Director David Ayer Talks SABOTAGE, Casting Arnold Schwarzenegger, Building to the Big Reveal, Alternate Endings, His WWII Film FURY, and More

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In filmmaker David Ayer’s Sabotage, elite DEA task force agent John “Breacher” Wharton (Arnold Schwarzenegger) heads a team that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels.  But after the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they mysteriously start to be murdered, one by one, making everyone a suspect, including the team members themselves.  The film also stars Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Mireille Enos, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, Max Martini, Olivia Williams, Harold Perrineau and Martin Donovan.

At the film’s press day, director David Ayer spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how open Arnold Schwarzenegger was to reinventing himself for this role, the challenges of telling a story that leads up to a big reveal, that there are bread crumbs if you know where to look for them, how the first cut was over three hours, that he shot a very different alternate ending, and finding very strong women to go toe-to-toe with the guys.  He also talked about what he was hoping to achieve with his Work War II film Fury and how audiences will see a very different Brad Pitt in it, how he’ll be back to the drawing board to write his next film, and that he would love to do something female centric.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Logan Lerman Talks NOAH, Working with Darren Aronofsky and Russell Crowe, David Ayer’s FURY, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah.  As most of you already know, the film is Aronofsky’s take on the Great Flood story from the Bible, with Russell Crowe assuming the role of a man who is told by God that Earth’s population will be wiped out by a flood.  The film also stars Jennifer ConnellyRay WinstoneEmma WatsonAnthony HopkinsLogan Lerman, and Douglas Booth.  For more on Noah, here’s 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, 30 images, a featurette, and all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Logan Lerman.  He talked about working with Aronofsky and Crowe, his reaction to seeing the ark for the first time, deleted scenes, David Ayer’s World War II tank actioner Fury, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.


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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.

Director David Ayer Shares New Images from the Set of WWII Tank Film FURY Starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, and Jon Bernthal

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Production continues in London on director David Ayer’s WWII tank film Fury, and the filmmaker has been sharing an image from the set for each day of filming.  The story takes place in 1945 as the Nazi regime is in collapse and revolves around the five-man crew of an American tank called “Fury” that battles a desperate German army.  Ayer’s original screenplay sparked a bidding war among studios earlier this year, and Jon Bernthal recently described the film as “one of the darkest war movies ever made.”  Brad Pitt leads a cast that includes Bernthal, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, and Logan Lerman, and all can be glimpsed in this new collection of set images, which also includes looks at how Ayer is filming the tank battle sequences.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Fury opens November 14, 2014.

Jon Bernthal Talks MOB CITY, Reuniting with Frank Darabont, Pushing the Envelope, and More; Calls FURY “One of the Darkest War Movies Ever Made”

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From Frank Darabont, the new TNT drama series Mob City depicts the epic battle between a determined police chief and a dangerous mobster, in 1940s Los Angeles.  Based on the critically acclaimed book L.A. Noir by John Buntin, the story follows Det. Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal), who has been assigned to a new mob task force headed by Det. Hal Morrison (Jeffrey DeMunn), as part of the crusade by Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker (Neal McDonough) to free the city of criminals like Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Ed Burns) and Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke), and to stop the corruption in his own police force.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, to promote the three-week television event that premieres on December 4th, actor Jon Bernthal talked about how Frank Darabont asked him to hold his schedule open once he was done on The Walking Dead because he was writing something specifically for him, why he enjoys working with Darabont so much, how important it was to him that this show really push the envelope, and how he’d love for the show to return for more episodes.  He also talked about his experience shooting Fury with writer/director David Ayer, and described it as “one of the darkest war movies ever made.”  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Director David Ayer Releases New Set Photos from His World War II Film, FURY, Starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf

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A few weeks ago, director David Ayer shared some images from his upcoming tank movie, Fury.  The story takes place in 1945 as the Nazi regime is in collapse and revolves around the five-man crew of an American tank called “Fury” that battles a desperate German army.  Even though these are just set photos, the composition on some of them is superb and highly encouraging for the visuals of the finished film.  This is clearly Ayer’s biggest feature to date, and it could be really impressive if he blends the scale of a World War II action film with the strong character work of his previous film, End of Watch.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, Michael Pena, and Jason IsaacsFury opens on November 14, 2014.

Director David Ayer Shares Images from the Set of WWII Film FURY Starring Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, and Brad Pitt

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Production is currently underway in London on writer/director David Ayer’s (End of Watch) World War II tank film Fury, and Ayer has been sharing a number of images from the set on his Twitter account.  The Training Day scribe wrote the period script on spec and eventually sold it for a cool $1 million to QED, with Columbia Pictures boarding the project earlier this year.  The story takes place in 1945 as the Nazi regime is in collapse and revolves around the five-man crew of an American tank called Fury that battles a desperate German army.  The new images offer a glimpse at how Ayer is shooting the tank-set scenes, and confirm that the director is shooting the pic on good old fashioned film.  So far this one looks and sounds great, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the first footage from the pic.

Hit the jump to take a look at some behind-the-scenes images.  The film stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, Michael Pena, and Jason IsaacsFury opens on November 14, 2014.

Jason Isaacs Talks SWEETWATER, Playing an Evil and Crazy Character, Looking Back at AWAKE, David Ayer’s FURY, and More

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From filmmakers Logan and Noah Miller, the indie thriller Sweetwater, set in the late 1800s, tells the tale of what happens when a fanatical religious leader (Jason Isaacs), a renegade sheriff (Ed Harris) and a former prostitute (January Jones) collide in a blood triangle, on the rugged plains of the New Mexico Territory.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Jason Isaacs talked about what attracted him to this quite brutal and violent story, how brave and bold he thinks the Miller brothers are, as filmmakers, how much fun it was to play such an evil and crazy character, and the biggest challenges in pulling off the role.  He also talked about how he feels about the way his former NBC series Awake turned out, that he hopes to return to television soon, and how he’s next going to be shooting roles in the David Ayer film Fury, set in World War II and starring Brad Pitt, and London Fields, from the book by Martin Amis.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal Sit on a Tank in First FURY Image

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Writer/director David Ayer has been tweeting pictures from the set of his World War II tank movie, Fury.  Mostly behind-the-scenes stuff, but tonight’s offering is our first official look at the cast in costume.  Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal sit casually atop a tank which, according to a scribble of white paint across the tank gun barrel, is called “Fury.”  Pitt plays Wardaddy, an Army sergeant who leads the five-man crew of the Fury into a dangerous mission behind eneymy lines: “Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.”

Fury is scheduled for release on November 14, 2014.  See the image after the jump.

New Images from MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, Bryan Singer’s X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, Ron Howard’s IN THE HEART OF THE SEA and David Ayer’s FURY

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Take note, filmmakers: if you don’t want paparazzi and amateur photogs snagging set photos, send them out yourselves.  We’ve rounded up some new images from across the social media landscape to bring to you today in one place, incuding:

  • Mad Max: Fury RoadA new, cleaned-up image of Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky.  Also starring Nicholas Hoult, Charlize Theron, Mel Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoë Kravitz, and Riley Keough, George Miller’s newest Mad Max film opens in 2014.
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past – A viral image from the film’s Twitter account featuring a brief shot of what we presume to be a Sentinel from Trask Industries.  Bryan Singer’s X-Men Days of Future Past, starring James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellan, Patrick StewartPeter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Omar Sy, and Halle Berry, opens in 3D on May 23, 2014.
  • In the Heart of the SeaRon Howard’s adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick’s novel about the whaling ship, Essex, that inspired Herman Melville’s  Moby Dick.  The film stars Chris HemsworthBenjamin WalkerCillian MurphyBen WhishawTom Holland, and Brendan Gleeson.
  • FuryDavid Ayer’s World War II thriller starring Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal, Scott Eastwood and Michael Peña opens November 14, 2014.

Hit the jump to see the new images.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY Part 1 & 2 Adds Stef Dawson; Tye Sheridan Joins John Travolta in THE FORGER; Scott Eastwood Joins David Ayer’s FURY

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Today’s latest casting news can be gleaned at a glance below:

Hit the jump for more on each story.

Sam Elliott Joins DRAFT DAY, Michael Pena Feels FURY, and Shia LaBeouf Will Lead VILLAIN

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We’ve got a few casting stories for you this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Sam Elliott has joined Ivan Reitman‘s dramedy Draft Day starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Ellen Burstyn, and Terry Crews.
  • Michael Pena will co-star in David Ayer‘s WWII thriller Fury starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, and Logan Lerman.
  • Speaking of LaBeouf, he’s set to lead Villain, a psychological thriller from director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later).

Hit the jump for more on all these films.

Emilia Clarke to Star in James Franco’s THE GARDEN OF LAST DAYS; Logan Lerman Joins Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf in FURY

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Two up-and-comers landed roles of note tonight:

  • Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) signed on to star in The Garden of Last DaysJames Franco will direct and co-star in the adaptation of the novel by Andre Dubus III that “explores family and sexual values over the course a night set in a Florida strip club.”
  • Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) joins Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf in the World War II tank thriller Fury, written and directed by David Ayer (End of Watch).

Hit the jump for more on both projects.

Shia LaBeouf in Talks to Join Brad Pitt in David Ayer’s WWII Film FURY

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Once you have Brad Pitt set as your star, it becomes quite a bit easier to fill out the rest of your cast.  Earlier this month, Pitt committed to the lead role in End of Watch director David Ayer’s World War II film Fury.  The story takes place in 1945 as the Nazi regime collapses and the five-man crew of an American tank called Fury battles a desperate German army.  Pitt is onboard to star as an army sergeant named “Wardaddy,” and now Variety reports that Shia LaBeouf is in talks to co-star.  Further details are unknown, but LaBeouf would play a member of the Fury crew should his deal make.

Ayer wrote the script for Fury himself on spec, and with LaBeouf now onboard I’m really interested to see how the rest of the cast fills out.  LaBeouf was most recently seen in Robert Redford’s thriller The Company You Keep and the Sundance film The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman.  Just yesterday, we learned that he’s attached to reunite with his Disturbia director D.J. Caruso on the espionage film Spy’s Kid alongside Robert De Niro, but with production on Fury set to begin this fall, the WWII film will likely be his next project.  Fury hits theaters on November 14, 2014.

Columbia Pictures Sets November 14, 2014 Release Date for David Ayer’s WWII Film FURY Starring Brad Pitt

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Things are moving very quickly on director David Ayer’s WWII film Fury.  The writer/director sold his spec script to QED in February for a cool $1 million off the success of his 2012 cop drama End of Watch, and last week he landed some major starpower by way of Brad Pitt who signed on to topline the film as an army sergent named “Wardaddy.”  Now Columbia Pictures has acquired domestic distribution rights for the film and has set a November 14, 2014 release date, with production poised to begin this coming September.  The pic will open opposite Matthew Vaughn’s comic book adaptation The Secret Service and will be sandwiched between Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi pic Interstellar and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

The story of Fury takes place in 1945 as the Nazi regime collapses and the five-man crew of an American tank called Fury battles a desperate German army.  Hit the jump for more, including the full press release.

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