Steven Soderbergh has had a long and experimental career in film. He’s made his real money directing commercial hits such as the ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ remakes. Those jobs enabled him to play around with questionable projects like ‘Bubble,’ a film packed with amateur actors. Obviously some jobs aren’t too small for him, so he’ll take time out to direct a series for Cinemax or serve as 2nd unit director for ‘The Hunger Games.’ He’s a guy who loves to do things in film, and apparently with films, as his latest effort proves. Like that time he took Steven Spielberg’s ‘Raiders Of The Lost Ark’ and turned it into a silent movie. A silent movie with…dance music? (more…)
The Knick premieres tonight August 8th at 10 pm EST on Cinemax and follows Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen), the pretentious, brilliant, drug-addicted head of surgery at New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital, as he and the rest of the staff (surgeons, nurses, and administration) navigate the challenges of healthcare in the early 1900’s. As the tagline says “Modern Medicine Had to Start Somewhere”.
It’ll be interesting to see how modern television critics respond to The Knick, Steven Soderbergh’s triumphant ten-hour return to the tube. Not easily lending itself to the Recap Industrial Complex that drives hits to its respective cogs, The Knick is a work which demands you deconstruct it from a place of mordant post-formalism and stagnancy. Yes, there is a plot that drives forward, but the constantly chameleonic director is more content with noticing how Dr. John W. Thackery (Clive Owen, reminding us all what a talent he is when challenged) remains a stoic, dilated disciple of science in the face of unending disease and death. Taking more cues from the equally clinical David Cronenberg and cribbing from the digitally anachronistic aesthetics of Michael Mann (whose Public Enemies feels like an improved upon touchstone), the retired auteur proves yet again that he’s a better artist than almost all of us, even when saddled to his rocking chair. (more…)
For those of us that were not born more than two decades ago, we missed out on a lot of things prior to our escape from nine months of solitary confinement. We missed things like parachute pants, the early days of WildStorm Productions and, aside from perhaps a few reruns, we missed some great television shows of the late 60s and 70s.
Since then, a lot of those shows have been released on DVD or remade as crappy television reboots that never see anything past a first season. There are, however, a select few that go on to be Hollywood blockbusters. One that has been waiting in limbo for years is the Warner Bros.‘ The Man From U.N.C.L.E. film reboot. Now it appears that The Man From U.N.C.L.E. may finally get its Napoleon Solo, a solid director and take another step closer to actual production.
In a report from Deadline, Warner Bros. is in “early talks” with Oblivion and Mission Impossible leading man Tom Cruise to star. A great decision seeing as the action star is a regular go to for films of the action-oriented variety. But who’s going to direct the once-cancelled feature? That answer comes in the form of Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie, who will return to the film adaptation he was already attached to direct after Steven Soderbergh dropped out.
Starring Robert Vaughan and David McCallum as agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement, Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin battled the evil forces of “THRUSH” and their attempts at world domination. Hopefully a deal can be reached and production can begin early next year, which also happens to coincidentally be the fiftieth anniversary of the original Man From U.N.C.L.E. series that ran from 1964 till it’s mid-season cancellation in 1968.
As of right now no other details have been released, but we’ll keep you posted as more information comes our way.
Source: Comic Book Movie
If you listen closely, you can actually hear this project explode.
Warner Bros’ The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie just lost someone else, the guy who was going to write and direct. Oh that can’t be good. The Playlist is reporting that Steven Soderbergh has made a smart career move and ran far and fast from the doomed project.
Soderbergh was in meetings with WB brass this evening (Nov 17 2011) in Los Angeles and could not come to an agreement over casting and budgets and decided to part ways on the project. With the studio already hemming and hawing over casting options, this week they delivered a low $60 million dollar budget proposal for what is supposed to be the first in a tentpole franchise threequel. Soderbergh felt the figure wasn’t enough for a ‘60s set period spy film that’s set on four continents, and with a March date looming, he could no longer wait for the studio to refine numbers or set cast, officially pulling out of the project.
A $60 million dollar budget? Ouch. Guess if the WB is trying to make the movie on the cheap it explains why they can’t land a star. George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Matt Damon, and most recently Bradley Cooper have passed on the role. Channing Tatum was rumored to be the next in line, but that also was based on Soderbergh’s involvement on the project. So what now?
WB will have to start over and may have to scrap their planned March shoot date. It would not surprise us if this project goes back into some form of development as the ‘60s-set Soderbergh/Burns version was very specific to the way they work and envision films. Meanwhile, Soderbergh is still looking ahead. Insiders tell us that he’s looking to shoot another film in the March 2012 time frame where he would have been shooting ‘U.N.C.L.E.,’ had he and the studio seen eye to eye. Considering his rapid clip – and the fact he’s been looking at potential scripts for a few weeks now as the writing had been on the wall – it’s not inconceivable that the filmmaker can bang out a quick picture before he shoots his ‘Liberace’ film this summer.
Ok Warner Bros, I am not in the business of handing out free advice, but I’ll give you this one. GIVE UP ON THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. Seriously, abandon the project. You were sitting on this for years before Soderbergh even came on board, you already pissed away $5 million on it and haven’t even come close to filming. Please stop trying to make this movie, stop before it turns in to a Uwe Boll movie staring Kevin James and that dude from the Madea movies.
Wait a minute… maybe that’s not a half bad idea…. at the very least it could be done cheaply.
Source: Geek Tyrant
Steven Soderbergh‘s plan to bring 60’s classic TV Spy show The Man From U.N.C.L.E. just hit another snag. As we had previously reported, Bradley Cooper was being wooed to play the role of Napoleon Solo, Robert Vaughn‘s character in the original. Well, The Wrap is now reporting that said wooing didn’t work, the Hangover and A-Team start will not be taking the role as the suave international man of mystery.
So, that puts Cooper in line with George Clooney, Johnny Depp, and Matt Damon who have all already passed on the part. While they each had their own reasons or scheduling conflicts that lead to declining the role, things are starting to look a little sour for a star to take the lead. Could this remake be doomed? If it is, is that really a bad thing?
Source: Cinema Blend
So hey, you know that baby-face lookin’ mother fucker from Warrior and the remake of The Thing? Well… he’s either going to be The Man from U.N.C.L.E., or an oiled-up, half naked, bad-ass in 300: Battle of Artemisia.
Joel Edgerton (le fore-mentioned baby-face) has been offered the lead in Steven Soderbergh‘s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (via a report from Vulture), which is based on the classic 1960s TV series about an American and a Russian spy that disarm threats worldwide. He’s also been offered the role of Themosticles (a lying, conniving, brilliant, heroic figure.) in the prequel to 300, once called Xerxes and now 300: Battle of Artemisia.
If I had a vagina, I’d be creaming over this guy. Not only is he a very handsome man (I call NO HOMO!), but he won my heart over as the underdog in Warrior, which he played perfectly. I can see him easily becoming another Hollywood heartthrob. Whatever role he picks will just induce faster mass vagina flushing.
Assuming that he does one of the two, which would you prefer to see him in? The fun spy film, or the film featuring muscles and loin clothes? Personally, I’d rather he cry Uncle. I’m done with shirtless men and flashy visuals.
Contagion is a frightening, sci-fi thriller from Steven Soderbergh about a terrible virus set loose on the world that begins wiping out all humans, very quickly. Well, it’s not so much sci-fi since little of this story will be fiction. Hence, why it’ll be so terrifying, the whole concept is frighteningly possible. Contagion follows,
the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart.
Below is a gallery of six new character posters, each featuring a members of the stellar ensemble. For realz, this is probably some of the best casting an apocalyptic flick will ever get: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne and Sanaa Lathan. Must be nice being a Soderbergh picture.
In addition to the great posters, we’ve also got two televisions spots to share. Watch one below and the second below the cut. Then let us know are you pumped for Soderbergh’s viral, apocalyptic thriller releasing September 9th, 2011.