March 27, 2013
"Here is your mission: pass your knowledge on to the next, as it was passed on to you." A new era of sci-fi is upon us. In just a few years we'll be watching another trilogy of Star Wars movies, picking up where the original trilogy left off 30 years ago. Star Trek has already been revived on the big screen, coincidentally by the same director set to bring us the next Star Wars - J.J. Abrams. Ever since James Cameron's Avatar raised the bar with another box office record in late 2009-early 2010, science fiction movies have been back with a vengeance. Aside from Star Wars and Star Trek returning, things are getting more exciting every day, with filmmakers like Chris Nolan, Alfonso Cuarón, Ridley Scott and Edgar Wright venturing into sci-fi.
February 6, 2013
While the geek world continues to speculate about Star Wars, Episode VII director J.J. Abrams is making news elsewhere. At the DICE (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit in Las Vegas earlier this morning, Abrams teamed with Gabe Newell, the president and co-founder of video game company Valve, to speak about the differences between video games and film and discuss a possible creative collaboration between the two. The video game website Polygon (via ComingSoon) was in attendance, and their recap indicates Abrams and Newell hinted about plans to bring movie adaptations of Portal and Half-Life to life.
January 9, 2013
Back in August of 2011, we featured an incredible short film called Portal: No Escape, a trailer for a movie that didn't really exist, inspired by the video game Portal. On its own, the project was more than impressive, and now director Dan Trachtenberg (who is one of the hosts of Totally Rad Show) is turning that success into a bigger career. Deadline has word that Trachtenberg has been hired to direct the long gestating adaptation of the graphic novel Y: The Last Man, which once had directors like D.J. Caruso and Louis Leterrier involved. Last fall we heard New Line Cinema was making the project a priority and here we go.
September 10, 2012
It often takes filmmakers years to get their projects made, but it's unusual for every single step of the development process to be widely reported and parsed over. But that's exactly what's happened over the past nine years (!) with an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn's fantastic graphic novel Y: The Last Man. We've covered the project since D.J. Caruso was involved, through script troubles, potential star Shia LaBeouf dropping out, director Louis Leterrier's involvement, and finally some new writers being brought on earlier this year. Vulture reports the project is now considered a high priority at New Line. More below!
July 13, 2012
An adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's Y: The Last Man has been gestating for years now. Shia LaBeouf was once attached to the project and director D.J. Caruso was going to take a stab at the film, but it never came to fruition. Just recently TV producers-turned-writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia were hired to do a new script for the adaptation, but who knows how that's going to turn out. In the meantime, how about we take a look at an impressive attempt by filmmaker Christian Cardona who decided to make a 23-minute fan film based on the comic book just because he loves it so much. Watch it!
March 14, 2012
Here we go again. Will this version make it to the big screen? For years we followed DJ Caruso's adaptation of the beloved comic series Y: The Last Man, which is in development at New Line (now part of WB), but unfortunately it fell apart a few years ago due to script problems. Now Heat Vision reports that its back on track, still at New Line, with a whole different set of writers and producers involved. I'm glad they're giving it another shot, but will these guys be able to do the comic justice (with a trilogy?) and satisfy the studio? TV producers-turned-writers Matthew Federman & Stephen Scaia are in final negotiations for a new take.
January 24, 2011
This is another one of those franchises that has had rumors and rumors about sequels, prequels and reboots for years. Most Evil Dead fans are waiting for Bruce Campbell to return to that universe for more undead madness, but Sam Raimi has moved up in Hollywood, focusing on blockbusters instead of horror (give or take Drag Me to Hell). Our last update on a potential reboot of the Evil Dead series was back in early 2009, when Raimi revealed that he was looking at getting a new director to take a crack at rebooting the franchise with their own style. There's a brand new quote from a producer and it's hopeful, but I'm still not optimistic.
March 26, 2010
There's been talk of an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn's praised graphic novel series Y: The Last Man for a long time now. The most recent attempt had Shia LaBeouf attached to star in an adaptation directed by D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia), but that never came to fruition. Courtesy of an exclusive scoop from Latino Review, apparently Louis Leterrier, director of the upcoming remake of Clash of the Titans as well as The Incredible Hulk, is now interested in taking on the project. Of course, with all the false starts the project has had, this is pretty much tossing up another prayer that the comic finds someone to direct this adaptation.
January 19, 2010
Yet another new project for D.J. Caruso. THR announced that Caruso will direct DreamWorks' adaptation of the upcoming young-adult science fiction book I Am Number Four. You may remember hearing about this last year, as we reported on it when it was first announced (at which time Michael Bay was potentially going to direct this). The story in I Am Number Four revolves around a group of nine aliens who escaped their home planet just before it was annihilated by a rival species. Hiding out on Earth, the title character disguises himself as a human high schooler, only to discover he is being hunted still by his planet's enemy.
June 9, 2009
When I reported the news yesterday that D.J. Caruso was attached to The Defenders, I realized that, yet again, there was no hope that we'd see a Y: The Last Man movie anytime soon. Now this news today just confirms my worst fears. Shia LaBeouf talked with Wizard magazine recently and was briefly asked about Y: The Last Man, which he has been attached to for a few years and has been previously adamant about supporting. "I'm not willing to make that movie currently, and may be too old to play the role by the time it does come around," LaBeouf said. The reason being is that it's too much like his Transformers character.
April 2, 2009
Writer Mark Protosevich and director Francis Lawrence (of I Am Legend previously) are teaming up again to bring us yet another look at the future. Fox has acquired rights to "The World Without Us", a non-fiction environmental book by Alan Weisman that Fox will turn into a big budget tentpole feature. The book takes on the idea of life on Earth if humans were suddenly to disappear. It explores how houses would deteriorate, how long and which man-made objects would last, the environmental impact nuclear waste and other pollutants would have left unchecked and how nature would spread over built environments.
January 6, 2009
Remember that classic Jack and the Beanstalk fairytale? Now take that story, make it more "adult," and let Hollywood add some exposition -- that's what Jack the Giant Killer is. As described: "When a princess is kidnapped, a long-standing peace between men and giants becomes threatened, and a young farmer is given an opportunity to lead a dangerous expedition to the giant kingdom to rescue her." Really? This is actually becoming a movie? New Line has hired D.J. Caruso, of Disturbia and Eagle Eye most recently, to direct. The script was written by Mark Bomback, of Deception and the upcoming Race to Witch Mountain.
December 30, 2008
One comic book adaptation we're very anxious to see is Brian K. Vaughan's Y: The Last Man. It's been in development at New Line Cinema for a long time, with Eagle Eye and Disturbia director D.J. Caruso attached as director and Shia LaBeouf attached as its star. For as much as we've written about the project and even talked to Caruso himself about it, apparently it's still struggling. ComingSoon ran their interview Caruso yesterday but we didn't notice this until today. "I think it's one of those that the source material is fantastic stuff, it's great, but it's a tough one to lick into getting into a screenplay," Caruso said.
October 21, 2008
Today we present another reader submitted review of a hot Hollywood script. I recently got the opportunity to read Roundtable, a screenplay written by Brian K. Vaughan, who is most widely known for writing various comic books, including Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, and Runaways, as well as his work as a writer for "Lost." Roundtable is an action/comedy that has the fabled wizard Merlin rounding up modern day English knights to defend England from an ancient evil. However, instead of finding metal-clad, sword-swinging heroes, all Merlin can find are wimpy scientists, washed up athletes, and actors. He recruits four unlikely Englishmen to become true knights and stop an evil sorceress from taking over the world. The concept for the story is clever, the writing is great, and the script for Roundtable is good. Really good.