A director swap has occurred on the adaptation of Kevin Wignall’s novel For the Dogs. Salt director Phillip Noyce was previously attached to direct the thriller with Sam Worthington onboard to star, but Variety now reports that Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines director Jonathan Mostow will be taking the helm. Mostow most recently directed 2009’s Surrogates and was also behind the 2000 submarine thriller U-571. Scripted by Oren Moverman (Rampart), For the Dogs centers on a solitary assassin who helps a young college girl seek revenge for the murder of her parents and brother. Worthington is set to play the assassin, while Hailee Steinfeld is onboard as the college girl. Producers are hoping to start production on the film this fall.
I’m just outside New Orleans, standing inside a massive space that’s been filled with what I can only describe as a military base that’s been constructed inside a series of oddly-shaped boulders. They’ve built it for real, and it dwarfs the group of journalists who’ve come to visit the set of Gavin Hood’s Ender’s Game. As we watch on a bank of monitors, we see director Gavin Hood direct Asa Butterfield (clad in military cadet garb and almost unrecognizable as the street urchin who scampered his way through Martin Scorsese’s Hugo), and it’s the same “set-up, take, cut, talking; set-up, take, cut, talking” process you see on every set visit.
Except this time Harrison Ford—Indiana goddamn Jones himself—walks up, stands next to us, and nods a hello when I look up to see who’s wandered over. It is immediately one of the most surreal moments of my life. But it’s far from the last amazing thing I’d witness during my Ender’s Game set visit. Find out what else I saw—and what you need to know before the film’s November 1st release—after the jump.
Summit Entertainment has released the final trailer for director Gavin Hood‘s adaptation of Ender’s Game. The film tells the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young boy sent away to Battle School to hone his military skills in order to save the world from an impending alien invasion. As someone who hasn’t read the book, I was pretty underwhelmed by the previous trailers. However, this final look at the film does a nice job of selling the massive scope of Ender’s Game, and it finally gets across the stakes that Ender faces. The visual effects are mighty impressive and the ensemble cast is more than proven, so here’s hoping Hood delivers a worthwhile adaptation.
Hit the jump to watch the final trailer. The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, and Harrison Ford. Ender’s Game opens November 1st.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a trailer for a trailer, but Summit Entertainment is here to fill that void with a preview look at tomorrow’s new Ender’s Game trailer. The film tells the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young boy sent away to Battle School to hone his military skills in order to save the world from an impending alien invasion. With the release date looming closer, a larger portion of the film’s visual effects are ready for public viewing, so this trailer smartly appears to be selling the pic’s impressive visuals, along with more Harrison Ford growling.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer preview, and check back here tomorrow, August 6th at 9am PST to watch the full new trailer. The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin. Ender’s Game opens November 1st.
Summit Entertainment has released the final poster for Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Ender’s Game. The film tells the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young boy sent away to Battle School to hone his military skills in order to save the world from an impending alien invasion. This poster has a good chance at winning the year’s silliest tagline with “This Is Not A Game” and then immediately following it with a title that has the word “game” in the title. Then you follow it up with face-boxes to let people know that this isn’t just a movie about an astronaut and his gigantic 8-sided dice.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, and Harrison Ford. Ender’s Game opens November 1st.
Relativity Media has released a new trailer for director Carlo Carlei’s Shakespeare adaptation Romeo & Juliet. Adapted by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, this version doesn’t seem to be taking too many liberties with the source material, as the original setting, characters, and dialogue are all maintained and there are no drag queens to be found. This trailer appears to be aimed squarely at young ‘uns who might be unfamiliar with the material, as the particulars of the story are laid out plainly and there’s even a trendy hashtag to go along with it (#forbiddenlove, of course).
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film stars Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Paul Giamatti, Ed Westwick, Damian Lewis, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Natascha McElhone, Christian Cooke, Lesley Manville, and Stellan Skarsgard. Romeo & Juliet opens on October 11th.
- Prisoners – The giant heads of Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal are nothing but pensive in the first poster for the upcoming thriller. The film opens September 20th, and also stars Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano.
- Romeo & Juliet – The poster for Carlos Carlei’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s play features the angsty tagline “The Most Dangerous Love Story Ever Told”. The film opens October 11th, and stars Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Damian Lewis, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ed Westwick, Stellan Skarsgaard, and Paul Giamatti.
- Frozen – A new international poster puts the emphasis on the comic-relief Snowman Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad) for Disney’s upcoming animated film. The film opens in 3D on November 27th, and also features the voices of Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Idina Menzel, and Alan Tudyk.
Hit the jump to check out the posters.
While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, co-stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Harrison Ford spoke to the press about their epic adventure film Ender’s Game. Based on the best-selling, award-winning novel by Orson Scott Card, the story is set in the near future, after a hostile alien race have attacked Earth and only the best young minds are recruited to lead their fellow soldiers into a battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
During the interview, they talked about how cool it is to play characters from such a popular book, how they went about bringing their characters to life, the kinds of conversations they hope audiences will have after seeing the film, and their favorite trait for their character. Ford also talked about the differences between his character, Colonel Graff, and Han Solo, as well as his thoughts on author Orson Scott Card’s anti-gay comments. Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
I finally got around to reading Ender’s Game last month, and it’s an interesting book. It’s incredibly strange at some points, but it’s also quite visual in addition to having interesting characters, so there’s certainly the potential for a strong adaptation. After today’s Comic-Con panel, I’m still not entirely convinced, but I’m pretty damn close. If nothing else, the action should be exhilarating, and while it may not quite hit at the deeper themes (it sounds like they were going too broad to really hone in one aspect), it should at least be an entertaining sci-fi flick, especially where the space battles are concerned.
Hit the jump to read my recap of the panel. Ender’s Game opens November 1st.
Summit Entertainment has released six new character posters for Ender’s Game. The film tells the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young boy sent away to Battle School to hone his military skills in order to save the world from an impending alien invasion. Rather than give you the names of the actors, these new posters provide the character names, so these are more for the fans of the book since the name “Hyrum Graff” doesn’t really mean anything to the uninitiated other than “Harrison Ford is playing a guy named Hyrum Graff. That’s an odd name.” Fans will note that Major Anderson’s gender has been changed to female for the movie, which isn’t a big deal, especially when you have a talented actress like Viola Davis for the role.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Nonso Anozie, and Ben Kingsley. Ender’s Game opens November 1st.
Entertainment Weekly’s onslaught of images from upcoming movies continues with a new look at Doug Liman‘s All You Need Is Kill. Tom Cruise stars as a military officer who is killed within minutes of a doomed combat mission to take down a hive-like alien race. He wakes up and is forced to relive the day over and over again, but it allows him to become a better soldier and perhaps change his fate. Our first official look at the film was Cruise in a mech suit, and now we see co-star Emily Blunt has a sweet suit of her own. In a related story, Emileeid.com is reporting that the international title has been changed to Edge of Tomorrow, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the U.S. gets that title as well. It’s almost as bland as “Oblivion”.
Hit the jump to check out the image. The film also stars Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Charloette Riley, and Bill Paxton. All You Need Is Kill opens June 6, 2014. After the jump, there are also new images from Ender’s Game, which opens November 1st, and stars Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis, Khylin Rhambo, Moises Arias, and Ben Kingsley.
Five character posters have been released for Gavin Hood‘s adaptation of Ender’s Game. The film tells the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young boy sent away to Battle School to hone his military skills and, hopefully, save the world from an impending alien invasion. We previously saw some propaganda-style posters, and we also found out that the movie would have a major presence at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. These five character posters are kind of bland unless you need a new poster of Harrison Ford glowering at you. Nothing gets people in the seats like a good Ford glower.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis, Khylin Rhambo, Moises Arias, and Ben Kingsley. Ender’s Game opens November 1st. [Update: we have removed the posters at the request of the studio.]
Relativity Media announced today that director McG’s new action-thriller, tentatively titled Three Days to Kill, will hit theaters on February 14, 2014. Written by Luc Besson and Adi Hasak, the film stars Kevin Costner as an elite government hit man who, after receiving news that he has a terminal disease, decides to give up his high stakes life to build a relationship with his estranged wife and daughter. However, when his agency offers him an experimental, potentially life-saving drug in exchange for one last mission, Costner’s character finds himself juggling caring for his daughter while his wife is away and completing his mission at the same time, all the while experiencing hallucinatory side effects from the drug.
Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Connie Nielsen (Boss) star as Costner’s daughter and wife, respectively, and Amber Heard (The Rum Diary) plays the mysterious woman who offers Costner the drug. On the crowded 2014 Valentine’s Day weekend, Three Days to Kill will open opposite the romantic comedy remake About Last Night, the sci-fi thriller The Maze Runner, the fantasy YA adaptation Vampire Academy, and the romance remake Endless Love.
We’ve got a few casting stories to share this evening. Briefly:
- The very funny Bill Hader is in talks to star in the indie comedy Lawless, produced by Mike White and David Bernad.
- Hailee Steinfeld has been tapped to star opposite Sam Worthington in director Phillip Noyce’s thriller For the Dogs.
- Billy Crystal will lead the retirement community sex comedy Winter’s Discontent for director Frank Oz.
- Shameless star Jeremy Allen White has landed the lead in DreamWorks’ found-footage time travel film Glimmer.
Hit the jump for more on all of the aforementioned films.
Lionsgate has released the first trailer for director Gavin Hood’s anticipated adaptation of the Orson Scott Card novel Ender’s Game. The film tells the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young boy sent away to Battle School to hone his military skills and, hopefully, save the world from an impending alien invasion. I plan to read the book before I see the movie, but was someone who is unfamiliar with the material, nothing in this trailer really leaps out at me. It feels like they’re pushing a Hunger Games-vibe (putting a heavy burden on young adults) plus a lot of CG. Also, Harrison Ford sounds really bored even though his narration is about trying to save humanity from annihilation.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis, Khylin Rhambo, Moises Arias, and Ben Kingsley. Ender’s Game opens on November 1st.