Justin Marks will write the script that will focus on a young man with powers being chased around downtown Los Angeles by robotic police drones, while a giant police ship coordinates the effort from the skies above.
Coheed And Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about his plans to bring his graphic novel series The Amory Wars to the big screen. Earlier this year he and his Evil Ink Comics imprint teamed up with Mark Wahlberg (The Departed; producer of “Entourage” and “Boardwalk Empire”), Leverage and producer Stephen Levinson ( “Entourage”,”Boardwalk Empire” and Contraband).
Sanchez said it’s not 100% full steam yet, “It’s very preliminary stages. Because the mythology is very dense and a lot of parts are already created … it’s just trying to find the right starting point to get people attracted to it.”
The story of The Amory Wars is set in Heaven’s Fence, a fantasy universe run by a tyrannical dictator named Wilhelm Ryan, and is inspired by Sanchez’s vast conceptual tale surrounding Coheed and Cambria’s albums. “I’d love to see the band’s music make a cameo. Not necessarily as the soundtrack but as Stan Lee does for the Marvel movies maybe the music could pop in once in a while.”
Sanchez plans on being hands-on with the story, “Being the creator I’d certainly like to think [I’ll be very involved in the movie],” he says. “That’s certainly our understanding going forward in the partnership.” And, he thinks it could be a bit. “It’s a universal story and I think it’s going to draw a bigger audience than just the band’s. I think it has already.”
More on this as it comes in. Fans of the graphic novel, are you psyched for this version?
We reported last month that Vincenzo Natali (Splice, Cube) has been tapped to direct the upcoming motion picture adaptation of William Gibson’s seminal science fiction novel Neuromancer. And now there’s some A-level talent circling the project. Namely Liam Neeson (The Grey) and Mark Wahlberg (Boogie Nights).
Per Moviehole, “Mark Wahlberg and Liam Neeson are mulling over offers to headline director Vicenzo Natali’s long-gestating adaptation of Neuromancer, based on the classic literary offering by William Gibson. Wahlberg, who has a solid working relationship with the film’s producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (he cast the former in ‘Four Brothers’ and ‘Shooter’), would play the anti-hero Case. Neeson, who like Wahlberg will receive a pay-or-play deal, would be the twisted tool Armitage.”
“Neuromancer is the story of a washed-up computer hacker hired by a mysterious employer to work on the ultimate hack. Seven Arts sees Neuromancer as part of a potential multi film series as many of Gibson’s sci-fi masterpieces have yet to be adapted to the big screen.”
Are you ready for some [OMFG] awesome?
Back on October 14 Intruders and 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo exited The Crow reboot, which was to star Bradley Cooper as the elusive Eric Draven, a man brutally murdered who comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée’s murder.
While that version of the project is officially dead and in the rearview mirror Bloody Disgusting landed some imagery that’s literally going to blow your mind: how about a look at some of the original concept art designed by famed comic artist Diego Latorre?! Eh, eh?!
Latorre has worked on Marvel’s “Hulk”, “Dante’s Inferno,” “Fringe” and the upcoming “Batman Europa” with DC Comics! After the break you’ll be able to see what Eric Draven might have looked like in Relativity’s reboot, while you’ll find more about Latorre at his official website.
The movie is based on James O’Barr’s legendary comic of the same name. Brandon Lee was the first to play Draven in Dimension//Miramax’s 1994 The Crow. READ MORE
Not that Relativity or director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo couldn’t have surprised us with something extraordinary, but I personally was strongly against the casting of Bradley Cooper in The Crow, their reboot that would have had Cooper playing Eric Draven, a man who returns from the grave to avenge the death of both his fiance and himself.
The Hollywood Reporter breaks the news this evening that Cooper has now exited due to scheduling conflicts, but akin to the project’s rock musician who is killed and resurrected, two new names have surfaced as possible replacements: Channing Tatum (pictured inside) and Mark Wahlberg.
We broke the news exclusively back in October 2010 that Wahlberg has been offered the role, but had never officially taken it. Could that name be a longshot? The idea that Channing Tatum is even being considered makes me want to hurl all over my computer. From this side of the screen, Tatum is that obnoxious heartthrob that we all love to hate… what’s your take?
“Crow,” created by James O’Barr, centered on a musician who is murdered while trying to save his fiancée from thugs. He is brought back from the dead by supernatural forces and seeks revenge. The role was originally played by Brandon Lee, who was killed by a freak accident during production of the original movie in 1993.”
Relativity Media is finally ready to resurrect The Crow, as 28 Weeks Later and Intruders helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has officially closed a deal to direct the studio’s re-invention of the 1994 action cult classic, reports Variety.
Though no talent is attached yet, Relativity is looking to put The Crow into production this fall. Fresnadillo will collaboratively develop the screenplay once a writer is attached to adapt the script from James O’Barr’s comic book series, which has sold more than a quarter-million copies worldwide.
It is no confirmed that the reboot will again follow cult hero Eric Draven, who is resurrected as The Crow to avenge his wife’s murder so he can reunite with her in the hereafter.
“The original Crow was groundbreaking cinema; its gothic visual and musical ideas influenced a generation and cinema itself,” said producer Edward R. Pressman. “With Juan Carlos, we have every confidence that his new Crow will have a similar impact on the contemporary audience.”
The original, which grossed $51 million stateside, starred Brandon Lee, who was killed in a tragic accident during filming. Pic was subsequently dedicated to his memory, as well as his fiancee Eliza Hutton. It spawned three sequels that respectively starred Vincent Perez, Eric Mabius and Edward Furlong as The Crow, along with a TV series toplined by Mark Dacascos.
These days everyone is fighting to stay ahead of the game, which is why you see more and more “in talks” stories.
We’ll ignite some flames this morning as Hollywood offices are abuzz (and we were tipped off) that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, director of 28 Week Later and the forthcoming Intruders, is taking meetings on Relativity’s remake of The Crow. Just to be clear: he’s taking meetings, and NOT signed nor attached. He is also attached to Universal Pictures’ adaptation of Bioshock, but recent press indicates that it is in horrible development hell.
Even more interesting is that insiders continue to push that Mark Wahlberg was “offered the lead” role of Eric Draven, a man brutally murdered who comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée’s murder. We exclusively broke the news of Wahlberg’s offer back in October, until the actor refuted claims in November that he was “never committed to making the movie.” Obviously an offer is just that: the studio stated they’d like him for the lead, and now he must decide what he’d like to do. What say you?
While all of this is obviously way up in the air, it’s nice to hear that Relativity continues to push forward with the reboot.
The Uncharted series is undoubtedly one of the best video game series out there right now. And the 3rd titled “Drakes Deception” is set to release next November 1st. Also as of now, it’s looking to sell better than any other title in 2011 thus far. Pre-orders over at ShopTo.net for the game have surpassed all others including Gears Of War 3.
Problems? The movie is in production right now. Who is playing Nathan Drake? Mark fucking Wahlberg. Look, I don’t have a problem with him, but I have a large problem with him playing Nathan Drake. Who should play Nathan Drake? Nathan Fillion. Or even the man who does the voice of Nathan Drake himself, Nolan North. Anyone else? Screens and trailer past the break. READ MORE
I love a cool concept, especially something that’s quasi-unique. The Fighter (and The Happening, LOL) star Mark Wahlberg apparently agrees as he’ll be producing a feature-length version of Ricardo De Montreuil’s short film The Raven (watch it inside) for Universal Pictures. Justin Marks will write the script that will focus on a young man with powers being chased around downtown Los Angeles by robotic police drones, while a giant police ship coordinates the effort from the skies above. The concept has a little of They Live, Eagle Eye, I, Robot, and a whole lotta awesome. There’s nothing more terrifying than the idea of a police state. Universal’s Raven is not to be confused with FilmNation and Intrepid Pictures’ project with the same title that tells the tale of Edgar Allan Poe.
Update: Added a sweet remix video inside. You have to love Mark Wahlberg, especially after his valiant effort in M. Night Shyamalan’s ridiculous environmental horror flick The Happening. Actors make mistakes, sh*t, most of ‘em do, but only a few actually own up to it. While talking to the Hollywood Reporter about the sensation that is The Fighter, Wahlberg joked about The Happening: “We had actually had the luxury of having lunch before to talk about another movie and it was a bad movie that I did. She dodged the bullet. And then I was still able to … I don’t want to tell you what movie … alright The Happening. F*ck it.” He jokingly added, “It is what it is. F*cking trees, man. The plants. F*ck it. You can’t blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook…” Amen.
Based on the critically acclaimed best-selling novel by Alice Sebold, and directed by Oscar® winner Peter Jackson from a screenplay by Jackson & Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens, “The Lovely Bones” centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family – and her killer – from heaven. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.
When a series of unusual events begins to draw the attention of the world’s population, high school teacher Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg), his wife Alma (Zooey Deschanel) and their family go on the run. Their attempt to avoid becoming victims of these bizarre occurrences develops into a desperate fight for survival as an apocalyptic crisis threatens humanity.