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Natalie Portman To Star In ‘Pride & Prejudice & Zombies’!

Variety is reporting that Natalie Portman will star and produce the Jane Austen mash-up, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”, that shot to the top of the list of the New York Times Best Sellers list. P&P&Z (or whatever acronym you wanna give it) hit in April of this year and has caused a lot of praise and head-scratching. Also, it is exactly what you are thinking this is, with the notable addition of Chinese martial arts involved as well.

In the film Portman will play the main character Elizabeth Bennett, one of four sisters, who is particularly tough and adept at zombie slaying. While life seems to go on as usual inside the homes, outside the “dreadfuls” roam and maul people.

I actually have the book, and had given it a shot until I stopped about half way through. My problem really doesn’t fall on the idea, but rather the underlying story. I just can’t read Austen at this moment. Perhaps I will come back to it and finish the rest before the film releases. However, if you enjoy Austen, and are looking for a fresh take on her work(s) check out this Quirk Books production. Quirk Books has also published “Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters”.

Portman will produce through her handsomecharlie company along with Annette Savitch.

“Natalie and I are longtime passionate fans of Jane Austen’s books and this a fresh, fun and thought-provoking way to approach her work,” Savitch said. “The idea of zombies running rampant in 19th Century England may sound odd, but it lends a modern sense of urgency to a well known love story.”

Personally, I can’t believe this is actually happening. I had heard musings on it and even read articles about the far-off possibilities, but this just became a reality. I may not have been able to rip through the book as I had hoped, but I will definitely be lining up to see this film.

Thanks to ComingSoon.net for tweeting about this.

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December 11, 2009 Posted by | Breakin' News, Film announcements | , , | Leave a comment

‘Zombieland’, ‘Jackass’ Get 3-D Sequels

Variety has confirmed that Sony is making an effort to ink deals with the team behind “Zombieland” and plans are to bring the film to 3-D. Director Ruben Fleischer is set to return, as well as writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Meanwhile, stars Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg are in talks, but the feeling is that both would likely return.

Meanwhile, Paramount is moving forward with a third Jackass, entitled “Jackass 3”. Duh. This time though, the film will move to a third dimension. Filming is set to begin Jan. 25, 2010 and will hit later that year.

For more on why Zombieland was on shaky ground at first, hit the jump. Continue reading

December 3, 2009 Posted by | Breakin' News, Film announcements | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Next Supernatural Film Sensation? ‘Beautiful Creatures’

Variety’s BFDealmemo is reporting that Warner Brothers has acquired the rights to the first of a five-part book series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl entitled “Beautiful Creatures”.

The book revolves around high schooler Ethan Wate who despises his boring, small town. That is, until he meets 16-year old witch Lena Duchanne (no word on how to say that name yet). Duchanne’s family has moved back to town for the exact reason Wate dislikes it- it’s mundane.

Duchanne’s family is haunted by a curse and it is up to her and Wate to unravel the mystery while their relationship blossoms.

The first of the books was released yesterday.

This appears to be more of a love story compared to the currently popular “Harry Potter” series that WB is behind. Even the upcoming fantasy epic “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” (2010) appears to be similar only in the fantasy elements.

I won’t go as far to claim it is the next “Twilight”, but who knows what is to come right now. “Creatures” certainly is a romance based fantasy series.

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Scripting and directing duties have been given to Richard LaGravenese of “P.S. I Love You” fame. LaGravenese also has a number of other writing credits to his name, including “The Bridges of Madison County”, “The Horse Whisperer”, and the upcoming Narnia film “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”.

“I love supernatural stories that have well drawn mythologies, and I liked that this book has all the basic elements of a classic first love story with a supernatural layer over it,” LaGravanese said. Hit the jump for more plot details that might also be spoilers. Continue reading

December 1, 2009 Posted by | Breakin' News, Film announcements | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘The Experiment’ Looking For A Buyer, First Images

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I doubt they will be getting a tip for this haircut.

Bloody Disgusting has provided three high quality pictures from the upcoming remake of Oliver Hirschbiegel‘s “Das Experiment” from 2001. “The Experiment” stars Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker, Clifton Collins Jr., Cam Gigandet and Maggie Grace to round out an ensemble cast. Both films are based around the “Stanford Prison Experiment” from the 1970s that Dr. Philip Zambardo conducted. The synopsis of the experiment from his own website dedicated to the discussion and effects is after the jump along with the two other pictures, director information and possible release date. Continue reading

November 14, 2009 Posted by | Film announcements | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Interestin’ News: Mad Men Creator To Make Film Debut With Aniston, Cooper, Galifianakis

10_weiner_lglVariety is reporting that Matthew Weiner, creator of the runaway critical hit (and rising ratings) “Mad Men”, will make his feature debut with “You Are Here” starring Jennifer Aniston, Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis.

However, there is a catch. Instead of starting on the film between the third and fourth season of “Mad Men”, they will delay until 2011. This means that the trio of stars are committed to the film, and with Weiner set to direct, who wouldn’t be? “Mad Men” is one of TV’s best shows, and has the awards and fan adoration to prove it.

Weiner had wrote the romantic comedy while working on “The Sopranos” and he seems to be ready to jump into features now. In January, when “Mad Men” was renewed for two more seasons, he made a deal with Lionsgate for a completely undeveloped film referred to as a “blind feature commitment” by Variety. “You Are Here” is not that feature, and that just shows the power Weiner wields right now.

November 12, 2009 Posted by | Breakin' News, Film announcements, Interestin' News | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Interestin’ News: Gyllenhaal, Duncan Jones To Make ‘Source Code’, Delays ‘Mute’

Duncan-Jones-at-the-premi-001Variety is reporting that Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to star in director Duncan Jones new film “Source Code”. Jones broke out earlier this year with his directorial debut film “Moon” starring Sam Rockwell on, you guessed it, the moon. The director is also the son of famed music-artist David Bowie and has gathered quite a following.

Gyllenhaal would play, according to Variety, “a soldier (Colter) who wakes up in the body of an unknown commuter and is forced to live and relive a harrowing train bombing until he can determine who is responsible for it.”

While the original script was written by Ben Ripley (“Species III”), it has been reworked by Billy Ray Cryus (Writer and director of the fantastic “Breach”).

With an expected first quarter production next year, this will delay “Mute”, a film Jones had been working out a script for to re-team him with Rockwell. ScriptShadow has a review of the script for “Mute” and while there are critiques, the mood overall is upbeat and it should have amazing visuals when and if made into a movie.

November 12, 2009 Posted by | Breakin' News, Film announcements, Interestin' News | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lots Of Updates: Ninjas vs Aliens, Kick-Ass Posters, The Hobbit, And More

So, I haven’t updated in a while, and so I apologize for that. But, now that it has been close to a month without posts, here is a long one to make up for it.

First on the list is a film that was ripe for the picking and finally got plucked. /Film is reporting that a Japanese company is making a film titled “Ninjas Versus Aliens”. I won’t bore you with all the details, as there really isn’t much to be said. The plot basically boils down to ninjas fighting aliens, and you should know that is what you will be getting from the start. According to Russ Fischer, the zaniness of the latest small-budget action films coming out of Japan right now is extremely crazy, in a good way. All I can say is, sweet.

Next up is lots of early buzz for Mathew Vaughn’s (“Layer Cake”, “Stardust”) upcoming super-hero flick “Kick-Ass”, due to be released on April 16, 2010. Based on the graphic novels by Mark Millar (Wanted), the film follows kids that want to become real-life super heroes, so, they do! Everything here is hyper-violent and has lots of humor, and the reactions from filmgoers has been outstanding, with some even calling it the best super-hero film ever made. With that, comes character posters for the film, which are, well, kick ass. Thanks to Firstshowing.net and IGN.com. Hit the jump for the pics and other news. Continue reading

November 6, 2009 Posted by | Breakin' News, Film announcements, Interestin' News | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Breakin’ News: ‘Lobo’ Gets Its Guy… Ritchie

Lobo24In even more comic book film news (as if there wasn’t enough this week- and it’s only Wednesday), Variety’s BFDealMemo blog reports that Guy Ritchie (“Sherlock Holmes” and “Snatch”) has been pegged to direct the DC Comics property “Lobo”.

“Lobo” is the name of an interstellar, cigar smokin’, mercenary/bounty hunter alien anti-hero who rides a motorcycle, is seven feet tall, blue, and muscle bound. BFDealMemo says the story follows Lobo as he, “lands on Earth in search of four fugitives who are bent on wreaking havoc. Lobo teams with a small town teenaged girl to stop the creatures.”

Wait a second. A teenaged girl teams up with Lobo? Continue reading

September 2, 2009 Posted by | Breakin' News, Film announcements | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Film Announcements: Stallone’s ‘Rambo 5’ Greenlit

RamboThe “Saw” franchise doesn’t have jack on Sly’s ability to keep a brand going. According to Variety, Stallone will be preparing for a fifth Rambo as Nu Image/Millennium Films plans to begin production in the spring. Sly will return as director, writer, and star, the same duties he took on for 2008’s “Rambo”.

Hit the jump for plot details and more information, including the action-star heavy “The Expendables” film. Continue reading

August 31, 2009 Posted by | Film announcements | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

More Pirates? Spielberg Says Yarrr!

big-piratelatitudesAccording to Variety, Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks are planning to bring Michael Crichton’s first posthumous novel —”Pirate Latitudes”—to life.

Tasked with adapting the novel is David Koepp, a familiar Crichton and Spielberg collaborator. Koepp adapted and Spielberg directed “Jurassic Park” and “The Lost World”, both based on the Crichton novels of the same name. No word yet on whether Spielberg will also direct this film, but he is set to produce.

The New York Times, reporting in early April, said that “Latitudes” was found on Crichton’s computer by his assistant and required very little editing. HarperCollins plans to publish the novel on Nov. 24, while they are working on finishing another book Mr. Crichton was working on when he passed away from cancer in November.

Set in 1665 around the Caribbean, “Latitudes” is an adventure story that focuses on a pirate, Captain Edward Hunter, and his scheme to infiltrate a nearby Spanish island named Matanceros and steal the Spanish galleon, El Trinidad, rumored to be ported there. With the help of the Jamaican governor, Hunter gathers a group of bandits and plans to attack the Spanish infantry and the cutthroat commander Cazalla, tasked with guarding the fortune of gold in El Trinidad. However, hijacking the galleon is only the beginning of Hunter’s adventure.

ComingSoon reports that they will wait for the Koepp script to be finished before setting sail on the project.

August 29, 2009 Posted by | Film announcements | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment