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

    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 Rupe...

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

    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 costu...

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

    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 hi...

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

    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 mak...

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

    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 t...

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

    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 seem...

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

    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 ...

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

    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...

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

    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.

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

    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" e...

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