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 »
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.
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Jumping off the recent news that the rights to the Terminator movies might head over to Paramount, the star of the franchise has a potentially exciting update. Arnold Schwarzenegger was at a conference in Australia and said Terminator 5 should start filming in January 2014. Plus, he added he’ll be back playing a Terminator, not just a human side character. Read the quote below. Read More »
There are quite a few images of sets for Transformers 4 floating around this week, but the best has to be the shot above.
That big piece of set dressing, caught in the wild by @jfall, has an obvious message to anyone who saw the third Transformers film. The climax of that movie destroyed much of downtown Chicago, and the sentiment is pretty clear when it comes to understanding the aftermath of that fight. Seems like the America of this fourth film might not be so excited to have giant robots running around. Presumably there’ll eventually be something to hear by calling that phone number.
After the break, see images of Mark Wahlberg on set, as well as some more pics of general shooting locations. In addition, get a look at the latest marketing tie-in/character reveal, thanks to a new vehicle image drop. Read More »
Paramount is about to add another massive franchise to its stable. Last week, sources revealed the studio reacquired the full rights to make new Friday the 13th and South Park movies and now, they’re in negotiations to acquire distribution rights for the Terminator franchise.
Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures and David Ellison‘s Skydance Productions own the rights to the film series about the epic struggle between man and machine. They hired screenwriters Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier to write a fifth installment back in January and Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to return for a fifth film. No director is attached. Read More »
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Neill Blmokamp has been done with his second feature film, Elysium, for a while. We had to wait to see it as Sony decided August was a better release window than March. So on August 9 we’ll get a look at the film that casts Matt Damon as a desperate member of the economic underclass who invades Elysium, the orbital society of the wealthy.
In the meantime, the writer/director is already at work on his third feature, Chappie. The film, which features Sharlto Copley in a lead role, is described as a strange sci-fi comedy with a “ridiculous robot character,” but we haven’t known much more about it. Now we know that Chappie will expand upon Blomkamp’s 2003 short film Tetra Vaal. See that short and get some new Chappie info below, along with a new TV spot for Elysium. Read More »