’12 Monkeys’ Signed for 12 Episodes on SyFy

- 04-09-14Film, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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It’s been in development for a while, though until now the 12 Monkeys television reimagining has been without a definite home. SyFy ordered a pilot for the show back in August of 2013, and now, though some may consider this to be one of the worst ideas ever, this Terry Gilliam-inspired series will, whether you like it or not, be making its way to SyFy in full series format. (more…)

Snyder and Silver Go Round Two Over ‘Watchmen’ Movie Ending

- 03-03-14Comics, Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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A little while ago, the Internetz barfed up a little bit of news regarding the long-passed Zack Snyder adaptation of Alan Moore’s Watchmen graphic novel. It appears as if Joel Silver had a few things to say regarding the way the movie ended and how Terry Gilliam (a director previously attached to the film) would have changed things. His words seemed to imply that he didn’t really like Snyder’s ending and that Gilliam’s was the obvious better choice. Now, it looks like Snyder is firing back with his own opinion on the matter. Read on to hear what Snyder had to say. (more…)

How Would Terry Gilliam Have Ended ‘Watchmen’?

- 02-27-14Comics, Film, Nerd Culture, WTF? Posted by James Daniels

 

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Zack Snyder‘s film adaptation of Alan Moore‘s hugely popular, critically acclaimed graphic novel Watchmen has no shortage of critics (including Moore himself….for the record, I personally loved it). Of the many aspects of the adaptation often derided, none receive more complaints than the way screenwriters David Hayter and Alex Tse handled the story’s apocalyptic climax.

Film producer Joel Silver once had plans to make a Watchmen adaptation–with Terry Gilliam at the helm–and few in Hollywood are more critical of Snyder’s film (sour grapes?).

Follow the jump, and read how Silver and Gilliam’s flick would have ended:

PS: If you haven’t read Moore’s graphic novel, or seen Snyder’s film–the following article WILL SPOIL THE ENDINGS to both (and shame on you, btw). (more…)

Monty Python Fans Rejoice! – The Python Boys are Putting on a Stage Show

- 11-19-13Film, Nerd Culture, TV Posted by Mark Poynter

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Oh, I’m a Python Fan and I’m okay… The news coming from across the lake is that the boys of Monty Python are getting the band back together for a stage show. Could we hope for this to lead to a tour, perhaps a new TV show or special? (more…)

Cast Set for SyFy’s ’12 Monkeys’ TV Series

- 11-06-13Film, TV Posted by James Daniels

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More new SyFy series news: The leads for the announced television re-imagining of Terry Gilliam‘s classic film  have been cast.

The show will star Aaron Stanford –”Pyro” of X-Men 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand, and Amanda Schull, a prolific TV actress best known as Meredith Sorensen on Pretty Little Liars, and Katrina Bennett on Suits. (more…)

’12 Monkeys’ is Coming to the Small Screen

- 08-26-13TV Posted by NickBungay

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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

New Monty Python Movie (Kinda Sorta) With Robin Williams

- 02-06-13Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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If you’ve ever heard of “Eric the Half a Bee’ then you’re gonna want to feed your dead parrot, quickly eat your breakfast of eggs-Spam-beans-Spam-Spam-Spam-and-Spam, and then pop on down to your local cheese shop and see what’s fresh. The remaining crew of Monty Pythons Flying Circus are getting the band back together to make a Sci-Fi Comedy movie Absolutely Anything.

John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Micheal Palin are all on board with Terry Jones (Erik the Viking, Life of Brian, Meaning of Life, Monty Python and the Holy Grail) directing, that means we’re only missing Graham Chapman who died in 1989 of throat cancer (Rest in Peace Graham, you were one funny as hell guy and I still wonder sometimes about what Monty Python might be doing if you were alive today.)  and Eric Idle, who has yet to put pen to paper and sing on.

Absolutely Anything, based on a script developed by Jones and Gavin Scott, will begin filming in the U.K. later this spring. The movie will combine Live Action and CGI. The Pythons will be voicing a group of aliens who give one earthling the power to do . . . you guessed it:

Absolutely Anything.

I wonder if the aliens will look anything like the ones in Life of Brian?

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If a reunion of the crazy crew of Monty Python was not enough, word is that Robin Williams is all set to voice the role of Dennis, the DOG that knows more about what’s going on, than pretty much anyone else in the movie. Director Terry Jones says:

“It’s not a Monty Python picture, but it certainly has that sensibility.”

I really like the idea of getting these guys together in a creative setting. Perhaps once they’ve been working on set and in the studio together, some old memories and creative juices will get flowing and sparks will fly, perhaps getting fans that new Monty Python movie we’ve all longed for since 1983. What do you think, could Absolutely Anything lead to absolutely anything for Monty Python’s Flying Circus?

 

Via: Forbes

Simon Pegg has a Fantastic Fear of Everything

- 04-06-12Film Posted by Jason Tabrys

Despite the enduring brilliance of both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, and the box office dynamism of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Star Trek, Simon Pegg is a bit of a box office lightweight when he’s standing on his own. Paul was bland and infirm at the box office, no one saw (or had much chance to see) Burke and Hare, Run Fatboy Run fell flat, and How to Lose Friends and Alienate People… did. Still, he’s Simon Pegg, nerd royalty, and we must at least raise an eyebrow and allow our interests to be mildly piqued by anything he puts out.

The latest, a peculiar looking thing called A Fantastic Fear of Everything, centers around a children’s book author with unfortunate hair and a desire to transition to the realm of crime novels — oh yes, and he also becomes consumed by paranoia as his new project advances. The film is written and co-directed by Crispian Mills, a former lead singer for the UK indie rock group Kula Shaker, and the son of actress Hayley Mills. From the trailer, we can easily see a fascination with the abstract, and while I usually love a bit of whimsy, and while I think Pegg might play off that nicely, this is Mills’ debut, so with no track record to pull from one has to wonder if those themes are either refreshing and imaginative or faux artistic and annoyingly pretentious. So basically this could be a lot like a Terry Gilliam film, or a lot like a Terry Gilliam film.

The film also stars Paul Freeman (Hot Fuzz) and Amara Karan (Doctor Who). There is no word yet on a US release for the UK based film, though with Pegg atop the bill it will likely secure at least a small run stateside — the question is, with Pegg’s track record and the other “Cornetto” boys nowhere to be seen, will a US release really have any impact?

Check out the trailer, which is exclusive to us (and everyone else on the internet) below, and let us know what you think.

Source: CinemaBlend

10 Lessons For Directors Today From Terry Gilliam

- 12-20-11Film Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

I am going to keep this brief before I start dipping into a fan boy flood and start gushing like a school girl with a huge crush on that one artsy guy. Terry Gilliam is a genius and horribly underrated by Hollywood. The film industry as a whole should take lessons from the man who started out as the animator on Monty Python’s Flying Circus and grew into one of movie makings most visionary film makers.

What lessons you may ask? Well, recently he sat down with Filmmaker Magazine and gave a handy ten point list that’s a great read for budding film makers and movie lovers alike.

You can read it after the jump.

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Terry Gilliam Doesn’t See the Point of ‘Transformers’

- 11-28-11Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Terry Gilliam is no stranger to blockbuster filmmaking, he’s a just a stranger to actually getting blockbusters made. Not only did the former Monty Python member spend years trying to get Watchmen to the big screen, but he was J.K. Rowling’s first choice to direct the first Harry Potter movie.

But before you’re mind is completely blown about what a Terry Gilliam Harry Potter movie would look like, the Python alum has some words about the Transformers franchise. So what could Gilliam have against explosions, CG robots and lingerie models all frappéd together in the same movie?

“You just sit there and watch the explosions,” Gilliam said. “I couldn’t tell you what the movie was about. The movie hammers the audience into submission. They are influenced by video games, but in video games at least you are immersed; in these movies you’re left out. In films, there’s so much overt fantasy now that I don’t watch a lot because everything is possible now. There’s no tension there. People can slide down the side of a building that’s falling and they don’t get ripped to shreds? The shots are amazing, but if there is no consequence, no gravity, what’s the point? I can’t watch Hollywood movies anymore. There’s no room for me.”

I think one would argue that there was never much room for Gilliam in Hollywood in the first place, but let’s not be too cruel. I wonder though, does Gilliam know that Python cohort Eric Idle was the voice of Wreck-Gar in the animated Transformers The Movie? Maybe it’s something they never talk about. But Gilliam continues explaining how his approach to fantasy is different.

“I never quite understand what the real world is,” he said. “I shoot reality and fantasy the same way because it’s all the same to me. I don’t know how to distinguish between the two, they flow into each other all the time. That’s the autobiographical part in my movies … in Hollywood, everyone takes characters and puts them into action sequences where they are threatened by outside forces, but to me the threat is your own perception of the world.”

As for Gilliam’s own movies, he’s back at work trying to bring The Man Who Killed Don Quixote to the screen. The project is famous for going nowhere fast, and for having more production hiccups than a summer’s worth of Hollywood blockbusters. At least Gilliam remains upbeat thought.

“I don’t have a choice, really, with these things. I become possessed by them. I blame Monty Python in a way, it was my pension scheme that allowed me to make the choices I’ve made, and there was an arrogance and confidence that came with being in Python. Look, the last proper job I had was [in the 1960s] at the Chevrolet assembly plant in Van Nuys. It was the night shift, and when I quit I said I would never work for money again. I believe in the things I make. The fact that God doesn’t want me to make them is beside the point.”

So there you have it: God loves, but man hates, Michael Bay’s Transformers. Isn’t that what he said?

Source: Blastr