Comic-Con: Director Jonathan Liebesman and Producer Andrew Form Talk TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, the Tone, Splinter, the Mythology, and More

by     Posted 3 days ago

teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles

In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, in theaters on August 8th, four Ninja turtles, known as Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello, must leave their home in the storm sewers of Manhattan and battle evil with the help of their sensei, Master Splinter.

Following their panel in Hall H at Comic-Con, director Jonathan Liebesman and producer Andrew Form spoke to press in a roundtable interview about how much creative license they took with this film, whether the turtles have the same origin story, the use of motion capture, just how much you’ll see the actors’ faces in the turtles, what appeals to them about the Ninja Turtles, the tone of the story, and how they’d like to extend the mythology, in the future.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Comic-Con Panel Recap: Trying to Find Turtle Power in Hall H

by     Posted 4 days ago

teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-comic-con-panel-recap

I want to be excited for Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I loved the Turtles when I was a kid.  I collected the play sets, went to see the 90s live-action movie multiple times, and watched the animated TV show religiously.  While no remake is going to take that away, I would like to be as excited for the Turtles now as I was back then.  Unfortunately, I haven’t seen anything yet to turn me around, so I hoped today’s Comic-Con panel would do the trick.

Hit the jump for my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comic-Con panel recap.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Footage Review: It’s Action with Far More Comedy Than You Might Expect

by     Posted 13 days ago

teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-footage-review

Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is only a little over three weeks away, but we haven’t seen a single full clip from the film yet.  There have been a few trailers and a couple of TV spots, all of which offer up a nice chunk of action, humor and some very detailed shots of the turtles, but it’s still tough to get a good handle on the tone and overall potential of the project through the montage format.

However, next week, Paramount Pictures will be at San Diego Comic-Con for a Hall H panel and they’re bringing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with them.  The Comic-Con crowd will have to wait until Thursday, July 24th for the studio’s 3:00 to 4:00pm slot to check out what they’ve got, but we were lucky enough to get an early look at some material this afternoon in New York.  Hit the jump for our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles footage review.

Universal Pictures Sets THE PURGE Sequel for June 20, 2014

by     Posted 250 days ago

purge-slice

Universal had a sleeper hit with the horror film The Purge earlier this summer, so naturally they need to get a sequel out as quickly as possible.  The studio has sent out a press release announcing “the next chapter of The Purge” will be released on June 20, 2014.  For those who didn’t see the first film, it’s a speculative thriller where all crimes are legal during the annual “Purge”, which preserves peace and prosperity for the other 364 days of the year.  During the Purge, a well-to-do family is attacked when they rescue an injured citizen from a violent mob.  Writer/director/producer James DeMonaco will produce alongside other returning producers Jason Blum, Sébastien K. Lemercier, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form.  It’s a fairly quick turnaround, so perhaps the sequel will stick to the small scale of the original.

The Purge sequel will share the weekend with the comedy Think Like a Man Too and Clint Eastwood‘s screen adaptation of the musical Jersey Boys.

Timur Bekmambetov to Direct HEATSEEKERS; Michael Bay Will Produce

by     Posted 1 year, 194 days ago

timur-bekmambetov-heatseekers

Quite the action team-up is taking place for the upcoming film Heatseekers.  A couple of years ago, we reported that Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes studio had acquired a spec script called Heatseekers for Paramount Pictures.  The story centered on aerial “pirates” and was likened to Fast & Furious and Point Break.  Now word comes that that Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter helmer Timur Bekmambetov has come aboard the action project to direct, with Bay maintaining his producer role.  Hit the jump for more details.

Universal Puts OUIJA Back on Track with PARANORMAL ACTIVITY Producer for 2013 Release

by     Posted 2 years, 144 days ago

ouija-slice

Almost two years ago, a bevy of board games were targeted for big-screen adaptations. Stretch Armstrong, Monopoly, Candy Land, Clue, etc. have all been in the development line towards big-screen adaptations, but recently (and on the heels of the release of Battleship) movement on the aforementioned projects has slowed. McG was set to direct an adaptation of the supernatural game Ouija, but Universal decided to pass on the project back in August. Hasbro continued to develop Ouija, and after numerous rewrites, the studio has now changed its mind and is now moving forward with a completely retooled version of Ouija for a targeted 2013 release.

Compared to McG’s previous $100 million Ouija, Deadline reports that this new version will be produced by Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum for a budget close to $5 million. Blum has made a name for himself with low budget/high profit films like the Paranormal Activity series and Insidious, and now it appears Universal plans to take that approach with Ouija. Hit the jump for more.

Sony and Platinum Dunes to Develop Adaptation of IDW Comic ZOMBIES VS. ROBOTS

by     Posted 3 years, 156 days ago

zombies-vs-robots-slice-01

Sony Pictures has picked up the rights to the IDW comic book Zombies vs. Robots for Platinum Dunes (the studio behind the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street remakes).  Screenwriter JT Petty (The Burrowers) has used the comic as the basis for a spec script entitled Inherit the Earth. Per Deadline, the story “focuses on a young girl who is the last survivor on earth. She is protected by a group of robots from a pack of zombies that are intelligent and evolved.”  Here’s the positive reaction to this story: “Ah!  So maybe a little Iron Giant mixed with Zombieland!  Sounds wonderful!  Here’s the negative reaction: “UUUUUGGGGGHHHH.”  This is really one of those projects with the potential to be delightful and imaginative or a quick, thoughtless cash-in on smashing two genre creatures together.  Your optimism or pessimism probably hinges on how much you trust the Platinum Dunes gang of Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form, who are producing along with Dave Alpert and Rick Jacobs.

And for those wondering about the title, there’s no relation between Zombies vs. Robots and Jon Favreau’s similar-sounding Cowboys & Aliens.

Michael Bay and Paramount Reunite for Untitled Alien Movie

by     Posted 4 years, 1 day ago

Michael Bay is reuniting with his Transformers studio, Paramount Pictures, for yet another movie about aliens.  Heat Vision reports that the Bay and the studio are putting together an untitled alien movie that’s being described as a cross between Cloverfield and Paranormal Activity.  While it’s difficult to discern any plot details from that, the description hints heavily at a handheld POV narrative device.  Bay is producing along with his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form.  Bay’s former Transformers PA Barry Glickert developed the story and will direct.

On a related note, Bay is also producing Paranormal Activity 2 as well as another visitors-from-outer-space movie with D.J. Caruso’s I Am Number Four.  Paramount is also going extra-terrestrial with Cowboys & Aliens, which made a fantastic showing at Comic-Con this past weekend.  The studio is set to release Bay’s Transformers 3 on July 1, 2011.

Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes Producing Live-Action Reboot of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES!

by     Posted 4 years, 62 days ago

slice_teenage_mutant_ninja_turtles_01

Every once in awhile you hear news that in your wildest dreams you would have never predicted.  Today is one of those days.

Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes (Brad Fuller and Andrew Form) are going to produce the live-action reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon!  Yes, Platinum Dunes.  The guys who make hard R horror movies.  Their most recent movie is A Nightmare on Elm Street!  More after the jump:

Paramount Buys HEATSEEKERS Screenplay for Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes to Produce

by     Posted 4 years, 92 days ago

Paramount Buys HEATSEEKERS Screenplay for Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes to Produce.jpg

Paramount has purchased George Mahaffey’s screenplay Heatseekers for Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes (Andrew Form and Brad Fuller) to produce.  According to THR, the deal for the original action screenplay was in the mid-six figures.  Here’s the synopsis:

In the mold of Fast & Furious and Point Break, Heatseekers follows a young ex-military pilot who infiltrates a gang of aerial “pirates” working out of Bangkok and takes part in an elaborate tower heist using powered gliders and parachutes.

I spoke to Form and Fuller yesterday and they said they didn’t have any projects ready to go, so this one is a long way out.  Not sure about this one…but if they get the right director it could be fun.

Thomas Dekker, Rooney Mara & Kyle Gallner Interview A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

by     Posted 4 years, 92 days ago

Thomas Dekker, Rooney Mara and Kyle Gallner Interview A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.jpg

As most of you know, opening this Friday is New Line/Platinum Dunes remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street.  Over the past few months we’ve been covering the movie extensively with a set report, on set interviews with Jackie Earle Haley and producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, and a few weeks ago I spoke to Katie Cassidy / Thomas Dekker and Rooney Mara / Kyle Gallner at WonderCon.

Anyway, yesterday was the Los Angeles press day for the film and I got to speak with director Samuel Bayer, producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, and I also got to speak with Thomas Dekker, Rooney Mara & Kyle Gallner in a junket setting.  Since I spoke to them a few weeks ago, I used the time to try and ask new questions.  Also, I’ve now seen the film, so I could ask more specific things.  Hit the jump to check it out.  I’ve time indexed the interview so you can watch what interests you:

Exclusive Interview: Platinum Dunes Producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET – Plus Updates on MONSTER SQUAD, OUIJA, FRIDAY THE 13th 2, and the NIGHTMARE Blu-ray will Have a 6-Minute Alternate Ending

by     Posted 4 years, 93 days ago

Producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.jpg

Earlier today I got to sit down with Platinum Dunes producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller to talk about A Nightmare on Elm Street.  Since I’ve spoken to them many times about the movie on set and at last year’s Comic-Con, I decided to use my time asking about many things…not just what was it like to cast Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy.

During the ten minute interview we discussed box office numbers, how close were they to converting Nightmare to a 3D release, how are future projects being affected by 3D, what happened to Friday the 13th 2, what’s up with Butcherhouse Chronicles, Monster Squad and Ouija.  But the coolest thing I learned for fans of Nightmare is the Blu-ray/DVD will have a 6 minute alternate ending!

Hit the jump to watch the interview.  As always, I’ve time indexed it so you can watch the sections you care about:

Tons of New Images from A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET – Plus the Production Notes

by     Posted 4 years, 98 days ago

A Nightmare on Elm Street movie image slice.jpg

Warner Bros. has released the full press kit for director Samuel Bayer’s A Nightmare on Elm Street remake that stars Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger.   While some of the images have already been released, you’ll find a ton of new ones after the jump.  Also, if you’d like to know more about the movie, I’ve posted the official production notes that WB sent over.

Finally, the movie is doing its press junket this weekend here in Los Angeles, so expect a ton of clips and news on Nightmare this weekend and early next week. Until then, take a look at the images:

New A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Poster + New Trailer Online Thursday Night at 12:01am

by     Posted 4 years, 155 days ago

A Nightmare on Elm Street movie image slice.jpg

A new poster for A Nightmare on Elm Street has been released.  Starring Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, Kellan Lutz, Thomas Dekker, and Clancy Brown, the New Line movie gets released April 30, which is why you’ve seen an abundance of Nightmare related coverage all around the net this week.  Perhaps you saw my Set Report, or my on set interviews with Jackie Earle Haley and Producers Andrew Form and Bradley Fuller.

On top of the new poster, a new trailer is getting released Thursday morning at 12:01am pst.  Needless to say, we’ll be posting it as soon as it’s online.  Hit the jump to check out the new poster:

Collider Goes to the Set of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET – Read Our Report (With Bonus Video Blog)

by     Posted 4 years, 156 days ago

slice_nightmare_elm_street_movie_poster_01.jpg

If you’ve been reading Collider for awhile, you know last June I got to visit the set of director Samuel Bayer’s A Nightmare on Elm Street while the production was filming in Chicago.  I was invited – along with a few other online journalists – to watch a night of filming and also participate in roundtables interviews with Jackie Earle Haley, and producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.  With the film getting released on April 30, Warner Bros. has released us from our embargo, and I can now post my complete set report.

Since I always like to give options, I’m providing two ways to get the info.  The first is by reading about it…and the other is by watching a video blog I did with Peter from Slashfilm.  Since Peter went on a  different day, we have different takes on what it was like to go to set.  Hit the jump for more:

Click Here