From Michael Fassbender to Jude Law to Bradley Cooper and now Ewan McGregor, there has been a lot of in’s and out’s on the production for Jane Got a Gun. With filming already underway, director Gavin O’Connor has his eyes set on ending the Western indie in a reasonably length of time as The Impossible star will now fill the vacant role as central antagonist. This is obviously a major component of the feature, thus the upcasting, and we cannot wait to see what turns out. O’Connor himself was a replacement back when filming got underway.
The Miracle director took up the gig of helming the Natalie Portman-produced effort when Lynne Ramsay unexpectedly bounced due to creative differences. Thankfully, Joel Edgerton remained on the project as Natalie Portman’s knight in shining armor (figurative of course) sent in to help defend her and her husband (Noah Emmerich) from bandits. O’Connor previously worked with the Great Gatsby star on Warrior and Emmerich on a number of productions including the FX television series The Americans.
Just a quick heads up, tracking came online for Jack the Giant Slayer and the numbers are lousy. How lousy? Not as bad as the $25 million open some initially projected, but we are talking Cowboys and Aliens bad with a sub-$40 million debut. This is typically great for any movie, but New Line put $200 million behind the Bryan Singer-directed project which could guarantee flop status for the fantasy pic. Oz the Great and Powerful will likely dominate the fantasy genre overseas as well, thus causing some to question whether Jack’s delay was really a great idea. For the record, a 75% foreign box office split could save the pic from financial ruin, putting its global gross near $400 million. Good luck.
Jack the Giant Slayer stars Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor, Ian McShane, and Eleanor Tomlinson. The movie enters theaters nationwide on Friday, March 1. Most overseas markets will get this one on March 22, so it could be some time before audiences see how badly the film missed.
In about a week from now, the first major 3D release of the year will make its way into theaters. This is titled Jack the Giant Slayer, and it is a play on Jack and the Beanstalk with its own gritty Snow White and the Huntsman-esque vibe. The movie will be Bryan Singer’s first big budget action feature since Superman Returns, so we definitely care it what turns up next Friday is garbage especially considering he is returning to X-Men later this year. That all said, we now take a look at the film’s latest featurette that chronicles the giants in the film which do actually have distinct personalities. So what do we think? This year’s Wrath of the Titans or something unexpectedly good? Continue Reading
As alluded too over the weekend, a second theatrical trailer has been made available today for Jack the Giant Slayer. This one takes a more story-driven tone with the romantic angle played up more so than in previous spots. The fresh take signals a rebooting of the marketing campaign so to speak as the big-budget feature has been tracking terribly early on. Some early estimates have the film banking $20 million opening weekend which would put the money-making responsibilities almost entirely on the foreign box office. There is no ‘crisis mode’ for Jack just yet, but it is pretty darn close which is probably why this new look just arrived. Continue Reading
What do you do when your first big tentpole of the year is getting zero traction with theater goers? You reboot the marketing campaign. That appears to be exactly what Warner Bros. is planning to do with their Bryan Singer-directed fantasy flick Jack the Giant Slayer which is finally coming out after a year-long delay for ‘special effects work.’ The studio just released a ‘sneak peek’ at the second full-length traile–something we did not expect this close to release. It looks like they are going for an even edgier vibe this time around, but we will wait for the real deal prior to analysis. Continue Reading
Ewan McGregor was on Jimmy Kimmel last night promoting his new movie coming out in roughly three weeks. The actor’s follow-up to The Impossible is a Bryan Singer feature called Jack the Giant Slayer. This is one of the early tentpoles for the year with a lot of money behind it, so we are not exactly shocked to see the press wheels grinding so soon. Expect more appearances from McGregor and maybe even the leading man Nicholas Hoult in the near future. Continue Reading
Want to see another television spot for Jack the Giant Slayer? This one is definitely pretty fresh, so it might be worth the view even for those who have seen all of the blockbuster’s promotional materials thus far. While I do not anticipate acknowledging all of the film’s future spots, the third one certainly feels unique enough to warrant the quick mention. There was no Super Bowl ad for the movie, but do not chalk that up to Warner Bros.’ lack of faith in Bryan Singer’s latest theatrical effort. The studio actually sat the big game out as did Fox because at nearly $4 million per 30 seconds, one cannot help but consider whether the money could be better spent elsewhere. Continue Reading
In recent months, we have seen the hype train start to roll for Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer with a flurry of posters. Today, we have a banner with the four non-giant leads to help generate some buzz. The biggest hurdle for this film will be to distinguish itself from last March’s disgraceful Wrath of the Titans which may carry the same bad-fantasy vibe with some audiences while presenting a sense of originality despite the film’s foundations. Nicholas Hoult has the lead role, and he is definitely an up and comer with a starring role in February’s zombie comedy Warm Bodies. That should help establish the actor with a little more street cred going into this one as his last big role came nearly two years ago in X-Men: First Class. Continue Reading
Ewan McGregor is off promoting his new film The Impossible which arrives in theaters Friday. This feature is set against the backdrop of the Christmas tsunami in Southeast Asia eight years ago, but more importantly the press says the movie gets it right. As a result, it has received critical recognition and a few early nominations going into award season. For that reason, it was worth the former Obi-Wan player’s time to visit Jimmy Fallon where he participated in a bit called True Facts. As for the interview portion, that mostly had to do with George Lucas’ sale of the Star Wars empire and the basis for the actor’s new movie. Continue Reading
Ewan McGregor took to The Tonight Show last night to promote his new movie The Impossible that has him starring alongside Naomi Watts. The pic is being touted as a contender for a few Academy Awards, but that mostly remains in doubt due to an unusually strong field of potential nominees this year. That is besides the point though because since the movie might possibly be good on its own then that means we suddenly care what the film’s stars have to say on their latest feature. McGregor is coming off of two indies, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Haywire. His next big budget appearance will be in Jack the Giant Slayer which comes from X-Men director Bryan Singer. Continue Reading
Ewan McGregor continues to keep busy. The actor just picked up a part in August: Osage County from The Weinstein Company. He will be filling the shoes of Julia Roberts’ estranged husband Bill Fordham who is a college professor that left his wife for one of his students. Ultimately, this should prove to be a good addition to a cast that also includes Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch, Abigail Breslin, and Chris Cooper with George Clooney behind-the-camera producing this John Wells-directed film. Continue Reading
There is a new trailer out for The Impossible–a movie that tackles the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami in South Asia. It is much more than some random disaster movie that we are used to seeing or even Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter with a gimmick. This film tells the true story of a family divided by the natural disaster. The Impossible is being marketed as a human story of survival in the toughest of circumstances and the lengths of which people will go through to reunite. Juan Antonio Bayonia’s film is also being labeled as an uplifting tale of compassion, courage, and kindness.
The following trailer has all that on full display, but it may be a bit heavy on the tsunami angle of things which might go against what the film is all about. Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts are presumably amazing, but it really is tough to tell because they are too busy selling that something major just happened to shatter their world. You will probably have to catch the feature on the big screen to know for sure if they deliver because I doubt their acting chops will be played up in promotion given the ‘true story’ source material which always looks better in the public’s eye.
Ewan McGregorwas on Conan last night to promote Salmon Fishing in the Yemen in which the actor co-stars alongside Emily Blunt. Here is the interview where he tells a story involving his brother’s fighter jet and more..
Ewan McGregor stopped by Ellen this week to plug Yemen Fishing in the Yemen, and when on the show he spent some time talking about his dog which leads to the actor receiving a gift from the talk show host. Here is that part of the interview which aired earlier today.
The second trailer has hit the web for Salmon Fishing in Yemen–a film in which Ewan McGregor brings fly fishing to the desert. The film also stars Emily Blunt, and it will release into theaters on March 9.