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'Alice Creed' Director J. Blakeson To Helm Ridley Scott-Produced Sci-Fi Pic 'Wool'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 29, 2012 9:26 AM
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A few years ago, boardgame properties were all the rage, and now self-published e-books are the new subjects of bidding wars. Earlier this summer, Fox scooped up the rights to Hugh Howey’s self-published and post-apocalyptic “Wool” with Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian -- under their respective production companies -- teaming up to shepherd the film into production. Now it looks like they have a director in the form of “The Disappearance of Alice Creed” helmer J. Blakeson.

Fox Director Shortlist For 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' Both Predictable & Surprising

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2012 10:40 PM
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With Rupert Wyatt bailing on the director's chair just over a week ago, 20th Century Fox now have a vacany to fill for "Dawn Of The Planet The Apes" and it's one they want to move on fast as a release date is on the horizon. So here comes the shortlist and it's both predictable and kind of totally random at the same time.

Bradley Cooper Finds 'Bad Blood And Trouble'; Also Eyed For Clint Eastwood's 'A Star Is Born'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2012 5:33 PM
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While J. Blakeson's underrated feature debut "The Disappearance Of Alice Creed" didn't exactly blow up the box office, it did find its way in front of the right people in Hollywood, and they soon came knocking. Over at Warner Bros., he's already been tapped to direct "The Imitation Game," a hot script that has seen hot directors like David Yates, Ralph Fiennes and Bryan Singer among those being sought for the gig. And now, he's got another big project in the works, and it looks like it will roll first, with a pretty decent name attached.

'Alice Creed' Director J. Blakeson To Helm Black List Script 'The Imitation Game' For Warner Bros.

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 16, 2012 6:09 PM
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Well, here's a name we're glad to hear is back on the radar. J. Blakeson may not be instantly familiar, but he's the man who made some nice waves with his crackling debut feature, "The Disapperance of Alice Creed," a whipsmart and nervy little thriller that put him on the map (and if you haven't seen the film, it's definitely worth tracking down). But curiously, not much has been heard from him. Way back in 2010 he signed on for the Great Chicago Fire romance "Hell and Gone" with a script by Jonathan Nolan, but not much was heard since. However, one of the hottest scripts in town has now landed his name back in the trades.

The Prime Minister's Speech: Why The British Government's Plan To Shake Up Film Financing Is Wrong-Headed & Doomed To Failure

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 11, 2012 1:58 PM
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Eighteen months or so ago, the British film industry, which relies heavily on states subsidy through money from the National Lottery, was thrown into turmoil when the new coalition government, led by Prime Minister David Cameron, announced that they were shutting down the UK Film Council, the organization that, among other things, was responsible for the allocation of funding for development and production. Those responsibilites were shifted to the British Film Institute, but many in the industry were fearful what changes were still to come.

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