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James McTeigue talks The Raven and Superman

Posted by LiveFor on October 1, 2009

james_mcteigueBack in August I posted the news that James McTeigue (Ninja Assassin) was working on a film following the last five days of Edgar Allan Poe called The Raven. First Showing recently caught up with him and asked him for some more info about the film.

It’s about a serial killer loose in 1850s Baltimore. And as his motif, he kills people the way Poe kills them in his books. Sounds cool, but will it be more horror or action based?

“Yea there’s a couple of [action] set pieces, I wouldn’t say it’s action [though], it’s more a thriller. It’s about Poe trying… At each murder that he does, the killer leaves a clue, and basically Poe is set against the clock to find someone before they die. So each murder that he does, he leaves a clue for him. So I would say it’s like a thriller, a dark thriller. Sort of in the vein of of that book The Alienist, in that kind of vein.”

He was then asked if there was any truth in the rumour that he was involved in a new Superman film along with the Wachowski Brothers (or are they brother and sister now?):

“Maybe some truth to… I’ve had some discussions, the Wachowskis to a lesser degree, but the Superman franchise is in a strange kind of place at the moment, I think they’re still trying to work out the mechanics of how that can come together.”

“I think I would be interested in doing it if they let me do it the way I wanted to do it. I would say that, if you take the Richard Donner Supermans and the last Superman [from Bryan Singer], I think that Superman is probably ripe for a bit of a change up. I think society has changed around the core idea of what Superman was.”

“And I’m not saying you do the ubiquitous dark Superman, I’m not saying that… I’m just saying that I think there are some things that you could excise from the Superman mythology that people would get into it, if you took the world that he was in and changed that a bit, and maybe even project that into the future a bit. I think you don’t really have to play into the origin story anymore. I think there’s a whole bunch of things you could do to make that film more alive and exciting again.”

It definitely sounds as if he has the right mind set to breath new life into the Superman films. I so want to see a decent Superman film with lots of big fights, super science and all round coolness.

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Wachowski’s are not getting into Superman’s tights

Posted by LiveFor on February 19, 2009

Last week I posted the news / rumour that the Wachowski Brothers had been in talks with DC and Warner Bros about possibly directing the reboot of Superman. James McTeigue had apparantly mentioned it on a radio show in Germany while he was bigging up Ninja Assassin.

Well now, according to /film, that piece of news has been confirmed as a big fat untruth. Double plus ungood as that would have been something to see.

Oh well, that’s life in the ever changing world in which we live in. Say live and let die and all that.

If the Wachowski brothers aren’t doing it who do you feel should direct the Superman reboot? Does anyone know if James McTeigue actually appeared on that radio show?

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Superman Reloaded – Wachowski’s may direct reboot. Oh and some Ninja Assassin and Plastic Man news.

Posted by LiveFor on February 12, 2009

AICN heard from a reliable source that James McTeigue (director of Ninja Assassin) had been on the radio in Berlin where Ninja Assassin had been filmed. He chatted about how the shoot had gone. McTeigue then chatted about his plans regarding Plastic Man and that the Wachowski Brothers had been approached to direct a trilogy of films for the Man of Steel (wonder if it is anything to do with Mark Millar’s Superman trilogy). Here is a break down of what was said.

Ninja Assassin is locked and complete. Awaiting a suitable marketing strategy and release from WB. Looking likely to be a late summer release.

– Action scenes are absolutely brutal, unbelievable vision from the Wachowski’s in blocking the fights with the Hong Kong stunt team.

– Spoke about the benefits of tax breaks received from the German and British Governments in making the film.

– McTeigue confirmed that Plastic Man was the next project in the pipeline for the Wachowski’s and he had been signed on to provide Second Unit support. Says the movie has been delayed indefinitely due to a major shake up of projects at WB.

Bryan Singer has refused to undertake a re-boot of the Superman franchise and has left the Executives at WB with no choice but to take a fresh creative direction.

– He stated the Wachowski Brothers had been approached to re-boot the franchise as a trilogy and they are currently reviewing their options as its like being asked to take the final play in a superbowl final. Says if they do agree, he will likely either succumb to providing second unit support on the movie or will champion the directorship of Plastic Man – He started to giggle as he stated its like a young child for the Brothers and they wont give that up easily.

– Says, the very thought of the brothers making a superman movie is unbelievable as they have grown up in the world of comic books and they would be ideal for the project.

– Stated that Bryan Singer is looking to move on to Logan’s Run a movie to be produced by Joel Silver.


Thinking about this I do feel that the Wachowski’s could do a pretty cool Superman film. Neo was pretty much Kal-El by the end of the Matrix trilogy and even struck some Superman poses in his final battle with Agent Smith, as I mentioned when it appeared as one of The Best Fight Scenes Ever! (pity the Matrix Trilogy went steadily downhill as the series progressed in my humble opinion). However, they do get the whole comic book ethos and do always manage to push the special effects in all of their films. Fingers crossed that if they do take it on then they will make something truly special – it’s got to be a damn site better than Superman Returns anyway (hope they get rid of the kid!)

If the Wachowski’s do take on Superman what do you want to see in the trilogy? Should it go back to the very beginning? Should Brandon Routh still play Clark Kent or should someone else be brought on board to play him?

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Ninja Assassin – Sneak Peak – Ninjas running over cars at night, Rain bleeding and stuff

Posted by LiveFor on January 26, 2009

Teaser Trailer also had this sneak peak preview clip and poster from James McTeigueNinja Assassin, starring Rain, Rick Yune and Naomie Harris.

The clip shows some of the action scenes, behind the scenes of the filming and some interviews with the principal players.

It was produced by Joel Silver and the Wachowski Brothers. It was entirely filmed in Germany.

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Ninja Assassin news

Posted by LiveFor on July 22, 2008

Above is a photo from the new Ninja Assassin movie by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta). The Wachowski Brothers and Joel Silver are producing and it’s written by J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Rising Stars, Spider-Man) based on an idea by the Wachowski’s. The guy with the swords is an actor called Rain (Speed Racer) who plays the ninja called Raizo. It also stars Naomi Harris (28 Days Later, Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3).

Ninja Assassin follows Raizo (Rain), one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. But haunted by the merciless execution of his friend by the Clan, Raizo breaks free from them and vanishes. Now he waits, preparing to exact his revenge.

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Keanu as Plastic Man

Posted by LiveFor on July 15, 2008

Still very much a rumour at the moment, but the people over on Chud.com have heard that Joel Silver was head on German radio talking the new martial arts movie, Ninja Assassin. However, the big news is apparantly that the Wachowskis would be directing Plastic Man apparantly due out in 2009. Silver then went on to say the Keanu Reeves would be playing the titular Eels O’Brien (small time crook who becomes the hero Plastic Man).

Chud are still trying to get confirmation on this but if it’s true it could be something that is visually stunning. Before you laugh off a superhero that can change shape and stretch, this is the person who Batman said could easily kill him and that there was nothing he could not do beyond his imagination.

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