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…]
A few new posters have shown up online in the past few hours, including the rather pretty one above (via Empire) for Mike Newell’s new take on Dickens’ Great Expectations, which hits cinemas on November 30th and stars Jeremy Irvine, Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes.
Take a look below for the first poster for Broken City, plus two for Robert Zemeckis’ Flight.
Broken City follow Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg), a former cop who is hired to tail the cheating wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) of the city’s corrupt mayor (Russell Crowe). Taggart successfully finds the man that the woman is sleeping with, but it’s not until after the man has been murdered.The movie is currently set for UK release on January 25th, 2013. (Image via IMDB)
In the action-packed mystery thriller Flight, Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot who miraculously crash-lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault, and what really happened on that plane? It’s due out in the UK January 25th, 2013. Two posters have arrives, a UK one above via Empire and the US one below via Hitfix.
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.
The role of Miss Havisham in Great Expectations is great on the page, but something that’s a little difficult to pull off on the screen. However if anyone can do it right it’s Helena Bonham, and now the first images of her in Mike Newell’s take on Dickens classic have arrived, via Deadline.
She looks as batty and gothic as you’d hope. In case you’re no up on your Dickens, Miss Havisham is a kooky woman whose life basically ended the day her fiance left her at the altar. Ever since then she’s been trapped in that moment, getting ever more bitter and raising the beautiful Estella to be as cold and loathing of love as she is.
The movie is due out next autumn, to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Dickens’ birth.
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