Now that the Star Wars bubble has burst, it’s time to look forward to this week’s Christmas Day releases. The first up is one we’ve been waiting for since last Christmas, when a version of the script was leaked and writer/director Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained) was urged to file a lawsuit over the incident. The Hateful Eight is the eighth writing/directing project from Tarantino and is another Western outing that takes place in post-Civil War Wyoming, where a group of bounty hunters are forced to seek shelter from a blizzard, only to find themselves in a game of betrayal and deception. This time out, Tarantino’s stylistic approach to filmmaking will be backed by a full score from Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone, whose last Western-film score went to 1975’s A Genius, Two Friends, and an Idiot, but he is more famously known in the Western genre for his contributions to films like A Fistful of Dollars (1964), The Good The Bad and the Ugly (1966), and Once Upon A Time in the West (1968). Continue reading →
Academy Award-winning actor Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) will be making his feature-length directorial debut this month with his new war drama The Water Diviner. Working from a script by Andrew Knight (Siam Sunset, Cashburn) and Andrew Anastasios (The Broken Shore, Australia: The Story of Us), Crowe directed himself and actors Jai Courtney (Divergent, A Good Day To Die Hard), Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Oblivion), and Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Immortals) in the story of an Australian farmer who travels to Turkey in 1915 following the Battle of Gallipoli in an attempt to locate his missing sons. The film will see a limited release at the end of April following a premier at the Newport Beach International Film Festival on the 23rd. Check your local listings for showtimes in your area…meanwhile you can see the trailer here on MADE!
With a title that’s been around since the 1960s and has always inferred a sense of eerie happenings and strange phenomenon, fans may not be too eager to see another movie revolving around the realm of The Twilight Zone. Nevertheless a director has finally been chosen to take on the Warner Bros. project that has been waiting for a director since last year. Joseph Kosinski, whose credits include Tron: Legacy and Oblivion, is reportedly in talks with Warner to direct the film. Leonardo DeCaprio, who is currently starring and co-producing the upcoming Scorsese flick The Wolf of Wall Street, and Jennifer Davisson Killoran are producing the film, which is still far from gaining momentum as far as actual shooting is concerned, but which may become a priority with a director now attached to it. There are no details related to the plot, but there are rumors that the new movie would stand on its own as a strange science-fiction film and have no connection to the original series accept in name only. We’ll have to wait and see what happens once the whole cast and crew is finalized, but it seems Leonardo DeCaprio rarely gets behind a project that will be entertaining if nothing else.