Sci-Fi Movies Tuesday: Transformers, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit, Prometheus, Pacific Rim, The Wolverine + more

In this week’s Sci-Fi Movies column we get ready for giant robots of Transformers 3, find out who is Superman’s daddy, get a look at The Hobbit, ponder a Green Lantern sequel, learn how Prometheus is related to Alien, and reveal a Batman 3 casting spoiler. All that plus more, including the latest casting bites, images and videos.

 

GENRE MOVIE NEWS

Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens early today in 3D and Imax 3D

Although its official release is tomorrow, Michael Bay’s "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" is releasing a day early today into 3D and Imax 3D theaters. Screenings begin at 9PM tonight across the nation. Speaking of the 3D, star Shia LaBeouf says it’s "the greatest 3-D film ever made":

"We took the 3-D cameras out of the Avatar stages and put them on the head of a dude jumping out of a plane in Chicago while a building is exploding. For real. Four or five dudes, actually. It’s the greatest 3-D film ever made."

By all accounts the final hour of the movie is filled with intense action, but as LaBeouf notes, it’s not done in a disconnecting or completely overwhelming way:

"You don’t breathe for the last hour. There’s just no letup, but it’s also not completely overwhelming and disconnected, as the second movie was. You didn’t know what was fighting what or where you were geography-wise. There was no way to be able to tell a story, whereas this is very Black Hawk Down action. The geography is very clear. There’s only four or five dudes you need to be following. The enemy is very clear. The second movie was so … complicated. The best movies are simple."

In the past we’ve seen statements from LaBeouf and Bay seeming to all but confirm this will be their last "Transformers" film. LaBeouf re-iterated that belief in an interview with MTV News: "I just don’t think right now there’s anywhere to take Sam." Bay, meanwhile, has issued a Thank You note to fans:

I just want to take the opportunity to thank all the fans around the world for letting me have fun with the Transformers franchise. It has been a wonderful opportunity to have worked with about 4000 crew members around the world. These artists are some of the very best in the entire film business. I’m honored to have had you work along side me. We had an amazing time.

‘Dark of the Moon’ has some of the most technically challenging sequences ever shot. And shot in 3D. I must urge you to find the very best theatre and see this movie in that format. 3D was a forethought, not an afterthought in this movie. I’m glad Jim Cameron and Steven Spielberg really convinced me to shoot in this new technology. We used and invented many new techniques to make the 3D sharper, brighter and more color contrast. I think theatre owners heard their audience that they need to respect the specs of the projectors and not dim the bulbs to save money.

Many theaters are presenting it in the brand new 7.1 sound, which is awesome. This is the most complex, intricate sound track that me and my Academy Awarding winning sound team have done. They really out did themselves to make this a big picture experience. Hopefully you will have as much fun watching this movie as we all had making it.

Thanks,

Michael Bay

Did you watch “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”? What did you think? 2D or 3D, or Imax? Let us know in the comments below.

Final movie trailer [via Film School Rejects]

Clip: "I Know His Name" [Yahoo! Movies]

Watch another new clip here

Linkin Park "Iridescent trailer" [Trailer Addict]

TV spot [YouTube]

Russell Crowe playing Jor-El in Man of Steel + Christopher Meloni in talks for unknown role

Russell Crowe is in talks to play Superman’s Kryptonian father Jor-El in the Zack Snyder’s "Man of Steel". In related news, Julia Ormond is in talks to play Superman’s mother Lara Lor-Van. Superman / Clark Kent will be played by British actor Henry Cavill in the Christopher Nolan-produced reboot. And in other casting news, Deadline reports that Christopher Meloni is in negotiations to play a "major" role. Details are scarce about who he’ll be playing, but Vulture was able to discover that it won’t be Lex Luthor, but it will be a General. "Man of Steel" is scheduled to hit theaters in December 2012 and co-stars Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Michael Shannon as Zod.

Set images (Plano, Illinois will represent Smallville in the film) [more at Comic Book Movie]

The Hobbit First Look: Martin Freeman as Bilbo + New cast additions

Here are our first official looks at Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen as Gandal the Grey in the two-part feature "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" [via EW + click here to see another image from the set]:

Here’s another look at the two characters on the cover of the latest issue of Empire:

There’s also some casting news to report this week. Luke Evans has joined the cast and will be playing the character Bard, while Benedict Cumberbatch, who is already voicing the character Necromancer, will also be lending his voice to portray the dragon Smaug via motion capture. Peter Jackson also took to his official Facebook page to announce that Evangeline Lilly will be playing a new character (a Woodland Elf named Tauriel) while Barry Humphries will be playing the Goblin King. Here’s an excerpt from the announcement:

Evangeline Lilly will be playing a new character—the Woodland Elf, Tauriel. Her name means ‘daughter of Mirkwood’ and, beyond that, we must leave you guessing! (No, there is no romantic connection to Legolas.) What is not a secret is how talented and compelling an actress Evangeline is; we are thrilled and excited she will be the one to bring our first true Sylvan Elf to life.

I’m also highly excited that Barry Humphries will be portraying the Goblin King, in much the way Andy Serkis created Gollum. Barry is perhaps best known for his business and social connections as the long-time manager of Dame Edna Everage. He has also been an ardent supporter of the rather misunderstood and unfairly maligned Australian politician, Sir Les Patterson. However, in his spare time, Barry is also a fine actor, and we’re looking forward to seeing him invest the Goblin King with the delicate sensitivity and emotional depth this character deserves.

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is scheduled to hit theaters on December 14, 2012. "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" will follow on December 13, 2013. Both films will be released in 3D.

Warner Brothers moving forward with Green Lantern sequel?

It’s no secret that "Green Lantern" is performing considerably weaker than expectations (with critics, comic fans and critics). With rumored production ($200M) and worldwide marketing ($175M) budgets near $400M total, Warner Brothers was hoping to kick-start a new franchise with the Ryan Reynolds / Blake Lively-starrer. $118.4M worldwide through Sunday is no where close to what a "blockbuster" needs to be at. Having said that, however, THR initially reported that despite the weak box office, Warner Brothers was moving forward with a sequel. But now THR has updated their article with a clarification from a studio spokesman that no decision has been made on a potential sequel. Given they’ve already spent so much launching the property and will see additional revenue through Green Lantern merchandise such as more than 100 global licenses, an animated series, games and theme park rides, it’s possible WB will overlook the weak performance (treating it more as an investment), and try again with a more effective sequel. There’s also the fact that a script for the sequel was already being developed by writer Michael Goldenberg even before "Green Lantern" hit theaters (Goldenberg was hired last August after the first film wrapped). Warner Brothers not only wanted this to be the start of a new successful franchise, they basically expected it to be. We’ll see what happens from here.

Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim monster movie set for July 12, 2013

Warner Brothers will release Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi creature feature "Pacific Rim" on July 12, 2013. Idris Elba will star in the project — a role originally developed for Tom Cruise — alongside Charlie Hunnam [via Deadline]:

"Travis Beacham wrote the script, which is set in a future where giant malevolent creatures threaten to destroy the earth, and the planet must band together and use advanced weapons technology to eradicate the growing threat."

Shooting on what del Toro calls "the biggest giant monster movie ever made" is scheduled to begin this November. In other casting news, Charlie Day has confirmed that he has been approached for a role, but is still in negotiations.

Director set for next ‘Percy Jackson’ movie + Logan Lerman reprising lead role

20th Century Fox has hired Thor Freudenthal to direct a sequel to "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief", 24 Frames | LA Times reports. The sequel will be based on Rick Riordan’s second book ‘The Sea of Monsters" and original star Logan Lerman will reprise his role as Percy Jackson. ‘The Sea of Monsters" is being fast tracked and could be ready for release by early 2012.

James Mangold tapped to direct The Wolverine

In other directing news at Fox, the studio and ‘Wolverine’ star Hugh Jackman have reportedly selected James Mangold to direct the "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" follow-up "The Wolverine". Mangold will replace Darren Aronofsky who dropped out of the film this past March. Negotiations are expected to get underway shortly. Meanwhile, ‘X-Men’ writer Chris Claremont has revealed that he has read the script to the film and gives it his personal approval [via Spinoff Online]:

"[I like it] very much,” Chris told NYC Graphic. “That’s all I can say. Chris McQuarry is brilliant."

Batman Begins actor reprising role for The Dark Knight Rises [SPOILER]

The following ‘Dark Knight Rises’ casting news bite will be hidden for those who don’t want to be spoiled about the return of a certain character that was featured in "Batman Begins" [HIGHLIGHT TO VIEW]:

Liam Neeson will be reprising his “Batman Begins” villain role of Ra’s al Ghul in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises and has actually already filmed a scene in London. [Variety]

END Spoiler. In considerably less spoilerly casting news, Variety reports that Josh Stewart has joined the cast in an unknown role. "The Dark Knight Rises" is scheduled to hit conventional and Imax theaters on July 20, 2012.

Set images (Wollaton Hall in the UK–doubling as the rebuilt Wayne Manor) [more at Batman-News.com]

300 prequel Xerxes gets new title + Director list narrowed to two

The "300" prequel/spinoff film previously known as Xerxes has been retitled "300: Battle of Artemisia", Deadline reports. The site also says that the producers have narrowed their list of potential directors down to just two names: Noam Murro and Jaume Collet-Serra. The project was originally going to be directed by "300" director Zack Snyder, but he backed out after being offered "Man of Steel". Snyder, however, remains involved in the project including the director selection process. He also wrote the script with his "300" co-writer Kurt Johnstad. Like the original, it’s based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller. Here are some plot details courtesy Deadline:

Xerxes was the Persian leader seen in 300. Miller’s graphic novel told the story of how Xerxes became this peculiar god-like entity. That mythology goes back to the death of his father, Darius, from injuries sustained at the Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C. Darius had told his son not to attack the Greeks because they can only be punished by a god, and so Xerxes tried to transform himself into a deity to gain revenge.

Damon Lindelof explains Aliens connection to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus

Before it became "Prometheus", the Ridley Scott-directed / Damon Lindelof-scripted project was a prequel to "Alien". Lindelof appeared on The Kevin Pollak Chat Show and gave an explanation on the connection of the project to the "Alien" films. Note that this is the same interview we posted on TrekMovie.com yesterday in which Lindelof discusses multiple topics. You can watch that interview in full here. However, courtesy /Film, here are some quotes relating only to Lindelof’s discussion on "Prometheus":

It started as an Alien prequel. That is what everybody wanted it to be. Obviously, Ridley Scott has not made a science fiction movie in 25 years, since Blade Runner, so the idea that he’s returning to this genre is huge. But there is a real issue which is — what is the state of the Alien franchise at this point in our lives? There has been Alien vs. Predator and all these things, and its been completely and totally diluted. I’ve always felt that really good prequels should be original movies….

And truth be told, it wasn’t script doctoring in the strictest sense because the draft that existed before I came on was written by this guy named Jon Spaihts and it was very good. And there were a lot of things in the movie, Prometheus, which were Jon Spaihts and I feel like somewhere in the media reconstruction of this story, the tale is that I come in, I pitch an entirely new story, and its so original that everything else gets thrown out and that’s what we’re doing. In my brain, that’s not exactly what happened. But I also do feel that this movie is the movie I would want to see as a fanboy, take place in that Alien universe, which precedes the events of the original Alien, but is not necessarily burdened by all the tropes of that franchise with Facehuggers and Chestbursters, and all that stuff that I love… but its sorta like, we’ve seen it before, can we do something different this time? And thats the movie that Ridley wanted to make. And when you’re working with an auteur, you basically just shut your mouth and listen and try to transcribe and channel the vision of that person, and get out of the way…

Moving on to other topics, there’s a rumor that the teaser trailer will be attached to "Rise of the Planet of the Apes". Also, Fox will be bringing the film to Comic-Con this year. No details on what will be presented / who will be in attendance. Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba and Guy Pearce, "Prometheus" is scheduled to hit theaters on June 8, 2012.

Merchandising artwork (featured at the 2011 Licensing Expo) [ComingSoon.net]


PREVIEW Videos & Images

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Merchandising artwork (featured at the 2011 Licensing Expo) [ComingSoon.net]

Apollo 18

Movie trailer [Yahoo! Movies]

The Avengers

Merchandising artwork (featured at the 2011 Licensing Expo) [via The Daily Blam]

Battleship

Merchandising artwork (featured at the 2011 Licensing Expo) [ComingSoon.net]

Brave

Teaser poster [EW]

Teaser trailer [YouTube]

Captain America: The First Avenger

Promotional stills [more at ComingSoon.net & Marvel.com]

Movie poster [ComingSoon.net]

Final movie trailer [Yahoo! Movies]

Conan the Barbarian

Red band trailer [IGN]

TV spot [MovieWeb]

Cowboys & Aliens

Movie poster [IGN]

Movie trailer [Trailer Addict]

Behind the scenes featurette [YouTube]

Fright Night

Character posters [more at Hey U Guys]

G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes

Merchandising artwork (featured at the 2011 Licensing Expo) [ComingSoon.net]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II

Movie poster [more at IMP Awards]

Final theatrical trailer [Trailer Addict]

The Hunger Games

Merchandising artwork (featured at the 2011 Licensing Expo) [ComingSoon.net]

Immortals

Character posters [more at RyanSeacrest.com]

Movie trailer [RyanSeacrest.com]

John Carter

Movie poster [Bleeding Cool]

Men in Black 3

Merchandising artwork (featured at the 2011 Licensing Expo) [ComingSoon.net]

The Muppets

Movie trailer [YouTube]

Puss in Boots

Movie trailer [Yahoo! Movies]

R.I.P.D.

Merchandising artwork (featured at the 2011 Licensing Expo) [ComingSoon.net]

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Promotional stills [more at ComingSoon.net]

International movie trailer [Trailer Addict]

RoboCop

Merchandising artwork (featured at the 2011 Licensing Expo) [ComingSoon.net]

Snow White and the Huntsman

Merchandising artwork (featured at the 2011 Licensing Expo) [ComingSoon.net]

Untitled Snow White Project

Merchandising artwork (featured at the 2011 Licensing Expo) [ComingSoon.net]

Stretch Armstrong

Merchandising artwork (featured at the 2011 Licensing Expo) [ComingSoon.net]

MOVIE BITES

  • MGM has tapped Seth Gordon to direct a reboot of the 1983 thriller "War Games". [Deadline]
  • "Watchmen" scribe Alex Tse has been hired by Relativity Media to write the screenplay for "The Crow" remake. Bradley Cooper is attached to play Eric Draven, with Carlos Fresnadillo directing. [Variety]
  • FX has acquired the premiere rights to "Green Lantern". The pick-up comes on the heels of a recent slate of impressive pick-up’s including Paramount’s "Super 8", Disney’s "Tron: Legacy" and Sony’s "The Green Hornet". [the live feed | THR]
  • The Weinstein Company has set a April 20, 2012 release date for "Scary Movie 5" and a October 26, 2012 release date for "Halloween 3D". [TWC]
  • Disney is reportedly interested in David O. Russell to direct the studio’s live-action fantasy film "Maleficent". The "Sleeping Beauty" project, which still has Angelina Jolie attached to star in, was originally to be directed by Tim Burton, but Burton exited it earlier this year. Linda Woolverton wrote the story. [THR]
  • DreamWorks will screen "Fright Night 3D" at this year’s Comic-Con. [ScreenRant]
  • The Star Wars MMO "Star Wars Galaxies" will shut down on December 15, 2011. [TheForce.net]
  • Producer Dean Devlin says possible sequels to the 1994 "Stargate" movie remain a possibility, with the films expected to continue the storyline with the original cast and a focus on potentially more Stargates on Earth and other places the Stargates could go. [Collider]
  • Disney will release "The Muppets: The Green Album" on August 23. The album will feature songs from "The Muppets" movie covered by artists such as Weezer, My Morning Jacket and OK Go. [AICN]
  • Writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn — whom Warner Brothers has tapped to direct the "Logan’s Run" remake which is currently in pre-production — says his dream project is a big screen version of "Wonder Woman" and if given the opportunity he’d cast Christina Hendricks in the lead role. [Blastr]
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced that the "Jurassic Park" trilogy will be released on Blu-ray on October 25, 2011… [ComingSoon.net]
  • …Speaking of "Jurassic Park", Steven Spielberg has reportedly met with screenwriter Mark Protosevich brainstorming ideas on how to reboot the franchise… [Heat Vision | THR]
  • "Captain America: The First Avenger" writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus have revealed that they recently closed their deal to write the sequel, but they haven’t advanced far enough to decide on who the villain will be… [ScreenJunkies]
  • …Check out interviews with "Captain America: The First Avenger" stars Chris Evans (Captain America / Steve Rogers) and Sebastian Stan (Bucky) at Comic Book Movie. [CBM, (2)]
  • 20th Century Fox is in early talks with James Cameron, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Sam Worthington for a sci-fi action project called "Myth". All that’s known about the project, written by Will Staples, is that it’s "big" and has "lots of action". Cameron won’t be directing and Worthington isn’t attached to star, at least not at the moment. [Heat Vision | THR]
  • Tom Hanks says Pixar is working on "Toy Story 4": "I think there will be [another one]. Yeah, yeah, think they’re working on it now." [BBC News via Bleeding Cool]
  • Despite the project being dropped by Universal, Guillermo del Toro says he hasn’t given up on making "Mountains of Madness". [Hero Complex | LA Times]
  • Andrew Niccol’s big screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s novel "The Host" will be released on March 29, 2013. Niccol also wrote the screenplay. [HitFix]
  • Dimension Films has announced that Robert Rodriguez’s "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World" will be released in "4D" with "Aromascope". Audience members "will have 8 opportunites throughout the movie to access the action interactively through smell." [FilmDrunk]
  • Universal Pictures has set a July 3, 2013 release date for "Despicable Me 2" and a July 19, 2013 release date for Joseph Kosinski’s Tom Cruise-starrer "Oblivion". [Box Office Mojo]
  • Paramount Pictures is nearing a deal to distribute Darren Aronofksy’s $100M "Noah’s Ark" project. The original draft was written by Aronofsky, but it’s being rewritten by John Logan ("Gladiator", "Star Trek: Nemesis"). [Deadline]
  • "Hellboy" creator Mike Mignola doesn’t think Guillermo del Toro will return to direct a third "Hellboy" movie: "Last I heard he said he would not make it. Guillermo — who I love — in every interview there’s a new story on what his next movie is and he honestly believes he’s going to do all these things. But last I heard, he said ‘I’m never gonna get back to Hellboy."… [The Daily Blam]
  • …Del Toro responded to the comments saying he still wants to make it, but it won’t be happening anytime soon because he’s just too busy. [Shock Till You Drop]
  • Simon Pegg (Star Trek’s Scotty) says he’s open to a sequel to "Paul" and even has a title worked out: "Pauls". [Collider]
  • Danny Elfman revealed that will be reuniting with Sam Raimi to score his upcoming "Oz, The Great and Powerful" and will also be scoring Gary Ross’ adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novel "The Hunger Games". [Buzzine via The Playlist | indieWIRE]
  • "The Avengers" star Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner / The Hulk) revealed on his Twitter account that the movie "is not being shot in 3D". That likely means Disney will convert the film to 3D in post-production. [Mark Ruffalo | Twitter]
  • Michael Chabon has been hired to write Jon Favreau’s family adventure project "Magic Kingdom" for Disney. [Heat Vision | THR]
  • Mark Strong offers this explanation as to why Disney dropped the ‘Mars’ from the title of "John Carter": "The reason is that he has to earn that title. Again, it’s a franchise or a number of books; a series of books that people may or may not know, but if you call him John Carter of Mars, I think at the very beginning, all the work’s been done and what [director] Andrew [Stanton] wants to do, I think, is introduce people to this first film, and by the end of it, he becomes John Carter of Mars, but not at the beginning."… [Movies.com]
  • …Check out the official synopsis for the film at Movies.SpoilerTV.com. "John Carter" is scheduled to hit theaters on June 8, 2012.
  • Warner Brothers has shifted the Steven Soderbergh deadly virus outbreak 3D drama "Contagion" from October 21, 2011 to September 9, 2011. The film stars Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Marion Cotillard. [Box Office Mojo]
  • "Captain America: The First Avenger" director Joe Johnston discussed the process of creating the 90-pound version of Steve Rogers and more about the movie in an interview with Film Journal.
  • 20th Century Fox is bringing Craig Gillespie’s big-screen adapation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" to Comic-Con 2011. No details on what will be shown have been released. [Alien Prequel News]

CASTING BITES

  • Emma Stone has passed on Lionsgates’ offer to play the lead role in the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies". The film will be directed by Craig Gillespie. [Deadline]
  • Ray Winstone is in negotiations to play a warrior dwarf in Rupert Sanders’ "Snow White and the Huntsman". He joins previously cast members of the warrior dwarfs including Ian McShane, Eddie Izzard, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan and Stephen Graham. [Heat Vision | THR]
  • Matthew Fox and Ed Harris are in talks to join Brad Pitt in Marc Forster’s adaptation of the Max Brooks novel "World War Z". [Deadline]
  • Universal Studios is reportedly interesting in Jodie Foster to play the part of Proctor in Robert Schwentke’s adaptation of "R.I.P.D.". If cast, she’ll star opposite Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges for the film, which is scheduled to hit theaters on June 28, 2013. [Bloody Disgusting]
  • Don Cheadle (Lt. Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes) says his contract had an option to appear in "The Avengers", but Marvel "hasn’t exercised" it yet. Cheadle also confirmed "there’s talk of a War Machine spinoff," and he’ll likely star in it…unless he gets recast. [Collider]
  • Dwayne Johnson, rapper-turned-actor RZA and D.J. Cotrona have joined the cast of the Jon Chu-directed "G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes". Cotrona will play Flint, RZA will play a martial arts master named the Blind Master and Johnson will be playing Roadblock. [Heat Vision | THR]


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jorDe'

Too many sequels.

Dr. Cheis

I guess I’ll have to wait until the Dark Knight Rises comes out to know if I ruined the movie for myself by reading that casting spoiler

LukasKetner

NEW MUPPETS MOVIE!!!

Robman007

Battleship? Is Hollywood so desperate for movies that they are turning to boardgames? Geezus!

Dr. Cheis

@4. I heard a rumor that there’s a movie being made based on the Game of Life. I hope it’s just a rumor…

The trailer for Brave is beautiful; I’m anticipating that one!

GG

1. jorDe’ – June 28, 2011

Too many sequels.
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No. Too may PRE-quels

Keachick (rose pinenut)

The only pictures that I really liked out of the set of stills I looked at as I scroll down were the pictures from the Hobbit. I could be a closet luddite, after all.

Anyway, all these sequels which I could not give a … for and no news on THE sequel, my sequel, that Star Trek sequel. Despair is one word that comes to mind right now to describe my present mind state…

Too many sequels! Toy story 4…really?!

Red Dead Ryan

Can’t wait for “The Dark Knight Rises”! And I was hoping they’d bring ____ back!

2011 is turning out to be a great year for Blu Ray releases. Today, I just picked up the Extended Blu Ray Version of the “Lord Of The Rings” movies. “Star Wars” Blu Ray comes out in September, as well as “The Lion King”, and the “Jurassic Park” trilogy.

Speaking of which, I was under the impression that they were going to leave the “Jurassic Park” franchise alone for good. I don’t see the need to return to it.

Looking forward to seeing Evangaline Lilly in “The Hobbit”.

I also can’t wait for “Cowboys And Aliens”.

Not sure we need another “Toy Story”. The first three were perfect.

“Transformers: Dark Of The Moon” and “Captain America: The First Avenger” both look like they could either rock or suck.

And thanks to Rosario for another great article!

Danny

There’s so much good stuff being produced, as these news stories tell us – yet, where’s our STAR TREK?

Red Dead Ryan

Oops…..LK and the JP trilogy come out in October.

Sebastian S.

Really excited about “Rise of the Apes.” I’m not normally a big fan of prequels per se, but this one has enough new stuff to differentiate it from the rest. And James Franco earned my absolute respect with “127 Hours”; he was simply amazing in that movie.

The fact that it’s both a prequel to the 1968 Planet of the Apes (supposedly there is a TV shot of the liftoff of Heston’s spaceship from the first movie), and a quasi-remake of “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes” (the character of the rebel ape Caesar for example), yet it is also able to employ modern ethical debates over genetic engineering and animal rights has me very intrigued.

This may be the only real true science fiction movie this summer (and not simply action or space fantasy). Hope it works…

Ralph F

Been waiting most of my life to see a JOHN CARTER movie. When I first saw the opening of FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING I said to myself; okay, it’s time for a Mars Trilogy; they could do a great job with the martian races now.

Here’s hoping they don’t frak it up.

(Though a fully clothed Dejah Thoris is one step to that.)

Vultan

#11

“Where’s Star Trek?” you say.

Well, I’ve been wondering that too… since 2005.

Harry Ballz

They’re relaunching the Superman franchise with Man of Steel and AGAIN they feel compelled to retell the Krypton origin story?

EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT PART!

SKIP IT AND GIVE US A BETTER STORYLINE!

Hugh Hoyland

I must be one of the few who actually “liked” TROTF” lol Seen it before I watched TRansformers actually. Good old pop corn action flick!

I am really excited about The Hobbit. Can’t wait to see it!

Cowboys and Aliens looks interesting as well.

Prometheus has me puzzled a bit. I wonder if its going to turn out to be a re-write of Shadow 19?

John Carter

14. I’m with you. ALL MY LIFE. Read the entire series about 10 times. You do realize that if they did dress the way they are supposed to in the book, it would not be a Disney film and it would be NC-17.

Just saying. Can’t have an entire movie where everybody is naked except for a few jewels and a harness to hold your sword. Outside of clothing though, I really hope they do it right. I was disappointed in reading somewhere they’ve already changed the beginning of how he gets to Mars (though it’s still Civil War era.)

At least this will be one movie that isn’t a sequel or prequel.

The First Son of Krypton

“put them on the head of a dude jumping out of a plane in Chicago while a building is exploding”

Im thrilled that for the third time in a row Michael Bay has given menexactly what I want from Transformers. I love his films. Slow motion Robot Fights for the win :-/ (sarcasm)

Krypton origin story? Ok, I’m game, I wonder how different they can make it from last time. Illinois looks perfect for Smallville

Battle-scarred Sciatica

For a minute there I thought I saw Tom Welling playing Capt America in that poster.
Well said Ballzy, where’s the new storyline for The Big Blue Geezer?
Give us some originality Snyder…….and Russell Crowe?
Oh my dog!

Is the movie world so bereft of imagination that they need to “re-boot” every f#%cking thing.

How very sad.

Where is Star Trek then?

Chris

Saw DOTM last night and it was epic. I did see it in 3D too and highly recommend anyone to see it in that format. Way better than ROTF and had that feel from the first movie as well. I also have to say Rosie was a good pick to replace Megan Fox period.

Jeffrey S. Nelson

Why do a sequel to the original Stargate movie, when fans only want to see more Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis direct to dvd releases???

What a disappointment in the batman spoiler. Given that Nolan has also gone with Zod for superman. What is it that these guys just cannot move on to other stories. No one wants to see the same villain over and over.

Sad news.

I live in Nottingham, UK – and Wollaton Hall, where the new Batman film is being made, is about 3 miles away from my house!

“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few”.

Damn you, Michael Bay!!

Aussie Ian

#22 “What is it that these guys just cannot move on to other stories. No one wants to see the same villain over and over.”

Hurry up and get that message to George Lucas! He’s about to unleash those same 6 movies AGAIN upon us, this time in an ad-hoc after the fact conversion from 2D.

As an industry, movie making is risky business, for every $100 million + budgeted movie that makes a fortune, there are probably 4 that either barely break even or lose money. Of course sequels and their lesser bretheren, the prequel are going to be trotted out. Thankfully, the trailers are free and no one is forcing you to buy a ticket. Some are worth it, some aren’t.

I would say Conan isn’t ……… no matter what you think of Arnie’s current antics, the fact is that in 1981, he and John Millius made a great movie, something the new one does not apear to be.

Hard to judge Robocop by a poster, so I’ll reserve judgement on that.

Chris Nolan and David S Goyer haven’t put a foot wrong yet, just hope they avoid the dreaded threequel curse. I’m not really thrilled about Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle but I totally agree with Tom Harding as Bane! A lot of Star Trek fans were angry at the amount of screen time he got in Nemesis (at the expense of main characters) but maybe the writers expanded his part when they realised the calibre of character actor before them.

Consider how the actor disappears inside his roles in the movies, Black Hawk Down (I thought he was American), Bronson (small independent movie but worth tracking down) and that Chris Nolan cast him as a “Shapeshifter” in the dream world of Inception. What will he do with the character of Bane? I can hardly wait til July next year to find out!

Do I want to see Star Trek sequel (please give this movie the following: a proper name, a completed script, a shooting schedule and a fixed unmoving release date) released within 2 or 3 weeks of DKR ? Hell no!I want the new Star Trek movie to be released at a time when audiences are jaded by so-so efforts from the other studios and I want critics to sit up and take notice. I want our movie to sit atop the box office for a month or more.

So “Supreme Court”, release it later if you wil, just give us the Vulan date!

CmdrR

Shia LaBeouf on T3: “I like doing movies like this because you actually have to act less. When you blow the car up there’s really only one way you know how to respond. Mike puts me in situations where he just subjects me to emotions. I don’t have to conjure stuff, he just makes it happen.”

nuff sed

PetTaarg

Forget trying to make a Stargate movie… No one would be INTERESTED in anything Stargate if it wasn’t for the fantastic work done on SG1, Atlantis and Universe.

Put any money considered for a ‘Stargate’ movie into making a 3rd (and more) season of Stargate: Universe. PLEASE BRING THAT SHOW BACK!!!!!

Still no decision from Steven Spielberg when he will lens “When Worlds Collide?” grrrrr!

Danpaine

This is why I pretty much stick to independent movies these days….

rogue_alice

Simon Pegg: “Pauls”. LOL. Awesome title.

Danpaine

25. CmdrR – June 29, 2011
Shia LaBeouf on T3: “I like doing movies like this because you actually have to act less. When you blow the car up there’s really only one way you know how to respond. Mike puts me in situations where he just subjects me to emotions. I don’t have to conjure stuff, he just makes it happen.”

That’s why that “swinging through the forest with cgi monkeys” scene from the last terrible Indiana Jones movie was perfect for him….

VZX

“Pauls”..heh heh…Aliens reference.

I am actually excited about GI Joe 2…Don’t judge me!

I'm Dead Jim!

I’m happy to see the Muppets return but if that trailer shows the best this movie has to offer, forget it!

The CG apes in don’t work for me either, a;though maybe a necessary evil for this Apes storyline. I thought the make-up in Tim Burton’s remake was pretty good, perhaps the only thing that was in that one.

Now… BRING ON TREK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sean

#22

I guess you missed the part where the movie focuses on Bane and Catwoman? Just because ___ is in the movie, doesn’t mean the movie is about him or that he’s even a villain. I’m thinking flashback is more likely.

Bruce Banner

#16 Calm down Harry. Jor El may just appear in flashbacks.

Bruce Banner

As for Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter:

That storyline was mentioned in an episode of The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The guys who robbed the house considered themselves filmmakers and were talking about this very idea (Lincoln and vampires) in the bowling alley scene.

Captain Hackett

Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2D

The Green Lantern is real good.

Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire

Hey. Isn’t it time for a Star Wars Reeboot.
Will be seeing Transformers tonight. Can’t wait.
What a Star Gate Reeboot. Lol
How about a sequeal to Undependence Day.

Mantastic

…Stretch Armstrong? Battleship?

What’s next? Mouse Trap? Hungry Hungry Hippos? Slinky?

“Slinky! A new 3D adventure walking down your staircase in 2013!”

Sebastian S.

Agreed about the utter lack of need for another Superman origins story (if that is what was implied. I hope it IS flashbacks).

We had the 1978-87 movie series, we had the Superboy series (from 1987), we had TEN years of TV’s “Smallville” relating Superman’s early years. Superman’s origin story is already part of pop culture through osmosis at this point (even non-geeks know it back to front). Time to move on from all of that, and make a ‘hit the ground running’ movie.

But with Kevin Costner signed on as Pa Kent as well? It smells like origins rebooting to me as well….

LJ

With that Stargate news, I can just see the posters on the Stargate boards getting all stressed out about 14-15 seasons of history getting wiped out just like that…hehehe…just kidding, I love some Stargate.

Interested in the idea of multiple gates on Earth. I always felt only two would be implausible. Maybe one or so per continent to make 7/8 (Egypt, Antarctica, England (we already know there is at least one location with ring systems: under Glastonbury Tor, maybe the gate is somewhere else in the local area – it is one of the most spiritually important areas in the world), North America (Anasazi?), South America, Australia (Uluru?), Asia (India?)), with a hub/master/control gate too. I don’t know – seven chevrons = seven gates on Earth somehow?

I think the Brits would have had access to a gate for longer than the SGC, say there were gates in England and India: why else would they have not protested the Egypt gate going to the US – Egypt was a British possession at the time.

Sorry for so much SG on a ST site – but I love both series.

Larry

Just got back from seeing Transformers 3. It was great. I would not say better than the other two. All 3 were great in their own right. The only thing that was better was the CGI. Not only it was more intense. The last 30 – 60 minutes, you do stop breathing, because it was that intense. The end of the film to me was left open incase they do decide to make a #4. Paramount was always good with that. My opinion is that, if this is as big or bigger than the other 2 movies box office wise, you can expect there will be a 4th. Also there are some Star Trek easter eggs in the movie as well. One that I will tell you is that the voice over for Sentinel Prime was none other than Leonard Nimoy.

K.O.

FYI, Star Trek references all over Transformers. You’ll smile 4 sure.

I'm Dead Jim!

Is it time to reboot Sharktopus yet?

Graham Laurie

Well hopefully “Man of Steel” will hit theaters in December 2012 to rows of empty seats and Hell mend Christopher Nolan for arrogantly ignoring fan opinion by refusing to cast Tom Welling and Erica Durance.

The TOS Purist aka The Purolator

Just as a correction…the original StarGate movie was released in 1994, not 1996.

That said, I can’t WAIT to see proper sequels to that movie! It’s my single favorite movie of all time, and I always wanted to see where the story of that universe would go. The TV spinoffs just took place in their own continuity and had nothing to do with the movie (other than names…sometimes). I hope Devlin does it!

Jay

#43… Really?? The second Transformers were just down right awful. One of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. The parents were such cartoon characters throughout the movie, that when they tried to act “serious” near then end, people in the theater just laughed out of reflex.

The story was full of gigantic plot holes. The action was way over the top to the point where 30 minutes before it ended I was sick of watching explosions.

Kind of like if you go to an hour long fireworks display. After 30 minutes you are ready for the finale and for it to be over all ready.

That movie deserved the mountain of terrible reviews it got.

So, if you say that movie was great and this one is too, that basically tells me not to go see it. Pretty much every review I’ve ready says basically that it was a little better than the 2nd one, not as good as the first one, and had all the same issues as most Bay movies: Lots of pointless action and explosions, not much of a story and some lame acting.

Unless someone that agress the 2nd one sucked tells me this one is much better, I guess I will be taking a pass.

Sam

I loved Transformers 3! Especially when Sentinel says “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” I chuckled at the fact Leonard Nimoy spoke the line (again); it didn’t seem like any one else in my theater got the irony!

I thought the movie was great! AND a huge treat given the fact that I saw them all filming it in Chicago last year – seeing on the big screen the same things you saw in person is pretty unreal; nothing like walking across LaSalle Street or Michigan Avenue with destruction on both sides of you, then seeing the “big picture” of it in final form!

I just hope they don’t ruin the franchise with a terrible 4th movie like what just happened with Pirates of the Caribbean….

starfall42

This stuff gets impossible to parody. Robot Chicken already did fake trailers for Hungry Hungry Hippos and Chutes & Ladders. They thought they were making a ridiculous joke.