Last week, we reported that Sony had acquired the spec script White House Down from The Amazing Spider-Man scribe, James Vanderbilt. Now it looks like doomsday director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day) is in talks to helm the studio’s $3 million purchase. The action/drama picture focuses on a paramilitary hijacking of the White House and has been compared to Die Hard and Air Force One in equal measure. Emmerich, famous for his disaster films like Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012, will make White House Down his next project with production scheduled to start this fall. Hit to see where Emmerich’s other projects stand.
We’ve got some new release dates to share with you today:
- The Red Dawn remake will finally open on November 2nd, 2012.
- The feature film version of Pixels, based on the short, is slated for May 17th, 2013.
- Roland Emmerich‘s sci-fi pic Singularity has been pushed back to November 1st, 2013.
Hit the jump for more info on the films, and to watch the short film version of Pixels.
Roland Emmerich‘s Anonymous was a departure for the director because it featured story and characters rather than explosions and more explosions. It was assumed the story-and-characters thing would be put to the wayside with Emmerich returning to blockbusters and taking on the $175 million sci-fi flick Singularity. However, THR is reporting that the director is stopping pre-production to work on the script he co-wrote with Harald Kloser. The movie “focuses on a young man whose body is made up of a swarm of nanobots, giving him all sorts of powers at the same time as it brings unwanted attention from an evil corporation.” Emmerich and Sony Pictures are reportedly bringing in “futurist and AI specialist” (fun business card) Ray Kurzweil to consult on the script.
Singularity was set to begin casting this week as it geared up for a March 2012 start and a May 17, 2013 release date, but obviously this delay throws those dates into question. I enjoy having a little fun at the expense of the guy who made enjoyable-yet-vapid blockbusters like Independence Day and 2012, but if wants to work harder on the script, then I’m all for it.
Slated to start production in March, director Roland Emmerich (2012) is looking to cast the male lead for his next sci-fi project, Singularity. Set 40 years in the future, Singularity is not the disaster-fare we’ve come to expect from Emmerich, but something else entirely. He’s not saying much about the project, co-written with Harald Kloser, but it occurs at a time when our technology is so advanced, there is the potential that we lose control of it. The lead of the film will be Adam, a young man composed entirely of a swarm of nanobots which grant him amazing powers.
A number of relative unknowns will meet to read for the role this week, including TV stars Luke Grimes (Brothers and Sisters), Logan Marshall Green (Dark Blue) and Julian Morris (Pretty Little Liars). Hit the jump for more on Singularity.
With Roland Emmerich’s period drama Anonymous opening this weekend, I recently got to speak with the high profile director about making the film. Best known for his big-budget disaster movies like 2012 and Independence Day, Anonymous is quite a departure, as the story centers on a conspiracy to cover up the true author of William Shakespeare’s plays. There are no monsters or aliens. Instead, Emmerich has made a really entertaining political thriller wrapped in a conspiracy theory that stars Jamie Campbell Bower, Rhys Ifans, David Thewlis, Joely Richardson, Rafe Spall, Xavier Samuel and Vanessa Redgrave.
During the interview, Emmerich talked about where the idea for Anonymous came from, how much is fact and how much was “Hollywoodized,” editing, deleted scenes, extended cuts on home video, and he gave me updates on Asteroids and Singularity - which he’s working on now and will be his next movie. Hit the jump to watch.
Steve and Matt are currently basking in the awesomeness of the Toronto Film Festival, and earlier today Steve got the chance to sit down with director Roland Emmerich to talk about his new drama Anonymous. We’ll have the full interview up for you soon, but Emmerich also spoke a bit about his rumored involvement with Asteroids and his next film Singularity. During the interview, Emmerich stated why he turned down the chance to direct Asteroids and spoke about his sci-fi flick Singularity, which he said should start filming in March. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
Borrowing its name from a 400-year-old art of Japanese puppetry, the fantasy drama Bunraku (available on VOD on September 1st and in theaters on September 30th) is about a mysterious drifter (Josh Hartnett) and a passionate young Japanese warrior named Yoshi (Gackt), that both arrive in a town that has been terrorized by extreme criminals. Each man is obsessed with his own separate mission, and are guided by the wisdom of The Bartender (Woody Harrelson), but they eventually join forces to bring down the corrupt Nicola (Ron Perlman), who is at the root of each of their problems. Set in a unique world of hyper-real colors and locations, and combining the themes of Samurai and Western films, it gives the story’s classic conflict a vitality and imagination that makes the dynamic fresh.
To promote the film’s release, Josh Hartnett did this exclusive phone interview with Collider, in which he talked about the visual presentation that the film’s director showed him before he agreed to take the role, how much fun he had developing the backstory for a character known only as The Drifter, how this is such a universal story because everybody wants someone to come in and save the day and change our lives for the better, and the importance of keeping his character’s emotions as real as possible in such a surreal setting. He also talked about how he quit the business for awhile so that he could decide the direction he wanted to take his career, choosing things that are unique in an attempt to break the mold, and how he just finished another film, Roland Joffe’s Singularity, that is an epic tale of an impossible love set across two time periods and continents. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
Sony Pictures previously distributed Roland Emmerich’s 2012, they’re planning to release his new film Anonymous this fall, and now it’s looking like they’ll be working with him again. Details on the film’s story are scant (as if there will be much story to begin with) but THR reports that Emmerich will be writing the script. THR also says that the movie is untitled, but Deadline reports that the picture is called Singularity, a title that implies a sci-fi bent (a “singularity” is a term used in astrophysics to describe “A point in space-time at which gravitational forces cause matter to have infinite density and infinitesimal volume, and space and time to become infinitely distorted.”)
However, Singularity may not be Emmerich’s next film. He’s also attached to direct an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy as well as a movie based off the classic arcade game Asteroids. Anonymous, which is a historical thriller that presumes Shakespeare didn’t write his plays, is set to open on October 28th. [Update: Deadline confirms that Sony has picked up Singularity. The studio plans to release it on May 17, 2013, which implies that this will be Emmerich's next flick. The only other film currently set for that date is Ron Howard's adaptation of Steven King's The Dark Tower]
We have a couple of casting tidbits to send your way this afternoon. First up, Neve Campbell is currently in negotiations to join Singularity alongside confirmed star Josh Hartnett. Singularity will be directed by two-time Oscar nominee Roland Joffe (The Mission) and will take place in 1778 and 2015 concurrently. According to THR, Campbell would play Hartnett’s wife in 2015 and would manage to “get stuck in a sunken ship while trying to retrieve a ring.” The film is set to begin shooting in Australia and India in January.
Next, Jessica Chastain (upcoming The Tree of Life) has agreed to star in the Prohibition-Era-drama The Wettest County. Chastain joins Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy as confirmed cast members in what will be John Hillcoat’s feature directorial follow-up to 2009′s The Road. Per THR, Chastain will play Hardy’s love interest, a “a big city woman now living in a small town who at one time was mixed up with gangsters.” The Wettest County is based on Matt Bondurant’s 2008 novel The Wettest County in the World: A Novel Based on a True Story in which Bondurant tells the story of his siblings and their bootlegging trials/tribulations in a purportedly dry Virginia. Production on the film is currently aiming for a February 2011 start.
By now you’ve probably noticed that Steve got an ungodly amount of material from this year’s American Film Market (AFM). The place where buyers and sellers do business to bring you the films you’ll hopefully be seeing in the near future, AFM has tons of artwork and synopses which are used to promote films but which we will use to bring you news on these films. We have reached the last piece of our AFM coverage. It’s been a long and fruitful journey and you can follow it by reading parts Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7 by click on their respective links.
Below you’ll find posters for Conan and The Promised Land (The Wettest County in the World), images and synopses for animated film Dorothy of Oz and Jackboots on Whitehall plus images and synopses for the live-action movies Singularity, The Last Dragon, and my favorite, Alien vs. Ninja. Hit the jump to check them all out. Please note that all the synopses are copied down directly from the original materials with no editorial alterations.
Another E3 has come and gone, and this year, luckily was a bit more fun than last. Yep, bigger booths and actual babes go a long way in sprucing up the proceedings. The announcements made were about as fun, while nothing completely revolutionary was revealed. Let’s take a look at what we got.
The flashiest announcement came from Microsoft in the form of their new “controller-free” peripheral, Project Natal. The name will surely change, but it’s essentially a camera that tracks precision motion, as well as patterns, such as facial features. This allows for a lot of speculation about how the camera might be used, but could end up being just a lot of “Imagineering” (as they say over at Disney). While it will surely track motion, we would warn any interested parties that the preview video for the device that’s floating around the ‘net epresents only ideas at this point. Yes, gaming guru, Peter Molyneux has shown the facial recognition to work in his behind-closed-doors demo of his new MILO, the majority of the fine mechanics of the machine have yet to be demonstrated. Take it all with a grain of salt, of course, as with any new gaming peripheral – let’s not forget how gaga we went over the Nintendo Wii’s controls, and that some of its potential has still yet to be realized…