There was once a time that everything George Lucas touched turned to gold. That time has past. It was to the relief of many Star Wars fans that Lucas had almost nothing to do with the development of The Force Awakens, especially after the litany of missteps (crimes in the opinion of some) that the filmmaker took with the prequel trilogy. But then Disney picked upIndiana Jones, and announced that they were making a fifth movie in that franchise, like Star Wars, fans were concerned that the comeback would be shaded by the continued involvement of Lucas. Well, the man penning the script for Indy 5 says relax, he’s not answering to the flanneled one. (more…)
There have been some mixed reactions regarding the recent news that Disney and Lucasfilms are reviving the Indiana Jones franchise that was previously presumed dead after the catastrophe that was Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. While some are thrilled to have the chance for the franchise to be redeemed, others have their reservations. Harrison Ford has been confirmed to star, and his age is, well, advanced. How will they handle that? He’ll be 77 when the Indiana Jones 5 hits theaters on July 19, 2019. He might throw out his back cracking that whip! There are also rumors that Chris Pratt is in talks to replace Ford and that he will be introduced in the upcoming film. Those two strong characters could be too much for one movie. If those concerns weren’t enough, add this one into the mix. (more…)
There is no question that Johnny Depp is a man of a thousand faces. His past transformations include Edward Scissorhands, The Mad Hatter, Captain Jack Sparrow, Hunter S. Thompson, and even Willy Wonka. Fans will be pleased to know that his latest movie, Mortdecai, seems to fall perfectly in line with his modus operandi. The folks over at JoBlo have just posted the first trailer for the movie and, oh man, it is amazing. (more…)
After being in development since 2007, the live-action cinematic adaptation of the classic mecha series ROBOTECH has reportedly found a home at Warner Bros.
To helm what will likely be an enormous, expensive, and controversial project, the studio is currently in talks with Nic Mathieu: A commercial director known for his talents with CGI. As of now, Mathieu has never made a feature film, but he HAS been tapped to direct David Koepp’s The Wind….and the sci-fi thriller Story Of Your Life, produced by Shawn Levy–it is possible that either, or both of these films will be under Mathieu’s belt by the time he starts on ROBOTECH.
Many believe this development is directly related to the recent success of Guillermo del Toro’sPacific Rim, a mecha flick quite obviously influenced by ROBOTECH. It is likely we can expect film adaptations of more mecha-based titles in the near future.
In any case, Mathieu–or whomever Warner finally settles on to direct–will have quite a task ahead of them….Let’s take a look at ROBOTECH as we know it:
And here’s the kind of work Mathieu is known for:
Quite remarkable–at least visually, yes? Of course, we can’t help but recall what happened the last time a commercial director known for great special effects work got his hands on a robot-based animated property from the ’80s….
Back in August we reported that Kristen Stewart, star of the Twilight franchise, was dropped from Universal‘s planned sequel for Snow White and the Huntsman 2 with the studio in favour of going towards a Huntsman-centered sequel. And after all the negative publicity Stewart had with director Rupert Sanders, it was easy to see why.
Who wants that kind of behind-the-scenes history following them into another successful film, right? Well after this weekend’s haul from Twilight: Breaking Dawn -Part 2 – a reported $340.9 million worldwide – Universal has recanted on their dismissal and wishes to bring the actress (and I use that term loosely) back to co-star alongside the Huntsman himself, star Chris Hemsworth.
I guess that leaves Rupert looking forward to Tom Cruise’s Van Helsing reboot, since the studio doesn’t plan on repeating trends, no matter how juicy they were for publicity. Good news about the reported sequel though is that according to Radar Online,production could begin as soon as the end of 2013, with a script by David Koepp.
Seeing as how Kristen really has nothing else going for her right now, she’d be wise to stay with the project. But her axe-wielding counterpart might be an issue. Hemsworth is currently reprising his role as Thor in Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, after which he’s onto Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse. And after that Chris is looking to squeeze in time on Stephen Gaghan’s Candy Store before suiting up once again for Joss Whedon and The Avengers 2. So as long as there are no real delays for Chris in the future, we should expect a return to the Snow White and the Huntsman franchise and at least a little quality acting in the sequel.
Known as one of not only the greatest comic book movies, but also one of the best narravtives of all time, The Dark Knight raised the standards for action movies all around. One of the first comic book movies to make $1 billion at the box office, the Christopher Nolan feature was surrounded with praise for its direction and its visual effects, and even more so for the final performance of Heath Ledger as the Joker.
In anticipation of the final film in Nolan’s trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, Empire Magazine sat down with some of the biggest names in Hollywood to talk about the cultural and inspirational significance of Dark Knight. From Marvel Studios‘ Kevin Feige and director Zack Snyder, to 1989 Batman director and generally strange human being, Tim Burton – just a few of the names from the Empire article.
Check out what the Hollywood elite had to say in the jump. (more…)
Word on the street is that Universal Pictures was so enamored with Snow White and the Huntsman that they started the ball rolling on a sequel even before the movie was released, hiring David Koepp to draft the script.
Universal studio execs must be breathing a little easier about that decision after the film debuted and earned $56 million the opening weekend. The movie is up to $118 million worldwide and although doing well, it still has some theater seat filling to do to recoup the reported $180 million production costs.
What kind of story could the sequel be? Most are betting that the story will revolve around the Huntsman played by Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers – Thor). There should be enough material there for a good action adventure film, but would that make it a sequel or a prequel?
What do you think, if you have seen the movie, please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Even though Snow White and the Huntsman does not hit theaters until June 1st, Universal has decided the property as earned the right for a sequel. A source close to DeadlineHollywood says the studio is in discussions with Men in Black III writer David Koepp to come aboard to write Snow White 2: Electric Boogaloo.
Why would a Universal push forward with a sequel without results from the first film? Well, production and pre-production are too separate things. Snow White and the Huntsman is poised to be a hot property. Universal is confident the first film will do well. Assuming the film lives up to its promise, they want to have a sequel with script, cast, and director ready to go.
Now, here’s the thing. The Queen dies (I assume) and Snow White gets her happy ending. The end. What is the sequel going to be about?
Snow White and the Huntsman stars Kristen Stewart as Snow White,Charlize Theron as the queen, andChris Hemsworth as the Huntsman. Sam Claflin, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Eddie Izzard, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Graham, Ray Winstone, Lily Cole, Sam Spruell, Liberty Ross, and Noah Huntley.