In an interview with Collider director of the dramatic thriller "Trance" Danny Boyle spoke about the work on the project, why he does not want to make films about James Bond and how he applies to comics.
- What engaged you this project?
"Along with a very complex answer, there is a very simple answer - I've never made a film in the center of which was a woman, so this story is stuck somewhere in my head and hid there for the time being. And I first thought about it, and realized only in the process of filming. I am very glad that it was a woman, not a man reigns throughout the film. "
- With reference to your recent success, would it easily to get out the budget for "Trance" or is it always a battle?
"Always a battle. After the "Oscar" you get a Joker. We were able to remove the "127 Hours" and for the studio it was a difficult decision, but we had a trump card in the form of a statue. So in reality it is. Then you're going 'down to the level of the average player on the field and start writing a song, "Hey! How is it? What do you think? Cool story? Do you want us to shoot it for you? "
- How hard studio dictates you whom take the leading roles? For example, on the other hand it requires you to take in a movie star, but in exchange, you can control the rest of the casting?
"Of course, they would be happy to control it. Example, with studios Fox Searchlight and Pathé we entered into an agreement under which we're making a film, keeping within a limited budget, and they give us freedom to casting. Clear that the studio will put pressure on and you try to influence your decisions. This is understandable - $ 20 million is still a lot of money. And I understand their train of thought: if the film something goes wrong, we have a star, and she can save release. They love it when there's a star in the film, and it's a natural part of the system. But as we work for a relatively modest pay, sometimes we can attract lesser-known actors, though, "Trance" we are busy pretty popular actors. Moreover, allows you have to make a budget trick with the course of the narrative, change it, manipulate it, move away from the classical canons, thus turning everything upside down. I like to be able to control the viewer's sympathy with regard to this or that character."
- In the course of the film did you conduct a special studies in the arts, hypnotherapy and looting?
"Yes, we all did it. Here in the film was involved tough guy from the auction Sotheby's. He is a senior auctioneer, his name is Mark Paltimor, and he gave us a tour of Sotheby's, we visited with him auctions, which exhibited works of art, real rarities. We all learned in this area, and in that regard robberies similar to what you saw in "The Thomas Crown Affair." We also explored hypnosis, hypnotherapy - it was exciting. Fact that we have found - and it plays a big role in the film - suggests that those sessions undergone by the character of James McAvoy, though, from an ethical point of view and quite uncertain, but it is clinically possible. Though hardly any practicing hypnotists openly admit it. "
- Right now, there is a search for a director for the next James Bond movie. If you were asked, would you agree?
"It's not for me. Budget is too large. I accustomed to work with less money, because I was disciplined thought that, in spite of limited resources, I have to cope with the task. Based on this, I'm not the best candidate for the director's chair for this film. On the other hand, a film about the 007 with a stellar team, I had already taken off for the Summer Olympic Games of 2012 in London, in which James Bond (Daniel Craig) gives Queen Elizabeth II at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. "
- What do you think about comic books? Now this genre is more popular than ever. Have you ever wanted to make a film about a superhero?
"Actually, I'm not a big fan of this genre. I never really liked comic books. I'm always amazed when I meet people who love them. Superhero movie that I liked, it's" Chronicle. "The other day I met with Joshua Trunk, together we gave an interview Q & A. He is working on "Fantastic Four." And he's got big plans for this. But it's not my world. I'm not attracted to it".
In Las Vegas has finished the convention CinemaCon, where cinemas owners were able to see what they can expect in the near future, and learn about the plans of studios. To support film fest came Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, a team of "Star Trek," the team of "Fast and the Furious 6", Zack Snyder, Michael Bay and other stars and directors.
One of the first news was the announcement on the movies "Interstellar" of Christopher Nolan and "Transcendence" of Wally Pfister in IMAX format. It is known that Nolan and his operator Pfister are the great opponents of 3D, but strongly support the film on the huge screen of IMAX. How many minutes will be filmed in this format two mentioned movies are not yet reported.
JJ Abrams was putting the finishing touches on "Star Trek: Nemesis", so the film was represented by Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Alice Eve, and John Cho. Showed 18 minutes of the picture in the format of 3D, from which some of those present hair stand on end, so impressive what the picture.
In the 3D format was presented the trailer of "War of the Worlds Z”, then took the stage Brad Pitt and told a bit about the project, in which he not only starred, but also served as a producer. "Four years ago I did not know anything about zombies, but now I can consider myself an expert! - Joked the actor. - In general, the whole thing started with the fact that I would like to star in a film that could see my sons before they will knock 18 years. We stopped on the book by Max Brooks' "World War Z". Before us stood a truly Herculean task - how to keep the global scope of the book and how to make a movie about zombies without repeating the existing ones. What you will see, the answer to both of these questions. "
Michael Bay said that in "Transformers 4" will star Stanley Tucci, as well as another big star, whose name has not been disclosed because the contract has not been signed. However, Bay came to present the movie, which he conceived 12 years ago. "I'm sick of assaults on the press that I shoot just blockbusters." Shown to the visitors of CinemaCon film "Pain and Gain" somewhat confused a number of spectators, turned out that it did not just mindless pitching, sea, sun, robbery and retribution, but rivers of blood. Someone picture seemed too long.
Vin Diesel and his colleagues in the film "The Fast and the Furious 6" arrived at the CinemaCon with the news about the next extension of the franchise. "Fast & Furious 7" will be released on July 11, 2014. Director is James Wan. Filming will begin in August.
Universal is preparing a sequel to "Snow White and the Huntsman" - once and for all. Return all, not including director Rupert Sanders. Release is scheduled to continue in 2015. Then, in 2015, will be released sequel youth musical comedy "The Perfect Voice".
From large projects of Universal this year is expected the comic book adaptation "Ghost Patrol" directed by Robert Schwentke. Many people trailer reminded "Men in Black", but the audience at CinemaCon saw fragments of the film and celebrate wildly dynamic between the characters of Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds.
Studio Warner did not forget to remind visitors of CinemaCon, that it is the only major label of Hollywood, earning $ 1 billion for 12 consecutive years. This year, the studio is celebrating its 90th anniversary and despite spring failures such as "Jack the Giant Slayer", is optimistic about the future. And there looms the "The Great Gatsby" from Baz Luhrmann's, opening the Cannes Film Festival. "Another triumph of the visual creator of "Moulin Rouge" and "Romeo and Juliet"," - writes Deadline. Luhrmann did not come, but in the video said that to remove the picture in 3D he was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's detective show "Dial M for Murder" in stereo. "But the main special effects in the film are all the same actors" - recalled director.
Month ago at the CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas, it was announced that the Disney studio is going to produce one film franchise "Star Wars" every year since 2015, when the box office will be the seventh episode. Recall that the new series of the legendary saga started by George Lucas, will shoot director JJ Abrams.
Since the release of the latest film of franchise, subtitled "Revenge of the Sith" have passed 8 years. During this time, the universe of "Star Wars" live on television and regularly fueled by rumors about the return of Lucas with new movies.
When in October 2012, the Disney acquired Lucasfilm, the studio head Bob Iger immediately announced the release date of the seventh episode - the summer of 2015. Thus, the gap between the third and the seventh film will be exactly 10 years. By the way, "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" fans have been waiting even longer, 16 years.
Now fans of "Star Wars" are not threatened tedious and long waits of a new movie franchises. Disney studio this week promised to give a movie every summer since 2015, according to the new episode. However, it will be a little different project - as still being the original story, and the spin-offs, recently promised by the studio. The audience will have a chance to see the adventures of a young Yoda, a young Han Solo and maybe learn a little more about the mysterious Bob Fett.
Both trilogy of franchise "Star Wars" and the animated Full Movies "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" earned a worldwide box office nearly 4.5 billion dollars not adjusted for inflation.
In parallel with the screen adaptations of comics from Marvel Disney Studios virtually occupied the market of summer family films. For example, in the same 2015, the screens will be released "The Avengers 2" and "Star Wars: Episode 7”.
Recall that in February of this year, in a new trilogy of "Star Wars" is in charge Lawrence Kasdan, who worked on the script for the film "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi."
How many "Star Wars" will be released in the next few years, Disney has not yet specify. But the desire of the studio is hot, it is quite understandable: need to at least have time to use the original lineup, from Harrison Ford to Carrie Fisher.
Good news for fans of the comic book of John Constantine, a different evil hunter. Guillermo del Toro is going to shoot the film "The Dark Universe" based on the comic book of DC publisher. To led the team of superheroes, prepared by Guillermo, is going to John Constantine. This time the blonde.
Eight years have passed since the release of the mystics "Constantine" by Francis Lawrence, and fans still can not forgive the creators of the paintings brunette Keanu Reeves in the lead role. The fact that the prototype of the hero became the musician Sting (artists Stephen R. and John Bissett Totlbin were fans of The Police).
At first, John Constantine was like Sting from "Quadrophenia", but changed over time. However, the character's hair remained blonde.
Guillermo del Toro will start "Dark Universe" after finishing horror "Crimson peak" with Emma Stone. Director has already painted the scene and soon will announce the name of the writer, who will take the project design.
Except John Constantine, in the "Dark Universe" will include such heroes of DC publisher, as Swamp Thing, the demon Etrigan, Deadman, Spectrum and magician Zatanna. "John, in fact, is trying to recruit them to the team" - explains Guillermo and suggests that the picture may eventually get the title "Justice League Dark”.
However, the main story line of "Dark Universe" will revolve around Jason Blood (this guy is bound demon Etrigan), which is a relative of the wizard Merlin. Blood relations with the knights of King Arthur and Merlin himself become a problem for our time.
Del Toro said that basically did not want to be distracted by the story of each character origin. All details will be announced during the film. "I can say that the Swamp Thing is at peace with itself, but Dead Man is still trying to find out who shot him."
"Dark Universe" is far from the big screens. First, the world will see "Pacific rim" del Toro, then "Crimson Peak", and after already "Justice League Dark". Unless, of course, Guillermo not change his mind.
Fantastic band, appearing in the Oscar-winning project of Ben Affleck "Argo" will see the light. It will be called the "Lord of Light”, like the novel by Roger Zelazny, a famous script writer, who saved the lives of several Americans in the late 1970s.
Recall that, according to recently declassified CIA documents, in 1979, science fiction script called "Argo" was allegedly put into production. About this project wrote only Hollywood publication Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. However, the picture has not seen the light, as it has become a cover for the CIA special operations agent Tony Mendez to extract six U.S. diplomats who have appeared in the Canadian ambassador's house during the seizure of the Embassy by Iranian students in Tehran.
The situation in reality was somewhat different from those shown in the film of Affleck. If you take only the Hollywood component, then it was out the producer, which in the "Argo" brilliantly played by Alan Arkin. In fact, a fake movie run with two make-up artists, one of whom was John Chambers (in the film portrayed by John Goodman).
"Lord of Light" by Roger Zelazny, which became the basis of Barry Ira Heller scenario, was written in 1967. In the story after the death of the Earth the crew of the ship "Star of India" founded a colony on a planet in another star system. Having won almost all the original inhabitants of the planet, the crew is building a city on one of the poles of the planet. During the colonization of the planet people achieve technological power and immortality, and declare themselves gods. The colonists are divided into two parts: the gods who live in the heavenly city, and on the technical benefits, and ordinary people, strongly pushed around deities and living in the medieval cities on the planet. Develops celestial hierarchy in the image of the Hindu pantheon of deities.
Geller’s scenario was a part of an ambitious project "Science Fiction Land”, which was conceived as the first amusement park with elements of sci-fi. Geller enlisted the support of a number of science fiction, including Ray Bradbury, and the legendary artist Jack Kirby, who thought the visual solution. That was the art-concept of "Science fiction land."
After Chambers showed Mendez scenario of Geller, CIA decided that the name "Lord of Light" is not appropriate, and changed it to "Argo". Make-up artist joined to the project his colleague Robert Sidell, who worked on "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial".
After painting of Affleck received the "Oscar" for Best Picture in 2012, the studio Warner has decided to buy Heller’s script and run it in production. Presumably work on the existing scenario is still the same Chris Terry, who wrote the "Argo".
Note that, in contrast to the false "Argo", the new film will be called "Lord of Light" and will become more similar to Zelazny novel rather than a parody of the "Star Wars", as it was presented in the film of Affleck. Negotiations are underway with the Kirby family about the possibility of the use of his drawings in the new incarnation of the "Lord of Light."
Last summer, David Cronenberg has done a lot of noise, expressed his attitude to films about Batman. A few days ago the director said that in fact it was not so, as he was referring to another.
Recall that Cronenberg considers all movies about superheroes infantile, Nolan's best film is called "Memento" and "The Dark Knight" finds boring. Now director of "Cosmopolis" is ready to clarify some details.
"I have not seen "The Legend Continues"- says Cronenberg. - Do you see how everything is distorted? I asked a question. And when quoting my answer, dropped the question that was asked. The reporter asked me, "By the way, movies on comics are now at the highest level of cinema. Would you like to make a film in the comic books?" I said, "Wait, who told you that? Where is such a level?" And then made his little speech. The answer was to that question. She made the assumption that the new Batman movie - the highest level of cinema. I have not seen "The Dark Knight" or "The Legend", which at the time showed only the press. So I was not referring to a particular film and not criticized it specifically. "
David Cronenberg focuses on the fact that his comments referred directly to the genre, not Nolan.
"I would say that the film of the comic strip - it's a movie of the comic strip. Comics, especially those in which I grew up (I loved Captain Marvel), designed for teenagers. To shot comics it is like to be within certain limits, and there is no question of any of the highest levels of cinema. That is my opinion. Of course, I said that, technically, this movie can be very interesting, given what people are attracted to it and what money are spent. But in a creative and artistic terms, these pictures are very limited".
Note that Sam Mendes offered at the time to put "The Avengers," and director of "American Beauty," recalled this episode with a smile. Marvel studio sent Mendes parcel, which was directed to touch up the idea for the movie. "Oh, it was a fun premise! Lots and lots of comics, no script - only release date. Prime dates of these films are often advertised in advance, when nothing, not even a script. The first suggestion I saw was: "The Avengers" will be released May 2, 2012 the first or something like that. And all. "
These parcels have gotten many Hollywood directors, but Mendes is not a bit interested. "It is not my world. I would take my children to such a movie, but to shot it myself - I do not want. "
Film adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel, which the author takes with Robert Rodriguez, recruited another star. In "Sin City 2" Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play the role previously destined to Johnny Depp. For this actor just recently refused to shoot in a new "Godzilla."
Not only the "Godzilla" lost part of Gordon-Levitt. Actor offered to star in a new blockbuster movie from studio Marvel “Guardians of the Galaxy", but Joseph chose the "Sin City 2."
In Rodriguez, Gordon-Levitt will play Johnny - daring gambler who plans to destroy the enemy in the game. It is known that for the role was asked Johnny Depp, but the reason why the actor refused, is not disclosed.
Despite the fact that work on the sequel to "Sin City" is already in full swing, Rodriguez continues to look for actors. In the coming days, the project will join another tough guy. Perhaps it will be Josh Brolin, reports Deadline.
"Sin City 2" has already secured the support of stars of the first film. Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson and Bruce Willis will be taken off in a stylish black-and-white film, Rodriguez-Miller. Jamie Chung has replaced Devon Aoki, and instead of the late Michael Clarke Duncan will star Dennis Heysbert. Recall that some of the events of this film are developed to the original, which was released in 2005.
Among the new faces in the "Sin City 2" will flash Playboy supermodel Crystal McKehill.
Premiere of "Sin City 2" in the United States is expected on October 4 this year. The film will be released in 3D.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt in January, will present his directorial debut with "Don Jon's Addiction" at the festival "Sundance", and then in February, he is expected to be in Berlin, where his movie is listed in the "Panorama". The actor has not only directed the film, but also played a major role there in the company of Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore.
Team of superheroes of publisher DC, including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern can finally appear in the "Justice League". Superhero film was conceived in the studio Warner a few years ago, but was stopped because of problems with finances and the writers' strike.
Just recently, Warner won a court case over the rights to Superman. The heirs of Joe Shuster, one of the authors of the famous character, tried to sue the studio 50% of profits from the sales of all projects with the superhero. Because now Warner will not have to pay a lot of money, "Justice League" can move toward the viewer, as well as the Superman franchise. If Warner lost the court with the heirs of Joe Shuster, any projects related to Superman, would have to freeze until a new agreement.
In 2007, director George Miller has started with the "Justice League". Note that the role of Batman was taken young actor Armie Hammer, who has since won fame for "The Social Network" and is available in the blockbuster "The Lone Ranger." There is a chance that Hammer did try on the costume of Batman, but this is only a rumor.
Miller's project was frozen in January 2008. Australia, which was supposed to make a film, and not determined by tax benefits, and the writers went on strike as a result of which it was impossible to change the script in need of revision.
Four years later, "The League" again gave itself known. In connection with the release in theaters of "Man of Steel" Warner has a chance to build a new team, especially if the movie Zack Snyder will be successful. Warner has wanted to respond to competitors from Marvel, superheroes whose thorough fleecing the pockets of the audience over the years.
As the LA Times, an insider close to the project, claims that Warner is going to make "Justice League" in 2013 with the release in the summer of 2015. There have been attempts to persuade Christopher Nolan producing the picture, but it seems that they failed: removing three movies about Batman and produced "Man of Steel", a British film director does not want to deal with superheroes.
The heroes of the publishing house DC not so lucky in the film adaptation, as their colleagues from Marvel. "Superman Returns" Bryan Singer has not met expectations, "Green Lantern" has suffered, if not deafening, the major failure at the box office. Only Batman trilogy has become part of a cult, but it will remain on the sidelines, neither Nolan or Christian Bale will no longer have a relationship to the franchise.
Warner now has solve the problem with the script, found the director and actors. It would seem simple. But who will be dressed as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Flash, we will get to know only next year.
Studios appoint release dates in advance, but it does not mean that the films will be released in one hundred percent that day. Just two fantastic tapes today changed the premiere date - "Elysium" and "Robocop."
Movies of Neil Blomkamp and Jose Padilla will come later designated dates.
The joint collaboration studios MGM and Columbia, a remake of the classic "Robocop" was to go to the U.S. release August 8, 2013th. Now, robot cyborg will appear on screens only 7 February 2014.
The vacant after the "Robocop" slot Sony put "Elysium", which had expected to see on February 28. Now the movie premiere in the U.S. on 9 August 2013. Thus, the film Blomkamp is among summer blockbusters, like his previous work, "District number 9." Then a film about the complexities of living aliens in South Africa was a black horse, and the surprise of many analysts earned a worldwide box office of over $ 210 million.
Premiered in August will get Sony to "Elysium" additional noise on Comic-Con, despite the fact that Blomkamp and Damon have come to the convention this summer.
In the story "Elysium" in the future, there are two classes of people: the rich live in luxury space station "Elysium", and the poor - in a crowded world. Matt Damon's hero is terminally ill, but it can save itself, if the dangerous mission that could lead to the equality of the two worlds.
The reason for the move, "Robocop" is not disclosed, but February is no longer a grave releases. This winter, the hit was "Safe House", in the United States earned $ 126 million, and another 82 million overseas.
Sony removed the calendar next year releases cartoon "Pixels", citing a lack of time to work on the project. Animated film will be released on March 23, 2014th.
"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" will be in theaters on September 27, 2013th.
Drama "Saving Mr. Banks" with Tom Hanks goes to Oscar season, December 20, 2013, and the "Witch hunters" slightly shifted on January 25, 2013, to get more 3D-IMAX-screen and in the States.
Talking raccoon and wise tree in superhero team? There is nothing wrong, says Joss Whedon, who became creative consultant of studio Marvel. Director is sure, James Gunn will shoot great "Guardians of the Galaxy", and reflects on the second "The Avengers."
While in Toronto, where the festival was presented his new film "Much Ado About Nothing", Joss Whedon spoke to MTV's new film about the prospects of Marvel «Guardians of the Galaxy." The picture will be put by director of "Slug" and "Super" James Gunn, confirming that this is one of the main demands of leadership to his studio director: sense of humor.
"I think James will do it, - says Whedon. - Personally, I initially thought, "Well, I was a kid loved Jet Coon, but not sure he will liked to the wide audience." And then Marvel says it wants to take on the post of director James Gunn. And I was like, "Oh, well, all you have by then!" It's so unusual, plague, but a very smart guy and tries with all his heart. "
Joss recalls that Gunn has a direct bearing on the superheroes, "Well this is the guy who wrote the script for the film "The Specials" But this film is very important for the genre: he took the superheroes and made them down to earth! And James took off his "Super".
According to the director, Gunn has just begun work on the screenplay for "Guardians of the Galaxy", but his vision of the film will necessarily lead to the delight of all fans. "He has a very unusual presentation of this comic book, but it's all for love of the material" - adds Weedon.
In a conversation with the publication of 24 Hours Joss slightly covered the second "The Avengers." "Building a team - this is not a happy ending. This is the beginning of something very complex and difficult, so now I can dig a little deeper. And, perhaps, until I dig a little spin the knife. And it makes me happy. " Well, the important thing is not to say Joss, who is from the "Avengers" your favorite character, and that the director is famous for the ability to kill the beloved characters fans.
By the way, the right to hire an American low-budget comedy Weedon "Much Ado About Nothing", set on the play by William Shakespeare, has acquired studio Lionsgate.
"Guardians of the Galaxy" will be released in August 1st, 2014. "The Avengers 2" will appear on the screens of May 1, 2015th.