Hollywood continues its expansion into the Asian market. Last November, the producers of the film of Michael Bay, "Untitled Transformers Sequel" began talks with Chinese companies on joint production of the picture. This week it was announced China agreement.
Studio Paramount signed a deal with two Chinese companies - with China Movie Channel, under the wing of the state organization of radio, film and television, and Jiaflix Enterprises. "Untitled Transformers Sequel" will be partly filmed in China and with the participation of Chinese actors. A number of post-production work will be conduct in China. So robots of Michael Bay this time will literally made in China, as well as games of Hasbro company, which owns the franchise.
The director notes that will be extremely happy to work with Chinese companies, but more will be happy producers: China in recent years has become one of the largest markets. In particular, the "Transformers 3" started there with exorbitant sum of 56 million dollars, having collected a total of 145.5 million dollars.
In China there hard quota on the number of Hollywood films at the box office. Earlier, it was allowed only 20 foreign films per year, but in February 2012, the state has increased this figure to 34 tapes.
The Chinese care about the fate of their own movies, the attendance of which due to the increased rental Hollywood projects is declined. In 2012, charges of Chinese films accounted for about 40% of the total. It is expected that in 2014, the figure will be 35%.
And it all began quite simply, stars like Kevin Spacey, Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale starred in Chinese films, providing them with international distribution, but now it is not enough. Producers want to grab an extra piece of the Chinese pie, even for this and we have to go shoot in a foreign country with unfamiliar customs.
Co-production with Asia is bearing fruit. For example, released this year, action comedy "Journey to the West", filmed by the newly formed company Village Roadshow Pictures Asia, has already earned at the Chinese box office of more than $ 200 million. During the first weekend, the picture attracted a record amount of 93.5 million dollars for China.
Village Roadshow Ltd. - an Australian company with a U.S. subsidiary of Village Roadshow Pictures - founded its Chinese branch in 2011.
Note that the films made by Chinese companies get a different status in the Chinese box office and have a chance to earn much more than their pure American counterparts.
More recently, it was reported that China will own version of "Iron Man 3", which will include additional material and storyline with actress Fan Bingbing.
"Untitled Transformers Sequel" will be released in China on June 27, 2014th.
After the first rolling weekend “G. I. Joe: Retaliation” has gathered $ 132 million worldwide, the studio Paramount, gleefully rubbing their hands and announced the launch of the third film franchise.
It is worth recalling that the movie was released in 2009 and earned 302 million worldwide box office with a budget of 175. The decision to continue the picture was taken as much summer of 2010, and the director's chair was going to take Stephen Sommers, who shot the first film.
General, the history of producing of both "G.I. Joe" stands separate story. Just before the release of the first tape was talk about disagreements of Sommers and producers, and the test-shows of the action gathered the lowest scores in the history of Paramount. This allegedly led to the dismissal of Stephen Sommers and his removal from further work on the film. Subsequently, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura denied the rumors.
Still, the second film was given the green light. But Sommers refused to take a picture. The director has become Jon M. Chu ("Step Up 2: The Streets" and "Step Up 3D”). The main project star has become Dwayne Johnson, who agreed to star in the sequel to the summer of 2011. The other members of the team came soon: Adrianne Palicki, Ray Stevenson, Bruce Willis as the first soldier Joe and one D. J. Cothron, who was to replace Channing Tatum in the form of a young and handsome hero.
At the heart of the franchise is a series of games, produced by Hasbro.
According to the plot of the sequel Tatum died in the beginning. When the film was finished, the ill-fated test views showed that viewers are not enough Channing participation: for as long as the film was shot, the actor managed to gain additional popularity. And on May 24 the 2012, just a month before the start of ""G.I. Joe"" at world release, Paramount decided to postpone the release for 9 months and to shoot several scenes with Tatum, converting tape into 3D.
"G.I. Joe 2" cost the studio $ 130 million, that is cheaper than the original film. Analysts predict a project about 410 million in worldwide box office, that is a hundred more than the film's predecessor.
Not yet assigned the writers, not yet reported, who will be in the director's chair, and who will return from the original line-up, but you can say one thing: "G.I. Joe" will be shot in 3D.
Producer Jon Landau said that filming sequel to "Avatar" by James Cameron will be held not only on land, but under water. Motion capture technology has not yet been used in the water, so Cameron will be a pioneer in this field again.
"We have kept a team of experts on digital technology of "Avatar" to see how to shoot underwater with motion capture, - says Landau. - We have turned the simulation of water, but it is impossible to simulate the behavior of the actors. So we will do motion capture in the pool. "
In essence, the process is still the same: the camera will record the signals from reflective markers on the actors' costumes. That's just before that no one did.
At the same time Jon Landau denied rumors that Cameron went down into the Mariana Trench for material for the sequel of "Avatar." "He is a researcher! Of course, he was shooting a lot, but it is not connected with "Avatar".
The producer says the use of the latest technologies in the work on "Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3", but what about the high frame rate (HFR)? Cameron has repeatedly referred to the opportunity to work with this standard, first tested on Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: Unexpected Journey". "HFR better for the viewer - says Landau. - But no one should dictate directors, at what frame rate to make a film - 24, 48 or 60 frames per second. "
Landau was weighed a lot of compliments to the work of Jackson, but notes the difference between movies. ""The Hobbit"- another movie with a different history and a different tone, and Peter has chosen the right creative solution for that he must be respected."
While we are talking only about the format 3D. And then the producer is sure to continue to shoot "Avatar" in stereo.
Among other innovations, the continuation of "Avatar" will get a new sound system, developed by Cameron and Landau's Lightstorm Entertainment studio in Manhattan Beach. However, the producer recalls that attention is not to focus on the special effects, and the story, "The audience comes to the cinema not for a new technology, and for the emotional component of history."
Once it became known that the film "Oz: The Great and powerful" in the United States will gather somewhere around $ 80 million for a weekend, the studio Disney has announced the launch of its continuation and hired screenwriter. As it turned out, for good reason. The film has already earned 150 million worldwide box office, becoming a contender for the title of the first blockbuster of 2013. Director Sam Raimi is not going to shoot a sequel.
Raimi movie sequel will write Kepner Mitchell, who worked on "Oz" with David Lindsay-Ebeyron. That Kepner invented the concept of the new version of Oz, based on the books of Baum. Writer himself introduced the idea of the project to producer Joe Roth, then "Oz: The Great and powerful" was in the studio Disney.
The budget of the film "Oz: The Great and powerful" is 325 million dollars. This amount includes a massive advertising campaign of the film.
Kepner Mitchell worked on the script for the comedy "The Whole Nine Yards" and "The Whole Nine Yards 2", as well as the thriller "Romeo Must Die." According to insiders, he began developing the sequel "Oz" a few months ago - so the studio was confident of success.
Since Frank Baum's works are already a part of the public domain in America, Kepner will have material for a sequel, but he will not be able to use the elements, invented in 1939 for the film "The Wizard of Oz" by studio Warner.
Rumor has it that Disney will not proceed with the sequel. However, for this studio will have to find a new director. Sam Raimi, who worked on "Oz," said that he was not going to shoot extension. "I do not plan to put a sequel to" Oz, "", - said the director during one of the interviews for the film "Evil Dead" which he produced. - I left some blueprints for a new director, if the studio decides to shoot it. I was interested in history, but I doubt that the sequel will be something that will appeal to me. "
Sequel to the thriller "Jack Reacher" is on a thread of: Paramount is seriously thinking to kill nascent franchise to Lee Child's books. Film with Tom Cruise will have to collect a lot of money in Asia, in order the studio decide to continue production.
As the debut of the new hero adventures was selected the ninth book about Jack Reacher "The Shot." Christopher McQuarrie film cost is relatively inexpensive $ 60 million. But thriller should gross 250 million, and then will be given the signal to shoot a sequel.
"Jack Reacher" was released in the U.S. in late December and has shown itself very poorly at the box office, earning only $ 15 million. In total, the film scraped nearly 73 million at home. Foreign film release has brought 80 million. Roughly speaking, the film with its 153 million has already been paid off, but the studio is not happy with these figures.
The fate of Jack Reacher will solve Korea (premiered this week), China and Japan (in these countries the film starts in February). In China, the picture of McQuarrie will have only one week before the country will be swallowed with "The Hobbit." Asia must put in the treasury of the project 100 million, but will it or not, will be known towards the end of February.
The biggest chances of the movie are in Japan, where Tom Cruise has not lost his star status, in contrast to the U.S. Last week, Cruz has been in Tokyo since the first night, so there is hope for the support of the fans of the artist.
Analysts believe that the rolling of "Reacher" in the U.S. will stand at around 85 million dollars. Even if the world rolled yet overcome the hidden figure of 250 million, the studio will have to reach an agreement with Cruise, the actor starred in the sequel to the same conditions. Paramount is not going to increase the budget of the sequel.
Movies with Tom Cruise, unfortunately, are no longer consistently profitable to their creators. Suffice it to recall the fiasco of thriller "Knight and Day", which brought to the United States only 76 million. "Operation "Valkyrie"" - 200 million. "Rock of ages" - 56 million.
To shoot expensive movie with Tom is possible only if there are words in the title of "Mission Impossible" - the fourth series of the popular franchise has earned the world's more than 694 million dollars, becoming the highest grossing film of the series.
Collection of directors, strongly rejected the proposal of Disney studio to shoot the seventh episode of "Star Wars", this week joined Guillermo del Toro. He joins Brad Bird, Steven Spielberg and JJ Abrams, also abandoned the project. But, most importantly, del Toro promises to return to the "At the Mountains of Madness."
"My agent called and asked whether I was interested in "Star Wars" - said the director - And I have enough of my projects. However, I was flattered. "
Guillermo now putting the finishing touches on his film "Pacific rim", and soon he will be seen as producer of horror "Mama" with Jessica Chastain.
Del Toro will not work on the television series "The Hulk", which was planned last year. Mexican director admitted that he had not heard a word from Marvel after May.
"After the release of "The Avengers", they went into silent mode. I met with Jeff Loeb of Marvel, he said that the project is working and that they are waiting for a response from the writer. Hearing his name, I said it was cool, and it's worth the wait. Since then, not a word from them. "
And finally, the dream project of Guillermo del Toro - adaptation of Lovecraft's novel "At the Mountains of Madness" - not as dead as it seems.
"I'll try to run it again. Dive back into the abyss! Earlier this year, we will make another great presentation of the project and see what studio will be interested in it. Tom Cruise still agreed to do it. I think to make a movie with him would be cool. He helped us with this project very much".
Guillermo previously feared that "Prometheus" was the reason for the refusal of the studios “At the Mountains of Madness", but now the director thinks otherwise.
"I saw the movie, and ... Well, there is a lot to do, but you know, fuck it all! Lovecraft was before!"
Most recently, the star of "Descendants" Shayleen Woodley won the role of Mary Jane Watson in the sequel to "New Spider-Man," and now the actress is congratulated on getting her own franchise.
Woodley will play the lead role in the film adaptation of the novel Veronica Roth "Divergent".
The action develops in a post-apocalyptic future (a favorite place of teenage fiction writers), where in America people are divided into five factions: the love of truth, altruism, bravery, partnership and learning. When a child is 16 years old, he has the right to change faction or remain among his own. The selection is made by specific tests.
Beatrice Pryor goes from altruism in bravery, but the girl has a secret: her choice was not final. She - divergence, the other, there is no clear-cut evidence of a faction. People like her are dangerous to the new society, which is gradually maturing split. The heroine is on the front line when starting a civil war.
Of course, the book of Roth has a place and love interest, as well as the fact that the "Divergent" story does not end there.
Film rights acquired studio Summit in March of 2011, two months before the publication of the book. "Divergent" instantly joined the list of New York Times bestseller and has sold 1.3 million copies.
Book is adapted for the screen by Evan Doherty, one of the authors of "Snow White and the hunter." In the director's chair - the director of the drama "The Illusionist" and the thriller "Limitless" Neil Berger.
Shayleen Woodley was nominated for the "Golden Globe" for her role as the eldest daughter of George Clooney's character in the drama "The Descendants." Actress five years starred in the series "Unknown to parents," and this year began to take a job offer in a full-length projects.
Filming of "Divergent" are scheduled for March 2013, and will premiere in the first quarter of 2014.
In a recent interview with producer Jon Landau has confirmed that James Cameron is currently busy working on the second and third parts of the story of Pandora, but also preparing to make a fourth series of the saga. In an interview with MTV director noticed that really has concrete plans for the film "Avatar 4", which will be a prequel.
The director said that as long, of course, did not undertake the project scenario, but he is already determined what key will form the plot of the movie. As planned by Cameron's fourth action of "Avatar" will center around the early expeditions to Pandora, in which something goes wrong in the relationship between humans and Na'vi natives. Go back and enter a few new characters that will develop in the future - these are the intentions of Cameron. However, the basic outline of the plot will still be completed in the third picture. To avoid comparisons with the "Star Wars", the director focuses on the fact that the shape of the trilogy selected them because, in his view, is the most appropriate structure for such stories.
As for the future of the two films, James Cameron is still busy on scripts for them and works on the text at the same time as one of the great storyline. Among other things, the director team works hard to simplify and shorten the process of creating a visual form of the planet.
Fox studio assign the output of "Avatar 2" in December 2014, while the third series of the franchise will be sent to cinemas in December 2015.
Recall that in May Cameron, being at a film festival in Beijing, said that is no longer interested in the new movie and going to deal only with "Avatar." "It may seem to someone limitation, but the fact is that, as part of" Avatar, "I can say whatever I want and need to say about the state of the world and that, as I think we should do with it," - said the director. Despite this statement, Cameron still going to take up the production of "Battle Angel" - a sci-fi adaptation of the manga, one of the director's favorite stories. But work on the project can be started only after those ubiquitous pieces of "Avatar." According to producer Jon Landau, regularly working with Cameron, all the cases with "Avatar" will take five years or so before 2017 "Angel" can not wait.
The fifth part of the franchise, "Scary Movie" moves smoothly to its production launch. For a long time, rumors about participation of Lindsay Lohan were true, the contract with her was signed. And, perhaps, the actress will take the lead role in the film. In addition to the film join Charlie Sheen.
Before the major star of series was Anna Faris, flatly refused to participate in the fifth part. Now it looks as though Lohan will replace her.
Charlie Sheen was one of the main actors of the third film, and the fourth appeared only in a cameo (by the way, deadly for the character). His character, Tom Logan, has made a parody of Mel Gibson from the film "Signs." But whether he will once again recreate the image in the fifth picture, is still unknown.
Previous series of "Scary Movie" was released already in 2006. Then it was planned that it will mark the end of the story. Talking about the new extension of the popular parody saga has been underway for quite a while.
Tape will be directed by Malcolm D. Lee. The producer of the two previous pictures is David Zucker. It is known that one of the objects of derision in the next "Scary Movie" will be a series of "Paranormal Activity", why is there the assumption that this time the film goes through pseudo style paintings. It also stated that the creators will make fun of the hit and Darren Aronofsky "Black Swan".
Before it was believed that a new tape of the series will be released in April 2013th, however Edition Entertainment Television announced that the new date could be January 11 of that year. In this case, the process of shooting the film clearly will begin shortly.
Charlie Sheen has recently starred in Robert Rodriguez “Machete kills”, which is now at the stage of postproduction. In addition, the actor is busy in the TV series "Anger Management". Among recent projects of Lindsay Lohan is TV drama "Liz and Dick" dedicated to Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
Director Francis Lawrence is actively looking for actors for the film "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." On the role of Vayress is approved star of "Pulp Fiction", Amanda Plummer, and one of the main characters of Suzanne Collins novel can play Sam Claflin. The actor, who had just appeared on the screen in "Snow White and the hunter," claims to play Finnik Odeyra.
The second part of post-apocalyptic trilogy of Collins talks about the anniversary, the 75s Hunger Games, which should be open to all survivors in the last years tribute. Katniss Everdin and Pete Mellark forced to re-take the nightmare battle in the arena, but this time they will have accomplices.
One of the first completions of the second film was Jena Malone, recently approved for the role of Joanna Mason. Vayress, winner of the third district, which is a little out of it, will play Amanda Plummer. Fans of Quentin Tarantino remembers the actress for her role in Sweet Bunny "Pulp Fiction". In the story Vayress knows and is able to detect electrical force field, which greatly helps the main character.
Another name is mentioned in connection with the casting in the sequel to "Hunger Games". Tony Shelub, three-time winner of the "Emmy", can play inventor and craftsman of all trades Biti. He finishes all the proposals for Vayress why there is a feeling that they are the one soul and body.
Laureate award "Oscar" Melissa Leo was listed among the contenders for the role of an elderly Megz, but representatives of the actress said that she got the role.
Role of Finnik Odeyra - a handsome winner of the fourth, fishing district - is one of the most delicious in the project. A month ago there were rumors that Robert Pattinson will get it, but the actor denied. Finnik - a living legend of Panema, the youngest winner of the Hunger Games, took part in the tremendous competition for survival at 14 years. Despite the sea of fans, he remains faithful to his girlfriend Annie, who also once won the Hunger Games, but lost her mind.
Briton Sam Claflin is by far the top contender for the role of Finnik. The actor who became famous after the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," where he played a priest this year came in the form of a prince in love with Snow White in the film with Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron. Schedule of Claflin now is free, so that in case of approval on the role he will be able to start shooting in "Catching Fire" in the fall.
Note again that approval of the above actors in the project only Malone and Plummer.
Studio Summit has already started looking for third part of the director's "Hunger Games", which is already quite precisely known, will be divided into two films.