Sci-Fi Movies Wednesday: Avengers, Caesar, Clash of Titans, Conan, Harry Potter, Hobbit, Kick-Ass + more

This week’s Sci-Fi Movies features news on 3D releases of Clash of the Titans and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a possible delay for The Hobbit, a breakdown of characters to be featured in The Avengers, an update on the planned Planet of the Apes reboot Caesar, casting decisions for Conan and Dracula: Year Zero and more, including a box office update on Avatar and the latest casting bites, images and videos.



Clash of the Titans & Harry Potter 7  Going 3D
Last week we reported on news that Warner Brothers had commissioned 3D tests for "Clash of the Titans" and that they were going to decide whether to convert the entire film to 3D by the first week of February.  Now, THR’s Heat Vision Blog is reporting that the studio is very happy with the tests and are moving forward with the conversion.  Not only that, but WB was reportedly so pleased with the tests that they have decided to release the two-part ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ in 3D as well (the beginning sequence in the most recent film, ‘Half-Blood Prince’, was done in 3D).  According to Heat Vision, the cost for conversion is $5 million for each film (so $10 million between ‘Part I’ and ‘Part II’), but WB will pay for the the 3D glasses which brings the cost up an additional $5M per film.  WB is expected to confirm the "Clash of the Titans" 3D news with an announcement by week’s end — with the film now scheduled to hit theaters one week later on April 2, 2010 — and an official announcement on the ‘Harry Potter’ films is also expected soon.  "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I" is still scheduled to hit theaters on November 19, 2010, with ‘Part II’ following on July 15, 2011 release.

Behind-the-scenes with director Louis Leterrier [MTV Movies Blog]

The Hobbit Likely Delayed to late 2012
Turns out those earlier rumors about delays for the two-part "The Hobbit" were accurate.  In an article at Variety focusing on New Line, Warner Brothers head Alan Horn revealed that the first film will probably be delayed a year:

Horn won’t predict when the first of the two "Hobbit" films will be out, but says the most probable scenario would be a release in the fourth quarter of 2012.

"It’s a big bet for us. But it’s one we think will pay off given the success of ‘Lord of the Rings,’" says [New Line President Toby] Emmerich. "This is one of the few movies it feels like people are waiting for."

Previously, "The Hobbit: Part I" was expected to be released in December 2011, followed by ‘Part II’ in December 2012. In other news, Orlando Bloom (Legolas in "The Lord of the Rings") told MTV that he would be interested in playing a role in "The Hobbit" (perhaps as Legolas’ father Thranduil): "I shot an e-mail to Pete and I said, ‘You know, if you want me to don the blonde wig and pointy ears again, I’d be honored to do it,’" Bloom revealed. "He said, ‘Well, we’ll see.’ They’re very, very hush-hush." Video below.

Jason Momoa Cast as Conan + Mickey Rourke In Talks for Role of Conan’s Dad
Lionsgate has settled on Jason Momoa ("Stargate Atlantis") to star in Marcus Nispel’s "Conan". Of course last week we reported on news — through Deadline Hollywood’s Mike Fleming who also reported the casting news — that the studio had narrowed the field to Momoa and Kellen Lutz, but wanted to take more time looking another actor before making the final decision.  Latino Review reports that the other actor was Jared Padalecki of "Supernatural" who worked with Nispel on "Friday the 13th", but they ultimately came around to choosing Momoa.  Here’s how they made their decision [Latino Review]:

What was the game changer?

Why the change of heart for the studio?

Momoa came into Lionsgate late last week after the Fleming story broke and met with everyone at the studio and charmed the pants off the executives.

Apparently, Momoa is good in the room.

Momoa also screen tested yet again this week.

So there you have it folks, Jason Momoa is your new Conan.

And in other casting news, Latino Review reports that the role of Conan’s dad, Corin, has been offered to Mickey Rourke ("Iron Man 2").  "Conan" is on track to begin production on March 15th.  There is no release date yet, although 2011 is the expected release year.

Fox’s Planet of the Apes Reboot Still Alive
Even though Scott Frank is off Fox’s "Caesar", the proposed "Planet of the Apes" remake that Frank wrote and was to direct, Vulture is reporting that the project is still in development at the studio:

Production and agency insiders both confirm that Fox has hired writer Jamie Moss (Street Kings) to rework Frank’s version, and the original writers, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (The Relic, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle), were recently brought back to polish the dialogue.

Courtesy Vulture, here’s a quick rundown of the premise of the project, and how the studio got to where they are now:

Frank’s Apes script, code-named Caesar, showed how genetic experiments on apes led to their evolutionary eclipse of humans. “Caesar” refers to the genetically altered leader of the simian rebellion, so dubbed because the ape was capable of grand strategic thinking on par with Julius Caesar (whose own surname means “hairy” in Latin). The “Caesar” code name also foreshadowed the script’s plot: Just as the actual Julius Caesar set Rome on the path to the Roman Empire, the experimental ape’s escape sets in motion his fellow hirsute hominids’ (wait for it … ) guerrilla war and subsequent dominance.

The studio, however, wanted to pursue a different tack than Frank, and the writer-director was unwilling to change direction, according to a production source. As [producer Scott] Rudin was only on board because Frank had asked him to serve as producer (the two had enjoyed working together on Jodie Foster’s Little Man Tate twenty years ago), he left as well. But now that it’s been handed to Chernin, the presumed-dead project is red hot again. For one thing, as part of his golden parachute from News Corporation, Chernin has several “put” pictures — essentially, a commitment from the studio to get several movies made, even if the studio brass objects. But insiders tell Vulture that Chernin may not even need to waste one of his puts: The studio wants to make the Caesar project, post haste. A director is expected to be hired imminently.

Chloe Moretz Talks Kick-Ass
Chloe Moretz plays Hit-Girl in "Kick-Ass", Matthew Vaugn’s adaptation of the Mark Millar comic book series of the same name, and the actress was interviewed by MTV about the film.  Here’s how she described the film:

MTV: Give us the film’s plot, in your own words.

Moretz: Basically, Aaron Johnson plays Kick-Ass. He’s a regular, everyday kid — a nerdy comic book fan. He’s like, "Why doesn’t anyone ever try to be Batman? Just a normal guy turned hero?" So he goes out, tries, and gets totally beaten up; he gets stabbed, and then run over by a car. He gets all this [prosthetic] metal put into his back so he can walk, otherwise he’d be totally paralyzed. And that becomes almost like a human shield on his back, so if you hit him he won’t feel it. So, he goes out and [tries to be a hero] again and succeeds. That’s when [Hit-Girl] and Big Daddy come in.

And here’s an excerpt of Moretz describing her character:

MTV: And you’re Hit-Girl, a badass little-girl superhero.

Moretz: Yes, and Big Daddy is played by Nicolas Cage. We show up at his house, say, "We know about you," and he realizes we’re real vigilantes. I’ve been trained since I was a baby to be this crazy assassin girl. What I like about the character is that she’s an assassin, but at the same time she is still just an 11-year-old girl. She doesn’t know any better; it’s just how she was raised.

Head on over to MTV to read the rest of the interview.  "Kick-Ass" hits theaters on April 16, 2010.

Sherlock Holmes Sequel Means Guy Ritchie Likely Out as Lobo Director
Due to Warner Brothers’ desire to fast-track a sequel to "Sherlock Holmes", Guy Ritchie is expected to pull out of "Lobo", according to producer Joel Silver:

“I don’t think he’s going to do it now,” Silver said of Ritchie directing “Lobo.” “The studio wants us and Guy to focus on making another ‘Sherlock Holmes.’ So I think we’re going to be doing that. But we’re seeing what happens with this. Everybody is analyzing everything. It’s all kind of happening right now as we talk. ‘Sherlock’ is sitting at just about $400 million in worldwide gross and showing itself to be pretty effective and pretty strong. So we’re trying to see if we can do something quickly with another ‘Sherlock Holmes’ movie. We have some ideas and some good story points.”

As for "Lobo", Silver says that he expects WB will now be on the hunt for a new director:

“I would guess a different director,” said Silver, who is producing “Lobo” with Akiva Goldsman and Andrew Rona. “It’s all happening at once now. Everybody is talking about everything …. It’s an ongoing conversation. Downey loves the experience of playing Sherlock and would love to play him again, and I’d love to see him play it again. Jude and all of them will be back and it will be great.”

"Sherlock Holmes" has been a tremendous success for Warner Brothers, with its worldwide gross approaching $400 million.

Avengers Lineup Confirmed + Including Hulk
Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige was interviewed by SFX magazine [via World of Superheroes] about several of the studio’s upcoming movies, and in the article confirmed the lineup for "The Avengers" [emphasis mine]:

"My only concern is that when we launch a franchise.. whichever characters franchise that may be, it should stand on its own two feet. With Iron Man being the first one out of the gate, thank goodness that’s what happened. Everyone loved it. Its our job to do the same with Thor and Captain America two years from now, so by the time The Avengers comes in 2012 its not just a team super hero movie with a bunch of characters with powers, its three people, four including Hulk, five including Nick Fury-who you have seen before in other movies, coming together for the very first time."

Meanwhile, "The Incredible Hulk" director Louis Leterrier told MTV that it would be "too simplistic" if they were to make Hulk the villain in the film, something that has been hinted at in the past:

"He’s not really a villain," said the filmmaker. "If Hulk is a villain, that’s too simplistic."

"What’s great about Marvel is that it’s never good guy and bad guy, hero and villain — it’s more complex than that," he explained. "Hulk could be in trouble and chased by Iron Man, no problem. But I don’t think he would end up the villain, killing people and being villainous of his own free will."

"The Avengers" is scheduled to hit theaters on May 4, 2012.

Avatar Highest-Grossing Film of All-Time
James Cameron is the king of the world…again.  Cameron’s "Avatar" broke "Titanic’s" worldwide record on Monday.  Through today, the film has grossed an astonishing $1.878 billion worldwide (and it also broke the 6th weekend record over the weekend with $34.9M domestic). The previous worldwide record was $1.843 billion.  Of course adjusting for inflation "Avatar" is not the all-time champion (and for that matter neither is "Titanic"), however, that doesn’t diminish what "Avatar" has been able to accomplish, especially when considering it has only been in domestic release for 40 days.  Breaking it down, "Avatar" is at $558.2M domestically (#2 all-time) and $1.32B overseas (#1 all-time). The next record to fall will be "Titanic’s" all-time domestic mark of $600.8M.  In other news, a poster on discovered an image of Sam Worthington’s character Jake Sully from a scene that was deleted from the film.  Check it out below.


Alice in Wonderland

Promotional stills [more at MTV Movies Blog]

Green Lantern

Concept art of Kilowog, Abin Sur and Tomar-Re [more at Cosmic Book News and Green Lantern Corps. via ScreenRant]

Iron Man 2

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark (Iron Man) [Collider]

Iron Man 2 toys [Diamond Select Toys via MTV Splash Page]

Is this a hint that Iron Man is using the Extremis armor? (also note the triangular design on his suit) [CBR]

Mega Mind

Promotional stills of Mega Mind (voiced by Will Ferrell) and Metro Man (voiced by Brad Pitt) [io9]

The Last Airbender

Two new movie posters [Yahoo! Movies]

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief

International and domestic movie posters [more at Cinema Blend and IGN]

Repo Men

Movie posters [more at IMP Awards]

Toy Story 3

Recording session with Tom Hanks (Woody) [LeeUnkrich]

Tron Legacy

Non-watermarked, high-resolution Yellow Lightcycle banner [Cinema Blend]

The Wolfman

Final movie poster [Shock Till You Drop]


  • Sam Worthington is in negotiations to star as the lead in Alex Proya’s "Dracula: Year Zero". [Latino Review; confirmed by THR]
  • Tennis star Novak Djokovic reportedly has been offered a role in "Iron Man 2". [Novak Djokovic via CBR]
  • Samuel L. Jackson (who made a came as Nick Fury in "Iron Man") says he hasn’t heard anything about reprising the role in Kenneth Branagh’s "Thor": ""Nobody’s told me anything," Jackson laughed when asked about the "Thor" role. "I was reading the trades last week and I saw the cast list. My name was in it, so maybe I am doing something that I don’t know about and I’ll hear about it soon." [MTV Splash Page]
  • Sir Anthony Hopkins offered some thoughts about playing Odin in Kenneth Branagh’s "Thor": "I’ve already grown a beard in preparation for the role, but when I put on my long wig on I look just like Billy Connolly. In fact I look so much like him I’m thinking maybe I’ll play Odin with a Glasweigan accent.". [Scottish Herald via Bleeding Cool]
  • Michael John has been cast in "Jonax Hex", which is currently undergoing several reshoots. [@MichaelPapajohn]
  • Kate Mara confirmed that she’s in "Iron Man 2", but she is only in one scene and it is not as Bethany Cabe. [Movieline]


Hot Tub Time Machine

Red band movie trailer [HitFix]

Repo Chick

Movie trailer [YouTube]


Preview of bonus feature "Breaking the Frame" from the DVD / Blu-ray

Tron Legacy

Leaked demo version of Daft Punk’s "Fragile" from the soundtrack [YouTube via Daft World]


  • Early preproduction is underway for "Sympathy for the Devil", a supernatural movie about humans caught in a battle between heaven and hell.  Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Duhamel star. [Latino Review]
  • Sony Pictures has picked up the film rights to a series of three novels by Jeff Somers.  Trevor Sands has been tapped to adapt the first book, "The Electric Church".  The three novels are set in the near future where Earth is run by a federation of nations and governed by a council. [THR’s Heat Vision Blog]
  • Filming on "Real Steel", starring Hugh Jackman as Charlie, a former boxer-turned-trainer of boxing robots, begins in Michigan in June. [Production Weekly]
  • D.J. Caruso has been tapped to direct "I Am Number Four", DreamWorks’ adapation of the upcoming science fiction novel by James Frey and Jobie Hughes. "I Am Number Four" is about "a group of nine aliens who escaped their home planet just before it was annihilated by a rival species. Hiding out on Earth, the title character disguises himself as a human high schooler, only to discover he is being hunted still by his planet’s enemy."  [THR’s Heat Vision Blog]
  • Summit Entertainment has hired Jonathan Levine to write and direct the studio’s adaptation of the upcoming Isaac Marion novel "Warm Bodies".  The story is based on the short story "I Am A Zombie Filled With Love". [The Playlist]
  • Director Matt Reeves describes the tone of "Let Me In", the adaptation of the 2008 Swedish film "Let the Right One In", as being darker than "Twilight": "Whereas "Twilight" is kind of a fantasy, this will be a darker, scarier kind of journey," he said. [MTV]
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" director Edgar Wright revealed that a cut of the film is complete, but they’re "still tinkering" with it, adding "It’s a different thing doing a film with lots of effects in it; it’s like another stage to have production be going on during the edit, which is an on-going thing. It’s like a painting, basically." [MTV]
  • The February issue of Wizard Magazine features an expose on "Iron Man 2", containing casting interviews and other behind-the-scenes information.  Check out an overview of their feature over at Comic Book Movie.
  • …Speaking of which, buzz is high from screenings featuring that early cut… [various reviews/comments via /Film]
  • …And check out an interview with Brandon Routh talking about his role as Todd Ingram in the film (and more) over at IESB.
  • "Green Lantern" director Martin Campbell revealed that several of the film’s scenes will be in space: "The initial trip up there, the training sessions he has to go through in order to become a Green Lantern. Then, of course at the end, he goes back up to Oa again," adding "There are a couple of bits [on Earth] in between [the space scenes]," said Campbell. "I think there will be enough [of a balance between space and Earth] to satisfy everybody."… [MTV Splash Page]
  • …And in related news, Warner Brothers has tapped Sony Pictures Imageworks ("The Day After Tomorrow", "I Am Legend") as the lead visual effects studio for "Green Lantern". [Variety]
  • …And finally, check out an interview with star Ryan Reynolds talking about his co-star Blake Lively, who plays his love interest Carol Ferris. [MTV Splash Page]

  • The newest trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s "The Last Airbender" will feature all the main characters of the film and run about 2 minutes in length. [Frank Miller via /Film]
  • Howard Shore has been hired by Summit Entertainment to score "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" [MovieScore Magazine via /Film]
  • …Meanwhile, most of Danny Elfman’s music is back in the score for Joe Johnston’s "The Wolfman".  You may remember that Elfman was off the project last November.  Also, Conrad Pope has been brought in to contribute music to the score. [CineMusic via /Film]
  • Lionsgate came out on top in a recent bidding war for the rights to distribute Robert Rodriguez’s "Machete".  The studio agreed to pay $9 million upfront with a backend gross participation for Rodriguez — reported in the 10%-12% range — who Indie-financed the $20-million feature. [Deadline Hollywood]
  • There’s a report that "Gremlins 3" is "in the early stages" of development "with still lots of hurdles to pass" and will be released in 3D. [MarketSaw]
  • As is custom in Hollywood these days, "Clash of the Titans" director Louis Leterrier says he has ideas for sequels should the film prove successful and Warner Brothers were to greenlight more of them: "We’ve talked about it loosely…you just give them some ideas. You draw an arc for your character. I’m not saying I know what exactly will happen to Perseus in the next two movies, but I know the direction and it’s pretty exciting." [MTV]
  • Casey Hudson, BioWare project director of the upcoming video game "Mass Effect 2", says there is "a tremendous amount of interest from people in Hollywood to make a major motion picture about ‘Mass Effect,’" he said. "The most important thing for us is, we don’t just want to see a movie get made. We want to see a great movie get made, if it’s going to get done at all." [MTV Movies Blog]
  • "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" director Rob Marshall has already had talks with star Johnny Depp: "We’ve now started, officially," he revealed. "I’m talking to Johnny and it’s been great. I’ve been working already. I’m spending a lot of time with [producer] Jerry Bruckheimer. Learning this whole adventure of this… different genre for me, which I feel so at home [with] already." [MTV Movies Blog]
  • Disney has pushed back the release of "Beauty and the Beast 3D" to sometime in 2011.  The 2D to 3D converted feature was originally scheduled to be released into theaters this February. [Stitch Kingdom]
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt, rumored to be a possible Peter Parker in Marc Webb’s "Spider-Man", says he’s "had some really cool conversations about what he wants to do with it, and I think it’s going to be a really good movie."  Although there has been some skepticism in regards to Sony rebooting the franchise, Gordon-Levitt sounded an optimistic tone: "I think it’s the smartest thing they could have done because movies like that are good when they’re not just big action movies, but when they have a humanity to them and a heart, like ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Iron Man,’ " he explained. [MTV Splash Page]
  • U2’s The Edge says that despite all the production delays, the musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" (for which he and U2 front man Bono wrote the score) is still happening: "We’re just waiting until all the production issues get resolved," The Edge said, adding "It’s going to happen at some point. It’s really a case of when — that’s the question."  The musical was recently pushed back to fall 2010. [MTV Splash Page]
  • Warner Brothers is moving forward with a new version of "Mortal Kombat" with Oren Uziel in talks to write. [Bloody Disgusting]
  • Kevin Greutert will not be directing "Paranormal Activity 2".  Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures have exercised an option and installed Greutert as director of "Saw VII 3D".  Paramount must now look for a new director for "Paranormal Activity 2". As expected, Greutert is not pleased and expressed his displeasure on his blog (which he has since deleted but you can still find here). [Deadline Hollywood]
  • George Lucas’ Lucasfilm is producing a CGI-animated musical.  David Berenbaum ("Elf") wrote the script and Kevin Munroe ("TMNT") is directing.  There’s no name yet and very little is known about the plot, although it has been revealed that the film will feature fairies. [THR’s Heat Vision Blog]
  • "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" director Michael Bay said he’s currently scouting locations in Chicago, Detroit and Washington D.C. for the third film and offered this brief comment on the script: "The script is feeling very different from the other two". [Michael Bay]

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Looks like DC is doing a good job with Green Lantern, too bad they can’t get Superman right.

I don’t see why it’s so difficult to get Superman right…this time just be sure to get a GOOD director!

…..and a different villian than Lex Luthor! Brainiac?

Is that a mistake about “Tennis star Novak Djokovic” in “Iron Man 2”?

I would think it would be pretty late to have anyone else in that movie, since its just over three months from theaters now.

Then what is the highest grossing film ever with inflation? I thought I read somewhere that it was Gone With the Wind (which is a great movie)

I hope they get the Planet of the Apes reboot done well !

Planet of the Apes was one of those sci-fi success stories of the 60’s , same as Star Trek.

Good stuff, thanks as always!

Momoa as Conan. Bad choice, but hardly surprising considering all the decisions they’ve made with this “adaptation”. Make not mistake, folks. This ain’t Conan. Sure, the name is the same, but the similarity ends there. Some people here were miffed by the degree to which Abrams & Co. changed the Enterprise….they upscaled the ship, made it more “organic” & streamlined…well, multiply that by about 1000 times, and that’s what this new Conan movie has done to Robert E. Howard’s Conan. They’ve changed literally EVERYTHING about the character. I know, I’ve been a fan of the original stories for 20 years, and I managed to get a hold of the script for the new film. They changed the central theme. The MAIN THEME. Throughout the Conan stories, there’s 1 central theme: Civilization vs. Barbarism. Basically the stories center around Howard’s idea that barbarism is the natural state of mankind, and civilization is corrupting and unhealthy. This may sound funny, but thematically, Conan’s a lot like Crocodile Dundee. He’s a product of a mean, savage, and hostile environment, so he’s a badass in comparison to the soft-bellied, pampered civilized folk. Like Crocodile Dundee. At the same time, Conan is naive regarding civilized society. Like Crocodile Dundee. Not in this movie though. They’re completely ignoring the whole point of Conan – The Theme. In the stories, Conan is a perfectly psychologically healthy person who loves life. His motivations are simple and primal, in keeping with the theme. He’s motivated by money, power, women, drink, debauchery, and hatred of boredom. Not in this movie. They’ve completely rewritten Conan’s basic motivation. In this silly movie, like Milius’ “adaptation”, Conan’s out for revenge. His whole life revolves around vengeance against those who killed his tribe/people/family/whatever. He’s no longer psychologically healthy – he’s damaged. In the stories, Conan’s origin is never explicity laid out in a single story, but it is there. Conan has a fairly normal childhood (for a Cimmerian.) He participates in wars & skirmishes as a young man, particularly the sack of a foreign fort erected in Cimmerian territory. Eventually Conan finds his way south, for no other reason than that’s where the action is. Not so in this movie. They’ve completely rewritten Conan’s origin in such a way as to totally eschew The Theme as well as Conan’s motivation and personality. In the stories, Conan’s a fairly typical Cimmerian. There were many times Howard described Conan’s inhuman endurance, stamina, and willpower as a result of his heritage. He’s like the official Cimmerian representative. In keeping with The Theme, the Cimmerians are Howard’s idealized example of Barbarism as the natural state of humanity, so the Cimmerians are tough, resilient, mean-as-hell, and posess a strength and vitality impossible for a civilized population to attain. Howard said of the Cimmerians “They were never conquered” Not in this movie. In this movie, the Cimmerians were all killed, leaving Conan “the last of his kind”. In the stories, Conan adventures throughout Hyboria, the Howard-equivalent of Tolkien’s Middle Earth. Howard spent a lot of effort devising the history and geographic details of his background setting. In all the Conan stories, the background setting refers and adheres to the history and geography Howard created as closely as possible. Not in this movie. In this movie, they’ve ignored the geography and history for no reason. They pay it no heed. Imagine if, in the Abrams Star Trek, Spock was from planet Romulus. Or if, in Lord of the Rings, the Hobbits were from a place called Gondor, and had travel to the evil Shire to destroy the ring. That’s what they did with this Conan story. In the stories, Howard gave us what would later be described as “low-fantasy”. Sure, there was sorcery and monsters, but it was always clear that these were very unusual and dark things. In Howard, the sorcery and monsters were presented with the same “tone” they tend to be presented in modern horror films. Rare, scary, and not at all cartoonish. Not in this movie. Tonally, the movie feels like a video game. They’ve got Blind Archers, and karate chicks from Martial Arts temples. It feels like a Final Fantasy video game. So at this point, what are we left with that is from the Conan stories? Are they adapting a specific story from one Howard wrote? No. It’s a whole new story. Now they’ve cast a Hawaain as a Cimmerian. The Cimmerians are a fictional race, but Howard very clearly defined what they were all about. The Cimmerians are ethnically the same things as Celts. Momoa’s no doubt a fine person, but the Cimmerians are as caucasian as you can get, BY DEFINITION. Having this guy play a Cimmerian makes as much sense as John Cho playing Scotty. So we’re getting a new story with… Read more »

I’m hyped for Alice in Wonderland like you wouldn’t believe, but that Cheshire Cat makes me want to hide behind a sofa… so many TEETH!

I know nothing about them, but I like that concept art for the Green Lantern aliens. Does anyone here know comics? Do those guys look like they should (whoever they are)?

@8: And yet, somehow… life goes on.


That’s correct.

According to Box Office Mojo, Gone With the Wind’s domestic box office number of $198.7M equals $1.51B when adjusted for inflation. The worldwide unadjusted number for Gone With the Wind is $400.2M so you can imagine how high its worldwide number would be if they adjusted that for inflation.

Even having said that, I’m not one to worry about the inflation thing. Raw numbers — which says Avatar is #1 — is good enough for me. No one can say one way or another with absolute certainty how much one movie would have grossed had it been released 20 or 30, or 40, etc., years later.

We have had John Wayne in the role of Genghis Khan. Later this year, Jake Gyllenhaal is starring as a Persian Prince. No doubt he comes from the part of Iran right next to Stockholm. And do I even need to mention the Shakespeare quoting, Earl Grey addict in Robin Hood tights who’s supposedly from France?

Lets face it, Hollywood casting methodologies has never made much sense.

Repo Men? Cool! I wonder if Emelio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton will reprise their roles!

I have to admit I’m scared about Conan. I hear they’re not being very true to the source material…..despite what they say.

please, please, please get Thor right! cant wait for the wolfman too, that actually looks awesome. oh and mass effect the movie would be EPIC if done correctly! i really like jason mamoa but after the first Conan movie it should have stopped there. it was an instant classic and shouldnt be tainted by sequels.

Momoa has a good face for young Conan, but the guy needs to bulk up by about 200 lb. Conan is a giant. This guy couldn’t ‘crush anyone’s enemies or see them driven before him….’

10. CarlG – January 27, 2010

@8: And yet, somehow… life goes on.

Well, by that logic then nothing is worth caring about or being concerned with the quality of a project.

Hey, Nemedian Chronicler, I’m with you on many of your points. I’m irritated with what I’ve heard about much of the movie. I’ve always been very fond of the character and it’s history. I grew up about 40 miles from where RE Howard lived and eventually took his life. I’ve driven past the Howard house a hundred times. I thought these guys that bought the intellectual properties were all about making a TRUE Conan movie.

‘crush anyone’s enemies or see them driven before him….’

Ha….or” hear the lamenDation of they women” as Arnold pronounced it all.

Burton’s Apes was like slapstick, but Baker’s make-ups were impeccable.
I doubt if anyone could top his work.

WHAT? So like Spider-Man 1 & 2 were JUST “big action movies?”
I think not. The performances and personal moments were excellent.
I hope their reboot flops.
Would’ve been great to see Malkovich as the Vulture.

Doesn’t anyone pay attention in Hollywood?

Avengers remake sucked ….. Planet of the Apes remake sucked …. and now they’re doing it again??

I’ve been a Thor fan since Marvel Thor first came out – I sure hope they get it right in the movie.

I’m also an Aussie sci-fi writer:

and have written a lot of Thor fan:

Clash of the Titans looks awesome! Maybe 3-D, cool! After seeing Avatar finally, bring it on! Avatar was incredible & groundbreaking! Green lantern looks interesting, nice looking aliens! I like Jason Momoa, but this Conan sounds iffy??? Clash of the Titans is one of my all-time favorite movies, i hope this remake is awesome and does the Gods justice! How can you outdo Lawrence Olivier as Zeus, Maggie Smith as Thetis, and Ursula Andress as Aphrodite? Well, Liam Neeson as Zeus looks promising! I hope the Gods are even more involved than they were in the original film, as the Olympian scenes are by far my favorites! Can’t wait for this film above all others!

@ 19.

WB is just trying to milk as much money from dead idea’s.

Although, I’d rather prefer a continuation of the Planet of the Apes story, instead of a remake. More time travel ?

“The script is feeling very different from the other two”. [Michael Bay]


No more lame jokes….

That Fragile track is a fake, Thomas Bangalter said it is and has nothing to do with Daft Punk and/ or Tron Legacy. It’s been knocking about online for months now.

Green Lantern has always been my favorite superhero and I’ve waited a long time for a feature film…but I’m not sure its this one.

The few concept drawings I’ve seen just seem overdone somehow. And the casting…Blake Lively is very pretty but she doesn’t give off the feel I’d expect from Carol Ferris. Hmmm…its still early. I’ll try not to be judgemental until we’re closer to release. Than I can be horribly judgemental lol.

More 3D films! Yuck! My stereoscopic vision doesn’t quite work correctly, meaning ‘3D’ films give me a screaming headache.

Please God! Let the studios eventually see sense and get back to proper filmmaking rather than resurrecting that godawful ‘3D’ gimmick from the 1950s and 1980s!

When they can use holographic technology, I’m all in, otherwise, faux-‘3D’ can go to hell!

According to a retired Apollo program engineer, there were location scouts out at Kennedy Space Center/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida looking for a suitable gantry for–as he put it–“That movie where robots turn into cars.” Sounds interesting.

so does anyone else think its funny as hell that “The Last Airbender” had to drop the Avatar bit?

I know I lol;d.

Yah i was totally not impressed by tim burtons apes redo-cant imagine anything as iconic as the originals-with roddy mcdowell,charleton heston etc–good writing n casting made the original the best-thor-i cant wait to see it they have to use the kirby kostumes epic with the lee shakespearn speech–visually like so much of kirbys landmark work in comics-he created visuals of gods n battles that hollywood would be hard pressed to copy but if they can it would be awesome–kirby had a cosmic consciousness imagination that has never been equalled–it sucks he never got to make an animated movie-it would have been glorious–