17 October, 2014

Guillermo del Toro talks Pacific Rim future

Turns out Guillermo del Toro is hard at work with screen writing pal Zak Penn on the sequel to "Pacific Rim", here is what he had to say about the future of his potential trilogy;


"The direction we're going in is very different from the first," del Toro divulges. "All I can say is some of your favorite characters come back, some others don't because we have decided that we're going to shoot ambitiously and say 'Let's hope we have three movies,’'so some characters come in at the end of the second, hoping that it will ramp up on the third one. I hope people like it but you're gonna get a very different experience from the first one." 

"We got the first draft of the movie now, and we are going to spend another 4-5 months on the screenplay before we start pre-production," del Toro confirmed. "We start pre-production next year in August-September and start shooting November-December next year."

Trailer for Chris Rock's "Top Five"

Paramount Pictures have just released the trailer for their upcoming Comedy film "Top Five", the film is written, directed and starring Chris Rock the film will also include Rosario Dawson, JB Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Jay Pharoah, Anders Holm and Michael Che.
"A comedian tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality-TV star fiancé talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her TV show." IMDB

Scarlett Johansson offered Ghost In The Shell role

There has been talk of a live action version of this for as long as I have been a film fan, while Anime/Manga is not really my world I know VERY little about it. While I understand the idea to cast to a big name actress to bring in more money, that is not necessarily always the case when it comes to staying true to source material. It was only last month that I was reading that Margot Robbie was in final negotiations to take over the lead.

Joel Edgerton & Jai Courtney interview

Recently Australian duo Jai Courtney and Joel Edgerton gave an interview to ComingSoon about their upcoming Thriller film "Felony" which released in Australia this year and releases in the coming weeks in the wider market. The interview is a long read but a good one for fans of the actors or people into the upcoming film which is about;
"Three male detectives become embroiled in a tense struggle after a tragic accident that leaves a child in a coma. One is guilty of a crime, one will try to cover it up, and the other attempts to expose it. How far will these men go to both disguise and unravel the truth?" IMDB

"I met Joel on Skype," Edgerton admits. "He was in the middle of shooting 'Die Hard' in Bulgaria or wherever he was and he came across our radar and talked to us about getting involved. He was perfect for the role, but I wasn't aware of him yet. I'd heard about him being out and about doing good things."

"Joel's a lovely guy and we didn't know each other before going to work together," Courtney confirms, "but I've always had an enormous amount of respect for him as an actor. Moving into these other creative forays it's great to see him blossoming. I was very excited at the possibility of working with him just based on the script I read that he'd written. Through the film itself we didn’t have a lot to do with each other, so there wasn't a ton. We just got on like a house on fire and we've become good mates since. We hope to do something together again soon."

There's an interesting dichotomy that exists between the two characters, since Jim sees Malcolm as an adversary, while Malcolm sees Jim only as a reminder of his own misdeeds.

"He sees him as another aspect of the conscience," Edgerton elaborates. "I spent a fair amount of time with certain detectives in the area of Sydney where I'd set the movie, and we talked about the old guard vs. the new guard, these younger detectives coming up more through the collegiate ranks who are really sticking to the rulebook. The older guys had matured into what they called more 'flexible policing' or 'fluid policing.' Creative policing. Not about corruption, but getting the job done in a way that sometimes the rules don't allow you to. The end justifies the means."

"Tom's character definitely has a bit of creative policing, striving for a virtuous result," continues Edgerton. "Jai represents that really young machine, so our relationship is almost prickly, like we were never built to be friends. Cut to three or so days or weeks or months after this film ends there's potential that the relationship has shifted."

Courtney has so far built his name on roles that require a physicality (i.e. action flicks like Divergent or the upcoming Terminator Genisys), but Jim's modus operandi is internal to the point that most of the things going on inside him aren't even verbalized.

"It was refreshing," Courtney says of the part. "When you get a script that's this well written the clues are all there, you have this wonderful blueprint. You pull it off the page and wonder what you're going to do with that. Sometimes it's about, 'What if this changed and we introduced that? We gave him a son…' Sometimes there's room for that, but with the script Joel constructed it was attractive to me to go in and play this semi-naïve young cop who has a real clear sense of right and wrong. It's kind of an idealistic approach. He has a very clear moral compass where if you've done something wrong you must suffer the consequences of it. The exploration is around the question of whether that's actually possible. It was really dense territory."

Like the narrator of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart," Edgerton's Malcolm finds himself tearing apart under the weight of his own guilt, and as the condition of the injured child worsens he feels more and more compelled to confess despite the protests of Carl or even his own wife, played by Melissa George.

"I really believe guilt finds its way out of a person," says Edgerton. "Tom's character kind of nails it when he says, 'Prison is for pricks who don't have their punishment here [points to head].' Where does guilt and punishment lie, and are we not more expressive over remorse or guilt when other people see the badness in us? When people become aware of our guilt we then have to show them that we have contrition and repentance because someone else knows I've done a bad thing, whereas if a tree falls in the woods and no one's there to hear it do you just let time and the world swallow up evidence?"

"We all have very different opinions of circumstance," Courtney explains. "Jim's not connected to Malcolm in any way other than the fact that they've met each other a few times and work the same branch of this detective squad. He's drawn the conclusion in his head that this guy's done something terrible, lied about it, and is trying to keep the secret under the rug and get on with his happy life. Obviously that's not the case. The punishment Joel is giving himself, that twisted knot building in his stomach, probably makes the outcome inevitable. It's less about Jim trying to put him behind bars."

While Jim's presence charges those pangs of guilt, Malcolm remains deeply conflicted over the ripple effect his admission would have on everyone he cares about.

Edgerton speculates, "What effect does that different pathway have? If he goes to prison for awhile what effect does that have on his kids, yet if he doesn't go to prison his nature and personality changes while trying to be a father. How does that effect the children? The movie's not necessarily about Malcolm as much as it's about the whole tapestry of people who are affected by one incident. The child and the mother, my wife and children, Jai, and you could create a great story that spills further and wider than that."

While Courtney enjoyed the process of getting to spread his wings as an actor, he found humor in Jim's relentless pursuit of justice.

Courtney says, "I used to joke with Matthew Saville, our director, about how many thousands of yards that I had to stare in this movie because it feels like that's all I do. Looking at Joel being suspicious. It was funny! It felt like there was a lot of that. Obviously when it comes together as a film it's about a lot more. It was great to play something that was a lot more internalized. The fleshing out of his character wasn't hanging on witty quips or lines thrown in amongst action pieces. If I get to do stunts and drive cars and crash things and shoot things in other movies people assume that's the most fun stuff, and it can be. It's good to hang around with those toys and do that, but for me as an actor that's not where I'm most fulfilled, it's when you can really explore the drama of something."

Working at the top of event movie machinery is something Courtney fell into rather quickly in his career, whereas it's taken many years for Edgerton to finally get a taste of true stardom by co-starring with Christian Bale in Ridley Scott's upcoming Bible epic Exodus: Gods and Kings.

"It's been kind of a slow stepping stone thing for me over the years, which has been great," Edgerton admits. "'Gatsby' was a big thing for me, but I was just one of the components of that machine. Doing Ridley's movie was like another step up altogether, and going toe-to-toe with one of my favorite actors under the guidance of a director I've been gagging to work with for f*cking years. Made it all the more great when ten years ago he made 'Kingdom of Heaven' and I was in 'King Arthur' over in Ireland, and I sent him an audition tape. I remember hearing a rumor that there was a photo of me on his wall in the production office that he was maybe thinking of putting me in the mix somewhere. There was a feeling at the time that I came close to working with the guy, so to have him call me up ten years later and ask me to take a major part in his movie was really awesome."

"I'd be lying to say that I haven't cast myself in that [movie star] role through my life," he continued, "as in would I ever get to the top of those lists or however you want to express it. I always wanted the challenges of it. I'm 40 years old now and I've watched a lot of people I've known, acquaintances and even close friends become really famous and see their lives effected or shut down by it. People react in different ways. I've also, thorough my twenty years as an actor, seen the massive growth of the internet and chatter of the TMZ generation, and its become a field of landmines. One wrong move and you destroy your career. The work's great, so it is kind of like doing a deal with the devil but you pay for all the benefits. Life is exciting."

Saw producer says "it's time", REALLY?!?

The original "Saw" is returning to the cinema this Halloween to celebrate the franchises 10th anniversary, ShockTillYouDrop recently got to speak with the franchise producer Oren Koules. Here is what he had to say;

"When 'Saw' came out [James Wan and Leigh Whannel] were so afraid of being 'the 'Saw' guys,'" says producer Oren Koules. "They were trying to make their own mark. Now that they’ve made their own mark, they’re very comfortable to come back. We’re getting there. James and Leigh are absolutely going to put their mark on it. It’s one of the reasons we agreed to do this again. We kind of wanted to build it up."

"Our goal, is to go to Comic-Con, not next summer but the summer after with our heads up saying, 'Here we go.' James and Leigh are comfortable with the success they’ve had. And it’s time. James is in post on his movie. Leigh’s on post on [Insidious Chapter 3]. Everyone has time and it’s time.”

15 October, 2014

Marvel & DC films before 2020!

With the recent announcement from Warner Bros & DC about their line up, we now have the full Marvel & DC line up for the next 6 years. Check out the list, feel free to correct me if there is any mistakes. As it stands there is 27, yes 27 coming in the next several years, that is without Justice League Dark, solo Batman, solo Superman and the Star Wars reboot 6 of them, so probably closer to 40!

  1. Avengers: Age Of Ultron: May 1, 2015 (Marvel) 
  2. Ant-Man: July 17, 2015 (Marvel) 
  3. Fantastic Four August 7, 2015 (Fox) 
  4. Deadpool February 12, 2016 (Fox) 
  5. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice March 25, 2016 (WB) 
  6. Captain America 3: May 6, 2016 (Marvel) 
  7. X-Men: Apocalypse May 27, 2016 (Fox) 
  8. Marvel: Untitled Film: July 8, 2016 
  9. Suicide Squad 2016 (WB) 
  10. Sinister Six November 11, 2016 (Sony) 
  11. Justice League 2017 (WB) 
  12. Marvel: Untitled Film: May 5, 2017 
  13. Wonder Woman 2017 (WB) 
  14. Fantastic Four 2 July 14, 2017 (FOX) 
  15. Guardians of the Galaxy 2: July 28, 2017 (Marvel) 
  16. Marvel: Untitled Film: November 3, 2017 
  17. The Flash 2018 (WB) 
  18. Marvel: Untitled Film: May 8, 2018 
  19. Amazing Spider-Man 3 2018 (Sony) 
  20. Marvel: Untitled Film: July 6, 2018 
  21. Aquaman 2018 (WB) 
  22. Marvel: Untitled Film: November 2, 2018 
  23. Marvel: Untitled Film: May 3, 2019 
  24. Shazam 2019 (WB) 
  25. Justice League Part Two 2019 (WB) 
  26. Cyborg 2020 (WB) 
  27. Green Lantern 2020 (WB)

Warner Bros and DC announce their line up!

So here it is the news we have ALL been waiting for, for months now, Warner Bros & DC's lineup for them to try take on the comic film behemoths Marvel. Up to now all we have had was release dates for nine untitled films, now we have TITLES!

Anyway, enough beating around the bush, here is the official press release;

As part of his presentation, Tsujihara announced a bold expansion of the industry's broadest theatrical slate, built around the largest, most important global franchises. Warner Bros. Pictures will release three LEGO-branded films over the next four years, building upon the enormous success of this year's "The LEGO Movie" ($468 million worldwide box office), starting with "Ninjago" in 2016, directed by Charlie Bean and produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Batman will take a star turn in "The LEGO Batman Movie" in 2017, directed by Chris McKay, and the sequel, "The LEGO Movie 2," will debut in 2018. 

The Studio will release three pictures, in 2016, 2018 and 2020, based on best-selling author J.K. Rowling's original story and screenwriting debut, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." Set in an extension of her familiar wizarding world, featuring magical creatures and characters inspired by Harry Potter's Hogwarts textbook and its fictitious author, Newt Scamander, "Fantastic Beasts" will be directed by David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, and reunite the filmmaking team of David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. 

And, in a massive expansion of the Studio's DC Entertainment-branded content, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema will release a slate of at least 10 movies--as well as stand-alone Batman and Superman films--from 2016 through 2020 that expands this prized universe of characters: 

- "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," directed by Zack Snyder (2016) 
- "Suicide Squad," directed by David Ayer (2016) 
- "Wonder Woman," starring Gal Gadot (2017) 
- "Justice League Part One," directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017) 
- "The Flash," starring Ezra Miller (2018) 
- "Aquaman," starring Jason Momoa (2018) 
- "Shazam" (2019) 
- "Justice League Part Two," directed by Zack Snyder (2019) 
- "Cyborg," starring Ray Fisher (2020) 
- "Green Lantern" (2020)