Watch: Mark Wahlberg, David Heyman, and More Discuss Filmmaking Challenges, Backlash, and BOOGIE NIGHTS in Producers Roundtable

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Last week, we shared an enlightening roundtable video interview with the directors of some of this year’s awards contenders like Alfonso Cuaron, David O. Russell, and Steve McQueen.  Today, THR has released a new roundtable interview this time focusing on producers, as Mark Wahlberg (Lone Survivor), David Heyman (Gravity), Dede Gardner (12 Years a Slave, World War Z), Michael De Luca (Captain Phillips), Charles Roven (American Hustle, Man of Steel), and Pam Williams (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) sat down for 50-minute discussion on all things moviemaking.  The conversation covers a lot of ground, touching on why Wahlberg almost fired his agent over Fifty Shades of Grey, Roven showing Heath Ledger the IMAX prologue for The Dark Knight, Entourage salary disputes, horrible test scores for Boogie Nights, and so much more.

Hit the jump to watch the full conversation.

TEMPLE RUN Adaptation Coming to Big Screen with Producer David Heyman

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Hollywood is turning to mobile games as the latest source for adaptation material.  One high-profile project already in the works is Angry Birds, but more recent news has Warner Bros. looking to adapt Temple Run with David Heyman attached as a producer.  The 2011 Imangi Studios mobile game centered on an explorer who stole an idol from a temple and, as a result, is endlessly chased by demonic monkeys.  While the studio is still in negotiations to bring the game to the big screen and the search is on for a writer, the story looks like it will stick pretty close to the plot of the game.  Hit the jump for more.


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As someone who has never considered 3D films to be more than a gimmick, here is something I never thought I would write: Alfonso Cuarón‘s Gravity in IMAX 3D is a stunning achievement that is not to be missed. You’ve probably read this advice over and over already, but seriously, do whatever you can to watch the film in this format. I honestly can’t imagine seeing it any other way and, while I understand not everyone has access to an IMAX theater, I have to believe that any other presentation type will do the pic a disservice. It’s the most awe-inspiring, immersive moviegoing experience I’ve ever had; the type of thing I’ll tell my kids about one day. I can heap praise its way all day, but speaking as concisely as possible, Gravity is science-fiction perfection.

Any guesses what our lead topic is this week? This installment of Top 5 features even more Gravity love, a recap of Steve’s Thor: The Dark World set visit coverage, a new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, more science fact-checking of Breaking Bad as well as a breakdown of our favorite series moments, and the first trailer for Chris Pine‘s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. As protocol states, a brief recap and link to each of the above is waiting after the jump.

Producer David Heyman Talks GRAVITY, Developing the Technology to Make the Film, FABLES, PADDINGTON, THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, and More

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I want to make this very clear: Alfonso Cuarón‘s Gravity is brilliant on every level.  While some movies can be enjoyed in the comfort of your home or watched on an iPad or phone, this is not one of them.  Cuarón has crafted a work of cinematic genius that borders on the unreal.  For ninety minutes you will be spellbound.  You’ll feel like you’re out in space with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.  You’ll feel the weightlessness.  You’ll feel their fear.  And as soon as it’s over, you’ll want to experience it again.  Trust me, as soon as you can, go to your local theater (hopefully they have IMAX 3D), and pay to see this movie.   You will not regret it.  For more on Gravity, read Matt’s review.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with producer David Heyman.  He talked about the challenges they faced getting the film made, developing the technology, the long takes, the pre-vis, how you should see Gravity in a theater, and more.  However, since Heyman is also producing a number of other projects, I also got updates on the Page Eight sequels, Fables, The Drowned World, Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceans, Paddington, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

New Featurette for GRAVITY Highlights the Film’s Excellent Use of 3D

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Warner Bros. has released a new featurette for director Alfonso Cuaron’s masterful space-set dramatic thriller Gravity, this time focusing on the film’s great use of 3D.  I’ve already heaped effusive praise on the film after catching it at TIFF, but I cannot stress enough how important it is to see this movie in IMAX 3D.  In concert with the rest of his tremendous filmmaking technique, Cuaron’s use of the 3D format wholly immerses the audience into the film, making Gravity much more than just a movie—it’s an experience.  In this new featurette, Cuaron, Sandra Bullock, and producer David Heyman discuss the film’s 3D and what it brings to the picture.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette, and click here to read Matt’s review of the film.  Gravity opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on October 4th. 

Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman to Lead PADDINGTON; Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, and Jim Broadbent Join Cast; 2015 U.S. Release Set

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Things are heating up for the live-action/CGI hybrid adaptation of the popular childrens book series Paddington.  As production gears up to begin later this month, The Weinstein Company has come onboard to handle North American rights for the David Heyman-produced film.  Paddington will be the first release under TWC’s new banner TWC-Dimension, which will serve as a distribution arm that will see Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein “team on films for which they share a common passion.”  Additionally, director Paul King has filled out his cast for the film with Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, and Jim Broadbent.  Hit the jump for more.

Comic-Con: GRAVITY Panel Recap; Director Alfonso Cuaron and Sandra Bullock Present Extended Take Clip

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Gravity is one of my most-anticipated films of the year, and it’s not surprising that it could fit into a film festival as easily as it could fit into Comic-Con.  It’s got big action, intense drama, and it’s the kind of sci-fi thriller that looks like it’s getting its thrills by conveying a sense of reality.  But it also draws excitement from Cuaron’s signature long takes, and I couldn’t wait to see what Warner Bros. would bring.  They didn’t disappoint.  In fact, they came away with what will be among the best footage screened in Hall H.

Hit the jump for my recap of the panel.  Gravity opens October 4th.

Emma Watson and HARRY POTTER Producer David Heyman Reunite for Fantasy Franchise QUEEN OF THE TEARLING

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Emma Watson has successfully created an acting career past Hogwarts.  She’s carefully moved forward with supporting roles in notable films such as My Week with Marilyn, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Bling Ring, a small part in This Is the End, and next year she’s co-starring Darren Aronofsky‘s biblical epic, Noah.  But now it looks like she’s ready to step into a lead role, and do it in a franchise of her own.  According to Variety, Watson will re-team with Harry Potter producer David Heyman for an adaptation of Erika Johansen‘s trilogy of fantasy books, Queen of the Tearling.

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A ROYAL AFFAIR Director Nikolaj Arcel to Helm FABLES Adaptation; Jeremy Slater to Write the Script

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When I got back into comics in 2002, one of my must-read series was Fables.  Aside from the gorgeous, eye-catching covers from artist James Jean, Bill Willingham stories’ cleverly re-appropriated fairy tales taking familiar characters like Snow White, the Big Bad Wolf, Little Boy Blue, et al. (known as “Fables”) and forcing them to build new lives in New York City.  While there were individual arcs like the detective Big Bad Wolf (renamed “Bigby Wolf”) trying to solve a crime, and story centering on a revolt on the Farm where non-human Fables are kept, there was an overarching arc involving a mysterious figure named “The Adversary” who was responsible for taking over the Homelands and sending the Fables into exile.  The books petered out eventually, but there was plenty potential for a movie, and now one is moving forward.

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David Heyman to Produce Adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s THE DROWNED WORLD

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After the overwhelming success of the Harry Potter film series, producer David Heyman has been searching for the next great adaptation.  He’s already got a Paddington Bear project, a feature version of the short sci-fi film True Skin, Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and adaptations of The Light between Oceans and The Odyssey.  Heyman’s latest acquisition for Warner Bros. is the 1962 post-apocalyptic thriller The Drowned World, from author J.G. Ballard.  The story takes place in the year 2145 after intense solar radiation has melted the ice caps and turned Europe into a lush tropical jungle.  The protagonist lives near the top floor of a London highrise that sits just above the water line and must deal with primordial creatures and anarchistic sects that prowl the ruined city.  Sounds like fun! Hit the jump for more.

Warner Bros. Reimagines THE ODYSSEY in Space as Potential Franchise; James DiLapo to Adapt Homer’s Epic Poem

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I am baffled that Hollywood has yet to film the definitive version of The Odyssey, settling for that 1997 TV miniseries.  Homer’s epic poem is filled with cinematic set pieces—given the public domain status, it seems natural that some cunning studio would have filmed The Odyssey in 3D, split it into a two parts, and made a fortune by now.  Warner Bros. is currently developing an adaptation, but not quite the definitive version I imagined.  Instead, based on a pitch by Terry Douglas, this Odyssey is set in space.  That is actually a neat sci-fi twist that should play well with the creatures and supernatural elements of Greek mythology in the story.  I want to see this version, too, but hope it encourages a traditional adaptation rather than replace it.

Deadline reports WB hired James DiLapo to write the script.  Douglas will produce alongside Paris Kasidokostas Latsis (The Box), David Heyman (the Harry Potter series), and Jeff Clifford.  As you already guessed, Warner Bros. sees this as a potential franchise.  Hit the jump for a refresher on the story.

DreamWorks in Talks to Acquire THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS; David Heyman Will Produce

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DreamWorks is looking to pick up the rights to M.L. Stedman’s debut novel The Light Between OceansVariety reports that the studio is in exclusive talks to acquire the rights, with Harry Potter’s David Heyman set to produce alongside Jeffrey Clifford through his Heyday Films banner.  The story takes place on a remote Australian island following World War II and “follows a lighthouse keeper and his wife who are faced with a moral dilemma when a boat washes ashore with a dead man and an infant.  When they decide to raise the child as their own, the consequences are devastating.”

It sounds like a rather harrowing story, and I can see why DreamWorks was so eager to pick the book up.  DreamWorks co-chair and CEO Stacey Snider noted that they imagine the story as “a sweeping, classic film,” and Heyman definitely has a solid track record.  Hit the jump to read the synopsis for The Light Between Oceans.

First Synopsis for Live-Action/CGI Adaptation PADDINGTON from HARRY POTTER Producer David Heyman

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Steve attended the American Film Market (AFM) last week and was able to bring back some promo posters, images, and synopses for a number of projects currently in development.  Today we’re happy to share a lengthy synopsis for the upcoming adaptation of the best-selling Paddington Bear childrens books.  The live-action/CGI-animated adaptation, titled Paddington, will be directed by Paul King and produced by David Heyman (the Harry Potter franchise).

This synopsis likens the film to E.T. and Mr. Bean, as the story centers on a young bear that was raised as an anglophile by his Aunt Lucy in Peru and is left lost and alone at London’s Paddington Station when Lucy decides it’s time to go to England in search of a better life.  While staying with a kind family who takes him in, Paddington sets out in search of an explorer who inspired his aunt years before, avoiding a sinister taxidermist and unintentionally bringing comic mayhem.  Hit the jump to read the full synopsis.

Warner Bros. Picks Up Sci-Fi Short TRUE SKIN for Feature Film; HARRY POTTER’s David Heyman to Produce

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Last week we shared a new sci-fi short film called True Skin that got the internets all aflutter.  We reported at the time that director Stephan Zlotescu was set to take meetings at production companies and studios in order to adapt the short into a feature film, and boy did he find a home for the project.  Merely a week after the film went online, Warner Bros. has now acquired the short and plans to expand it into a feature film with Zlotescu at the helm.  Moreover, David Heyman—the producer behind the Harry Potter franchise—has come aboard to produce alongside the short’s producer Chris Sewall, who will be a co-producer.  Heyman’s no stranger to sci-fi, as he’s also producing Alfonso Cuaron’s highly anticipated sci-fi drama Gravity.

Hit the jump for more on the short, including how Warner Bros. plans to expand the story into a feature.

Jenny Slate to Pen LOONEY TUNES Reboot for WB

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Cue that iconic opening music: Looney Tunes is relevant again!  Former SNL comedienne Jenny Slate has been tapped by Warner Bros. to pen the feature reboot.  Much like Sony’s successful adaptation of The Smurfs, the Looney Tunes reboot would blend CG and live-action in order to bring the characters to life on the big screen.  Although no word has been released as to Slate’s take on the property, fans can be almost certain of seeing Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Wile E. Coyote, Tweety Bird and more.  Hit the jump for more on Slate and the Looney Tunes movie.

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