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I'll do my best to read and respond to your e-mails. Sci-Fi Movies: Judge Dredd, Cowboys & Aliens, Riddick, Super 8, Iron Man 3, Avatar 2, Tron + more

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In this week’s Sci-Fi Movies column Iron Man 2 is a hit and so its already time to talk about Iron Man 3. There are also details on the next Riddick and Cowboys & Aliens. Plus Judge Dredd is ready for his reboot, and the new Conan is revealed. Plus more, including the latest box office numbers, casting bites, videos and images, including new shots from Tron Legacy.


Iron Man 2 $128.1M open impressive but not record breaking + Jon Favreau talks IM3
It may not have broken any records, but the $128.1M opening weekend of “Iron Man 2” is still impressive as it opened significantly above the first one ($98.6M or $102.1M including Thursday sneaks). It currently stands at $152.8M through six days (versus $121.3M for “Iron Man”) with its worldwide cume at $363.8M ($152.8M / $211.0M). In other news, director Jon Favreau tells MTV that despite what he has said in the past about the character in the past, he feels that The Mandarin has to be in “Iron Man 3”:

“You have to do The Mandarin,” he said. “The problem with The Mandarin is, the way it’s depicted in the comic books, you don’t want to see that. He also has 10 magical rings, and it just doesn’t feel right for our thing, so it’s either tech-based or the rings are not really rings.”

Favreau also said that what happens with all the other Marvel Entertainment will have a big influence on ‘IM3’:

“I would like ‘Iron Man 3′ to pay it off, but there’s so much I don’t understand yet about what the world is going to be like then,” said Favreau. “You’ve got ‘Thor,’ ‘Captain America,’ ‘Avengers’ all happening with different directors before ‘Iron Man 3′ — and that’s all going to affect ‘Iron Man 3.’”

“What’s going to have happened by then?” he asked. “With ‘Thor,’ you’re going to have all this supernatural stuff happening and magic and there’s a lot of stuff going on in the world. If it’s going to match the comic books, it’s going to be incredibly complex for film.”

And lastly, Favreau says there are some scenes that didn’t make the final cut that will be included on the home video release:

“It was like the thing where Gwyneth kisses the helmet and throws it out [of the airplane]. … There’s a [deleted] scene that leads up to that. It’s wonderful, but what it does is ruin the surprise and ruins the momentum of the movie in the beginning.

“[The scene occurs] on a real C17 that we shot it on,” he explained. “But there’s a little bit of a misdirect that we wanted to sell, and the reveal of him landing on the stage being revealed for the first time was better. Also, [Paltrow’s character] Pepper had two introduction scenes, and so, structurally, there were issues with it that are hard to explain unless you see the whole cut.”

Another one of the deleted scenes involved Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff cozying up to Tony Stark. Favreau says he decided to take that one out because he didn’t want to have Johansson’s character appear to be too close to Tony:

“If you let him and Scarlett get too flirty and get too close, the audience turns off really quickly, because they really want to root for [Tony and Pepper] together.”

Judge Dredd to be rebooted…in 3D
Reliance BIG Pictures and IM Global will finance DNA Films’ $45M 3D production of “Judge Dredd”:

Filming will take place over the fourth quarter of 2010 in Johannesburg.

JUDGE DREDD is being made by the writer/producer partnership behind The Beach, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, Sunshine, and Never Let Me Go. Alex Garland, Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich will produce a script written by Garland.

Pete Travis, director of Omagh, Vantage Point, and Endgame will direct. Wagner will be a creative consultant on the film.

Synopses for Cowboys & Aliens and Riddick
DreamWorks Pictures has released the official synopsis for Jon Favreau’s upcoming “Cowboys & Aliens”, which stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde and Sam Rockwell:

1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It’s a town that lives in fear.

But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.

Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents—townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors—all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.

Written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof, “Cowboys & Aliens” hits theaters on July 29, 2011. An official synopsis has also been released for “Riddick” (formerly “The Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking”), from writer-director David Twohy and starring Vin Diesel:

Betrayed by his own kind and left for dead on a desolate planet, Riddick (Diesel) fights for survival against alien predators and becomes more powerful and dangerous than ever before. Soon bounty hunters from throughout the galaxy descend on Riddick only to find themselves pawns in his greater scheme for revenge. With his enemies right where he wants them, Riddick unleashes a vicious attack of vengeance before returning to his home planet of Furya to save it from destruction.

Avatar sequel to be announced within a few months; DVD/Blu-ray approaching 20M units sold
Speaking at the Seoul Digital Forum, James Cameron revealed that the release date for a sequel to “Avatar” will be announced in a few months. Cameron also said that thanks to advancements in 3D, the sequel will take about 3 years to make — 18 months less than it took to make the original. In related news, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced that “Avatar” has reached 19.7 million Blu-ray disc and DVDs combined worldwide in three weeks. It’s Blu-ray sales alone are at 6.2 million which is more than double the previous record holder. That of course is in addition to the more than $2.7B in worldwide box office receipts ($748.1M domestic / $1.97B foreign).

First look at Jason Momoa as Conan + Peter Sarsgaard and Ryan Reynolds in Green Lantern
Filming is well underway in Bulgaria on Marcus Nispel’s “Conan”, and we now have our first look at Jason Momoa (“Stargate Atlantis”) in the title role [Latino Review]:

Check out more images from the set here. Meanwhile, we’ve got our first look at Peter Sarsgaard in make-up as Hammond in Martin Campbell’s “Green Lantern” [Sky Showbiz]:

As well as Ryan Reynolds on the set in his 3D motion-capture suit [MTV]:

“Conan” will reportedly hit 2011, while “Green Lantern” is set to hit conventional and 3D theaters on June 17, 2011.

Previously on Super 8 Teaser Online + Official Site & Viral Site
After rumors and speculation it was finally confirmed last week that JJ Abrams’ next project as a director will the alien mystery “Super 8”, a collaboration with Steven Spielberg. The first teaser trailer was shown with “Iron Man 2” over the weekend and is now available online. There is also an official website and a viral site. Read the rest of this article here. You can check out the trailer along with a a teaser poster below.

Teaser poster [IGN]

Teaser trailer [Trailer Addict]

PREVIEW Videos & Images

The Adjustment Bureau

New trailer [Yahoo! Movies]

Despicable Me

Three new posters [IMP Awards]


New trailer [Trailer Addict]

TV spot [YouTube]

Watch two more TV spots here and here

John Carter of Mars

One of the areas in Utah where the film is being shot [Lake Power Reality — more via John Carter of Mars Movie]

Jonah Hex

Promotional still [IGN]

Kane & Lynch

Cannes Film Festival poster []

The Last Airbender

New poster [Empire]

Let Me In

First look at Matt Reeves’ remake/adaptation of the Swedish film “Let The Right One In” [/Film]


Interview with director Vincenzo Natali [MTV]


Promotional still of Laurence Fishburne’s character Noland [IGN]

Shrek Forever After

Viral: “Rumpel Deals” [Trailer Addict]

IMAX Experience trailer [Trailer Addict]


TV spot [YouTube]

Watch four more TV spots: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Toy Story 3

Promotional stills [more at IGN]

Transformers 3

Autobot Bumbleebee + Megan Fox on set [more at via TFW2005 & TFW2005]

Set video [YouTube via TFLAMB]

Tron Legacy

New images/concept art [ & — more via /Film]

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Promotional stills [MTV & — more at]


  • Hammer Films is developing “The Woman in Black” in 3D. The film, to be directed by James Watkins, “follows a young lawyer as he travels to a remote village to sort out a recently deceased client’s papers and begins to see an eerie woman dressed in black wandering the isolated house.” “Kick-Ass” co-writer Jane Goldman is adapting the Susan Hill novel. [THR]
  • The soundtrack for “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” is available to listen to on the official MySpace page
  • …In related news, the first single from Muse will be released on May 17… [MTV]
  • …And you can check out the song list at Cinematical.
  • George Romero says he has two more zombie films in mind. Together with the previous two, the next two films would form a four-feature arc, with what began in ‘Diary’ the start of another arc. [Shock Till You Drop]
  • Jane Goldman has been hired to re-write “X-Men: First Class”. [Jonathan Ross]
  • “The Green Hornet” director Michel Gondry is happy with the studio’s decision to convert the film to 3D: “It’s a tool that I’m really excited to embrace and I have tons of ideas. There’s one thing that has never been done and I can’t wait to do. That can only be done in 3D. I’m really excited to know that the studio is going for it. It shows, really, that they believe in the film. If they wanted to dump us, they wouldn’t have done this. “. []
  • Check out an interview with Shaun Toub (“Iron Man”), who stars in M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming “The Last Airbender”. [Newsarama]
  • IMAX Corporation and Sony Pictures have announced that “Resident Evil: Afterlife” will be released in digital IMAX theaters simultaneously with its wide 3D release on September 10, 2010. []
  • Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch” will be released in 3D and IMAX on March 25, 2011. [THR]
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren will re-unite for “Universal Soldier IV” in 3D. The film will go into production this fall. [/Film]
  • Pixar’s “Newt”, described as the tale of Newt and Brooke, the “last remaining male and female blue-footed newts on the planet…forced together by science to save the species”, has been canceled. [Pixar Blog]
  • Avatar will be going up against “Alice in Wonderland”, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, “The Hangover” and “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” for Best Movie at the “2010 MTV Movie Awards”, airing live on MTV Sunday, June 6 at 9:00 p.m.. [Deadline]
  • It’s no secret Shia LaBeouf wasn’t satisfied with “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”, but LaBeouf says the third film “brings the heart back to the franchise”. LaBeouf also revealed that he starts working on the film next Tuesday. []
  • Dario Argento will direct “Dracula” (in 3D). Argento will also write and direct the film, which will begin shooting in Italy next January. [Shock Till You Drop]
  • Check out a set report from Warner Brothers’ “Jonah Hex” at
  • …And check out a set report from 20th Century Fox’s “Predators” at Shock Till You Drop.
  • There simply wasn’t enough time to do a proper 2D to 3D conversion for “Iron Man 2” without “undermining the quality”, but Marvel Studios President Kevin Feiger hints that 3D could be in the cards for “Thor” (which would have to be converted) and/or “The First Avenger: Captain America” and “The Avengers” (both of which could be shot with 3D cameras)… [Hero Complex blog]
  • …Meanwhile Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) told a radio program that “there’ll be a big “S.H.I.E.L.D.” movie” after “The Avengers” starts shooting next year. [RadioBigBoy via CinemaBlend]


  • It’s confirmed. Will Smith will reprise his role as Agent Jay in “Men in Black III” (in 3D) set for release on May 25, 2012. Tommy Lee Jones, meanwhile, is said to be in advanced negotiations to reprise his role as Agent Kay while Josh Brolin is also in talks to star as a young Agent Kay. [Variety]
  • Summit Entertainment hasn’t officially announced that “Breaking Dawn” will be split into two films because the studio is trying to solve a salary dispute with a few actors. While the principal cast is close to being locked down (with major pay raises), some players including Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene are trying to get bigger deals, increases which Summit is at the point unwilling to provide. [THR, Esq.]
  • Toby Jones is in final negotiations to play the villainous scientist Arnim Zola in Joe Johnston’s “The First Avenger: Captain America”. [Heat Vision blog]
  • NBC reporter/talk show host Gabriela Plana has posted on her Twitter account that she is “working” on “Transformers 3”. It’s unclear if she’s working on covering the shoot, or has actually been cast in a role on the film. [Gabriela Plana via TFW2005]
  • …Meanwhile, actress/comedian Kym Elizabeth Whitley tweeted that she was also working on the film… [Kym Whitley via TFW2005]
  • …And Alan Tudyk (“Firefly”) has also joined the project. Tudyk’s role is being kept under wraps. [The Wrap]
  • Kevin Durand (“LOST”) is in negotiations to join two DreamWorks sci-fi films: “I Am Number Four”, playing the commander of the aliens who are hunting the survivors on Earth and in “Real Steel”, playing a promoter of robot boxing… [Heat Vision blog]
  • …Staying with “Real Steel”, Anthony Mackie (“The Hurt Locker”) and Evangeline Lilly (“LOST”) have signed on to co-star in the film. [Variety]
  • Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”) has joined the cast of Raja Gosnell’s live-action/animated 3D film “The Smurfs”. Gunn will play an executive assistant at a major cosmetic company. [Variety]
  • Colin Farrell has signed on to play a charismatic neighbor/vampire in the Craig Gillespie-directed DreamWorks remake of the 1985 thriller “Fright Night”. Anton Yelchin and Toni Collette also star. [Deadline]
  • Kurt Russell has been cast in the upcoming supernatural thriller “Undying”. Russell will play Virgil, “a private investigator who finds himself recruited by the darkly beautiful and mysterious Delia. As he begins to work for Delia, Virgil finds himself suddenly immersed in a surreal underworld, one where the boundaries of life and death – as well as right and wrong – are completely blurred. This unlikely journey also reveals the harrowing answers to the fate of Virgil’s own daughter.” [Shock Till You Drop]
  • Although the official line from the studio on Sharlto Copley’s exit from “I Am Number Four” — and being replaced by Timothy Olyphant — is due to “scheduling conflicts”, the real story is that Copley wanted to wear a prosthetic nose and fake ears “like Spock”, which would have gone against the original intent of the source material. [Variety & Film Drunk]
  • There are rumors that Billy Zane has met with Christopher Nolan for a possible part in “Batman 3” or the next “Superman” movie.. [Coventry Telegraph]
  • “Luke Cage” could be the first project to come out of Marvel’s recent announcement about making smaller-budget films based on back-catalog heroes. [Hero Complex blog]

MISC Media

Star Wars

Disney Star Wars weekends ad [io9]

Fan-made LEGO Star Wars trilogy [YouTube via SCI FI Wire]

Toy Story 3: Inception

Toy Story 3 / Inception mash-up trailer [YouTube via /Film]

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