Almost 10 years after it broke box office records, we’re still waiting for Avatar 2 (and Avatar 3, and Avatar 4, and Avatar 5), but it seems that there might be some tentative signs of progress on those movies actually going into production now. The latest indicator comes from Sam Worthington, the Australian actor who starred in the first film and went on to become one of Hollywood’s most dependable leading me… No, that last part didn’t happen. Of course, Worthington is going to be in the sequels, and he’s promised in a new interview that the Avatar sequels are “going to be like nothing you’ve ever seen.” (more…)
For fans excited for the release of three (yes, three!) Avatarsequels in the coming years, writer/director/producer James Cameron has opened up about a few details of the upcoming films. He gave an interview with Entertainment Weekly announcing that he wants to prove the first film, which is still the highest grossing film of all time, wasn’t a fluke. That’s not a small order to fill, and the creator of Pandora obviously has reason to be nervous. But where does the process currently stand? And how soon can we expect to be immersed in that gorgeous alien world that stole our hearts almost exactly six years ago? (more…)
You may not be a fan of James Cameron’s Avatar(gods know I found the movie appalling), but the franchise is here to stay, with three sequels lined up for the future. But what would a new movie be without familiar faces? Those that enjoyed the antics of the two main characters may rejoice, for both Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana will be returning for not only the next movie, but all three. (more…)
Jonathan Liebesman‘s Clash of the Titans sequel Wrath of the Titans is not holding back when it comes to creatures and mythical monsters. The second trailer is brimming over with them, it’s a veritable monster-mash. Throw in Sam Worthington’s new wild and woolly haircut and the heart of the Clash of the Titans Harry Hamlin’s 1980’s feel might be back.
Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes reprise their roles as Zeus and Hades, adding Toby Kebbell and Rosamund Pike, both of whom get a couple good shots in this new trailer. Most of what this new look offers is monsters, monsters, and more monsters. Which is a major factor of what we really want and need from a movie like this. Check out the trailer below.
Lots of trailers starting to roll out for upcoming movies, expect the flow to increase as the Summer blockbusters start vying for your attention. Here are the updates for John Carter, Wrath of the Titans, and Chronicle.
John Carter cast includesTaylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Hayden Church, and Willem Dafoe.
Here’s the Synopsis:
From Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes “John Carter”–a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). “John Carter” is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.
Wrath of the Titans, directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Battle LA) and stars Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Danny Huston, Edgar Ramiez, Bill Nighy, Toby Kebbell, and Rosamund Pike.
Here’s the full synopsis:
A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus (Worthington) –the demigod son of Zeus (Neeson)–is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades (Fiennes) and Poseidon (Danny Huston). The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramirez), switch loyalties and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth. Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon’s demigod son, Argenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.
Opening in theaters on February 3rd, the movie stars Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, Alex Russell and Michael Kelly. In Chronicle, three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to them developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities, and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over.
Over the weekend, two “first look” images popped up online. One for Clash of the Titans 2, the other for Hansel and Gretel. Below you will find both, along with some commentary.
Call me a new age nansy pansy, but I have an ear-to-ear smile when classic fairy tales get re-imagined in some ridiculous modern way. Such as the case with NBC’s Grimm and ABC’s Once Upon a Time, which I am lovin’ the shit out of. What can I say, my cynicism is defenseless against “everything old is new again” type stuff (Remakes and re-imaginings are two very diffrent things), especially any kind of Grimm and Aesop tale. So with that said, I’m kinda diggin’ the Paramount Pictures and MGM joint Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.
Starring Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton and Famke Janssen, H&G: Witch Hunters is a re-imagining of the dark classic story. It explores what happened to Hansel and Gretel 15 years after the gingerbread house incident. They have become bounty hunters that specialize in tracking down and killing witches! The photo above gives us a good look at Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton). The movie was directed by Dead Snow’s Tommy Wirkola.
Arterton recently spoke to EW about the tone of the film and revealed that it is a mix of Pulp Fiction and fairly tale. Here are some excerpts from the interview (AFTER THE JUMP):
As part of the latest in Activision‘s Call of Duty: MW3 line of The N00b & The Vet live action commercials the company has released very funny Trash Talk. Watch as the noob, once again played by the always funny Jonah Hill, gets taught the finer points of “stealth” in Modern Warfare from the vet (Sam Worthington) .
Sam’s face shares the exact same expression all veteran gamers have watching a n00b do something completely stupid, that classic “I can’t believe you just did that” look. Too bad Hill didn’t shout “Boom! Headshot!” instead, missed opportunity Activision.
What do you get when you combine a Terminator, a comedian, and a gold medal winning basketball player?
Besides the weirdest sitcom you’ve ever seen, you get the newest live action trailer for the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Starring Sam Worthington, Jonah Hill and Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard,”The Vet & The n00b” takes a queue from the commercials of Call of Duty: Black Ops, by placing famous celebrities into the blockbuster Activision franchise.
Watch as “The Vet”[Worthington] teaches his slightly fluffy protégé “The N00b”[Hill] the ways of the force, by way of high powered machine guns.
Something like this really shows that Hill could actually be a credible, bad-ass action star one day. Guess that’s why he’s starring in the 21 Jump Street reboot with Channing Tatum.
Call of Duty: Modern Warefare 3 come blasting onto systems everywhere November 8th, 2012 for X-Box 360 and PS3.
Did you like the Clash of the Titans remake? Well congratulations… you are the 1%. Blargh! That crap fest was an unbearable, soulless, disaster. A perversion of literature and the very idea of storytelling. Regardless of my personal opinion and mass poo poo reviews, it’s getting a sequel, Wrath of the Titans, which is currently in production, set for a March 20th release. And now , as a sign of brass confidence, Warner Bros. is prepping for a 3rd flick. *Derp*
The brothers Warner have re-hired Wrath of the Titans scribes David Leslie (haha..Leslie) Johnson and Dan Mazue to write the script for the third installment, which will continue the journey (aka taking liberty with literature) of the character Perseus played by Sam Worthington.
This seems a bit preemptive, but I guess there is no wrong in getting all of their eggs in one basket in case the second one is successful. They just better hope the sequel is way better than the first and makes decent bank at the box office.
The first sequel is also set to star Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson,Danny Huston, Edgar Ramirez, Bill Nighy and Rosamund Pike and will be released in 3D and 2D theaters on March 30, 2012.
Another James Cameron and Sam Worthington flick is in the works and it’s NOT an Avatar sequel.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Avatar director and star are in talks to come aboard a project called Myth that 20th Century Fox is looking to pick up. Almost nothing else is known about it, except that it’s been pitched by a writer named Will Staples, and it’s a big action/sci-fi adventure.
Staples Who? He has virtually no writing credits for film (he has un-produced scripts, but lets call him a film virgin), but chances are you’ve nerdgasm-ed over his other works. See, he’s a video-game writer and a pretty good one too. He’s responsible for a little series you might have heard of named Call of Duty, which happens to be one of the best-selling games of all time. OK, I’m listening.
Yea.. I don’t have any other information. All I can say is, that’s gotta be one hell of a script to get the attention of James Cameron. Am I right?
Does this mean Avatar sequels are postponed? No. Not that I know of anyway. With this particular project, it”s been said that Cameron is interested in being an executive producer on the project, and not directing, while Worthington is attached as a producer, not a star.
The project is in the very early stages of development, a lot could change over time, but with the players involved, I my ears are perked in curiosity. Again, anything that can get King of the World, James Cameron to stroke his chin in approval has got to be amazing! Will keep you posted as news develops.