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Empty World – Poster and synopsis for the adaption of John Christopher’s novel

Posted by LiveFor on January 14, 2010

Empty World is a science fiction novel written by John Christopher aka Samuel Youd. He is the bloke who also wrote The Tripods series (Alex Proyas is adapting that one) and No Blade of Grass.

Young Neil Miller is orphaned following a car accident and goes to live with his grandparents in Winchelsea, England. Shortly afterwards, they hear radio reports of a new plague that started in Calcutta, India, which is starting to kill off all elderly people including his grandparents and now is killing people of all ages. Those who are infected age prematurely, dying after a few days. Soon the disease reaches England, and everyone Neil knows dies and realizes he has to grow up and take responsibility. so he takes a neighbour’s car and, driving as best he can, heads for London to look for other survivors.


The always excellent Quiet Earth have this gorgeous poster and the news that Lucas Howe will be directing the adaption. Should be one to watch out for.

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The Random – The Tripods, Dollhouse, Matt Helm, Wichita becomes Knight and Day, Housebroken, Toy Story 3 casting news, The Art of Making Money

Posted by LiveFor on October 13, 2009

* Stuart Hazeldine (“Exam”) has apparently completed the screenplay for a film adaptation of John Christopher’s classic British sci-fi novel trilogy “The Tripods” and indicates Alex Proyas (“Knowing,” “Dark City”) is aiming to produce and potentially direct according to Digital Spy.

* Thanks to DVR data which shows a 50% jump in audience, Fox has confirmed it plans to air all thirteen episodes of the second season of Joss Whedon’s “Dollhouse” series says Reuters. As for ordering additional episodes or a third season, Fox says it will make that decision after the current run. That decision however seems unlikely as the first season experienced a similar 50% DVR rate increase but pulled in stronger live numbers.

* The Playlist reports that before he gets to work on the script for the “Spider-Man” spin-off feature “Venom”, director Gary Ross is tackling a different kind of hero – swinging spy Matt Helm for Paramount Pictures. Paul Attanasio (“Donnie Brasco”) penned the latest draft of the script which Steven Spielberg considered directing but opted instead for the “Harvey” remake. Paramount is keen to have a Bond/Bourne style spy franchise of their own and have reportedly set Ross to direct the project.

* Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz’s Wichita gets a name change to Knight and Day.

* Mark Dindal (“Chicken Little,” “The Emperor’s New Groove”) is set to direct the live-action family comedy “Housebroken” for Walden Media says Variety. “Housebroken” will center around a newly married couple’s talking pets, who must adjust to living together under one roof.

* Kristen Schaal (“Flight of the Conchords”) has joined the cast of  Toy Story 3 for Disney Pictures and Pixar according to director Lee Unkrich on a recent video blog. Schaal voices a new character but no further details are forthcoming. Blake Clark is also taking over for Slinky, replacing the late Jim Varney. The cast this time around includes Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris, John Morris, Laurie Metcalf, R. Lee Ermey, Jodi Benson, Ned Beatty, Michael Keaton, Timothy Dalton, Jeff Garlin, Bonnie Hunt and Whoopi Goldberg.

* Chris Pine (“Star Trek”) and director D.J. Caruso (“Eagle Eye,” “Disturbia”) are in negotiations for the fact-based drama “The Art of Making Money” at Paramount Pictures says Variety. Pine will play Art Williams, the alias for a Chicago man who rose from petty theft to become a master counterfeiter. Frank Baldwin wrote the script based on a 2005 Rolling Stone article.

Source: Dark Horizons

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The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag – Alex Proyas is still talking about it

Posted by LiveFor on March 6, 2009

This isn’t really that new a piece of news as I first mentioned it back in August last year in one of The Random posts.

For whatever reason it has cropped up again even though the situation is pretty much the same (Proyas is talking about it but it won’t be made just yet) but it does go into some of the inspiraction behind Proyas’ decision to make the brilliant Dark City. Hoag does seem to be a slightly different kettle of fish though.

Alex Proyas spoke to SCI FI Wire about writing his own film adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s 1942 SF novella, The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag.

“It’s one of these stories that’s come from my childhood, in that I read it when I was quite young,” Proyas (I, Robot) said in a recent interview while promoting the March 20 release of Knowing. “That was a fairly formative story for me. It really did inspire Dark City in some ways. It’s one of those pieces that you read when you’re young, and I’d not really read it for maybe 20 years. Going back to it, I was actually quite surprised at how much stuff had filtered into my other work from the story.”

The story centers on Jonathan Hoag, a man who one night realizes that he doesn’t know what he actually does during the day and is confounded by the reddish residue he sees under his fingernails each night. Hoag hires a husband-and-wife private investigator team, Ted and Cynthia Randall, to follow him, and what the Randalls discover is horrifying—and involves mirrors, dark dreams, a missing 13th floor and some folks who call themselves Sons of the Bird.

“There’s just something incredibly creepy about it,” Proyas said. “Look, I think the whole concept in the story is this parallel universe that exists on the other side of a mirror. I think that’s really quite fascinating. I know there have been quite a few stories done about that and a lot of films done with that concept, but it’s something that I’m really excited to explore, just this universe that exists in the looking glass.”

Jonathan Hoag is one of three projects that could turn out to be Proyas’ follow-up to Knowing (Nicholas Cage). The other two are Dracula: Year Zero, based on an original screenplay, and The Tripods, a possible trilogy adapted from John Christopher’s SF youth novels. Proyas doubts that Jonathan Hoag will get done first.

“I’m at the early stages of doing the screenplay, so who knows what direction it’s going to take?” he said. “But it is something I’m excited about. I am actually doing the screenplay myself at this stage. Usually I start the ball rolling and often bring in collaborators. So I’d be surprised if it was just me right through to the end. But you never know. It really depends on how the draft goes.”

Now I’ve not read the book in question, but it does sound like my cup of tea. Have any of you read it? Apart from the main characters opening amnesia, how similar it is to Dark City? Any more Dark City fans out there?

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The Random – Stephen Fry, Fleming, 1066, Afterburn, Run DMC, Tripods, Dracula Year Zero, Narnia, The A-Team, The Sigma Protocol, Centurion

Posted by LiveFor on January 29, 2009

Stephen Fry, Michael Gambon and Penelope Wilton have joined the upcoming film The Inn at the Edge of the World which has been adapted and is to be directed by the actor Charles Dance. According to The Hollywood Reporter the film tells the story of a group of unrelated people who want to escape the enforced Christmas and head off to a remote Scottish island.

John Orloff (“A Mighty Heart,” “Guardians of Ga’Hoole”) will pen the screenplay for Fleming, a biopic about James Bond author Ian Fleming, for Warner Bros. Pictures and Appian Way says The Hollywood Reporter.

1066 is being fast-tracked and is expected to hit production this year according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film tells the story of the famous battle in 1066 between King Harold and William Conqueror for the right to the English throne and is set to show two massive land battles and a naval exchange (that’s not swapping boats). The writer is now attached too William Nicholson (Gladiator). He says that the film will show two men who start as comrades and become bitter enemies who will fight to the death at the infamous Battle of Hastings.

Matt Johnson (“Torque,” “Into the Blue”) will adapt Red 5 Comics’ sci-fi series Afterburn for Relativity Media says The Hollywood Reporter. Set against the backdrop of a postapocalyptic Earth whose Eastern Hemisphere was destroyed by a massive solar flare, leaving what life remains mutated from radiation and fallout. The story revolves around a group of treasure hunters who extract such objects as the Mona Lisa, the Rosetta Stone and the Crown Jewels while facing rival hunters, mutants and pirates.

The writer of Notorious, the biographical film of the rapper Notorious B.I.G., has moved over to another record breaking black musical icon, that of the trio of Run-DMC. From The Hollywood Reporter. Producer Dallas Jackson has been talking about the biographical film and reveals that it’s not to highlight on the shooting of Jason Mizell aka Jam-Master Jay but on the story of the rise of the hip-hop superstars who broke through making it internationally and through many genres of music and audience. “It’s an extraordinary rags-to-riches journey that I’m eager to bring to the screen…And I’m hoping to have Run, DMC and Russell Simmons’ involvement. This will be a big movie about the 1980s hip-hop movement that took over the world.”

Alex Proyas has been talking about two of his upcoming films, Dracula Year Zero and adaption of John Christopher’s The Tripods. Filmstalker have more.

20th Century Fox has agreed to co-finance Walden Media’s The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, pending final script and shooting budget approval reports The Los Angeles Times.

Fox’s feature film based on the classic 80’s TV series The A-Team is finally taking off after many months of difficulty. Joe Carnahan (“Smokin’ Aces,” “Narc”) is in negotiations to direct while Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Productions are coming on board as producers alongside show creator Stephen J. Cannell reports the trades.

Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear winner Jose Padilha (“Elite Squad”) is set to helm the international thriller The Sigma Protocol for Universal Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter. Based on the final completed novel of the late “Bourne Identity” author Robert Ludlum, the 2001 thriller follows the son of a Holocaust survivor who gets entangled in an international conspiracy by industrialists and financiers to take advantage of wartime technology that reverses aging .

Michael Fassbender (“Hunger,” “Eden Lake”), Dominic West (“Punisher: War Zone,” “300”) and Olga Kurylenko (“Quantum of Solace,” “Hitman”) have signed to star in the sword and sandals thriller Centurion for Celador Films and Pathe Distribution says The Hollywood Reporter. Set during the Roman invasion of Britain in AD 117 it tells the story of Quintus Dias, sole survivor of a Pictish raid on a Roman frontier fort, who marches north with General Virilus’ legendary Ninth Legion, under orders to wipe the Picts from the face of the earth and destroy their leader Gorlacon. “The Descent” and “Doomsday” helmer Neil Marshall directs the film while Christian Colson (“Slumdog Millionaire”) will produce.

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UPDATED: Knowing – Nicholas Cage and the evil of Numbers

Posted by LiveFor on July 12, 2008

Here’s the trailer for Nicholas Cage’s new movie, Knowing.

A teacher (Cage) opens a time capsule that has been dug up at his son’s
elementary school; in it are some chilling predictions — some that have
already occurred and others that are about to — that lead him to
believe his family plays a role in the events that are about to unfold.

I’m still working on my theory that the length of Cage’s hair correlates with how bad the movie is going to be, but still a few kinks in it. For this movie he has short hair again which could be good or bad. Still the trailer is pretty good and there is a bit at the 30 second mark which made me go “What the….” It’s directed by Alex Proyas who did The Crow, Dark City and I, Robot. Interestingly IMDB shows him as being the director for the Silver Surfer movie and writer for a movie version of John Christopher’s The Tripods (I remember the really slow TV series as a kid). Knowing is out in March, 2009.

UPDATE 13/12/08 – A new trailer for Knowing has been released. Watch it here.

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