It’s been a while since we heard anything about Kenneth Branagh’s new adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, based on Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel. Branagh is set to direct the film, in which he’ll also star as famed fictional detective Hercule Poirot, and it looks like he’s begun assembling his cast of suspects, as Angelina Jolie is in talks to come aboard the project.
It’s official: Christopher Nolan’s next venture will be a World War II film. Yesterday we reported on rumors of Nolan’s super secretive trips to Dunkirk, France with his brother Jonathan Nolan, the location of French evacuation during WWII. Now Variety confirms that Dunkirk will be Nolan’s next film with an original screenplay from the director.
Following reports of his potential involvement over the summer, Kenneth Branagh is official set to helm 20th Century Fox’s remake of director Sidney Lumet’s classic Murder on the Orient Express, itself based on Agatha Christie’s famed mystery novel of the same name. Branagh will pull double duty in the remake, taking on the lead role originated by Albert Finney in the 1974 film.
An adaptation of the popular YA property Artemis Fowl has been in the works at Disney for a long time now, but it looks like the studio is finally ready to push forward with the project — and they’ve got a very familiar director lined up. Cinderella director Kenneth Branagh has signed on to help Disney bring Artemis Fowl to the big screen.
Just a few days ago, it was reported that 20th Century Fox wants Kenneth Branagh to direct their upcoming remake of Murder on the Orient Express, but it seems like another major studio is also interested in acquiring his services: Marvel reportedly wants the Thor director to return for Thor: Ragnarok. Decisions, decisions.
The name “Disney” brings to mind images of fair princesses, charming princes, magical fairy tales, and simple happily ever afters. In recent years, though, Disney has begun rethinking their classic properties, and releasing more thematically complex versions of their famous films. Sleeping Beauty became Maleficent, which turned a wicked witch into a sympathetic anti-hero; a whole mess of fairy tales turned into Into the Woods, where happily ever after preceded a whole bunch of death and tragedy. The ranks of Disney Princesses grew to include women like Merida, the bow-slinging heroine of Brave, and Anna and Else from Frozen, who rescued each other from an prince, rather than the other way around. Every value and concept that Disney had established and reinforced through decades of repetition was seemingly up for reconsideration and revision.
Disney’s big kick right now is revisionist versions of classic fairy tales. ‘Sleeping Beauty’ became ‘Maleficent,’ a sympathetic look at the supposedly “evil” witch. Last Christmas’ ‘Into the Woods’ followed numerous fairy tales to find the unhappy endings after their “happily ever after.” Even ‘Frozen’ reconfigured numerous classic fairy tale tropes (the handsome price was secretly [SPOILER ALERT] the bad guy, and the film’s true love story was actually between a pair of sisters). What’s most surprising about Disney’s new live-action ‘Cinderella’ is how unsurprising it looks; it seems totally unlike those films in its old-school vibe.
We all know Martin Scorsese is a busy, busy man, with several projects he’d love to make, from his upcoming ‘Silence’ (which just began production) to biopics about the Ramones and Frank Sinatra, and the long-gestating and long-promised ‘The Irishman.’ Whether Scorsese actually makes some of these projects remains to be seen, but he may have just added another prospective film to his to-do list: a film adaptation of Kenneth Branagh’s version of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth.’
Following the success of films like 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Maleficent' (two films not highly regarded by critics, but highly regarded by people who like buying movie tickets), it wasn't a surprise that Disney would continue the trend of adapting some of their classic animated tales into live-action movies. Today, we get our first real look at their next effort, a live-action version of one of their most revered tales, 'Cinderella'.
Some franchises leave an indelible mark on you during your formative years, and inspire passionate, lifelong devotion from their fans – but is Jack Ryan really one of them? Given the messy lineage of the character on screen, played now by four separate actors (Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and here, by 'Star Trek Into Darkness' star Chris Pine), not to mention the fact that the films are wildly uneven in terms of quality, it seems like the answer would be no. But, the character’s resilience is apparently as indefatigable as Hollywood’s faith in intellectual property, which is why ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ exists, a dull mishmash of Cold War spy games and ‘Bourne Identity’-style grit which shares much in common with the weakest of its predecessors – especially total forgettability.