UPDATE: Darren Aronofsky commented on Twitter about this work. Read his quote below.
Long before Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins hit theaters, director Darren Aronofsky almost made his own take on Batman. After finishing Requiem For A Dream in 2000, the director was developing a screen adaptation of Frank Miller‘s milestone Batman story Batman: Year One. He co-wrote a screenplay with Miller and began conceiving he look of the film before Warner Bros. pulled the plug in favor of Nolan.
Luckily, things worked out not only for the director, but for Miller, Nolan, and Batman as a character. Still, the dream of an Aronofsky-directed superhero movie continues to elude us. (Don’t forget he was also going to direct The Wolverine before leaving that project.) Now a slew of concept images have come online giving us a tiny glimpse at what the man who’d later direct The Fountain, The Wrestler and Black Swan had in mind for the Caped Crusader. Read More »
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Many TV spots do little more than rearrange footage from a film’s primary trailers into 30-second bites. And that’s fine. But the Man of Steel TV spots have been giving up perhaps more new footage than usual, and this third spot has quite a grand scope packed into half a minute.
The capper is a shot of one very angry Superman (Henry Cavill) as he flies into action, but there are also some quick new shots of Michael Shannon as General Zod, and some action and effects bits that we haven’t seen before. All in all, it’s probably the most epic TV commercial that will be airing this month, so have a look below if you haven’t already seen it. Read More »
Briefly: The collaboration between director Christopher Nolan and actor Michael Caine is moving towards its tenth year, the two having first worked together on Batman Begins, shot in 2004 and released in 2005. Caine was in all three of Nolan’s Batman films, and played roles in the director’s “in-between” films The Prestige and Inception.
Now Caine has been confirmed for Interstellar, the sci-fi picture that also features Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, and fellow Batman vet Anne Hathaway. The film was originally scripted by Jonathan Nolan, and depicts “a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding.” Steven Spielberg set the project into motion a few years ago after being inspired by physicist Kip Thorne. Christopher Nolan has been reworking his brother’s script before shooting. Interstellar is set for release on November 7, 2014. [Deadline]
Briefly: In the big GQ profile of Robert Downey, Jr. that ran a few weeks ago, the actor mentioned the version of Pinocchio that he had been working on with Tim Burton set to direct. Downey pitched the idea to Warner Bros. (his first pitch, he said!) and positioned it as a high priority for him. In another interview, Downey suggested that Burton had fallen away, and that Ben Stiller had become his choice to sit in the director’s chair.
Now Deadlne has confirmed that Stiller is in talks to direct the movie. Downey’s a pretty powerful guy right now, and with his career in a state of semi-free agency thanks to the end of his Marvel contract, one would guess that he can get just about whatever he wants, so it’s not surprising to hear that this is in motion. Stiller and Downey have a working history as well, thanks to Tropic Thunder. And with footage from Ben Stiller’s new film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty drawing raves and early Oscar predictions after debuting at CinemaCon, he’s in a good place as well.
Jane Goldman wrote one draft of Pinocchio; but now the film will go in a new direction with a new writer.
Briefly: Christopher Nolan has one more actor for his hardcore sci-fi film Interstellar. Matthew McConaughey is the chief cast member of the film that features a wormhole and alternate dimensions, and we knew that he would be joined by Anne Hathaway on ”a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding.”
Now Nolan has picked Jessica Chastain, the actress who has worked with directors such as Terrence Malick, Kathryn Bigelow, John Hillcoat, and who has been one of the brightest “new” talents of the past couple years. There aren’t many actors who have a resume as impressive as what Chastain has built since 2010. Deadline says that Chastain will play the film’s “third lead,” but at this point your guess about the precise nature of the three lead roles is as good as ours.
This is the place where we say that we know very little about Interstellar, other than the fact that it was put into motion by Steven Spielberg, who was interested in the theories of experimental physicist Kip Thorne, and that Jonathan Nolan wrote the first script. After Spielberg moved on and Christopher Nolan signed to direct, the elder Nolan was reported to be reworking his brother’s script to make it a bit more his own.
We can tell you to expect loads of native IMAX footage, and that Interstellar is set for release on November 7, 2014.
The latest trailer for Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel did a lot to convince people that the director of 300 and Watchmen was in fact the right choice for the film. The continuation of a certain tone from Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies doesn’t help, but Snyder’s casting choices — Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, and Henry Cavill as Superman — are persuasive arguments that his sense of direction for Superman is steady. And then there’s the range of action seen in the trailer, which brings the character to life in a way that few expected.
Now there are a couple new bits of marketing that don’t quite push our perception of the film in the way that trailer did. As the header image above suggests, a new poster focuses very much on Superman and his power in flight. The TV spot, meanwhile, looks to his birth family, and gives the voiceover reigns to Russell Crowe as Jor-El to explain his son’s potential destiny on Earth. Read More »
The recent Japanese trailer for Guillermo del Toro‘s monster-smashing summer movie Pacific Rim doesn’t have much in the way of new footage. In fact, it’s basically an edit of a trailer released to the US a while ago, with a few differences. If you want pure giant robot spectacle in trailer form, check out the recently released WonderCon footage. Or have a close look at the new banner above, which depicts a showdown in the water near Sydney, Australia.
But this edit is worth a look for the introduction from the director, who explains that he was hoping to honor a number of Japanese storytelling forms and media as he made the movie. Read More »
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Watch out, Texas: Michael Bay‘s Autobots and Decepticons are coming to destroy your towns. Also after the jump:
- Woman in Black: Angels of Death adds two young Brit stars
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- Transformers 4 continues casting; Bay talks character redesigns
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