Disney, the studio that’s been making movies about princesses for years, may finally be exploring the “dark side” of their universe with Maleficent. Starring Angelina Jolie, the film is a re-telling of the fairytale classic Sleeping Beauty from the viewpoint of the evil fairy Maleficent, hence the name. Duh.
The film will be a first for visual effects artist Robert Stromberg, who is taking over for former director Tim Burton after he left to persue Dark Shadows. Because it is the first time that Stromberg will be wielding the power of the director’s chair, it might take a while to shoot. With a story that’s told from the vantage point of the villain and what led her to curse Princess Aurora, this live-action adaptation is projected for a March 14th, 2014 release.
Although waiting just shy of two years feels like an eternity, it’s nothing compared to the wait we’ve already had for Orsen Scott Card‘s Ender’s Game. And it’s going to be just a tad longer – find out why after the jump.
Fairy tales have always been hot properties in Hollywood. The recent trend of fairy tale movies has been not to simply retell the story, but to explore the story and characters from every angle and side.
So it’s no surprise that Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action Sleeping Beauty update, Maleficent, is following that lead. With Angelina Jolie in the leading role and Robert Stromberg making his directing debut the June production start date is quickly rolling around.
Jolie spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the part and what audiences can expect when the evil sorceress comes to the big screen.
“It sounds really crazy to say that there will be something that’s good for young girls in this,” says Jolie, “because it sounds like you’re saying they should be a villain. [Maleficent] is actually a great person, but she’s not perfect. She’s far from perfect… In general, it’s a very good message to say, “let’s look at something from the other side.” But then also, what our challenge will be — and the script writer [Linda Woolverton] has already cracked it — is not to simplify it, not to just reverse the story but tell a bigger story that doesn’t point the finger [at Princess Aurora] either. It doesn’t flip it.”
“I’ve already got my horns fitted,” adds Jolie. “My kids are very happy… We’re still figuring out the look. We’re experimenting with different things. But the horns are the horns – you can’t deny them. You have to have horns.”
It’ll be interesting to see Jolie pull this off. The release date for Maleficent is currently unknown, but check back for details, we’ll post them as they are announced.
Angelina Jolie really got the ball rolling when she spoke publicly about wanting to play the evil queen in Maleficient. The project had been in development for quite a while. Directed by Robert Stromberg, who’s had effects experience with a number of films, including Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Alice in Wonderland. His experiences with Disney probably helped land him in the hot seat. It’s all about connections, obviously.
At this moment, Elle Fanning, the younger sister of Dakota Fanning, is in talks with the studio with regards to playing the role of Princess Aurora – or, better known as Sleeping Beauty.
I think she’d be a great choice. It’s also interesting that there’s a fairy tale theme emerging with upcoming TV shows and movies… Are we finally past the vampire phase?
Source: /Film, Deadline
Did you hear the rumor about superstar hottie Olivia Wilde becoming the next Lara Croft, which ran amok over the weekend?
Olivia, whose recent nerd-cred has sprouted thanks to Tron: Legacy, Cowboys and Aliens, and most recently in the Andrew Niccol directed In Time was “confirmed” to be involved in the reboot by Brazilian site Cinepop. Well, you can chalk this up to Hollywood hootenanny, because Olivia answered the nagging question through everyone’s favorite 140 character news space, her Twitter account:
Now, don’t get us wrong or anything, a new Tomb Raider movie is going to happen soon — producer Graham King of GK Films won the rights to the film and is looking towards a release date sometime in 2013. Angelina Jolie, the original Lara Croft, has passed on throwing on another tight one-piece suit, so the leading lady role is still up for grabs.
While it kills my boner, I’m so glad this got debunked. She would have been horrible as ‘Lara Croft’.
Via: The Mary Sue
Having bought the screen rights to Mel Brooks’ World War Z back in 2007, the production company owned by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt — Plan B productions — has started its production of the film adaptation. Filming began earlier this week in Malta, doubling as Israel, where Pitt plays the fictional Max Brooks, an agent of the United Nations Postwar Commission, who is gathering personal accounts 10 years after the “Great Panic”. On-set photos are finally popping up as shooting continues until the 9th, when they move the set to Glasgow, Scotland.
The sets have been really well thought out by Pitt and his company, creating a border crossing complete with dozens of extras, both playing the living and the dead.
Pitt, himself, was also on set filming along with his near reflection — known as his stunt double. Look at those two and be amazed! Being a responsible father as well, Pitt even brought sons Maddox and Pax to watch a few explosions. Best. Dad. Ever.
Are there any fans out there who actually have some love for the first two Tomb Raider movies? *shakes head* I don’t get it. Ya, you’ve got an Indiana Jones type character with huge tits, but those flicks were ridiculously cartoonish. It was all eye candy and not much else. Brainless and unexciting.
OK, that’s the extent of my opinion on the existing Tomb Raider flicks. Suffice to say, I didn’t like them and think, like everything else that fails, the video-game to film franchise should get a reboot. Which it is. And, the latest word on it is rather promising.
Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby have been hired to write the Tomb Raider reboot being produced by GK Films’ Graham King and Tim Headington. GK Films bought the film rights to Square Enix’s classic video game featuring Lara Croft about two months ago, and plans to reboot the action franchise for a 2013 release of the first film.
Fergus and Ostby adapted the screenplay for Alfonso Cuaron‘s Children of Men, and were nominated for an Oscar. They wrote 2008’s Iron Man and were involved as one of the several writers for Cowboys and Aliens. Dude, did you see Children of Men? If that’s any indication of what the duo can do, consider me bright eyed. Course, to be fair, Children of Men was adapted from a novel, but regardless.
The writers released a rather confident statement about their plans for the franchise, saying that they want to create an “origin story for Lara Croft that solidifies her place alongside Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor in the pantheon of great female action heroes.”
Whoa. Same wheelhouse as Ripley and Connor? That’s a bold promise, but I think these two can pull it off.
The origin story might be too much. Yes the character needs to be humanized, but a full on superhero type back story is unnecessary. If anything, the character of Lara Croft needs some work. She doesn’t really have anything that makes her tick. She’s just a adrenaline junkie with tits. I just hope that Fergus and Ostby realize that what made Ripley and Connor great was that they were unexpected heroes. They were average woman (for the most part) that got tossed in extraordinary circumstances and BECAME bad-asses as a result.
At this time, no actors have been cast in the film. With the a reboot being an origin story it means Angelina Jolie won’t be returning as Lara Croft. While I thought she was forgettable, others don’t. So I ask, who do you think can take on the mantel? My vote goes to Jamie Alexander, who you can see as lady Sif in ‘Thor’.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Not like that. Well, actually, that’s probably exactly the kind excitement Graham King is hoping to stir up. If I remember correctly it’s not her tomb raiding skills which give Lara Croft her international video game fame. King’s company, GK Films (The Tourist) is planning a reboot of the Tomb Raider film franchise in 2013. Their press release states, “the films will create daring new adventures for the young and dynamic Lara Croft.”
Young? Methinks we won’t be seeing Angelina Jolie suit up in the iconic tank top and short shorts again. Not that I’m calling Jolie an old hag, but let’s be honest, she has surpassed playing Lara Croft and at this point in her career a role in a video game adaptation is below her. /Film is predicting we’ll be seeing a younger, cheaper actress in the role and I’m sure they’re right. To make a successful Tomb Raider film you need one part action and one part hot chick. Bonus if your hot chick can act (see Angelina Jolie) and if you’re action is exciting, not laughable.
The new films, yes films, will be prequels for Croft and I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a timely release of a prequel video game. No director or writer has been attached to this product so very little is known as to what direction the film will take. Keep tuning in for more news and in the meantime revisit the caves and ruins with the sexy archeologist, she’ll never leave you.
Who would you like to play Laura Croft in the reboot:
- Summer Glau?
- Emma Watson?
- Mila Kunis?
- Scarlett Johansson?
- Olivia Wilde?
I’m going to apologize right up front to all the female Nerdbastard readers out there. I just couldn’t bring myself to hunt up ten matching sexy male robots for you gals. If any of you would like to counter my list with a sexy “Top Ten Male Robots” list, I’m sure Luke would be glad to post it. In the mean time why not let us fellas enjoy this trip down sexy robot lane.
Guys, make sure your well lubricated . . . I mean grab a beer, sit down, and don’t burn out any of your circuits checking out this list of Ten Sexy Female Robots.
I’m getting sick of “Rumors” to tell you the truth and would like some good, solid fact! Spiderman 4 has more rumors bouncing around then beachballs at a Nickelback concert… (Random movie quote). This one is straight from io9.
Rachel McAdams, sexy AND she can act! Hot of Sci-Fi Smash Action Hit “Time Traveller’s Wife”, it is RUMORED she is in talks to play…………..Black Cat!! YAY! But I digress.
It wasn’t more than a few weeks ago, talkin’ villains that I mentioned the crowding that crippled the beauty of Spiderman 3 and sullied the image of part 2. So with Black Cat in the mix as a partner/love interest/pain in the ass that he has to deal with, I say, ditch saving Mary Jane…Again…And get some hot tail..heheheh…Rachel McAdams is not nailed down yet, and there may still be other auditions. Hopefully this might bring a little more grace to the film, and with Tobey Maguire getting his ass handed to him frequently, I think now that Harry is dead, he needs a partner in crime.
The good news is- Quentin Tarantino has done it again. The bad news? All of the greatest scenes astonishingly were in the trailer. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) has landed in Nazi occupied Germany with a group of totally forgettable soldiers. You would think the way each reservoir dog had their own uniqueness that each basterd would have their own story as well. Pitt’s mission? Have his men scalp a hundred Nazis each and spread the kind of fear in them that they are spreading throughout Europe. (more…)