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If you haven't taken the time to seek out the cool indie sci-fi thriller The Signal, it's available on Blu-Ray & DVD as well as various digital download services. The film is stylish, has a great mystery, and marked the sophomore directing effort of Will Eubank. Now Warner Bros. has decided to give Eubank his next project with World Breaker, based on a script he wrote himself with British writer Phil Gawthorne. But rather then diving into sci-fi again, this project, which reunites Eubank with The Signal producer Bryan Kavanaugh-Jones, is more of a fantasy epic in the same vein of Braveheart and 300. So what's it about?
Just last month we reported on Dad's Army, an adaptation of a comedy series from the United Kingdom that ran on BBC from 1968 to 1977, taking place during World War II in 1944 as the Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. The film stars Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Toby Jones, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon and many more in the film from Johnny English director Oliver Parker. Production is underway in Yorkshire and the first photos of the cast have surfaced online showing off the Home Guard (volunteers ineligible for military service) at Walmington-on-Sea. Look!
When Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment announced their full slate of films planned for release from now through 2020, many were surprised to see that the next film to follow Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice would be Suicide Squad. The film is set for release on August 5th, 2016 and while we've heard that Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy, Will Smith and Margot Robbie may end up starring in the film, there's another interesting casting move the studio wants to make. Deadline reports Warner Bros. is in talks to have Jesse Eisenberg reprise his Batman v. Superman role as villain Lex Luthor in the film. Read on!
"What I do know is that: I love more than a compass loves north." What in the funk is this? "Think Blue Valentine meets Jurassic Park." That's the opening pitch for this short film, but it's something else entirely unique and fun in its own way. The Life and Death of Tommy Chaos and Stacey Danger is a wacky, romantic adventure short from filmmaker Michael Lukk Litwak (@MLLitwak). It has a very hipster vibe to it, I must admit, but it's fun and the score is great (from the same guy who did the Beasts of the Southern Wild score). If you want to see a short film with dinosaurs, spaceships, romance and more, then fire this up.
You may not know the name Ben Wheatley yet, but the British filmmaker has gotten quite a bit of buzz previously for his films Sightseers and Kill List. His next film will be an adaptation of High Rise starring Tom Hiddleston, but after that, he's coming to the United States for his next film. THR has word that Wheatley is set to direct a 1970s crime drama called Free Fire, and he has quite the cast assembled to star in it. The project is on sale at the American Film Market and is touting Olivia Wilde (Rush), Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6), Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins) and also Armie Hammer (The Social Network).
If you weren't already planning on seeing The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in theaters, Warner Bros. Pictures might have a good reason for you to show up. Aside from being the final installment of Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic, Forbes has heard that there will be some sort of teaser trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice attached to the film. It makes sense since Warner Bros. is behind both franchise films, and while the film will be nearly a year and a half away at that point, the film has been shooting for awhile, and fans are hungry for something. It might arrive online before the, so stay tuned. As for The Battle of the Five Armies, it sounds like that will be epic too.
In a report looking at the upcoming onslaught of superhero movies arriving from now through the year 2020, THR noted that Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment are keen to get a female director behind the camera for their big screen take on Wonder Woman. The studio already has Gal Gadot in the lead role, and with the film set for release June 23, 2017, they're on the hunt for a filmmaker to bring the heroine to life. Well, Forbes seems to have a line on the shortlist the studio is looking at, though they caution that other names could easily be in the running. It's a mix of film directors and some TV talent too.
There's an odd correlation between cineplex screens and toy-store shelves these days. The movies-being-turned-into-toys-being-turned-into-movies cycle is hardly a 2014 revelation. But, with Michael Bay's most recent Transformers movie scraping the well in search for content, it finally felt like that synergistic cycle was a foregone conclusion. Entertainment and, God forbid, story were afterthoughts to the dollars and cents the film ultimately pulled in. I use Transformers as the example, because Bay's horror-movie production company, Platinum Dunes, has a product in which they'd like you to invest. It's called Ouija, and it's awful.
In case you hadn't heard, James Franco is directing and starring in an adaptation of Zeroville, the 2007 novel of the same name by Steve Erickson. The story follows a naive, alienated young man who moves to Hollywood in the 1960s, driven by his love and obsession for the movies, and meeting various filmmaking types like John Milius and Martin Scorsese. But he ends up getting caught up in the world of sex, drugs and rock and roll. It's a must-read for any cinephile, and the film is already in production right now. So far we hadn't heard any cast members beyond Franco taking the lead role (he shaved his head for it), but that changes today with a report from ScreenDaily revealing that some of Franco's best buddies are on board too.
Earlier this year, we heard rumblings that Martin Scorsese might be working on a film about legendary punk rock band The Ramones, but there's yet to be any official confirmation that will happen. However, another iconic rock band will have Scorsese's attention as THR reports he is executive producing a documentary about the psychedelic rock group The Grateful Dead. The documentary will arrive just in time for the 50th anniversary of the band once led by the late Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, and it will cover the entire career of the beloved band. Sounds like the ultimate must-see for the Deadheads out there.
Next spring we'll see Vin Diesel return along with the late Paul Walker for Fast & Furious 7 on April 3rd, 2015, but that won't be the only film we'll see the action star leading next year. Lionsgate has just announced that Breck Eisner's fantasy action thriller The Last Witch Hunter will arrive in theaters on October 23rd, 2015, almost exactly one year from now. We've already gotten a first look at Diesel in the film about an immortal witch hunter (Diesel) who partners with his natural enemy, a female witch (Rose Leslie), to stop the covens of New York City from unleashing a plague on humanity, but we're waiting for a trailer to really see how this turns out. Elijah Wood and Michael Caine also star in the film. Stay tuned.
For a film that primarily focuses on an astronaut (Matt Damon) who is stranded in a colony on Mars and struggles to survive, hoping he can last long enough for NASA to organize a rescue mission, there sure seems to be a lot of supporting cast members signing on to The Martian. Director Ridley Scott is at the helm of the film written by Cabin in the Woods scribe Drew Goddard, which starts shooting next month, and EW has learned three more names have just joined the film. Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Mackenzie Davis (That Awkward Moment) are on board.