In 1978, a pair of young, wannabe filmmakers made a 12-minute, 35mm short called Xenogenesis. One of those wannabes was a visionary artist by the name of James Cameron. The other—who Cameron calls “the best kept secret in Hollywood”—was a precocious storyteller by the name of Randall Frakes.
Over the following four decades, the two have collaborated on several projects. But one project that did not collaborate on—though they came close to doing so—was a subversive, sci-fi B-movie called Hell Comes to Frogtown. That one was written solely by Randall Frakes, though the final film stayed significantly from his initial vision. To figure out what happened, I spoke with Randall Frakes about cyborgs-turned-assassins, wrestlers-turned-actors and the underappreciated unity of opposites.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
James Cameron has been talking about a film adaptation of the manga Battle Angel Alita for a long, long time, with the science fiction action film at one point competing with Avatar to be his next project. Alas, Avatar got made first and Mr. Cameron decided to spend the rest of his life exploring every last nook and cranny on Pandora, which freed up the project for another filmmaker. Enter Robert Rodriguez, who signed on to make the film last year, with Cameron remaining on board as a producer.
Now that a less-preoccupied director is at the helm, Alita: Battle Angel (the new title for the film) actually looks like it could cease being a thing that Cameron occasionally mentions in-between Avatar updates and start being a thing that actually exists. They’re looking at lead actresses and everything!
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Earlier this month, 20th Century Fox announced Alien Day, an event meant to celebrate the Alien franchise. The Alamo Drafthouse and other select theaters will play a double-feature of Alien and Aliens, and they’ll be providing and selling fans all sorts of merchandise and goodies. To help celebrate the event, Mondo has debuted new posters for the 20th Century Fox films.
Check out the Mondo Alien posters below.
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Last week, James Cameron announced that he was going to be making four Avatar sequels instead of five and you could hear everyone on the internet collectively roll their eyes. Not because everyone dislikes Avatar (I think the 2009 original is still a fine movie), but because Avatar 2 was originally supposed to come out in 2014 and be the next chapter in a trilogy. And then the pattern began: every few years, Avatar 2 gets delayed by another year or two and Cameron adds another planned film to the series. Only a fool would bet against someone as successful and wily as Mr. Cameron, but it’s been patently ridiculous to watch from afar as 2014 became 2018 and three films became five.
But maybe (maaaybe) he’s not jerking everyone’s chain this time around? After all, this announcement came with much fanfare and now he’s actually following up said announcement with additional press and interviews about the next movies. And since this is James Cameron, the lunatic/genius behind The Terminator, Aliens, and Titanic, he’s never not interesting.
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Posted on Thursday, April 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
Remember back in 2010, when 20th Century Fox dated Avatar 2 for December 2014? That date has long since come and gone, and deep into 2016 we’re still waiting on this movie. But in the meantime, director James Cameron has added yet another sequel to to his Avatar-related to-do list. During its CinemaCon presentation today, 20th Century Fox announced we’ll be seeing four more Avatar movies between now and 2023. Read More »
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It’s a shame that Terminator Genisys was such a massive disappointment, because it would have been nice to see The Terminator franchise go in a cool new direction instead of treading familiar territory in a hokey way that played out like a greatest hits album of the entire franchise.
But just because Terminator Genisys was a misfire doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy what the original has to offer. The Terminator is an action classic, even if many think Terminator 2: Judgment Day is the superior film in the franchise. And now French artist duo Stan & Vince have paid tribute to the original film with a new The Terminator pprint that you’ll be able to buy this morning. Check it out along with a couple cool variants after the jump. Read More »
For anyone who was excited to see James Cameron‘s long-gestating Avatar 2 take on Star Wars: Episode VIII for a Christmas box office battle royale, we have some bad news. Avatar 2 will not be ready to meet the Christmas 2017 release that was staked out for the sequel. Though the release date was never officially claimed by 20th Century Fox, Cameron himself said they were targeting the holiday release window just last month. But now we have no idea when the sequel might hit the big screen. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
We knew there were rumors of a slight delay in the production of Star Wars: Episode 8, but we didn’t see this coming: Rian Johnson‘s sequel has bailed on its original May 26, 2017 release date and will now blast into theaters on December 15, 2017. This is huge news for a number of reasons, but let’s just get the big one out of the way first…
Unless one of them budges, Star Wars: Episode 8 will now directly confront James Cameron‘s Avatar 2 at the box office.
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Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s been a couple of years since we last heard about Fantastic Voyage, which means we’re due for another update on the long-gestating James Cameron project. And this one is definitely worth the wait.
Guillermo del Toro is looking to direct the remake of the 1966 sci-fi adventure, which is set up at 20th Century Fox with Cameron producing through Lightstorm Entertainment. Del Toro, you’ll recall, has a wide-open schedule now that Pacific Rim 2 has been halted indefinitely. But don’t worry, there’s a small, potentially positive update about Pacific Rim 2 here, too. Read More »