Thursday, 8 June 2017

Listen to a new compilation album of cover songs from Sofia Coppola films

Next months sees the release of American director Sofia Coppola's (Somewhere) latest film The Beguiled. To celebrate the film's imminent release, Super Fan 99 Records have announced a movie themed 50th release inspired by the films of Coppola, comprising covers of songs featured in her movies.

"We've been long time admirers of Sofia Coppola's movies since renting The Virgin Suicides (1999) from our local Blockbuster," says the record label about the release. "Film after film was soundtracked with the most impeccable selections playing a key role in the overall aesthetic of her movies. It seems the part the music plays in transporting you to her worlds has not gone unnoticed with the vinyl soundtracks of Lost In Translation (2003) and Marie Antoinette (2006) sometimes selling for up to £300 a piece.

"We asked bands from our label and beyond to choose songs from the soundtracks and cover them for this unique release and the response was great. Bands from as far a field as China, New Zealand and Scotland have contributed tracks ranging from lo-fi bedroom 4 track recordings to full band studio versions and we are now very excited to present 'Sofia Songs' The compilation marks the 50th release on the label and perfectly marries our love of film and DIY music culture."

Illustrator and long time Super Fan collaborator Kieran Gabriel has designed the sleeve and each boxed cassette copy will also include a movie script style guide book with detailed facts on each movie and it's music. Songs by Air, Phoenix, Frank Ocean, My Bloody Valentine and many more have been reworked by popular Super Fan bands.

Sofia Songs will be released via on 7 July. You can check out the full track list below:

1. Sugar Candy Mountain - Playground Love (Air cover from The Virgin Suicides)
2. Winter - City Girl (Kevin Shields cover from Lost In Translation)
3. JUNKS - Hong Kong Garden (Siouxsie and the Banshees cover from Marie Antoniette)
4. Mooncall - I'll Try Anything Once (Julian Casablancas cover from Somewhere)
5. The Pooches - What's So Funny Bout Peace, Love and Understanding? (Elvis Costello cover from Lost In Translation)
6. Lips - Super Rich Kids (Frank Ocean cover from The Bling Ring)
7. Dot Plaza  - Too Young (Phoenix cover from Lost In Translation)
8. Mtbrd - So Far Away (Carole King cover from The Virgin Suicides)
9. Calvin Love - I'm Not In Love (10cc cover from The Virgin Suicides)
10. Free Cake For Every Creature - Just Like Honey (The Jesus and Mary Chain cover from Lost In Translation)
11. Patsy's Rats - More Than This (Roxy Music cover from Lost In Translation)
12. Queen of Jeans - Cool (Gwen Stefani cover from Somewhere)
13. Husband Material - Bad Girls (MIA cover from The Bling Ring)
14. Matt McKee - What Ever Happened? (The Strokes cover from Marie Antoinette)

The Beguiled, meanwhile, arrives in cinemas on 14 July.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

From Johnny Depp to Kurt Russell: How de-aging stars has become Hollywood's digital effects trick du jour

When a young version of Johnny Depp's zany Jack Sparrow appears in a flashback in Walt Disney Picture's Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, it became the latest example of the use of digital effects to de-age an actor for the purpose of having them appear in a flashback.

Moviegoers saw another example of the technology being used last month, when James Gunn's Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 introduced a young Kurt Russell as his character, Ego. Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel are clearly comfortable with taking this route, as they have also brought audiences a young version of Michael Douglas in Ant-Man (2015) and Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America: Civil War (2016).

"It definitely seems to be a trend," says Industrial Light & Magic animation supervisor Hal Hickel, who won an Academy Award® for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and recently completed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). "It may be because it's been done successfully and filmmakers realize it's an option in telling a story, or maybe it has opened up an option that they need."

For Ed Ulbrich, president of visual effects and virtual reality at Deluxe (the parent of visual effects houses Method an Iloura), the use of this sort of work can be attributed to this "age of franchises, and the franchises are prequels and sequels and spinoffs. These stories go omnidirectional in time. Some of the characters become iconic. But we all get older."

"It's very unforgiving – you either get it right or it's glaringly obvious," says Weta visual effects supervisor and two-time Oscar nominee Guy Williams (Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2) of these techniques.

So how exactly does it work?

Methods vary, but Christopher Townsend, visual effects supervisor on Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, explains the creation of the digital Kurt Russell, created by one of the film's digital effects houses, Lola, which has earned a reputation for specialising in this sort of work. It started with collecting and examining 1980s photos of Russell as well as his films from that period, such as Big Trouble In Little China (1986), to come up with the desired look.

Next, director James Gunn and Lola cast actor Aaron Schwartz – in making the decision, Lola identified several actors with similar facial structure and Gunn brought them in for screen tests.

For filming, both Russell and Schwartz were identically dressed and makeup was applied to Russell to give him a younger appearance, with both actors wearing tracking markers on their faces for reference. First Russell performed the scene, and then Schwartz would step in and perform the same scene, mimicking what Russell did. Through visual effects, these takes were combined with some additional digital effects to create the final look and performance, frame by frame. "We cut and pasted pieces of Aaron's geometry," Townsend explains. "The geometry of the face changed, for instance his neck became fuller. We reshaped the jaw, chin, neck, lips – very specific details. It involved understanding the physiology of the human face.

"The technology is getting better, but it's really the artists, that's the key," he emphasised. "It was a huge amount of work – months and months of artists working at computers."

The digital Robert Downey Jr. from Captain America: Civil War and digital Michael Douglas in Ant-Man were both used for flashbacks and achieved in much the same way, says Townsend, who was also visual effects supervisor on those films.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

New one sheet for The Handmaiden arrives online

Curzon Artificial Eye have just released their latest one sheet for Park Chan-wook's (Stoker) The Handmaiden.

If The Handmaiden, Park Chan-wook's follow-up to US set thriller Stoker (2013), takes the filmmaker back to his Asia roots, it still has a strong Western thread running through it. Sarah Water's novel Fingersmith is the source material for a byzantine period thriller full of twists and turns.

The Handmaiden tells the story of a beautiful Japanese heiress (Min-hee Kim), the young con artist (Kim Tae-ri) hired as her handmaiden, and the puppet master behind a scheme designed to relieve her mistress of her fortune.

Waters' book had already been adapted by the BBC in a 2005 miniseries. Park Chan-wook's version, a terrific potboiler filled with stunning visuals and elegant storytelling, shifts the setting from Victorian England to Korea under Japanese rule.

The Handmaiden is out in cinemas now.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

These film scenes alongside the paintings that inspired them will change how you see movies

We often talk about movies paying homage to other movies. If you have ever seen a Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) movie, you have basically seen a collage of Kung Fu, Grindhouse, and classic film scenes repurposed into his chopped and screwed narratives. But we don't often talk about movies lifting scenes from classic paintings. Images jumping from the canvas to the screen is not an easy association to make, yet directors often do so all the time.

These calming compilations created by UK based photographer and director Vugar Efendi shows some beautiful shots from movies lifted from classic works of art. Some of these you may have known, like William Friedkin's use of L'Empire des Lumieres in The Exorcist (1973), but others – like Jutta by John Kacere and Sofia Coppola's Lost In Translation (2003) or Jeune Homme Nu Assis au Bord de la Mer in There Will Be Blood (2007) – might be new revelations.

Now you have something new to look for every time you watch a good movie.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Sir Roger Moore: James Bond legend dies aged 89

Veteran British actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing charismatic MI6 spy James Bond, has died aged 89. Known for his mellifluous voice, charismatic charm and arched eyebrow, he played the iconic character seven times, starting with Live And Let Die (1973).

Sir Roger's family confirmed the news on Twitter, saying he had died after "a short but brave battle with cancer".

The statement, from his children, read: "Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people."

"With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated."

Born in London in 1927, Moore started his career in the 1950s as a knitwear model, before moving into acting with a series of small film roles. His initial breakthrough, though, came on the small screen in shows like Ivanhoe, Maverick, and The Alaskans. Moore became a household name with The Saint from 1962 to 1969, in which he played the suave, sophisticated, sharply dressed hero Simon Templar. Many of the Saint's characteristics, the easygoing manner, mocking eyebrow and ability to successfully charm every passing female, would later be incorporated into his role as James Bond.

In fact, Bond producer Albert 'Cubby' Broccoli had approached Moore twice to take the part, but his television commitments had got in the way. When Sean Connery officially retired from the role after Diamonds Are Forever (1971), the coast was clear and Moore accepted the role.

Moore played 007 seven times: Live And Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) and A View To A Kill (1985). Throughout his tenure, he established a playful and debonair take on the character, injecting a sense of fun into Ian Fleming's creation.

Following his retirement from the role, he took a short break from acting, taking on smaller bit parts. His later years were largely devoted to charity and humanitarian efforts. In a statement, his family said he considered his work with UNICEF to be "his greatest achievement".

On his approach to his most famous role, he once said "I'm have a good time doing this, and I hope you're having a good time watching me have a good time."

Russell Crowe (The Nice Guys) led the tributes to the actor on Twitter, writing simply: "Roger Moore, loved him."

Michael Caine (The Dark Knight) said: "I am truly sad and think I will be in tears if I talk about him.
"Roger was the perfect gentlemen, adored by all his friends."

Singer Michael Ball said: "My dearest uncle Roger has passed on. What a sad, sad day this is.
"Loved the bones of him. Generous, funny, beautiful and kind."

Mia Farrow (Rosemary's Baby) wrote: "Few are as kind & giving as was Roger Moore. Loving thoughts with his family & friends."

Despite his many achievements, Moore never managed to shrug off the mantle of 007.

"Of course I do not regret the Bond days," he once remarked. "I regret that sadly heroes in general are depicted with guns in their hands, and to tell the truth I have always hated guns and what they represent."

Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Tim Minchin set to play Friar Tuck in Robin Hood: Origins

While he may be better known as the musical genius behind stage shows based on Matilda and Groundhog Day, Tim Minchin has plenty of acting credits on his CV. He is about to add another, with news arriving via The Hollywood Reporter that he is set to play Friar Tuck in Robin Hood: Origins.

Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) is preparing to play the lead role of the legendary outlaw who returns from the Crusades and battles the corrupt likes of the Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn) while helping the locals survive.

Origins has been building an eclectic cast so far, including Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) on as Little John, Eve Hewson (Enough Said) as Maid Marian and Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades Of Grey) playing Will Scarlet. Scarlet is traditionally more known for his musical abilities than Tuck, but perhaps they are going in a different direction with everyone.

Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders) will direct the film in Budapest later this year, aiming at a 23 March 2018 release in the US with no confirmed date for the UK just yet.

Robert Downey Jr set for Man Of The People adaption

News arrives via Deadline that Robert Downey Jr, closing in on his tenth anniversary playing Tony Stark, will likely follow up production of the next two Avengers films with a biopic of non-doctor John Brinkley, whose use of goat glands for medicinal purposes was his ticket to infamy in the early part of the 20th Century.

The untitled film, based on the Man Of The People episode of the Reply All podcast, focuses on Brinkley, and his rise in America with his procedure to transplant goat testicles into humans, initially to cure impotency but then for a wide variety of maladies. Using the social media of the day, radio, Brinkley spread the word of what he was doing and grew so popular that he eventually ended up managing clinics and hospitals in a number of states, and even twice ran for public office in Kansas. And all of this without ever having received a genuine medical licence. And yet despite success that turned him into a multimillionaire – spoilers alert – Brinkley died penniless due to a wide variety of lawsuits (including malpractice, wrongful death and fraud) that he became the subject of.

The film will be produced by Downey Jr and his wife's Team Downey production company, with Richard Linklater (Boyhood) directing. Downey Jr will next be seen as Iron Man in this summer's Spider-Man: Homecoming, and is currently involved in back-to-back shooting on Avengers: Infinity War and a fourth untitled Avengers film, which he says "promises to be a year of fun-filled lensing." While the actor has appeared in recent years in The Judge (2014) and Chef (2014), there are persistent rumblings of a fourth Iron Man film, hardly surprising considering that the last entry in that series, Iron Man 3 (2013), pulled in $1.2 billion at the global box office.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Taikia Waititi set to direct Bubbles

He last brought us the wonderful Hunt For The Wilderpeople (2016) and has been having fun in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Thor: Ragnarok, but Taika Waititi appears ready to head to an even stranger place. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that he has signed on to co-direct Bubbles, a stop motion movie about the life of Michael Jackson's pet chimp.

Mark Gustafson, who has worked on movies such as Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) and is developing a new Pinocchio with Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim), is on to co-direct the new film, which is coming from the team behind Anomalisa (2015).

Isaac Adamson's screenplay chronicles the ape's friendship with the King Of Pop after Jackson adopted him from a Texas research facility and gave him a home at his Neverland ranch in 1983. He lived with the megastar until he became too aggressive (Bubbles, not Jacko) and was moved to a primate sanctuary in Florida, where he still lives.

"It's an idea that fascinates me and one I want to develop further," says Waititi, who previously channeled obsession with Jackson through 2010 comedy Boy. "Most people know I'm a huge Michael Jackson fan, so the main thing for me is to make sure it's respectful of him and his legacy. I'm not interested in making a biopic; I want to focus on telling a story that blends fact and fantasy, about an animal trying to make sense of the world. This film is not about Michael Jackson because that's not a story for me to tell – or a story I'd be comfortable telling – it's about a chimpanzee's fascinating journey through the complex jungle of human life. I think animation is the only way to approach a story like this."

There is no date for this one to arrive yet, but it will certainly take time given the painstaking nature of stop motion. Thor: Ragnarok, meanwhile, will arrive in cinemas on 27 October in the UK and 3 November in the US.

Joel and Ethan Coen re-Writing Scarface reboot script

Though it lost its most recent director candidate (Antoine Fuqua) but there is good news for the latest version of Scarface. News arrives via Variety that Universal Pictures have Joel and Ethan Coen (Hail, Caesar!) providing their scriptwriting services to do a polish on the new movie's screenplay.

And the producers – which includes Martin Bregman who helped bring Brian De Palma's 1983 version starring Al Pacino to screens – appear to be close to finding a replacement director to call the shots, with Diego Luna (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) still attached to star as a Mexican gangster who is looking to carve out his own slice of the American dream.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Mackenzie (Hell Or High Water) is in the mix alongside the man who coincidentally originally hired him for what would become that film, Peter Berg (Lone Survivor). Mackenzie's story is the more intriguing one – unable to secure most studio jobs he has since become a toast of the town and is being offered scripts all over the place. And Berg, of course, has a history with Universal Pictures via Battleship (2012) and Lone Survivor (2013).

The new version still faces an uphill battle with some who don't really want to see another remake, even given that the 1983 film is itself exactly that. Still, Universal remains confident and has handed out a 10 August 2018 release for the film in the US.

Kevin Smith planning Jay And Silent Bob reboot satire

Despite seemingly closing the book on the View Askewniverse way back at the end of Dogma (1999), Kevin Smith just can't escape its gravitational pull. He has revisited the slackers of Clerks (1994) and has a series based on Mallrats (1995) currently in development limbo. But with other projects seemingly stalled, he is turning his attention back to his two most iconic creations – Jay And Silent Bob.

This is not a drill! This is an actual image from my laptop! Yes, Kids - @jayandsilentbob are coming back! Here's the story: Sadly, Clerks III can't happen (one of our four leads opted out of the flick). So I worked on a #Mallrats movie instead... which also didn't happen because it turned into a #Mallrats series. I've pitched said sequel series to 6 different networks only to find no takers thus far. Mind you, I'm not complaining: nobody gets to make EVERYTHING they wanna make in this business (do they?). And I've been lucky to make anything at all, there's so much competition out there, so many much cooler ideas from fresh folks. And besides: I had #comicbookmen and then @tuskthemovie and @yogahosers (which all came together so crazy quickly), and the podcasts and #fatmanonbatman. With all of that, how could I bitch about no Clerks III or Mallrats 2? Then when I started directing @thecw shows, it was such a slice of Heaven on Earth, I happily put my Askewniverse sequels to the side. Since I sold #Clerks and #Mallrats years ago, they're owned by others, which limits my moves with my own material. I don't mind: back in the day, all I ever wanted to do was sell my stuff so I could be in the movie biz in the first place. So I don't own Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy or #Dogma... But I DO own #jayandsilentbob. So while I love playing with someone else's new toys on @cwtheflash and @Supergirl, I'm getting eager to play with my old toys again in the inter-connected View Askewniverse I spent the first half of my career creating. And so all last month, I had the time of my life laughing while writing "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot" - a fun flick in which the Jersey boys have to go back to Hollywood to stop a brand new reboot of the old "Bluntman & Chronic Movie" they hated so much. It's a tongue-in-cheek, silly-ass satire that pokes fun at the movie business's recent re-do obsession, featuring an all-star cast of cameos and familiar faces! And I already met with the good folks at Miramax and they're into it, so I'm hoping we'll be shooting in the summer! Never give up, kids. You CAN do anything you want in life, so long as you're patient and malleable. #KevinSmith
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Though he has more recently been known for the genre-stretching likes of Tusk (2014) and Yoga Hosers (2016), or for directing episodes of DC's TV series, Smith has decided to take a swipe at reboot culture with a new Jay and Bob film that he will star in alongside regular partner in crime (and actual bestie) Jay Mewes.

Posting the above image to Instagram, Smith wrote a long post about his plans. "This is not a drill! This is an actual image from my laptop! Yes, Kids – Jay And Silent Bob are coming back! Here's the story: Sadly, Clerks III can't happen (one of our four leads opted out of the flick). So I worked on a Mallrats movie instead... which also didn't happen because it turned into a Mallrats series. I've pitched said sequel series to 6 different networks only to find no takers thus far.

"Then when I started directing The CW shows, it was such a slice of Heaven on Earth, I happily put my Askewniverse sequels to the side. Since I sold Clerks and Mallrats years ago, they're owned by others, which limits my moves with my own material. I don't mind: back in the day, all I ever wanted to do was sell my stuff so I could be in the movie biz in the first place. So I don't own Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy or Dogma... But I DO own Jay and Bob. So while I love playing with someone else's new toys, I'm getting eager to play with my old toys again in the interconnected View Askewniverse I spent the first half of my career creating.

"And so all last month, I had the time of my life laughing while writing Jay and Silent Bob Reboot – a fun flick in which the Jersey boys have to go back to Hollywood to stop a brand new reboot of the old Bluntman & Chronic movie they hated so much. It's a tongue-in-cheek, silly-ass satire that pokes fun at the movie business's recent re-do obsession, featuring an all-star cast of cameos and familiar faces! And I already met with the good folks at Miramax and they're into it, so I'm hoping we'll be shooting in the summer!"

So there we are... Jay and Bob are coming back. Again. And probably sooner than you think.

Joe Manganiello and Marley Shelton set to join Rampage

News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike) and Marley Shelton (Planet Terror) are set to join Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas) in the video game adaption Rampage.

Those of a certain age will remember feeding coins into the arcade cabinet (and later playing at home) to control three giant monsters – George (a giant gorilla), Lizzie (a huge lizard) and Ralph (a raging werewolf), who were normal humans until they were the subject of experiments by the nefarious Scumlabs and turned into their monstrous forms. Johnson is playing an animal loving hero who may be the only hope for saving the world, while Naomie Harris (SPECTRE) is on as a geneticist with a moral streak who decides to help.

Now we can add Manganiello as the leader of a private military group and Shelton – wife of producer Beau Flynn, who is reuniting with Johnson after San Andreas (2015) – playing an astronaut.

With San Andreas director Brad Peyton overseeing the madness, Rampage will be stomping into cinemas April next year.

Henry Cavill and Ben Kingsley set for new thriller Nomis

News arrive via The Hollywood Reporter that Henry Cavill (Man Of Steel) and Ben Kingsley (Hugo) are leading the cast of new psychological thriller Nomis.

Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas) has also signed on to the film, which writer and director David Raymond is currently shooting in Canada. The Hollywood Reporter's story doesn't specify what they will be doing in the film, but we do know that the story finds an American police force trapping an online predator, only to discover that the depth of his crimes goes beyond anything they had thought.

"I'm overjoyed by our cast," says Raymond. "Henry's got such a strong presence onscreen, but he's also incredibly smart and has a wicked sense of humor. I think people are going to be blown away by what he's going to do with this role. Sir Ben is always incredible. I wrote the character for him, so I was quite relieved when he signed on. Alexandra is a raw talent and has an undeniable electricity, which is exactly why I wanted her in this role."

Cavill has war film Sand Castle arriving later this year and will be back in the cape for Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) follow-up Justice League, out 17 November. Kingsley will be seen in Collide and Per Fly's (The Inheritance) Backstabbing For Beginners, while Daddario can be seen the Baywatch reboot, which arrives on our screens 2 June.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

New banners for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales arrive online

Walt Disney Pictures have just released a new set of banners for Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning's (Kon-Tiki) Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

The fifth and latest Pirates Of The Caribbean film has undergone something of a subtitle change for UK audiences – what is called Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales elsewhere is now known as Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge here.

We suppose the new title makes sense, focusing as it does on Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), a ghostly former cohort of Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow. Freshly escaped from the Devil's Triangle, Salazar and his spectral crew are killing all the living pirates, and Jack is their primary target.

Jack's only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong sailor in the Royal Navy. The teaser features no Jack, but instead finds Bardem's ghostly, but surprisingly polite sort demanding that Henry finds Jack for him.

Kon-Tiki's (2012) Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning are at the helm for this one, which Walt Disney Pictures will be hoping can keep the successful money tsunami going and generate some better reviews than the last outing.

We will find out if that is the case when Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge docks into UK cinemas on 26 May.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig set for Toni Erdmann remake

Jack Nicholson turned 80 last month, and having not made a film since How Do You Know (2010), many in Hollywood had assumed he had retired. Indeed, as recently as last month, The Sun newspaper ran an article with the headline 'Jack Nicholson To Retire'. Almost as if in response to such headlines, word arrives via Variety that Nicholson will be starring in the English language remake of German comedy Toni Erdmann (2016), opposite Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids).

The original Toni Erdmann, written and directed by Maren Ade, was first released in Europe in 2016, and only saw a UK release in February. It starred Peter Simonischek as a fake teeth wearing prankster father, and Sandra Hüller as his highly strung daughter who finds herself on the receiving end of her father's practical jokes.

The film has received universal critical acclaim and swept the board at the European Film Awards back in December.

Adam McKay (The Big Short) will be shepherding the project as producer, with longtime partner Will Ferrell (Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy), and Wiig also producing. Original director Maren Ade will executive produce, but there is no word on who will helm the remake.

According to Variety, an English remake had been floated since May last year, but Nicholson was such a fan of the original film himself that he approached Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey, and the wheels quickly started to set in motion.

A People's History Of The Vampire Uprising set for big screen adaption

Anyone disappointed that Paramount Pictures have put a hold on the sequel to World War Z (2013) might take some undead solace in the news that producer and director Shawn Levy (Real Steel) and 20th Century Fox have acquired the rights to the forthcoming novel, A People's History Of The Vampire Uprising.

Written by Raymond A. Villareal, and intended to be the first of four volumes, the book will take its cue from World War Z as its to be told in an oral history format. As reported by Deadline, it deals with the "appearance, assimilation and ultimately epic and violent confrontation of vampires with the human race." The story will be told from a number of perspectives, most notably the CDC investigator who is the first person to realise that there is a new virus starting to spread, the first FBI agent assigned to the Gloaming (the name for the vampires) Crimes Unit, a librarian working in the Vatican, gossip website TMZ (!) and a civil rights attorney.

A People's History Of The Vampire Uprising is one of a variety of vampire projects that are on the horizon on both the big screen and the small, among them TV pilots for The Passage and Let The Right One In, and Anne Rice's intention of turning her Vampire Chronicles into a television series.

As far as World War Z is concerned, Paramount Pictures and star Brad Pitt have put the sequel on hold as they wait for the schedule of director David Fincher (Gone Girl) to free up. The pair certainly have form together, with Fincher directing Pitt in Se7en (1995), Fight Club (1999) and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008). The first World War Z grossed $540 million worldwide.