THE GIVER Comic-Con Panel Recap: Jeff Bridges and Lois Lowry Discuss the 20-Year Journey of Bringing the Sci-Fi Adaptation to Life

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I had never read The Giver until a few days ago even though I was the target audience when the book came out in 1993; it had just fallen through the cracks for me.  Feeling that I had to read the novel as due diligence, I blew through the book in a matter of hours (I read at a 1st grade level!) I was intrigued by the dystopian story, but it also made me aware that the trailers for the film adaptation were trying to squeeze it into the mold of The Hunger Games.  A sensible marketing decision, but one that may shortchange a solemn story about a young man who realizes his sterile world has wiped away memories of not only pain but also love.  I hoped that the panel would make it clear if the Hunger Games angle was more of a marketing approach or if the book had undergone some dramatic changes.

Hit the jump for my The Giver Comic-Con panel recap.  The film opens in theaters on August 15th.

Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Wednesday’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th Includes CONSTANTINE, HANNIBAL, BATMAN ’66, and More

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The Comic-Con 2014 scheduled for Wednesday’s July 23rd’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th has been announced.  As they’ve done in previous years, Preview Night will offer fans a first look at the pilots for upcoming shows.  This year’s lineup is for The Flash, Constantine, and iZombie plus a brand new episode Teen Titans Go!.  On Thursday, you’ll get a much stronger Hall H lineup than last year with presentations from DreamWorks Animation, The Giver, Paramount Pictures, Entertainment Weekly’s: The Visionaries (the “visionaries” haven’t been announced yet, but usually this is a fascinating panel), and a look at the upcoming Batman ’66 Blu-ray set.  Folks in Ballroom 20, which hosts plenty of TV panels, will get to see presentations for 24, Teen Wolf, Hannibal, and Penny Dreadful.  Then there’s an outlier with Sony Pictures doing a presentation in the Indigo Ballroom over the in Hilton Bayfront Hotel.  That’s how packed Comic-Con is this year: there’s no room for a major studio that’s bringing Goosebumps and Pixels.

Hit the jump for Comic-Con 2014 schedule highlights from Wednesday’s July 23rd’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th.  The 2014 San Diego Comic-Con will run from July 23rd to July 27th.

Brenton Thwaites Talks THE SIGNAL, What Distinguishes It from Other Sci-Fi Thrillers, THE GIVER, GODS OF EGYPT, SON OF A GUN, and More

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Brenton Thwaites plays an MIT computer whiz in The Signal who gets more adventure than he bargained for on a cross-country road trip with his college friends when they take an unexpected detour into the desert in search of a mysterious hacker.  The journey turns dark and disconcerting when Nic (Thwaites) realizes he’s been abducted and is being held in an isolated, underground facility where he’s subjected to a series of bizarre interrogations by an enigmatic doctor (Laurence Fishburne).  Opening June 13th, the stylish sci-fi thriller shot on location in New Mexico is directed by William Eubank and also stars Olivia Cooke and Beau Knapp.

I recently landed an exclusive interview with Thwaites who took time from his busy schedule to talk to me by phone from the set in Sydney, Australia where he’s currently shooting Gods of Egypt.  He revealed how The Signal first came to his attention, what drew him to the script, why he loved the emotional arc of his character, how he enjoyed collaborating with his director, what he learned from working with Fishburne, what he feels distinguishes The Signal from other sci-fi films, and his upcoming projects that he’s excited for audiences to see including The Giver, Son of a Gun, Ride and Gods of Egypt.  Check out the interview after the jump.

New THE GIVER Trailer: Meryl Streep Rules in Black and White

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The Weinstein Company has released a new The Giver trailer for director Philip Noyce’s (Salt) adaptation of the beloved Lois Lowry book.  The sci-fi thriller takes place in a utopian society where all memories of the past reside with a sage figure known as “The Giver”.  Jeff Bridges plays the titular character and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent) plays a young boy who has been selected to be the new Giver.  This is the first trailer to actually make the film stand out from the similarly themed Hunger Games and Divergent franchises (which is ironic, since Lowry’s source material predates both), as it appears that Noyce is keeping the black and white aesthetic from the book—at least at the beginning of the film.  The clip also gets a boost from Clint Mansell’s Requiem for a Dream score, but overall I’m now a bit more interested in seeing what Noyce has put together.

Hit the jump to watch the new The Giver trailer.  The film also stars Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, Cameron Monaghan, and Odeya RushThe Giver opens in theaters on August 15th.

THE GIVER Character Posters and Images Featuring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, and Taylor Swift

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The Weinstein Company has released a slew of The Giver posters and images from director Philip Noyce’s adaptation of the Lois Lowry novel.  The story takes place in a utopian society where all memories of the past reside with a sage figure known as “The Giver”.  Jeff Bridges plays the titular character and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent) plays a young boy who has been selected to be the new Giver.  These character posters introduce the main cast, which also includes Meryl Streep, Alexander SkarsgardKatie Holmes, and a brunette Taylor Swift.  I still don’t have a solid hold on what Noyce’s take on the material entails, but I imagine the film will become more clear as we approach the release date.

Hit the jump to check out the The Giver posters and images.  The film also stars Cameron Monaghan and Odeya RushThe Giver opens in theaters on August 15th.

Go Behind the Scenes of THE GIVER with New Featurette

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The Weinstein Company has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for director Philip Noyce’s (Salt) adaptation of the Lois Lowry novel The Giver.  The story takes place in a utopian society where all memories of the past reside with a sage figure known as “The Giver”.  Jeff Bridges plays the titular character and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent) plays a young boy who has been selected to be the new Giver.  In this featurette, Lowry explains the inspiration that led to her writing the book as we also get a look at new footage from the film.  It’s been a long time since I read the novel, but I don’t particularly remember the world being so blatantly science-fiction-looking.  It makes sense that The Weinstein Company would want the marketing to mirror a film as successful as The Hunger Games, but it risks making oblivious audiences think The Giver is a ripoff instead of a book whose publication precedes The Hunger Games by 15 years.

Hit the jump to watch the new The Giver featurette.  The film also stars Meryl StreepAlexander SkarsgardKatie HolmesCameron Monaghan, and Taylor Swift.  The Giver opens August 15th.

First Trailer for THE GIVER Starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, and Brenton Thwaites

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The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for director Phillip Noyce’s (Salt) adaptation of the Lois Lowry novel The Giver.  The story takes place in a utopian society where all memories of the past reside with a sage figure known as “The Giver”.  Jeff Bridges plays the titular character and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent) plays a young boy who has been selected to be the new Giver.  This trailer really wants the movie to look more like The Hunger Games and Divergent even though Lowry’s novel 21-year-old book won the Newbery Medal.  It makes sense that they’re trying to sell the dystopian angle even though I’d like to see more of Bridges.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Cameron Monaghan, and Taylor SwiftThe Giver opens August 15th.

First Images from THE GIVER Starring Jeff Bridges and Brenton Twaites

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After nearly 20 years, the film adaptation of Lois Lowry‘s novel The Giver will finally reach theaters this year.  Jeff Bridges has been attached to the project for so long that originally he wanted his late father Lloyd Bridges to play the title character.  Now, Bridges will play the mysterious figure who holds all of the memories of an emotionally sterilized community.  The first images from the film have been released and they show Bridges alongside newcomer Brenton Twaites, who play Jonas, the 16-year-old in the community assigned to receive the memories.  “The past is considered to be potentially polluting,” director Phillip Noyce explains to EW. “This is a world where complications are eliminated. Jonas himself goes on a journey as he finds out what’s missing. He starts to investigate what’s causing it. And that’s the beauty. That’s what makes the book so popular, it’s an investigation in ways of living.”

Hit the jump to check out the images and for more details on the plot.  The film also stars Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgard, and Taylor SwiftThe Giver opens August 15th.

Taylor Swift Joins Jeff Bridges in THE GIVER; Walton Goggins Set for MOJAVE

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Last night we learned that Katie Holmes had joined the long-awaited feature film adaptation of The Giver, but it appears there’s one more high-profile name coming onboard.  THR reports that Taylor Swift has signed on to the Lois Lowry adaptation, which concerns a utopian society where all memories of the past reside with a sage figure known as “The Giver”.  When a 12-year-old boy is selected to be the new Giver, he learns of the hypocrisies and hidden truths of his world.  Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, and Brenton Thwaites are set in the lead roles, and Swift will be playing Rosemary, the last teen mentored by The Giver before he meets Thwaites’ character.  Salt director Philip Noyce is set to helm, and the film will open in theaters on August 15, 2014.

Hit the jump for casting news regarding the thriller Mojave.

Katie Holmes Joins THE GIVER; Rosario Dawson Joins INCARNATE; POLTERGEIST Adds Saxon Sharbino; Natalie Martinez in Thriller, HOME INVASION

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Katie Holmes (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark) will join Phillip Noyce’s adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel, The Giver, starring Jess Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard and Brenton Thwaites.
  • Rosario Dawson (Trance) is in talks to join Aaron Eckhart in Brad Peyton’s micro-budget horror picture, Incarnate, from Blumhouse Productions.
  • Saxon Sharbino (I Spit on Your Grave) has joined Gil Kenan’s Poltergeist film, starring Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt.  [Update: Jane Adams (Hung) has also joined the film.]
  • Natalie Martinez (Under the Dome) has landed a lead role in Sean Parker’s thriller, Home Invasion.

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THE GIVER to Open August 15, 2014, Starring Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites; GRACE OF MONACO Pushed to Spring 2014

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Today’s release date shuffle includes one new scheduling and one delay:

  • The GiverPhillip Noyce’s adaptation of Lois Lowry’s award-winning novel starring Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites and Alexander Skarsgard will open August 15, 2014.
  • Grace of MonacoOlivier Dahan’s biopic of Grace Kelly, starring Nicole Kidman, has been pushed out of this year’s major awards contention and will open in the spring of 2014.

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Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard and Cameron Monaghan Join Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites in THE GIVER; Marisa Tomei Joins LOVE IS STRANGE

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

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Brenton Thwaites Gets THE GIVER; ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY and HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 Add to Cast

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Check out the latest casting news below:

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Joins CHILD 44; Nick Robinson, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Dylan Minnette and Brenton Thwaites Test for THE GIVER

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Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master) is in negotiations to join Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44, an adaptation of Tom Rob Smith’s Stalin-era thriller set in the Soviet Union.  Hoffman would join Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman and Joel Kinnaman.  Hardy stars as a Soviet military policeman who investigates a string of gruesome child murders, but soon finds that his own government is stonewalling his attempts.  Deadline also reports that principal photography on the film is currently underway in Prague.  Hoffman will next be seen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and A Most Wanted Man.

Hit the jump for more on the actors testing opposite Jeff Bridges for the lead in The Giver.

Phillip Noyce in Early Talks to Direct Adaptation of THE GIVER Starring Jeff Bridges

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The long-in-development feature film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s lauded children’s book The Giver is taking a big step forward.  Variety reports that director Philip Noyce (Salt, Patriot Games) is now in early talks to helm the adaptation for The Weinstein Company, Walden Media, and star Jeff Bridges.  The book concerns a utopian society where all memories of the past reside with a sage figure known as “The Giver”.  When a 12-year-old boy is selected to be the new Giver, he learns of the hypocrisies and hidden truths of his world.  Bridges nabbed the rights to the book 20 years ago with the intention of developing it as a starring vehicle for his father, Lloyd, but now he intends to produce and star.  Hit the jump for more.

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