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UPDATE: Sci-Fi Thriller Geostorm Brings on a New Director For Reshoots

Image of Superstorm Destroying city- Sci-Fi Thriller Geostorm Going Through Reshoots

Sci-fi thriller Geostorm also has also received additional power in the form of veteran producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

Geostorm has not been having an easy time. It’s a disaster movie, but it’s also turning into something of a disaster movie for the filmmakers. After the release has already been pushed back multiple times, THR is reporting that the movie has now undergone extensive reshoots with a new director and writer.

The movie was going to be the directorial debut for screenwriter and producer Dean Devlin (I suppose it technically still is), who started shooting Geostorm in October 2014. The movie was slated for an October 2016 release, but test screening in December 2015 were not promising, resulting in below average scores, so the release was pushed first to January 2017, and then October 2017 while Skydance (the production company) considered their options. Veteran powerhouse producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Con Air, The Rock, Pirates of the Caribbean, Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop, not to mention the various CSI TV series and a whole bunch more.) was consulted, and eventually brought on to the project when it was decided they needed reshoots.

In addition, Danny Cannon, who directed the 1995 Sylvester Stallone version of Judge Dredd, and who has become a successful TV director in more recent years, was brought in to handle the reshoots, while screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island and the upcoming Altered Carbon adaptation for Netflix) wrote the pages for the reshoot. Interestingly, the new director is apparently not because the studio lacks faith in Devlin, but because he’s not currently available due to a packed schedule. So the studio asked for and received a “special dispensation” from the Director’s Guild of America to bring on Cannon.

And finally, the fact that the movie is going through reshoots doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t be a good or finacially successful movie. Both 2013’s World War Z (which was generally well received by critics and raked in $540 million worldwide) and the just released Rogue One (which set a record for Thursday previews with an estimated $29 million, and will probably make, well, more money than you can imagine.)

Here’s to hoping the reshoots go well, and the movie makes it’s October 17, 2017 release date.


ORIGINAL POST: 10-5-16 Sci-Fi Action Thriller Geostorm Pushed Back to Late 2017

Last we heard from Warner Bros., Geostorm had no cast and was scheduled to be released January 2017. But now, the environmentally motivated sci-fi thriller had a star-studded cast, and has been pushed back to October 2017.

What is the plot?

Gerard Butler will star in action thriller Geostorm 2017

Gerard Butler looking real creepy. Photo by Siebbi

Two estranged brothers played by Gerard Butler (300, Olympus Has Fallen, Law Abiding Citizen, Gamer) and Jim Sturgess (21, Across the Universe, Cloud Atlas, Heartless) are here to save the world… from itself. When the earth is fighting for its life due to climate change, the world’s governments finally agree on something and create a world-wide network of satellites armed with geoengineering technology designed to hold off any further cataclysms. Unfortunately, the program is apparently a “Band-Aid solution” and chaos resumes two years later. As it seems like things can’t get any more disastrous, it turns out a world-wide Geostorm is brewing that will bring about the apocalypse. Oh, and there’s also a plot to assassinate the President. So the brothers must put aside the past and work together, for the sake of the entire planet.

Jim Sturgess will star in action thriller Geostorm 2017

Jim Sturgess in a fedora. Photo by gdcgraphics

Are there any more notable cast members?

In addition to our lovely leading men, this sci-fi action thriller also landed Abbie Cornish (Lagertha from Vikings?! Are you kidding me?! 😀 ), Ed Harris (Westworld, creepy creator from The Truman Show), Robert Sheehan (Nathan from Misfits!? Stop it!), and more. I can’t go on, my heart may give out. Reading that list made me the happiest I’ve been all day!

After a long series of push-backs, the film is moved to October 20 2017.

The action thriller Geostorm, produced in part by Skydance, began pre-production in 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana, was due to be finished by early 2015. Originally, Warner Bros. intended to release the film in March of 2016, but after being pushed back FOUR SEPARATE TIMES (is that excessive? that seems excessive), it is now in post-production with a full cast and crew, ready to be released October 20, 2017. After reading the cast list, this film better not be pushed back again. YOU HEAR ME WARNER BROS.? THIS IS NOT A [flipping] GAME.

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