Terry Gilliam Wraps Production on ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’

When you are obsessed with movies and the industry that makes them, it becomes a sad fact of life that you will hear about millions of amazing project ideas that simply don't come together. There was a time not all that long ago when it seemed likely that either David Fincher or David Cronenberg were going to be adapting Charles Burns' brilliant graphic novel Black Hole for the big screen. Where did that go? Down the drain. For many years, Tim Burton seemed prepared to adapt Katherine Dunn's classic, malevolent Geek Love. It never happened. And let's …
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Indie Spotlight: From Scrawl to Screen, Interview with Director Peter Hearn

Currently making the festival rounds, writer/director Peter Hearn’s Scrawl is a fascinating, micro-budget journey into the (dangerous) minds of a group of teenagers in England, including a pre-Star Wars: The Force Awakens Daisy Ridley. Daily Dead recently caught up with Peter for a chat about the film and the inspirational story behind its making.

Thanks for taking the time to talk to Daily Dead, Peter. As Scrawl is just starting to make its way around the festival circuit, could you give our readers an idea of what it’s about?

Peter Hearn: Gosh, where do I start? If I were to pitch it I would describe it as Big meets A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors by way of Phantasm and The Evil Dead. The story revolves around a boy who writes a comic book with his best friend, before finding situations depicted
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Reality Check: Ghost in the Shell Will Be Another Generic Action Movie

For those excited for a robust, live-action version of Ghost in the Shell, I’ve got some bad news for you. The announcement of Scarlett Johannson signing on to star is a sign that this thing is a bit more real than it was before, but it’s destined to look a lot more like Aeon Flux than Blade Runner, and there’s a simple reason for that. Saying, “I want to make a live-action version of Ghost in the Shell” is a lot like saying, “I want to make The Matrix.” It requires an unbelievable cocktail of skill, sci-fi understanding, nuance, innovation and luck. The filmmakers involved would need to be at the top of their game as well as be dedicated to focusing on existential issues even after the bullet casings hit the floor. Instead, we’re getting Avi Arad and Steven Paul. Arad has been involved in the superhero resurgence since EPing Blade in
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Brad Pitt to Produce 'Wytches' Comic Book Adaptation

Brad Pitt to Produce 'Wytches' Comic Book Adaptation
Brad Pitt's Plan B Productions and New Regency have acquired rights to the new comic book Wytches, which just debuted at New York Comic Con, for a feature adaptation.

The story, created by Eisner-winning writer Scott Snyder and illustrated by Jock, follows Charles Rooks, a father who moves his family to a nearby town, to help his teenager daughter Sailor recover from a traumatic bullying incident in the woods. Sailor is still traumatized by the event, and as she begins to see familiar, shadowed figures, Charles realizes that a terrifying mythical presence is haunting her from the woods that surround neighboring towns.

Scott Snyder and Jock will serve as executive producers on the adaptation, alongside Plan B's Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. The production company has yet to attach a screenwriter or director to adapt the comic book at this time.

Wytches is just the latest
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Comic-Con Hot Title ‘Wytches’ In Feature Deal With New Regency & Plan B

Exclusive: Hot off its debut at New York Comic-Con, the comic book series Wytches has been acquired by New Regency for Plan B to produce. The series is written by bestselling and Eisner Award-winning author Scott Snyder and illustrated by award-winning artist Jock. Snyder and Jock will be executive producers on the feature film adaptation.

Unveiled this week at Comic-Con, Wytches follows Charles Rooks, a loving father who moves his family to a neighboring town in an attempt to help their teenage daughter Sailor recover from a disturbing run-in with a bully. She remains haunted by the traumatic incident, unsure of what actually occurred in the woods and unable to escape a darkness growing around her. When Sailor begins to see familiar shadowed figures, Charles must help his daughter survive a terrifyingly real and mythic presence rooted within the woods and the surrounding local towns.

Wytches becomes another in a
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The Graphic Novel from ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Is Already a Movie (Sort Of)

If your weekend consisted of checking out Matt Reeves’ wonderful Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and then wrapping yourself in a warm blanket and reminding yourself that Little Caesar is a-okay (for now, and also, that is the baby ape’s name, right?) and just gently rocking for the remainder of Saturday and Sunday, we understand. But perhaps it’s time you emerge from your emotional fog and remember some of the less wrenching parts of the film. Like that time that Alexander (Kodi Smit-McPhee) made friends with Maurice (played by Karin Konoval) by sharing the magic of books, graphic novels, and storytelling. That was nice, right? And also, what was that book? Perhaps there is some subtext buried here. In Reeves’ film, young Alexander forges a tenuous connection with the big-hearted ape Maurice, who exhibits a love for reading and knowledge early in the film, through a book (Maurice, it
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Charles Burns's Black Hole features in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes includes a important and surprising role for Charles Burns's Black Hole.

The acclaimed comic is used as a plot point in the hit sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Kodi Smit-McPhee's teenage character uses his Black Hole collection as a way of bonding with the orangutan Maurice (a motion-captured Karin Konoval).

Burns said that he had given permission for the use of his book so long ago that he had forgotten about it, and did not know it would be so heavily featured.

"It was one of those things that I agreed to, and I just spaced it out," he told Philly.com.

"Occasionally, I'll get a request from a film to use a book as a prop, sitting in a room, on a table or something."

Black Hole centres around a group of adolescents in 1970s America
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Review

Director: Matt Reeves.

Cast: Andy Serkis, Toby Kebbel, Jason Clark, Kerri Russell, Gary Oldman.

Certificate: 12A.

Running Time: 130 minutes.

Synopsis: After the simian flu causes the collapse of human civilisation, the apes’ society thrives. But when Caesar and the apes encounter humans for the first time in years, are they be able to co-exist or will the war for species superiority finally begin?

That 2011′s Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes was such a brilliant reboot came as a welcome surprise. Not because the potential of the franchise was ever in doubt, but because of the foul taste left in the mouth from Tim Burton’s abysmal 2001 ‘re-imagining’ (which was pure monkey business – a bit like Burton flinging his own shit around the place and masturbating at groups of tearful schoolchildren for the amusement of no one but himself).

The question now is whether the next instalment can sustain
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Graphic-Novel Scene Explained

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Graphic-Novel Scene Explained
Midway through Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which opens this weekend, there is a nice little moment when teenage human Alexander (Kodi Smit-McPhee) sits down and reads the book he's been carrying around all movie to the orangutan Maurice. The scene, which you can watch below, is a minor yet compelling bit of warmth that cuts through the film's tension. So, what is this book that bonds these noble primates?  Dark yet strangely beautiful, Charles Burns's award-winning Black Hole was told over the course of 12 issues, between 1995 and 2005. It tells the story of a suburban Seattle high school in the 1970s in which students contract an Std called "the bug" or the "teen plague," which results in grotesque body mutations (horns, tales, snakelike scales, etc.), turning some into monsters of a sort. Eventually, this disease infects many kids, and they decide to flee and build a
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Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes wasn’t supposed to be good. How could a reboot that followed Tim Burton’s dismal 2001 remake even approach being a worthy successor to a much beloved franchise that’s been around—in admittedly varying quality—since the late sixties? What more could be added to a series that’s essentially built on the simple premise of apes acting like humans? The answer was, quite a lot actually.

If you look past the shameless cash grab of rebooting movies based on name recognition alone, Rise of the Planet of the Apes reinvigorated and rewrote a very familiar story in a sort of ingenious way, giving us the imagery we wanted but also sufficiently creating a new narrative. It’s something that’s fascinated me with these new Planet of the Apes movies so far. We basically already know the outcome (a hint if
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‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ displays precise and patient storytelling

Planet of the Apes is not an easy franchise to embrace. There’s the classic original Planet of the Apes and its sequels of varying quality, then there’s the terrible Tim Burton remake and finally Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which breathed new life. Would the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes take off from that launching point, or would it become another forgettable sequel?

Much like the end credits of Rise suggested, the opening credits of Dawn show the spread and lasting effect of the Simian flu/Alz-113 virus on the world, wiping out a large portion of the human population, creating pockets of survival, leaving many without the false comforts of technology and electricity. Supplies are becoming scarce and many of the post-apocalyptic staples are present, but conceptually, most fit very well into this specific instance. To many survivors, apes are wrongly viewed
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New Clip from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Graphic novels can be the source of hours of entertainment, but in the apocalypse, they can be quite effective as an olive branch between enemy parties. While we’ve seen tension boiling over between humans and apes in previously released trailers and clips for the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the latest clip from the film shows a human and an orangutan enjoying one another’s company over a shared graphic novel.

The new clip showcases Kodi Smit-McPhee’s Alexander, who approaches Maurice the orangutan (Karin Konoval) with a trade paperback copy of Charles BurnsBlack Hole comic book series, which he then uses to see if his newfound friend can read.

“A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived,
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Is David Fincher still attached to 'Black Hole' adaptation?

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(Cbr) The “unadaptable” "Black Hole" has not gone away — not according to Brad Pitt, at least. In a profile on Pitt and his production company Plan B’s upcoming slate, The Hollywood Reporter states that "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" filmmaker David Fincher is still attached to adapt "Black Hole", the Charles Burns graphic novel about a sexually transmitted disease that triggers strange mutations among teenagers in the suburbs of Seattle. Twitch Film provides a helpful breakdown of the project’s history: It was once set up at Universal Pictures, with Alexandre Aja attached to direct based on a script from...
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David Fincher and Brad Pitt Team Up and Head Into the Black Hole

The last couple of times David Fincher and Brad Pitt joined forces, the results were two of the very best films of the 1990s: Se7en and Fight Club. Needless to say, the thought of these two Hollywood titans getting together again is incredibly exciting, and another collaboration is indeed on its way.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news today that Pitt's company, Plan B Entertainment, will be producing a feature film adaptation of Charles Burns' graphic novel Black Hole, which David Fincher will direct. Fincher's been linked to the project since 2008, and it seems the wait is finally almost over.

For now Pitt is only attached to produce, and there's no word on whether he'll be appearing in the film.

Check out the synopsis of the graphic novel below to get an idea of what you can expect!

Graphic Novel Synopsis

The setting: suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s.
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In the Works: David Fincher, Kim Jee-woon and David Yates Set to Direct Long-Awaited Graphic Novel Adaptations

Big news this week for comics lovers. Three graphic novel adaptations have found their top international directors. David Fincher is attached to direct the eagerly anticipated adaptation of Charles Burns' "Black Hole," a '70s-set sci-fi about the spread of a horrifying Std among a group of teens in Seattle, for Brad Pitt's Plan B. Fincher is one of several directors who orbited the project, in talks since the mid-2000s. Also on the genre front, Korean director Kim Jee-woon (the brutal "I Saw the Devil") will direct "Coward," an adaptation of Ed Brubaker's underworld crime graphic novel, and "Harry Potter" helmer David Yates is slated to direct "Who Is Jake Ellis?" for Fox, from Nathan Edmonson's espionage comic series. While Brubaker adapted "Coward" himself, screenwriters for "Jake Ellis" and "Black Hole" are yet unknown, though Roger Avary and Neil Gaiman were once attached to pen "Black Hole.
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David Fincher is still planning on adapting Charles Burns' Black Hole (someday)

News of Charles BurnsBlack Hole being adapted into a movie by David Fincher first surfaced in 2008, part of an era of cautious optimism when it seemed like every dark, cultishly adored graphic novel—from Sandman to Preacher to Y: The Last Man—was well on its way to adaptation. (Back before we all became jaded and mistrusting, then moved out to the desert to be alone with our thoughts and woodwork.) But just as all of those titles have continued to show occasional signs of life, The Hollywood Reporter passes along the word that Fincher is indeed still ...
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David Fincher to Direct Black Hole Comic Adaptation

A few years ago David Fincher was attached to direct a big screen adaptation of Charles Burns' comic book series Black Hole. The project fell apart, but Fincher is now back on board and ready to take it on. The movie will be made under Brad Pitt's Plan B production company, and here's what it's about.

The setting is Seattle during the '70s. A sexual disease, the 'bug,' is spreading among teenagers. Those who get it develop bizarre mutations - sometimes subtle. Story follows two teens, Keith & Chris as they get the bug. Their dreams and hallucinations - made of deeply disturbing symbolism merging sexuality and sickness - are a key part of the tale! This is what Fincher had to say about the project a couple years ago when he was developing it.

It’s a really great script by Dante Harper, so the hope is that will win out…
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David Fincher And Brad Pitt Regroup For ‘Black Hole’ Film

The film adaptation of Charles Burns’ acclaimed graphic novel Black Hole is back on, and with a great team. Both David Fincher and Brad Pitt are reuniting for the project.

Based on Charles Burns’ twelve-issue comic book limited series, the story focuses on the aftermath of a sexuality transmitted diseases which causes horrible mutations in teens. Here’s a synopsis:

The setting: suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s. We learn from the outset that a strange plague has descended upon the area’s teenagers, transmitted by sexual contact. The disease is manifested in any number of ways — from the hideously grotesque to the subtle (and concealable) — but once you’ve got it, that’s it. There’s no turning back.As we inhabit the heads of several key characters — some kids who have it, some who don’t, some who are about to get it — what unfolds isn’t the expected battle to fight the plague,
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Charles Burns's 'Black Hole' film moving ahead with David Fincher

The film adaptation of Charles Burns's Black Hole is moving ahead.

Director David Fincher remains on board the project, which is being developed by Brad Pitt's Plan B production company, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The 12-issue comic book series published between 1995 and 2005 centres around a sexually transmitted disease that plagues the teenagers of a 1970s Seattle suburb.

The infected, who develop random mutations, are drawn into a web of paranoia and murder.

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Snow White and the Huntsman's Rupert Sanders previously released a short based on the series.

A schedule for the Black Hole film is yet to be announced.
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Director David Fincher Returns to Black Hole

Director David Fincher Returns to Black Hole
Several years ago, director David Fincher was attached to make Black Hole, based on Charles Burns' graphic novel. However, the project fell apart in 2008, when screenwriters Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary left the project.

Black Hole is now back up and running with David Fincher returning to the helm and Brad Pitt producing through his Plan B company.

It isn't known if Plan B has a new screenwriter attached to adapt the property as of yet. Here's the official description of the graphic novel.

"The setting is Seattle during the '70's. A sexual disease, the 'bug,' is spreading among teenagers. Those who get it develop bizarre mutations - sometimes subtle. Story follows two teens, Keith & Chris as they get the bug. Their dreams and hallucinations - made of deeply disturbing symbolism merging sexuality and sickness - are a key part of the tale!"

The adaptation was originally set up at MTV Films,
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