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Starring: Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone, John
Malkovich, Brendan Gleeson, Dominic Keating, Alison Lohman, Robin Wright
Penn, Ray Winstone
Director: Robert Zemeckis
U.S. Opening Date: November 16th, 2007
In a time of heroes, the mighty warrior Beowulf slays
the demon Grendel and incurs the wrath of its monstrous yet seductive
mother, in a conflict that transforms a king into a legend.
Groundbreaking director Robert Zemeckis offers a vision
of the Beowulf saga that has never been told before. Warner Bros.
Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Shangri-la Entertainment present
Beowulf, starring Angelina Jolie as Grendel's mother, Anthony Hopkins
as the corrupt King Hrothgar, and Ray Winstone as Beowulf. The film also
stars John Malkovich, Brendan Gleeson, Dominic Keating, Alison Lohman,
Robin Wright Penn and Ray Winstone.
Neil Gaiman (Stardust, the graphic novel
Sandman) and Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction) adapted the legend for
This 1 000 year plus Old English poem has provided the
“inspiration” for several movies, most notably a horrendous low-budget
Christopher Lambert movie Beowulf in 1999 and a
European production titled Beowulf &
Grendel starring Gerard Butler (King Leonides in
300) more recently.
This one boasts an impressive cast (Jolie! Hopkins!
Malkovich!) and is written by Neil Gaiman, best known for his Sandman
graphic novel but whose Stardust
adaptation proved to be quite a hit.
It is directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back
to the Future, Contact) who has used
the same CGI “drawn” over real-life actors process that he employed to create
a creepy, unblinking zombie Tom Hanks in The Polar Express.
With very little advance hype, Beowulf doesn’t
seem as if it’s exactly going to be the next Lord of
the Rings (whose box office success no doubt had this one being green-lit)
but who knows? By this time everyone has forgotten about that rotten
Lambert flick by the Mortal Kombat director . . .
- Screenwriters Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary began
writing the script in May 1997.
- Paramount Pictures hired Knott's Berry Farm in Orange
County, California, to produce a walk-through maze based on the new
"Beowulf" movie for it's 35th Annual Halloween Haunt, held every October
at the theme park. Sony Pictures The Grudge 2 was the only
previous maze produced at the Haunt by a major movie studio.