He may be basking in the reported glow of Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ awesomeness (I say reported because some of us haven’t seen it yet), but J.J. Abrams is still having trouble living down the ghosts of sci-fi movies past. Previous to Star Wars, Abrams made Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness; one of those was by and large well received, the other was not. In true confession mode in a recent interview, Abrams confirmed that, yes, mistakes were made in the making of Into Darkness, and a lot of that had to do with him boldly trying to keep a lid on his infamous mystery box. (more…)
Bird Bird can do wrong. The Iron Giant is a masterpiece, The Incredibles is perhaps the best comic book movie ever made, Ratatouille is endlessly charming, and his first live-action movie, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, is the best of the series and the one that best captures the aesthetic of the original TV show. So when Bird shirked directorial responsibilities on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and dared to make something original, a giant mystery box called Tomorrowland, it was a bold choice, a daring choice. But a batting streak like Bird’s was bound to run dry sometime, and while Tomorrowland isn’t a mess on par with, say, Chappie, it does show tremendous strain in its execution. (more…)
Prometheus was an adequate enough introduction back into Ridley Scott‘s Alien universe. A lot of questions were left unanswered, but that is part of the beauty of the Science Fiction genre; a sense of mystery, room to theorize, to talk with others and debate and learn in a reciprocal manner. It’s not any secret that Ridley Scott is a Sci-Fi auteur; master of his craft. He creates movies that have individuals’ thinking for themselves and developing their own interpretations (Blade Runner and whether Deckard is a replicant or not anyone?). With Prometheus, it seems one of the main problems that irked some of the fans was the fact the movie wasn’t a direct prequel to the Alien series as was originally planned. Some were annoyed that Damon Lindelof had been called in to tinker with the script (which makes one wonder how Lindelof haters feel about Green Lantern‘ scriber Michael Green penning the sequel) . The fact it is set in the same universe should have been enough to suffice no? Apparently not! Apparently people wanted more of the same. Well, word on the street is that Ridley Scott has been dishing some dirt on his plans for the highly anticipated sequel. (more…)
He co-wrote a screenplay featuring a giant robot scrotum with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. He helped load The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with so much plot detail that they barely had any room for a story or character. He participated in the silly is-he-Khan or isn’t-he debate for Star Trek Into Darkness. He’s the most divisive screenwriter in Hollywood, and now Roberto Orci is crowing that he’s finished the first draft of his follow-up to STID, putting the flick on track for that important and symbolic 2016 release date. (more…)
It looks like Damon Lindelof has taken his final internet ass-kicking on Twitter as the prolific writer/producer has seemingly deleted his Twitter account. I know cyber-bullying is a hot issue right now, but to think that even a Hollywood player like Lindelof can have his ego so shattered that he gives up his Twitter account… Well boy, I don’t know. (more…)
Damon Lindelof is one of the busiest screenwriters currently in show business, and it’s all thanks to his six years show running Lost. Well, we all know how that ended, and if we had forgotten, the internet reminded us the other night following the final episode of Breaking Bad.
Lindelof was recruited to write a piece commemorating the end of Breaking Bad by The Hollywood Reporter, and at some point it turned into a pseudo-apology slash admission of guilt concerning the alleged crapiness of the end of Lost. “I agreed to write this piece because I am deeply and unhealthily obsessed with finding ways to revisit the Lost finale and the maddening hurricane of shit that has followed it,” Lindelof wrote.
“In the comments section of the piece I did not write, the following sentiment would have been echoed dozens of times over: ‘What the f— do you know because you f—ed up Lost?!?'” he continued. “How do I know this? Well, for starters, my Twitter feed was pretty much a unanimous run of, “Did you see that, Lindelof? That’s how you end a show.”
That’s true, and some of it was pretty nasty. Still, Lindelof admits that he’s got a problem. “Alcoholics are smart enough to not walk into a bar,” he explained. “My bar is Twitter. It’s Comic-Con. It’s anytime someone asks me to write an article even casually relating to Lost.
“And what do I do? I jump at the opportunity to acknowledge how many people were dissatisfied with how it ended. I try to be self-deprecating and witty when I do this, but that’s an elaborate (or obvious?) defense mechanism to let people know I’m fully aware of the elephant in the room and I’m perfectly fine with it sitting down on my face and shitting all over me.”
Well, there’s an image. Lindelof goes on to say that he’s tired of the fight, and that he appreciates the quiet number of Lost fans who are fans of the finale and feel like lepers because of it. So he’s decided to offer us a truce:
“I’d like to make a pact, you and me,” he said. “And here’s your part: You acknowledge that I know how you feel about the ending of Lost. I got it. I heard you. I will think about your dissatisfaction always and forever. It will stay with me until I lie there on my back dying, camera pulling slowly upward whether it be a solitary dog or an entire SWAT team that comes to my side as I breathe my last breath.
“And here’s my part: I will finally stop talking about it. I’m not doing this because I feel entitled or above it — I’m doing it because I accept that I will not change hearts nor minds. I will not convince you they weren’t dead the whole time, nor resent you for believing they were despite my infinite declarations otherwise.”
There. Everybody happy now? That’s what I thought. But because he can, Lindelof decided to get one last word in before signing off.
“I stand by the Lost finale,” he said. “It’s the story that we wanted to tell, and we told it. No excuses. No apologies. I look back on it as fondly as I look back on the process of writing the whole show. And while I’ll always care what you think, I can’t be a slave to it anymore. Here’s why: I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really … I was alive.”
So there you go, internet, you won. Lindelof is broken-ish. Lesson learned.
Last night’s series finale of Breaking Bad was excellent, and people seemed to have really responded to it. In what was the most anticipated episode of series television since the series finale of Lost, Breaking Bad not only secured 10.3 million viewers, but it was a critical success and a rave with fans of the show was well. As we all know, the reception to the finale of Lost was somewhat less than congenial. Oh forget it, people hated the crap out of it. But still, three years on you’d figure that fans might have gotten over it. And you’d be wrong.
As Breaking Bad drew to a close, fans of the show took to Twitter to voice their satisfaction with the finale – by mocking Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof and his lack off finale writing finesse. In fact, Lindelof was getting so much Twitter traffic, he decided to re-tweet some of the sass of he was getting.
Damon Lindelof – some find him to be a brilliant writer, including all of those in Hollywood that keep giving him job after job. Others of us think a bit less of the man, annoyed with his tendency to use intentional obscurity to spice up his scripts. But whatever you think of him, he has his fame and when he has something to say, people listen. And he does have something to say right now, and it’s about how Breaking Bad’s Walter White and Batman are the same character at their core. Check it al out after the jump:
Without Star Wars Episode VII and a Comic Con retread of the Marvel slate, the fan excitement level at D23 was dependent on what was revealed about Brad Bird‘s next film Tomorrowland. Director Bird and writer/lightening rod Damon Lindelof literally had a mystery box at D23 where they give hints of what the film might be about. But if you’re more a fan of the direct approach, Disney put out a press release today featuring a compelling, though brief, plot description.
Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.”
Drew McWeeney from Hitfix got into a bit of hot water because he published a detailed plot description that, as it turns out, was rather accurate. It looks likely that Britt Robertson is playing the “bright, optimistic teen,” and George Clooney is the “former boy genius.”
The press release also included detailed information about the producing team, the cast, and the production crew:
Principal photography has begun on Disney’s mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring two-time Academy Award winner George Clooney (“Michael Clayton,” “Syriana”), Hugh Laurie (“Monsters vs. Aliens,” “Arthur Christmas”), Britt Robertson (“Under The Dome”), Raffey Cassidy (“Dark Shadows,” “Snow White and the Huntsman”) and Thomas Robinson (“The Switch”). The film is directed, produced and co-written by two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “The Incredibles”). Damon Lindelof (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Prometheus”) and Jeffrey Chernov (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”) are also producers. The screenplay is written by Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof from a story by Lindelof & Jeff Jensen and Brad Bird.
Jeff Jensen and John Walker (“The Incredibles”) will executive produce with Bernard Bellew (“Les Misérables,” “28 Weeks Later”) and Tom Peitzman, VFX producer (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Alice in Wonderland”) serving as co-producers.
Bird has gathered a great team behind the lens with Oscar winning director of photography Claudio Miranda (“Life of Pi,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), production designer Scott Chambliss (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Cowboys & Aliens”), Oscar nominated costume designer Jeffrey Kurland (“Inception,” “Ocean’s Eleven”) and Academy Award-winning editor Walter Murch (“The English Patient,” “Cold Mountain”).
Tomorrowland will be in theaters on December 12, 2014. Excited about the project? Disinterested? Sound off in the comments section below.
On the eve of World War Z‘s release, movie fans are wondering if the often-reported rumors of production difficulties and emergency re-writes and re-shoots are going to show in the final big screen product. Fair question, and The Huffington Post thinks it has an answer.
To recap, Paramount took a look at the work in progress cut of World War Z last year and realized that their third act was a mess. Needing to rethink the issue, the producers – including star Brad Pitt – brought in Damon Lindelof (Prometheus, Star Trek Into Darkness) to pen a page one re-write of act three. Lindelof, in turn, brought in Cabin in the Woods filmmaker Drew Goddard to help him out. At some point along the way Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) was brought in to do a polish, but mostly the structure of the third act was the work of Lindelof and Goddard.
So when you’re watching World War Z later this weekend, or whenever, at what point does the Lindelof/Goddard script take over from the original version? Interestingly, one doesn’t need to spoil anything to tell, at least you won’t be spoiled if you’ve already seen the trailers. Apparently, the third act begins after Pitt’s character gets on the plane in Israel, the same plane scene that closes out the recent trailer. Further, HuffPo says that Lindeloff and Goddard wrote a couple of scenes to beef up the Pitt character’s familial relationship to give his plight greater gravitas and to make the stakes of the film more personal for the audience.
It’s worth noting that the HuffPo article also said that no footage from the re-done third act has been used in any of the trailers, so movie viewers may be in the rare position of going into the final portion of the movie complete unawares. It will be interesting to see what the reaction to World War Z will be this weekend, if it can overcome some of that negative buzz and deliver something that audiences can get excited about. I guess we’ll know for sure in about 24 hours.
What say you Bastards, are you going to check out World War Z this weekend?