Who would guessed that by the end of 2015 we’d all be more eager in our anticipation for the next Mission: Impossible movie as opposed to the next James Bond movie? ‘Tis true. Spectre may end up making more bank than Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, but if we were to go action for action between the two, there was no more thrilling spy movie this year than the one that kicked off with Tom Cruise hanging off the side of a plane. For real! It should come as no surprise then that Paramount wants the man that authored that success back in the director’s chair for Mission: Impossible 6, which has now been confirmed. (more…)
A late summer treat has arrived in the form of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the latest film in the spy film series that seems to be getting better with age. Indeed, each chapter of the Mission: Impossible franchise seems to refine what’s come before, building one on top of the other by taking away what doesn’t work and keeping the things that do work. As a result, this new mission is the best Mission yet. A high-stakes thrill ride of big action set pieces tied together with a compelling story and all the usual spy movie trappings. No one’s reinventing the wheel here, but like the man said, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. (more…)
It’s a rarity to be pleasantly surprised at the movie theater these days, especially in the summer when studios want to give the people what they want, and what they want is usually the same old, same old. Edge of Tomorrow is a pleasant surprise. A Hollywood blockbuster with a tried and true formula, but employed with gusto and playfulness. This is the kind of summer movie we all say we want, popcorn-munching entertainment of the highest quality that takes you in some unexpected directions and plays against type. Godzilla is fine, the X-Men were good, but summer really begins with Tomorrow. (more…)
Anyone out there remember an old 70s anime by the name of Star Blazers? Ya know, the one with the giant battleship that flew through space? Somewhere in the back of my memory this cartoon lurks, and with it are pleasant memories. Now, even those with absolutely no familiarity with this old property are going to get a taste of it soon, as the powers-that-be have declared that Star Blazers is the next product to undergo the big-screen adaptation treatment. (more…)
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?
It seems that progress marches on in the development of Mission: Impossible 5, specifically so far as the selection of a new director. And given that Tom Cruise is the star and producer of that franchise, the name being branded about should come as no surprise.
According to Deadline, the frontrunner is Christopher McQuarrie. “I’m told that McQuarrie is the choice to helm the fifth Mission: Impossible film that is in the early stages of being put together by Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions,” says the site. “They will hire writers before making it official but he’s the guy that Cruise and J.J. Abrams want.”
The choice of McQuarrie makes sense as he and Cruise already have a good working relationship. McQuarrie wrote the Cruise vehicle Valkerie and directed the actor in the upcoming Jack Reacher film. He also did rewrites on the presently in production All You Need is Kill, and he reportedly did some uncredited re-writes on the last Mission: Impossible movie Ghost Protocol, which grossed a surprising $694.7 at the worldwide box office.
So McQuarrie on an impossible mission: good idea or bad idea, Bastards?
Source: Coming Soon
We reported last month that Prometheus screenwriter Damon Lindelof had been brought on board the troubled production of World War Z in order to pen a better ending to the film. Well it seems that Lindelof subcontracted the job to fellow Lost writing room alum and The Cabin in the Woods co-screenwriter/director Drew Goddard.
Deadline is reporting that timing was the issue for Lindelof, while he “cracked a potential new ending of the film,” it was Goddard that did the bulk of the actual writing. Apparently, now both men have done their work on the script and are moving on to different projects, so a third screenwriter may now step in to “punch up” the ending to make it filmable.
Deadline is putting money on Christopher McQuarrie, who recently adapted and directed Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher, being the one Paramount will tap. However, McQuarrie may have his hands full already doing rewrites on Cruise’s next blockbuster, Doug Liman’s All You Need Is Kill.
The reshoots all this re-writing is being prepped for have yet to be scheduled, but Deadline says that embattled director Marc Foster will be behind the camera for them. Reshoots need to happen soon because the film is scheduled for release on June 21st, 2013.
Hugh Jackman hit up his twitter account and tweeted that filming for the eagerly awaited The Wolverine will begin shooting in August.
Directed by James Mangold, and written by Christopher McQuarrie and Mark Bomback, The Wolverine will follow the feral mutant portrayed by Hugh Jackman in four X-Men movies and 2009′s spin-off X-Men Origins: Wolverine, as Logan heads to Japan where he battles nefarious bad guys like The Silver Samurai for the love and honor of a woman betrothed to someone else.
Are y’all excited about this? I for one, am not. I want to be, I do. I’m a huge Wolverine fan. I’d love to see a film that does justice to the character. However, with FOX and Jackman involved I don’t think we’ll ever get proper movie. A) FOX blows. Their catalog of comic-book movies (minus X-Men First Class) all fucking suck. They haven’t proven to me that they can make a comic-book movie worth a damn. B) I know it’s nerdy blaspheme to say this, but Hugh Jackman sucks as Wolverine. Here’s the thing. The character of Wolverine is that of a wild beast trying desperately hard to find his humanity. Jackman plays it the other way around. That, and he’s far too tall and good looking for the role.
Anyhow, this is Fox’s last chance to give us the Wolverine we all want– and with McQuarrie writing the script, James Mangold behind the camera, and Hugh Jackman significantly older and more grizzled than he was before, maybe they can pull it off.
The Wolverine will claw into theaters July 26, 2013
Good news, everyone! After rumors The Wolverine would be shooting in Australia exclusively, where they apparently get a very nice tax break, Fox CEO Tom Rothman has confirmed the production will indeed do location work in Japan. He clarified to MTV, “we’re doing the stage work in Australia… the location work will be in Japan.”
It’s such good news they’re filming in Japan, where much of Christopher McQuarrie‘s script is set. Had they tried to reproduce the Japanese scenery in an Australian sound stage I think they would have lost some of the heart to Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s Wolverine, on which The Wolverine is said to be based.
It’s set in Japan. A great number of Japanese actors will be in it and it’s based on the very famous run of the comics… I can just tell you on behalf of [Jackman], his goal is to make the ultimate, bad ass, berserker rage Wolverine.
Of course, Hugh Jackman is returning as Wolverine with James Mangold directing. They’ll be working from Mark Bomback‘s revision of McQuarrie’s script.
The Wolverine will release July 26, 2013.
It’s been a rough road for The Wolverine thus far. Just when it seemed like Darren Aronofsky would take the project, he bowed it. Now we have James Mangold (director of Walk the Line), a not ideal but still very acceptable choice, at the helm. Though the director swapping was frustrating, there was at least a stable script, written by Academy Award-winning The Usual Suspects writing Christopher McQuarrie. So we had that going for us, right? Well…
Now that shooting on the flick – based largely on the Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller that sends the clawed hero to Japan – has been pushed back to 2012, writer Mark Bomback has been called in to give the script a rewrite.
Why? Don’t know. Rumor has it that McQuarrie’s script was quite good (and given his past record, that doesn’t seem far fetched at all), and now we’ve got the guy who worked on the Total Recall remake and Jack the Giant Killer taking a stab at things. It’s far from dooming news for the flick, but it remains a little puzzling.
There’s no real word at this point on just how much Bomback will be doing to the script, whether he’s just tweaking or overhauling. Right now all we can do is wait for more word and try not to lose hope in this picture just yet.