Category: Films

The Shining Prequel Movie Never Got Made Because of Doctor Sleep

From a Screen Rant article about a prequel to The Shining: “Speaking with Bloody Disgusting, Glen Mazzara, the screenwriter for The Overlook Hotel, reveals The Shining prequel was never made because of Doctor Sleep. The Overlook Hotel was to be based on King’s original prologue Before The Play, which was eliminated from his 1977 novel. Taking place at the beginning of the 20th century, the prequel would center on Bob T. Watson, a robber who traverses through the mountainside to build the titular Overlook Hotel. Revealing Brad Pitt was in consideration for the lead role and Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo) was attached to direct, Mazzara notes the film would be expensive to make. Mazzara states why The Overlook Hotel never happened:

Eventually, what happened from my understanding, was that you had a Shining prequel with The Overlook Hotel, and you had a Shining sequel with Doctor Sleep. Warner Bros wasn’t going to commit to making both, so they ended up going with Doctor Sleep. So that’s how Doctor Sleep won that race.

Brad Pitt & Tom Cruise Almost Starred In Ford v Ferrari

From Screen Rant: “Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski says he almost got Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise to star in Ford v Ferrari when he was on the project.

Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise nearly reunited in Ford v Ferrari. Released late in 2019, the period drama about Ford Motor Company’s battle to surpass dominant Ferrari in the world of international racing proved to be a big hit with $225 million at the global box office. The film also received wide critical acclaim, snagging four Oscar nominations including one for Best Picture.

Of course, a big reason for the movie’s success was the presence of legitimate star actors Matt Damon and Christian Bale at the top of the cast, Damon playing the brilliant automotive engineer and Bale as the fearless driver taking on the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans race. It also didn’t hurt that the movie was directed by James Mangold, the man who previously helmed critical and financial hits Walk the Line and Logan. But naturally, as is the case with many movies, Ford v Ferrari went through a lot of twists and turns before finally having its big moment on screens. At one point, Joseph Kosinski was actually set to direct the film, and indeed Damon and Bale were not the first choice to star in the movie.

Speaking to Collider as part of the website’s Directors on Directing event for Comic-Con @ Home 2020, Kosinski in fact revealed who almost starred in Ford v Ferrari when he was still involved, and the names he dropped are two of the biggest in Hollywood (via Comic-Con International):

The one that I always think about that got away was called Go Like Hell. Which eventually did get made as Ford v Ferrari. I always wanted to make a racing film and, the thing about racing movies is, it can’t be about racing, it has to have some amazing story underneath to warrant itself being made. And that story was one of those great stories of an incredible friendship and an incredible rivalry and an incredibly dangerous race. So we, I wouldn’t say we got close to production, but I got to the point where I had Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt at a table read reading the script together, which was pretty amazing. But we couldn’t get the budget to the number it had to be at.

Kosinski of course has a strong connection with Cruise, having directed him in the sci-fi film Oblivion as well as the upcoming (and again delayed) Top Gun: Maverick. Cruise and Pitt obviously have on-screen history together too, having starred as a pair of elegant vampires in Neil Jordan’s 1994 gothic horror movie Interview With the Vampire. At that point though, Pitt was an up-and-coming actor while Cruise was already established as one of the biggest stars in the world. Had they appeared together in Ford v Ferrari it would have been on much more equal footing in terms of star power, but obviously the budget was not there to make both actors happy financially.

The question naturally is which actor would have played which of the movie’s lead roles in this alternative version. Cruise would seem the natural choice to play driver Ken Miles given his daredevil tendencies (and his experience behind the wheel on screen after his role in the NASCAR film Days of Thunder), and his portrayal of a British character would have given everyone the chance to enjoy Cruise attempting an accent. Frankly, Cruise feels like a bad fit for that character and it’s probably a good thing the part eventually went to Bale, who effortlessly embodied the complicated and ultimately doomed Miles. Pitt would have likely had little trouble playing cocky Texan Carroll Shelby, given his own roots in Oklahoma.

Ultimately, it’s hard to argue with the cast Ford v Ferrari ended up with, and it’s even harder to argue with the movie’s success both at the box office and with critics. But a reunion of Pitt and Cruise in a noisy racing movie, with Cruise attempting a British accent, would have obviously been amazing as well.”

Brad Pitt to Star in Sony and David Leitch’s ‘Bullet Train’

From Variety: “Brad Pitt is set to star in action-thriller “Bullet Train” for Sony Pictures, sources tell Variety.

David Leitch will direct and will supervise the script, which will be written by Zak Olkewicz. Since directing the “Fast & Furious” spinoff “Hobbs & Shaw,” Leitch had been taking his time in picking his next film, and only recently committed to this pic.

The film is based on the Japanese novel “Maria Beetle” by best-selling author Kotaro Isaka. Ryosuke Saegusa and Yuma Terada of CTB Inc., who represent Isaka and the IP, are executive producers on the project.

Harvill Secker has separately announced that it will publish the novel “Bullet Train” in English next year.

Leitch and Kelly McCormick will produce “Bullet Train” through their company 87North, along with Antoine Fuqua and Kat Samick. Brittany Morrissey is the executive overseeing the project for Sony Pictures.

Sony recently announced that the studio is developing “One Punch Man,” also based on a popular Japanese manga, that they hope has franchise potential.

With studios still figuring out production schedules, no start date is set in stone.

Since winning his first acting Oscar for Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” for playing stuntman Cliff Booth, Pitt has been taking his time in weighing his options. With the Paramount and Damien Chazelle movie “Babylon,” in which Pitt will co-star with Emma Stone, moving production to 2021, Pitt saw an opening to a project into his schedule before then, eventually zeroing in on “Bullet Train.”

Pitt was also recently seen in the James Gray sci-fi drama “Ad Astra.” He is repped by CAA.”

The Big Short trailer and release date

The trailer for The Big Short has been released! The film will have it’s world premiere on the 12th November as the closing night selection of November’s AFI Fest in Los Angeles and Paramount will release the film in theaters in limited release on the 11th December and then wide on the 23rd December.

From The Hollywood Reporter: “In a surprise move, Paramount Pictures has slotted Adam McKay’s The Big Short for a late 2015 release, giving it a shot in this year’s Oscar race. The film, which stars Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo, Marisa Tomei, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Finn Wittrock, wasn’t expected to be released until 2016.

Paramount will release the film in limited release on Dec. 11 and then wide on Dec. 23.

The film also will make its world premiere as AFI’s closing night film on Nov. 12.

Based on Michael Lewis’ best seller, The Big Short chronicles the men who made millions from a global economic meltdown and those who tried to stop it. When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to acknowledge, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment led them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything.

Charles Randolph and McKay wrote the screenplay.

When it opens wide during the Christmas frame, The Big Short will square off against five other wide releases including two adult-skewing dramas: the Will Smith starrer Concussion and the latest David O. Russell-Jennifer Lawrence partnership, Joy. Also opening that weekend are the Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy’s Home, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip and the Point Break remake. Star Wars: The Force Awakens also will be in its second weekend in theaters. Last week, Oliver Stone’s Snowden moved out of the Christmas frame to 2016, opening up the slot for The Big Short.”

The cinematographer behind some of the most beautiful movies of all time gives his 3 favourites

In an interview with Roger Deakins (cinematographer for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) he talks about the film: “A film that is quickly becoming a modern-day classic thanks to Deakins’ poetic shots giving a look we’ve never seen before from a western, Brad Pitt plays the ageing outlaw Jesse James in the final years of his life leading up to him being killed by a member of his gang, Robert Ford (Casey Affleck).

“I love that movie so much because it really captured the lyricism of the book,” Deakins said, referring to the Ron Hansen novel the movie is based on. “It has similarities to ‘Kundun’ in not being literal. I think films these days have become too literal and too dialogue, plot-driven. ‘Jesse James’ has shots in it that have nothing to do with the plot but you can get away with it and that’s what I love about film. It’s not always about narrative. There’s just things you couldn’t express any other way but through film.””

Ridley Scott defends ‘The Counselor’ and preps to direct ‘The Cartel’

In an interview with Ridley Scott he talks about The Counselor: ““Cormac McCarthy sent me the script and I was blown away by the material,” he said. “I loved the complexity of it, all the details that showed how this particular situation evolved. The dialogue was fantastic – the best dialogue I’ve ever had. The film was so nihilistic. But so what? Occasionally, nihilism is an interesting subject. Apocalype Now, Aguirre: The Wrath of God and The Godfather are all nihilistic.

“But because The Counselor was so focused on the characters and the price [Fassbender’s character] would pay, it became quite a lot to stomach, I think. It upset a lot of people. But [the movie] is filled with great performances. The cast was fantastic. How great was Rubén Blades as the head of the cartel, right? The reason [author Don Winslow] chose me to direct the movie adaptation of his book The Cartel is because of The Counselor. So I’m very happy with it.””

Robert Zemeckis’ WWII Romance Starts Filming in January, Says Steven Knight

From Collider: “Filmmaker Robert Zemeckis took a bit of a sabbatical from live-action films to work on his motion-capture pics The Polar Express, Beowulf, and A Christmas Carol, but the director behind Back to the Future and Forest Gump looks like he’s back in the live-action fold for the time being. Flight got his feet wet with a character drama, and the upcoming The Walk looks to be Zemeckis’ blend of drama and thrill ride, but it’s Zemeckis’ next project that has people mighty interested.

We learned earlier this year that the director would be helming a “sweeping romantic thriller” starring Brad Pitt, scripted by Steven Knight (Locke), and set against the backdrop of World War II. Further details arose this summer when Marion Cotillard was cast opposite Pitt, with the two in line to play assassins who fall in love during a mission in Casablanca to kill a German ambassador. A game of espionage ensues as matters are further complicated, but the root of the story is grounded in the romance between the two characters.

Pitt, Cotillard, Zemeckis, and Knight is a formidable filmmaking team, so when Steve recently spoke with Knight in anticipation of the release of Pawn Sacrifice, which he wrote, Steve asked the screenwriter about the Zemeckis project:

“It starts shooting in January… It’s based on a story that was told to me personally when I was about 21 years old. It’s set in Britain during the war and [is] the story of a relationship that involves espionage.”

Given Zemeckis’ penchant for ambition when it comes to technology, Steve asked Knight if we could expect similar boundary pushing in this untitled thriller, but the screenwriter said the crux of the story is very much a relationship drama:

“It’s more of a drama. It’s more of a story and a love story, but with surprising elements to it.”

And as for the basis of the film, Knight recounted how the true story came to him when he was young:

“This is a very odd story. I was in Texas working as a dishwasher and doing all sorts of weird things. I was going out with an English girl at the time and her auntie lived in Texas, and she got talking about her brother who had been in the S.O.E., the British Secret Service if you like, and she told me this story that just stayed with me. I’ve always known it would be a film, and now it’s gonna be the ultimate. I can’t believe the cast we’ve got, I can’t believe the director we’ve got, it’s just a dream.””

Brad Pitt sets pulses racing in sleepy Greyabbey village as filming picks up pace

From Belfast Live: “Brad Pitt and his movie making team will be filming in Northern Ireland for an other three weeks.

The locations are top secret right now but fans all over the country are on the look-out for the give-away sight of crew vans in the hope of glimpsing Pitt and Robert Pattinson.

They have been filming for The Lost City of Z over the last two weeks in Co Down and finished on Friday morning as the heavens opened once more.

A source said: “The filming has been a huge success in Ireland although the weather has been a slight challenge, especially with some of the costumes.

“Wet wool doesn’t give off the best aroma – but the actors have just carried on. They’re real pros and they get on with it without complaint. No one expects brilliant weather when filming in Ireland, but there were times the rains gods really took the biscuit.

“They crew have about an other 15 to 18 days of filming to sort in Ireland and then they’ll be moving on to Colombia. If it rains there, at least it will be warm.”

The huge team arrived into Grayabbey this week under cover of darkness, a rumbling crowd of anonymous white vans, interspersed with Land Rovers, jeeps and catering trucks, packed with riggers, runners and security guards.

The cavalcade made its way along the winding country roads from Belfast to Greyabbey on beautiful Strangford Lough.

They edged along Newtownards Rd, too heavy for the little village and a bad bend at quaint Orange Tree House.

And finally parked up military fashion on farm land.

It was only as daylight broke that they could see the stunning surroundings of a piece of land rising out of the mist – they were at an island, or as locals call it, T’Island.

And bang in the middle of this remote beauty spot they could see a little white washed cottage with no electric or running water.

But it was here that Hollywood A-list Brad Pitt had agreed to film scenes for his movie, The Lost City of Z.

And for more than three days they camped out, enduring wind, rain, hail and just a little sunshine until filming came to an end on Friday morning.

Wellies, fleeces, overcoats and even overalls, they were donned by everyone from the actors, producers and director to the security team anxious to keep the location a secret.

The Lost City of Z is dotted with big names, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Charlie Hunnam, and young Tom Holland.

Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kliener have joined forces to produce the movie version of David Grann’s best seller.

And with their Plan B Entertainment production company, they have joined Anthony Katagas and Dale Johnson and MadRiver Pictures’ Marc Butan, who is executive producer alongside Julie B May and Glenn Murray.

They may be names no one had taken much notice of in the past, but they are tripping off the tongue around Greyabbey right now.

A local source said: “The big wigs were apparently invited to stay with the Montgomerys in the big house.

“There wasn’t much talk of the filming until the names Brad Pitt, Sienna Miller and Robert Pattinson were mentioned. Then suddenly everyone became very excited.

“To have those Hollywood names right here in our village is amazing and we’re very proud of our heritage and our lough.

“I don’t know how Brad Pitt copes with it. Every time his name is mentioned, the women all go a bit mad. They all squeal and start giggling. He must be some fella.

“The film crew drove in under darkness, a whole cavalcade of them along the Newtownards Rd until they got to the big farm house.

“And the locals have been walking over the coast for a nosey. Some of it’s National Trust land and it’s all open to the public so they couldn’t say very much.

“People were doing a bit of star spotting but the weather put paid to that and everyone cleared off.

“But fair play to all the people working on the film. They worked through rain and wind and it was pretty fresh too. They worked late into the night on Tuesday with big spotlights keeping the wee cottage alight.

“We’re used to the changing weather here but I’m sure some of those London ones or the Americans wondered what they’d come to, especially because it’s August.

“A lot of the riggers and the lads looking after the equipment were from Northern Ireland and they just got stuck in.

“But they all had to be careful about the tide so that the actors and equipment didn’t get stuck on the island.

“It’s a causeway until the water comes in and when it comes in, it’s fast. I think the speed of it took them by surprise on the first day although they’d been given advice by locals about the tidal times.”

The Lost City of Z – pronounced zee – follows Percy Fawcett, played by Charlie Hunnam, who is one of the last great Victorian explorers.

He has developed an obsession with the Amazon and is convinced he has lost a forgotten civilisation in the jungles of Brazil.

Fawcett vanished in the 1920s during a search for the lost city.”

Hitting the Apex Movie Set for UK Release – MotoGP Film

From Ultimate Motorcycling: “Mark Neale has released a new MotoGP documentary – “Hitting the Apex” – that’s narrated by one of the world’s most known actors, Brad Pitt.

The documentary, released by Universal, follows the careers of the most iconic names in MotoGP over the past decade – nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner and the late Marco Simoncelli.

The Hitting the Apex movie hits theaters Sept. 2 – but unfortunately for stateside MotoGP fans, the release is only for the UK. The MotoGP movie will be available September 7 on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital – but again, only in the UK. It is currently available for pre-order on the United Kingdom’s Amazon.co.uk.

We have no word when “Hitting the Apex” will hit the American market, but it should be soon. For now, here’s the official Hitting the Apex Movie Trailer.

In 2015 MotoGP, the battle for the title as of 11 of 18 rounds is between three of these riders – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP pilots Rossi and Lorenzo, and the two-time reigning MotoGP Champion, Repsol Honda’s Marquez. Rossi and Lorenzo are tied with 211 points, and after an unsually slow start to the season, Marquez is up into third, 52 points behind.”