Concept art can be a huge tease — too often we see art that is a lot more visually striking than whatever ends up on screen for a given film. Even in animation, where the concept art and final product theoretically can be close, the difference can be huge.
Director Jorge Gutierrez is irritated when that happens, and promises that his upcoming Fox film The Book of Life, based around the Mexican Day of the Dead and produced by Guillermo del Toro, will look just like the film’s concept art. Read More »
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Briefly: Here’s the best way for Michael B. Jordan to confirm, finally, that he is taking the role of Johnny Storm in The Fantastic Four: a message that just says “Flame On!” complete with a close-up of the classic ’4′ chest emblem.
Casting Jordan is just a great idea. He’s an excellent actor, and has the chops to stand up to the equally talented Miles Teller, who is nearly set to appear as Reed Richards. Director Josh Trank, screenwriters Jeremy Slater and Simon Kinberg, and the producers behind the film seem to be ready to take chances and do the unexpected as they leap off from the Ultimate Fantastic Four comics line (which features a very different story from the classic ’60s origin), and I’m excited to see what they come up with. Read More »
The reports of casting for Fox’s new Fantastic Four film, to be directed by Josh Trank, have been plagued by more rumor and speculation than most movies of this type, and to date we don’t have any official confirmation of casting choices. So far, Miles Teller is said to be the choice to play Reed Richards, aka the body-stretching Mr. Fantastic, while Michael B. Jordan has long been linked to play Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch.
Now those casting choices are confirmed, and new reports say that Jamie Bell will play Reed’s buddy and eventual teammate Ben Grimm, who becomes the rock-like Thing. And Kate Mara is now firmly linked to the role of Sue Storm, who acquires powers of invisibility and is, consequently, called the Invisible Woman.
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When he was cast as Wolverine in 1999 as a late choice to replace Dougray Scott in Bryan Singer’s X-Men, Hugh Jackman wasn’t exactly the vision of the character fans had in mind. The lanky, good-looking Australian was a far cry from the hairy runt of a Canadian that had become the best-selling character in Marvel’s pantheon. But Jackman’s physical presence and pure charisma won audiences over, and over the course of five films he has redefined the Wolverine character for a huge audience.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is Jackman’s sixth turn as Wolverine (or seventh if you count his brief First Class cameo) and he doesn’t seem to be ready to give up the claws any time soon. Last August I, along with a few other editors, spoke to Jackman on the set of Days of Future Past, and the discussion ranged from his own growth to the development of director Bryan Singer, and some non-spoilerish details about the past and future story of Days of Future Past. Read More »
We’ll be posting a few pieces from the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past today; you can already read our talk with director Bryan Singer about three of the unique elements of the film: Quicksilver, the Sentinels, and time travel.
In addition to those pieces we’ve got new images from the film, featuring leads Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage, Michael Fassbender, and Hugh Jackman. That’s one above, and you can get a high-res version of that and three others below. Read More »
Last August I went to Montreal to visit the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past. While in Canada I had the chance to speak to many of the film’s principals, including director Bryan Singer and screenwriter Simon Kinberg. While much of what we saw on the visit has since been revealed to the public through the trailer and a plethora of images, Singer had a lot to say about the creation of the film that hasn’t ended up online yet.
Below you’ll find his comments on three key points: shooting the character Quicksilver, which was accomplished in part through the use of a high-speed camera; the creation and ideas behind the Sentinels; and the use of time travel as a plot device. Read More »
As has been the case almost every day for the past few years, the Avatar sequels are slowly moving ahead. Writer/director/mastermind James Cameron continues to plug away on the three films, making sure everything is lined up to go into production later this year. The first movie took four years to make, though, so with a December 2016 release date planned for part two, one might think there’ll be a rush to make not just one, but three movies, simultaneously. Not the case, says Cameron.
In a new interview, Cameron said technology has advanced so much since the original film was released, production will run much faster. He also talked about shooting in 4K resolution, potentially releasing in High Frame Rate, and where the story could go.
Listen to the director speak below. Read More »
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Briefly: Almost 20 years after Howard Langston dove after Turbo Man, a sequel to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1996 holiday film Jingle All the Way is going into production, from Fox and WWE films. But this isn’t going to be an Arnie film, and for those late ’80s and ’90s kids who hold the original film in some holiday (or comedy) esteem, this probably isn’t going to be the sequel anyone wants.
Larry the Cable Guy will star in the direct to video sequel, along with WWE’s Santino Marella. The film shoots in March, and will be available this coming Christmas. Alex Zamm (Tooth Fairy 2) is directing. Merry Christmas? [Variety]