Warner Bros. and writer-producer Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend, Fringe) are looking to turn the comic mini-series Lucid into a feature film. Variety reports that WB has picked up the rights to the series for Goldsman to develop and produce as a potential new franchise. The studio has been pretty aggressively on the hunt lately for new titles to fill the Harry Potter void, and this project is right up the fantasy alley. Described as “a tale of what would happen to Harry Potter if he grew up and joined the CIA,” the four-book series takes place in a world where magic is real and our world leaders have secret agents working to stave off supernatural threats. The protagonist is a young agent, “recently appointed ‘Protector of the Realm’ ” who is tasked with combating an occult technology dealer with his skills as both a covert spy and and expert in magic. Hit the jump for more.
How’s this for a success story: after making his feature directorial debut with the low-budget financial crisis drama Margin Call, director J.C. Chandor is set to helm a man vs. nature drama as his follow-up and legendary actor-director Robert Redford is in talks to star. Deadline reports that Chandor will next direct All Is Lost, a drama that mainly focuses on a single character and takes place on the water. The film is described as a “one man show” in which the lead braves the elements in order to survive. Chandor premiered Margin Call this past January at the Sundance Film Festival, and the writer-director was apparently so taken with the festival’s founder Redford that he wrote All Is Lost just for him.
I’ve yet to see Margin Call but I’m intrigued by this success story. It’ll be interesting to see how Chandor sets the film apart from the similarly plotted Cast Away. They’ve apparently scouted Baja Film Studios in Mexico as a possible filming location. James Cameron and Michael Bay have both previously used the studio for Titanic and Pearl Harbor, respectively, obviously (though one wonders what James Cameron’s Pearl Harbor and Michael Bay’s Titanic would have looked like), and it’s a prime location for extended water shoots. Zachary Quinto’s Before the Door will produce and they hope to start filming by next May.
Katia Winter (Arena) and Ted Levine (Shutter Island) have been tapped to star in writer/director Blair Erickson’s horror film The Banshee Chapter. We first told you about the project earlier this month when it was announced that Zachary Quinto’s production banner, Before the Door Pictures, would make The Banshee Chapter its third feature project. Per the press release, the film will tell the story of a young journalist (Winter) who goes looking for a missing friend (to be played by True Blood‘s Michael McMillian) who “had been experimenting with mind-altering chemicals developed in secret government drug tests.”
The almost always great Levine will make a turn as a “rogue counter-culture novelist” who helps Winter during the course of her search. The Banshee Chapter is scheduled to begin shooting in New Mexico this week. For a little more on the project and Quinto’s Before the Door Pictures, hit the jump to check out the full press release.
In 2008, Zachary Quinto formed the production company Before The Door with Neal Dodson and Corey Moosa. The company premiered its first feature, Margin Call, at Sundance 2011, and is currently prepping a “found-footage romantic comedy” for a sophomore effort. Today BTD announced their third feature project, a horror film titled The Banshee Chapter. Blair Erickson, making his directorial debut, wrote the script about “a young, female journalist who follows the mysterious trail of a missing friend who had been experimenting with mind-altering chemicals developed in secret government drug tests.” The press release claims the screenplay is “based on real documents.” Coupled with the based-on-a-true story Margin Call and the “found footage” twist on the rom-com, I think we’ve figured out Before the Door’s M.O. Quinto said as much in a statement:
“We are excited to branch out in our storytelling. We’ve produced a movie about the financial crash and an innovative, grounded romantic comedy. The Banshee Chapter is an opportunity for us to tackle another film with its roots in reality, but through the lens of horror.”
I’m not complaining. All three projects sound more ambitious than your average studio fare — I’m glad to see Quintot putting his Heroes/Star Trek power to good use. Read the full announcement after the break.