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’12 Monkeys’ is Coming to the Small Screen

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It looks like Hollywood is looking towards the past for the future of television by pillaging movies of the 90s’. A few weeks ago we told you that From Dusk till Dawn would be shooting as a television series in October and now another movie has just been green lighted for a pilot.

In an announcement made earlier today by Syfy, a 60-minute pilot will be shot based on Universal Pictures12 Monkeys. Originally based off of the 1962 short “La Jetée” by Chris Marker, this adaptation from director Terry Gilliam saw Bruce Willis, as convicted criminal James Cole, sent back in time to earn a pardon by collecting a pure sample of a virus that wipes out human life on the surface of the planet. The film grossed $168 million on a budget of $29.5 million and earned co-star Brad Pitt a Golden Globe award and nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards.

Shooting is set to begin in November, but is it currently listed as “Cast Contingent” meaning that until the roles played by Bruce and Brad are cast there will be no pilot. The series will be produced by Universal Cable Productions and Atlas Entertainment – producer of the original film – and will be scripted by Terra Nova writers Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett.

So what do you think? Will this pilot take off next year or is it just another waste of time? Which of Hollywood’s TV “A-list” do you think should be cast in the leads?

Source: Coming Soon

Video game movies are notorious for being giant piles of flaming crap. So, when we all heard that the gore filled, sword swinging Kratos from the Playstation franchise God Of War was to get a big screen adaptation, we feared the worst. Definitely another feature destined for the discount movie bin, right?

Not so, according to Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan.

In an interview with IGN the pair, probably best known for writing the last four SAW sequels, talked about just how they would translate the game to the big screen:

“In the same way that Batman was grounded with Christopher Nolan’s rendition, we were attempting to do that with Kratos so that when we meet him — like they’re doing in this newest game, which is sort of a prequel to the original — we’re seeing him before he became the Ghost of Sparta, when he was just a Spartan warrior and he had family and kids… In the game… there’s that attack from the barbarians and Kratos has to call upon Ares to help him. Really, that’s going to be our first act break. Before then, he’s going to be mortal, and he’s going to have his family. We’re going to learn about him and understand how he operates. So it’s potentially 30 minutes — give or take — of building up this character so that, when he does turn and becomes the Ghost of Sparta, we understand him as a human and we understand the journey that he’s going to take. We’re emotionally invested, so that it could go beyond just this one movie.”

They also spoke about Ares, the Greek God of War and final boss of the 2005 game, and how his goals would be slightly changed:

“In the game, you know, he’s immortal, and he doesn’t really do much besides raid Athens… So we’re trying to build him up a bit more, too, so that he can become a true villain.”

In the game, Kratos is such a one note character (badass murderin’ mutha f*cker), so it’s nice see their going to build him up and give him some depth. However, I still don’t believe this adaption is going to break stigma of bad video game movies.

The film will be produced by Atlas Entertainment. However, no release date or director has been announced as of yet.

Source: Comic Book Movie

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