Fresh off the success of this year’s genre series Sleepy Hollow, Fox is ordering another new high-concept show straight to series. The network announced today that it has commissioned 13 episodes of the fantastical action-adventure drama Hieroglyph, which takes place in ancient Egypt. Written by Pacific Rim scribe Travis Beacham, the story “follows a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah, navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies, and even a few divine sorcerers.” It sounds like a gleefully fantastical show, so it’s no wonder it comes from the mind of the writer who dreamt up Pacific Rim’s world of kaijus and jaegers.
Beacham wrote the pilot script and will executive produce the series alongside Peter Chernin (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Katherine Pope (New Girl), with Repo Men director Miguel Sapochnik set to helm the pilot and also act as an executive producer. Filming will begin in early 2014 with a likely Fall 2014 debut on Fox. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro made a splash this summer with his massive “monsters vs. robots” epic Pacific Rim. Though the Warner Bros. film carried a hefty budget, the pic did solid business at the box office, bringing in over $400 million worldwide. Del Toro always envisioned sequels to the pic in order to further flesh out the Pacific Rim world, and last we heard a follow-up was looking likely from a studio standpoint given the pic’s success at the global marketplace. Though the sequel still has yet to receive an official greenlight, del Toro recently revealed that he and screenwriter Travis Beacham are still working on the script for Pacific Rim 2. Hit the jump for more.
There’s hope for a Pacific Rim sequel yet! Though Guillermo del Toro’s original tentpole scored a respectable—if underwhelming—$37 million opening domestically, the effects-heavy pic is unlikely to hit the $100 million benchmark here in the states. However, given its international cast and the universal language of “monsters and robots beating the ever-living shit out of each other,” the long-game for Pacific Rim always hinged on it playing well overseas—and indeed it has. The pic’s foreign box office total currently stands at $140 million, and the film just opened in China to a record-breaking $9 million on Wednesday. That’s the highest debut ever for a Warner Bros. film in China, and Deadline reports that the result of the performance is that Pacific Rim will “likely have a sequel.” Hit the jump for more.
One of the reasons I love going to the movie theater is that it can show off a level of spectacle an average home theater can never match. No matter how big the TV screen, and no matter how many speakers, there’s no substitute for what a movie theater can offer. Plenty of blockbusters attempt a level of spectacle that can do the big screen justice, but it’s not simply a matter of bigger being better. There has to be weight and detail and a way for it to all come together that transports us into a world that’s larger than life. With Pacific Rim, director and co-writer Guillermo del Toro has pushed the boundaries of not only increasing the size of the spectacle, but also in providing an imaginative premise where giant robots and giant monsters wrestle within a colorful, fleshed-out world. Unfortunately, it’s a world where all of the style struggles to provide substance to the thin plot and flimsy characters.
Most of the time, if there’s some sort of tie-in prequel material, it’s just an easy cash-in from the studio. But the upcoming Pacific Rim prequel graphic novel, Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero will probably be a must-buy for fans of the movie or those excited for the monsters-vs-robots picture. Year Zero was written by Pacific Rim co-writer Travis Beacham and overseen by co-writer/director Guillermo Del Toro. This graphic novel is straight from the filmmakers.
Last week, I got to do a phone interview with Beacham about the book. We talked about how it related to the development of the script, providing backstories to the characters and the world, the possibility of more Pacific Rim graphic novels, how they might relate to Pacific Rim 2, and much more. Hit the jump to check out the interview. Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero will be released on June 18th. Click here to pre-order it. Pacific Rim opens in 3D on July 12th.
While AMC is set to lose two of its flagship series fairly soon (Breaking Bad ends its run this summer while Mad Men is poised to conclude with next year’s season seven), the network is making arrangements to ensure that it remains at the forefront of cable programming. This summer will see the debut of the Mark Strong-fronted crime drama series Low Winter Sun, and now AMC is making moves on a sci-fi series with a pedigreed team behind the scenes: Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski and Pacific Rim screenwriter Travis Beacham. Hit the jump for much more.
Artist Alex Ross has the rare gift to take superheroes—the gods of the modern day—and make them appear godlike. His artwork is absolute stunning and sells in the thousands of dollars. If you walk around the exhibitors’ floor at Comic-Con, his booth is as noticeable as the booths for Marvel and DC Comics. At the WonderCon panel for Pacific Rim, writer-director Guillermo del Toro announced that Ross would be doing the cover art for the film’s prequel comic.
Speaking with Steve at WonderCon, del Toro talked about his involvement in the creation of the Pacific Rim prequel comic, and how he geeked out when he spoke with Ross to the point of being unable to give the beloved artist a note about the cover. Hit the jump for the more, and click on the respective links for what del Toro had to say about Justice League Dark and his other upcoming projects like Pacific Rim 2.
In a not exactly shocking move, Legendary Entertainment is already putting the wheels in motion on a sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming monsters vs. robots movie Pacific Rim. For those unaware, the story finds humans towards the end of a losing battle against giant monsters called Kaiju. In order to combat the creatures, humans have developed their own giant human-controlled robots called Jaegers. Del Toro recently told Steve that he had been tossing around ideas for a follow-up with Legendary and he and screenwriter Travis Beacham had been writing a proposal of ideas, and now the studio has commissioned a script for the sequel. Hit the jump for more details.
Director Guillermo del Toro’s “monsters vs. robots movie” Pacific Rim is surely one of the most anticipated titles set to hit theaters in 2013, and fans were treated to a tease of what’s to come at this summer’s Comic-Con. The gist of the presentation was the word “massive,” as everything we saw told us that this is a story that’s truly being displayed on an epic scale. For those unaware, the story finds humans towards the end of a losing battle against giant monsters called Kaiju. In order to combat the creatures, humans have developed their own giant human-controlled robots called Jaegers.
Steve recently spoke with del Toro during a phone interview in anticipation of DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming film Rise of the Guardians, on which del Toro served as an executive producer (read Steve’s thoughts on the film here). During the interview, del Toro also discussed when we’ll see the first trailer for Pacific Rim, his ideas for Pacific Rim 2, how does 3D looks, whether he would make the sequel immediately after Pacific Rim, and more. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
We only saw a little bit of Pacific Rim at San Diego Comic-Con, but what we saw looked terrific. It was the unique vision and boldness that could only come from a director like Guillermo Del Toro. Del Toro is known not only for the richness of his stories, but for the detailed worlds he sets those stories in. Pacific Rim will be no different, and Del Toro and screenwriter Travis Beacham came to New York Comic-Con to appear on Legendary Comics’ panel, so they could talk about the movie as well as the prequel graphic novel that was announced yesterday.
Hit the jump for what Del Toro and Beacham had to say about the graphic novel, turning the movie 3D, the personality of the monsters, a minor Portal reference, and more. Click here for all of our New York Comic-Con coverage.
With his Greek-inspired epic Immortals currently in theaters and his take on Snow White, Mirror, Mirror, slated to release in March, director Tarsem Singh is setting his sights on the future. Singh is now reportedly attached to direct Killing on Carnival Row, a spec script by Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans) that was originally set up six years ago. The noir fantasy-thriller revolves around a serial killer loose in Burgue, a future city that resembles 18th century London and is inhabited by both humans and other creatures.
Producers Arnold and Anne Kopelson previously had the project set up at New Line and were close to production with directors Guillermo del Toro, whose Pacific Rim was also written by Beacham, and Neil Jordan (The Brave One). Hit the jump to hear what they had to say about Singh and Killing on Carnival Row.
File this one under rumor for now, but apparently Warner Bros. is happy with what they’re seeing from Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and is already on the hunt for a screenwriter to tackle a sequel. Think McFly Think (via The Film Stage) reports that WB has put together wishlist of scribes that includes Steve Kloves (all the Harry Potter movies except Order of the Phoenix), Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans), and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark). While it wouldn’t at all be surprising that WB is getting a move on with a sequel (they’re contractually obligated to keep making Superman movies lest they lose the character rights), the report at this time is unfounded.
We’ve yet to see even a teaser trailer from Man of Steel and they’ve only released one official image thus far, so we’re pretty in the dark on the pic. We know that Christopher Nolan shepherded the film into production with a script by David S. Goyer, and we’ve got Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Supes. I like Michael Shannon as General Zod, and the rest of the cast filled out nicely (Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, etc.) so I’m hoping for the best. Man of Steel opens June 14th, 2013.
Here’s the basic sequence of events:
- Legendary Pictures acquires the rights to Godzilla with plans for a 2012 film
- Legendary Pictures buys a spec script from Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans) titled Pacific Rim, “set in a future in which malevolent creatures threaten the earth, the planet must band together and use highly advanced technology to eradicate the growing menace.”
- Legendary Pictures retrofits the Pacific Rim script into their planned Godzilla reboot, confirming the rumored presence of multiple monsters
- Legendary Pictures offers the director’s chair on the Zilla-fied Pacific Rim to none other than Guillermo del Toro
Want to know more? Details after the jump. [Updated -- New info after the jump.]
Legendary Pictures has made a pre-emptive buy on Pacific Rim, sci-fi spec script from Clash of the Titans screenwriter Travis Beacham. According to Deadline, Pacific Rim is “set in a future in which malevolent creatures threaten the earth, the planet must band together and use highly advanced technology to eradicate the growing menace.” Isn’t that the plot of Gears of War and countless other sci-fi action stories? I’m sure Beacham is slamming his head against his desk right now because I doubt this broad outline is what Legendary paid in the high-six-figures for . I also won’t hold Beacham accountable for the awfulness of Leterrier’s Clash of the Titans, since that film underwent major changes from script to screen.
Pacific Rim is being set up as yet another of Legendary Pictures’ tentpole films. The studio has Inception this summer, and in development it has Batman 3 and the Superman reboot, and adaptations of the video games Mass Effect and World of Warcraft (with the latter being directed by Sam Raimi). As for Beacham’s, he’s also doing well. He’s writing Timur Bekmambetov’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and a remake of the 1979 sci-fi film The Black Hole for Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski.
Yesterday we reported director David Fincher was in talks with Disney to direct an adaptation of Jules Verne’s 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea after the studio had passed on McG’s take on the classic adventure story back in November. Now, Heat Vision is reporting that Fox is developing their own futuristic adaptation of the novel to be directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) from a script by Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans), which will be produced by filmmakers Ridley and Tony Scott.
Since 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is in public domain anybody can adapt it, it’s just a weird coincidence that two major studios are doing it at the same time. It will be interesting to see if Disney backs down now since Fox’s take on the project seems like it’s almost ready to go while Disney still has to still finalize a deal with Fincher and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum), who will then start to write the film. It also seems unlikely that this will be Fincher’s next film since he’s currently attached to direct The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo next.
Needless to say, everyone at Collider is itching to see Fincher’s take on the material. But if Fox gets out of the gate first, it’s hard to see Disney moving forward with the same movie. I’m sure we’re going to hear a lot about both films over the next few weeks.