Well, I pretty much have my plans made this weekend and with any luck, that’ll leave me with a few hours alone to enjoy David M. Rosenthal’s new post apocalyptic epic, How It Ends, courtesy of Netflix who’ve now rolled out a final trailer signaling its release on Friday. The film is now available with Theo James leading the cast next to a considerably badass Forest Whitaker who, for all intents and purposes, has pretty much never stopped being a badass. This man was clearly made for action roles and I’m just thankful he’s come into his element accordingly.
Oscar® winner Forest Whitaker (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Arrival, The Last King Of Scotland) has been tapped to join actor Theo James in the new action thriller, How It Ends. A Single Shot and The Perfect Man helmer David M. Rosenthal directing from a script by Brooks McLaren.
James, best known for roles in the Underworld and Divergent franchises, was announced earlier this week in an exclusive at Deadline for the film which tells of young father who will stop at nothing to get home to his pregnant wife on the other side of the country as a mysterious apocalyptic event turns the roads into mayhem. The film was acquired by Netflix as of January and is set to start production in Winnipeg, Canada in July.
Paul Schiff, Tai Duncan, Kelly McCormick, and Patrick Newall and Sierra/Affinity developed the project with Paul Schiff Productions, and is handling worldwide sales and financing of the film. Sierra’s Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg are executive producing.
Whitaker’s next scheduled theatrical appearance will be Marvel’s Black Panther on February 16, 2018. He is represented by WME and Brillstein.
The third installment of the blockbuster Divergent series franchise, ALLEGIANT takes Tris [Shailene Woodley] and Four [Theo James] into a new world, far more dangerous than ever before.
The action horror genre remains ever more ripe with lycan and vampire fandom for the current four-movie installment of the Underworld franchise which began in 2003, and it was just last August that Lakeshore Entertainment stated they were rebooting the franchise with a fifth film tentatively titled Underworld: Next Generation. At the time, a cast wasn’t in place, but updates have arrived on this end and the franchise is officially going forward with two of its principal cast members.
THR writes that actress Kate Beckinsale is set to reprise her role as vampire warrior ‘Selene’ with the Divergent Series co-star, actor Theo James returning as her ally, David. Cory Goodman wrote the script for Anna Foerster, who directed episodes for Starz series, Outlander, and served as director of photography for the 2004 disaster flick, The Day After Tomorrow and 2013 hostage flick, White House Down, to helm with a story that will focus on a younger generation of werewolves and vampires.
The previous four films began as the brainchild of author and creator, franchise co-star and actor Kevin Grevioux, with Beckinsale leading the franchise along with actress Rhona Mitra in the epic story of forbidden love amidst a long and enduring war between royal vampire families and werewolf clans. Actors Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy, and Scott Speedman also played key roles.
The sequel, Underworld: Evolution (2006), the prequelized third, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009) and Evolution’s follow-up, Underworld: Awakening (2012), were modest hits worldwide after the success of the first film, ultimately banking on its worldwide gross of well-over $450 million. Len Wiseman directed the first two films as well as produced all three follow-ups with Gary Lucchesi and Tom Rosenberg, who are also returning to produce the new film with Foerster, while details regarding previously stated plans for a TV series are still pending.
Underworld 5 awaits an official title to confirm while cameras are set to roll in Prague this October.
Stay tuned for more info!
The Divergent Series: Insurgent is directed by Robert Schwentke (RED) from a screenplay by Mark Bomback, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Duffield and reunites stars Golden Globe® nominee Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), Theo James and Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic), along with series newcomers Academy Award® nominee Naomi Watts and Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer. The sequel continues the thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Having discovered she is Divergent, Tris Prior (Woodley) must search for allies and answers as a fugitive of the power-hungry Erudite elite. In a race against time, Tris and Four (James) now must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them.
THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.
The tides have begun turning in the epic story of the Divergent Series following the title release of the first film in March earlier this year from director Neil Burger.
Based on the work of best-selling author Veronica Roth, Red director Robert Schwentke has been at the helm since May for the upcoming sequel, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, which follows the dangers that await factionless heroine, Tris, and her love interest, formerly Dauntless’ own Four after fighting their way out of an oppressed post-war society bound by five factions. While promoting her latest film, White Bird In A Blizzard, lead actress Shailene Woodley got a word or two in about what fans action fans and the Divergent audience can expect from the upcoming sequel, telling MTV, “It’s definitely going to have a lot more action, and I think it’s more character-driven in a lot of ways,”.
On Schwentke, Woodley spoke highly of her director’s handling of the production on set, saying, “Robert is definitely an actors’ director,… He was very keen on hearing our opinions about our characters, and collaborating on everything — whether it be the way that she looked, her hair, her makeup, her wardrobe. [We were] collaborating on dialogue, if it felt grounded and truthful. Not only to him, but to me as well.” She also added, “If something felt off-cantor, he would stop production, we would walk away and figure it out and go back, which is something that doesn’t always happen on big movies. I really felt like he was protecting the sacredness of the story, within the world of big-budget film.”
INSURGENT raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the dystopian ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.
Written by Brian Duffield and Akiva Goldsman, The Divergent Series: Insurgent has since wrapped filming last month as the second of a now 3.4 part saga. Woodley reunites with lead actor Theo James, actresses Kate Winslet, Zoë Kravitz and Maggie Q, and actors Ansel Elgort, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Miles Teller and Mekhi Phifer. Newly added to the saga are Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Daniel Dae Kim and many more.
The film arrives from Lionsgate via Summit Entertainment on March 20, 2015, followed by the subsequent releases of the two part finale, The Divergent Series: Allegiant on March 18, 2016 and March 24, 2017.
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.
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.
Yahoo! Movies debuted the exclusive final poster for director Neil Burger‘s upcoming science fiction action adventure flick, Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet. The poster comes with an 18-second preview of the full trailer for the film which will air on Wednesday at 11:30am EST/8:30am PST, in addition a slate of character posters were unveiled featuring co-stars Maggie Q, Mekhi Pfeiffer, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller and Jai Courtney, the latter four of which you can view at the bottom.