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Christie’s novel tells the story of 10 seemingly disparate individuals invited to an isolated island, with the house guests murdered one by one during the course of their stay. The book has sold more than 100 million copies in eight languages.
I’m told this will be a freestanding project and not a third installment of Christie’s Hercule Poirot mysteries at 20th Century that began with Murder on the Orient Express and continues with Death on the Nile, with Kenneth Branagh again directing and starring.
Shrapnel and Waterhouse
Legendary has closed a deal for Oscar Isaac to star in and produce superhero saga “The Great Machine.”
The project is based on Brian K. Vaughan’s comic book series “Ex Machina” with artist Tony Harris. Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel are set to adapt the story. Isaac will produce alongside his longtime manager Jason Spire. Vaughan will also produce.
“Ex Machina” charts the exploits of civil engineer Mitchell Hundred, who after a mysterious accident gains powers making him the world’s first and only superhero. In the wake of his actions during 9/11 he is elected mayor of New York City, turning his back on life as a masked vigilante. But his political career is threatened when the source of his powers returns to claim its debt.
According to a new report, Oscar Isaac has closed a deal to star in The Great Machine. Isaac previously starred in the Oscar-winning sci-fi movie Ex Machina, which was directed by Alex Garland and released in 2015. With that being the case, Legendary Pictures decided to change the title to The Great Machine, which is the name of the superhero Isaac's character was known as in the comics. Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel (Seberg) are set to pen the screenplay.
Based on DC Comics' Ex Machina, Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris' Ex Machina will come to the movies as The Great Machine.
Mitchell Hundred is the mayor of New York City in the early 21st Century. It's a New York City where one of the Twin Towers still stands, in a world where there has ever only been one superhero. And that hero? The Great Machine, who was none other than Mayor Mitchell Hundred before hanging up his jetpack and getting into politics. This is the basic premise of Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris' Ex Machina, published by DC Comics between 2004 and 2010. The book spent considerably less time on superheroics than it did on Hundred's time as mayor in an alternate recent history, and it's not talked about nearly enough in the pantheon of great comics work of the 21st century so far. That should change,
Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel, who wrote the recent Kristen Stewart-starring drama Seberg, have been tapped to pen the adaptation being developed by Legendary Entertainment, which will be titled The Great Machine. Vaughan will be a producer on the project.
The company has acquired the rights to Machina, with the deal falling under its three-year overall film and television pact with Vaughan, the prolific creator behind Y: The Last Man, Saga and Paper Girl. A year into that pact, Machina is getting movement.
The comic, which Vaughan made with artist ...
A decade into feature filmmaking and Ben Wheatley has taken it upon himself to remake Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 classic Rebecca, which won the Best Picture Oscar and was adapted from the seminal novel by Daphne du Maurier. The Us/UK production is a Netflix property, with a script from Jane Goldman (a Kingsman and X-Men scribe), with writing credits attributed to duo Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel. Produced by Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, Wheatley has assembled a curious cast with Armie Hammer (who starred in Wheatley’s 2016 title Free Fire) taking over as Maxim de Winter and Lily James (Cinderella; Mamma Mia!…
And while “Seberg” is rarely as great as its lead actress, the film does shed light on a tragic corner of American history that’s not discussed nearly enough — the U.S. citizens who had their lives shattered by J. Edgar Hoover’s secret Cointelpro (counter-intelligence program) surveillance that targeted anyone the FBI considered “subversive,” be they Vietnam War protesters, black or indigenous activists, even environmentalists.
Jean Seberg’s life comes with its own built-in metaphor: She began
The noir thriller directed by Benedict Andrews and written by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel, made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival before continuing to Tiff, Deuville and the London Film Festival among many others.
Breathless star Seberg was the center of the FBI’s attention in the late 1960s because of her support of the civil rights movement and romantic involvement with Hakim Jamal (Anthony Mackie), among others. Seberg’s life and career are destroyed by J. Edgar Hoover’s overreaching surveillance and harassment in an effort to suppress and discredit the actress’ activism.
Stewart executive produces with Jack O’Connell, Margaret Qualley, Zazie Beetz, Yvan Attal, Stephen Root, Colm Meaney, Vince Vaughn (he plays
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The duo first thought about adapting Seberg’s story to the big screen 15 years ago,
In the late Sixties, Seberg was best known for starring as the American love interest in French New Wave films, most famously in Breathless. But she became a target of the FBI thanks to her support of the Black Panther Party and her affair with Hakim Jamal. Seberg tells her story through the lens of a historical thriller, following her
Seberg, directed by Benedict Andrews stars Stewart as Breathless actress Jean Seberg who was a target of the FBI due to her political and romantic affiliations with civil rights activist Hakim Jamal (Anthony Mackie). Jack O’Connell and Zazie Beetz also star.
Andrews always had that image of Seberg in his head from Breathless, “wiping her thumb across her lips,” but it wasn’t until he read Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse’s script that he learned about this “shadowed and buried period of her life.” The pic for the filmmaker “felt like a story that speaks urgently to us now,
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Stewart headlines as Seberg, a hugely impressive turn who meet in the openings scenes just as she’s about to board a plane to Los Angeles for a big audition in a huge Hollywood movie. On the plane she meets activist Hakim Jamal (Anthony Mackie), who she immediately strikes up a relationship with, both in terms of his ideas and political beliefs, but also a romantic one. Jamal, however, we soon learn is being pursued by the FBI, his every move monitored and ever conversation recorded.
Amazon Studios has given Kristen Stewart’s independent political thriller “Seberg” an awards-season release date of Dec. 13.
Amazon bought the film at the Berlin Film Festival. Jack O’Connell, Anthony Mackie, Margaret Qualley, Colm Meaney, Zazie Beetz, Vince Vaughn, Stephen Root, and Yvan Attal are also starring. Benedict Andrews directed from a script by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse.
Stewart stars as actress Jean Seberg who clashes with the FBI as it attempts to discredit her through its Cointelpro program in retaliation for her support of the Black Panther Party. Those efforts included creating a false story in 1970 that the child Seberg was carrying was not fathered by her husband, but by a member of the Black Panther Party.
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