Juan Antonio Bayona to Direct A MONSTER CALLS

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Award-winning director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) has been tapped to help A Monster Calls, an adaptation of the children’s fantasy novel.  Written by Patrick Ness from an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, the story centers on thirteen-year-old Conor, who wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window.  It’s not the monster from his nightmares, brought on by stress due to his mother’s illness, but something more ancient, and much more dangerous.  The story was also illustrated by Jim Kay, whose dark imaginings (both in palette and in metaphor) will thrill and terrify on the big screen.

River Road Entertainment, Participant Media, Lionsgate International, and Focus Features teamed up to finance and distribute Apache’s production, which is scheduled for a Fall 2016 release.  Hit the jump for full details.

THE IMPOSSIBLE Director Juan Antonio Bayona to Helm WORLD WAR Z Sequel

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Paramount is forging ahead with plans for a sequel to this summer’s zombie tentpole World War Z, and the first order of business is finding a new director.  Due to the contentious and trouble-laden production process, WWZ helmer Marc Forster wasn’t keen on returning to direct a potential follow-up.  When the film defied expectations and had Brad Pitt’s biggest opening weekend of his career, soaring to $540 million worldwide, Paramount started making moves on a follow-up.  Now the studio has settled on a new director to take the helm of the franchise, attaching The Impossible director Juan Antonio Bayona to oversee the development of World War Z 2.  Hit the jump for more.

Juan Antonio Bayona to Direct Sam Mendes and John Logan’s Showtime Horror Series PENNY DREADFUL

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The first television outing for Skyfall duo Sam Mendes and John Logan has roped in even more prestige talent.  The Impossible director Juan Antonio Bayona has been tapped to direct the first two episodes of the new Showtime series Penny Dreadful, which was created, written, and executive produced by Skyfall scribe John Logan and has Sam Mendes onboard as an executive producer.  The incredibly promising “psychosexual horror series” takes place in Victorian London and weaves together the classic origin stories of horror icons like Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Grey, and several characters from the novel Dracula.  Hit the jump for more. 

THE IMPOSSIBLE Blu-ray Review

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The Impossible is a tricky film to write about because there’s just something inherently tricky about the film itself. Maybe that’s because it’s based on a true story that often feels a little too impossible to believe. Or maybe it’s because that story has been so blatantly Hollywood-ized – with Spanish 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami survivors María Belón Alvárez and Tomás Belón recast as the impossibly blonde-haired and blue-eyed Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. Or maybe it’s because the finished film falls into a Hollywood genre that typically encourages us to revel in the onscreen wreckage, only here it’s impossible to do so without feeling weird – I mean, over 200,000 people died as a result of that really cool-looking wave! Anyway, these were the issues I had when I first saw The Impossible and which resurfaced while watching it on Blu-ray.  Hit the jump for my review.

THE IMPOSSIBLE Director Juan Antonio Bayona to Helm Untitled Sci-Fi Project Written by Eric Roth

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The Impossible is, at its core, an inspirational drama.  But director Juan Antonio Bayona didn’t stray too far from his genre roots with the disaster flick, diving headfirst into the gore and horror caused by the tsunami.  Bayona showed a skilled hand with both sides of The Impossible and confirmed he is a filmmaker to watch after his promising debut, the horror film The Orphanage.

According to Variety, Bayona’s will take on a new genre with his next project, an untitled science fiction movie scripted by Eric Roth.  No details on the story yet, but Roth has been nominated for three Oscars (The Insider, Munich, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and won one (Forrest Gump) so it’s in good hands.  Kevin McCormick (Gangster Squad) is producing for Warner Bros.

Eight Clips for THE IMPOSSIBLE Starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts

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We have eight clips from director Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible to share with you today.  Starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor as the parents of three boys, The Impossible centers on their family vacation in Thailand which is devastated by a tsunami. Having survived, but finding themselves separated, the family members search for each other amidst the chaos, encountering strangers caught up in the same situation along the way.  Hit the jump to watch the clips.

New International Trailer for THE IMPOSSIBLE Starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts

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A new U.K. trailer for the disaster drama The Impossible has been released.  Based on a true story, the film stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor as parents of a family caught in the tsunami that hit southeast Asia in 2004.  The tsunami scenes here look more terrifying than ever, but this trailer also has a strong focus on the human drama side of the story.  The pic premiered last month at the Toronto Film Festival to mostly positive reviews, with many noting director J.A. Bayona’s impressive work on the tsunami scenes.  The film also drew some criticism for being overly manipulative, but I’m a big fan of McGregor and Watts so I’m eager to see how this one plays out.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, and Oaklee PendergastThe Impossible opens on December 21st.

Matt Reeves Heads Short List of Directors for DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES; Others Include J Blakeson, Guillermo del Toro and Jeff Nichols

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After reporting that director Rupert Wyatt was exiting Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, 20th Century Fox is now looking for a replacement.  As of this writing, it looks like Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) is leading the pack.  Rounding out the short list of directors is J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) and Jeff Nichols (Mud).  Longer shots being reported are Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro (doubtful), Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) and Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart).  Hit the jump to get this sorted out.

THE IMPOSSIBLE Starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts Set for Release on December 21

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The disaster drama The Impossible, the English-language debut of director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage), now finally has a U.S. release date.  Per Deadline, Lionsgate has slated the film for a December 21st release, pitting it against Judd Apatow’s This Is 40, the Tom Cruise-fronted Jack Reacher, and Kathryn Bigelow’s thriller Zero Dark Thirty.  That’s some formidable competition on the wide front, but The Impossible should benefit from the limited debut in New York and Los Angeles on that date.

The pic stars Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts as parents of a family caught in the tsunami that hit Thailand in 2004, with a story that promises “  “true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria (Watts) and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives.”  The level of devastation on display in the film’s trailer is truly massive, and I’m interested in seeing how the drama plays out against the backdrop of this horrific catastrophe.

New Trailer for THE IMPOSSIBLE Starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor Shows the Devastating Tsunami

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Around the holidays we posted a striking international teaser trailer for The Impossible, the English-language debut of director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage).  Warner Bros. has followed up with a full trailer, and though broader (and still dubbed in Spanish), it leaves just as much of an impression.  Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star as the parents of a family caught in the tsunami that hit Thailand in 2004.  The mass destruction is on display here, but the official synopsis promises “true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria (Watts) and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives.”  Watch the trailer after the break.

Mark Pellington to Direct Remake of Juan Antonio Bayona’s THE ORPHANAGE

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orphanage_spanish_movie_poster_01.jpgAccording to Variety, Mark Pellington (Henry Poole Is Here, The Mothman Prophecies) is set to helm the remake of Juan Antonio Bayona’s ghost story, The Orphanage.  Guillermo Del Toro, who produced the original, is also on board to produce the remake along with ContraFilm toppers Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson attached to produce.  Pellington will direct from a script written by Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter) and Del Toro.

As described by Variety, “The original Orphanage stars Belen Rueda (“The Sea Inside”) as a woman who takes over the orphanage where she was raised, to open a home for disabled children. Then her young son begins to play with the same imaginary friend who terrorized her when she was a child.”

Guillermo del Toro taps Larry Fessenden to Direct the Remake of THE ORPHANAGE

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You may not have heard of actor/producer/director Larry Fessenden but he’s kind of a big deal in underground horror circles.  Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the man behind such films as “Wendigo” and “I Sell the Dead” is about to expand his sphere of influence as he takes on directing duties for New Line’s “The Orphanage” remake.  More after the jump…

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