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HIGHLANDER Remake Gets A Director

Posted on 23 September 2009 by Rich Drees

highlanderJustin Lin, director of the recent Fast & Furious,has been picked my Summit Entertainment to helm their in development remake of Highlander. As of yet, the studio has no cast attached to the project and no set start date. Lin will be bringing along his Fast And Furious producer Neal H. Moritz along with him.

The film’s screenplay by IRON MAN screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway combines elements of the original film along with some ideas from the franchise’s spinoff television series. But the basic story of a group of immortals battling each other down through the ages for a vaguely defined prize.

While the original film earned itself a cult fanbase largely on the strength of its high concept, Highlander is also remembered for its exciting visual look courtesy of director Russell Mulcahy. I’ve never been that impressed with Lin’s directorial work, so I have to admit that the news doesn’t really give me much confidence in the project. Of course, reading a copy of the script might put my mind at ease.

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Film To Comics: THE WARRIORS Official Movie Adaptation

Posted on 18 February 2009 by William Gatevackes

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It’s not unusual for a successful film to be adapted into comic book form. But these adaptations usually happen while the movie is still in the theaters, not decades after.

But that is what is happening this week as thirty years to the month it first hit theaters, The Warriors are getting a comic book adaptation. The first issue of the five-issue miniseries adapting the cult 1979 film arrives in comic book stores today.

012909_warriors1-cv2The film centers on members of a Coney Island gang by the name of the Warriors. They join representatives of of New York City gangs in the Bronx to listen to a plan for unity from a rival gang warlord named Cyrus. During this meeting, Cyrus is killed and the Warriors are framed for the murder. The majority of the film focuses on the Warriors trying to return to their Brroklyn home base through all of Manhattan, all the while trying to avoid other gangs looking to collect on the bounty placed on their heads.

This film almost screams to be adapted for comics. Each gang has its own costume and trademark modus operandi (One of the most memorable are the Baseball Furies,  wear baseball uniforms, wield baseball bats, and employ face paint.). This lends to the whole “larger than life” aspect that makes a good comic book.

012909_warriors1-cv3The comic book feel is not a coincidence. In a 2005 interview with Fader magazine to correspond with the release of the “Ultimate Director’s Cut” DVD of the film, director Walter Hill explains that the comic book look was deliberate:

I don’t think you can understand the movie without understanding my infatuation with the American comic book. It was the height of my creative interest in that art form. I wanted to divide the movie into chapters and then have each chapter come to life starting with a splash panel. It was a low budget movie and there was very little time for post-production because we had a fixed release date that we agreed upon.

The film opened on February 9, 1979 and was a modest box office success. But it legend grew over the years, as its airings on cable and on home video made it a cult classic.

The Warriors Official Movie Adaptation is brought to us by Dabel Brothers Publishing.  The series is written by David Atchinson and features art by Chris DiBari. Each issue cost $3.99 and the first issue has at least two variant covers, which are shown above.

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Boxleitner Returns For TRON 2.0!

Posted on 24 December 2008 by Rich Drees

tron202Christmas came a little early for those of us eagerly awaiting Disney’s TRON 2.0.

Bruce Boxleitner, one of the stars of the original 1981 cult classic TRON is returning for the sequel as computer programmer Alan Bradley and his cyberspace alter-ego, the computer program TRON. Boxleitner will be joining his original TRON co-star Jeff Bridges for the new film. The pair will be joined by new comers Olivia Wilde and Beau Garrett.

We still haven’t heard much in the way of details about the plot of the new film, but it is encouraging and exciting that both Boxleitner and Bridges are on board. Now, how about getting Cindy Morgan, David Warner and Peter Jurasik in the cast?

Via ComingSoon.

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TR2N Gets A New Name And Some Plot Hints

Posted on 01 December 2008 by Rich Drees

It looks as if someone at Disney has come to realization that TR2N is a terrible title for their upcoming sequel to the groundbreaking 1981 Tron.

Unfortunately, the new name they’ve picked is even worse.

TRZ.

Now granted, when the original movie came out not a lot of people were able to make heads or tails out of what its name meant. Perhaps in the years to come after its release, TRZ will seem as absolutely natural as Tron does today. Of course, there’s still plenty of time left to change it again.

News of the film’s name change comes to us from the new issue of Production Weekly, which also had this to say about the film’s plot-

After being transported into the surreal landscape of a mainframe computer to destroy an intruder (Tron), a programmer finds himself allied with the leader of a rebellion against a corrupt cyber-entity.

Are we to infer that the programmer is initially drawn in to the cyberworld of the main to fight Tron but realizes that he is actually the good guy and switches sides to defeat the “corrupt cyber-entity”? I’m not sure, but it sounds promising.

Via CinemaBlend.

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Halloween Film Of The Day: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

Posted on 30 October 2008 by Rich Drees

When one thinks of the modern zombie film, one has to pay respect to its father, George Romero. It was his low budget, independently produced Night Of The Living Dead (1968), which laid the template for every film that was to follow. Previously, cinematic zombies would be those who fell under the spell of a voodoo practicing witch doctor. But from this film on they would be the animated dead, unstoppable in their single-minded quest to feed on  the flesh of the living. Romero would be sincerely flattered by a host of immitators, but his original still retains a powerful hold on audiences today. Romero himself would further explore his zombie epidemic spreading across the globe through a series of sequels which also manage to work in a subtext of social satire.

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DVD Review: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE FABULOUS STAINS

Posted on 23 September 2008 by Rich Drees

It seems odd that a movie which has barely been seen can have a wide spread cultural influence, but it is a claim that could be justifiably made by Lou Adler’s rock and roll satire Ladies And Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains.

Although it barely received a release in 1982, the film received sporadic screenings on USA Network’s trendsetting Night Flight late night series and on pay cable through the 80s. Bootleg video tapes were probably more instrumental in people discovering the film’s story of three disaffected teenage girls (Diane Lane, Laura Dern and Marin Kanter) who form a punk band, the titular Stains, and rocket to stardom more on the strength of the media’s embrace of lead singer Corrine “Third-Degree” Burns’s (Lane) on-stage bravado than on any actual musical talent. Many have credited the film with helping to inspire many of the founders of the 1990s riot grrl movement, with Hole frontwoman Courtney Love even using a variation Corrine’s statement “I think every citizen should be given an electric guitar on their sixteenth birthday” in interviews.

But the release of the film on DVD last week finally gives a wider audience a chance to see and evaluate the film on its own merits. However, it appears that the film’s reputation may parrallel the band’s fictious rise, with more people talking about it rather than actually having seen it. This leaves us in the position where that the film’s impact may probably be stronger than the film itself.
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