Add another one to the massive list of Guillermo del Toro’s ongoing projects (he just wrapped on Pacific Rim and will spend the next year in post, but is also attached to direct Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson, is producing the animated Day of the Dead and his production effort, Rise of the Guardians debuts November 21st). This time around, del Toro is optioning a spec script by Adam Robitel, a protege of Bryan Singer’s (X-Men). The Bloody Benders is a genre-mashup that is equal parts Western, horror, thriller and love story. It centers on the true accounts of the Benders, a family who ran a hotel on the outskirts of the Kansas prairie in 1873. As the title suggests, the Benders were not the most accommodating of hosts; up to 20 people that checked in were robbed and murdered without the Benders ever being prosecuted. Sounds like a picture that’s thematically right up del Toro’s alley. Hit the jump for more on The Bloody Benders.
Today in strange reboot news, Sony is planning a “edgy” revamp of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The studio is apparently developing a live-action film iteration of the character that will recast her as a superhero. The character originated in 1960s Archie comics and has been adapted into both animated and live-action series for television. Most of us probably remember Sabrina as played by Melissa Joan Hart in the TV series that ran from 1996 to 2000. Hit the jump for more on this odd reboot of the character.
Captain Planet was a cartoon from the mid-90s that conjures up great nostalgia for those who watched it and pledged never to pollute ever again. That’s why the Earth is as clean as it is right now: because of a cartoon where teenagers summoned a flying blue man to beat up polluters. Now we’ve received a press release announcing that producer Don Murphy (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) and Cartoon Network are developing a live-action Captain Planet movie.
For those unfamiliar with the series, five teenagers across the globe, called “Planeteers”, received special rings that bestowed superpowers and together the rings could summon Captain Planet. Individually, four of the rings could summon useful elements: Earth, Fire, Wind, and Water. The fifth ring was “Heart” aka “We Ran out of Ancient Elements”. The Heart kid had the power to make people care and to speak with animals. Maybe his power needs to be readjusted for the film. However, he also had a pet monkey, so they have to keep that. Hit the jump for the press release.
The screen rights for The Day of the Triffids recently went on sale and sparked a bidding war. Warner Bros. was among the interested parties, hoping to land it for their resident Harry Potter director David Yates. But in the end, Mandate Pictures triumphed, nabbing the property in a seven-figure deal at the behest of Sam Raimi.
An adolescent Raimi ranked the 1962 film among his favorites, and called upon his partnership with Mandate to acquire Triffids as a directing vehicle. The post-apocalyptic tale of Triffids originated in a 1951 science fiction novel by John Wyndham. Hit the jump for a synopsis.
The first image from director Shawn Levy’s Real Steel has been released via USA Today. While the movie only started principal photography earlier today, Touchstone Pictures decided to stay ahead of any leaks by releasing the first image of Hugh Jackman and a robot today. And you know what…it’s a very smart move as this image looks great. Disney has also released the official synopsis:
A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future, where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech, “Real Steel” stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.
UPDATE: Disney has sent over a high-resolution uncropped version of the image which let’s us see the head of the robot. Also, the robot is called Noisy Boy. More after the jump:
One of the best films I saw at this year’s Sundance Film festival was director Vincenzo Natali’s Splice. Starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley as genetic scientists that create a new life form with severe consequences, the film is original, dark, twisted, and it looks like a Hollywood produced film. That’s probably why Joel Silver agreed to distribute Splice through his Dark Castle label (via Warner Bros.) and it’s getting released June 4th. Trust me, the film is absolutely worth seeing.
Anyway, earlier today I did the press day for Splice and in the near future you can expect interviews with the cast and director Vincenzo Natali. Until then…hit the jump to check out five clips from the film and 18 images. I’ve also incvluded the full synopsis: