Microsoft Adds Another Live-Action HALO Digital Project; Ridley Scott to Produce, Sergio Mimica-Gezzan to Direct

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Turns out there was something behind that Ridley Scott/Halo rumor from January.  The Wrap reports Scott and David Zucker of Scott Free will produce a live-action Halo project with Xbox Entertainment Studios and 343 Industries.  Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (Battlestar Galactica) will direct from a script by Paul Scheurig (Prison Break), set in the 26th century around “a surgically-enhanced super soldier who is not Master Chief.”  The format of the “chaptered digital feature project” is reportedly similar to Machima’s Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn five-part series.

Note that this is entirely separate from Steven Spielberg’s live-action Halo project, although Mimic-Gezzan served as first assistant director on eight Spielberg films including Minority Report and Saving Private Ryan.  It is expected Microsoft will reveal more about Scott’s Halo project at E3 in June and release it by the end of 2014.  Watch the first part of Forward Unto Dawn after the jump.

Ridley Scott to Next Direct PROMETHEUS Sequel for March 4, 2016 Release; Filming Will Begin This Fall [Updated]

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When 20th Century Fox announced a glut of release dates last week, buried among the many superhero sequels and team-ups was an Untitled Ridley Scott Project dated for March 2016.  Scott has a number of projects on his plate at the moment, but many wondered whether this untitled project might be the Blade Runner sequel that’s been heating up over the past year, or maybe even the promised Prometheus 2.  Well it appears that the mystery has been solved, as The Wrap reports that the untitled project is indeed a Prometheus sequel.  Moreover, a new writer has been brought onboard and Scott is now eyeing a fall production start-date for the pic.  More after the jump.

[Update: Variety confirms that a new writer has been hired for Prometheus 2, but notes that it's unclear whether Scott will direct and that the film is still undated.  The Wrap's reporter doesn't appear to be disputing Variety's claims, so it's possible the initial story jumped the gun a bit. Hopefully more will be clear soon, but our original story follows after the jump.]

Aaron Paul Talks NEED FOR SPEED, Practical Stunts, Car Porn, Ridley Scott’s EXODUS, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed.  For those unfamiliar with the film, it chronicles a cross-country race against time as a blue-collar mechanic (Aaron Paul) who was framed for manslaughter by a wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver (Dominic Cooper) sets out for revenge in a high-stakes underground racing tournament.  Need for Speed also stars Imogen PootsMichael KeatonDakota Johnson and Kid Cudi.  For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverage.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Aaron Paul.  He talked about the abundance of car porn in the film, filming the practical stunts, what city he’d love to return to (they filmed around the United States), what it was like working with Ridley Scott and Christian Bale on Exodus, what Exodus is about, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

KLONDIKE Review: Discovery’s First Scripted Series Is a Wild West Adventure

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Discovery is following in History’s footsteps, expanding their brand to include scripted offerings alongside their large, unscripted catalogue.  Also like History, they’ve chosen to pick a story that goes back in time, and in the case of Klondike, one that compliments their myriad of gold-related programming.  The instinct is not wrong, the execution is good.  Klondike, produced by Ridley Scott, focuses on the late 1890s Klondike gold rush, as explored through the experiences of a young fortune seeker, Bill Haskell (Game of ThronesRichard Madden).  It will premiere in three, two-hour installments on consecutive nights.  Hit the jump for why, “if it’s in the newspapers, it’s over.”

Movie Rights to V.E. Schwab’s VICIOUS Acquired by Ridley Scott’s Production Company

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There’s a Vicious little movie in the works, even if the novel adaptation is only in the earliest stages of development.  Ridley Scott’s production company Scott Free has teamed up with Story Mining & Supply Co. to acquire the feature rights to V.E. Schwab’s superhero novel.  I know, you might be a little burned out on super-powered properties at the moment, but Schwab’s Vicious is a different beast than the mega-popular comicbook characters that have graced the screen so far.  Hit the jump for more.

Fox to Remake MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS with Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, and Mark Gordon

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20th Century Fox has acquired the feature rights to the Agatha Christie classic Murder on the Orient Express.  The book takes place on the luxurious train, stuck in a snowdrift in Yugoslavia.  That night a man is murdered, but fortunately cunning detective Hercule Poirot is aboard to solve the case.  THR reports Ridley Scott (Prometheus) will produce alongside Mark Gordon (Source Code) and Simon Kinberg (Elysium).  Scott is currently shooting the Biblical epic Exodus and recently stated his next two projects are already set, so he is likely too busy to direct the Christie adaptation.

Albert Finney played Poirot in the 1974 adaptation that earned six Oscar nominations.  Alfred Molina took on the role in 2001 TV movie that was not received quite so well.  Fox is still looking for a writer, so no word on who might play the Belgian detective this time around.  But I expect a thorough casting search since there are 33 novels and 50 short stories that offer plenty of material for a Poirot franchise if Murder on the Orient Express is successful.  Check out the book synopsis and 1974 trailer after the break.

Ridley Scott’s THE VATICAN Pilot Dead at Showtime

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It appears that Ridley Scott’s first foray into television as a director won’t actually be making it to television.  The filmmaker signed on to helm the pilot for the potential Showtime series The Vatican last year with Kyle Chandler in the lead role, but the network has decided not to move forward with the show.  Described as a contemporary thriller, the aim of the series was to explore spirituality, power, and politics against the backdrop of the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic Church.  THR reports that the expensive pilot did not turn out well, and difficulties with showrunner Paul Attanasio—including failure to meet deadlines and clashing with colleagues—led to his exit once they wrapped.  Hit the jump for more.

Ridley Scott Options Young Adult Fantasy Series FAE

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The Hunger Games may be the only young adult fantasy series succeeding at the box office, but everyone is still eager to find its successor.  Divergent comes out next year, and The Mortal Instruments has refused to die, so other book series with the basic plot of “teenage female protagonist attempts to save the world” have a reasonable chance to make it to the big screen.  The latest contender is Fae, which has just been optioned by Ridley Scott.  Per Deadline, “Protagonist Caroline Ellis reaches 16, a birthday that triggers the battle fated for centuries between the Dark and Light Fae, forcing her to confront who she is and discover whether her tumultuous relationship with Devilyn Reilly, who’s battling the power of the Dark within him, will destroy them both along with humanity.”  Kind of makes “Sweet 16″ parties look even sillier by comparison.

According to Deadline, Scott and Giannina Facio will produce the adaptation.  The book has apparently been a big hit on digital (even though it’s ranked #98,876 in Amazon’s Kindle store) , Twitter, Facebook, and Pintertest, and social media is never wrong.  Authors Colet and Jasmine Abedi have already completed the second book, The Dark King, so this franchise is primed to take off if the first movie is a hit.  Hit the jump for the book’s official synopsis.

Ridley Scott to Direct Drama Exploring Debilitating Effects of Concussions in Pro Football

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While Ridley Scott is currently taking on the epic of all epics in his Moses movie, Exodus, he plans on following that up with a smaller picture focusing on a very different kind of human misery.  Scott is looking to bring the debilitating effects of sports concussions to light by directing a feature film that explores the life-changing injuries in the context of pro football.  He and and producing partner Giannina Facio have been meeting with top screenwriters for the project, which looks to be his next directorial effort after Exodus.  Hit the jump for more.

Ridley Scott Provides Updates on PROMETHEUS 2, BLADE RUNNER 2, and EXODUS; Says PROMETHEUS 2 Is Written

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Ridley Scott is currently doing press rounds for The Counselor.  The movie was a bit of a disappointment and tanked at the box office, but that’s okay because the director never slows down.  He’s already charged ahead with his follow up, Exodus.  In a recent interview with Empire, he says the story will be “Fucking huge” and of course he’ll have the parting of the Red Sea.  For those unfamiliar with the project, Christian Bale is playing Moses (because if anyone looks Jewish, it’s a guy named “Christian”), John Turtorro as Pharaoh Seti, Sigourney Weaver as Tuya, Seti’s wife, and Joel Edgerton as Pharoah Ramses.  We previously reported that Aaron Paul and Ben Kingsley may have roles, but Empire doesn’t mention those actors.

Hit the jump for Scott talking about his upcoming projects, Prometheus 2, Blade Runner 2, and more.  Exodus is set for December 12, 2014.

Weekend Box Office: BAD GRANDPA Claims First with $32 Million; THE COUNSELOR Falls Short; 12 YEARS A SLAVE Makes the Top Ten

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Gravity’s winning streak came to an end this weekend, courtesy of Johnny Knoxville. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa easily claimed first place in its debut with an estimated $32 million from 3,366 locations. Also in its first frame, Ridley Scott’s The Counselor was far less impressive. The Fox thriller took in just $8 million in spite of its A-list cast. Fox Searchlight had better results with 12 Years a Slave. The early Oscar contender earned a spot in the top ten on the strength of just 123 venues.

Title Weekend Total
1.  Bad Grandpa $32,000,000 $32
2.  Gravity $20,300,000 $199.8
3.  Captain Phillips $11,800,000 $70
4.  The Counselor $8,000,000 $8
5.  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2   $6,100,000 $100.6
6.  Carrie $5,900,000 $26
7.  Escape Plan $4,340,000 $17.4
8.  12 Years a Slave $2,150,000 $3.4
9.  Enough Said $1,555,000 $13
10.  Prisoners $1,063,000 $59.1

Friday Box Office: BAD GRANDPA Rises Above GRAVITY; THE COUNSELOR Underwhelms

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jackass-presents-bad-grandpa-sliceAfter leading the box office for three consecutive frames, Gravity will slip to second this weekend. No surprise, the movie that is taking the deep-space drama down is Bad Grandpa – the latest feature in the successful Jackass franchise. According to Paramount estimates, Bad Grandpa earned $12.6 million on Friday, including $1.4 million from Thursday night and midnight previews. That puts the R-rated release on track for about $30 million through Sunday: significantly topping the studio’s lowball $19 million projection.  Though knocked from first, Gravity remains a box office force. The global hit should take in another $20 million this weekend, putting it close to $200 million in total domestic earnings.

Ridley Scott’s The Counselor failed to make its case to audiences in spite of its A-list credentials. The Fox drama starring Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz and Brad Pitt earned an estimated $3.2 million on its first day in theatres. That means that The Counselor is unlikely to hit $10 million this weekend – the higher end of the film’s (very modest) pre-release projections.  We’ll have complete details and the top ten tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Bad Grandpa $12,620,000 $12.6
2.  Gravity $6,160,000 $185.6
3.  Captain Phillips $3,625,000 $61.9
4.  The Counselor $3,200,000 $3.2
5.  Carrie $1,950,000 $22

THE COUNSELOR Review

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In his crime thriller No Country for Old Men, author Cormac McCarthy’s prose is taut, tense, and doesn’t waste a word.  Unfortunately, his literary style doesn’t translate well to his script for The Counselor or Ridley Scott’s direction.  The film is ostensibly in the same vein as an unforgiving, ruthless crime flick where greedy people get in over their heads, innocents get caught in the crossfire, and only the most ruthless thrive.  This vibrancy fades in and out through the picture, but it’s usually overshadowed by forced, awkward monologues that cut the tension in favor indulgent pontification and dime store philosophy.

Hans Zimmer Talks 12 YEARS A SLAVE, the Importance of the Film, Akiva Goldsman’s WINTER’S TALE, Reflections on Ridley Scott’s HANNIBAL, and More

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Now playing in New York and L.A. is director Steve McQueen’s incredible drama 12 Years a Slave.  Based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography of the same name, the true story chronicles his twelve-year journey as an educated and married free man from New York who was abducted in 1841 and forced into slavery for over a decade.  The film is absolutely one of the best of the year and features powerful performances by the whole cast, especially Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong’O, and it will be a major player in this year’s awards race.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review.

Recently I got the chance to visit composer Hans Zimmer in his recording studio. During our wide-ranging conversation, he talked about his fantastic work on 12 Years a Slave, his initial reluctance to join the project, how McQueen gave him excellent direction while working on the music, and his overall approach to the score.  Zimmer also talked about his “very traditional” work on the fantasy Winter’s Tale, how he thinks of Ridley Scott’s Hannibal as the last great romantic love story he worked on, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Harrison Ford Says He’s Had Discussions with Ridley Scott about Returning for BLADE RUNNER 2

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Director Ridley Scott caught a bit of sequel fever around the time he agreed to make the Alien pseudo-prequel Prometheus.  The filmmaker revealed that he was working on a sequel to his groundbreaking 1982 sci-fi film Blade Runner, and last year original Blade Runner scribe Hampton Fancher came aboard to pen a screenplay that would take place “some years’ after the first film.  Word on Blade Runner 2 has been quiet as of late, though, as Scott was busy filming The Counselor and he’s now moved on to prepping his Moses epic Exodus, which starts filming next year with Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton starring.

While Blade Runner 2 may or may not happen, it appears that Harrison Ford has had discussions with Scott about reprising his role as Deckard should the film come to fruition.  Hit the jump for more.

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