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Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories HeadingTo The Small Screen

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Neil Gaiman is adaptation gold. Yet another of his books is being adapted for television. His short story collection “Likely Stories” will be made into a four-part series thanks to Sky Arts and Sid Gentle Films who are are producing.

The short stories are all based in London and feature “dark and strange” stories playing with reality and fantasy, centralizing themes of human consumption, destructive obsession and psychological cannibalism.

Not all of his stories from the collection are being adapted but according to Deadline, viewers can expect to see adaptations of “Foreign Parts,” “Feeders & Eaters,” “Closing Time” and “Looking For The Girl.” The first three installments were adapted by Kevin Lehane and the last by Ian Forsyth and Jane Pollard (Nick Cave 20,000 Days On Earth).

Even more excitingly, Gaiman is expected to make cameo appearances in all four episodes, which will star Pride’s George MacKay, The Game’s Tom Hughes, Moone Boy’s Johnny Vegas, Maleficent’s Kenneth Cranham and Doctor Zhivago’s Rita Tushingham.

The series will be directed by Forsyth and Pollard while Jarvis Cocker will score the episodes. Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris and Gaiman are serving as executive producers.

Gaiman’s novel “American Gods” is currently being adapted into a series for Starz and that is addition to several of his novels that have been made into books. His children’s book, Fortunately, The Milk, is slated to begin filming and will star Johnny Depp with Edgar Wright directing. Meanwhile the new hit series Lucifer, based on Gaiman’s Sandman character, debuted in January on Fox, and rumors continue to swirl about Joseph Gordon Levitt’s film take on The Sandman itself.

2015 – The Year of Book to Movie Adaptations

2015 was a big year for films based on books. So many adaptations hit the silver screen and SO many were phenomenal. In 2015 alone we saw The Martian, The Danish Girl, Macbeth, Fifty Shades of Gray, the final installment of “The Hunger Games” franchise” and SO SO many more movies based on books.

You  can check out the full guide below of every English-language film released in the U.S. this year based on a book, play, short story or comic series.

1worldstraightposterThe World Made Straight

Based on the Book : The World Made Straight by Ron Rash

Directed by: David Burris

Starring: Noah Wyle, Jeremy Irvine, Minka Kelly

Description: In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, a rebellious young man (Jeremy Irvine) struggles to escape the violence that would bind him to the past.

Release Date: January 9th

 


 

1mortdecaiposterMortdecai

Based on the book: Don’t Point That Thing at Me by Kyril Bonfiglioli

Directed by: David Koepp

Starring: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor

Description: Juggling angry Russians, the British Mi5 and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) races to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain a code that leads to lost Nazi gold.

Release Date: January 23rd

 


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Strange Magic

Based on the play: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Directed by: Gary Rydstrom

Starring: Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood

Description: A forest is turned upside down as goblins, elves, fairies and imps battle over a powerful potion.

Release Date: January 23rd

 


 

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Wild Card

Based on the book: Heat by William Goldman

Directed by: Simon West

Starring: Jason Statham, Stanley Tucci

Description: Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When his friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to learn the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss.

Release Date: January 30th


1loverosieposterLove, Rosie

Based on the book: Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern

Directed by: Christian Ditter

Starring: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin

Description: Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) have been best friends since they were five, so they couldn’t possibly be right for one another…or could they? When it comes to love, life and making the right choices, these two are their own worst enemies.

Release Date: February 6th


 

1seventhsonposterSeventh Son

Based on the book: The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney

Directed by: Sergei Bodrov

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander

Description: When the queen of evil witches (Julianne Moore) escapes the pit she was imprisoned in by a professional monster hunter (Jeff Bridges), the hunter recruits young Tom (Ben Barnes), the seventh son of the seventh son, to help him.

Release Date: February 6th

 


 

hr_Fifty_Shades_of_Grey_1Fifty Shades of Grey

Based on the book: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Directed by: Sam Taylor-Johnson

Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan

Description: Literature student Anastasia Steele’s (Dakota Johnson) life changes forever when she meets the handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan).

Release Date: February 13th

 


 

1duffposterThe Duff

Based on the book: The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Directed by: Ari Sandel

Starring: Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne

Description: A high school senior (Mae Whitman) instigates a social pecking order revolution after finding out that she’s been labeled the “DUFF” (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by her more popular counterparts.

Release Date: February 20th

 


1stillaliceposterStill Alice

Based on the book: Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Directed by: Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland

Starring: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart

Description: A linguistics professor (Julianne Moore) and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Release Date: February 20th

 

 


 

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Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

Based on the book: Kidnapping Freddy Heineken by Peter R. de Vries

Directed by: Daniel Alfredson

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess

Description: The inside story of the planning, execution and aftermath of beer tycoon Alfred “Freddy” Heineken’s (Anthony Hopkins) kidnapping, which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual.

Release Date: March 6th

 


 

1cinderellaposterCinderella

Based on the fairytale: “Cendrillon” by Charles Perrault

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

Starring: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden

Description: When her father unexpectedly passes away, Ella (Lily James) finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her scheming step-sisters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.

Release Date: March 13th


1gunmanposterThe Gunman

Based on the book: The Prone Gunman by Jean-Patrick Manchette

Directed by: Pierre Morel

Starring: Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba

Description: A black ops specialist (Sean Penn) comes out of retirement to take down the organization that betrayed him.

Release Date: March 20th

 

 


 

 

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Insurgent

Based on the book: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Directed by: Robert Schwentke

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet

Description: Tris (Shailene Woodley) must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against the powerful alliance that threatens to tear her society apart.

Release Date: March 20th

 


 

1homeposterHome

Based on the book: The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

Directed by: Tim Johnson

Starring: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin

Description: An alien (Jim Parsons) on the run from his own people befriends a human girl (Rihanna) and joins her on an adventure.

Release Date: March 27th

 

 


 

 

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Serena

Based on the book: Serena by Ron Rash

Directed by: Susanne Bier

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper

Description: In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton’s (Bradley Cooper) timber empire becomes complicated when he marries Serena (Jennifer Lawrence).

Release Date: March 27th

 


1longestrideposterThe Longest Ride

Based on the book: The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

Directed by: George Tillman, Jr.

Starring: Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood

Description: The lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man as he reflects back on a past love.

Release Date: April 10th

 

 


 

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Child 44

Based on the book: Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

Directed by: Daniel Espinosa

Starring: Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace

Description: A disgraced member of the military police (Tom Hardy) investigates a series of grisly child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.

Release Date: April 17th

 


 

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True Story

Based on the book: True Storyby Michael Finkel

Directed by: Rupert Goold

Starring: Jonah Hill, James Franco

Description: When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) meets accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco)—who has taken on Finkel’s identity—his investigation morphs into a game of cat-and-mouse.

Release Date: April 17th

 


1ageofultronposterAvengers: Age of Ultron

Based on the comic book series: Characters created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in The Avengers

Directed by: Joss Whedon

Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner

Description: When Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron, things go horribly wrong and it’s up to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to stop the villainous Ultron.

Release Date: May 1st


1everysecretthingposterEvery Secret Thing

Based on the book: Every Secret Thing by Laura Lippman

Directed by: Amy J. Berg

Starring: Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning

Description: A detective (Elizabeth Banks) looks to unravel a mystery surrounding missing children, and the prime suspects are two young women who, seven years ago, were put away for an infant’s death.

Release Date: May 15th


1maddingcrowdposterFar from the Madding Crowd

Based on the book: Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen

Description: In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) attracts three very different suitors.

Release Date: May 22nd


 1jurassicworldposterJurassic World

Based on: Characters created by Michael Crichton in Jurassic Park

Directed by: Colin Trevorrow

Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard

Description: A new theme park is built on the original site of Jurassic Park. Everything is going well until the park’s newest attraction, a genetically modified dinosaur, escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.

Release Date: June 12th


1madamebovaryposterMadame Bovary

Based on the book: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Directed by: Sophie Barthes

Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, Ezra Miller, Paul Giamatti

Description: Bored in her marriage to a country doctor and stifled by life in a small town, the restless Emma Bovary (Mia Wasikowska) pursues her dreams of passion and excitement, whatever they may cost.

Release Date: June 12th


1dyinggirlposterMe and Earl and the Dying Girl

Based on the book: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Starring: Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, RJ Cyler

Description: High schooler Greg (Thomas Mann), who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.

Release Date: July 1st


 

1antmanposterAnt-Man

Based on the comic book series: Characters created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby in Ant-Man

Directed by: Peyton Reed

Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly

Description: Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor pull off a heist that will save the world.

Release Date: July 17th


1mrholmesposterMr. Holmes

Based on the book: A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin

Directed by: Bill Condon

Starring: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney

Description: An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) deals with early dementia as he tries to remember his final case.

Release Date: July 24th


1papertownsposterPaper Towns

Based on the book: Paper Towns by John Green

Directed by: Jake Schreier

Starring: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne

Description: After an all-night adventure, Quentin’s (Nat Wolff) life-long crush disappears, leaving behind clues for Quentin and his friends to follow.

Release Date: July 24th

 

 


 

1darkplacesposterDark Places

Based on the book: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Directed by: Gilles Paquet-Brenner

Starring: Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks

Description: Libby Day (Charlize Theron) was only eight years old when her family was brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. Almost 30 years later, she reluctantly agrees to revisit the crime and uncovers the wrenching truths that led to that tragic night.

Release Date: August 7th


1fantasticfourposterFantastic Four

Based on the comic book series: Characters created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in Fantastic Four

Directed by: Josh Trank

Starring: Miles Tell, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell

Description: Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate universe that alters their physical form in shocking ways. They must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Release Date: August 7th


1diaryteenposterThe Diary of a Teenage Girl

Based on the book: The Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner

Directed by: Marielle Heller

Starring: Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Kristen Wiig

Description: A teen artist (Bel Powley) living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother’s boyfriend.

Release Date: August 28th


1zachariahposterZ for Zachariah

Based on the book: Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien

Directed by: Craig Zobel

Starring: Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Description: In the wake of a disaster that wipes out most of civilization, two men and a young woman find themselves in an emotionally charged love triangle as the last known survivors.

Release Date: August 28th


1walkwoodsposterA Walk in the Woods

Based on the book: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Directed by: Ken Kwapis

Starring: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson

Description: After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) returns to the U.S., where he decides to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends.

Release Date: September 2nd


1ninetyminsheavenposter90 Minutes in Heaven

Based on the book: 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper

Directed by: Michael Polish

Starring: Hayden Christensen, Kate Bosworth

Description: A man involved in a horrific car crash is pronounced dead, only to come back to life 90 minutes later claiming to have seen Heaven.

Release Date: September 11th


1blackmassposterBlack Mass

Based on the book: Black Massby Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill

Directed by: Scott Cooper

Starring: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch

Description: The true story of Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp), the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.

Release Date: September 18th


1captiveposterCaptive

Based on the book: Unlikely Angel by Ashley Smith

Directed by: Jerry Jameson

Starring: David Oyelowo, Kate Mara

Description: A single mother (Kate Mara) struggling with drug addiction is taken hostage in her own apartment by a man on the run who has broken out of jail and murdered the judge assigned to his case.

Release Date: September 18th


1scorchtrialsposterMaze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Based on the book: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Directed by: Wes Ball

Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Description: After having escaped the Maze, the Gladers now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.

Release Date: September 18th


1martianposterThe Martian

Based on the book: The Martian by Andy Weir

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean

Description: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to contact Earth.

Release Date: October 2nd


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Based on the fairytale: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Directed by: Joe Wright

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Levi Miller

Description: Twelve-year-old orphan Peter (Levi Miller) is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he ultimately discovers his destiny: to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

Release Date: October 9th


1walkposterThe Walk

Based on the novel: To Reach the Clouds by Philippe Petit

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale

Description: In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream: to walk the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.

Release Date: October 9th


1beastsnonationposterBeasts of No Nation

Based on the book: Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala

Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga

Starring: Idris Elba, Kurt Egyiawan, Abraham Attah

Description: Agu (Abraham Attah), a child soldier, is forced to fight in the civil war of an unnamed African country.

Release Date: October 16th


1goosebumpsposterGoosebumps

Based on the book: Goosebumps by R.L. Stine

Directed by: Rob Letterman

Starring: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush

Description: A teenager (Dylan Minnette) teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R. L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware.

Release Date: October 16th


1stevejobsposterSteve Jobs

Based on the biography: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Directed by: Danny Boyle

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogan, Jeff Daniels

Description: A look behind the scenes of the digital revolution, revealing a portrait of Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender).

Release Date: October 23rd


1truthposterTruth

Based on the book: Truth and Duty by Mary Mapes

Directed by: James Vanderbilt

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Dennis Quaid

Description: A newsroom drama detailing the 2004 CBS60 Minutes report investigating then-President George W. Bush’s military service, and the subsequent firestorm of criticism that cost anchor Dan Rather (Robert Redford) and producer Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett) their careers.

Release Date: October 30th


1missyoualreadyposterMiss You Already

Based on the book: Goodbye by Morwenna Banks

Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke

Starring: Toni Collette, Drew Barrymore

Description: The friendship between two life-long girlfriends is put to the test when one starts a family and the other falls ill.

Release Date: November 6th


1peanutsmovieposterThe Peanuts Movie

Based on the comic strip: Peanuts created by Charles M. Shulz,

Directed by: Steve Martino

Starring: Noah Schnapp, Hadley Belle Miller, Mariel Sheets, Alex Garfin

Description: Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown (Noah Schnapp) begins his own epic quest to win the love of his life.

Release Date: November 6th


1spectreposterSpectre

Based on: Characters created  in the book series by Ian Fleming

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Starring: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes

Description: A cryptic message from James Bond’s (Daniel Craig) past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization.

Release Date: November 6th


1the33posterThe 33

Based on the autobiography: Deep Down Dark by Héctor Tobar

Directed by: Patricia Riggen

Starring: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche

Description: The true story of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days after their mine collapsed.

Release Date: November 13th


1allamericanposterMy All-American

Based on the book: Courage Beyond the Game by Jim Dent

Directed by: Angelo Pizzo

Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Finn Wittrock, Robin Tunney, Sarah Bolger

Description: Freddie Steinmark (Finn Wittrock), an underdog on the gridiron, faces the toughest challenge of his life after leading his team to a championship season.

Release Date: November 13th


1carolposterCarol

Based on the book: The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

Directed by: Todd Haynes

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara

Description: In 1950s New York, a department-store clerk (Rooney Mara) who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.

Release Date: November 20th


1mockingjayposterThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Based on the book: Mockingjayby Suzanne Collins

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson

Description: As the war of Panem escalates, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) leads an army against President Snow to free the Districts.

Release Date: November 20th


1legendposterLegend

Based on the biography: The Profession of Violence by John Pearson

Directed by: Brian Helgeland

Starring: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, David Thewlis

Description: The true story of identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray (both played by Tom Hardy) and their organized crime empire in 1960s London.

Release Date: November 20th


1secreteyesposterThe Secret in Their Eyes

Based on the book: The Secret in Their Eyes by Eduardo Sacheri

Directed by: Billy Ray

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts

Description: A tight-knit team of rising investigators, along with their supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered.

Release Date: November 20th


1brooklynposterBrooklyn

Based on: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

Directed by: John Crowley

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson

Description: An Irish immigrant (Saoirse Ronan) lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a new romance. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

Release Date: November 25th


1roomposterRoom

Based on the book: Room by Emma Donoghue

Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson

Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay

Description: After five-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay) and his mother (Brie Larson) escape from the enclosed “Room” that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery.

Release Date: November 25th


1trumboposterTrumbo

Based on: Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Cook

Directed by: Jay Roach

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Hellen Mirren

Description: In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood’s top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.

Release Date: November 25th


1victorfrankposterVictor Frankenstein

Based on the book: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Directed by: Paul McGuigan

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy

Description: Told from Igor’s (Daniel Radcliffe) perspective, we witness the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein (James McAvoy) and the story of how Frankenstein became the man—and the legend—we know today.

Release Date: November 25th


1heartseaposterIn the Heart of the Sea

Based on: In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

Directed by: Ron Howard

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy

Description: A recounting of a New England whaling ship’s sinking by a giant whale in 1820, an experience that later inspired the novel Moby-Dick.

Release Date: December 11th


1macbethposterMacbeth

Based on the play: Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Directed by: Justin Kurzel

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard

Description: Macbeth (Michael Fassbender) receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

Release Date: December 11th


1fortyfiveyearsposter45 Years

Based on the book: “In Another Country” by David Constantine

Directed by: Andrew Haigh

Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay

Description: In the week leading up to their 45th wedding anniversary, a couple receive an unexpected letter that contains potentially life-changing news.

Release Date: December 23rd


1bigshortposterThe Big Short

Based on the book: The Big Short by Michael Lewis

Directed by: Adam McKay

Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt

Description: After predicting the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, four outsiders in the world of high-finance decide to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed.

Release Date: December 23rd


1concussionposterConcussion

Based on the book and article: Concussionby Jeanne Marie Laskas (the book is an expansion of Laskas’ article “Game Brain” forGQ)

Directed by: Peter Landesman

Starring: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Description: In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.

Release Date: December 25th


1danishgirlposterThe Danish Girl

Based on the book: The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

Directed by: Tom Hooper

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander

Description: A fictitious love story inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe (Eddie Redmayne) and Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Release Date: December 25th


1revenantposterThe Revenant

Based on the book: The Revenant by Michael Punke

Directed by: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson

Description: After being brutally mauled by a bear and left for dead, frontiersman Hugh Glass seeks revenge on those who wronged him.

Release Date: December 25th (limited release)

 

Watch the First Trailer for Captain America: Civil War!

 

After months of waiting, we finally have the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War and boy, does it pack a punch to the heart. Iron Man and the Cap are no longer on friendly terms in the newest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Steve Rogers has lost all faith in the government after discovering the corrupt agency S.H.I.E.L.D. has become and Tony Stark recklessly unleashed Ultron upon the world, is in favor of the act. Now Stark is willing to go head-to-head with Captain America, who is opposed to the act, to ensure that he complies with the government accord. Aside from opposing such an act, Rogers also wants to protect his friend Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) who was brainwashed into becoming the evil Winter Soldier.

Things are going to get rough.

Captain America: Civil War is based on the 2006-07 seven-part limited Marvel crossover series written by Mark Millar. The series, also named Civil War, pitted Marvel characters against one another, leaving them to choose between Iron Man and Captain America with the tagline, “Whose side are you on?” The film was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, who directed The Winter Soldier. The script was written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

The film will also see the return of Avengers as well as the appearance of new Marvel characters including Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), also includes other characters from the Marvel Universe including Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, Scarlett Witch, Peter Parker and Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther.

Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to hit theaters May 6, 2016. Watch the new trailer below:

Could A Wonder Woman Game Be On The Way?

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Wonder Woman is all the rage in the comic world of superhero developments. The character is set to be played by Gal Gadot when making her silver screen debut in next year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice but will then get a solo film in 2017. Additionally, an article at Tech Times recently confirmed that DC Comics will revamp the character in print, too, with an upcoming new series called “The Legend Of Wonder Woman.” The comics will apparently tell the story of a young Diana Prince (aka the eventual Wonder Woman) growing up as an Amazonian princess before taking on the rest of the world.

This is all a pretty big victory for those who have been calling for more of a female presence in the superhero entertainment industry. Wonder Woman truly is everywhere: in upcoming films, in a new comic strip, in entertainment news headlines, and expected to be flying off the shelves as a popular Halloween costume once again. But one question that has yet to be answered could end up being one of the biggest ones for the ongoing exposure of the character to modern fans: is there going to be a video game as well?

As of now there’s not much talk of such a project, though it’s worth noting that Wonder Woman does already exist in a few modern games. Most notable among these are the popular Injustice games that exist on both console and mobile devices, incorporating a huge selection of DC characters in a brawler/combat style. And Wonder Woman is right there among them. However, the character is also featured at Gala Casino’s games section in a slot machine experience. The game is largely about the slots and involves real money play, but it has a brilliant comic-esque Wonder Woman cover and includes the “Ares bonus game” in which Wonder Woman fends off a plague of zombies. Not bad, at least for invoking some Wonder Woman lore.

But gamers and Wonder Woman enthusiasts alike will be holding their breath for more given the emergence of the character and the lack, currently, of signature DC game series. In fact, with the exceptional “Arkham” series now wrapped up, a Moviepilot editorial went in-depth discussing why Rocksteady (the developers who made the “Arkham” games) should consider partnering with Warner Bros. for a major Wonder Woman franchise. (*Editor’s note: Not to mention this franchise would be pretty lucrative just by attracting the female gaming audience who loved Arkham but yearn for more diversity in main characters, story lines, and who have been begging for  female comic book characters to be the center attraction in well anything.) Some of the specific suggestions are pretty exciting, but the basic idea is that Rocksteady could infuse Wonder Woman games with the same scope, detail, and basic fighting and movement mechanics that so many loved in the “Arkham” series, while creating whole new worlds to do it in. Because Wonder Woman sort of bounces back-and-forth between mythical realms and the DC Universe, such games could make use of everything from Gotham City to Olympus, with fascinating new supporting characters and villains to go with the settings.

At this point it’s still only an idea, but it’s certainly a fascinating one to think about. DC appears to be determined to get the cinematic version of Wonder Woman right, and if she’s as popular with fans as many hope she will be, a major gaming adaptation may be a natural next step.

NEW Poster For JURASSIC WORLD Released!

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As everyone is gearing up and getting exciting for the upcoming new installment in the “Jurassic Park” franchise, director Colin Trevorrow debuted a new poster for Jurassic World. 

The poster shows Bryce Dallas Howard in her role as Claire Dearing coming face to face with the dinosaur known as the Indominus Rex.

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar, an island located off Central America’s Pacific Coast, near Costa Rica, now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. This new park is owned by the Masrani Global Corporation. Owen Grady, a member of the park’s on-site staff, conducts behavioral research on a group of Velociraptors, known as Blue, Charlie, Delta and Echo. At the corporation’s request, the park’s geneticists create a genetically modified hybrid mutant dinosaur, known as Indominus rex, to boost visitor attendance (despite the creature having cannibalized its own sibling). Claire Dearing is the park’s operations manager. Her nephews, Zach and Gray, are visiting the island when the hybrid escapes and are subsequently caught up in the creature’s deadly rampage.

Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World.  Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly.  Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.

Alongside Howard, the film features an incredible cast including (my imaginary boyfriend) Chris Pratt, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, and Judy Greer.

Jurassic World opens in theaters and our hearts on June 12.

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Universal is Adapting Mark Millar’s Chrononauts Into a Feature Film

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Mark Millar is no stranger to having his comic books adapted into feature films. So, it is no surprise that yet another of his works is making the way to the silver screen and they have picked quite an exciting comic book to make the jump. “Chrononauts” has been announced for adaptation courtesy of Universal.

“Chrononauts” follows two friends, Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly, who will mess with the theoretical science of time travel during the 1960s race to space. After discovering the ability to mess with time travel, the two buddies must decide how to use the new technology. They can either help mankind or explore the advantages to their own selfish end. The story will show the consequences of messing with such technological capabilities.

Millar is most known in the movie world for the adaptation “Sin City” but the films “Wanted,” “Kick-Ass,” and “Kingsman” were all based on his comic book series as well.

There is currently no word on when Universal is planning to begin production on “Chrononauts” but it is expected to move without delay given the hot commodity that time travel films are currently. They also haven’t revealed whether Millar will be involved with film development.

Game of Thrones is Coming to IMAX

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For some reason that I am sure HBO thought was warranted, the network has announced that the popular series will be heading to IMAX theaters later this month. Sort of.  Theaters will show the final two episodes of season four and an exclusive trailer for season five.

This is the first time in history that a television show will be shown like this in IMAX. If you choose to experience it, you can relive the Battle of Castle Black as well as the Emmy-nominated season four finale, “The Children.”

Greg Foster, senior executive vice president of IMAX Corp says,

“The scope and production quality of the show is quite remarkable, which will be highlighted even further in select IMAX locations—allowing fans, as never before, to become a part of author George R. R. Martin’s world that [showrunners] David Benioff and D. B. Weiss created for HBO. It has the action, storyline and epic nature that our fans seek in IMAX and we’re thrilled to team with HBO and our longtime partners at Warner Brothers to offer audiences a chance to experience it in the ultimate theater setting joined by other fans of the series.”

The IMAX showings will run in 150 theaters for one week beginning Jan. 23. We currently have no premiere date for season five of “Game of Thrones” but typically it has premiered either the last week of March or the first week of April.

AMC Officially Orders Preacher Pilot

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It has been in the works for months, but AMC has officially announced that they have ordered the pilot episode to the television adaption of “Preacher!” The adaptation is coming from This Is The End writers/directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

“Preacher” was released in the 90’s by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. It follows a conflicted preacher named Jesse Custer in a small Texas town who becomes accidentally possessed by a supernatural force, which makes Custer a powerful being driven by a strong sense of right and wrong. Along with his ex-girlfriend and a cantankerous Irish vampire, he embarks on a journey to find God and discover his new powers.

The series was developed for TV by Rogen and Goldberg, who will direct the pilot, and Sam Catlin of Breaking Bad, who penned the script for the pilot and will serve as a showrunner.

In a statement, Rogen and Goldberg said that “Preacher has been our favorite comic since it first came out. Garth Ennis is one of our idols and it’s an incredible honor to be working on this. We promise we won’t make too many dick jokes and ruin it.”

AMC rep said in a statement,

“Every once in a while you find a project where all the elements line up beautifully. With Preacher, it starts with a bold, compelling, and thought-provoking comic book series from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon and a whole lot of fans who already know Jesse Custer, Cassidy and Tulip. Add to that the passionate and talented Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin, an incredible producing team in Neal Moritz, the Original Film team and our good friends at Sony Pictures Television, and we have everything we need to be VERY excited to move forward on Preacher.” Consider us officially excited!

There is no word yet on who they are eyeing to star in the series.

“Doctor Who” Star Matt Smith Joins “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”

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Matt Smith, who is sadly no longer playing The Doctor on BBC’s “Doctor Who” had officially joined the cast of the big screen adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (and I feel all is right with the world again.)

The film is based on the wildly popular novel written by Seth Grahame-Smith. The movie is a horror-comedy spin on Jane Austen‘s Pride and Prejudice. The heroine, Liz Bennett (James), is pressured by her family to marry into a wealthy upper-class home but chafes at the stiff social mores of Victorian England. Instead, she feels that she should help defend the countryside against the onslaught of a horrifying zombie plague.

Smith will be playing the role of Mr. Collins, a handsome young gentleman who is on the lookout for a wife and proposes to Bennett.

The film version has long been in the works and is finally moving forward with the cast that includes Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote and Douglas Booth.

The project is scheduled to begin shooting later this month on September 24. There is no word yet on an anticipated release date in theaters.

Official Poster for The Walking Dead Season 5 Released

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The poster for the upcoming season five of “The Walking Dead” has been released by AMC. You can see it above! It features Andrew Lincoln with one of the themes of the season 5, “hunt or be hunted.”

Season 5 will pick up with our favorite group of survivors after their arrival at the “sanctuary” terminus. After their arrival, they are taken hostage and their lives are put into danger once again.

Based on the comic created by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard, Season Five of “The Walking Dead” premieres Sunday, October 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT. It stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chad Coleman, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira and Sonequa Martin-Green.