According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired ‘American Blood,’ an upcoming crime novel by Ben Sanders that has Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper attached to star. The story follows Marshall Grade, an NYPD officer-turned-mob-informant, who, while living in the witness protection program in New Mexico, is pulled into a dangerous investigation involving a missing woman. Andrew Sodroski (Holland, Michigan) is attached to adapt the script.
Ben Sanders, from New Zealand, published his first book, ‘Fallen,’ at age 20. The book was a bestseller in his native country, and he went on to write two others – ‘By Any Means’ and ‘Only the Dead.’ Now 24 years old, Sanders will make his American debut with ‘American Blood,’ which is slated for Fall 2015 via MacMillan. ‘American Blood’ is likely the first in a series of books, which means there’s franchise potential for the films.
This new batch of images have emerged online for ‘The Raid 2.’ Once again written and directed by Gareth Evans, ‘The Raid 2′ picks up right where the first film left off and follows Rama (Iko Uwais) as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force. In addition to Uwais, the international cast includes Tio Pakusadewo, Putra Arifin Scheunamann, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad and Roy Marten. ‘The Raid 2′ opens in the US on March 28th and in the UK on April 11th.
“Tyrants” TV Spot For Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ – Starring Russell Crowe, Ray Winstone, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson…
From Paramount Pictures comes this latest TV spot 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 Russell 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. Jennifer 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.”
We’re incredibly sad to hear that the American actor, director and writer Harold Ramis has died. He was 69. One of Hollywood’s most successful comedy filmmakers, his best-known acting roles include playing Egon Spengler in the ‘Ghostbusters’ series and Russell Ziskey in ‘Stripes,’ both of which he co-wrote. As a writer/director, his films include the comedies ‘Caddyshack’ (1980), ‘Groundhog Day’ (1993), and ‘Analyze This’ (1999). Ramis was the original head writer of the television series ‘SCTV’ (in which he also performed), and one of three screenwriters for the film ‘National Lampoon’s Animal House.’
The Chicago Tribune are reporting that Harold Ramis was surrounded by family when he died at 12:53 a.m. from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels. Ramis’ serious health struggles began in May 2010 with an infection that led to complications related to the autoimmune disease, his wife Erica Mann Ramis said. Ramis had to relearn to walk but suffered a relapse of the vaculitis in late 2011, said Laurel Ward, vice president of development at Ramis’ Ocean Pictures production company.
Tom Hardy In Talks To Play Both Kray Twins In ‘Legend'; From ‘L.A. Confidential’ Writer/Director Brian Helgeland
According to Screen Daily, Tom Hardy in talks to lead a movie about the notorious Kray Twins from writer-director Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential). Hardy is said to be in discussion to star as both brothers in ‘Legend,’ the film’s working title, which will chart the tortured and unique relationship between gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray, the identical twin brothers infamous for their criminal exploits in London during the 1950s and 1960s.
According to sources close to the British actor, the project is one of several Tom Hardy is considering. Currently in development, the production is aiming to shoot in the UK later this year. Working Title, whose recent features include ‘Rush,’ ‘About Time’ and ‘The Two Faces of January,’ is developing and producing the project.
The good people over at Empire Magazine have revealed their fantastic new ‘Godzilla’ subscribers cover. On the look of the titular character, director Gareth Edwards told the outlet, “Trying to get the face right was the main thing. I guess he’s got more of a bear’s face, or a dog’s. We also used eagle. There’s a lot of nobility in an eagle. It made him feel very majestic and noble.” Edwards also used London-based motion-capture facility The Imaginarium and its head, Andy Serkis, on certain sequences to “control the souls” (as Edwards puts it) of his creations. ‘Godzilla’ hits screens on May 16th, but you can pick up the new issue of Empire this Thursday (February 27th) on newsstands. Stay tuned for more Godzilla-related mayhem this week.
Described as an epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic ‘Godzilla,’ the adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. The key cast for ‘Godzilla’ includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Sally Hawkins and Bryan Cranston. Gareth Edwards (Monsters) is directing the creature feature centered on the giant city-destroying and monster-fighting lizard. The filmmaker directs from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont and Dave Callaham.