Comic-Con 2011: HAYWIRE and THE RAVEN Panel Recap; Watch the First HAYWIRE Trailer

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How do you follow a panel with Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson?  You don’t do it with another blockbuster.  Instead, you take some lesser known movies and attempt to boost their profile.  And for film nerds, having Steven Sodebergh on hand certainly doesn’t hurt.  Soderbergh has cast MMA fighter Gina Carano as the lead in his spy thriller Haywire and surrounded her with an outstanding cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, and Michael Douglas.

Relativity has also brought James McTeigue’s The Raven starring John Cusack, Alice Eve, and Luke Evans.  It’s an intriguing premise where Edgar Allan Poe (Cusack) and a detective (Evans) attempts to discover who is using his writing as the inspiration for a series of murders.  Hit the jump to read about Relativity’s presentation for Haywire and The Raven.

James McTeigue to Direct MESSAGE FROM THE KING [UPDATED]

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FilmNation Entertainment has set V For Vendetta director James McTeigue to helm Message from the King. The film centers on an outsider who comes to LA to investigate the sudden disappearance of his sister. Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell (Unknown) scripted the thriller. McTeigue recently directed the Edgar Allen Poe-centered thriller The Raven starring John Cusack and Luke Evans. It appears that things went well with the production, as FilmNation also financed that project and has now quickly set McTeigue for Message from the King. No other details on the film are known at this point besides that basic logline. The Raven opens March 9th, 2012.

[Update: We've been sent the official press release. It's included after the jump]

Relativity Media Sets Release Dates for Untitled Raven Project and Untitled Farrelly/Wessler Comedy

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Two upcoming Relativity Media films may not have titles, but they now have release dates.  First up, James McTeigue’s Untitled Raven Project (previously titled The Raven) will open on March 9, 2012.  Per the press release, “The film is a gritty thriller in which Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) to hunt down a mad serial killer who’s using Poe’s own works as the basis in a string of brutal murders.”  The untitled movie also stars Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen.

Relativity has also set the date for the Untitled Farrelly/Wessler Comedy that has an absolutely ridiculous cast starring in a series of interconnected stories.  Just some of the names on board include Johnny Knoxville, Gerard Butler, Anna Faris, Seann Hugh Jackman, Richard Gere, Uma Thurman, Halle Berry, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet, Terrence Howard, Liev Schreiber, Elizabeth Banks, Justin Long, Kristen Bell, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Stephen Merchant.  Hit the jump for the full press release.

First Set Photos of John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe in James McTeigue’s THE RAVEN

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We now have our first look at John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe in the upcoming period-thriller The Raven.  Directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta), the story has Poe teaming up with a detective (played by Luke Evans) to search for a serial killer who has kidnapped the author’s fiancée (Alice Eve) and gone on a murder spree that recalls Poe’s stories.

Hit the jump to check out Cusack looking Poe-y.  Also, click here for Steve’s interview with McTeigue where the director talks about the film.

Luke Evans and Alice Eve Join THE RAVEN but Jeremy Renner Drops Out

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Luke Evans (Tamara Drewe) and Alice Eve (She’s Out of My League) are in talks to join James McTeigue’s upcoming period thriller The Raven starring John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe.  According to Heat Vision, “Evans will play a detective who partners with Poe to search for a serial killer who has kidnapped the author’s fiance (Eve) and has gone on a murders spree that mimics the author’s work.”  No wonder every picture we have of Poe has him looking so bummed.

Jeremy Renner was originally set to play the part of the detective, but had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict with the fourth Mission: Impossible.  Shooting on The Raven begins November 9th with Serbia and Budapest standing in for 1849 Baltimore.  Eve recently signed on to the indie thriller ATM while Evans is wrapping up filming on Paul W.S. Anderson’s 3D adaptation of The Three Musketeers.  Hit the jump for what McTeigue had to say about The Raven to Steve back in November of last year.

Directors Joe Carnahan, David Yates, and James McTeigue on the Short List to Direct FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot? Bruce Willis to Voice The Thing?

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Last week, we reported on the rumor that Fox was talking to a few actors such as Adrien Brody and Jonathan Rhys Meyers about coming on board for their planned 3D Fantasic Four reboot.  Now, a week later, we are starting to hear about the names of potential directors for the film.  According to the latest rumors [via CBM], the studio has directors Joe Carnahan (The A-Team), David Yates (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), and James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) on their short list to helm the film. More on what we know about the film so far along with details about Bruce Willis voicing The Thing after the jump.

NINJA ASSASSIN Blu-ray Review

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If you grew up in the 80′s, you’ll remember there was briefly a ninja phase in cinema. Sho Kosugi ruled the universe of Canon for one brief moment, and everywhere people were buying Tabbi boots. Children longed for shurikens, but would have to settle for the similarly-premised wacky wall-walkers. To sum up: The 1980′s were fucked up. There’s some enjoyable nostalgia to be found in Ninja Assassin, if you remember those days (and boots) fondly. Rain stars as Raizo, who was trained as a ninja, but now wants his revenge against his ninja family, including Ozunu (Kosugi). There’s also some government involvement, which allows Naomie Harris to have a role. My review of Ninja Assassin on Blu-ray after the jump.

Jeremy Renner to Star in Indie Drama RAVEN; In Negotiations to Play Lead in BATTLESHIP and “Secret Project”

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jeremy_renner_01.jpgIt’s not only an honor just to be nominated for an Academy Award; it’s a major career boost.  Jeremy Renner, who received a nomination for Best Actor, is now receiving–like most first-time nominees in the major categories–a slew of offers.  The New York Times reports that Renner’s next project will be director James McTeigue’s (V for Vendetta)  indie period piece/thriller Raven with Ewan McGregor in talks to co-star.  The film is based on Edgar Allen Poe’s famous poem, but set in 1850′s Baltimore with a serial killer whose crimes mirror Poe’s work.  He spoke about the project in greater depth when Steve interviewed him back in November.

But the bigger news is that two blockbuster projects, both of which are set to shoot this summer, are competing to get the actor.  First, there’s Peter Berg’s Battleship, based on the board game but told as a naval-warfare story against aliens.  Then there’s a “secret project” where Renner has had five meetings to discuss playing the role, but he declined to say what it was.  That “secret project” has to be something massive if it’s enough to make Renner think twice about starring in a movie as big as Battleship.

Exclusive: Director James McTeigue on the Wachowskis, SUPERMAN, Edgar Allen Poe, NINJA ASSASSIN, MAGNETO, and a Lot More!

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A few days ago I attended the Los Angeles press junket for director James McTeigue’s Ninja Assassin.  While I already posted my four minute video interview with McTeigue and Rain (the lead in Ninja Assassin), I was able to get some extra time with McTeigue the following day.  Since I’m a huge fan of V for Vendetta and his work with the Wachowskis on Speed Racer, I decided to use my extended interview to ask about his other projects and home video questions.

So after the jump I try and get James McTeigue to tell me what the Wachowskis are working on, his next project on Edgar Allen Poe (The Raven), the Superman and Magneto rumors, what’s on the Ninja Assassin DVD/Blu-ray, could Hugo Weaving be in his Edgar Allen Poe movie, his thoughts on Star Wars (he was second unit director on Episode Two), extended edition DVDs, and a whole lot more!  It’s a great interview so take a look:

Exclusive: Rain and James McTeigue Video Interview NINJA ASSASSIN

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Opening this Wednesday is director James McTeigue’s (V for Vendetta) Ninja Assassin.  The film stars Asian superstar Rain in the title role and as you can put together from the title, it’s about Ninja’s.  And assassin’s.  The film is loaded with ninja action and blood, so if you’re into either of those things, this is pretty much a must see movie.  Finally, it’s produced by the Wachowski Brothers and Joel Silver (The Matrix Trilogy, V for Vendetta), and they’ve done a few things you might have liked…

A few days ago I sat down with Rain and James McTeigue to discuss making the movie, filming in Berlin, Comic-Con, and a lot more.  Check out what they had to say after the jump:

6 Movie Clips from Director James McTeigue’s NINJA ASSASSIN Starring Rain

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Opening on November 25th is director James McTeigue’s Ninja Assassin.  The film stars Asian superstar Rain in the title role and as you can easily put together from the title, it’s about Ninja’s.  And assassin’s.  Also, the film is loaded with action and blood so if you’re into either of those things, this is pretty much a must see movie.  Finally, it’s produced by the Wachowski Brothers and Joel Silver (The Matrix Trilogy, V for Vendetta), and they’ve done a few things you might have liked….

Anyway, if you’d like a taste of the movie, after the jump you can watch six clips.  In the coming weeks check back for interviews with the cast and filmmakers.  Until then….

James McTeigue’s SUPERMAN Movie Would fly in an Unexpected Direction

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James McTeigue (:’V for Vendetta’ and the upcoming “Ninja Assassin”) has been recently rumored to be one of the names that might reboot the Man of Steel.  McTeigue recently revealed some more info about what he has planned for his “Superman” film if he were to be given the chance.  McTeigue says “”I think if I was ever going to go near Superman, I would do a complete reboot-take it in a direction that you would absolutely not expect, actually,” Sounds great to me. To read what else McTeigue has to say about the Superman reboot hit the jump.

WB Fall 2009 Preview – New Images from WHITEOUT, NINJA ASSASSIN, THE INVENTION OF LYING, THE INFORMANT!

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Warner Bros. has released a preview of their upcoming 2009 movies. In the preview, they’ve got updated synopsis’ along with new images from “Whiteout”, “Ninja Assassin”, “The Invention of Lying”, “The Informant!” and a few others. So if you’d like to see the new images and read what’s coming later this year (it’s a lot of great stuff), it’s all after the jump:

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