Director/producer Jon Favreau is quite familiar with Marvel Studios — he directed Iron Man and has produced other hits for Marvel, including The Avengers — and with fellow director Edgar Wright, who last month walked away from the Ant-Man movie he had been nurturing since 2006.
In an interview published on ShortList.com, Favreau said this about Wright and Ant-Man:
Edgar’s a dear friend of mine – I was so looking forward to his version of Ant-Man. All Edgar’s films have been studio films; it’s not like he’s never made one before. I think he’s been used to a situation where he can have tremendous creative say around his story and casting, and Marvel has built an entire franchise around their style of telling stories. I know both parties well, and I respect his decision to see that he wasn’t going to be fulfilled in the process. That’s all I can really say.
The Peter Capaldi Era of DOCTOR WHO begins Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. when the first episode of the eighth season, titled “Deep Breath,” premieres, according to BBC America, the Doctor’s cable home in the USA.
BBC One in Britain describes the premiere episode as being “feature length,” which suggests it will be longer than a standard 45-minute episode.
This teaser clip accompanied the announcement, and includes brief glimpses of the new 12th Doctor and his companion, Clara, played by the returning Jenna Coleman.
One this fall’s most promising series is NBC’s CONSTANTINE, which will pit supernatural investigator John Constantine (Matt Ryan) against malevolent otherworldly forces mankind could never dream of. And he has an attitude about it.
I thought I’d gather together a few cool images from the show’s Facebook page which, along with the teaser video, make me believe the producers are on the right track with adaptation of DC Comics’ Hellblazer comic book series.
Director Guillermo del Toro has announced that his 2013 giant robots vs. giant monsters movie, Pacific Rim, will get a sequel in 2017 — and fans will get an animated series and an ongoing comic book series to tide us over until then.
The film will be released on April 7, 2017, and again will be directed by del Toro, who will co-write with Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand). Original co-scripter Travis Beacham will be involved as much as his TV commitments (including Fox’s HIEROGLYPH) will allow. No deals have been inked with cast members, but Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Burn Gorman are expected to return.
It feels like George Miller‘s latest Mad Max sequel, Mad Max: Fury Road was shot so long ago that it’s about time for its sequel to be rolled out, but the truth is it’s been a long and winding road back to Miller’s post-apocalyptic wasteland — and there’s still almost a year to go before the movie unspools on theater screens on May 15, 2015.
Entertainment Weekly came up with a passel of photos that preview what a sun-blasted, sepia-toned world Miller has in store for Tom Hardy when takes over the title role of Max Rockatansky from the aging Mel Gibson. He will be joined by Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa.
Whatever happens on Aug. 1, you won’t be able to say that Marvel’s marketing machine didn’t do its level best to get you into a theater to watch James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy. The teasers and various trailers have been phenomenally entertaining and really showcase the comic/serious tone of the movie. To wit, the latest entry:
How could you not want to see GotG after watching that? Is there another movie that can sell itself with The Runaways‘ Cherry Bomb?
What we have here is not a clip of action scenes from the forthcoming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, but rather a sort of… PSA from President Snow simultaneously praising and threatening the citizens of Panem. Y’know, in that way he does.
The casting of Donald Sutherland as the Big Bad in this series was absolutely brilliant, because his voice is so amazing: It’s soothing yet unsettling. He’s a very stern father figure. And his casting carries real-world baggage: We are used to hearing his voice as a pitchman selling us products. Here, he’s selling the myth of Panem as a utopia.
Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) looks on with a strangely tranquil face. Is he drugged? What’s wrong with him? Why is Katniss’ closest ally rallying behind the president? (Readers of the book know what the deal is.)
And how about that antiseptic white production design? How sterile and inhuman can you get? I think it’s much more sinister than all-black.
Celebrated indie director Rian Johnson – known for his time-travel action film Looper, starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as well as Brick – has been chosen by Disney to direct the next two Star Wars sequels, Episode XIII and IX. He will also script XIII and write at least a treatment for Episode IX if not the actual screenplay.
This move reinforces the trend of choosing bright young directors on the rise to rebuild Lucasfilm’s franchise, such as the previously announced Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and Josh Trank (Chronicle, Fantastic Four), who will oversee so far unspecified spin-off movies.
When the primates of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hit the big screen on July 11, a lot computer wizardry will have gone into making Caesar and friends look like real apes.
Take a look at this clip showing side-by-side examples of live-action filming of the actors and the finished product:
Let’s not forget that the realistic apes owe a lot to the talents of Andy Serkis and his fellow motion-capture artists! One of these years, Serkis will win the Oscar he deserves!
This trailer focuses on the villains — present and future — that young Det. James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) will encounter on the increasingly mean streets of Gotham City in the Batman prequel series GOTHAM.
Looking at this clip suddenly made me realize a very HUGE problem facing the producers of GOTHAM: How to avoid making Gordon look like a failure and a screw-up! After all, he can hardly take down Penguin and Catwoman before Batman confronts them, so the entire series could be about how the baddies foil Gordon, the last good cop in the city.
Of course, the corruption of the GCPD could be the key to this problem: every time Gordon and partner Haevey Bullock (Donal Logue) arrests Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) or Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett-Smith) the dirty system puts them right back out on the street, thus Gordon is allowed to win many battles but lose the war.