Continuing to adhere to the appeal of young adults, expect another entry into the live-action YA PG-13 genre with upcoming action adventure flick, The 5th Wave. The book franchise from author Rick Yancey is part of a pending trilogy of its own and may even follow suit on the big screen if this one is successful, and it very well may be, considering the popularity of films like the current Hunger Games saga and Divergent series films.
The new film has been developing at least since about 2005 when it was breweing over at Warner Bros., but the project evidently ended up languishing and it eventually ended up where it is now at Sony Pictures, who as of last week kicked off principle photography ahead of the film’s slated January 29, 2016 release, and with actress Chloë Grace Moretz seeking her return to the action fray outside of her more well-known “Hit Girl” costume on top of being a really great actress who can hold her own in a lead role, The 5th Wave may already be shaping up to be a fruitful franchise.
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CULVER CITY, Calif., October 23, 2014 – Principal photography has commenced on the highly anticipated motion picture The 5th Wave, Columbia Pictures’ adaptation of the bestselling young adult novel. The action-adventure film is directed by J Blakeson, with a screenplay by Susannah Grant, based on the book by Rick Yancey. The producers are Tobey Maguire, Graham King, Lynn Harris, and Matthew Plouffe. Denis O’Sullivan and Richard Middleton are the executive producers.
Slated for domestic release on January 29, 2016, The 5th Wave stars Chloë Grace Moretz as Cassie, Nick Robinson as Ben Parish aka “Zombie,” Ron Livingston as Dad/Oliver, Maggie Siff as Mom/Lisa, Alex Roe as Evan Walker, Maika Monroe as Ringer, Zackary Arthur as Sam, and Liev Schreiber as Vosch.
In The 5th Wave, set in the present day, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, 16-year-old Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie meets a young man who may become her final hope.
Throughout photography, fans will have unrivaled access to the production, including a wealth of behind-the-scenes photos, interaction with cast and crew, and on-set updates via social media. “One of the ways Rick Yancey made The 5th Wave so special is that it feels like it’s happening right now – and the characters react as teenagers today would react,””said Dwight Caines, president, Theatrical Marketing for Sony Pictures. “To stay faithful to that, we are making sure fans are on the inside from Day One.”
Moviegoers can stay up-to-date on all things 5th Wave by following the movie and interacting on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @5thWaveMovie.
Blakeson’s production team includes Enrique Chediak as the Director of Photography, Jon Billington as the Production Designer, Paul Rubell as the Editor, and Sharen Davis as the Costume Designer.
The 5th Wave is a phenomenon in young adult literature, with 21 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list, nearly 300,000 hardcover units sold, and 80,000 e-books sold. The novel, which has also had tremendous crossover appeal with adults, was honored with the 2014 Red House Children’s Book Award in the UK. The second book in Yancey’s planned trilogy, The Infinite Sea, was published last month.
Hannah Minghella and Andrea Giannetti will oversee the project for the studio.
Actor Denzel Washington is getting some more screentime this week with a new trailer for the upcoming release of director Antoine Fuqua‘s new action thriller, The Equalizer, based on the hit TV series of the same name. The new trailer contains a little bit more footage revealing some extra goodies filmgoers can expect when it releases this Fall on September 26, including the arrival of a new song performed by hip-hop artist Eminem, accompanied with vocals by singer, Sia.
After several months of slowly disseminating set pics and stills, Sony/Columbia recently began ramping up promitional efforts for director Antoine Fuqua‘s latest film, The Equalizer, loosely based on the original 1985-1989 TV series starring the late Edward Woodward. As such, the film granted the public with a brand new poster of the film just last week, which you can take a look at below:
Aside from other usual action tropes, the film is poised to be one of the more physically demanding roles that lead actor Denzel Washington (Man On Fire, 2 Guns, The Book Of Eli) endured in preparation for the titular role, as so illustrated by Fuqua of Washington‘s “sustained intensity” and minimal use of firearms in Washington’s featured action sequences. “He really hits those mitts,” Fuqua tells USA Today. “And you imagine what he’ll do to you. You might underestimate him. That’s your first mistake.” Fuqua then adds “His hand-to-hand work is pretty nasty when the monster comes out, …We used what was around him. You’d be surprised what he can do with a corkscrew. You’ll never open a bottle of wine the same way again.”
The film reunites Fuqua with Washington since their previous pairing on the award-winning 2001 crime drama, Training Day, and might do so again now that approving test audiences have already granted The Equalizer a sequel with franchise potential similar to Liam Neeson’s Taken trilogy. Despite this, as always, this will depend on how this one performs at the box office. “The audience will decide that,” Washington tells USA Today. “You can’t make No. 2 before you make No. 1. It’s called show business. We’ve handled the show part of it. We’ll see how the business part goes.”.
The Equalizer evens the score in theaters on September 26, 2014. Watch the trailer and stay tuned for more news ahead.
In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, McCall’s desire for justice is reawakened. If someone has a problem, the odds are stacked against them, and they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.
H/T: Indiewire/Shadow And Act, USA Today, Yahoo! Movies
Director Jeff Wadlow’s upcoming real-world superhero action comedy, Kick Ass 2 won’t unleash Hit Girl’s new moves until August 16. But that hasn’t stopped Chloë Moretz from making headlines this week with Deadline reporting on Friday that the 16 year old actress is ready to push the envelope a little more with her career in the upcoming TV-to-film adaptation of The Equalizer.
Moretz is being tapped to play the role of “Teri” after a chemistry reading with lead actor Denzel Washington, who was said to be impressed with her performance, as was everyone in the room who attended. The role is being redrawn for Moretz and is described as a prostitute, portrayed in the same vein of Jodie Foster’s role in Martin Scorsese’s 1976 crime thriller, Taxi Driver.
THE EQUALIZER, loosely based on the hit 1980’s television series, will star Washington as “a solitary, monastic figure who hates injustice and devotes himself to helping people who are being victimized.” An earlier report from The Hollywood Reporter indicates that the plot may involve Washington’s character taking on the Russian mob as a result of one of his acts of kindness.
Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, Alex Siskin, Mace Neufeld, Michael Sloan, and Tony Eldridge are producing, with David Bloomfield serving as executive producer. Anton Fuqua (The Replacement Killers, Olympus Has Fallen) has been tapped to direct.
Meantime, Moretz is set to star in the upcoming horror remake of Carrie this October. Washington will star in the August 2, 2013 release of 2 Guns, co-starring Mark Wahlberg, directed by Baltazar Kormakur.