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12 Indie Directors Who Jumped To Blockbuster Budgets

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 26, 2014 2:24 PM
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Noah, Russell Crowe, Aronofsky
This week sees the release of “Noah,” and it’s notable for a number of reasons. For one, it’s that it’s a relatively rare Biblical movie not aimed principally at religious audiences (which may or may not pay off). For another, it’s the latest film from “Requiem For A Dream” and “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky. But perhaps more than anything else, it’s a movie that costs $125 million, almost four times as much as the director’s most expensive previous film, “The Fountain,” the helmer having been given the keys to Paramount’s war chest after the surprise smash success of “Black Swan,” which made nearly $300 million worldwide.

Paramount Rolls Dice On Mark Wahlberg & 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' Helmer Rupert Wyatt For 'The Gambler' Remake

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 11, 2013 4:20 PM
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While rumors of his involvement in the studio's still-gestating "Star Trek 3" continue to pick up steam, it looks like Paramount has something else in mind for "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" director Rupert Wyatt: a remake of their 1974 drama "The Gambler," this time starring Mark Wahlberg in the titular role originated by James Caan. Irwin Winkler, who produced the original, will be back performing similar duties for the remake, which was written by "The Departed's" William Monahan. Sounds like a pretty good bet to us.

Rumor: 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Helmer Jon M. Chu Contender To Direct 'Star Trek 3'; Kurtzman/Orci Will Write The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2013 5:45 PM
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A couple of weeks back an offhand comment by Zachary Quinto set nerds into a lather as it was suggested that J.J. Abrams—tasked with helming "Star Wars: Episode 7"—was somehow going to find time to direct "Star Trek 3" in time for a 2016 release. Keep dreaming, we said. And it would appear that our smugness was well-placed as, if this latest rumor is anything to go by, Paramount is already looking at other candidates.

Rupert Wyatt Going Noir With 'Night Film'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • April 17, 2013 9:18 AM
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When “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” came out in the summer of 2011, its critical and financial success surely was a surprise to many. A good portion of the credit has to go to director Rupert Wyatt who had only made one feature-length film (“The Escapist”) prior to the 'Apes' reboot. Despite the success, things have sort of been quiet on the Wyatt front ever since he stepped down from the 'Apes' sequel. He’s attached himself to a few projects here and there, but nothing seems to have officially moved forward for the filmmaker at this point.

6 Directors Who Could Helm The Next James Bond Film

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 6, 2013 12:02 PM
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Somewhat shocking (to fans), but not completely surprising news this AM. Sam Mendes, the director of "Skyfall," the highest grossing -- by a large margin with $1.1 billion -- and arguably most popular James Bond film ever decided to pass and won't be directing "Bond 24." While the "American Beauty" director suggested in recent interviews he might take on the next installment -- something the Bond producers would have loved, we're sure -- he had flipped and flopped and it doesn't come as huge surprise Mendes moved on if you've paid attention to his creatively peripatetic career.

Revolving Door On 'The Equalizer' Continues As Rupert Wyatt Exits The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2013 4:17 PM
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...and another one bites the dust. Granted, it all seemed pretty tentative anyway, but Sony will have to keep looking for a director to tackle their big screen take on "The Equalizer" as Rupert Wyatt has exited the picture.

Rupert Wyatt May Replace Nicolas Winding Refn On 'The Equalizer' With Denzel Washington

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 19, 2013 2:54 PM
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"Jurassic Park IV" isn't the only proposed 2014 movie currently without a director. Sony's "The Equalizer" has been developing for a good while now, with Denzel Washington slated to star, but it's had a hard time keeping a director. Paul Haggis was once mooted with Russell Crowe in the lead, and then Nicolas Winding Refn came aboard late last year, only to exit the movie about a month later. But now, it may have landed a worthy replacement.

Rupert Wyatt To Direct Adaptation Of Sebastian Faulks' WWI Novel 'Birdsong'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 5, 2013 8:58 AM
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For someone who might be one of the most sought-after directors around right now, Rupert Wyatt is certainly taking his time picking his next project. It's been eighteen months since Wyatt's second film, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," proved to be a surprisingly huge hit, which marked him in the eyes of many as the next Christopher Nolan. But Wyatt dropped out of the sequel, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," citing a reluctance to rush the film for a summer 2014 release date, and while other films are in the mix -- sci-fi actioner "Agent 13" with Charlize Theron, based-in-fact Russian spy tale "Londongrad" -- the only thing Wyatt has committed to is the pilot of AMC's Civil War-era spy series "Turn."

Rupert Wyatt To Direct AMC Pilot For George Washington Spy Drama 'Turn'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 14, 2013 9:36 AM
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With “Breaking Bad” ending its run this year, AMC has started thinking about its future. The cable network is looking to the past for inspiration, nabbing a high-profile director to set the tone for period drama “Turn.”

Rupert Wyatt May Step Down From Directing 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2012 9:24 PM
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It looks like it's shaping up to be an interesting week around the Fox lot. On the weekend, honcho Tom Rothman shocked most folks by announcing he was going to be out at by the end of year, and now one of the studio's rising talents may be packing his bags as well. Rupert Wyatt is looking at the exit door from helming "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes," the sequel to his smash hit, Hollywood calling card "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes."

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