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The Losers – Interview with director Sylvain White

Posted by LiveFor on April 11, 2010

Due out on 23rd April 2010

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The Losers – New poster

Posted by LiveFor on March 9, 2010

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The Losers – New photo looks very like the comic book

Posted by LiveFor on February 1, 2010


The trailer debuted a couple of days ago and now director Sylvian White was chatting to The LA Times and the piece includes the photo above. The film stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, Chris Evans, Columbus Short, Jason Patric, Zoe Saldana, Oscar Jaenada and Holt McCallany.

If it looks familiar it is because of the artwork by Jock for Andy Diggle’s comic.

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The Losers – First official photos

Posted by LiveFor on November 25, 2009


Here are the first photos from the adaption of the Vertigo comic by Andy Diggle and Jock.

Directed by Sylvian White the film adaptation stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Holt McCallany, Oscar Jaenada, Jason Patric, and Peter Macdissi.

An explosive tale of double cross and revenge, “The Losers” centers upon the members of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit sent into the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. The team–Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar–find themselves the target of a lethal betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Presumed dead, the group makes plans to even the score when they’re joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda. Working together, they must remain deep undercover while tracking the heavily-guarded Max, a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war.

The photo of the team at the top fills me full of hope for this one as it is pretty much how the team looks in the comic.

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The Losers – First proper look at Zoe Saldana

Posted by LiveFor on October 7, 2009

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Here is Zoe Saldana (Star Trek, Avatar) as Aisha from the adaption of The Losers comic book. Entertainment Weekly had the photo.

The Losers is directed by Sylvian White and also stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, Supernatural) as the leader Clay, Idris Elba (Ultraviolet, Obsessed) is his second-in-command Roque, Chris Evans (Fantastic Four, Push) as Jensen, Oscar Jaenada (The Limits of Control) as Cougar and Columbus Short as Pooch. Aisha is the lone female member of the betrayed intelligence operatives.

Writer of the comic Andy Diggle, recently visited the Puerto Rico-based production set and describes the character as “Aisha has to be deadly and desirable in equal measure, and Zoe embodies both qualities in spades,” Diggle said of the actress and her character. “Trust me, you’ve never seen her kick ass the way she does in ‘The Losers’!”

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Sylvian White talks Ronin and Castlevania

Posted by LiveFor on September 14, 2009

Ronin06[1]Director Sylvian White is currently working on DC’s The Losers. MovieWeb recently caught up to him to speak about his proposed work on an adaption for Frank Miller’s Ronin and the video game Castlevania.

“Well, you always worry about being pin holed,” said White. “I haven’t been yet. You always worry about that, no matter which genre you do. Luckily for me so far, every time I’ve done a movie it’s been a completely different genre. If I went to Ronin, it would be a very different genre from this movie, even though the source material is still a graphic novel. You’re going from a gritty action film to a sci-fi, fun, light and contemporary action film to a very dark, futuristic sci-fi film, so I’m not worried.”

How close would he be to the original comic – would he be shooting frame for frame or instead take more freedom with the project? “The fortunate thing is that Ronin is some of Frank’s earlier work,” said White. “What works for me in the graphic novel, aesthetically-speaking, is the design of Aquarius and the design of New York. So I would pay homage to him more in the production design versus the actual frames. The frames in Ronin are some beautiful frames. To me the beautiful thing about Ronin is the production design, the character design and the colors that are used. I think you can frame things with much more depth and beauty on film than you can in a graphic. Replicating frames, that’s a different language. You want to always stay true to the graphic novel, but you’re watching a different medium. You never want to remind the audience that they’re watching a graphic novel or [something from] a graphic novel source. You just want them to watch a great movie. If they know it’s based on a graphic novel, awesome and if you make the fans happy because you paid good tribute to the source material, awesome. I don’t think you make fans happy by just replicating frames. What they want to see is that you stayed true to the story, true to the characters and true to the design.”

The director continued to explain his vision for the film. “It’s a big-budget, big blockbuster take on it,” White said. “I’d love to do it in 3D. I think it’d be ridiculous and amazing. That’s an additional budget issue, but it’s the kind of movie that would be great. I think it’d make a brilliant video game as well, something along the lines of ‘Assassin’s Creed’ but from a first-person perspective. I think it’s just a great property and a great concept. It’s got so many ideas in it in terms of commentary and philosophy. Frank Miller is a genius when it comes to that. It took so long because the source material is so complex. It’s very difficult, and it’s not linear, and it doesn’t really fit into a film format off the bat. It’s not a straight adaptation like ‘300 was or even Watchmen. It’s not as simple. I think with Ronin we need a little bit of streamlining, otherwise it’s too esoteric. You need a little bit of streamlining, but the story and the characters, if I get to do that movie, will all be there. I’m the guy who wants to respect the authors and the source material as a fan of graphic novels who grew up reading them. It’s something that needs to be done right.”

What is the deal with the adaption of Castlevania?

Castlevania is a project that I developed for a couple of years at Universal. We got to a really good point, then the division of Universal folded, and I jumped on another movie. Now it’s set up somewhere else, and I believe that someone else got attached. It’s one of my favorite video games, and I’m a huge video game player. I played that game for 25 years, and I loved developing it. I almost feel like I’ve already shot it because I was so into it for a while. I think it’ll be a great movie if they do it right,” concluded the director.

I’ve never played Castlevania so I am open to whatever it looks like on screen. As for Ronin, it is one of those graphic novels that gets raved about, but to be honest, it left me a little cold when I read it. Still it may work well on the big screen.

What are your thoughts on the two adaptions?

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Castlevania film is reborn

Posted by LiveFor on July 23, 2009

Last I heard the Castlevania film adaption was as dead as can be, but it has once more risen from the grave.

James Wan, the co-mastermind behind the Saw franchise, and director of Dead Silence and Death Sentence, will be co-writing and directing Castlevania for producer Paul W.S. Anderson. Sylvain White was originally slated to direct. Castlevania is an adaptation of the popular NES game from the 80’s that has since become a massive video game franchise.

“I’m very fresh on this project, so its early stages and I’m still trying to work things out, but the producers love my vision for it,” James Wan tells Bloody-Disgusting in an exclusive chat. “I’ll be working on the script with a writer to give it a new spin, different to the previous versions. This will have my stamp on it which Konami is very excited about.

“The thing I love about what Konami did with Castlevania, was taking the iconic Dracula mythology and Eastern-European setting, and retelling it with a Japanese pop-cultural sensibility,” he continues. “That’s the East-meets-West tone I want to visually expand on for the film. I’m thrilled by the opportunity to make a highly stylized, fantasy, action film that focuses on the gothic storyline and the cool, anime-like characters. For once, the human hero is as sexy and dangerous as the vampire villain, and his weapon of choice was what attracted me to the project in the first place – The Vampire Killer Whip.”

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Oscar Jaenada has joined The Losers

Posted by LiveFor on May 21, 2009

Some more casting news for the adaption of Andy Diggle and Jock’s brilliant comic, The Losers.

Blackfilm.com have the news Oscar Jaenada (The Limits of Control, Che: Part Two) has got the role of Cougar.

Directing the film is Sylvain White. He directed Stomp The Yard and is due to direct Frank Miller’s Ronin and Castlevania.

Losers centers around a Special Forces team, who are set up and betrayed by their enigmatic handler, Max, who soon discovers that you should never leave a bunch of black-ops commandos for dead. The Losers regroup for revenge, and to get their names off a pesky CIA death list. For issue after issue, they conducted covert operations against the CIA, and sought to uncover the plans and conspiracies of the powerful, secretive Max.

Previously I’ve mentioned the casting of Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, Supernatural) as the leader Clay, Idris Elba (Ultraviolet, Obsessed) is his second-in-command Roque, Chris Evans (Fantastic Four, Push) as Jensen, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek) is Aisha, and Columbus Short as Pooch.

Blackfilm also confirm the news that Jason Patric will be playing the role of the big bad Max.

It’s all coming together for this film and if it stays true to the comic it should have some amazing action scenes.

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Idris Elba is joining The Losers

Posted by LiveFor on April 1, 2009

Idris Elba is the guy who was in The Wire, 28 Days Later, and Ultraviolet. This last one isn’t the Milla Jovovich thing from 2006. Nope, I’m talking about 1996 UK TV series where he stared as Vaughn Rice, the tough SAS bloke who fought vampires with carbon tipped bullets. That was a great show and I highly recommend you watch it if you can (there is a bit below).

In the six-part British “vampire-slaying” mini-series Ultraviolet we discover that UV light is used (both in surgery and via high-tech weaponry) to identify people who have been infected with a disease labelled “Code 5”. It’s transmitted via a bite to the neck, but at no point in the series is the word “vampire” used. Instead, in the second episode (“In Nomine Patris”) the nickname “Leech” is introduced. We learn that it was this disease, these “Leeches”, that were responsible for the Fire of London, and that one in 20 people are already infected. In the opening episode, policeman Michael Colefield (Jack Davenport) is recruited into the secretive CIB. He meets its introverted priest-chief Pearse (Philip Quast), the emotionally driven Dr Angela March (Susannah Harker) and the bullish heavyweight Vaughan (Idris Elba). Spinning around Mike’s suddenly complicated life are his best friend’s jilted fiancée Kirstie (Colette Brown) and old flame Frances (Fiona Dolman). In later hard-hitting episodes we see a 12-year-old boy stab his teacher priest to death (“Mea Culpa”) and the capture of a “Leech” (“Persona Non Grata”). This intriguing series ends having tied together most of its threads, but dangles worrying implications at the viewer

The 36-year old Brit is currently playing the new Dunder-Mifflin exec on The Office, and will be seen in theaters on 24th April 24 in the drama Obsessed, opposite Beyonce Knowles and Ali Larter. Now, according to Hollywood Insider, he’s closing in on a a role in the Warner Bros.-Dark Castle thriller The Losers, with Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen). Elba is negotiating to play Roque, a black ops commando set up by the government. The project is based on the excellent DC-Vertigo comic by Andy Diggle and Jock. It will be directed by Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard).

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The Losers gain Columbus Short

Posted by LiveFor on March 15, 2009

Columbus Short told Blackfilm.com that he will be working with Sylvain White again on his latest film, ‘The Losers,’ an adaptation of a gritty DC-Vertigo comic book.

He will playing the role of Pooch. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is already attached to play Clay, the leader. Morgan is currently on screen as the Comedian in ‘Watchmen.’

White had directed Short on ‘Stomp The Yard‘ in 2007 and is slated to direct Frank Miller’s ‘Ronin‘ and ‘Castlevania.’

The James Vanderbilt-scripted project is being financed by Dark Castle Entertainment with Dark Castle’s Joel Silver, Weed Road’s Akiva Goldsman and Kerry Foster producing. The series was first published by the DC Comics imprint Vertigo in the 1970s. Gregory Noveck, who oversees DC Comics film transformations, will be involved in a producing capacity

‘Losers’ centers around a Special Forces team, who are set up and betrayed by their enigmatic handler, Max, who soon discovers that you should never leave a bunch of black-ops commandos for dead. The Losers regroup for revenge, and to get their names off a pesky CIA death list. For issue after issue, they conducted covert operations against the CIA, and sought to uncover the plans and conspiracies of the powerful, secretive Max.
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