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‘Westworld’ Back on Track at HBO, Premiering this Fall

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It’s one of the most anticipated TV projects of the last couple of years, and that’s saying something. With an accomplished creative team, an all-star cast, and a berth on HBO, everyone’s been looking forward to Jonathan Nolan‘s revisionist take on Westworld, based on the Michael Chrichton book and movie about a Wild West theme part full of robots gone mad. Behind the scenes though, there’s been trouble plenty. Cost overruns, creative conflicts, reshoots, and let’s not forget that rumor about using actual prostitutes… But are things all set for Westworld to finally premiere? HBO seems to think so. In fact, they’re now saying the show will premiere in the fall. (more…)

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Remember Westworld? It’s the new Jonathan Nolan show produced by J.J. Abrams that was supposed to debut on HBO later this year. Or maybe next year. The thing has been plagued by all kinds of rumors about costly reshoots, logistical issues, and filming sex scenes with real sex, but HBO has been steadfast in its support of the show, saying that the producers are merely trying to get Westworld right, and that they’re taking the extra time necessary to make it so. Now, Abrams has added his own voice to that line of defense saying in a new interview that it’s “never a bad move” for a project to take the time to get it right. (more…)

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Most fans of True Detective have decided that season two was a bust, which adds fuel to the narrative that aside from Veep and Silicon Valley HBO isn’t having a very good year. Ah well, there’s always next year, and it seems like HBO is thinking the same way. Before last night’s True Detective finale, HBO ran the first trailer for Westworld, its highly ambitious made-for-TV remake of the robots-run-amok-in-an-Old-West-theme park novel and movie by Michael Chrichton. From a team that includes Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams, and starring actors like Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood and Ed Harris, you better believe that expectations for Westworld will be huge. Will this 30 seconds throw fuel on that hype? (more…)

First Look at Jonathan Nolan’s ‘Westworld’ for HBO

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Jonathan Nolan may be better known for penning screenplays like The Dark Knight, The Prestige and Interstellar, but he’s been doing damn fine work on TV too as the creator and showrunner for Person of Interest. A series monstrously overlooked, likely because it’s on CBS (where the dishonored go when they die), POI deal serious with issues involving privacy, the surveillance state and artificial intelligence in ways that big screen movies like Transcendence and Chappie only wish they could. Well, Nolan’s getting a broader pallet to explore these issues in a new series called Westworld for HBO. The show’s been delayed until 2016, but San Diego Comic Con gave us a good, long initial look at the show. (more…)

HBO Making a New ‘Westworld’ Series

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Westworld remains one of the most seminal films in science fiction thanks to Yul Brynner’s iconic performance as a gunslinger robot gone mad at a futurist theme park. How they’re going to stretch the simple concept of the original movie (and the original novel by Michael Crichton) into an ongoing series, has not been revealed, but the series has a pretty good pedigree and a home on HBO to start with.

Deadline announced the deal earlier today that the cable channel had greenlighted the series, which will be shepherded to the screen by J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Nolan and Jerry Weintraub. This will be the second team-up of Abrams and Nolan, who collaborate on Nolan’s series Person of Interest, about to go into its third season on CBS; Weintraub is the prolific producer behind the Karate Kid and Ocean’s 11 franchises. According to Deadline, the series will be “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”

“The future of sin?” Now we’re talking. The pilot will be written by Lisa Joy (Burn Notice, Pushing Daisies), while Nolan will direct the pilot. Deadline adds that HBO’s commitment to the series is amongst the biggest in the channel’s history, but what that means is unknown, as no further details have been given at this time.

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time a Westworld series has come to TV. Beyond Westworld ran a short five short in 1980 and followed an evil scientist trying to take over the world with the robots from the theme park, and the security chief of Delos Corporation who was trying to stop him.

So are you Bastards eager to see a Westworld TV show? Obviously, HBO engenders a lot of trust, and Person of Interest is actually a pretty good show that subverts CBS’ overly procedural format. Will Westworld be a hit? Time will tell.

More news as it develops.

Source: /Film

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With The Dark Knight saga behind him, all eyes are now on director Christopher Nolan‘s next project, the science fiction film Interstellar. It’s recently been reported that Nolan has been eyeing actor Matthew McConaughey for the lead role in the film, and while he maybe known more for being impossibly handsome than his thespian chops, he has turned in some pretty impressive performances in the likes of Frailty, Reign of Fire and the recently released Killer Joe. So what about it Matt, wanna star in a film directed by Christopher Nolan?

“I’m confirmed,” McConaughey told the StarTribune.

For McConaughey it’s a bold move, and his first big sci-fi role on his filmography since co-starring in Robert Zemeckis’ Contact in 1997 as idealistic preacher Palmer Joss. As for Intersteller, the story is based on an original screenplay by Nolan’s brother and regular contributor Jonathan Nolan. Reportedly, the film deals with time travel and alternate dimensions, while centering on a group of explorers who travel through a wormhole. That’s well worn ground for Nolan who’s played with themes of perception and non-narrative storytelling in Memento, The Prestige and, of course, Inception.

Interstellar is scheduled for a November 7, 2014 release.

More news as it develops.

Source: Screen Rant

Jonathan Nolan is definitely one of the nerdy elite, and if you don’t get that impression from his collaborations from his director brother Christopher (like co-writing the Dark Knight movies and The Prestige), or the weekly adventures of Jesus and Ben Linus on Person of Interest which he created, then maybe the below interview will convince you. Or no. Whatever.

So these excerpts come from an interview in Empire, who asked Nolan about such tantalizing fan queries as sneaking Robin into the end of The Dark Knight Rises, the Batman villains they couldn’t use, his thoughts on the upcoming Justice League movie, and what he really thought of Dark Knight competitor for best superhero movie of the year, The Avengers.

First things first, just how did they sneak “The Boy Wonder” into the Nolan Bat-universe?

It is a little hard to imagine Robin working in that universe, so the idea had to be limited to that gag at the end. But Joe’s character is very important to the story. In any movie you need a character looking at proceedings the way you see them, and Joe’s character is that character for this film. One of my favourite scenes is when John tells Bruce how he knew he was Batman. It’s like that scene in The Prestige where the little kid sees through Christian’s trick. Little kids, they don’t have any illusions, they just see the truth of the situation. I feel there’s a kind of spiritual connection between the two movies there.

So let’s talk Bat-villains now. Are there any that Nolan wishes he could have penned into the series?

Yeah, like Clayface or, indeed, The Penguin. Part of what’s compelling about Chris’s take is the naturalism of it and I think that’s one of the things I loved about the Frank Miller comic books was that they were sort of urban, gritty vigilante stories first and formost. So everything had to stick within that universe. It’s hard to imagine [in these movies] any of the rogue’s gallery characters who have sort of a more supernatural or science-fiction bent to them. And I think that’s one of the aspects of Batman which are fascinating: in 70 years, the character has been sort of fully laundered. Because of writers and artists having every month coming up with a different story to tell with this character, there are often different genre aspects to it. You have your science-fictions, you’ve had fantasy elements along the way, horror, camp comedy… I mean there are so many different versions.

And while his big brother has been pretty clear about his future intentions with DC Comics-based movies, the littler Nolan says that he’s looking forward to the eventual Justice League film.

I’m incredibly excited. I was a big Batman fan when I was a kid. In fact he was the only comic-book character I really liked. I went through a brief spell where I was reading Captain Britain, because I was an English kid living in the States, and Wolverine for 30 seconds, Spider-Man too, but really Batman was the one. And I love that there are different versions of the character. I love that in the context of The Justice League, he’s kind of the black sheep of that family.

Currently, Justice League is scheduled against the sequel to The Avengers in 2015, which is going to be a pretty epic box office match-up if it ends up going down, perhaps even bigger than this summer’s showdown between The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. But seriously, what did Nolan think about the efforts of the other team?

I did. To me Joss Whedon is a god, I’m just a huge fan of his work, I love his work on TV. And I thought The Avengers was just an incredible achievement.

Nice of Jonah to be so giving to the Marvel side of life.

Source: Geek Tyrant

I’m sure you’ve got it marked down in your iCal already, but if you didn’t know, The Dark Knight Rises comes out on home video on December 4th. And in case you need any inspiration to pre-order it, or just otherwise need a reason to buy the disc when it comes out in less than two months, we have a new trailer for the Blu-ray release, which is embedded below (via Coming Soon): (more…)

Argh! Just when we think we’ve gone into remission, the cancer that is Americanized Akira has returned with a vengeance. Last week, fans of the beloved anime and manga danced naked around a fire in celebration for what was thought to be the final death stroke to Warner Bros adaptation.  THR  had reported that the Vancouver production offices were “shut down in the face of casting and budgetary issues.

Variety is reporting that the film refuses to die. The word is that the studio is set to hire another new writer to do rewrites “over the next two weeks to focus on character elements and particularly on the pic’s look.” The studio has two writers in mind for the job – Jonathan Nolan (Dark Knight, Dark Knight Rises) or Michael Green (Heroes, Smallville, Green Lantern).

I’ve been a bit manic with my approval of this adaptation; some days I’m OK with it, others I am not. Ultimately, however, it’s a rotten idea for a movie. The  source material is too expansive and far too deep with subtext to be adapted by us silly Americans. Bringing in creatives with comic-book movie cred isn’t gonna change that.

Garret Hedlund and Kristin Stewart have been confirmed as leads Kaneda and Kei. As if the abhorrent whitewashing is not enough, the budget has been chopped from $150m down to $60m, minuscule for a film of such epic proportions. According to a recent casting call,  the  country/city, race, relationship and occupations of the main characters have all been changed from the source material.

Source: Variety

 

Don’t panic. Just because the next step in reviving the Superman film franchise is getting a rewrite doesn’t mean it’s complete shit. I mean, we hope. In fact we’re praying that isn’t the case. There were rumors of Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel being a little weak in the final act and this rewrite from Kurt Johnstad could be related.

But, fact is, rewrites are extremely common, especially throughout pre-production. I would take this as a good omen as it’s likely signalling they want to get this picture right. Johnstad is also a frequent collaborator of Snyder’s; he was a co-writer for 300. And it’s also rumored Johnstad’s not the only one tweaking the script, apparently Christopher Nolan‘s brother, Jonathan Nolan also did some work on Man of Steel‘s script. See, they’re keeping it all in the family.

Do these rewrites still worry you, though? What type of scene do you feel is crucial for a successful Superman film?

source: /Film