live action novel adaptation
Live action cinematic adaptations of major action adventure novels are still a point of inspiration for film producers, and there are plenty that are in the works for TV and film, ranging from The Hunger Games and Divergent to properties like Jason Bourne, Mack Bolan and Rain as of late. Well, as of this week, Neal Moritz, Toby Jaffe and Ryan Kavanaugh are adding another to the mix in the form of Hunter Killer, with Green Lantern and Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell back in the director’s chair.
The film is based on the 2012 novel, “Firing Point”, co-written by Don Keith and retired U.S. Navy Commander George Wallace as a follow up to their 2003 best seller, “Final Bearing”, the latter book that centered on an espionage driven tale of the U.S.’s mission to put an end to a South American drug kingpin and his expansive cartel. Campbell’s film will follow the story of the sequel as stated partially on Keith’s website:
A rogue Russian admiral has begun a plot to bring the planet to the brink of World War III, all so he can reunite the Soviet Union. Now, it is up to a U.S. Navy submarine, its untested captain, and a Navy SEAL team to rescue the president, avenge the deaths of American sub sailors and avert the conflagration.
Origin Films and Relativity are backing the film with X-Men: First Class scribe Jamie Moss providing the script with writers John Kolvenbach and Arne Schmidt. A cast hasn’t been set in place as things are just now developing, so stay tuned for more info as things develop!
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Williams was a Newark cop until he was framed, sentenced to death, then resurrected following a botched execution. He is given a second lease on life serving in the enforcement arm of the clandestine U.S. government agency CURE. Williams teams with the Asian assassin Chiun and together they clean up and eliminate those who oppose America’s interests.
Moviegoers can currently catch the voice of actor Bradley Cooper as a talking raccoon in Marvel’s latest box office hit, Guardians Of The Galaxy. In the meantime, the star best known for his roles in such films as Limitless, The A-Team remake, and prominently in writer/director Todd Phillips’s road comedy Hangover trilogy is currently on the path to work on forthcoming Mack Bolan project.
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) announced today that principal photography has commenced in Atlanta on the feature film adaptation of INSURGENT, the second installment of the blockbuster DIVERGENT action adventure franchise, starring Golden Globe® nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet. Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer joins returning cast members Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q and Mekhi Phifer. Based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best seller, the film is being directed by Robert Schwentke from a screenplay by Brian Duffield and Akiva Goldsman. Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the film through their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman are executive producing through their Mandeville Films banner along with Neil Burger and Barry Waldman. Lionsgate will release INSURGENT theatrically in North America through its Summit Entertainment label on Friday, March 20, 2015.
The Trailer For THE WHITE-HAIRED WITCH OF LUNAR KINGDOM Now Mystifies You With English Subs And New Posters
With director Jacob Cheung‘s new film, The White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom roughly a month away from its opening day, we now have a new, English-subbed version of the official trailer that went viral earlier this month. The film is well into its promotional cycle with behind the scenes footage, character posters and screenshots from the movie scattered all over the internet this month as the marketing continues to gear itself toward fans of two of Asia’s most popular celebrities in recent years, lead actress Fan BingBing and actor Huang Xiaoming.
As for the film itself, and as with most films being remade and remarketed for today’s generation of movie lovers, fans familar with the title character’s previous film appearances will also have a chance to interpret Cheung‘s new 3D revival of the classic character will work when the film finally releases on April 25. So the next several week should prove more useful should we get to see a new trailer, and we just might.
For now, check out the current footage below, in addition to a few new character posters, and stay tuned for more info.
In the twilight of the Ming Dynasty, the Imperial court is plagued by corruption as tyrants rule over the land. With the Manchurians preying on a weakened empire, war is imminent.
The situation is even worse near the northwest border, where widespread famine is rapidly claiming lives. To save the victims from further suffering, sorceress Jade Raksha fights the soldiers that oppress people for their own gain. As payback, local government officials decide to pin the murder of Governor ZhuoZhonglian on Jade, turning her and the members of her cult into wanted fugitives for a crime they didn’t commit.
Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war.
Following a sharp rise in book sales for author Veronica Roth’s 2011 YA publication of Divergent in light of Lionsgate’s boosted earnings from the 2013 theatrical release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the studio has been busy fast tracking their new soon-to-be hit trilogy franchise with Divergent stars, actress Shailene Woodley and actor Theo James tapped to reprise their roles in the May production of the upcoming sequel, Insurgent, while searching for a director. That search ended recently with reports this week stating that Red helmer Robert Schwentke is boarding the project which is set to begin principal photography for its March 20, 2015 release, with a script by Akiva Goldsman from a draft by Brian Duffield.
Based on Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times best-selling novel, DIVERGENT is a gripping action thriller set in a futuristic world where society has been divided into five factions. As each person approaches adulthood, he or she must choose a faction and commit to it for the rest of their life. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) chooses Dauntless—the daring risk-takers who pursue bravery above all else. During the Dauntless initiation, Tris completes death-defying stunts and faces her inmost fears in spectacular simulations. When she discovers she is a Divergent, someone who will never be able to fit into just one faction, she is warned that she must conceal this secret or risk her life. As Tris uncovers a looming war which threatens her family and the life of the mysterious Dauntless leader whom she has come to love, Tris must face her greatest test yet—deciding whether revealing she is a Divergent will save her world—or destroy it.