Meta Golding (“CSI,” “Criminal Minds,” “House,” “Cold Case”) has been cast in Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in the role of Enobaria, a former winner of the Hunger Games, reports Variety.
Filming of the sequel is expected to start next month.
Francis Lawrence is directing Catching Fire in early May and Lionsgate has set a release on November 22, 2013.
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, and Woody Harrelson will return in their roles.
The film will be produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force with producer Jon Kilik.
Recent Catching Fire castings include Patrick St. Esprit, Jena Malone, Lynn Cohen, Amanda Plummer and Philip Seymour Hoffman. READ MORE
Director Francis Lawrence has tapped “Sons of Anarchy” thesp Patrick St. Esprit (Super 8) to play Romulus Thread in Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, reports Variety.
Based on the bestselling novel by Suzanne Collins, the sequel sees tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark embark on a “Victor’s Tour” of Panem’s districts, where Katniss senses a rebellion simmering as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games.
Ready to enforce the Capitol’s law under any circumstance, Thread becomes the Head Peacekeeper of District 12 in “Catching Fire.”
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth return to star in the sequel alongside newcomers Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Jena Malone and Lynn Cohen.
Nina Jacobson is producing through her Color Force banner along with Jon Kilik. Lionsgate will release “Catching Fire” on November 22, 2013. READ MORE
Holy sh*t! There’s obviously a lot of horror in the Midnight Madness selections of the Toronto International Film Festival, but I’m not sure if you were expecting this many big fish! For starters, we’ve got Rob Zombie‘s The Lords Of Salem. Next? The 26 director anthology The ABC’s Of Death. Not enough? How about Nicolas Lopez‘s Eli Roth/Selena Gomez starrer Aftershock. Still hungry? Then there’s JT Petty‘s Hellbenders 3D.
TIFF’s Midnight Madness selections will present the major world premieres for those films, the first time any kind of general audience sees them. But that’s not all! Head inside for the full listing of films! We’ll be updating you throughout the day with image galleries for these selections so keep checking back!
The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6th-16th. READ MORE
While rampant speculation on who is or is not in the running for the role of “Finnick Odair” in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire continues to set the Internet ablaze, producers have reportedly made their first offer for another pivotal role in the sequel.
According to multiple reports, EW reports that Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (pictured) has been asked to play “Plutarch Heavensbee,” the new Gamemaker at the Capitol after Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley) was creatively executed at the end of The Hunger Games. Plutarch is a far savvier political animal than his predecessor, and he plays a crucial role in the events of Catching Fire.
Director Francis Lawrence is due to begin shooting the film later this fall with Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones and Woody Harrelson all set to return.
As the sequel to the 2008 bestseller “The Hunger Games,” it continues the story of Katniss Everdeen and the fictional, futuristic nation of Panem. Due to the events of the previous novel, a rebellion against the ruling Capitol has begun, and Katniss and fellow tribute Peeta are forced to return to the arena in a special edition of the The Hunger Games.
Lionsgate officially announced today that Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend, Constantine) has officially signed on to direct Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games, based on the second in a series of books by Suzanne Collins that has 36 million copies in circulation in the US alone.
“It is truly an honor and a privilege to bring “Catching Fire,” the second chapter of Suzanne’s beloved trilogy, to the big screen,” Said Francis. “I fell in love with the characters, the themes and the world she created and this chapter opens all of these elements up in such a thrilling, emotional and surprising way. I can’t wait to dive right into it and bring this chapter to life along with the truly superb cast and filmmakers involved.”
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth will reprise their roles as Katniss, Peeta and Gale, with Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, and Woody Harrelson also returning to their respective roles.
The film will be produced by Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Production is slated to begin this Fall, and the film will be released on November 22, 2013.
The Hunger Games has broken many box office records since it opened on March 23, 2012. It achieved the highest grossing opening weekend ever for any non-sequel film and the third biggest opening weekend in box office history. It has already grossed $373 million at the North American box office, ranking in the top 20 films of all time, and it recently crossed the $600 million mark in worldwide box office.
A film lives many lives before it ever hits the screen. A script is usually revised multiple times (sometimes dozens) before a single foot of film is exposed (or the digital equivalent thereof). I’m not just talking about smaller stuff like dialogue polishes and the addition or deletion of scenes. Many times the core story is reworked in profound ways. Sometimes it’s downright shocking how different the final film can be from the initial drafts.
In this new (semi-regular) feature for Bloody-Disgusting, I’m going to take a look at some early drafts of scripts for horror films that you may have already seen and discuss the differences, whether they took a turn for the worse, better or just different. There are also a handful of scripts for sequels and remakes that never happened that are worth checking out – just to see what might have been.
These aren’t script reviews, and only rarely will I be breaking the stories down on a beat-by-beat basis. I’m just going to point out some cool, interesting and/or disastrous choices that happened along the way. Each installment will be different, and each installment will be fun. I’ll also be including sample pages (when available)* so you don’t have to take my word for it!
*This applies only to older and previously released films that are already part of the culture. We’re not in the business of leaking or sabotaging projects in development.
My first installment was a look at Joe Dante’s Gremlins, written by Chris Columbus. Today I’m taking a crack at Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
Reese was also kind enough to talk with me a little bit about the differences between the draft we’re looking at today and the finished film as it appeared in 2009 – so you get to hear a lot of this straight from the horse’s mouth. In case you didn’t guess, almost every single word below the jump is a spoiler. READ MORE
I’ve never seen a flick with as many casting announcements and rumors as The Hunger Games, Gary Ross’ adaptation of the popular Suzanne Collins novel. If the film keeps up this sort of momentum, we’re gonna see perspective gaffer names being tossed around soon.
The latest bit of casting news is that Woody Harrelson – who played the memorable role of Tallahassee in Zombieland – has landed of part of Haymitch Abernathy, who mentors and trains Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) for the title event. Considering this film is a franchise starter for the studio, I wonder if Harrelson’s character lives through the series (which is a trilogy), as he recently said that he “[doesn't] feel like a sequels guy” when asked about the possibility of Zombieland 2.
Other recently announced additions to the cast include Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane, and Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket. The Hunger Games hits theatres on March 23, 2012.
There’s a new way to end the zombie apocalypse, and it involves Woody Harrelson.
In Columbia Pictures’ horror-comedy Zombieland, Harrelson played Tallahassee, a man on a mission for Twinkies who teams up with Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin on a cross-country survival trip. He saves the day, and finally gets his hands on a Twinkie. But the studio doesn’t want that to be the end of their scavenger hunt as a 3-D sequel has been long in development. Unfortunately, true to his character, Harrelson might be a pretty large kink in the wheel…
When Total Film asked if the follow-up is definitely happening, Harrelson explained: “I’m sure it will happen if everyone does it, but I’m not sure it’s the right thing to do. It’s one thing to do it when it came out real good and it made a lot of people laugh, but then to do a sequel… 99 out of 100 are worse by a lot. So I don’t know.” Adding, “I don’t feel like a sequels guy.”
I guess the film can be sold on the shoulders of Eisenberg, hot off the success of Social Network, but could you see a sequel without Harrelson? I for one think he’s the glue that kept that posse together.
Co-writer Rhett Reese is claiming via Twitter that the following is a “product of a game of ‘Telephone.’ Distorted.” Hopefully he’ll explain. In Ruben Fleischer’s ultra fun Zombieland, the group infamously invade the mansion of comedian Bill Murray, which turns into one of the most legendary scenes ever caught on film. They watch Ghostbusters, run around role playing Ghostbusters, and Murray even takes a jab at Garfield. Bloody Disgusting was tipped off to some inside info on Fleischer’s Zombieland 2 that’s sure to grab the attention of fans of the first film. Apparently, Columbia Pictures is planning yet another “superstar cameo” searching for someone iconic along the lines of “Harrison Ford” or “Anthony Hopkins”. In addition, the script calls for a lead villain with comedic roots, while Tallahassee (played by Woody Harrelson) will find himself going head-to-head with a “hunky rival”. Jesse Eisenberg is the only other star officially attached at this point, but expect some casting news soon.
Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. 2012 is an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.
Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) doesn’t have fears. If he did, he’d kick their ever-living ass. In a world overrun by zombies, these two are perfectly evolved survivors. But now, they’re about to stare down the most terrifying prospect of all: each other.
The story focuses on an American couple that travels on the famous Trans-Siberian train from China to Moscow and encounters another couple. What seems to be a simple train journey soon turns into a thrilling chase full of deception and murder as it becomes clear that not everybody is what they seem.
Grindhouse – noun – A downtown movie theater – in disrepair since its glory days as a movie palace of the ’30s and ’40s – known for “grinding out” non-stop double-bill programs of B-movies. From groundbreaking directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez comes the ultimate film experience: a double-bill of thrillers that will recall both filmmakers’ favorite exploitation films. “Grindhouse” will be presented as one full-length feature comprised of two individual films helmed separately by each director. Tarantino’s film, “Death Proof,” is a rip-roaring slasher flick where the killer pursues his victims with a car rather than a knife, while Rodriguez’s film explores an alien world eerily familiar to ours in “Planet Terror.” Welcome to the Grindhouse – it’ll tear you in two.
“Death Proof” stars Kurt Russell, Zoe Bell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Rose McGowan, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Marley Shelton, Tracie Thoms, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Michael Bacall, Eli Roth, Omar Doom; “Planet Terror” stars Freddy Rodriguez, Rose McGowan, Josh Brolin, Naveen Andrews, Marley Shelton, Michael Biehn, Stacy Ferguson, Jeff Fahey, Michael Parks