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Derek’s Favorites of 2017

You didn’t need to look far to find escapism in the horror genre this past year. If you felt like losing yourself in a movie, Pennywise was waiting with open arms in the sewer drain. If you wanted to feel like a kid again, Mike and his friends were waiting for you on Netflix, their bikes parked at the Hawkins arcade when they're not fending off the Demidogs. Looking back on 2017, here are some of my favorite slices of escapism oases in the horror genre:

Stranger Things Season 2: Whether you look at it from a character, creature, or story standpoint, Stranger Things Season 2 was the Aliens to the first season’s Alien. Despite having a bigger story, The Duffer Brothers never lose sight of the characters, further exploring the tested friendships of Mike’s group (if you can even call it Mike’s group anymore, since Dustin, Lucas,
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Rushes. Apichatpong's Hotel, Hideo Kojima's Cinema, "Malcolm X" at 25

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSLike to sleep at the movies? Apichatpong Weerasethakul is collaborating with the International Film Festival Rotterdam (January 24 - February 4, 2018), to launch a hotel. Yes, that's right.Cinema's have been banned in Saudi Arabia since the 1970s, but in 2018 that's about to change.The Golden Globes nominations have been announced. We're rooting for Greta Gerwig and Jonny Greenwood.Recommended VIEWINGGrasshopper Film have kindly shared En rachâchant, a 1982 short film by Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet adapted from a Marguerite Duras story. Available to view until December 15th so watch it now!For IndieWire, David Ehrlich provides an ecstatic rush of montage through this year's commercial cinema.A moving and enveloping trailer from one of the year's best discoveries: Summer 1993, the feature debut of Spanish filmmaker Carla Simón.The first trailer for the latest analysis of American myth-making from Clint Eastwood,
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Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding gets new trailer and key art

During last night’s The Game Awards, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima unveiled some new key art and a cinematic trailer for his newest project Death Stranding, which features Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) and Mads Mikkelsen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). Take a look here…

Death Stranding is set to be the first game from Hideo Kojima’s new studio Kojima Productions, and will be released on PlayStation 4. As yet, there’s no word on a release date.

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Daniel Craig's Replacement For The Dragon Tattoo Sequel Has Been Cast

Norwegian actor Sverrir Gudnason has been cast in the role of Mikael Blomquist in the upcoming Dragon Tattoo sequel, The Girl in the Spider's Web. The role was previously played by Daniel Craig in the David Fincher-directed film. Craig was awesome in the role. I have no idea how good Gidnasson will be because until today, I've never heard of him before. He did star alongside Shia Labeouf in a movie called Borg/McEnroe.

Gudnasson joins Claire Foy, who is taking on the role of Lisbeth Salander; Sylvia Hoeks (Blade Runner 2049) as Salander’s twin sister, and The Square star Claes Bang as the villain. Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead, Don't Breathe) is directing the movie and David Fincher is a producer on it. The script was written by Alvarez, Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Peaky Blinders) and Jay Basu (Metal Gear Solid). The movie will start production in January in Berlin and Stockholm.
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Movie News: Christopher Plummer to Replace Kevin Spacey in 'All the Money in the World'; Watch 'Early Man' Trailer

All the Money in the World: Christopher Plummer (The Man Who Invented Christmas, above) will portray billionaire J. Paul Getty in Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World. The film has already been completed, but in view of recent, serious allegations of misconduct against Kevin Spacey, the decision was made to re-shoot his scenes, originally shot over a period of eight to ten days, with Plummer stepping in to play his supporting role. Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg also star; the kidnapping thriller is still set for release on December 22. [Deadline]   Metal Gear Solid: Derek Connolly (Jurassic World) has been tapped to write a new draft of the screenplay for Metal Gear Solid. Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who worked with Connolly on Kong: Skull Island (above), will...

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Jurassic World Scribe Hired To Pen Script For Metal Gear Solid Movie

Despite having seen no shortage of video game to film adaptations within our lifetime, there have been some glaring omissions when it comes to top franchises that have yet to make their way to the silver screen. Being a huge fan of the stealth action genre, I can’t help but lament the developmental hell that both Metal Gear Solid and Splinter Cell have had to endure for what seems like an eternity. Now, I could probably complain about this all day, but at least we’re now seeing some movement when it comes to the former.

Granted, I’m still placing this in the “I’ll believe it when I see it” category, but director Jordan Vogt-Roberts can at least credit himself with having a clear, highly ambitious vision. Having been attached to Solid Snake’s cinematic debut since 2014, it’s probably safe to say that he’s more frustrated than any of us,
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Metal Gear Solid Movie Brings in Jurassic World Writer

It looks like the long-gestating Metal Gear Solid movie is back on track. Sony has been working on bringing Solid Snake to the big screen for a very long time, but the project keeps stalling out before it ever really gets going. However, now it looks like the creative team is falling into place. The studio has officially hired Jurassic World writer Derek Connolly to pen the Metal Gear Solid movie. With any luck, this will be the draft that actually goes in front of cameras.

Derek Connolly joins director Jordan Vogt-Roberts on the project. The pair collaborated previously on this year's Kong: Skull Island, which was a huge success, both critically and financially. So having Sony reteam them for Metal Gear Solid absolutely makes sense on paper. The last writer that was reportedly brought on to have a crack at the project was Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent) back
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Jurassic World Writer Penning The Film Adaptation of Metal Gear Solid

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The Director of Kong: Skull Island is reuniting with his writer to put together a feature film adaptation of Metal Gear Solid!  More within!

Derek Connolly has kept himself busy since Steven Speilberg discovered him after Safety Not Guaranteed.  Since then, he's been the man behind the words of many big budget films like Jurassic World, Kong: Skull Island, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and even the upcoming 9th episode of Star Wars.  Connolly is set to add one more to that list as Sony Pictures has announced that he will be penning the film adaptation of the renowned video game from Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear Solid.

Connolly will be reuniting with his Kong: Skull Island director, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who is set to helm the film.

The duo will be looking to create a movie worthy of one of Kojima's masterpieces.  Metal Gear Solid released in 1998 on the Playstation (1) and follows
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Jurassic World Screenwriter Derek Connolly Hired to Write The Metal Gear Solid Movie

Screenwriter Derek Connolly, who wrote Jurassic World for director Colin Trevorrow has been hired to write the script for the big screen adaptation of Metal Gear Solid for Sony Pictures.

Jordan Vogt-Roberts is set to direct the movie and has previously talked about how he plans on tackling it. Connolly actually previously worked with Vogt-Roberts on the film Kong: Skull Island.

This is a passion project for the director who previously said:

"It’s a movie I fought tooth and nail to try and attach myself to because it is potentially the most precious property on this Earth to me. And it is one of the most tricky and idiosyncratic properties on the planet."

He went on to talk about how he wants to give us the best feature film version of it that there can be. In a separate interview, he said:

"To me Metal Gear Solid is not just a great video game.
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‘Metal Gear Solid’ Movie Will Be Penned By ‘Jurassic World’ Screenwriter Derek Connolly

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Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom screenwriter Derek Connolly has just been tapped to pen the Metal Gear Solid movie. Adapted from the video game series launched in 1998, Metal Gear Solid will be directed by Kong: Skull Island filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Learn more details about the Metal Gear Solid movie writer below. While video game films have yet to truly […]

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Metal Gear Solid movie to be written by Jurassic World scribe

He may have fallen foul of the Star Wars: Episode IX shake-up, jettisoned in an escape pod alongside his Safety Not Guaranteed collaborator Colin Trevorrow, but according to Variety, Derek Connolly has landed another potential blockbuster franchise in the form of Metal Gear Solid.

Having already written Jurassic World and Kong: Skull Island, Sony have hired him to tackle the latest draft of the videogame adaptation.

Metal Gear Solid will see him reunite with Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, with Ari Arad producing.

Metal Gear Solid is the long-running videogame series produced by Konami Computer Entertainment Japan, which dates back to 1998. The game was directed, produced, and co-written by series creator Hideo Kojima. The original game focused on Solid Snake, a soldier who infiltrates a nuclear weapons facility to neutralize the terrorist threat from Foxhound, a renegade special forces unit.

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‘Jurassic World’ Writer To Tackle Metal Gear Solid Script

Jurassic World’s Derek Connolly is set to tackle the screenplay for a planned Metal Gear Solid movie. The film, which is set up over at Sony Pictures, is being directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island) and produced by Avi Arad.

The movie will be based on the video game, first launched on PlayStation in 1998 and follows Snake, a soldier who infiltrates a nuclear weapons facility to neutralize the terrorist threat from Foxhound, a renegade special forces unit, sore reports Variety.

Here’s a more detailed plot:

During a training mission in late February 2005 on Shadow Moses, a remote island off the coast of Alaska containing a nuclear weapons facility, Foxhound and the Next-Generation Special Forces rebelled against the United States Government, under the command of Liquid Snake. Their target was the advanced weapon system Metal Gear Rex, a gigantic robotic weapons platform with worldwide nuclear strike capabilities. Their
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Metal Gear Solid movie lands Jurassic World co-writer

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Derek Connolly is hired to work on the Metal Gear Solid movie draft...

Jordan Vogt-Roberts is continuing to develop his planned movie take on the videogame Metal Gear Solid, that Sony Pictures is backing. The film has been in gestation for some time, but it’s now getting a further helping hand from Derek Connolly.

Connolly has been hired to work on the latest draft of the screenplay, having worked with Vogt-Roberts on the recent Kong: Skull Island. He’s also co-written Jurassic World and the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

There’s still no known timeframe for Metal Gear Solid on the big screen just yet, but we suspect over the next year or so, we’ll see Sony trying to push the proverbial accelerator down on the project a little. As we hear more, we’ll let you know…

Variety.
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‘Jurassic World’ Scribe Derek Connolly to Write ‘Metal Gear Solid’ Film

‘Jurassic World’ Scribe Derek Connolly to Write ‘Metal Gear Solid’ Film
Derek Connolly, who penned the box-office smash “Jurassic World” as well as the film’s upcoming sequel, has been brought on to write the latest draft of Sony’s “Metal Gear Solid” adaptation.

Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Connolly’s collaborator on “Kong: Skull Island,” will direct the feature film.

Avi Arad is producing.

Created by Hideo Kojima, the “Megal Gear Solid” video game first launched on PlayStation in 1998 and follows Snake, a soldier who infiltrates a nuclear weapons facility to neutralize the terrorist threat from Foxhound, a renegade special forces unit.
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Movie Review – Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017)

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House, 2017.

Written and Directed by Peter Landesman.

Starring Liam Neeson, Martin Csokas, Michael C. Hall, Diane Lane, Ike Barinholtz, Bruce Greenwood, Maika Monroe, Josh Lucas, Tom Sizemore, Kate Walsh, Eddie Marsan, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Tony Goldwyn, Julian Morris, Brian d’Arcy James, and Noah Wyle.

Synopsis:

The story of Mark Felt, who under the name “Deep Throat” helped journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the Watergate scandal in 1974.

At one point during Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House the titular famed whistleblower states that “no force is stronger than FBI, not even the FBI”, which offers insight to just how big the Watergate scandal investigation was not just for citizens of the United States, but the country’s authority. For the first time in the history of the organization, they were being blacklisted from interviewing various aspects
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The Crown's Claire Foy Officially Cast as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl In The Spider's Web

Claire Foy of Netflix's The Crown has officially been cast in the role of Lisbeth Salander in Sony Picture's adaptation of The Girl in the Spider's Web. This is the sequel/reboot of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo that is being directed by Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead, Don't Breathe). It was previously reported that she was the frontrunner for the part, and it's good to see that she landed it. Foy is a talented actress and I think she'll be great in the role.

The director of the film offered the following statement on the casting of Foy:

“I couldn’t be more thrilled about Claire taking the reins of the iconic Lisbeth Salander. Claire is an incredible, rare talent who will inject a new and exciting life into Lisbeth. I can’t wait to bring this new story to a worldwide audience, with Claire Foy at its center.
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Metal Gear Solid Movie: Eight Actors Who Could Play Solid Snake

Liam Hoofe takes a look at potential actors for the highly anticipated Metal Gear Solid movie…

Jordan Vogt-Roberts, director of Kong: Skull Island, confirmed this month that he is committed to making the “truest, most balls to the wall, Metal Gear version” of Metal Gear Solid, the popular game franchise which looks finally set to get a big movie adaptation.

An adaptation of the successful video game series has been on Hollywood’s to-do list for years, and it makes a lot of sense. The game is one of the most cinematic of all time, with a complex narrative spanning decades and strong, detailed characters that really jump off the screen.

One thing that is essential to making the movie work, as with most video game adaptations, is making sure the main character is cast correctly. Solid Snake is one of the most iconic video game heroes of all time,
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Star Wars: Episode IX director revealed, X-Men: New Mutants logo, Metal Gear Solid movie and more – Daily News Roundup

Star Wars Director

After the news last week that Colin Trevorrow had left Star Wars: Episode IX over “creative differences”, Disney and Lucasfilm officially announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams will be stepping in to helm the galaxy far, far away again. I guess Patty Jenkins was busy? “With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. Read more here.

Episode IX Pushed Back

And with that, it should come as no surprise that Star Wars: Episode IX has now been pushed back so new screenwriters Abrams and Chris Terrio can flesh out a new script. Episode IX will now open on December 20th 2019, putting it in competition with Universal’s Wicked and Sony’s Masters of the Universe. Read more here.
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Jordan Vogt-Roberts on making “the truest, most balls-to-the-wall, Kojima version” of Metal Gear Solid

Jordan Vogt-Roberts has been attached to direct a feature adaptation of the critically acclaimed video series Metal Gear Solid since 2014, and given the success of his last movie Kong: Skull Island, it seems we may be edging ever closer to seeing Solid Snake on the big screen.

During an interview with Gamespot, Vogt-Roberts has revealed that he’s been working with Sony to ensure that “we’re making the truest, most balls-to-the-wall Metal Gear version” of the movie.

“I really give credit to the people I’m working with at Sony, the executives and the producers. I was able to go to them and say, ‘Let’s stop where we are, because I think we’re heading down a direction that doesn’t fully capture why people love this game, what Kojima’s voice is, why people who have played this game for decades love it, why people who have
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Expect Godzilla Vs. Kong To Retain The Same “Sensibility” As Skull Island

What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?

That’s a question that will be posed by Godzilla Vs. Kong in three years’ time, and make no mistake; Adam Wingard’s epic crossover will crown a definitive winner when the great ape and Gojira go head-to-head. And what a spectacle it’ll be.

Dubbed a “massive monster movie brawl” of epic proportions by Wingard himself, who is fresh off Netflix original Death Note, it’s since been revealed that Godzilla Vs. Kong will feature multiple sky-scraping monsters alongside the two titular deities – perhaps we’ll see a return of those MUTOs come 2020? Time will tell.

When asked about the movie’s overall sensibility, though, Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts outlined how his Vietnam-era blockbuster compares to Wingard’s vision for Godzilla Vs. Kong during a recent interview with Collider.

And so, after recounting his involvement in Destiny 2‘s stunning live-action trailer,
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