Millar was unhappy with the first draft of the screenplay, considering the approach to be "too tame" and "a little bit Americanized" given he wanted "basically be the opposite of the Spider-Man movie, the idea of someone getting powers and realizing they can do what they want, then choosing the dark path." The author only started to support the direction the project was taking once Bekmambetov "came in with his Eastern European madness" and the intention of coming closer to the spirit of the book. Bekmambetov said that he would take liberty in adapting the comic book's world: "It's difficult for me to just follow. It's interesting for me to create. I feel a little bit different how this world has to be executed." In July 2006, screenwriter Chris Morgan was hired to revise the third act of Haas and Brandt's script.Haas and Brandt returned to refine the character of Wesley Gibson, which they had established in their first draft.
Millar saw previsualized footage of the film and said that it exceeded his expectations for the adaptation. He described its first half as being close to the source comic, and added the ending was similar though it was relocated elsewhere from the comic's original setting. The superhero costumes in the series were also removed, with the exception of the leather attire worn by Wesley and Fox. Incidentally, this had been Millar's intent when writing the miniseries, but he and artist J. G. Jones had forgotten to. Millar said, "I wanted them to have those powers and then just wear those costumes for the initiation, but just for one panel. And then I forgot." Millar also stated that he would have liked to keep the supervillain mythos that dictates the original comic in the film. Millar was favorable to most of the changes in the storyline, which includes the story arc of the Fates issuing death orders in line with the series' original theme of predestination.
James McAvoy, who had screen-tested for the role early in 2006, was initially rejected because the studio was seeking an actor with conventional Hollywood leading man looks and physique. McAvoy was later recalled, being considered to be the "runt of the litter" among those who tested. According to McAvoy, "They [ultimately] wanted someone geeky."McAvoy was cast in the role in October 2006.The Scottish actor, who portrays an American in the film, worked out to improve his physique for the film's action scenes, and suffered several injuries during shooting which included a twisted ankle and an injured knee.
Common became interested in the role of Gunsmith due to both the script and the prospect of working with McAvoy, Jolie, and Morgan Freeman. Common learned a great deal about firearms as preparation for the role, but said he is not a strong supporter of guns in real life. Konstantin Khabensky, who starred in Bekmambetov's Night Watch, was cast so that the director would have a familiar face around. British television veteran Marc Warren agreed to work in the film because he always wanted to be in a Hollywood blockbuster. Thomas Kretschmann originally intended to pick up the comic series after being cast, but Bekmambetov convinced him not to. Kretschmann said that he undertook "excessive gun training" to "make sure I look good and I look like I know what I'm doing". Kristen Hager originally auditioned for Fox, but accepted the role of Cathy, considering it "fun to play".
Blu-ray, the standard for high quality home cinema, has generally adhered to a maximum bit rate of about 40Mbits/s for 1080P movies. However, with the recently release of Ultra HD Blu-ray, which features 4K playback, movies can use bit rates as high as 128Mbits/s.
Moviegoers showed themselves to be a little more sophisticated than the pundits predicted over the weekend by crowning WALL-E box office champion with a very healthy $62.5 million opening weekend, according to Disney's Sunday estimate.That's a huge start for a supposedley hard-to-sell movie -- on par with the debut of Monsters, Inc. -- and likely to end up the third or fourth best opening in Pixar's history (see complete list of Pixar movies).But that might not even be the biggest story of the weekend.More...Movie Website Reviews for Weekend of June 27, 2008June 28th, 2008
June is filled with top picks, and practically only top picks. The best schedule for the overall health of the movie industry is only two wide releases, the potential blockbuster and the counter-programming release. This month that's exactly what happens; however, almost every week the counter-programming film has a serious shot at $100 million as well. If everything goes well, then we could have 8 films opening this month that crack 9 digits and that would put 2008 back on track. Even a more conservative estimate has four $100 million movies coming out this month, but there's a lot of uncertainty involved here. On the limited front, none of May's limited releases managed to breakout and expand wide, so there's still an opening for sleeper hit of the summer. That role could be filled by The Promotion, which appears to have the best shot at escaping the art hour circuit and reaching multiplexes. More...Cast Updates - March 28, 2008March 28th, 2008
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As you know, I was a big fan of David Gordon Green's new Halloween film (except for its simplistic title, which makes writing about it needlessly confusing), and so even though it's not exactly the right time of the year I was happy to get a copy to enjoy at home in the middle of January. Yes, the extras were a bit skimpy, but unlike certain other movies in the franchise (i.e. pretty much all of the others from the past 30 years) I wanted the movie for my collection because I actually liked it a lot, not because I'm a completist.
Would you like to add the film to your own growing collection of 4K discs? It's easy enough - just email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the film you'd most like to see given the 4K UHD treatment. Your favorite movie? Something you haven't seen at all and have been waiting for a pristine presentation? Maybe just another Halloween sequel? No right or wrong answers (well, movies that are already available are indeed wrong answers), but you gotta get them in fast - I'll be picking a winner tomorrow, which is coincidentally the day the movie hits shelves. Please include your name and full mailing address so that we can get the disc to you ASAP! And if you're not 4K-ready yet, don't fret - the disc includes a standard blu-ray and a digital code, so unless you're on dialup with standard DVD, you won't be left out here. Good luck! It's, uh, January - everyone's entitled to one good scare.