Directed by McG and written by Luc Besson & Adi Hasak, the action-thriller 3 Days to Kill tells the story of Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner), an international spy who is trying to find the always balance between work life and home life. Determined to give up his high-stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, he must complete one last mission before he can leave his life of danger behind. The film also stars Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld and Connie Nielsen.
At the film’s press day, McG spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what drew him to this script, what makes Kevin Costner a credible action star, the biggest challenges with this production, overcoming his fear of flying to shoot in Paris, why he wanted to shoot these stunts practically, how much the film evolved from the original script, shaping the film during the editing process, and what sort of deleted scenes you can expect on the Blu-ray/DVD. He also talked about working with Kevin Costner, who is a very accomplished director, versus working with Chris Evans, on his first feature as a director, called 1:30 Train, that the big-screen version of Spring Awakening is the next thing he’ll be focusing on, whether he’s really looking to make a feature film version of The Fall Guy, and what it means to him to have The CW series Supernatural, which he produces, picked up for its 10th season. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Opening this weekend is the action-comedy This Means War. Directed by McG, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy portray the world’s deadliest CIA operatives who are also inseparable partners and best friends…until they fall for the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). Rather than giving up and allowing one of the two to continue seeing Witherspoon, Hardy and Pine put their CIA gadgetry and know-how to work in order to derail each another’s relationship with the girl. For more on the film, here’s six clips and Matt’s review.
During the recent Los Angeles press junket, I was able to land an exclusive video interview with McG. We talked about making This Means War, the battle with the MPAA over rating and what they had to cut to get a PG-13, test screenings, deleted scenes, and what will be on the Blu-ray (it’ll have a Bond-style title sequence). In addition, with McG attached to so many other projects, I got updates on his TV pilot Guilty (about a lawyer that’s been disbarred), Spring Awakening, Dead Spy Running (a spy movie that Stephen Gaghan is writing and possibly directing), Face It (a romantic comedy), Monster Squad (he’s not involved anymore), Medieval (the status is up in the air at Regency), Tink (will star Elizabeth Banks as Tinkerbell), I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President (they haven’t cracked the script yet), Puzzle Palace (a thriller like Die Hard about a boy who has to break in to 1 Police Plaza in New York), Ouija (he’s not involved anymore), The Girl Who Conned the Ivy League (will star Amanda Seyfried as a girl who steals someone’s identity to attend an Ivy League school), and we also talked about the 30 to 40 minutes of deleted scenes from Terminator Salvation and an alternate ending where Skynet wins. Hit the jump to watch.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share with you today. First up, Glee star Lea Michele may finally get her wish of reprising a Broadway role in the feature film adaptation. Michele was previously up for the role of Eponine in Tom Hooper’s movie musical Les Miserables (she starred as Young Cosette on Broadway and as Eponine at the Hollywood Bowl), but stage star Samantha Barks ultimately won the part. Now the actress is apparently in talks for the movie version of Spring Awakening. Michele originated the female lead in the smash hit Broadway musical, and director McG recently told E! Online that he’s in talks with the actress to reprise the role for his feature adaptation.
The This Means War director stressed that they have to see if Michele’s Glee schedule interferes with his shooting schedule, but he’s hopefuly things will work out. Steve sat down with McG recently and the director gave updates on all of his upcoming projects, including Spring Awakening. He said that he’s planning on putting a Baz Luhrmann-esque spin on the movie. No word on how soon filming will begin, but I sincerely hope Jonathan Groff reprises his Broadway lead in the film as well. Hit the jump for casting news regarding Clint Eastwood’s baseball drama Trouble with the Curve.
Director McG has had quite the versatile career. He began by working in music videos before making his big screen debut with 2000’s Charlie’s Angels. The pic was a big success, and led McG down a career path that’s included dramas (We Are Marshall), television (pilots for Chuck and Fastlane), and a stab at the Terminator franchise with Terminator: Salvation. McG is now trying his hand at the romantic comedy genre with an action bent in this month’s This Means War starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy. Steve recently got the chance to speak with the director about the film, but McG also gave updates on pretty much every single upcoming project listed on his IMDb page.
The director talked about his adaptation of the Broadway musical Spring Awakening (his passion project), Dead Spy Running with Stephen Gaghan, the Tinkerbell update Tink, his Die Hard-esque project Puzzle Palace, The Girl Who Conned the Ivy League starring Amanda Seyfried, and more. He also informed Steve that his feature version of Ouija doesn’t seem likely to happen anytime soon.. Hit the jump to see what he had to say about his upcoming slate.
At the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour earlier this afternoon, producer/director McG, there to promote the new version of Nikita for The CW, talked about some of the other projects on his vast slate of feature films and television series. Along with Nikita, McG is also executive producer on Human Target, Supernatural and Chuck, the last of which has cast Terminator actress Linda Hamilton as Chuck’s mom, for the upcoming season. McG spoke about the reasons she was the perfect fit for the show, and how it will change things up for the storyline and characters.
McG will also be going into production on his next feature film as a director on September 13th, after having recently announced the addition of Tom Hardy to the cast of This Means War, which already includes Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon, and tells the story of best friends who fall for the same girl. He spoke about the basic story and the reasons for casting Hardy.
In addition, McG shared some of his thoughts on 3-D as a storytelling device and said that, even though the process is not right for This Means War or the feature film version of the Broadway musical Spring Awakening, which he plans to go into production on next year, he does plan to use 3-D for another, still unnamed project that he plans to film next year as well. Check out what he had to say after the jump: