David Green Replaces Barry Sonnenfeld as Director of LORE Starring Dwayne Johnson

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The feature adaptation of Lore, a comic book from husband-and-wife team Ashley Wood and T.P. Louise, was first announced three years ago with Cory Goodman (Priest) and Jeremy Lott on board to write the script.  Warner Bros. picked up the screenplay and attached Dwayne Johsnon (pending scheduling) in 2012.  Since the producers are said to want a Men in Black-style franchise, they reached out to Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld this time last year.  Sonnenfeld and the studio reportedly could not agree on a budget, so Sonnenfeld will step down as director, but remain involved as executive producer.

WB has found a replacement in a director who will likely be more agreeable: David Green.  More after the jump.

TOP 5: THE LONE RANGER, 15 Movies You May Have Missed in 2013 So Far, Christian Bale Not Involved with JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE WAY, WAY BACK, Our Most Anticipated Movies: July to September

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With a production budget in the neighborhood of $150 million and a worldwide pull of just under $50 million entering its second weekend, it’s probably fair to say that White House Down will ultimately be seen by the powers that be as a bust. Blame its proximity to the similarly themed Olympus Has Fallen (which, on the whole, received similar critical reaction but comparatively more box office success) if you will, but having watched and enjoyed the heck out of the film last night I believe at least some of the blame lies at the feet of Sony’s marketing. Whereas Fallen was packaged, and ultimately delivered, as a dead serious action/thriller, I don’t think White House Down marketing did enough to prep its potential audience members for the over-the-top, often times ridiculous, self-aware genre piece they would encounter. The best examples I can give to support this theory are the multiple scenes that left me laughing out loud while the majority of my fellow moviegoers sat quietly, unsure whether the movie was actually asking them to laugh with it or was just that silly and contrived. It’s possible that I’m going Roland Emmerich and co. too much credit, but I went with the former every single time and ended up having a great time with the film as a result.

All White House drama aside, this week’s Top 5 includes a slew of interviews from The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp and more, a list of 15 movies from the first half of 2013 that you may have missed but definitely deserve a look, Christian Bale insisting that he is not involved with the Justice League movie in any way, The Way, Way Back interviews with Steve Carell and more, and a look at our most anticipated movies from July to September.

15 Movies You May Have Missed in 2013 Including STOKER, WHAT MAISIE KNEW, THE KINGS OF SUMMER, THE EAST, WRONG and UPSTREAM COLOR

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Hard to believe we’re already half-way through 2013.  What’s even more surprising is the number of quality films from the first half of the year that flew under the radar.  Want some quirky horror?  Check out John Dies at the End and 100 Bloody Acres.  Looking for the newest efforts from some up-and-coming writer-directors?  How about Zal Batmanglij’s The East or Quentin Dupieux’s Wrong?  Perhaps historical dramas like No, Lore and Kon-Tiki are more your style.  Whatever your interest, 2013 surely has a film for you, you just might have missed it.  Hit the jump for 15 movies from 2013 that deserve another look.

Cate Shortland Talks LORE, Filmmaking Challenges and Gray Areas, the Film’s Inspiration, Researching the Historical Era and Her Personal Reaction to the Film

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Cate Shortland established herself as a serious filmmaker with her impressive feature debut, Somersault, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004.  Her second film, the visually stunning Lore, which opens February 8th, follows the harrowing journey of a fourteen-year-old German girl (Saskia Rosendahl) who leads her four siblings across a war-torn Germany after her Nazi parents are imprisoned by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II.  When she meets a mysterious young refugee, Thomas (Kai Malina), she must put her trust in the very person she was always taught to hate in order to survive.

Shortland talked to me about the challenges of making a film that delves into gray areas and raises questions about every concept we have of family, love and friendship.  She discussed the book that inspired the film, her collaboration with screenwriter Robin Mukherjee, portraying the characters with objectivity while also giving them a sense of humanity, researching the historical era, and creating the look and visual language of the film.  She also revealed how the film affected her personally, her reaction to Lore being selected as Australia’s official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film, and her upcoming project — a love story set in Bali.  Hit the jump to read more.

Barry Sonnenfeld in Talks to Direct Supernatural Graphic Novel Adaptation LORE Starring Dwayne Johnson

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The adaptation of the IDW graphic novel Lore now has a director.  The story, from author T.P. Louise and illustrator Ashley Wood, follows an ancient line of protectors known as Shepherds who defend our world against dangerous mythological beasts.  When the property was first acquired back in 2010, its producers were hoping to kickstart a Men in Black-style franchise with the film adaptation.  It appears that exact wish might come to fruition as Barry Sonnenfeld—who helmed all three Men in Black films—is now in talks to direct Lore.

Hit the jump for more on the project.

Line-Up for 2012 Toronto International Film Festival Announced; Includes LOOPER, CLOUD ATLAS, ARGO, TO THE WONDER, and More

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The line-up for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival has been announced and it is a doozy.  The festival will play host to some of the year’s biggest world premieres including Rian Johnson‘s Looper (which will be the festival’s opening night film), The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer‘s Cloud Atlas, Ben Affleck‘s Argo, David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook, Derek Cianfrance‘s The Place Beyond the Pines, Joss Whedon‘s Much Ado About Nothing, Noah Baumbach‘s Frances Ha, and Neil Jordan‘s Byzantium.  Films making their International/North American debuts (which means that they’ll like show up at the Venice Film Festival first) include Terrence Malick‘s To the Wonder, Joe Wright‘s Anna Karenina, Robert Redford‘s The Company You Keep, and Billy Bob Thornton‘s Jayne Mansfield’s Car.

Hit the jump for the first wave of announced films.  The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 – 16th.

Dwayne Johnson to Star in Graphic Novel Adaptation LORE; Warner Bros. Acquires Screen Rights to THE GHOSTMAN

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It’s been a while since we reported on the adaptation of the graphic novel, Lore, but the addition of star Dwayne Johnson makes it relevant again.  The graphic novel by husband-and-wife team,  T.P. Louise (author) and Ashley Wood (illustrator), follows an ancient line of protectors known as Shepherds who defend our world against dangerous mythological beasts. We previously reported that scribes Cory Goodman (Priest) and Jeremy Lott had signed on to pen the adaptation with producers looking to turn the property into a franchise similar to Men in Black. Now, it looks like Warner Bros. will be the lucky studio to try.  THR reports they’ve picked up the adapted screenplay and underlying rights to the source for seven figures.  Hit the jump to check out the synopsis for Lore, as well as news on another recent six-figure acquisition for Warner Bros.

Producers Hope for MEN IN BLACK-Style Franchise from Creature Comic Adaptation LORE

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Following Comic-Con 2009, the husband-and-wife comic book team of Ashley Wood (illustrator) and T.P. Louise (author) sold the rights to their World War Robot to mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer.  Not ones to break tradition, the week after SDCC 2010 brings news that their mythological creature graphic novel Lore is likewise on a path to the big screen.  According to Heat Vision, Cory Goodman (Priest) and Jeremy Lott have signed on to write the screenplay.

The producers are reportedly hoping to kickstart a Men in Black-style franchise, swapping mythological beings for those of an extraterrestrial nature.  Hit the jump for the official synopsis.

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