Bird Bird can do wrong. The Iron Giant is a masterpiece, The Incredibles is perhaps the best comic book movie ever made, Ratatouille is endlessly charming, and his first live-action movie, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, is the best of the series and the one that best captures the aesthetic of the original TV show. So when Bird shirked directorial responsibilities on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and dared to make something original, a giant mystery box called Tomorrowland, it was a bold choice, a daring choice. But a batting streak like Bird’s was bound to run dry sometime, and while Tomorrowland isn’t a mess on par with, say, Chappie, it does show tremendous strain in its execution. (more…)
It’s one of the most mysterious projects to be coming out in 2015, and it will be in theaters smack dab in the middle of one of the busiest “Summer of Sequels” in the increasingly long, sad Hollywood history of franchise dependence. Originality is hard to come by in Tinseltown these days, and certainly recent evidence (Jupiter Ascending and Chappie) seems to indicate that people would rather trust the devil they know when it comes to high-profile sci-fi/fantasy films, but can Tomorrowland buck that trend? Disney is hoping so, even though they’re set to make it rain in 2015 with The Avengers and Star Wars alone, and the studio’s looking to convince fans further that Brad Bird’s latest film is definitely worth checking out when it’s released next month. (more…)
Without Star Wars Episode VII and a Comic Con retread of the Marvel slate, the fan excitement level at D23 was dependent on what was revealed about Brad Bird‘s next film Tomorrowland. Director Bird and writer/lightening rod Damon Lindelof literally had a mystery box at D23 where they give hints of what the film might be about. But if you’re more a fan of the direct approach, Disney put out a press release today featuring a compelling, though brief, plot description.
Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.”
Drew McWeeney from Hitfix got into a bit of hot water because he published a detailed plot description that, as it turns out, was rather accurate. It looks likely that Britt Robertson is playing the “bright, optimistic teen,” and George Clooney is the “former boy genius.”
The press release also included detailed information about the producing team, the cast, and the production crew:
Principal photography has begun on Disney’s mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring two-time Academy Award winner George Clooney (“Michael Clayton,” “Syriana”), Hugh Laurie (“Monsters vs. Aliens,” “Arthur Christmas”), Britt Robertson (“Under The Dome”), Raffey Cassidy (“Dark Shadows,” “Snow White and the Huntsman”) and Thomas Robinson (“The Switch”). The film is directed, produced and co-written by two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “The Incredibles”). Damon Lindelof (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Prometheus”) and Jeffrey Chernov (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”) are also producers. The screenplay is written by Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof from a story by Lindelof & Jeff Jensen and Brad Bird.
Jeff Jensen and John Walker (“The Incredibles”) will executive produce with Bernard Bellew (“Les Misérables,” “28 Weeks Later”) and Tom Peitzman, VFX producer (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Alice in Wonderland”) serving as co-producers.
Bird has gathered a great team behind the lens with Oscar winning director of photography Claudio Miranda (“Life of Pi,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), production designer Scott Chambliss (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Cowboys & Aliens”), Oscar nominated costume designer Jeffrey Kurland (“Inception,” “Ocean’s Eleven”) and Academy Award-winning editor Walter Murch (“The English Patient,” “Cold Mountain”).
Tomorrowland will be in theaters on December 12, 2014. Excited about the project? Disinterested? Sound off in the comments section below.
Before everyone jumps out of their seat to tell me that this was already on The Simpsons, let me just say that everything has already been done on The Simpsons, even The Simpsons are repeating stories from The Simpsons. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, CBS has released the first trailer for the television adaptation of Stephen King‘s Under the Dome.
The series stars Mike Vogel (Cloverfield), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Jeff Fahey (Machete), Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight), Britt Robertson (Scream 4) and Keith Harris (Big Fish) with a premiere date set for Monday, June 24th.
The only certain thing, is that thing’s in town are going to go to hell and a hand basket a lot sooner than anyone thinks. Ever read about experiments with numerous rats in enclosed spaces? It’s not pretty.
Are you planning to tune in for this one?
It’s one of the most anticipated series’ premieres of the summer, if not the year. CBS’ Under the Dome, based on the novel by Stephen King, was discussed at a panel at WonderCon over the weekend, and now we’ve been given our first look at the show, as well as some behind the scenes insight from King himself.
What is Under the Dome? Adapted for TV by comic writer and Lost contributor Brian K. Vaughan, the series (and novel) follows the citizens of the small town of Chester’s Mill who become trapped behind a forcefield that surrounds their town, keeping them in and the rest of the world out. And before you say, “Homer will save them,” as been noted before, King started working on the novel in the 1980s and had returned to it over the years before it was finally published in 2009.
The series stars Rachelle Lefevre, Mike Vogel, Dean Norris, Britt Robertson, and Keith Harris. Click play to see the preview below.