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Film Financing’s Global Future

Andy and Lana Wachowski have been busy working on Cloud Atlas, a film that spans the globe in it’s narrative, and in the way it was independently financed. Even though the siblings brought in $1.5B in revenue through their Matrix trilogy, this $100m project was seen as too risky for a single studio to back. Will WB rue that decision? Time will tell…

<see the full story at the NY Times here>

 Halle Berry takes direction from Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) in Glasgow earlier this year.

 

 

 

 

 

horror’s greatest heroes: the 10 best monster-fighters!

Horror doesn’t just have to be about scary monsters and their victims — some of our favorite horror stories include awesome monster-slayers, who are on a mission to wipe out everything slimy or toothy. Here are horror’s 10 greatest heroes… <See the full top ten list here> @ <http://io9.com/>

Great list for us especially since we’re working on Rangda, and we have a great heroine in the same vein as Ripley.

9 indie pics with enough buzz to become next year’s sleeper hits

Several sci-fi, fantasy, and horror films worth watching made their world, North America, U.S. and/or regional premiere at this year’s Fantastic Fest. The largest genre film festival in the U.S., Fantastic Fest features horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world.

In years past There Will Be BloodApocalyptoCity Of EmberZombielandGentlemen Broncos andTimecrimes all premiered there.

Here’s a selection of the must-see movies from the Festival you’ll be sure to hear more about in the coming months. Article sourced from Blastr.com

 

James Cameron – Spiderman Scriptment!

This is awesome… the drawings are great, and I love the storytelling.  Complete score if you’re a fan of spiderman or Cameron!  <see the full scriptment here>

 

must Watch: the creepy, bloody first 5 minutes of american horror story

There’s plenty of buzz surrounding the new latex-humping horror series American Horror Story, but what’s is this bizarre show really about? We rounded up every detail, image, screengrab, trailer, review and viral ad we could find, and squeezed out every precious piece of information from the heart of horror… <see the first five minutes here> @ <http://io9.com/>

<there’s more of a synopsis here>

And the viral sit <can be found here>

This looks pretty cool… from the creators of Glee?  Obviously they can tell a story.   The five minute preview looks pretty cool, although the camera is flying around a little much for my liking.  But hey, i’m into zombies…

What I’m really into is how they’re releasing a lot of material to drum up interest.  So it’s intriguing from a business pov.

I’ll definitely check it out!

 

the art of the criterion collection covers

This is film geeky, but I’m totally into the Criterion Collection and movie posters…  so pretty much heaven of an image library!  This stuff is amazing inspiration, such different takes on all the stories.  You can still feel the movies tone, but the artist(s) take and style comes through so strong.  <See all the kick ass images here>

10 Ways Steven Spielberg Has Made the World a Better Place

This has been a big year for Steven Spielberg — he’s launched two TV shows, including last night’s Terra Nova, and produced countless movies. The Spielberg tribute Super-8 was a surprise hit, and it’s become fashionable for other film-makers to claim they’re paying tribute to early Spielberg. Still ahead this year: the huge motion-capture reinvention ofTintin, the Belgian adventure comic… <read the full story here> @ <http://io9.com/>

Spielberg is a legend…  When it comes to high spectacle story telling, he’s probably done more than anyone.  This is just a nice little kudo list of accomplishments that he’s not usually recognized for, so I thought it interesting and deserving.  Here’s a quick look at the list of ten, the article has full descriptions.  I’m counting at least 5 on the list as truly innovative, and having to drive Hight Concept / High Spectacle films.  So it’s no wonder we’re fans!

10 ) Being an early adopter and innovator of CGI

9 ) Keeping science fiction alive on TV

8 ) Taking on tough adaptations/re-imaginings, and making them happen

7 ) Showing that video games could be a viable storytelling tool.

6 ) Preserving and shaping the memory of World War II

5 ) Co-founding a successful new studio, and helping bring back animated films

4 ) Bringing back the Saturday morning serial

3 ) Helping to make robot uprising the new zombie apocalypse

2 ) Bringing back our sense of wonder

1 ) Helping to create the idea of the movie “blockbuster.”

big week for zombies…

First off the trailer for the Dead Island videogame is going to get a movie adaptation.


That’s what I said, the trailer, for the video game is getting a movie deal, from all reviews it’s not from the game itself.  And yes, it’s sounds of a decent size…  Lionsgate size.  Here’s what Lionsgate bossman Joe Drake has to say about it:

The film Dead Island will be an innovation of the zombie genre because of its focus on human emotion, family ties and non-linear storytelling.
Like the hundreds of journalists and millions of fans who were so passionate and vocal about the Dead Island trailer, we too were awestruck.
This is exactly the type of property we’re looking to adapt at Lionsgate – it’s sophisticated, edgy, and a true elevation of a genre that we know and love. It also has built in brand recognition around the world, and franchise potential.

It is a badass little trailer though… but a movie deal?  Zombies have serious pull!

<Read the full story here> and there’s another write up about it <here>

 Second, one of the most memorable zombies from ‘The Walking Dead’ is getting her own story. AMC will put a six-part web series online on October 3rd telling the tale of the infamous ‘Bicycle Girl.’  This is her:

The Walking Dead's infamous 'Bicycle Girl' will be the subject of special webisodes

It’s been a long and grueling wait for The Walking Dead‘s many fans – but the wait for new zombiefied action just got a little shorter: AMC will be airing six short webisodes next Monday, just two weeks before the season 2 premiere.

The short stories will focus on a character who’s infamous for Dead heads, the crawling, bisected zombie girl that Rick Grimes encounters just after leaving the hospital in last year’s pilot episode. Show writers calls the character “Bicycle Girl.” The forthcoming webisodes follow the life of the girl named Hannah leading up to her death, un-death, and finally the iconic meeting with Rick.

So this zombie basically got her own spinoff.   Serious, serious pull…

Here’s a little making of clip:

<read the full story here>

Ohhhh, as long as we’re on the track I just have to add this:

 

Third, comics creator Chris Moreno returns to horror with his new creator-owned comic book “Zombie Dickheads Are NOT Coming to Get You,” debuting in October.

“Zombie Dickheads” is a comedic look at the undead apocalypse from the zombies point-of-view. It follows four dysfunctional zombies who don’t eat human flesh, as they attempt to find a place of their own in a world where they don’t fit in amongst other zombies, humans, and each other.

<read the whole story here> and check out the website here <http://zombiedickheads.blogspot.com/> and the website has an 8 page preview that I totally recommend.

To sum up, maybe you need to go to the after life to get greenlit in this life.  Gotta go write my zombie film now…

 

new ‘prometheus’ synopsis offers a few more vague hints

The Alien xenomorph

The latest short description of Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’ reveals a bit more information about the film – and seems to align with certain rumors about Scott’s newest sci-fi flick…  <read the full story here> @ <http://screenrant.com/>

Ahhhhhh it’s about the very meaning of human existence…  cool!  I am sooooo ready to see this one!

Hong Kong Thriller REVENGE: A LOVE STORY at Fantastic Fest!

This time we’re looking at Hong Kong thriller Revenge: A Love Story. After the shitty crap-show that was Human Centipede 2 I needed a great flick to cleanse my palate and I found that very palate cleanser in Revenge: A Love Story… <read the full review and get a couple more pics here> @ <http://www.aintitcool.com/>

I read about this one somewhere else and am keen to see it even more so after this review.  It’ll probably come to the hoyts down town, so I’ll write about it after I check it out.  Lot’s of great Noir’ish films coming out of Korea and HK.  It would be great to see it get picked up with North America distribution.  It’s very similar to a film we’re in the final throws of nailing down the contract.  More to come on that one!