After years and years of development, production is finally getting underway in Vancouver on the feature film adaptation Warcraft, based on the incredibly popular video game. Sam Raimi was initially onboard to take the helm a few years ago, but he subsequently stepped down. Now, with Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones onboard, filming is beginning on what is poised to be a very long shoot. The impressive cast is led by Ben Foster, Paula Patton, Travis Fimmel, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky, and Dominic Cooper, and while we know very little about the story of the pic, Cooper recently teased some of the themes that Warcraft will be dealing with while also possibly revealing that he plays a human in the pic. Hit the jump to read on.
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.
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.
At the recent San Francisco press day for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, I landed an exclusive interview with Legendary Pictures’ CEO Thomas Tull. During our wide-ranging conversation we talked about the newest toys he’s added to his collection, how Legendary is financing more of what they’re producing (they financed 75% of Pac Rim and 100% of 42), if the changing home video dynamics changed the way they think about what they’re producing, casting in a worldwide marketplace, if they would consider making a different cut of a movie like Marvel did with Iron Man 3 for China, how the finished film compares to what he originally envisioned, finding the right tone, Comic-Con, Godzilla, Legendary’s project with Michael Mann and Chris Hemsworth, and a lot more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
Finally, while many projects aren’t worth the extra ticket price for 3D, I strongly recommend paying the extra money to see Pac Rim in IMAX 3D. It’s definitely worth it.
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.
From time to time I like to use the opening paragraph to discuss my latest screenprint investments and/or dream items. This week I’m playing a similar note as I recently picked up Olly Moss‘ “Batman’s Rogues Gallery” set on eBay for very close to what the timed edition went for originally. Those of you who follow posters and prints know how redeeming it can be to finally get an item you originally missed out on without having to pay exponentially more than its original asking price. Now, if only Ken Taylor‘s Halloween print would stop being so rare/expensive, I could officially run out of room on my walls.
I’ll stop gushing and leave any more in-depth poster/print talk to our own Limited Paper. For my part, this week’s Top 5 includes the first trailer and a video blog recap of 10 minutes of footage from Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium, our White House Down set visit recap, an exclusive interview with Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull, the first trailers for Ron Howard‘s Rush, and an extended interview with Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael. As is customary, a brief recap and link to each is ready and waiting for your attention after the jump.
Opening tomorrow director Brian Helgeland’s Jackie Robinson biopic 42. Starring Chadwick Boseman in the lead role, 42 tells the story of Robinson, the first player to break Major League Baseball’s color barrier by signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Harrison Ford co-stars as Branch Rickey, the MLB exec who signed Robinson into the minors and ushered him along to the pros. 42 also stars Nicole Beharie, T.R. Knight, Christopher Meloni and Toby Huss. For more on the film, here’s the trailer, 45 images, 7 clips, and everything we’ve posted.
With Legendary Pictures producing 42, I recently landed an exclusive interview with Legendary’s CEO Thomas Tull. During our wide ranging interview we talked about the films authenticity, Ford’s performance, how he got involved with the project, how baseball’s status as an American pastime influenced the budget (might be a tough sell in other parts of the world), why they decided to focus on only two years of Robinson’s life, how much of the film was “Hollywoodized,” and a lot more. In addition, we also talked about his Oscar worthy performance as the Gotham Rouges owner in The Dark Knight Rises, the coolest movie swag he’s got in his office, Nerdist Industries, Godzilla, Pacific Rim, his reaction to watching Man of Steel, his relationship with Guillermo del Toro, future projects, and more.
Will there ever be a great movie based on a video game?* I have my doubts. The problem is two-fold: if you stray too far from the material, fans get upset. If you’re too faithful, then you’ve basically recreated the game except the interactive aspect has been removed. But it’s important to keep in mind that most of the videogame movies we’ve seen so far are protagonist-based: Mario, Lara Croft, the Prince of Persia, etc. And then there are movies like Silent Hill and Wing Commander that just aren’t very good. But what if you took a talented director like Duncan Jones (Moon) and let him build a story out of a gigantic video game world? Legendary Pictures plans to do just that by having him adapt World of Warcraft.
Steve recently interviewed Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull, who explained how WoW is going to be a successful video game movie. He also talked about the studio’s other upcoming projects including movies from Michael Mann and the directors of Kon-Tiki. Hit the jump for more, and click on the respective links for what Tull had to say about Man of Steel and Pacific Rim/Godzilla.
Once upon a time, Spider-Man director Sam Raimi was set to direct the adaptation of Blizzard’s uber-successful MMORPG, World of Warcraft. It was a time for celebration amongst movie fans and gamers alike as Raimi seemed like a bold, exciting choice for the project which promised to rival the scope of films such as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. And then, with the wave of a wizard’s staff, Raimi was off the project. While World Of Warcraft is now getting back on track with Duncan Jones (Source Code) in the director’s chair, we never quite knew what was the cause behind Raimi’s departure.
Until today that is. Hit the jump for the full story, including further details on why he also left Spider-Man 4, and what he thinks of Marvel’s wonder boy, Joss Whedon.
Prior to last Sunday, Zero Dark Thirty was my favorite pic of 2012 by a considerable margin. However, after my matinee viewing of Silver Linings Playbook, that margin has been replaced with a draw. Whereas Zero provided me with a tension that left me on the verge of breathless at moments, Playbook‘s spectacular performances and head-on portrayal of mental illness and our ability to help each other cope/prevail proved not only hugely entertaining but also quite cathartic.
My 2012 movie scorecard aside, this week’s Top 5 includes our set visit coverage of Oz the Great and Powerful, Duncan Jones being tapped to helm the World of Warcraft movie, more visit coverage from the set of Jack the Giant Slayer, a slew of news from X-Men: Days of Future Past, and a Sundance 2013 wrap-up. A brief recap and link to each of the above is promised after the jump.