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Rupert Sanders To Direct Live Action 'Ghost In The Shell' & Mike Newell Helming 'The Day Of The Triffids'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 27, 2014 10:37 AM
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Ghost In The Shell Rupert Sanders
In 2009 “Shutter Island” screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis was tapped to adapt the Japanese manga “Ghost In The Shell” for the American big-screen and here we are five years later, per Deadline, and DreamWorks has finally locked down their director by signing up “Snow White and the Huntsman” helmer Rupert Sanders.

Watch: Trailer For Mike Newell's 'Great Expectations' Featuring Ralph Fiennes & Helena Bonham Carter

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2013 4:44 PM
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Gotta admit, we sort of totally forgot about this movie entirely. After playing TIFF to rather muted notice last fall, and being released all over the place elsewhere in the world, Mike Newell's "Great Expectations" is finally seeing release in stateside theaters. And well, it's certainly very costume drama-esque as you might expect.

Fire Your Agent? 5 Directors Who May Need To Rethink Their Career Choices

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 8, 2012 2:26 PM
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In his seminal book "Making Movies," Sidney Lumet wrote, "I've done two movies because I needed the money. I've done three because I love to work and couldn't wait anymore. Because I'm a professional, I worked as hard on those movies as on any I've done. Two of them turned out to be good and were hits." As with any freelance job, few filmmakers are in full control of their destiny -- they're at the behest of what they're offered, what they can actually get made, and, even once a film is in production, any number of factors that can make the difference between a creatively successful or creatively lacking film.

TIFF Review: 'Great Expectations' Is A Handsome But Stodgy Literary Adaptation

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 12, 2012 12:02 AM
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Adapted a dozen times for television and film (most memorably by David Lean back in 1946), the Charles Dickens classic "Great Expectations" is a tale ripe with thematic undercurrents, one that is more-than-ready for reinvention, interpretation, and reconfiguration. Sadly, no one told this to the makers of the new "Great Expectations" (among them writer David Nicholls and "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" director Mike Newell) a stodgy staging of the original text that benefits from occasionally lively characterizations but very little in the way of effervescent freshness, which is desperately vital to a story that has been told so many damn times.

Michael Douglas To Play Ronald Reagan In Former Ridley Scott Project 'Reykjavik,' Mike Newell Now Directing

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 29, 2012 3:13 PM
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The Hollywood Reporter reevals that famously liberal actor Michael Douglas will play famously conservative president Ronald Regan in "Reykjavik," a Cold War drama once being eyed as a potential directing vehicle for Ridley Scott. Scott is still involved in the project, but will serve as a producer through his Scott Free banner. Mike Newell, who directed "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" and a new version of "Great Expectations" that is debuting at Toronto in a couple of weeks, is in talks to helm the film.

Mike Newell To Direct 'On Chesil Beach'; Sam Mendes Stays On To Produce

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2011 6:06 PM
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Last year, in the midst of the MGM financial debacle that left the productions of both "Skyfall" and "The Hobbit" in doubt, director Sam Mendes was looking at another project, an adaptation of Ian McEwan's "On Chesil Beach." Granted, getting the picture mounted seemed to difficult as financing was never quite there, but there was a glimmer of hope when StudioCanal begin sniffing around the film after Focus Features dropped it. And then...everything went quiet. Well, with "Skyfall" now in front of cameras, Mendes will be too busy to take it on, but another helmer has stepped in to take his place.

Jason Flemyng Joins Ralph Fiennes & Jeremy Irvine In Mike Newell's 'Great Expectations'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 19, 2011 12:57 PM
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With 2012 marking the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth, it's no surprise that there's a whole spate of Dickens-related projects in the works. Ralph Fiennes, for instance, is directing biopic "The Invisible Woman," "Oliver Twist" is getting a 21st century spin in British 3D parkour actioner "Twist" (don't blame us, we didn't come up with the thing...) and even Guillermo del Toro wants to get involved at some stage, developing an adaptation of Dan Simmons' novel "Drood," which investigates the horrifying secret behind Dickens' last, unfinished work. And of course, there are straight adaptations on the way too, most notably a pair of versions of "Great Expectations."

Ralph Fiennes In Talks To Join Mike Newell's Adaptation Of Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 22, 2011 1:25 AM
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Scheduling Conflicts Ended Early Talks With Rooney Mara For Female Lead, EstellaWith 2012 set to initiate celebrations of Charles Dickens' bicentenary, there's sure to be a few film projects being developed to take part in the festivities. One particular production, though, is already jumping out of the blocks as a standout: the adaptation of "Great Expectations" by Mike Newell which already has rising star Jeremy Irvine ("War Horse") as Pip and Helena Bonham Carter in talks for Miss Havisham.

Rowan Joffe To Write WWII Pic 'Agent Zigzag' With Mike Newell To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2011 6:43 AM
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For whatever reason, this one escaped our noticed, but last spring the LA Times reported that Mike Newell was developing a WWII film, "Agent Zizag." Well, not much else has been heard since then, but there is now fresh movement on the project.

Mike Newell In Talks To Direct New Version Of Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 3, 2011 2:41 AM
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Script From 'One Day' Writer David NichollsMike Newell is a frustrating guy. The kind of genre-hopping director we normally take to our hearts at The Playlist, but with more unpredictable results than helmers like Michael Winterbottom and Steven Soderbergh, it seems that for every good Newell film, there's a terrible counterpart. He was behind the classic mob drama "Donnie Brasco," but also the deathly dull Marquez adaptation "Love in the Time of Cholera," he helmed both seminal rom-com "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and the awful "Mona Lisa Smile," and even his tentpole history is checkered: he directed both one of the better "Harry Potter" entries and, most recently, the truly terrible "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time."

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