DreamWorks Studios is one step closer to bringing Steven Spielberg‘s Robopocalypse to the big screen with the addition of former Fox chief Tom Rothman. Rothman has signed on to produce the feature acquired by DreamWorks and Doubleday from Daniel H. Wilson‘s formerly unpublished manuscript as part of a pre-emptive deal back in November 2009.
Reports are also coming out from The Hollywood Reporter that Dark Knight Rises star Anne Hathaway is in talks to star as the female lead next to Avengers star Chris Hemsworth in the futuristic adaptation. Yes, Catwoman and Thor in a movie. Before you get too excited though, we should caution that these talks are still in the early stages and negotiations are still underway.
What is Robotocalypse? The story focuses on “the fate of the human race following a robot uprising.” Robopocalypse is being adapted to screen by Cloverfield screenwriter Drew Goddard with Disney and Fox looking ahead toward a April 25th, 2014 release date. Principal photography is set to begin sometime in early 2013.
Good news, everyone! After rumors The Wolverine would be shooting in Australia exclusively, where they apparently get a very nice tax break, Fox CEO Tom Rothman has confirmed the production will indeed do location work in Japan. He clarified to MTV, “we’re doing the stage work in Australia… the location work will be in Japan.”
It’s such good news they’re filming in Japan, where much of Christopher McQuarrie‘s script is set. Had they tried to reproduce the Japanese scenery in an Australian sound stage I think they would have lost some of the heart to Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s Wolverine, on which The Wolverine is said to be based.
It’s set in Japan. A great number of Japanese actors will be in it and it’s based on the very famous run of the comics… I can just tell you on behalf of [Jackman], his goal is to make the ultimate, bad ass, berserker rage Wolverine.
Of course, Hugh Jackman is returning as Wolverine with James Mangold directing. They’ll be working from Mark Bomback‘s revision of McQuarrie’s script.
The Wolverine will release July 26, 2013.
Do you have any faith in FOX’s prequel/reboot of Planet of The Apes? OK, that’s kind of a stupid question. This is FOX we’re talking about. Hmmm, how do I rephrase that? I guess I can’t. Really, is there any one out there rootin’ for this this flick? *In Ben Stein voice* Anyone…anyone?
Anyway, for the 2 or 3 fanboys that care, the title ‘Rise of the Apes’ has been changed to ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes‘. Huh? Ya, *thumb up my ass* I dunno. Somebody please explain to me why the heck does a good portion of movie titles nowadays feature the word “rise”.
OK, as unnecessary as the title sounds it kinda makes sense. Lets see, we have Planet of the Apes, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the Apes. I guess when you look at it that way it’s really not that out of place. Falls in line with previous installments. Still doesn’t make it sound any less stupid.
Now, as I’ve let on, I’m not excited about this flick. I’m not stupid enough to stand in front of the FOX cage and wait for the proverbial poo to be flung at me. However, I can’t ignore some of the promising developments.
1. Apes look good. FOX released a teaser image of one of the apes (above). That is indeed a damned dirty ape.
2. James Franco and Andy Serkis are the leading roles. Franco plays “a young, driven scientist who becomes a crucial figure in the war between humans and apes.” Serkis plays the ape Ceasar who leads the ape revolt. Who doesn’t love these guys? OK, I must say I’m starting to dislike James Franco. There’s something new about him that bothers me. I think it’s his face. It has a mind of it’s own. It’s like self aware silly putty.
3. It’s allegory. Fox has released the official plot synopsis:
…an origin story in the truest sense of the term. Set in present day San Francisco, the film is a reality-based cautionary tale, a science fiction/science fact blend, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.
On paper that sounds like good social commentary.
4. No talking apes. Fox’s Tom Rothman has said that it is “a kind of prequel story before the first story, with a return to the social thematics that mark the first one, but with an entirely contemporary setting – Earth 2009.” The film won’t have talking monkeys and will not end with chimps taking over Earth.
The 2011 version of this ‘Ape rising’ movie will try and correct the wrongs of the previous failure led by Mark Wahlberg. Director Rupert Wyatt is trying to bring the franchise back to the basics. Is he capable of doing so? Even with the positives, me thinks not. Thoughts?