I just finished re-watching Groundhog Day (1993) (the Blu-ray 15th Anniversary edition, if you must know). One of the things that makes this film so fascinating, even upon seeing it more than once, is its remarkably bizarre narrative. You might say it is positively surreal in form, dragging us, and the main character, Phil, into repetitious situations without any way to ground ourselves in the real (pun not intended). There are no fancy explanations for Phil’s “curse,” and in the process of watching him struggle with his identity in this new world order, we get a glimpse into a part of the human spirit that perhaps gets lost in the day-to-day hustle of life, just as Phil does at the start. What may seem monotonous can be changed by human action: we can change what we do, [Read more…]
It’s here! Look for yourself!
Isn’t it beautiful?
News has it that Chris Columbus’ production company, 1492 Pictures, has picked up the film rights for Charle Yu’s How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. This follows on the heels of similar announcements for Lauren Beukes’ Zoo City and Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker.
The film will be produced by Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), Michael Barnathan (ditto), and Mark Radcliffe (ditto), with Brendan Bellomo (a short film maker) set to direct.
No word yet on when the film will hit theaters, but it’ll probably be in the next year or so.
Congratulations to Mr. Yu!
Los Angeles, CA – November 30, 2011 – Brian Oliver, President of Cross Creek Pictures, Simon Oakes, Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media Group and President & CEO of Hammer Films and Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairmen of Exclusive Media Group (“Exclusive”) announced today that Hammer has acquired the rights to the novel “Boneshaker” by Cherie Priest for adaptation to the big screen. Project will be co-produced by Hammer and Cross Creek Pictures and co-financed by Exclusive and Cross Creek Pictures.
John Hilary Shepherd, a 2010 WGA Award nominee for his work on the first season of the Showtime series, “Nurse Jackie,” is writing the screenplay. Tobin Armbrust, Head of Production is overseeing the project’s development for Hammer Films.
Cross Creek recently released The Ides of March, written and directed by and starring George Clooney. It is also the company behind Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman. Exclusive Media Group, another key player here, brought us the 2010 American remake of Let the Right One In (retitled Let Me In), and had a hand in many of Cross Creek’s projects.
Overall, that sounds like a pretty awesome crew to have behind Priest’s novel. What do you all think?
Congrats to Ms. Priest! Let’s hope for a wicked awesome steampunk film in our near future!
Entertainment Weekly has a sneak peek into the much anticipated new Ridley Scott flick, Prometheus (thanks to Stephen Hunt for bringing these to my attention).
Here you go:
Scott’s film, set for release next June, is the latest addition to the Alien universe/series, which began with Alien in 1979 and continued under James Cameron with the 1986 film Aliens. Prometheus stars Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Idris Elba, Noomi Rapace, and Guy Pearce (among others).
IMDB describes the film as follows: [Read more…]
Cinema Blend recently reported (through The Hollywood Reporter, apparently) that a fictionalized account of Tolkien’s life called Mirkwood is currently being adapted for the screen. Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Steve Hillard’s book Mirkwood: A Novel About J.R.R. Tolkien, is being adapted into a feature-length film by EMO Films and producers Joel Eisenberg and Timothy Owens, The Hollywood Reporter writes. Amazon says that the work of fiction — which initially was blocked by Tolkien’s estate but has since resolved its differences — turns Tolkien into the hero of a story that takes place in our world and that of Middle Earth. It paints the author “as a man haunted by the very myths he rewove into his famous works” and “explores the blurred borderlands where ancient tales, lost heroines, and epic journeys are stalked by dim monsters that will not be still.”
I don’t know about you, but this sounds really fascinating. When I initially saw the article, I thought it was going to be a dramatization of Tolkien’s actual life. Instead, it’s a fictionalized, fantastic account of his life. That’s something I can get into.
What about you? Are you interested in Mirkwood?