Nowadays, it seems like everything has their own cinematic universe. You gotta give Marvel (and now DC) credit for fully implementing the idea of a coherent universe, spread across multiple films expanding the narrative for each of their films in the subsequent films. Of course, they weren’t the first ones to do it. Way back in the 1920s, Universal Studios made a series of films based on the classic monsters including: Frankenstein, The Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, The Mummy, The Werewolf, The Invisible Man, and many others. Now, it looks like Universal is going back to the well with planned reboots of these monsters in their new shared universe: Dark Universe.
Shortly after the last Pirates of the Caribbean film was released back in 2011, Disney started planning for yet another film. After going through a little bit of development hell, the film was finally green-lit in 2014 with Johnny Depp returning as everyone’s favorite Keith Richards impersonator, Captain Jack Sparrow. Also returning are Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa, Kevin McNally as Gibbs, and Orlando Bloom returning as Will Turner, who we haven’t seen since the third film Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.
Daniel Craig’s third outing as James Bond will indubitably go down as one of his best in the franchise’s storied 50 year history. Somewhere between the shaken and stirred reality-based reboot of Casino Royale and old familiar Bond of yesteryear lies Skyfall, a film that ably and deftly continues Bond’s journey through the 21st century as England’s reigning super-spy.
In this outing, Bond isn’t trying to stop some terrorist financier, put the kibosh on a shadowy organization consolidating world oil, or ending a mad North Korean soldier’s world domination scheme using a giant space magnifying glass. (Remember Die Another Day?) At the risk of sounding clichéd, the plot of Skyfall, this time,is personal. Bond’s boss M (Dame Judi Dench) is targeted by enemies foreign and domestic, a stolen hard drive listing agents embedded with terrorist groups is stolen by someone looking to taunt MI-6’s leader, while British politicians, lead by Ralph Fiennes as Mallory, want to use the theft as rationale for putting M out to retirement.
In between is Bond himself, who’s knocked out of commission when he’s accidentally shot on assignment to retrieve the hard drive. When MI-6 headquarters is attacked, Bond comes out of his self-realized “death” to help his old boss, but this Bond is not at the top of his game. Damaged physically and psychologically, Bond goes up against one of the most cunning villains he’s ever faced.
One of the big reveals at San Diego Comic Con this year was a new trailer, and new details, about the upcoming 23rd James Bond movie, Skyfall. If you’re looking forward to seeing this new trailer, I hope you live near an IMAX screen because that’s going to be the only place you can see it (at least until the inevitable online leak).
For the rest of you (or maybe if you just hate waiting) here’s some detail from what /Film correspondent Russ Fischer saw in the IMAX Remix inside the IMAX Dome at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego:
There were hints of at least two of the action set pieces in the film: the crashing of a London tube (subway) train and part of a train sequence shot in Turkey. The Turkey scene also involved Bond girl Naomie Harris in an “unexpected” way.
There was a scene were Ralph Fiennes’ character rebuking M (Judi Dench) for losing a flash drive containing the identities of every British secret agent undercover with terrorist groups.
M at one point calls Bond (Daniel Craig) unpredictable
We get our first look at Ben Whishaw as Q, who Fischer says has more in common with Simon Pegg’s character in Mission: Impossible than previous incarnations played by Desmond Llewelyn, and more recently John Cleese. In the trailer, there’s a scene where Q tells Bond that he can “kill more people with his computer, while wearing pajamas at home, than Bond can do in a year.” (Incidentally, Entertainment Weekly has posted the first photo of the new Q as seen below.)
Javier Bardem‘s villain was only glimpsed at, so sadly there’s no new detail about him.
Skyfall comes out in North American theaters November 9th.
“Some men are coming to kill us. We’re going to kill them first.” And it seems that just for starters.
The first trailer for the upcoming 23rd James Bond adventure, Skyfall, was unleashed on the interwebs this morning, and damn does it look badass. Let’s roll the tape:
Skyfall, directed by Academy Award winning director Sam Mendes (American Beauty), is Daniel Craig’s third turn as Britain’s greatest super spy following 2006’s Casino Royale and 2008’s Quantum of Solace. The plot centers around: “Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.” Naturally, the film will take place in locales across the globe from London to Singapore to Istanbul
Skyfall also features the return of Judi Dench as Bond’s boss M, as well as new characters played by Albert Finney, Ralph Fiennes and Helen McCroy. Naomie Harris and Bérénice Marlohe are the Bond girls, Javier Bardem is the villain, and Ben Whishaw will play Bond’s gadget man Q, the first time the character’s made an appearance in the Craig films, and the first time the character’s been played by an actor younger than geriatric.
Skyfall will be released in North America on November 9.
They say ambition is the lifeblood of entertainment, but Ron Howard‘s plan to adapt the 7 novels that comprise Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series scared the shit out of Universal Studios, causing the studio to run screaming from the planned 3 film and 2 TV mini-series project last year. Luckily, Opie has gumption and now, apparently, Warner Bros. on his side according to Deadline.
The House of Finke states that Warners is set to hire Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend, The Da Vinci Code) to polish that which he has already written. Howard would still be on board to direct and Javier Bardem, who has been attached since the bad old days at Universal, would at long last play the role of Roland Deschain.
Details on the ensuing TV mini series’ are sparse, but HBO’s name has been bandied about as a landing spot and we know how much HBO likes epic shows (Game of Thrones), that is until they don’t (Rome). You had a happy, and then you had a sad just then.
Inspired by Stephen King’s love of Spaghetti Westerns and epics with the breadth of The Lord of The Rings, the book tells the story of a lone gunslinger who searches for the mysterious Dark Tower. The series has inspired graphic novels, an online game (Discordia), and the love of millions. In short, Howard had better not fuck this up.
Attention Dark Tower fans. As you may or may not know, Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer television and film (yea they’re doing both) adaptation of Stephen King’s magum opus has hit a bit of a snag. Basically, Universal Studios looked at the budgetary scope of ‘The Dark Tower’ and said “Fuck off, you don’t get to play with that much money”. So, budget was cut and script rewrites are currently in progress. To accommodate these changes plans to begin shooting the first film have been pushed back to the fall. Or, at least that’s what we last heard. Recent news says it’s now being pushed back to the spring.
We had to pull back to our September start date due to budget delays and ongoing story development and logistical issues, but Dark Tower is moving forward… We’re thinking of starting in early spring now.
Honestly, I think if they axed this stupid planned structure of mixing movies with TV series. Make several movies, or make a TV series. One or the other.
Oh, what of Javier Bardem. He’s been said to be the top choice for the gunslinger. Howard gave an update on this too, saying:
I can’t really say who’ll be in it yet, but Javier Bardem has shown a great deal of interest. We’ll know by the end of the summer, when our flashing green light goes solid.
I don’t know why they like Bardem so much. Yea, he’s a fine actor and all, but he’s not what most would envision for the role. Nerd consensus leads towards Timothy Olyphant. Shit kid, have you seen him in ‘Justified’. He’s the epitome of the gunslinger.
Anyway, when I see that budget cuts have been made and look at some of the creative talent involved (Ron Howard is not that good), I’m inclined to think TV or film adaptations are less and less likely to happen. And, if they do, they’re are most certainly gonna suck. Dark Tower is epic and it needs to be treated as such. Universal is sitting on a potential gold mine. They’re fucking it up already.
So it seems that just as we’re getting casting and production news of the television adaptation of Steven Kings Dark Tower the plug may be pulled on the Universal project. Now, I know you’re all wondering…’what the fuck?!’ Why scrap a project that has a loyal fan base, Ron Howard directing and Javier Bardem potentially starring as your lead? Well it’s turns out that this thing could just get too damn pricey! It’s been stated that,
In order to pull off a trilogy of films with two full television series in between, the studio would be required to put up an incredible amount of money with no guarantee of success.
For those who don’t know much about the Stephen King graphic novels,
In the story, Roland Deschain is the last living member of a knightly order known as gunslingers and the last of the line of “Arthur Eld”, his world’s analogue of King Arthur. Politically organized along the lines of a feudal society, it shares technological and social characteristics with the American OldWest but is also magical. Many of the magical aspects have vanished from Mid-World, but traces remain as do relics from a technologically advanced society. Roland’s quest is to find the Dark Tower, a fabled building said to be the nexus of all universes. Roland’s world is said to have “moved on”, and it appears to be coming apart at the seams. Mighty nations have been torn apart by war, entire cities and regions vanish without a trace and time does not flow in an orderly fashion. Sometimes, even the sun rises in the north and sets in the east. As the series opens, Roland’s motives, goals and age are unclear, though later installments shed light on these mysteries.
Although there is no final word and the studio is refusing to comment this doesn’t look good for the project! SO for all you fans out there, start those ‘Save Dark Tower’ Facebook Pages or make some tweets or something cuz this film could be a goner!
Deadline reported last night that Javier Bardem is “closing” a deal with director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer to star as Roland Deschain in Howard’s massive cross-platform adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower.
The No Country for Old Men Oscar-winner was offered the role officially by Howard (who has been very publicly pursuing him for the role for quite some time) in January, rising above other contenders like Viggo Mortensen (who has probably had his share of epic film roles that take years to complete). Now it seems he’s on the verge of becoming King’s legendary gunslinger, who travels across hundreds of miles and between dimensions in an effort to save the fabled Dark Tower, the nexus of King’s fictional universe.
If he takes the role, Bardem is signing on for one of the most ambitious projects ever, an adaptation of a 7-book series into a trilogy of films bridged by two limited TV series runs. Howard will direct both the first film and the first season of television (at least), and Academy Award winner Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) is signed on to write the first film and the first season. King himself will co-produced.
This is the kind of project that just makes you sit back, fold your arms and wonder if they can actually pull it off. It’s like watching a guy in a tank of water trying to escape from chains. It seems insurmountable. The creative team is sound, a host of film industry titans, and Bardem himself is among the most versatile and commanding actors in a generation, so there’s a good chance this could not only happen, but produce greatness. Howard hopes to start production on this behemoth in the fall. Let’s see if he can get this off the ground, and if Bardem can bring King’s Arthurian hero to life.
It is official, Ron Howard may have found his main character for The Dark Tower movies and TV Series.
According to Dateline, actor Javier Bardem (who was recently nominated for an Academy Award) has officially been offered the role. However, it is important to note that negotiations have not yet begun, so there is still a chance that he may not take the job. The role would be a multi-year commitment to appear in three movies and two seasons of a television show, most likely done as a mini-series. So, it is an extremely large commitment to undertake.
Earlier today, it was rumored that Christian Bale was up for the role, alongside the forever rumored Viggo Mortensen. I can see any of the three actors excelling in the role of Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger in a world that has “moved on.”
All rumors for the series have been around Roland, and no other characters have been mentioned, such as Jake (a kid pulled into Roland’s quest), Eddie (a recovering drug addict who becomes a gunslinger in his own right), and Susannah (an enigmatic woman with a deadly secret).
Rumors surfaced today that Jennifer Carpenter (Deb in Dexter) is in contention for the role of Susannah. Seeing how this project would consume numerous years, I doubt Carpenter will take part if she is still under contract for Dexter.
Do you think Bardem can pull of the role of Deschain? What about Carpenter as Susannah?