by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-Chief
I take issue with so many things about Patriots Day that I’m not sure where to begin.
I suppose it starts with Mark “It wouldn’t have gone down that way if I was on my 9/11 flight” Wahlberg starring in a film that only an authentic Boston guy could top line and get away without it being called a cash grab. Make no mistake though, it is a cash grab. Add to it, Peter “I only make films that are based on a true story these days” Berg and we have a real recipe for an actual tragedy told in the shallowest way possible, full of heroic low angle Marky Mark shots and filled to the brim with scenes designed to try and pull the tears out of your eyes. It’s despicable that they approached a community that was still healing after the trauma of a gunfight in their quiet neighborhood to ask if they could recreate the same gunfight to lend “authenticity” to their film. Patriots Day may have been shot in Boston with a lead actor from Boston, but it feels as authentic as all the Boston-area people sporting their Boston Strong gear in the wake of the tragedy because it was fashionable. This film does not feel like it’s been made for the right reasons in any way.
Me? I’ll be waiting for David Gordon Green’s Stronger, an important story to come out of the Boston Marathon Bombing tragedy that has all the ingredients for an inspirational and moving film.
An account of the Boston Marathon bombing, PATRIOTS DAY is the powerful story of a community’s courage in the face of adversity.
In the aftermath of an unspeakable attack, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons) and nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan) this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history and celebrates the strength of the people of Boston.
On April 20th, 2010, the world’s largest man-made disaster occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. Directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), this story honors the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone’s lives forever.
Summit Entertainment and Participant Media present a di Bonaventura Pictures production, a Closest to the Hole / Leverage Entertainment production, a Peter Berg film. The film is directed by Peter Berg from a screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand and from a screen story by Matthew Sand. The film stars Academy Award® nominee Mark Wahlberg, Golden Globe® nominee Kurt Russell, Academy Award® nominee John Malkovich, Golden Globe® winner Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien and Academy Award® nominee Kate Hudson.
by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Fresh from his badass role of Mr. Nobody in the box office smash Furious 7, Kurt Russell is currently in talks to join the cast of Peter Berg’s upcoming film Deepwater Horizon.
Russell would join Mark Wahlberg and Gina Rodriguez if he signed on.
Deepwater Horizon is the story of the 2010 explosion on a BP oil rig that resulted in the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, the blast killed 11 workers and injured 17 more. The resulting gusher wasn’t capped for three months.
Matthew Michael Carnahan is adapting the script from the New York Times article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour” by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul.
The film is set to hit theaters September 30, 2016.
by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Fresh of her Golden Globe win for best actress on the CW’s Jane The Virgin, Gina Rodriguez has just signed on to the true life disaster film Deepwater Horizon, according to The Wrap.
Rodriguez will join the already cast Mark Wahlberg.
Deepwater Horizon is the story of the 2010 explosion on a BP oil rig that resulted in the largest oil spill in U.S. history. The explosion subsequently killed 11 people working on the platform and injured another 17. The spill went on gushing for three months before it was finally capped.
Wahlberg will portray an electrician on the oil rig, while Rodriguez is in talks to play Andrea Fleytas, the person who was monitoring the oil rig’s safety systems moments before the explosion.
Peter Berg has been set to direct from a script by Matthew Michael Carnahan.
The film is set to release on September 30, 2016 at the beginning of awards season.
by: Adam Glass
Well it looks like the Six Million Dollar Man will now be the Six Billion Dollar man due to inflation. Peter Berg is attached to direct with Mark Wahlberg starring as Steve Austin. We’d heard rumblings about Berg and Wahlberg teaming up way back in July.
For those of you who don’t know about the TV series, Steve Austin was a test pilot for the US Government who crashed an experimental plane. He was on the verge of death when the government stepped in and replaced both legs, his right arm and left eye with bionics. He performed mission s for the OSI (Office of Scientific Intelligence).
The film version has traveled a long road over the years, from Kevin Smith’s script to Jim Carrey and Todd Philips’ comedic take that never quite got off the ground.
Steve Austin was the original RoboCop in every sense and he was much cooler. The whole concept is based on the 1972 novel “Cyborg” by Martin Caidin. Bob Weinstein will be producing through Dimension Films and “The Six Billion Dollar Man” is now looking at a 2016 release.
I for one am stoked to hear this news. This was one of the first TV shows I remember watching when I was younger. I hope they can find a part for Lee Majors who played the original Steve Austin. This has the makings of a terrific franchise. Your thoughts?
Like a cockroach in nuclear winter, it seems nothing can kill Taylor Kitsch’s career. Let me say, I feel like this guy has some talent and is going to break through eventually. But it seems this guy has had more chances to make it happen than most. Between X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Battleship, John Carter, and The Savages. They’ve all been high profile opportunities but none have worked out. I don’t view any of them as his fault, they were all highly flawed projects from the ground up, which is why he’s probably weathered their failure. But he seems to be on the come a bit after a couple of nice supporting turns in Peter Berg’s ‘Lone Survivor’ as well as the star studded HBO film ‘Normal Heart’.
On top of the persistent rumors of his possible involvement in the second season of True Detective he is now also being rumored for the English language remake of Gareth Evan’s modern action film, ‘The Raid’, a film that has been hailed as one of the best modern action films.
No word on whether or not this has any effect on Frank Grillo’s involvement in the remake, it was recently announced that he had been cast in the project.
Apparently inflation is a bitch as ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ will now be ‘The Six Billion Dollar Man’. It’s also being rumored that Marky Mark might be feeling the vibrations to a re-team with Peter Berg for the adaptation to the film adaptation of the 70’s hit TV show.
The Tracking Board has detailed the long history of this one from Kevin Smith’s script then Jim Carrey and Todd Philips’ comedic take that never got off the ground.
Berg certainly has his experience with big budget films and has worked with Wahlberg recently on ‘Lone Survivor’. It seems as though this one has a better traction and is more likely to get off the ground. We’ll have to wait and see if it ends up coming together.
I love the concept for ‘The Leftovers’. No it’s a DreamWorks animated film about the exploits of the food left in the refrigerator and it’s journey to be eaten before evil mold grows and renders it an inedible zombie. (hmm I’m gonna put a pin in that one, actually) No, ‘The Leftovers’ is an upcoming HBO show based on the novel of the same name by Tom Perotta. The plot concerns the aftermath of a town after many of their citizens vanish in the Rapture. In the wake of the event that’s called the “Sudden Departure” the world must learn to move on.
It’s a pretty great premise and the first preview relays the seriousness of what happens with the people left behind and how the world can turn inside out in a moment.
The show has some pedigree with Peter Berg and Mimi Leder directing episodes and a cast that includes Liv Tyler, Justin Theroux, Frank Harts and Michael Gaston (Who previously dealt with society crumbling in the criminally underrated ‘Jericho’).
Take a look at the new preview: