It's been more than two years since Mad Max: Fury Road blew audiences away and gained critical acclaim. It went on to win six Academy Awards, but now director George Miller is suing Warner Bros over what he is calling "unpaid earnings."
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the falling out was revealed in a Supreme Court of New South Wales ruling that the dispute between production company Kennedy Miller Mitchell and Warner Bros should be arbitrated in Australia and not in California. Warner Bros says that the dispute shouldn't be arbitrated in Australia and that it is "a clearly inappropriate forum" to settle the dispute, Justice Hammerschlag disagreed.
This dispute is probably the reason why Miller has not made two more long-planned Mad Max movies.
Justice David Hammerschlag said the agreement to make Fury Road included a condition that Miller's production company would receive a $7 million bonus if "the final net cost" of the movie was not more than $157 million.
And that if Warner Bros intended to seek another co-financier, it would first offer Kennedy Miller Mitchell the chance to provide finance. But the production company says Warner Bros entered an agreement with Brett Ratner's company, RatPac Entertainment, for 12.5 percent of the movie's funding, thus violating the agreement to give Kennedy Miller Mitchell the first offer.
The production company filed the lawsuit against the studio over unpaid earnings in September.
"On [Warner Bros'] calculations, Mad Max went over budget," Justice Hammerschlag said. "If these calculations are right, [Kennedy Miller Mitchell] does not get a bonus."
"[But the production company] claims [Warner Bros] made a series of decisions which caused substantial changes and delays to Mad Max, which led to additional costs and expenses and that [the studio] wrongly took them into account in its over-budget calculation."
"If those costs are left out of account [Kennedy Miller Mitchell] says that Mad Max came in under budget."
The production company also brought a claim against Warner Bros for "misleading and deceptive conduct" for not informing it that additional costs due to the studio's changes and delays would be included in budget calculations.
Miller and Mitchell say they ended up filing the lawsuit after they were disappointed that "after all the hard work and success of the film, the studio failed to honor its obligations" to them.
"Simply put, we are owed substantial earnings for diligent and painstaking work which spanned over 10 years in development of the script and preparation and three years in production of the movie," they said. "That hard work resulted in a picture which found wide acclaim globally ...
"We would much prefer to be making movies with Warner Bros than litigating with them but, after trying for over a year, we were unable to reach a satisfactory resolution and have now had to resort to a law suit to sort things out."
Warner Bros responded with a short statement saying: "We disagree and will vigorously defend against these claims."
Let's hope the studio and Miller can settle this on good terms because it would be a shame if this drama got in the way of any future Mad Max films.
Ellen Page is joining the cast of an upcoming Netflix adaptation of the popular comics and graphic novel series The Umbrella Academy.
Variety reports that the live action series is about the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes – Luther, Diego, Allison, Vanya, Klaus and Number Five. The group works together to solve their father’s mysterious death while facing conflict among each other because of their personalities and abilities. Page will play Vanya, the black sheep of her family.
Page most recently starred in Flatliners, but is probably best known for her role as the pregnant teen in Juno and Kitty Pryde in the X-Men franchise.
The Umbrella Academy series is based on the graphic novels created and written by Gerard Way and published by Dark Horse Comics. The series will be produced by Universal Cable Productions. Steve Blackman will serve as showrunner and executive producer The pilot script is written by Jeremy Slater.
Following the recent claims of sexual harassment allegations against Brett Ratner, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot is reportedly taking a stand and refusing to appear in the Wonder Woman sequel unless Warner Bros. cuts all ties with Ratner.
Page Six reported that a Hollywood source revealed Gadot doesn't want to be involved with the Wonder Woman franchise if a known harasser is attached.
Her stance puts Warner Bros. in a position that they will have to undoubtedly choose one or the other. Currently, Ratner's RatPac-Dune Entertainment has a deal with the studio that's set to expire in 2018 but is already attached to various projects.
Warner Bros. denies the new report and says they have already announced they don't plan to renew the contract and are severing ties with Ratner. Ratner himself has also said that he is stepping away from all Warner Bros. related projects to distance his name.
The WB insider says it would be a bit ironic for a movie about women empowerment, directed by a woman, starring a woman, to end up making a lot of money for a man accused of harassing women. According to a studio insider:
"Brett made a lot of money from the success of 'Wonder Woman,' thanks to his company having helped finance the first movie. Now Gadot is saying she won't sign for the sequel unless Warner Bros. buys Brett out [of his financing deal] and gets rid of him."
Despite what ends up happening, this is a very honorable thing for Gadot to do, especially right now in the current climate of Hollywood. I think it goes without saying that Warner Bros. knows what the right thing to do is.
If you've been paying attention to all the marketing material for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, specifically the trailers and TV spots, you've probably noticed a significant absence of John Boyega's character Finn. But now a new TV spot feature's Mr. Big Deal himself quite a bit.
The former First Order Stormtrooper appears to have accepted the power of the Force, even saying the iconic mantra used by Jedi and other good guys in the galaxy far, far away. We also see piloting one of the land speeders on Crait, in what looks like an action-packed battle against the First Order.
But Finn isn't the only one getting some love in the new spot, we also get a glimpse of Poe Dameron and BB-8 in his X-Wing, and a new shot of Rey smirking while training with her lightsaber.
We are also only a few weeks away from The Last Jedi hitting theaters, so it won't be too much longer until we understand what all of these exciting images mean.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres in theaters December 15.
Actor/director Kenneth Branagh rehashes the 1934 Agatha Christie classic Murder on The Orient Express. With the help of his iconic Poirot mustache, Branagh tries to find the killer among 13 strangers. But does this crime train derail along the way or does it take audiences on a one-way trip to mystery town?
Michael B. Jordan has a lot of acting experience under his belt, but now he'll be adding director to his already impressive resume. Deadline Hollywood reports that Endeavor Content has acquired film rights to the David Barclay Moore novel The Stars Beneath Our Feet, which will be directed by Jordan. He will also produce the film adaptation and Moore will write the script and serve as executive producer.
The book follows the story of a young African American youth tries to steer a safe path through the projects in Harlem, in the wake of his brother’s death. He is aided by his imagination and the magic of Legos.
“Directing has been an area I’ve wanted to explore for some time now. The Stars Beneath Our Feet tells a story that really spoke to me, and I’m looking forward to jumping behind the camera. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some very smart and talented directors and it inspired me to take on this new challenge."
Jordan has been in the business for a while now since his first significant role in The Wire and Friday Night Lights, before establishing himself as the real deal in Fruitvale Station. It will be interesting to see how he does as a director. This seems like it will be a solid project for him.
Legendary director Guillermo del Toro is a busy man, always working on a project as a producer, director or writer. His Pinocchio passion project is one of those films that needed a big enough budget to get off the ground, but that movie won't be happening.
In a recent interview with IGN del Toro discussed the upcoming season of Trollhunters on Netflix, and he confirmed that his dark version of the little wooden boy won’t be coming to theaters.
“It’s not happening. But the idea was to do Pinocchio during the ascension of fascism in Italy, with Mussolini. It was a good time to discuss the idea of being a puppet or being a human, but you know, it’s not in progress.”
When previously talking about the movie Del Toro explained what he was looking to do with it:
"In a strange way, two of the stories that fascinate me the most are kind of related, which is Frankenstein and Pinocchio. They are both about creatures that are created and then get lost in a world they don’t understand. And they are both journeys of understanding, and journeys of evolution of the spirit. When we started working on Pinocchio we knew very clearly that we wanted to make it different in the sense that it is not just a fairy tale but a fairy tale that actually moves you and emotionally affects you. It deals with ideas that are relevant to everyone, to all mankind in a way."
The master director also revealed recently that he will be taking a year off after The Shape of Water comes out, which is already garnering high praise.
“I’m 53, I want to not know what I’m doing next, it’s like a privilege. That’s why I’m taking the year off, as a director to really think about what I’m doing next. All of those projects, some of them happen and some of them don’t. The natural state of a movie is not to happen. That’s the reality.”
Its kind of sad to know that del Toro is going to be off the directorial radar for the next year, but I'm sure the guy would love some time off.
How do you feel about del Toro's version of Pinocchio not becoming a real boy? You can check out some previously released concept art from his film below.
There is no question that Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is a very talented guy and writer, so it comes as so surprise that the New Zealand-born filmmaker stepped in and played Korg, one of the movie’s funniest supporting characters. But it seems that wasn't enough of a challenge for Waititi because he ended up playing four characters in the movie.
During an interview with the Empire Magazine podcast, Waititi revealed that he played three additional characters in the movie. He provided his voice and did the performance-capture for Korg who’s trying to organize a revolution on Sakaar and ends up fighting with Thor and his "Revengers" during the movie’s climax. Waititi also provided the performance-capture work for the fire demon Surtur, although that character’s voice was eventually provided by actor Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption). But Waititi also played a much smaller role. As he told the podcast:
“I am one of the heads on the three-headed alien, this character called Haju. I’m the head on the right. And I’m also the motion-capture for Surtur.”
The director told slashfilm.com on the set that he did some uncredited character work when the occasion called for it:
“Often I’ll jump in [for other mocap stuff]. Mark [Ruffalo] is no longer here so I’ll jump in for Hulk’s stuff. We have stand-ins, but they’re not actors, and they don’t have timing and stuff. So I’ll jump in for those things every now and then.”
It's not often you have a director with such talent behind and in front of the camera. Waititi has proven that he is a man of many talents and will without a doubt continue to bring us quality films and roles.
Thor: Ragnarok is in theaters now, if you haven't seen it, what are you waiting for??
HUGE, HUGE, HUGE announcement from Lucasfilm today revealing that writer/director of the upcoming Star Wars: The Last JediRian Johnson's work is far from finished in the galaxy far, far away.
Today Lucasfilm announced that Johnson will create from scratch a brand-new Star Wars trilogy, and he will also direct the first installment.
Lucasfilm and Disney say that they are "immensely proud" of the work that Johnson did on The Last Jedi. They go as far as explaining that this new trilogy will be completely "separate from the episodic Skywalker saga" and Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never visited.
“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”
“We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on The Last Jedi,” Johnson and Bergman said in a joint statement. “Star Wars is the greatest modern mythology and we feel very lucky to have contributed to it. We can’t wait to continue with this new series of films.”
This announcement solidifies Disney and Lucasfilm's long-term plans to release a Star Wars Movie every year, although it's not clear when this new trilogy will arrive exactly. In the meantime, we are only weeks away from seeing Johnson’s work in the current trilogy when Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in U.S. theaters on Dec. 15, 2017.
This is so exciting. I am very happy to hear that Lucasfilm and Disney have made plans for the future of Star Wars beyond stand alone films. There are so many possibilities and with this huge project in the hands of someone as capable and talented as Johnson, we can only assume it will be a great addition to all things Star Wars. What do you guys think?
He is known for playing some of the roughest and toughest characters on the big and small screen including Marvel’s The Punisher. Now actor Jon Bernthal is sharing his experience working with Kevin Spacey during an interview on Sirius XM’s “Jim and Sam Show.” Bernthal called the actor, who is currently under fire for alleged sexual misconduct, a “bully.”
Bernthal, who acted in Baby Driver alongside Spacey, said that the former House of Cards actor had left an incredible impression on Bernthal when he saw Spacey in a West End production of The Iceman Cometh several years ago. But after seeing the way Spacey behaved on the set of Baby Driver, Bernthal’s opinion changed:
“Going onto that set and working with him — I wasn’t there much and I wasn’t really in a situation to judge — but when I was there he really rubbed me the wrong way. I thought he was a bit of a bully… I didn’t really care for the way he was behaving toward some of the other people on set.”
Even though Bernthal said he never saw Spacey do anything close to the acts he’s recently been accused of, he said that the way Spacey talked to some of the crew made him uncomfortable.
“I think he was acting toward people in a way that — where I remember, at the time, thinking, man if that was a woman that he was talking to, I would have done something, I would have said something. And I was really happy to sort of get out of there, for that reason.”
“I just remember losing a ton of respect for him. The kind of man he was when I saw him, working with him, made me lose all respect for him and I was enormously disappointed.”
Several allegations have surfaced against Spacey since actor Anthony Rapp accused him of improper behavior when Rapp was 14 years old. Now Spacey is under investigation in the U.K. after more allegations came out regarding alleged sexual misconduct while he was director of the Old Vic theater. The actor has also been suspended from House of Cards, and Netflix announced the sixth season of the show would be its last. Additionally, Sony recast his role in the J. Paul Getty biopic All the Money in the World, with Christopher Plummer who will re-shoot all of Spacey’s scenes.
Meanwhile, Jon Bernthal can be seen next in the Netflix original series Marvel's The Punisher which will be available to stream when it premiere's on November 17 at 3:00 a.m. EST.
If you want to see Bernthal's entire interview, you can watch it here: