Posts Tagged ‘smith’


[Posted by: Alex Miller]

According to Deadline, Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code, Apollo 13, Willow) will be directing the first of 3 film adaptations of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower series, as well as the first season for a television show. This had been rumoured for a while but now the deal is closed with Universal/NBC taking the project on. The series is 7 books strong so there is plenty of material to be used. I actually found this story while looking into reading it, as it has been compared to Clint Eastwood meets The Lord of the Rings. I don’t know about you but that sounds awesome.

What makes me less excited about this project is that Akiva Goldsman is set to write the first film and first TV season. His most recent work was producing Jonah Hex . A movie so bad I couldn’t even review it since my mom always taught me – if I couldn’t say anything nice then don’t say anything at all. Well there was definitely nothing nice to say at all and I actually think the Producer was one of the biggest culprits. But to be fair he’s writing this project, not producing. However, he’s ruined his fair share of book adaptations too. He turned Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi masterpiece I, Robot into a silly Will Smith vehicle. He then did almost the exact same thing with Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend. He’s worked with Ron Howard in the past, writing A Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man a long with piss-poor adaptations of The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. To me, his writing-style is boring and Ron Howard is the very definition of ‘hit or miss’. Let’s hope they decide now is the time to make their masterpiece and we all get something even close to the level of The Lord of the Rings to which this project obviously aspires to be.



[Author: Danny Moltrasi]

It currently seems that if the name of Apatow is attached to a project, it will be a success. It does not matter if you are a massive cinema fan and know him or not, his name, equals financial, and usually critical success. After an early dip into the waters of cinema during the mid-90s, most noticeably with The Cable Guy starring Jim Carrey, Apatow returned to television to hone down his skills. He hit the big time with Freaks and Geeks and followed it up with Undeclared. Both, as seems the way with television, were profoundly well received with critics, largely ignored by audiences, and was cancelled after a season. This lead to a return to the world of cinema in 2004, but this time he would be a lot more successful. (more…)


[Author: Alex Miller]

"Sometimes the most important fights are the ones you avoid."

“Another remake of a classic movie from my childhood? Damn you Hollywood!” That’s what I was thinking too, before I saw this movie.  Yes, it’s a remake. No, it’s not as good as the original.  But honestly could any movie compete with nostalgia?  (more…)