The clock is ticking on New Line‘s long delayed plans to bring Brain K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra‘s Y: The Last Man to the silver screen. The project finally had a director announcement last year that placed Dan Trachenberg (The Totally Rad Show) firmly in the center seat, but will production begin before the rights reversion deadline kicks in? (more…)
Back in 2007 New Line picked up the rights to Epic Games‘ first person shooter hit, Gears of War. The production went as far as enlisting Len Wiseman to direct and Stuart Beattie to write the script, then the whole thing stalled out after New Line and Epic couldn’t come to terms about creative differences concerning the project, the project got shelved, and after a time, the rights reverted back to Epic.
The word now is that Scott Stuber (Producer of Battleship, Ted) has come on board to produce and begin the script development process with the creative team over at Epic Games. There’s no writer, director, or distributor attached yet, but Stuber does have a first look deal with Universal. You can bet they’ll also be shopping the project out to other studios.
The videogame story is set on the planet Sera and follows a former P.O.W. who is civilization’s best hope in the fight against the Locust Horde, a race of creatures who emerged from beneath the planet’s surface and are intent on eliminating humankind.
We’ll have to wait and see how far the project goes this time around. Epic has been burned once before and it’s not likely they’ll give up much creative control of the video game franchise’s film adaptation. Most video game companies are very tight when it comes to creative control of their properties. It’s hard to blame them though, one bad movie could kill a game franchise in the main stream public arena.
To someone who’s hardcore into all the various technical aspects their movies, a “cinefile” by definition, any new technology or filming technique is just a fad, until it is used enough times to make it the new standard in the industry.
So when Peter Jackson announced that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and it’s subsequent sequels, would be shot in High Frame Rate 3D regular moviegoers (non cinefiles) shouted a collective “What the hell is High Frame Rate 3D?”
HFR 3D is a process where by shooting a movie in 48 frames per second rather than the film industry standard 24, a movie using HFR has less motion blur and increased clarity, much like a new television with a high refresh rate. This may still have you scratching your head at a the mere thought, but Warner Bros, MGM, and New Line crafted a neat little “cheat sheet” to any questions you might have about HFR 3D.
Check out the full guide in following the jump:
There has been talk for quite some time of a film adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra‘s brainchild together, Y: The Last Man. Of course, to this point, nothing has panned out. New Line has been developing the project for years now, and although a script was prepped and a potential director was on board, it never got past the production stage. So, it’s been pretty much dead for the past while… And we all know how much Hollywood likes resurrecting things. Even things that don’t need resurrecting.
New Line is aiming for a fresh start with new writers and is trying their hand at this thing once again. Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia have been hired to take this project back to square one; they have previously produced and/or written for other projects such as Charlie’s Angels, Human Target, Warehouse 13 and Jericho.
Because the series contains 60 issues and is a pretty hefty series to adapt, a trilogy might be the best way to go… but that makes it harder to convince a studio that this is worth a dip in their pockets. The last director that they had on board, D. J. Caruso, definitely saw the story as a trilogy and that may have been one of the reasons why things didn’t work out. For that reason, it’s possible that New Line is looking to condense it all into one film in this next go.
The story is about a man named Yorick who basically wakes up one morning to find that every mammal in the world with a Y chromosome has been killed – but for him and Ampersand, the monkey. And, of course, insanity ensues while he tries to figure shit out and all that jazz.
New Line is hoping that digging up the bones of the Police Academy series and dusting off all those tired jokes and prat falls might allow them to re-energize a series that did produce SIX movies.
New Line has certainly followed the spirit of the Police Academy movies by hiring Scott Zebielski to direct the remake. Zebielski’s main claim to fame at the moment is his producing work on Tosh .0. I have to say that marrying this guy to the Police Academy movies makes sense in that light. Tosh.0 humor is right up the Police Academy ally . . . like a mugger threatening you with a rubber chicken.
Another possible advantage to hiring Zebielski to make this version, it is that he actually went to the police academy in LA, and is a reserve officer in West Hollywood. So maybe this will be a staggeringly realistic depiction of the rigors of police training . . . with slapstick thrown in. You can pretty much count on a Steve Guttenberg cameo, unless he snags a meatier role. This NerdBastard would love to see him play the part of Lt. Thaddeus Harris – played brilliantly by G.W. Baily.
Instead, we’ll probably get a Tosh.0 crossed with an episode of COPS aimed at the 12 year old crowd.