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“Chronicle” director to take on graphic novel adaptation “The Red Star”

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Since the release of “Chronicle,” the rumor mill has been abuzz about the film’s director, Josh Trank, which is no huge surprise, seeing as he parlayed a $12 million film into an impressive $116 million gross. But now, his first post-“Chronicle” project has been made official, as he will direct the film adaptation of the graphic novel “The Red Star.”

Previously, Trank has been rumored to be considered for a number of superhero-based projects, including a rebooted “Fantastic Four,” as well as a “Spider-Man” spin-off focusing on the fan-favorite 1990s antihero “Venom.” But now, Deadline is reporting that Trank will be taking the director’s chair on a less well-known comic book property.

Originally written and drawn by Christian Gossett, “The Red Star” is set in a post-World War II USSR, where futuristic technology mixes with magic and sorcery. The series ran four volumes and also spawned a video game of the same name for PlayStation 2, PSP and the iOS. The book received rave reviews both for its original story and its use of mixing traditional pencils with computer-generated animation. Currently, the film is set to be scripted by Jason Rothenberg, who recently wrote the new “Twilight Zone” movie.

What do you think of Trank’s involvement with “The Red Star?” Will you head to the theaters for the alternate history Soviet tale? Tell us in the comments below.

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15 That ’70s Show Quotes to Help You Unleash Your Inner Jackie

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When life gets you down, just ask yourself: what would Jackie do? (But don’t ask her, because she doesn’t care about your stupid problems.) Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, take a look at some quotes that will help you be the best Jackie you can be.


15. She knows her strengths.

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14. She doesn’t let a little thing like emotions get in the way.

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13. She’s her own best friend.

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12. She has big plans for her future.

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11. She keeps her ego in check.

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10. She can really put things in perspective.

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9. She’s a lover…

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8. But she knows not to just throw her love around.

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7. She’s proud of her accomplishments.

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6. She knows her place in the world.

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5. She asks herself the hard questions.

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4. She takes care of herself.

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3. She’s deep.

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2. She’s a problem solver.

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1. And she’s always modest.

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“Chronicle” director in talks for “Spider-Man” spin-off, “Venom”

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Despite some really great Sandman stuff, and the fact that fans of a certain age are all but guaranteed to pop for Spidey in a black suit and/or Venom, “Spider-Man 3” didn’t exactly hit right for a number of reasons, including but not limited to extended emo scenes. But, thankfully for fans of grim n’ gritty 90s comics antiheroes, the symbiote-based Spider-Man villain, Venom could be returning to the screen, courtesy of “Chronicle” director Josh Trank.

As noted by Slash Film (http://www.slashfilm.com/chronicles-josh-trank-direct-spiderman-spinoff-venom-movie/) talk of a Venom movie is nothing new for Sony, as there were originally plans to have the spin-off directed by Gary “Hunger Games” Ross. But while that plan never came to fruition, the success of Trank’s found footage superhero flick, “Chronicle,” has more than a few humongous all-white eyes and prehensile tongues turning to him.

According to the “Los Angeles Times,” Sony is already negotiating with Trank to direct the new Venom-based flick, though the paper was unable to get any kind of actual comment from Sony, so perhaps take this news with a grain of salt. Also, keep in mind that Trank’s name is a hot one coming off the success of the outsized success of the relatively low-budget “Chronicle,” which while not a comic book movie, features its fair share of superpowers.

If you’re unlucky enough not to know about Venom as a character, a brief primer for you: Eddie Brock was a New York City journalist who got exposed to an alien symbiote that was cast off by Spider-Man. The symbiote takes the form of a totally badass suit that gives Brock, as Venom, a host of totally badass powers, including strength, speed, agility and wall-stick-to-it-ness. Notably, he also has the ability to avoid being picked up by Spider-Man’s spider-sense, making him a bigger, nastier version of the wallcrawler. Eventually, Venom turned from villain to antihero, when an even nastier symbiote, Carnage, shows up, as tends to happen.

What do you think of a movie starring Venom? Is Josh Trank the right guy for the job? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

Soundtracks: “Chronicle”

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Three high school pals play pranksters after they acquire mysterious powers in director Josh Trank’s “Chronicle,” but hijinks turn to tragedy when their darker impulses come to the fore. The film, out at the end of this week, used no composer to help create it’s mood switches, that job fell entirely to music supervisor, Andrea von Foerster.

“There’s no score in the film and all songs are used as source music,” von Foerster explained. “When Josh Trank and I discussed the music for ‘Chronicle’ we knew we wanted it to be cool, diverse and mostly indie.  Artists such as Deastro, MNDR and A B & The Sea were early favorites.”

Von Foerster, whose credits include music supervision on “(500) Days of Summer” and “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” was also responsible for the music in the prematurely canceled, “Stargate Universe,” a show of truly surprising quality and the best science fiction series since “Battlestar Galactica.”

“We set our sights high to license Jessie J’s ‘Price Tag’ for Matt’s hilarious car singing scene and David Bowie’s classic ‘Ziggy Stardust’ in a dark scene where Andrew lashes out,” Von Foerster said. You can see part of that car singing scene in the trailer below. Mini spoiler here: “We were extremely excited to add M83’s ‘This Bright Flash’ to close out our film in the end titles. We wanted the music in Chronicle to accurately reflect the varied musical tastes of high schoolers (and ourselves).”

 


 

“Music From the Motion Picture Chronicle” is out on Milan Records, the film opens this Friday, February 3rd via 20th Century Fox.  Here’s the full track list:

1. Blonde Acid Cult – “Calypso”
2. The Longcut – “Tell You So”
3. Bad Veins – “Gold and Warm”
4. A B & The Sea – “Bone Dry”
5. Deastro – “The Shaded Forests”
6. Simian Mobile Disco – “Sweetbread”
7. Capsule – “Flashback”
8. Congorock – “Sirius”
9. STRFKR – “Bury Us Alive
10. Class Actress – “Keep You”
11. Bikini – “American Mourning”
12. M83 – “This Bright Flash”

 


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