That Star Trek movie is doing well, so what franchises are next to get revived? Would you believe Alien and Buffy? In our weekend Genre movie news wrap-up we have details on those plus lots of news and previews for Transformers 2. There is also news on Ghostbusters 3, Iron Man 2 and even more previews, including Avatar, Toy Story 3, District 9 and much more.
Alien Prequel Confirmed; Carl Erik Rinsch Directing
This past Thursday, Bloody-Disgusting reported that 20th Century Fox was moving forward with a remake to "Alien" and had tapped commercial director Carl Erik Rinsch to helm the project. BD’s scoop was confirmed by producer Tony Scott, who told Collider.com the following:
Collider: 20th Century Fox is talking about remaking or redoing the original Alien. What’s going on with that?
Tony Scott: Yes, Carl Rinsch is going to do the prequel to Alien. He’s one of our directors at our company.
Scott — who’ll be working on the project with his brother Ridley Scott, director of 1979 original — added that he’s hopeful production on the film will begin by the end of this year.
Jon Favreau and Mickey Rourke Talk Iron Man 2
"Iron Man 2" director Jon Favreau revealed a bit about Tony Stark’s arc in the film in a new interview with Empire:
"Tony’s expected to be a role model and I don’t think he’s ready to be one. He’s under a great deal of pressure and when you’re under pressure, I think you find outlets for that. That’s one of the tensions of the film: it’s one thing to say you’re Iron Man, and another thing to actually become Iron Man."
Favreau also hinted that Stark’s friend Jim Rhodes, now played by Don Cheadle, will play a significantly larger role in the sequel: "Rhodesy is definitely stepping up in this film. Let me put it this way: Tony’s not the only person with technology in the film." Empire also got some thoughts from Mickey Rourke, who is playing the villain Whiplash:
"I’m having the time of my life!" he enthused about joining the Iron Man franchise. "It’s been really brutal, because my Iron Man suit weighs 23lb. It’s sort of a half-suit, with half my skin showing, with lots of Russian tattoos, because [Whiplash is just] out of a Russian-zone prison."
Writers Discuss Post-Strike Development of Transformers 2
Speaking at the BotCon convention in Pasadena this past Friday, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman discussed the behind-the-scenes panic that surrounded the development of the film caused by the three-month writers strike back in November 2007. Orci told the audience that he and Kurtzman ended up cranking out a 20-page outline for the sequel that was used by the studio, the writers, producers and director Michael Bay during the strike. As soon as the strike ended, they huddled together with co-writer Ehren Kruger to get the script finished:
When the strike ended in February, Mr. Kurtzman and Mr. Orci were asked to get moving, post haste, on a full script for a movie that was already barreling toward the screen. But they were also lined up to work on the new "Star Trek" movie for Paramount, and a couple of other films that were all colliding because of the strike. So they hooked up with Ehren Kruger, a writer whose credits include "The Ring" and "Scream 3."
For several months, said the writers, they were repeatedly locked in a hotel suite with Mr. Kruger, with whom they divided the work. Mr. Kurtzman and Mr. Orci wrote pages. Mr. Kruger wrote pages. They swapped. Mr. Bay dropped by once in a while to demand: "What are you guys doing?"
New shot of The Fallen [MTV]
New Shot of Optimus Prime [Collider]
Shia LaBeouf reveals The Fallen
Clip shown during MTV movie awards
Writer Ashley Miller Talks Thor
Television writer Ashley Miller ("Andromeda", "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" and now "Fringe") discussed his upcoming project "Thor" with CineFOOLS. Here are some excerpts:
CineFOOLS: The biggest challenge for Thor is his otherworld godliness. How do you make him approachable? And tie it in with the realism of Marvel movies?
AM: Thor’s powers are godly, yes. And his zip code is a little different. But at the end of the day, he’s a man. In the comics, Odin sends him to Earth because he’s not perfect. He’s brash, arrogant. Even over-confident. We all know that guy — some of us have even been that guy. Stan Lee’s genius was to give Thor-as-hero an emotional throughline we could all relate to, and knock him down a couple of pegs. So on that level, your question answers itself. The challenge is to dramatize that and make the audience see what the fans have known and believed about the character all along.
As for realism, i have to ask you back: what does that mean? If the standard is, does he throw his back out if he hurls the hammer a little too hard… probably not. He’s a god. He’s incredibly strong. He can fly. He tosses lightning bolts. There’s nothing realistic about any of that. But he also bleeds. He struggles. Life kicks him where it hurts the most. Dramatically speaking, the powers and Asgard are gravy. The meat — and what makes it a Marvel movie — is the character.
Head on over to CineFOOLS to read the rest of the interview. "Thor" is scheduled to hit theaters on May 20, 2011.
New ‘Buffy’ (With No Joss Whedon Involvement) In Development; Whedon Responds
Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment are working on big-screen remake/re-launch of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". Joss Whedon has no involvement in the film, but original director Fran Rubel Kuzui and her husband, Kaz Kuzui are attached. THR notes that the producers "do not rule out Whedon’s involvement but have not yet reached out to him." EW’s Michael Ausiello contacted Whedon for his comment
EW: What do you think about this Buffy movie they’re making without you?
Whedon: I hope it’s cool.
More From Dan Aykroyd on Ghostbusters 3
Dan Aykroyd has a bit more to say about the upcoming "Ghostbusters 3". Speaking with the Guardian Guide, Aykroyd elaborated a little further on what they have planned for the film [via /Film]:
There’ll be a whole new generation that has to be trained and a leader that you’ll all love when you meet her. There’ll be lots of cadets, boys and girls who’ll be learning how to use the neuron splitter and the inter-planet interceptor – new tools to enable them to slip from dimension to dimension.
Official concept art [MarketSaw]
The Book of Eli [more at SCI FI Wire]
The Final Destination (3-D)
Teaser poster [UGO]
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
International poster [Empire]
Green Lantern: First Flight [one more at io9]
The Last Airbender [two more at /Film]
Nightmare on Elm Street
Set images, including a look at Freddy (Jackie Earle Haley) [more at JoBlo]
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World [more at edgar wright here]
The Twilight Saga: New Moon [one more at SCI FI Wire]
Set images [more at STYD]
Interview with director Patrick Reed Johnson [via AICN]
Blood: The Last Vampire
Sneak Peek: The first five minutes
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnussus
Clip [via SCI FI Wire]
Land of the Lost
Watch another clip at MTV
Toy Story 3
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Sneak peek at the new trailer [via SCI FI Wire]
Paul W.S. Anderson’s video game to film adaptation of "Castlevania" is officially dead. [Bloody-Disgusting]
"Land of the Lost" director Brad Siberling is interested in making a sequel to 2004’s live-action "Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events". The sequel would be done in stop-motion animation. [SCI FI Wire]
Disney is moving forward with a remake to the cult 1986 sci-fi film "Flight of the Navigator". The studio has tapped Brad Copeland to write the project, while original executive producer John Hyde will return. [THR]
Check out SCI FI Wire’s report from the set of WB’s Denzel Washington starrer "The Book of Eli". [SCI FI Wire]
"Terminator Salvation" is headed to TNT in 2011 as part of a 13-film WB package recently agreed to along with sister cable network TBS. "Watchmen" and "Inkheart" are also part of the deal. [THR]
Meanwhile FX has snagged the TV rights to "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian". The film will become available to FX in November 2011. FX already purchased the TV rights to "Star Trek", "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen". [Variety]
"The Twilight Saga: New Moon" stars Robert Pattinson, Ashley Greene and Kristen Stewart are all in Italy filming scenes for the sequel. [E! Online]
Zachary Levi ("Chuck") can next be seen in "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" this Christmas day. Check out an interview with the star at SCI FI Wire.
"Terminator Salvation" director McG talked about the [SPOILERS–highlight to view] Arnold Schwarzenegger cameo, what crime Marcus Wright committed, continuity with the other three "Terminator" films and more in a fan Q&A session with MTV.
Ryan Reynolds, who played Deadpool in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", confirmed that he’s involved in the recently announced spinoff "Deadpool": "I’m meeting with them all the time," he said. "We’re in constant contact, and it’s just a matter of breaking the spine of the story and figuring out what it is and who’s the villain." [SCI FI Wire]
DreamWorks Animation unveiled their full 2009-2012 slate of films, which includes "Oobermind" (November 5, 2010) starring the voices of Robert Downey Jr. and Tina Fey and "How to Train Your Dragon" (March 26, 2010). [Variety]
Sam Raimi is open to introducing even the most obscure super villains in "Spider-Man 4", but says it’s "more about finding the villain that represents the best story for Peter [Parker]." [MTV Splash Page]
- Universal Pictures and Working Title Films have added Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Jane Lynch to "Paul". They join already cast Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in the Greg Mottola-directed sci-fi comedy. [Variety]
- Chevy Chase has joined the cast of the time-travel comedy "Hot Tub Time Machine". Chase will play a mysterious repairman who dispenses pearls of wisdom and may or may not be behind the metaphysical road trip. [THR]