Linklater leaves Limpet

For the past few years Richard Linklater has been attached to direct The Incredible Mr. Limpet for Warner Bros. That’s the remake of the 1964 film (or a re-adaptation of the source novel by Theodore Pratt) in which a man turns into a fish… which then helps the Navy find and sink German U-Boats. The original film featured Don Knotts as the title character, and used classic cel animation to make the fish scenes come alive. The remake will ditch the war angle, and follow a beach bum who hopes to protect local marine life from rapacious business interests.

Now Linklater has bailed on making the film, and Warner Bros. is moving quickly to find a new director. But the reason for Linklater’s departure is one that will make many readers happy. He’s skipping the fish picture in order to make That’s What I’m Talking About, the semi-autobiographical film that has been called a “spiritual successor to Dazed & Confused.” Read More »

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Well, it looks like Disney’s going to be winning the Jungle Book race. As the Mouse House prepares to release its Jungle Book adaptation in October 2015, Warner Bros. has just set its own Jungle Book adaptation, Andy SerkisJungle Book: Origins, to open one year later in 3D. Hit the jump for more details.

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Dragonriders of Pern movie

If I had to name one fantasy or sci-fi book series that I can’t believe hasn’t been turned into a film or TV series yet, it would be Anne McCaffrey‘s Dragonriders of Pern. Actually, I did say this, and not even that long ago. The Pern books are a strange blend of fantasy and sci-fi, filled with great, well-defined characters, politics and scheming, and giant telepathic dragons. It’s stuff that might have been a hard sell ten years ago. In the wake of Game of Thrones and so many other sci-fi and fantasy successes on TV and in film, the time is right. And Warner Bros. has just optioned all of it.  Read More »

Fury Road press conference

Because The Road Warrior is one of the best and most pure action films ever made, we’ve been clocking the development of Fury Road for years. Our first coverage was back in 2008, and the announcement that Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy could be in the film dates back to ’09. News that director George Miller has written not one, but two sequels goes back to 2011.

So the Comic Con appearance of Mad Max: Fury Road was a great pleasure. The fact that the film was among the most striking things we saw at SDCC 2014 was even more impressive; after all those years in development, who knew what to expect? We’ve shown you the trailer, and now you can watch the whole Fury Road press conference, in which Miller and producer Doug Mitchell discuss the film’s development, story, and production. We’ve also gone back to a TV appearance Miller did several years ago, talking about the film. Read More »

Hobbit Battle of Five Armies teaser

Comic Con saw the premiere of footage from Peter Jackson‘s sixth and (probably) final Middle-Earth movie, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. While we can’t yet show you some things from that panel, such as the great blooper reel that opened the event, we can show you the Hobbit Battle of Five Armies teaser trailer now. After watching this, check out our coverage of the panel, which features a video presentation of the whole event. (Well, the whole event minus any film clips.) Read More »

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Comic Con Trailer

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Update: Warner Bros has released a three minute version of the Mad Max: Fury Road comic con footage. This is about three minutes out of what was shown at Comic Con, but it’ll give you a really good idea about why we were so taken with the footage. Watch the trailer now after the jump. That embed is followed by our original panel coverage from Saturday’s showing.
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Saturday afternoon during the Warner Bros presentation in Hall H at 2014 San Diego Comic Con International, Duncan Jones came out to premiere his upcoming film, Warcraft. That’s, of course, the big screen adaptation of the popular massive multiplayer online video game. Jones is still over a year from release, but he explained a bit about the premise of the movie – an origin story of the conflict in Azeroth – and debuted a short teaser trailer. We don’t have the trailer, but we have a description and a motion title treatment below. Read about the Warcraft teaser trailer below.

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Peter Jackson took the stage at Hall H at Comic-Con for potentially the last time as a maker of Middle-Earth to present the first footage from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Co-stars Andy Serkis, Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchet, Elijah Wood and others joined the writer/director to promote the third and final Hobbit film, scheduled for release December 17.

Stephen Colbert hosted the panel, in full kit from his cameo in The Desolation of Smaug, and debuted the first teaser trailer. He also talked about the Middle-Earth saga as a whole. Read about the Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Comic-Con panel and trailer description below.

[UPDATE: Video of the full The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Comic-Con panel has been released, and you can see watch it after the jump.]

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