‘Deadpool’ Screenwriters to Sample New Coke 0 61


Children of the 1980s are about to have some of their worst memories reawakened; scribes Paul Wernick & Rhett Reese are developing a script surrounding the unmitigated disaster that was the launch of New Coke in 1985.

After finally seeing their 2010 screenplay for Deadpool roll before cameras – to star Ryan Reynolds as the “Merc with a Mouth” – Wernick & Reese have optioned the book “The Real Coke, The Real Story” by Thomas Oliver as the basis for their adaptation, which will be their first new project following the failed launch of their Zombieland TV series.

The Coca-Cola Company’s Hail Mary pass to regain the market share they had been steadily losing to Pepsi since the 1970s resulted in a new recipe for their flagship Coca-Cola, ultimately launching in the USA in 1985. To say it proved unpopular is an understatement – even their own bottlers turned against them – and led to Coca-Cola reverting to their old recipe after just three months.

This slice of corporate history is prime material; empires crumbling is as good a source of drama as the building of them, so if Wernick & Reese can do justice to such an infamous event, they should have no trouble attracting both producers and big name stars.

Do you think this story will make for an interesting film?

Source: Deadline

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I'm a fledgling film writer living in Edinburgh. I write for and edit the film section of The Journal, an online student newspaper and now contribute to Thoughts on Film. I still love the original Star Wars trilogy, which started my film obsession. My other favourites include - Raiders of the Lost Ark; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; Blade Runner; The Third Man and The Social Network. When not watching movies, you can normally find me listening to classic rock or watching cricket.

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Watch: Incredible New Trailer for ‘The Revenant’ 0 148


We don’t usually post trailers individually – saving them for the Trailer Watch – but this one was just too good to pass up.

The Revenant is the new film from acclaimed director Alejandro González Iñárritu, who most recently won an Oscar for Birdman. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter in a tale of a forntierman in 1820 who sets out on a path of vengeance who left him for dead after a bear mauling.

We already had one amazing teaser trailer, now check out the equally great new trailer below:

Could this be the film that finally wins Leo his Best Actor Oscar? Quite possibly!

The Revenant is set for release in the UK on January 15th, 2016.

Vincent Cassel To Play Villain in Next ‘Bourne’ Film 0 69


After a fourth Bourne film in which Jason himself was conspicuous by his absence, things are returning to the old but brilliant formula of Matt Damon starring and Paul Greengrass directing.

We already know that in addition to Damon returning (rejoice!), Tommy Lee Jones and woman-of-the-moment Alicia Vikander are part of the cast, playing a tough CIA operative and (presumed) love interest, respectively, as well as Julia Stiles reprising her small but crucial role as Bourne helper Nicky Parsons. But now we’re getting word that one of the best French actors in the business is also joining the cast.

Variety has the news that the wonderful Vincent Cassel has signed on to the spy action sequel as its main villain, which will see him match wits and possibly even go toe-to-toe go with the former amnesiac hero. Although exact plot details are being kept secret for the time being, sources are saying that Cassel will play an assassin tracking Bourne. No doubt he will tie in with the Treadstone/Blackbriar history of the Bourne mythology – maybe he’ll be a scorned fellow assassin who feels Bourne somehow wronged him/was chosen ahead of him.

The series has a pedigree of casting great actors as assassins, whether it be Clive Owen in The Bourne Identity, Karl Urban in Supremacy, Edgar Ramirez in Ultimatum and Oscar Isaac in Legacy.

I was already looking forward to the return of the Damon-Greengrass team but the addition of Cassel – genuinely one of my favourite actors of modern times – only makes me wish next summer would get here sooner.

The as-yet-untitled Bourne sequel is set to start shooting this year for a July 29th, 2016 release date.

Source: Variety