Sci-Fi Movies Thursday: Predators, X-Men, Kick-Ass, Captain America, The Hobbit, Ghostbusters III + more

In this week’s Sci-Fi Movies column we have info the next X-Men and Planet of the Apes movies, Captain America and Conan casting news, first impressions of Predators and Kick-Ass, and much more. Plus all the latest box office numbers, casting bites, images and videos.




Bryan Singer talks X-Men: First Class and X-Men 4
"X-Men First Class"
director Bryan Singer talked to the LA Times about the upcoming film. Singer says the film will focus on the moment in time when the relationship between Professor X and Magneto soured, as well as the beginning of the school for mutants which means younger incarnations of some characters including Cyclps, Jean Grey and the Beast (but he was noncommittal with regards to whether Hugh Jackman might appear as Wolverine).  Here’s some more of what Singer had to say:

"Just doing younger mutants is not enough. The story needs to be more than that. I love the relationship between Magneto and Xavier, these two men who have diametrically opposite points of view but still manage to be friends — to a point. They are the ultimate frenemies."

The article also talks about the possibility of a fourth "X-Men" film, although Singer and producer Lauren Shuler Donner have put that off for the time being:

"Hold that one off for just a little, I’m fixated on the other one right now," Singer said. "I will, I will … I’m holding it open with high hopes. It’s totally different [from ‘First Class’] and it will be so interesting for you," Shuler Donner answered.

Predators SXSW impressions + Teaser trailer and poster [Update]
Some footage from Nimród Antal’s "Predators" was screened during SXSW over the weekend and 20th Century Fox has released a two-minute behind the scenes preview with producer Robert Rodriguez [Trailer Addict]:

UPDATE: The teaser trailer has been released and is embedded below.

Here’s what Adrien Brody had to say about being chosen as the film’s lead:

"I know I’m not the obvious choice, i get that. I probably wouldn’t have even been on the studio’s list, even near the bottom. You can ask Robert, I’m very persistent. I’m very focused. I give my word that I know what I need to do to deliver a level of truth and authenticity with a role like this. I put on 25 pounds for this role, but that wasn’t the point — they didn’t hire me to be a body-builder. But in order to playful with it as well I should be strapped, but it’s not the physical strength that outsmarts an alien with energy-based weapons and higher tracking skills, and a culture of hunting and trophy-hunting, you have to outsmart them."

Here are a few excerpts from various sites’ (SCI FI Wire (2), (3) | io9 | Shock Till You Drop | Heat Vision (2) | MTV ) coverage of the SXSW screening/panel:

  • Rodriguez confirmed that the film will be Rated R.
  • Greg Nicotero, who worked on the original "Predator", was brought on board to help the Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios FX crew.
  • There will be various types of Predators in the film: falconer predator, a flushing predator and a dog handling predator.
  • The film is meant to be a real sequel to the original, and there is a direct dialogue reference to the events of the first film.
  • Two tribes of Predators: Desert Nomad (armor-wearing) and Berserker (purely natural skin without high-tech armor).
  • 3D was discussed but Rodriguez feels it’s better to shoot natively in 3D so he didn’t want to convert it.
  • The plan is definitely to make more if this one does well.
  • The trailer will likely be attached to this Friday’s "Repo Men".

Be sure to check out the links referenced above for more details. "Predators’ is scheduled to hit theaters on July 9, 2010.

Official teaser poster [/Film]

Rupert Wyatt to direct Planet of the Apes prequel + Story details
20th Century Fox continues to move forward with their "Planet of the Apes" prequel. As you may remember, Scott Frank was on board the project as director and writer but left after creative differences. Shortly thereafter Fox insisted that they were still moving forward with the project and now Deadline New York is reporting that Rupert Wyatt ("The Escapist") has been hired to direct the project from a script written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. In related news, CHUD has some new details about the project, which is currently called "Caesar: Rise of the Apes":

Like Scott Frank’s version, Caesar: Rise of the Apes is centered on genetic research. Will is a doctor trying to cure Alzheimers, a disease that afflicts his father. He’s working with monkeys to create a benign virus that can get into brain tissue and restore functionality. After his research is shut down he’s left with just one chimp, the child of his most promising subject, and Will raises him at home. Young Caesar is incredibly intelligent for an ape, and over time he continues to mutate and evolve, looking less like a chimp and moving on from sign language to actual speech. Eventually Caesar ends up leading an army of apes in an uprising just as a catastrophe strikes mankind.

More spoiler-filled details at CHUD.

Tatum and Phillippe in consideration for Captain America; Weaving joins cast
A few more ‘Captain America’ casting updates to get caught up on. Deadline New York is reporting that Marvel Studios and director Joe Johnston have added Channing Tatum to their list of potentials, while HitFix is reporting that Ryan Philippe is also now in consideration for the role. Adding in prior reports — Chris Evans, Mike Vogel, Garrett Hedlund and Wilson Bethel — the field of nominees for the role has expanded to six. Deadline is also reporting that Marvel is also testing leads for the female role of Peggy. Those in consideration for the role are Keira Knightley, Alice Eve and Emily Blunt. In more concrete casting news, THR’s Heat Vision blog is reporting that Marvel has settled on Hugo Weaving to play the villain Red Skull.

In the Marvel comics, Red Skull has been Captain America’s archenemy since 1941, when he engaged in espionage and sabotage as Hitler’s right-hand man. In his final battle with the superhero, he was buried under the rubble of a bombed building but—as would occur later with Captain America—fell into a state of suspended animation. Both were revived in modern times.

"The First Avenger: Captain America" is scheduled to hit theaters on July 22, 2011.  The film starts shooting in London this June.

Perlman replaces Rourke on Conan + Rose McGowan cast
Last week it was reported that Mickey Rourke had signed onto Universal’s "The War of the Gods". That resulted in the actor having to drop out of Marcus Nispel’s "Conan" which he was in negotiations in to play Conan’s father Corin. Variety has now confirmed Vulture‘s scoop that Ron Perlman ("Hellboy") has replaced the actor in the role.  In related news, Rose McGowan ("Grindhouse") and Said Taghmaoui ("G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra") have also joined the film. McGowan will play an evil half-human/half-witch and Taghmaoui is playing a leader of thieves who is saved by Conan (played by "Stargate: Atlantis" actor Jason Momoa). "Conan" is scheduled to begin shooting this week in Bulgaria.

Columbia wants younger director for Ghostbusters III – Reitman fights back
/ "Ghostbusters II" director Ivan Reitman is currently attached to direct Columbia’s "Ghostbusters III", but NY Mag’s Vulture blog is reporting that the studio is hoping to get someone younger to direct the film. Unfortunately for the studio, Reitman has a contract in place that gives him near total creative control:

"…a source tells us that Reitman and all three original principals (Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Harold Ramis … sorry, Ernie Hudson!) have a deal that says that if any of the four of them don’t like any element of a new Ghostbusters, they can singlehandedly veto and kill the project; it has to be unanimously approved before going forward. (Considering that both Aykroyd and Ramis have been consulting on the story, Murray is likely the only unknown quantity on the actors’ side.) However, the key difference is that Columbia would love for these actors to be onboard to pass the torch and cross the streams. Not so with Reitman."

The second draft, penned by "The Office" writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, is expected to be handed into the studio this May.

Kick-Ass: SXSW screening impressions + New trailer
director Matthew Vaughn, Mark Millar, writer of the comic and screenplay and stars Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse were on hand at a SXSW panel over the weekend where the film was screened. Most of the impressions were incredibly favorable. Here are some highlights from various reports: [Heat Vision | io9 | SCI FI Wire]

  • A franchise is definitely hoped for. The film ends with a note with a nod to a follow-up that echoes the first "Spider-Man" by quoting a line from Tim Burton’s "Batman".
  • The script makes direct or indirect references to several films/franchises including: Jason Bourne, Batman, Spider-Man, Superman, Wolverine, Scott Pilgrim, Ditko’s Spider-Man comics, Kill Bill, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Lost, Sin City and American Beauty.
  • Vaughn says that he wasn’t happy with an early cut of the film and went back for a 10-day shoot about six months after production wrapped to shoot more fighting sequences.
  • The film is violent, but there’s not as much blood as expected.
  • Not a direct copy of the comic series: "The episodic nature of comics meant I had to have an eight-act story, had to have reveals and twists that would have messed up the nature of the film," Millar said during the panel. "Big Daddy’s story in the comic book … would’ve ruined the movie. Likewise, the jetpack scene wouldn’t have worked in the comic. It was only two or three real diversions it took, but it was just necessary."

One of the first reviews for the film comes from IGN UK who gave it 5/5.  Here are their concluding remarks:

…Kick-Ass is as good a superhero movie as has yet been made — storytelling of the very highest order, crafted by experts who know, love and treat the subject matter with the respect it deserves.

The result is utterly compelling from start-to-finish; an adaptation that perfectly captures the anarchic nature of the comic while at the same time eliciting unexpected emotions from a film about a crime-fighting kid in a wet-suit.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll squeal in delight at the outrageous behaviour of a little girl in a purple cape. But most of all, you’ll wish that all superhero movies were like this.

Lastly, Lionsgate has released a new trailer for the film which you can see below along with some of the latest posters. "Kick-Ass" is scheduled to hit theaters on April 16, 2010.

Movie trailer #2 [Trailer Addict]

Kick-Ass, Red Mist and Hit Girl posters [MTV, (2), (3)]

Avatar DVD/Blu-ray coming April 22 + Extended re-release this fall?
20th Century Fox has confirmed that "Avatar" will be released on DVD and Blu-ray this April 22nd, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. As originally reported, this will be a "bare-bones" 2D only release of the film. A 3D and value-added DVD/Blu-ray is expected to follow sometime next year. 20th Century Fox has also issued release dates for other countries (see them here). In other news, director James Cameron told USA Today that the studio is considering re-releasing the film theatrically — potentially in an extended cut — this fall:

The wildcard is that we might be re-releasing the movie this fall. It’s kind of gotten stomped out (in theaters) because of Alice in Wonderland. The word we’re getting back from exhibitors is we probably left a couple of hundred million dollars on the table as a result. The question is the appetite still going to be there after the summer glut of movies. We’re going to assess that. We’re talking about maybe adding in additional footage and doing something creative.

On the box office front, "Avatar" took in $6.5M over the weekend (down less than 20% from the weekend prior–despite losing nearly 450 theaters). Through Wednesday it’s at $732.2M domestically and an estimated $1.9B overseas for a worldwide cume of $2.64B worldwide.

The Hobbit starts shooting in July
Ian McKellen’s official website has been updated to report that filming on the two "Hobbit" movies will begin this July in New Zealand:

HE HOBBIT’s, two films, start shooting in New Zealand in July. Filming will take over a year. Casting in Los Angeles, New York City and London has started. The script too proceeds. The first draft is crammed with old and new friends, again on a quest in Middle Earth.

The director Guillermo del Toro is now living in Wellington, close to the Jacksons’ and the studio in Miramar.

McKellen’s website actually originally listed June as the start of filming — which was in-line with Production Weekly’s January tweet — but was edited to July shortly thereafter.

PREVIEW Videos & Images

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Standee [Shock Till You Drop]

George Romero’s Survival of the Dead

Promotional stills [more at IGN]

Green Lantern

Ryan Reynolds on the set [CBM]

Iron Man 2

War Machine collectible figure [Hot Toys on Facebook via io9]


Teaser trailer [Yahoo! Movies]

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Book trailer [YouTube]


On the set/first look [YouTube]

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Featurette: "Destiny – Jack Gyllenhaal" [YouTube]

Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World

Teaser poster [Scott Pilgrim The Movie]

Shrek Forever After

Movie trailer #2 [Trailer Addict]

Toy Story 3

Standee, international and new character ("Sparks") posters [ / The Pixar Blog / Latino Review]

Tron Legacy

Set images [more at /Film]

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Teaser trailer [Trailer Addict]


  • Previously on Michael Giacchino To Score ‘John Carter of Mars’
  • "Sharktopus" isn’t the only Syfy Saturday Night movie on tap this year.  Syfy has announced complete plans for their 2010 TV movie slate which includes 23 others including "Lake Placid 3" starring Colin Ferguson ("Eureka"). [Syfy]
  • Summit Entertainment is reportedly considering several high-profile directors to take on "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn". They include Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation"), Gus Van Saint ("Milk") and Bill Condon ("Dreamgirls"). Summit is expected to deliver screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg’s detailed outline to the directors sometime next week. [EW]
  • The estate of comic book icon Jack Kirby have officially filed a lawsuit against Marvel to terminate copyrights and gain profits from several of Kirby’s works including Iron Man, X-Men, The Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man. [THR, esq.]
  • Universal’s "The Thing" prequel has officially been greenlit by the studio and will begin shooting this Friday. [LA Times’ The Big Picture blog]
  • Kristen Wiig talks about her role in Simon Pegg’s "Paul" in a new interview with io9.
  • "Zombieland 2" director Ruben Fleischer says that the movie’s 3D won’t be used as a gimmick: "We’re writing it with 3-D in mind," Fleischer said. "I took the writers to the 3-D workshop. We’re really going to try and make it something that’s intentional, as opposed to some of the movies where it’s just another component to market or a way to make more money at the box office". [SCI FI Wire]
  • Director Robert Rodriguez has turned in a script for his "Spy Kids" reboot which will focus on a new group of kids. [SCI FI Wire]
  • Tim Burton’s "Alice in Wonderland" staved off four new releases to finish in an easy first place over the weekend, taking in $62.7M.  Through Wednesday, ‘Alice’ is at $226.1M domestically (worldwide the film is at an estimated $447.1M). [BOM]
  • After 2011’s "Mars Needs Mars", Disney is shuttering Robert Zemeckis’ motion-capture studio ImageMovers Digital. The reason is quite simple: weak profits. Zemeckis’ films are always expensive (last year’s "The Christmas Carol" for instance grossed just $137.9M domestically with a budget of $200M–although foreign numbers were better, they still weren’t enough to turn a profit). [New York Times]
  • Director David Fincher is shopping a new version of "Heavy Metal" considered to be more appealing to the masses. The project will reportedly see James Cameron ("Avatar") directing one segment, Zack Snyder ("300") another and Fincher also directing one himself.  [Deadline New York]
  • Warner Brothers has picked up a treatment titled "Leonardo da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever". The project "re-imagines Da Vinci as a member of a secret society who falls headlong into a supernatural adventure that pits the man against Biblical demons in a story involving secret codes, lost civilizations, hidden fortresses and fallen angels." [THR]
  • DreamWorks has hired Drew Goddard ("Cloverfield") to adapt Daniel H. Wilson’s upcoming novel "Robopocalypse" and Steven Spielberg may direct. [Deadline New York]
  • Tim Burton ("Alice in Wonderland") will direct a 3D stop-motion animated film based on Charles Addams’ original cartoon drawings of "The Addams Family". [Deadline New York]
  • "The Green Hornet" director Michel Gondry has revealed that a trailer for the the film should be out by this spring or summer. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on December 22, 2010… [MTV Splashpage]
  • …Gondry also made clear that he’s proud of his original vision and doesn’t appreciate people suggesting that he’s not doing it the way it should be done: "If people think we owe to follow the rule of a comic book, there is no comic book of The Green Hornet, so f–k that. I’m sorry, but I don’t owe anything to any aficionado of the comic book. I’m doing a film." [SCI FI Wire]
  • Akiva Goldsman has boarded Paramount’s "Paranormal Activity 2" (October 22, 2010) as executive producer, but not as a director as was previously rumored. Goldsman will also help to "flesh out the story". [Deadline New York]
  • Summit Entertainment has picked up "The Last Witch Hunter", a pitch by "Priest" writer Cory Goodman. Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted") is on board as a producer and could direct. [Deadline New York]
  • "Clash of the Titans" writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi talk about how they approached the film for the new millennium: "All those signature creatures are there; we wanted to do that. I think the way the action is pulled off is different", Hay said. "We focused on the interactions between the men and gods, and the journey of Perseus. He’s a demigod…Our feeling is that he resists the god side of him. He chooses the side that is a man," added Manfredi. [io9]
  • Russell Mulcahy, director of MTV’s upcoming "Teen Wolf" remake, defends the project against fan concerns of taking on the popular 80s film: "I’ve heard this, I haven’t read it, but I’ve heard this and let me assure you – I mean we are not screwing around with the obviously very much beloved 80s Michael J. Fox classic, we are not doing that." [Den of Geek]
  • Edward Norton doesn’t think Marvel will move forward with a sequel to "The Incredible Hulk": "I don’t think so. I think it has got more to do with what Marvel is doing. I get the sense they have this grand vision of unspooling a lot of their characters and then starting to put them together." [Cinematical]
  • Visits to the set of Disney’s "Tron Legacy" took place last summer and embargoes are only now being lifted. Here are links to the various set reports and interviews with the cast and crew [/Film (2) (3) (4), Hit Fix (2), and SCI FI Wire]


  • Ellen Page ("Inception") will star in Michel Gondry’s time-travel movie which he hopes to take-on after "The Green Lantern". [MTV Movies blog]
  • Robert Downey Jr. is in negotiations to star in Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D space film "Gravity". [Deadline New York]
  • Evan Rachel Wood has dropped out of the Broadway musical "Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark". She was to play Mary Jane Watson in the show. Wood dropped out because of a scheduling conflict. [Variety]
  • Sam Worthington ("Avatar") has reportedly signed on to an adaptation of the British sci-fi comic property "Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future". [Pajiba]
  • Eric Roberts has signed on to star in Roger Corman’s Syfy Original Movie "Sharktopus". [Syfy]
  • Jason Segal will star as the human lead in Disney’s upcoming "Muppets" movie. Segal co-wrote the script with Nicholas Stoller and has also boarded the project as one of its producers. [Heat Vision blog]
  • Sigourney Weaver ("Avatar") has joined the cast of Amy Heckerling’s new vampire feature film "Vamps".  Weaver will play the role of Ciccerus, a "bloodthirsty ‘stem’ vampire who has created a dynasty." The film starts production this May. []
  • Get paid $200/day to be an extra in Michael Bay’s "Transformers 3". The ad was placed on Craigslist. [via Collider]
  • DreamWorks and "Real Steel" director Shawn Levy have tapped 11-year-old Dakota Goya for the part of Hugh Jackman’s son in the futuristic robot boxing drama. [THR]
  • Hank Azaria will play Gargamel in Raja Gosnell’s 3D live-action/animated "Smurfs" movie…
  • …Also, Jayma Mays ("Heroes") will play the pregnant wife to Neil Patrick Harris’ character. Production on the film is slated to begin next month. [EW & Neil Patrick Harris]
  • Filmmaker-actor Taika Waititi and ‘Attack of the Clones’ star Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett) have joined the cast of Martin Campbell’s 3D "Green Lantern". Waititi will play the best friend of Hal Jordan / Green Lantern (Ryan Reynolds) while Morrison will play Abin Sur, a member of the Green Lantern corps. [THR’s Heat Vision blog]
  • Not unexpected, but at ShoWest 2010 Josh Duhamel revealed that he has spoken with director Michael Bay and will return for "Transformers 3".  Duhamel also revealed that the script for the film is done and shooting will begin this summer. []

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The Apes ‘prequel’ sounds suspiciously similar to the cheesiest installment of the orginal movies. If that’s the best ya got, then “take yer stinkin’ paws off it, you damn dirty apes.”

WoW. So much going on. Can’t wait to see Tron with Bruce Boxlitner and Avatar was so fantastic on 3d. So I will wait foe the release on bluray 3d next fall. Iron Man is looking great and good to see josh Dumel back for Transformers 3. Bring on the X Men and i hope Hugh Jackman is back. Green Hornet and Capt America looking better.

All things considered, that Preadtor poster is nowhere near as bad as I had feared. The Wrist Blade is too long though.

And I have a bad feeling about Toy Story 3….

Always good to have another Romero Dead movie out, probably won’t be great but should still be good. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies looks, well I dont even know, but I’ll have to check it out. And of course another Xmen should be good.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? Are you kidding me? Wow, that looked so corny. And it’s based on a novel which means some people will read anything.

Wow. Just wow.

Predators looks INTENSE! The first one still scares the crap out of me.

Great. Now Gargamel will have that stupid pseudo-british accent and lisp…

Please no metro types for Captain America. No pretty boys.

This guy is supposed to be a tough as nails, American Hero.

Not an emo modern day young person, more like a soldier during world war II. Unless they are updating it to the present, which means i won’t watch it.
Kirby’s Captain America or none.

As for Predators i really wish they would stop bringing things from my childhood back and ruining them, nightmare on elm street included.

X-men 3 and Wolverine origins sucked, so i have little hope for first class unless it is heavily based on the kirby era like the comic by the same name.

As for x-men 4, i would welcome that with Singer at the helm, but why not remake 3 while they are at it. The guy who made 3 ruined the entire trilogy with his nonsense. All the buildup to the dark phoenix saga was thrown out the window.

“Predators” actually looks good. I like the cast already. But I’m a little skeptical whether this movie is going to be good. But I’ll go and see it anyway.

James Cameron and FOX are getting greedy. They already released the film in 3d and 2d, the release of the dvd/Blu Ray will be bare bones, the extended version might be in theatres in the fall, and the extended version with the special features won’t be out til next year at the earliest. Or they may withhold the special edition until the sequel comes out in 3 or 4 years. I understand they have the right to squeeze as much money as they can, but c’mon, this is getting ridiculous.

I guess $2.64 billion isn’t enough.

You said it, skyjedi. Kirby’s Cap or nothing. Rough, tough, and ready to kill Nazis.

And would it kill these filmmakers to cast actors who are over thirty years old? You know, like those hugely successful Batman movies of recent years. Christian Bale may be a whiny prima donna off-camera, but at least the man looks the part. No peach fuzz and guyliner there.

Rant over.

Okay, I looked it up. Channing Tatum is 29. Ryan Phillipe is 35. At least they aren’t the 21 I was expecting.

I withdraw my earlier rant. But I’m still not going to say that ageism doesn’t exist in Hollywood. Just ask Ivan Reitman.

Still can’t wait for Tron Legacy

Do we need a fourth “X-Men” movie? I say stick with “Wolverine”. I liked the first, but the second needs to be better. Wolverine is the clearcut favorite so I say stick with him.

#3 Why? Pixar has a perfect track record (yes,”Cars” is a great movie despite some naysayers), so if you should have confidence in any studio in regards with sequels, Pixar is it. ALL their movies have been big hits, with most being regarded as classics. Unless you believe that the law of averages will catch up with Pixar. Which it definitely will someday, but most likely not with “Toy Story 3”.

@9, 11: How about Mark Valley (aka costar of The Shat on Boston Legal) as Captain America? He’s got the look for it.

But if they absolutely had to go with a “pretty-boy” actor, I’d like to see Jensen Ackles as Cap. Dean Winchester FTW! :)

The Predator movie had better have someone yell “Get to da choppa!” or else.

Shame on Columbia to try and get rid of Ivan Reitman.

Ghostbusters III has a better chance of succeeding with Ivan Rietman directing and all the Ghostbusters back in substantial roles.

Ghostbusters is my all time fav movie and I want to see the Ghostbusters I love, not a bunch of young pretty boys who cannot hold a handle to fantastic talents of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie hudson and I want Annie Potts back Janine.

The Video Game was great as a Ghostbusters III, it had the comedy from the movies.

Please Columbia, don’t ruin my fav movie with the typical corporate decisions.
Is it any wonder I hate the mainstream

• There will be various types of Predators in the film: falconer predator, a flushing predator and a dog handling predator.

Geez. All these movies, comics and games and still not one female Predator. I dig the dog handlers though. :)

You know….I think it reflects badly that they’re reduced to advertising on CraigsList for Transformers extras. Michael Bay must be a nightmare to work with. Glad that at least one good actor will be on that set, though good actors won’t save the movie if the story is crap.

Awesome news about The Hobbit, I can’t wait!

Ghostbusters III is a disaster waiting to happen. The problem isn’t the director, it’s the plot and it started it’s downhill trip right after the announcement was leaked that Peter Venkman will be killed off. They actually believe bells and whistles will Pied Piper people into going for that. Come on, Sony. If you’re going to make a Ghostbusters movie, make a Ghostbusters movie. Not a Ghostfakers movie. If Bill Murray won’t do it otherwise, cancel the project. It’s not going to ruin anybody’s day (well, Aykroyd’s maybe but he’ll get over it, I promise).

On a side note about Bill Murray: I’m a big fan, but I think he’s being a bit of a butt about being so adamant over killing off Venkman. Get over it, dude. Still the same, I still believe he’d be a great captain so here’s my occasional plug. Please put him in the sequel!!!! Please!!!!!!!!!!!!

OK – When will they announce the filming of “Flatland” in 3D?

C’Mon already! Enough with the 3D crap!

I’m with others here. I really hope Captain America is good. Kirby’s Captain America that he brought out again in the 60’s is the way to go. Please be good. And cast this thing already.

Bottom line Ivan Reitman is a better director than a lot of today’s younger directors

Ivan Reitman can get great performances but younger directors seem to be more focused on CGI.

Do you see why I hate the mainstream?

some of this sounds ridiculously stupid.

Wolverine sucked. I was expecting something much better. Such a disapointment!

Captain America starts shooting in London? Oh, the irony!

I believe that 2011 Zemeckis’ feature is titled MARS NEEDS MOMS.

does anyone else think predators looks like another AVP movie?

the cast looks like a ridiculous bunch of unlikely comrades. if anyone has seen the mutant chronicles, you might know what i mean. this looks like the same thing. the first predator had a cast of real badasses. these guys look really lame in comparison. they should’ve cast christian bale for this. watch ‘harsh times’ if you think i’m wrong.

hopefully fishburne and brody will be able to salvage this. i expect more from alien 5.

Okay, jumping right to a question that doesn’t seem to have any answers…

Has Bryan Singer abandoned his Galactica Remake, or pushed it back? As a fan of BOTH incarnations of Galactica, I’m curious for a reworking more faithful to the original tone and feel.

Anyone know??

Okay, a lot of movie news here…

I’m looking forward to Predators and Kick-Ass. Especially Kick-Ass. I can do without another Xmen and it seems Avatar hasn’t been “milkcowed” enough. And I hope Pixar doesn’t frak up Toy Story 3, because that’s another one I can’t wait to see.

Argh, too much movies! Where to begin!

paul walker , captain america, nuff said

People interviewing Singer need to ask him about the Battlestar Galactica movie!

#19 Bill Murray has said only twice, “I’ll do it if they kill me off and bring me back as a ghost.” Think about that for a second. Venkman as a ghost. Such a thing has potential to be either really good movie drama or really good comedy. I mean, really, think what he could do to Dana Barret if he’s a ghost? ;-) Or he perhaps goes on some kind of psycho-kinetically influenced rampage and the Ghostbusters must “bust” their former compatriot? Plus, to be honest, the original cast is getting old. Not just older, but old. That hasn’t reduced their acting abilities, but there’s just so much they can do these days. As much as I hate to think of them passing the torch, they have, in a way, planted the seeds for doing so in the video game with the “rookie” getting one of their franchises outside of New York.

14… Put me in the “Cars stunk” camp. very weak story and nothing in it for adults unless those adults were NASCAR fans. And I thought “Ratatouille” was even worse. Didn;t care much for “Wall-E”, either. For me, Pixar’s “Toy Story”, “Finding Nemo”, “The Incredibles”, and “Up” are great. The rest are okay at best (still, that’s an impressive record.)

#31: That may appeal to some, but some people don’t want what is already loved to be tinkered and messed around with. Who cares if the Ghostbusters are old? That’s shallow. I’m in my 30’s, and it doesn’t bother me. I give people more credit than that. If I am going to see a Ghostbusters movie, then that’s what I want. I want the Ghostbusters, or nothing. I would be more friendly toward the idea of new Ghostbusters, if the movie wasn’t going to kill off a favored character. Killing off Peter Venkman won’t be funny. It’ll be heartbreaking. Ghostbusters is supposed to be funny. That’s not funny. There’s nothing in the world, that can make it funny. I don’t go to the movies to be depressed. I go for a good movie and if I go to see Ghostbusters, I want a comedy. Turning GB into a drama or adding bells and whistles with CGI won’t help matters. You can put sunglasses on a duck, but it’s still a duck.

Mark Valley has the perfect look to portray Kirby’s Captain America. They will, of course, want to make a franchise out of it. At 35 years of age, is he too old in the long run?

29. zola – March 19, 2010
paul walker , captain america, nuff said

Maybe, I can sort of see him in the role. A little off-subject, but my eleventh-grade English teacher went to high school with him. My brush with fame.

Paul Walker can’t act. Mark Valley is WAY too old– 35? Try FORTY five. I read this morning that Marvel has offered Cap to Chris Evans. Good choice. He can act, if you’ve seen any of his smaller films, he looks the part, can hold his own against veteran actors and he won’t require a big paycheck like other names fans are throwing around. Also, his only prior commitment is to an indie romantic comedy, unlike guys like McPartlin or Jensen Ackles, both of whom star in popular TV shows.

A lot more goes into these decisions than who looks like the character, remember that.

– I hope ‘PREDATORS’ will have a better director than ‘PREDATOR 2″ had..

“Ghostbusters III is a disaster waiting to happen. The problem isn’t the director, it’s the plot and it started it’s downhill trip right after the announcement was leaked that Peter Venkman will be killed off.”

I wonder why people take this as some kind of big spoiler. Having Peter die and return as a ghost has been around since right after GB2 was released… and that was, like, yet in the 20th. century. :)

Preditor is going to be sweet like always. Ghostbusters 3 will be awsome i just wish the did it like 10 years ago!!! I remember being 6 years old and getting ghostbuster toys proton pack and all that cool stuff. Cant wait for 3!!!

Hoping that the Planet of the Apes sequel will be a HUGE improvement over the “first” film; which was terrible & nothing close to the 1968 classic.

Re: 24 – Buzz … your namesake bombs hit London, not New York or L.A. I think it’s cool they’re filming in one of the locations where WWII actually took place. No irony there. :-)

Scott B. out.

Ghostbusters III has to be the worst idea since Ghostbusters II.

Can’t we agree the first is a classic of eighties comedy gold and cheesyness, without having to continually destroy peoples chidhoods.

Dan Akryoyd is not a believable person on this either since he was in that awful film 1941,bad cameo in awful indiana jones prequel, and thought Crystal Numbskull was great.

The casting for Captain America is down to three and Marvel has offered the role to Chris Evans.

Tim Burton’s involvement with the Adams Family project has been dispelled as rumor by someone close to the director.

–Ghostbusters III has a better chance of succeeding with Ivan Rietman directing and all the Ghostbusters back in substantial roles.
–Ghostbusters is my all time fav movie and I want to see the Ghostbusters I love, not a bunch of young pretty boys who cannot hold a handle to fantastic talents of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie hudson and I want Annie Potts back Janine.

***I’m not any sort of an expert, but I agree on both points. The subject of ghosts and goblins can be a scary one, but Ghostbusters really puts a hilarious spin on it.

–I wonder why people take this as some kind of big spoiler. Having Peter die and return as a ghost has been around since right after GB2 was released… and that was, like, yet in the 20th. century. :)

***Pre-existing concepts are often modified when implimented on the movie screen. Movies are expensive to make, and I’m sure the people who make them don’t want to spend that kind of money, only to see their hard work fail to bring a positive result. This is one reason why I believe movie makers should always “take the public’s temperature” before moving on with a project. Nothing too spoilerish, but generalized as in a few part-time temps (i.e. kids looking for summer jobs) going out to shopping malls at a kiosk to stop people (not taking any names, but recording statistics among those who are polled) and say on a hypothetical basis, “what would you think if….”. and/or “If this were your project, what would your ideas be?” Professional movie makers are certainly talented peole who can produce quality projects, however their own creativity can sometimes be introverted and might not always help to boost potential for success (i.e. Star Trek: Nemesis). Besides, having the public’s ideas put away for safe keeping can be a valuable tool for jogging other creative ideas down the road in other capacities, perhaps even in other projects.

–Ghostbusters III has to be the worst idea since Ghostbusters II.

Loved #2 (especially the statue of liberty. I laughed hard at that one). I think GB 3 could work and work well, if they’ll do it right.

Anthony: Ghostbuters is so popular……if there will be a number 3, do you think the people who are over this project would ever ask you to do another forum (i.e:, or something?).

Why would they even consider a Ghostbusters 3 if Bill Murray isn’t fully onboard?

This film won’t get made.

#45 Money.

46: This is sounding like a strait to DVD flop. What money?