Shortly after the release of The Lone Ranger, there was much talk about what a gargantuan flop it was, with the potential of losing $200 million for Disney. However while its $89 million US gross was rubbish compared to the $215 million it cost to make, it actually grossed $260 million worldwide, which isn’t as bad, but once all costs are taken into account, it’s still in the red. [Read more…]
When I saw that adaptation of The Lone Ranger was being made starring Jonny Depp, Armie Hammer and directed by Gore Verbinski, I couldn’t help but wonder whether a humorous western could really work with a young film audience who’ve being spoiled by huge Sci-Fi effects ridden blockbusters? Would the modern filmgoer still flock en masse to this type of film? Unfortunately, as US audiences have already proven, they won’t. But perhaps they should. [Read more…]
Disney’s live action version of Cinderella already has its title character (Lily James), wicked stepmother (Cate Blanchett), a couple of nasty stepsisters (Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera) and a prince (Richard Madden), but it’s only just got its fairy godmother.
THR reports that Helena Bonham Carter has signed up for the role, and she’ll be ensuring the Cinderella does indeed get to the ball.
Aline Brosh McKenna (Annie) and Chris Weitz (About a Boy) provided the screenplay, although there’s still no info on whether this will be a traditional take or something a little more modern. Kenneth Branagh is set to direct, with filming kicking off later this year.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet certainly likes to take his time getting him movies right, as since Delicatessen in 1991 he’s averaged one movies every four years, but that has included delights such as The City Of Lost Children, Ameli and Micmacs.
Now he’s returning with The Young and Prodigious Spivet, which is both his first 3D film and his first movie set in the US. Based on the book The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen, the film is about ‘A 12-year-old cartography enthusiast in an eccentric family, who travels across country hidden on board a freight train after being invited to the Smithsonian Institute.’
The movie stars Helena Bonham Carter, Kathy Bates, Judy Davis, Callum Keith Rennie. No release date it currently set, but it should be in cinemas later this year.
A couple of new posters have emerged, one featuring Bradley Cooper in The Hangover Part III and other giving Helena Bonham Carter her own The Lone Ranger character poster.
The Hangover Part III sees Cooper standing outside a XXX video store, although we don’t know whether sex shops feature prominently in the movie or not. The film sees the Wolf Pack return to Las Vegas for one final blowout, which turns out to be just as manic as their earlier adventures. The sequel is released May 24th.
The Lone Ranger meanwhile is Disney’s mega-budget take on the classic character, with Armie Hammer in the title role and Johnny Depp as Tonto. As the poster lets us know, Helena Bonham Carter plays Red, or to giver her her full name, Red Harrington, who’s a pistol-packing brothel owner. The film’s out in July.
The BBC must like Great Expectations an awful lot, as within 12 months they produced a TV version starring Douglas Booth, Gillian Anderson and Ray Winstone, and backed this movie version from director Mike Newell (Prince Of Persia). They should probably have stuck with the very well received former, as while handsomely mounted and well-acted, Newell’s movie is a little flat. [Read more…]
Mike Newell’s Great Expectations was screened at the Toronto Film Festival a few days ago and will close the London Film Festival on October 21st, ahead of its UK release on Friday 30th November 2012. Now a new trailer has arrived, and we’ve embedded a couple of clips from the movie below. Here’s the synopsis: #Young orphan Pip is given a chance to rise from his humble beginnings thanks to a mysterious benefactor. Moving through London’s class ridden world as a gentleman, Pip uses his new found position to pursue the beautiful Estella; a spoilt heiress he’s loved since childhood. Yet the shocking truth behind his great fortune will have devastating consequences for everything he holds dear. Starring an award-winning cast, this British tour de force is directed by the BAFTA winning director of Four Weddings and A Funeral and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Mike Newell, and has been written for the big screen by David Nicholls, the acclaimed writer of the global best seller One Day.’
A few days ago it was announced that Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie is set to open 56th BFI London Film Festival on October 10th, and now it’s been revealed that the closing movie will be the European Premiere of Mike Newell’s take on Great Expectations.
In the film, young orphan Pip is given a chance to rise from his humble beginnings thanks to a mysterious benefactor. Moving through London’s class-ridden world as a gentleman, Pip uses his new-found position to pursue the beautiful Estella, a spoilt heiress he’s loved since childhood. Yet the shocking truth behind this great fortune will have devastating consequences for everything he holds dear.
The movie stars Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Irvine, Holliday Grainger, Robbie Coltrane, Ewen Bremner, Jason Flemyng, Sally Hawkins, David Walliams and Tamzin Outhwaite. It was adapted for the screen by David Nicholls, writer of the global best-seller One Day. The film will be released nationwide on 30th November 2012 in the UK.
Director Mike Newell comments: “It’s a great honour to be invited to be the BFI London Film Festival’s Closing Night film. I’m proud that our new version of Great Expectations should be presented this year, the bi-centenary of Dickens’ birth. I’ve tried to make a film that is true to the theatrical vividness, energetic characters and high colour that he is loved for, while mining the deep seams of emotional cruelty and madness that underlie one of Dickens’ darkest-shadowed stories. I’ve tried to make a film for a young modern audience in which Pip and Estella’s fated love affair is shown through feelings and stresses that are of today and in a city that was, then, full of brawling energy, was unimaginably wealthy and very bad.”
Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Mike Newell are expected to attend the Festival. The 56th BFI London Film Festival runs from Wednesday 10th October-Sunday 21st October.
Great Expectations is one of the most adapted stories of all time, and now it’s getting a new movie version courtesy of Mike Newell (Goblet Of Fire, Prince Of Persia), packed with Brit talent. War Horse’s Jeremy Irvine stars orphan Pip, who becomes the playmate and admirer of Estella (Holliday Grainger), the wars of the batty Miss Haversham (Helena Bonham Carter). Ralph Fiennes is the escaped prsioner Magwitch, while Robbie Coltrane, Jason Flemyng, Jeremy Irvine, Ewen Bremner & Sally Hawkins also star. The film debuts at the Toronto International Film Festival next month, before getting unleashed in UK cinemas on November 30th.
For a little over a year, Jean Pierre Jeunet has been working on his first English-language film since the rather disastrous Alien Resurrection. Now he’s busy putting the cast together, with Variety reporting that Helena Bonham Carter and Kathy Bates are on for the film, The Young And Prodigious Spivet.
Jeunet co-wrote the script regular collaborator Guillaume Laurent, adapting Rief Larson’s novel, The Selected Works Of TS Spivet. The tale is about youngster Spivet (Kyle Catlett), a boy who has extraordinary navigation and other skills, who decides to leave his father (Callum Keith Rennie) and the rest of his family behind in Montana to head out on a cross-country quest to the Smithsonian in Washington to receive a prize. There’s no news on exactly who Bonham Carter and Bates will play, but Variety suggests they’ll have significant roles.
The movie will be shot in 3D, even if it doesn’t sound like the sort of movie that would need an extra dimension. However it sounds like Jeunet is hoping to bring some Amelie style magic and plenty of visual effects to the film, so perhaps 3D will add something. Shooting starts June 30th, with the movie planned for release late in 2013.