstein set to take care of the screenplay. Borenstein is currently working on the King Kong remake Skull Island. Spielberg wants to cast a name actor for the lead role, as he did with the CBS series Extant (Halle Berry).
This would definitely work as a TV show, an expensive one at that. Did you like the movie? Would you watch a TV version?
There is no denying that David Yates knows the world of Harry Potter; he directed the final four Harry Potter films, arguable the best movie of the series with Deathly Hallows: Part 2. So of course he would make a perfect choice to helm the franchise with the first installment in the spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Warner Bros. has set the release of the film for November 18, 2016, and now Variety reports that David Yates has agreed to direct the first installment of the Fantastic Beasts franchise which is envisioned as a trilogy.
It was only a matter of time before Warner Bros. went back to the Harry Potter franchise and so here we are gearing up for J.K. Rowling’s own screenplay adaptation of her book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The film is an original story that takes place within the Harry Potter universe but at a different place and time: New York 70 years before the events of The Sorcerer’s Stone.
Are you excited for another Potter Universe adventure?
Shane Black is one of the hottest directors in town after the $1.5 billion-grossing Iron Man 3 so obviously there is no shortage of projects coming his way. Black is attached to co-write and direct Doc Savage, which is an adaptation of a series of pulp novels that focus on an adventuresome hero in the 1930s. He has another project called Nice Guys which is a 1970s-set noir picture that revolves around a muscle-for-hire and a private detective with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe circling the leads. Black is also developing a Predator sequel to direct [read our post here].
The latest one is an adaptation of the Warren Murphy book series The Destroyer reports Deadline. Sony Pictures announced today that Black will direct a feature film adaptation of the adventure series, with Fight Club writer Jim Uhls penning the screenplay. The story follows Newark cop Remo Williams, who is framed, sentenced to death, executed, and then resurrected in order to serve as the enforcement arm for a top-secret division of the US government called CURE.
We don’t know yet what order these projects are in, but clearly Black is a fan of adapting his favorite books. In regards to The Destroyer, the material was previously adapted in the 1985 pic Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, which you might see in a lot of bargain bins. Check out the trailer below:
In the thriller Nightcrawler Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who falls into the depths of L.A. crime journalism, and by the looks of things begins covering the news and making it. Gyllenhaal looks like he’s gone full Bateman here from American Psycho, that’s what it reminded me of anyways.
Is it that far-fetched from what goes on today? Probably not. Will it change anything? Probably not. It still looks entertaining though; there is a great cover of “I’d love to change to world” by Ten Years After used in the trailer if your ears are curious.
The film opens October 31st 2014, and also stars Bill Paxton, Rene Russo, and Riz Ahmed.
The first trailer has arrived for Annabelle, one of three low-budget spinoffs of The Conjuring, which is still getting a full sequel. The Conjuring 2 will be released on October 23, 2015 but in the meantime we have Conjuring cinematographer John Leonetti‘s vision of Annabelle. The film stars Annabelle Wallis (nice coincidence), Ward Horton, and Alfre Woodard.
At the one minute mark The Flamingos’ great “I Only Have Eyes for You” starts to play and for some reason that scared me. Why does old music still do that to people in horror movies?
Check out the trailer below, the movie hits October 3rd, 2014.
The trailer for Miss Meadows proves at least two things; Katie Holmes is still great and it’s always awesome to have another vigilante role for a woman. While it may not be as hilarious as Serial Mom or God Bless America, this might still entertain you. In Miss Meadows Holmes plays a sweet elementary school teacher with a perfect smile and dress collection, but is also as a killing vigilante.
Entertainment One releases the film on November 14th 2014, watch the trailer below and tell us what you think.
Millennium Entertainment has provide the first trailer for Automata (horrible title), the upcoming sci-fi thriller starring the great Antonio Banderas. It takes a lot from I, Robot and the rules of Isaac Asimov as it’s the year 2044 and robots are ubiquitous and operate under two fundamental laws that prevent them from harming humans or themselves.
Banderas plays an insurance agent of the ROC robotic corporation who routinely investigates the case of manipulating a robot; he soon discovers that the robots may be more human than people are led to believe. It’s a familiar story but it looks pretty great here. Many shots reminiscent of Blade Runner or Mad Max.
The film also stars Melanie Griffith and will be released in theaters and VOD on October 10th 2014. Watch the trailer below:
The last Halloween movie to hit theaters was Rob Zombie‘s Halloween II in 2009; it was a good effort but was not as brave as his 2007 remake. Since II people have been wondering if and when we would see Michael Myers walking slowly again, well it’s happening, that much we do know.
Dimension Films and producer Malek Akkad from trying to make it happen again. Akkad said via the Halloween Facebook page:
“We’ve been getting a lot of e-mails/tweets/Facebook messages lately about a project called Halloween: The Next Chapter. It seems that’s the latest buzz surrounding the next Halloween film and again it’s just not true. As we stated before, a new installment of Halloween is indeed in on track and moving forward and we are currently developing a script, to finally bring Michael back to the theaters! More information will be released over the coming months and exclusively at Halloweenmovies.com. So make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, so you can know first!”
So we know now that Halloween is alive and on track. Are you excited?
Movie posters have always fascinated and inspired me. Over the many years of film-making there have been countless artists who have designed and crafted some of the most recognizable images of our time. Some of these artists are superstars, some have been the unsung heroes, but both produced work that is timeless.
Outside of the film and art community John Alvin wasn’t as well known as he should have been, despite working on more than his share of blockbusters. Thankfully in recent years his work and contribution to the world of movies have reached more and more people. Unfortunately John Alvin passed away as a result of a heart attack in 2008, but I’m sure he’d be extremely pleased that a whole new generation can now discover his work.. His wife and studio partner Andrea Alvin put together this book, The Art of John Alvin, which compiles many of his most famous works as well as countless concepts and colour studies.
A lot of “art of” books show you a bunch of pretty pictures without much explanation, but thankfully Andrea has included explanations of John’s artistic process for many of his works as well as how he dealt with the studios. Some very interesting information is revealed about that, especially on how John was able to keep working as the studios were slowly shifting away from traditional painted posters and towards the Photoshopped floating heads that are so numerous today.
An interesting anecdote comes out about John’s work on the poster for Cocoon. Once the piece was finished (which is beautiful) it was being transported from New York to Los Angeles…where it was completely shredded by a baggage conveyor belt. Only a small piece of the work arrived at its destination. Thankfully it had been photographed beforehand so John didn’t have to repaint it.
If you’re interested in movie posters, the art process, and seeing alternate concepts for some of your favourite posters…I cannot recommend this book enough.
The first official still from Inherent Vice has made its way online; it’s one of my most anticipated movies of the year for so many reasons. Firstly it’s based on an outstanding novel by Thomas Pynchon, it’s directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, one of the best directors ever (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood, The Master). It also stars Joaquin Phoenix! What’s not to love?
In Los Angeles in 1970, drug-fueled detective Larry “Doc” Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.
The first image shows Joaquin Phoenix as burnout “detective” Doc Sportello, as he has a moment with hard-ass cop “Bigfoot” Bjornson, played by Josh Brolin.
The film also features Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, and Katherine Waterston as Sportello’s ex Shasta, whose current boyfriend goes missing, setting up the story. Martin Short, Jena Malone, Kevin J. O’Connor, Timothy Simons, Peter McRobbie, Sasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, Maya Rudolph and Eric Roberts also star.
Inherent Vice will premiere at the New York Film Festival and will be released December 12 2014.
Check out the official Inherent Vice image below: