When the West Memphis Three (Jason Baldwin, Jesse Misskelley Jr., and Damien Echols) were freed last year, we learned that Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh had been paying for investigations into the case for which the three were convicted. The murders for which the WM3 went to prison are widely believed to have been committed by other parties, and Jackson and Walsh bankrolled DNA tests and other efforts to find the real perpetrators.
Around the same time, in 2008, they started producing a documentary called West of Memphis, directed by Amy Berg, about their investigation and its findings. That film was announced in December, and will premiere soon at Sundance. Jackson has now shared the first poster for the film, designed by the artist Jock. Read More »
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I type this from the tables right outside the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin Texas as Fantastic Fest 2011 is getting ready to kick off. Of course, it wouldn’t be a true to form Alamo event if Mondo didn’t get involved and in addition to an Olly Moss American Werewolf in London poster that will be revealed on Saturday, Mondo has a bunch of limited edition posters that will be available for the first time at the fest. They’re for Zombie, The Innkeepers and The House by the Cemetery. Plus Mondo is releasing their first record, the score to Maniac by Jay Chattaway. Check out all the images after the jump. Read More »
Friday night at Comic-Con, several moviegoers attended a unique screening of Xavier Gens’ The Divide. The film is about a group of strangers who are forced into the basement of their Manhattan apartment building when a nuclear strike happens outside and the screening in San Diego happened in a similar dark, dank basement.
We’ll have a review and reaction to the film itself soon but, first, we’re excited to reveal what those attendees got for their troubles – besides a free movie. Mondo and Anchor Bay teamed up with famed comic book artist Jock (The Losers) to create this beautiful poster. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
As much fun as it is to take a gander at the new movie posters being released every week, it’s often the case that a film’s best marketing material never makes it past the design stage, as studios tend to opt for simpler, more star-oriented imagery that’s more likely to generate interest in mass audiences. Case in point: These poster concepts for Hanna, which put to the shame the actual posters used to advertise the film. (Do we really need to see the sniper scope motif make its way into every ‘chase thriller’ movie poster?) Read More »
UPDATE: According to three sources close to the Judge Dredd film (two are employees at Rebellion, the publishers of 2000AD, the other is Jock, responsible for the concept art at the head of this post) a draft of Alex Garland’s Judge Dredd screenplay has been shown to John Wagner, who created Dredd alongside artist Carlos Ezquerra. What isn’t clear – yet – is what feedback Wagner offered, or how that feedback has/hasn’t had an impact.
It is worth noting that many Dredd stories credited to either Alan Grant or John Wagner alone were actually written by the two of them in partnership, like some kind of reverse Lennon and McCartney.
The closest UK equivalent to Comic-Con would be the MCM Expo and I’ve been there today, looking for scoop. It’s not one half the size of San Diego’s mammoth geek Mecca (okay, not a quarter of the size, even) but it is rapidly expanding in terms of attendance figures, exhibitors and nifty special events. If you’ve got a good nose and alert ears, there’s all sort of great stuff to sniff out and tune into.
The major panel on day one saw Andy Diggle, Jock and Idris Elba taking to the stage to promote The Losers. Meanwhile, a less high profile event saw Alan Grant joining a group of comics creators in discussing multi-media crossovers such as comics adapting stories from other media, and other media leeching ideas from the comics world. What connected these two panels? Talk of DNA’s upcoming Judge Dredd movie.
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Jock – no surname required, he’s just Jock, like Parry or Moses – is a comics artist with a great portion of his impressive portfolio living in the pages of seminal UK weekly 2000AD. He’s also a very busy concept artist for the movies, it would seem, or at least for those being adapted from strips he originally illustrated. Perusing his tweets, you’ll find not only updates on The Losers, which is currently shooting, but also brief but exciting update on the new Judge Dredd film currently being prepared by Danny Boyle’s DNA films.
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