Oscar-winner Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator) is currently serving as producer for the upcoming sequel to his critically-acclaimed 1982 sci-fi thriller Blade Runner. The new film will be directed by Dennis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario) and will feature original star Harrison Ford (The Fugitive, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), reprising his role as Rick Deckard, alongside newcomer Ryan Gosling (Drive, The Big Short). The original Blade Runner took place in 2019 Los Angeles, a now dark and desperate metropolis that’s overrun with crime and urban decay. The Blade Runners are responsible for assassinating ‘replicants,’ androids made to look like humans but displaying no sign of human emotion. Rick Deckard comes in when he is assigned to track down four replicants responsible for a mutiny on the Off World colony, but as he tracks them down, he encounters another replicant, Rachel, that displays human emotion, and throws Deckard into a spiral of uncertainty as he continues to pursue the leader of the replicant mutineers. The original film was based on the novel by Philip K. Dick and was adapted for the screen by Scott and Hampton Fancher (The Mighty Quinn, The Minus Man). So far it looks Fancher will return to co-write the new film with Scott and screenwriter Michael Green (Green Lantern, Gotham). Warner Bros. just announced this week that the film will be scheduled for release on January 12th, 2018. Stay tuned for more updates.
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 →
A new drama from director Ken Kwapis (Malcolm in the Middle, The Office) titled A Walk in the Woods is now playing on big screens across the country. Screenwriters Bill Holderman (Lions for Lambs, The Conspirator) and Rick Kerb (who is actually Little Miss Sunshine writer Michael Arndt) adapted the film from author Bill Bryson‘s book about his returning to the United States after living abroad in England for nearly two decades and the “walk in the woods” trek across the American Appalachia he undertook with his oldest friend. Starring as Bryson in the lead role is Oscar-winner Robert Redford (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men), with fellow Oscar-winner Emma Thompson (Love Actually, Men in Black 3) and Oscar-nominee Nick Nolte (Affliction, Warrior) appearing in the supporting cast. Oscar-winner Mary Steenburgen (Elf, Step Brothers) and Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation, 21 Jump Street) can also be seen in the film. The trailer is available here on MADE. Enjoy the weekend!
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.
Writer/director Rick Ramuyiwa (The Wood, Brown Sugar) will see his latest dramatic comedy Dope open on the big screen this June 19th. Narrated by Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland, Lee Daniel’s The Butler), the film follows Malcolm, a young high school senior living in Inglewood, CA who struggles with gang-bangers and drug-dealers in his neighborhood while attempting to finish high school and complete his SATs, all while applying for and going on college interviews with the goal of going to Harvard. Ramuyiwa directed from his own script, which first showed at the Sundance Film Festival back in January and which will also be shown at the upcoming Los Angeles Film Festival this June. Starring in the film are actors Shameik Moore (The Watsons Go To Birmingham, Joyful Noise), Tony Revolori (The Perfect Game, The Grand Budapest Hotel), Kiersey Clemons (Shake It Up, Transparent), Kimberly Elise (John Q, For Colored Girls), Blake Anderson (Workaholics, Neighbors), and Zoe Kravitz (X-Men: First Class, Divergent). Keep an eye out for an upcoming trailer!
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!
Alcon Entertainment recently announced that director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy) is in talks to helm their upcoming project Blade Runner 2, with original Blade Runner screenwriter Hampton Fincher and new team-member Michael Green (Everwood, The Green Lantern) penning the script. Nothing as far as plot details have been confirmed, but the writers have hinted that the story will take place severals decades following the original story, which makes sense seeing as Harrison Ford (Star Wars, The Fugitive) has agreed to reprise his role of Rick Deckard. This all means that original Blade Runner director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Exodus: Gods and Kings) will not be working behind the camera on this new film, but will still serve as producer. The film is scheduled to begin filming in summer 2016. If you haven’t seen the original Blade Runner, you can check it out in two formats: the original theatrical release, and/or Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner: The Director’s Cut, the latter of which is geared more towards Scott’s original intent for the film. Stay tuned for further updates.
Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard in Blade Runner (1982)
With Exodus: Gods and Kings opening in theaters December 12th, director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Robin Hood), will be turning more attention to his upcoming release with Matt Damon, The Martian. It was also announced earlier this year that the director would return for a follow-up to his iconic sci-fi film Blade Runner (1982), but now it seems that he will only be serving as co-writer and producer for the project. It’s been rumored that Michael Green (Green Lantern) will also be writing the script and that original writer Hampton Francher will not return. Harrison Ford is also expected to reprise his original role of Rick Deckard for a portion of the film, but there has been no news of any other returning roles. Blade Runner received two Oscar nominations in 1983 for Best Set Decoration and Best Visual Effects, and was praised among various film societies that year including the New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and the London Critics Circle. Ridley Scott is not only working on wrapping up The Martian, but also serving as producer or executive producer on more than fifteen upcoming film or television projects, so one can understand why he might not want to step in or even be able to fit filming into his schedule, but seeing as Blade Runner is one of his most memorable films, this kind of comes as a big surprise. Hopefully a worthy director will step in to pick up the mantle. Stay tuned.
Fresh off his run as the villainous Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Jamie Foxx is moving on to future projects, and he may be stepping back into the biographical spectrum. Recent news reports that Foxx is now set to portray heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson in a new biopic from screenwriter Terence Winter. The film has yet to be picked up by a major studio, but you can bet producer Rick Yorn is working hard on finding a buyer with both an actor and writer already in place. We also don’t know what the scope of the film will be, whether it will focus on Tyson’s early life, his fame period in the 1980s or his fall from the top and prison sentence in the 1990s for a rape conviction. Regardless of the specific plot details, Jamie Foxx seems an appropriate choice for the role. Not only did he receive critical acclaim for his portrayal of Ray Charles in 2004, he has also tackled several sports projects, including Any Given Sunday with Al Pacino and the Muhammad Ali biopic Ali with Will Smith. If all goes well it could turn out to be a pretty great movie. We’ll keep our ears open for more news.
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!