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Jackie – Darren Aronofsky to direct Rachel Weisz

Posted by LiveFor on April 14, 2010

Jackie follows the days following President Kennedy’s assassination from the viewpoint of his wife. It shows the four days between JFK’s assassination and his burial, showing Jackie at both her most vulnerable and her most graceful.

News from the Hollywood Insider is that Academy-Award winning actress Rachel Weisz has the role of the late first lady. Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler), will direct and produce, along with his producing partner Scott Franklin and their Protozoa Pictures film company.

This had been rumoured to be a Steven Spielberg project but that is no longer the case.

It will be interesting to see how Aronofsky’s style translates to telling this tale. Weisz could be a good choice for the lead.

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Serena – Angelina Jolie and Darren Aronofsky may team up for thriller in the woods

Posted by LiveFor on March 1, 2010

Angelina Jolie and Darren Aronofsky are in talks to adapt Ron Rash’s 2008 period book – Serena: A Novel according to THR.

The story is set in the rugged mountains of 1929 North Carolina and follows a man named George Pemberton and his new bride, Serena, as they create a timber empire. Serena not only takes to the woods, but she also pushes her husband to commit more and more ruthless acts. When she learns she cannot bear a child, Serena sets out to murder the son her husband fathered illegitimately.

Sounds like a nice, cheerful tale! Joking aside, it is one of those stories that actors loves as it gives them a chance to go all out and do a great performance.

Jolie is currently filming The Tourist with Johnny Depp. She had dropped out of Wanted 2, which had supposedly killed the sequel although Universal are saying it is still go (not that difficult to continue without Jolie considering the fate of her character in the first on). She was meant to have signed up for the Alfonso Cuaron sci-fi film Gravity, but there are conflicting reports on whether she actually has and there is the old news that she was looking to star in an adaption of Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta novels.

What that all means is that I haven’t got a Scooby Doo about what she will be filming once The Tourist wraps up. Out of all of them I would like to see her star in Gravity, but if reports are true that she is no longer attached to that then Serena would be a good one to see.
Aronofsky has just finished filming Black Swan starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis so Serena could be his next one.
Which one of the rumoured projects would you like to see Jolie star in next? If it is Serena what actor would you like to see star opposite her?

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Robocop – Darren Aronofsky is still attached to the reboot

Posted by LiveFor on February 10, 2010

The last we had heard about the proposed Robocop reboot was this it was pretty much dead in the water and Darren Aronofsky didn’t want to film it in 3D and had moved on to other things – the film Black Swan featuring Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman as ballet dancers who have a violent sex scene together and one of them may not exist.

Now STYD spoke to screenwriter David Self about the Robocop film.

“I’m still involved with it and Darren Aronofsky’s still involved with it,” said Self. “He’s making another movie right now (Black Swan), but we’re waiting for MGM, to sort things out since they’re a large corporation and it’s a situation where we have to be practical. We’re waiting to continue with them, we hope that that happens soon and we can get back to it soon.”

Will the new film be a sequel, prequel or reboot? Self explained, “It’s definitely not a sequel. It’s an origin story, it’s an origin to the original Robocop. So, it’s basically a ‘reboot’.”

Do you want a Robocop reboot? Who should play Murphy and what do you want to see in it?

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Robocop on hold. Is it the end of the line?

Posted by LiveFor on January 6, 2010

Darren Aronofsky’s stop start work on the Robocop reboot seems to be in jeopardy by the money troubled MGM.

‘Nash’ from the RoboCop Archive spoke to Moviehole, stating that “ I’ve spoken with Phoenix Pictures [and] asked them about the status of ROBOCOP… they told me that the project is on hold. The problem is that Mary Parent, Chairperson of MGM, wants a 3D movie for the new ROBOCOP. But ,as you know, Darren Aronofsky is a real artist and he’s not interested in Gimmicks like,3D,CGI,Filming digital, he wants to do everything as real (organic) as possible just like The Fountain”.

I think Avatar has gone and stuffed up an awful lot of films as the studios suddenly see what 3D can do and the money a well crafted film can bring in. However, many filmmakers and movie goers still look on it as a fad. Plus it doesn’t necessarily fit all films.

Personally I would love to see Aronofsky’s take on Robocop, even though it will probably be nothing like the original. In this day and age of perpetual remakes surely that is a good thing?

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The Wrestler – Grindhouse style trailer

Posted by LiveFor on October 22, 2009

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Moon, 2009 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on June 22, 2009

Director: Duncan Jones
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey
Running Time: 97 minutes

Another great review by Richard Bodsworth who is having a great time at the Edinburgh Film Festival.

Check out my interview with the director, Duncan Jones.

Transformers and Terminator Salvation are just two of the multi million pound budgeted blockbusters released this summer. We all love a good sci-fi film, but what the majority of the current crop neglect is a fundamental rule of filmmaking, a proper story with interesting and engaging characters. It is a well known fact that Michael Bay is more interested in blowing shit up rather than developing a character or having an intelligent plot. With his debut feature, MOON, Duncan Jones shows that a big budget isn’t everything when creating a sharp, smart and frankly brilliant film.

With the Earth’s immediate energy crisis, corporation Lunar have began extracting helium 3 from the Moon as a viable alternative. Rockwell plays Sam Bell, a lone astronaut stationed at the lunar base with only a talking computer, Gerty (Spacey) for company. His job is to oversee the helium 3 extractions. With only two weeks left of his three year tour, things take a disturbing turn when Sam finds someone else on the Moon. Is he hallucinating, or are the corporation trying to replace him? I don’t really want to go any deeper into plot details in fear of giving anything away, but what ensures is a taught psychological battle and the one man Rockwell show.

At first glance you could easily mistake Moon for a Hollywood picture. It boasts some great visual effects and features two very well know actors in Rockwell and Spacey. I was shocked to discover the film is in fact an independent British film, with a reported budget of less than 5 million dollars, and that most effects were completed using models. The set built lunar surface is a beautifully bleak landscape, its desolation helps enforce the fact Sam is all alone in lunar base Sarang.

The film pays homage to some of the classic sci-fi films of the late 60’s and 70’s, at points you could be forgiven for thinking you are in the Nostromo. The environmental theme parallels with Silent Running and most people will quickly draw a 2001 comparison with the talking computer, Gerty. Jones direction however, stops the film from falling into a simple retro rehash. His razor sharp direction keeps the film fresh and a with the help of Clint Mansell’s wonderful score, creates a eerily claustrophobic and ultimately uneasy atmosphere. Mansell is always an underrated commodity, but his scores often add that extra something as seen in his collaborations with Darren Aronofsky.

Sam Rockwell is outstanding as the astronaut slowly losing his sanity. It must be terribly difficult to be the only person on show, he is rarely off screen, but his intensity holds the audience like super glue and it is impossible to tear your eyes away. Going from bored worker, to emotional husband and father to mentally tortured, Rockwell delivers perhaps his greatest leading role. His performances in The Green Mile and The Assassination Of Jesse James amongst others have always been a personal highlight for me. Throughout all the tension he manages to give the film some breathing room with lightly comical interactions with Gerty.

For the whole 97 minutes there is not a boring moment and is paced just right. Although the plot is tight, there are points where you think you have the whole thing sussed but somehow it manages to make you doubt yourself. This is the thing I enjoyed and admired the most.

The lack of knowledge behind the Lunar corporation adds to the mystery, and if Jones continues with future films based in the Moon realm, there is vast amounts to build on. Moon is the perfect launch platform into a great sci-fi trilogy which, at the moment, the genre sorely needs. My only hope is that Jones sticks to formula that worked so well for him here, and doesn’t jeopardise his outstanding work when offered a bigger budget. I implore everyone to see this amazing piece of British cinema, you will not be disappointed.

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The Random – Primeval, Aronofsky/Portman, The Karate Kid, DiCaprio’s Online Poker film, Honey Pot, Friday 13th, The Birds, Akira,

Posted by LiveFor on June 16, 2009

– British dinosaur-themed sci-fi series Primeval will not be returning for a fourth season reports Total Sci-Fi Online. The still popular show has fallen victim to substantial budget cuts at the fledgling ITV network in the UK which has seen other popular shows like crime procedural “Wire in the Blood” similarly get the axe before their time.

– Natalie Portman is attached to play the lead in Darren Aronofsky’s supernatural thriller Black Swan says The Hollywood Reporter. Black Swan centers on a veteran ballerina (Portman) who finds herself locked in a competitive situation with a rival dancer, with the stakes and twists increasing as the dancers approach a big performance. But it’s unclear whether the rival is a supernatural apparition or if the protagonist is simply having delusions. Mark Heyman has done a rewrite of John McLaughlin’s original script for the film.

– Paramount Pictures has picked up an untitled film pitch about the world of Costa Rica-based online casinos for Leonardo DiCaprio to star in says the trades. Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Rounders, Ocean’s Thirteen) came up with the idea which DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran will produce for his Appian Way production company.

– Paramount Pictures and Montecito Co. have picked up Liz Meriwether’s action-comedy script Honey Pot says Variety. While the storyline is being kept top secret, the film will feature two female leads and be set in the world of international espionage.

– Steven Conrad (“The Pursuit of Happyness”) has been hired to rewrite the remake of The Karate Kid for Sony Pictures says Risky Biz Blog. Conrad takes over for Chris Murphy who was originally hired to write the script of the reboot starring Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith and Taraji P. Henson.

– Talking with Movieweb producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form spilled on the progress of various Platinum Dunes projects.
First up, the sequel to this year’s hit Friday the 13th remake. “We want to have fun. We want to present something that audiences haven’t seen before. One of the things they haven’t seen before is Jason in the snow” said Fuller.
The pair also admits that their planned remake of The Birds is still very much stuck in development – “We keep trying. I don’t know. That is so hard to get the script right. We struggle with it. I won’t have anything to say until the script is finished. We lay ourselves out there and get annihilated out there online all day long,and [The Birds] just opens us up to a whole different level of annihilation…it doesn’t feel like that’s up next for us.”

– The Leonardo DiCaprio-produced live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic 1988 anime feature Akira has been ditched according to Bloody Disgusting. The project was a two-part film that Warners and DiCaprio’s Appian Way had been developing with Gary Whitta (“The Book of Eli”) scripting and Ruairi Robinson directing. Now according to BD, who first broke the news of the project 18 months ago, not only has Robinson left the project but the overall project is “dead as a doornail” according to two sources.

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Murphy it’s you – Robocop remake news

Posted by LiveFor on June 15, 2009

It has been a while since there has been an update regarding this project. An MGM spoke to io9 about the Robocop remake / reboot. It is still being made, but it won’t be out for a 2010 release. The rep said that the studio had told distributors at an event a couple weeks ago to expect the movie in 2011. He said director Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, The Fountain) and screenwriter David Self (Road to Perdition) were still working on the script, and that no casting had been completed.

“Darren and David are working on it now, and we look forward to seeing it in 2011.”

I do still wonder what they can do with Robocop. The original film was a work of wonder. The fact Aronofsky is attached does intrigue me though.

Hopefully, they’ll keep the cool look of Robocop in place. What do you want from the new Robocop film? Who could play the titanium encased lawman?

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Christian Bale joins The Fighter

Posted by LiveFor on April 21, 2009

Christian Bale and “Three Kings” director David O. Russell are joining “The Fighter” for Relativity Media and Paramount Pictures says Variety.

The drama follows boxer Irish Mickey Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his unlikely path to become world lightweight champion.

Bale plays Dicky Eklund, Mickey’s half-brother and a talented fighter who once went the distance with Sugar Ray Leonard in a title fight but then turned to crime and landed in prison.

Then he turned his life around and helped his underperforming brother find the spark for a remarkable run that led to the world title.

Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and director Darren Aronofsky were previously attached to the project and has since moved on.

David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing with shooting kicking off in July.

Source: Dark Horizons

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The Slasher by Darren Aronofsky "If you’ve ever been folded backwards you’ve seen me!"

Posted by LiveFor on February 25, 2009

Johnny at the always excellent Freddy in Space site (check it out if you love horror – loads of stuff on there) has come across this brilliant Jason (Friday the 13th) and The Wrestler mash-up. Make sure you listen to the Bruce Springsteen inspired song.

Mickey Rourke should play a slasher. Who could he play? Even better what horror movie could Darren Aronofsky direct (although Requiem for a Dream was almost a horror!)

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