Universal Pictures has revealed this first still from ‘Everest,’ which arrives in cinemas on February 27th, 2015. Inspired by the incredible events surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, ‘Everest’ documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest of elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival. Starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly and Thomas M. Wright, the epic adventure is directed by Baltasar Kormákur (The Deep, 2 Guns, Contraband) and produced by Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson, as well as Nicky Kentish Barnes.
Universal Pictures and Cross Creek Pictures’ presentation of ‘Everest’ - in association with Walden Media – is adapted for the screen by Mark Medoff (Children of a Lesser God) and Oscar winner Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire). The film will shoot on location in Nepal on the foothills of Everest, the Italian Dolomites and at Cinecittà Studios in Rome and Pinewood Studios in the UK.
Industrial Light & Magic Announce Facility Expansions Ahead Of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’, ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’, ‘World Of Warcraft’….
Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic today announced the expansion of its global operations with the opening of ILM London in the UK, the growth and relocation of ILM Vancouver and the relocation of ILM Singapore to the newly constructed ‘Sandcrawler’ building located in the Fusionopolis business district. Coupled with the new and expanded facilities, the company has hired key talent to staff the offices. ILM president and general manager, Lynwen Brennan, said in a statement:
“We continue to embrace the global opportunities that have come with advances in technology while maintaining a strong operation here in the U.S. ILM has always prided itself on having the industry’s top creative talent. The difference now is that we can access incredible talent where they live and countries such as Singapore, Canada and the United Kingdom have a great deal to offer.”
On the promotional campaign for his soon-to-be-released directorial debut ‘Winter’s Tale,’ producer and writer Akiva Goldsman shared with io9 some of the ideas they cooked up for an ‘I Am Legend’ prequel and/or sequel, which he confirms isn’t moving forward. The original film, based on the 1954 novel by Richard Matheson, starred Will Smith as scientist Robert Neville. Made for around $150 million, it grossed over $585 million at the worldwide box office. Check out the exchange below:
EuropaCorp has unveiled the first trailer for ‘Brick Mansions,’ one of final films completed by Paul Walker before he tragically died in November. Opening on April 25th, ‘Brick Mansions’ is an English-language reboot of the 2004 French film ‘District B13.’ The new film marks the directorial debut of renowned editor Camille Delamarre, whose recent editing credits include ‘Taken 2′ and ‘Transporter 3.’ David Belle (who co-founded the Parkour movement) reprises his role from the original French film, while RZA co-stars alongside Paul Walker.
‘Brick Mansions’ is set in a dystopian Detroit, where abandoned brick mansions left from better times now house only the most dangerous criminals. Unable to control the crime, the police constructed a colossal containment wall around this area to protect the rest of the city. For undercover cop Damien Collier (Walker) every day is a battle against corruption. For Lino (Belle), every day is a fight to live an honest life. Their paths never should have crossed, but when drug kingpin, Tremaine (RZA) kidnaps Lino’s girlfriend, Damien reluctantly accepts the help of the fearless ex-convict, and together they must stop a sinister plot to devastate the entire city.
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s character posters centering on Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly, Paramount Pictures has revealed these two latest one-sheets for Darren Aronofsky’s epically-scaled retelling of the biblical story, ‘Noah.’ Set for a March 28th release in the US and a April 4th bow in the UK, Ray Winstone will play the role of the nemesis to Crowe’s eponymous hero. Emma Watson plays Ila, a young woman who develops a close relationship with Noah’s son, Shem. That role will be played by Douglas Booth, with Logan Lerman playing Noah’s other son, Ham. Connelly plays Noah’s wife, Naameh. Anthony Hopkins is playing Methuselah, while Kevin Durand is playing a giant who helps Noah and his family. The likes of Dakota Goyo, Nick Nolte and Madison Davenport co-star.
Darren Aronofsky is the man behind some of my favorite films of the last twelve years in ‘The Wrestler,’ ‘The Fountain,’ ‘Requiem for a Dream,’ ‘Pi’ and ‘Black Swan’ – fingers crossed ‘Noah’ adds to that list. ‘Noah’ is Aronofsky’s follow up effort to the Oscar-nominated and hugely profitable ‘Black Swan,’ which grossed $315 million worldwide on a $12 million budget. The synopsis for ‘Noah’ is as follows: “NOAH is a close adaptation of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood.”
Summit Entertainment send word that Robert Schwentke will direct ‘Insurgent,’ the sequel to the studio’s futuristic adventure ‘Divergent’ based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best seller series. The film will be directed from a script currently being written by Akiva Goldsman from a draft initially written by Brian Duffield. ’Insurgent,’ which is scheduled for release on March 20th, 2015, will be filmed in Atlanta and Chicago. The third film in the series, ‘Allegiant,’ is slated for release on March 18th, 2016. Schwentke previously worked with Summit Entertainment directing the studio’s action-comedy hit ‘RED.’ His other credits include directing ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ and ‘Flightplan.’
In the sequel to ‘Divergent,’ ‘Insurgent’ continues the journey of Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) as war now looms. “Sides will be chosen, secrets will emerge, and to uncover the truth about her world, Tris must be stronger than ever because shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.”