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Studio Ghibli Producing TV Series, Michael Pitt Joins 'Hannibal,' '24: Live Another Day' Gets Super Bowl Spot & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 4, 2014 11:17 AM
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Whether or not the legendary Hayao Miyazaki returns from his apparent retirement following his recent “final” film “The Wind Rises," the future of Studio Ghibli still remains bright. Miyazaki’s cohorts Isao Takahata and Hiromasa Yonebayashi have each lent their directorial talents to Ghibli films in the past (“My Neighbors The Yamadas," “The Secret World of Arietty”), but Hayao’s son Goro Miyazaki has also thrown his hat into the ring as well, and now he plans to take the studio into new territory on the small screen.

Timor Bekmambetov Out, Ben Stiller Circling Director's Chair For 'The Current War'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2013 4:54 PM
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Perhaps the biggest surprise and news story of the day was the arrival of the trailer for Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty." The film, which Stiller both stars in and directs, was unveiled as something much more than your everyday remake, promising something that could possibly be the subject of Oscar talk a few months from now. It's certainly one of the more ambitious directorial efforts we've seen from Stiller, and it seems he's keen to keep testing himself with interesting material.

Alex Proyas & Martin Campbell Head To ABC For TV Projects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2012 4:57 PM
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Two directors who have a lot brewing, but not much moving are heading to ABC for some television projects that will likely keep their chops honed as they wait for their various feature efforts to come together.

Director Martin Campbell Reviving Cult Brit Sci-Fi Series 'Blake's 7'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • July 25, 2012 10:22 AM
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Okay, you’re planning to reboot an established property. Who do you call on? Well, after he managed to breathe new life into Bond on two separate occasions with “Goldeneye” and the frankly sublime “Casino Royale” – and not to mention 1998’s “The Mask of Zorro” - then you’d have to say Martin Campbell would be a pretty good shout, even after that “Green Lantern” debacle. This time Campbell’s been tapped up to direct a potential reboot of the cult British sci-fi series “Blake’s 7” which is being shopped to U.S. networks.

Martin Campbell Takes Over 'The Dive' From James Cameron

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • March 22, 2012 10:22 AM
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A while before “John Carter” set Disney’s bank accounts on fire with its financial woes, a comic book adaptation by the name of “Green Lantern” had a similar situation, failing to generate much box office heat in the overcrowded summer of 2011. Much in the way Disney has done with “John Carter,” a lot of the blame was shifted to the helmer -- in the case of “Green Lantern” it was “Casino Royale” director Martin Campbell. Though if “John Carter” helmer Andrew Stanton can follow in the footsteps of Campbell as he emerges from the wreckage of his own box office flop, perhaps he’ll be doing alright for himself. While it was practically a given Campbell wouldn’t be returning to guide Hal Jordan through a “Green Lantern 2,” he’s already lined up an impressive slate of work, taking over for Joe Carnahan on the thriller “Umbra” as well as landing a gig bringing the Lee Majors-led television series “The Fall Guy” to the big screen. We suppose that’s the sort of resilience your career has when you’ve directed two great Bond films in “Casino Royale” and “Goldeneye,” or perhaps Campbell has friends in high places, and a good bit of luck.

Martin Campbell Replaces Joe Carnahan On The Thriller 'Umbra,' Paul Haggis Will Rewrite Script

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2012 4:56 PM
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It seems like ancient history, and it kind of is, but way back in 2010 Joe Carnahan signed on to direct the thriller "Umbra." The project had been kicking around awhile – and once was set to be a Roger Donaldson/Nicolas Cage vehicle, but they made the terrible-looking "Seeking Justice" instead – but it continued to sit on the backburner, as Carnahan went off and shot his upcoming man vs. nature vs. Liam Neeson tale "The Grey." Well, the project has changed hands once again, falling into the lap of someone who needs a serious rebound.

Martin Campbell Might Be 'The Fall Guy' For TV Show Adaptation

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2011 9:09 AM
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With full credit taken for delivering the best Bond film in years with "Casino Royale," a gritty reboot (of sorts) of the franchise, director Martin Campbell flopped hard with his next two films. There was the misguided Mel Gibson thriller "Edge Of Darkness" (which this writer turned off halfway through) and then this summer's comic movie disaster, "Green Lantern." So what kind of movies do you get direct when you get locked up in director's jail? TV reboots.

'Green Lantern' Sequel May Ditch Early Story Outlines And Start From Scratch

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 2, 2011 6:01 AM
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Just Like Audiences Worldwide, WB Reportedly Not Happy With Martin Campbell's DirectionThere is nothing about a prospective "Green Lantern 2" that doesn't reek of flop sweat. DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. are scuffling in their race against Marvel/themselves to develop a new chain of franchises based on comic book characters, and the performance of "GL" this summer has certainly hurt momentum. With "The Dark Knight Rises" pegged for next summer and "The Man Of Steel" after that, they're going to want to diversify, lest the studio be forced to greenlight a bunch of actual real movies with interesting original characters not made to sell Happy Meals. Ye gods.

A Completely Oblivious Martin Campell Says Marc Forster's 'Quantum Of Solace' Was "Lousy"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2011 6:21 AM
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First, let's get this out of the way: "Quantum Of Solace" was definitely a disappointing followup to "Casino Royale" but if anybody should be heeding to the rule of not throwing stones in glass houses, it's director Martin Campbell.

Review: 'Green Lantern' Is A Tale Of Good Versus Evil For Dummies

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 15, 2011 2:16 AM
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Why are superhero and comic book movies so popular? It may be the comfort of believing there is a clear distinction between “good” and “bad” people, that “good” isn’t such an abstract notion within one’s identity and bad, in itself, is an unchanging, sometimes unstoppable force. There is poetry in this oversimplified view, both in the way it calms the troubled minds of moviegoers and the very notion of an unchanging duality forever at war, one side “morally” representing the winning side, the other not.

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