The Hush-Hush News Report: 01.23.13: The Terminator’s Last Stand?
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The former action star-turned-governor has a number of projects being developed or announced, including a new entry in the franchise of his most famed role. While progress has been slow on Terminator 5 for a number of years, things have picked up recently with the hiring of writers Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier to pen the script. While the pair have yet to complete any projects together, they have collaborated on a couple projects that haven’t made it to the screen yet. Separately, Lussier is best known for the Nic Cage thriller Drive Angry, while Kalogridis’ credits include Shutter Island, Alexander, and Avatar.
Kalogridis’ involvement in particular is interesting because she has a relationship with Cameron that stretches back several years. She was an executive producer on Avatar, and has been involved with developing projects with the famed director that have yet to get going such as The Dive, Fantastic Voyage, and Battle Angel. Kalogridis’ other works include the TV series Birds of Prey and Bionic Woman, and she’s a producer on the upcoming Channing Tatum film White House Down. Lussier’s directorial credits include My Bloody Valentine, Drive Angry, and Dracula 2000; the latter two were also written by him.
Meanwhile, Schwarzenegger has apparently told Bleeding Cool (during a press junket for The Last Stand) that he will appear in Terminator 5.This isn’t the first time Schwarzenegger’s involvement in T5 has been annonced or confirmed; the star was scheduled to star in the film when Justin Lin was attached to direct. However, when Lin was forced to abandon the project due to scheduling conflicts, it all seemed to fall apart.
While we don’t know what the story would be about, things are definitely picking up for the fifth installment in the popular sci-fi/action franchise. While it remains to be seen how a 65-year-old Terminator can be explained, I’m sure fans of the series will be happier with Schwarzenegger being involved instead of being left on the sidelines or in a CG cameo (I’m looking at you Terminator: Salvation).
The first poster and trailer for Antonie Fuqua’s Olympus Has Fallen have now been released online and one thing is perfectly clear. It’s ridiculously action-y.
Anyway, the first of two White House-centered action films coming out this year (the other will be Roland Emmerich’s White House Down starring Channing Tatum), Fuqua’s (Training Day) film – starring Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Dylan McDermott and Angela Bassett – will hit theaters March 22, 2013. The film’s synopsis is as follows:
When the White House (Secret Service Code: “Olympus”) is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning’s inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President, and avert an even bigger disaster.
According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog, the New Line project – tentatively titled Teddy Bear – will be produced by Johnson, Beau Flynn and Hiram Garcia, which will reunite the talent behind Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.) While no writer has been brought on board yet, New Line is apparently looking at the projects being a “big four-quadrant franchise,” meaning that the film will likely attempt to appeal to all four major demographics (men under 25, women under 25, older men and older women). So don’t look for a copy of Ted on this one.
Johnson has a big 2013 ahead of him. The Artist Formerly And Sometimes Still Known As The Rock next stars in Snitch from Summit, followed by the spring releases G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain. Finally, Johnson also has the anticipated blockbuster The Fast and The Furious 6 later this summer.
The Graveyard Book won both the Carnegie Medal (British) and Newbery Medal (American) for best children’s book, which was the only time one work had won both awards. In addition to those, Gaiman’s fantasy novel also was awarded the Hugo Award for Best Novel and the Locus Award for Best Young Adult Novel.
Howard is currently putting the finishing touches on Rush, a Formula-1 racing movie starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, which opens September 20, 2013. He also recently signed on to adapt the fantasy adaptation, All I’ve Got. If he signs on, Howard will oversee the writing of a new script, and both he and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment could likely end up in a producer role.
On restoring some of that allegorical significance to the franchise?: “What I found very interesting about Godzilla is that he started off definitely as a metaphor for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And some of the atom bomb testing we were doing in the South Pacific in the subsequent years. The giant terrifying force of nature that comes and stomps the shit out of your city, that was Godzilla. Filtered through the very fanciful imaginations of the Japanese perception. And then he became Clifford the Big Red Dog in the subsequent films. He became the mascot of Japan, he became the protector of Japan. Another big ugly monster would show up and he would fight that monster to protect Japan. Which I never really quite understood, the shift.
What we’re trying to do with the new movie is not have it camp, not have it be campy. We’re kind of taking a cool new look at it. But with a lot of tradition in the first film. We want this to be a terrifying force of nature. And what was really cool, for me, is there was a very compelling human drama that I got to weave into it. It’s not that cliched, thinly disguised romance or bromance, or whatever. It’s different, it’s a different set of circumstances than you’re used to seeing. And that’s tremendously exciting as a writer when you’re asked to do something else.”
On changing which metaphor Godzilla represents: “I think there is, but I do believe that there’s a margin of interpretation, as Drew mentioned earlier. I love leaving a few crumbs on the table for the audience to determine what they think. Let them bring something to it as well. That’s why a movie like The Green Mile is so satisfying or why The Mist is so satisfying to me. Because it stirs their participation and they have interpretation. I’ve heard metaphors that people apply to Shawshank Redemption, for example, that are fantastic that I never, ever would have thought of. And I say, you know what? You are absolutley right. That is exactly what it means to you. And how satisfying for me to have served you this meal and you identify flavors in it that I never even intended. That’s one of the great rewards of what we do.”
On connecting this new Godzilla to a different contemporary issue?: “Yes I am, but I’m not going to give it away.”
The novel centers on a man whose wife disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, only to have all signs point to him as the woman’s killer. Flynn is handling the screenplay for the big screen version and while Witherspoon is on board to produce (with Fox), it remains unknown whether she would want to star in it as well.
Meanwhile, Fincher had been attached to direct a reboot of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for Disney, however that project has become stuck in neutral for the moment. Variet’s sources say there is still a possibility he could do that project next and hold off on Gone Girl, although the failure to entice his friend and frequent collaborator Brad Pitt to sign on for 20,000 Leagues and Disney’s seeming reticence at a full green-lighting of the project seems to have spurred the director to look at other projects and consider moving on. In addition, Sony still wants Fincher to direct The Girl Who Played with Fire, the sequel to his relatively successful The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. However, the second installment in popular Steig Larsson “Millennium” trilogy hasn’t moved forward due to screenwriter Steve Zaillian being unable to work on the screenplay for the film (he’s been working on a pilot for HBO).
A bidding war ensued last summer over the screen rights to Gone Girl, when it was offered to studios. Fox reportedly paid seven figures to outbid numerous studios including Universal. The novel’s snyopsis is below:
Marriage can be a real killer.
One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.
Check out the film’s promo posters featuring some of the film’s stars in their best sword-wielding samurai poses.
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