Morgan Freeman Talks TRANSCENDENCE, Working with Wally Pfister on His Directorial Debut, the Success of THE LEGO MOVIE, LUCY, Future Projects, and More

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Now playing in theaters is Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence.  The film revolves around a group of scientists trying to build the first self-aware supercomputer, and when lead researcher Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) becomes the target of anti-technology extremists, he unexpectedly becomes a participant in his own transcendence.  Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany play two of Will’s fellow researchers, and as we’ve seen from the trailer, they have conflicting viewpoints on turning their co-worker into a computer.  The film also stars Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser, and Clifton Collins Jr.  For more on Transcendence, click here to watch some clips and here’s all our previous coverage.

Last week at the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Freeman.  He talked about how he got involved in the project, working with Pfister, if he thinks great directors share some common traits, if directors get intimidated working with him, if he thought The LEGO movie would be such a huge hit, Luc Besson’s Lucy, how he won’t be in London Has Fallen (the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen), how he might be doing a remake of Going in Style, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say. 

Ted Melfi to Direct GOING IN STYLE Remake; Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin Possibly Circling Leads

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New Line Cinema is moving forward with its remake of the 1979 George Burns caper comedy Going in Style, and a trio of fine actors are circling the pic.  While The Incredible Burt Wonderstone director Don Scardino was initially attached to direct, Variety now reports that Ted Melfi—who penned the screenplay—is in talks to direct the pic.  Moreover, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin are apparently circling the three leads in the film, which finds a trio of elderly friends organizing a bank robbery just for kicks.  News of Freeman, Caine, and Arkin’s involvement isn’t explicitly spelled out in the story but instead appeared in the original URL, so perhaps their involvement is tentative at best.

Melfi recently made his feature directorial debut on the highly sought-after drama St. Vincent de Van Nuys, which pairs Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy in an emotional dramedy that had a number of actors vying for the leads.  We should hear more firm word on the cast of Going in Style soon.  Hit the jump for the original’s trailer.

Director Don Scardino in Talks to Helm Remake of GOING IN STYLE

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Don Scardino, who recently directed The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, is now in talks to helm a remake of the 1979 caper comedy, Going in Style.  The original film starred the comedic trio of George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg as three elderly friends who are sick and tired of being sick and tired.  They decide to organize a bank robbery for kicks and carry it out with their signature style.  Scardino would direct the remake from a Ted Melfi script with Tony Bill, a producer on the original film, returning to executive produce.  Hit the jump for more, including the trailer and poster from the original. 

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