Liv Tyler to Star in Ti West's The Side Effect
Be interesting to see if the overconfident West can do something a little different.Writer-director Ti West (The Innkeepers) has found the star of his next project. Deadline reports that Liv Tyler will star in the psychological sci-fi thriller The Side Effect. The horror story centers on “a woman who spends several months alone in space as an experimental subject for a global pharmaceutical company, and finds herself inexplicably pregnant.” So it’s kind of like Moon, but with the added terrors of ghost reproduction. Though the film is still in the horror genre, West insists that it’s fairly different from his previous films as it focuses more on the psychological.
I’d expect a title change on The Side Effect, as Steven Soderbergh is gearing up to shoot a film called The Side Effects. West will be at Sundance next week to debut the found-footage horror film V/H/S which he co-directed. If you’re unfamiliar, his earlier works include The House of the Devil and Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever. Tyler will also be in attendance at Sundance with her latest effort Robot and Frank.
Warner Bros. Puts ARTHUR & LANCELOT on Hold; Pushes JACK THE GIANT KILLER 3D Back to 2013
Not long after Warner Bros. was reportedly getting cold feet with the swelling budget of David Dobkin’s Arthur & Lancelot, it looks like the studio has officially hit the pause button. The film, starring Kit Herington (Game of Thrones) and Joel Kinnaman (The Darkest Hour) in a reimagined Arthurian legend, was supposed to open March 15, 2013. Dobkin (The Wedding Crashers) reportedly informed cast and crew that it “wasn’t looking good,” although studio insiders confirm they’re trying to make the project work. Warner envisions the tone of Arthur & Lancelot to be in a similar vein to their Sherlock Holmes franchise, but will have to negotiate budget and scheduling difficulties. Herington, will return to Game of Thrones this spring while Kinnaman is expected to segue into the film shoot after wrapping on AMC’s The Killing. The project may move forward without one or both of the actors. Hit the jump for news regarding the delay of Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer 3D and Rock of Ages.
THR reports that the fantasy film, Jack the Giant Killer 3D will be pushed back to March 22, 2013, a delay of nine months from its original June 15th opening of this year. This move puts it out of the blast radius of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, which opens this July and will likely dominate the summer box office. Additionally, the new release date allows more time to fine tune special effects and gives the Warners an opportunity to attach trailers to Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Jack and the Giant Killer 3D stars Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci and Nicholas Hoult.
Warner Brothers Acquires Tad Williams Sci-Fi Series ‘Otherland’ | Geeks of Doom
Warner Brothers, in always looking for the next big thing—especially now that their Harry Potter series has come to an end (…for now)—has acquired the feature film rights to Otherland, the sci-fi tetralogy by author Tad Williams.
The studio has also brought in screenwriter John Scott III to pen the first script of what they hope turns into multiple scripts in a successful new franchise.
The series of books includes four installments published between 1996 and 2001, titled City of Golden Shadow, River of Blue Fire, Mountain of Black Glass, and Sea of Silver Light.
They take place in a world about 100 years in the future where the internet has evolved into a fully immersive virtual reality so incredible that you can basically enter an almost lucid dream type state, able to experience any time or any life or any story you wish as if it were real.
Called the Net (keep in mind the first book was released way back in ’96), these simulations offer users the chance to enter into their own interpretations of classic works of literature as Through the Looking-Glass, The Odyssey, The Iliad, The War of the Worlds, and The Wizard of Oz, or even live in today’s equivalent of an MMORPG based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
The planned first WB movie will follow a “group of unlikely heroes” (probably normal everyday folks in this amazing virtual world) who find themselves on a journey through many different areas of the virtual reality trying to uncover the answers to a conspiracy that could destroy humanity, all while an assassin is on their trail.
Speaking of MMOs, there’s one based on the Otherland series in the works that will supposedly release some time in 2012.
Over 400 Pages Of Original ‘Akira’ Storyboards Available For Download | Geeks of Doom
With the live-action remake of the seminal 1988 Japanese animated futuristic action epic Akira that absolutely no one was asking for recently being shut down due to budgetary concerns (apparently Warner Bros. thinks a sprawling science-fiction adventure set in a dystopian future can be made for less than the cost of an Adam Sandler movie) there’s no time like the present to begin your appreciation of the original manga-inspired film.
Tumblr user Otomblr has given fans of the Katsuhiro Ohtomo-directed anime classic a special treat: over 400 pages of the film’s storyboards assembled into their original continuity. You can check out a gallery of the storyboards here below.
We’re talking thousands of storyboards here, ladies and gentlemen, and there is some amazing artwork on display. Most of the images here are quite evocative of Ohtomo’s manga graphic novel that the movie was based on. This is a magnificent find any fan of the film or anyone interested in classic hand-drawn animation will find fascinating.
You can download the entire 100 MB PDF file here.
LOCKOUT Trailer Starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace
The domestic trailer has debuted for the sci-fi prison break film Lockout. The first half of the trailer is pretty rote, with lines like “He’s the best there is, but he’s a loose cannon.” It picks up when Guy Pearce appears, but altogether the tone here is wildly different from the international trailers we’ve seen previously. The action looks great, but Pearce’s charisma is almost entirely absent here. It’s a shame, because the movie actually looks really, really good in the other trailers. It’s cool and strange, and Pearce is hilarious as a wisecracking badass. Hopefully we’ll get a differently cut trailer soon, but for now US audiences will have to settle for this generic actioner.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Produced by Luc Besson, the film stars Pearce, Maggie Grace, and Peter Stormare.
Russell Crowe and Will Smith to Star in Akiva Goldsman’s WINTER’S TALE
I have had this book literally since I was in high school. I have never managed to read it despite wanting too. Has anyone else read it?