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[21.01.2007] Heute um 22.35 Uhr zeigt Kabel 1 "Beowulf" mit Christopher Lambert...

[16.12.2006] Bei AICN gibt es sehenswertes Artwork zu Zemeckis' "Beowulf" zu bestaunen !!!

[25.10.2006] CS! meldet...
Variety reports that Beowulf, which is being shot in 3-D, is going to be projected in 3-D at more than 1,000 theaters when released on November 16, 2007.
The Robert Zemeckis-directed motion-capture digital film, to go out through Paramount and Warner Bros., will take advantage of digital 3-D projection technology used recently on Monster House, Chicken Little and last weekend's rerelease of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Paramount and Warner Bros. have already pacted with Real D to use its technology to screen the movie in 3-D and likely will work with others, such as IMAX, for the release. The 3-D release will be day-and-date with the Beowulf release in 35mm.
Zemeckis' The Polar Express, which was shot with similar motion-capture technology, was a hit in IMAX 3-D in 2004 and in a re-release during last year's holiday season.


[10.10.2006] Bei JoBlo.com gibt es eine Kritik zur "Beowulf & Grendel" US-DVD (2.5/5)...
[...] If you're looking for a small-scale medieval epic featuring mythological creatures, non-stop battles, and absolutely stunning visuals, then this might be the flick for you. Just be sure you can stomach the poor dialogue, B-movie direction, and occasional drop-dead boring sequence, and you'll be set.

[14.07.2006] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik zu "Beowulf & Grendel"...
[...] Director Gunnarsson takes his visual cues from horror films, draping many outdoor scenes in fog and staging Grendel's flesh-ripping attacks as you'd expect to see in a slasher film. The film also moderately successful as a historical adventure featuring more manly warriors than you can shake a sword at.
And let's not forget the mystical element to this story, including a pagan witch named Selma, played with an unusually dirty passion by Sarah Polley. I also liked that the film puts the era's conflicting religious beliefs in context. [...]
I'm fairly certain that the objective of Beowulf and Grendel is to show us this legendary tale as it might have actually unfolded if it had really occurred. The film is well-shot, even if the entire production looks considerably cheap and under-funded. [...]


[29.03.2006] GameFront meldet...
Die 4Head Studios geben die Entwicklung des Action/Advenures Beowulf für Next Generation Konsolen bekannt, das zusammen mit 3D-IO entsteht. Das Spiel soll sehr kampflastig sein und zur Zeit der Wikinger handeln. Release: TBA

[09.02.2006] Quint von AICN hat die heiligen Hallen von Robert Zemeckis' "Beowulf"-Produktion besucht und hat interessante Dinge zu berichten...

[13.01.2006] Bei Equinoxe Films gibt es ein Poster, sowie den "Beowulf & Grendel" Trailer !!!

[10.11.2005] Bei SarahPolley.org gibt es "Beowulf & Grendel" Trailer & Clips !!!

[08.11.2005] Bei Just Jared gibt es Bilder von Angelina Jolie bei den Motion-Capturing-Aufnahmen für "Beowulf"...
Angelina Jolie has been set to star in "Beowulf," the performance-capture adaptation to be directed by Robert Zemeckis and produced by Steve Bing's Shangri-La Entertainment. Jolie will play the queen of darkness, who tempts the Viking as he makes his way in the quest to become king. She joins Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Brendan Gleeson and Robin Wright Penn in the pic, which will feature filmed perfs transferred to performance capture. [...]

[31.10.2005] Cinematical meldet...
Neil Gaiman is a bit perplexed. He's getting emails from people at People Magazine about the shooting locations of Beowulf - presumably, they're having trouble stalking Angelina Jolie - which is odd, for two reasons. First off, as he puts it, "if you pick up the trades, they will tell not only where in Los Angeles they're shooting Beowulf but in which studio building." And second, Robert Zemeckis has almost finished working with actors on the motion-capture feature, which Gaiman and Roger Avary adapted from the epic poem. Gaiman goes on to call Jolie's work "excellent" before summing up by announcing that watching the shoot is "like watching the characters from Tron performing Shakespeare on a minimalist set. Only it's not like that at all." But that would be a movie, now wouldn't it?

[05.08.2005] Fangoria meldet...
Veteran actor Crispin Glover has been chosen to play the flamboyant, over-the-top role of Grendel in Robert Zemeckis' adaptation of the epic poem BEOWULF, which is currently in active preproduction and slated for a 2007 release [...]
"I just went in this week to read for the part," Glover told Fango this past weekend on the set of his latest horror film, SIMON SAYS. "It isn’t finalized at this point, but it all seems to be going real well."
In BEOWULF, scripted by genre veterans Roger (PULP FICTION) Avary and Neil (SANDMAN) Gaiman and to be created through the CGI/motion-capture technology Zemeckis used on POLAR EXPRESS, Grendel is an alternately violent and lustful foe of the warrior Beowulf, and Glover sees a lot of potential in the role. "From an acting point of view, it will allow me to do a lot of different things," he says. "I can show a lot of facets and different sides of this character's personality. This is definitely a good role. I don’t see anything negative about it." [..]


[16.06.2005] CS! meldet...
Columbia Pictures is in talks with Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Brendan Gleeson and Robin Wright Penn to star in director Robert Zemeckis' Beowulf, reports Variety.
The performance capture film is based on the Old English epic poem about a knight who slays a monster and becomes king.
The film was written by Roger Avary and Neil Gaiman.


[16.05.2005] Roger Avary schreibt in seinem Journal...
HWAET! I'm happy to report that we've hired a Costume Designer of the highest caliber, Gabriella Pescucci, a regular collaborator of both Gilliam and Burton. I am extremely excited by this addition to our growing hall of thanes. In the mean time, Neil and I feverishly continue on the rewrite, each in his respective corner of the world.

[10.05.2005] Roger Avary schreibt in seinem Journal...
The rewrite continues...but this time Robert Zemeckis is pulling out all sorts of cool stuff: Computer generated layouts based on artwork by artists like Doug Chiang; sculptures of our Beowulf, molded from advanced 3-D printers; and all manner of ancient Danish relic. There's DVD's of every battle ever put to film -- every dragon ever put into a movie. There's whole libraries of books brought in from every corner of the globe on Viking history, architecture, and custom. There's also the casting sessions of the film, all stored on a secure web portal. It's like watching a house rise up around you -- an incredible feeling. The other day, Neil and I wandered in to find Beowulf sitting there, talking to Z. "Incredible work, boys!" he thunders, just before he tells us with a wonderfully bombastic cockney accent how the "geezer" driving the limo took him four hours in the opposite direction on the way to his meeting at the super-secret facility where we're making the film. Then Z. sits us down and we continue the script changes. "Remember," he tells us with a mischievous glint in his eye, "with mocap every second costs the same no matter what you're doing -- so you may as well let your imaginations run wild. Do what you always wanted to do -- don't hold back." [...]

[14.04.2005] Roger Avary schreibt in seinem Journal, dass er derzeit mit Neil Gaiman am Drehbuch zu Robert Zemeckis' "Beowulf" werkelt... Dazu gibt es nette Anekdoten...
"Beowulf should grab the Frisian by the balls!" I tell Neil, after reading a hand-to-hand fight scene where Neil uses the word "crotch." He squirms in his seat, "What about 'scrotum?'" I stand and start pacing: "To grab someone by the scrotum is gay -- if you grab a man by the balls, you mean business. Trust me, Neil -- this is my territory. Have him grab him by the BALLS." Neil shakes his head and makes the change...

[20.03.2005] Bei DH gibt es ein Infos zu einem weiteren "Beowulf"-Projekt...
First there's the Gerard Butler epic "Beowulf & Grendel" scheduled for sometime this year, then there's the Robert Zemeckis-produced version aiming for sometime in 2007, now its been revealed a third take on the classic 4th century Danish poem is getting a go although this one is a little different than the others.
Entitled "Beowulf: Prince of the Geats", this adaptation of the original poem commences shooting this summer in Norway, South Africa, and the midwest with four-time Emmy Award winning filmmaker Scott Wegener at the helm. Newcomer Jeff Carpenter stars in the title role and national Shakespearean actor Joe Sofranko as Hunferth.
Why South Africa? Well Wegener says "Beo scholars believe that while we know that Beowulf's father married into the Geat royal tribe, he wasn't a Geat. There is no documentation to support where he may have come from." As a result it seems, this version "presents him as an African explorer in search of the Edge of the World, who settles into viking society and fathers Beowulf as a man caught between two cultures, striving to prove himself time and again".
"Beowulf: Prince of the Geats" is being executed as a $1 million fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. All cast and crew are volunteering their time and talent, all goods and services, including the construction of Heorot on the shores of the Hardanger fjord, Norway are being donated. More details are at the official site.


[04.02.2005] Bei Moviehole gibt es ein Poster zu "Beowulf & Grendel"...

[02.02.2005] Bei RopeofSilicon.com gibt es ein Interview mit Neil Gaiman...
[...] Sony and Steve Bing have already gambled upwards of $2 million on a Beowulf script penned by Richard Avary and Neil Gaiman, for Robert Zemeckis to direct.
The film will be the second venture into an all motion-capture film for Zemeckis, just like his highly successful The Polar Express. Unfortunately we have had to wait this long for interest in the script as Gaiman says, "I wrote the script six years ago, and it is based off the whole poem... It will be the story you read in high school, filled with bravery, need, sex and lots of fun spanning from Beowulf battling Grendel to 50 years later when he sets out to kill the dragon that attacks his people." [...]


[21.01.2005] Bei AICN gibt es folgende offizielle Pressemeldung...
Roger Avary and Neil Gaiman have joined forces with Steve Bing and Robert Zemeckis to bring the oldest written English language myth, Beowulf, to the big screen through the magic of performance capture. Zemeckis will direct from the screenplay by Avary and Gaiman. The project will be financed by Shangri-La Entertainment, which is currently in discussions with Sony Pictures Entertainment to distribute all of its feature films. The film will be produced by Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke. Martin Shafer will serve as executive producer along with Avary and Gaiman.
Zemeckis is the acclaimed Academy Award®-winning director of Forrest Gump as well as such major hit films as Castaway, What Lies Beneath, Contact, the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Romancing the Stone and Death Becomes Her.
Avary, who is an actual Viking descendant, won an Academy Award for his collaboration with Quentin Tarantino on Pulp Fiction, and is the writer/director of such acclaimed films as Killing Zoe and The Rules of Attraction. Avary is currently finishing the screenplay adaptation of the hit Konami videogame, Silent Hill, for Producer Samuel Hadida and Tristar Pictures.
Gaiman is the Hugo and Nebula-Award winning author of such novels as American Gods and Coraline, and is best known as the creator of DC Comics' legendary Sandman. He wrote the English Language Script for the Miyazaki film Princess Mononoke. His first feature, MirrorMask, directed by Dave McKean, premieres at the Sundance Film Festival. His short film A Short Film About John Bolton was just released on DVD. Projects in development based on work by Gaiman include Coraline, which Henry Selick is writing and directing, and Stardust, with director Matthew Vaughn. Gaiman is writing and will be directing Death and Me, based on his DC Comics graphic novel Death: The High Cost of Living for New Line Cinema.


[01.06.2004] The Z Review meldet...
Gerard Butler has taken the lead of Beowulf in director Sturla Gunnarsson's adaptation of the epic poem about a Norse hero battling the troll Grendel. Although the title seems to suggest more of a bizarre love story!

[12.03.2004] The Z Review meldet...
Darclight Films has signed up Scott Speedman to star in their adaptation of the classic poem Beowulf. The script has been written by Andrew Rai Berzins and will be directed by Sturla Gunnarsson. The movie follows a young hero who leads a troop of warriors across the sea to help rid a village of a marauding monster. But here the conventions end. The code of the warrior is the law of the land and Beowulf is the greatest warrior of them all. He's brave and powerful, aware of his fame and a little bit full of himself - the medieval equivalent of a rock star - aware, but not entirely happy, that a hero-myth is rising up around his exploits. Beowulf prefers to see himself as an ordinary man, but for his particular skill in slaying monsters.

[07.10.2002] The Z Review meldet...
Director Roger Avary and Writer Neil Gaiman have got together and written an adaptation of classic poem Beowulf for Avary to direct. Avary has revealed he will try and stay true to the tale of the sixth century warrior, and interestingly he will not use CG for the monster Grendel, instead casting an actor. He had this to say about Beowulf "I want to do something that is on the scale of 'Excalibur'" . But he aint got the money t make it yet as he wil,l have to "go out and scrounge the money together".


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Beowulf hält sein Trinkhorn zu Grendels riesiger abgerissener Hand hoch (Illustration von Alan Lee, 1984)

Grendel - Englischsprachiger Roman von John Gardner

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