Production Begins On Juan Antonio Bayona’s ‘A Monster Calls’; Cast Revealed (Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell…)
Production has begun on ‘A Monster Calls,’ the new flick from director Juan Antonio Bayona. The film, adapted by Patrick Ness from his award-winning children’s fantasy novel, is said to be “a visually spectacular” drama about 12-year-old Conor (newcomer Lewis MacDougall) who attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss and faith. The cast also includes Academy Award nominees Liam Neeson, who will star in performance-capture and voiceover as the nocturnally visiting monster of the title, and Sigourney Weaver, who will portray Conor’s maternal grandmother, Toby Kebbell as Conor’s father, and Geraldine Chaplin, who is making her third movie with Bayona.
Juan Antonio Bayona won Spain’s equivalent of the Academy Award, The Goya, for his last film, ‘The Impossible,’ which grossed more than $180 million at the worldwide box office. ‘The Impossible’ is the second highest-grossing film of all time in Spain. He also directed the critically acclaimed horror film ’The Orphanage’ and he’s scheduled to direct the ‘World War Z’ sequel.
After recently premiering at Fantastic Fest to stellar reviews (its currently sitting at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes), Lionsgate has unleashed this new trailer and poster for Chad Stahelski’s action-thriller ‘John Wick,’ which stars Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Dean Winters, Jason Isaacs, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, John Leguizmo and Willem Dafoe. In the film, an ex-hitman (Reeves) comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground. ‘John Wick’ is described as a fresh and stylized take on the “assassin genre.” The film opens in theaters on October 24th in the US. Expect details about a UK release shortly.
Ahead of the film’s January 9th release date, this first trailer has arrived online for ‘Taken 3.’ The likes of Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace and Forest Whitaker star in the film, which sees ‘Taken 2′ helmer Olivier Megaton back in the director’s chair. Neeson recently had the following to say about Bryan Mills’ latest escapade, “I have to go on the run, I’ll put it that way, from the not-so-lawful types and the lawful authorities. Bryan Mills served his country faithfully, but now even they are after him. They must not like me.”
In the ‘Taken’ series, Liam Neeson stars as Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent who used his brutal skills to track down his daughter after she was kidnapped in the first film, and who was himself taken hostage in the sequel. The initial ‘Taken’ cost around $25M and grossed more than $226 million with Pierre Morel directing. The Olivier Megaton-directed ‘Taken 2′ cost around $45M and took in more than $376 million – big money! As with both of those films, Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen wrote the screenplay for ‘Taken 3.’
Netlix send word that ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend,’ the next chapter in the saga started by the acclaimed Ang Lee martial arts epic, will premiere exclusively on Netflix and in selected global IMAX theaters on August 28th, 2015. Produced by The Weinstein Company, ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend’ echoes the themes of the original movie, but tells its own story – one of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption, set against breathtaking action in an epic martial arts battle between good and evil that will decide the fate of the Martial World.
Directed by the renowned martial arts choreographer (The Matrix Trilogy and Kill Bill) and director Yuen Wo-Ping (Tai Chi Master), ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend’ stars Michelle Yeoh, reprising her role as Yu Shu-Lien with Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Monkey King 3D) as Silent Wolf. The film is to be the first of several major films backed by Netflix to premiere on the same day on the world’s leading Internet TV network and in select IMAX theaters globally, giving consumers and exhibitors around the world flexibility in how, when and where they enjoy a major motion picture. ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend’ also stars Harry Shum Jr, Jason Scott Lee, Roger Yuan, Eugenia Yuan and newcomer Natasha Liu Bordizzo.
This new image has arrived online from ‘A Most Violent Year,’ the upcoming thriller written and directed by ‘All Is Lost’ and ‘Margin Call’ helmer J.C. Chandor. ‘A Most Violent Year’ is set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history. The story revolves around an American immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his wife (Jessica Chastain) trying to expand their business as violence and corruption threaten to destroy all they have built. The film opens on December 31st in the US before a UK release on January 23rd – positioning it for a potential awards run. David Oyelowo, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Albert Brooks also star.
A MOST VIOLENT YEAR is a thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history. The film follows the lives of an immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.
With Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling set to play the lead roles in Shane Black’s ‘The Nice Guys,’ Deadline now bring word that Matt Bomer will reportedly play the villain in the 1970s-set noir flick. A June 17th, 2016 release date has been penciled in for the film, and ‘The Nice Guys’ will be Shane Black’s next feature – he’s also attached to the film adaptation of the popular adventure book series ‘The Destroyer’ by Warren Murphy, a ‘Doc Savage’ film, and a new ‘Predator’ film.
Set in smoggy 1970s Los Angeles, the story follows Jackson Healy (muscle-for-hire, recovering alcoholic – Russell Crowe) and Holland March (private eye, practicing alcoholic – Ryan Gosling), who are brought together by the suicide of a fading porn star. However, the dead girl’s aunt is convinced she saw her niece alive and well after the highly publicized incident. March needs money, takes the case, and within days, it’s blossomed into a far-reaching murder conspiracy, bizarrely rooted in smog and the U.S. auto industry.