The final installment of the Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies, has finally hit the U.S. theaters, and Peter Jackson has been doing the rounds to promote the movie, however, that’s not all he’s been talking about. It’s no secret that The Hobbit movies have received their fair share of criticism for myriad reasons; but one of the most ubiquitous critiques, has been Jackson‘s heavy reliance on CGI effects, as opposed to the practical effects that he used in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, coming off the back of these criticisms, Jackson has been ruffling feathers in the contemporary movie-making world with his critique on the state of the industry today; the Hollywood zeitgeist if you like, and it’s all rather dumbfounding indeed. (more…)
Without Peter Jackson‘s Lord of the Rings trilogy, Viggo Mortensen wouldn’t be nearly as big a star as he is. But despite the success and fame he garnered because of the films, Mortensen still has some harsh words for Jackson. Harsh as they may be, the actor might be pretty spot-on.
So what did Viggo said that could rub some Jackson fans the wrong way?
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey featured a lot of folks who appeared in The Lord of the Rings trilogy but had nothing to do with the Hobbit story, folks like Saruman, Galadriel, Elrond, and Frodo, and future installments of The Hobbit will feature the return (preturn?) of Legolas. But what about Aragorn? Was their no room for King Elessar Telcontar of Gondor in the prequels?
Well, The Guardian went out and got a genuine answer for the curious from Aragorn’s portrayer, Viggo Mortensen.
“Before they started shooting, back in 2008, one of the producers did ask if I would be interested. I said, ‘You do know, don’t you, that Aragorn isn’t in The Hobbit? That there is a 60-year gap between the books?’”
Bazinga! Take that Hollywood producers. Viggo Mortensen, with logic, for the win.
But alas, it would have been cool to see Mortensen suit up as Aragorn, right? Perhaps you disagree (and I encourage you to weight in with your opinion below).
The Last Voyage of the Demeter, a spin-off from the classic Bram Stoker Dracula storyline, has been in the void of off-and-on development for some time now. At one point director David Slade was set to helm the flick with Noomi Rapace and Ben Kingsley attached as the leads, but that went south. Now Millennium Films is trying to get it going again, with Neil Marshall set to direct, Kingsley maybe still onboard as the ship’s captain and the possible addition of Viggo Mortensen in one of the lead roles.
The story will detail the events that take place aboard the titular ship, The Demeter as it makes its journey from Transylvania toEngland carrying the resting body of Dracula. The viability of such a project leaves one in doubt, however. We already know how the movie will end, with Dracula killing the crew and the ship running aground off the coast of England. What happens in between sounds like so much kill-by-numbers cliché.
If they manage to spin this in a different direction, something that will challenge the minds of viewers rather than just their patience, the combination of Mortensen and Kingsley could be quite the dramatic event.
What do the Nerdreaders think? Can such a cut-and-dry premise be made into a character driven flick that will capture your interest?
Thanks to slashfilm for the info.
Director David Cronenberg is enjoying some decent hype from his new film Cosmopolis, which opens this weekend across Canada, and opens in the U.S. at the end of the summer. But how about a sequel to one of his more recent hits?
Vulture is reporting that the scripting process is underway for a sequel to Eastern Promises, the 2007 film starring Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts and Vincent Cassel about the Russian mob in London, England. Steven Knight, author of the first movie’s script is penning the sequel and Cassel is in negotiations to join the burgeoning production along with Mortensen. Here’s what Vulture has to say about the film’s direction:
…with the incompetent underboss Kirill (Cassel) thinking that he and his henchman driver Nikolai (Mortensen) really have inherited the throne from his crime-lord father, without knowing that Nikolai is actually a clandestine agent working undercover in Russia’s federal security service.
It’s unknown if Cronenberg will be behind the camera again. He’s previously expressed interest, but with Maps to the Stars starring Cosmopolis leading man Robert Pattinson in development, as well as a TV pilot and a recurring role on Sy-Fy’s Rewind in the works, the question may not be a matter of interest, but a matter of time for the legendary filmmaker.
More news as it develops….
Empire magazine is marking the tenth anniversary of The Lord of the Rings with a look back with the cast and crew. The article is described as:
The new issue is more bursting with revelry and nostalgia than a Friday night at the Prancing Pony. There’s tall tales – well, tallish tales – memories; behind-the-scenes pics from Aragorn himself, Viggo Mortensen; Oscar night reflections from Ian McKellen, Peter Jackson and Mortensen; and rarely-seen concept art.
Best of all, though, is a gathering of the four hobbits themselves: Elijah Wood (Frodo), Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee), Billy Boyd (Pippin) and Dominic Monaghan (Merry). It was so momentous it called for its own trailer – and here it is for your perusal pleasure. Sadly the Nazgûl got stuck in LA traffic.
The December issue comes out this Thursday and looks to be a fun read. Check out the promo video put together to promote the issue, it’s a hoot. What question would you want one of the hobbits to answer if given the chance?
(article by nerdbastards contributor Matthew Jackson)
Zack Snyder’s new flick Sucker Punch opens Friday, and in the course of promoting it he answered (or sort of answered) a few more questions about his upcoming Superman project.
The film might start shooting as early as late summer,
Snyder will NOT use CGI and motion capture to portray Superman (yay)
Viggo Mortensen is not on board in any capacity (was rumored for General Zod)
And…that’s really it as far as solid information goes. The rest is Snyder trying to sound as upbeat as possible about a project that’s generated its weight in nerd doubt since it was announced.
Snyder did comment on his conceptual and visual approach to the flick, noting that the story will be told as if “this is the first Superman movie and no other ones exist,” and claiming that, visually speaking, his Superman will be the most realistic film he’s made.
I think the visual style of “Superman,” though I can’t say for certain as it’s early, but I kind of feel like — and I did say to the studio – that what’s cool for me and interesting, and odd, is that “Superman” is probably going to be the most realistic movie I’ve ever made. It’s kind of fun that the most realistic movie I probably will make is a movie called “Superman.” Which shows how crazy my other movies are. Because I guess for him to be credible… He gets more credible by the reality that you can bring to him, you know emotionally, and visually, I think.
First of all, how exhausting is it reading that? Thank Jor-El this guy isn’t writing the movie. If he did we’d never get a complete sentence out of anyone.
Second of all, it’s about time Snyder attempts to ditch the gimmicks of his visual style. We’ve all been having nightmares about Superman punching people in ultra-slow motion, then screaming THIS…IS…KRYPTON! before kicking a dude into a pit. If he sticks to his pledge to keep it real, we might actually get to focus on the Man of Steel himself instead of the hyper-stylized lens we had to see Dr. Manhattan and Rorschach through the last time this guy tried to do a superhero movie.
But wait, Kryptonians, there’s one last bone to pick…This is what Snyder said when asked if he’d read Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s All Star Superman, the most recent seminal work in the life of The Man of Tomorrow.
I have not seen it, I’m happy to see it, I do want to see it, I just haven’t had time. Yeah, absolutely. And by the way, I’m a fan of Grant, of All-Star Superman, I think it’s cool, although I’d say… that’s the big version of Superman, you know that’s a stylized world. But awesome, and very sort of telling [about the character]. We’re treating the concept of Superman as if there’s been no Superman movies up till now, we’re trying to take that tack — that this is the first Superman movie and no other ones exist. Not to take anything away from those movies, because they’re great, but it’s sort of the way you have to do it, otherwise you’re really not starting over, you’re really just a slave to whatever’s happened in the past. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t respect the canon and we don’t understand the canon, that we know what the requirements of Superman are without it also being the same old Superman.
I haven’t read it, but I’m a fan of it, but I respect it, but I don’t want it to be the same old version of Superman.
All we can do is pray the final product isn’t this jumbled.
Sup bastards? I’m baking. What the fuck are you doing? Oh, you’re here for some nerd news. OK then. Well here’s something that will tickle your taint. Superman may kneel before Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings). Oh shits, you know what that means. Yep, King Aragorn of Middle fucking Earth is a apparently “a person of interest” to play the role of General Zod in Zach Snyder‘s upcoming Superman reboot. This rumor comes from out friends at Heat Vision, they reported:
Mortensen, who is still in negotiations for Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, is said to be at the top of the list to play General Zod, the evil and super-powered scientist who was portrayed by Terrence Stamp in 1980’s Superman II. If Mortensen’s Snow White deal doesn’t close, that would potentially free him up to make Superman. Or Universal and Warner Bros. could work out his schedule and enable him to do both.
Sources say no talks have commenced and that Mortensen is just a “person of interest,” much like Kevin Costner is for the role of Jonathan Kent. The actors aren’t the only ones considered for their respective roles, though they are the ones most seriously talked about.
Zod, huh? I wish someone would officially say if he’s the big bad or not. 4 months ago news broke that he would be the main villain. However, that was debunked by Snyder himself. Perhaps he was trying to keep a secret. A secret Latino Review perhaps blew when they exclusively reported that Alice Eve, Diane Kruger and Rosamund Pike were up for the role of Kryptonian villainess Ursa. Uh, General Zod’s bitch. That Ursa! So, with that news coupled with this Mortensen hootenanny it’s a strong bet.
Now, lets say in the off chance the planets fall in line and Mortensen is cast as Zod? There would be a massive cleanup on aisle 3. Epic nerdgasm if that happens. That’s some dream casting right there!
It is official, Ron Howard may have found his main character for The Dark Tower movies and TV Series.
According to Dateline, actor Javier Bardem (who was recently nominated for an Academy Award) has officially been offered the role. However, it is important to note that negotiations have not yet begun, so there is still a chance that he may not take the job. The role would be a multi-year commitment to appear in three movies and two seasons of a television show, most likely done as a mini-series. So, it is an extremely large commitment to undertake.
Earlier today, it was rumored that Christian Bale was up for the role, alongside the forever rumored Viggo Mortensen. I can see any of the three actors excelling in the role of Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger in a world that has “moved on.”
All rumors for the series have been around Roland, and no other characters have been mentioned, such as Jake (a kid pulled into Roland’s quest), Eddie (a recovering drug addict who becomes a gunslinger in his own right), and Susannah (an enigmatic woman with a deadly secret).
Rumors surfaced today that Jennifer Carpenter (Deb in Dexter) is in contention for the role of Susannah. Seeing how this project would consume numerous years, I doubt Carpenter will take part if she is still under contract for Dexter.
Do you think Bardem can pull of the role of Deschain? What about Carpenter as Susannah?