TOTAL RECALL Director Len Wiseman to Helm Sci-Fi Thriller BLACK CHAPTER

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Filmmaker Len Wiseman looks to be zeroing in on his next project.  Variety reports that the Underworld director is set to helm the supernatural thriller Black Chapter for Skydance Productions, with a script by Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk).  The story—which was hatched by Wiseman and Penn—revolves around an FBI agent “who is drawn into a classified military program that trains its operatives to use paranormal abilities.”  Wiseman will also produce the pic, and while Skydance has a partnership with Paramount Pictures, they are not currently onboard Black Chapter.

Wiseman last directed the 2012 reboot Total Recall to rather disappointing results, but his 2007 film Live Free or Die Hard was actually quite fun, so hopefully he can inject some of that levity into Black Chapter in order to keep things from delving into the bland territory of Recall.  He was recently attached to direct a reboot of The Mummy at Universal, but subsequently exited that project before helming the pilot for Fox’s Sleepy Hollow.

PaleyFest 2014: Mison, Beharie, Kurtzman, Orci, Wiseman, and Goffman Talk SLEEPY HOLLOW

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For more than 30 years, PaleyFest has held panel sessions and screenings that connect the worldwide community of television fans with the casts and creators of their favorite TV shows. One of the evenings was to celebrate the huge success of the first season of the Fox television series Sleepy Hollow.  The modern-day twist on the Washington Irving’s classic tale of Ichabod Crane seems like a completely insane story idea, but has instead proven to be a fun ride that is very entertaining to watch on a weekly basis.  Collider was there to attend the panel, and we’ve compiled some of the highlights.

During the evening, executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Len Wiseman and Mark Goffman, as well as actors Tom Mison (“Ichabod Crane”) and Nicole Beharie (“Lt. Abbie Mills”), talked about what’s up for the gang in Season 2, what type of new characters will show up, how Ichabod and Katrina will be dealing with their very complicated family drama, when the actors found out about what would happen in the season finale, how surprised they are that viewers want to see Ichabod and Abbie together, how monumental the fan response has been, whether Ichabod will ever change his clothes, and how there will be backstories for more of the characters.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Executive Producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Len Wiseman Talk SLEEPY HOLLOW, the Inception of the Series, Crafting the Headless Horseman, and More

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In this modern-day twist on Sleepy Hollow, premiering on Fox on September 16th, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) is resurrected and pulled 250 years through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers.  Revived alongside Ichabod is the infamous Headless Horseman, who is on a murderous rampage in the present-day town.

While at the Fox portion of the TCA Press Tour, co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Len Wiseman talked about how this show came together, finding the look for the Headless Horseman, the time table for when he could get his head back, how the relationship between Ichabod and Detective Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) will evolve, and how involved they’ll be able to stay with the project.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Len Wiseman Exits Universal’s Reboot of THE MUMMY

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Looks like the producers of Universal’s The Mummy reboot will have to dig up a new director.  Len Wiseman (Total Recall) is reported as being off the project due to scheduling issues.  Producers Sean Daniels, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are in search of a director immediately as the production is continuing to roll.  The Jon Spaihts script looks to reinvent the lucrative series which earned over $1 billion during its last trilogy run.  There’s also the question of screenwriter Billy Ray’s competing script, though the reboot is expected to occur in the modern day regardless.  Hit the jump for more.

Universal Sets HUNGER GAMES Scribe Billy Ray to Pen Competing Script for THE MUMMY Reboot

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Universal Pictures really, really wants to get their reboot of The Mummy going.  Last September the studio tapped Underworld and Total Recall helmer Len Wiseman to direct the redo of the classic monster movie for a possible 2014 release.  The film will be set in present day and is described as “epic,” and Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers) are on board to produce the pic with Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) working on the screenplay.  However, Universal is now taking out a bit of an insurance policy by commissioning a separate, competing script for the film by The Hunger Games and State of Play scribe Billy Ray.  Hit the jump for more details on this atypical approach.

Dying Hard: Matt Revisits LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD

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[With A Good Day to Die Hard set to open this Thursday, we'll be taking a look back at the first four Die Hard movies.  These reviews will contain spoilers since the movies have been out for years.  Click on the respective links for my look back at Die Hard, Die Hard 2, and Die Hard with a Vengeance.]

The longest gap between Die Hard movies was the 12 years between Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) and Live Free or Die Hard (2007).  In the interim, the world had drastically changed most notably because of 9/11 and developments in communications technology.  No longer could terrorism be casually mentioned as a guise for a heist, and John McClane (Bruce Willis) wouldn’t be running around looking for the nearest pay phone.  As Live Free villain Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant) says to McClane, “You’re a Timex watch in a digital age.”  It’s a crappy metaphor since Timex has been making digital watches for decades, but the sentiment is noteworthy: Is John McClane a relic?  The question doesn’t really matter since Live Free or Die Hard barely qualifies as a Die Hard film, especially with Willis’ bored performance and the PG-13 rating.  Instead, Live Free is best explored as the way a Die Hard movie would approach terrorism if a Die Hard film was directed by a hand-tied fan who didn’t understand the essence of the franchise.

TOTAL RECALL Blu-ray Review

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Though by no means is it a good movie, Total Recall, the 2012 remake of the Arnold Schwarzenegger/Paul Verhoven action classic, is also not the disaster that some might have expected or hoped for.  For the most part it’s a slightly stupid action movie with a number of big set pieces, but nothing all that memorable about it.  Colin Farrell stars alongside Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale in Len Wiseman’s update, and our review of the film on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Len Wiseman’s THE MUMMY Will Be Set in the Modern Day; Will Be “Epic”

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Earlier this year, we learned that Universal was rebooting The Mummy franchise with Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) to write the screenplay, and Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman on board to produce.  In September, director Len Wiseman (Total Recall) joined the project, and now he has provided some brief details on how his movie will differ from the recent Brendan Fraser flicks.  The character originally found popularity on the screen in 1932 when it was played by the legendary Boris Karloff.

Hit the jump for more.  The Mummy reboot is set for a possible 2014 release.

GEARS OF WAR Feature Adaptation Grinds Forward

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The last time we reported on the possible Gears of War adaptation, the picture was a mess, citing a search for a new writer and director, as well as toning down the lofty scale of the treatment and its resulting budget. New Line, which has had the project under its roof since 2007, recently put it into turnaround to focus on The Hobbit films. But with the video game franchise generating over $1 billion in sales and a fourth installment due out next year, Creative Artists Agency is reportedly enthusiastic about meeting with producers to find a new home for the feature adaptation.

Exclusive to the Microsoft 360 console, Gears of War is a military sci-fi third person shooter which centers on the soldiers of Delta Squad in their last-ditch efforts to save the human inhabitants of the planet Sera from unstoppable subterranean creatures known as the Locust Horde.  Hit the jump for more on the fate of the Gears of War movie adaptation.

Len Wiseman to Direct THE MUMMY Reboot for a Possible 2014 Release

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Things are moving rather quickly on Universal’s reboot of The Mummy.  It was announced back in May that Star Trek screenwriters/prolific producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman would be developing reboots of both The Mummy and Van Helsing, with Tom Cruise attached to star in the latter.  In subsequent interviews Kurtzman hinted at approaching the reboots with a darker tone than their original counterparts, and sure enough, Underworld and Total Recall director Len Wiseman is now being lined up to take the helm of The Mummy.

Hit the jump for more, including Wiseman’s thoughts on the monster redo.

Director Len Wiseman Talks TOTAL RECALL, Building Worlds, and His Director’s Cut Which Includes 17 Minutes of Deleted Scenes

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Now playing in theaters is director Len Wiseman‘s remake of Total Recall.  Based on the short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale by Philip K. DickTotal Recall stars Colin Farrell in the role originated by Arnold Schwarzenegger.  In the film, Farrell stars as Douglas Quaid, a man who is bored with his life (even though he’s married to Kate Beckinsale) and seeks to have adventurous memories implanted in his brain.  However, after visiting Recall, both friends and family are after him for different reasons.  But the big problem is he doesn’t know what’s real.  The film also stars Jessica BielJohn ChoBill Nighy, and Bryan Cranston.

The other day I got to speak with Len Wiseman here in Los Angeles.  We talked about the challenging shoot, the production design and building a new world, and deleted scenes.  In addition, at last month’s Comic-Con, Wiseman revealed to me that the Total Recall Blu-ray will have a director’s cut that’s 17 minutes longer.  During the recent interview Wiseman confirms that all the additional footage has been finished and talks about some of the scenes. Hit the jump to watch.

5 Clips and 15 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from TOTAL RECALL

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Director Len Wiseman’s remake of Total Recall hits theaters next weekend, and Sony has released five clips and 15 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the film in anticipation of the release.  Colin Farrell takes over the role originated by Arnold Schwarzenegger, and judging by these clips and previous trailers, Wiseman’s got a whole lotta sci-fi action in store for moviegoers.  So much so that the director recently revealed to Steve that he put together a director’s cut for the Blu-ray that includes 17 minutes of extra footage.

Hit the jump to check out the clips and behind-the-scenes footage, and be sure to check out Steve’s Comic-Con interviews with stars Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston.  The film also stars Kate Beckinsale, Bill Nighy, and John ChoTotal Recall opens on August 3rd.

Director Len Wiseman Talks TOTAL RECALL; Reveals the Blu-ray Will Have a Director’s Cut That’s 17 Minutes Longer

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Over the past two years, Total Recall director Len Wiseman has been very nice to Collider at Comic-Con by giving us two extended video interviews.  Last year, Wiseman revealed that the three-breasted woman would be in the movie and talked about the differences between his remake and the original.  This year, Wiseman told us that while he’s very happy with the theatrical cut of Total Recall that runs around an hour and fifty minutes long, the Blu-ray will have a director’s cut that includes 17 minutes of additional footage.  Per Wiseman, the director’s cut spends more time on “the fantasy vs. reality and the kind of chess game that is played.” He adds:

“There are scenes where it really comes into question about questioning his whole reality: I love that game, that’s why I did this movie.  So there’s a lot more of that, so it often can feel like, ‘Is it repeating?’  I personally don’t feel like it is, I feel like it’s really diving in and really just chewing on it for a while, so I’m fascinated by that.”

Hit the jump for more.

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci Pitch SLEEPY HOLLOW Series; Len Wiseman Set To Direct

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Legend of Sleepy Hollow series is in the works for the 2012 pitch season.  The project will be written by Transformers scribes (it had writers?) Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who are adapting it from a Phillip Iscove script.  Len Wiseman (Underworld) is set to direct.  The trio also worked together on the Hawaii Five-0 pilot.

The project is reportedly being shopped to Fox, CBS, ABC and NBC.  Given the recent popularity of reworking fairy tales and mystery stories, Sleepy Hollow shouldn’t have trouble finding a home.  But it may need to add some zombies, werewolves and/or aliens to really look attractive.  Ichabod Crane: Vampire Hunter has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? For more on the project, hit the jump. 

Comic-Con: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston and Director Len Wiseman Interview TOTAL RECALL

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Returning to Comic-Con for a big Hall H presentation, with its August 3rd theatrical release imminent, Total Recall is now finished and ready for audiences, and the fans were able to get a good idea of what to expect when it hits the big screen. The film is about a factory worker, named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), who begins to suspect that he is a spy after a visit to Rekall – a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led – goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.

During a press conference with director Len Wiseman and actors Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston, they spoke about how they decided what to keep from the original, identifying with such over-the-top material, what excited them about the script, Cranston’s horrible case of pink eye in both eyes (that had to later be digitally removed from the film), the theme of paranoia about the invasion of technology in our society, building a futuristic world, and whether the sci-fi genre still has a lower level of respect than other genres. Jessica Biel also said that it’s still a bit too early to say that she’s signed on as Viper for the Wolverine film. Check out what they had to say after the jump.  Also, check out our recap of the Total Recall panel.

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