First Look: Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book

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Disney has released the first look at concept art for Jon Favreau‘s new “live-action” version of The Jungle Book. I use quotation marks around live action because the film will seamlessly blend live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, “using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world.” So basically imagine how James Cameron shot Avatar with some live-action elements but mostly a computer created world populated with photo realistic animals of Life of Pi or Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. See the full piece of Jon Favreau The Jungle Book concept art after the jump

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The Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer had everyone talking about the new baddie (and possible Sith lord) Kylo Ren’s lightsaber which featured a laser sword cross-guard. Some have argued about the practicalness of this new design, but most people think its cool regardless. And now we learn another radically different unconventional lightsaber design is about to be revealed in the Star Wars universe, but not on the big screen.

The unconventional new lightsaber design will debut on Disney XD’s animated series Star Wars Rebels. And no, I’m not talking about The Inquisitor’s double-bladed spinning lightsaber which premiered earlier in the season — I’m talking about an all new design we have yet to see. For those who don’t want to wait, check out the concept art after the jump along with all of the details on the new Star Wars Rebels lightsaber.

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Kevin Dart Big Hero 6 Concept Art

We’ve previously shown you the original Big Hero 6 designs from the 1998, sketches which were made for the development of the original comic book that spawned the Disney animated movie. Today I wanted to share some of the early concept art for the Big Hero 6 animated movie created by Kevin Dart, an artist whose style I absolutely love. You may recognize his name as we’ve posted some of his art on the site in the past, and also we premiered his exclusive Interstellar poster which was available at the IMAX Friday screenings. Dart has posted some of his work on the film online, and the paintings include some development work on the San Francisco/Tokyo mash-up world of San Frantokyo, as well as early concepts of a very different looking Bay-max design more in line with the original character design sketches than the comic book source material. He also did designs for Big Hero 6 villains that didn’t end up making the final film. Hit the jump to check out the Kevin Dart Big Hero 6 concept art.

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Nicolas Francoeur Neverending Story

We’ve officially got to the frightening stage of remakes. This is the stage where Hollywood has remade almost every single movie reasonable worth remaking, and even some that weren’t. Now they’re onto the classics. How long will it really be before films like Psycho or Halloween get remade? Oh, wait.

On that list of films that should never be remade, but may one day is The Neverending Story. The 1984 film directed by Wolfgang Petersen follows a young boy who reads a fantasy book and ends up getting involved in the story. It spawned a few sequels, and holds a special place in the heart of many filmgoers because – for some – it was one of their earliest exposures to the world of fantasy, especially seen through the eyes of a young protagonist.

Will The Neverending Story ever get remade? Who knows. But one artist has created some concept art in case it does and it’s pretty impressive. Read More »

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It’s a sign of the impact of the new Planet of the Apes films that the two recent movies continue to be topics of conversation in a film landscape that is often all too quick to move on to the next big thing. We’re still talking about Rise of the Planet of the Apes a couple years layer, in part because director Rupert Wyatt is doing the press rounds for his new film, The Gambler, and people still have many questions about his previous film. This concept art just happens to crop up at the same time as those interviews, but it offers something that fans of the original Planet of the Apes will appreciate: a view of a nixed Rise of the Planet of the Apes alternate ending that calls back to the original film. Read More »

See the Original Big Hero 6 Designs From 1998

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The release of last weekend’s Big Hero 6 was the first time many people had even heard of the Big Hero 6. In fact, however, the characters have been around in the Marvel comic book universe for over 16 years. Not that you’d necessarily recognize them. As some early sketches of Hiro and Baymax show, they looked way different back in the day.

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‘Terminator: Genisys’ Storyboards Tease a Big Battle

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The first official publicity photos for Terminator: Genisys haven’t been great, frankly speaking. But they did leave us wanting to see more, if only to reassure ourselves that the actual movie will look much better.

Sadly, we have a bit of a wait until that can happen since the Terminator: Genisys trailer isn’t here quite yet. In the meantime, though, you can whet your appetite with these new Terminator: Genisys storyboards, which tease a big battle sequence involving John Connor (Jason Clarke) and Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney).

See the Terminator Genisys storyboards after the jump.

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When it comes to modern sci-fi movies, RoboCop has to be one of the best. Part machine, part man, the 1987 film by Paul Verhoeven is a satirical, violent masterpiece. At its center is the gorgeously designed, iconic lead character who returned for two much lesser sequels, and was redesigned for a reboot released earlier this year.

So how did RoboCop come to be? What’s the story behind the silver and chrome character? A new book called RoboCop: The Definitive History hits shelves Tuesday. Written by Calum Waddell, it has all the answers. To celebrate its release, we’ve got a set of amazing RoboCop behind the scenes photos like the one above. Check them out below. Read More »

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