It’s no secret that 2015 is going to be a sort of moviepocalypse with regards to its sheer magnitude of massive films, but right now we’ve still got 2014 to look forward to. There are plenty of exciting large-scale films on tap for the coming year ranging from sequels to reboots to (gasp!) original properties. Inevitably some will be great and some will be disappointing, but right now we’re full of optimism, and we’ve put together a list of 25 promising blockbusters set to be released in the next 12 months. Read on after the jump.
Ridley Scott loves hopping between genres. In the past five years alone, he went from a spy thriller (Body of Lies) to a medieval action movie (Robin Hood) to a sci-fi flick (Prometheus) to nihilistic drama (The Counselor) and now he’s going to a biblical epic with Exodus. Adapted from some book called “The Bible”, the story follows Moses (Christian Bale) trying to free his enslaved people from their ancient Egyptian rulers. The first image shows us Moses in his pampered days as an adopted member of the royal family, but it doesn’t really tell us much about the film as a whole. The movie will certainly be big, but I’m wondering how Scott plans to give it a fresh angle, or if this is just going to come off as Cecil B. DeMille‘s The Ten Commandments with a 21st-century visual effects polish.
Hit the jump to check out the image. The film also stars Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Aaron Paul, John Turturro, and Sigourney Weaver. Exodus opens December 5, 2014.
Opening this weekend in limited release and expanding nationwide December 20th is director David O. Russell’s comedic drama American Hustle. The story is based on the Abscam sting operation that uncovered widespread political corruption in the late 1970s, and Russell’s fantastic ensemble cast is led by Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner. The film has already won its first Best Picture critics’ award and this morning the Screen Actors Guild gave it a few nominations including Ensemble In A Motion Picture and Female Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture (for Jennifer Lawrence). While the holidays are filled with a lot of choices, American Hustle should definitely be on your list. For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverage.
A few days ago in New York City I landed an exclusive video interview with Bale. He talked about how David O. Russell offered him the role, the way the script changed, whose idea it was for him to put on the weight and have a comb over, his preferred acting process, his thoughts on doing a lot of takes, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
Ridley Scott is currently doing press rounds for The Counselor. The movie was a bit of a disappointment and tanked at the box office, but that’s okay because the director never slows down. He’s already charged ahead with his follow up, Exodus. In a recent interview with Empire, he says the story will be “Fucking huge” and of course he’ll have the parting of the Red Sea. For those unfamiliar with the project, Christian Bale is playing Moses (because if anyone looks Jewish, it’s a guy named “Christian”), John Turtorro as Pharaoh Seti, Sigourney Weaver as Tuya, Seti’s wife, and Joel Edgerton as Pharoah Ramses. We previously reported that Aaron Paul and Ben Kingsley may have roles, but Empire doesn’t mention those actors.
Hit the jump for Scott talking about his upcoming projects, Prometheus 2, Blade Runner 2, and more. Exodus is set for December 12, 2014.
One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was Australian director Matthew Saville’s (Noise) Felony. Starring Joel Edgerton (who also wrote the screenplay), Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney, and Melissa George, the film is about three detectives that become entangled after a tragic accident leaves a young child in critical condition. Per the synopsis, “one is guilty of a crime, one will try to cover it up, and the other attempts to expose it.”
Shortly before the premiere I sat down with Joel Edgerton for an extended video interview. He talked about the issues that Felony explores, his writing process, financing, what he collects, his upcoming directorial debut (it’s explores what it would be like to run into the person who you used to terrorized in school), and much more. In addition, he talked about playing Ramses in Ridley Scott‘s Exodus, how he was cast, shaving his head for the role, and the shooting locations. Finally, he talked about the difficult production of Jane Got a Gun and how they got the film back on track. Hit the jump to watch.
An Alien reunion is in the works. Ripley herself Sigourney Weaver has been tapped to join the cast of director Ridley Scott’s Moses epic Exodus, along with John Turturro (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) and Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul. Scott is putting together an impressive cast for the pic, with Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton already set to play Moses and Ramses, respectively. Variety reports that Weaver will play Tuya, the mother of Ramses, while Turturro has been tapped to play Ramses’ father Seti and Paul is in talks to portray a Hebrew slave alongside Bale’s Moses. Additionally, Deadline reports that Ben Kingsley is in talks to join the cast as a Hebrew scholar.
Steven Zaillian (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) penned the script for Exodus, and Scott is looking to start production in September in England, Spain, and Morocco. This will mark the first time that Scott and Weaver have worked together in quite a while, though Exodus will see Weaver playing a considerably different role than that of her Alien heroine.
Director Ridley Scott’s Moses epic Exodus is coming together quite nicely. While Scott has been developing the pic for some time, the project picked up steam earlier this year when Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) turned in a rewrite of the Adam Cooper and Bill Collage script. Christian Bale was being courted to play Moses in the film, and now it appears that Bale has indeed signed on to play the Biblical character as THR reports that The Great Gatsby star Joel Edgerton is in talks to play the Egyptian ruler Ramses. Hit the jump for more.
We’ve got a few release dates to share today. Briefly:
- Labor Day – Writer/director Jason Reitman’s drama starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin will hit theaters in limited release on December 25th of this year (just in time for awards season, natch), before expanding wide on January 31st.
- Exodus – Director Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic about the life of Moses has been dated for a prime holiday release of December 12, 2014, confirming that this will indeed be Scott’s next project. Christian Bale may star.
- Assassin’s Creed – The feature film adaptation of the popular video game series has been dated for Memorial Day weekend of 2015, with a firm May 22, 2015 release date. Michael Fassbender is producing the film and will also star.
Hit the jump for much more on all of the aforementioned projects.
Let the battle of the Moses epics begin! Two high profile films about the Biblical character have been in development for the past year or so—one at Warner Bros. with Steven Spielberg flirting with the director’s chair, and one at Fox that has Ridley Scott attached to direct. Yesterday, Warner Bros.’ film Gods and Kings was dealt a blow when Spielberg finally left the project, and now it appears that Fox is ramping things up on Exodus as Scott is looking to make the pic his next film after he completes post-production on The Counselor. The Gladiator filmmaker has taken a big step forward towards production, as he and Fox are apparently courting Christian Bale to tackle the Moses role. Hit the jump for more.
The indie drama California Solo, from writer/director Marshall Lewy, tells the story of Lachlan MacAldonich (Robert Carlyle), a former Britpop rocker who has moved to farm country just outside Los Angeles to establish a comfortably quiet existence for himself. His routine consists of working on an organic farm and selling produce at the city’s farmers’ markets by day, and then recording his podcast recounting the tragic deaths of great musicians at night, until he gets pulled over for a DUI that brings up a past offense and threatens him with deportation.
At the film’s press day, filmmaker Marshall Lewy and actor Robert Carlyle spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how this character came about, the appeal of a role that’s so layered, how they decided to do no rehearsals prior to shooting, and showing locations around California that are not immediately recognizable. Lewy also talked about his next film, a heist thriller called Exodus, that he’s hoping to shoot in the Spring, while Carlyle talked about how much he enjoys playing the dual roles of Mr. Gold and Rumplestiltskin on the ABC series Once Upon A Time and that what’s to come on the show is just mind-blowing. Check out what they had to say after the jump.