Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 by Angie Han
We recently learned that the (at this point, purely theoretical) fourth Avatar movie would be a prequel, and that Battle Angel would be a few years off. But what of the two confirmed Avatar sequels? With both films scheduled to enter pre-production in January 2013 and Avatar 2 eyeing a 2015 release, James Cameron says he’s about to burrow into his “top secret writing cave” to finish the two scripts by the end of this year — and that one of his challenges will be avoiding what he calls “the Matrix 2” problem.
After the jump, read Cameron’s comments on what he has planned for the sequels. Plus, find out what Pixar and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird thinks of Cameron’s plans.
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Posted on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Update from /Film editor Peter Sciretta: Ryan Stewart points out on Twitter that “1952 is big in UFO lore. It’s the year Project Blue Book started.” This might give us some clues to what the project is about. According to wikipedia:
The 1952 Washington D.C. UFO incident, also known as the Washington flap or the Washington National Airport Sightings, was a series of unidentified flying object reports from July 12 to July 29, 1952, over Washington D.C.
After making a name for himself as a top animation director with films like The Incredibles and Ratatouille, Brad Bird took his first foray into live-action with last year’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. The film drew high praise from critics and ordinary filmgoers alike, proving that Bird could do both forms of filmmaking equally well. And for now, it seems Bird plans to stick with live-action. Though he has a few other projects simmering at the moment, Bird’s next step is likely to be Damon Lindelof‘s 1952, the mysterious sci-fi project we first heard about last summer.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
Arnold Schwarzenegger may not be as young as he once was, but James Cameron’s convinced that his Terminator character has plenty of life left in him yet. Also after the jump:
- Grown-Ups 2 will shoot in Marblehead, MA
- Brad Bird probably won’t direct Mission: Impossible 5
- Cloverfield 2 is still searching for a new idea
- The Star Trek video game unveils a new teaser
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Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2012 by Angie Han
It may be a while before we see the triumphant return of Bob and Helen Parr and their superpowered brood, but if Joss Whedon is to be believed, a rematch between Dr. Horrible and Captain Hammer may not be so far off. After the jump:
- Joss Whedon will get started on Dr. Horrible 2 this summer
- Catching Fire (a.k.a. Hunger Games 2) won’t be in 3D
- Hey look, it’s another new Riddick image
- Brad Bird might maybe do an Incredibles 2 someday, eventually
- Madagascar 3 will debut at Cannes
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I have yet to get the Blu-ray release of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (it comes out on April 17th, available for preorder for 51% off on Amazon) but it appears that director Brad Bird decided to not include the expanded IMAX footage in the home video transfer.
For those of you who didn’t know, the IMAX release of this film (and other films like the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises) included footage shot with on 70 mm IMAX film, 15 perforations per frame. The quality of those sequences, almost a half hour of the total film, is amazingly vivid.And because they were shot on IMAX cameras, those segments filled up the whole IMAX screen a 1.44:1 aspect ratio (or just a little wider than the old standard definition/full frame square).
The blu-ray releases of The Dark Knight, Tron: Legacy and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen have featured expanded aspect ratios in the IMAX sequences — which means that the aspect ratio changes from the widescreen 2:35:1 to fit your entire 16:9 television during the IMAX shot sequences. I’ve always enjoyed that we get to see a little bit more of these sequences. Bird decided against this with the home video release of MI4, sticking with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio for the entire film.
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Today is a big one for stories that boil down to “hey, this guy might do this movie.” (See Russell Crowe in Noah and RoboCop, and Ed Harris in Pain and Gain.) The latest along those lines is a bit more exciting, however.
Brad Bird has got to be at the top of a lot of director wishlists after the performance of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. With that movie, the animation director proved beyond a doubt that he could do thrilling live-action. (Not that there were many doubts in the first place.) While we’ve known that Bird still wants to make the San Francisco earthquake movie 1906, he’s at the point now where there must be quite a few other offers flying his way. One is Here There Be Monsters, the story of a 18th century naval office who runs across a sea monster. Read More »
Last year, a small report surfaced that Paul Thomas Anderson would be using 65mm film to shoot some of his new film The Master, and now we’ve got confirmation that PTA did indeed use the large-size negative film for at least part of the movie. And it comes from a surprising source: a Twitter conversation between current and former Pixar directors Brad Bird, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich. Read More »
Odds are if you visited a movie theater recently, you might have been there to see Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol or War Horse. The former has been deservedly sitting atop the box office charts since its release and the latter is the latest, tear-jerker live-action drama from one of our most beloved filmmakers, Steven Spielberg. And while the fact they’re both currently playing in theaters is more or less the only thing the films have in common, both are undoubtedly improved by their sound and score.
John Williams‘ score to War Horse is one of his best in many years. It perfectly compliments the sweeping story of how a single animal can bring out the best in people at the worst of times. With Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, director Brad Bird and his team use not only Michael Giacchino‘s score, but a steady barrage of sound, to amp up the drama surrounding Ethan Hunt and his disavowed IMF agents.
After the jump, watch in-depth videos and interviews regarding the sound and music from both Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Steven Spielberg’s War Horse. Read More »
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