Get ready for the riots. Before Roland Emmerich brings us the new Independence Day: Resurgence sequel, the director will be releasing his indie drama about the 1969 Stonewall riots. Emmerich already shot the film, mostly around Montreal, and it's ready for release this September. Roadside Attractions announced a September 25th release date for Stonewall, starring Jeremy Irvine and newcomer Jonny Beauchamp, with Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ron Perlman. Stonewall is a drama about a fictional young man caught up during the 1969 Stonewall riots, "which became the start of the LGBT rights movement." More info below.
It's happening. They're making an emoji movie. And this is on top of LEGO movies galore, a Minecraft movie, and whatever this Pixels thing is. Deadline is reporting updates on both projects, at separate studios. The Minecraft movie has been in the works for a while, since the game is has been very successful for a while now. The big news is that Rob McElhenney, best known for co-creating and co-starring in the FX series "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia", will be directing the Minecraft movie for Warner Bros. Originally it had Shawn Levy attached, but that's no longer the case. As for the emoji movie, Sony Pictures Animation (Hotel Transylvania, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) just won the auction for a pitch based on emoji.
Another day, another remake. Another Disney live-action remake. This time it's Sword in the Stone, the original animated 1963 movie about King Arthur. The film is based on T.H. White's book of the same name, which is part of his series The Once and Future King, about King Arthur. The new feature will draw from the book as well, and Disney has hired Bryan Cogman, a writer-producer on HBO's "Game of Thrones", to write the script. This is yet another project from Disney taking one of their familiar animated movies and making it live-action, because why not - from Cinderella to The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Fantasia) to Beauty and the Beast (coming up). Below are two great tweets that nicely sum up our initial reaction to this news.
"Save the clock tower!" In honor of the 30th anniversary of the original release of Robert Zemeckis' sci-fi Back to the Future, some theaters will be hosting a special screening of the entire trilogy this October. SlashFilm broke the news, saying that with the new 30th anniversary Blu-ray release on October 21st this fall, the entire trilogy will also be playing in theaters on the same day. There's not much info available yet, but they od say this is the one of the first times the entire trilogy will be screened, not just the first film. It's all timed for the new Blu-ray set, since the actual release of the original film was on July 3rd. More below.
There's a line of dialogue missing from this scene. Director Neill Blomkamp just posted a new hint on social media at some of the concept art for his Alien movie in the works. We've been following development on this closely ever since it was announced that Blomkamp would be working with Ridley Scott on a new Alien. This art shows that Sigourney Weaver as Ripley and Michael Biehn as Captain Hicks definitely seem to have a role in this new one. There's also a glimpse at some kind of mech that seems to be a signature Blomkamp suit of armor to the side. Neill only said: "#alien going very well. Love this project." View below.
The next project for Jackie Chan is now in the works, with a new director officially attached. Deadline is reporting that STX Entertainment is finalizing a deal with director Martin Campbell, who will be at the helm of an adaptation starring Jackie Chan. The film will be titled The Foreigner, adapted from Stephen Leather's novel The Chinaman, first published in 2008. Campbell last made Green Lantern but has been stuck in "movie prison" ever since, and is also responsible for Casino Royale, Edge of Darkness and Vertical Limit. Word is that they're aiming to start production this fall, with deals being finalized with everyone now.
Congrats! Production company Straight Up Films (of Transcendence, Jane Got a Gun) will be adapting the nonfiction bestseller Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story Of The Dyatlov Pass Incident by Donnie Eichar, and they've picked up the rights to turn it into a feature film. Attached to write the script is Brandon Lee Tenney, a name you may recognize as he wrote for this site for many years. Brandon is a friend of mine and wrote many articles and reviews for us (find his posts here) before transitioning into a screenwriting career. This is his first major deal as a screenwriter and I'm proud to be able to post this news.
"This Bounty Hunter is my kind of scum, fearless and inventive." Yes, please! Mexican director Guillermo del Toro made an appearance at Comic-Con last week to promote his new movie Crimson Peak, and conducted a few interviews. During one of his chats with Yahoo, the filmmaker revealed that he's certainly interested in joining the Star Wars universe, but it's likely not happening anytime soon. He does, however, still have an idea for a kick ass spin-off solo movie. Or rather, a trilogy of movies. Guillermo told them about an offhand idea he has for a Godfather saga about how Jabba the Hut rose to power on Tatooine. Read on.
Holy crap!!!!! At the end of his Hall H presentation at Comic-Con 2015 for his new movie The Hateful Eight, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino announced that legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone is writing and recording an original western score for the movie. Quentin said that Ennio is currently writing the score now, and will be recording it in a few weeks in Prague. The film is set for a "roadshow" 70mm release in limited theaters starting Christmas Day later this year. In his previous films, Tarantino has used some of Morricone's scores from other work (that wasn't written for the actual film). Now he's finally getting his chance to get a brand new, original score from Morricone for his own western. I cannot wait to hear it.
One of my Top 10 favorite films of 2014 was Whiplash, the electric and intense first feature from young filmmaker Damien Chazelle. The film ended up getting five Oscar nominations, with three wins including actor J.K. Simmons for his performance as R.J. Fletcher. It's no surprise that the actor and director are reteaming for another film. THR reports that Simmons has signed on to star again in La La Land, the new film from Damien Chazelle. Already set to star are Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. La La Land is a modern Hollywood musical that follows a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress, but they run into troubles.
We can't exactly say "it's official" until Warner Bros sends out the press release, but this is about as close as we'll get until then. Deadline is reporting that the rumor first reported by Latino Review a few weeks ago is actually true. Ben Affleck will be co-writing and directing the solo spin-off Batman movie following his appearance in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice coming out next year. He'll be teaming up with DC's Geoff Johns, writer of Batman: Earth One, to write the script for this before he directs. Well I'll be damned, this doesn't so bad at all. "They are likely to turn in a script before the end of the summer."
You can do it, Duncan! Legendary's big new Warcraft movie is currently scheduled for release in June of 2016, meaning there's still 11 more months until it's fully finished and playing in theaters. However, director Duncan Jones is already eyeing something to fill his time for those next 11 months - possibly making his passion project sci-fi film Mute. During an interview with Duncan at Comic-Con, Empire heard from the Warcraft director that he's hoping to make it happen. "It's 11 months to sneak in my little indie sci-fi before Warcraft comes out… I got Moon done in 11 months." Well, here's hoping all the pieces are falling in place.
Another day, another remake. They're currently remaking Ben-Hur, so why not remake almost everything else? AMBI Group out of Italy has announced plans to remake Federico Fellini's Oscar winning 1960 classic La Dolce Vita. The project will be financed & produced by AMBI with Italian producer Daniele Di Lorenzo through his production company LDM Productions. It's already being described as an "homage" remake to the original Fellini film, which starred Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg. Either this news will cause you to flip over a table in rage, or leave you numb, since remakes are only getting more and more plentiful.
This is the app you are looking for… It's only every so often we take a quick break from movie news to tell you about a cool movie-related app for your mobile phone. With Comic-Con underway this week, it's no surprise that Lucasfilm is making sure to make a mark. Their first big launch includes a brand new Official Star Wars App, which actually looks very sleek and contains an impressive amount of features. It's not overly cheesy, thank goodness, or so overwhelming it's hard to navigate. It's available for iOS + Android and even includes a news feed for Star Wars updates (hey you don't have to read us anymore!) and notifications.