The Director of ‘Source Code’ Has Signed To Helm ‘Warcraft’ Film
The World of Warcraft is one of, if not the, most successful video game franchise of all time. The highly-anticipated film to be based on the movie, titled Warcraft, just landed its director, according to THR. Duncan Jones, son of David Bowie to many, director of the outstanding Moon and decent Jake Gylenhaal thriller Source Code, is the choice to direct. This is interesting news for the young talented helmer, but also could be a stretch, which makes it all the more interesting.
The respective budgets of his films have been $1 mil for Moon, $35 mil for Source Code and with Warcraft, the budget should well exceed 9 figures. This film has potential franchise written all over it, like the LOTR trilogy, or Batman or even Twilight as reasonable comparables. The sky is the limit here for the fantasy film, but with Jones tackling an enormous project and still being semi-unproven, this will be interesting to follow as it develops going forward. I like this choice, with it being a bit risky and my being a fan of Jones, although having no real knowledge of WOW. What do you think?
Ari Gold, Vincent Chase, Drama, Turtle and E will be gracing the big screen after all it appears, as Warner Bros and HBO have greenlit a film version of the TV hit series Entourage, according to Deadline. The news of a movie based on the show, which was initially a pop culture phenomena only to get progressively worse and go out with a collective thud, should receive mixed reviews. The stars aren’t exactly lighting the acting world on fire of late, which similar to SATC, also has to have played a role in the “go.”
I was with HBO while the original “Entourage” was under development and saw the pilot long before it aired, so I have mixed feelings about seeing a film version of it. I don’t think that it is exactly being clamored for, but also it has been long rumored, HBO has taken a bit of a hit in recent years without Entourage, The Sopranos and Sex and the City, and of course, the last show I mentioned spawned two films, each commercially successful, if critically worse than the previous. Alas, we will get to see the team based on Mark Wahlberg’s life assembled on the big screen in time it appears. React!
A-List Director David Fincher Caught On Camera in This Video Interview
Director David Fincher (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), who someone said recently he would buy any of his movies on Blu-ray sight unseen, speaks a bit about his approach to filmmaking in this video clip (below). He mentions that actors and directors are at odds about their respective creative visions (something that I don’t believe is always true, but something that Fincher is known to wield strongly – his belief and vision – over a film’s direction). Fincher also talks about what his goals are as a director, what his proverbial job is and a few other small nuggets. Take a look at the video and feel free to comment if the mood strikes you. Enjoy.
While we have covered The Dark Knight Rises and Christopher Nolan’s epic trilogy seemingly ad nauseum here at the site, still more info continues to roll in that is worth sharing. While, the film is still cleaning up at the box office, currently on pace to shatter $400mm in domestic receipts, for the few who haven’t seen it, you may want to skip the following info. Apparently, Bane had a cool scene cut from the film ,that would have told more about his origin and injury, etc. Here, TDKR costume designer Lindy Hemming spoke to GQ about a missing scene:
“If you look at the film, unless they’ve cut it—and I’m sure they haven’t—there’s a whole early section for Tom Hardy where he’s fighting and being taunted by people,” Hemming said. “He’s got chains on him, and he’s standing on a wooden thing while people are attacking him. And in that scene, he’s wearing a much more ragged, primitive version of the mask.”
When Hemming, who hasn’t seen the final product was informed that the scene was cut, she added:
“Well that’s an awful shame, but I suppose you have to cut things, I won’t elaborate on it too much, because it isn’t in the film, but there was another section that showed you why he had the mask and where it came from.”
Also, there is a scene with Lucious Fox dialogue direct from the script that was not in the film. You can read it here.
Michael Fassbender is set to star in the film adaptation of Ubisoft’s hit video game Assassin’s Creed. Fassbender, who has starred in X-Men: First Class, Shame and Prometheus, appears to be an interesting and strong choice to play the video game star Desmond Miles. The film, if based on the video game, has a Matrix-like feel to it based on my remembrance of briefly playing the game. Miles is a real person placed in a simulated environment where he is an assassin. The game has spawned a series of sequels, all of which have sold very well and have received rave reviews. Hopefully, that is a predictor of the film being equally, if not more, exciting.
Also, Philip Seymour Hoffman, everyone’s would be Penguin, and star of Boogie Nights and Jack Goes Boating, has signed on to star in the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. Hoffman will play a head gamemaker, whatever that is. The first film, part of a trilogy of books, has cleaned house at the box office and the sequel I am sure will be even more anticipated as a result. The casting of Hoffman, along with the lead Jennifer Lawrence, has me intrigued. We’ll see.
Here is The Latest in Movie News, Movie Casting and Movie Rumors from Hollywood This Week
Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Identity) is directing a documentary about soccer (or football if you prefer) club FC Barcelona. This sounds interesting.
Rumor has it that Redbox will soon be selling movie tickets directly from their DVD and Blu-Ray rental hubs. This one seems a touch weird if true.
Ridley Scott’s soon to debut Prometheus has another viral clip which introduces the character that Noomi Rapace plays. Check it out here.
Robert Downey Jr. will now finally be able to pay off most of his debt according to this report. He’s set to cash in about $50 mill for The Avengers. Sam Jackson can suck it, cause Downey is the real star.
Director Guillermo Del Toro will be helming a 3-D stop motion animated version of Pinocchio. I wonder if Roger Clemens will play the titular lead.
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenneger are set to star in The Tomb. It’s an action vehicle with Jim Caviezel, 50 Cent and more on board as well.