First Look: Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf


BeowulfThe Los Angeles Times has a first look at Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf. The article includes two brand spanking new images (seen above and to the right). Here is an interesting clipping from the newspaper’s feature:

His knack for a good scrap is on show in one of the film’s pivotal fight scenes when Beowulf battles Grendel in the nude, mano a beast-o. (“Bob asked if he had to be nude, but we said, ‘It’s in the poem,’ ” Gaiman explained.) So in a crafty bit of staging to allow a PG-13 rating, Beowulf’s naughty bits are obfuscated by random objects in the foreground. It’s more subtle and subdued, but shadows, swords, mead flagons and shoulders block all in a sequence not unlike the prankish cloaking device used in “Austin Powers” films.

The article does say that there has been some talk about releasing an unrated version with more violence, blood, swearing and nudity (presumably on DVD). The movie was “performed” in 30 days of “principal mocapography” at Culver Studios on a 30-by-30-foot stage using motion capture which was recorded by dozens of digital cameras back in December 2005. Read the whole article at We’ll see the 3D footage tonight and report back.


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Paramount Pictures Comic-Con Details Revealed

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Paramount Pictures has announced a detailed scheduling for the planned Thursday, July 26th 1:30pm Comic-Con panel. Here is the rundown thanks to ROS:

  • Transformers – taped message from Michael Bay
  • Hot Rod – Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone present
  • Stardust – Neil Gaiman present
  • Beowulf – Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary present
  • Sweeney Todd – mini poster reveal
  • Spiderwick Chronicles - Mark Waters, Holly Black, Phil Tippet and Tony Tetzelli present. Page to screen presentation.
  • Drillbit Taylor – taped message from Judd Apatow intro of new trailer
  • Iron Man – taped greeting and throw to Marvel panel on Saturday
  • Indiana Jones 4 – satellite from set
  • Star Trek 11 – JJ Abrams, Damon Lindeloff, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman

Looks like there will be some fun stuff is in store for those in attendance. I’m most looking forward to the Drillbit Taylor trailer, Indiana Jones 4 satallite segment, and the Star Trek presentation. I’m sure JJ will be forced to field a bunch of questions regarding Cloverfield, even though it’s not on the schedule. And before you ask, Paramount and Universal have set up a Saturday panel to focus on Iron Man and Incredible Hulk.


One of the stories we missed on Friday was that Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf will also be released in IMAX 3D simultaneously with the film’s domestic release in conventional theatres on November 16, 2007. Beowulf will be digitally converted and re-mastered in IMAX 3D using the same technology that was used for Superman Returns and Harry Potter. Considering that much of the film was produced using performance (ie motion) capture, I would assume that most of the elements are already available on the production computers in three dimensions. (banner photo via FilmFocus)

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