After spending years in development, director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Your Highness) is finally ready to move forward with his remake of Suspiria. Originally set for production in 2010, Green shot Your Highness and The Sitter instead, but it looks like the project is finally moving forward with its first cast member.
Variety reports that Green has cast fifteen-year-old Isabelle Fuhrman, who recently played Clove in The Hunger Games, in the lead role of a young girl who travels to well-renowned, European school only to find out that it is being run by a coven of witches. The 1977 original was set at a ballet school, but Green admitted last year that he wanted the remake to be set at "an all-girls boarding school", which explains why he cast a younger lead than Natalie Portman, who at one point was going to star in the movie before taking a role as a ballet dancer in Black Swan. Besides that change, Green has promised that his remake will be "in the spirit" of director Dario Argento's original.
Suspiria is considered a classic amongst horror movie fans, who have seen many favorites getting the reboot treatment over the past decade. Despite fans' misgivings about tampering with a classic, production on Suspiria is set to start in September, after Fuhrman finishes work on writer/director M. Night Shyamalan's sci-fi movie After Earth opposite Will Smith and Jaden (The Karate Kid). Regardless, Green has promised a "beautiful horror movie." We'll wait and see. Posted 05.16.12 by Ryan
In his career, writer-director David Gordon Green has run the gamut from drama (All the Real Girls) to thriller (Undertow) to comedy (Pineapple Express) and even dabbled in a little fant-edy (Your Highness), but now it appears he is looking to add a little sci-fi to his resume. According to THR, Columbia Pictures is in "final negotiations" to acquire the rights to Evan Mandery's latest book, Q: A Novel, and the studio wants Green to write and direct the movie adaptation.
The Harper Collins novel was published in August and tells the story of a man who is visited by his future self and told not to marry "Q," his one true love. The man acquiesces, but then spends the rest of his life trying to undo the mistake. According to THR, the tone of the movie version will be like "It’s A Wonderful Life with a combination of romance, comedy and drama." more about Q >> Posted 11.15.11 by BrentJS
Last week, a red band trailer emerged for 20th Century Fox's The Sitter, but already the studio has released a cleaner, green band version that will be safer to enjoy at work when you should be working.
Jonah Hill stars as a college student who gets suspended, moves back in with mother, and is forced into babysitting the obnoxious kids next-door. But Hill really gets in trouble when he takes the kids with him in an attempt to hook up with the girl he likes (Ari Graynor). The R-rated comedy is an obvious throw-back to the comedies of the 1980s, something director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) admitted was the reason he wanted to direct the movie. "It reminds me a lot of Risky Business and a lot of those types of movies I liked when I was a kid," Green said earlier this year. watch the trailer >> Posted 08.08.11 by Ryan
Director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, All the Real Girls) was supposed to shoot his Suspiria remake last year, but with Green's Your Highness finally opening next month, the movie could be getting closer to production.
Green first wrote the script for the remake in 2008, revealing that he planned to make a "beautiful horror movie" that goes for "the vivid technicolor achievement of The Red Shoes with the intensity and fear and anxiety of The Silence of the Lambs." Green claimed later that his Suspiria would be "in the spirit" of what director Dario Argento did in the 1977 original.
In a recent interview with The Playlist, Green revealed that he wants to shoot Suspiria "next". is natalie portman still attached? >> Posted 03.29.11 by Ryan
Several new movie posters for a pair of period fantasy movies have recently been released. Universal Pictures has released three new character posters for director David Gordon Green's (Pineapple Express) upcoming fantasy comedy, Your Highness, that feature the trio of heroes at the heart of the movie: Fabious (Academy Award-nominee James Franco), Thadeous (Danny McBride) and Isabel (Academy Award-winner Natalie Portman).
When Fabious' bride-to-be, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), is kidnapped by an evil wizard (Justin Theroux), the king (Charles Dance) orders slacker Prince Thadeous to accompany his noble brother Prince Fabious on the rescue mission or face being cut off from his royal inheritance. Along the way, they receive assistance from Isabel, a warrior princess and unlikely love interest for Thadeous. Your Highness opens April 8th. check out two more posters and some mermaid concept art >> Posted 03.15.11 by BrentJS
A new TV spot for Universal Pictures' upcoming fantasy comedy, Your Highness, recently aired and it can now be viewed online. Directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express), Your Highness stars Academy Award-nominee James Franco and Danny McBride as Fabious and Thadeous, two brothers in line for the throne who couldn't be more different. When Fabious' bride-to-be, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), is kidnapped by the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux), slacker Thadeous is forced to accompany noble Fabious on his quest to rescue his fiancé and defeat Leezar or risk being cut off from the royal life by their father, the king (Charles Dance). watch the new TV spot >> Posted 03.03.11 by BrentJS
The first Red Band trailer for Universal Pictures' upcoming fantasy comedy, Your Highness, is now online and it features a lot more "blue humor" than your typical medieval movie. Helmed by Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green, Your Highness stars James Franco and Danny McBride as Fabious and Thadeous, two brothers in line for the throne with decidedly different talents and views on life. While Fabious is a noble adventurer beloved by the masses, Thadeous is a wizard weed-smoking boozer and layabout with a fondness for easy maidens. When Fabious' bride-to-be, Belladonna ( Zooey Deschanel), is kidnapped by an evil wizard (Justin Theroux), the king orders Thadeous to help his brother reclaim his fiancé or lose his place at the royal table forever. Natalie Portman and Michael Clarke Duncan also star. Posted 11.17.10 by BrentJS
2008 stoner comedy Pineapple Express scored a modest hit ($101 million worldwide) for director David Gordon Green, who usually works in indie fare like All the Real Girls. MTV caught up with the direactor at the New York Comic-Con, where he revealed that a Pineapple Express sequel is a real possibility. Nothing like the Miami coke scene for a few laughs >> Posted 10.11.10 by Ryan
Unlike the pitches of his ex-professional baseball player character in the HBO series Eastbound & Down, actor Danny McBride's acting career is picking up steam. After memorable supporting roles in such movies as Pineapple Express and Tropic Thunder, McBride snagged a role in director Jason Reitman's Academy Award-nominated movie Up In the Air, and is the headliner of his latest movie, Your Highness, a period comedy from Pineapple director David Gordon Green due out in October.
Now, Variety reports that McBride will star in L.A.P.I., the first feature being developed by Rough House Pictures, a Mandate Pictures production house headed by McBride, Green, and Jody Hill. Variety provided no details about the plot of the movie other than that, as the title suggests, McBride will play a private investigator in what is presumably an action-comedy movie along the lines of Pineapple Express. The story is based on a pitch from the previously unproduced writing duo of Michael Diliberti and Matthew Sullivan.
McBride will also be returning for a second season of Eastbound & Down on HBO. McBride co-created the series with Rough House partner Hill, who also directed two episodes and co-wrote six episodes the first season. McBride's other Rough House partner, Green, also collaborated on Eastbound as director of three episodes. Posted 02.15.10 by BrentJS
Danny McBride, who has made a career out of comedies like Tropic Thunder and Pineapple Express,, is moving into a more dramatic role in the upcoming Up In the Air. McBride told Collider that he was attracted to the role because of the opportunity to work with George Clooney and director Jason Reitman.
I just felt like the project was definitely special. It jumped off the page and the chance to get to meet Clooney and work with him was definitely a draw and to just be a part of something Jason believedin, it seemed like a no-brainer. So, yeah, I signed on for it and just thought I'd give it a whirl.
Up next for McBride is Your Highness, which will reunite him with his Pineapple Express and All the Real Girls director, David Gordon Green. The movie, which McBride co-wrote, will harken back to some of the fantasy 1movies of the 1980s.
Your Highness is ... he's a guy, like with Pineapple Express, you know Pineapple Express becomes an 80's action film without making fun of 80's action films. It just kind of becomes one by the end and that's really what we wanted for Your Highness. We didn't really want to make fun of 80's fantasy films. We just wanted to make an 80's fantasy film, you know? And so that being said like the costumes, the sets, all that stuff was taken seriously and it was done on a big scale. No jokes are had from cod pieces or anything like that. You wanted to world to be real and the comedy just comes from the people that happen to be in this world and really shouldn't be.
How it is not like Pineapple Express is that Your Highness is not the middle ages stoner comedy the title may suggest.
No, it's not really accurate. I know where that comes from. Itcenters around two brothers, [James] Franco and myself and he's the first born and I'm the 2nd born so he's going to be King and I'm a little jealous about that and therefore I just kind of shirk responsibility and don't really try to live up to being a good Prince. And with that I mean he drinks and smokes and does all these sorts of things but that's no means like the driving force of the movie. It's not Pineapple Express 2 or anything like that.
Up In The Air opens December 4 in limited release and opens wide on December 25. Your Highness is scheduled to open October 1, 2010, and co-stars Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, and Damian Lewis. Posted 11.27.09 by Ryan