The long anticipated Ghostbusters reboot with Melissa McCarthy (The Heat, Spy), Kristen Wiig (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Martian), Kate McKinnon (Ted 2, Finding Dory), and Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live, Trainwreck) is now playing in theaters nationwide. Director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) has faced some harsh opposition to rebooting the series, but the film is still expected to earn a large haul at this weekend’s box office. Picking up 30 years after the last installment, a new female crew of ‘busters reopens the original location and works to rid New York of its paranormal residents. Original actors Bill Murray (Caddyshack, Stripes), Dan Aykroyd (The Blue Brothers, Tommy Boy), Ernie Hudson (Joy of Sex, The Crow), Sigourney Weaver (Alien, Avatar), and Annie Potts (Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Toy Story) are all expected to make cameo appearances throughout the film, so it should be a pretty fun summer blockbuster. Also opening in theaters this weekend is a new drama from director Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer, Runner Runner) called The Infiltrator. Continue reading →
Director Luc Besson (The 5th Element, Taken) recently announced at the Cannes Film Festival that his production company, EuropaCorp, is currently working on developing a new Pablo Escobar biopic with Oscar-winners Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men, Skyfall) and Penelope Cruz (Blow, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides). Titled Escobar, the screenplay will be based on the book Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar by author Virginia Vallejo, but the movie is still extremely early in production (which is not really a bad thing considering Benicio Del Toro’s Escobar: Paradise Lost is still awaiting worldwide release) and Besson will not be directly involved with this project himself. He is currently in the process of getting Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets off the ground while also serving as producer on Warrior’s Gate (2015) and The Lake (2016), so writing and directing duties for Escobar are expected to fall on Fernando Leon Aranoa (A Perfect Day, Familia). Stay tuned for more news.
We’ve been keeping an eye on this project for what seems like years now (which isn’t far from reality considering it has taken more than a decade to get a Pablo Escobar biopic on the big screen), but now we finally have some more news as to a nationwide release. Escobar: Paradise Lost, which is directed by Italian actor Andrea Di Stefano (Nine, Life of Pi), was originally given a limited release back in January of this year, but now the film will see another release in theaters this June 26th in New York, LA, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, El Paso, Memphis, Tulsa, Phoenix and Washington DC. Leading the cast in the role of Escobar is Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro (The Usual Suspects, Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas), Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games, Red Dawn), and Claudia Traisac (The 7th Day, Apaches). The international trailer is available here on MADE. Be sure to check your local listings if you live in any of these areas!
We have a pretty great list of releases to choose from this 2014 Holiday season, but January 2015 is also looking to be a great month for releases, especially considering the insane amount of movies that have been scheduled to open this year. One project in particular that has been keeping Hollywood on the edge for several years now is the Pablo Escobar drama that has gone through several stages of production with different actors and directors before being picked up by RADIUS-TWC last February. The film is titled Escobar: Paradise Lost, and will star Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro (The Usual Suspects, Snatch) in the role of the brutal cartel leader, with Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games, Red Dawn), Brady Corbet (Funny Games, Martha Marcy May Marlene), and Claudia Traisac (The 7th Day, Cuentame) in the supporting cast. Actor-turned-director Andrea Di Stefano (Nine, Life of Pi) directed his own screenplay that was co-written with Francesca Marciano (A Five Star Life, Honey). The movie was first seen in September as part of the Toronto International Film Festival and has also been shown at numerous events since then including the Zurich and Rome Film Festival(s), and the Hamptons and Philadelphia International Film Festival(s). Now the film will see a limited release this January 16th. You can see the trailer here on MADE, and be sure to check your theater guides to find one showing near your area.
Making two or more sequels to a movie is not something people necessarily enjoy or frown upon; if the franchise is good like Fast & Furious or Star Wars (for a time), then what the hell right? Nobody even cares about new James Bond movies coming out anymore, mostly because there has been a new Bond movie coming out every few years since 1962, but you get the point. That’s all well and all but to remake a movie three times over? That’s a bit of a stretch, but it does seem to actually be happening. Modern audiences mostly familiarize Scarface with Al Pacino’s drug-enraged character Tony Montana in director Brian De Palma’s 1983 classic, but that film is actually a remake of a 1932 film of the same name that followed the story of two southside hoodlums, Johnny Lovo (Osgood Perkins) and Tony Camonte (Paul Muni), who rose to the top of the organized crime syndicate in Chicago in the 1920s.
Pacino’s character was an immigrant from Cuba who also climbed the organized crime latter in Miami during the cocaine infusion of the 1980s, and now another story of a young immigrant rising up in the Los Angeles mob is in the works at Universal. The project will be directed by Pablo Larrain, and follow an immigrant from Mexico whose name will also be Tony. A look into the origins of Tony’s character is said to be explored in this new film, but other than that it seems to follow the same story line as the others: abuse the system to achieve the American Dream! I kind of hope this doesn’t happen; no one will ever top Pacino’s character, so why ruin a good thing?
Deadline Hollywood reported today that Raius-TWC acquired the North American rights for the Pablo Escobar film Paradise Lost for $2 million. The film is directed by Andrea Di Stefano and costars Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), Brady Corbet, and Claudia Traisac, with Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro in the role of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. The story follows a young man who visits Columbia and falls for and marries a local girl, only to discover he has married the kingpin’s niece, whose uncle then begins to lure him into the family business. The film is produced by Dimitri Rassam and Romain Le Grand, with Pathe and Frederique Dumas of Orange Studio, as Miquel Angel Faura from Roxbury and uMedia. The film is expected to be released later this year. As you may know, Hollywood studios have been attempting to get a film chronicling the life of Pablo Escobar for several years now, with titles including The Ballad of Pablo Escobar. Beneicio Del Toro was once involved with a similar project, and actors like John Lequizamo and directors like Brad Furman have at different points been attached to various projects regarding the cartel leader, but until now, nothing had gained enough speed to get from the production stage to the big screen. A fun spin on the situation was taken in the HBO series Entourage, where fictional actor Vince Chase took on the role of Escobar in an independent picture called Medellin, which was accepted for showing at the Cannes Film Festival only to receive terrible reviews and being released straight to DVD. Paradise Lost takes the name from the famous 12-book poem by John Milton, which was published in 1667 and covers such matters as the War in Heaven, and the temptations of Lucifer on Adam and Eve. I’m not sure whether the filmmakers meant to make this connection or not, intentionally using the character of Satan in the original poem as an analogy for Escobar himself, but I guess we’ll see sometime soon. Hopefully this movie is worth the wait; if it stays true to the depths of Escobar’s character and the violence-fueled world that he was a part of and doesn’t focus too heavily on the supporting love story, it should be a pretty good movie, especially with Benicio Del Toro appearing as Escobar.
Despite the uncertainty of whether or not there really would be a full length film regarding the life of one of the world’s most famous drug kingpins, Relativity Media has picked up Brad Furman’s The Ballad of Pablo Escobar that has been floating around since 2011. The film will be re-titled King of Cocaine under the new production company, and will star rumored actor John Leguizamo in the lead role. Despite early speculation that Benicio Del Toro would be starring as Escobar, and even more recent reports of Oscar Issac playing the part, Furman has been pushing hard for Leguizamo despite concerns from studios. Leguizamo starred in Furman’s first film The Take (2007) and most recently held a supporting role in the director’s upcoming film Runner Runner with Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake. Landing a lead role like this could be huge for Leguizamo, who has always provided great performances in supporting roles in films like Miracle at Saint Anna (2008) and Carlito’s Way (1993). Seeing him take on a role as important and unique as Pablo Escobar should be really exciting!
Finally we can put a decisive end to this onslaught of gossip and rumors that’s been hitting Hollywood and the web like spam since the Comic Con announcement of a Batman-vs-Superman movie. Man of Steel 2, which has been scheduled for release July 17, 2015, will feature a Batman-vs-Superman plot loosely based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, and will feature Ben Affleck as Batman! Affleck will be joining a long list of actors that have played the part, including George Clooney, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, Adam West, and most recently Christian Bale. Henry Cavill will be reprising the role of Superman, along with Amy Adams as Louis Lane and Diane Lane as Mrs. Kent. Director Zack Snyder will also be returning for the film which is being distributed by Warner Bros. Ben Affleck is an interesting choice for Batman. He is a seasoned actor who will be taking on an older character that must retain both Bruce Wayne’s misguiding demeanor and Batman’s passion for justice.
On a personal note, though, I think Superman is getting jipped! If you want to make a Batman-vs-Superman movie then by all means make it, but at least let Superman have his own sequel! Even Iron Man got individual second and third installments while also featuring the same actor (Robert Downey Jr.) in The Avengers movie, so why would you rob Superman fans of a legitimate Superman story, like the rise of Lex Luther or something? I don’t know, just fuel for thought. Affleck’s next movie release is Runner Runner, which co-stars Justin Timberlake and is directed by Brad Furman, who also in the production stages for The Ballad of Pablo Escobar. Escobar is supposed to come out sometime in 2014 and will star Oscar Isaac (Robin Hood, The Bourne Legacy) in the lead role. I’m pretty excited about this one so keep an eye out for updates!
I know it sounds like this title belongs on the track listing of an Elton John or Billy Joel album, but a full length feature film focused on the life of the late Columbian drug kingpin is really in the works, and John Leguizamo is currently in the running to play the lead role. Director Brad Furman, who worked with Leguizamo in The Lincoln Lawyer, is hoping to get shooting underway for the long anticipated crimography this September, but as of now the casting is yet to be finalized. Screenwriter Matt Aldrich has a finished script (or at least a finished draft) that has been ready since 2011, but because no one had yet taken up the project the script was blacklisted in 2012. Personally I would really like to see Leguizamo take on a challenging lead role; the actor has shone through as a backbone in the movie industry for years, and has received nominations for the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild, as well as winning an Emmy very early in his career. Brad Furman’s next film, entitled Runner Runner, is set to hit theaters this Fall. If all goes well Furman could potentially be well into the production process for Pablo by the time of Runner‘s October 4th release.