Max Landis

Max Landis to Write, Direct ‘An American Werewolf in London’ Remake in Father-Son Bonding Experience

by Charles Bramesco November 8, 2016 @ 8:54 AM
Writer-director Max Landis has his fair share of detractors. There are some who accuse the man of failing upwards, that his status as the son of cherished filmmaker John Landis has landed him some choice jobs (the recent sci-fi series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detection Agency, for one) through good ol’ Hollywood nepotism, despite the fact that his films have almost uniformly performed poorly at the box-office and with critics. His most vocal critics express complete bafflement every time the writer responsible for such widely panned flops as American Ultra, Victor Frankenstein, and Mr. Right lands an increasingly high-profile gig, their only conclusion that the Landis name is what has gotten him this far.

Max Landis Thinks the ‘Power Rangers’ Trailer Looks a Lot Like ‘Chronicle’

by Matt Singer October 10, 2016 @ 9:11 AM
As I watched the Power Rangers teaser yesterday in line at a Dunkin’ Donuts in a highway reststop (VIVA LE CINEMA!), I thought to myself “Man, this really doesn’t look like Power Rangers, but it really looks like Chronicle,” the 2012 film about a trio of high school kids who discover a strange object underground and gain superpowers. Although this Power Rangers still has costumes and big transforming robots and stuff, none of that is in this first teaser. Instead it’s about ... a group of school kids who discover a strange object underground and gain superpowers. Weird.

Mind the Kitten in New ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ Trailer

by Kevin Fitzpatrick August 24, 2016 @ 12:09 PM
Those in attendance of Comic-Con 2016 got a first look at BBC America’s take on Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, but the October release has a little more style in the latest glimpse. See for yourself, as Max Landis and Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood bring the wild mystery to life in a second trailer.

Comic-Con 2016: ‘Orphan Black’ Sets San Diego Sendoff With ‘Dirk Gently’

by Kevin Fitzpatrick June 28, 2016 @ 11:02 AM
It seems like only yesterday we learned that Orphan Black would close down #CloneClub for good with Season 5, but we can’t well wait until summer 2017 for a proper send-off. Thankfully, Comic-Con 2016 will give us the Orphan Black goodbye we deserve, along with an introduction to Max Landis’ Dirk Gently, but where’s Doctor Who?

Bradley Cooper to Star in Sci-Fi Drama ‘Deeper’ From ‘Chronicle’ Scribe Max Landis

by Britt Hayes March 30, 2016 @ 6:31 PM
It certainly is a good time to be Max Landis. The screenwriter who made his mark with Josh Trank’s indie sci-fi hit Chronicle recently sold his Bright script to Netflix for $3 million, with David Ayer attached to direct. And now he’s in the midst of another potentially huge deal as Bradley Cooper has come aboard Landis’ spec for Deeper, a sci-fi drama that’s sparked a bidding war between major studios.

Elijah Wood Joins BBC-America’s ‘Dirk Gently’ Series Under Max Landis

by Kevin Fitzpatrick March 22, 2016 @ 10:41 PM
Saban Films
We’d heard some time ago that BBC-America had in mind to adapt Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy creator Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency with controversial writer Max Landis, and now Dirk Gently has a first major star. Lord of the Rings and Wilfred alum Elijah Wood joins the production in a major Dirk Gently role, but not the one you’d think.

Will Smith and David Ayer’s ‘Bright’ Lands Netflix’s Biggest Deal to Date

by Britt Hayes March 19, 2016 @ 1:29 PM
Warner Bros.
Earlier this month, news broke that Netflix was negotiating exclusive rights to Bright, a new fantasy action thriller that will reunite director David Ayer with Suicide Squad star Will Smith. The new film from American Ultra screenwriter Max Landis is Netflix’s biggest deal so far, nabbing a $90 million budget that could have some interesting implications for the streaming giant, particularly since most theater chains won’t screen films that don’t honor the typical 90-day window between theatrical and home / streaming release.

‘American Ultra’ Review: A Stoned Cold Spy Comedy/Romance/Thriller

by Matt Singer August 18, 2015 @ 11:01 AM
A late August release date typically means one of two things: A movie is terrible or a movie is weird — and therefore difficult to market. American Ultra is a classic example of the latter. The trailers and posters mostly sell it as a wacky stoner action comedy, but drug humor actually plays a fairly small part in the film, which cycles through scenes of bloody horror, government conspiracy, and sincere relationship melodrama. Audiences might go in to American Ultra expecting The Bourne Identity meets Half Baked. They’re going to find something much stranger and more interesting (with a bunch of First Blood and a smidge of rom-com tossed in the mix).

Syfy Developing Horror Anthology ‘Channel Zero: Candle Cove’ With Max Landis

by Kevin Fitzpatrick June 30, 2015 @ 10:39 PM
Creepypasta / Noel Vasquez, Getty Images
Should American Horror Story ever grow stale, Syfy has set about developing its own horror anthology cycle with some seriously creepy roots. The network has teamed with Chronicle and American Ultra writer Max Landis to scare up Channel Zero: Candle Cove, basing its inaugural season around a horror tale spun by internet haven Creepypasta.

Daniel Radcliffe Reveals the 'Frankenstein' and Igor We Thought We Knew

by Nick Romano October 9, 2013 @ 9:07 AM
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Aside from his upcoming performance as Allen Ginsberg in 'Kill Your Darlings' (a movie in which he has a much talked-about gay sex scene with Dane DeHaan) and the false rumor about him playing Freddie Mercury in the upcoming biopic, Daniel Radcliffe had his first days of rehearsals for a new 'Frankenstein' movie. No, this is not anything like 'I, Frankenstein.' In fact, the actor opened up about the project, providing a few nuggets on this mysterious new rendition.