Sci-Fi Movies Thursday: Captain America, Tron Legacy, Clash of the Titans, X-Men, Avatar 2, Transformers 3 + more

In Sci-Fi Movies this week we finally have our Captain America. There is also more fun viral stuff for Tron Legacy, news on sequels to Avatar and Clash of the Titans, casting for Transformers 3, director updates for Avengers and X-Men: First Class, and more genre movie news. Plus we have all the images and videos.




Chris Evans is Captain America
After weeks of rumors (including one about Chris Pine), Chris Evans ("Fantastic Four") has accepted Marvel’s offer to play Captain America / Steve Rogers in Joe Johnston’s "The First Avenger: Captain America". The deal reportedly calls for Evans to appear in up to three ‘Captain America’ movies plus appearances in "The Avengers" and other Marvel movies. "The First Avenger: Captain America" starts shooting this summer in the UK and is scheduled to hit theaters on July 22, 2011.

New Tron Legacy viral event
Disney has announced a new arm of their Viral marketing campaign for Joseph Kosinski’s "Tron Legacy".  They have scheduled a new meet up at WonderCon in San Francisco next Friday [Encom International]:



Newly-minted Executive Consultant Alan Bradley will introduce the latest addition to the Encom International product library on April 2 in San Francisco.

Software giant Encom ushered in the digital age with an unrivaled library of gaming titles. Now, Encom International circles the globe with advanced software systems that include communications, sports, entertainment, navigation, agricultural, health care, construction, weather, military and governmental applications on every continent.

Read the rest of the release here. In related news, IGN has posted a video interview with Bradley (played by Bruce Boxleitner). Watch it below.

Disney monorail featuring Tron art [DisneyParks Blog]

Clash of the Titans sequels already written + Leterrier on shortlist to direct Avengers?
"Clash of the Titans"
director Louis Leterrier told First Showing that he originally signed on to make a trilogy for Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures and has written an entire story for the three movies:

"…I wrote two other movies… It was three movies. Warners came to me and said ‘we’ll greenlight your movie if you promise us [two more.]’" He continues, "You can tell that that story the story doesn’t end at the Clash of the Titans… And I said ‘thanks a lot’ because I love doing that. And I had to write two stories. So Clash of the Titans is, and especially ‘Titans’ is, actually a bigger movie. So ‘Titans’ are coming…I actually love wanting more out of a movie," he says.

Of course before we see any sequels, ‘Clash’ will have to perform well at the box office when it hits this Friday. One thing that Warner Brothers is hoping will help increase that box office is their decision to convert the film to 3D.  On that front, WB showcased about 7-10 minutes of 3D clips from the film at ShoWest and some found it to be underwhelming: [/Film]:

I will be completely honest — it did not look great. It looked passable. General audiences might not notice the difference, but they will feel it.

To me, the live-action post-converted 3D footage looked very unnatural. At times the characters appeared to stand out like cardboard cutouts, while other times they appeared to be graphed to a computer generated 3D model, and it just looked odd. The computer animated elements look a bit better, but as a whole it was a subpar experience.

In other news, Louis Leterrier revealed that he is on the shortlist to direct Marvel’s "The Avengers": "…but I’m at the bottom of the shortlist, I’m sure. (Laughs) I don’t know who the other guys are, but I have a great relationship with [Marvel], and I’ve been very vocal to them and everyone else that I am the one to direct it."

Promotional stills [more at /Film]

Could Jack and Giant Killer keep Singer from directing X-Men: First Class?
Bryan Singer may not be directing "X-Men: First Class" after all.  HitFix is reporting that 20th Century Fox is "actively searching for directors to step in and helm the film, with discussions with at least two other filmmakers as recently as last week."  The problem relates to Singer’s commitment to Warner Brothers’ "Jack the Giant Killer" which means he may not be free to direct ‘First Class’:

The filmmakers that they’re approaching now about directing "X-Men: First Class" are good names, guys who either have real experience in the comic book movie medium or who have heavy credibility with fan audiences. Names that would make fanboys happy from the first moment they’re announced. I’m curious to see who else they meet with in the next few weeks now that their first few choices have passed. Those meetings, exclusively reported by HitFix, make it seem like no matter what public face they’re putting on things, Fox is making plans as if Singer will not be free.

James Cameron talks Avatar DVD/Blu-ray, Avatar 2 and Battle Angel
The April 22nd DVD/Blu-ray release of "Avatar" will contain just the movie, but director James Cameron talked about what fans will have to look forward to with this November’s special edition release. Cameron says the special edition will include an extended cut with six minutes of footage back in, plus options to watch an earlier cut of the film with about 30-35 minutes of additional footage (although not all of it will be completed):

If you do that one experience, you’ll watch a movie that’s only about six minutes longer, but it’s seamless. If you do the other experience, you’re going to watch a movie that’s much longer and has a lot of stuff in it that you won’t recognize, some of which won’t be finished. It will be a little bit more like some of the Disney stuff that they do where they leave pencil tests in for scenes that were never done. That’s really more of a fan’s exploration of what the movie might have been, or a lot of the ideas that fed into it.

The Blu-ray will also feature a picture-in-picture mode:

We’ll literally have a parallel cut, where you can watch it just in the reference cameras…the essence of it and the moment is exactly what you see in the final film. It’s just people in black leotards. It’s pretty wild. It’s pretty amazing. The thing that I think is really cool is when you do it in a picture-in-picture, so you see the final image of Neytiri and you see what Zoe is doing, and it’s identical.

A 3D Blu-ray version is also expected, although probably not until next year when there’s more market penetration for the new technology. Cameron also revealed that there’s a deleted scene from the film which he may withhold until the sequel:

"There’s a scene that I’m specifically not putting in the deleted scenes in any form because it’s a scene that I want to preserve for a future film. I’m not going to say what it is, but that’s absolutely a consideration."

20th Century Fox also announced a new initiative to plant 1 million trees for the DVD/Blu-ray’s Earth Day release. Details here. In other news, Cameron says he’s still deciding between whether to move on to another project such as "Battle Angel" or move right into "Avatar 2":

"I’ve got to decide," Cameron said. "Do I want to go back and do Battle Angel and come back to Avatar later, or just plow on with Avatar? Do I want to go do something completely different like this Mars project that’s been floating around out there for the last 12 years that I actually started making the 3-D cameras in the first place in order to shoot? There are a number of options. I haven’t decided. Dive’s another possibility. I’ve got too many possibilities, not enough time."

Inception footage described
Christopher Nolan debuted footage from his upcoming "Inception" at ShoWest last weekend, revealing a few more details about the secretive project.  Here’s an excerpt from CinemaBlend’s report:

Perhaps the biggest plot detail revealed is that Leonardo DiCaprio’s investigator character isn’t just using technology to jump into peoples’ minds, but into their dreams– as he sees it there are people who would use this dream-investigation technology for evil, and it’s up to him and partner Joseph Gordon-Levitt to stop them. One of the few dialogue scenes involves the two of them explaining their job to Ken Wantanabe’s character, though it’s unclear exactly who he is and if he’s on their side during the action scenes we see later. And despite initial speculation that Gordon-Levitt may be a villain character, he and DiCaprio seems to be partners– though DiCaprio does let him have it in one scene, which might mean a rift develops between them that makes Gordon-Levitt the villain in the end.

"Inception" is scheduled to hit conventional and IMAX theaters on July 16, 2010.

Wes Craven to direct Scream 4; Set for April 2011
Dimension Films has confirmed that they are moving forward with "Scream 4" and original trilogy director Wes Craven will return to direct. Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox Arquette will all return, but they’ll be joined by a new younger cast.  The film will begin shooting this spring and is scheduled to hit theaters on April 12, 2011.

Malkovich, McDormand and Jeong join Transformers 3 + Bay unhappy with 3D post-conversion
"Transformers 3"
director Michael Bay posted a message on his official website announcing that John Malkovich, Frances McDormand and Ken Jeong have joined the cast and also revealed a new Autobot vehicle; the Ferrari 458 Italia. Deadline New York reports that Malkovich will play Shia’s first boss and McDormand will play the National Intelligence Director.  It’s unknown what role Jeong ("The Hangover") will play.  Bay also revealed that the film begins pre-shoots "in about one month" and they will shoot in LA, Chicago, Washington DC, Florida, Texas, Africa, Moscow, and China.  In related news, a set report obtained by Superhero Hype! seems to indicate that the movie will be going to the moon:

"There’s some big stuff being built here, man," says the spy. "One end of the soundstage had some wooden structures. Another area they were chopping away at Styrofoam to create a rocky terrain. And the crew was rolling along something that looked like a giant gear. I breezed on by the ‘model’ shop and, while I couldn’t get a good look inside, there were a lot of moon reference photos and NASA moon lander pics. I could have sworn I saw a Transformer, again, didn’t get a good look."

Meanwhile, Michael Bay told Mike Fleming of Deadline New York that there isn’t enough time to shoot "Transformers 3" in 3D if they stick to its current release date and he is not interested in doing the 3D conversion in post:

"I shoot complicated stuff, I put real elements into action scenes and honestly, I am not sold right now on the conversion process,” says Michael Bay. Paramount and DreamWorks are pressuring him to allow Transformers 3 to be dimensional-ized after the fact, because there simply isn’t enough time to shoot with 3D camera and post the film between now and its July 1, 2011 release date.

"I am trying to be sold, and some companies are still working on the shots I gave them," Bay said. "Right now, it looks like fake 3D, with layers that are very apparent. You go to the screening room, you are hoping to be thrilled, and you’re thinking, huh, this kind of sucks. People can say whatever they want about my movies, but they are technically precise, and if this isn’t going to be excellent, I don’t want to do it. And it is my choice."

In related news, Josh Duhamel confirmed that the script is finished and says he’s read it and says he "was really pleasantly surprised and happy. They did a great job." Duhamel dodged a question when asked if we may see Dinobots in the movie: "I can’t tell you," he said. "Transformers 3" is scheduled to hit theaters on July 1, 2011.

PREVIEW Videos & Images

A Nightmare on Elm Street

MTV/Nightmare on Elm Street TV commericial interruptions [via Shock Till You Drop — behind the scenes images here]

Watch two more here and here


Promotional stills [one more here]

Despicable Me

New movie trailer [Trailer Addict]

Hot Tub Time Machine

Promotional stills [more at IGN]

Red band clip [YouTube]

Watch two more clips here

Iron Man 2

International movie poster []


Clip: "Meet the Mist Mobile" [MTV]

TV spot [YouTube / via Superhero Hype!]

Watch another TV spot here

The Losers

New movie poster [/Film]


Interview with Robert Rodriguez at SXSW [IGN]

Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World

Teaser trailer [Trailer Addict]

Toy Story 3

New characters: Dolly and Mr. Pricklepants [via /Film]

Character animations for Dolly and Mr. Pricklepants [YouTube & YouTube]

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Sneak peek [YouTube]

Watch another clip here

New movie poster [/Film]

Wanted 2

Mark Millar talks about the potential sequel [MTV Splash Page]


  • Warner Brothers president Alan Horn has confirmed that the studio is working on a fifth "Final Destination". []

  • There was a fire on the set of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", but it wasn’t as bad as originally feared. There was no damage and no one was hurt. [SCI FI Wire]

  • "300" director Zack Snyder has revealed that Warner Brothers converted about 10 minutes of the film to 3D and that the studio may possibly re-release it in 3D sometime in the near future: "I saw maybe like a ten-minute section that they’d just done," he told us. "I haven’t seen the whole movie but they’re talking about doing the whole movie…"

  • …In related news, Snyder revealed that he expects to see something from Frank Miller on his "300" prequel "Xerxes" and after that he’ll "take it and I’ll adapt it and make it into a movie and I’ll write a screenplay, but I want him to do whatever he thinks". []

  • Tim Burton’s next 3D animated project will reportedly be "Frankweenie". [AICN]

  • Paramount Pictures is remaking the 1987 film "The Monster Squad". Rob Cohen, who produced the original, hopes to direct the remake and will produce with Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. [Deadline New York]

  • Did Mickey Rourke, who plays Whiplash in "Iron Man 2", give away a big spoiler? Judge for yourself from this quote: "Well, the only thing I can tell you is that they had decided to kill me and we did film it with Gwyneth Paltrow. And then they came to New Mexico and re-shot it and now it’s left up in the air…". [Total Film via Comic Book Movie]

  • Sam Worthington says he would like to reunite with director McG and star Christian Bale in a "Terminator Salvation" follow-up and even has an idea about how to go about doing it: "I had an idea that we’d go back in time to when Marcus was first put in jail," the actor explained." [MTV]

  • Add Kristen Stewarts and Dakota Fanning to the list of ‘Twilight’ stars in favor of Gus Van Saint directing "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse": "Oh my god! He just makes stunning movies. I just love his work…I don’t know exactly what he would bring to the film but he’s [great]." [MTV Movies Blog]

  • Disney has released the official synopsis for the Shawn Levy-directed futuristic boxing film "Real Steel" starring Hugh Jackman. [MovieWeb]

  • "Batman Begins" / "The Dark Knight" composer Hans Zimmer says he would be in favor of having rumored villain The Riddler in Christopher Nolan’s third "Batman" film: "For me, I’d have an enormous amount of fun with The Riddler…There is such a wealth of fun to be had with a character like that." [MTV Splash Page]

  • "Tron" director Steve Lisbeger talked about his cameo in Joseph Kosinski’s "Tron Legacy": "I’m a bartender at this place, [the] End of the Line Club. And that’s just Joe and Sean having fun with me I think. But I have a certain confrontation with Flynn in this club. I end up having to face my own creation. It’s all subtext. It’s not like I have a scene or anything like that." [Cinematical]

  • Disney and writer Linda Woolverton are teaming for "Maleficient", a live-action adaption of the evil queen from the 1959 animated clasic "Sleeping Beauty". [Heat Vision Blog]

  • Jane Godlman wrote the screenplay to Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of "Kick-Ass" and talks about her script in a new interview with The Guardian.

  • Paul W.S. Anderson ("Resident Evil") has been signed to direct a 3D version of "Buck Rogers". "Iron Man" scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway will write the screenplay. [Deadline New York]

  • Dimension Films has confirmed that "Piranha 3D" will hit theaters on August 27, 2010… [Variety]

  • …and Robert Rodriguez’s 3D "Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World" has been set for August 19, 2011. [BOM]

  • 20th Century Fox is reportedly going to release both "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" (December 10, 2010) and "Gulliver’s Travels" (December 22, 2010) in 3D. []

  • Check out two reports from the set of Warner Brothers’ upcoming comic book adaptation "The Losers". [SCI FI Wire & Superhero Hype!]

  • Longtime Peter Jackson collaborator Richard Taylor (art director at WETA) says Jackson gave up the director’s chair on the two ‘Hobbit’ films because he "probably felt a director such as Guillermo [del Toro] could bring something passionate and unique and original and new to the content for the sake of the fans." [Associated Press]


  • Kellan Lutz has joined the cast of the Universal’s Greek mythology film "War of the Gods". Lutz will play Poseidon, lord of the sea. [Variety]

  • Penélope Cruz will play Johnny Depp’s love interest in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides". [MTV]

  • Olivia Munn has revealed that she has been given another role in "Iron Man 2": "Jon Favreau called and was like, ‘I’ve got good news and bad news: This is what’s happening in editing but we all really like you.’ Marvel and Jon had to add another character from the Marvel universe to keep me included." [Complex]

  • Will Smith is reportedly torn between doing "Men in Black III" for Sony or 20th Century Fox’s fantasy-adventure "The City That Sailed". [Variety]

  • Robert Downey Jr. revealed in an interview at SXSW that he’s ready to suit up for a third "Iron Man". [Associated Press]

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If Chris Evans bulks up a bit, he should be fine playing Cap!

cant wait for transformers 3 great franshise but not like trek

Really looking forward to Tron. And why in hell would I buy the Avatar BRD next month only to have a much better version come out about 6 months later? I also presume that there will be a theatrical version on the November release. (upon review: Yes, of course it will. See you in November, Avatar BRD.)

Clash of the Titans intrigues me. From the sound of it I’ll pass on the 3D.

And Kick Ass looks like a fun flick.

I didn’t read EVERYTHING here. Is there any news on the independent release, “Monsters”, that made such a splash at SXSW?

I’m not sure I can see Chris Evans as Captain America, but we’ll see. I didn’t like him much as Johnny Storm.

I’m not yet sold on the Chris Evans casting decision. Besides, he’s already been The Torch. Give someone else a shot.

Captain America is a very difficult super hero movie to pull off. Like Superman, he’s sort of a bland character to begin with.

I’m looking forward to “Predators”. Looks like the film has a good cast and director.

I hope the Riddler is in the next “Batman”. But it would mark the 2nd time the character has appeared in movie #3 of a series. And the 3rd time overall when you count the Adam West movie from the ’60s. And whoever gets cast would be the third actor to play the Riddler on the big screen.

Can’t wait for “Iron Man 2”, “Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time”, and “The Losers” as well.

“20th Century Fox is “actively searching for directors to step in and helm the film, with discussions with at least two other filmmakers as recently as last week.””

Yeah, that’s thinking Fox – take the movie off the guy that made the only good X-Men movies.

Honestly, do they WANT another embarrassment like Last Stand?! Ouch.

Do we even need a fourth “X-Men” film? I say stick with “Wolverine” because he’s the most popular X-Men character and make the sequel better than the first. I enjoyed “Wolverine” but it could have been better.

Hugh Jackman is synonymous with Wolverine just like William Shatner is synonymous to Captain Kirk.

Riddler for Batman. But get a top notched Actor. I like Capt America. Avatar Sequeal Can’t wait. Looking forward to seeing Clash of the Titans. But may just watch in Regular Mode. Transformers in regulr as well. If Michael bay says it’s not good then I believe him. His Movies may be Different but they are well made.

There are several arguments I will not accept when you say you don’t like the Captain America casting.

1) people will be confused: no they won’t. He’s an actor, that’s what actors do.

2) give someone else a shot: no. this is not elementary school field day. If everyone got a shot, actors would only ever make one movie.

3) now they can’t do a FF/Cpt. America crossover: that’s correct. But they were owned by different studios, so it wasn’t going to happen anyway.

4) he’s a comic actor: see Robin Williams, Tom Hanks, Jamie Foxx– all fine dramatic actors who got their start in comedy. All of them, btw, have won oscars for dramatic roles. And let’s not forget Michael Keaton. By the same token, don’t bash Joe Johnston, when Jon Favreau’s resume consisted of two family comedies and the ‘Swingers’ sequel.

If you dislike Evans, please let it be for some sort of legitimate reason. Myself, i think he’ll be fine, but that’s just my opinion. We’ll see how he looks when a trailer is released late in the year.

Sam Worthington’s idea for the next Terminator movie is boring. No more traveling back in time. We need to move forward with the story and see the war played out.

Gahhh…Transformers 3…so tired of hearing about it. Especially since I heard that apparently they are cutting DOWN on the TRANSFORMERS! That’s the only reason I would see the movie.

The Human Torch as Cap? Ummmm….no?

Penelope Cruz as Jack Sparrow’s love interest…that could work.

After what James Cameron said about Glenn Beck I’ll be keeping my money with regard to his films. What an ass!

No wonder nobody likes that guy.

I think there was something TO that push / suggestion for Connor Trinneer as Captain America…He has the build, the All-American look. And range–if needed for a super-hero, that is.

Release the Kraken!!


Beck deserves everything he gets, really. I don’t care one wit for Cameron, but I’m not going to lose any sleep over ruffled feathers on the part of the pudgy bag of bluster that is Beck.

Also, why are you even bringing this up?

Hope Evans can do a good Cap… time will tell.

Chris Evans?!!!

Well there goes that movie…lame!

Penelope Cruz naked from the waist up…..guaranteed box office!

I am not sure Chris Evans playing Captain American is a wise career move, but I am sure he’d be good at it.

I liked him in both ‘Fantastic Four’ movies and in ‘Sunshine’ and ‘Push.’

If Chris Evens is playing The Cap, who in the hell is going to play Johnny in the Ultimate Avengers?

Dual role for Chris Evans!

Honestly I’m not a huge fan of the Marvel Comicbook movies. I am excited to see that there’s movement on the 300 prequel. And I’m going to be really glad when this Twilight crap has finished its fun. Seems like most of the women around me have been reduced to a 6th grade mindset by it. I say 6th grade because that’s how old I was when Titanic came out and all of the girls I knew were head over heals for Leo. At least that was a solid film, though. Sorry, had to vent.


Didn’t you know that Captain America and the Human Torch are twins? They were separated at birth! ;-)

18. Harry Ballz – You can see that in “Jamón Jamón” or “Abre los ojos”. Let’s keep our Pirates of the Caribbean movies family oriented.

Avatar sequel? I’ll pass–one trip to Pandora well was enough and I only did it to get a taste of the 3-D effects which were fantastic but the story and characters were somewhat bland and stereotypical.

Trek needs to mix its character potential with a classic Trek-like story and dip it in the Avatar quality 3-D and the next big special effects for a good old rip-roaring space adventure light-years beyond any of its “competitors!”

The best thing about TRON legacy…..

No freakin’ light flares & steady camera shots…..

It’ll blow the past few films away because of that alone….

– W –
* Tongue planted firmly in cheek *

@14: RIght on!

@15: I never heard that one. I can’t see Trinneer as Cap…maybe Green LanternGuy Gardner or Hal Jordan (yes, yes, i’ am very well aware of Ryan Reynolds playing Hal, it was just an observation). heck i’d be content seeing him as an older Gambit in any X-Men sequels.

@ 12:

i agree. enough time travel – we want to see the future war, only this time it should be on a larger scale more like the glimpse we got at the beginning of T2. we want to see it full on. T:salvation set up the foundation for that. i couldn’t care less about going back in time to get an insight into worthington’s character. the opening scene in salvation was enough and it was horrible like some scene from the sarah conner chronicles. we want to see an epic battle worthy of the franchise, something like saving private ryan in the future. get with it.

I’ll only start thinking about seeing Transformers 3 if I hear actual reviews of the film saying it is within the neighborhood of good. The second film was such a letdown…

I really hope Captain America is good….done right.

Chris Evans is only good at comedy. Bad choice, but not surprising, Marvel/Sony suck big time.

There goes the Cap…

I think Evans will be fine.

I must admit I’m kinda happy to hear that post-production 3D conversion sucks… this whole 3D thing is coming out of the gate WAY too fast… but maybe that’s just me. If the film is SHOT that way… great. The effect is immersive! But converting after? Sounds terrible…

Enough with the damned 3D already. It was an amazing new gimmick in the 50s (or whenever), and a mildly-entertaining fad in the 80s. Now it’s just annoying.

As for Chris Evans having already played the Human Torch, didn’t we read a little while back about them wanting to reboot the F4 franchise? If so, then it isn’t a problem.

If they don’t reboot the F4 franchise then they might have a problem if Cap’n America meets up with the F4…… Can you say FAIL….

I would be thrilled by an avatar 2!! :D
3D kicks it all!