Last year we reported a few times on a new version of The Wind in the Willows, which is being produced by RG Entertainment with Ray Griggs (Super Capers) directing and WETA and Richard Taylor working on the effects for the live-action/animatronic film. Now the movie has its first cast member, as Ricky Gervais will voice Mole. Read More »

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Back in June, it was announced that Peter Jackson’s WETA (Lord of the Rings, District 9) was developing a live-action and animatronics adaptation of Kenneth Grahame‘s classic book The Wind in the Willows. The story follows four anthropomorphized characters in a classic pastoral English countryside, an yes, it has been adapted to the screen many times before. But this time around they are using WETA to provide a suite of animatronic effects to bring the animal characters to life.

WETA’s Richard Taylor is overseeing the effects. Taylor should be familiar to many as the man behind a lot of the effects in The Lord of the Rings, as well as many other films. Directed by Ray Griggs and written by Bill Marsili (Lightspeed), the $30m production is scheduled to shoot this fall. But there is already some concept art and a promo teaser trailer online. Hit the jump!
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Kenneth Grahame‘s The Wind in the Willows, which follows four anthropomorphized characters in a classic pastoral English countryside, has been adapted to the screen many times. Now there’s a new version on the way, to be directed by Ray Griggs, with Peter Jackson’s WETA providing a suite of animatronic effects to bring the animal characters to life. Read More »

Ray Griggs’ comedy superhero film Supercapers has not been on my radar at all until now. The first trailer has just hit, ahead of a limited release in late March, and my immediate reactions were split. On the one hand, I really didn’t think there was space for another Mystery Men, The Specials or The Tick; on the other, I was impressed how genuinely geeky the thing seemed to be.

Mixing properly embarrassing colorful superhero costumes with a cast members you might have seen hawking autographs at five bucks a pop, this is a film from the kind of clapped-out, cosplay happy fan universe that I feel a genuine affection for. You could mistake this for a kind of Dr. Horrible gone wrong, or even just a spandex-clad barrel scraping session, but I think it looks like sincere and solid-enough stuff. I definitely want to see the whole thing, that’s for sure.

The trailer is embedded below this speed-hump. The creepy Puffer fish effect is a high point – that character us played by writer-director Griggs.

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