Fox have option the non-fiction book The World Without Us, with the view that it will become a fictionalised, sci-fi tentpole movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter they have Mark Protosevich attached to write, and Francis Lawrence to eventually direct the film.
Alan Weisman‘s original book was Time Magazine’s number-one non fiction pick for 2007, and we all know what perfect taste they have in making such lists. It deals with a simple but profound feat of imagination, exploring how Earth would “respond without the relentless pressure of human presence”. Weisman even went so far as to label Chapter 9, Polymers Are Forever, with a Read this Chapter! tag, so important are its lessons.
So… how would Protosevich and Lawrence go about churning hundreds of millions of dollars of popcorn out of an ecological hypothesis?
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Fox’s upcoming Wolverine film has not had the smoothest production process. Rumors of the studio meddling with Tsotsi director Gavin Hood have been rampant, and the general vibe from the production has been dour. Given that history, reports of extensive reshoots may be the final blow to fans of the franchise still reeling from X3.
I, however, am a bit more hopeful. I think these reshoots may allow Hood to craft the film he wanted originally, as well as to add that extra polish that X3 was sorely lacking. The initial Comic-con footage for the film looked like a cheesy 80s action film, but the full trailer showed a more epic scope and better realized action. (The Wolvie/Sabretooth throwdown already looks better than his duel with Deathstrike in X2.) The new trailer was certainly helped by John Murphy’s excellent Sunshine score, but it also does a good job at selling the film to both fans and general movie-goers alike. Read More »
Disney will not be financing the next Chronicles of Narnia film adaptation. This shouldn’t be a huge shock to most of you, as the writing has been in the sand for a while now. The shocking news is that Walden Media still plans to make The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader without Disney. As far as I can tell, all the key players from Prince Caspian have signed to return for the third installment, which Michael Apted (The World is Not Enough) is set to helm. Principal photography set for Spring 2009 with a planned May 2010 theatrical release.
The first two films cost around $200 million, and the third film will probably be no different. I couldn’t see it costing less than $150 million. Walden has partnered with 20th Century Fox in the past, which leads me to believe that Fox might come aboard to co-finance this production as well.
Walden has produced 15 films in the last three years, and I’m not sure many of them could be considered profitable. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe seems to be the only film to substantially surpass the film’s budget domestically. Disney had committed to the third Narnia film but had made numerous public statements leading fans to believe that it could be the end of the line.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was originally published in 1952. It’s the third book in the series but the fifth in chronological order. The book follows Lucy, Edmund, and their dreadful cousin Eustace on a magical sea journey aboard the Dawn Trader. The children are pulled into a painting of a ship at sea. On board is Caspian, King of Narnia and his companions, who are in search for seven lost lords of Narnia. The voyage will take them to the edge of the world (sound familiar? Yeah, Pirates stole this idea).
Posted on Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 by David Chen
Fox has officially launched “Gort Lives,” as part of its Day The Earth Stood Still website. The new site feature allows you to submit your own interpretation of what Gort should look like. You can also check out and rate the submissions of others. To those unfamiliar, Gort is the robot sent to destroy earth, and his appearance/design in the original 1951 film was rather iconic.
While this is foremost a publicity project, aspiring Gort designers should know that the highest rated submissions will apparently be displayed in sleect IMAX theaters and also featured on the eventual DVD. So if you’ve ever thought that the original Gort was a bit too bland for your tastes (blasphemy!), it’s time to dig out the ol’ digital canvas.
Is it just me or does the latest City of Ember poster look very Journey to the Center of the Earth-ish?
The latest fantasy novel adaption from Fox Walden is City of Ember. Based on the 2003 novel by Jeanne Duprau, Ember follows two kids, Lina and Doon, who live in the City of Ember, where the sky is always dark. As Ember’s power source begins to fail and the lamps start to flicker, they search for clues that will unlock ancient mysteries about the city and save the people of Ember. The film stars Bill Murray, Tim Robbins, Saoirse Ronan, Harry Treadaway, Toby Jones, Martin Landau, Mackenzie Crook, Mary Kay Place, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.
I’ve been waiting for a really long time for a good children’s fantasy film like the stuff from my childhood (Henson’s Labyrinth anyone?). My theory is that most of the recent films, Narnia and the recent Potter films included, have forgotten the ingredient that makes these type of stories worth watching – that being the fun. But the whole point of being in a fantasy world is to enjoy some of it’s magic and wonder. And while story is very important, too much story can lead to too few of these fun and wondrous moments I’m talking about. And while this teaser trailer is only a minute and a half in length, not nearly enough to give a full indication of the film, I can see that the almost steam-punkish production design could easily lend itself to the fun and wonder that I was previously referring to. But tell me what you think in the comments after watching the trailer below.
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City of Ember hits theaters on October 10th 2008.
Discuss: What do you think of the City of Ember movie trailer?
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