When you think of zombie films a lot of what comes to mind is the work of the great writer, director and producer George A Romero, who gave us the iconic 1968 independent film Night of the Living Dead.
This seminal horror film has inspired many, including Frank Darabont, creator of The Walking Dead. And, yet, it is this cult TV show that’s stopping Romero from making a new zombie thriller.
“I can’t pitch a modest little zombie film, which is meant to be sociopolitical,” Romero told Indiewire.
“I used to be able to pitch them on the basis of the zombie action, and I could hide the message inside that. Now, you can’t. The moment you mention the word ‘zombie,’ it’s got to be, ‘Hey, Brad Pitt paid $400 million to do that’,” he said, referring to big budget picture World War Z.
Though he has many similar credits to his name – including Survival of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Day of the Dead and Dawn of the Dead – the director thinks that the focus on films making money is a large part to blame for zombie films not having much of a message to them these days.
Well, that and The Walking Dead.
Peter Jackson has lined up his next big movie project – and you might be pleased to know that no, it’s not another Hobbit movie.
Instead, Jackson will be producing – not directing – an adaptation of Philip Reeve’s first novel from his sci-fi fantasy book series, Mortal Engines.
And even though Jackson’s only working on the first instalment at the moment, it sure looks like the trilogy king himself will be back doing what he does best – making multiples.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jackson will be handing over directorial responsibilities to his longtime protégé Christian Rivers, with Moral Engines marking his solo debut.
This is not an advert this a thirteen minute action movie
It was in 2001, well before the days of YouTube and online streaming, BMW teamed up with some top talent to produce a series of short films. There were eight in total, and they all starred Clive Owen serving as a hired driver behind the wheel of a BMW vehicle. The series would become the inspiration for the much more famous Transporter movies starring Jason Statham.
Each of the films was also helmed by a major director. We’re talking about John Frankenheimer, Ang Lee, Wong Kar Wai, Guy Ritchie, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, John Woo, Joe Carnahan, and Tony Scott. Additionally, the films were produced by David Fincher and brothers Tony and Ridley Scott. Some notable guest appearances across the films included Madonna, Gary Oldman, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, and even James Brown.
Show me the cameo! Show me the cameo!
While Tom Cruise has had an illustrious film career spanning 35 years, three Oscar nominations and three Golden Globe wins… turns out it only takes 9 minutes and 16 seconds to recount.
Appearing on The Late Late Show, Cruise – with the help of James Corden – reprised his most-loved roles in double-quick time, including Ethan Hunt from Mission: Impossible, Maverick from Top Gun and Brian Flanagan from Cocktail.