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Superman – What do we need for the film to be good?

Posted by LiveFor on February 25, 2010

A story broke yesterday in Latino Review stating that David Goyer would be penning the proposed new Superman film. Since then there has been conflicting reports from all directions; Goyer is involved, Goyer is not involved, Hell even Christopher Nolan is not involved! Until a spokesman clears the situation up we are left to speculate and we all know the internet loves to speculate, so for arguments sake let’s say Goyer is involved. Would he be the right man? Will he be writing alone? What story will he be using?

David Goyer has a chequered track record. On one hand, he successfully developed Marvel character Blade in the first two instalments before single-handedly destroying what he had built with Blade Trinity which he directed as well as writing. Other blemishes on his resume include the farcical Jumper as writer, The Invisible (not to be confused with Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles) as director and one of the worst horror films ever made, The Unborn, which he both wrote and directed. Along with television series Flash Forward, Goyer has his fair share of detractors. Arguably his greatest success along with Blade was his involvement in Christopher Nolan’s Batman double, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight in which the later he shared a writing credit with Nolan’s brother Jonathan. With the monumental success of The Dark Knight and the news of Christopher Nolan being installed as ‘Godfather’ to the new Superman project it was inevitable Goyers name would be mooted.

Would he be the right man? Well as previously mentioned, Goyer does have some good and some bad but his writing credits are far greater than his directing efforts. Blade, Blade II, as well as Alex Proyas’ underrated sci-fi classic Dark City show that he does possess a deal of talent, but all of those projects pale in comparison to The Dark Knight.

With its dark undertones of crime and politics, The Dark Knight was more than just a superhero movie but is that what Superman needs? With two of The Dark Knight trio rumoured to be involved in Superman, it begs the question if Goyer is writing the script, will he be alone? Jonathan Nolan has worked with brother Christopher on The Prestige as well as The Dark Knight, but was not involved in Insomnia, Batman Begins or Inception so they are by no means inseparable and with Christopher’s role in the project still a little hazy it does not guarantee any involvement on Jonathan’s part. But until some confirmed facts about who exactly is working on the project surface and a director is named we can only speculate.

Stories for comic book adaptations are always a source of heated debate. Fans have their own favourite arcs and characters. Should it be an origins story? “Well that seems too commonplace these days and I suppose there’s Smallville for its sins”. “But it needs to be freshened up, it’s always the same with Lex and Lois and Clark!” What about a darker version? “Well that goes against Superman. Why does everything need to be dark these days?” These are arguments I hear all the time but what are the options? To be honest, we could spend all day discussing great Superman stories; Superman: Red Son, The Death of Superman, Whatever Happened to The Man of Tomorrow? But the rumoured story says the new film is set to adapt is John Byrne’s 80’s series The Man of Steel (although John Byrne has said he has not been approached about it) which is essentially an origins story. How much of this will be used is again up for debate, but a meeting between Batman and Superman in issue three is a little odd. Of course Batman and Superman have met in numerous comics over the years but the news of Nolans involvement in a Superman film from a comic which features both characters seems a little strange or even convenient. A lot of fans are keen on an epic idea that comic book scribe Mark Millar had planned well over a year ago. In an interview with Empire in late 2008, Millar talked about creating an 8 hour story which would chart the life of Kal-El from his birth until he is the only man left on Earth. Read the full interview here.

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So very little to go on as a rather confusing cloud surrounds the future of Superman, but what would you like to see? Villains? Story? Writer? Director? Star?

Now debate away…

Discuss in the Forum or the comments below.

By Richard Bodsworth

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The Unborn, 2009 – Movie Review – 31 Days of Horror

Posted by LiveFor on October 23, 2009

Director: David Goyer
Starring: Odette Yustman, Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino, Cam Gigandet, Megan Good
Running Time: 87 minutes

This review by Rob Hunter over at Film School Rejects.

all part of my 31 Days of Horror.

Send me your horror film reviews.

The Unborn opens with a dream sequence that includes a dog wearing a mask. And yes, the rest of the movie is just as funny. In fact, if you go into the movie expecting a comedy you’ll come out extremely satisfied. Just don’t expect anything resembling a competent horror film.

Casey Beldon (Odette Yustman) wakes from the nightmare that also featured a creepy little boy and a fetus in a jar, but the visions continue into her daily life. Her eyes are changing color, the neighbor kid assaults her and mumbles strange warnings about Gumby, something’s knocking from behind her bathroom mirror, and there are bugs everywhere. And what about her mother’s suicide several years earlier? And is she a twin? What can it all mean?

Nazis. Obviously. It seems an evil was born in the bowels of Auschwitz, or not born as the case may be, and now it wants to born again. Or something. There are spirits that for one reason or another are barred from entering heaven, so instead they wander the nether regions between here and there waiting for an opportunity to re-enter our world. The best doorways for this are twins, because what are twins but the ultimate mirror! Just another reason why twins freak me out.

Helping Casey make sense of it all are her best friend Romy (Meagan Good), her boyfriend Mark (Cam Gigandet), an old Jewish woman named Sofi (Jane Alexander), and the friendly Rabbi Sendak (Gary Oldman). Good actually has some of the only intentionally funny lines in the movie, including one where she tells the four year-old neighbor Matty (Atticus Shaffer) to fuck off after hitting him with her car. Oldman’s presence can only be explained by his friendship with writer/director David Goyer, who wrote Batman Begins and has a story credit on The Dark Knight. Oldman’s role is a supporting one at best, and even he can’t make some of Goyer’s terrible dialogue sound believable.

The most important element of a horror film comes down to the scares. They can be jump-type scares or even a creeping feeling of dread, as long as it’s something to make the audience feel uneasy, to make the heart race, the fingers clench… but The Unborn has none of that. (Although Yustman’s shower and underwear scenes definitely make the blood flow.) Nothing in the film is allowed to be organically frightening. The scares are manufactured and forced by way of quick edits. Some of the visual effects can be pretty creepy, the old man crawling on all fours in particular, but those scenes are extremely rare. For the most part we’re stuck with flash cuts that zoom in on screaming faces, ”spooky” images inter-cut with normal scenes, and the little kid popping out of medicine cabinets. Oh, and a dog with an upside-down head. The showing I attended last night was to a packed house, and there was more laughter during the movie than during any two Judd Apatow films.

Goyer gets credit for making an “original” horror film instead of just another remake, and for trying to imbue his story with some historical background, but he proceeds to lose it all (and then some) with ridiculous dialogue and some unanswered inconsistencies. **Possible spoiler! ** The spirit is trying to regain entry into this world by taking possession of an existing body, right? So first it’s able to successfully reanimate a dead boy, then it possesses a kid in the womb, the neighbor kid, an old man, and a few others… so what’s the problem? Why all the fuss about twins and babies and Casey when clearly the spirit is already able to take over whomever it wants? And why did it wait fifty years before returning? And why’d the baby across the street die?

Bottom line, there’s nothing new or interesting here. Scary kids? Been done a million times before, usually better. Ditto the nightmares, the exorcism, etc. It’s perhaps a bit harsh to wish that Goyer had been aborted, so I’ll settle for him being banished from film-making. Sure, the Blade trilogy is a guilty pleasure of mine, and I’ll accept that Goyer had some input into the two recent Batman films, but that’s really it. The Invisible? Jumper? Nick Fury: Agent of Shield? He belongs in the direct to DVD world, yet somehow has crossed over into the land of big-budgets and theatrical releases. Perhaps an exorcism is in order…

The Upside: Yustman in her underwear not once but twice in the first thirty minutes; practical effects were cool.

The Downside: Incredibly stupid; explains so much but still leaves huge gaps of logic; screenplay is both terrible and unintentionally hilarious.

Previous 31 Days of Horror reviews: Don’t Look Know, Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror, Christine, Pontypool, Diary of the Dead, Doctor Terror’s House of Horror, Wrong Turn 3, Zoltan Hound of DraculaHome Movie, The ThingVamp, Audition, The Fury, Blood Feast, Paranormal Activity, Braindead, Halloween, Friday the 13th Part 2, Martin, Fright Night, Zombieland

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The Unborn – New posters – Oldman and a monster. Neither are wearing small white panties…someone call Odette back

Posted by LiveFor on January 9, 2009

Looks as if the marketing people were trying to lure us in with the last poster of Odette Yustman in her tighty whities. Apparantly, the film is not a sex romp as no-one considered. Instead it is a frightful frightner with Gary Oldman singing opera (either that or he’s doing a cracking impression of Ian Paisley) and that poor chap above who is never going to have any friends.
You can check out the trailer and an interview with Odette and David Goyer.

Casey Bell (Odette Yustman) hated her mother for leaving her as a child. But when inexplicable things start to happen, Casey begins to understand why she left. Plagued by merciless dreams and a tortured ghost that haunts her waking hours, she must turn to the only spiritual advisor who can make it stop. With his help, Casey uncovers the source of a family curse dating back to Nazi Germany: A creature with the ability to inhabit anyone or anything that is getting stronger with each possession. With the curse unleashed, her only chance at survival is to shut a doorway from beyond our world that has been pried open by someone who was never born. The Unborn!

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The Unborn – Interview with Odette Yustman and David Goyer

Posted by LiveFor on January 6, 2009

Casey Bell (Odette Yustman) hated her mother for leaving her as a child. But when inexplicable things start to happen, Casey begins to understand why she left. Plagued by merciless dreams and a tortured ghost that haunts her waking hours, she must turn to the only spiritual advisor who can make it stop. With his help, Casey uncovers the source of a family curse dating back to Nazi Germany: A creature with the ability to inhabit anyone or anything that is getting stronger with each possession. With the curse unleashed, her only chance at survival is to shut a doorway from beyond our world that has been pried open by someone who was never born. The Unborn!

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had the exclusive interview with star Odette Yustman and director David Goyer.

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The Random – Tim Burton, Thor, The Unborn, Noah’s Ark, The Beaver, Near Dark, The Crow, Terminator 5, The Phantom Legacy

Posted by LiveFor on December 15, 2008

Actor Alan Rickman spoke briefly about Tim Burton’s upcoming Alice in Wonderland and its revolutionary mixture of stop motion, live action and animated footage… (full details)

“No. It doesn’t interest me at all” says Daniel Craig about rumors of him playing Thor in the Kenneth Branagh-directed Marvel comic adaptation… (full details)

Odette Yustman says that filmmaker David Goyer was talking about doing a prequel to the upcoming horror The Unborn which would further develop her character’s relationship with her mother (Carla Gugino)… (full details)

The success of Twilight has lead to Platinum Dunes essentially ditching their plans to remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s 1987 vampire western classic Near Dark reports Empire.

The Wrestler filmmaker Darren Aronofsky says that he has a major film star attached to his planned Noah’s Ark project but won’t reveal the name. They have a script and a graphic novel version of it is in the works right now…” (full details)

Kyle Killen’s The Beaver, about a despondent man who finds comfort in a beaver hand puppet, has topped the 2008 Black List – an unofficial compendium of the “most liked” screenplays of the past year… (full details)

Platinum Dunes is going forward with an as-yet-untitled supernatural thriller about satanic cults by scribe Scott Kosar (“Texas Chainsaw Massacre”). Fuller tells Sci-Fi Wire that the story follows a college girl investigating her brother’s death and finds a satanic cult is responsible. She soon infiltrates it, “gets involved and gets in way over her head.”

Stephen Norrington (Blade, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Death Machine) has signed on to both write and direct the “reinvention” of The Crow. “Whereas Proyas’ original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style,” Norrington said.

The Halcyon Company, who currently owns the franchise rights to Terminator, has already greenlit the fifth film in the Terminator series, following the currently in-production Terminator Salvation.

Bruce Sherlock, a producer of The Phantom (starring the legendary Billy Zane), is set to bring the character back to the big screen for a sequel, and film it entirely in Australia. The Phantom Legacy is the new film and it doesn’t sound like it’s a sequel, perhaps more a remake. “[It will focus on] the Father/Son relationship, and what it means to be The Phantom…The film will be set in the present day and will deal with the concept of destiny.”

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Odette Yustman to star in Rogue’s Gallery – a comedy about Assassins

Posted by LiveFor on December 13, 2008

Odette Yustman (Cloverfield, The Unborn) talked to ComingSoon about her next film, “a small, dry-wit, dark comedy about a group of assassins, they’re all based on Tarot card names.” It is called Rogue’s Gallery and also stars Adam Scott, Ving Rhames, Ellen Barkin, Maggie Q, and comedians Jeffrey Tambor, Zach Galifianakis and Rob Corddry. “It’s funny in that way that it’s kind’ve gory, but hilarious in the way the situations come about because I get to work with great comedic actors,” Yustman explains. Which, to me, sounds like it could be very embarrasing to watch.

Yustman’s character in the film is named Temperence, “and each of us have different functions and things we have to do,” she explains. “We’re hired by the government, we’re this underground society, and we’re basically sent to kill whoever we have to kill. And one day this new hire comes in and we wind up having to kill each other. I got to do some fight training and some of my own stunts. That was my dream role. I get to kick ass, be funny, kill people with a paper cutter blade.”

The script was written by two newcomers, Brian Watanabe and Abe Levy, and it’s being directed by another first-timer, Fouad Mikati.

Comedy film about assassins with a supernatural tint to it – good or bad?

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International poster for The Unborn – Because nothing says horror better than a hot girl in her underwear!

Posted by LiveFor on December 11, 2008

The Unborn is both written and directed by David S. Goyer (Blade: Trinity, The Invisible). It features the wonders of Odette Yustman (Cloverfield) and Gary Oldman.

Evil will do anything to live? What would you do?
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The Unborn – A clip of the creepy kid from the spooky movie

Posted by LiveFor on December 10, 2008

Casey Beldon (Odette Yustman) hated her mother for leaving her as a child. But when inexplicable things start to happen, Casey begins to understand why she left. Plagued by merciless dreams and a tortured ghost that haunts her waking hours, she must turn to the only spiritual advisor, Sendak (Gary Oldman), who can make it stop.

With Sendak’s help, Casey uncovers the source of a family curse dating back to Nazi Germany-a creature with the ability to inhabit anyone or anything that is getting stronger with each possession. With the curse unleashed, her only chance at survival is to shut a doorway from beyond our world that has been pried open by someone who was never born.

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The Unborn – Yellow Band Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on November 3, 2008

Casey Bell (Odette Yustman) hated her mother for leaving her as a child. But when inexplicable things start to happen, Casey begins to understand why she left. Plagued by merciless dreams and a tortured ghost that haunts her waking hours, she must turn to the only spiritual advisor, Sendak (Gary Oldman), who can make it stop.

With Sendak’s help, Casey uncovers the source of a family curse dating back to Nazi Germany—a creature with the ability to inhabit anyone or anything that is getting stronger with each possession. With the curse unleashed, her only chance at survival is to shut a doorway from beyond our world that has been pried open by someone who was never born.

What do you think of that?
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The Unborn – Poster for David Goyer’s latest horror movie

Posted by LiveFor on October 27, 2008

What do you think of that? Click on The Unborn tag below to see the rather scary trailer.

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