Ryan Reynolds and director Tarsem (Mirror Mirror) are in talks with Endgame Entertainment and FilmDistrict to make Selfless. The script by Alex and David Pastor made the 2011 Black List of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays. Here’s the logline:
An extremely wealthy, elderly man dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness to the body of a healthy young man but everything may not be as good as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origins and the secret organization that will kill to keep its secrets.
It is certainly a rich premise, one that could lead to a classic mind-bender or quickly go off the rails. That is doubly true if Reynolds and Tarsem sign on—both have shown flashes of greatness over an uneven filmography. I know I would like to see them try, so here’s hoping the talks pan out. According to Deadline, James D. Stern, Peter Schlessel, and Ram Bergman will produce (they previously teamed on Looper).
Mirror Mirror is a fresh and funny retelling of one of the most beloved stories of all time, brought to life in the visually exciting way that only director Tarsem Singh can. After a beloved King (Sean Bean) vanishes, his ruthless wife, the Evil Queen (Julia Roberts), seizes control of the kingdom and keeps her beautiful 18-year-old stepdaughter, Snow White (Lily Collins), hidden away in the palace. But, when the princess attracts the attention of a charming and wealthy visiting prince (Armie Hammer), the jealous Queen banishes the girl to a nearby forest, where she is taken in by a band of rebellious but kind-hearted dwarfs who inspire her to become a brave young woman determined to save her country.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Tarsem Singh (Immortals, The Cell) talked about what attracted him to this project, why he wanted to make it into a family film, the changes he wanted to make to the script, his feelings about actors ad-libbing on set, what made Lily Collins the perfect Snow White, the biggest challenge for him when it came to editing, and how he has no idea what special features might be on the DVD, but that he really only has maybe one deleted scene. He also talked about his desire to Eye in the Sky, a non-visual story about a drone attack, for his next film, that he hopes to still be able to make The Killing on Carnival Row after that, and why he loves getting to create and construct alternate realities for a living. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
“If you anger the gods, prepare to have your ass handed to you.” That’s what Immortals director Tarsem Singh (The Cell) appears to be saying in this clip from the upcoming Greek epic. Definitely not approved by the MPAA for primetime promos, the 80-second fight scene features glowing golden gods rending creatures apart in spectacularly bloody fashion. I don’t recall the Greek gods having chain whips or kamas, but I’m not complaining.
Immortals follows Theseus (Henry Cavill) as he teams up with the Greek gods to take down the power-hungry King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke). The film also stars Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Isabel Lucas, Joseph Morgan, Kellan Lutz, and Stephen Dorff. Immortals opens this Friday, November 11. Hit the jump to check out the clip.
With director Tarsem Singh’s new film Immortals opening this weekend, over the next few days Collider is going to be overrun with exclusive interviews with the filmmakers and cast. For those not familiar with Immortals (watch the trailer and clips), the film centers on Theseus (Henry Cavill), a mortal, who teams up with the Greek gods in order to defeat the power-hungry King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke). The film also stars Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Isabel Lucas, Joseph Morgan, Kellan Lutz, and Stephen Dorff.
During my extended video interview with Singh, he talked about his media training, how the finished film compares with his original vision, the technology that was used making the film, deleted scenes, slow motion, and more. In addition, we talked about his Snow White movie Mirror, Mirror and if Sean Bean will actually survive for once (he dies in almost every movie/TV show he’s a part of). Hit the jump to watch.
We’ve got an exclusive new TV spot from director Tarsem Singh’s new film Immortals. The spot shows off more of the impressive visual effects and action sequences from the film. Given Singh’s penchant for breathtaking (and unique) visuals, this should be one great looking action pic. The film centers on Theseus (Henry Cavill), a mortal, who teams up with the Greek gods in order to defeat the power-hungry King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke).
Hit the jump to watch the spot. The cast also includes Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Isabel Lucas, Joseph Morgan, Kellan Lutz, and Stephen Dorff. Immortals opens in 3D on November 11th.
We’ve been given two exclusive images from Tarsem Singh’s upcoming sword-and-sandals action flick Immortals. The film stars Henry Cavill (Superman in the upcoming Man of Steel) as Thesues, a mortal called by the gods to help them defeat the power-hungry Hyperion (Mickey Rourke). Of these two images, I like the one with the guy getting the spear to the face because the helmet clearly isn’t protecting him. The guy probably asked the blacksmith “Will this protect me against spears to the face?” and the blacksmith was all like, “Oh yeah, definitely.” “Are you sure? Because I really don’t want to get a spear in my face.” “Dude, it’s got a visor and everything. You’ll be fine. Now get out there and fight that shirtless guy.”
This is probably why I didn’t get to write the script. Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Isabel Lucas, Joseph Morgan, Kellan Lutz, and Stephen Dorff. Immortals opens in 3D on November 11th.
At WonderCon this weekend, Relativity Media premiered an awesome looking teaser trailer for director Tarsem Singh’s (The Fall) Immortals. In the film, Henry Cavill plays Theseus, a mortal chosen by Zeus (Luke Evans) to bring down the power-hungry King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke). The film also stars Isabel Lucas, Frida Pinto, Kellan Lutz, Stephen Dorff, and John Hurt. You can read more about the WonderCon presentation here and you can also watch our video interviews with Cavill & Evans and producer Mark Canton.
While I was happy to be able to interview Cavill as he’ll be playing Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, I was just as excited to meet and talk with Tarsem Singh. All too often people use the term visionary. It’s like just because someone got a cool shot in their last film they’re a visionary director. But if you saw either The Cell or The Fall, you know that Tarsem is the real deal. And after getting to see the teaser for Immortals, the world is about to discover this amazing talent.
During the extended interview, Tarsem and Lucas talked about WonderCon, filming in Montreal, Lucas describes her approach to playing Athena, how will Immortals raise the bar for moviegoers who think they’ve seen it all in terms of action, the 3D, how the film draws the line between style and narrative, and I got an update on his next project The Brothers Grimm: Snow White. Hit the jump to watch.
At WonderCon this weekend, Relativity Media premiered an awesome looking teaser trailer for Tarsem Singh’s Immortals. In the film, Henry Cavill plays Theseus, a mortal chosen by Zeus (Luke Evans) to bring down the power-hungry King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke). The film also stars Isabel Lucas, Frida Pinto, Kellan Lutz, Stephen Dorff, and John Hurt. You can read more about the WonderCon presentation here.
Earlier in the day, before the panel, I got to speak with producer Mark Canton (300) about the genesis of the project, how they got the film made and the casting process, how wide was his smile when Cavill was cast as Superman, does Tarsem’s visual style add time to the production schedule, what’s up with sequels/prequels to Zack Snyder’s 300, and other projects like Freelancers and Piranha 3DD. Hit the jump to watch.
Immortals, the new film from The Fall director Tarsem Singh, has set its release date as the easy-to-remember November 11th (11/11/11). The Greek mythology action flick stars Henry Cavill as Theseus, who, with the help of the gods, must lead his men in battle against the Titans. The film also stars Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Kellan Lutz (Twilight), Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Stephen Dorff, John Hurt, and Mickey Rourke.
Immortals, which is being released in 3D, will share the weekend with the Adam Sandler comedy Jack and Jill. [Variety]
For those keeping track, we’re up to a total of three re-imaginings of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The latest to advance — Relativity’s The Brothers Grimm: Snow White as produced by Brett Ratner — joins Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman and Disney’s Snow White and the Seven in the gold rush for dwarf-centric fairy tale cinema.
Vulture reports that Relativity has made an offer to the visually eccentric Tarsem Singh (The Fall) to direct the 3D Grimm from a script by Melisa Wallack (Meet Bill). Universal and Relativity have maintained a mutually beneficial working relationship over the last several years, but these dueling Snow White projects could pose a threat, particularly if neither side relents. Both studios are reportedly ringing up the talent agencies to check the availability of a limited pool of viable actresses: Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, and Anne Hathaway, to name a few. Hit the jump for a rundown of the three projects.
In the present-day English countryside comedy Tamara Drewe, directed by Stephen Frears and based on the popular Posy Simmonds graphic novel of the same name, Welsh actor Luke Evans plays Andy Cobb, a rugged, working-class local who works as a gardener and handyman for the Stonefield Farm writers’ retreat. As a boy, he lived in the neighboring Winnards Farm, until his hard-up family sold it to the wealthy Drewe family from London, which includes their daughter, Tamara Drewe (Gemma Arterton), who has returned as a beautiful and sexy writer, after having had some plastic surgery help. Although he resents her presence, Andy is still fascinated by his former teenage flame and wonders whether he should try to win her back.
In this exclusive interview with Collider, Luke Evans talked about jumping at the chance to work with Stephen Frears, playing a character that he identified so closely with, and reuniting with Gemma Arterton, whom he had previously met when they both worked on Clash of the Titans. He also spoke of playing Zeus in Immortals, for director Tarsem, sword-fighting as Aramis in The Three Musketeers, directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, possibly playing a psychopath in a horror film and taking on Vivaldi, opposite Jessica Biel and Sir Ben Kingsley (who had not yet been announced as part of the project). Check out what he had to say after the jump:
The first images from Tarsem’s greek gods film Immortals have come online along with a series of behind-the-scenes clips. The images are pretty sweet, especially the one of Mickey Rourke as the villainous King Hyperion. For those just tuning in, Immortals is “a mythological tale set in war-torn ancient Greece where the young warrior, Theseus (Henry Cavill), leads his men into battle with the immortal Greek Gods to defeat evil and the powerful elder gods the Titans in order to save mankind.” The film also stars Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Kellan Lutz (Twilight), Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Stephen Dorff, and John Hurt.
There are also six behind-the-scenes featurettes available on iamrogue.com that you can check out.
Hit the jump to see all the images. Immortals is due out in 2011.
Stephen Dorff has joined the expanding cast of Tarsem’s (The Fall) potentially-3D swords-and-sandals flick War of the Gods. Variety reports that Dorff will play Stavros, a master thief who joins Theseus (played by Henry Cavill) on his quest to help free Greece from the dark threat of the Titans. Mickey Rourke will play the villainous King Hyperion while Kellan Lutz (Twilight) will play Poseidon, an ally of Theseus. The film also stars Frieda Pinto as Phaedra, an oracle priestess who also joins Theseus on his quest.
This is the second time in the past year that Dorff has teamed up with a noted indie director. The actor recently starred in Sofia Coppola’s upcoming film Somewhere. I would say these kinds of roles are a step up from the under-handed knife-throwing kills of Alone in the Dark.
War of the Gods (which may also end up being called Dawn of War) is slated to hit theaters on November 11, 2011…11/11/11.
Kellan Lutz, who plays Emmett Cullen in the Twilight movies, will get a little godly as Poseidon in War of the Gods. Directed by Tarsem Singh (The Fall), the film also stars Henry Cavill (The Tudors), Mickey Rourke, and Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire). According to Variety, the “story follows a young warrior Theseus who leads his men into battle with the immortal Greek gods to defeat evil elder gods of the Titans in order to save mankind.” Presumably, this Poseidon will get off easier than he does in God of War III (although no one really gets off in that game unless the player gets a murder-boner).
Lutz will next be seen in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, which hits theaters on April 30th.
[Update: Heat Vision is calling the movie "Dawn of War". They also say that Rourke plays Hyperion who is on a murderous rampage across Greece. Poseidon helps Theseus in his quest to stop Hyperion]
Last month, we reported that the resurgent Mickey Rourke was in talks to play Corin, Conan’s father, in Marcus Nispel’s Conan. Now, Deadline is reporting that Rourke is indeed in talks to star in Conan, but he is also in negotiations to appear in Tarsem’s War of the Gods as King Hyperion.
Conan seemed to be the only suitor for Rourke’s services, with production set to begin near the end of March in Bulgaria, but that is being threatened. War of the Gods is set to film in in early April. Of the two, the choice seems to be obviously, especially with the recent signing of Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) to star alongside Henry Cavill in War of the Gods.
For more on the potential conflicting schedules of War of the Gods and Conan, along with news of Conan rewrites, hit the jump.