I’m in LA La Land covering junkets, and the news is pretty thin, so I’ve decided to run with some of the interesting release date change announcements.
First up is Vin Diesel’s sci-fi film Babylon A.D. We mentioned this film last night because the teaser poster premiered at ShowEast. Mathieu Kassovitz’s film was scheduled to hit theaters on February 29th, but is now being pushed back to August 29th 2008. One could look at this change in one of two ways: either the film is having huge problems and they need they need more time to fix up the mess or the studio has gotten more faith in the film and has decided to release it during Summer. However, the late late late Summer release date makes me believe there is a mess that needs fixing.
The film follows Veteran-turned-mercenary Thoorop (Diesel) who takes the high-risk job of escorting a woman (MÃ©lanie Thierry)Â from Russia to China. Little does he know that she is host to an organism that a cult wants to harvest in order to produce a genetically modified Messiah. Based on the French novel by Maurice G. Dantec, who was strongly influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche, Philip K. Dick and punk rock. The film also co-stars Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine) as a nun.
Anywhere is possible, and even sooner than expected. Doug Liman’s sci-fi adaptation of Jumper has been moved up one day for a Valentine’s Day (Thursday, February 14th) release, hoping to get a jump (pun intended) on The Spiderwick Chronicles, Warner Indie’s remake of Funny Games, and Vantage Point. It should be noted that the Ryan Reynolds/Isla Fisher romantic comedy Definitely Maybe and Step Up 2 the Streets will also debut on the big screen on V-day 08. Check out the new poster seen right.
Columbia Pictures has announced a June 19th 2009 release date for the Judd Apatow-produced Harold Ramis comedy Year One. Ramis co-wrote the script with The Office scribes Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. So what is the new movie about? Wellâ€¦ ummm its about the first year ofâ€¦ okay, we don’t have a clue. As it turns out, the studio wants the plot details to be kept under wraps (for now). The movie stars Jack Black and Michael Cera. This project was announced this Summer.
Carter Smith’s adaptation of A Simple Plan author Scott B Smith’s novel The Ruins has been pushed back one week to April 11th 2008. There is no obvious reason for this change sine the original April 4th release date posed no competition. The new date puts the horror/thriller head to head with Screen Gems remake of Prom Night. The Ruins follows a group of friends (Jena Malone, Joe Anderson and Shawn Ashmore included) whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle, where something evil lives among the ruins. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this one.
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I don’t know about you guys but I’m beginning really getting excited for Doug Liman’s Jumper.
Jumper is an epic sci-fi action film starring Hayden Christensen, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson and Samuel L. Jackson. Set in the future, Jumper is about a race of people called Jumpers who have the ability to teleport, and another ancient race who are out to kill them all (Want to know more about the film? Click here).
I’m not a huge fan of Christensen (when an actor ruins your favorite movies from your childhood, it tends to put a bad taste in your mouth), but the effects look pretty cool, and from the look of it, the mythology behind the story has potential to lead to a great sci-fi film. And you have to love the tagline “Anywhere is possible.” And let’s not forget that Liman has created some really great films in the past including: Go and The Bourne Identity (we’ll try to forget Mr. & Mrs. Smith ever happened).
Check out the trailer after the jump thanks to IGN.
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Yesterday I received a postcard in the mail addressed to “/Film”. It had no mailing address on the front, and the back is black (seen above) and reads “be at the scene of every story.” Little type on the bottom of the card reads “find out how 10/10/07. anywhereispossible.com”
If you go to AnywhereIsPossible.com, you are greeted with a black screen (seen below) with the same white type, which reads “LA to London in less than 3 seconds. anywhere is possible. find out how 10/10/07″. And there is a days/hours/minutes/seconds countdown which is counting down until Tuesday night at midnight eastern time.
What is this for you might wonder?
Buried in the web page’s html is a hit tracker for 20th Century Fox.
Get it yet?
The Answer: Doug Liman’s Jumper starring Hayden Christensen and Samuel L Jackson.
I’m guessing there might be an interesting web campaign for the film. And who knows, may be we’ll see the first trailer on Wednesday?
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Fox wasn’t prepared to premiere material at Comic-Con, because, they claimed, everything was in such an “early” not ready for prime-time form. Yet 10-days later they have launched the official Jumper website, and have released four production photos from the 1992 Steven Gould sci-fi novel adaptation.
A genetic anomaly allows a young man (Hayden Christensen) to teleport himself anywhere. He discovers this gift has existed for centuries and finds himself in a war that has been raging for thousands of years between ‘Jumpers’ and those who have sworn to kill them (Samuel L Jackson). Rachel Bilson plays David’s childhood friend and also his crush. Jamie Bell plays Griffin, a Jumper who has fought and evaded Paladins since his childhood. And Diane Lane as Mary Rice, the mother of David who abandoned her son when he was five years old.
Doug Liman (Go, The Bourne Identity, Swingers) directed the film based on a David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, Blade) screenplay adaptation.
The website is pretty difficult and frustrating to navigate, so we have gathered the information for you below. I recommend reading it, as it certainly sucked me in. Looks like I might have to make a trip to the book store and by the book. Check out the photos followed by the information after the jump. As always, left click to enlarge the photos.
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