MOVIE NEWS – With the Christopher Nolan Warner Bros partnership coming to an end, The Exec sat down to talk with a Warner Bros PR spokesperson. We find out how the Christopher Nolan Warner Bros conscious uncoupling came about and was it really mutual?
Sorry To Ask But How Did Christopher Nolan & Warner Bros Uncouple?
That’s ok [sniff]. I guess we need to talk it through with someone [sniff]. Just to try and make sense of it all. Y’know what I mean [sniff]? I thought we were in a good place. Thought we were secure in our relationship. People always said he was a cold one, but you never really believe it, until it happens to you. And then he just left. Didn’t leave a note or anything [sniff].
Were There Any Signs This Was Coming?
What do you mean? Are you saying it’s our fault? We gave everything [sniff] to this relationship. Showered him with money for anything he wanted to do. We never asked any questions. And what do we get in return (apart from billions of dollars in revenue)? He goes to Universal [sniff]. Universal? What the fuck is he going to do over there? Make Smokey And The Bandit? What a crock of shit.
Do You Think There Was Anything You Could Have Done Differently?
I guess we could have spent less time with Zack Snyder and Matt Reeves. But we were just fooling around, having a bit of fun at work. They meant nothing. Literally nothing. Have you seen the returns? Jesus [sniff]. What a waste of fucking time those guys were.
And What About You With HBO Max?
Oh, here we go [cries]! You’re going to rub that in our face. It was just a small deal. We flirted for a bit with streaming. They got knocked up with our movies last year, and that’s it. We’re tied to them for the rest of our fucking lives.
Well, It Is Your Contractual Responsibility And Commitment.
Now you just sound like our parent company and investors. Fuck you [sniff].
Christopher Nolan Will Shoot His Next Movie About Oppenheimer, With Universal.
HOLLYWOOD -The new Batman movie – The Batman – will concentrate on Batman’s origin story.
Matt Reeves new take on the Caped Crusader Batman – entitled The Batman – will recount the origin of how Batman became Batman.
Matt Reeves talked to the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:
It’s amazing that this hasn’t been covered before, but if you read the comic books carefully there’s a fascinating story about how Batman becomes Batman.
Yeah. It goes all the way back to his childhood.
Well, he was out in the city one night with his parents. At the opera, I think. And they came out and they were walking down an alley by the theater when some criminal stepped out of the shadwos and held a gun on them. It’s not clear what exactly happened but both Bruce Wayne’s mother and father ended up being fatally shot. Perhaps there was a pearl necklace that got broken as well and something about the moon. But poor Bruce witnessed all this. Can you imagine the effect it must have had on him?
So he became Batman?
Not straightaway, no. I mean as a child I don’t think he would ahve got very far fighting crime dressed as a bat. He waited until he was older.
But why a bat?
That I’m not sure about. Maybe he was scared of them when he was a kid. I don’t know. But the thing I want to do is connect the dots between his parents dying and his lifelong devotion to being a vigilante against crime.
The Batman will be released in 2020.
HOLLYWOOD – Woody Harrelson called the CGI on War for the Planet of the Apes ‘extraordinary.’
In an EXCLUSIVE interview with the Studio Exec, former Cheers and White Men Can’t Jump star Woody Harrelson heaped praise on the CGI work of his new film War for the Planet of the Apes.
It’s unbelievable. I already knew from Andy Serkis’ work in Lord of the Rings that CGI could help bring a character alive but this was my first time getting experience firsthand and I walked away impressed.
The Apes are really realistic.
Absolutely. But for me that isn’t even the greatest achievement. You see monkeys and Gollums and what not, they’re fantastic creatures to begin with. You know what I mean? But real people are tough. My character is a soldier. A colonel and yet the detail on the face, the eyes – which up until now have been so difficult to replicate – were damned near perfect.
But your character wasn’t CGI.
The best part, going into this, I thought there’d be a stupid costume with ping pong balls I’d have to wear. But Matt Reeves told me I could just wear the costume of the character. I mentioned the CGI suit, the motion capture but he just laughed and said ‘nice one Woody!’ So I was prepared for the end result being less than optimum. When I saw the final cut of the film, it blew me away. It looked as if it was just me acting. It was so life like.
War for the Planet of the Apes is in cinemas.
HOLLYWOOD – Due to a union dispute it looks likely that War of the Planet of the Apes won’t features apes.
Following a protracted legal dispute, it is now becoming likely that Matt Reeves new film War of the Planet of the Apes will be the first in the franchise not to feature the rebellious primates.
Speaking EXCLUSIVELY with the Studio Exec, Matt Reeves has discussed for the first time the fraught conditions and legal wrangles which has placed his production in serious danger:
The fact of the matter is after the success of the first two films, the apes have let it go a little to their head and Doodles – the ape who plays Cesar – has started making exorbitant demands. A 500% wage hike, unlimited bananas and something he calls a ‘groomer’ to be on call 24 hours a day. It’s crazy. We knew that if we gave way to him, we’d have to give the same things to the rest of the cast and there are literally thousands of these Goddamned monkeys.
However, Doodles has a different view of the matter:
First off, Doodles is my slave name. I prefer to be called Andy Serkis. It’s the name I’ve chosen for myself. Secondly, all this guff about bananas. That’s just humancentric speciesism. You assholes have got us picking flees and eating bananas and dressing up in human clothes for novelty calendars for too long. We have identities and feelings and I’d ask the studio this, do you think anyone is coming to the films to see James Franco? Or Jason Clarke? No, I didn’t think so.
In spite of the apeless planet, Matt Reeves is convinced that the new film will be as good as the ones that came before.
The monkey thing was getting a bit tired anyway. This film we’re using giraffes. They’re cheap and much funnier with their goofy necks.
War of the Planet of the Apes will be released in 2018.
HOLLYWOOD – Three new Planet of the Apes films are to be made back to back it was confirmed today by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves.
Buoyed by the critical and commercial success of the most recent entry, the Studio Exec can reveal that three scripts have already been put into development which will take the saga up to the beginning of the original 1968 Charlton Heston picture.
Although details are sketchy, we can say that Andy Serkis will reprise his role as Caesar at least for the first of the new trilogy. Reeves told Studio Exec EXCLUSIVE:
The next film in the saga – Around About Lunch Time of the Planet of the Apes – will see the immediate aftermath of Dawn. Caesar and his ape community must learn to survive against a humanity which now knows of the threat from the simians and are seeking to wipe them out. The apes, if they are to survive, must learn to become an army. Late Afternoon of the Planet of the Apes will take place many years later as the military dominance of the apes becomes overwhelming and the final film – The Planet of the Apes Bought a Zoo – will be lighter in tone and will show how the humans slowly became the caged animals who Charlton Heston meets in the 1968 film.
In a tactic taken from the Peter Jackson game book, the films are to be filmed almost simultaneously in the hope of maintaining continuity and cutting costs. They will also be released a year apart.
Around About Lunch Tim of the Planet of the Apes will be released in 2016; Late Afternoon of the Planet of the Apes, 2016 and The Plant of the Apes Bought a Zoo (Part One) will be released in 2017.
HOLLYWOOD – The sequel to Rise of Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is to continue the Planet of the Apes tradition and use apes in a central role, and not giraffes as had been rumored.
Director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) revealed that the choice was only taken quite late in preproduction.
There was a version of Mark [Bomback]’s script that shifted focus radically to giraffes. It was actually one of the most beautiful scripts I’d ever read. But then we did some pre-visualisation and it quickly became apparent that giraffes taking over the world had this whole unintended comical angle which would have harmed the tone I was going for.
Mark Bomback – whose writing credits include such contemporary classics as Die Hard 4.0 and the Total Recall remake – spoke candidly of what is already being talked about as the lost Planet of the Giraffes script.
Giraffes are fascinating creatures and the idea that they could rebel against their human master has been one that has obsessed mankind since the dawn of time. Imagine, if you will, a giraffe trying to hit you with its head, a little bit like you’re the golf ball and the giraffe is both club and golfer in one. Terrifying. We even had Andy Serkis do some motion capture with a surgically stretched neck, but then the focus groups adn the suits came in with their negativity and their big words like ‘what?’ and ‘numb nuts’ and that was the end of that.
However, both Matt Reeves and Mark Bomback said that they were looking into the idea of developing their Planet of the Giraffes script for HBO.
Dawn of the Planet of the Giraffes Apes will be released in 2015.