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Heavy Metal – Who is writing and directing the sci-fi anthology?

Posted by LiveFor on March 11, 2010

Been a while since there has been any movement on the new Heavy Metal sci-fi anthology animated movie. Now author Neal Asher (check out my interview with him) has some more info on who will be directing and writing the various sections for the film – some top directors involved. I wonder if Cameron’s would have any ties to the Avatar universe?

Pre-release Information – A $50 million budget 3D CG animated movie based on the magazine. This probably won’t have any stories from the first 1981 movie, however like the first one, it will feature around seven or eight different stories. Each segment will be directed by a different person. The title to this movie hasn’t been chosen yet. This current title is just a placeholder.

Main Crew:
Executive Producer – David Fincher and James Cameron
Producer – Kevin Eastman and Tim Miller
Director – David Fincher (1 segment)
Director – James Cameron (1 segment)
Director – Zack Snyder (1 segment, a story that Kevin Eastman wrote)
Director – Gore Verbinski (1 segment)
Director – Mark Osborne (1 segment, a comedy with Jack Black)
Director – Tim Miller (1 segment)
Director – Jeff Fowler (1 segment)
Director – Kevin Eastman (tentatively 1 segment)
Director – Guillermo del Toro (tentatively 1 segment)
Director – Rob Zombie (tentatively 1 segment)

Writer – Marc Laidlaw (1 segment)
Writer – Steve Niles (1 segment)
Writer – Joe Haldeman (1 segment)
Writer – Neal Asher (1 segment)
Writer – Kevin Eastman (1 segment, a story that Zack Snyder will direct)
? – Jack Black (a comedy segment that Mark Osborne will direct. No details on how he’s involved, but most likely will be an actor)
? – Jhonen Vasquez (no details on how he’s involved, but most likely will be a writer)

Which of the writers and directors excites you the most?

Source: Heavy Metal

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UPDATED: Peter Berg to take on Battleships

Posted by LiveFor on September 15, 2009

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UPDATE 08/11/09: Now it appears the film will involve the battleships fighting aliens! More here.

Universal has set 1st July 2011, for the release of Battleship, confirming Peter Berg as director of the live-action pic based on Hasbro’s naval combat board game.

According to Variety the deal is part of a two-picture pic pact Berg has made where he’ll follow Battleship with an Afghan war drama Lone Survivor.

Aside from “Battleship” and “Stretch Armstrong,” Universal is separately developing “Clue” with Gore Verbinski, “Monopoly” with Ridley Scott, “Candyland” with director Kevin Lima, and “Ouija” with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes.

Personally I find the whole adapting a board game into a film a bit strange. Although the original Clue (Cluedo to us Brits) was rather funny. Mind you I would love to see adaptions of board games such as Dark Future, Zombies!!!, Arkham Horror and Descent.

For Berg, the picture realizes a passion for ship-bound war stories that he picked up from his naval historian father.

“I’ve been consumed with doing one of these since I tried to convince Tom Rothman at Fox to make a film about John Paul Jones, the founder of the American Navy,” Berg said. “As a kid, I was dragged from Navy museum to museum, and spent so much time on ships, listening to my father talk about the great battles of WWII, I did my high school thesis on the Battle of Midway. When this came up, it didn’t take me long to find a take for a film that is filled with raucous action-packed naval battles.”

That does sound cool though. Lots of ships blowing the crap out of each other. As long as they get a good cast involved then it could be a great war movie.

Berg called the film “a contemporary story of an international five-ship fleet engaged in a very dynamic, violent and intense battle” — but he would not disclose any details about the enemy force.

The film will be the next directorial assignment for Berg. Obviously this means that some of Berg’s other projects such as Hancock 2 and a remake of Dune will be pushed even further back.

What do you think of a Battleship film? Any other board games out there that should be made into a film?

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Pirates of the Caribbean 4 before The Lone Ranger

Posted by LiveFor on June 11, 2009

Jerry Bruckheimer who is currently working on The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time spoke to Coming Soon about the Disney films The Lone Ranger and Pirates of the Caribbean 4. Johnny Depp will be back as Captain Jack and is also meant to be playing Tonto

It looks as if Disney are focused on getting the next installement of “Pirates” sorted out.

“It’s a great franchise for them and for us, too,” said Bruckheimer. “A beloved character and Johnny’s really excited about coming back to Captain Jack. He certainly is interested in Tonto, but Disney’s priority is to get ‘Pirates’ made first. You never know what’s going to happen, but they would like it.”

It makes sense for Disney to focus on a new Pirates movie. It is an almost guaranteed money maker so they will want to keep on mining that for all it is worth. I hope they take it back to the simpler kind of tale like the first film. It also looks as if Depp will be the only main star returning.

Bruckheimer shared that the original writers, Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot, were “writing ‘Pirates’ as we speak,” and he said it was “funny” and a “whole new way of going” although he wouldn’t share more than that.

Since Gore Verbinski recently announced that he may not direct a movie based on the video game BioShock, Bruckheimer was aked if there was a chance he might return for a fourth movie. “You never know,” he admitted. “He created the franchise so we’d love to have him back, but it’s kind of up to him.”

Bruckheimer was then asked about what was happening with The Lone Ranger as, apart from Depp, no casting for the lead character has been announced (although Matthew McConaughey had been rumoured). “Wait until they got a director and Disney says to go make the movie.” This means previous rumours that Prince of Persia director Mike Newell was in talks to direct the movie are untrue. “We don’t have a director yet. He’s too busy on ‘Prince of Persia’ right now,” Bruckheimer confirmed.

Just so you know this is a fan made trailer.

What do you want to see in a new Pirates of the Caribbean film? Will it be the rumoured quest for the fountain of youth? Who should direct The Lone Ranger film and who would be best to play that masked man?

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Cameron and Zombie join Heavy Metal

Posted by LiveFor on June 7, 2009

Film School Rejects recently caught up with TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman and asked him if he had any updates on the new Heavy Metal film. “I’ve got breaking news that Fincher and James Cameron are going to be co-executive producers on the film. Fincher will direct one. Cameron will direct one. Zack Snyder is going to direct one and Gore Verbinski is going to. Mark Osborne and Jack Black from Tenacious D are going to do a comedy segment for the film.”

/Film have since found out that Rob Zombie (Halloween) is also going to direct a segment.

All in all this sci-fi animated anthology is shaping up to having some major names involved.

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The old Wentworth in Bioshock rumour may be a slightly bigger rumour

Posted by LiveFor on May 27, 2009

Back in April I posted the story that Wentworth Miller and Al Pacino were going to star in Gore Verbinski’s Bioshock adaption. That was apparantly an April Fool.

What do you think? Is he talking about the film or just that he’s going to be playing the game on his down time?

Then it turned out that Verbinski was no longer making the film and it had died a slow death.

Now, according to Bloody Disgusting, it looks as if there is some movement on the film and the April Fool wasn’t so foolish.

Late last night “Prison Break” star Wentworth Miller updated his Twitter page with this shocking tweet, “Prison Break may be ending, but I’ve got things in the works. Hint…one word: Bioshock.

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Heavy Metal – Kevin Eastman talks about it’s progress

Posted by LiveFor on May 12, 2009


Heavy Metal is a new version of the old animated sci-fi anthology based around the cool comic book anthology. Anthology used twice in one sentence. That could be a record.

Movieweb caught up with Kevin Eastman (he of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) who is producing the film with David Fincher and Tim Miller.

Here is what he had to say about it’s progress:

Right now, David has a grand plan and he’s asked us to sort of keep those cards close to our chest until the right announcement comes out, but what I can tell you is that part of the frustrating part of going through the studio system, which David knows more than Tim (Miller) and I. Guys like Zack Snyder and Gore Verbinski and Mark Osborne have committed to come on board and direct sequences in this. There are three other directors, that I can’t tell you yet, but will be jaw-dropping when we can tell you. David has put together a program that is pretty outstanding and it’s sort of fascinating for guys like Tim and I, who have worked at the studio level, at a number of levels, but never at a David Fincher level. Whereas we would’ve probably agreed to the deal seven versions ago, David is still negotiating and it’s like, ‘Oh my God, we just want to do this movie,’ but, all kidding aside, that’s why we’re working with David. Not only does he have just a brilliant vision, and a great sense of storytelling but he’s very committed to doing this right. We don’t want to spend $50 million and not blow everybody out of the water with this project. I’d guess within the next 30 days would be the official announcement of what’s going on and where it’s going, and then we can talk again.

I am itching to hear more about the directors and animators involved in this film.

Neal Asher is one of the writers and you can read more about his involvement in my interview with him.

Are you looking forward to the Heavy Metal film? What do you want to see in it?

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Bioshock has run out of Adam for now

Posted by LiveFor on April 27, 2009

Universal Pictures has put the brakes on Bioshock, the Gore Verbinski-directed live-action adaptation of the bestselling Take-Two Interactive vidgame according to Variety.

The picture was in pre-production, but the studio has halted that effort — and let some production staff go — as Universal and Verbinski figure out a way to make the film on a less costly budget.

The John Logan-scripted picture was gearing up to shoot in Los Angeles, but that changed when the budget rose to about $160 million. Universal and Verbinski are looking at alternatives, such as shooting in London, as a way to pare costs.

The story takes place in the underwater city Rapture, where a pilot crash-lands near a secret entrance and becomes involved in a power struggle.

“We were asked by Universal to move the film outside the U.S. to take advantage of a tax credit,” Verbinski said. “We are evaluating whether this is something we want to do. In the meantime, the film is in a holding pattern.”

Verbinski and sources at the studio say they are determined to make the pic. Indeed, Verbinski (who has also been directing the Paramount animated film “Rango”) bowed out of directing a fourth installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean” so he could direct “Bioshock” and produce under his Blind Wink banner.

Studio sources said that the budget simply became untenable, but Universal sources said the situation is no different than when the studio delayed the start of the untitled Robin Hood pic that Ridley Scott is now directing with Russell Crowe starring. Universal is making that picture for $130 million, a much smaller budget than in its first incarnation. For a number of reasons that included the need for extra script work, that picture temporarily halted, which enabled Crowe to star in “State of Play” when Brad Pitt fell out.

All parties vow that “Bioshock” will not become another “Halo,” the would-be live-action adaptation of the Microsoft game that was cancelled when U and Fox got cold feet over budget fears.

Cheers to Pam for sending me the news. I personally hope the film does get made as it is a brilliant game with a cracking story. Do you want to see a Bioshock film? Would you want Verbinski to carry on directing it if it does start up again?

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Bioshock has run out of Adam for now

Posted by LiveFor on April 27, 2009

Universal Pictures has put the brakes on Bioshock, the Gore Verbinski-directed live-action adaptation of the bestselling Take-Two Interactive vidgame according to Variety.

The picture was in pre-production, but the studio has halted that effort — and let some production staff go — as Universal and Verbinski figure out a way to make the film on a less costly budget.

The John Logan-scripted picture was gearing up to shoot in Los Angeles, but that changed when the budget rose to about $160 million. Universal and Verbinski are looking at alternatives, such as shooting in London, as a way to pare costs.

The story takes place in the underwater city Rapture, where a pilot crash-lands near a secret entrance and becomes involved in a power struggle.

“We were asked by Universal to move the film outside the U.S. to take advantage of a tax credit,” Verbinski said. “We are evaluating whether this is something we want to do. In the meantime, the film is in a holding pattern.”

Verbinski and sources at the studio say they are determined to make the pic. Indeed, Verbinski (who has also been directing the Paramount animated film “Rango”) bowed out of directing a fourth installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean” so he could direct “Bioshock” and produce under his Blind Wink banner.

Studio sources said that the budget simply became untenable, but Universal sources said the situation is no different than when the studio delayed the start of the untitled Robin Hood pic that Ridley Scott is now directing with Russell Crowe starring. Universal is making that picture for $130 million, a much smaller budget than in its first incarnation. For a number of reasons that included the need for extra script work, that picture temporarily halted, which enabled Crowe to star in “State of Play” when Brad Pitt fell out.

All parties vow that “Bioshock” will not become another “Halo,” the would-be live-action adaptation of the Microsoft game that was cancelled when U and Fox got cold feet over budget fears.

Cheers to Pam for sending me the news. I personally hope the film does get made as it is a brilliant game with a cracking story. Do you want to see a Bioshock film? Would you want Verbinski to carry on directing it if it does start up again?

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Bioshock – Fan made film trailer

Posted by LiveFor on April 14, 2009

MarquisDesign mashed up a lot of films to make this trailer. It actually works rather well.

The films he used are “City of Lost Children,” “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,” “Casshern” “Dark City,” “Cast Away,” “James Cameron’s Aliens of the Deep, An IMAX Film,” “I Robot,” “Silent Hill,” and “Artificial Intelligence.”

Did that impress you? What do you want to see in the Gore Verbinski helmed film?

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Verbinski walks the plank from Pirates to Bioshock

Posted by LiveFor on April 8, 2009

This is sort of a done deal that I’ve mentioned before – most recently in an April Fool post. Now Variety have confirmed it.

After spending the better part of the last six years directing the “Pirates of the Caribbean” trilogy, which grossed $2.6 billion worldwide, Verbinski has informed Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer that he will not helm a fourth installment that’s expected to set sail in 2010 with Johnny Depp back as Captain Jack Sparrow.

Sequel is in development but not yet greenlit. It’s unknown how Verbinski’s ankling will affect the pic’s schedule.

Verbinski will instead focus on other projects that include “Bioshock,” a Universal Pictures adaptation of the bestselling vidgame that has a John Logan script and is likely to be Verbinski’s next film as a director.

“I had a fantastic time bringing ‘Pirates’ to life, and I am eternally grateful to Jerry, Johnny and the rest of the creative and production team,” Verbinski said. “I’m looking forward to all of us crossing paths again in the future.”

Verbinski is still working with Depp, though. He has been directing “Rango,” a CG-animated film for Paramount Pictures, with Depp voicing the title character. Logan wrote the script based on an idea by Verbinski. Paramount has set a March 2011 release.

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