One year on since the second season of HBO's "True Detective" came to a close, many have wondered if there will ever be a third installment of the anthology crime franchise.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association on Saturday, HBO head of programming Casey Bloys says: "It's not dead. We are hoping for a third season. It's a very valuable franchise for us...I'm not sure we have the right take for a third season yet."
Show creator Nic Pizzolatto is under an overall deal at HBO and is working on other things, meaning a third season will likely have somebody else writing and Pizzolatto only serving in a supervisory capacity.
Bloys also spoke about the status of the long-in-the works "Deadwood" movie from series creator David Milch. Bloys says: "David is writing the script. We haven't read it yet. I imagine it will be very good." Bloys said the network won't commit to a greenlight just yet, but he "feels good about it."
"Game of Thrones" executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have previously teased it, now the pair used HBO's Television Critics Association panel today to confirm that the eighth season of the series will be the show's last. HBO programming president Casey Bloys tells EW:
"They [the showrunners] have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do. Believe me, as the new [programming executive] coming in, if I could get them to do more. I would take 10 more seasons. But we take their lead on what they think they can do the best version of the show."
Bloys also spoke about the potential for a spin-off series. It sounds like the network is open to the idea but if it were to happen it would be a long way off.
"We've talked about it, it's something I'm not opposed to, but of course it has to make sense creatively. I'm not sure that the guys could really wrap their heads around it when they're just about to start production. It's a pretty intense production, they're about to start production soon. I'm open to it. The guys weren't opposed to it, but there's no concrete plans for it at this point."
"Game of Thrones" recently received 23 Primetime Emmy nominations, the most of any nominee for the third year in a row. The seven episode seventh season is expected to return mid-2017.
Following an extended filming stint in London, production on "The Mummy" reboot has moved to Namibia where four of they key actors in the film - Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson and Courtney B. Vance - have posed for a photo.
Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
Alex Kurtzman helms the new film from a script by Jon Spaihts. It's the first in a proposed Universal Monster cinematic universe initiative with several other films in development.July 29, 2016
HBO used their Television Critics Association panel today to make a couple of key announcements.
Most notably, the network locked in an October 2nd premiere date for its lavish new sci-fi drama series "Westworld". Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.
The cast list is insane - Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Ben Barnes, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Luke Hemsworth, Clifton Collins, Jr., Simon Quarterman, Shannon Woodward, Angela Sarafyan and Ingrid Bolso Berdal.
At the same time they also announced premieres for their new Sarah Jessica Parker-led comedy "Divorce" and the black female buddy comedy series "Insecure" which will both kick off a week later on Sunday October 9th in the 10pm slot following "Westworld" at 9pm.
We already know that at least one of the key cast members from the original 1990 hit thriller "Flatliners" is coming back for Sony Pictures' upcoming remake - Kiefer Sutherland.
Today Sutherland has confirmed a suspected theory - that the film is not a remake but rather a sequel with him playing the same character of Nelson Wright. Speaking with Metro, he explained how the movie isn't so quick to reveal itself as taking place in the same universe as the original:
"I play a professor at the medical university. It is never stated but it will probably be very clearly understood that I'm the same character I was in the original Flatliners but that I have changed my name and I've done some things to move on from the experiments that we were doing in the original film... I loved making the first film and when I was asked if I would be interested in taking part in this, it didn't take more than a minute to say yes."
Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, Julia Roberts and Oliver Platt also starred in the Joel Schumacher-directed original. The new film's story revolves around a group of medical students led by Nelson who decide to carry out dangerous experiments to see how close they can come to the afterlife. This results in some very terrifying experiences for all involved.
James Norton, Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, Ellen Page and Kiersey Clemons star as the new batch of students in the project which begins shooting this Summer ahead of an August 2017 release.
In recent times film editor Job Willins has shown his love of the "Alien" franchise by coming up with two fan re-edits entitled "Ripley" and "Derelict".
The former took "Alien 3" and "Alien Resurrection" and turned them into a single black-and-white film. The latter cut together "Alien" and "Prometheus" into one feature. Now he's back with "Man of Tomorrow," a 2.5 hour edit together of Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" and "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice".
The aim was to take two films he was 'less-than-enamored' with and cut them together into a cohesive narrative about the rise and fall of Superman. The result is the loss of some key scenes, and the re-ordering of many scenes with the intent changed on quite a few. Check it out before it no doubt gets pulled.
Disney and Marvel Studios have confirmed that they're rebranding their "Avengers: Infinity War" two-film saga in essentially the same way that DC did with "Justice League" and Lionsgate did with the "Divergent" finale.
Originally we were going to get "Avengers: Infinity War - Part I" on May 4th 2018 followed by "Avengers: Infinity War - Part II" on May 3rd 2019. That has changed. The first film will now be called "Avengers: Infinity War," while the second film has yet to lock down a new title and is currently going by the moniker 'untitled Avengers movie'.
Despite the title change, the production schedule and release dates for both films remains the same. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo first indicated in May that they planned on renaming both 'Avengers' films after dubbing the shared subtitle as 'misleading' due to them being very different films.
Following the official first photo the other day of "Teen Wolf" actor Tyler Hoechlin as Superman, new photos and video have arrived of the actor filming scenes for the second season of The CW's "Supergirl".
The first official photo was hit by some major criticisms as to the very obvious photoshopping that had been done on the character which gave him a rather awkward appearance. The photos and video of the filming however look better with the costume on full show and the normally very buff Hoechlin looking far healthier than his almost ill appearance in that previous still.
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Production is continuing apace on Jon Watts' "Spider-Man: Homecoming" in Atlanta with Tom Holland and the rest of the cast coming off a successful preview at San Diego Comic Con last weekend.
We know that Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark will have a key role in the movie, but there's been the inevitable question as to whether any of the other Avengers might make an appearance. In late May, Chris Evans admitted he'd up for a Captain America cameo in the film if it was wanted.
Now, a report from the Atlanta Filming Twitter account suggests someone else may be involved - a tweet sent out indicated that Scarlett Johansson was spotted on the set this week. Does this mean Black Widow will be involved to help Holland's Spidey take down The Vulture?
No photos were included which could corroborate the claim. "Spider-Man: Homecoming" will continue shooting for a few more months before its release in cinemas on July 7th next year.
3D has been dropping out of favour as not only domestic but foreign audiences have gotten over the gimmick and of the various films that really had no need for it.
One film though that those involved say you should see in 3D though is "Doctor Strange". Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige tells Collider that sequences of the Scott Derrickson-directed comic adaptation require 3D to "tell the dimensional story":
"Some people look at 3D like a tool, like Atmos or IMAX, it's a storytelling tool. And sometimes it can feel like 'Oh, that tool was simply put on that movie so they could charge $8 more. And I think that's where you get reactions like 'Oh, c'mon. There are other movies like Guardians [of the Galaxy] and Doctor Strange, that will be utterly enhanced in 3D.
There are sequences of the film that 3D is actually necessary to tell the dimensional story that is happening, through visuals. And we're now finding ourselves in VFX reviews going, 'Okay we know this is perfect for 3D, this is built for 3D, but the story's gotta work in 2D so how do we adjust it so it still works in 2D?' But the 3D is going to be amazing."
You can get a glimpse of what the result will look like with the most recent "Doctor Strange" trailer set to be projected in 3D in front of 3D movies at your local cinema in the coming weeks.
The first trailer for "xXx: Return of Xander Cage" dropped last week and has since generated more than 100 million views across Facebook and YouTube in its first seven days.
That's the fastest to reach that number for any film released by its distributors Paramount Pictures and Revolution Studios. Vin Diesel reprising his iconic role as an extreme athlete-turned-superspy in this third entry in the series.
In the new film, Cage comes out of self-imposed exile and is on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora's Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments.
Samuel Jackson, Ruby Rose, Donnie Yen, Toni Collette, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev and Ariadna Gutierrez co-star in the D.J. Caruso-directed film which opens January 20th 2017.
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Paul Dano is set to make his feature directorial debut on the coming-of-age drama "Wildlife" at June Pictures.
Based on the 1990 Richard Ford novel, the story follows a teenage boy in 1960 who watches his parents' marriage start to come apart after the family moves to Montana.
The actor will direct from a script he's written with Zoe Kazan, while Alex Saks will produce. Dano is currently shooting Bong Joon-Ho's "Okja".
Morgan Freeman is in negotiations to join the live-action take on E.T.A. Hoffmann's story "The Nutcracker" for Disney Pictures.
The Christmas-set story, which inspired the famous Tchaikovsky ballet, follows a young girl named Clara (Mackenzie Foy) whose favorite toy, a Nutcracker, comes alive. After he defeats the Mouse King, he takes Clara away to a magical kingdom inhabited by dolls.
Freeman will play the mysterious Drosselmeyer alongside Misty Copeland as the lead ballerina. Lasse Hallstrom is directing from a script by Ashleigh Powell. Mark Gordon is producing.
Filmmaker Luc Besson has lost his appeal over a plagiarism case regarding the 2012 sci-fi film "Lockout" and how close the film is to John Carpenter's 1981 classic "Escape From New York".
Besson is credited with co-writing the screenplay and named in the suit which went before the courts last Fall who ruled in Carpenter's favor. Besson appealed the decision, and unfortunately for him the appeals court this week said verdict still stands.
Now, EuropaCorp, Besson and screenwriters Stephen St. Leger and James Mather have to pay Carpenter damages. The original ruling was for a total of 80,000 euros but the appeals court substantially increased the amount. Even so, it was a long way from the 2.4 million Carpenter was asking for.
In the ruling last year, the court said the surface differences of the film such as the setting and more modern hero were "not enough to differentiate the two films."
"The Grey" and "Narc" director Joe Carnahan has come onboard to pen the latest draft of the script for the film adaptation of the video game series "Uncharted" at Sony Pictures.
The Playstation game series follows Nathan Drake as he seeks lost civilizations and their treasures with the help of journalist Elena Fisher and mentor Victor "Sully" Sullivan. A fourth and final game in the series was released earlier this year and is a serious 'Game of the Year' contender on many sites.
Carnahan is unable to helm the project as well unless production is pushed back. Carnahan is currently committed to direct "Bad Boys 3" for Sony early next year which is when the studio also hopes to get going on the "Uncharted" film. Funnily enough it was an earlier draft of "Uncharted" by David Guggenheim that landed that scribe the job of doing the script for "Bad Boys 3".
David O. Russell and Neil Burger have been previously attached to direct "Uncharted" at various points. Talking about the gig, Carnahan tells Variety:
"In a perfect world I would love to do both, but right now, I’m only on board to write the script. Archaeology today is in itself an antiquity, but that world has always fascinated me. Especially when you go to a museum today and wonder how a piece got there to begin with. Plus, the property itself is so popular that it was hard to turn down an opportunity to work on it."
The film will likely get a Summer 2018 release.
Out doing press for today's release of "Jason Bourne," the film's director Paul Greengrass makes it clear that should the series continue with another entry that two of the supporting talents from the new film are expected back - Alicia Vikander and Riz Ahmed.
Talking with The Playlist, Greengrass says Vikander's CIA cybercrimes division chief and Ahmed's billionaire tech giant characters are part of the new groundwork laid out in this entry which would be picked up in any further entry Universal wants to do:
"These franchises are really difficult to build for all the studios, and if you're lucky enough to have been associated with one as I have, one that people love, you want the best for it. Renewing it, giving it somewhere to go that feels organic as opposed to just stuck in there, it is the hardest thing. That's what I wanted to do. Once I decided to do another, it became very important to me to try, with some subtlety and elegance, to hand it back to Universal with places to go and characters that take it forward in a way that felt elegant and not false.
Alicia's character was part of that. Riz Ahmed's character was, also. I wanted those characters to be of our landscape, today. 'Bourne Ultimatum' and 'Bourne Supremacy' were very much films of the mid-90s and mid-2000s. But we're in a very different world now, and the audience that goes to see these movies now has a different way of looking at the world.
Theirs is a world dominated by social media, and the entire digital realm. I wanted to create characters that lived in their world, and hopefully somebody might want to pick that up. I'm sure they will, and you've got places to go with Bourne and with the other characters….it was an important part of the creative mission for me."
Reviews for the new film have so far been mixed - the action praised but the story being torn apart for offering nothing new to the franchise. Nevertheless neither Damon or Greengrass are shutting the door on the idea of coming back, even if neither is in a hurry:
"Listen, at the end of Ultimatum, I felt very strongly that I was done, and I said so. Here we are all those years later, talking. It took me nearly ten years to feel that I had another one to make. I'm not going to make that mistake now.
All I know is I really enjoyed doing it and I'm really proud of it. I think we've revived it and got it back to where it needs to be. I think that I'm going to have a holiday, and then I'll go off and do some other movie. That's sort of as far ahead as I can see. And it's important to see how it does, and that audiences want to know what happens in his journey."
Meanwhile Vulture has down a breakdown of the entire 45 lines of dialogue Matt Damon has in the film, check that analysis out at the link. "Jason Bourne" is now out in cinemas.
David Ayer's "Suicide Squad" has begun screening for media with reactions and reviews currently under wraps. That said, two of the film's surprises have been spoiled - a cameo first rumored a few weeks back, and the reveal of a credits stinger.
First up, ComicBook.com says the film is confirmed to have a mid-credits stinger and it's a big one that is described as "pivotal and important". As of now though, the film does NOT have a second stinger at the end of the credits. What's in the one they do have? That's not clear at the moment.
POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD
Meanwhile the fan speculated about rumor of Ezra Miller's The Flash making an appearance has been confirmed. Reports have indicated that the scene takes place within the film itself and was shot not that long ago, likely around the time of the reshoots on the film in April.
The film is tracking to debut to a $125 million opening weekend if not higher when it opens late next week. A new eight-minute featurette for the film is also out and can be seen below:
Three weeks out from its release, MGM and Paramount are looking to hit rocky waters with Timur Bekmambetov's upcoming "Ben-Hur" remake.
Jack Huston stars as the disgraced nobleman who becomes a Roman slave after he's betrayed by his adoptive brother. Years later, he challenges his accuser to a great chariot race but is changed forever after a series of meetings with Jesus of Nazareth.
The first tracking figures for the film are out with it headed for a decidedly underwhelming $14-15 million opening weekend when it launches August 19th.
Made on a reported budget of just under $100 million, Paramount has to push its marketing on this hard and will likely target faith-based moviegoers in coming weeks.
"Friday Night Lights" and "Agents of SHIELD" actress Adrianne Palicki is set to star opposite Seth MacFarlane in his upcoming and currently untitled live-action space dramedy series.
Set three centuries into the future onboard Orville, an exploratory ship in Earth's interstellar fleet. A motley crew of space explorers face challenges on cosmic and personal scales in ways that will go where no series has gone before.
Palicki is Kelly Grayson, the Orville's newly appointed First Officer and ex-wife of the captain Ed (MacFarlane). Also coming onboard is Scott Grimes who has joined the project as Gordon, Ed's best friend and Orville's pilot.
MacFarlane created and will executive produce the show which scored a straight-to-series thirteen-episode commitment at Fox with a pilot to be filmed later this year.
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Rosamund Pike, Daniel Bruhl and Vincent Cassel are all in talks to board Jose Padilha's true story drama "Entebbe" for Working Title and Participant Films.
Set in 1976, the story follows four hijackers - two Palestinian, two German - who took a plane hostage and diverted it to land in Uganda while they demanded the release of dozens of Palestinian and pro-Palestinian prisoners.
The suspense thriller follows the hijackers, hostages, French crew, and then-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and future PM Shimon Peres as they try to decide whether to negotiate or launch a raid to free the hostages.
Greg Burke ("'71") is penning the screenplay while Kate Solomon, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce.