In this week’s Sci-Fi Movies column we learn (and see) more about Tron: Legacy, glimpse the first footage from Green Lantern, uncover casting and character details from the next Spider-man, Superman, Batman and Hobbit movies, and get an Indy 5 update from the man himself. All that plus more, including the latest casting bites, images and videos.
GENRE MOVIE NEWS
Olivia Wilde, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz talk TRON: Legacy + New trailer, clip and posters
Olivia Wilde spoke with IGN about her portrayal of the character Quorra in "TRON: Legacy". Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
IGN: Original Tron creator and director Steven Lisberger said that CLU represents the technology that comes between us. The tech that inadvertently prevents humans from interacting with each other. Is that your take on CLU?
Wilde: Yes, but only because it’s our fault. CLU is like the abused step-child. It’s like he’s been created out of this beautiful program that Flynn designed in order to be a partner to Flynn. But he’s not his real son. He’s an avatar and he’ll only ever be that. Because there’s a limit to what programs can be. And that’s what frustrates and enrages CLU. The philosophy of Tron for me is really just summed up by the old argument "Monkey vs. Robot." That’s what a lot of these movies are about. What most sci-fi films are about. Tron even more so. If the question of the first Tron movie is, "What would happen if technology took over our lives?" "What if this new thing became more powerful than us?" And now, 30 years later, the film isn’t asking the question anymore because technology has taken over. We are slaves to technology.
This film is asking "Now what?" "Can we escape this or learn what it is to be human again?" And "can we harness the technology that we have created for good?" I think that’s what Kevin Flynn dreamt of doing, but he became swallowed up by his own creation. And CLU is just a symptom of that. But I don’t think it’s irreversible. I like to be optimistic about what technology can do [laughs].
Read the rest of the interview at IGN. Meanwhile, screenwriters Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz participated in a round table interview following the screening of the twenty minutes of "Tron Night" footage. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
EDWARD KITSIS: When we were thinking about the story, we thought we love Tron but we want to bring in new people to love Tron. And whose eyes are they going to do it through? For us, we need an emotional spine to take us into the story or else it just becomes a bunch of moves or gags and stuff…It’s funny because Lisberger (in reference to Tron director and Tron: Legacy producer Steven Lisberger) always says…’you’re writing the story of me and my son’ and I was like ‘No, no, no we’re writing the story of our generation in a weird way.’
ADAM HOROWITZ: For us, it was if we’re going to revisit this movie and try to take it forward, we’re the children of Tron. We grew up on it. It informed us. It really helped shape us and get us excited about the possibilities of technology and film and all that stuff. It’s one of the reasons we’re doing what we’re doing – so in that way its like how can we approach this movie in a way that as writers we have an emotional entry point ourselves.
Head on over to Collider to read the rest of the interview (and to download the entire unedited 41-minute conversation). And finally, check out an interview with designer Daniel Simon over at Hero Complex | LA Times. "TRON: Legacy" is scheduled to hit conventional, 3D and 3D IMAX theaters on December 17, 2010. Check out a new poster, trailer, clip and tv spot below.
Triptych poster [Empire]
And here are the three posters released individually
Trailer #3 [YouTube]
TV spot [YouTube]
First Footage: Green Lantern
The first footage from Martin Campbell’s "Green Lantern" has been released online. The footage comes courtesy Entertainment Tonight who released a 30-second preview of their Tuesday (November 16) show. Check it out below via YouTube:
As a reminder, the first theatrical trailer will be attached to "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" when it hits theaters next Friday. "Green Lantern" is scheduled to hit conventional and 3D theaters on June 17, 2011.
The Dark Knight Rises actress shortlist + Entire film to be shot in IMAX?
Christopher Nolan is lining up actresses whom he’ll meet with to fill two female lead roles in "The Dark Knight Rises": a love interest for Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne, and another for a villain. According to Deadline, the actresses reportedly include:
In other ‘Dark Knight Rises’ news, while the film won’t be shot in 3D, Collider is reporting that Nolan may shoot the film entirely with IMAX cameras:
I’m hearing that Nolan will try and shoot The Dark Knight Rises totally in IMAX. I’ve heard that IMAX has been quietly developing a smaller, less intrusive camera that will be able to handle dialogue scenes. If the camera is finished in time, expect Nolan to use it.
Their report followed a comment by Nolan where he said they would be doing "something technologically that’s never been done before." "The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled to hit theaters on July 20, 2012.
Zack Snyder says Zod won’t be new Superman villain
"Superman: The Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder promises a "different" Superman, while debunking rumors that the project would involve Zod [Empire Magazine via Digital Spy]:
"It’s a different story," Snyder said. "I won’t say there’s a break from the canon or anything like that, but there is definitely an approach that makes you go, ‘Okay, that’s a way to get at it.’" He continued: "David is very respectful of the canon and stuff like that. It has its roots in the canon and again, like I say, it has a point of view about who he is. I’m being cryptic, I know, but it’s the best I can do."
Asked if his movie will track the Man of Steel’s early years, Snyder replied: "I think it’s early to say. I don’t know."
The director also described rumors of the comic book hero facing General Zod as "just wrong", adding that "the internet has no idea what’s going on".
Uncle Ben and Aunt May get cast for Marc Webb’s Spider-Man reboot + NO Mary Jane
Marc Webb’s 3D "Spider-Man" reboot has found its Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Heat Vision | THR reports that Martin Sheen is in final negotiations to play Uncle Ben while Sally Field is in early talks to take on the role of Aunt May. As previously reported, the reboot stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Emma Stone as love interest Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as the film’s unnamed villain (reportedly The Lizard). In related news, The Wrap reports that the reboot won’t feature the character Mary Jane Watson (played by Kirsten Dunst in Sam Raimi’s original trilogy). Interestingly enough, the site notes that not only is the character not featured in James Vanderbilt’s current screenplay, but she apparently never was. At the time of the casting process involving Emma Stone, there were discussions about Stone instead playing MJ, but the producers stuck to their initial instincts and cast Stone as Stacy. One last casting tidbit to report on this week regarding "Spider-Man". What’s Playing relays information that Sony is looking for a young actor — aged 6-9 years old — to portray a young Peter Parker. The original plan called for a look-a-like between the age of 4-6 years old:
The production will “no longer be testing anyone under the age of 6 for that part”, we’re told.
Word is the sequences will involve Parker’s biological parents. The scene likely explains how he came to be in the care of Aunt May and Uncle Ben (Sally Field and Martin Sheen, respectively).
In other Spider-Man-related news, the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has been delayed to January 11, 2011. The $60M musical was scheduled to begin preview performances on November 14, but an on-going investigation by the New York State Department of Labor over the productions daredevil flying stunts has forced producers to push previews to November 28, thus delaying its launch from December 21, 2010 to January 11, 2011/. "Spider-Man", meanwhile, will hit theaters on July 3, 2012
Synopses released for Duncan Jones’ The Source Code & Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch
The official synopsis has been released for Duncan Jones’ ("Moon") "The Source Code":
Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes with a jolt to find himself on a commuter train heading into Chicago. Although the other passengers all seem to know him, he has absolutely no idea where – or even who – he is.
The last thing Colter remembers is flying a helicopter mission in Iraq, but here he is in someone else’s life going through someone else’s morning commute. Before he can do anything an express train zooms by on the opposite track and a bomb explodes, seemingly killing Colter and all the other passengers.
Colter comes to in an isolation chamber, strapped to a seat, and wearing his military flight suit. He still has no idea what’s happening, except that he’s being spoken to by mission controller Carol Goodwin (Vera Farmiga), who calmly recites a series of memory questions to which Colter is shocked to realize he knows the answers.
He learns he’s part of an operation called "Beleaguered Castle," but before he can progress any further, Goodwin starts up the machinery and suddenly Colter is back on the train, at exactly the same time he first appeared there, once again speeding through Chicago with the same group of commuters.
Colter figures he’s in some kind of simulation exercise, with his task being to find the bomber on board the train before it goes off again. Living the explosion over and over, Colter must uncover the identity of the bomber, while also figuring out what the alternative universe of "Beleaguered Castle" is. Adding to the puzzle, Colter uses the second chance opportunities to make peace with his father, and to find romance with a fellow passenger on the train.
"Source Code" is scheduled to hit theaters on April 15, 2011. The official synopsis for Zack Snyder’s "Sucker Punch" has also been released:
Sucker Punch is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, but her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary … with potentially tragic consequences.
Born from the creative vision of filmmaker Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300), Sucker Punch features an ensemble cast of young stars, including Emily Browning (The Uninvited), Abbie Cornish (Bright Star), Jena Malone (Into the Wild), Vanessa Hudgens (the High School Musical films) and Jamie Chung (Sorority Row). The film’s main cast also includes Oscar Isaac (Robin Hood) and Carla Gugino (Watchmen), with Jon Hamm (upcoming The Town, TV’s Mad Men) and Scott Glenn (The Bourne Ultimatum).
Zack Snyder is directing Sucker Punch from a screenplay he wrote with Steve Shibuya, based on Snyder’s story. Snyder and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Thomas Tull, Wesley Coller, Jon Jashni, Chris deFaria, Jim Rowe and William Fay serving as executive producers.
The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Academy Award®-winning production designer Rick Carter (Avatar) and Watchmen and 300 veterans director of photography Larry Fong, editor William Hoy and costume designer Michael Wilkinson. The music is by Tyler Bates and Marius DeVries.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Cruel and Unusual Production of a Zack Snyder film, Sucker Punch. Opening nationwide on March 25, 2011, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
"Sucker Punch" is scheduled to hit theaters on March 25, 2011.
Joe Johnston comments on recent Captain America images
Last week Entertainment Weekly featured a cover feature for Joe Johnston’s "Captain: America: The First Avenger". Johnston recently offered his commentary on some of the images featured in the magazine over at Comic Book Movie. Here’s a selection from his commentary:
"This is a frame grab from the rebirth scene, a moment after Steve steps out of the rebirth pod. He’s a little dazed by the transformation process and a bit wobbly on his feet, but looking for all the world like a super-hero. Chris worked out for days for the shot of the pod opening and revealing his new self, and the iron pumping really paid off."
"Red Skull about to evaporate a trio of Nazis who have come to confiscate his technology to serve the Reich. Hugo Weaving was really the only choice for Red Skull. Hugo is a chameleon as an actor. He’s played so many incredibly versatile roles, from the LORD OF THE RINGS films, MATRIX, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT. He’s never failed to create a multi-layered and complex character. In my own experience with him on THE WOLFMAN, he took a part that was much less significant and inspired us to develop the character into a pivotal role. I wanted Hugo to play Red Skull to SEE what he would bring to the character. He’s one of those actors you don’t want to look away from."
Click on over to Comic Book Movie to read the rest of Johnston’s commentary (and click here to see more high-res images). "Captain America: The First Avenger" is scheduled to hit theaters on July 22, 2011.
Set images [more at Comic Book Movie]
Corey Feldman says Spielberg, director and cast want to do Goonies sequel
Corey Feldman, one of the stars of the 1985 cult classic "The Goonies" told THR that the cast, director Richard Donner and producer Steven Spielberg all want to do a sequel, but the studio hasn’t expressed any interest:
“I would do it if [the studio] was serious, but unfortunately they can’t seem to get it together,” he says.
“We all like to see it happen, but it’s one of those stumbling blocks where no matter how much love there is …The No. 1 question that’s always been asked of me for the last 20 years is, ‘Will there be a sequel to Goonies?,’ and unfortunately my answer is always the same. It’s not up to me, you know, it’s the studio.”
Despite the sequel being a ways away, if ever happening, and Feldman ruling a remake, the actor says he wouldn’t rule out the rumored broadway production:
“They are talking about doing a Broadway musical and I know Richard Donner is really behind that,” Feldman says. “He’s a dear friend of mine and we talk about it quite often and he said that they finally got a great script in which he’s very excited about.”
“If they did it, I would be open to doing something. I mean, I don’t think I could play Mouth at this point in the game, I’m a little old to be playing a kid,” he says. “But I would be open to maybe the Fratelli brothers or something. If they offered it, I would definitely be open to it.”
The Hobbit casting: James Nesbitt and Adam Brown + McKellen update
New Line, Warner Brothers and MGM have announced that James Nesbitt and Adam Brown have joined the cast of Peter Jackson’s two-part feature "The Hobbit". Nesbitt will play Bofur, “a disarmingly forthright, funny and occasionally brave Dwarf,” while Brown will play Ori, “another of the Dwarf Company which sets out to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the infamous dragon, Smaug”. In other casting news, Sir Ian McKellen says he’s not yet under contract for the two-part film:
PC: Are you involved in THE HOBBIT?
IM: I am not under contract, no.
PC: Have you had any meetings?
IM: I’m not going to say any more than that because it might complicate things! So, I would say – at the moment – no, I am not under contract.
"The Hobbit: Part I" is rumored for release on December 19, 2012, with ‘Part II’ to release the following December.
First Look: Steven Spielberg’s Tintin
Here’s our first look at Steven Spielberg’s CG/Motion-Cap "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn", courtesy Empire Magazine:
"The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" is scheduled to hit theaters on December 23, 2011.
Ford says no plans for Indy 5 but he’d "love to do it"
Harrison Ford has revealed that George Lucas is working on "something now" for "Indy 5" but he hasn’t seen a script yet. Regardless, Ford says that if he, Lucas and Spielberg "can agree on" the fifth installment, then he’d "love to do it":
"George is working on something now, but I haven’t really seen anything on paper,” Harrison said. “We’ve talked a little bit about it. It would be fun."
In the interim, Ford has just wrapped production on Jon Favreau’s "Cowboys & Aliens", which co-stars Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde:
“I just finished ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ with Daniel Craig, directed by Jon Favreau,” he said. “It was really a good experience and I had a great time.”
“It’s a real cowboy movie, looks like a cowboy movie, feels like a classic cowboy movie, and then things happen, and then it goes back to being a cowboy movie with this added element,” he continued. “And I think it’s the kind of film that there’s a real broad audience for. I’m very excited for it. I think it’s going to be good.”
"Cowboys & Aliens" is scheduled to hit theaters on July 29, 2011.
PREVIEW Videos & Images
Kim Kardashian modeling as Barbarella [Kim Kardashian]
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Final trailer [Yahoo! Movies]
Poster [IMP Awards]
Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance
Set images [more at Marvel Movies! | Facebook]
The Green Hornet
Poster [IMP Awards]
Featurette on The Black Beauty [Trailer Addict]
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Clip: Cafe attack [Yahoo! Movies]
Watch more clips here
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Set images [more at ComingSoon.net]
Now (formerly titled "Im.mortal")
Set images [more at Movies.SpoilerTV]
Promotional stills [Empire]
Season of the Witch
Poster [IMP Awards]
Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World
Movie trailer [YouTube]
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Set images [more at Movies.SpoilerTV]
- Famed producer Dino De Laurentiis — whose more than 500 film credits include Dune, King Kong and Conan — has passed away at the age of 91. [via Blastr]
- J. Michael Straczynski ("Superman", "Wonder Woman") will reportedly quit monthly comics. JMS, who wrote the graphic novel "Superman Earth One", will instead focus on original graphic novels. [Bleeding Cool]
- Roland Emmerich’s "found footage" sci-fi film "The Zone" has been scrapped, "This is not a project (Emmerich) is pursuing at this time," a spokesperson for the director commented. [Heat Vision | THR]
- Thi is…interesting? Warner Brothers president Alan Horn reveals that the studio approached Steven Spielberg to direct "Harry Potter", but Spielberg wanted to combine several of the books and do it animated: "[T]hat was because of the [visual effects and] Pixar had demonstrated that animated movies could be extremely successful. Because of the wizardry involved, they were very effects-laden. So I don’t blame them. But I did not want to combine the movies, and I wanted it to be live action." [Hero Complex | LA Times]
- Johnny Depp will make Tim Burton’s adaptation of the 1966-1971 TV series "Dark Shadows" his next film. [Heat Vision | THR]
Louis Leterrier ("The Incredible Hulk", "Clash of the Titans") has confirmed that he has had discussions with New Line Cinema to direct an adaptation of the Brian K. Vaughn comic book series "Y: The Last Man", however he says the project is currently "stuck", adding "People don’t know what to do with it. I’d love to do it, but I need people to finance it, and the people financing it don’t know if it’s a TV show a movie, or what it should be." [Splash Page | MTV]
"Megamind" opened in first place last weekend with a dominant $46M from 3,944 theaters. Now a week into release, the film has taken in total of 81.2M worldwide ($59.7M domestic / $21.5M foreign). [BOM]
The Weinstein Company has picked up the rights to the Timur Bekmambetov-produced / Trevor Caewood-directed sci-fi film "Apollo 18" . The "found footage" project will feature footage shot from the crew of Apollo 18, a mission from the early 70s that was canceled by NASA…or was it? The project is scheduled for release just four months from now on March 4, 2011. [Deadline]
John Carpenter will direct a film adaptation of Randy Queen’s comic "Darkchylde". The project centers on Ariel Chlde, "a girl cursed with nightmares that become very real. When the monsters from her dreams escape into the real world, Ariel must become the creatures from her dreams to save her town." [io9]
John Stevenson’s ("Kung Fu Panda" co-director) next directing gig will be the live-action/CGI hybrid "Alien Rock Band". The project "revolves around a garage band from Earth which journeys across the Universe to qualify for a shot at superstardom in an Intergalactic Battle of the Bands, where they’ll have to compete with multi-armed alien monsters." The movie has some planned celebrity cameos including Eminem and Katy Perry. [/Film]
Summit Entertainment has announced that Justin Lin ("Fast & Furious") will direct a remake of "Highlander". "Iron Man" screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway are writing the remake. [Summit Entertainment via /Film]
There’s a report that Marvel is looking into developing an "Iron Man" spin-off based on the character War Machine. [Pajiba | Twitter]
Gary Ross has closed a deal to direct an adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ young adult novel "The Hunger Games" for Lionsgate. [Variety]
…Meanwhile, Lionsgate has made an offer to Mike White ("Year of the Dog") to direct the adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"… [Deadline]
…Staying with Lionsgate, the studio has picked up the domestic distribution rights to Pete Travis’ 3D adaption "Dredd" — which stars Karl Urban as Judge Dredd. [THR]
Sony was reportedly so pleased with the results of a recent test screening of Michel Gondry’s "The Green Hornet", that the studio is already making plans for a sequel: "[The] movie had scored a 93 rating in what is known as the top two boxes (the percentage of people saying the film was either excellent or very good) with 83% of the moviegoers saying they would "definitely recommend" the film to their friends."… [The Big Picture | LA Times]
…Meanwhile, check out an interview with Gondry over at Comic Book Movie.
Sony Pictures is reportedly set to put Ivan Reitman’s "Ghostbusters 3" in production in May 2011. Who you gonna call? [Production Weekly | Twitter]
Working Title have picked up author/screenwriter Jay Basu’s pitch on the legendary wizard "Merlin". Basu’s pitch is said to bring Merlin into a contemporary setting. [Heat Vision | THR]
…Pierre Morel is off as director of the "Dune" remake. It’s unclear what happens next, but Paramount — who has been developing the project for four years — will lose the rights by next spring if it doesn’t set a production start by then… [Deadline]
…But don’t feel bad for Morel, the director is reportedly the frontrunner to direct "Ouija" and is also in talks to direct Sam Raimi’s production of "EDF" (aka "Earth Defense Force"). [Heat Vision | THR]
David Duchovny did an interview with France’s TVMag and reportedly said that "The X-Files 3" was "in the process of being written", however the actor’s publicist says what Duchovny said was lost in translation, and that basically, there is currently no movement on the movie. [Collider]
Cinematographer Mathew Libatique will re-unite with director Darren Aronofsky for "X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2". [HitFix]
Carl Rinsch is no longer attached to direct "Logan’s Run". Rinsch left the project to focus on Universal’s "47 Ronin". [Heat Vision | THR]
Weta Digital co-director Joe Letteri has revealed that James Cameron has discussed shooting parts of "Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3" in New Zealand. [Yahoo! News]
- There’s a report that Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker", "The Avengers") is "in close talks" to play Snake Plissken in the Breck Eisner-directed remake of John Carpenter’s "Escape from New York". [Bloody Disgusting]
- Bryan Singer has debunked rumors that Hugh Jackman will be making a cameo in "X-Men: First Class": "He’s not in the movie, he’s in the Wolverine movies…X-Men hasn’t started shooting in Georgia yet and if Hugh was in Georgia, it wasn’t for this movie." [The Geek Files]
- Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill) will have a one-line cameo — as a senator — alongside Laurence Fishburne in the Steven Soderbergh sci-fi thriller "Contagion". [The Reliable Source | Washington Post]
- Joe Manganiello has revealed that he is on WB’s list to play "Superman": "Just to be clear… as of today, I am not “negotiating” to play SuperMan …but keep your fingers crossed and thanks for the wishful thinking!" [Joe Manganiello | Twitter, (2)]
- Betty White won’t be making a cameo in "Men in Black III", afterall: "This just in. Just talked to betty white. She said she is NOT going to be in Men in Black 3!!!". [Marc Malkin | Twitter]
- …Meanwhile, Nicole Scherzinger has confirmed that she will cameo in the film [Spoilers]: "My name is Lilly. She’s like a small villain role. I’m so excited because I get to die. I make an appearance. I say a couple of lines and then I die." [E! Online]
- …In other cameo news, Judi Dench will appear in the opening sequence of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" in a scene starring opposite Johnny Depp. [The Daily Mail]
- There’s a report that WB is pursuing James Franco to play the role of Agenor, son of Poseidon in "Clash of the Titans 2" and Javier Bardem is being pursued for the role of the god of war, Ares. [Comic Book Movie]
- Scarlett Johansson will play the lead role in writer-director Jonathan Glazer’s sci-fi drama "Under the Skin": "Johansson plays an alien on earth, disguised as the perfect aesthetic form of a mesmerizing woman. She scours remote highways and desolate scenery looking to use her greatest weapon to snare human prey — her voracious sexuality." [Heat Vision | THR]
- Tom Hardy has been offered the role of Henry Sturgess in Timur Bekmambetov’s adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter". [Bloody Disgusting]
- Alex Pettyfer and Matt Bomer have been added to the cast of the Andrew Niccol-directed sci-fi film "Now" (formerly titled "I’m.mortal"). [Deadline]
- Rachel McAdams doesn’t know if she’s returning for the "Sherlock Holmes" sequel, but says if she does, it wouldn’t be in a lead role: "If I do, it won’t be a very big thing," she said. "It’s not a lead part," the actress said. [MTV]
- Ryan Gosling has been offered the role of Private Billy Cage in the Doug Liman-directed Manga adaptation "All You Need is Kill". [Bloody Disgusting]