How about an article from the “Why the hell didn’t you report it sooner?” file. Well, as this story hit three days ago I am unfortunately not getting to it today, but it is quite newsworthy as The Hollywood Reporter tells us that John Malkovich is set to portray a 23rd century corporate overlord opposite Thomas Jane in director Simon Hunter’s sci-fi action thriller The Mutant Chronicles, based on the popular role-playing board game.
What are The Mutant Chronicles you ask? Well, in relation to this article Malkovich’s character Constantine heads a United Nations-style council of four corporation-run countries that have pillaged Earth’s natural resources. When a marauding army of “NecroMutants” wages a battle against humans for the little that remains, Constantine is tempted to destroy the planet and evacuate some of its people rather than allow it to be overtaken, all with the corporations’ best interests in mind.
THR goes on to say that Jane plays Maj. Mitch Hunter, a Marine who leads the humans in their fight and becomes Constantine’s antagonist.
Producer Edward J. Pressman made the announcement Friday in which he went on to say, “The film is more reminiscent of 28 Days Later than Blade Runner.” Pressman plans to produce the film for less than $30 million by using the computer technology director Robert Rodriguez used in Sin City.
Speaking of Sin City, in Rodriguez/Sin City fashion, apparently there was a seven-minute trailer that Simon Hunter put together that attracted both Jane and Malkovich to the project along with Philip Eisner’s screenplay.
The film is expected to get underway in early summer in London and on the Isle of Man.