Seth Grahame-Smith is no stranger to high profile Hollywood movies. He got his big break as the novelist behind Pride & Prejudice & Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and he also wrote the script for Tim Burton's Dark Shadows. And while most of his produced projects to date haven't been monster hits with fans, he's clearly doing something right behind the scenes because studios consistently want to be in the Grahame-Smith business.
He's been hired to writer Beetlejuice 2 and The Lego Batman Movie, and Grahame-Smith's name has also been attached to Ninjago and a new Gremlins movie. But now he's in the process of landing his biggest job yet-- writing and directing DC Comics' The Flash (which is a... Read More
Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the most popular movies of the year -- in addition to great reviews and decent box office, you just have to look at our Movie Culture roundups for how big a fan phenomenon it has become -- so it's time for Warner Bros. and filmmaker George Miller to get serious about those sequels that he teased back in May. And they seem to be doing just that.
Here's the latest:
There are two Mad Max: Fury Road sequels planned
"We’ve got two more planned," Miller confirmed recently to BBC's Top Gear, "but at some point in the future." The writer-director explained that he spent so much time getting Fury Road made that he "had dug down deep into the backstory, not only of the characters, but of... Read More
M. Night Shyamalan: James McAvoy is in talks to star in the next movie from director M. Night Shyamalan. The untitled project is set to begin filming in November; McAvoy would replace Joaquin Phoenix, who was previously touted for the lead role. Little is known about the movie, except that it will be "on the lower end of the budget scale." [Deadline]
Thor: Ragnarok: Taiki Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) is in negotiations to direct Thor: Ragnarok, the third installment in the superhero series. Chris Hemsworth is set to return as the Norse god in the movie, which is scheduled for release on July 28, 2017. Born in New Zealand, Waititi is known for his comedic work on television (Flight of the Conchords) and in movies (Eagle vs. Shark, Boy). [Heat... Read More
Here's your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded):
1. The Martian - $55.0 million ($55.0 million total)
2. Hotel Transylvania 2 - $33.0 million ($90.5 million total)
3. Sicario - $12.0 million ($15.0 million total)
4. The Intern - $11.6 million ($36.5 million total)
5. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials - $7.6 million ($63.2 million total)
6. Black Mass - $5.9 million ($52.5 million total)
7. Everest - $5.5 million ($33.1 million total)
8. The Visit - $3.9 million ($56.9 million total)
9. War Room - $2.8 million ($60.5 million total)
10. The Perfect Guy - $2.4 million ($52.6 million total)
The Big Stories
"It's like 'Gravity' meets 'Cast Away'." That is what I heard one industry executive (or uncreative reviewer... Read More
The Important News
Franchise Fever: Christopher Lloyd stars in a new Back to the Future short. Trainspotting 2 will shoot next year. Lionsgate wants a Cabin in the Woods sequel. The Enchanted sequel will be titled Disenchanted. Watchmen might become a TV series. Sony is making an animated Ghostbusters movie.
Marvel Madness: Kevin Feige gave updates on Captain America, Spider-Man and more. And an update on Captain Marvel.
Casting Net: John Goodman joined Kong: Skull Island. Ellar Coltrane joined The Circle. Nat Wolff will star in Death Note.
New Directors/New Films: Matthew Vaughn will direct the spy movie I Am Pilgrim. Guillermo del Toro is... Read More
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:
Fan Art of the Day:
What would a Dune animated feature or series look like? Artist Matt Rhodes, who was also influenced by filmmaker Tarsem Singh, shows us in the below image plus more images found at Neatorama.
Movie Rip-offs of the Day:
Screen Rant shows us 10 hilarious foreign rip-offs of Hollywood movies, including the Brazilian Star Wars and the Italian Jaws:
Filmmaker in Focus:
You don't know who William Laboury is, so let the filmmaker brilliantly introduce himself through the words of movie characters (via Devour):
Vintage Image of the Day:
Groucho Marx wearing a Groucho Marx t-shirt. He can do whatever he want today, since... Read More
Drew Goddard cut his teeth in the entertainment industry as a writer for Joss Whedon on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Since then he's stayed largely in the TV world, having worked on Alias, Lost, and Marvel's Daredevil series, but he continues to flex some increasingly big movie muscles. He wrote Cloverfield, he directed Cabin in the Woods (which he co-wrote with Whedon), and he was supposed to write and direct The Sinister Six before the Andrew Garfield-version of Spider-Man fell to the wayside.
Goddard's latest movie credit is as the screenwriter of The Martian, which he adapted from Andy Weir's fantastic book about an astronaut who gets mistakenly left for dead on Mars. In fact, Goddard was the original director on the project but had to pass when The... Read More
Have you heard who is playing Captain Marvel? No, you most certainly haven't, because the role hasn't been cast yet, and no actresses will be seriously considered for at least another year. But you've heard plenty of rumors and suggestions about who'll play the female superhero in her solo feature, which is due in theaters on November 2, 2018. And so have Kevin Feige and the rest of the team at Marvel Studios.
They're paying attention to who we want for the role
"We look at it!" Feige admitted this week about your fan list, and likely anything else they find online about who is thought to have been hired or who should be hired for the part and any comments in response. That doesn't mean they're just going to pick the popular... Read More
Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way.
Brad Anderson (1924-2015) - Cartoonist. His comic strip Marmaduke became a live-action talking dog movie in 2010 starring the voice of Owen Wilson. He died of congestive heart failure on August 30. [THR]
William Becker (1927-2015) - Distributor. A former critic, he co-acquired Janus Films in 1965 and later became co-owner and president of The Criterion Collection, a position his son now holds. He died of kidney failure on September 12. [NYT]
Nancy Bernstein (1960-2015) ... Read More
SPECTRE doesn't hit theaters until November 6, 2015, but everyone is already trying to analyze what the future holds for James Bond beyond his latest movie. As it turns out, even star Daniel Craig isn't sure what's going to happen, though the actor does reveal that his contract includes one more film but that he's already questioning if he's capable of doing it.
Filming on SPECTRE had to get shut down for three weeks due to a knee injury and now Craig understandably admits to The Daily Mail "It’s getting harder. But such is life. I’ll keep going as long as I’m physically able." But the actor also jokes that the movies are now getting easier to make because he's using more stunt doubles, something that probably has the... Read More