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Len Wiseman To Direct Atlantis Rising
Apocalyptic thriller based on comic book

05 December 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Variety

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Clearly, Len Wiseman is keen to make sure that the 18-month (and growing) gap since he made Die Hard 4.0 doesn’t happen again anytime soon. The 35 year-old director recently signed on to direct the action thriller Motorcade, in which terrorists attack the President’s car. But today he showed that he is, truly, a Wiseman (sorry) by lining up another movie that should be ready to go once Motorcade rolls to a halt.

And that movie is Atlantis Rising, a mega-budget sci-fi thriller based on, like approximately 82% of all new Hollywood output, a comic book series.

The Platinum Studios title, written by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, tells the epic tale of what the world’s militaries find when they investigate a series of deep-sea earthquakes. To cut a long story short, they find the lost kingdom of Atlantis… and the locals aren’t very friendly. Cue all-out war.

Cool premise – but this sounds like it could be prohibitively expensive. One of the reasons why Marvel has struggled to bring the story of Namor, the Sub-Mariner to the big-screen is the cost of all that lovely CG water. Throw that in here, along with vast armies, big explosions and whatnot, and DreamWorks may have one almighty big bill on their hands. Don’t they know there’s a recession on?

Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman will produce the movie for DreamWorks, along with Rosenberg. No word on writers yet. We imagine Orci and Kurtzman are too busy, but we'll keep you posted...


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Slightly off topic, but ...
Return of the Jedi was on TV the other day. It's not usually my kind of thing, but I hadn't seen it in years. Of course, it got to the end and they cut to the CG 'Special Edition' celebration scenes and it looked F-ING AWFUL! Well incongruous. Nothing like the rest of the movie, and flat with no depth of colour. I am well in agreement that the CG wankfest has to end! More

Posted by Nicky C at 16:10 on 05 December 2008 | Report This Post

this is a very exciting plot, but i prefered it when it was called The Abyss More

Posted by Hughezy at 15:22 on 05 December 2008 | Report This Post

doug mcclure
Hey this sounds a lot like Warlords of Atlantis - and that film was the nuts !!!!! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 15:03 on 05 December 2008 | Report This Post

I think this sounds great! given that all we get is shite remakes peddled out and feckin computer game convertions week in week out I thought Empire would be a bit more enthused???!!! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 14:18 on 05 December 2008 | Report This Post

Story sounds cool, and apart from the cr#p bit with the jet and the freeway at the end, Diehard 4.0 was great, so no worries about the Director. On the subject of water. Nemo did it very well....but it was a toon. Star wars Episode 1 was aweful for all kinds of reasons but the underwater scenes were particularly naff (CG). The Abyss was incredible and there have been quite a few movies made with underwater scenes so I see no problem with using the real stuff (though I know the crew from the aby More

Posted by jameslowe at 09:54 on 05 December 2008 | Report This Post

Why CG!?
James Cameron did the Abyss and Titanic okay. Yes, there was SOME CG water, but CG is not the only way to make effects. Get some really big models and dunk them in a big-ass tank of water. Job done. More

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