Canadian horror movie ‘Splice,’ starring Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody, has been named the highest-grossing Canadian film of 2010.
Director Vincenzo Natali and co-writer Doug Taylor were awarded with the Golden Box Office Award this morning at a Toronto genetics lab, presented by Telefilm Canada. The two men each received a cheque for $20,000.
In the film, Polley and Brody play scientists who create a horrific human-animal hybrid that goes goes psycho.
The film grossed $2.1 million in domestic box office sales and $26.9 million worldwide.
“Making movies is much like making a monster, you don’t know what terror you’ve wrought until it has escaped from the lab,” Natali said in a statement.
“The fact that ‘Splice’ was a box office success in its native country is another testament to Telefilm’s foresight and their faith in Canadian filmmakers to produce popular entertainment. Without their support this strange but beautiful creature could never have come to life.”
Last year, the award was handed to the director and writers of ‘Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day.’ That film grossed $2.9 million in Canada in 2009.
Wow, I had no idea this film grossed that much. I thought it was just another run-of-the-mill horror film, but apparently not – congrats to the filmmakers for giving Canadians a good name.
Rapper Tupac Shakur’s only screenplay ever made will be turned into a film, reports MTV News.
A notorious double threat, Tupac produced platinum albums and singles and also earned notices for his acting in films such as “Juice” and “Poetic Justice.”
But the notorious rapper, who studied acting, poetry, jazz and ballet while performing in Shakespearean plays at the Baltimore School for the Arts as a teenager, not only acted in plays and movies, he also apparently wrote them.
Now, the rights to the only full screenplay Shakur wrote while he was in jail, titled “Live 2 Tell,” have been acquired by a production company that plans to start filming the movie next year.
One of the producers Preston Holmes has collaborated with Shakur’s mother, Afeni, on the 2003 documentary “Tupac: Resurrection” and Afeni will be an executive producer on the $11 million project as well.
The script is described as the story of a teenage drug dealer and his struggles to leave a life of crime. It was written by Shakur while he served an 11-month sentence on sexual assault charges.
“This kid was a genius, and the net of it is, he was from this community, he knew the struggles these young people were dealing with,” said Ivan Juzang, whose NStar Studios was behind the acquisition of the screenplay. “And he’s able to talk to young people in 2011, 2012, the same way he was able to talk to young people in 1995.” Holmes had originally contacted Shakur about the script when the rapper was still behind bars.
“We think that the name we need is the name we have, which is Tupac Shakur,” Holmes said.
This is the second attempt at making the film. The script was first optioned more than five years ago by the Insomnia Media Group and was slated to start production in March 2006. No casting for that version was ever confirmed.
I think this is a nice ode to Tupac’s work – the man had some serious talent, and it’s nice to be shared.
Producers of the hit franchise ‘Harry Potter’ are planning on releasing ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1′ in 3D for a Blu-ray release. Funny, because just last year, the producers ditched plans to release it in 3D in theaters. Change of heart, I guess.
But it doesn’t stop there. The rest of the franchise may get the 3D treatment too. “We’re doing 3-D for the DVD of ’7, Part 1,’ and there’s been no discussion of anything else yet,” producer David Heyman told MTV News recently. “But I suspect the studio is going to be reluctant to let it die, and if there’s an opportunity to maybe enrich … ”
Back in March 2010, Heyman also said “I’m sure it’s just a matter of time” regarding the 3D conversion of the entire series. Looks like he’s a man of his word.
For now, though, the filmmakers are racing to finish “Deathly Hallows, Part 2″ before the July release and working on the conversion of the first part for the Blu-ray.
“We’re very pleased with the way ‘Part 1′ is going – the 3-D for the Blu-ray,” producer David Barron said. “It’s really exciting, really involved.”
“I was surprised at how wonderful it is. It is different in some ways [than the theatrical release], but it’s enriching,” said Heyman. “The quality is quite different… It’s much easier, in a way, to do 3-D for a smaller screen than it is for a bigger screen.”
And there you have it. I personally don’t get the whole 3D trend, it gives me a headache, but if others love it then power to them.