The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, two event movies adapted from the bestselling novels of Dan Brown, grossed a combined 1.24 billion dollars globally. So of course Sony Pictures is looking to adapt the latest literary adventure of Robert Langdon, the "Harvard symbologist" who gets himself into all manner of trouble involving historical minutiae and conjecture. While a consistent creative team worked on both of the previous films, The Lost Symbol will involve new personnel. The newest is screenwriter Danny Strong, who will make his theatrical writing debut with the film.
Have you ever seen One Hour Photo, the 2002 movie starring Robin Williams as a photo-guy who becomes dangerous obsessed with a family whose film he develops? Odds are you haven't, and that's a damn shame, as it's an incredibly well-directed, messed up movie with a strong central performance from Williams. Mark Romanek, who directed the movie, has made only one feature film since, but it appears he may very well helm a humdinger for this third film, as he's the frontrunner to direct Sony Pictures' The Lost Symbol, a sequel to The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons.
When Darren Aronofsky departed the quasi-sequel The Wolverine more than two months ago, it did not come as a considerable shock. In fact, it was more surprising that the auteur behind Black Swan, The Wrestler, and Requiem for a Dream was ever attached in the first place. Since he left, 20th Century Fox has been searching for a suitable replacement to helm the continued adventures of Logan, played once again by Hugh Jackman. Today, the shortlist of eight potential directors The Wolverine directors emerged, and it includes a healthy mix of stylists and reliable popcorn thrillists. Check out the list of directors, one of whom might just provide a proper adamantium-laced adventure.
In the novel 'Horns' by Joe Hill, a young man named Ig Perrish commemorates the anniversary of his girlfriend's murder by getting blackout drunk. When he awakes in the morning, Ig discovers that he has grown a pair of devilish horns on his forehead. The horns seem more or less invisible to everyone else, but Ig has also acquired certain persuasive powers, which he naturally uses to investigate the mysterious death of his former squeeze. The paperback was just published, but Mandalay Pictures purchased the movie rights well before the hardcover was published. Now, Variety (via Collider) reports that Transformers star Shia LaBeouf has signed on to play Ig Perrish.
The first poster for Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go has been released by Fox Searchlight, and I am pretty pleased by it. For what seems like the first time in years, the poster forgoes the obligatory disembodied heads featured in most movie posters (see: Star Trek) and chooses a beautifully composed still.
Synopsis: In his highly acclaimed novel Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day) created a remarkable story of love, loss and hidden truths. In it he posed the fundamental question: What makes us human? Now director Mark Romanek (ONE HOUR PHOTO), writer Alex Garland and DNA Films bring Ishiguro's hauntingly poignant and emotional story to the screen.Kathy (Oscar® nominee Carey Mulligan, AN EDUCATION), Tommy (Andrew Garfield, BOY A, RED RIDING) and Ruth (Oscar® nominee Keira Knightley, PRIDE & PREJUDICE, ATONEMENT) live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but are not quite like anything we know. They spend their childhood at Hailsham, a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. When they leave the shelter of the school and the terrible truth of their fate is revealed to them, they must also confront the deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart.