Summer movie season is soon upon us and this week’s SciFi Saturday has lots to talk about, even if Steven Spielberg says you shouldn’t believe everything you read in the Internets. In addition to Indy 4 news we got stuff on X-Files plot, Dark Knight’s Viral, Incredible Hulk critiques plus pics and vid from Iron Man, Speed Racer and more…and TV news too.
Indy4 is long + Lucas and Spielberg Discuss Spoilers + Ford talks Indy 5?
We haven’t even seen Indy 4 and yet Harrison Ford tells USA Today that he would consider doing a fifth installment. Regarding Indy 4, you better get an extra large soda because Hollywood-Elsewhere is reporting "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" is 140 minutes long. Speaking of internet rumors, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg talked to Entertainment Weekly about internet spoilers:
Spielberg: It really is important to be able to point out that the Internet is still filled with more speculation than facts. The Internet isn’t really about facts. It’s about people’s wishful thinking, based on a scintilla of evidence that allows their imaginations to springboard. And that’s fine.
Lucas: Y’know, Steven will say, ”Oh, everything’s out on the Internet [in terms of Crystal Skull details] — what this is and what that is.” And to that I say, ”Steven, it doesn’t make any difference!” Look — Jaws was a novel before it was a movie, and anybody could see how it ended. Didn’t matter.
"The X-Files 2" Title + Plot Details and More
The title of the "X-Files" sequel, due out on July 25th, has been announced, "The X-Files: I Want to Believe", references the poster that hung in Mulder’s office during the series. Producer Chris Carter told AP “It’s a natural title. It’s a story that involves the difficulties in mediating faith and science. `I Want to Believe.’ It really does suggest Mulder’s struggle with his faith.” (more from Carter at MTV and an IGN video interview below). Speaking of the story, a preview of the film’s novelization has been leaked on the net, check it out at X-Files News (slight spoilers):
More Dark Knight Viral
The Warner Bros. "The Dark Knight" viral campaign continues to expand, with two new updates over the past week. First up there was a ‘Harvey Dent press conference’ scheduled which got interrupted when a disgruntled Gotham Police Sergeant took a girl hostage [listen to audio]. The events that transpired will surely lead to the election of Dent as Gotham District Attorney. The other update pertains to a note released by Lt. Gordon speaking on the police department’s struggles with corruption.
Edward Norton Releases Statement Responding The Incredible Hulk Criticisms
"The Incredible Hulk" star Edward Norton has released a statement responding to criticisms of the upcoming film:
It has always been my firm conviction that films should speak for themselves and that knowing too much about how they are made diminishes the magic of watching them. All of us believe The Incredible Hulk will excite old fans and create new ones and be a huge hit…our focus has always been to deliver the Hulk that people have been waiting for and keep the worldwide love affair with the big green guy going strong.
"Avatar" Dropped From Title of The Last Airbender
M. Night Shyamalan’s live-action Avatar film, now titled "The Last Avatar", has been given a release date of July 2, 2010, according to Variety. The director recently sat down with Empire to talk about what drew him to the material:
Obviously [there will be] some breathtaking visual effects. Just imagine if you saw a little girl bending water out of a glass into the air as an extension of her own personal discipline. It’s three movies about the hero learning three elements. Live action.
Kenneth Johnson Planning Big Budget "V" Film and Sequels
In a new interview with The Dead Bolt, "V" creator Kenneth Johnson talked about his plans to bring the 80s TV series to theaters, and the creator hopes the return will be for more than just one movie:
“… since I own the motion picture rights to ‘V’, we’re in the process to do a remake of the original mini-series first as a theatrical feature, which I’m so jazzed about because it will give me an opportunity to really realize it and execute it in a way that was impossible to do back then. Then that will lead to the obvious sequel, because it is a franchise, and then we’ll get into ‘The Second Generation’ and I’m hoping we’ll be able to do two movies, because there’s certainly enough material in the novel to warrant two separate sequels. That’s my goal at this point and that’s what we’re in the process of doing. I just literally came from a meeting, 15-20 minutes ago with a fellow in Beverly Hills who really says that we’re gonna do it.”
Del Toro Talks "Hobbit", Also Open to Doing "Bioshock" Movie
Director Guillermo del Toro is still in talks to bring him on board to direct the Peter Jackson-produced two-part The Hobbit movie, but that there still is nothing official to report. The director left the note on his official message board: "Whew. Not yet. But there has been a lot of movement. And for the last few weeks there has been a lot of creative/cast/crew/visual talks and agreements, and we have witnessed great progress in areas that I cannot disclose or that have already leaked from other sources." Del Toro also told fans that he would be open to doing a "Bioshock" movie: "If I found the right pitch on the material, who knows – the BIOSHOCK universe is indeed wonderful.”
"Wonder Woman" Still in Development, Writers on Board
At a press junket for "Speed Racer" at the Long Beach Speedway, producer Joel Silver told IESB that Matthew Jennison and Brent Strickland (the duo behind the Wonder Woman World War II based script that WB picked up last year) were working on a new Wonder Woman script which wasn’t set in WWII. When asked if he’d look to "Speed Racer" directors the Wachowski Bros. to direct, Silver said he doesn’t have a director in mind, but did say that Andy Wachowski had an idea on how to open the film. Another tidbit that Silver revealed was that if "Justice League" were to go forward, the actress who plays Wonder Woman would be different between the two films. Speaking of "Justice League", in a separate article over at CHUD, Silver says that the film has been "tabled". Though it’s not officially canceled, it certainly seems like the film isn’t happened anytime soon.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (more here)
The Spirit (teaser movie poster-article link)
The X-Files: I Want to Believe
Hellboy II: Curse of the Golden Army (New York Comic Con Poster – source)
G.I. Joe (source)
The Incredible Hulk (movie poster)
The Happening (more here)
The Dark Knight and The Watchmen Toys
Iron Man (Set Visit with Jon Favreau)
Speed Racer (featurette and International Trailer #3)
Iron Man (The Onion comedy piece)
The X-Files: I Want to Believe (NYCC Panel-two parts)
- The new Muppet Movie will star Jason Segel, says director Nicholas Stoller: "There’s been a Muppet Diaspora, so the main Muppets need to go off with Jason and collect other Muppets from all around the world." [Defamer]
- Is Terminator 4 Dead? The UGO Movie Blog claims that a crew member “was recently overheard discussing his newfound free schedule due to the production shutting down.” Production is set to begin later this month, so we’ll find out soon enough if this rumor is true.
- "Friday the 13th" producer Brad Fuller told Bloody-Disgusting that the film will have a R-rating and that fans need not worry about the upcoming remake. In other news related to the film, actress Danielle Panabaker has replaced Amanda Righetti as the female lead. [THR]
- DreamWorks has acquired the rights to make a live-action "Ghost in the Shell" 3D movie after Spielberg took personal interest. [Variety]
- Early reviews of "Iron Man" are strong. Check a few of them out at AICN and Thompson on Hollywood.
- Warner Bros. has purchased the film rights to "The Rapture", an upcoming Sci-Fi novel by author Liz Jensen. [SCI FI Wire]
- "Jumper" star Max Thierot will replace Henry Lee Hopper as the lead in Wes Craven’s tentatively titled horror thriller "25/8" for Rogue Pictures. [THR]
- Sigourney Weaver says it’s too late for another "Alien" sequel: “To play someone who ages a couple hundred years was fascinating,” she added. “[But] let [Ripley] rest." [MTV]
- Stan Lee has inked a new deal with Rainmaker Entertainment to launch "Legion of 5", a new superhero property. [THR]
Cuse and Lindelof Discuss "Lost"
Lost exec. producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse offered a some details in a teleconference with reports and bloggers. Here are some highlights (more here):
- The title of the season finale is "There’s No Place Like Home."
When asked how the extended season finale came about, Lindelof and Cuse said that they felt like a shorter finale would cheat some of the episode’s storylines and emotional moments. They already had to deal with a shortened season due to the writers’ strike, and did not want to condense the season any more.
The conflict between and Jack and Locke’s personal philosophies will come into play in the season finale.
Some "compelling" things will happen to Claire in the remaining episodes of season four.
Fans of the Jack-Kate-Sawyer love triangle will have "a bounty of interesting romantic scenes" to discuss in the near future. We’ll also get more on Jack and Juliet’s relationship in the May 1 episode.
Don’t expect a Lost spin-off to be announced anytime soon; Lindelof and Cuse want the series finale to be the end of the Lost story.
The Black Smoke Monster will appear on the April 24 episode, and we’ll see Jacob again before the season’s end.
The writers have every intention of revisiting the four-toed statue. They want to address questions about who built the statue, where it came from, and why it has only four toes.
Danielle and Karl were, in fact, shot with bullets (as opposed to tranquilizer darts). Their fates will be addressed on the April 24 episode. If Danielle is dead, that doesn’t mean that the writers are done exploring her character’s back story.
"Dollhouse" Pilot Script Reactions, New Cast Member
Joss Whedon has announced on Whedonesque that Amy Acker has joined the cast of the Fox TV series. If casting news ain’t your thing, the pilot’s script has been released and reactions are very positive. E!Online: "The Bourne Identity meets Stepford Wives meets boarding school meets Los Angeles neo-noir meets the Whedonverse". Televisionary: "Dollhouse is a beautiful enigma wrapped in a riddle, a gripping conspiracy story for the ages filled with urban legends, memory tampering, and long-buried secrets coming to the fore. It’s a Shakespearean story of hubris and likely vengeance, filled with sound and fury and signifying, well, lots."
"Stargate: Continuum" Trailer Premieres Monday
Stargate SG-1 fans, the wait is nearly over. GateWorld.net has reported that the movie trailer for the upcoming DVD movie "Stargate: Continuum" (which releases on July 29th on DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def–details here) will make its online premiere this Monday, April 21st on the site. The trailer will run 45 seconds, and features the cast of "Stargate SG-1", including Richard Dean Anderson, who returns as General Jack O’Neill in the movie.
- Once HD DVD exclusive studio, Universal is jumping into Blu-ray with a dual "Heroes" Season 1 and 2 set on August 26th. [SCI FI Wire]
- All signs point towards a renewal for Fox’s "The Sarah Connor Chronicles" [THR]
- Firefly’s Alan Tudyk may be returning to television. The actor, who played ‘Wash’ on the series, has been cast in a starring role for an untitled ABC comedy.
|Top 10 SF&F Broadcast Shows||HH Rating/Share|
|2) Eli Stone||4.4/7|
|3) New Amsterdam||3.8/6 (6.19M)|
|4) Jericho||3.8/6 (6.02M)|
|5) Lost (R)||3.6/6|
|8) Reaper (R)||1.1/2|
3/30/2008 – Source: Nielsen Media Research
|Top 10 SF&F Syndicated Shows||Rating|
|1) Dead Zone||0.8|
|1) Stargate Atlantis||0.7|
|1) Star Trek||0.7|
3/30/2008 – Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire
|Top 10 SCI FI CHANNEL Shows||Rating|
|1) Ghost Hunters||1.7|
|4) Resident Evil Apocalypse||1.2|
|5) Blood Monkey||1.2|
6) Grizzly Rage
|7) Destination Truth||1.1|
|8) The Hive||1.0|
|9) Resident Evil||1.0|
3/30/2008 – Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire