A modern big screen adaptation of Herman Melville’s epic adventure Moby Dick titled In The Heart of the Sea is opening in theaters this Friday, December 11th. Written for the screen by Charles Leavitt (K-PAX, Blood Diamond) and writing team Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Jurassic World), the film takes the classic tale, based on a real-life maritime disaster in the West Pacific in 1820, to new heights, utilizing stunning visual effects to show the initial series of confrontations leading up to the whale’s sinking of the Essex and the aftermath the crew had to endure in the open sea, with no ship, no food, and no fresh water. While trying to survive, the crew members begin to question both the morality of their trade and the value of life, as captain and first mate collide on their efforts to either survive, or kill the vengeance-driven whale. Continue reading →
After months and months of anticipation for the long-awaited sequel to Steven Spielberg‘s 1993 classic, Jurassic World is finally opening in theaters this Friday, June 12th. Directed by Colin Trevorrow (Reality Show, Safety Not Guaranteed) from a script by himself and fellow screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (The Relic, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Derek Connolly (Safety Not Guaranteed, Monster Trucks), the film picks up on Isla Nublar 22 years after the disaster of the original movie with a new fully-functioning park that after 10 years of successful operation is losing visitors and whose directors decide to put a new attraction in-place to draw more crowds with horrific and “unforseen” consequences. Starring in the film are actors Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreation, Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help, 50/50), Ty Simpkins (Insidious, Iron Man 3), Nick Robinson (Melissa & Joey, The Kings of Summer), Jake Johnson (21 Jump Street, Let’s Be Cops), Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Mood Indigo), and DB Wong (Executive Decision, Jurassic Park). While the special effects look pretty interesting, after having seen the latest TV-spot with Chris Pratt, the story is at risk of being extremely weak, not at all living up to the standards of the original, but I won’t jump to judge it before seeing it. You can see the full length trailer again here on MADE, then catch it on the big screen June 12th.
With May being only a few days away, the June 15th release date for director Colin Trevorrow‘s upcoming dinosaur-thriller Jurassic World is also just around the corner. This new film takes place 22 years after the original Jurassic Park events, with a fully-functioning theme park operating on Isla Nublar in which tourists come to see the dinosaur inhabitants John Hammond (the late David Attenborough) originally envisioned for the island. Screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) penned the story and wrote the script with director Trevorrow (Reality Show, Making Revolution) and his Safety Not Guaranteed co-writer Derek Connolly. Leading the cast are actors Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreation, Guardians of the Galaxy) and Golden Globe nominee Bryce Dallas Howard (50/50, The Help), plus Ty Simpkins (Insidious, Iron Man 3), Jake Johnson (New Girl, Let’s Be Cops), Nick Robinson (Boardwalk Empire, The Kings of Summer), Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi, The Amazing Spider-Man), Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Samba), Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, The Judge) and DB Wong (Men of War, Executive Decision), who is returning to portray Henry Wu from the original Jurassic Park. June 15th is coming up soon, so be sure to mark your calendars!
The next chapter in the Planet of the Apes reboot project from Twentieth Century Fox is coming to theaters this Friday, once again featuring motion-capture master Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) in the role of Caesar. Rise of the Planet of the Apes came out in 2011 and ended with a mutated virus spreading across the globe and beginning to wipe out mankind from existence. Now in the years after the breakout, a band of humans lead by Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight, Leon: The Professional) are heading out to wage war against Caesar and reclaim their dominant-species status on Earth. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes also features Keri Russell (August Rush, Mission: Impossible 3) and is directed by Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield) from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Mark Bomback. Check out the trailer here on MADE, then go and see it on the big screen this weekend!
James Cameron took the movie world to new limits when he released Avatar to audiences back in 2009. The first movie to be filmed specifically for IMAX, Avatar’s special effects and cinematography won the respective awards at the Oscars back in 2010, and also won two Golden Globes for Best Director (James Cameron) and Best Picture. The film set a new standard for making special effects movies with modern technology, much in the same way as George Lucas did with Star Wars in 1977. Following the success of Avatar, Cameron started planning out a series of sequels for his cinematic adventure, which will now be hitting theaters Lord of the Rings-style starting in December of 2016.
Actors Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana recently confirmed they would be returning for the three sequels, which will be filmed back-to-back in New Zealand and are being written by screenwriters Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Shane Salerno. As I understand it Friedman and Salerno will be writing the first and final sequel separately, and Jaffa and Silver will be collaborating on the middle installment, but as of now there are still no details or hints regarding the plot of any of the three movies. Not to worry, though; James Cameron never keeps fans waiting for a movie that isn’t worth seeing. The director is co-writing all three movies with his screenwriters, and is behind some of the most memorable and successful projects in Hollywood, including The Terminator, Titanic, Aliens, and The Abyss. With all that experience I think it’s safe to say that fans have nothing to worry about; they just have to play the waiting game, which is nothing new to fans of Cameron.
When you hold the top two spots on the list of highest grossing movies ever, you know you’ve got some pull. Director James Cameron set new industry records for his last two films, Titanic, which still holds the number two spot since its release in 1997, and Avatar, his latest project that really put the whole 3D movie era into action. Cameron is now working with 20th Century Fox and a team of writers to put not one, not two, but three Avatar sequels into production and to begin simultaneous filming next year! Screenwriters Josh Friedman, Shane Salerno, Amanda Silver, and Rick Jaffa are all working on separate scripts for the films, which are set to begin release in December 2016.