Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on July 31, 2009
Michael and Peter Spierig, the Australian filmmakers behind the low-budget zombie flick Undead and the upcoming sci-fi vampire movie Daybreakers (released by Lionsgate on January 8, 2010) have been hired by Warner Bros. to write a new version of the 1935 pirate swashbuckler Captain Blood, updating the Errol Flynn classic about British doctor Peter Blood, who leaves his practice to becomes a pirate in the Caribbean.
The brothers won a heated battle against other filmmakers and pitched their own take on the movie to Warner Bros. and producer Bill Gerber, which would take the story into outer space, although Gerber has gone on record that the film will remain faithful to the plot of Blood’s inevitable clash with a French pirate who captures the woman he loves.
Source (s) Variety, Comingsoon.net
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Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on July 16, 2009
By Borys Kit – Hollywood Reporter
Willem Dafoe is on his way to Mars.
The actor has joined Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins in “John Carter of Mars,” Disney’s adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs book series that Andrew Stanton is directing.
In the story of a Civil War soldier transported to the red planet where warring races vie for control, Dafoe will play Tars Tarkas, a leader of the Thark race who knows that the only way his people can survive is if they turn away from war, a position that may cost him dearly.
Stanton wrote the screenplay with Mark Andrews. Jim Morris and Colin Wilson are producing “Carter,” which is eyeing a start in early 2010.
Brigham Taylor is overseeing for the studio.
Dafoe, repped by WME, recently wrapped “Cirque du Freak,” an adaptation of Darren Shan’s young adult book series, and vampire thriller “Daybreakers.”
In 2004 – when the project was still known as “A Princess of Mars” after the book on which it’s based – Robert Rodriguez had originally been signed and announced as director and had begun pre-production early that year (it would have been his largest project to date with starting budget reported at $100 million). Rodriguez’ most notable contribution was to hire fantasy painter Frank Frazetta (whose most acclaimed works have included striking illustrations of Edgar Rice Burroughs novels, most notably the “John Carter on Mars” books) as production designer on the film. However, when Rodriguez resigned from the Directors’ Guild of America (DGA) the same year (due to a dispute over his film Sin City), Paramount was forced to replace him. The studio has a long-standing arrangement with the DGA in which only the organization’s members may direct Paramount films. He was replaced with director Kerry Conran, who had just finished Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. In 2005, Conran left the project and was replaced by Jon Favreau just before the release of Favreau’s movie Zathura: A Space Adventure.
“A Princess of Mars” was originally published as “Under the Moons of Mars” by Norman Bean (Edgar Rice Burroughs’ pseudonym) in The All-Story (six pulp magazine issues February – July, 1912). Burroughs was originally afraid that he might be ridiculed for writing such a tale, so he decided to use a pen name. The pseudonym was supposed to be a pun “Normal Bean” (as in “I’m a normal bean”) to reassure people, but the man who typeset the text thought it was a mistake, so he changed it to “Norman”.
Jon Favreau was on-board to direct John Carter of Mars until around August 2006. At this time Paramount chose not to renew the film rights, preferring to focus on Star Trek, while Favreau left to work on Iron Man. In January 2007 Disney regained the rights (they had rights to film the story previously: in the 1980s with director ‘John McTiernan)’, and enlisted ‘Andrew Stanton’ from Pixar to direct.
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Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on July 4, 2009
Daybreakers offers an interesting twist on vampire plots. After a plague turns humans into vampires, the vampires quickly become the dominate race and greatly outnumber humans. Because of this they are becoming close to running out of the human blood they need to survive. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill. The film hits theatres in January, 2010.
Make Up Department
Karen Adcock … make-up/wig artist
Steve Boyle… special makeup effects
Natalie Dowell … makeup artist
Dalia Fernandez … wig supervisor
Verity Fiction … additional makeup artist
Antony McMullen … senior prosthetic makeup artist
Kym Sainsbury … makeup department head
Vicki Sands … additional makeup artist
Special Effects Department
Steven Boyle … creatures designer and supervisor
Jac Charlton … creator: vampire teeth
Jac Charlton … designer: vampire teeth
Robert Charlton … creator: vampire teeth
Robert Charlton … designer: vampire teeth
Andrew Goodall … special effects technician
Daniel Houweling … special effects coordinator
Clint Ingram … special effects supervisor
Lee O’Shaughnessy … stunt team
Murray Philip … special effects technician
Jeremy Piggott … special effects technician
Steve Rungwerth … special effects technician
Phill Rylance … special effects technician
Kym Sainsbury … special makeup effects supervisor
Carlos Slater … prosthetic seamer
Greg Tuckwell … special effects technician
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