Academy Award-nominated ‘The Bourne Supremacy’ and ‘Captain Phillips’ director Paul Greengrass is reportedly attached to direct Sony Pictures’ new big screen adaptation of George Orwell’s iconic dystopian novel, ‘1984.’ ‘Finding Neverland’ writer James Graham is attached to pen the adapted screenplay. The 1949 novel has been adapted twice before for the big screen. The first cinema rendition of the story, directed by Michael Anderson, featured Edmond O’Brien as protagonist Winston Smith. In the actual year 1984, Michael Radford directed a big screen adaptation of the novel starring John Hurt as Winston Smith, Richard Burton and Suzanna Hamilton.
Hammer and Entertainment One have unveiled this new US trailer for the horror sequel, ‘The Woman in Black: Angel of Death.’ Starring Jeremy Irvin, Helen McCrory, Adrian Rawlins, Ned Dennehy and Phoebe Fox, ‘The Woman in Black: Angel of Death’ continues the story four decades later.
Back in 2012, ‘The Woman in Black,’ starring Daniel Radcliffe and directed by James Watkins (Eden Lake), became the highest grossing British horror film of the past 20 years – grossing over $33 million in the UK and over $125 million worldwide. In ‘The Woman in Black: Angels Of Death,’ seized by the government during World War II, the sudden arrival of a group of evacuated children at Eel Marsh House awakens its darkest inhabitant. Tom Harper directs the film, which hits cinemas on January 1st in the UK and January 2nd in the US.
With ‘Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur’ set for a July 22nd, 2016 release, Warner Bros. Pictures and director/producer Guy Ritchie are reportedly in talks with Djimon Hounsou to play King Arthur’s mentor in the film. ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and ‘Pacific Rim’ star Charlie Hunnam is playing the title role of King Arthur, Astrid Berges-Frisbey (I Origins, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) is set to play Guinevere, and Jude Law is in talks to play the villain in the film.
Idris Elba was also up for Djimon Hounsou’s role, but when dates could not be figured out, the studio turned to Hounsou for the role described as a Merlin-esque figure who trains and mentors Arthur. The project is said to be a re-imagining of Arthurian legend, with the primary influence being Thomas Mallory’s “Le Morte d’Arthur,” published in 1485. Warner Bros. Pictures hopes the film can kickstart another franchise, with the story to be told over six installments.
Ahead of tomorrow’s trailer, Universal Pictures has released this poster and set of promo images for ‘Pitch Perfect 2,’ which stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Ester Dean, Kelley Jakle, Elizabeth Banks, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Hailee Steinfeld, Katey Sagalr and Chrissie Fit. Banks is making her directional debut on the pic, which is set to open on May 15th, 2015.
‘Pitch Perfect’ centered on a freshman (Anna Kendrick) who reluctantly joins a college acappella group called the Bellas and leads it to the finals. The movie grossed more than $115 million worldwide on a $17 million budget. It also over-performed in ancillary markets with the studio estimating it generated roughly $135 million in physical and digital home entertainment sales across North America to date, making it one of the top-performing DVD and VOD titles of 2013. Kay Cannon, who penned the original ‘Pitch Perfect,’ wrote the screenplay for the sequel.
20th Century Fox has debuted this “Miriam” clip from Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings.’ Opening on December 12th in the US and December 26th in the UK, the lead cast for the Biblical epic includes Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton as Ramesses II, Aaron Paul as Joshua, John Turturro as Seti I, Ben Kingsley as Nun, Sigourney Weaver as Tuya, María Valverde as Zipporah, Indira Varma as Miriam, Hiam Abbass as Bithiah, Kevork Malikyan as Jethro, Anton Alexander as Dathan, Golshifteh Farahani as Nefertari, and Ben Mendelsohn as Hegep (not one actor of African descent… smdh).
The synopsis for ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ is as follows: From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharoah Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
From Lionsgate comes this first trailer for Lee Toland Krieger’s (Celeste & Jesse Forever) ‘The Age of Adaline,’ which opens on April 24th, 2015. In the fantasy romantic drama, Adaline (Blake Lively) ceases to age following an accident one icy night, but keeps her condition a closely-guarded secret while embarking on a number of incredible adventures throughout the 20th Century. After years of a solitary life, she finds the love and courage that enable her to fully begin living. The likes of Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn, Amanda Crew and Kathy Baker also star.