1). Given the pace at which Terrence Malick earlier shot his movies, I want to say that the director switched to assembly line. His new picture with the alleged name "The Burial" has been completed and will be released next year, and at the beginning of 2012 Malik will start shooting a new, unnamed project so far with Christian Bale in the title role.
From 1973 to 2010, Terrence Malick took only four films. Just in the fourth scene, the drama "New World", one of the roles played Christian Bale. The fifth film of director, an existential drama "Tree of Life," received the "Golden Palm" at Cannes.
Malik was going to shoot Bale in "Burial", but the actor failed to settle the shooting schedule, so the role went to Ben Affleck. Also, the project involved Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Javier Bardem, Jessica Chastain and Olga Kurylenko.
The site Twitch argues that in the new picture will be much less master cast. It is expected that this will be the story of men and women. It remains only to find an actress who becomes a partner of Bale. According to rumors, Malik has four contenders: Rooney Mara, Haley Bennett, Clemence Poesy, and Mia Wasikowska.
2). Considering how many projects has taken up in recent years Brian De Palma, it is hard to say which of them eventually will be on the big screen. The other day the director signed up to stage thriller "The Key Man".
Scenario to the picture will write Joby Harold. To date, writer has only one work, which was filmed - crime drama "Awake".
Harold also wrote the script for the manga "All You Need Is Kill".
"The Key Man" - the story in the style of "Three Days of Condor" and "Marathon." The main character, a single father, forced to hide from government agents, because his body hidden by the answers to some very important state secrets.
Brian De Palma for the last time was going to shoot a remake of the French thriller "Criminal Love". It was assumed that the director will announce the cast in May at the Cannes Film Festival, but not a word about the project has been said.
The last film of director of "Untouchables" was a picture of "Redacted", published in 2007. Last summer, Brian De Palma was going to film the novel of Gardner McKay Toyer. It seems that the project is postponed again on the shelf.
Shooting of "The Key Man" is scheduled to begin later this year.
After the prequel "Alien" turned into a project "Prometheus" by Ridley Scott, one could expect anything. But hardly anyone thought that the director personally take in hand the formulation of the new movie universe of "Blade Runner."
In March this year, the company Alcon Entertainment has acquired rights to the franchise of "Blade Runner" with Bud Yorkin executive producer. The company has no right to take direct a remake of Ridley Scott, however, could put a sequel, prequel or even a TV series based on classic fantasy.
As it became known today, Ridley Scott volunteered to produce and shoot a new film of "Blade Runner" for Alcon. Lets’ call it a sequel, because it is unknown what plans director.
Recall that the original film in 1982 has undergone a lot of problems at the production stage has been modified for release, and in 2007 only became available in the form in which its director intended. So strangely enough, Scott decided to return to the universe of Richard Deckard and the replicants, invented by Philip K. Dick.
In the year of its release "Blade Runner" was a blockbuster. It has collected just $ 32 million in U.S. box office with a budget of 28 million. However, the picture eventually gained cult status and is still considered one of the best adaptations of Dick.
The news about Scott's involvement in the Alcon project automatically raises many questions. What would it be? Sequel? Prequel? Something entirely new? With Harrison Ford or not? Etc,.
Scott has a very tight schedule. The director is currently working on "Prometheus", which is rumored to be very close to the "alien", then he has a lot of options - from screening, "Monopoly" to the American version of "Red Riding". But let's hope that first he will continue the story of "Blade Runner."
While the rest of the film world is trying to understand on what in the "Lone Ranger" Disney was going to spend $ 250 million, director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer continue to seek refuge for their ambitious project by screening seven-volume edition of Stephen King "Dark Tower".
Today is not a very good time for ambitious projects. Especially if it puts a hand to an outstanding personality like Guillermo del Toro - Universal closed his "At the mountains of madness", unable to cope with the fantasy of the director and ballooning budget. However, there is always hope that the picture gets a green light to another studio, although not in the near future.
Something like this may be also with the recently destroyed "Dark Tower". The other day Brian Grazer told the publication "New York Post", that until next year we can forget about "Tower", but Ron Howard is looking for outside funding, as well as studio-majors, which has undertaken to release a movie. In the near future, Howard begins to shoot sports drama "Race" about "Formula 1".
Recall that according to seven King's books have been planned to make three feature films and TV series to put between them for two seasons. According to Grazer, the idea of shooting "Dark Tower" in part for the TV will not go away. The role of needle Roland Diskeyn still was listed by Javier Bardem.
External funding has long ceased to be a lot of independent or small-budget projects. In particular, the company Media Rights Capital shouldered all expenses for work on the painting "Elysium" of Neil Blomkamp, and then project has been picked up by Sony. Producer David Ellison has invested in the "True grit" and even in the thriller "Mission: Impossible: The Phantom Protocol", when Paramount doubt in Tom Cruise. However, the "Dark Tower" - rather ambitious project, a very nonstandard, which could deter even potential investors.
British director Steve McQueen made his film debut in drama "Hunger" with Michael Fassbender and filmed him also in the movie "Shame," the premiere of which will be in Venice in a couple of weeks. The third picture of director will be filmed according to the book of Solomon Northup, "Twelve years in slavery," published in 1853. Producer of the tape is listed Brad Pitt and his company, Plan B, and the main role will be performed by Chivitel Ejiofor.
Star of films "Mission "Serenity" and "Salt" will play a free New Yorker Solomon Northup, abducted in 1841. 12 years he spent in slavery on the cotton plantations in Louisiana, and then managed to regain his freedom. Solomon was an educated man who knew how to play the violin well and have sufficient writing talent to paint as precisely as possible all the features of slavery in America, the mid-19th century.
Steve McQueen and Chivitel Ejiofor already tried to work together. Given that they are both from the UK, it is not surprising. Last spring, McQueen was going to put the drama "Fela" about Nigerian musician Fele Kuti. The project failed, but not the desire for cooperation.
It is interesting that Ejiofor has just finished shooting in the film "Savannah", where he played a freed slave that creates a business partnership with a white aristocrat in the early 20th century. Theme of slavery also becomes a leitmotif of the new tape of Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained."
Remake of "The Crow" urgently needs a new leading man. Actor Bradley Cooper has left the project because not able to combine his work schedules. The studio Relatively has already found a couple of actors for replacement.
Bradley Cooper in the autumn should begin shooting in the drama of David O. Russell "The Silver Lining playbook".
Recall that earlier the actor has left this project, but eventually returned and even picked up with a buddy of fiction "Area of Darkness" Robert De Niro. Cooper will have to perform on the screen a Lucifer from ambitious poem "Paradise Lost", which wrote Alex Proyas.
Filming of "The Raven" is scheduled for early 2012 - at precisely the time when Cooper took over the devil watch. So to play the murdered musician, having risen from the dead to take revenge, he will not be able.
On the place of protagonist in "The Crow" immediately began to claim two actors: Mark Wahlberg and Channing Tatum. It's interesting that Wahlberg has replaced the departed from the "The Silver Lining playbook" Cooper and he was listed as one of the main contenders for the role of Eric Dreyven. Rumors about the involvement of Wahlberg in "The Crow" started last fall, but the actor delivered a rebuttal, stating that he has no longer anything to do with the project.
Channing Tatum soon began filming the sequel to "Cobra Throw" after which his schedule is free.
Which of these two candidates will occupy the vacant seat we shall see. It is quite possible that there will be somebody else. The director of a remake of "The Crow" is Brazilian Juan Carlos Fresnadilo. The original 1994 role of Eric Dreyvena has played Brandon Lee, son of Bruce Lee. The actor died while filming in mysterious circumstances.
Declared in April this year the film "Magic Mike" continues to acquire the cast. Steven Soderbergh has approved Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer on the role of strippers and their characters will work in a club where Matthew McConaughey will be a manager.
According to the plot, Magic Mike will be a hero of Tatum. Partly based on personal experience of the film actor who in his youth worked part time as a stripper. Channing told Soderbergh about this while working on the thriller "Haywire" and the director decided to make a movie about how an experienced stripper takes a new colleague under his wing.
Young talent in the "Magic Mike" will play Alex Pettyfer. Matthew McConaughey got the role of Dallas, a former dancer and now a club owner "Xquisite", where works Mike and his colleague.
For McConaughey this will be the fifth consecutive independent project. The actor seems to have deliberately departs from the usual romantic comedies. He starred with directors like Richard Linklater and William Friedkin, signed on a new picture of Jeff Nichols 'Mood', and is now engaged in the project "Paperboy" of Lee Daniels. Friedkin's crime drama "Killer Joe" with Matthew this year entered into the program of Venice Film Festival.
Budget of "Magic Mike" is very modest - from 6 to 7 million dollars. Filming is scheduled for next month already.
Recall that Steven Soderbergh is going to leave the cinema. Before that, he will remove the "Magic Mike", a film about a pianist Liberache with Michael Douglas and film series "The Man from UNCLE".
Director of "Masters night," James Gray is going to film the book of Mark Greene, "Gray Man." Major role in the thriller about a former CIA operative, which became a killer will play Brad Pitt. Gray promises to make a film from the perspective of the killer.
Hero of the debut novel called Kurt Greene Gintri. Entered into conflict with his superiors at the CIA operative was a secret death warrant. But he managed to escape, and now he's - gray man, a dangerous mercenary who carries out orders without the noise and dust. Grey Man's reputation is growing every day. The true identity of the killer is not knowing anyone except former handler Kurt, Sir Donald Fittsroy. The CIA wants to see the Gray Man dead and ready to do anything to do this. His head hit man assigned to a big reward. And now, in the footsteps of the Grey Man are the best killers in the world.
For the director job on "Grey man" would be unusual: Gray for the most part takes the drama and action for it to be a novelty. However, director promises that his film will be different from other paintings, in which the former agents go to the other side of the law. James Gray is going to put a picture from the perspective of the killer. He has a similar trick in the film "We Own the Night," when filming a scene in which hero Joaquin Phoenix sees the killing of his father, the chief of police in the performance of Robert Duvall. "Almost every shot in that scene is shown from the perspective of Joaquin, and I want to make the new film in such a way," - says Gray.
James - a big fan of Paul Greengrass film about Jason Bourne, but is going to go his own way. "Paul came to shoot a documentary authenticity, and this is his style. I want to achieve the opposite effect and make the viewer feel as a professional killer. You attach human qualities to him, not moving away from his experience. "
It is interesting that James Gray has worked only one day with Brad Pitt. The director had to put adaptation of the novel "The Lost City of Z" with Pitt in the title role. But in the end the project was closed (according to rumors, Paramount did not agree with Gray on the issue fee), and Brad shoots now in another movie with "Z" in the title.
Pitt name mentioned in connection with the "Gray man" back in January of this year, but it was unclear how the actor will dispose of his time. The fact that he and his girlfriend Angelina Jolie will never work in parallel - the actors are trying to alternate their projects, so as not to leave children unattended.
Shooting of "Grey Man" will begin in January and February 2012.
Star fighter of 80th Jean-Claude Van Damme is going to shoot in sci-fi thriller "UFO" - on which work is already underway in the UK. Director of the film - Dominic Burns and in the roles are also occupied Sean Brosnan and Simon Phillips.
Van Damme came to get quite interesting - the director wrote the e-mail to actor's wife. "I was amazed when he agreed," - said Dominic Burns. "UFO" will be the third project of British producer. A former employee of the radio station he worked for a long time on television, then moved to cinema.
Filming of "UFO" has already begun in the English town of Derby. "I've heard that Jean-Claude was in Derby on a show of martial arts, but then he spent in the city just a few hours - says director. - I heard he liked it here, so this time he delayed a little longer. "
Burns describes his "UFO" as "Independence Day" plus "Monsters," and all this in terms of "Signs." The main characters, five friends from the English heartland, wake up in the morning, find that there is no electricity, mobile phones do not work as well on the radio just white noise.
Jean-Claude Van Damme recently stars rare. After a successful drama, "J. K. VD "actor refused a number of proposals, including actions " Expendables" but starred in the movie " Universal Soldier 3: The Rebirth". Release of "UFO" is expected in the coming year.
Director of the "Fast and the Furious 5" Justin Lin changed his mind to shoot a remake of "Highlander", but will stay at the project as executive producer. Lin has rather strong reasons for this: he will not only remove the sixth series of the franchise, "Fast and the Furious," but also will work on the new "Terminator". The latter he managed to talk with James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The studio Summit has bought the rights to remake "Highlander" in May 2008, Lin was assigned to the project in September 2009. However, the success of the past "Fast and the Furious" has changed director's career abruptly, making him one of the most sought-after directors in Hollywood. 38-year-old native of Taiwan in April this year received a proposal to remove the new version of "Terminator."
For Summit "Highlander" is a priority, because after the "Twilight" series studio really wants to find another long-playing and profitable fantasy franchise.
As for Justin Lin, director confirmed to the site Playlist, that soon will make the film "The Fast and the Furious 6," which premieres scheduled for May 24, 2013. In addition, Lin is already being involved in work on "Terminator."
"This week I met informally with Arnold and James Cameron - says director - From the James side it was very kind to agree, because he has no relation to the new "Terminator". He even will not even produce the film, but just come talk to me as a filmmaker, which is very important. "
Despite the meeting, the director can’t yet say for sure that "Terminator" is guaranteed to be his film.
The final part of the Harry Potter franchise has recently become the highest grossing film of 2011, collecting 1.135 billion in worldwide box office. So, director David Yates will not stay without work - studio Warner has suggested that he make a film based on the novel by Stephen King "Confrontation".
In the story, on the secret base is a leak of deadly virus. The entire staff of the laboratory is killed on the job. Miraculously survived one of the guards with his wife and child. However, his release from the base cost thousands of lives: the virus is a terrible epidemic.
Few survivors were divided into two camps: some have remained true to the ideals of the past, others have joined the mysterious black man who aspires to world domination.
According to the site Hitfix, studio Warner has already received approval and Yates is making the final touches on a deal. From the team of "Potter" will be also engaged screenwriter Stephen Klovz, who will adapt the King’s book for the big screen.
About involvement to the "Confrontation" David Yates has mentioned during startup of "Deathly Hallows 2", but then the director merely considering the possibility of staging the film. Now, as reported by insiders, an agreement is reached, and Warner will run the project into production as quickly as possible, since the "Confrontation" is a priority for the studio.
Moreover, like "Harry Potter", "Confrontation" will turn into several feature films. Earlier, King's novel was adapted as a television series. The writer even suggested that the studio remove the trilogy, and take the lead role of Gary Sinise in the original series. It seems that Warner listened to at least one board poster.