Variety are reporting that Zhang Yimou is in talks to direct ‘Quasimodo’ for Warner Bros. Pictures. The film has been in development for Warners for some time with Josh Brolin attached to star as the titular character. The classic Victor Hugo novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” follows a gypsy girl who is framed for murder, and only the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral, Quasimodo, can save her. Kieran and Michele Mulroney penned the original script. Zhang has made a career for his visual style and incredibly choreographed fight sequences in films like ‘Hero,’ ‘Curse Of The Golden Flower’ and ‘House of Flying Daggers.’ He most recently helmed the Christian Bale-starring war pic ‘Flowers of War.’ The synopsis for the book is as follows.
Set in 1482, Victor Hugo’s powerful novel of imagination, caprice and fantasy is a meditation on love, fate, architecture and politics, as well as a compelling recreation of the medieval world at the dawn of the modern age. In a brilliant reworking of the tale of Beauty and the Beast, Hugo creates a host of unforgettable characters amongst them, Quasimodo, the hunchback of the title, hopelessly in love with the gypsy girl Esmeralda, the satanic priest Claude Frollo, Clopin Trouillefou, king of the beggars, and Louis XI, King of France. Over the entire novel, both literally and symbolically, broods the Cathedral of Notre-Dame. Vivid characters and memorable
Warner Bros. Pictures has set loose this new banner poster for the action-thriller, ‘Getaway.’ Directed by Courtney Solomon and Yaron Levy, the film stars the likes of Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight, Rebecca Budig, and Bruce Payne. ‘Getaway’ is described as a “gritty, heart-pounding action thriller in which former race car driver Brent Magna (Hawke) is pitted against the clock. Desperately trying to save the life of his kidnapped wife, Brent commandeers a custom Shelby Cobra Mustang, taking it and its unwitting owner (Gomez) on a high-speed race against time, at the command of the mysterious villain holding his wife hostage.” ‘Getaway’ arrives in cinemas on August 30th in the US and October 4th in the UK. Check out the poster in hi-res here. Source: IMPAwards.
Interesting Facts About Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘Only God Forgives’ – Starring Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas & Yayaying
‘Only God Forgives’ is one of the most highly anticipated films of 2013. Not only is the man of the moment, Ryan Gosling, starring; it sees him team up with Nicolas Winding Refn again following their awesome collaboration in ‘Drive’ in 2011. These are the things we know for certain but what about all those quirky, behind the scenes, little facts you don’t see on screen?
• Ryan Gosling wasn’t the first choice for the lead role. Welsh actor Luke Evans was originally cast and had even begun learning Muay Thai lessons but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.’ Then, Gosling stepped in. Refn: “I remember the day after the premiere of Drive in Cannes, this unknown actor drops out of my movie to go do The Hobbit. So I was like, ‘f*ck.’ Then I was in LA right after and Ryan said, ‘I’ll do it.’”
• Director Nicolas Winding Refn is actually colour blind. This is quite interesting given that colour is such a powerful tool in his films and most recently the latest neon-drenched poster for ‘Only God Forgives.’
Deadline bring word that momentum may be building for a ‘Pacific Rim’ sequel based on the international box office for the Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros summer tentpole. The latest development is the sci-fi actioner’s Wednesday opening in China to a record-breaking $9M, a new high for any Warner Bros release and 23% bigger than for any ‘Harry Potter’ film. The film grossed a huge 70% of market share there.
This is after ‘Pacific Rim’ broke through to become the #1 film internationally on July 19-21 as it rolled out into less than half the global territories. Besides China, the film was released today in Spain and Japan, and is set for an August 9th bow in Brazil. While the film’s US theatrical sales are not expected to exceed $100M, having grossed $84 million in three weekends, the film’s international success, currently at $140 million from 52 territories, is promising for the studio. Worldwide, the movie has grossed $224 million to date (slightly more than its rumored budget) and the result is that screenwriter Travis Beacham and co-scribe/director Guillermo del Toro’s film could likely get a green-light for a sequel. Whether del Toro will be able to return and direct the follow-up is unclear, however.
Following a standout performance as Jordan Baker in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of ‘The Great Gatsby,’ Variety are reporting that Elizabeth Debicki is set to join ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Debicki would co-star with Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander in the film that Guy Ritchie will direct. The film is an adaptation of the 1960s TV series which followed two agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement as they fought the evil agents of Thrush. Sources say she would likely play some sort of femme fatale role. Debicki can currently be seen is currently on stage at the Sydney Theater Company opposite Cate Blanchet in ‘The Maids.’
‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ has a script by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Bourne Ultimatum). Steven Soderbergh was originally lined up to direct the film, however due to budget and casting difficulties (George Clooney dropped out due because he needed surgery on his neck and back, and he wasn’t up for a physical role), Soderbergh passed on the project. The original ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ series starred Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo and David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin. They were agents of United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) who fight the forces of Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity (T.H.R.U.S.H.). Set to start shooting in September, ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ is aiming for a 2014 release.
Behind-The-Scenes Featurette For ‘Baggage Claim’ – Starring Paula Patton, Derek Luke, Djimon Hounsou & Jill Scott
Fox Searchlight has revealed this new behind-the-scenes featurette for ‘Baggage Claim’, the new romantic comedy directed by David E. Talbert and starring an ensemble cast of Paula Patton, Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Boris Kodjoe, Trey Songz, Adam Brody, Tia Mowry, LaLa Anthony and Djimon Hounsou. ‘Baggage Claim’ arrives in cinemas on Septemer 27th.
Determined to get engaged before her youngest sister’s wedding, flight attendant Montana Moore (Paula Patton) finds herself with only 30 days to find Mr. Right. Using her airline connections to “accidentally” meet up with eligible ex-boyfriends and scour for potential candidates, she racks up more than 30,000 miles and countless comedic encounters, all the while searching for the perfect guy.