It is being reported that the feature film based on Ubisoft’s popular video game ‘Assassin’s Creed,’ starring Michael Fassbender, has been pencilled in for a May 22nd, 2015 release date. While a director has not yet been announced, New Regency/20th Century Fox and Ubisoft have tapped up-and-coming British writer Michael Lesslie to adapt ‘Assassin’s Creed’ for the big screen. Lesslie, an acclaimed English playwright, penned ‘Prince of Denmark,’ which was performed at the National Theatre in 2012. He also has wrote a number of short films including last year’s ‘Skirt,’ directed by Amanda Boyle. ‘Assassin’s Creed’ has Fassbender attached to star in and co-produce.
The plot for ‘Assassin’s Creed’ centers on a bartender who is captured by a secret corporation and sent back in time to relive the memories of his ancestors – all of them assassins – and retrieve ancient artifacts.Two years ago Ubisoft invested in launching UMP (Ubisoft Motion Pictures), headed by Jean-Julien Baronnet, former CEO of Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, to adapt the company’s games into films, TV shows and digital projects. Adaptions of the games ‘Splinter Cell’ and ‘Ghost Recon’ are also in the works. Source: CS.
Talking to the good people over at Empire Magazine, writer/producer/director David S. Goyer speaks on the ‘Man of Steel’ title, and sheds some light on why they didn’t use the word “Superman” in the title, “We decided not to call it Superman, that was very deliberate. Chris [Nolan] and I [suggested] Man Of Steel, and Warner Bros. said, ‘Why?’ And we started talking about it, and we said, ‘We want a line of demarcation in the sand between the old and the new.’ We always knew we would be using the Superman glyph or the shield as we call it. But Man Of Steel was also supposed to represent our take, which was he’s a man, but he’s not made of flesh and blood, metaphorically he’s a man of steel. So that was sort of the whole thing wrapped up in a nutshell.”
Landing in cinemas on June 14th, ‘Man of Steel’ is from director Zack Snyder and producers Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy), based upon the iconic Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics.
The House Of Vin has put together this stellar portrait centering on Michael Fassbender’s Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto. The character will next be seen on the big screen in 2014 in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ the seventh installment in the ‘X-Men’ film series. ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ commenced filming last month in Montreal, Canada. It will be the first film in the ‘X-Men’ film series to be filmed in 3D. You can check out the drawing in higher resolution here.
Director Bryan Singer recently announced that ‘Game of Thrones’ star Peter Dinklage joined the cast of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ Further reports bring word that the Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actor will play the main antagonist in the film. With Singer merging past and present ‘X-Men’ actors for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ the director also announced that Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Halle Berry (Storm), Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) and Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) will be joining the film – which is ostensibly a sequel to ‘X-Men: First Class,’ but will prominently feature actors from the first ‘X-Men’ trilogy.
Heat Vision are reporting that Marton Csokas will square off against Denzel Washington and Chloe Moretz in ‘The Equalizer,’ Sony Pictures’ big-screen take on the 1980s TV show. Washington is playing Robert McCall, a retired intelligence officer who helps the powerless. In the movie version, he is living a quiet life while working at a Home Depot when one of his acts of kindness towards a prostitute (Moretz) gets him embroiled with the Russian mob. Csokas will play the movie’s heavy, a vicious fixer for the Russia mob. The film will re-team Washington with his ‘Training Day’ director, Antoine Fuqua.
Marton Csokas, who hails from New Zealand, is currently shooting a role in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ and recently wrapped playing the character Damian Lord in Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.’ His other credits include ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ and playing Celeborn in Peter Jackson’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies. ‘The Equalizer’ is set for a April 11th, 2014 release. The movie is looking to shoot in the summer in Boston.
Magnet Releasing has released, via iTunes Movie Trailers, this new trailer for the upcoming sci-fi pic, ‘Europa Report.’ A unique blend of documentary, alternative history and science fiction thriller, the film follows a contemporary mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, to investigate the possible existence of alien life within our solar system. Developed in close collaboration with NASA, JPL, SpaceX and other leaders in the scientific community, ‘Europa Report’ imagines the next step in manned space exploration and is based on recent scientific discoveries and theories.
‘Europa Report’ marks Sharlto Copley’s first return to science fiction since the 2009 blockbuster ‘District 9,’ as well as the English language debut of director Sebastián Cordero (Pescador, Cronicas), who once again worked with two longtime collaborators, Academy Award winning Production Designer Eugenio Caballero (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Impossible) and Director of Photography Enrique Chediak (127 Hours). The film was written by Philip Gelatt and produced by Wayfare Entertainment’s Ben Browning. Alongside Copley, the likes of Michael Nyqvist, Anamaria Marinca, Christian Camargo, Daniel Wu and Karolina Wydra also star. ‘Europa Report’ arrives on VOD on June 27th and hits cinemas on August 2nd.
With the film set to premiere shortly at Cannes, Wild Bunch has unveiled this new trailer for Arnaud Desplechin’s ‘Jimmy P.’ Based on a true story, ‘Jimmy P’ narrates the birth and development of an extraordinary friendship. At the end of World War II, Jimmy Picard (Benicio del Toro), an American Blackfoot who fought in France, arrives at the renowned Winter Veterans Hospital in Topeka, Kansas. Jimmy suffers from excruciating migraines and sudden losses of sight and hearing, and despite a barrage of tests, his condition mystifies the doctors. Unable to help him and unhappy with their diagnosis of schizophrenia, they decide to seek the help of Georges Devereux (Matthieu Amalric), a maverick French anthropologist and analyst.
From their first meeting, the two men begin to establish a relationship of trust and mutual respect, as Jimmy realizes the depth of the Frenchman’s immersion in Native American culture. During the course of their daily sessions, Jimmy reveals more and more, describing his dreams and recalling forgotten childhood memories. Damaged, reserved and unfamiliar with the analytic process, he nonetheless opens himself up, allowing Devereux to guide him on the road to healing. Gina McKee, Elya Baskin and Misty Upham co-star. Expect release details and more info shortly.