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Film Adaptation

When seeing a movie for the first time you may think to yourself, "Wow this film is really well written!" or "This is a great story!" Although the script may have been entirely envisioned and created by the screenwriter, there is a good chance that you are looking at the result of a film adaptation.

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Jan 28

'Crisis' Trailer: Gary Oldman and Armie Hammer Examine America's Opioid Problem

by Jeff Sneider

It's a good time to be an indie movie right now, since there isn't that much competition from studio blockbusters. Whether it's a good time to be an indie movie starring Armie Hammer right now, well, we'll soon see, as Quiver Distribution has just released a trailer for the embattled actor's latest indie movie Crisis.

Written and directed by Nicholas Jarecki, Crisis follows an assortment of characters, each of whom have some role to play within America's ongoing opioid epidemic. Characters include a drug trafficker arranging a multi-cartel Fentanyl smuggling operation, an architect recovering from an Oxycodone addiction and looking for answers about her son's disappearance, and a university professor battling unexpected revelations about his employer, a pharmaceutical company bringing a new “non-addictive” painkiller to market. Like Babel, Crash, Magnolia and Pulp Fiction, these storylines are fated to intersect, and the collision may be deadly.

Joining Hammer are Oscar winners Gary Oldman and Greg Kinnear, as well as Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Michelle Rodriguez, Scott Mescudi, Lily-Rose Depp, Martin Donovan, Duke Nicholson and Veronica Ferres.

Watch the official trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Collider

Jan 27

Kevin Hart Closes Deal for 'Borderlands' Movie

Kevin Hart to star in video game adaption of "Borderlands" (image courtesy Getty)
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by Aaron Couch

After playing a video game avatar in two Jumanji movies, Kevin Hart has officially signed on for another type of gaming adventure, with the actor closing his deal to star in Lionsgate's adaptation of Borderlands.

Hart will play the skilled soldier Roland in what will be a more serious acting turn for the star, who is known worldwide for his comedy chops. He had been in negotiations for months, and those talks first became public in December when The Illuminerdi reported them.

Eli Roth is directing the Borderlands movie, which also has Cate Blanchett set to star as legendary thief Lilith. Emmy-winning Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin penned the script.

"I'm thrilled to be working with Kevin," said Roth in a statement. "Borderlands is a different kind of role for him, and we are excited to thrill audiences with a side of Kevin they've never seen before. He's going to be an amazing Roland."

Added Nathan Kahane, President of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group: "Kevin has been behind some of the world's biggest blockbusters, and our source material is inspired by one of the world's best-selling video games. We love the way our filmmaking team has adapted this story and we couldn't be in better creative hands."

The Borderlands video game launched in 2009 to acclaim, with Gearbox Software and publisher 2K debuting Borderlands 3 in September 2019. The series has sold more than 66 million units.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Jan 25

Monster Mayhem Galore In New Trailer For 'Godzilla Vs. Kong'

by Brent Furdyk

"We need Kong," geologist Nathan Lind (Alexander Skarsgård) intones solemnly in a new trailer for an anticipated monster mashup. "The world needs him to stop what’s coming."

What's coming is filmdom's most famous atomic-age lizard, Godzilla, setting up a literal clash of the titans as these two iconic movie monsters face off in battle, and a new trailer for "Godzilla vs. Kong" film offers a first look.

Among the spectacular scenes featured in the trailer are Godzilla and Kong duking it out atop an aircraft carrier in the middle of the ocean, while an ancient myth hints that these two have a history as enemies.

"Legends collide as these mythic adversaries meet in a spectacular battle for the ages, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance," the official synopsis declares.

"Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home, and with them is Jia (Kaylee Hottle), a young orphaned girl with whom he has formed a unique and powerful bond," the synopsis continues. "But they unexpectedly find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla, cutting a swath of destruction across the globe. The epic clash between the two titans - instigated by unseen forces - is only the beginning of the mystery that lies deep within the core of the earth."

In addition to Skarsgård, other stars include Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza Gonzalez, Kyle Chandler and Demián Bichir.

See the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: ET Canada

Jan 24

'The Marskman' Tops Languishing Box Office With $2M

Liam Neeson takes aim in a scene from 'The Marksman' (image courtesy Voltage Pictures)
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by Pamela McClintock

Liam Neeson's action thriller The Marksman stayed atop the languishing domestic box office in its second weekend with an estimated $2 million.

There were no new wide releases as most Hollywood studios continue to delay their high-profile titles amid COVID-19 and continued theater closures, including in the top 10 moviegoing markets. Though smaller markets have reopened this month, it hasn't made much of a dent. So far, January ticket sales are running more than 90 percent behind last year, according to Comscore.

The Marksman is directed by Robert Lorenz, Clint Eastwood's longtime collaborator, and has earned $6.1 million in its first 10 days. Open Road, also home of Neeson's recent pandemic pic Honest Thief, is handling the film domestically.

Universal and DreamWorks Animation's The Croods: The New Age wasn't far behind The Marksman. The family animated film grossed $1.9 million in its ninth weekend for a domestic tally of $41.8 million and $139.8 million worldwide.

Croods 2 has held up well in cinemas well despite being available on premium VOD in the U.S.

Wonder Woman 1984 came in third in its fifth weekend with $1.6 million for a domestic total of $37.7 million. Overseas, it has grossed $110.3 million for a worldwide total of $148 million.

In a controversial move, Warners WW84 made the Christmas Day superhero sequel available on HBO Max and in cinemas the same day because of the COVID-19 crisis and shuttered cinemas in many major markets.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Jan 22

Sony Delays Camila Cabello's 'Cinderella,' 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife,' 'Uncharted' and Sony/Marvel's 'Morbius'

by Rebecca Rubin

Sony has shifted release dates for numerous titles, including "Ghostbusters: Afterlife," Camila Cabello's "Cinderella," "Uncharted" with Tom Holland and Sony/Marvel's "Morbius" starring Jared Leto.

"Cinderella" will release in theaters on July 16 instead of Feb. 5. That delay bumps the video game adaptation "Uncharted," which was originally set for mid-July, to Feb. 11, 2022. Meanwhile, "Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway" has moved back two months from April 2 to June 11. In turn, the "Ghostbusters" sequel was delayed to Nov. 11.

Sony's latest calendar shift came minutes after MGM delayed "No Time to Die," the latest James Bond installment, from April to Oct. 8. With "No Time to Die" slated to open on the same day as another Sony title, "Morbius," the film has officially moved to Jan. 21, 2022. Earlier this month, the studio moved the Jared Leto-led comic book thriller from March to its current early October date.

Many had expected "Cinderella" to abandon its February release date because the studio hadn't released a single shred of marketing or promotional materials for the Kay Cannon-directed fairy dale adaptation. With "Cinderella's" vacancy, Disney and 20th Century's "The King's Man" (March 12) is the only major title still on schedule for the first quarter of 2021.

Though most big movies set for the first few months of the year have already fled to mid-summer or later, traditional Hollywood studios may continue to postpone tentpoles if coronavirus cases continue to rise. Moviegoing has been slow to return in the U.S., as evidenced by the lackluster box office. Last weekend, Liam Neeson's action thriller "The Marksman" won the weekend with just $3 million. Those ticket sales certainly aren't inspiring the major studios to take a chance on their buzziest movies.

Continue Reading at: Variety

Jan 21

Star Wars: Why George Lucas Started With Episode 4

by Christy Box

The massive success of Star Wars has developed into eleven movies and counting, but George Lucas made the strange choice to begin with Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Lucas had a bold and complicated idea to take science fiction movies in a new direction, but the long story he had prepared needed a place to start. He chose to begin in the middle of his planned saga, even though Lucas himself thought the first Star Wars movie would be a failure - so much so that he was hiding out from his probably failed movie in Hawaii when he learned it was a hit. After that, he had a chance to continue with both sequels and prequels. Now the Star Wars universe is so full that Disney abandoned Star Wars episode numbers entirely, but it all started with the movie that should have been the fourth installment of the series.

Lucas had written a single epic story that encompassed the entire original trilogy, but that script was too burdensome to turn into a single movie. Instead, he split his script into three parts. The first act became A New Hope, the second The Empire Strikes Back, and the third Return of the Jedi. This explains why the original trilogy's installments flow into each other so naturally; they were originally a single story. Lucas had also planned an entire backstory for that script that later became the prequel series, and Lucas continued plotting ideas for a Star Wars sequel trilogy different from the one Disney eventually made. However, before he could get into the rest of the story, he had to pick the best beginning for audiences.

He decided that, from a storytelling and technical approach, the first act of his epic was the one to introduce to the world. He always planned for more movies to go before A New Hope in the timeline, but it had the best story to hook audiences into a galaxy far, far away. It took many drafts to refine this section of the original script into a cohesive story in its own right, changing parts of his first act to fit in better with its standalone role and cut out unnecessary information. Even main characters like Han Solo got a major rewrite. He still didn't have his ideas for the remaining movies fully fleshed out, but he included enough worldbuilding and references to the history outside of this story to make it clear A New Hope was part of a much longer saga.

Starting with Episode IV meant throwing audiences into the world of Star Wars with little context. Even the first movie references events like the Clone Wars that would not come into play until the prequels were made, so the prequel movies became necessary after Star Wars gained its massive popularity. When the first movie was in production, Lucas thought A New Hope would be the sixth movie in the story, originally planning to make a prelude, spend three movies on the Clone Wars, and conclude with events leading into the original trilogy. The prequels were later condensed down to a trilogy, but arguably suffered as a result. Fans now often consider the prequel trilogy a largely unwieldy story that made creative missteps, but George Lucas defends some of his prequel decisions. However, not even the much-maligned prequels could stop Star Wars in its tracks forever.

Continue Reading at: ScreenRant

Jan 20

New 'Willy Wonka' Movie Lands Release Date; Major Young Stars Eyed for Role

The past actors who played, and possible future actors who may play, Willy Wonka [clockwise from top left - Gene Wilder, Johnny Depp, Timothée Chalamet, and Tom Holland] (images courtesy Paramount / Warner Bros. / Netflix / Marvel)
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by Jeff Sneider

For nearly five years, Warner Bros. has been developing a new Willy Wonka movie that will explore the character's earlier days, before he became the King of Candy, and today, the studio announced it will release Wonka on March 17, 2023.

Back in 2018, Collider reported that Ryan Gosling, Donald Glover and Ezra Miller were being eyed to star, but those names have all fallen by the wayside since then. Lately, sources say that Warners has its eye on either Tom Holland or Timothée Chalamet to play the eccentric confectioner.

Holland is currently 24 years old, while Chalamet just turned 25, and not only will they be competing for roles for years to come, but they are two of Hollywood's most recognizable and talented leading men under 30. While it's unclear whether Holland or Chalamet are actively pursuing this part, it's easy to see Chalamet as a younger version of Johnny Depp's take on Wonka, whereas Holland is more of a song-and-dance man in the vein of a young Gene Wilder. To be clear, neither has been offered the role of Wonka -- but let's be honest, there are only so many young actors Warner Bros. would agree to finance this film with, as I'd imagine they want it to spark a franchise.

Paul King (Paddington) will direct from a script by Simon Rich (An American Pickle), who will draw inspiration from Roald Dahl's classic children's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Wonka will be produced by David Heyman, who also produced the Harry Potter movies for Warners in addition to Paddington and its equally beloved sequel. Variety reports that the studio plans to start production within the next four months.

Continue Reading at: Collider

Jan 19

Jurassic World 3 Wraps Up Entire Jurassic Park Franchise Says Director

by Rachel Labonte

Jurassic World: Dominion will wrap up the entire franchise that began with Jurassic Park in 1993, says director Colin Trevorrow. Following Jurassic Park III in 2001, the dinosaur franchise took several years off and appeared to be at the end of its story. Then, 2015 saw the massive Jurassic World pick up the reins and bring the property into a new age. It earned a sequel in 2018, with the third and final installment scheduled for next year. Jurassic World 3 was originally planned for this year, but due to delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Universal bumped it back to 2022.

Though plot details are still scarce, it's expected Jurassic World 3 will pick up on the tantalizing tease from the end of the second film, which saw dinosaurs running amuck in the real world. To combat the wild dinos, Jurassic World 3 has assembled a truly impressive cast of familiar faces. Jurassic World leads Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will be back once again along with several others, though the thrilling hook is that Jurassic Park trio Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum will all return for another adventure. And they won't be reduced to mere cameos either.

Trevorrow recently spoke to EW about the second season of Netflix's Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, and he provided some teases about Dominion. When it comes to how it connects to what came before, Trevorrow called the film "a celebration of the whole franchise." He then elaborated by saying it's the culmination of one large story, which even stretches back to the original Jurassic Park films.

Continue Reading at: ScreenRant

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