Check out Ralph Fiennes in camo gear shooting in the Serbian city, Pancevo. It is for his adaption of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. It is all looking very Hurt Locker.
Fiennes is directing as well as playing Caius Martius ‘Coriolanus’. Gerard Butler is Tullus Aufidius, Vanessa Redgrave is Volumnia and Brian Cox is Senator Menenius.
John Logan, the screenwriter behind The Aviator and Gladiator, wrote the script.
The production was first announced at last year’s Cannes film festival, where Fiennes was keen to present it as racy, exciting action thriller. “People who’ve read the script think it’s a page-turner,” he told Screen International. “I want it to be an edge-of-seat film.”
Looks like this updated version of the play should be very cool.
Our favourite Spartan King and action star Gerard Butler recently spoke to MTV about the Marc Forster scripted tale of Sam Childers – the real life Machine Gun Preacher.
“Basically it’s the story of– this guy is still alive, I just spent time with him in Pennsylvania. His name is Sam Childers. He grew up a thug, a very violent guy. He was a drug dealer. And found god, found a new way. Started his own business.” We’ve heard that tale a few times, but he actually decided to make a difference.
“And then ends up down in Sudan, just goes down to stick some roofs on houses down there. He saw some of the most awful atrocities that were happening down there with these guerilla forces that would move in and kidnap the kids, kill the families. So he took it on himself to do something about it. Went back [to the United States], became a preacher in Pennsylvania, raises money and builds an orphanage down there to protect the kids and ends up joining forces with the southern Sudanese People’s Liberation [Movement].”
“Picks up a machine gun and is fighting the rebels with guns, grenades, machine guns in order to go and rescue some of these kids. He basically became a warrior and lived both– he’s still a preacher back in Pennsylvania and he’s still a warrior down in [Sudan.]“
A real life Punisher style superhero and it is all true. Butler is to play Childers in the film and you can check out the Machine Gun Preachers official site. Sounds like it will make one hell of a film.
John Carpenter’s Escape from New York is a classic and deservedly so (we won’t mention Escape from LA). Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken is one of cinema’s greatest antiheroes. It is one of those films that still stands up today and you would be hard pressed to capture that kind of magic again.
Of course that means nothing to Hollywood who have been trying to get it remade for a few years now. Len Wiseman was set to direct it and Gerard Butler was rumoured to star as Snake. Things moved on and creative differences meant they were no longer attached and a workable script just didn’t seem to be possible. Everything put forward was just too expensive for the studios. John Carpenter also had a contract drawn up saying that in any remake the main character had to only be called Snake, always wear an eye patch, and, “always be a ‘bad-ass.” John Carpenter is always cool.
Scripts for the remake could never capture the essential bad-assedness needed for Snake. Until now.
Now Vulture have the news that writer Allen Loeb (Wall Street 2) has written a script has Snake Plissken as a bad-ass and is cheap enough for the studios.
Loeb nailed the humour in Plissken without slipping into camp, and he changed Snake’s rescue-mission target from a president to a female senator, thereby upping the banter quotient. But just as big a factor was economic: They found a much cheaper way to turn Manhattan into a giant prison.
This cheaper way was to keep the city in one piece, but the population evacuated.
This Manhattan was evacuated and turned into a privately run penal colony after the detonation of a crude radioactive dirty bomb on the outskirts of the city. “It is not a disaster movie,” says a source close to the project. “It is an exposé of an ecosystem, if you put a huge wall around Manhattan and then dropped in the most fucked-up, dangerous criminals on Earth.” This means New York will still be recognizable to audiences, à la I Am Legend, rather than an entirely new Armageddon Island.
Whack a great big wall around the place (CGI could take care of this) and there is your prison. I am not sure about changing the President to a female senator. Going to rescue the President (Donald Pleasance in the original) straight away told you how big a deal the mission was.
Like in the original movie, the authorities have set up shop in the Statue of Liberty (though this time it’s not the police, it’s a private, KBR-like security company), and now new prisoners are being processed through Ellis Island.
At least it sounds as if they have put a bit of thought into it all. Yet, it could so easily be terrible.
There is still no need for a remake, but it looks as if it is going to happen. Therefore, who should direct it, but more importantly, who has the balls to play Snake?
The film is about a bounty hunter (Butler) hired to retrieve his ex-wife (Aniston), who has skipped bail.
During the pursuit there will be comedy, drama and they will come to the stunning conclusion that they still love each other. Oh and they’ll be hand cuffed together having lost the key and being stranded in the middle of the desert. They’ll then have to sleep in the open and one of them will wake up and look at the other one sleeping.
No doubt there will be another Bounty Hunter in pursuit of Jennifer but he will be a really nasty one with a scar or something…maybe a dog or a mullet!
If there hasn’t already been, news will surface that during the shoot Aniston and Butler were romantically linked.
The film will open with little or no fanfare, make a bit of cash and then sink into the morass of rom-com failure.
The Los Angeles Times have a great article about the forthcoming crop of films based on tales from Ancient Greece – The Clash of the Titans, Percy Jacksons and the Olympians to name but two.
They also spoke with Frank Miller about his follow-up feature to 300, the Zack Snyder-directed adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel about King Leonidas and his doomed army of Spartans. It was a huge success and since then there have been rumours of sequel and/or prequels.
Miller said the follow-up is now titled Xerxes, and is set about 10 years before the events of 300. “It’s the battle of Marathon through my lens,” Miller said Wednesday. “I’ve finished the plot and I’m getting started on the artwork.”
Miller said he is not surprised Greece is resurgent in Hollywood. “Every generation returns to ancient Greece because, well, the stories are so damn good,” said the artist, who also directed last year’s The Spirit.
Miller said that during his research trips to Greece he realized that the myth and history overlap begins to blur, which adds to the storytelling allure. “The fact and the myth are inseparable and, believe me, when you go sailing for a while in the Aegean Sea, you start believing in Poseidon.”
There you have it. Straight from the creator’s mouth. 300 prequel is good to go and sounds very interesting. Will Zack Snyder or Gerard Butler return? Do you want to see a prequel?