Comic-Con: Impressions on Priest in 3D

After discovering that Priest—which stars Paul Bettany as a priest who disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece—was being directed by Scott Charles Stewart, the man behind this year’s disastrously lame Legion, my interest in the project immediately dissipated (cool publicity photos be damned).

Having now seen the film’s trailer, I’ve moved up my level of anticipation to: “We’ll see.”

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Priest

Screen Gems has provided us with five exclusive photos from Scott Stewart‘s action/horror/thriller Priest, which stars Paul Bettany as a priest who disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.

Stewart comes from a special effects background, working on films such as Sin City, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, and Iron Man, among many others. He made his directorial debut with Legion, which I still haven’t seen but heard not-so-great things about.

I will say this, the images we’ve received (which you can see after the jump) look bad ass. I’m sure we’ll get to see the first trailer during Sony’s panel at Comic-Con (update: I’ve been told that a First Look of Priest in 3D will be part of the presentation), and it will likely be online soon after. Hit the jump to see the photos.

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Priest

We haven’t really heard or seen much from Scott Stewart‘s Priest since the set visit video that aired during the Canadian version of Entertainment Tonight in March (watch it here). Over the weekend, the first production photo featuring Paul Bettany was released online (discovered by BloodyDisgusting). See the full image after the jump.

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The Last Airbender

We have a few release updates for upcoming movies:

Sony Pictures has announced that The Green Hornet will also be released in IMAX 3D, simultaneously with the 2D and 3D release of the movie on January 14th 2010. [thr]

Paramount Pictures has moved M Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender from Friday July 2nd to Thursday July 1st. The idea is that since it is a Thursday before July 4th weekend, the date will play like a holiday to the target demographic. Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens a day before on June 30th. [variety]

Scream Gems’ Priest was originally scheduled to hit theaters this year, but the studio pushed it back to 2011 so that the movie could be converted into 3D. That date obviously couldn’t be met, so the film is being delayed yet again, this time to May 13th 2011.

First Look: Scott Stewart’s Priest

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Check out this first look at Scott Stewart‘s Priest aired during the Canadian version of Entertainment Tonight on Friday. You can watch it now embedded after the jump.

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Screen Gems Converting Priest to 3D

Priest

The Sony-owned genre label Screen Gems has announced that they will be converting the upcoming graphic-novel adaptation Priest to digital 3D. The move follows Warner Bros, who decided last week to convert Clash of the Titans and the last two Harry Potter films to 3D following the success of Avatar. The film, directed by Legion helmer Scott Stewart,tells the story of a priest who “disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.”

Originally set to hit theaters on August 20th 2010, the release has now been pushed back to January 14th 2011 to allow time for the 3d conversion process and to take advantage of more 3D screens. Exhibitors hope to have more than 7,000 digital 3D capable screens online by the end of the year.

A Nightmare on Elm Street remake logo

What sort of shape is the Platinum Dunes remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street in right now? Vague reports of test screenings suggest that the film as it currently stands may not be so hot. What we do know is that Dunes has been casting roles for at least one new scene that is shooting now.

The scene takes place in the diner where main character Nancy works, and could be anything from a minor beat meant to smooth out some of the storytelling (likely) to a substantial piece of new footage. I’m thinking at the moment this isn’t anything to make too much of, but I’m not overly optimistic towards the film in the first place. This can only help. [SpoilerTV]

After the break, news on Halloween 3D, the next Resident Evil and Priest. Read More »

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Between the fact that he founded effects house The Orphanage, the work that outfit subsequently produced and what I’ve seen of his directorial debut Legion, I’m ready to see more work from Scott Stewart. If it is forward-thinking stuff, great. If it’s good, solid genre filmmaking, great. We always want every new guy behind the camera to be some sort of genius, but I’m always happy to see someone making genre films that can work as entertainment. That may be Stwewart’s role, and if he transcends it, wonderful. If nothing else, he’s been roping in some great actors, and his adaptation of the Tokyo Pop graphic novel Priest just got three wonderful new faces. Read More »

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