BioShock Netflix Movie Finds Its Director

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Francis Lawrence heads under the sea. The director, best known for his work on the ‘Hunger Games’ film franchise, has signed on to direct the upcoming ‘BioShock’ film for Netflix.

The film will be an adaptation of the Irrational Games and 2K video game franchise, which includes three games and an upcoming installment developed by Cloud Chamber. The original 2007 “BioShock” is set in 1960 and follows an ordinary man Jack after he survives a fatal plane crash and is stranded in the underwater city of Rapture. Built by crazed billionaire Andrew Ryan, Rapture was meant to be an individualistic paradise for the elite, but has crumbled into anarchy, pitting Jack against biologically altered humans as he attempts to escape. The game remains highly regarded and has sold over 4 million copies to date.

Lawrence will direct from a screenplay written by Michael Green, who has previously penned sci-fi movies like “Blade Runner 2049” and “Logan.” He will also produce for About:Blank, along with Roy Lee for Vertigo Entertainment and 2K, a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive. The film will be Lawrence’s second film for Netflix, following this year’s “Little Nemo in Slumberland” adaptation “Slumberland.” The director is also filming the upcoming “Hunger Games” prequel “The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents.”

Carey Mulligan and Mahershala Ali join Laika’s “Wildwood” voice cast.

Laika Animation Studios has unveiled the voice cast for its upcoming animated film “Wildwood.” The news was announced Thursday by Laika President and CEO Travis Knight.

Carey Mulligan, Mahershala Ali, Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina, Angela Bassett, Jake Johnson, Charlie Day, Amandla Stenberg, Jemaine Clement, Maya Erskine, Tantoo Cardinal, Tom Waits and Richard E. Grant will voice the characters in the new d animation of Laika. characteristic.

Based on the novel series of the same name by Colin Meloy, “Wildwood” follows Prue McKeel as she travels through an enchanted but forbidden forest in order to rescue her baby brother Mac. With the help of his classmate Curtis, the two find themselves in an unlikely fairy tale filled with talking animals, bandits, and evil characters.

The film is directed by Knight, who previously directed Laika’s “Kubo and the Two Strings.” Laika’s head of production, Arianne Sutner, produces alongside Knight. “Wildwood” is currently in production at Laika Studios.

Edgar Wright teams up with BBC Maestro to teach an online filmmaking course

Edgar Wright, the director behind ‘Shaun of the Dead’, ‘Hot Fuzz’ and ‘Scott Pilgrim vs The World’, is teaming up with the BBC Maestro platform to deliver a series of filmmaking lessons.

Wright’s BBC Maestro course in filmmaking offers budding filmmakers the opportunity to benefit from guidance on the realities and pitfalls that can arise at every stage of the production process. Throughout the course, Edgar gives viewers tips and techniques to ensure that each day of filming – and the weeks of editing that follow – goes as smoothly as possible. Spanning over 4 hours in total across 27 lessons, the British director’s course will cover everything from his editing style and soundtrack selections to how he approaches the first day of shooting.

“I had mistakenly assumed that all directors were born in Hollywood and that Steven Spielberg was dumped by a stork at Universal Pictures,” Wright said. He continued, “That’s what’s amazing about filmmaking. Everyone who works in the craft is able to define the art form on their own terms.

The BBC Maestro platform offers a series of in-depth, in-depth lessons with a variety of high-profile experts, allowing participants to dabble in new areas of learning from the comfort of their own home. “Achievement” is the latest addition to the platform’s course selection, and each lesson comes with lecture notes filled with Wright’s own reflections, viewing recommendations, and hands-on exercises to help hone individual writing skills. filmmaking.

The online education trading platform offers individual courses that can be purchased for $90. Watch the first clip of the new course below.

Visual Effects Society Names 2022 VES Hall of Fame Inductees

The Visual Effects Society announced its 2022 VES Hall of Fame inductees on Tuesday, to be celebrated this fall. The winners are Mary Ellen Bute, Alice Guy-Blaché, Grace Hopper, Bill Kovacs and George Pal.

“Our VES honorees represent a group of exceptional artists, innovators and professionals who have had a profound impact on the field of visual effects,” VES Board Chair Lisa Cooke said in a statement. . “We are proud to recognize those who have helped shape our shared heritage and continue to inspire future generations of VFX practitioners.”

Educator and industry leader Pam Hogarth has already been named a recipient of the 2022 VES Founders Award. Jeff Barnes, Patricia “Rose” Duignan, Hogarth, Toni Pace Carstensen and David Tanaka have received lifetime VES memberships while Pete Doctor has received honorary memberships in VES.

David Bowie Movie ‘Moonage Daydream’ Gets Exclusive IMAX Release

Brett Morgen’s David Bowie film “Moonage Daydream” will be released exclusively at IMAX theaters across North America for a week-long event beginning Sept. 16, Neon and IMAX Corporation announced Tuesday.

Moviegoers will also have access to IMAX preview screenings on September 12, matching the film’s screening at the Toronto Film Festival.

Narrated by Bowie, the experiential documentary follows the life and creative journey of the prolific singer-songwriter. In addition to music and film, Bowie has also explored dance, painting, sculpture, video and audio collage, screenwriting, theater and live theatre. “Moonage Daydream” features 48 musical tracks, mixed from their original stems.

“Moonage Daydream” is directed, written and edited by Morgen, as well as produced by Morgen and his production company, Public Road Productions.

Brendan Fraser will receive the Toronto Tribute Award for Performance

Brendan Fraser will receive the TIFF Tribute Award for Performance for his role in A24’s upcoming film ‘The Whale’.

TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey announced the news. “Brendan Fraser delivers a performance of stunning depth, power and nuance in ‘The Whale’,” Bailey said. “This former Torontonian has been an action star, on-screen comedian and romantic star. We are delighted to welcome him to our home as the actor behind one of the most beautiful performances of the year.

Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” tells the story of a reclusive English teacher living with severe obesity who tries to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption. The A24 movie is based on the acclaimed play by Samuel D. Hunter and also stars Sadie Sink, Hong Chau, Ty Simpkins and Samantha Morton. It is distributed in Canada by Elevation Pictures.

TIFF previously announced that Sam Mendes would receive the honor from director Ebert in conjunction with his latest film “Empire of Light,” which he wrote, directed and produced.

The TIFF Tribute Awards will return at an in-person gala fundraiser during the 47th Toronto International Film Festival on September 11 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

‘Coraline’ One-Day Theatrical Return Raises Over $800,000

LAIKA’s “Coraline” returned to the big screen last week and grossed over $800,000 at the box office.

The film was released through Fathom Events and played on 800 screens. During the screening, fans were able to view a behind-the-scenes featurette, giving audiences a glimpse into the unique creative process behind the film.

Originally released in 2009, “Coraline” is based on a short story of the same name. Dakota Fanning and Ian McShane provide the voices.

“We are very happy to see the fans returning to the theater to see ‘Coraline,'” said Ray Nutt, CEO of Fathom Events. “We’re proud to continue to work with such great partners and see how much moviegoers love seeing this film on the big screen.”

“‘Coraline”s Fathom platform as a summer indoor destination is proving to be an everlasting delight for our fans,” said David Burke, Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Operations at LAIKA. “We are thrilled with the continued success of LAIKA’s maiden voyage in cinema. The same fans who make so successful return screenings of ‘Coraline’ can look forward to another original female lead in an Oregon setting in our upcoming film “Wildwood”, which is set in LAIKA’s hometown of Portland.

Watch the featurette below.

Netflix Reveals Allison Janney-Directed ‘LOU’ Trailer

Netflix has shared a first trailer for its upcoming action thriller “LOU”, featuring Oscar winner Allison Janney and Emmy nominee Jurnee Smollett. The film will arrive on the streamer on September 23.

In a stunt-laden role, Janney plays Lou, a woman who has put her dangerous past behind her, but finds her quiet life interrupted when a desperate mother, played by Smollett, begs her to help save her kidnapped daughter. The two women embark on a rescue mission in the middle of a huge storm, which tests their physical and mental limits. The film also stars Logan Marshall-Green and Ridley Asha Bateman.

The film is directed by Anna Foerster from a screenplay by Maggie Cohn and Jack Stanley, with production from Bad Robot’s JJ Abrams, Hannah Minghella and Jon Cohen. Janney and Smollett also produced the film.

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