The last time someone tried to put Lara Croft: Tomb Raider on the big screen, it was Jan de Bont, the director of Speed and Twister, with the sequel The Cradle of Life. That was a follow-up to 2001’s original Tomb Raider film that was made by Con Air director Simon West. What do those two guys have in common? Well, aside from both being relatively successful action film directors, they’re also both men. Sadly, most of the working directors in Hollywood are still men, which is why gender equality in cinema is taking a leap forward with the news that the producers behind the Tomb Raider reboot are looking for a female director to make a movie about a female hero. (more…)
By the looks of things Sony Pictures want to make a movie adaptation of the hit video game Uncharted with some scope and proper character development. They have hired Mark Boal, who has written scripts for The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, with the latter bagging him an Oscar. Previously Sony had the writer of the National Treasure movies, so it’s a step in the right direction and who knows, maybe this might actually be good, if they can find a leading protagonist who is willing to sign on the dotted line (Chris Pratt was offered the role but he turned it down). (more…)
Being a female director in Hollywood has its ups and downs, from what I hear. Downside is, you get passed over a lot because you’re a minority and that’s how life is. The upside is that, if your movie sucks, nobody can kick you in the nuts. Trust me on that – I once directed the worst short film anyone never saw and didn’t walk for a month! That’s when most ladies behind the lenses find themselves in a damned-if-you-do/damned-if-you-don’t situation. According to Lexi Alexander, those situations pop up too much already, and she isn’t trying to make things worse for herself. That’s why when the question came up about her directing the new ‘Wonder Woman’ movie, she said “hell no!” Let’s see why she feels like that’s career suicide, and why she thinks WW might have her director already. (more…)
Haven’t heard much lately about the Tarzan re-imagining by David Yates (Harry Potters 5, 6, 7.1 and 7.2) other than True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard was the first choice for the loincloth-clad lead, and that Avengers task master Samuel L. Jackson was at the front of the line to play a mercenary named George Washington Williams. But what about Jane?
Well the New York Post might have shed some light on that this morning by hinting on Page Six that Academy Award nominated actress Jessica Chastain was the filmmakers’ first choice to play English rose Jane Porter, the civilized woman that helps tame the King of the Apes. Nothing’s confirmed, but the Post lists no other names in the running for the part other than Chastain, whose most recent role was as the CIA analyst hunting for Osama bin Laden in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty.
Here’s the plot description for Yates’ Tarzan:
John Clayton III [is] known around the world as the famous “ape man” Tarzan. Years after he’s re-assimilated into society, he’s asked by Queen Victoria to investigate the goings-on in the Congo. Tarzan teams with an ex-mercenary named George Washington Williams to save the Congo from a fierce warlord who controls a massive diamond mine.
More news as it develops.
Source: Comic Book Movie
At the start of the new millennium there was a push in comic-book related movies. Sure in the years since movies have gotten a bigger budget to bring comics to life, but what really kicked it off was the X-men. Director Bryan Singer brought in nearly $300 million and launched a $900 million franchise with the help of A-list actors Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman and Ian McKellan.Would you believe though that their star Canadian mutant was almost never played by the now blockbuster Australian?
It’s true bub. Check out the whole story after the jump.