First Trailer For Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ – Starring Chris Pine, Keira Knightley & Kevin Costner
Paramount Pictures has revealed this first trailer for ’Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.’ In the film, Chris Pine takes on the eponymous Tom Clancy character; who’s previously been played in novel-to-screen adaptations by Alec Baldwin in ’The Hunt for Red October,’ by Harrison Ford in both ’Patriot Games’ and ‘Clear and Present Danger,’ and finally by Ben Affleck in ‘The Sum of All Fears.’ The story for this film centers on ex-Marine and Moscow-based financial analyst Jack Ryan, who uncovers a plot by his employer to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the US economy. Ryan must race against time to save America and his wife (Keira Knightley).
Kenneth Branagh will be pulling double-duty as the film’s director and villain, while Kevin Costner stars as William Harper, a legendary CIA Field Agent. Adam Cozad and Anthony Peckham wrote the screenplay for this “Jack Ryan” reboot, while David Koepp penned the most recent draft. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing alongside Mace Neufeld and David Barron. David Ellison is executive producing the film. Branagh recently described the movie as “an original story that allows us to understand how Jack Ryan develops into a CIA analyst, before joining, and perhaps even joining, the CIA. It’s a very contemporary action thriller set in the here and now.” The film is currently set for December 25th. Colm Feore, Nonso Anozie, Karen David and Gemma Chan co-star
Following the release of the new trailer for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,’ Warner Bros. Pictures has set loose these two TV spots for Peter Jackson’s flick. Set for 3D, 2D and IMAX cinemas on December 13th, the film stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Michael Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Ken Stott and Aidan Turner.
According to Heat Vision, Fox has picked up the movie rights to ‘Who is Jake Ellis?’, an espionage comic published by Image with ‘Harry Potter’ helmer David Yates attached to direct. Described as having elements of ’Bourne,’ ‘Memento’ and ’Fight Club,’ the story follows Jon Moore, a former CIA analyst and mercenary spy on the run, protected only by the mysterious title character “Jake Ellis,” a man seemingly invisible to everyone except Jon, but who has a unique knowledge of tradecraft that Jon desperately needs. The comic, written by Nathan Edmonson and drawn by Tonci Zonjic, was followed by the sequel, ’Where Is Jake Ellis?’
David Yates directed four of the eight ‘Harry Potter’ movies, starting with ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.’ He is currently casting up ‘Tarzan’ for Warner Bros. Pictures, landing Alexander Skarsgard and Christoph Waltz so far. ‘Tarzan’ will shoot early next year.
Director, screenwriter, producer and novelist Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim, Pan’s Labyrinth) resurrects some historic Halloween goblins and ghouls in ‘The Simpsons’ opening couch gag on this season’s ‘Treehouse of Horror XXIV,’ airing Sunday, October 6th (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on Fox in the US.
In the couch gag opener, which you can view below, Dell Toro throws the crypt wide open with a sequence that features monsters and classic characters from horror films throughout history. Then, in the first of three spine-tingling tales in the annual “Treehouse of Horror” episode, Homer travels around Springfield wreaking havoc in a rhyming take on a popular children’s tale. In “Dead and Shoulders,” Bart is beheaded during a kite accident, his head is attached to Lisa’s body and they must live together as one. The final frightening tale, “Freaks no Geeks,” features Mr. Burns’ traveling circus, The Burnsum and Bailey Circus, which has stopped in Springfieldland in the 1930s. Trapeze artist Marge and Strong Man Homer are performers, and things go awry when circus freak Moe starts to make advances towards Marge.
Variety bring word that Kim Jee-Woon will be helming the feature adaptation of ’Coward,’ the first in Ed Brubaker’s ‘Criminal’ comic series. The attachment comes on the eve of the premiere of Kim’s latest film, ‘The X,’ at the Busan Intl. Film Festival. His best-known Korean titles are ‘I Saw the Devil,’ ‘The Good, the Bad, the Weird’ and ‘A Bittersweet Life’; he made his English-language debut earlier this year on Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner ‘The Last Stand.’ Brubaker adapted the screenplay, which takes place in a universe of hustlers, crooked cops, pickpockets and other lowlifes. The story centers on a second-generation heist planner who can be relied on to have a bulletproof exit plan. The official description for the comic is as follows.
Coward is the story of Leo, a professional pickpocket who is also a legendary heist-planner and thief. But there’s a catch with Leo, he won’t work any job that he doesn’t call all the shots on, he won’t allow guns, and the minute things turn south, he’s looking for any exit that won’t land him in prison. But when he’s lured into a risky heist, all his rules go out the window, and he ends up on the run from the cops and the bad men who double-crossed him. Now Leo must come face-to-face with the violence he’s kept bottled up inside for 20 years, and nothing will ever be the same for him again.
“Fight Back” TV Spot For Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years A Slave’ – Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Benedict Cumberbatch…
Fox Searchlight has sent over this new extended TV spot for Steve McQueen’s (Hunger, Shame) phenomenal ‘12 Years a Slave.’ Set for October 18th in the US, the historical drama, featuring a script by McQueen and John Ridley, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, Alfre Woodard, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ruth Negga, Adepero Oduye, Paul Giamatti, Garret Dillahunt, Sarah Paulson, Scoot McNairy, Dwight Henry, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Michael Kenneth Williams. ’12 Years A Slave’ opens on January 24th in the UK.
Based on the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northrup, ‘12 Years a Slave’ tells of Northrup’s tragic kidnapping in Washington DC in 1841 where, despite being born a free man, he was forced into slavery at a Louisiana cotton plantation. The official synopsis for ‘Twelve Years A Slave’ can be read below. Hans Zimmer is providing the score for the film.