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Universal Studios was "done" with Bourne last year but now the studio has hired Tony Gilroy, a man with writing credits on the first three Bourne scripts, to write and direct a titled The Bourne Legacy.  Though the title is borrowed from one of the books in the Bourne series, The Bourne Legacy is a standalone project – wholly original story which does not feature the character Jason Bourne.

In the absence of Damon, Universal needs a strapping young man to put on the posters.  The studio has begun the search for the actor to play a new assassin character with a “similar background” to Bourne.  Gilroy has reportedly met with Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch, and Kellan Lutz about assuming the mantle. It was also updated that Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer, and Benjamin Walker have been added to the list of contenders.

Variety was unable to confirm the report with anyone from Universal, but their sources provide a few interesting details about the casting process:
  • No frontrunner has emerged.
  • Gilroy has an idea of the qualities he wants in his leading man, and hopes to submit all candidates to a screen test.  This may cost him a bigger name that prefers the wooing process.
  • Universal has their own ideas about who they want on that poster; it’s implied the studio’s vision doesn’t align perfectly with Gilroy’s.
  • The studio is likely to hold off on casting supporting roles until they’ve found their lead.
[Update Deadline's report on the matter added 9 more names to the list of candidates.  Such a broad and varied collection defies classification.  Well, not too varied: 13 of the 14 actors are white.  Thank god for the Cuban/Guatemalan Isaac.  But the ages range from Pettyfer (20) to Edgerton (36).

Deadline suggests Gilroy is in the process of narrowing the list, and that actor availability will be a limiting factor.  So expect another update on this story in the near future.]

No one is trying to replace Damon, as there’s hope he will reprise his role as Bourne for a fifth filmThe Wrap even suggests “many in [Damon's] camp fully expect to happen in the next year or so,” a statement that weights about as much as a feather.  The word on the street is that if Greengrass comes back, Damon will follow.  I imagine that came up when Universal agreed to make Greengrass’ next projectMemphis.

The Bourne Legacy is scheduled for release on August 3, 2012.


 
 
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Over the summer of 1976, thirty-six bombs detonate in the heart of Cleveland while a turf war raged between Irish mobster Danny Greene (Stevenson) and the Italian mafia. Based on a true story, Kill the Irishman chronicles Greene's heroic rise from a tough Cleveland neighborhood to become an enforcer in the local mob. Turning the tables on loan shark Shondor Birns (Walken) and allying himself with gangster John Nardi (D'Onofrio), Greene stops taking orders from the mafia and pursues his own power. Surviving countless assassination attempts from the mob and killing off anyone who went after him in retaliation, Danny Greene's infamous invincibility and notorious fearlessness eventually led to the collapse of mafia syndicates across the U.S. and also earned him the status of the man the mob couldn't kill.


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It was only two days ago that the world was hit with the overly popular trailer for Dead Island. Yesterday saw the release of some gruesome screenshots, and now today it was confirmed that a film adaptation will be made. The Producer is Sean Daniel
Sean Daniel, who has been producing movies for twenty years, has a varied resume of projects including Dazed and Confused, Tombstone and MallratsDead Island won’t be Daniel’s first foray into the horror genre, as he produced Village of the Damned, The Wolfman and The Mummy trilogy. Most of his career was spent with partner Jim Jacks in the production company, Alphaville. The purchase of Dead Island was acquired under the recently formed Sean Daniel Production Company.


HERE's the Video Game SYNOPSISTerror. Violence. Madness. Bedlam. A holiday paradise gone mad. A tropical island turns into total chaos after a mysterious zombie outbreak. Cut off from the rest of the world, the player’s only chance to survive is to fight to the death and find a way to escape from the island.

Deep Silver announced today that it will publish Dead Island, the upcoming gruesome zombie slasher by renowned developer Techland. Dead Island combines first-person action with a heavy focus on melee combat, character development and customization of a vast array of weapons. All of these gameplay features are presented in a dark story inspired by classic zombie movies with a gritty and engrossing campaign that can be played with up to four players in co-op mode.

Set in an open world tropical island, hordes of different festering zombies await players around every corner while they embark on a variety of thrilling missions through the holiday resort. With firearms and ammunition being scarce the player must rely on utilizing found items as weapons for self-defense and fight off zombie hordes in intense melee combat. A diverse range of items can be collected and will later serve to transform the player’s ordinary makeshift weapons into serious instruments of destruction.

In addition to satisfying even the most bloodthirsty action fan’s fantasy, Dead Island also features role-playing elements which allow the player to develop one of the game’s unique character classes according to their preferences, all the while learning new skills and fresh tactics during their journey through the perilous environments of the island. What’s more, anytime during a game up to four players can seamlessly join together and experience the intense combat and immersive story with cooperative gameplay.

With the all-new Chrome Engine 5 powering Dead Island, the game will use the latest installment of Techland’s acclaimed proprietary game engine, allowing the player to experience the tropical island paradise in graphical splendor with diverse environments like lush forests and detailed city environments.

Dead Island will be released worldwide for the PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC later this year.



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The Weinstein Company has released a teaser trailer for their upcoming Apollo 18 throughiTunes Trailers. The sci-fi horror film is slated for release on April 22nd.

The film, which will shoot in a "found footage" documentary style, will pretend to unearth lost footage from Apollo 18's undocumented and covert mission to the moon, revealing disturbing new evidence of other life forms.


After watching the trailer however, you've pretty much seen the entire film.
 
 
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Warner Bros. has hired "Harry Potter" franchise screenwriter Steve Kloves to polish the script for the studio's big screen Akira adaptation, reports Variety.

The latest version of the script was written by Albert Torres, with earlier drafts by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby and Gary Whitta.

Albert Hughes will direct the movie, based on Katsuhiro Otomo's graphic novel set in a post-apocalyptic Japan. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran of Appian Way will produce along with Hughes and his brother, Allen Hughes.

The trade adds that no one has been cast yet and a release date has not been set.


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My Opinion- This film has a 50% chance of bombing. The graphic novel was brought to the big screen before in classic Manga form. The people behind this film have the potential to create a powerhouse of a movie, but things can change and bad movies can happen.
 
 
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The Dominion Post reveals this snapshot of The Hobbit cast. As we get closer and closer to March 21st, the start date for filming, the excitement is ever-huge.

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The classic first-person shooter BioShock is a Mature-rated game for players 17 and older. So why did movie studios feel that the proposed film adaptation should have been PG-13?

According to Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski, who was attached to the BioShock movie before jumping ship two years ago, no Hollywood backers wanted to keep the movie aimed at adults.

“I just wanted to really, really make it a movie where, four days later, you’re still shivering and going, ‘Jesus Christ!,’” Verbinski said to ComingSoon.net over the weekend. Since he couldn’t find a studio that would fund an R-rated version of BioShock the project never gained much steam, he said.

“I wasn’t really interested in pursuing a PG-13 version,” he told the website. “Because the R rating is inherent. Little Sisters and injections and the whole thing.”

BioShock creator Ken Levine said last year that the movie is still an “active thing,” but without an attached director or producer, it seems to be stuck in the purgatory that filmmakers refer to as “development hell.”

The next game in the series, BioShock Infinite, will ship in 2012 for PlayStation 3, PC and Xbox 360.

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Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes sequel is officially titled Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.  This news comes courtesy of E! Online [via /Film] and really doesn’t change anything about the film except that we no longer have to refer to it in any number of ambiguous ways (i.e.Untitled Sherlock Holmes Sequel or Sherlock Holmes II).

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows hits theaters later this year on December 16th.  The film stars Robert Downey Jr. Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace (yes "Lisbeth Salander"), and Stephen Fry.


 
 
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 SAW THE DEVIL is a shockingly violent and stunningly accomplished tale of murder and revenge from Korean genre master KIM Jee-woon (The Good, The Bad, The Weird and A Tale of Two Sisters). Oldboy’s CHOI Min-sik plays Kyung-chul, a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. The embodiment of pure evil, he has committed horrifying and senselessly cruel serial murders on defenseless victims, successfully eluding capture by the police.

On a freezing, snowy night, his latest victim is the beautiful Ju-yeon, daughter of a retired police chief and pregnant fiancée of elite special agent Dae-hoon (The Good, The Bad, The Weird’s LEE Byung-hyun). Obsessed with revenge, Dae-hoon decides to track down the murderer, even if doing so means becoming a monster himself. And when he finds Kyung-chul, turning him in to the authorities is the last thing on his mind.

The lines between good and evil fall away in this diabolically twisted game of cat and mouse. Pushing the concept of revenge to its most extreme limits, KIM Jee-woon brilliantly transcends the police procedural and serial killer genres in surprising and thrilling new ways.