Thursday, March 31, 2011

HAILEE STEINFELD IN "SLEEPING BEAUTY"! "EARTHSEED" SAGA MOVES TO CINEMAS! "MADAGASCAR" PENGUINS GETTING THEIR OWN FILM. BRAD PITT'S "WORLD WAR Z" MOVES ON!

I'm sure you have noticed that fairy tales have become the new trend in Hollywood. After we've seen THE RED RIDING HOOD, and beside the upcoming HANSEL AND GRETEL, JACK THE
GIANT KILLER and three new projects on SNOW WHITE it is time for princess Aurora to get her own film too, which means that  SLEEPING BEAUTY will also hit the big screens in the future. But the story will be a bit changed: young Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld (TRUE GRIT) will star in the new version in which the Beauty is in her sleep trying to escape the world of dreams. This project has nothing to do with MALEFICENT, another film on the same tale which will focus on Aurora's evil Godmother.
SHORT HEADLINES *Although there were rumors that the production of Brad Pitt's and Michael Forster's WORLD WAR Z was canceled, it will start shooting this summer.
$125 million film will be set in the aftermath of a global zombie infestation ten years down the road. *Ah, I knew my penguins were onto something - hilarious penguins from MADAGASCAR, Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico, are getting their own animated film at Dreamworks and the script will be written by MEGAMIND screenwriters. *Although Werner Herzog has already announced  QUEEN OF THE DESERT, an epic drama on Gertrude Bell, a well-known traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century, Ridley Scott is now planning to do his own project about her too. But unlike, Herzog who wants weak, cold and expressionless Naomi Watts in the lead, Ridley is searching among the most talented of thespians for his lead actress.

Paramount Pictures is preparing a film adaptation of EARTHSEED, a bestselling book from the 1980's. The story is set in a future where humans are looking to find a new planet to live on. An expedition entitled "Ship" transports genetically engineered teenagers who were born without parents. They are given a simulated Earth environment called Hollow to see if they can survive, although tensions between the groups leads to all-out fighting. Pamela Sargent, the writer of the saga, has recently written two other sequels to the original book. The bad news is that the book will be adapted by one of the TWILIGHT screenwriters.

33 comments:

  1. Ooh! These sound like some great movies! However, I'm a tad leery about the TWILIGHT screenwriters taking on EARTHSEED. I wasn't a fan of their other work. :o

    But I'm especially excited about the penguins getting their own movie! It should have been done sooner. :)

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  2. It will be just one screenwriter, some woman I think, who apparently worked on DEXTER as well, so they say it's not her fault that TWILIGHT was bad, but the book itself was a poor material to work with :)

    And yay for my penguins :)

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  3. Queen of the Desert sounds great, but you're right, I'll wait for the Ridley Scott version.

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  4. yep, I'd wait for Ridley's version too, and Herzog should better do THE PIANO TUNER movie adaptation which he promised to us ages ago. I loved THE PIANO TUNER book.

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  5. can't wait for world war z. I loved that book.

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  6. Cannot wait for World War Z. I love me some zombies! Oh hell yes I'm waiting for Ridley Scott's version. No way can I see Naomi Watts as Gertrude.

    And yay for Kowalski and crew! I love, love those little guys.

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  7. @Budd
    hope they will really manage to find the sponsors, since it really is a high budget.

    @Melsy
    I shall tell Kowalski that you love him ;)

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  8. No, not Twilight!
    And good to see Hailee is getting some starring roles. She really carried the film with True Grit.

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  9. sleeping beauty and earthseed sound like they could be super cool! and hooray for you penguins!!!! :)

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  10. Glad for Hailee; one talented girl! A DEXTER connection...there is hope, after all ;-D

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  11. haha! i can't wait to see the penguins from madagascar on screen! they are absolutely hilarious in the previous sequels. i recalled seeing puss-in-boots' poster in the cinema as well. excluding shrek n his family, puss is also one character we don't mind watching on screen! :)

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  12. As sad as I am that Hailee didn't get the lead role in 'Hunger Games' I am happy she got another choice role to sink her teeth into. Jennifer Lawrence will also bring alot to the role like Hailee would have so I can't really feel bad. That role required a strong actress to carry the story and either would have been terrific.

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  13. YAY for Hailee Steinfeld!! That actually sounds like a great story. I'm a sucker for any zombie film so World Warz is sooo on my list! Earthseed... poor thing it doesn't even have a chance if anyone from Twilight is involved. : (

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  14. Earthseed sounds fantastic and reminds me of Gattaca. But why a Twilight screenwriter? Ah, don't ruin it.

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  15. Haha Scott is chasing after Naomi Watts as his Queen of the Desert too. No wonder coz she is the best choice for the role. A film critic once wrote, "Watts was so strong that she could show 200 different expressions in a film (The Ring), no one in Hollywood could do it." Co-star Benicio del Toro also said, "Naomi is like a hot livewire who can change her facial expressions from one extreme to another within seconds." And Director Inarritu spoke of her, "This minute she's an angel, another minute she's a devil."

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  16. @Alex
    I haven't seen TRUE GRIT, and must admit I'm not planning to either. Not my cup of tea

    @Vics
    three times hooray :)

    @Ella
    yep, I read somewhere that we shouldn't attack the screenwriter, because she worked on DEXTER before TWILIGHT :)

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  17. @Levian
    Puss in Boots is beside the Penguins and Scrat from ICE AGE my favourite animated character from modern films :)

    @Kal
    well, Hailee didn't get the HUNGER GAMES role because she is too young, and they wanted older teens so they've chosen Jennifer, and they are now choosing some young men to star beside her. Hailee is still a baby, and I wouldn't like to see her in a violent role like the one in HUNGER GAMES

    @Nicole
    ah, didn't know you were a zombie fan :) or are you just a Brad Pitt fan :)

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  18. @Matty
    it sounds like a great sf movie, doesn't it?

    @Anonymous
    Jaccsy, is this you? :)))
    Well, it seems we do not know the same Naomi, because the one I know has never made any facial expression in any of her movies, she is always cold as a statue :) There are a lot of films she kinda ruined thanks to her one-dimensional acting (PAINTED VEIL, KING KONG... just to name a few). In THE RING ,which you mentioned, she didn't have a single expression even though it's a scary horror which demands dramatic changes. But I'm glad she has fans, and I hope she will manage to impress me as well with some of her future roles.

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  19. I love that they're remaking all the fairy tales. As long as the twist is cool and modern.

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  20. I wonder which one is next. CINDERELLA?

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  21. Hailee Steinfeld as Sleeping Beauty? I'm excited! :) That would be poles apart from her performance in True Grit.

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  22. Darn....
    World War Z sounded incredible.

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  23. Ok so now movie-fairytales are fashion again...
    Making new stuff with old is risky. Let's hope they won't ruin the actual fairytales ;)


    Lucinda

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  24. @Jaccsy
    who knows, maybe they will make it violent like TRUE GRIT, that seems to be a new trend in Hollywood :(

    @Andrew
    sounED? It is still on :)

    @Lucinda
    we shall keep our fingers crossed.

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  25. I didn't know you liked WT :) Do you know some more female-fronted bands?


    Lucinda

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  26. I like them only when Sharon is with them :) But their cover of RUNNING UP THAT HILL, still remains my favourite from their work.

    Well, there's also NIGHTWISH, but their singer Tarja Turunen left them, so I don't know whether they have a new female lead.

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  27. Ah yes, World War Z! An epic with Zombies on a massive scale. Just what the world has been waiting for--I'll watch it.

    Nice promo on your sidebar about your upcoming visit to Tossing It Out.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out
    Twitter hashtag: #atozchallenge

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  28. It's a shame a TWILIGHT screenwriter will be taking on EARTHSEED. Oh well. I'm happy about the penguins though :)

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  29. @Lee
    hope the centre of their attack won't be in LA ;)
    Glad you like the promo!

    @Lyndy
    must be happy about penguins :)

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  30. I never like the WWZ book but read an earlier draft of the screenplay that was very good, but very expensive to make, and most certainly R-rated.

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  31. yep, as the post above says, it will be extremely expensive, that's why they had problems finding money. It sounds like a risky business if you ask me.

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  32. Hailee is a real beauty, and talented too! I'm curious about all these fairy tale adaptations since I love Disney princess movies as a kid. We'll see I guess.

    I think Ever After was essentially based on Cinderella.

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  33. it was, Flixy, EVER AFTER was a bit different version of CINDERELLA, but a lovely one!

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