Screen Junkies » mark romanek http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 06 Aug 2014 12:13:53 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Disney Wants Mark Romanek’s Take On ‘Cinderella’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/disney-wants-mark-romaneks-take-on-cinderella/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/disney-wants-mark-romaneks-take-on-cinderella/#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2011 18:44:46 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=224401 They want him to park his pumpkin car in their 'Cinderella' garage.

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The success of Alice In Wonderland made Disney execs’ pupils mutate into the shape of dollar signs and caused their bowties to spin like fan blades. So, it only makes sense that they are planning a new take on Cinderella.

They’ve approached Mark Romanek with a script from Th Devil Wears Prada scribe Aline Brosh McKenna under their arm, in the hopes that the Never Let Me Go director will agree to take the lead. In this update, the prince is set for a politically arranged marriage until he meets and falls in love with Cinderella, despite her pumpkin car and rodent friends. We can’t choose who we love, Dad! (Deadline)

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‘Wolverine’ Is Not Mark Romanek’s Kind Of Thing http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-wolverine-is-not-mark-romaneks-kind-of-thing/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-wolverine-is-not-mark-romaneks-kind-of-thing/#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:27:43 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215670 Dude's anti-mutant.

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2 photosInternational ‘X-Men: First Class’ Posters Reflect Upon The Future

Mark Romanek never got his chance to make The Wolfman so we were excited when he was put on the short list for another movie about a hairy guy with claws… Weston Coppola The Wolverine. But, alas, Romanek will not be stepping into the flowy directing scarf left vacant by Darren Aronofsky. Here’s the straight dope from Romanek:

“That’s just one of those stories that floated around. I was on their list, I received the script months ago. It didn’t seem like my kind of thing. That script was a terrific version of that kind of thing, but not something I felt really passionate about.”

That leaves us with Jose Padilha, Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith), Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), Justin Lin (Fast Five), Gavin O’Connor, James Mangold (Knight and Day) and Gary Shore as potentials. I think Liman or Mangold could turn in an interesting film, but you just know it’s going to be Justin Lin. If we get another two X-Men films back-to-back the moon will shift into alignment and then we’ll have Cthulhu to deal with. (Digital Spy)

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FOX ‘Narrows Down’ Potential ‘Wolverine’ Directors To 8 http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fox-narrows-down-potential-wolverine-directors-to-8/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fox-narrows-down-potential-wolverine-directors-to-8/#comments Thu, 26 May 2011 16:57:53 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213721 Does it even count as 'narrowing down' if there are still 8 names left?

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Ever since Darren Aronofsky ditched The Wolverine, it’s only been a question of who will step up to take his place. And now, in a truly newsworthy development, we know exactly who it will be – one of these eight guys: Jose Padilha, Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith), Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go), Justin Lin (Fast Five), Gavin O’Connor, James Mangold (Knight and Day) and Gary Shore.

It’s possible that all these names aren’t familiar to you. For one, Gary Shore is mostly a commercial director. The rest are directors of a blend of relatively anonymous action movies like Knight and Day, and art films like Never Let Me Go. It remains to be seen which direction FOX will go in – but no matter which way they go, it’ll probably be better than the first Wolverine movie. (Variety)

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Fantastic Fest Review: ‘Never Let Me Go’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/fantastic-fest-review-never-let-me-go/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/fantastic-fest-review-never-let-me-go/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 **Sort Of Spoiler Alert** Mark Romanek’s cloning drama turned out to be secret screening #2 at Fantastic Fest. Never Let Me Go is about a school for kids who find out they’re being bred solely to donate organs, and they’ll probably die after three or four donations. There was an action movie version of this a few years ago, but it wasn’t very good and didn’t do very well so Romanek’s version may as well be original. More after the jump...

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**Sort Of Spoiler Alert**

Mark Romanek’s cloning drama turned out to be secret screening #2 at Fantastic Fest. Never Let Me Go is about a school for kids who find out they’re being bred solely to donate organs, and they’ll probably die after three or four donations. There was an action movie version of this a few years ago, but it wasn’t very good and didn’t do very well so Romanek’s version may as well be original.

More after the jump…

The first section, when the characters are kids, is a really sweet exploration of youthful discovery. It’s a little more sheltered and innocent than usual coming of age dramas, but it fits with that genre until the teacher explains the plot to them. When they grow into teenagers, they’re still innocent like kids.

Kathy (Carey Mulligan) loves Tommy (Andrew Garfield) but he gets more romantically close with Ruth (Keira Knightley). That is, if they knew what romance was, that’s how they’d be paired off but even that is awkward for these sheltered specimens. For all their education, they still can’t make sense of their feelings or physical touches. Eventually, the trio gets out into the world and they can barely order food at a diner.

The performances are good. They go from innocent to tragic at different points in the story. It’s a really mellow drama about how people live life with limited experiences and information. Once they are adults, the three characters only represent slightly different levels of maturity, but none of them are whole grown-ups.

It’s good sci-fi, just dealing with the concept of people bred for harvesting on a personal level. It’s not that exciting or eventful. They just have to live with this knowledge and either get the most out of life, or resign themselves to being a medical specimen. There’s not much to say because the characters are purposefully stunted, they have so little invested in life.

The language of the film is stark. They talk about “completing” as when they’re finished donating, which means they’ll die. Words like “donor” and “original” take on new philosophical meanings.

The film looks rather dreary, not necessarily because of the subject matter. Just every place from the children’s academy to the overcast city to medical facilities look very gray. Maybe it’s supposed to represent the lives Kathy, Tommy and Ruth lead or maybe it’s just England.

I appreciate Never Let Me Go. I don’t know if I like it. It does things right as a character study and maintains the ambiguity that the Michael Bay version needed. Other than the exercise of doing it right though, it’s not necessarily entertaining.

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Ben Stiller Gets The Chair For An Unpaid ‘Parking Ticket’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-stiller-gets-the-chair-for-an-unpaid-parking-ticket/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-stiller-gets-the-chair-for-an-unpaid-parking-ticket/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Never Let Me Go director Mark Romanek is setting up his future projects and hoping to work with Ben Stiller. The two have been talking about teaming for A Parking Ticket, a dark comedy about a father who decides to fight a parking ticket in order to teach his daughter about the judicial system. Of course, he ends up on death row. No word yet on whether Stiller will tap into playing an angry character, a nebbish character, or a hip-hop spouting character in a fat suit. There will definitely be a scene with a dance-off, I'm sure. This IS a Ben Stiller movie we're talking about here. (Worst Previews)

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Never Let Me Go director Mark Romanek is setting up his future projects and hoping to work with Ben Stiller. The two have been talking about teaming for A Parking Ticket, a dark comedy about a father who decides to fight a parking ticket in order to teach his daughter about the judicial system. Of course, he ends up on death row.

No word yet on whether Stiller will tap into playing an angry character, a nebbish character, or a hip-hop spouting character in a fat suit. There will definitely be a scene with a dance-off, I’m sure. This IS a Ben Stiller movie we’re talking about here. (Worst Previews)

 

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Keira Knightley Knows About Carey Mulligan’s Porn in ‘Never Let Me Go’ Clip http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/keira-knightley-knows-about-carey-mulligans-porn-in-never-let-me-go-clip/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/keira-knightley-knows-about-carey-mulligans-porn-in-never-let-me-go-clip/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 MTV has dropped the first clip from Mark Romanek's upcoming Never Let Me Go. The film stars Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, and Andrew Garfield as young adults at a boarding school that is doing more than instilling proper etiquette. To give away anymore would be giving away too much. But if you watch the trailer you can probably figure out what's in store for the kids. In the clip, Keira Knightley, in so many words, tells Carey Mulligan to stay away from her man (Andrew Garfield). She found Carey's porn and laughed at it with Andrew, which is totally not cool. But then she kisses her, so that makes it cool again. Never Let Me Go hits theaters September 15, 2010. Check out the clip after the jump...

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MTV has dropped the first clip from Mark Romanek‘s upcoming Never Let Me Go. The film stars Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, and Andrew Garfield as young adults at a boarding school that is doing more than instilling proper etiquette. To give away anymore would be giving away too much. But if you watch the trailer you can probably figure out what’s in store for the kids.

In the clip, Keira Knightley, in so many words, tells Carey Mulligan to stay away from her man (Andrew Garfield). She found Carey’s porn and laughed at it with Andrew, which is totally not cool. But then she kisses her, so that makes it cool again.

Never Let Me Go hits theaters September 15, 2010.

Check out the clip after the jump…

 

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Mark Romanek’s ‘Never Let Me Go’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/mark-romaneks-never-let-me-go-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/mark-romaneks-never-let-me-go-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 "Their proteins aren't sustainable?!..." The trailer has been released for Mark Romanek's adaptation of the novel Never Let Me Go. The screenplay for the dramatic thriller was written by Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine), and is about "a group of children who spent their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school, who as they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them." 

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"Their proteins aren’t sustainable?!…"

The trailer has been released for Mark Romanek‘s adaptation of the novel Never Let Me Go. The screenplay for the dramatic thriller was written by Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine), and is about "a group of children who spent their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school, who as they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them." 

But what’s the haunting reality?! I don’t want to ruin it for all the cry babies, but if you pay close attention to the trailer you’ll probably be able to figure it out. Mark Romanek last directed One Hour Photo, the movie that ruined my romantic relationship with my CVS photo developer, so except some trippy moments between Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, and Andrew Garfield. It would be great if the twist involved Robin Williams somehow. I don’t CARE if it’s taking liberties with the source material! Go back to Woodstock, hippie!

Never Let Me Go hits theaters October 1, 2010.

Check out the trailer below.


Never Let Me Go – Trailer – Watch more Movie Trailers

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Never Let Me Go http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/never-let-me-go/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/never-let-me-go/#comments Wed, 16 Jun 2010 16:14:04 +0000 Reza F. Director: Mark RomanekCast: Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, Sally HawkinsSynopsis: About a group of children who spent their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school, who as they “grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them.Release Date: October 1, 2010

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Director: Mark Romanek

Cast: Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, Sally Hawkins

Synopsis: About a group of children who spent their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school, who as they “grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them.

Release Date: October 1, 2010

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