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Doug Liman Lines Up Futuristic 'Railhead,' Len Wiseman Goes Supernatural With 'Black Chapter' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 23, 2014 9:39 AM
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Doug Liman’s first feature-length directorial outing in four years, the Tom Cruise-starring sci-fi blockbuster “Edge of Tomorrow,” sees release later this year and the “Bourne Identity” director isn’t wasting time in lining up a follow-up gig. THR reports Liman is being courted by Warner Bros. to helm an adaptation of the forthcoming children’s novel “Railhead.”

'Dallas Buyers Club' Director Jean-Marc Vallée, Len Wiseman & Ruben Fleischer Line Up New Projects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2013 4:36 PM
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It's look like Jean-Marc Vallée's time is coming. Ever since breaking out with "C.R.A.Z.Y." in 2005, the Canadian filmmaker has been edging his way into Hollywood, helming the somewhat underrated "The Young Victoria" and of course, this fall's awards season contender "The Dallas Buyers Club" starring Matthew McConaughey. Next up, he'll be behind the camera for another true story tale in "Wild," with Reese Witherspoon slated to lead, and he's already lining up his next gig after that.

Len Wiseman Leaves The Crypt, Won't Direct 'The Mummy' Reboot

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 1, 2013 9:41 AM
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The news earlier this year that Universal hired “The Hunger Games” and “Captain Phillips” writer Billy Ray to pen a new screenplay for “The Mummy” reboot, after “Prometheus” writer Jon Spaihts turned in his own separate draft, signalled perhaps that the studio still wasn't sure which direction to take. And now, the plans for the reboot are going to get more complicated for Universal as director Len Wiseman walks away from the project.

Len Wiseman Hired To Direct Reboot Of Universal's 'The Mummy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2012 5:34 PM
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Even though reviews for "Total Recall" were less than kind, and audiences at home mostly didn't care, it seems overseas is where Len Wiseman still matters. The ill advised, blandly directed and deathly dull remake pulled in less than $60 million stateside, but overseas? $114 million. Good lord. Anyway, it seems those figures are enough to convince Universal that the man who has fingers in the anonymous "Underworld" series, and dipped his toes in the "Die Hard" franchise with the largely disregarded "Live Free Or Die Hard" is the right guy to helm the all important reboot of "The Mummy."

Review: 'Total Recall' A Derivative, Dim & Substance-Free Remake

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • August 2, 2012 8:00 AM
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A pastiche of almost too many movies to count as a remake of just one, “Total Recall” is mindless, middling fare that fails to utilize – much less expand – the provocative concepts at the core of its iconic 1990 predecessor. Len Wiseman, whose “Die Hard” sequel effectively betrayed every one of the central tenets of that franchise (save for the casting of Bruce Willis), applies his personality-free technical proficiency to a re-imagining whose focus on what’s cool in the moment consistently undermines what any of it collectively means, not to mention why the hell audiences should care. Passable but uninspiring except for a standout performance from the never-better Jessica Biel, “Total Recall” plays directly into the hands of metaphor-wielding critics eager to highlight how a movie about a man recovering his memory can manage to be quite so forgettable.

Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci Pitching Modern 'Sleepy Hollow' TV Show With Len Wiseman To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2012 3:21 PM
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After their attempt at non-explosions filmmaking earlier this summer with "People Like Us" fizzled out, it looks like "Transformers" and "Star Trek" franchise writers/producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are going back to their bread and butter. Only this time, it's in the shape of Hollywood's latest faovrite trend -- take very old (and more importantly, likely copyright free) fairy tales and popular stories, and goosing them up for modern audiences. And the latest to get the treatment is Washington Irving's "The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow."

Comic-Con '12: 'Total Recall' Remake Footage A Slick, Straight Take On The Original

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • July 14, 2012 10:00 AM
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Last year at Comic-Con Len Wiseman and co. offered a tease of the anticipated remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 sci-fi flick, “Total Recall.” Outside the San Diego Convention Center, sexy futuristic lady officers stood with guns beside a future cop car.

Watch: New 'Total Recall' Clip, Featurette & International Poster

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 12, 2012 9:05 AM
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As “Total Recall,” the latest entry in the list of remakes no one asked for, is set for release in a little over three weeks, the marketing campaign is going into overdrive. A batch of new stuff from the movie has arrived for your weary eyeballs.

Len Wiseman Producing Comic Book Adaptation 'The Darkness'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • July 11, 2012 1:24 PM
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While his films may be questionable in quality for the most part, there's no denying that their financial success have given “Underworld” helmer Len Wiseman some clout and respect among industry circles, and indeed, his expertise is being eyed to help bring a comic book to the big screen.

2 New 'Total Recall' Images Hit, Director Len Wiseman Says Remake Is Different From Original

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 15, 2012 9:02 AM
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Worried that there will be few surprises or twists in the 2012 remake of "Total Recall" since you've likely seen the original Arnold Schwarzenegger-led version from 1990? Well, according to filmmaker Len Wiseman ("Underworld," "Live Free Or Die Hard") in perhaps the smartest observation he's ever made, a straight remake of that film would be pointless. Reportedly costing around $200 million, this film apparently takes a dramatically different approach from the original film's source material, Philip K. Dick's 1966 short story, "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale."

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