the jungle book vfx

When you’re actually sitting in a theater and watching The Jungle Book, you don’t realize that there were no exteriors shot for the entire film and that every frame was filmed on a soundstage in Los Angeles. Even though the supporting cast of talking animals were obviously created in a computer, the world on display in Jon Favreau‘s film feels so real and so detailed that it’s often hard to believe that almost every element on the screen was generated by a large team of geniuses after the fact. No matter your opinion the film as a whole (I agree with our own Angie Han that it is very good), the visual effects are truly next generation stuff. This is the new high bar everyone is going to chase for a few years.

And now, a new featurette has arrived to offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what it was like to shoot a movie this technologically complex.

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Star Trek Beyond Reshoots

In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Simon Pegg talks at length about Star Trek Beyond.
  • A new look at Sofia Boutella‘s Star Trek Beyond character.
  • James Cameron explains why he won’t make another Alien movie.
  • Fast 8 has begun filming and there’s footage of a car chase to prove it.
  • They’re making a new Dennis the Menace movie for some reason.
  • A remake of 1971’s See No Evil is in the works.
  • Fox has ordered 24: Legacy to series.

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LEGO star wars force awakens prequel short films

Back in February, Disney announced a new series of Star Wars animated short films titled LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises a prequel to Episode VII featuring characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The first short in the series, titled Poe to the Rescue premiered on DisneyXD, and was later put online for everyone to enjoy. Disney has now released three more LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises shorts, titled The Trouble with Rathtars, Hunting for Han and Rey Strikes Back. All three shorts are a fun watch and well worth your time. I wish Disney would make an actual animated series out of these and not just shorts. Watch the two new LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises short films now after the jump.

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Robert Downey Jr Leaves Iron Man

When Robert Downey Jr. signed his current contract extension with Marvel Studios, it was widely reported that a fourth Iron Man solo film was not included, and that he was committed instead to returning for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War and the two-part Avengers: Infinity War. Downey also made public comments suggesting that the series, with him as Tony Stark, concluded with Iron Man 3. But now that it’s been confirmed that Robert Downey Jr. will make an appearance in the Spider-Man solo film Spider-Man: Homecoming, might the actor have changed his mind about a possible Iron Man 4? New comments from the actor suggest this is the case.

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Alien Covenant

As with any holiday, everyone celebrated Alien  Day in their own special way. Some fans attended screenings or bought sweaters and posters and limited-edition shoes; others posted concept art suggesting they might just go ahead and pretend the last two Alien movies never happened. And the guy who started the whole thing, director Ridley Scott? He marked the special day by sharing the first official photo from the next installment of the still-beloved franchise, Alien: Covenant. (Or at least some social media coordinator working with him did.)  Read More »

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea setting

For the past few years, director Bryan Singer has been preoccupied with the X-Men franchise. Singer’s fourth installment in the series, X-Men: Apocalypse, opens in theaters this summer, and we saw another trailer for the film just this week. But following the comic book movie’s release, Singer will turn his full attention to 20,000 Leagues Under a Sea, which will start shooting this fall.

The director has now revealed that 20,000 Leagues will be set around 1865, following the aftermath of the Civil War. Although we should expect a “sci-fi twist” from the adaptation, Singer is intent on actually reflecting what a post-Civil War America was like.

Learn more about the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea setting below.

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Newt

Alien Day may be a fake holiday cooked up to promote Alien-related products and projects, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate and enjoy it. Director Neill Blomkamp, for one, got in on the festivities by unveiling a bit of concept art from his delayed Alien sequel that Sigourney Weaver says is still happening. It’s especially intriguing because it shows an adult Newt, fitting with earlier reports that the film would ignore the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. Check it out below.  Read More »

sherlock holmes 3 writer

Just last week, Robert Downey Jr. offered an update on the next Sherlock Holmes movie, suggesting that a third film in the series could start filming later this year. Considering the apparent lack of momentum on the project, it sounded unlikely. If nothing else, it sounded like Downey trying to keep people interested in a project that was still nowhere close to existing. After all, the last serious piece of news about the film had arrived in 2011, when Iron Man 3 screenwriter Drew Pearce was hired to work on a screenplay.

However, it seems that he may have been more serious about this than expected, because a new writer has officially boarded Sherlock Holmes 3.

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Sony Opens the Book on a ‘Goosebumps’ Sequel

Goosebumps

At this point, it’s a given that if a studio movie based on a familiar property attains even a modest level of success, someone, somewhere has started thinking about a sequel. After all, Hollywood execs are in the business of making money — and if they’ve already shelled out huge sums of cash to scoop up a familiar brand, milking it for all it’s worth just makes financial sense.

So it should come as no surprise that, after the solid-but-not-great returns from Goosebumps last year, Sony is now in the process of putting together a Goosebumps 2Rob Letterman, who directed the first one, is in, as is screenwriter Darren Lemke. But what about Jack Black, who played Goosebumps author R.L. Stine?  Read More »