Monday, February 28, 2011
Tarantino has long talked about his love for Italian director Sergio Leone and being a major influence in his films. Leone directed some of the best westerns ever put on film including Once Upon A Time In The West and The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. They say the project could start shooting sometime this year in Spain and Italy. I could see see Quentin doing a similar way of shooting that he did with Inglourious Basterds. Shooting and editing at the same time to have it ready for a premiere at Cannes next year. If true this just became my most anticipated film of 2012.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
One of my favorite shows from the 80's hasn't even been mentioned. C.O.P.S, it had an odd mix of elements from Robocop, Dick Tracy, Untouchables, Blade Runner and G.I. Joe set in a fictitious future metropolis Empire City. I believe that it has enough of a visual presence that it could make an excellent movie. I figure if they can make three movies about robots without personalities and plot a studio could make something out of this.
Like G.I. Joe and Transformers it started off as a Hasbro toyline (COPS N Crooks) and even ended up getting released as a limited edition comic series by DC Comics.While I'm sure the show didn't age well I think the character designs and setting have. With villain names like Dr. Badvibes and Buttons McBoomBoom who can resist? I wouldn't be shocked to see Paramount Pictures and Hasbro look to C.O.P.S in the future. Considering the two have made a Battleship movie together anything is possible.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
“I Saw the Devil” is a Korean revenge thriller about the death of a government agent’s girl-friend and his unbroken and almost sadistic will to make her killer suffer. The serial killer is played by “Old Boy” star Choi Min-sik and the government agent is played by Lee Byung-hyum ( Hero, GI Joe: Rise of Cobra). This film has been compared to Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance Trilogy (containing Oldboy). The director is Kim Ji-woon, who has found recent international success with his “The Good, The Bad, The Weird.” Considering, the great cast and proven director, I think this film will be an excellent grunge revenge tale and eventually get a successful US release. In recent years, Korean films have been slowly but increasingly finding an audience in the United States. More popular films that have been released in the US are, “The Host”, “Oldboy”, “My Wife is a Gagster”, “My Sassy Girl” and “II mare” (remade as The Lake House). I’ve seen both “The Host” and “Oldboy” and recommend them but with some small stipulations. “Oldboy” is excellent but extremely gruesome and not suitable for the squeamish and The Host has a unique take on the monster genre, with some impressive cinematic attributes; but its special effects and overall story were somewhat ungratifying.
Tony Gilroy, writer of the first three Bourne films and director of Duplicity and Michael Clayton, is writing and directing the Bourne spin-off "Bourne Legacy." Empire Magazine reports that he is currently taking meetings with several actors to replace Matt Damon.
Yes, Bourne Legacy will NOT star Matt Damon. Specific reasons can only be speculated but there haven’t been any reports that would suggest a negative separation. I think Damon and Paul Greengrass (Director of Bourne 1-3) are just ready to move on. Continuing with Bourne Legacy, so far (according to Deadline) there is a long list of actors pursuing this role: Jake Gyllenhaal, Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Tobey Maguire, Paul Dano, Micheal Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund, Micheal Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer, Taylor Kitsch and Benjamin Walker. This is a ridiculous list; half of these candidates are absurd and the other half are already attached to many other projects. For example, Tobey Maguire...his mere consideration is an insult to the franchise or even pretty boys like Alex Pettyfer (I am Number Four) or Taylor Kitsch (Wolverine: X-men Origins) don’t come remotely close to the likes of a potential successor. But on the other side of things better actors such as Micheal Fassbender, Paul Dano and Jake Gyllenhaal are already attached to many other films and (in my opinion) just don't seem to fit either.
Out of this odd assortment of actors personally, I think Garrett Hedlund (Tron, Four Brothers) or Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom) would be good choices. Both would take the film in different dirrections but they share similar attributes in their versatility, intensity and rising careers. Garrett Hedlund, I know is somewhat of a strange choice but his roles in “Death Sentence” and “Four Brothers” showcase his adaptability, and capable honesty and grit. But despite my opinion, I think it’s safe to say that Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Hartnett are forerunners.
I hope it keeps a lot of the original science fiction elements since the words "contemporary" have been attached to the official synopsis. I would assume this means we won't be seeing an advanced/futuristic world of espionage. Along with the exclusion of Mars elements from the original film have been scrapped likely to save the studio money.
I really hope they don't go the route of The Adjustment Bureau which looks like it could end up one of the worst adaptations of Phillip K. Dick's work because of it's lack of futuristic science fiction elements. I believe Dick's stories are best used in film when they're applied to a full-on science fiction movie Blade Runner, Minority Report and Total Recall being the best of the bunch.
Chu recently spoke to MTV on his thoughts of directing a G.I. Joe sequel before this news broke. It sounds like he is an actual fan growing up with the original cartoon and believes there is still a movie to be told for "real" fans of the franchise. I believe Chu is from my generation it's a big bonus for fans as he could take the film to places a non-fan couldn't.
"'Joe' is something I've loved since I was a kid," he told us. "I still think there's a movie out there that can be done for the real 'Joe' fans, the one we've been waiting for that hasn't been done before."
"My era was 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,' 'G.I. Joe' and 'Transformers,'" he continued. "When 'Joe' changed their theme song from the old style—'Go Joe!'—to 'Got to get tough, go Joe!' That was the era I was in. Those are the fun, glory years that I remember."
While there is a script in place by the interesting writing duo of Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (Zombieland, Deadpool, Venom) they haven't signed anyone to reprise their roles. Paramount is first going after Channing Tatum to return as Duke but don't expect everyone to come back. I assume actors like Sienna Miller, Joesph Gordon-Levitt, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Rachel Nichols could need some convincing as they have other projects to consider.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Scoot McNairy (Monsters) has been linked for a role as well but it's unknown if he'll end up in the movie. As he's set to be a lead in Cogan's Trade and could take a role in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
There are some rumors suggesting that the story could involve the original aliens but might be unrecognizable from the ones in the original two films. Like how the alien in Alien3 was hosted by a dog and moved/looked different from the aliens hosted by humans. A planet used to grow bio-weapons could also be involved this might be the origin planet of the xenomorphs. Of course this is all speculation also with the persistent talk of the space jockey being in the film as well. Prometheus along with Elysium are two science fiction films I'm dying to see in 2012. No matter how much of the original alien is involved. I've been waiting a long time for Ridley Scott to return to science fiction and the quality of the cast he's trying to assemble speaks volumes to me.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Lovecraft is to horror what Philip K. Dick is science fiction or Tolkien to fantasy and it's shocking that Hollywood hasn't mined more of his classic tales. Of course Guillermo del Toro's gestating At The Mountains of Madness could help expose the author to mainstream audiences.
If Jon Favreau wasn't going to make Magic Kingdom I'd love to see him take on a horror project. Of course my favorite to direct this would be Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield). With August's possible involvement I wouldn't rule out Tim Burton directing.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
A new horror sci-fi film in the same "Handy Cam POV" genre as Cloverfield, Quarantine and Paranormal Activity. Apollo 18 follows two Astronauts on a top secret recon mission to the moon. While researching they begin to experience unexplained malfunctions and communication losses. Further investigating their mysterious complications they venture outside of the ship and encounter alien creatures.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
A Preacher film would need be a hard-R similar to Watchmen to work properly and it's unknown if Sony is willing to go that route. I've never read the comic so I don't know what to think of his involvement. Yet it seems like Sony should have gone with more of an auteur filmmaker. I'll give Caruso some credit, he's been trying very hard to get a Y The Last Man film into theaters for years.
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The true life story inspired both Miami Vice and Scarface. "In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago - and it put the city on the map. "Cocaine Cowboys" is the true story of how Miami became the drug, murder and cash capital of the United States, told by the people who made it all happen." The film will focus on the infamous American drug trafficers Jon Roberts and Micky Munday. Peter Berg (Hancock) had been attached previously to direct but has focused on Battleship instead.
Monday, February 21, 2011
The budding production company is aligned with Paramount Pictures similar to the relationship of Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Their current projects include True Grit and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. McQuarrie has recently moved into writing genre based films working on The Wolverine for Darren Aronofsky and Jack The Giant Killer for Bryan Singer. He was also an uncredited writer on the first X-Men film.