From this week, the director place of the film adaptation of video game "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" is vacant. David O. Russell dropped out of the project due to creative differences. Sony will have to look for a new candidate for the post of director, as well as new writers.
Russell's decision came as a surprise, given how the director was interested in the project. It was expected that starring Mark Wahlberg and his company will make Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. Last December, David O. Russell said that the script to the movie is almost ready. In February, he excitedly told that he wanted to attract on the female lead role Scarlett Johansson, but he looked to the side for other films.
Among interested David projects was tape "The Silver Linings Playbook" where the lead role was going to play Mark Wahlberg. The film was in development since 2008. The protagonist, a former high school teacher who comes from a psychiatric hospital, where he spent the last four years, and moved to his mother. He will have to remake himself completely in order to be reunited with his wife. Wahlberg, long flirted with the project, signed in mid-May.
According to one version, Russell chose to shoot "The Silver Linings Playbook", where once again would remove the star of "Fighter". However, insiders say otherwise. The reason that Sony sold by the director, was his version of the script. Russell handed over 200 pages, teeming with characters that are absent in the original game.
The original script is written by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. Studio liked it, so most likely, their work will form the basis for a new script, the author of which is now being actively sought.
The game "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" was released in 2007. According to the plot in the coffin of the famous explorer Sir Francis Drake was found a mysterious key clue that leads to the treasures of El Dorado. Since then have passed over 400 years. But the adventurer and a descendant Sir Francis Nathan Drake decides to try his luck and goes on a journey. Point of destination - the coordinates in the Pacific Ocean, where they find all the forgotten island.
"Drake's Fortune" is not the first draft, which left David O. Russell. Last autumn, he declined the film adaptation of the novel "Pride and Prejudice and zombies," motivated his decision to a low budget film.
Two months ago, Darren Aronofsky refused to shoot sequel to "Wolverine" with Hugh Jackman. Since then the studio Fox continues to search a candidate for the director's chair of the project. Number of applicants down to eight people. Among them Doug Liman and Justin Lin.
The loudest name is Doug Liman. He shot the first part of the trilogy of Jason Bourne, in his account thriller "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," a fantasy "Jumper" and the political thriller "Fair Game" Lyman flirts simultaneously with several projects - from the film adaptation of "The Three Musketeers" to the filming manga "All You Need Is Kill".
James Mangold, proved his worth as a versatile director, took the romantic comedy "Kate & Leo" the drama "Girl, Interrupted", a mystical horror "Identification", biopic "Walk the Line" and western "Train to Hume." His action comedy "Knight and Day" deserved a better reception - the film has collected only 260 million in worldwide box office.
Justin Lin is famous by the franchise, "Fast and the Furious." Fifth film series has already collected in world box office more than 500 million dollars. It was assumed that Lin will stage the next "Terminator", but due to the freezing career of Arnold Schwarzenegger future continuation is uncertain.
Antoine Fuqua is known as the director of "Training day", which brought Oscar to Denzel Washington. Director made an upgraded version of the adventures of King Arthur's thriller "Shooter", but "Brooklyn police" did not become a hit. For a long time, Fuqua was trying to film the story of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.
Mark Romanek is not the best candidate for a major studio project. The director refused to remove "Wolverine", despite the fact that the project was already in full swing. Former clip maker Romanek is known for his drama "One Hour Photo", as well as atmospheric adaptation of the novel "Do not let me go". "Wolverine" can become a producer breakdown in a genre of thriller.
Jose Padilla made a name for the action movie "Elite Squad", which won the Golden Bear at Berlin Film Festival. If director will be approved to "Wolverine", then this will be the second project that Padilla will take from Darren Aronofsky - previously offered to withdraw Jose remake "Robocop", which has long been attached to Aronofsky.
Gavin O'Connor shot a police thriller "Pride and Glory", and this year he filmed the picture "Warrior", where on the ring will face two increasingly popular actors - Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton.
Gary Shore - the unknown name in the list. For him can speak a trailer for the film, the work of a young filmmaker. Its action is developing in Japan, as the action of "Wolverine." As far as we know, the project remained on trailer stage.
Columbia Studios project about the life of magician Harry Houdini is moving forward. The studio has invited Francis Lawrence in March this year in the director's chair and the script will write Scott Frank, author of "Minority Report" and "Out of Sight."
Among all biographical movies about Houdini film from Lawrence can be considered the most down to earth. Now in various stages of development there are at least 4 projects, all of which are completely different in focus. Somewhere emphasis on mysticism, somewhere in the style of "Sherlock Holmes".
In the film, which picks Columbia, Houdini will expose beauty, dealing with spiritualism. Attempting to prove that the girl is actually ordinary fraud, Harry becomes obsessed with her and even begins to believe that she really knows how to communicate with spirits. However, over time, and to his own dismay, the magician will realize that dealing with fraud.
As you know, Harry Houdini spent a decent part of his life exposing spiritualism. According to some versions, his mysterious death was the result of conspiracy charlatans, who feared for their cause.
Studio Columbia has long been trying to make a movie about the famous illusionist. At different stages of the project connected directors like Ang Lee, Paul Verhoeven and Robert Zemeckis, but now on the painting will work Francis Lawrence.
Scott Frank, who will write the screenplay, was nominated for an Oscar for adapting the Elmore Leonard novel "Out of Sight" movie by Steven Soderbergh. Frank also had a hand in scripting films "Malice", "Get Shorty," "Flight of the Phoenix", "The Interpreter" and "Marley and Me."
In an interview with PARADE Rupert Grint, aka Ron Weasley - Harry Potter's best friend in all the eight franchise films, says that still is not ready to leave this chapter of his life.
- What were the last days on the set of the second part of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"?
Harry Potter is a huge part of my life. I can’t even remember what was before it. Yes, the last few days were full of emotion. It was sad, felt a void. I remember when I packed my things in bags and boxes, I stumbled upon the toys, which are played when I was 10 years old. It was strange.
- What do you think about the future?
Everything is fine. It was great, but I'm looking forward and ready for changes.
- Did you like the idea to divide the last book into two parts?
I think it was a good idea, because what we have gotten two different films. The second part is more like an epic action game.
- Hogwarts is attacked. How did you feel watching the collapsing scenery?
It was very strange to observe how a place so familiar and habitual, your second home, have been razed. Everything happened at once - the film ends, faded film set. I was amazed when I saw that the Great Hall turned into a pile of burning rubble. For the fans it will be a real shock.
- Do you like to participate in the action and perform tricks?
Yes, it was great to shoot all of it. We're very much running, but because I do it infrequently, the feeling was quite unusual. There will be a great scene in which I was running from the courtyard from pursuing giants and spiders. I liked every tricks and I served them with pleasure. And never is injured, by the way.
- If JK Rowling will write another book, whether you will agree to participate in future projects?
I'm not sure. I've always been a big fan of books about Potter and for many years to stick with Ron. Now, we are as if the same person. But I still can’t give an answer now. Of course, I would like to play Ron's of middle age. Let's wait, and then understand what to do.
Over the past few weeks, the public television not only lived with upfronts, so some interesting news still slipped. So, we have tried to put the pieces together.
Chris Columbus on television. CBS acquired a channel to its ranks of legendary director (Home Alone 1-2, Harry Potter 1-2). The agreement is intended to develop three new projects for a canal across the CBS TV Studios and 1492 Pictures. It is planned that at least one of them will reach the stage of the pilot, which will produce and shoot himself Columbus.
SyFy developing a spin-off of Warehouse 13. The main hero of the new project will become a character Jamie Murray, who played in the second season of the famous writer HG Wells' science fiction, which is on the show was a woman. Development is still in its very early stages, but the idea is to put Wells in Entourage 1890. Despite attempts to Warehouse 12 to get her, she remains a free agent, which uses her knowledge of modern science to reveal the murder and other mysteries. The third season of original series starts in July 11.
Comedy Central renewed the series Workaholics. Comedy has received an order for a second season, which will be of 10 episodes. Novelty was right after South Park, thanks to which ranked first in timeslot among young men, especially in age from 18 to 24.
A & E ordered miniseries Coma. Producing four-part project will be engaged by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott. Medical thriller tells about a doctor who discovers that his hospital is something bad - a few seemingly healthy patients after the most common procedures are in a coma. The script written by John J. McLaughlin (Black Swan). The premiere is scheduled for May next year.
David Fyuri joined the Fringe. A former executive producer of Lost next season will serve as a writer and consulting producer. Fyuri also worked on Buffy & Angel, and produced the pilot of Terra Nova, and then abandoned the project
Governator came to the end. In light of recent events in the life of Arnold Schwarzenegger (recognition of infidelity, divorce with his wife, born out of wedlock children), producers of animated series about a former governor-superhero reported that production of the project is stopped. Interestingly, in a synopsis of cartoon appear such phrases as "Leads a double life is an exemplary family man and a fighter against crime."
According to insiders of website Deadline, as soon as JJ Abrams will be announced director sequel "Star Trek". True, the director for all his desire is not be able to release a picture of the planned release date June 29, 2012, so that Paramount is considering moving the premiere in December 2012.
Maintain the participation of Abrams to date are in the category "rumors", but a desire to move the release date is quite natural. Hollywood in recent years provides less and less time on the production of costly projects that affect the quality of graphics - see the recent problems with the "Green Lantern". "Star Trek 2" today exists as a 70-page treatment, that is, in fact, the movie has not a normal scenario. Roberto Orci, Damon Lindelof and Alex Kurtzman are waiting for JJ Abrams.
"We are waiting for Jay Jay will have time to read our story - says Orsi. - We need to listen to all of his recommendations to the story before we continue. As soon as he gives go-ahead, we will instantly finish the script. So far we have painted a detailed story on 70 pages. Each of us was busy on another project".
Kurtzman leaned in the direction and removes the drama "Welcome to the people." Orci worked on "Cowboys vs. Aliens" and is now preparing "Ender's Game" for Gavin Hood. Lindelof changed the concept of "Prometheus" by Ridley Scott.
It’s not seemed that trinity spent time working on a sequel "Star Trek". Meanwhile, before the expected release date is 13 months. From an interview with Orci that preparations for the shooting can begin on the existing Treatment. However, given that "Star Trek" - a complex in the production of fiction, such a scenario is unlikely. In addition, the need to work in a hurry over the special effects, will significantly increase the budget.
Therefore, there is a strong possibility that the release will move from the summer of 2012 in December. But as long as Abrams does not wish to shoot "Star Trek 2", Paramount will wait.
Mid-summer of 2012 is generally very popular time. Just recently, the battle unfolded studios Universal and Relativity for withdrawal of their "Snow Whites". Both projects were close after its Universal moved the film with Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart on 1 June. Relativity, whose "Snow White" of Tarsema Sinha with Army Hummer and Lily Collins was supposed to be shown on June 29, after a little reflection changed premiere on March 16.
At a time when the whole world actively moves to digital and 3D, to remove black-and-white and silent film can only crazy one. However, the director Michel Hazanavicius makes impression of a man who knew exactly what he was doing. The result was brilliant: "The Artist" at the last moment came in the competition program of Cannes and was very warmly received by critics.
The protagonist of "The Artist" - a silent film star George Valentine (with a mustache and smiling Jean Dujardin) - starred in and films like "Russian Romance" and "German Romance" and his faithful terrier - almost like Tintin. George plays the Musketeers, mysterious beauties wearing masks, fences, dances, seduces women, but it does not say a word. But on the yard is 1927, and film finds a voice. On this Valentine learns from the head of the studio "Film graph" Al Zimmer's (John Goodman). The actor laughs at the idea of shooting "talking" movies and directed to leave the studio, where he was waiting for the grateful fans. Among the screaming girls - the charming Pippi Miller (Berenice Bezho). She accidentally encounters with Valentin, but he immediately gets to the girl sympathetically.
Two years pass. George mired in poverty: investing all his money into the project "Tears of Love" (of course, silent), the actor went bankrupt because no one wants to watch dumb movies. At the same time, Pippi turned into a real star. Starting at the site statistics in movies Valentine, Miller quickly gained popularity. However, she did not forget who owes her new status, and come to the aid of George.
Authors of the film painstakingly researched Hollywood 20's and even came to America, have managed to show the Americans are places that are already forgotten. The story itself resembles the relationship of Greta Garbo and John Gilbert, and Dujardin and Bezho, creating their own images, guided by Douglas Fairbanks, Gloria Swanson and Joan Crawford. Hazanavicius didn’t want to achieve realistic: it was important to convey the atmosphere with which he coped brilliantly. As far as historical relics, in one scene the hero Dujardin lies on the bed in the apartment of Mary Pickford stars. In general shooting took place in American studios and in the halls.
After learning about the "The Artist", many critics were skeptical of the idea to take on the role of Hollywood stars French actors. But it must be noted that Dujardin and Bezho look great. They do not need to speak in English, so that the focus does not give out their origin. Actors have spent six months learning beat dancing and watching a lot of silent movies.
78-year-old actor went to the scene of the hall "Debussy's" to get an honorary "Palme d'Or" from the President of Cannes Film Festival Gilles Jacob. Jean-Paul Belmondo became the hero of the documentary, which he looked in the hall along with honored colleagues, spectators and journalists.
For 50 years, Jean-Paul Belmondo is one of the most popular French actors. After a brilliant debut in the film "On the last breath," Jean-Luc Godard, highlighting his unconventional personality, after a huge success in the 70's and 80's Belmondo constantly feels his fate. This man, endowed with inexhaustible energy, breathe life in deeply and wisely and astutely managed his career as producer and actor. He selects the films, allowing him to change the genre perfectly, easily passing from the world of Godard in the world Verney, from Truffaut to Jean Becker, from Rene Clement for Georges Lautner, from Melville to Philippe de Broca.
In the documentary "Belmondo, itinéraire" actors and directors talk about Belmondo with undisguised affection. Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, Jean Rochefort, Claude Lelouch, Vanessa Paradis, Jean Dujardin, Vincent Cassel - is only a small part of the stars of French cinema, which remembered about their work with Jean-Paul and the impact of his paintings on their creativity. Belmondo never agreed to become the hero of the movie, talking about his creative path, so that the film of Jeff Domenech was the first project of such kind.
"Belmondo, itinéraire" featured in the Festival Hall on Tuesday evening, along came one of the French television channels.
In 2001, Belmondo suffered a stroke, which resulted in the right half of his body was paralyzed. Nevertheless, he appeared at Cannes and a storm of applause went up on stage hall "Debussy", where he was awarded a "Golden Palm". The actor looks good, although could not walk without a cane and the help of his girlfriend, Former model Barbara Gandolfi. After completing ninety minute movie hall standing ovation rewarded the hero for the day for ten minutes.
The founder of Miramax Studios and The Weinstein Company Harvey Weinstein has mentioned in an interview on MTV, that the fifth part of the "Scream" is quite possible, despite weak performance in the American box office of the last picture of franchise.
"I'm sure that Wes Craven will work on sequel. International box office is very good. We will collect more than $ 100 million. Now there are 90, with 5-6 large territories and many smaller ones. We expect to take the bar in 110 million", - said the legendary producer.
Although, in general, he noted that fees could be more, but this result did not become a catastrophe.
"Scream 4" was launched in April 2011 and became the first painting in the saga of a 12-year hiatus. In the center of the story - the main character of the previous tapes Sidney Prescott, returning to her hometown Woodsboro, where there was a series of murders, famous all over the country. Being on a small home in a book promotional tour, Sidney with her appearance is prompting a new wave of murders.
The previous three "Scream" once became hits. The first two series have overcome in the U.S. box office cash bar in a hundred million dollars, charges of trilogy stopped at around 89 million. But given the modest budget, combined with worldwide total sales charges result of the tape also looks quite impressive.
Rumors, wandered on the project "Oblivion", have been confirmed. Actor Tom Cruise will play a major role in the film, but instead refused from the film studio Disney the movie picked up the company Universal. The author of "Oblivion" is a music video director of the blockbuster "Throne: The Legacy" by Joseph Kosinski.
The original version of the script belongs to the author of "The Departed", William Monahan, but it overwrites the text of Karl Gaydusek. The basis for the film was a graphic novel, created by Kosinski, Arvid Nelson and Andrew Wallin.
Future. In the center of the story an ex-soldier named Jack. His path - fix aircraft, on them earthlings patrol the planet that has become uninhabitable.
One day the hero finds crashed spaceship, inside which there is a woman. As it turned out, she is an earthling, which has finally returned from a multi-year expedition to Mars. Her arrival raises serious questions, on which Jack is going to find answers.
Among the future projects of Tom Cruise's musical "Rock of ages" and the fourth series of the saga "Mission: Impossible." In 2010, on the large screens we saw a comedy "Night and Day" with the actor, which brought the world more than 260 million dollars with a budget of 117 million.
The provisional release date of "Oblivion" - 2012. Estimated budget of the film is 100 million dollars.