Friday is the second ‘official’ day of each San Diego Comic Con, and it’s the day where things start to kick into gear. The SDCC organization and various film studios announced their Friday plans today, and there are some great things happening.
The best are at Sony’s panel in Hall H, where the studio will show off Rian Johnson‘s Looper (with Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt in attendance) and debut the first footage from Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium (with Blomkamp, producer Simon Kinberg, Matt Damon and Jodie Foster showing up). Comic Con could be said to be Blomkamp’s first home, as that’s where his debut feature District 9 first got loads of attention, back in 2008.
This schedule also shows that television is taking a pole position this year, as Hall H has big presentations for The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, and there are big events for Firefly, Community, Breaking Bad, and many more shows.
There’s a lot more going on during the day, but hit the jump to get some highlights. Read More »
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They’re not major sequel updates, that’s why they’re called “Bits.” After the jump, you can enjoy expanding your knowledge on the following:
- Michael Fassbender reveals he’s been chatting with writer Simon Kinberg about X-Men First Class 2.
- Jay Baruchel confirms he’s been doing the voices for How To Train Your Dragon 2.
- Mark Strong comments on whether or not he thinks a sequel to John Carter will see the light of day.
- James Cameron geeks out about Prometheus and offers a non-update on Avatar 2 and 3.
- Sir Ridley Scott spoke a bit about the use of 3D in Prometheus.
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The other way to write the headline for this story would be “Game of Thrones Director to Remake Sam Peckinpah Film.” But even the most ardent Peckinpah fan — and I’m pretty damn ardent — isn’t going to yell very loud to claim Peckinpah’s adaptation of the novel by Robert Ludlum as one of the director’s fairer works.
In fact, if there’s a Peckinpah film that begs for a remake it might be this one. The director was unhealthy and nearly outcast from the film industry when he was hired to give the original production some action cred. But he hated the script (so did the screenwriter, supposedly) and wanted to rewrite it. After the producers forbade that, Peckinpah made the movie but delivered a cut that test audiences and the producers detested. He was fired, the movie was re-cut without him, and the result is nothing that anyone is too eager to highlight on their resume.
So now Brian Kirk, the Game of Thrones director who was originally tapped to direct Thor 2 for Marvel, is in talks to direct a new version of the story about a guy who is told that his friends are actually enemy spies. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
Talk of an X-Men: First Class sequel has been swirling around since before the first film even opened, and we’ve even heard a few intriguing story ideas from star James McAvoy and director Matthew Vaughn. But actual, confirmed details on the true plotline of the film are still few and far in between, which is why I was interested to hear screenwriter Simon Kinberg drop a few hints about what we could expect to see. In two words: More Magneto. Read his comments and watch the video interview after the jump.
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There seems to be one go-to actor for ass-kicking action these days and his name is Dwayne Johnson. Johnson has had quite the year, starting with the massive success of Fast Five, shooting G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation and coming up he’s got Journey 2 on deck as well as a Fast and Furious sequel, Snitch and more. He’s also returning to the WWE part time as his alter-ego The Rock. You can now add a comic book adaptation to the list as Johnson will star in The Monster Hunter’s Survival Guide produced by Simon Kinberg. Read more about the property after the jump. Read More »
Since before the first film was released, everyone involved with X-Men: First Class has been talking about a sequel. The actors are contractually obligated to do it. Director Matthew Vaughn and producer Bryan Singer have discussed ideas for it. Still, nothing had been made official.
Now, mere hours after 20th Century Fox basically announced a sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, they’ve reportedly hired a writer to pen a follow up to their other summer hit, X-Men: First Class. Simon Kinberg, a producer on the first film and writer of X-Men: The Last Stand (as well as the upcoming This Means War and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) has reportedly been hired to write the sequel. Read More »
Do the stereotypical tough guy friends who are total bros until a blonde gets between them really exist? I’ve never seen that particular personality in the wild, but I imagine that McG has. Maybe he sees that guy every time he looks in the mirror. His new film This Means War, in which Chris Pine and Tom Hardy are best friends until they realize they’re both dating Reese Witherspoon, feels like it might be a document of McG’s own friendships and dating experiences. I don’t mean to make any personal assumptions, but I don’t know how else to explain the fact that this film exists. See the trailer below. Read More »
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Royden Lepp‘s family-friendly graphic novel Rust won’t hit stores until September but all the major studios got a crack at it this week and, it seems, 20th Century Fox is going to buy the right to turn it into a movie. Aline Brosh McKenna (We Bought a Zoo, The Devil Wears Prada) will write the screenplay and Simon Kinberg (X-Men First Class, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) will produce the adventure story that sounds like a blend of The Rocketeer and The Iron Giant. Read the description, see the full promo image and more after the jump. Read More »