Log Entries: 12/19/2012

IN MARVEL MOVIE NEWS, Jamie Foxx has been cast as Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  Though Foxx himself has stated that the costume will definitely not be the green and yellow spandex with lightning bolts coming out of the head, known in the comics since the 1960’s.  Said Foxx, “They want to try new things, like a liquid rubber and things like that, and there are all these bolts and stuff in my arms when they are hanging me upside down and trying to figure out what happen. How did he become this way? So, it will be some new stuff.”  … AND DIRECTOR BRYAN SINGER has confirmed that Hugh Jackman will reprise his role as Wolverine in the sequel to X-Men: First Class — X-Men: Days of Future Past.  Singer recently tweeted: “I would officially like to welcome @RealHughJackman to the cast of #Xmen Days of Future Past. Very excited! More to come…”  Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan have already signed on.  Simon Kinberg’s screenplay is reportedly heavily inspired by Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s comic book storyline that ran in Uncanny X-Men#141 and 142 back in 1981.  “Days of Future Past” introduced the idea of an alternate future for Marvel’s mutants that grew out of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants killing an important senator, leading to a future where all mutants are hunted by Sentinels.  And Wolverine had a pivotal role in that story.  X-Men: Days of Future Past will bow in cinemas on July 18, 2014 … COMIC BOOK WRITER JEPH LOEB, NOW HEAD OF MARVEL’S TV DEPARTMENT, says the S.H.E.I.L.D. TV series could be on the air as soon as this fall.  Said Loeb, “Well…we have a ‘little’ pilot for television that you might have heard about called Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. co-written, directed, and Executive Produced by none other than Joss Whedon!  Working with Joss, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeffrey Bell on the show is a blast!  And bringing in Clark Gregg to play Agent Phil Coulson — the best!  Hopefully we will be on in the Fall of 2013 on ABC!”  But will Samuel L. Jackson make an appearance.  Jackson seems to think so, if only in brief increments.  “I don’t know. I keep hearing about it, and I haven’t talked to Joss about it.  But in my mind, I would tend to think that he would, if nothing else, be like Charlie in ‘Charlie’s Angels.’ At least be the voice!” … THE UK VERSION OF THE IRON MAN 3 trailer made its way to the web some time ago and is worth a look.  The filmmakers are saying there’s a lot more comedy and action/adventure stuff in this one than the last one:

REMEMBER THAT SOMEWHAT ATICIPATED PACIFIC RIM TRAILER ? It has finally arrived, looking a lot like Transformers Vs. Godzilla — and by the way, the sequel to Pacific Rim is already in development.  Decide for yourself if this was a competent decision:

THE NEW MAN OF STEEL TRAILER leaves no doubt that this is going to be a very compelling reimagining of the Superman franchise.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD has finally wrapped principal photography after 6 months of filming in Africa (which stands in for the post-apocalyptic wastelands of Australia) … THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS has just revealed their list of the 25 films to be inducted into the National Film Registry.  Among them, 1999’s The Matrix … FOLLOWING UP ON THE 9 MIN. STAR TREK INTO THE DARKNESS teaser shown in some theaters with Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: There And Back Again, Paramount have released a new 2 min. teaser:

PARAMOUNT have also divulged that within this new J. J. Abrams “alternate” Star Trek Universe, actress Alice Eve’s role will be that of Carol Marcus. Eve As in mother of David Marcus, Kirk’s son, as revealed in Star Trek II: The Wrath of KahnSPEAKING OF PETER JACKSON, the director is hoping to have a script ready to shoot live action bluescreen footage for the sequel to the Adventures of Tin Tin, sometime this year.  Jackson has stated that capturing the actors on film/video only requires a few weeks of his and their time … JOSEPH (OBLIVION, TRON: LEGACY) KOSINSKY recently commented on the forthcoming Tron 3 (working title): “We’ve got an idea for the next movie that’s really exciting to me. I mean, obviously, the only reason to go back would be if we could do something spectacular and really push the ideas forward that we had established in ‘Legacy.’ We have an idea and an approach and a way into it that I’m really excited about, and now it’s about execution on the level of the script. So working hard on that in the background, and hopefully that’ll all come together.”  … AND SPEAKING OF OBLIVION, here is the first trailer for the Sci-Fi opus, starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman and due to hit theaters April 12th:

IN STAR WARS EPISODE VII NEWS, longtime Lucasfilm, Ltd. Producer Rick McCallum has left Lucasfilm, to pursue independent film production.  As for Lucas’s own part in the new trilogy, the now retired Star Wars universe creator has stated that his involvement as a consultant requires very minimal input.  Said Lucas, I mean, they have a hundred encyclopedias and things, but I actually know a lot. I can say, ‘This is this and this is that.’ Basically I’m not — I don’t really have much to do.”  Samuel L. Jackson, however, definitely wants to be in the new Star Wars trilogy.  Said Jackson: “I can come back as a one-armed or a one-handed Jedi that’s still around that didn’t actually die.”  Jackson added, “I could do that or be a ghost hologram. I don’t care, I just want to stay associated with the franchise.”  Meanwhile, the speculation continues as to who will helm the initial film.  An earlier announcement last month led many to believe that Lawrence (Empire Strikes Back) Kasdan and Simon (X-Men franchise) Kinsberg would each write one of the three films.  However, that information was later changed to include potential spin-offs.  Reportedly, the spin-offs include a film focusing on Boba Fett, and another on a young Lando Calrissian.  Currently, talks are quietly ongoing between Disney and directors Jon Favreau and David Fincher, to helm the follow-up trilogy to Return of the Jedi.  Director Ron Howard turned down the opportunity to direct a Star Wars film for Disney, earlier this month … DISNEY is currently planning a sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.  No word yet on whether or not Burton will be involved … SHOWGUN WARRIORS FANS REJOICE !!! GALE ANNE HURD WILL CO-PRODUCE GAIKING, as a live action feature.

GAIKING is the one in yellow

GAIKING is the one in yellow

Created by the Japanese animation studio Toei, the 1970’s anime series follows a young man who has been recruited to serve as the pilot for the robot “Gaiking.”  When the world is threatened, he and his co-pilots are the only hope.  The anime was used as part of the “Showgun Warriors” toyline, which iteself was turned into a comic book by Marvel … RIDDICK, the prequel to Pitch Black, officially has a September 6, 2013 release date. The Sci-Fi Thriller will be in both conventional theaters and IMAX, same day … IN THE WAKE OF THE MASSIVE SUCCESS OF SKYFALL, director Sam Mendes and actor/producer Daniel Craig are planning two additional James Bond films as follow up.  Eon Productions, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, the holders of the rights and executive producers of the films, have reportedly given the creative duo carte’ blanche’ … RELATIVITY MEDIA ARE PLANNING THE SCI-FI THRILLER, TIPPING POINT.  Pic is described as follows: a tense, riveting sci-fi thriller that paints an ominous picture of the world 100 years into the future. With the world’s population approaching 10 billion, the penalty for having children without a license is death – no questions, no excuses, and no mercy. Ruthless Population Control Officer Solomon Cage lives only for his job, until the day he discovers two fugitives he’s been pursuing are the love of his life who mysteriously disappeared years ago and the 12-year-old son he never knew he had.  No word yet on cast or crew … DAN AYKROYD recently gave an update on the still in development Ghostbusters III: “…Because of the ever-shifting sands and nature of the motion-picture business, I will just say that hopefully, at some point, it will be morphing into what is known in the business as a ‘production number XP39789.  Then I will begin to rent cars, get hotel rooms, and bill for writing. But that point hasn’t come. All my work has been gratis to this point, as Ivan’s has, and I’m hoping that I can get that production number set up in L.A. and help everyone bring the movie to fruition, as the originator and creator of the concept.”  When further pressed on specifics of the concept, Aykroyd demurred, but voiced hope of the eventual implementation of the Ghostbusters go to Hell concept he began discussing in the mid 1990’s.  “Man-hell-ttan.  And the Ghostbusters in Hell would be so solid. But we gotta get maybe one or two made before that.”  THE POSTER FOR DIRECTOR SAM RAIMI’S OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL has popped up on-line: Oz the Great and Powerful

IN T.V. NEWS, Producer Gale Anne Hurd will oversee the USA Network pilot, Horizon.  Story concerns a woman who discovers her husband was killed in WWII by extraterrestrials and how that information may impact a coming apocalypse.  She becomes the only person on Earth standing between an Extraterrestrial invasion and the end of humanity on this planet … EPISODES OF THE THIRD SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES will reportedly run a few minutes longer than previous seasons.  The number of episodes will still remain 10, but each will have a slightly longer running time. (approx. 5 minutes longer)  And the coming season will focus on roughly the first half of George R. R. Martin’s 973 page fantasy novel, The Storm of Swords  THE SYFY CHANNEL is considering a Television spin-off of the 1995 Kevin Costner debacle, Waterworld — if anyone’s actually interested … IN ADDITIONAL CASTING NEWS, ACTOR JAMES FRANCO will have no longer have any involvement with the production of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  Although previously contracted to have a small walk-on role in the film, the project recently changed directors, from Rupert (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) Wyatt, to Matt (Cloverfield) Reeves — and Franco’s part was promptly cut … EDDIE (LES MISERABLES) REDMAYNE will star alongside Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis for the Wachowskis, in Jupiter Ascending.  The forthcoming 3D IMAX film is set in a time where humans are at the bottom of the evolutionary ladder, and the story follows a woman who has been targeted for assassination by the queen of the universe. The film will shoot in the first quarter of 2013 as the Wachowskis try to regain their mojo after the unfortunate financial failure of Cloud Atlas … MOVING ON TO HOME VIDEO, TWO SUMMER 1988 FILMS, ONE WILDLY SUCCESSFUL, the other, not so much – will be coming to Blu-Ray March 12th.  Who Framed Roger Rabbit? The 25th Anniversary Edition will include the 3 Roger Rabbit shorts which accompanied various films in theaters, these being Tummy Trouble, originally shown with Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Rollercoaster Rabbit, shown with Dick Tracy, and Trail Mix-Up, shown with A Far Off PlaceWhoFramedRoger.  In addition, ported over are the extras from the previous Special Edition DVD package.  WillowMeanwhile Willow, the George Lucas produced fantasy film, directed by Ron Howard, will also make its debut in honor of its own 25th Anniversary, with numerous welcome (and to be honest, necessary) special features.  Including a new digital transfer and restoration by Lucasfilm.  There are also deleted scenes with commentary by Ron Howard, Willow: An Unlikely Hero, a diary of Warwick Davis’ experience on the film, the original 1998 The Making of an Adventure featurette with all-new Ron Howard introduction, the From Morf to Morphing: The Dawn of Digital Filmmaking documentary with all-new Dennis Muren introduction, a gallery of matte painting artwork and Easter eggs.  Trailers have been circulating for both.  The Roger Rabbit trailer has appeared on numerous recent Disney blu-rays, without a release date.  While the Willow trailer can be viewed here:

Futureworld, the 1970’s sequel to Michael Crichton’s Westworld, will make it’s own debut on blu-ray, on February 26th.  While Westworld itself will debut later on March 5th.    FutureworldWestworld