Steven Zaillian is having a very good year. One of the best screenwriters working today, Zaillian is responsible for films ranging from Schindler’s List to Gangs of New York. This year, two of Zaillian’s films are turning lots of heads: Moneyball and David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Steve is currently in New York for the Dragon Tattoo press junket and he got the chance to sit down for an exclusive interview with the prolific scribe. While we’ll have the full interview up soon, we wanted to share a piece of news that the writer dropped. In addition to writing, Zaillian has also gotten in the director’s chair a few times (most recently with 2006’s All the King’s Men), and during the course of the interview Zaillian revealed that he’s hoping to direct an American remake of Timecrimes.
The original Spanish film was written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo. Released in 2007, the sci-fi pic centers on a man who relives half an hour of his life three times. Zaillain said that he owns the rights and he’s hoping to write and direct an English-language remake. Hit the jump to see what he had to say, including how his version would differ from Vigalondo’s film.
If you haven’t seen the short Logorama, which won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Sunday, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Francois Alaux and Herve de Crecy, the directors behind the short are now in contract to create a 20 minute film based on the newest Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon video game. THR is reporting that the film will act as a prequel to the newest game titled Ghost Recon: Future Soldiers, which is due out this holiday season. The film is being written by Children of Men scribe Tim Sexton and produced by Ridley Scott’s production company RSA, with a budget of 8-10 million dollars.
This isn’t the first time that video game developer Ubisoft has had a short film made for a game. In late 2009 we saw the game Assassin’s Creed 2′s release come with the short film Assassins Creed: Lineage. The film was split up into 3 parts and released on YouTube (which can be found here) and later released as a television event on Spike. It’s safe to assume a similar situation will arise here.
Logorama was my favorite of all the animated shorts from Sunday’s nominees, and I’m incredibly excited to see what these new directors are going to do with this franchise. If you haven’t already done so, please sit down and watch the gem that is Logorama. It doesn’t disappoint.