Rumour has it that this is actually a good Uwe Boll film. I have yet to see it.
Fed up with his dead-end life, Bill constructs a full-body kevlar armor suit and rampages through the streets of his hometown killing everyone in sight, particularly the barista that failed to make him a proper macchiato.
This is one of those pieces that is sort of news but isn’t. Keep on reading and you will see what I mean.
The excellent comic book artist Jock recently tweeted some kind words about Judge Dredd screenwriter Alex Garland, whose script the “Losers” artist is currently developing visuals for.
@jock4twenty working through script visuals for JUDGE DREDD movie. Alex Garland writes a great script.
The reason why I say this is not really new news is that it was known that Alex Garland (The Beach) was working on a Judge Dredd screenplay back in December of last year (more here) and there was some lovely concept art from Jock in January.
However, since then it has all gone a bit quiet. Hence the reason for this post. Looks as if things are slowly creeping forward for 2000AD’s Dredd and Mega City One. Humour me, I just love a bit of Dredd.
I don’t suppose anyone has a copy of the new script they care to send my way?
The question though is who can play Dredd in the new film? Christian Bale, Jason Statham, Bruce Campbell, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, The Rock, Ron Perlman and Billy Zane are just a few ideas. Don’t forget the original take on Dredd was based on Clint Eastwood.
Of course if the big bad of the piece is Judge Death then the main man, Doug Jones (Hellboy, Legion) is the one for that.
Remember last week when I posted the news that Guillermo del Toro would be producing a Deadman film based on the exploits of DC Comics character Boston Brand? What am I talking about. This is the internet you don’t need to remember anything. It’s all there at the click of a mouse. Go read and come back….good. Here we go then.
The Deadman film is meant to be directed by Nikolaj Arcel. The thought was that it would be getting done, along with his Frankenstein film and numerous other projects once the big task of The Hobbit was all done and dusted.
In a few days there will be a BIG announcement (big for me, at least) that is not-Hobbit related. BEFORE anyone starts wondering the usual “how does he have time?, Is this detracting form The Hobbit?” etc It is a project that started over 2 years ago, before The Hobbit and will render fruits in the mid-term, not intruding on my Hobbit duties. Rest assured. The key letter is “D”
The letter D…the obvious one is Deadman, but I don’t think he started that over two years ago. The other options are Dr Strange (which would be amazing in the hands of del Toro), Drood, Daredevil, and whatever else you can think of with D. Maybe Tenacious D?
I reckon it will be Deadman or Dr Strange, probably the latter as that’s been talked about for a few years and Marvel being bought by Disney means another D, but only time will tell. I am surprised that he is going to whack out a quick film before The Hobbit is finished. He sure loves keeping busy.
What D do you think it will be? If Deadman I could see Doug Jones playing him, but if it is Dr Strange then who could be the right actor for that?
This post is brought to you with the letter D and the number 7. Now off to Sesame Street.
The recent Disney/Marvel deal is still making waves around the film world (check out some cool mashups). Now Entertainment Weekly have a certain rumour that is great yet sad at the same time:
“Pixar is said to already be eyeballing an ‘Ant-Man’ movie.”
The Ant-Man film has been mentioned over the years and most recently Director Edgar Wright (‘Shaun of the Dead’, ‘Scott Pilgrim vs the World’) has been developing the feature for Marvel and has written a script. Last July he even said he aimed to return to work on the screenplay after ‘Scott Pilgrim’ is done. That script was co-written with Joe Cornish and is not going to be an out and out comedy.
It was planned to feature both Henry Pym (as the 60s version) and Scott Lang as the modern day version.
However, with the possibility of Pixar being involved and the fact that head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, has not mentioned the Ant-Man film recently suggests that Wright’s version has been put to one side. Mind you this is one little sentence with nothing to confirm it and it is purely supposition that Edgar Wright is off the project.
Another factor that suggests Wright may not be doing it is the fact he has said he will be working on a new film called Baby Driver – a wild spin on the action and crime genre which will be set in the U.S. Then there is the third installment of their “Blood And Ice Cream Trilogy” with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost called “At World’s End.
If Pixar were going to have a crack at an Ant-Man film I am sure it would be pretty amazing although it would not be as close to the knuckle as Edgar Wright’s film would be.
Would you want to see an Edgar Wright or Pixar version of Ant-Man?
As many of you know I live in the wonderful city of Liverpool (Beatles Rock Band out tomorrow). However, I originated from the Wirral which is separated from Liverpool by the River Mersey. Connecting them are a bridge and two tunnels called the Queensway and the Kingsway.
What does this local geography lesson have to do with Live for Films and Harry Potter I hear you ask?
I am glad you did ask otherwise this post would have come to a swift end.
It turns out that there is some second unit filming going on for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It is taking place at the Liverpool side of the Queensway Tunnel. I had a top secret source tell another source…well it was a friend of my Mum telling her and my Mum telling me…that filming was taking place last night, tonight and tomorrow night. The plan was for me to nip down for some snapping of photographs but I was unable to do so.
The photo below is from July when they did some filming at the Dartford Tunnel with stunt doubles. It looks as if all of this will tie into the one scene.
The scene is thought to involve Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane), racing through the tunnel on Sirius Black’s motorbike with Harry Potter in a sidecar fighting off enemies with his wand. This is the bit from the book where there are seven Harry’s to confuse the Death Eaters.
A publicist for the film said: “We have got a unit shooting for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows “There are no principal cast members there. “It is all going very well and everybody has been very accommodating locally.”
Patrick Stewart recently spoke at Dragon*Con over the weekend. While he was there he spoke about his possible appearance in further X-Men and Star Trek films.
Stewart mentioned that he recently co-starred in a production of “Waiting for Godot” with Ian McKellen and the two agreed that they would like continue exploring the relationship between Xavier and McKellen’s X-Men character Magneto. I am still waiting for the X-Men Origins: Magneto film to get off the ground.
Stewart thought that this summer’s reboot of Star Trek was “terrific,” but didn’t see any possibilities for Jean-Luc Picard in the franchise, leaving open only that he would agree to do a cameo in a sequel. Stewart mentioned a proposed final Next Generation film, but after the disappointing box office for Star Trek: Nemesis, it never materialized.
“I feel that I have left behind a legacy as Picard,” he said. “In my head and heart, I’ve moved on.”
The thing is, and apologies for any spoilers, with the whole Trek timeline being smashed apart by Nero in the recent film we have no idea what happened to the character of Jean Luc Picard in the new timeline (although Picard was a major part in the Star Trek Countdown comic book that was a prequel to J J Abrams reboot). Of course if Stewart were to cameo then it would no doubt be from the Next Generation timeline somehow crossing over.
Would you want to see Picard in a new Star Trek film? What do you think happens to Picard in the new timeline?
At the start of August one of the posts in The Random mentioned that Resident Evil 4: Afterlife the 3D sequel was in the works and due out on 27th August 2010. There will also be multiple clones of Alice (Milla Jovovich) in that film.
It doesn’t end there though. Bloody Disgusting has the news that Sony Screen Gems is planning a fifth film.
The word is that the studio is planning a quasi-reboot, which may be called Resident Evil Begins.
The idea is to redo the story of a special military unit who fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident.
I have no idea why they would go and reboot the series when there is plenty of things to mine from the basic idea. Going back to the beginning does seem a little pointless.
I personally feel they should stick with the video games. Are you a fan of the Resident Evil films? How do you feel about a reboot of the series.
Bob Weinstein is hoping to add a whole new dimension to genre label Dimension Films with artier fare such as Cormac McCarthy adaptation The Road, while staying true to the company’s core audience with a new version of Stephen King’s The Children of the Corn and the third part of its revamped “Halloween” franchise in 3-D.
“I can work with my brother Harvey on the artistic side of the film, which has the potential for awards,” Bob Weinstein told Variety. “There are also people out there who may not have read the book but would love the aspects that deal with the basic survival story and are like an action thriller.”
The Weinstein Co. is planning a domestic Thanksgiving release for the film, which stars Viggo Mortensen and newcomer Kodi Smit-McPhee.
However, the company isn’t about to give up on the genre pics that have brought it such success over the years.
Weinstein has tapped Ehren Kruger (“The Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”) to adapt Stephen King short story “Children of the Corn,” which tells the story of a boy preacher who persuades the children in a Nebraska town to kill all the adults. “Corn” was previously made into a feature in 1984 by New World Pictures.
“We felt the New World film was a missed opportunity,” said Weinstein. “If you read the short story, it’s got such a strong feeling to it and there’s this religious overtone to it as well. Ehren wants to hit it hard. It’s popular in Hollywood to say you re-envisioning a project but a lot of the time they’re just carbon copying the original. We are bringing something new to the story.”
Weinstein is also in negotiations with Patrick Lussier (“My Bloody Valentine”) to write and direct a third “Halloween” franchise in 3-D. Weinstein is hoping to release the pic next summer.
“Our core business is always going to be family films like ‘Spy Kids,’ comedies like ‘Scary Movie’ or horror films,” added Weinstein. “I’m not going to start making ‘Shakespeare in Love’ but if something like ‘The Road’ comes along then I’ll do it.”