During a recent chinwag with Empire, Colin Trevorrow opened up about his upcoming ‘Jurassic Park’ flick, ‘Jurassic World.’ First up, the filmmaker revealed that Universal Pictures has further movies planned and Trevorrow is keen to direct them – “if they’ll have me”. The director/co-writer says, “We definitely talked about [sequels] a lot. We wanted to create something that would be a little bit less arbitrary and episodic, and something that could potentially arc into a series that would feel like a complete story.”
(Minor spoilers in this paragraph.) Colin Trevorrow also hinted at the characters likely to participate in further films, in particular the one played by ‘The Intouchables’ and ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ star Omar Sy. “He’s essentially Chris Pratt’s best friend. They work together and have some pretty cool action scenes together. I wanted to create a relationship there that could be memorable and potentially carry on to future films.”
The Austrian director, screenwriter and cinematographer Michael Glawogger died this morning (April 23rd) in Liberia from malaria. Glawogger is perhaps best known for his documentaries including ‘Megacities,’ which won the Vienna film award in 1998; ‘Workingman’s Death,’ which picked up the Grierson Award at the London Film Festival in 2005; and ‘Whores’ Glory,’ which won the Austrian Film Award at the 2012 Viennale and Orizzonti Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. In much of his work, particularly his documentaries, Glawogger examined the impact of modernization and globalization on the working poor in developing countries.
The 54-year-old filmmaker most recently worked on the 3D architectural documentary series ‘Cathedrals of Culture,’ alongside the likes of Robert Redford and Wim Wenders. In Glawogger’s segment he examined the life and history of Russia’s National Library. ‘Cathedrals of Culture’ premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.
According to Film Divider and THR, 20th Century Fox have picked up the rights to the pulp comic strip hero ‘Flash Gordon’ in a package that has John Davis producing and Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne (who are also writing the third ‘Star Trek’ feature film with Roberto Orcil) will draft the film, based on a treatment by ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ writer-director George Nolfi.
Flash Gordon is the hero first created in 1934 by iconic artist Alex Raymond who, along with the lovely Dale Arden and mad scientist Hans Zasrkov, ends up on the planet Mongo fighting its tyrannical ruler, Ming the Merciless. The ‘Flash Gordon’ comic strip has been translated into a wide variety of media, including motion pictures, television and animated series. The cult classic 1980 movie had a soundtrack by Queen and cast that included Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow and Chaim Topol. Sam Jones played Gordon, who’s original backstory of being a polo player was modernized to be a football player.
“Delta Phi Has The Upper Hand!”: ‘Airbags’ Featurette For ‘Neighbors’ – Starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco….
Universal Pictures has released this great new behind-the-scenes featurette for Nicholas Stoller’s (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek) ‘Neighbors.’ The comedy follows a young couple (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby. Zac Efron plays the head of the frat with whom Rogen and Byrne’s characters quickly form a rivalry. Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, Lisa Kudrow, Jake Johnson, Carla Gallo, Jason Mantzoukas and Carla Gallo also star. ’Neighbors’ is set for May 3rd in the UK and May 9th in the US.
The Wrap are reporting that two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain is closing a deal to play Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik’s passion project ‘Blonde.’ First announced back in 2010, ‘Blonde’ is based on Joyce Carol Oates’ novel of the same name, which reimagines the inner, poetic and spiritual life of Norma Jeane Baker – the child, the woman and the fated-celebrity better known by her studio name of Marilyn Monroe. Oates drew on biographical and historical sources to paint an intimate portrait of Marilyn that reveals a fragile, gifted young woman who repeatedly remade her identity to overcome the odds and define stardom in the 1950s. The 2001 book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.
Worldview Entertainment optioned the long-gestating project in May 2013, and will produce the film with Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner’s company Plan B. Pitt previously worked with Andrew Dominik on ‘The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford’ (one of my favourite films of the last decade) and ‘Killing Them Softly.’ Pitt also worked with Jessica Chastain on Terrence Malick’s ‘The Tree of Life,’ and an individual familiar with ‘Blonde’ told the outlet that he was instrumental in convincing her to tackle the challenging role of Marilyn Monroe, which comes loaded with expectations. Chastain’s portrayal will reportedly take an unconventional approach to examining the Hollywood starlet’s life and career.
Having recently joined Twitter, Robert Downey Jr. has posted the first official photo from the set of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ featuring himself and executive producer Jeremy Latcham. The cast list for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ will include Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, along with newcomers Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Thomas Kretschmann as Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker, James Spader as Ultron, and Paul Bettany as The Vision.