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We've got some news on two actor-director reteams as follows: Tom Cruise is set to reunite with Joseph Kosinski for the post-Oblivion racing movie, Go Like Hell. Gattaca's Ethan Hawke and director Andrew Niccol are set to re-team on an untitled thriller centering on a drone pilot. Hit the jump for more. The Wrap reports that Cruise and Kosinski will collaborate on Go Like Hell, based on A.J. Baime’s book “Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans.” No deals are in place but the duo are reportedly developing the adaptation as a starring vehicle for Cruise. "Set in the early 1960s when the Ford Motor Company was falling behind in the sports car marketplace, with baby boomers preferring to buy fast, stylish automobiles rather than safe, comfortable vehicles", Go Like Hell centers on the rivalry between Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari. Cruise would play Ford II, who, "with the help of young visionary Lee Iacocca and former racing champion-turned-engineer Carroll Shelby, concocted a scheme to reinvent the Ford company by entering the high-stakes world of European car racing, which had been dominated by Enzo Ferrari up until then. The trio set out to design, build and race a car that could beat Ferrari at his own game at the world’s most prestigious and dangerous race — Le Mans." [Update: THR reports that Cruise would actually be playing Shelby.] Borys Kit ?@Borys_Kit By the way, Cruise would not play Henry Ford II as reported by some but rather Carroll Shelby, the racing icon. When ...
The first trailer for the adaptation of Twilight author Stephanie Meyer’s sci-fi novel The Host has gone online. This is the very definition of a teaser trailer, but the lack of footage isn't exactly unexpected given that the movie's still filming and doesn't come out for over a year. I'm not sure what all this glowing eye stuff is about, but I'm sure those who have read the book can fill me in. In the world of the film, a parasitic alien species is nearly finished wiping out the human population by taking over the consciousness of each person. A soul named Wanderer is attempting to take control of Melanie’s (Saoirse Ronan) consciousness, but faces strong opposition by what remains of the girl. I'm a big fan of writer-director Andrew Niccol's work and Ronan is a killer actress, so I'm quite intrigued by the project as a whole. I'm not exactly sure what the point of releasing a trailer this early was, but I'm sure we'll get a better look at the film later this year (in front of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, perhaps?). If you missed them, check out the first images from the film here. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Max Irons, Jake Abel, Diane Kruger, William Hurt, and Frances Fisher. The Host opens on March 29th, 2013. Click over to Yahoo! to watch in HD. Here’s a synopsis for The Host: THE HOST is a riveting story about the survival ...
An international trailer for writer/director Andrew Niccol's (Gattaca) sci-fi/thriller In Time is now available online. Starring Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, and Olivia Wilde, the film is set in the "near future" when time is used as currency and people only live until they're 25 unless they acquire more of it. As the story goes, Will Salas (Timberlake) is accused of a murder he didn't commit and goes on the run with Sylvia Weis (Seyfried) in an attempt to stay alive. I'm a shameless fan of Niccol's so I'll most likely be checking this one out. That said, based on what I've seen from the film thus far, the action seems to fall a little flat while the sci-fi elements and explicit social commentary keep me interested. Check out the international trailer for yourself after the jump. In Time opens on October 28th. Here's the trailer: Here's the official synopsis for In Time: When Will Salas is falsely accused of murder, he must figure out a way to bring down a system where time is money – literally – enabling the wealthy to live forever while the poor, like Will, have to beg, borrow, and steal enough minutes to make it through another day. _
Following on the heels of the film's Comic-Con panel earlier today, new posters for In Time and the footage that was shown during the panel have now landed online. In his panel recap, Adam was pleased with the film's sizzle reel and, having seen that footage now for myself, I have to say that I feel similarly. From what I can gather, the pic looks like a pretty slick thriller woven into the type of sci-fi setting and overtones that writer/director Andrew Niccol is known for. Briefly, In Time is set in a futuristic society in which aging can be stopped/controlled. As a result, time becomes the preferred form of currency and something that is, as indicated by the posters, both powerful and lucrative. Check out the posters and footage after the jump. In Time also stars Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde, Alex Pettyfer, Johny Galecki, Matt Bomer, and Vincent Kartheiser. 20th Century Fox will release the film later this year on October 28th. Here is the footage shown during today's Comic-Con panel [from IGN]: Here are the new posters which you can click to enlarge [from Rope of Silicon]:
We’ve got a couple of title changes to report today, one of them quite disappointing. We’ve confirmed that director Andrew Stanton’s (Wall-E) adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ sci-fi epic John Carter of Mars has been changed by Disney to the bland John Carter. I understand the studio’s nervousness about marketing a big-budget sci-fi movie set in the Civil War and on Mars featuring no Will Smith-level stars, but taking the words “of Mars” out of the title doesn’t change that fact that Dr. Carter—er—John Carter actually goes to Mars. Not to mention John Carter is just terribly a bland title. The film features Taylor Kitsch, Mark Strong, Willem Dafoe, and Bryan Cranston. John Carter hits theaters March 9th, 2012. Additionally, Dark Horizons has confirmed that Andrew Niccol’s (Gattaca) sci-fi flick Now has undergone yet another title change, and will now be referred to as In Time. Previously titled I’m.Mortal, then Now, the flick stars Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, and takes place in a futuristic society where aging can be stopped so trading years in life becomes the predominant currency. The film hits theaters October 28th. Hit the jump for a plot synopsis of John Carter (ugh). Here’s the synopsis for John Carter: Academy Award(r)-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton brings this captivating hero to the big screen in a stunning adventure epic set on the wounded planet of Mars, a world inhabited by warrior tribes and exotic desert beings. Based on the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Barsoom Series,” the film chronicles the journey ...
Saoirse Ronan is one of the best young actors working today and she's managed to give impressive performances regardless of whether she's in a great film (Hanna) or an atrocious one (The Lovely Bones). Here's hoping that The Host is the former because Deadline is reporting that Ronan has landed the lead role. Based on the novel by Twilight author Stephanie Meyer, The Host is about an alien species called "Souls" that latch on to human hosts, destroy their consciousness, and erase their personalities. Ronan would play Melanie Stryder, one of the remaining free humans who is captured by the aliens and implanted with a Soul called "Wanderer". Wanderer intends to make Stryder give up the location of her cohorts, but instead becomes impressed by Melanie's unwillingness to surrender her consciousness, and Wanderer becomes driven to connect the young woman to her former life. Writer Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show) wrote the script and was set to direct before moving on to the sci-fi drama Now starring Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake. But since that film is now mostly finished, it's possible that Niccol may return to The Host. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the novel. Here's the synopsis for Stephanie Meyer's The Host: Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant ...