Harrison Ford Hopes Alcon Can “Bring Something New” to the New BLADE RUNNER Movie
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: August 4th, 2011 at 8:47 pm
Alcon Entertainment stirred up a hurricane of controversy when it acquired the rights to produce prequels and sequels to Blade Runner. Since its release in 1982, Blade Runner has cultivated a reputation as one of the all-time great science fiction movies. Alcon co-founders/co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove acquired the property because they, too, are fans of the property. But they must tread carefully to avoid keep from alienating the core fanbase, a very protective bunch.
Thankfully, they have Blade Runner star Harrison Ford on their side. Or at least, Ford is not actively rooting against their efforts. While making the rounds to promote Cowboys & Aliens, Ford told Omelete:
“If they go into it with the ambition and some very good idea of how to bring something new to it, maybe it’ll be successful.”Read the full quote after the jump. ............ http://collider.com/harrison-ford-blade-runner-sequel/107671/
Kevin James, Emily Watson, Ben Chaplin, David Henrie and Newcomer Jakob Salvati Star in LITTLE BOY
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: August 4th, 2011Mexican director Alejandro Monteverde (Bella) has set up the Little Boy, a small-town family drama set at the onset of World War II, at Metanoia Films. Kevin James, Ben Chaplin, Emily Watson, and David Henrie form the supporting cast around Jakob Salvati, making his acting debut as the boy in question. Variety provides the logline:
[Little Boy] revolves around an 8-year-old with developmental problems. His only friend is his father, and with his departure to war, the troubled boy is forced to confront the cruelty of schoolmates and others.Monteverde co-wrote the script with Pepe Portillo. Financing on the $24 million production is split between U.S. and Mexican investors. Filming is scheduled for the end of August in Baja California — plus shoots in Rosarito beach, Ensenada, Tijuana and Tecate — with eyes to a 2012 release. The cast is lily white, so I’m curious to see what role (if any) the Mexican setting will play in the story. ......... http://collider.com/kevin-james-emily-watson-david-henrie-little-boy/107652/
Mark Ruffalo and Amanda Seyfried in Talks to Join NOW YOU SEE ME
by Adam Chitwood Posted: August 4th, 2011Summit’s magician heist flick is close to adding two more to its cast, as Mark Ruffalo and Amanda Seyfried are in negotiations to join the aptly-titled Now You See Me. Louis Letterier (Clash of the Titans) is onboard to direct and the story centers on a group of the world’s great illusionists who simultaneously pull off bank heists during their performances, sharing the money with their audiences before bailing to evade the team of FBI agents on their tail.
Jesse Eisenberg and Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) are already set to star, and Variety reports that Ruffalo is in talks to play the head FBI agent while Seyfried would play the master technician responsible for building all the contraptions the illusionists use. The two would be welcomed additions to the promising cast. The script was written by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt (Prince of Persia) and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing. ........ http://collider.com/mark-ruffalo-amanda-seyfried-now-you-see-me/107584/
Johnny Depp and GK Films Join Forces to Adapt Image Comics’ THE VAULT
by Jason Barr Posted: August 4th, 2011
Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil label will co-produce an adaptation of the Image comic mini-series The Vault alongside GK Films. The latter acquired film rights to the three-issue property, written by Sam Sarkar and illustrated by Carrie Gastonny, which just debuted last week. While Sarkar and Gastonny’s book may very well be worth the adaptation (I’ve yet to check it out, so I really can’t comment), Heat Vision points out that its acquisition may have been expedited by Sarkar’s place as an executive at Depp’s Infinitum.
In terms of plot, The Vault follows a small team of treasure hunters who, when excavating a legendary treasure pit, unleash an “ancient evil.” Co-producing the film alongside Depp and GK’s Graham King is Infinitum president Christi Dembrowski and Tim Headington of GK. Most recently, GK Films teamed up with Depp on Rango and will release Martin Scorsese’s Hugo on November 23rd via Paramount. The second issue of The Vault is currently slated to hit comic shelves on September 28th............. http://collider.com/johnny-depp-the-vault-gk-films/107560/