Now Gary Ross and studio Lionsgate finally parted, the continuation of "Hunger Games", entitled "Catching Fire" is orphaned. Studio is looking for a new director, but the network has leaked the names of those who Lionsgate wants to see in the director's chair. Among them is David Cronenberg.
A list of suitable directors was formed very quickly. Only on Monday held talks with Ross, on Tuesday published a press release about its withdrawal from the franchise, but on the night of Friday, there were the names of directors, which the studio plans to drum to the staging of "Catching Fire".
The main requirement for the future of the director - the ability to work quickly (filming begins in August) and the author of novels like Susan Collins, who is more interested in quality film than in the director's ability to hire a hit off.
In the list of seven to eight directors, all men. Today we know three names: Alfonso Cuarón, Alejandro González Iñárritu and David Cronenberg.
Alfonso Cuaron is now engaged in a protracted post-production "Gravity" with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. The picture should get released in late November. According to knowledgeable people in the project an incredible amount of special effects, so the work will last a long time, almost to the release of the tape. But even after finishing post-production, Cuaron is free: the director will need to be involved in the advertising of the picture - to go to premieres and interviews. Of course, all memory of the third film in the Harry Potter series, which performed admirably Cuaron, but if the director wants to take part in another studio project - the big question.
How can be interested David Cronenberg for shooting of "Catching Fire", it is difficult to imagine. Despite the fact that the director used entirely commercial project "Dangerous Method," his new film "Cosmopolis" returns to the screen the audience more familiar Cronenberg - with bizarre images, violence and nudity. However, the action sequel "Hunger Games" is almost an entire book develops in the arena, so that the idea of Cronenberg could remove a very bloody movie. But such a scenario is excluded from ranking. Finally, whether the director's time? The director of "Fly" recently signed up for a TV project about the forefather of modern surgery and must shoot the pilot of the television series.
Work schedule Alejandro González Iñárritu seems relatively free. Director decided not to shoot western and for his painting "The True Story of a fake lie," he has not found funding. Interestingly, Iñárritu seems most plausible candidate of the named trio: producer of "Hunger Games" John Kylix working with Alejandro on the dramas "Babel" and "Beautiful."
Producers of franchise should also pay attention to Takashi Miike, who takes a very quick and bloody.
The decision on the choice, producers of Lionsgate will take in the coming weeks.
Theater owners congregate in Las Vegas for a convention CinemaCon, ambiguously estimated 10 minutes of the film Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit", submitted after the opening words of the director. Despite the increased clarity, filmed and shown at 48 frames per second, and many are unhappy.
The presentation touched on various Warner studio projects, including "Dark Shadows" by Tim Burton, "The Great Gatsby" Baz Luhrmann and "The Dark Knight: The Legend Continues" by Christopher Nolan.
Timur Bekmambetov received an award as best foreign film director working in Hollywood. The award was presented by Tim Burton, the producer of the upcoming movie Timur "President Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."
"Timur Bekmambetov - one of the few directors who can make the Russian film understandable and attractive to the world" - said the managing director of CinemaCon Mitch Neuhauser.
Coming on the scene, Tim Burton joked that he could not imagine who of directors may be better to make a film about an American president, rather than Russian. Accepting the award, Bekmambetov said a few words about a new project: "This is a very unusual film. Not a sequel nor prequel. It's a different story about the great man who changed the world in the nineteenth century. "
But back to Peter Jackson. For years, filmmakers have made films at 24 frames per second, but when James Cameron said that the continuation of "Avatar" will shoot at 48 frames per second, the film industry has a serious cause for reflection. The first initiative supported by Cameron Jackson, began to work on the "Hobbit" at double speed.
Since the director is in New Zealand, he wrote an appeal to the visitors of CinemaCon, which read: "The new rate gives the illusion of real life, the movements are smoothed out and lost strobe effect." Indeed, 10 minutes, is shown after Jackson appeared. The first frame in which the camera flies over the rock, struck viewers clarity - even documentaries about nature, can not be removed with such quality.
However, when it came to the emergence of actors in costumes, the effect is somewhat blurry. Every movement of the characters were so clear that many of the audience began to complain of a lack of cinematic seen. "It looks like a TV movie - said one of the projectionist blog LA Times. - Too reliable, too clearly. In contrast, something is wrong - or dark or too bright. "
One of Los Angeles reacted to what he saw Booker with great enthusiasm, but said: "The question is whether audiences are ready to watch such realistic films. I expected a small difference, but it was great! Will this affect the narrative? I do not know. But judging by the ten minutes I will not. "
The realism of "The Hobbit" recalled one owner of a small chain of movie theaters effects blu-ray: «When I first saw the movie on blu-ray, we noticed that the heat is gone perception. The whole movie seemed to me material about the shooting, shot at a normal video camera. " Among other comparisons, and called soap operas, which are captured on video.
Jackson has another eight months before release, and it is likely to respond to words such as visitors CinemaCon. But now a new technology begins to cause skepticism, both in time and promoted by James Cameron 3D.
Career of once popular actor Mel Gibson in Hollywood can not return to normal after a series of scandals. Mel Gibson and now at the center of the proceedings with screenwriter Joe Esterhas. But Mel does not care about the reputation of Robert Rodriguez: director called him in his film "Machete kills."
The picture will be blockbuster sequel to "Machete" which, in turn, resulted from the specially shot trailer for "Graindhouse" Rodriguez and Tarantino.
The film with a budget of 20 million was released in 2010 and earned a world of more than $ 44 million. Note that the sale of the film on home video has made Rodriguez continue the adventure bruising life of the agent. The director spoke about plans for the sequel, which should have been called "Machete kills" and "Machete kills again ... In space! ".
"Machete kills" along with Rodriguez is producing Alexander Rodnyansky. Filming begins in the near future. "Machete" Rodriguez shot the pair with Ethan Manikis, but the sequel is going to do himself.
"Let's see, maybe we need a second director, if I have to work on “Sin City 2"- says Robert. - Everything will depend on how will go shooting of "Machete kills." While there is a feeling that we can handle quickly. "
The director admits that he likes the script, so he gladly remove "Machete kills" on their own. By the way, to the sequel will return Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez. Robert is also planning to call in the draft Michelle Williams. The main role is still played by Danny Trejo.
What is the role of Mel Gibson suggested, has not been disclosed. We only know that it is not the most important. Interestingly, the fall of 2010 Gibson had nearly returned to the big screen in a major Hollywood project. Mel offered the role of the owner of a tattoo parlor in the comedy "The Hangover 2", but, after the actors protested, Todd Phillips decided not to risk.
Now Gibson has once again found himself in the center of the scandal. Screenwriter Joe Esterhas has threatened to make public a tape on which Mel is back in a dangerous direction: swearing, threats and anti-Semitism.
As often happens, Hollywood runs ahead and preparing the sleigh is not even in the summer, and the previous spring. "The new Spider-Man" will be released in the U.S. only 3 July, and Sony back in March of 2011 has hired James Vanderbilt write the script to the the sequel. However, his work will not be final: This week the studio has invited Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, so they rewrote the further adventures of updated Peter Parker.
The sequel is scheduled for May 2, 2014. Picture production scheduled for the first quarter of 2013th. All this testifies to the confidence the studio in a good reception "New Spider-Man" and its large gatherings. James Vanderbilt, who became one of the writers restarted franchise, working on the fourth part of the "Spider-Man," which was shot with the old structure - Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire.
The second film starring Andrew Garfield in the role of Peter Parker will not be complete without the help of the duo Kurtzman-Orci. Natives School JJ Abrams, the guys worked on his TV series "Alias," and composed his own screenplay for the film "Mission: Impossible 3" and "Star Trek" as well as a hand to the draft "Transformers" and "Cowboys and Aliens."
This year, Alex Kurtzman has a directorial debut with the melodrama "People like us."
"Alex and Bob has a unique ability to prescribe different characters and spectacular action scenes, - says producer Matt Tolmach. - They have a very interesting approach to the franchise. "
In addition, producer Avi Arad believes the writers understand what makes Peter Parker is not just a superhero and a hero to us all.
In a statement, Kurtzman and Orci said: "We grew up big fans of Spider-Man, so for us to work on this franchise - is like a holy grail."
The latest duo work is on the screenplay "Star Trek 2." In addition, Alex and Roberto are producing movies, including "Ender's Game" and "Now I have seen."
Director of controversial film series "The human centipede" Tom Six said in his twitter that the third part is going to link the five hundred men. I wonder whether the project be allowed to release the British censors?
Dutch director became known for horror film "The human centipede." The picture was published in 2009 and almost immediately gained cult status in a number of moviegoers. Two American women are victims of sickening experiments, the German surgeon who is going to connect more people with the aim of creating a single digestive system. What and where to sew the good doctor, you can imagine, in spite of the film.
Interestingly, the film that investors had no idea how the surgeon creates a maniac, his "centipede", so that the result has been seriously confused. Six himself admits that inspired David Cronenberg movies and Japanese horror, but prefers more realistic approach to cinema.
In America, "The human centipede" has not received release deals, so that was shown in New York and several theaters. The reaction of the public, gazed at various film festivals, and reached the gag reflex. Tom Six realized that he had a hit on his hands, and took the second film.
Sequel to a straightforward name "Human centipede 2" was originally conceived as a release for home video. In the story of a maniac surgeon linked to the centipede 12. In England, censorship is forbidden to release the film as distributors are not cut out 32 most sickening moment. At the show in the U.S., held at the Fantastic Fest in Austin, film distributors IFC Films distributed hygiene packs to audience.
The negative reviews of the sequel did not stop director from the work on the third film. "The human centipede 3", according to the Six's tweet will be collected from more than 500 people. "This is an American-style XXXXL!" - Wrote Tom. A few days ago, the director wrote that he started casting, and the performers of the main roles require great courage. In the language of English idioms, they have to grow eggs. In a figurative sense.
Tom Six is planning to shoot the third film this spring in the U.S.
Sequel to the film by Chris Columbus “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief" is just one casting decision will attract an army of fans Star series" Firefly "and" Castle. " Nathan Fillion is approved for the role of god Hermes in the film "Percy Jackson: The sea monsters."
The picture with Logan Lerman Columbus in the title role was the adaptation of Rick Riordan's first novel in a series about a boy - the heir to the Greek gods. At the first "Percy Jackson" spent 95 million dollars in worldwide box office collecting 226 million and barely worth the picture.
In "The Lightning Thief," a simple American boy learned that his father - the Greek god Poseidon. The young man held a series of tests, the results confirm his eminent origins. "Sea monsters" will speak about how Percy goes in search of his friend, the satyr Grover, trapped in a Cyclops Polyphemus. At stake is not only a satire, but the whole Camp Half-Blood: Someone has poisoned Thalia sacred tree, which means that the protection of the camp is about to fall, and nothing can keep the monsters from invading.
Wood can only heal the mythical Golden Fleece, hidden on the island of Polyphemus. To reach it, you need to swim across the sea monsters and fight with its inhabitants - the Scylla and Charybdis, sirens and fruity treacherous sorceress Circe.
Shoot a sequel is going German Thor Freudenthal, for some time laboring fervently in the field of family films in Hollywood. Among his works are "Hotel for Dogs" and "Diary of a weakling."
Nathan Fillion, who is an icon of geeks in the West, thanks to TV series "Firefly" and friendship with director Joss Weedon was in the sequel to the role of god Hermes. Recall that in Greek mythology, Hermes was the god of trade, profit, wisdom, dexterity, imposture, fraud, theft and eloquence. Messenger of the gods and conductor of souls of the dead into the underworld of Hades, Hermes is usually depicted young boys, but in the movie Freudenthal will be like Nathan Fillion.
In the universe of Percy Jackson Hermes is the father of the protagonist antagonist played by Jake Abel.
After the second "Expendables" Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone will shoot together again. At this time in the "Tomb" of Michael Hofstrem. Earlier there were rumors about participation in a tape of the former governor of California, but now they are confirmed by Arnie himself.
Initially, the project has been sharpened by Bruce Willis, but ultimately passed on to Sylvester Stallone. He is currently working on post-production sequel to "The Expendables" by Simon West, and also starred in Walter Hill's film "Bullet in the head." And Schwarzenegger was interested in "Tomb" before Sly, but as a result, actors will play there together.
Stallone will embody the image of Ray Breslin, professional of security systems. In the analysis of problems Breslin's largest maximum security prison, which will result in a draft of the colony from which it will be impossible to escape. But Ray is substituted, and he turns in this prison, which was responsible for the design. There are no opportunities to escape from it, but Breslin will demonstrate his abilities to find a loophole where excluded unauthorized exit. Schwarzenegger will play uneasy prisoner, who helps inmates to keep their humanity in the most difficult moments for them.
Director of the film is a Swede Mikael Hofstrem. Among his accomplishments is Award for "Oscar" for the drama "Evil" and quite successful thrillers "1408" and "Derailed."
Producer of "The Tomb” Mark Canton is extremely agitated by the possibility of such co-operation with Schwarzenegger and Stallone and calls them a perfect duo for this explosive thriller. He also notes that considerable effort has been made to get the stars in the project.
In picture production is engaged Summit.
Lionsgate studio is courting a screenwriter Simon Bofoya, the laureate of "Oscar" for the adaptation of the book Wicasa Swarup "Q & A" in the film "Slumdog Millionaire", to bring him to the script of the sequel "The Hunger Games." The second novel of trilogy from Suzanne Collins is called "Catching fire".
Those, who have read the book know that the main theme in it is a jubilee, the 75th games played on the Capitol, the capital of Panem. "Hunger Games" is nothing but an attempt to intimidate the existing 12 districts for the edification of the rebellion, arranged many years ago in the 13th District. Capitol wiped out all its inhabitants, and now every year, selects from each district boys and girls to participate in a deadly game of survival.
The heroine Jennifer Lawrence will have again to go through a nightmare in the arena where the games held, since every 25 years the Capitol is the surviving winners of the previous games and pushes them together.
On the script for "Hunger Games" worked Billy Ray and director Gary Ross, but Ross is now working on the first film, and he is not engaged in a script to the sequel. "Catching fire" can be adapted for film Englishman Simon Bofoy, who worked with Danny Boyle on "Slumdog Millionaire" and "127 hours".
From Swarup's novel in the film was only a Boyle story - writer masterfully reworked the text, turning it into a somewhat different story. The book, which has appeared at the heart of "Millionaire," is much darker and literally littered with corpses, in contrast to the bright light of Boyle film.
According to insiders, Gary Ross stays on the director's office of "The Hunger Games." Formal negotiations with Simon Bofoe not yet begun, but Lionsgate said, "Catching fire" is priority project, so in the near future we will be determined by a screenwriter.
"Hunger Games" is rolling out in March 23, 2012.
In London has been held a press conference of the founders of a new series of James Bond. 23rd film will be officially named Skyfall. The director is Sam Mendes, the 007 continues to play Daniel Craig, and the role of chief villain - Javier Bardem. Filming begins today.
As usual, another spy franchise series will be filmed in various parts of the world. According to Mendez, the shooting will take place in London, Shanghai, Istanbul, and in some cities in Scotland. "I am a childhood fan of the films" - confessed director. For the first time Sam saw Bond in "Live and Let Die", but only after "Casino Royale" wanted personally to take part in bondiane.
Mendez praised screenplay by John Logan, Patrick Marber and Neal Purvis and reported that it contains all the elements of classic films about 007 and, of course, lots of action scenes. If he has six months work on the painting will remain all the same excitement, in which the director resides today, he will gladly take up the next series of James Bond. Unless, of course, the producers would not be opposed.
In addition to Craig, Judi Dench and Bardem, playing M in Skyfall will star a star of "Perfume" Ben Wishaw, but who exactly he will play, Mendes did not disclose. Also it has been confirmed participation of Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney.
Bond girls will be French Berenice Marlowe and English Naomi Harris, a friend of the audience for the franchise, "Pirates of the Caribbean." Marlowe plays a mysterious beauty named Severin, and Harris got the role of Agent Eve. To enter into the role, Naomi learned masterful driving, ran three times a week for yoga, as well as addicted to shooting a machine gun.
Javier Bardem, who has long been attributed to the project as the main villain, has admitted that he and Bond connected with lots of good memories from childhood: "In those films were amazing stories!" No details about his character Bardem did not say, but gave an excellent sentence: "Who told you that villain must be a bad person? Someone thinks I'm good! "
What is Skyfall? Producer Barbara Broccoli responds: "This word means an emotional context, which will be explained in the film."
Note also that the segment Skyfall is not related to previous series with Craig. This is an original story, but the director refuses to call the names of heroes of Wishaw, and Finney Fiennes as James Bond fans may recognize them.
With the successful launch of the "Lion King" in 3D Studio Disney announced about coming release of its other classic cartoon with three-dimensional images. "Beauty and the Beast," "Finding Nemo," "Monsters Inc." and "The Little Mermaid" will receive a new life on the big screen.
"The Lion King" in 3D has earned in the U.S. box office for 80 million dollars. The reason for this success is called artful studio practice to limit DVD-releases of its films. "The Lion King" for some time now is not available on digital media, so parents were happy to take their children to the cinema on classic cartoon. In addition, in September U.S. release was short of pictures for family viewing than Disney and benefited.
The absence in January release of the new family film, prompting the studio to plan edition of "Beauty and the Beast" in 3D for January 13, 2012. “Finding Nemo” will begin in September 14, 2012-th, while “Monsters” will scare kids in January 18, 2013 on the eve of the premiere summer sequel. Finally, “The Little Mermaid 3D" will be in U.S. cinemas in September 13, 2013.
Conversion of "Beauty and the Beast" in 3D-format has already been completed. Originally scheduled for release before the cartoon "King Lion", but limited to a two-week show at the Hollywood cinema "El Capitan" followed by a wide release in January 2012.
Typically, the process of converting an ordinary film into 3D format takes five to eight weeks - this is depending on the length and complexity of the film. Given that the film "Beauty and the Beast" is ready, the studio can work quietly on "Finding Nemo."
In the future, the viewer expects an influx of old movies in the new format. In April we will be able to see "Titanic" of James Cameron, spending much more time to convert than other companies.
But before Cameron, his new version of the old movie will show George Lucas. What will be the first episode of "Star Wars", an American viewer will learn in February 2012. If these films do good box office in a few months of new releases will have to push in a rolling schedule with proven hits in 3D.