The LA Times reports that Tom Rothman may be taking over as Chairperson of the Motion Pictures Group of Sony Pictures Entertainment. The position has been held by Amy Pascal for almost thirty years. In that time she’s become a fixture of the industry. She’s overseen the development and success of such movies as “Groundhog Day”, “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “Men in Black”. However, perhaps most notable is the connections she’s made in that time. Pascal has a reputation as someone who both loves the movie industry and who can really get a project in motion.
When Pascal leaves the position in May to begin her own production company, there will be some big shoes to fill. As such, speculation has focused on people with a similar background. It’s not enough to simply have a good record, it has to be a great one. And it needs to come with a reputation as someone who’s easy to work with. This is why so much attention is now focused on Tom Rothman. He has a positive reputation within the industry. And it’s hard to argue with his record, given that he headed the production of both “Titanic” and “Avatar”. Going by sale numbers, a case can be argued that he’s been the most successful person to hold that position.
However, he left Fox in 2012. The impact he made was still enough that his 18 years with the company are easily recalled by people within the industry. Additionally, in 2013 he was brought in to help boost the Sony’s TriStar film label. The combination of all these factors make him an obvious choice to replace Pascal when she steps down in May.
However, one should keep in mind that this is still heavily based on speculation. Other people have compatible records which might bring them a fair amount of attention from Sony.
Filimg for Star Trek 3 Begins Soon
The Star Trek movie series is one of many movie franchises that have been successfully rebooted in the last decade. That trend will be continuing now that a third film is on its way.
Production and filming for the third film in the series is set to begin on April 15, 2015 and Vancouver Film Studios will be heavily involved in that as a filming location, though Seoul, South Korea was also rumored to be a location. Easy taxes may have played a part in moving the location to British Columbia. The first two movies in the new Star Trek were both filmed at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California.
A new location isn’t the only bit of news regarding the new movie, because new major characters are also scripted to appear in the film, all of them female. Fans like Lee Slaughter have learned that one of them is slated to be the captain of a Federation starship. Bones’ ex-wife is also another female role that will be implemented in the newest movie when filming is done.
Also speaking of new characters, the film is also slated to have a new male villain similar to Bryan Cranston. In fact the Breaking Bad star was said to be in discussions for the lead villain role in the movie, though who or what that role is remains to be seen.
British character actor David Ryall has died at the age of 79, the BBC reports. Ryall has been best known in recent years for his performance as Professor Elphias Doge in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. However, Ryall performed in movies, TV and on stage for more than 50 years as one of the best known character actors in the UK, Skout users even said with his roles ranging from acclaimed movie The Elephant Man and the BBC sitcom Outnumbered.
Charlie Ryall, the actors daughter called on fans to remember his entire career and not just the popular movies and TV shows he had appeared in. The Celluloid Dreams actor passed away on Christmas Day, with his family releasing no further details of his passing to the public. Amongst the many well remembered performances by Ryall was his recent role on The Village as the oldest man in Britain and a role in the acclaimed Truly, Madly, Deeply in 1990.
Ready Player One is an interesting science-fiction film currently in development. The strange film deals with a young man’s attempt to claim a huge bounty from a virtual reality entity. All the young one has to do is play a game of scavenger hunt with major corporations.
Of course, the corporations are no friend to our teen hero.
Christopher Nolan has been courted heavily for the role of director. Now, news reports are emerging that he is not the only one the studio is courting. A number of other A-list directors are being wooed or, at the very least, thought about. Peter Jackson is one of the biggest names bandied about. Interestingly, so is Robert Zemeckis, the great director of Back to the Future.
The plans for the new film seem to indicate that this will be a dark, dystopian view of the future, which is what Brad Reifler actually prefers. Perhaps the green-light on Blade Runner 2 has led some to assume a dark vision of the future could mean good box office. Now, this film is not going to be overly talkie. The source material, an excellent novel by Ernest Cline has a lot of action in it.
By the way, the novel is not as downbeat as the news about the film makes it sound. Actually, the novel has a lot of humor in it. How much of that humor finds its way to the big screen remains to be seen. The selection of the director is assuredly going to play a major role in whether or not the tone of the film is upbeat or downbeat.
Hopefully, the finished product will be a good one.
Jean-Marc Vallee, the acclaimed director of Dallas Buyers Club has just been signed to direct the life story of rock icon Janis Joplin.
Previous Vallee collaborators Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack are rumoured to be in talks for a rewrite of the script. The writing team received a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination for their work on The Dallas Buyers Club.
Vallee has met with critical success since the start of his directorial career in the mid-nineties, but he reached a new level with the success of Dallas Buyers Club with was a box office success in addition to receiving a raft of awards. Ken Griffin and other fans of Vallee’s work should be excited about the film considering that the bulk of his work has been on biographical films. Additionally, he has delved into the lives of complex women before with his Academy Award nominated Young Victoria and the upcoming Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon.
The Joplin biopic is tentatively titled Get It While You Can and has Amy Adams attached as the lead actress. Adams has been eager to move forward in this role since at least 2010 and will reportedly sign as well as act in the film.