Posted on Thursday, August 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
If the idea of a Taxi Driver 2 sounds stupid to you, know that Paul Schrader agrees. As a matter of fact, he thinks the concept pitched to him by Robert De Niro in the ’90s was “the dumbest idea that I’ve ever heard.” Also after the jump:
- Keanu Reeves offers a small Bill & Ted 3 update
- Sean Young calls for a Blade Runner 2 boycott
- James Cameron is finalizing multiple Avatar scripts
- Bravo kills development on their Heathers TV show
- Bruce Willis was too expensive for Expendables 3
- 300: Rise of an Empire gets rated R by the MPAA
- See an early version of the Fast & Furious 7 poster
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Briefly: Yesterday we heard that James Cameron had brought in Sarah Connors Chronicles writer Josh Friedman to help script Avatar 2. Turns out, there’s a lot more going on in the Avatar camp than that one personnel addition.
In fact, Fox and Cameron are now officially planning three Avatar sequels. The film trio will be shot in a manner akin to Peter Jackson’s Middle-Earth films — that is, all films shooting more or less as one — with release windows planned for Decembers in 2016, 2017, and 2018. We’ve heard before that there could be a fourth film in the series, and Sigourney Weaver recently said that there was a plan to shoot them back to back. Filming begins next year.
In addition to Friedman’s script work on the second film, Cameron has recruited Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of Planet of The Apes) to write the third and Shane Salerno (Salinger) to script the fourth in the expanded suite of sequels. [Deadline]
Briefly: James Cameron has been hard at work — or at least at work in some sense — on the Avatar sequels for a few years now. There has been a lot of tech development done to bring new visions of Pandora to life, for example. But while the technological underpinning of the sequels is more or less in place, the direct roadmap to get to the end of the second movie is not. Cameron, in short, has been sorta stalled out scripting Avatar 2 and 3. Now he’s bringing in outside help.
The Wrap reports that Cameron has turned to Josh Friedman, creator of the sci-fi TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, to add to the Avatar sequel script. That’s an interesting choice, with Friedman having made a major work derived from Cameron’s own creation. All camps refused to comment on the story. We don’t have any new story details, or an update on the production and release timeline. At this point, Avatar 2 isn’t likely to hit before the end of 2015.
For years, James Cameron and Jon Landau have continued to assure the public Avatar 2 is coming. The writer/director has been locked away working on the script and the producer has been out and about giving us brief updates. This week, for the first time, Landau came out in public and showed some test footage for the film. It showed a “noticeable improvement” in the virtual camera techniques, with higher quality output in a scene that featured a human and Na’vi walking on the surface of Pandora. Read More »
James Cameron is a broken record when it comes to talking about adapting Yukito Kishiro‘s manga Battle Angel Alita. He’s been talking about the film since before 2007 but then went off and made a few billion dollars with Avatar. That meant Battle Angel was put on the back burner. Still, he keeps saying the same thing. In 2011, he still wanted to do the movie. In 2012, he continued to say it was a possibility. Then Cameron’s producer, Jon Landau, suggested he could get around to it in four or five years.
Now the director himself echoes those sentiments, again. At a recent conference he said his plan now is to make Battle Angel after Avatar 3, which would likely be in or around 2017. Plus, he said films like Man of Steel and Iron Man 3 should not have been in 3D and Hollywood is overusing the technique. Read More »
What’s up with the Danish superhero film Antboy? Want to read a possible trailer description for The Amazing Spider-Man 2? What major event in Guardians of the Galaxy is currently location scouting? Which new Captain America suit is being immortalized by Hot Toys? Does James Cameron think the 3D in Iron Man 3 or Man of Steel was good? How long is The Wolverine? Did Batman Live do well when it went on stage in New Mexico? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Here’s an interesting note about The Terminator. We know that Arnold Schwarzenegger is coming back to the series in a full capacity, and that he’s thinking the film is going to shoot early next year. Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures is the driving force, having picked up the Terminator rights last year. This makes a real break from her outfit’s other films, which range from Lawless to The Master to Spring Breakers.
Turns out Megan Ellison is financing 33% of the new Terminator, and her brother David, of Skydance Productions, is providing another 33%. Paramount is picking up the remaining third, which is part of what got Schwarzenegger back on board for good. (Skydance and Paramount have partnered on films such as Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Jack Reacher.)
In all the data about this new Terminator installment, there’s one glaring bit: the Ellisons may only have the franchise rights until 2019, when they’ll revert back to series creator James Cameron. Read More »
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Two of the most anticipated sequels in history will reportedly start filming around the same time. Star Wars Episode VII and Avatar 2 will each begin production early in 2014, according to the producer of one project and star of the other. Bryan Burk, the long-time producer for J.J. Abrams and co-founder of Bad Robot, suggested the window for Star Wars. Zoe Saldana, the star of James Cameron‘s Avatar, mentioned the shooting schedule for Avatar 2. Saldana, who’ll next shoot Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, also confirmed what we’ve already known, that both Avatar 2 and 3 will shoot back to back. Read their quotes below. Read More »