New Regency

According to a press release from Ubisoft, the video game company has partnered with New Regency to develop their Assassin’s Creed movie. The project is moving forward quickly because of one reason: Michael Fassbender. The actor has moved fluidly between the mainstream world (X-Men: First Class), the indie world (A Dangerous Method) and the niche indie world (everything he’s done with Steve McQueen), but taking this role might be the first major opportunity for him to headline a big film without an ensemble at his side. Which is excellent. Fassbender is unarguably skilled, and it’s been amazing to see him bob and weave with success around a filmmaking landscape that’s difficult to navigate. There’s still a long way to go with this thing, but the game is popular, and the basic concept should translate easily to a movie that involves a lot of action and violence. It’s easy to see how Fassbender would be the right actor for the job.

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There have been reports about director Darren Aronofsky trying to get a movie about the biblical tale of Noah off the ground for a while now. At one point he even had Christian Bale interested in taking on the title role of the boat building messenger of God, but his schedule didn’t allow for that to ever happen. The movie itself looks like it’s ready to get off the ground though, only instead of Batman as Noah, Aronofsky is going to have to settle for a gladiator. Deadline Daberath reports that the deals are done, and this movie is ready to set sail with Russell Crowe as its star. This will be the first film Aronofsky has directed since his seriously well received movie about killer ballerinas (or at least that’s what Billy Crystal told me), Black Swan. When talking about his interest in this project, Aronofsky said, ”Since I was a kid, I have been moved and inspired by the story of Noah and his family’s journey. The imaginations of countless generations have sparked to this epic story of faith. It’s my hope that I can present a window into Noah’s passion and perseverance for the silver screen.” Reportedly, Aronofsky sees this as epic in scope and wants to spend somewhere around $130m on it. It’s going to be the first project stemming from Arnon Milchan’s new vision for New Regency, which entails a return to making edgy movies like L.A. Confidential, Heat, and Fight Club. That all sounds […]

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Ever since acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky unceremoniously dumped The Wolverine as his next project, scholarly people all over the planet have been asking themselves what he would end up doing instead. Suddenly, that situation is a little less unclear, as Deadline Daberath reports the director is close to getting his long gestating project Noah off and running. Several years ago, when talking about possible future projects, Aronofsky described Noah to /Film by saying, “I think it’s really timely because it’s about environmental apocalypse which is the biggest theme, for me, right now for what’s going on on this planet. So I think it’s got these big, big themes that connect with us. Noah was the first environmentalist. He’s a really interesting character. Hopefully they’ll let me make it.” Back then he hadn’t made a bunch of money and acquired a bunch of high profile awards from making Black Swan, so the chances of the studios letting him make a biblical epic didn’t seem quite so plausible. But today, in a post Black Swan world, Aronofsky’s vision suddenly seems a lot more likely to happen. Apparently the filmmaker is looking for $130 million to get the film made, and New Regency is already trying to set themselves up as co-financers of the project. In order to make this proposal a reality, Aronofsky is going to have to find another studio to pick up the rest of New Regency’s financial slack; but that might not be so much of a problem as […]

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Variety is reporting today that The King of Kong and Four Christmases director Seth Gordon’s next project, a comedy entitled Mr. Romance, has been optioned by New Regency. And upon doing some investigation into the matter, I found this to be a very interesting project.

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