Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bond 24 and 25 already in development

As Skyfall opens in the U.K. today, James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson have quietly hired Skyfall writer John Logan to pen not one but two 007 films.
According to Deadline, the writer pitched an original two-movie arc while Skyfall was in production, and he has already begun writing the scripts.
A successful playwright, Logan has also worked on such films as Gladiator, Hugo, The Aviator, The Last Samurai and Star Trek: Nemesis. He also wrote the screenplay for Darren Aronofsky's forthcoming biblical epic Noah, starring Russel Crowe.

The Wolverine set after X-Men: The Last Stand

For many, it was assumed that director James Mangold's upcoming The Wolverine would act as followup to 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Given that this new film is set in Japan, coupled with the after-credits sequence of Logan in Japan from the previous film, it was widely assumed that The Wolverine would be a direct sequel leading up to Bryan Singer's X-Men from 2000.
However, Mangold recently said this isn't the case. In fact, The Wolverine isn't a prequel at all. "Where this film sits in the universe of the films is after them all," the filmmaker told Empire. "Jean Grey is gone, most of the X-Men are disbanded or gone, so there's a tremendous sense of isolation for him."
Having said that, there will still be some sequences set during World War II, but the rest of the film will take place post-X-Men: The Last Stand.
"That's something that for me was very important, that I land in a very specific place in his timeline," Mangold continued. "I wanted to be able to tell the story without the burden of handing it off to a film that already exists and having to conform to it. The ideas of immortality reign very heavily in this story and the burden of immortality weighs heavily on Logan. For me that's such an interesting part of Logan's character that is nearly impossible to explore if you have a kind of league or team movie."
While most X-Men films have been categorized as "comic book action adventure," Mangold said this latest entry is more of a "Japanese noir picture with tentpole action in it."
The Wolverine stars Hugh Jackman, and is scheduled for release on July 26, 2013.

Arnold Schwarzenegger returns in 'Ten'

Here's your first look at Arnold Schwarzenegger in the upcoming cop action-thriller Ten, directed by End of Watch's David Ayer.
In Ten, an elite DEA task force deals with the world's deadliest drug cartels. Specializing in complex mobile operations, the team executes a tactical raid on a cartel safe house. What looks to be a typical raid turns out to be an elaborate theft operation, pre-planned by the DEA squad.
After hiding millions in stolen cash, the team believes their secret is safe – until someone begins assassinating them one by one.

George Clooney to direct 'The Monuments Men'

Oscar winner George Clooney has assembled a stellar ensemble cast for his next directing effort, The Monuments Men.
According to Deadline, Clooney has cast Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett,Jean Dujardin (who beat Clooney in the Best Actor Oscar race last year), John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville and Bob Balaban. Yes, we will finally have that movie where Batman, Bond, Peter Venkman, Galadriel, and Fred Flintstone will all share the screen together!
The World War II drama, which is a Sony/Fox co-production, reportedly "confronts the final chapter of Germany’s rule, which came down to the absolute destruction of everything that makes a culture keep its standing, including the lives that are lost and the sacrifices that are made. All of this is in danger of being lost forever as Hitler and the Nazis try to cover the tracks of a murderous regime. A crew of art historians and museum curators unite to recover renown works of art that were stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys them."
Clooney also co-wrote the script with his Smokehouse producing partner Grant Heslov, adapting the 2009 book by Robert Edsel. The score will be done by Alexander Desplat (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 and 2). Filming begins March 1 in Europe.