Lorenzo di Bonaventura

David Goyer

Given his writing credits on superhero epics like The Dark Knight, Man of Steel, and even the first three Blade movies, David Goyer is no stranger to high profile filmmaking. Which is experience that should serve him well as he transitions over from being a writer to someone who’s doing more work as a producer. Especially considering the latest project he has a hand in putting together is an adaptation of Patrick Lee’s epic end-of-the-world thriller, “The Breach,” a film that Goyer is producing alongside Transformers’ Lorenzo di Bonaventura. What exactly is The Breach going to be about? Well, if you’ve read the book you know, but for those of us ignorant on the subject, the studio seems to be giving the simple synopsis that it’s a story about, “an ex-cop who races to prevent an artifact from bringing about an apocalypse.” Sounds like bad stuff already, but the book’s Amazon description hints at an even larger scope. Its rundown of the novel’s plot reads:

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Man on a Ledge

“You know, Mikey, one day you’re going to stick your dick in the wrong door, and somebody’s going to slam it,” and that line represents Man on a Ledge in a nutshell. Goofy and laughable, but overall kind of charming. Director Asger Leth, with the assistance of commercial honcho mega producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, has made a through and through B movie. What you’d expect from a movie called Man on a Ledge, you get. It’s all fairly preposterous and thin, and Leth knows not to let it go on too long before its cheesy charms lose steam. The plot, well, you already know it. Anyone who’s seen that trailer has seen it all. For those of you who live under a rock though, Ledge follows Nick Cassidy, played compellingly enough by Sam Worthington and a dodgy accent. Cassidy wants to prove his innocence over a stolen diamond, so like any wise man, he escapes prison and goes to hang out on a ledge. But things aren’t what they seem, as is always the case. As he teases a suicide, his brother Joe (Jamie Bell) and his eye-candy girlfriend, played by the suavely named Genesis Rodriguez, go about robbing the man who may have framed Nick, the snarling David Englander (Ed Harris).

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I’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is that schlock producer extraordinaire Lorenzo di Bonaventura is taking his fetish for making big screen adaptations of 80s era properties to a new low by optioning the rights to the arcade game “Space Invaders”. The good news is this feels like it might be hitting bottom. I know that this is a business and that properties people are familiar with sell, but when we’re adapting something that’s little more than a blip shooting little blips at a bunch of other blips then it feels like the well has dried up. Sure, people have heard the words “Space” and “Invaders” put next to each other before, but is that title really going to sell a movie about space ship dog fights anymore than some other title would? Is the young audience out there going to see the first trailer for this film and say, “Hey, Space Invaders! That’s that old videogame my grandpa used to play! Cool!” Somehow I kind of doubt it. When it gets to the point that we’re adapting board games and novelty items into feature films, we have to be nearing the phase when they’re going to start losing money. I feel like we’re only months away from literally getting something like Pet Rock: The Movie. While that will suck, once it becomes a massive failure Hollywood will have no choice but to start buying spec scripts for original stories. Enjoy your Space Invaders Hollywood executives, […]

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John Clark is the ultimate Tom Clancy badass. He’s what Jack Ryan is not. That goes for the films as well. Both Willem Dafoe and Liev Schreiber portrayed that wonderfully, but sadly, the spinoff many fans were always hoping for never got around to happening. Even sadder news, it most likely wont happen anytime soon. When I talked to Lorenzo di Bonaventura – who’s producing the reboot of the beloved character – there were two specific things I wanted to know: will this do-over be an origin story and will we see John Clark? The answer is “yes” for the origin story, but unfortunately “no” for John Clark. The reason why makes sense though. Being an origin story and all, it’s best to primarily focus on Ryan. Perhaps if this origin story relaunches the franchise successfully, we’ll see Clark in further installments. But as of right now, we’re going to have to wait a while to see that happen.

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Yep, everything Mark Wahlberg has been saying is true. It’s hard to believe a sequel to 2005’s Four Brothers is actually in the works. Do we really need it? Probably not, but it’s not a completely bad idea. Four Brothers is a pretty fun film, actually. It was a nice welcome back for the “once-reliable” John Singleton. Four Brothers was his followup to 2 Fast 2 Furious and if you’ve already forgotten that film, you’re not alone. Whether or not Singleton will be involved is still an unanswered question and unfortunately I wasn’t able to ask producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura about it. However, I did get him to confirm a script is in the works and Five Brothers is indeed real when I spoke to him at Comic-Con. Look for that forthcoming interview while you ponder the reality of a world where Five Brothers exists. Can they get Andre 3000 again?

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Helen Mirren in Red

When I visited the set of Summit Entertainment’s Red earlier this year, I had an idea that it might be sort of fun. Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren (among others) playing former CIA assassins who must band together to fight against the Agency that’s now hunting them? Sure, that sounds like a blast. But it wasn’t until this new trailer — one that played to crowds at Comic-Con and has since hit the web — that I was completely sold. It’s not the dark, grim tale that Warren Ellis wrote in his comic. It’s something different. Something fun and in many ways, completely absurd. But damn, does it look fun. After the jump you can check out the new trailer, as well as a few new images from the film.

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RED Comic-Con Preview

Today we round out our week-long coverage of the upcoming action-comedy Red. It’s heading to Comic-Con 2010 next week with plans for a big Bruce Willis-filled panel, and we’ve had our eye on it ever since we found ourselves on set with Bruce and the gang earlier this year. As a fan of the Warren Ellis comic upon which it’s based, I’ll admit to being skeptical about the “action-comedy” angle. But after that first trailer and a few conversations with cast and crew, they’ve got me on the hook. More to the point, you’ll be on the hook when you remember that both Mary-Louise Parker and Karl Urban share the screen with the legendary Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Morgan Freeman. After the jump you’ll find more about their characters and two brand new character posters.

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As you may have noticed, we’re dedicating some serious time this week to the upcoming Summit Entertainment release Red, an adaptation of the popular Warren Ellis comic about a former CIA hit-man who is targeted by the very agency to which he gave his life. You know by now that this isn’t the grim tale that Ellis and Cully Hamner put together in book form, but more of an action comedy with a strong focus on old timers who decide to put the band back together and make a comeback. It’s a concept that I was initially skeptical of, but after seeing what the film is starting to look like, I’m starting to become a believer. With that, we continue our series of tales from the set and poster reveals with Joe Matheson, played by Morgan Freeman.

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Helen Mirren in Red

You’re about to meet Victoria. If you’ve been reading my coverage from the set of Red, including yesterday’s piece about Bruce Willis and the debut of a new teaser poster, you’ll know who I’m talking about. Played by Helen Mirren, Victoria is a former wet works sniper who has since retired and bought a small town bed and breakfast. But when the Agency comes calling with a hit squad, all the comfort food and frilly tablecloths go out the window, leaving Victoria to defend herself not with a kitchen knife, but a 50 caliber machine gun. Sounds pretty rad, right? Read more after the jump.

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The 193rd adaptation of Victor Hugo’s famous novel promises to be the least like the novel yet. According to Variety, Paramount plans on teaming with newcomers Willie Block and Jake Emanuel to create a film that takes the “framework” of the book and gives it the action/adventure treatment. Veteran producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (who you’ll remember as the producer and voice of Onlooker #3 in Transformers) is handling the production. Oddly enough, I’ve already seen this film because I naturally picture Nic Cage’s character from National Treasure with a massive spinal deformity. It’s not bad. But seriously, let’s hope they do something innovative like placing Quasimodo in a modern setting or giving him a time machine or magic sword or something.

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“I’ve never been in a film with so many movie stars,” Bruce Willis said to us on our recent visit to the set of his upcoming action comedy Red. “I’ve never been in a film with all of these people in it that are all like the Yankees. They are the Yankees.” He’s speaking, of course, of the mega cast assembled for Red, an adaptation of the DC Comics property written by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. It’s the subject of a series of articles that you’ll see this week as we begin to ramp up for Comic-Con. Bruce will be there, as will a great deal of this cast that includes Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Karl Urban, Richard Dreyfus, Brian Cox and Morgan Freeman. Today we take a look at what Willis had to say about his character, as well as a brand new character poster featuring him as former CIA killer Frank Moses.

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Warren Ellis warned us. In a blog post dated December 8, 2009, Ellis talked about how the book and the movie were destined to be distant cousins. And as we found out in a recent visit to the film’s set, that’s not exactly a bad thing.

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asteroids

So you make a completely original space story about two brothers who fly spaceships and blow things up and call it Asteroids? Does that really count as an adaptation? Can you adapt a game with zero story to it? What exactly are you adapting? Why does my head hurt?

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stephensommersunfired

In an astonishing turn of events, the ice cream truck just drove by and they had Tutti Frutti! They NEVER have Tutti Frutti! Oh, and apparently that G. I. Joe story isn’t true. Or is. It’s really tough to tell anymore.

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Transformers 2 Update

Just as Michael Bay said, the pre-production media whirlwind around Transformers 2, next summer’s most anticipated film, has been full of misdirection and hot air.

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IESB got a chance to chat with the Transformers producer about his next project, a little adaptation of G.I. Joe

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