Marvel Studios has changed the face of franchise filmmaking with their Cinematic Universe. Most of the other studios are now chasing their own shared universe dreams, which means that out the window goes any sense of full creative license on the part of some individual filmmakers. For those that made their name helping to re-write the rules of cinema, is it really so surprising when such a person says something about being “bored shitless” by Marvel movies? Well, that’s a direct quote from John Landis who recently unloaded on the MCU for losing any sense of the “human scale,” which is why he liked Wonder Woman. (more…)
Film director and producer John Landis (An American Werewolf in London) dropped some major (and majorly unexpected) news last night at the 25th annual Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando! The subject of Landis’ big reveal? Star Wars. (more…)
The artist formally known as Harry Potter continues to try new things on stage and on screen as Variety is reporting today that Daniel Radcliffe was signed up to join a new production of Frankenstein, but not as either the monster or the titular doctor. Instead, Radcliffe will play Igor in the new film written by Max Landis (World War Z) and directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin).
So why Igor? As Landis explained in an earlier interview in 2011, Igor is actually the main character in his Frankenstein. Here’s what Landis had to say about his approach to the material:
I began to pick apart our knowledge of Frankenstein and discovered that the public’s idea of this myth comes from a million different places…I became committed to recontextualizing it all so it all worked in one story. By the end of the day, yeah it’s a period piece, yes it’s from Igor’s perspective, but man it’s cool….it’s the best thing I’ve written.
Landis’ Frankenstein is set-up at 20th Century Fox and is expected to begin shooting this fall after Radcliffe finishes his run in the theatrical Cripple of Inishmaan.
So Chronicle was quite the hit for 20th Century Fox earlier this year, so it would be little wonder that they’d want a sequel and in a manner equivalent to post haste. So what’s the hold up? According to Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis‘ dad, the legendary filmmaker John Landis, the studio is unsatisfied with the sequel’s recently completed script.
The scene was an AMPAS screening of the Landis classic An American Werewolf in London, and in the follow-on Q&A, Landis didn’t just dish about his own business, he also talked about his son’s. Courtesy of The Playlist, here’s what Landis Sr. had to say:
He wrote a sequel [to Chronicle], and it’s amazing, and the studio read it and said, ‘We want Chronicle again!’ And he said, ‘No, this is the sequel, it’s the evolution, and they said ‘No, we want that movie again!’ So it’s difficult, we’re dealing with a difficult business.
So Fox wants a carbon copy of Chronicle for Chronicle 2? Disappointing, but not surprising. Clearly, the same idea worked for The Hangover 2, but would anyone argue that Hangover 2 was artistically rewarding? (Or does anybody even consider Hangover 1 artistically rewarding?)
And yes, Papa John’s talking points got back to Max, and as the embarrassed son he now is, Max Landis had this to say on Twitter:
“The Death of Superman” was a major, major, MAJOR event in comics. It was HUGE. And in the end all it managed to do was royally piss of legions of diehard Superman fans. While at the time DC Comics raked in almost unheard of dough from initial sales, since then Action Comics has suffered.
But why am I telling you this. I’ll leave it to Max Landis, screenwriter of Chronicle and son of John Landis, to tell you all about The Death and Return of Superman. This short film is probably the best version of the tale you’ll ever watch. Believe me. And keep an eye out for some famous faces like Mandy Moore as Lois Lane, Elijah Wood as Cyborg Superman, Simon Pegg as John Landis, plus other nerdy cameos.
Insane, right? And totally effin’ hilarious. In fact, seeing this short makes me more interested in Chronicle knowing it comes from the mind of Max Landis. How about you?
Holy shit Ron Howard is the busiest man in Hollywood right now, well at least on paper that’s how it seems! The well known director was set to direct the now dying Dark Tower project. But now is mentioned to be attached to a Mad Magazine strip Spy Vs Spy.
In addition to various film projects Howard is also being connected to a Frankenstein series set to be aired on FOX. Max Landis is set to draft the project. Max is the son of John Landis who penned the upcoming film Chronicle set to be released next year.
Little is known about either of Howard’s projects except that Frankenstein would be told from Igor’s point of view.
So what do ya’ll think of these potential projects? And will anything really ever top the ’94 version with De Niro, Bonham-Carter and Branagh (not only directing but acting in it!)??
What happens when a college birthday is interrupted by a balls out lightsabre fight in the heat of (weirdly enough) Blue Sapphire Gin shots? As if to say that when a youngling drops out of Jedi Force training, they may use their powers for something unimportant like having your sabre float back to your hand when the other youngling’s back is turned. Just so he can run him through.
Written by Max Landis, who’s father John directed movie greats American Werewolf in London and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, he is accompanied by Josh Trank on camera, who also has a filmmaker father. The 2 are working together on Chronicle, a “Blair Witch” style superhero series, but Stabbing At Leia’s 22nd Birthday is here now for you to see their ability.