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CLASH OF THE TITANS

That’s a shame. While the first Clash of the Titans film made money, it was derided both for its narrative engagement and the technical hiccup of its quick 3-D conversion. The follow-up, Wrath of the Titans, somehow managed to be less well-thought of and actually made less money than Clash. So that’s the end of that right? Well, not so fast. And I mean that literally and figuratively. In a new interview with IGN, Clash and Wrath producer Basil Iwanyk said that there is interest, but there will only be a third Clash when there’s time enough to undertake it. (more…)

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After Sherlock’s first two very successful seasons, you can understand that there’s a lot of anticipation about the now-shooting third season of the BBC series. Anticipation is so huge that the London locales where the new episodes are being shot are being inundated with fans. Fans armed with cellphone cameras and a willingness to post those pictures online and thus creating a spoiler-frenzy.

Well, Sherlock producer Sue Vertue has had enough of that. She posted a special request to Sherlockology, a Sherlock fan site, asking that if fans could maybe chill out a little and maybe enjoy the anticipation a bit more.

Hi, Sue Vertue here.

As many of you are aware, we’ll soon be embarking on our first London leg of filming for series 3.  I’m also aware that there is quite a lot of speculation about where we’re shooting when.  I can’t stress how  much we the Producers and Benedict [Cumberbatch], Martin [Freeman] and the rest of the cast appreciate your love and dedication to our show – we’ll endeavour to live up to your expectations for Series 3.

What I am nervous about is that our London shooting schedule is punishing and will really give us very little time to interact with you.  The actors really hope you understand that.

Also, and I know this is probably asking a lot, the majority of fans and indeed ourselves would REALLY appreciate it if you didn’t post pictures or spoilers or ideally our daily locations.

Thanks for your understanding.  Sue x

She maybe whistling Dixie on that account. This is always the issue when a fan-obsession shoots out on the real-life streets, but hey, I guess it can’t hurt to ask. And who are we at Nerd Bastards to tell people that they can’t spoil stuff? It’s kind of our bread and butter after all.

Source: The Mary Sue

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Tragic news from Mega City One today as it seems that despite the faintest hope of fans there will be no Dredd 3-D sequel coming soon to a theater near you.

The news comes from Adi Shankar, producer of Dredd (and The Grey and Killing Them Softly) who did a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Reddit Wednesday. Shankar was obviously pelted with fan questions about whether or not there will be a sequel to Dredd, and while he didn’t rule it out complete, the possibility seems unlikely at best. But after being pressed later in the chat, Shankar offered an emphatic, “[n]ot going to happen =(“.

But not all hope is lost. Shankar last summer produced the sort-of Punisher sequel Dirty Laundry, a short film where Thomas Jane reprised the role of Marvel Comics vigilante in the skull shirt. Shankar mentioned that there’s chance now for a similar Judge Dredd project. He didn’t go into details, no word on whether the short will be a sequel or if actor Karl Urban will be a part of it playing Dredd, but Shankar did express interest in using Kickstarter.

What do you think, Bastards? Any Dredd better than no Dredd, or are you crushed with paralyzing disappointment about there being no Dredd 3-D 2?

Source: Comic Book Movie

Michael Bay, you’ve done it again.

Apparently eager to jump on the “found footage” subgenre bandwagon, Bay is developing a film called Almanac through his Platinum Dunes production company. The Hollywood Reporter broke the story saying that after a year of development at Dunes, the film has been picked by Paramount Pictures who are reportedly, “move aggressively and swiftly with it.”

Not much is known about the story, but it’s supposed that it will be in the same vein as fellow “found footage” film Chronicle, except the focus is time travel, not superpowers. Screenwriters Andrew Stark and Jason Pagan wrote the screenplay on spec and Dean Israelite (cousin of Battle: LA director Jonathan Liebesman)  has been tapped as director for the potential project.

In keeping with the popular perception of Bay, this is a no-brainer. Bay’s success as a film producer is evident with low cost remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th, and found footage films are notoriously low budget and buzz worthy, which makes them financially successful. And with Looper’s success at the box office, more time travel is on the menu from idea-less studios.

But who cares? More Bay-bashing! Coming soon to a theater near you. What say you, Bastards? Are you at least interested?

Source: /Film

 

 

Accomplished filmmaker Tony Scott, the man behind such hits as Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, and Enemy of the State, died Sunday afternoon from an apparent suicide near his San Pedro, California home. According to authorities, Scott jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro at 12:35 pm local time. The coroner’s department and LA port police report that he jumped “without hesitation,” and that a note was found in his office.

There’s been a lot of initial speculation as to why Scott, brother of Prometheus filmmaker Ridley Scott, might have killed himself. Scott has enjoyed a recent string of box office successes as director including last fall’s Unstoppable; he is also an accomplished producer on the big screen (Prometheus and The Grey) and the small screen (the upcoming mini-series’ Coma and World Without End  and the ongoing series, The Good Wife on CBS). ABC is reporting that Scott had recently been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, which might have driven him to suicide.

Tony Scott is survived by his wife Donna and their two children.

Update: Digital Spy is reporting that Scott’s family is denying the reports of a brain tumor or other serious illness.

Source: /Film

Abrams to Produce Micro-Budget Black Hole Film

Back in 2008 — in the days, weeks, and months leading up to the first experiments with the Large Hadron Collider — scientists and CERN withstood strong opposition, lawsuits, and death threats from a small, but  vocal group of people who thought that the use of the Collider could create a black hole that would  suck the world into it and end our very existence. Now, those people are about to get a movie, well, sort of.

J.J. Abrams is set to produce a micro-budgeted sci-fi epic from the pen (or keyboard) of Oren Uziel, whose sole competed credit is the direct-to-DVD, Mortal Kombat: Rebirth. Abrams is not expected to direct the film, which is presently titled, The God Particle and setup at Paramount. So, what’s it all about? Vulture describes the film like so:

“Based on the after effects of a physics experiment with a large hadron accelerator that causes the Earth to vanish completely, the terrified crew of an orbiting American space station is left floating in the middle of now-even-more-empty space. When a European spacecraft appears on their radar, the Americans must determine whether it’s their salvation, or a harbinger of doom.”

This all sounds quite epic, more than a bit bleak, and right up Abrams’ alley, but with an estimated budget in the $5 million neighborhood, I have to wonder if this will actually be found footage (like the awful Apollo 18, but also, hopefully not), or find another way to maximize it’s small budget and carve out a place among the stars of low budget, sci-fi new-classics like Moon.

Sci-fi and micro budgets have had a tense courtship in the CG age due to the authenticity we, as viewers, demand and the cost of that authenticity — but with that said, it’s good to see someone like Abrams not rest on his Trek laurels and actually push the envelope.

Sources: Vulture, IMDBBusiness Week (via Spiegel Online)