Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
Bloodthirsty fish, show-offy zebras, superpowered brothers, and overgrown manchildren run wild in today’s Sequel Bits. After the jump:
- Josh Trank still not sure on Chronicle 2
- Similarly, Joss Whedon undecided on Avengers 2
- More Grown Ups 2 shooting news in New England
- MIB3‘s viral campaign concludes with a final video
- Chris Rock rocks out in a new Madagascar 3 clip
- The Hoff features prominently in clips from Piranha 3DD
- Chris Hemsworth spills about Thor and Loki’s relationship
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Chronicle was a nice little surprise early this year, and the film is hitting Blu-ray and DVD this week. I’d recommend checking out Josh Trank‘s found-footage ‘kids with powers’ movie, as it is one of the better superhero films out there, packed with the spirit of early Marvel comics and Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira, to boot. Plus, it has a good performance from Dane DeHaan as a kid who can’t quite handle his new power.
One of the bonus clips on the Blu-ray is a bit of test footage introduced by Trank. The director explains how Fox head honcho Tom Rothman wanted a test scene from the movie as a proof of concept, and goes on to show the scene interspersed with some commentary on how the effects were done. It’s a good compliment to an earlier video showing the origin of the film’s effects. Read More »
CinemaCon has come to a close, and I’ve returned from Las Vegas to find a ton of film sequel news bits. After the jump you’ll see a round up of all the latest, including:
- New photos from G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Expendables 2
- Benedict Cumberbatch explains how he auditioned for Star Trek 2 on his iPhone.
- Brendan Gleeson and J.B. Smoove join The Smurfs 2
- Screenwriter Max Landis talks about returning characters, possible directors, and how Chronicle 2 will be about the world’s first ‘supervillain’
- The running time and soundtrack listing for Men in Black 3 has been revealed
- Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel will begin production by Summer’s end.
- And an update on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo sequels.
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Even before Chronicle became a hit for Fox, rumors proliferated that the studio was looking to director Josh Trank to reboot The Fantastic Four. Trank denied knowing anything about it, and has mostly brushed aside questions of his involvement with the stalled superhero team in the months since.
But at CinemaCon, Fox CEO Tom Rothman said that Trank is indeed developing a new take on the Fantastic Four. Whether or not he’ll direct the film, however, is still open to question. Read More »
Chronicle turned director Josh Trank into a bankable young talent; his name has been cropping up quite a bit in the wake of the success of his small-budget “kids with powers” film. He’s been linked vaguely to a new Fantastic Four movie, and more directly to Sony’s long in-development Venom spin-off from the Spider-Man movies.
Now Trank is set to work with Warner Bros. to direct The Red Star, a story set in “an alternate USSR where futuristic technology co-mingles with magical elements.” Read More »
Before Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 was released, the one thing fans were most excited about was we’d finally get to see Venom on the big screen. The character is arguably the most popular of Spider-Man’s villains and to potentially see his origins and battles with the web-slinger was unbelievably exciting. After the film was released, though, the sparse use of the character was listed as one of the its biggest disappointments.
Soon after Spider-Man 3, Sony wised-up to the character’s popularity and began developing a Venom centric movie with Hunger Games director Gary Ross at the helm. It never panned out. But, with the new Amazing Spider-Man around the corner and a hot new superhero director in town, the stars might just be aligning once again.
The Los Angeles Times reports Sony is in negotiations with Chronicle director Josh Trank to helm a new Venom movie. There’s more after the jump. Read More »
Chronicle, the ‘teens with powers’ movie that hit two weeks ago, almost instantly established director Josh Trank and screenwriter Max Landis as talents to watch. Trank has a deal with Fox, and is in the midst of developing new projects, even as rumors fly that the studio has an eye on him to reboot the Fantastic Four. Trank has denied that he knows anything about that, and continues to hold that position, which leads to the obvious question: what’s next?
According to the most commonly-used map that charts a path for this particular scenario, Chronicle 2 would be next. But Trank doesn’t seem to be very interested in a sequel to his debut feature. Instead, he’s developing other original projects at Fox. Read More »
Chronicle is not a superhero movie. It is a film about three young guys who, after exposure to a mysterious energy source, develop strong telekinetic powers. More to the point, Chronicle is about how having that empowerment in common forges a strong friendship between them, and the ways they deal with the unexpected power surge.
In the sort of telling which has become so familiar thanks to comic books and the TV shows and movies that follow them, those kids should quickly learn that their powers come with an obligation to help society. Then they foil some small-time crime and forge identities through which they can become virtuous examples of humanity, evolved.
That’s not how Chronicle works. I’m not sure these characters would know how to help humanity if they wanted to. There is nothing truly ‘realistic’ in this film, but there is something intimately recognizable in the ways in which these guys deal with their new powers. They’re kids. They play around with pranks and fun. They realize they can fly, and talk about destination vacations for the telekinetically-enhanced. Then — and this is what makes Chronicle stand out, and what really makes it worth seeing — their powers become lenses that magnify their true natures, to destructive and tragic effect. Read More »
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