Though many have been considered, Universal’s Ouija adaptation is still without a director. McG (Terminator Salvation) and Breck Eisner (The Crazies) are the latest to vie for the job, having presented their cinematic take on the supernatural board game to Universal executives over the past two weeks. The studio still has time to be choosy, with a script in place from Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Tron: Legacy). There is an implicit deadline to pick a director, though, with a set release date of November 9, 2012.
Hit the jump for some background information on the board game and how Universal intends to make it a movie.
According to Deadline, Ouija, the film based on the Hasbro game popular among youth and cult worshipers alike, has three chief candidates vying for the director’s chair: The Losers director Sylvain White, Taken director Pierre Morel (which we reported on here), and Priest helmer Scott Stewart. A winner is suspected to emerge within the next couple weeks.
Ouija is one of three upcoming tentpole films with its origins stemming from a Hasbro product, with Peter Berg’s Battleship – which recently scored Liam Neeson as a Navy admiral – set for a May 18th, 2012 release and Rob Letterman’s Stretch Armstrong – with Taylor Lautner attached to star - likely to go before lenses sometime in 2013. Ouija is penciled in for a Thanksgiving 2012 release. Hasbro and Platinum Dunes will be co-financing the picture with Universal. Info on the Ouija Board and my thoughts on the candidates after the jump.
Usually, I like to take my time in writing a movie review so I can let the film simmer for a bit and give it a bit of thought. I had to rush home to write this review of The Losers because I started forgetting the movie almost as soon as I left the theater. That’s the film’s intent: easily digestible entertainment. It’s a cookie-cutter action film filled with explosions, wise-cracks, and hot sex between the male and female lead. Thanks to the individual performances of the cast, The Losers rarely feels soulless, but due to the lack of chemistry between the actors, The Losers also never comes together to make a more lasting impression.
If you’re a fan of David Fincher’s Zodiac, Peter Berg’s The Rundown, or are looking forward to either Sylvain White’s The Losers, Marc Webb’s Spider-Man reboot, or director Kevin Macdonald’s Murder Mystery, you’re going to really enjoy my interview with screenwriter James Vanderbilt. That’s because earlier today, I got to sit down with the talented screenwriter for an extended interview that covered almost his entire IMDb profile.
We first started talking about The Losers, then we went to Zodiac. From there I tried to ask about Marc Webb’s Spider-Man reboot, and then we got to a project he is writing for director Kevin Macdonald called Murder Mystery. Finally, Vanderbilt talked about a project he is writing for himself to direct that takes place in the world of journalism, and then we covered how he writes and The Rundown.
Trust me, it’s a great interview. Since it’s over 20 minutes, I’ve time indexed each question so you can decided what you want to hear us talk about. Hit the jump to check it out.
Warner Bros. has released 7 clips from director Sylvain White’s The Losers, which stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoë Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Oscar Jaenada, and Jason Patric. The clips feature all the actors as well as a lot of action.
I caught a screening the other day and the movie was better than I expected. While it’s a tight 90 something minutes, all the actors have their moments and it’s got plenty of action and humor. But while everyone was pretty good, Jason Patric was awesome as Max. He plays the guy who set up The Losers. Another surprise…Chris Evans. He’s steals a few scenes and had the theater laughing out loud.
Hit the jump for the clips. The Losers gets released April 23.
Warner Bros. has released a 3 and a half minute sizzle reel from director Sylvain White’s The Losers – which stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoë Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Oscar Jaenada and Jason Patric. The clip features all the actors as well as a lot of action.
I caught a press screening tonight of the film and it was better than I expected. While the movie is a tight 90 something minutes, all the actors have their moments and it’s got plenty of action and humor. But while everyone was pretty good, Jason Patric was awesome as Max. He plays the guy who set up The Losers. Another surprise about the movie…Chris Evans. He’s steals a scene or two and had the theater laughing out loud a few times.
Hit the jump for the sizzle reel. The Losers gets released April 23.
Warner Bros. has released a ton of new images from director Sylvain White’s The Losers, which stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoë Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Oscar Jaenada and Jason Patric. The reason the images were released today is the press junket is this weekend in Los Angeles, which means we’re also going to get a lot of clips from the film soon.
I’m catching a screening tonight and interviewing the cast this weekend, so expect a lot of Losers coverage in the coming days. If I can, look for a tweet reaction after the screening tonight. Until then, hit the jump to check out 36 high resolution images from the film:
At this weekend’s WonderCon in San Francisco, I was able to speak with director Sylvain White as he was there to promote The Losers – along with the cast of the film. During the interview he told me he literally just finished the film, we talked about what will be on the DVD, Losers sequel talk, Pendragon, and he gave me an update on his feature film adaptation of Frank Miller’s Ronin.
If you’re one of those that has been waiting for Ronin to get made, it sounds like he’s going to be going full force on Ronin now that The Losers has wrapped. Watch what he had to say after the jump. As always, I’ve listed what we talked about by time index:
Last September, I got to visit the set of director Sylvain White’s The Losers when the film was being shot in Puerto Rico. While I’ve already posted a number of the on set interviews and my set report, I’ve got a few more interviews and tonight’s is with Columbus Short.
In The Losers, Short plays Pooch and he’s the family man with the witty and sarcastic responses. Basically, he gets to deliver all the cool one-liners. While on set, he talked about his character, making the film, the action, the comic it’s based on, filming in Puerto Rico, and a lot more. Hit the jump to read the transcript or listen to the audio of the interview.
Warner Bros. has released another poster for The Losers. While the studio released 6 character posters yesterday morning, the new one has the entire cast on one poster with the tag line “anyone else would be dead by now.” The other thing that’s different is it’s a wide poster…like a two sheet. It’s the kind of poster studios hang in subway tunnels and it looks pretty cool.
As you might have noticed, the past two days have been filled with The Losers coverage on the site. If you missed some of the previous articles:
Hit the jump to check out the new poster.
If you’re a fan of Jeffrey Dean Morgan in comic book movies and nervous that after playing the Edward Blake / The Comedian in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen and Clay in director Sylvain White’s The Losers he might stay away from another comic book role, you don’t have to worry, as Morgan says, “I’m happy to be in this world. I’m loving it. I love this. I could do comic book movies forever.”
He told me that – along with a few other online journalists – when I saw on the set of The Losers last June in Puerto Rico. While Morgan was in almost every scene that day and was also busy preparing for other scenes, he could not have been nicer on set as he came back over to us four different times as he kept getting pulled away for filming. Trust me, most actors would come over once…maybe twice. But no one comes back four times.
During our extended interview Morgan talked about everything: from who he plays in The Losers to how he saved a dog in Puerto Rico. Did I mention how awesome Morgan is? If you’re a fan of his work or just curious about The Losers, you’ll love the interview. Read or listen to it after the jump:
Back in September of 2009, I was invited – along with four other online journalists – to the set of director Sylvain White’s The Losers when the movie was being shot in hot and humid Puerto Rico. While extreme heat and humidity can play havoc with a film shoot, when we got to speak with White, he was still excited and really enthusiastic about how things had been going. During our interview we talked about how he came to the project, why he wanted The Losers to be PG-13 and not R, how he tried to take elements of the graphic novel for the movie, how Peter Berg did the script, and a lot more. It’s a really good and informative interview so read or listen to it after the jump:
Back in September of 2009, I was invited – along with four other online journalists – to the set of director Sylvain White’s The Losers when the movie was being shot in hot and humid Puerto Rico. While I’ve covered many movies while working for Collider, this was the first time visiting a movie set could actually cost me a lot of money. The reason? The location was a secure Port that was guarded by Homeland Security. Each of us had to wear a special badge given to us by the government and we were warned if we lost it…we’d have to pay $10,000 dollars. Needless to say, I watched my badge like a hawk.
If you haven’t heard of The Losers, the movie stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoë Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Holt McCallany, Óscar Jaenada, and Jason Patric and it’s written by Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt. The film is based on the Vertigo comic series by Andy Diggle and Jock.
While I hate making comparisons, The Losers reminds me a lot of The A-Team, except rather than helping those who can’t help themselves, The Losers are out to clear their names and get revenge on the one who betrayed them. Simply put…it’s an action thriller that should be a lot of fun.
Hit the jump for what we did on set and you can also take a look at 6 brand new character posters of the cast:
The Losers don’t hit the big screen until April 23 but we’ve got some brand new images from the film. Directed by Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard) and starring Zoe Saldana (Avatar), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen), Chris Evans (Fantastic Four), Idris Elba (The Wire) and Jason Patric (The Lost Boys), The Losers is based on the 2003 comic book. It’s a bullet flying, heist/revenge film that follows a group of American soldiers who were left for dead and now must challenge the government to regain their identities.
The trailer gives the movie a very fun, action, comic book feel which is well in-line with the vibe of the comic. That comic, written by Andy Diggle with art by Jock, reads more like a series of storyboards for a kick ass action film than a comic book. Diggle himself has said he wrote the film as a love letter to the movies of screenwriter Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, etc.) Hit the jump to check out more the images:
Warner Bros. has released the final poster for director Sylvain White’s The Losers and you can check it out after the jump. Based on the DC/Vertigo comic book series, the film was written by Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt and it stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) as Clay; Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek) as Aisha; Chris Evans (Fantastic Four) as Jensen; Idris Elba (The Wire) as Roque; Columbus Short (Quarantine) as Pooch; Oscar Jaeneda (Che: Part Two) as Cougar; and Jason Patric (My Sister’s Keeper) as Max.
I did a set visit for The Losers last year and my report and on set interviews will be getting posted later this month. Until then, check out the poster and the full synopsis: