Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures just announced that they’ve closed deals with Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma), Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Toby Kebbell (The Counselor), and Rob Kazinsky (Pacific Rim) for writer-director Duncan Jones’ Warcraft. Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) is also in final negotiations to star. Production is scheduled to begin in Vancouver this coming January. Warcraft will open March 11, 2016. Hit the jump for more.
Check out the latest update to the release date schedule:
- Legendary Pictures’ Untitled Michael Mann Project will be released by Universal Pictures on Friday, January 16, 2015.
- Universal Pictures will release The Boy Next Door on Friday, January 23, 2015.
- Legendary Pictures’ Seventh Son will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures on Friday, February 6, 2015.
- Legendary Pictures’ Warcraft, released in 3D by Universal Pictures, will move from December 18, 2015 (which is currently occupied by a little film called Star Wars: Episode VII), to March 11, 2016.
- Universal Pictures will release The Mummy on Friday, April 22, 2016.
- Also, Warner Bros.’ This Is Where I Leave You will now open September 12, 2014.
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Duncan Jones’ Warcraft adaptation is set to begin filming in Vancouver early next year, so we should be getting casting confirmations and an official synopsis in the next few months. In order to tease out some information, Blizzard Entertainment released some concept art images and non-specific plot info during their BlizzCon 2013 convention. Along with Jones, Oscar-winning special effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer (Life of Pi, The Golden Compass) was on hand to talk about the film. Hit the jump to take a look at the concept images and to find out a bit more about the videogame adaptation. Warcraft is scheduled for a December 18, 2015 release date.
Over the past few years, Paul Dano has established himself as one of the best actors of his generation and someone that can morph into any role. While most people will immediately remember his work in Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood and Little Miss Sunshine, he’s also great in Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff, Paul Weitz’s Being Flynn (opposite Robert De Niro), Ruby Sparks, Looper, and many more. Based on his work in the films I just mentioned, it’s no surprise directors Denis Villeneuve and Steve McQueen wanted him in Prisoners and 12 Years a Slave, respectively, and he delivers some of his best work in both films.
Last week I landed an exclusive interview with Dano. He talked about how 2013 has been a very good year, working with Villeneuve, Hugh Jackman and Roger Deakins on Prisoners, McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, getting to play Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy (which was written by Oren Moverman), if he’s involved in Warcraft and/or Akira, future projects, how he’s changed as an actor, what makes his face so punchable, and more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
While no deals are currently in place, Legendary Entertainment is keen on making Travis Fimmel (Vikings) one of the four leads in their Warcraft feature. Duncan Jones (Moon) is directing the Blizzard Entertainment videogame adaptation that also has Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) in talks to co-star; Colin Farrell (Seven Psychopaths) also has a deal in the works, but it isn’t finalized. Scripted by Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond), details on Warcraft’s plot and characters are being kept under wraps, though the picture has nearly 20 years of gaming history to choose from. Hit the jump for more.
The World of Warcraft movie now has an official release date. Universal Pictures announced today that director Duncan Jones’ Warcraft will be released on December 18, 2015, ensuring at least one fantasy epic event movie will be in theaters for the holiday season. Officially described as “an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict,” Warcraft will square off directly against Ron Howard’s Dan Brown adaptation Inferno on the pre-Christmas date, but rumors have swirled that Star Wars: Episode VII might be eyeing a December date as well. We recently learned that Paula Patton is in negotiations for a lead role in the film with Colin Farrell also being eyed for a lead, and the short list for a couple of other roles reportedly includes Paul Dano, Anton Yelchin, Travis Fimmel, and Anson Mount.
Legendary Pictures is producing Warcraft, which will be distributed by Universal Pictures as part of Legendary’s new deal with the studio after cutting ties with Warner Bros. Jones also wrote the screenplay with Charles Leavitt, and Charles Roven is producing alongside Alex Gartner, Thomas Tull, and Jon Jashni. Filming is slated to begin on January 13th.
Duncan Jones‘ fantasy adaptation Warcraft is gearing up to begin production in January, so the casting process is underway. Yesterday, we reported that Colin Farrell had been offered a lead role, and Paula Patton was in negotiations. Deadline has now updated their story to report that the production is also looking at Paul Dano (Prisoners), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Travis Fimmel (History Channel’s Vikings), and Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels) for roles. There are no details on who they might play, or if they’re each being offered a different role.
Given their looks and star power, I could see Dano and Yelchin competing for the same role, and Fimmel and Mount competing for another role. Dano and Yelchin are both skinny, around the same height, and are known mostly for their supporting work. Fimmel and Mount are the rugged, leading men from their respective TV shows. We’ll see how it all comes together in the weeks ahead.
With a January production start-date looming for the long-awaited feature film adaptation of World of Warcraft, Legendary Pictures and director Duncan Jones (Moon) are now focused on casting for the fantasy pic. Deadline reports that Paula Patton and Colin Farrell are currently in the mix for two lead roles, with Patton in firm negotiations and Farrell mulling over an offer. The report notes that Farrell’s chances of signing on are 50/50 since talks have yet to begin, but he would certainly make an interesting choice for Warcraft. Hit the jump for more.
Continuing the trend I started last week, today I’m bringing another Netflix instant stream recommendation your way in the form of director Eric Walter‘s documentary My Amityville Horror. The pic made its U.S. premiere at last year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin and earns its recommendation by presenting the oft-told Amityville Horror story from a unique perspective: that of Daniel Lutz. Mr. Lutz lived in the house as a 10 year old boy when the haunting events of this story unfolded. In My Amityville Horror, he recounts his experiences on record for the first time and the result is a fascinating, sometimes heartbreaking, look at the impact of living the story first-hand.
Moving from one form of recommendation to another, this week’s Top 5 includes the first trailer for director José Padilha‘s RoboCop remake, a new installment of Cinemath that analyzes our perception of Woody Allen‘s career with IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes scores, an overview of the massive movie year that 2015 is shaping up to be, a terrifying new trailer for Gravity as well as a strong endorsement of the film by James Cameron, and our kickoff coverage of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. As is often the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above makes its home after the jump.
With this weekend’s holiday comes the official close of the 2013 Summer Movie Season. We’ve seen our share of flops (The Lone Ranger), hits (Iron Man 3), and surprises (Now You See Me), and while there are definitely some exciting films on tap for next year, keen fans have already started looking excitedly at 2015. Why skip over an entire year, you ask? Well, if all goes according to plan, 2015 will see a perfect storm of sorts, as a crazy number of massive franchises are poised to launch some highly anticipated properties. Two years from now, The Avengers follow-up will square off against Batman vs. Superman, and a brand new Star Wars film is poised to open alongside the long-promised Jurassic Park sequel.
As the Labor Day weekend is normally a time of relaxation, we thought it might be fun to look ahead to the craziness that will ensue two years from now. Hit the jump as we run down the nutty release schedule for 2015, including what we know about each film thus far.
The World of Warcraft movie is finally coming to fruition. After Legendary showed off a highly promising reel of test footage from Moon director Duncan Jones’ adaptation at Comic-Con, the studio announced that filming would begin in early 2014. Indeed it will, as Production Weekly now reports that filming on Warcraft is officially slated to begin on January 13th in Vancouver. Casting has yet to be announced, but if the January date sticks then we should expect to hear word on that front very soon.
Recent rumors suggest that the film will be a full-blooded fantasy pic in the vein of The Lord of the Rings, and it’s said to more closely follow the real time strategy video games from the mid-90s instead of the current iteration of the game—that will be saved for further installments in the potential franchise. Warcraft is being eyed for release in 2015.
A couple weeks ago, Warner Bros. released a brief but exciting “tone” trailer at Comic-Con for Duncan Jones‘ Warcraft. There were no story details whatsoever, but it gave the audience a sense of what Jones was going to do with the beloved video game franchise, and the crowd was enthused at his take. Filming is set to begin early next year, and now some more details may have emerged about what Jones has in store. According to Bleeding Cool, Jones’ movie is unapologetically a “full-blooded fantasy” movie in the vein of John Milius‘ Conan the Barbarian and The Lord of the Rings. Far more surprising is that even though Warcraft became an international phenomenon when it transformed into the MMORPG World of Warcraft, the upcoming adaptation will focus on the events from the real time strategy iterations from the mid-90s in order to leave room for future installments to go to the stories presented in later games.
Hit the jump for more including a breakdown of the main characters.
About half an hour ago, the audience in Hall H got an unexpected trailer. In an open, alien-looking desert, a human warrior seemingly stands alone. He drinks the last water from a skein, and drops it on the ground. He draws a magnificent sword, and steps forward to examine the bones of a fallen soldier. He picks up a fancy-looking shield. He begins circling around, facing off an unseen enemy. The camera pulls back and reveals…an orc wielding a giant battle axe. The two continue to circle each other. Then they charge forward, screaming at each other, and the final shot is the orc leaping in the air, bringing down the axe, and we cut to black. Then the title comes up: WARCRAFT. The crowd goes wild. This is the kind of fun surprise that Comic-Con can provide, and Legendary in particular has become so adept at providing. Hit the jump for more.
One of the most highly anticipated summer blockbusters is Man of Steel, which takes the Superman story back to its origins, in a fresh and more grounded way. When the young Kal-El/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth, he struggles with becoming the hero that he’s destined to be. From director Zack Snyder, screenwriter David S. Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan, the film also stars Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne.
At the film’s press junket, producer Charles Roven spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how much the story changed from the first script to what we see now, what made him most nervous about the script, casting actors at the highest caliber of talent, how Man of Steel compared to other big-budget films that he’s done, that he stays involved through the entire production process, and whether or not he’s interested in an inevitable DC Universe film. He also talked about what it will take to make a kick-ass video game movie, and that he hopes Warcraft (which starts shooting in February 2014) will be it. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
At the Comic-Con panel for Oz the Great and Powerful, we learned that director Sam Raimi was no longer involved with an adaptation of The Shadow because he couldn’t find a script he liked. A couple years ago, Raimi was also linked to an adaptation of the mega-popular Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG), World of Warcraft, but it appears he’s now left that project as well. For those unfamiliar with WOW, it takes place in a fantasy setting where player can take on the roles of orcs, humans, elves, etc., boost the levels of their characters to gain new abilities, raid dungeons, fight monsters, and basically never leave their homes again.
Hit the jump for what Raimi had to say about the project, and what the future may hold for World of Warcraft.