Blair Erickson to Write and Direct Horror Film THE BANSHEE CHAPTER; Zachary Quinto Producing
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: August 2nd, 2011
In 2008, Zachary Quinto formed the production company Before The Door with Neal Dodson and Corey Moosa. The company premiered its first feature, Margin Call, at Sundance 2011, and is currently prepping a “found-footage romantic comedy” for a sophomore effort. Today BTD announced their third feature project, a horror film titled The Banshee Chapter. Blair Erickson, making his directorial debut, wrote the script about “a young, female journalist who follows the mysterious trail of a missing friend who had been experimenting with mind-altering chemicals developed in secret government drug tests.” The press release claims the screenplay is “based on real documents.” Coupled with the based-on-a-true story Margin Call and the “found footage” twist on the rom-com, I think we’ve figured out Before the Door’s M.O. Quinto said as much in a statement:
“We are excited to branch out in our storytelling. We’ve produced a movie about the financial crash and an innovative, grounded romantic comedy. The Banshee Chapter is an opportunity for us to tackle another film with its roots in reality, but through the lens of horror.”I’m not complaining. All three projects sound more ambitious than your average studio fare — I’m glad to see Quintot putting his Heroes/Star Trek power to good use. Read the full announcement after the break.
Laurence Fishburne Cast as Perry White in MAN OF STEEL
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: August 2nd, 2011Zack Snyder stirred up some controversy when he cast a Brit, Henry Cavill, as Superman in the upcoming Man of Steel. To make up for it, he filled the core supporting cast with true All-Americans: Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner as Pa Kent, Diane Lane as Martha Kent. Same goes for Laurence Fishburne, who was just cast as Daily Planet Editor-in-Chief Perry White. The catch: Fishburne is black. That’s not especially meaningful, but as Hero Complex notes, Fishburne is the first black actor to play White in “any of the many film, television or cartoon versions of Superman’s adventures.” (Commenters, I need your help: Has White ever been drawn black in any of the comics?)
You may recall the racial debate that surrounded Donald Glover’s quasi-campaign to play Spider-Man, or similar discussion prompted by our claim that Will Smith would make a good Captain America. I doubt the casting of a relatively minor character will raise as much of a fuss, but you never know — some fans refused to accept Idris Elba as a Norse god in Thor. I don’t believe there is anything especially “white” about Perry White, but I do know this: Fishburne and his baritone voice will fill the Daily Planet newsroom to the ceiling with gravitas. Man of Steel is scheduled for release on June 14, 2013........... http://collider.com/laurence-fishburne-superman-man-of-steel/107255/
Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie and Sanaa Lathan to Star in Voodoo Thriller VIPKA
by Adam Chitwood Posted: August 2nd, 2011A trio of actors have signed on for the psychological voodoo-themed thriller Vipka. Variety reports that Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie and Sanaa Lathan (AVP: Alien vs. Predator) are set to star in the genre flick. Philippe Caland (Ripple Effect) is directing, and the story “follows two adversaries who go head-to-head in a game that will test each man’s belief in what they’re certain is the truth.” While the logline’s a bit vague, we know voodoo’s in there somewhere, so expect Whitaker and Mackie to go all crazy.
Whitaker will next be seen in the crime drama Catch .44 with Bruce Willis, while Mackie just wrapped Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and will move on to Ruben Fleischer’s all-star period cop drama Gangster Squad after shooting Vipka. Lathan stars in Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion which opens this fall. ........ http://collider.com/forest-whitaker-anthony-mackie-vipka/107253/
Paul Schrader to Direct BAIT Written by Bret Easton Ellis
by Adam Chitwood Posted: August 2nd, 2011Taxi Driver scribe Paul Schrader has signed on to direct the indie thriller Bait. Variety reports that Schrader will direct the film, and is currently polishing the script written by American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis. The story centers on a group of students who are trapped in shark-infested waters by a lunatic. In case the name doesn’t ring a bell, Schrader’s most noted films came out of his collaboration with Martin Scorsese, as he wrote the scripts for Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ and Bringing Out the Dead.
Schrader has also directed a number of films on his own, and has most recently been developing The Jesuit with Willem Dafoe and Oscar Issac attached to star. Bait is definitely an unexpected project, but with Ellis writing the initial draft it’s safe to assume that this isn’t your typical “teens in peril” gorefest. ....... http://collider.com/paul-schrader-bait/107249/
Watch Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds Explain Why You Should See THE CHANGE-UP
by Adam Chitwood Posted: August 2nd, 2011
The body-switching comedy The Change-Up opens this weekend and stars Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds have taken it upon themselves to explain why you should go see it. The video is really funny, and features Bateman and Reynolds playing off of each other perfectly. Plus, there’s Green Lantern and grandma jokes, which is really all you can ask for.
Hit the jump to watch the video. The movie stars Bateman, Reynolds, Leslie Mann, Olivia Wilde and Alan Arkin. The Change-Up hits theaters August 5th. .......