Less than 24 hours ago, the first trailer debuted for ’28 Days Later,’ ‘Dredd,’ and ‘Sunshine’ writer Alex Garland’s directorial debut, ‘Ex Machina.’ Today we’re hearing that Paramount is moving forward on the thriller ‘Annihilation,’ and they’ve pegged Garland to adapt the script and direct the project. Last year the studio picked up the movie rights to Jeff VanderMeer’s ‘The Southern Reach’ trilogy. The first book, ‘Annihilation,’ was published in March. It was followed by ‘Authority’ in May and ‘Acceptance’ in September.
‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ will hit theaters on November 21st, nearly a year to the date after the previous installment, ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,’ – and, about a year before ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2′ swoops into theaters on November 20th, 2015. The likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Dormer, Evan Ross, Mahershala Ali, Gwendoline Christie, Wes Chatham, Eldon Henson, Donald Sutherland and Willow Shields star.
In ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,’ Katniss Everdeen reluctantly leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates to the point of destruction of the other districts by the Capitol, Katniss must decide for herself who she can trust and what needs to be done, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.
Charlie Hunnam has signed on to star in the true-life Thai kick-boxing prison thriller ‘A Prayer Before Dawn.’ Hunnam, whose perhaps best known for his roles in ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and ‘Pacific Rim,’ is in training now for the Muay Thai sequences of the film, set to shoot in summer 2015. The film is being described as being “crossover genre fare in the vein of ‘Drive’ and ‘The Raid.'” Director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire (Johnny Mad Dog) is also casting former prisoners who were Muay Thai champions in Thailand.
The producers on ‘A Prayer Before Dawn’ are Senorita Films, the new outfit from former Wild Bunch executive Rita Dagher; and Sol Papadopoulos and Roy Boulter’s UK outfit Hurricane Films, which optioned the material. The screenplay is by Nick Saltrese based on the book by Billy Moore. The film is based on the true-life story of Moore’s incarceration in a notorious Thai prison, Klong Prem (aka the Bangkok Hilton); where he starts to train in the art of Muay Thai Boxing.
Second ‘The Imitation Game’ Clip; Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) Meets Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley)
This second clip has arrived online for ‘The Imitation Game,’ which stars the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard. The film offers a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of Alan Turing, one of Britain’s most extraordinary unsung heroes, and one of the world’s greatest innovators.
The pioneer of modern-day computing, Alan Turing is credited with cracking the German Enigma code and the film is a “nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.” Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British Establishment, but his work and legacy live on. Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) is directing from a screenplay by Graham Moore, based on the book “Alan Turing: The Enigma” by Andrew Hodges. ‘The Imitation Game’ is set for a November 14th bow in the UK and a November 21st release in the US.
Just in time for Halloween, Entertainment One UK has unveiled this official main poster 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, 2015. Harper’s also got a stellar movie called ‘War Book’ coming out, so look out for that next year.
Eric Bana & Ricky Gervais To Lead The ‘Special Correspondents’ Remake; Gervais Will Also Write & Direct
Bron Studios and Unanimous Entertainment send word that Eric Bana and Ricky Gervais are set to star in a remake of director Frédéric Auburtin’s 2009 French comedy ‘Special Correspondents’ (Envoyés Très Spéciaux), which Gervais will also write, direct and produce. The 2009 original had a Wag the Dog-style scenario of France mobilizing to gain release for two kidnapped journalists (Gérard Jugnot and Gérard Lanvin) in Iraq, which only the “victims” knew was a fake kidnapping. Gervais has given his adaptation a media-centric spin, with Bana’s character as an arrogant, struggling New York-based radio journalist who fakes frontline war reports from a Spanish restaurant in Manhattan as a desperate ploy to save his job.