Briefly: Do you want to see Prometheus 2? Personally, that’s a difficult question to answer. The ending of last year’s Ridley Scott film (warning: spoilers ahead) didn’t leave me hungry for more, but there’s still a framework there in which a good story could be told. Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender would likely feature in a film that explores how Rapace’s character and the remains of Fassbender’s android go off in search of further truth about the alien Engineers. And there’s that xenomorph appearance at the end of Prometheus (pictured below) which must factor in somehow.
Now we’re a step closer to seeing what happens next. The Wrap reports that Jack Palgen, who wrote Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence, is Fox and Scott’s choice to script. The site says the producer/director has signed off on Palgen’s story for the sequel, and that a deal is imminent. Since we know little about the Transcendence script, there’s little way of knowing whether or not Palgen is a good choice for this sequel. Read More »
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While Guillermo del Toro will likely get the credit, good or bad, once Pacific Rim comes to theaters, it was Travis Beacham who got him there. It was Beacham who, while walking on the beach, cracked the idea to pit giant robots against giant monsters in what eventually became this summer’s film. Beacham was the one who developed it and got it to Legendary; and only then did del Toro take over and make it his own.
So while the director went off and made a movie for us all to enjoy on July 12, Beacham got to work on expanding the film’s backstory. He’s hard at work on a sequel and also wrote a prequel graphic novel that’s now in stores. Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero is set before the film, explaining what happened the first time the Kaiju attacked Earth, and how the Jaeger program was started. Characters played by Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi and Clifton Collins Jr. all appear in the novel, expanding on their motivations, fears and personalities. It’s an entertaining read that can only make Pacific Rim better.
We spoke to Beacham about the book, specifically how several of its smaller details might wind up playing out on screen once Pacific Rim hits theaters. He also touched upon how the director influenced it, how far along Pacific Rim 2 is, some hints at what we might see there and how the film features his favorite scene Guillermo del Toro has ever done. Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
Pitch Black came out in 2000, one year before The Fast and the Furious. But while the latter has since spawned five sequels, the former is only now preparing to put its second sequel in theaters. Still, better late than never, right?
Directed by David Twohy, Riddick once again stars Vin Diesel as the Furian warrior introduced in Pitch Black. Left for dead on a desolate planet, he soon finds himself fighting off both vicious alien predators and ruthless bounty hunters (played by the likes of Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Mollà, and Bokeem Woodbine). We’ve already gotten a taste of the film thanks to a domestic trailer and teaser, but the new international promo packs in some new footage.
There’s also a new Comic Con poster for the film, straight from the star. Check out both after the jump.
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Here’s an interesting note about The Terminator. We know that Arnold Schwarzenegger is coming back to the series in a full capacity, and that he’s thinking the film is going to shoot early next year. Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures is the driving force, having picked up the Terminator rights last year. This makes a real break from her outfit’s other films, which range from Lawless to The Master to Spring Breakers.
Turns out Megan Ellison is financing 33% of the new Terminator, and her brother David, of Skydance Productions, is providing another 33%. Paramount is picking up the remaining third, which is part of what got Schwarzenegger back on board for good. (Skydance and Paramount have partnered on films such as Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Jack Reacher.)
In all the data about this new Terminator installment, there’s one glaring bit: the Ellisons may only have the franchise rights until 2019, when they’ll revert back to series creator James Cameron. Read More »
South Korean director Bong Joon-ho (Mother, The Host) makes his English-language debut with Snowpiercer, a sci-fi tale which features Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song and Ko Asung.
The film adapts the graphic novel Le Transperceneige, in which humanity triggers a new ice age, and takes refuge in a train that perpetually circles the globe. Class divisions fester on the craft, and revolution eventually brews as the underclass revolts. That’s more or less where the movie’s story kicks in, and this first international trailer for the film.gives a bit of plot background before devoting a lot of time to the revolutionary violence.
Update: The first embed we had for this trailer was pretty grainy. Now we’ve got a much better version of the same trailer, which you can see below.
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It’s been six months since Dan Trachtenberg, formerly of The Totally Rad Show and director of the short Portal: No Escape, was announced as director of Y: The Last Man.
The Vertigo comic series, which follows two male beings who remain alive after mysterious circumstances kill any mammal with a Y chromosome, has been targeted for adaptation a few times in the past, but has never made the leap to the screen. In part, that’s because the comic series tells one long interlinked story about the young man Yorick and his Capuchin monkey, Ampersand, as Yorick seeks to reunite with his mother, a US Congresswoman.
There’s a lot more to the story than that, of course, and that leads to the other factor: the simple fact of the post-apocalyptic, country-spanning scope of the story. Cramming it into one film didn’t seem prudent, but planning a multi-film arc based on a property the public at large doesn’t know is something that always gives studios pause.
But now David Goyer, who is producing, says the film could shoot next year. Read More »
The shroud of secrecy has long since been pulled away from Guillermo del Toro‘s new film Pacific Rim. We’re at a point now where there’s a new featurette every couple weeks to explain some facet of the film. The last one we saw was a fantastic breakdown of how sets were created to give a sense of realism to the action.
This one talks about designing the Jaegers — the giant robots that humanity creates to fight massive monsters besieging civilization. We’ve seen images that break down some of the different designs, but the few minutes of the featurette below tell us a lot more. And the director insists that the design principle was always to create something that feels right for the world, rather than making stuff that exists just to reference other designs from popular and cult stories. Read More »
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Here’s the Elysium trailer you’ve been waiting for. This one shows more of District 9 director Neill Blomkamp‘s vision of a crappy everyday life on Earth, as a character played by Matt Damon tries to deal with the automated law enforcement of the trashed planet.
The trailer sets up a lot more of the first act, showing the accident that leaves Damon’s character in critical condition, and establishes the deal that leads him to Elysium, where the wealthy and powerful reside. We don’t get to know too much about the Elysium leader played by Jodie Foster, but we see a lot of action leading up to her role in the movie, and quite a bit of her stalking about. Despite the 3-minute length, this trailer doesn’t seem to give too much away.
Check out the footage below. Read More »