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TrekMovie.com Sci-Fi Movies: Captain America, The Hobbit, MIB 3, Batman 3, Superman, Avatar, Paul + more

Cross-posted at TrekMovie.com

In this week’s Sci-Fi Movies column we start off with the last set of previews for this weekend’s Predators and early buzz for next weekend’s Inception. We also have a synopsis for Simon Pegg’s alien comedy Paul, a possible director for the next Superman movie, details on Men in Black III, more trouble for The Hobbit, info on the next Mad Max and much more. Plus more, including the latest casting bites, images and videos.

GENRE MOVIE NEWS

Robert Rodriguez talks Predators sequel + more previews

“Predators” is the big movie for this weekend and producer/writer Robert Rodriguez says he’s definitely interested in developing a sequel and he believes there are several ways to go about doing it [MovieWeb]:

There are so many great ideas,” Rodriguez answered. “Just following Laurence Fishburne’s character (Noland) around in a prequel would be a great movie. Just the tales he tells in this movie alone, I want to see those experiences,” he teased. “That’s why I wasn’t precious even about the original script I had,” Rodriguez continued. “Because once you come up with the idea of a Predator Planet, that Predators use as their hunting grounds and humans are involved somehow, the story ideas that you can come up with are so numerous that you can come up with any approach. So we already have several ideas that we can go with for a sequel. They would all be good ideas but we would probably put them together to see which one rises to the top, if we made another one,” Rodriguez concluded.

The sentiment was echoed by director Nimrod Antal [The Playlist]:

“Yeah. Well, listen,” Antal said. “I’m down. Are you?”

Another, taut, economic thriller that revives a once maligned franchise? Hell, why not. We asked point blank: has a sequel been discussed?

“Yes,” Antal admitted. “Between Robert [Rodriguez ]and I, but no one else so far. We’ll see what happens this next weekend.”

Promotional stills [more at IGN]

Interview with Robert Rodriguez discussing the character Hanzo [YouTube]

Interviews with Adrien Brody, Nimrod Antal and Robert Rodriguez [Shock Till You Drop]

Set tour [YouTube]

Early Buzz: Inception is amazing + more previews

Christophor Nolan’s latest, “Inception”, hits theaters next Friday and the early buzz is pretty impressive. So far 15 reviews have been assembled at Rotten Tomatoes and each one is Fresh for a 100% rating. Here is a sampling of some of the best reviews:

CHUD

“Inception is a masterpiece. Making a huge film with big ambitions, Christopher Nolan never missteps and manages to create a movie that, at times, feels like a miracle.”

Empire.com

“With physics-defying, thunderous action, heart-wringing emotion and an astonishing performance from DiCaprio, Nolan delivers another true original: welcome to an undiscovered country.”

UGO

“Inception is an exhilarating cinematic experience that suggests there is still room, even in the blockbuster world, for big ideas and dangerous emotions, and that may be the single most thrilling thing about it.”

Variety

“If movies are shared dreams, then Christopher Nolan is surely one of Hollywood’s most inventive dreamers, given the evidence of his commandingly clever Inception.”

THR

“A devilishly complicated, fiendishly enjoyable sci-fi voyage across a dreamscape that is thoroughly compelling.”

“Inception” hits conventional and IMAX theaters on July 16, 2010.

5 minutes of clips [YouTube]

Interview with Christopher Nolan about the films release in IMAX [ComingSoon.net]

Official plot synopsis for  Simon Pegg comedy “Paul”

The official plot synopsis for Greg Mottola’s sci-fi comedy “Paul”, which stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (along with Seth Rogen who voices the alien) has been released [Working Title via Arrow in the Head]:

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite for the comedy adventure Paul as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America’s UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, the space-travelling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town—a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Collings (Frost). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes.

Michael Giacchino to score Let Me In + Check out the first trailer and new poster

Oscar winner and “Star Trek” composer Michael Giacchino has been hired to compose the original score for “Let Me In”. Writer/Director Matt Reeves (“Clovefield”) is adaptating the project from the John Lindquists’ best-selling Swedish novel “Lat den Ratte Komme In”, which was later released as the critically acclaimed film “Let the Right One In”. The official synopsis is below along with a new trailer and poster (also, check out the official website at helpme.net):

“Chloe Moretz (Hit Girl from KICK-ASS) stars as Abby, a secretive 12-year old girl, who moves next door to Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee, THE ROAD). Owen is a social outcast who is viciously bullied at school and, in his loneliness, forms a profound bond with his new neighbor. Owen can’t help noticing that Abby is like no one he has ever met before. As a string of grisly murders occupies the town, Owen has to confront the reality that this seemingly innocent girl is really a savage vampire.

LET ME IN, a haunting and provocative thriller written and directed by filmmaker Matt Reeves (CLOVERFIELD) and produced by legendary British horror brand Hammer Films, is an astonishing coming-of-age story between a young girl and an alienated young boy unlike any other you have seen. Based on the best-selling Swedish novel LAT DEN RATTE KOMMA (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN) by John Ajvide Lindqvist and the highly acclaimed film of the same name, LET ME IN takes audiences straight to the troubled heart of adolescent longing and loneliness.”

UK poster [Empire]

Movie trailer [YouTube]

WB wants Chris Columbus to direct 3D Superman for December 2012?

There’s a report that David Goyer wants to write and direct the next “Superman” film but WB is not sold on Goyer for director and are instead keen on getting Chris Columbus (‘Harry Potter’, ‘Percy Jackson’) to direct. Superman Homepage [via /Film] reports that an “offer has been sent out to Chris Columbus to direct the 3D Superman reboot for December 2012″:

“David Goyer really wanted to direct but nobody from either studio think he’s good in that arena,” reveals the studio insider. “He’s great at coming up with story and ideas, like George Lucas. It’s his execution where he’s weak which is why people like Chris and Jonathan Nolan and Guillermo Del Toro have had the best results with his scripts.”

New Men in Black III details

We’ve got a a few new details about “Men in Black III-D”. The information comes courtesy JoBlo who apparently got a look at the script. First up, the site says that there will only be one main villain in the film. The character Yaz is described as “a nightmare biker who looks like Dennis Hopper and Satan,” according to JoBlo:

…But it would seem it would be hard to craft a “badass hell biker” villain who is played by Flight of the Conchord’s Jemaine Clement and named after a side-effect prone brand of birth control. He’s not meant to be particularly funny and the movie is careful to describe him as oozing badassery and violence out of every pore, which makes me wonder why they’d cast Clement over someone more appropriate like Ron Perlman or Mickey Rourke.

Speaking to the time travel plot, the site says it mostly seems to work:

The time travel plot actually kind of works in the MIB universe because there’s no real need for it to make perfect sense since the tone of the series is so goofy. But this spawns a lot of stereotypical time-travel comedy moments, including the mandatory “You’ve gotta believe me!” intro where Jay tries to convince past Kay he’s from the future and obvious jokes about Jay being black in the ‘60s.

And finally, here’s a general explanation of the film’s plot:

The general idea is that Yaz travels back in time to kill Kay, which sets off a chain of events that ends in the destruction of the world. But the how and why are pretty muddled, and hopefully it’ll be easier to watch instead of read. There’s a bunch of future-seeing aliens that are central to the plot, but I never did quite understand their role in the film throughout.

Chris Evans talks Captain America costume

Chris Evans offered a few words about his costume in the upcoming Joe Johnston-directed “Captain America: The First Avenger”:

“It’s an amazing costume. Given the fact that his costume is red, white and blue, and it’s tight, and it could be kind of flash and over the top – and given the fact that the movie takes place in the ‘40s and ‘50s – they’ve done a really good job of making it look really cool.”

“I think everyone that’s going to see it is going to say, ‘Okay, well done. Well done. I think they got the costume right. The casting they completely ruined, but the costume they nailed!'”

Evans also discussed the shield:

“We’ve been testing a lot of shields. Last time I was in London they had six shields and I had to hold each one, see if I was comfortable with each one, see which one we all thought had the right look. The thing is pretty heavy, so I’m not sure I can throw it that far! I’ll give it my best shot, but hopefully they’ll have some sort of stunt shield when it comes to actually chucking it!”

“Captain America: The First Avenger” is scheduled to hit theaters on July 22, 2011.

Batman 3 starts shooting next April?

While at the London premiere of Christopher Nolan’s “Inception”, Sir Michael Caine (Alfred) told Digital Spy that the third film will begin production in April of next year. Check out the video clip below. “Batman 3″ is scheduled for release on July 20, 2012.

In related, albeit unconfirmed news, Batman on Film relays information that the film may be shot entirely in the U.K.

Mad Max: Fury Road will be shot in 3D + Two new films confirmed

Although we’ve known for some time that George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” would be released in 3D, it was never clear if it would be shot in 3D or converted in post. Until now. The Australian movie magazine Inside Film [via /Film] confirmed with a spokeperson that Miller is “working on new 3D advancements to be used during the shoot.”

“We are doing 3D on Fury Road – we are shooting with real 3D cameras,” Dr Miller told INSIDEFILM. “Seven years ago we were going to shoot in 3D but the technology in cinemas wasn’t geared for it then but I always loved 3D or stereo.”

Also, following up on last week’s story about there being two new “Mad Max” movies, HitFix has confirmed the news with their sources.

More Hobbit delays could mean Ian McKellen is out

“Lord of the Rings” star Ian McKellen told the TVNewZealand show “Good Morning” that he expects there to be an announcement about the status of “The Hobbit” imminently, however, he says that if the film gets delayed further he may not be able to stay involved [The One Ring via Bleeding Cool]:

“Well, I’m not under contract and my time is running out, and I’m enjoying working in the theatre. And frankly, I would like to race after doing Waiting For Godot, get on with doing another play, but we’ll have to see. I don’t give the producers the impression that I’m sitting waiting.”

You can watch the complete interview with McKellen in the video below (he starts talking about “The Hobbit” at around the 4:30 mark):

Sony getting new Spider-Man Andrew Garfield for a bargain: $500,000

How’s this for a bargain (in relation to what other actors in big time roles get)? Deadline New York’s Mike Fleming is reporting that new Spider-Man Andrew Garfield pay scale for the first film is just $500,000. That salary increases to $1 million for the second film and $2 million for the third:

“All of the finalists were presented with those terms in a deal for one film and two options.] I was first to tell you the 26-year-old was a finalist to play the new Spider-Man in the Marc Webb-directed 3D relaunch of Sony Picture Entertainment’s most lucrative film franchise.”

“Spider-Man (in 3D)” is scheduled to hit theaters on July 3, 2012.


Avatar 3D re-release (with over 8 minutes of new footage) hitting theaters Aug. 27

20th Century Fox has officially confirmed that “Avatar” is returning to theaters (in 3D) on August 27, 2010 as an extended cut featuring over 8 minutes of new footage (the theatrical cut ran 162 minutes):

“Since – and largely as of result of – Avatar’s release last December, the number of available digital 3D screens has exploded, and moviegoers who missed experiencing the film in 3D, as well as fans that want to return to Pandora again, will now have that opportunity,” the studio said in a statement.

The film wll also be re-released internationally and you can check out dates for other countries at AvatarMovie.com/Re-ReleaseDates. The highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation), “Avatar” currently sits at $2.73 billion worldwide (with a domestic/foreign breakdown of $749.6M / $1.98 billion). Speaking of cash, director James Cameron’s will reportedly make a record-setting $350 million from the film (box office, dvd, blu-ray, etc.).

PREVIEW Videos & Images

Alien vs. Ninja

Movie trailer [YouTube via SCI FI Wire]

Conan

First official still + promotional still [Uruloki via /Film]

The Green Hornet

International movie trailer [ScreenGeek]

Green Lantern

Behind the scenes tour [ABC 26 via Bleeding Cool]

Machete

Promotional stills [/Film]

Lobby cards [Rope of Silicon]

Check out more: CHUD | Latino Review | ComingSoon.net | FirstShowing

Movie trailer [IGN]

Piranha 3D

Movie poster [FEARnet]

Real Steel

Set images (including first look at Evangeline Lilly) [more via Movies.SpoilerTV and at ComingSoon.net]

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

U.K. movie poster [Empire]

Scream 4

Set images [more at Before the Trailer, (2)]

Set video [YouTube via Shock Till You Drop]

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Movie poster [ComingSoon.net]

5-minute clip [Yahoo! Movies]

Tangled

Concept art [via /Film]

Transformers 3

Set images [more at ComingSoon.net and Premiere.FR]

Set video [YouTube via AICN]

Tron Legacy

Promotional stills [more at Empire]

Vampires Suck

Movie trailer [Break]

MOVIE BITES

  • Previously on TrekMovie.com: JJ Abrams & Joss Whedon Doing ‘Visionaries’ Panel At San Diego Comic Con + More Thursday Trek-related Panels
  • Previously on TrekMovie.com: Alicia Witt Confirms Role In Free Enterprise 2 + Rumor Control On Cameos For Stewart, Abrams and Nimoy
  • “Transformers” producer Don Murphy is teaming with Michael Preger to make a feature version of Richelle Mead’s six-part novel series “Vampire Academy”… [Variety]
  • …The plan is for the series is to stick fairly close to the bestselling books by Richelle Mead: “We intend to stick close to the books. They are shorter than the Twilight ones, which will make them easier to adapt,” says a source close to production. [io9]
  • Scholastic has incresed the print run of the third book in the “Hunger Games” series. The print run for “Mockingjay” has been increased from 750,000 copies to 1.2 million copies. [SFScope via io9]
  • Jude Law has revealed that “Sherlock Holmes 2″ will start shooting this October. [Empire]
  • Robert Rodriguez is re-writing the script for “Sin City 2″, which he says he hopes to direct: “We have a script… a rewritten script that we still have to write and it’s just finding the right time slot to do it.” [MovieWeb]
  • Phil Lord, co-director of the recently announced “LEGO”, says “the vast majority of the film takes place in an immersive all-Lego environment.” [Collider]
  • The title for the M. Night Shyamalan-produced “The Night Chronicles: Devil” has been shortened to just “Devil”. [BOM
  • In the fuzzy math department, Warner Brothers claims that “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” is in the red for more than $167 million. It’s a pretty remarkable claim given the film took in more than $938 million worldwide at movie theaters alone (on a budget of $150 million). [Deadline]
  • Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner will each earn $25 million for the two-part “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”. That’s in addition to the 7.5% against gross revenue which could boost their cut to somewhere over $40 million each. [NYMag]
  • “Fraggle Rock” director/writer Corey Edwards says that The Weinstein Company wants the film adaptation “to connect with an older, more sophisticated audience”. [YBMW via /Film]
  • A tweet by Edgar Wright offers a clue that the two-part “Grindhouse” feature will be released on DVD/Blu-ray: “So, get this, tomorrow I am doing a commentary on ‘Don’t’. Some of you will know what that means is finally happening.” “Don’t” was a faux trailer directed by Wright that appeared in the 2007 double-feature. [Edgar Wright]
  • The “Tron Legacy” soundtrack, scored by Daft Punk, will be released on November 23, 2010… [Amazon via Stitch]
  • …Check out new set visit reports for the film at ComingSoon.net and /Film as well as an interview with actress Olivia Wilde at MTV.
  • Contrary to earlier reports, the next “Saw” movie will still be called “Saw 3D”. “The Traps Come Alive” is just a new tag line. [Shock Till You Drop]
  • M. Night Shyamalan has plans to make two more ‘Last Airbender’ films and he says he has already writen a draft for the second one: “The third is more ambiguous, but the second one, I’ve written a draft that I’m really happy with and is darker and richer, and it has a wonderful antagonist in it in Azula, who’s kind of like our only real, pure antagonist in the series, so I’m excited about that.” [MTV]
  • “Transformers 3″ has started shooting in Chicago, Illinois. [TLAMB]
  • “Tron Legacy” director Joseph Kosinski says his remake of the 1979 film “The Black Hole” won’t have the same type of ending, calling the original ending “one of the trippier endings [he has] ever seen in a movie,” adding “I think the approach would be a little more grounded than the original film was.” [IGN]
  • Skywalker sound engineers have confirmed that they’ve remixed “Star Wars” again and there are rumblings that this means the films are being prepped for another release. Whether that release is for Blu-ray or 3D is not known. [ForceCast via Bleeding Cool]

CASTING BITES

  • Casting directors in New York are searching for extras to appear in “Men in Black III-D”. [Open Casting Calls]
  • Casting calls will be taking place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin the week of July 12 for “Transformers 3″. In addition to hiring local production workers, they’ll also cast extras. [Open Casting Calls]
  • Virginia Madsen has joined the cast of Catherine Hardwicke’s “Red Riding Hood”. Madsen will play the mother of Amanda Seyfried’s character. [Variety]
  • Nicholas Hoult will play the role of Beast in Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class”. In related news, Caleb Landry has been confirmed to be playing the Banshee (originally reported by Latino Review)… [Deadline & ComingSoon.net]
  • …Also, Lucas Till (“Battle: Los Angeles”) is in negotiations to play Alexander “Alex” Summers (aka Havok), the younger brother of the X-Men’s Cyclops in “X-Men: First Class”. [EW]
  • …There’s also a rumor that Aaron Johnson (“Kick-Ass”) will play Cyclops, although that rumor is also be debunked elsewhere… [AICN & EW]
  • …And lastly, Kevin Bacon is in talks to play the villain role in the film although it’s unknown who the villain will be. [Deadline New York]
  • Mary McDonnell (“Battlestar Galactica”) and Alison Brie have joined the cast of Wes Craven’s “Scream 4″… [The Wrap]
  • …Also, Roger L. Jackson, who voiced the killer in the “Scream” trilogy, will return to voice the character in the sequel: “It’s a lot of fun, I love the work! It’s going to be a great horror sequel”. [Wednesday’s Korner via Cinema Blend]

MISC Videos & Images

Batman

Original 1940 sketch of The Joker by artist Jerry Robinson [LA Times’ Hero Complex Blog]

Firefly / Serenity

Trailer #3 for fan-made movie “Browncoats: Redemption” [YouTube]

Predator

Original movie told through Rap by DJ MaYhem & Mouthmaster Murf [Break via io9]

Star Wars

Toy Wars [YouTube via Topless Robot]

Wonder Woman

Shawna Trpcic’s designs for Diana / Wonder Woman (commissioned by Joss Whedon) [Bleeding Cool]


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