Writers are brought on to perform rewrites on projects all the time, but it’s not every day that a scribe is hired to rewrite a film’s script after the film has already been shot. Such is the case with director Marc Forster’s (Quantum of Solace) zombie apocalypse pic World War Z. The film is based on Max Brooks’ novel of the same name and stars Brad Pitt as a United Nations employee “who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.” Production took place last year in various European locales, with Paramount even considering a potential trilogy based off of the dailies they were seeing.
Back in March, it was announced that the film was vacating its December 2012 release date for the summer date of June 21st, 2013. The move didn’t turn many heads, as most assumed that Paramount thought the zombie pic would do better business in the heart of the summer rather than in the midst of the crowded holiday season of 2012. Heads did turn, however, when rumblings began that the film was set to undergo some massive 6-7 week reshoots later this year. Hit the jump for more.
The long-in-development adaptation of Tim Seeley and Stefano Caselli’s horror-action comic book Hack/Slash may finally be coming to fruition. Heat Vision reports that Conan director Marcus Nispel has been set to direct the adaptation for Relativity Media. The story centers on Cassie Heck, the girl who always survives at the end of every horror movie. Not content with simply outliving whatever creature/serial killer was after her, Heck takes action and seeks out the horrible slashers who inflict harm on the innocent. A giant protector named Vlad joins her on her journeys, and the two enact justice on the predatory.
Nispel is no stranger to the action-horror genre, as he’s previously directed some slasher flicks of his own like the remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th. While Conan didn’t exactly do gangbusters business, the visuals looked pretty fantastic and I think Nispel is a suitable fit for this twist on the slasher genre. Though the project has been lingering in development hell for quite some time, Nispel’s involvement should get things moving forward. Hopefully a new screenwriter will be attached soon. Hit the jump for a synopsis of Hack/Slash.
A good Conan the Barbarian movie shouldn’t be that hard to make. The character is simple. He’s a buff, taciturn guy who caves in skulls and cuts his enemies in half with a gigantic sword. This is Conan. This is simple. And yet director Marcus Nispel has no idea what kind of Conan movie he wants to make. Is it a good, old-fashioned sword-and-sorcery flick? Is it a modern spin on the classic comic book? Is it a campy action movie? Is it a self-serious “realistic” drama? Perhaps a better movie could have melded all of these elements together, but Conan the Barbarian is an absolute mess, and even worse, an absolute bore.
The UK trailer for Marcus Nispel’s Conan the Barbarian reboot has been released. This new look at the film was apparently put together by someone with severe ADD, as you’re really not able to make out much of anything besides lots and lots of fighting and yelling. The previous trailer was kind of intriguing (save for the terrible, terrible music), but whether Nispel’s take is going to capture the cheesy fun of the original or squander in self-seriousness is still yet to be determined.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan, Rachel Nichols and Stephen Lang. Conan the Barbarian opens in 3D on August 19th.
The red-band trailer for director Marcus Nispel’s (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot) remake of Conan the Barbarian has been released. It’s certainly epic-looking, and extremely bloody. I like Jason Momoa for the part, but after catching up on HBO’s Game of Thrones it’s really hard to look at him in a medieval/carnal context without thinking of Khal Drogo. If he rips someone’s throat out in Conan, then my ticket is 100% sold.
The tone Nispel is going for with the film works, but the music in this trailer is horrible. I first thought it was some cheesy 80’s action-movie song, then the vocals came in. It just reeks of douchebaginess. Nevertheless, the actual film looks pretty cool. The film stars Momoa, Ron Perlman, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, and Rachel Nichols, Conan the Barbarian hits theaters August 19th in 3D.
Director Marcus Nispel (the remake of Friday the 13th) will helm the horror flick Backmask as his follow-up to the upcoming 3D remake of Conan the Barbarian. Deadline reported the story today as an exclusive, but actually the good folks over at Bloody Disgusting had it last week. And while Deadline said details on the plot are being kept under wraps, BD has a synopsis:
“During a sex, drugs, and rock-fueled party, six small-town teenagers find an old vintage record and decide to play it backwards in order to listen for any subliminal/satanic messages. Lo and behold, a seemingly malevolent spirit quickly infiltrates the group, wreaking havoc as it moves from one body to another. Eventually, however, it’s revealed that the spirit in question is actually trying to convey a message….and that the real source of horror isn’t particularly paranormal, but rather something (or someone) much closer to home.”
Shooting on the film begins July 13th. The 3D remake of Conan the Barbarian hits theaters on August 19th.
The theatrical trailer for the Conan the Barbarian reboot has gone online. The film stars Jason Momoa as Conan, with Ron Perlman, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, and Rachel Nichols rounding out the cast. While the teaser didn’t really show much footage, we really get a sense of what the flick will be like from this trailer. The action actually looks pretty cool, and I’m liking the giant scale and scope of the flick that we’re seeing. Momoa certainly looks the part, and I’m definitely intrigued to see more. Directed by Marcus Nispel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot), the film is set to be released on August 19th in 3D. Hit the jump to check out the trailer.
The teaser trailer for the Conan the Barbarian reboot has gone online. The film stars Jason Momoa as the eponymous Conan, with Ron Perlman, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, and Rachel Nichols rounding out the cast. This is very much a teaser trailer, with merely flashes of footage popping up in a puff of smoke. While Momoa is definitely no Schwarzenegger, it’s tough to get a sense of what the flick will actually turn out like just yet. I’ll reserve judgment until a theatrical trailer gets released, or at least until we see more than dancing smoke people. Directed by Marcus Nispel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot), the film is set to be released on August 19th in 3D. Hit the jump to check out the trailer.
All movie posters should have the protagonist standing on top of a pile of skulls. Yes, some moviegoers would be mildly disappointed when the Muppets don’t scale Skull Mountain, but the point of a good poster is to get people interested and this new motion poster for Conan the Barbarian gets me on board. Formerly titled Conan (but presumably “The Barbarian” was added so as to avoid confusion with “The Ginger Talk Show Host”), the movie stars Jason Momoa as the titular character. The film also stars Ron Perlman, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, and Rachel Nichols.
Hit the jump to check out the motion poster [Warning: it also has sound]. Conan the Barbarian opens in 3D on August 19th.
Back in February, IESB reported that Lionsgate’s Conan the Barbarian reboot would be released in 3D. While never confirmed by the studio, thanks to Collider reader Max, we have our first look at the promo poster for Conan 3D. If you saw the previous promo poster for Conan, the new poster is exactly the same except it now has the cast listed and the word 3D below Conan.
While I’m a fan of movies that have been filmed in 3D, I’ve been extremely let down by everything I’ve seen that’s been post converted. I cite Clash of the Titans, Alice in Wonderland, and The Last Airbender as examples of bad post conversion. Obviously as time goes on, post conversion should get better and I’ll be less critical of a film going 3D in post. But so far…nothing I’ve seen tells me we should be excited to watch Conan in 3D. Saying that, the one constant I hear about good post conversion is that it takes time. With no release date for Conan, perhaps they’ll do it right and surprise us all.
Conan stars Jason Momoa, Rose McGowan, Ron Perlman, Rachel Nichols, and Stephen Lang. It’s slated to open in 2011. For more coverage on Marcus Nispel’s Conan, click here.
New set photos from Marcus Nispel’s Conan have gone online. The images show raucous good time being had by all and tops on women being had by none. To make the images SFW, I’ve paid top-dollar to have black boxes put on top of the ladies’ bare breasts. Those dark squares cost a pretty penny so I don’t want you to even think about topless women when you look at these photos.
Hit the jump to check out the images. Conan stars Jason Momoa, Rose McGowan, Ron Perlman, Rachel Nichols, and Stephen Lang. It’s slated to open in 2011.
At last week’s Saturn Awards, I was able to interview Stephen Lang backstage after he won Best Supporting Actor for playing Colonel Miles Quaritch in James Cameron’s Avatar. While it was great to talk to him about what the last year has been like, I’ll admit I also wanted to know about the project he literally just wrapped shooting in Bulgaria: Conan. If you didn’t know, director Marcus Nispel has been hard at work on the remake of Conan starring Jason Momoa as the title character and Lang plays another villain by the name of Khalar Singh. Here’s a lot more info on his character.
Anyway, during the interview Lang talks about what making Conan was like, the stunts, the make-up, his character, what it was like to fight Jason Momoa, and he says the movie starts with an action sequence and goes for two hours with a break “here and there.” Hit the jump to watch what he had to say:
Back in May, we showed you unofficial photos from the set of Marcus Nispel’s Conan. Today, there’s a new image of star Jason Momoa as the titular barbarian. Since the image is from the production company’s website, I’m going to say it’s official. I’m not familiar with the character of Conan so sound off in the comments about whether or not you think Conan looks as he should or if this project should be hacked into tiny pieces.
Hit the jump to check out the image. The film co-stars Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Ron Perlman, and Rose McGowan. Conan is due out in theaters in 2011.
The first images from the set of Marcus Nispel’s Conan have arrived online. These are some good photos as they show star Jason Momoa in full Conan-garb. I don’t think anyone will dispute that he looks the part of Conan, but many are wondering about the quality of performance…
I’m just kidding. The character’s a barbarian. It ain’t the world’s hardest role to play. Personally, I just want to see some nice hack-and-slash action. Since Nispel’s last film was the remake of Friday the 13th, I’m not that worried. Hit the jump to check out the images. Conan is due out in theaters in 2011.
With filming on Marcus Nispel’s (Pathfinder, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) Conan movie happening right now in Bistriza, Bulgaria, a few images from the set have hit the net. While I’d love to tell you we’ve got Jason Momoa as Conan or Rachel Nichols in some awesome looking outfit, for now you’ve going to have to make due with a few images of a muddy village. But for fans of the Conan franchise who have been waiting a long time for this movie, it’s something. Hit the jump to take a look.