An adaptation of Stephen King’s It is moving from the television to the big screen, courtesy of director Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre). Fukunaga, who also wrote and directed the 2009 drama, Sin Nombre, will co-write the script with Chase Palmer. Known for the density of his books, King’s It weighs in at a robust 1,104 pages. Having said that, Fukunaga and Palmer plan to tackle the tale in two films (Palmer previously adapted Frank Herbert’s Dune for Paramount, at a much more manageable 544 pages). The plot of It centers on a group of loser kids who band together to defeat a mysterious creature who preys on children. Thinking themselves safe as adults, It comes back to test their mettle once again. Hit the jump for more on It.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this morning. First up, Paul Giamatti has joined the cast of Carlo Carlei’s period adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Production begins in Italy this month, and Variety reports that Giamatti will be playing Friar Lawrence in the strict adaptation. Hailee Steinfeld is onboard as Juliet, while Douglas Booth will play her fair Romeo. The age-appropriate cast also includes Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl) as Tybalt and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) as Benvolio. The adaptation was written by Gosford Park and Downton Abbey scribe Julian Fellowes, so we should be in for a good deal of English wordplay (huzzah!). Giamatti will next be seen in the star-studded musical Rock of Ages.
Additionally, Martin Freeman, Tim Curry, and Noel Clarke (Kidulthood) have been set to lend their voices to the animated pic Saving Santa. The film is the first animated effort from Gateway Films (Anuyahood) and Variety reports that the story centers on a clumsy elf who discovers the secret of Santa’s time travel device and sets out on a journey to save Santa’s kingdom after its location is discovered by an evil character. Finally, someone is doing a Santa Claus time travel story. Freeman is currently filming the two-part adaptation of The Hobbit.
It’s been thirty-five years since Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick threw on the fishnets and delighted in transsexual, Transylvanian sexuality in the cult phenomenon The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Naturally, that makes this the perfect time for a new, high-definition release of the sexual shenanigans and song stylings (to battle with Glee’s own homage to the classic).
The reigning goddess of midnight movie cult fare, this release is a scintillating transfer of the classic with extras designed to immortalize the classic fan experience. Hit the jump for more:
New images from John Landis’ Burke and Hare have gone online. The film stars Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis as real-life 19th-century grave-robbers/murderers William Burke and William Hare. I’ve got high hopes for this film since it’s not only the first feature film from Landis (who previously directed An American Werewolf in London and The Blues Brothers) in over a decade, but the cast includes not only the talents of Pegg and Serkis, but also of Isla Fisher, Tim Curry, Jessica Hynes, Christopher Lee, and Tom Wilkinson.
Hit the jump to check out the images and click here to see the trailer. Burke and Hare is due out in the UK this Friday. No word yet on a US release.
One of my most-anticipated films right now is John Landis’ Burke & Hare. It stars Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis as real-life 19th century graverobbers/murderers William Burke and William Hare. Not only am I excited to see how Pegg and Serkis will play off each other, but this is Landis’ first film in over a decade. Seeing as the guy directed some all-time great films like An American Werewolf in London and The Blues Brothers, there’s reason to be excited. Throw in an excellent supporting cast (Tim Curry, Isla Fisher, Jessica Hynes, Tom Wilkinson, Ronnie Corbett, Bill Bailey) and I don’t understand how someone could not be excited for this flick.
Peter over at /Film is over the Cannes Film Festival and he snapped a picture of the promo poster for the film. Exaggerated facial expressions and the cheesy tagline don’t deter me one bit. I want to see this movie.
Hit the jump to check out the poster and the film’s synopsis. Burke & Hare is slated to come out in the UK sometime this year.
The first official image from the upcoming black comedy, Burke & Hare has just been released.
Directed by John Landis, the film stars Simon Pegg (Star Trek) and Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) in the title roles, and is based on the true story of two 19th century serial murderers and grave robbers who discover the highly profitable business of providing cadavers to a medical school in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The film is currently in production and is slated to be released later this year. Burke & Hare also stars Isla Fisher, Tim Curry, John Cleese, and Tom Wilkinson. Now that’s a comedic movie line-up that we can all look forward to.
Hit the jump to check out the intriguing image from Empire Online and the complete synopsis.
The first images of Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis in director John Landis’ Burke and Hare have hit the net. We can thank the production for filming on location in Edinburgh for the photos. Starring Pegg, Serkis, Isla Fisher, Jessica Hynes, Tom Wilkinson, Hugh Bonneville, Tim Curry and Sir Christopher Lee, the movie follows two 19th century grave-robbers who started murdering folks so they could cash in on the cadaver money when they sold the corpses to doctors who wanted to study anatomy. What’s also interesting about the film is…it’s based on real events.
According to the Daily Mail:
The real-life Burke and Hare, who hailed from Ireland, were responsible for the deaths of at least 17 people from 1827 until 1828. After murdering their victims, the pair then went on to sell the bodies to Dr Robert Knox, who dissected them in his anatomy classes at Barclay’s anatomy school in Surgeon’s Square.
Hit the jump for some photos from the set: