NBC has enlisted a rather talented filmmaker to craft the visual style of the upcoming “Blackbeard” series Crossbones. From Luther creator Neil Cross, the new show stars John Malkovich as pirate Edward Teach aka Blackbeard and takes place in 1715 on the island New Providence, where thieves, outlaws, and miscreant sailors are the lay of the land. The network has enlisted 30 Days of Night and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse director David Slade to helm the first episode of Crossbones, which has already been ordered straight-to-series and is thus bypassing the pilot system. The show will premiere on NBC during midseason.
Slade has been doing some excellent work in television as of late, having directed multiple episodes of the first season of NBC’s excellent Hannibal, on which he is also an executive producer. Additionally, Slade is serving as executive producer and directing a few episodes of Battlestar Galactica showrunner Ron Moore’s new Syfy series Helix. On the feature side of things, Slade recently signed on to direct the psychological thriller The Widow.
Director David Slade (30 Days of Night) has been wowing television audiences with his work on NBC’s Hannibal, but has now added another feature to his upcoming slate. Slade will next direct The Widow, a psychological thriller set up for Vendome Pictures. Written by Ray Wright (The Crazies), the story centers on the meeting between a young woman and a lonely widow which turns out to be anything but coincidental.
THR reports that Vendome expects to start production later this year. The project is currently out to actresses. The Widow features two female roles that Vendome CEO Philippe Rousselet calls, “the strongest and most interesting we have seen in some time.”
A rather highly anticipated Young Adult feature film adaptation is undergoing a director change. Last September we reported that David Slade (30 Days of Night, Twilight: Eclipse) had been set to direct Disney’s adaptation of Ally Condie’s futuristic novel Matched, but now it appears that Slade is out and G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu is in. The book is the first in a trilogy that centers on a young girl living in a highly-controlling society (ie. people are told what to read, watch, believe, etc.) who makes a rebellious decision to reject an arranged romance and follow her own heart. Hit the jump for more details.
Director David Slade is taking his young adult franchise film experience (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) and putting it to good use to kick off another adaptation, Matched. The YA novel from author Ally Condie was previously acquired by Disney, who set Michelle and Kieran Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes:A Game of Shadows) to pen the script. The book is the first in a trilogy that centers on a young girl living in an uber-controlling society and her rebellious decision to reject an arranged romance and follow her own heart. Hit the jump for more on Slade’s appointment to the adaptation.
Fox has moved a step forward on one superhero franchise and a step back on another. First up, Deadline confirms that Josh Trank (Chronicle) will direct the reboot of Fantastic Four. The studio is trying to get all of its superhero franchises back up and running, but right now X-Men is the only one with any gas. The Wolverine is due to start filming next month, and the sequel to X-Men: First Class will shoot in January once Jennifer Lawrence has wrapped on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Progress on Fantastic Four could mean that the studio has at least one new superhero movie every year.
However, the studio may not have much time left for Daredevil. Hit the jump for more.
Though 30 Days of Night director David Slade is still developing a reboot of Daredevil, it looks like he may be making a different project before he tackles the superhero pic. Slade will direct the psychological thriller Villain for Wayfare Entertainment. The story centers on “two brothers as they confront their dark past in an unforgiving wilderness.” Production is set to take place in Alaska and producers are currently casting the two leads. Hit the jump for more on the project and Slade’s upcoming directorial projects, as well as the full press release regarding Villain.
As you can see from the image above, Daredevil is pissed at being left out of all The Avengers coverage. Luckily we have a little bit of news on that front. In a recent interview with Tom Rothman, 2oth Century Fox’s CEO, Steve gleaned some info about the David Slade-directed reboot of Daredevil, notably:
“It’s in development; we’re working on the script.”
Not much to go on, but at least we now know who is working on the script. Deadline reports that David James Kelly is doing a rewrite for the script, one that appears to be based on Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s classic 1986 “Born Again” arc, spanning issues #227-233. The story centers on the Kingpin discovering Daredevil’s true identity which results in the hero’s life turning upside-down. While I’m fully expecting some sort of hero origin story to be worked in, I’m curious: who do you think should play Daredevil this time around?
Steve sat down with 20th Century Fox CEO recently at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, and we’ve been bringing you highlights from their wide-ranging conversation. We already shared what Rothman had to say about a New Mutants movie and the rating for Prometheus, the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel, and now we wanted to share the CEO’s updates on a few highly anticipated Fox properties. Rothman talked about the status of the studio’s Fantastic Four reboot, Daredevil, and a sequel to this year’s hit superhero pic Chronicle. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
From executive producer/writer Kyle Killen (Lone Star) and executive producer Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24), and with a pilot directed by David Slade (Twilight: Eclipse, 30 Days of Night), the NBC series Awake follows the life of Detective Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs), who wakes up from a car accident with his wife (Laura Allen) and teenage son (Dylan Minnette), to learn the devastating news that his wife died in the crash. And then, he wakes up a few days later to realize that his wife is very much alive and his son died in the accident. When Michael goes back to work solving crimes, alternating between realities provides some challenges when he realizes that these realities overlap in fascinating and inexplicable ways.
At a press day held on the show’s set during a break from filming, actor Jason Isaacs talked about this complex and intriguing new drama, how the universal themes are what made him want to do the show, that no episode will be the same because the character’s world changes all the time, why they decided to shut down production for a month, and that, as a producer and part of the storytelling process, he knows which of the worlds is real and which one isn’t. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Ed Brubaker has proved himself one of the best comic book authors working today. Now he’s getting into the screenwriting game as Variety reports that he’ll adapt his stellar graphic novel Coward for Hunting Lane Films with David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) attached to direct. Coward is the first in the series of Brubaker’s Criminal series, which is a collection of interconnection noir stories. The protagonist of Coward is Leo, “a master thief and heist planner lives in a world of hustlers, crooked cops, pickpockets and lowlifes.” The title refers to Leo’s perceived status as a coward because of his behavior on a botched heist.
Hit the jump for more on the project.
20th Century Fox has hired Fringe writer/producer Brad Caleb Kane to pen its Daredevil reboot. Per Heat Vision, the studio wants Kane to adapt Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s classic 1986 arc (spanning issues #227-233) “Born Again” for director David Slade (30 Days of Night). In that run, Daredevil’s nemesis the Kingpin discovers his secret identity by virtue of Matt Murdock’s former secretary, Karen Page, in exchange for a shot of heroin. In addition to working on Fringe, Kane has also contributed a draft of Columbia’s vampire novel adaptation The Historian and a script for a Richard Pryor biopic which has Bill Condon attached to direct.
The report mentions that Kane’s “energy and passion for the material” helped the scribe land the gig. He’ll most likely need every ounce of both in adapting what is considered by many one of the greatest Daredevil arcs of all time. In case you are unfamiliar with the run, you can head over to the Wikipedia page to check out the full plot details or (and this is my recommendation) pick up a copy of the run and read it for yourself.
Director David Slade has taken to the Twitter machine to talk about Daredevil and Wolverine. Slade recently became attached to direct Daredevil, but Darren Aronofsky’s sudden departure from The Wolverine has led to speculation that Slade could take the helm since he was one of the lead contenders for the gig. Slade has now clarified not only his plans for Daredevil but also his current status in regards to The Wolverine. Speaking about Daredevil, Slade tweeted:
So without breaking confidentiality, yes Daredevil, we have a great outline for a very strong character driven take on Mr Matt Murdock. It will bare no relation to the previous Daredevil movie in any way. We are at early planning stages and have not yet discussed any cast.
Hit the jump for more on Daredevil, as well as what Slade had to say about The Wolverine.
Director David Slade (30 Days of Night) has been tapped to helm a reboot of the Daredevil franchise for 20th Century Fox. Given that the studio was in the position of either making another Daredevil film in the next few years or letting the rights to the franchise revert back to Disney/Marvel, a reboot was all but inevitable. Variety reports that the film will not contain material from the 2003 Mark Steven Johnson-directed Daredevil flick that starred Ben Affleck, nor the spinoff Elektra, so it appears that this will be a proper reboot.
Slade has been somewhat of a hot property following his first big-budget outing with The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, having been in consideration to helm the Wolverine sequel, Pride and Predjudice and Zombies, and the film adaptation of The Hunger Games. While I didn’t think 2003’s Daredevil was a complete disaster, it was obvious that the studio and director had differing opinions of how to tackle the material. Here’s hoping Slade gets to make the film he envisions. No word on how soon production would start, but Slade is currently attached to helm the vampire horror flick The Last Voyage of the Demeter, so one presumes that Daredevil would immediately follow. Next stop: casting the Man Without Fear. [Update: Heat Vision reports that the story will be based off the acclaimed Frank Miller/David Mazzucchelli story arc Born Again, which had the Kingpin discovering Daredevil's secret identity, Matt Murdoch, and destroying Murdoch's life.]
Jude Law may be setting sail with a vampire. Bleeding Cool reports that the actor is in talks to play the lead role in David Slade’s The Last Voyage of the Demeter. The story is a kind of spin-off from Dracula and focuses solely on the events of the vampire’s travel on the doomed cargo ship, The Demeter. If Law signs on, he would join Ben Kingsley and Noomi Rapace (who starred in the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy).
Hit the jump for a synopsis of The Last Voyage of the Demeter and a refresher on Law’s other projects.
Quickly becoming the go-to director for all things vampire, David Slade (30 Days of Night, Twilight Saga: Eclipse) is in talks to board The Last Voyage of the Demeter. The period horror film is based on a segment of Bram Stoker’s Dracula which recounts the legend of the ship which transported the famous vampire from Transylvania to England. Demeter is said to be in the vein of Alien, wherein a ship’s crew becomes tormented by a mysterious being who picks them off one-by-one.
Ben Kingsley and Noomi Rapace are already attached to star in the film as supporting characters. Producers (and, presumably, now Slade) are currently still looking for their lead actor. Heat Vision reports that Bragi Schut (Season of the Witch) wrote the script, which Phoenix Pictures is producing. The film is currently securing financing, but the addition of Slade, with his expertise in the genre and that blockbuster-level money Eclipse raked in, should make things easier. Hit the jump for a synopsis of The Last Voyage of the Demeter.