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The Thing – Prequel gets another actor

Posted by LiveFor on April 19, 2010

Jonathan Lloyd Walker (Shooter, Red, Land of the Dead) will star in The Thing prequel, as Colin according to STYD.

The character breakdown describes him as “[COLIN] Around 40 years old, quirky and a bit cynical, he sews some seeds of doubt and suspicion among his new colleagues, Kate and Adam, and he plays poker with Jonas to blow off steam.”

He’ll star alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton as a radio operator. Walker’s credits include Shooter and the upcoming Red.

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Red – First look at Felicia Day in the Red Riding Hood SyFy film

Posted by LiveFor on March 15, 2010

This is the SyFy film that has nothing to do with the Warren Ellis comic book movie Red starring Bruce Willis.

I mentioned SyFy’s Red a few days ago and now we have this photo of Felicia Day with a gun and it looks as if some kind of creature has just gone bye bye in front of here.

Red (Day) brings her fiancé home, where he meets the family and learns about their business – hunting werewolves. He’s skeptical until bitten by a werewolf. When her family insists he must be killed, Red tries saving him. Red also stars Kavan Smith (Stargate Atlantis) and Stephen McHattie (Pontypool).

Source: STYD

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Excalibur – Guy Ritchie to direct Warren Ellis’ Sword

Posted by LiveFor on March 4, 2010

Apart from the title of this post sounding wrong in a bad way this is some excellent news.

There are currently 2 King Arthur movies on the go in Hollywood. One is a remake of the 1981 Excalibure and Bryan Singer is attached to that. However, he is attached to an awful lot of other things so time will tell on that one.

Better news is for the Warren Ellis version of Excalibur which, “differs from the prior 751 King Arthur movies in many ways, but perhaps most obviously in that it is very specifically about the gathering of the Knights.”

Both versions are with Warner Bros and Pajiba have the news that Guy Ritchie will be directing the Ellis version.

Ritchie is riding high on the success of Sherlock Holmes and that film did go some way to proving to certain naysayers that he was more that just a Lock Stock kind of guy.

Ellis is the man when it comes to cool stories. He has written some of the best comics in recent years – Can’t wait for the Vol 2 Absolute edition of Planetary – so his take on King Arthur and the nights should be batshit insane, yet in a good way. The adaption of his comic book, Red, is currently shooting with Bruce Willis so movie wise Mr Ellis is on the right track.

Are you excited about Guy Ritchie directing a Warren Ellis tale of King Arthur? Who would you like to see play Arthur and what do you want to see happen in the film?

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Red – First photos of Willis in the adaption of Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner comic

Posted by LiveFor on January 22, 2010


Red started shooting earlier this week in Toronto, and now the first photos from the set of Robert Schwentke’s film based on the Wildstorm comic have got onto the web and MTV found them over on The HSX Dude.

The photos show Bruce Willis and Mary-Louise Parker, and show how the adaptation of Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner’s miniseries will look when it arrives on screen on 22nd October. The comic followed a former black-ops CIA agent forced out of retirement to stop a high-tech assassin and discover who ordered his assassination.

Previously, Schwentke told MTV News the film would be a “funny” take on the dark thriller. Ellis has since offered up his thoughts on why the changes were necessary. Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle was a big part of that!

Along with Willis and Parker the film also stars John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, James Remar, Helen Mirren, Julian McMahon, Ernest Borgine, Richard Dreyfuss and Brian Cox.

What do you think of the photos? Lots of hats for Willis by the look of it.

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Warren Ellis’ Red begins shooting…with cameras

Posted by LiveFor on January 19, 2010

Principal photography has begun in Toronto on Summit Entertainment’s spy-thriller “Red,” based on the DC Comics graphic novel of the same name by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner.

Joining previously announced stars Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker and Academy Award®-winners Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman, are two-time Academy Award®-nominee John Malkovich, Karl Urban, Brian Cox, Academy Award®-winners Richard Dreyfuss and Ernest Borgnine, Julian McMahon, James Remar and Rebecca Pidgeon.

“Red” is the story of Frank Moses (Willis), a former black-ops CIA agent, who is now living a quiet life. That is, until the day a hi-tech assassin shows up intent on killing him. With his identity compromised and the life of the woman he cares for, Sarah (Parker), endangered, Frank reassembles his old team (Freeman, Malkovich and Mirren) in a last ditch effort to survive.

Directed by Robert Schwentke (”The Time Traveler’s Wife,” “Flightplan”) from a screenplay by Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber (”Whiteout”), the film is produced by di Bonaventura Pictures’ Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian (”Salt,” “Transformers,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”). Executive producers are Jake Myers (”Shanghai,” “Hollywoodland”) and Gregory Noveck (”Jonah Hex”). Di Bonaventura Pictures’ production executive David Ready serves as co-producer.

“I’m so excited at the phenomenal cast that Robert and our script have attracted,” said di Boneventura. “I think audiences are going to have a great time.”

Summit’s President of Production Erik Feig said, “RED is that classic project with a little bit of something for everyone. We are thrilled to see it come to vivid life with an outstanding cast, incredibly talented director, and top notch producing team. It’s gonna be a good one!””

“Red” will film in and around the Toronto metropolitan area for nine weeks before moving on to the road and ending in New Orleans in late March for the final two weeks of principal photography. The film is scheduled for worldwide release on October 22, 2010.

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John Malkovich joins Warren Ellis’ Red and confirms he may be the Vulture in Spider-Man 4

Posted by LiveFor on January 11, 2010

John Malkovich has signed to star opposite Bruce Willis in Red, Summit’s all-star adaptation of the Wildstorm/DC Comics Warren Ellis miniseries being directed by Robert Schwenke according to THR.

Malkovich is stepping in for John C. Reilly, who exited the role in late December.

“Red” is the tale of a retired black-ops agent (Willis) who must contend with younger, more high-tech assassins who show up to kill him.

The part will allow Malkovich to exercise his comic sensibilities as he plays retired a CIA agent, a contemporary of Willis’, who is erratic and paranoid that everyone is out to kill him and joins Willis in is quest to find out who wants them dead.

Malkovich joins the killer cast that includes Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, Julian McMahon, Richard Dreyfuss, Ernest Borgnine and Brian Cox.

Principal photography begins this week in Toronto.

BadTaste.it is reporting that John Malkovich is still in the running to play The Vulture in Spider-Man 4.

“When conductor Simona Ventura asked him about his role of Vulture in the movie, he not only didn’t deny his involvement, but confirmed that he’s waiting for the final script to be sent to him, and that the movie has been delayed. He also hopes that shooting will begin as soon as possible.”

Malkovich in two comic book movies? What are the chances. The Spidey one could still change as last we heard Sam Raimi was in serious discussions with the studio over the script and villains for the sequel.

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“Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle” – Warren Ellis talks Red

Posted by LiveFor on December 9, 2009

Warren Ellis is the writer behind many great comic books (Transmetropolitan, Black Summer, Freak Angels, NextWave, The Authority, Global Frequency, Gravel, and many more) including the mini-series Red with Cully Hamner.

It is a great little read and the plot goes like this:

Paul Moses is a retired Agent of the CIA, formerly working in “foreign acquisitions”. Living in a secluded area, his human contacts are limited to pleasant phone calls to his handler (who desires what she believes to have been Moses’ type of work) and letters to his niece that lives in England.

Michael Beesley, the newly politically appointed Director of the CIA, is taken to Room R as part of his initiation, where he learns of Moses’ existence and the full extent of his activities. Disgusted by what he has seen, and fearing public reaction should any of those secrets leak out, he orders the assassination of Moses.

A three man hit-team is sent to Moses’ residence, and he kills them, recognizing the pattern of the attack and realizing his death has been sanctioned. He calls his handler only to learn that she has been transferred. He informs the Agency that his status has changed from Green to Red before leaving his house and going on the hunt.

As previously reported it is being turned into a film and so far all we know is that Bruce Willis will play the lead and many other big names are involved.

Not surprisingly it will be a bit different to the source material. Now Warren Ellis has had a look at the script and posted his thoughts on the changes that have had to be made. Basically, I don’t think we need to be worried too much. Here’s what he had to say about it:

RED, the book, is 66 pages long. If you were to film 66 pages of comics, you might, might just about get 40 minutes of film out of it. If you added a musical number. The comics-page to film-minute ratio is pretty bad. A straight adaptation of a 150-page graphic novel might, if you squint at it, get you a 100-minute film. But it’s unlikely, because comics and films use time so differently.

It is in fact best to consider RED as a short story being adapted into film.

The mini-series reads very much like a prologue to a much bigger story so this should work out quite well. This also means that there will have to be a lot more characters than a handful in the comic book.

The new characters are all in theme, all in the same line of work as (Paul in the book, Frank in the film) Moses. The theme being, in part (and also poked at in my other books GLOBAL FREQUENCY and RELOAD) the unexploded bombs of the 20th Century.

I don’t think any of them are bad. Also, did you see the goddamn cast list that’s signed on for those characters? Bruce Willis as Moses, yes. But also: Morgan Freeman, Mary-Louise Parker, John C Reilly, Helen Mirren, Julian McMahon, Brian Cox, Ernest Borgnine and Richard Dreyfus. It reminds me a bit of those 70s films like THE TOWERING INFERNO, that had in them everyone you wanted to see in a film, all at once. RED is a bit like that, only with more automatic weapons.

What does Ellis think about the actual film itself?

The film isn’t as grim as the book. The book is pretty grim. But it’s also pretty small. When I sell the rights to a book, they buy the right to adapt it in whatever way they see fit. I can accept that they wanted a lighter film, and, as I’ve said before, the script is very enjoyable and tight as a drum. They haven’t adapted it badly, by any means. People who’ve enjoyed the graphic novel will have to accept that it’s an adaptation and that by definition means that it’s going to be a different beast from the book. The film has the same DNA. It retains bits that are very clearly from the book, as well as, of course, the overall plotline. But it is, yes, lighter, and funnier. And if anyone has a real problem with that, I say to you once again:

Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle.

I mean, if you don’t want to see a film with Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle, I’m not sure I want to know you.

Works for me. Are you looking forward to the adaption?

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Red gets Ernest Borgnine, Richard Dreyfuss and Julian McMahon – They’re going to need a bigger boat

Posted by LiveFor on November 13, 2009

red cast expandsYes I know the Jaws quote makes no sense in the context of the film about a former black ops agent (Bruce Willis) heading out of retirement, but Dreyfuss is now in it so that’s cool.

Heat Vision had the news that Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck, Fantastic Four), Ernest Borgnine (Airwolf and loads of other things), Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind) and Brian Cox (Trick r Treat, X-Men 2, and another film also called Red) are in negotiations to join the cast for Summit’s adaptation of the Warren Ellis Wildstorm/DC Comics miniseries being directed by Robert Schwentke.

“Red” tells the tale of a former black ops agent (Bruce Willis), now in retirement, who has to contend with younger, more high-tech assassins who show up to kill him.

McMahon would play a Vice President with a dark side who is at the center of a shadow conspiracy.

Borgnine will play the keeper of the CIA’s darkest records, while Dreyfuss will be a wealthy man who builds a fortune out of lucrative government contracts. Cox is a former Cold War spy and nemesis of Willis.

The actors join a cast that includes Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, John C. Reilly and Mary Louise Parker.

The film is scheduled to begin shooting early next year.

“Red” marks the 92-year-old Borgnine’s first role in a major feature in quite some time; the Oscar winner and Bensky Entertainment-repped actor has been appearing in Hallmark movies such as “A Grandpa for Christmas” and making TV appearances for the past decade.

Well Red is certainly getting a big name cast. I hope some of the original coolness from the comic makes it through to the big screen.

What do you think about the casting?

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John C. Reilly and Mary-Louise Parker see Red

Posted by LiveFor on November 5, 2009

parkerJohn C. Reilly (Walk Hard, Step-Brothers) and Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) are in negotiations to join the cast of Red, Summit’s adaptation of the Warren Ellis Wildstorm/DC Comics miniseries being directed by Robert Schwentke (The Time Traveller’s Wife).

The comic was great. Very violent and the synopisis is as follows:

As a C.I.A. operative, Paul Moses’s unique talent for killing took him around the world, from one hotspot to another, carrying out the deadly orders of his superiors. And when he retired, he wanted to put his bloody past behind him. But when a new administration takes over the White House, the powers that be decide that Moses knows too much, forcing him back into the game against the agency that trained him.

The movie is described by Heat Vision blog as a tale of a former black-ops agent (Bruce Willis), now in retirement, who has to contend with younger, more high-tech assassins who show up to kill him.

Reilly would play a retired CIA agent who is paranoid that everyone is out to kill him.

Parker would play the romantic interest, a federal pension worker who becomes embroiled in the Willis character’s struggle to stay alive.

Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren are also starring in it.

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Helen Mirren sees Red

Posted by LiveFor on November 3, 2009

helen-mirren_lScreen Daily recently had some news on the films that are looking for distribution at the upcoming American Film Market in Los Angeles this week, and it revealed that Helen Mirren has joined the cast of Red, the adaption of the Warren Ellis comic.

There hasn’t been much news about this film since it was announced that Robert Schwentke would direct the film, but now Mirren will join Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman in the film. Willis will play Paul Moses, a retired CIA agent who has a hit put out on him by the new CIA chief (Freeman) to tie up loose ends. It wasn’t immediately clear who Mirren would portray.

The film is set to start filming on 11 January 2010, with a release date set for 19 November 2010.

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