A few featurettes for two upcoming films have landed online. Firstly, three new behind-the-scenes videos for director Terry Gilliam’s new film The Zero Theorem offer a look at the costumes, the main set, and Gilliam’s directorial process. The pic stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation. Also starring Melanie Thierry, Tilda Swinton, and David Thewlis, the film opens in the U.K. on March 14th and is currently awaiting a U.S. release date.
Additionally, a new 4-minute featurette for director Denis Villeneuve’s (Prisoners) twisty thriller Enemy has been released online. The story revolves around a university lecturer (Jake Gyllenhaal) who discovers that he has a double, whom he tracks down and engages, resulting in “a complex and dangerous struggle.” This new behind-the-scenes video offers a look at how Villeneuve managed to create two Gyllenhaals in the same scene. Also starring Maline Laurent, the film is currently available on DirecTV and will open in theaters March 14th.
Warner Bros. has staked out a July 1, 2016 release date for its big-budget adaptation of Tarzan, in 3D no less. The film has been in development for over a year and at one point was put on hold due to budget concerns, but it’s been picking up steam once again over the past few months. David Yates is onboard to direct, making this his first feature since helming the final four Harry Potter films back-to-back, and True Blood actor Alexander Skarsgard is set in the titular role as Tarzan. Margot Robbie—who shined as the female lead in The Wolf of Wall Street—will make the leap to franchise films playing Jane, and Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz are confirmed to co-star.
Currently, Independence Day 2 is also scheduled to open on that 4th of July weekend in 2016 alongside the Angry Birds movie, but either ID4 or Tarzan will likely shift to another weekend to avoid cannibalizing each other. With this new date for Tarzan, 2016 is shaping up to be a big year for Warner Bros., as the studio will also launch Batman vs. Superman in May. Read the full press release for Tarzan after the jump.
A brief behind-the-scenes featurette for director Terry Gilliam’s new film The Zero Theorem has landed online. The pic stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation. We got our first good look at footage from the film a couple of weeks ago by way of the first theatrical trailer, and this new featurette offers up even more footage from the decidedly odd feature. In the featurette, Gilliam and some of his crew discuss some production design aspects of the future-set pic, specifically discussing the fact that in this future, computers have grown larger and not smaller. The movie continues to look like a trip, and I’m definitely interested to see what Gilliam has put together.
Hit the jump to watch the new featurette. The film also stars Melanie Thierry, Lucas Hedges, Ben Whishaw, Tilda Swinton, David Thewlis, and Matt Damon. The Zero Theorem is currently awaiting a U.S. release date.
The first trailer for director Terry Gilliam’s upcoming film The Zero Theorem has been released online. The pic stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation. The film certainly looks to be a trip, as it feels like it’s wholly from the mind of Terry Gilliam. Waltz appears to be going all out in his lead role, and he’s surrounded by a very colorful cast of characters sporting various wigs, accents, and futuristic clothes. I’m very interested to see how this nutty story progresses.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Melanie Thierry, Lucas Hedges, Ben Whishaw, Tilda Swinton, David Thewlis, and Matt Damon. The Zero Theorem is currently awaiting a U.S. release date.
It appears that we may have a new Quentin Tarantino film to look forward to sooner rather than later. Just before the holidays, Tarantino revealed that his follow-up to Django Unchained would be another Western, adding, “I had so much fun doing Django, and I love Westerns so much that after I taught myself how to make one, it’s like ‘OK! Let me make another one now that I know what I’m doing.” While the filmmaker didn’t add anymore details about the project other than the fact that he was in the process of writing the screenplay, it appears that he’s close enough to finishing the script that he’s now showing it to a handful of actors that he wants for the lead roles. Titled The Hateful Eight, Tarantino is reportedly eyeing regular collaborator Christoph Waltz and veteran actor Bruce Dern for to star in his next film. Hit the jump for more.
Warner Bros.’ big screen adaptation of Tarzan is back on in a big way. Though the project was initially planned as Harry Potter director David Yates’ follow-up to Deathly Hallows – Part 2, the studio put the brakes on the film due to budget concerns earlier this year. Apparently all parties came to an agreement, as movement picked up again a few months ago with Christoph Waltz entering talks to star as the villain opposite Alexander Skarsgard, who will play the titular Tarzan. Now Variety reports that Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to co-star with Skarsgard and adds that Waltz’s deal has closed.
Jackson was first linked to Tarzan over a year ago, when he was being eyed for the role of a Civil War veteran eager to redeem himself for his part in the massacre of Native Americans. No word if that’s still the role Jackson will be playing, but Variety also notes that The Wolf of Wall Street star Margot Robbie is now the top choice to play Jane. With the project heating up, expect to hear more casting news soon.
As of this writing, we know that Johnny Depp is set to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, written by Jeff Nathanson and directed by Kon-Tiki‘s Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, who are aiming for a 2016 release. Everything else that follows can be filed squarely under “rumor”. We’ve got a few new possible plot details for the fifth installment of the high-seas fanchise, along with a pair of actors who could be starring alongside Depp, plus a host of character descriptions. It’ll be interesting to say the least if it all turns out to be true, but there’s a good chance it’s nothing but bilge. Hit the jump for more.
Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) is in negotiations to join Horrible Bosses 2. New Line has set a November 28, 2014 release date for the sequel that also stars Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey and Chris Pine.
- Rachel McAdams (Midnight in Paris) is in talks to replace Reese Witherspoon in the science fiction picture, Passengers, starring Keanu Reeves.
- Luke Grimes (Taken 2) has been cast in Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation, which stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan.
- Robin Weigert (The Sessions) has signed on to Edward Zwick’s chess drama, Pawn Sacrifice, starring Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
I really enjoyed the first Horrible Bosses, and I’m hoping the sequel can live up to the original. There currently aren’t any details on the new installment, but some new bad bosses are on deck. Deadline reports that Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine are being eyed to play a father/son duo of horrible bosses, but Waltz will probably be unavailable due to scheduling. That leaves Pine, who could be a good fit provided they’re willing to find an unexpected twist like they did for Colin Farrell. Instead of taking his good looks to go the easy, smarmy jock route, they plastered him with a comb-over and a raging coke habit.
I was hoping that the sequel would work from the script by Horrible Bosses screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, but after Seth Gordon dropped out from directing, Sean Anders came on board and rewrote the script with We’re the Millers co-writer John Morris. I enjoyed that movie, and since a large part of the original’s appeal was the improv between stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis, there’s reason to be optimistic. Horrible Bosses 2 opens November 26, 2014.
Tarzan may be swinging into theaters in a couple of years after all. Director David Yates had been developing the project since 2012 as his follow-up to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, but earlier this year word came that Warner Bros. was putting the brakes on Tarzan due to budget concerns. The future of the project was uncertain as potential filming was pushed to 2014, but now it appears that things are back on track as Christoph Waltz has entered talks to take on the villain role opposite Alexander Skarsgard, with an official greenlight potentially imminent. Hit the jump for more.
Director Terry Gilliam’s latest film The Zero Theorem is poised to have its world premiere later today at the Venice Film Festival, and we’ve got a couple of goodies to mark the occasion. For those who are unfamiliar with the film, it stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management (Matt Damon in a minor role), a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation. In addition to the pic’s first official clip, we also have an exclusive image to share with our readers.
Hit the jump to check out the clip and image, along with an official director’s statement about the pic from Gilliam. The film also stars David Thewlis, Tilda Swinton, Melanie Thierry, Lucas Hedges, Ben Whishaw, and Peter Stormare. The Zero Theorem will debut at the Venice Film Festival this fall and will hit theaters sometime in 2014.
Terry Gilliam‘s The Zero Theorem will soon make its premiere at the Venice Film Festival. For those who are unfamiliar with the film, it stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management (Matt Damon in a minor role), a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation. Two new images have been released showcasing not only the outsized, colorful world reminiscent of Gilliam’s Brazil, but also featuring co-stars Melanie Thierry and David Thewlis.
Despite the eye-popping visuals, Gilliam tells Deadline that the movie cost was his cheapest movie in 30 years. Gilliam also echoes Steven Spielberg’s statement about studios heading for a downfall due to the exorbitant cost of making and marketing their pictures. “You keep waiting to see what’s going to be the new Cleopatra, the one that suddenly takes out a studio,” says Gilliam. “That’s the part I don’t quite understand about this, these economics and how they are able to survive with losing this amount of money as often as they are doing it.” Hit the jump to check out the images.
Tonight’s casting report is led by two actors who have starred in an FX drama:
- Charlie Hunnam is attached to star in Triple Nine, a crime thriller directed by John Hillcoat (Lawless). Christoph Waltz and Cate Blanchett are in talks to join the cast.
- Rose Byrne is in talks to join Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, and Cameron Diaz in Annie, a new adaptation of the Broadway musical directed by Will Gluck (Easy A).
Hit the jump for details on both projects.
The first images from Terry Gilliam’s
sci-fi not-so-sci-fi film The Zero Theorem are now available in all their colorful glory. Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds), seen here sporting a bald head, stars as Qohen Leth, a programmer for “entity-crunching” corporation ManCom, who Gilliam says is, “waiting for a phone call that will give meaning to his life”. (Aren’t we all?) Gilliam goes on to talk about the relevance to his 1985 film, Brazil, saying, “It’s not really sci-fi. It’s like Brazil, which also isn’t really sci-fi.” However, The Zero Theorem screenwriter Pat Rushin was influenced by Gilliam’s earlier work, so it’s all tied together in a roundabout way.
Also starring Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw, Peter Stormare and David Thewlis, The Zero Theorem is slated for a 2014 release date. Hit the jump to view the images.
A trailer has leaked online for Terry Gilliam’s upcoming film, The Zero Theorem. The film stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation. Going through the trailer, there’s no doubt it’s a Gilliam movie. If anyone else’s name were on it, it would be immediately cited as a rip-off rather than a welcome return for the director. Using a lounge-y rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep”, the trailer makes the film look like a welcome return to Brazil completely with an intimate love story set inside a bombastic, absurd, and imaginative setting.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Melanie Thierry, Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, and David Thewlis. The Zero Theorem may surface during the fall festival season. [Update: We've removed the trailer at the request of the production company.]