Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on August 25, 2009
Filming begins today on the Roman epic adventure The Eagle of the Ninth, directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald and produced by Duncan Kenworthy. Shooting entirely on location in Hungary and Scotland, the film is co-financed by Film4 with Focus Features, which holds worldwide rights excluding U.K. free-TV.
The cast is headed by Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, the upcoming Dear John), Jamie Bell (Defiance, Jumper), two-time Golden Globe Award winner Donald Sutherland, and Mark Strong (the upcoming Sherlock Holmes and Robin Hood). Mr. Macdonald is reunited on the new film with Jeremy Brock, BAFTA Award-winning screenwriter of his 2006 film The Last King of Scotland, who has adapted the screenplay of The Eagle of the Ninth from Rosemary
Sutcliff’s classic novel of the same name.
Duncan Kenworthy, an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee for Four Weddings and a Funeral, developed and is producing The Eagle of the Ninth through his Toledo Productions. Caroline Hewitt is co-producer. Focus senior vice president, European production Teresa Moneo – who with Focus Features International president of sales and distribution Alison Thompson brought the project into the company – is supervising the film’s production with Film4 head Tessa Ross.
The Eagle of the Ninth is set in the dangerous world of second-century Britain. In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila (played by Mr. Tatum) arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth. Accompanied only by his British slave Esca (Mr. Bell), Marcus sets out across Hadrian’s Wall into the uncharted highlands of Caledonia – to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father’s memory, and retrieve the lost legion’s golden emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth. Mr. Sutherland portrays Marcus’ uncle Aquila, who has retired in Britain; Mr. Strong is cast as Guern, an ex-soldier who holds crucial information about the Ninth.
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Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on August 21, 2009
Rachel Emily Nichols (born January 8, 1980) is an American model turned actress, best known for her portrayal of CIA officer Rachel Gibson on the ABC television series Alias. She’s also starred in several films, including Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, The Amityville Horror, The Woods, Star Trek, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
Nichols appeared in various television shows in bit parts. Her first auditioned role, which she won, was that of an orgy-loving restaurant hostess in a 2002 episode of Sex and the City, but later that year she won the role of Jessica, the dogged school-newspaper reporter, in Dumb and Dumberer. She left Columbia midway through her last semester to shoot the picture, but still managed to graduate on time despite the demanding modeling schedule. She wrote two term papers and took the final exam of her undergraduate career just days before shipping all of her things to Atlanta, where Dumberer was being filmed. Although Dumberer was ultimately a flop, the exposure it provided earned Nichols roles in the television series Line of Fire, plus the 2005 horror films, The Amityville Horror, and The Woods.
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In 2004, FOX planned to develop a series vaguely reminiscent of their first hit drama, 21 Jump Street. They enlisted Todd and Glenn Kessler (of Robbery Homicide Division) to create the show, tentatively named The Inside. The Kesslers cast Nichols as a 22-year-old federal agent who impersonates a high-school girl in an undercover operation; they also cast Fastlane’s Peter Facinelli and model Willa Holland, and shot a pilot. The pilot underwhelmed studio execs, though, and FOX brought in Angel writer Tim Minear to re-tool the concept. Minear ended up radically changing the show’s story and purging the entire cast — save for Nichols, who remained the show’s centerpiece. While some sources said that Nichols was kept on because FOX pressured Minear to do so, Minear stood by a different story: “Even if [Nichols] wasn’t already living in this show when I got there I’d have cast her. [She's] a star in the making, I feel. And an unspoiled delight…” he told Variety.
Rachel Nichols in GI Joe
The new concept more closely echoed The Silence of the Lambs than Jump Street, and Nichols’ character had been dramatically altered as well: now she was rookie Special Agent Rebecca Locke, assigned to Los Angeles’ FBI Violent Crimes Unit, an elite group of criminal profilers charged with tracking the city’s most dangerous deviants. Another of Minear’s new wrinkles was that Nichols’ character now had a marked similarity to the back-story of Elizabeth Smart, including a history of suffering, kidnapping, and abuse. The summer 2005 series received mixed reviews and a limited run, though the performances of Nichols (who says she “tested mostly for high school parts” before winning The Inside’s dark lead role) and co-star Peter Coyote received generally favorable marks from critics.
After the failed FOX series, Nichols quickly found work on the ABC series Alias in the fall of 2005. Nichols portrayed Rachel Gibson, a computer expert duped into thinking she works for the CIA, when in fact she is working for a dangerous terrorist organization — a predicament not far removed from that of Sydney Bristow in Alias’ first season. Discovering the truth, Nichols’ character later joins the real CIA and becomes Bristow’s protégé, complete with undercover missions and martial arts scenes, which Nichols had to work hard on to make appear realistic, struggling at first with the stunts. Coincidentally, Alias marked the second series in a row for Nichols in which she portrayed a government agent.
Rachel Nichols in Star Trek
Although ABC announced the cancellation of Alias effective in May 2006, Nichols’ character was created as a possible replacement for series star Jennifer Garner’s Sydney, had the actress chosen to leave the show or scale back her involvement in the series (this, in fact, did begin to occur as the season progressed and Garner’s real-life pregnancy prevented her from taking part in many action sequences). On May 22, 2006, Nichols appeared in Alias’ final episode, “All the Time in the World”.
After starring in two canceled television series in the last calendar year, Nichols turned her attention back to the big screen with two movies in 2007. The first, Resurrecting the Champ, featured Nichols as the assistant to a sportswriter (Josh Hartnett) who finds a former boxing legend (Samuel L. Jackson) living homeless on the streets. The second, P2, marked a return to the horror genre for Nichols, as she portrayed a businesswoman who gets trapped inside a public parking garage with a deranged security guard. In this role, Nichols refused to shoot any type of nudity, including sheer, wet tops. “In place of the nipples there’s clearly a lot of cleavage,” Nichols said in an interview, “so we made a compromise.”
In 2007, Nichols also landed one of the leads in another FOX series — the science fiction drama Them, directed by Jonathan Mostow, although the show ultimately was not picked up by the network. In 2009, Nichols appeared in J. J. Abrams’s Star Trek in which she plays an Orion cadet at Starfleet Academy, and starred in Stephen Sommers’ G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, as Shana “Scarlett” O’Hara.
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Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on August 8, 2009
Caspar van Dien as Tarzan
By David Bentley – CoventryTelegraph.net
WITH HIS new action-packed sci-fi flick G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra opening this weekend, director Stephen Sommers already has a sequel in mind.
And he’s also set to direct a remake of Tarzan, based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ famous ape-man most recently seen on screen in live-action form in 1984′s Greystoke (starring Christopher Lambert) and 1999′s Tarzan and the Lost City (pictured here, with Caspar van Dien in the lead role).
CineFOOLS reports that when Sommers was asked if the G.I. Joe cast were locked in for a sequel, he said “Yes, they are. Next summer.”
Of course it also depends on how the first film performs and Sommers told SuperheroHype he was all set to do a follow-up if Paramount gave it the green light. “I’ll take August off, but then sure, I’m right back in there”, he said.
So, where would the next film take us? Sommers said: “Larry Hama, who gave me the comic books, gave me a lot of the mythology of it. There’s so much more to tell just about these characters and where their relationships go.
“I think that even though this movie has a beginning, a middle and an end, you still want to know what’s going to happen to them. You want to know more about these characters which is the best thing about it. As great as the action is and all the special effects, I think people really fall in love with these characters. The key is that I have a lot of ideas and there’s a G.I. Joe mythology. If we get to do a sequel, there’s a lot more to tell.”
He also spoke about his Tarzan remake for Warner Bros: “It will be live action but we’ll contemporise it. It’ll still be a period movie, but it’s almost like The Mummy, it took place in Ancient Egypt and the 20s and 30s, but it felt more contemporary, that sort of deal.
“We’ll just stick with the book. What I want to make is our idealised version of a Tarzan movie. Seeing a guy talking to apes didn’t work 30 years ago with Greystoke so it won’t work now.”
The remake is being written by G.I. Joe screenwriter Stuart Beattie, who also worked on 30 Days of Night, Australia and the Pirates of the Caribbean films.
Beattie was recently asked about the Tarzan project by Collider and said: “It’s at Warner Brothers. They’re deciding how much money… there’s like a battle over the budget of that. People do it one way, studio wants it another way and they’re just trying to find a middle ground.”
He said it could be Sommers’ next project if the budget was agreed.
Explaining his take on the story, he said: “It’s a period [story]. Tarzan, I think, is probably the most filmed story of all, so our belief in doing a Tarzan movie today was you couldn’t go tell the raised-by-gorillas and loincloths and ‘Me Tarzan and You Jane’ story because it’s been done so much and it’s just not interesting anymore.
“So it was much more big romantic action-adventure film with supernatural stuff and witch doctors and lots of really fun stuff.
“And mythic Africa, like that deep dark heart of Africa stuff, you know, where the trees are twice as big and the vines stretched forever and the canopy is a whole world in itself and just really cool-looking place to spend a couple of hours.”
He said it would be “big, fun summer spectacle” and would be set in 1932 or 1933.
Back in December 2006, it was announced by Variety that Guillermo del Toro was in line to make a live-action Tarzan movie.
Del Toro said at that time: “I’d love to create a new version that is still a family movie, but as edgy as I can make it. There are strong themes of survival of a defenseless child left behind in the most hostile environment.”
John Collee (Master and Commander) was in talks to write the screenplay but Del Toro’s commitment to The Hobbit put him out of the running and Sommers replaced him in September 2008.
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Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on July 11, 2009
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
Release: Aug 7, 2009
-Evil Never Looked So Good
-When All Else Fails, They Don’t
An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer.
Sam Worthington was considered for the role of Duke, but turned it down due scheduling conflicts with Avatar.
David Murray was cast as Destro, but dropped it when he had problems with his visa. He was replaced by Christopher Eccleston; however, the character was named James McCullen XXIV, thus enabling Murray to film a flashback scene as the first Destro, James McCullen I.
Skip Woods wrote an early draft of the film, which featured Alex Mann (aka Britain’s Action Man) and the antagonist as the Naja/Ryan, a corrupt CIA agent. Scarlett is married to Action Man but still has feelings for Duke, and is killed by the Baroness. Snake-Eyes speaks, but his vocal cords are slashed during the story, rendering him mute.
Leo Corey Castellano … makeup department head: second unit
Leo Corey Castellano … prosthetic design and application
Patricia Dehaney-Le May … hair stylist: second unit
Linda Dvorakova … hair stylist: second unit
Roxane Griffin … key hair stylist
Barbara Kichi … hair stylist
Toby Lamm … additional makeup artist
Bart Mixon … special makeup effects ast to Kazuhiro Tsuji
Michael Mosher … special makeup effects artist
Jessica Nelson … contact lens technician
Gabriela Polakova … makeup artist
Richard Redlefsen … special makeup effects artist
Bobo Sobatka… makeup artist
Kimberley Spiteri … department head hair stylist: second unit
Peter Tothpal … hair department head
Kazuhiro Tsuji … special makeup effects artist
Cindy J. Williams … makeup department head
Hiroshi Yada … special makeup effects crew: KTsfx
Kentaro Yano … makeup artist
Special Effects Department
Ozzy Alvarez … special makeup effects technician: Quantum Creation FX
Ryan Banfield … mold maker
Gary D. Bierend … second unit special effects crew
David Boucher … special effects technician
John P. Cazin … special effects crew
Jerry Constantine … specialty costumer
Sophia Coronado … specialty costumes: Film Illusions
Matt Corrigan … special effects technician
Jeff Crocker … mold maker
Sam Dean … special effects technician
Robert Kato DeStefan … specialty costume crew
Brandon Engstrom … special effects technician
Damian Fisher … mold maker
Damian Fisher … special effects technician
Megan Flagg … specialty costumer
Terry Glass … special effects foreman: UK
Joe Gomez … mold shop supervisor
Roy Goode … pyrotechnician
Allan B. Holt … special effects technician
Jeff Jingle … special effects props
Pete Kelley … special effects technician
Brenna Kelly … special effects assistant
Yong Lee … specialty costume crew
Shane Mahan … accelerator suit effects: Stan Winston Studio
Jacqueline Makkee … special effects technician: Quantum Creation FX
Al Marangoni … special effects technician
Keith Marbory … special effects makeup
David Merritt … accelerator suit model department key coordinator: stan winston studio
David Mesloh … special effects technician
Hans Metz … special effects technician
Sara R. Morris … special effects purchaser
Jesse Noel … special effects technician
Justin Raleigh … specialty prop / specialty costume coordinator: Quantum Creation FX
William ‘Barcode’ Rosa … lab technician
Scott Schutzki … model maker: props
Ray Shaffer … specialty costume crew
Charles Sowles … costume props
Christopher A. Suarez … special effects technician
Daniel Sudick … special effects coordinator
Sally Wilson … texture artist
Chris Zega … lab technician: Stan Winston Studios
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Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on June 13, 2009
Marc Graser – Variety
One day you’re directing one of the summer’s biggest tentpoles, the next you’re not. Depending on which websites you read.
Fan sites were in a lather Thursday, running with a rumor that originally appeared on a message board on producer Don Murphy’s web site. The claim: Stephen Sommers was fired from Paramount’s “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.”
The report said the director had been banned from the editing room and that Stuart Baird was hired to re-edit the film after a string of poor test screenings. According to the studio and the film’s producer, however, none of that is true.
”In this day and age, we are constantly dealing with online rumors that take on a life of their own,” says a Paramount spokeswoman. “We love Steve and couldn’t be happier with the movie he made.”
“G.I. Joe” producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has responded directly to websites saying, “It’s very unfair to Steve. It’s completely untrue. He was never asked to leave or been fired. That’s ridiculous.”
Murphy has since removed the posting from his Angry Films site.
Sommers was never let go from the project and is still putting the final touches on the actioner based on the popular Hasbro toyline. In fact, Sommers has final cut as part of his contract. It will be released Aug. 7.
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Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on April 24, 2009
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is in post production, targeting an August opening. Here’s the storyline: An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer.
Stephen Sommers wears many hats for this production, Director, Writer and Producer. G.I. Joe has a huge cast and will star Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols and Dennis Quaid.
Cindy J. Williams (Spawn, The Haunting, Smokin’ Aces) is the Makeup Department Head. Daniel Sudick (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Iron Man I and II, War of the Worlds) is special effects coordinator. Justin Raleigh (Star Trek, The Watchmen, AVP: Alien vs. Predator) is the specialty prop and specialty costume coordinator. We are also looking forward to exciting contributions from Stan Winston Studios.
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