Of the many big budget movies that Hollywood studios have hoped to turn into major franchises, it’s hard to think of one with a more difficult birthing process than World War Z. Despite being based on a hugely popular book, having a star and producer in the form of Brad Pitt, and a general love affair with zombies in the movie-going public, the movie had such a long, hard struggle to the big screen it almost seemed damned. That’s why rumours of David Fincher‘s possible participation in a sequel was so intriguing, but now it seems that Fincher’s status on the film has been promoted from speculation to fact. (more…)
World War Zwas a surprising hit at the box office after its troubled production as most everyone was expecting the movie to tank, but it pulled in $540 million world-wide. Interestingly enough, although the sequel was quickly greenlite and scheduled to hit theaters this summer, behind the scenes production issues once again reared their ugly head. Director J.A. Bayona was off to direct the sequel to Jurrasic World leaving Brad Pitt without a director. Word around the Internet today tells us that Pitt talked his old working buddy David Fincher to step in. The pair has worked well together in the past (Se7en, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and this new pairing should give us an incredible new Zombie movie. (more…)
Acclaimed director of Fight Club and The Social Network, David Fincher‘s attempt at adapting Charles Burns‘ graphic novel Black Hole fell apart a few years back. According to The Hollywood Reporter, however, the project has been resurrected by Brad Pitt‘s Plan B production company.
Here’s what Fincher had to say about the film back during its first iteration:
It’s a really great script by Dante Harper, so the hope is that will win out… It’s so weird. It’s so great, because it would be great to see. It’s a very tough… there’s make-up FX and digital FX that are expensive and to do it right, you gotta do it just right, because it has to challenge your idea of the human body.
What exactly is Fincher talking about? Here’s a quick synopsis of Black Hole:
The setting is Seattle during the ’70s. A sexual disease, the ‘bug,’ is spreading among teenagers. Those who get it develop bizarre mutations – sometimes subtle. Story follows two teens, Keith & Chris as they get the bug. Their dreams and hallucinations – made of deeply disturbing symbolism merging sexuality and sickness – are a key part of the tale!
Sounds more like a Cronenberg film to me than anything Fincher would do, but my interest is definitely piqued.
For a long time it’s been on his to-do list, but because of the big money involved, David Fincher just hasn’t been able to get his update of Jules Verne‘s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea off the ocean floor and out of dry dock. He even had Brad Pitt attached to star for crying out loud, but even hooking one of the biggest fish in the Hollywood sea isn’t always enough to get you a green light these days.
But maybe Fincher’s now got something better – tax incentives.
The Age is reporting that Australia’s Federal Arts Minister Simon Crean is extending a sweet tax incentive deal to the Disney production if they should happen to choose to film in Australia: 30 per cent. Translated back into dollars that’s $20 million to the studio if they lens Down Under, which is no small potatoes when we’re talking about a budget of around $200 million total for Leagues.
Typically, foreign productions make a return of 16.5 per cent when shooting in Australia, but the Aussies negotiated the unprecedented 30 per cent with Fox in order to attract the recently wrapped The Wolverine production last year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Wolverine employed some 2,000 locals and generated $80 million in local investment, and according to Crean, a mega-production like 20,000 Leagues, would be an even bigger boom to the local economy.
”If it comes off [20,000 Leagues] will be a bigger production than Wolverine,” he said. “In fact, it will be the biggest production ever filmed in Australia.”
The original 1954 film starring Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas and Peter Lorre is considered a Disney classic. And although there’s been several different re-tellings of the story in the last 60 years, including two made-for-TV efforts starring Michael Caine and Ben Cross respectively in 1997, the last time Captain Nemo and crew were seen on the big screen was 2003’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and I’m sure that’s another outrage that Nemo himself would seek revenge for in order to resolve.
So will Disney take the deal? Time will tell, and we’ll keep you posted.
There’s a new live action trailer out for Halo IV directed by Tim Miller and produced by David Fincher. This just shows what could be if the powers that be would get behind a Halo movie. Looking back, one can see some great live action Halo trailers and fan films over the years that could easily translate to the big screen.
What you’re gonna see in this trailer:
Master Chief’s mind is violated by a powerful new enemy, who in searching for Chief’s weaknesses, finds the source of his strength.
There are flashbacks of Master Chief’s life that show an incredible world just waiting to be explored on the big screen. I’ve enjoyed the game over the years, but when talk of a Halo movie came up in conversation I would nod my head, but be thinking, “Yeah just what we need, another crappy video game movie.” After watching this trailer I’ve changed my mindset.
The Goon is an irreverent comic book written by Eric Powell and published via Dark Horse Comics. Superstar director David Fincher (Fight Club, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) has the crazy notion that it would make a good animated film. The two, with the help of Blur Animation Studio have been working on it for a while, but need money to keep the project going and convince Hollywood wallets to open up so that The Goon can see a big screen release. So their next step in the project has been to organize a Kickstarter campaign and call upon the generosity of The Goon’s loyal fans.
If you haven’t heard of The Goon, it’s basically a rude, comedic story filled with zombies, robots, gangsters, monsters and all manner of things that make life wonderful. The film version will be featuring Clancy Brown as the voice of The Goon and Paul Giamatti as Franky, his trusty sidekick. This Nerdbastard is filled with awesome at the sound of this.
But don’t take my word for it, listen to the crew’s sales pitch:
You might be asking yourself, “I’ve seen footage of The Goon animated film online… why do they need money? Isn’t it already being made?
The answer to that question is NO. The Goon Film has NEVER been in production. All the work you’ve seen (animation footage, trailers, artwork, etc.) has been produced independently and out-of-pocket by the creative team of David Fincher, Eric Powell, Blur Studio and Dark Horse Entertainment. We created “proof of concept” footage to show Hollywood the incredible potential of a Goon movie. It was very well received BUT because this movie isn’t a sequel or filled with dancing animals we’ll need more to bust open the gates and UNLEASH Goon and Franky on Hollywood. And by the freakishly barbarian strength of Aunt Kizzie, we’ll find a way to succeed!
And here’s a link to their Kickstarter, where you can see the test footage and listen to them rant about why you should give cash to the cause.
As of this writing, the numbers are sitting at $50,000 out of the $400,000 that they’re looking for. So if you want to see this made (and seriously, who doesn’t?), jump on board and donate a few bucks. If we all band together, we may yet see The Goon turned into the truly kick-ass movie that it can be.
“You sank my battleship… with your alien death ray!”
Yeah, I don’t quite remember it that way either, but in their infinite wisdom Universal Studios and Hasbro decided to make a Battleship movie with massive aliens that rise up from the sea. In the spirit of that “creative” leap, I and my co-conspiritor Jason Tabrys wrote the synopses, the tag-lines, the titles, and even cast these four “creative” movie and board game mashups that Hollywood needs to greenlight right now. Hell, Jeremy R! Hudson and Jason (but mostly him) even made up some fantastic posters for the films too, so all we need is a few hundred million dollars and we can make the best board game movie spin-off since Clue (you heard me).
Monopoly: Revenge of the Fallen
Synopsis: Max Marther (actor and comic book artist Shia LaBeouf) is an Occupy protester and an up and coming blogger for an underground activism website. His life is thrown through a loop though, when a major corporation buys the site and turns it into a LOLCat content farm, forcing Marther to embed himself in the world of finance, quickly climbing up the corporate ladder because of his unfathomable whiteness and his unearned swagger.
Soon, Marther can see the whole board and becomes a land baron with a pocketful of “Get out of Jail Free” cards and a plan to run the bank and drive all the other players toward bankruptcy. Will his plan succeed, or will he be seduced by the 1 percenter lifestyle, a high class call girl named Community Chest (introducing Random Lingerie Model in a breakthrough performance) with a secret, and Arthur Michael Manchester (Nic Cage), the current banker and a rogue utility company owner with troubling hair who inherited both Boardwalk and Park Place under curious circumstances from his late brother, Nathan (also Nic Cage)?
Coming in 2013, the money never sleeps and the game never ends in Monopoly: Revenge of the Fallen. (more…)
David Fincher and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns have been working together on a movie adaptation of Jules Verne‘s classic novel, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Because both Fincher and Burns have been busy with other shit, not much has been said about this particular project in quite a while. So, Cinemablend decided to take the reins and see what’s the what.
“Because of the amount of pre-vis work that David would have to do we wodn’t probably start shooting for a little while later and David is so buried inDragon Tattoo, that’s where his focus is. For now I’ve done writing for both of them [The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea]. They’re sort of waiting to get cast and move forward.”
Their adaptation isn’t going to be a word-for-word translation of the book onto the screen:
Burns also confirmed that the scale of the project is “really big,” but don’t expect the movie to be the exact same story from Verne’s novel. Saying that there’s “very little” that goes directly from the page to the screen, he said that his job “isn’t to turn a book into a movie, it’s to be inspired by the book and then go write a movie.” The inspiration that Burns took largely come from the three main characters: Captain Nemo, French marine biologist Professor Pierre Aronnax, and master harpoonist Ned Land. “David and I had a really cool idea for the relationship between Nemo, and Aronnax and Land,” Burns said. “That’s really what we kind of got into. But I think it’s very, very true to the spirit of the book.”