Fan-made concept art by Brilcrist.
After shooting ‘Macbeth’ together earlier this year, it was revealed in April that Justin Kurzel will direct Michael Fassbender in ‘Assassin’s Creed,’ the big-screen take on the popular Ubisoft video game. Originally set for August 7th, 2015, it was announced last night that the movie adaptation has been delayed. The script has gone through several rewrites, while the production itself has grappled with scheduling issues. ‘Assassin’s Creed’ is now expected for 2016.
The good people over at Film4 have debuted this new clip from Yann Demange’s critically acclaimed ’71. The thriller centers on a young British soldier (Jack O’Connell) who is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, and increasingly wary of his own comrades, he must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorientating, alien and deadly landscape.
Paul Anderson, Richard Dormer, Sean Harris, Martin McCann, Charlie Murphy, Sam Reid, Killian Scott, David Wilmot, Jack Lowden and Jim Sturgeon round out the cast. Written by Gregory Burke, ‘71 is Yann Demange’s feature debut after directing TV series including the award-winning ‘Top Boy’ for Channel 4. Recently seen in ’300: Rise Of An Empire’ and ‘Starred Up,’ Jack O’Connell’s portrayal of World War II hero Louis Zamperini in Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ is already generating award season chatter. ’71 opens on October 10th in the UK. Expect word on a US release date shortly.
First Poster For Tommy Lee Jones’ ‘The Homesman’ – Also Starring Hilary Swank, Hailee Steinfeld, Meryl Streep…
While Tommy Lee Jones directed the television film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Sunset Limited’ in 2011, his last theatrical feature film was 2005′s ‘The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.’ Later this year he’s got his next movie, the western drama ‘The Homesman,’ which opens on November 14th in the US and December 5th in the UK.
Adapted by Tommy Lee Jones himself from Glendon Swarthout‘s novel, the story follows him as a down-and-out man who gets recruited to take three women on an odyssey from Nebraska to Iowa. Alongside Jones, ‘The Homesman’ features a top-notch cast in Hilary Swank, Hailee Steinfeld, Meryl Streep, Tim Blake Nelson, James Spader, William Fichtner and Jesse Plemons, among others.
Writer-Director Rian Johnson Talks ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Creative Freedom & More: “It’s Just Joyous”
On a rather fantastic TalkHouse podcast episode featuring Rian Johnson and Terry Gilliam for the US theatrical release of Gilliam’s latest movie, ‘The Zero Theorem,’ Johnson opened up briefly about his work as writer-director on ‘Star Wars Episode VIII’ (he’s also rumored to be writing and perhaps helming ‘Star Wars Episode IX’). Asked how it feels to “take over someone else’s world”, the ‘Looper’ writer-director replied, “I’m just starting into it, but so far it’s been nothing but…honestly, it’s the most fun I’ve ever had writing. It’s just joyous.” Johnson also talked about not only growing up with the movies, but playing with Star Wars toys as a child. “The first movies I was making in my head were part of this world, so part of it is a direct connection —it’s almost like an automatic jacking-in into childhood in a weird way.”
TriStar Pictures send word that Oscar-winner director Ang Lee will helm an adaptation of Ben Fountain’s acclaimed 2012 novel ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.’ Originally optioned by Film4, who will produce alongside Lee, Ink Factory’s Stephen and Simon Cornwell and Rhodri Thomas, Fountain’s novel has been adapted by Simon Beaufoy, another Oscar-winner for writing Danny Boyle’s ‘Slumdog Millionaire.’
The film will tell the story of 19-year-old soldier Billy Lynn and his squad, who survive an Iraq battle that is captured by embedded news cameras, causing them to become celebrated as heroes. They are brought home by the US administration for a promotional tour that culminates at the halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game in Texas, before they are returned to the war. Almost the entire movie takes place during the game, with flashes away to other events.
Director Fredrik Bond (Charlie Countryman) has departed ‘London Has Fallen,’ the sequel of the 2013 box office hit ‘Olympus Has Fallen,’ due to creative differences. THR add that this “may be a result of the movie’s accelerated schedule and Bond only coming aboard in August. One insider said prep time was a factor.” The studio is already hard at work looking for a replacement and expects to announce a new helmer within the next 72 hours.
Gerard Butler will return for the sequel written by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt and Christian Gudegast. The sequel begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the Western world. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. Only three people have any hope of stopping it: the President of the United States, his formidable secret service head (Butler), and an English MI-6 agent who rightly trusts no one. Aaron Eckhart returns as the U.S. president and Morgan Freeman is reprising his role as the U.S. House of Representatives.