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Sci-Fi Movies Saturday: Tron, Superman, Conan, Green Lantern, Prometheus, The Avengers, Star Wars, The Hobbit + more

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In this week’s Sci-Fi Movies column we watch the just released Tron “epilogue”, find out who is the new Martha Kent, get lots of peeks at the new Conan, learn about Green Lantern’s new suit, get surprised about Blade Runner sequel/prequel talk, find out about more the Alien/Prometheus connection, and mark our calendars for Star Wars in 3D.

Summary of Column Contents

  • Watch TRON: The Next Day (Flynn Lives Revealed)
  • Universal scraps Guillermo del Toro’s At The Mountains of Madness
  • Diane Lane cast as Martha Kent in Superman movie + Manganiello talks about not landing lead role
  • Conan the Barbarian: Teaser trailer and poster
  • Ryan Reynolds explains CG Green Lantern suit
  • Rapace: Character in “Promotheus” does not compare to Alien’s Ripley
  • Release dates announced for Resident Evil 5, G.I. Joe 2 and Elysium + Tomb Raider reboot in 2013 + more
  • Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D to hit theaters on February 10, 2012
  • Titles revealed for The Hobbit? + LOTR extended cut to be released on Blu-ray
  • Alcon Entertainment announces plans for Blade Runner prequels and/or sequels
  • Robocop reboot gets writer and director
  • Fox developing ‘Percy Jackson’ sequel
  • New Super 8 trailer and poster

Plus much more, including the latest casting bites, images and videos.




Watch TRON: The Next Day (Flynn Lives Revealed)

For several months now Disney has been hinting at some exclusive “TRON” footage to be included on the upcoming “TRON: Legacy” DVD/Blu-ray set to release this April. Some of that footage has now made its way online in the form of a 10-minute epilogue called “TRON: The Next Day (Flynn Lives Revealed). Watch it below [via Trailer Addict]:

Another easter egg containing additional footage is expected to be featured on the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release. “TRON: Legacy” hits DVD and Blu-ray on April 5, 2011.

Universal scraps Guillermo del Toro’s At The Mountains of Madness

Bad news for fans hoping to see Guillermo del Toro’s take on H.P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness”. Universal Studios has opted not to greenlight the $150M 3D project. According to The New Yorker, the studio cited “concerns over the film’s budget and likely R rating”. Del Toro withdrew from the negotiations this past Monday, “Madness has gone dark. The ‘R’ did us in.”:

“Madness,” as he imagined it, would not be particularly gory, but he insisted that he needed the artistic freedom “to make it really, really uncomfortable and nasty.”

With all the work that has gone into the film for pre-production, del Toro may present it to another studio.

Diane Lane cast as Martha Kent in Superman movie + Manganiello talks about not landing lead role

Diane Lane will play Martha Kent in the new “Superman” movie from director Zack Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan, Warner Brothers has announced:

“This was a very important piece of casting for me because Martha Kent is the woman whose values helped shape the man we know as Superman. We are thrilled to have Diane in the role because she can convey the wisdom and the wonder of a woman whose son has powers beyond her imagination.”

Lane will star with Henry Cavill who was recently announced as the new Clark Kent/Superman. Speaking of Superman, “True Blood” star Joe Manganiello revealed to Access Hollywood that he never made it to the screen test phase for the part because they couldn’t work around his TV schedule [via Moviehole]:

“At the end of the day they wanted me to screen test and they actually asked for my measurements for the suit and everything … their shoot date switched and it would have taken up 11 weeks out of my True Blood schedule. … At the end of the day, we couldn’t get the schedule to work so that I could go off and screen test. So, regrettably, I never go to screen test, I never got to put the suit on.”

The new “Superman” movie is scheduled to hit theaters in December 2012.

Conan the Barbarian: Teaser trailer and poster

Lionsgate has released a teaser trailer for Marcus Nispel’s 3D “Conan the Barbarian” remake. The film stars Jason Momoa, Stephen Lang, Rachel Nichols, Ron Perlman and Rose McGowan. Watch the trailer below.

“Conan the Barbarian” is scheduled to hit conventional and 3D theaters on August 19, 2011. In other news, Film Music Reporter has confirmed that Tyler Bates will score the film and a user on The Conan Competist Forum [via CBM] has discovered that the upcoming Blu-ray release of the 1982 original will feature a sneak peek at the new film. New images and posters follow below.

Empire magazine scans [via Conan Movie Blog]

Motion poster [Click to see the poster in motion — Lionsgate]

Ryan Reynolds explains CG Green Lantern suit

Ryan Reynolds defended the use of CG to create the “Green Lantern” suit, shooting down criticisms that have been leveled at the decision to go that route in the Martin Campbell-directed project [via Empire]:

“It has to be virtual rather than spandex…This is a suit from an alien planet. It’s not The Dark Knight – I don’t put the suit on and my voice drops several octaves…The suit is powered specifically on his will, his emotion, his creativity and his imagination. I love that. Everything Hal creates are images from his childhood…Or things fuelled specifically from his own mind.”

“Green Lantern” is scheduled to hit conventional and 3D theaters on June 17, 2011.

Rapace: Character in “Promotheus” does not compare to Alien’s Ripley

Speaking to Movies Blog | MTV Noomi Rapace confirms that Ridley Scott’s 2012 sci-fi movie (written by Star Trek’s Damon Lindelof) connects to the “Alien” franchise, but she says that while there are “some similarities” between her character of Elizabeth Shaw and Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley, she feels that people “wont compare” the two once the see the films and her scientist character “is very much her own”

Mark Ruffalo will do motion capture for The Hulk

Mark Ruffalo has confirmed that he will be the first actor to play the Hulk with motion capture:

“I got to see the maquette of the Hulk yesterday in full scope, and it’s awesome…I’ll be playing it, I’m the first actor to actually be doing motion capture as the Hulk…All the features are mine, just really big.”

In the interview with MTV, Ruffalo also complimented director Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers”, calling it “a nice combination of funny with pathos” and saying it’s in Whedon’s “wheelhouse”. Watch the interview below…

he Avengers will be filmed in Cleveland, Ohio

… Speaking of “The Avengers”, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Ohio Governor John Kasich have announced that the film will be shot in Cleveland, Ohio [via]:

Gov. John Kasich announced that the upcoming Marvel movie featuring the superhero team The Avengers, scheduled for a 2012 release, will be filmed in Cleveland.

He made the announcement before Mayor Frank Jackson’s State of the City address this afternoon at the City Club.

“I’m really pleased that the city is going to get this movie,” he said. “It’s fantastic. It required quick and hard work between the community here and the state of Ohio, something that hasn’t always happened. We won another one from Michigan. I’m thrilled we are going to have this here. I’m just bucking for a part as Governator 2.”

Detroit, Michigan was originally being eyed for production, but the crew of “The Avengers” moved their focus to Ohio after Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced plans to eliminated film tax credits. “The Avengers” is scheduled to hit theaters on May 4, 2012.

Release dates announced for Resident Evil 5, G.I. Joe 2 and Elysium + Tomb Raider reboot in 2013 + more

Several studios have announced release dates for upcoming sci-fi/genre projects over the last week. First up, Sony Screen Gems has announced that “Resident Evil 5” will be released in 3D on September 14, 2012. Mila Jovovich will return to star, but it’s unclear if Paul W.S. Anderson will direct. Moving on, Paramount has set a August 10, 2012 release for the Jon Chu-directed “G.I. Joe 2”. In related news, Rachel Nichols tweeted that only some of the characters from the original will be returning for the sequel:

“GI JOE 2 News Flash: The only characters to return in the JON CHU directed sequel will be SNAKE EYES, STORM SHADOW, and DUKE…”

Sony, meanwhile, has announced that Neill Blomkamp’s (“District 9”) upcoming sci-fi film “Elysium” will hit theaters on March 13, 2013. The film has also added Wagner Moura to the cast, which already includes Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley and Jode Foster.

Rounding out the list are a new “Tomb Raider” movie for 2013 from GK Films, “The Croods” (March 1, 2013), Mr. Peabody & Sherman” (March 21, 2014) and “How to Train Your Dragon 2” (June 20, 2014) from DreamWorks Animation.

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D to hit theaters on February 10, 2012

Lucasfilm Ltd. and 20th Century Fox have set a February 10, 2012 release date for “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” in 3D theaters. As previously announced, ‘The Phantom Menace’ will be the first film in the franchise to be re-released into 3D theaters. Subsequent installments are expected to follow in consecutive years therafter. Here’s the press release:

Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox announced today that the 3D theatrical launch of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace now has an official release date – February 10, 2012! Set against the thrilling and exotic backdrop of a “galaxy far, far away,” Star Wars is perfectly suited to the immersive 3D theatrical experience, and Episode I delivers some of the Saga’s most stunning and spectacular sequences – from the Naboo invasion to the Tatooine Podraces to the climactic lightsaber battle between Darth Maul and the Jedi. Supervised by Industrial Light & Magic, the meticulous conversion is being done with utmost respect for the source material, and with a keen eye for both technological considerations and artistic intentions.

Titles revealed for The Hobbit? + LOTR extended cut to be released on Blu-ray

New Line has recently registered two film titles which TORn notes could be the titles for the upcoming two-part project. They are:

“The Hobbit: There and Back Again” and “The Hobbit: An/The Unexpected Journey”

No confirmation yet from Warner Brothers/New Line/MGM. As previously announced, the two films are expected to hit theaters in December 2012 and December 2013. In other news, has begun offering pre-orders for “The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Edition)” for Blu-ray. The trilogy has already been released on Blu-ray, but those were the Theatrical versions. No release date has been announced, but a disclaimer at the bottom of the page notes a 2011 or 2012 release date.

Alcon Entertainment announces plans for Blade Runner prequels and/or sequels

Alcon Entertainment are in the final stages of acquring the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to “Blade Runner” with hopes to produce prequels and sequels to the 1982 science fiction thriller:

“We are honored and excited to be in business with Bud Yorkin. This is a major acquisition for our company, and a personal favorite film for both of us. We recognize the responsibility we have to do justice to the memory of the original with any prequel or sequel we produce. We have long-term goals for the franchise, and are exploring multi-platform concepts, not just limiting ourselves to one medium only.”

You can read the complete press release here.

Robocop reboot gets writer and director

MGM has tapped Brazillian director Jose Padilha to direct the studio’s remake of the 1987 hit “Robocop”. Darren Aronofsky was originally attached to direct the project but left during MGM’s financial troubles to pursue “The Wolverine”. In other news, the studio has hired Jos Zetumer to write the project.

Fox developing ‘Percy Jackson’ sequel

Fox 2000 has announced plans for a sequel to the 2010 film “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Theif”, The sequel, called “The Sea of Monsters”, is based on the second book in Rick Riordan’s five-book series. According to 24 Frames | LA Times, the studio has hired Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (“Ed Wood”, “Agent Cody Banks”) to write the script for the film. The project is still in the early stages of development, however, and no director is attached. Chris Columbus, who directed the first film, will return as a producer and lead cast members, including Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson) will all be back for the sequel.

New Super 8 trailer and poster

As previously reported here on, Paramount Pictures has released the full-length theatrical trailer for the J.J. Abrams-directed / Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi film “Super 8” [via Twitvid]:

Earlier in the week Paramount released the official synopsis:

In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.

“Super 8” is scheduled to hit theaters on June 10, 2011. Check out a brand new poster for the film below.

PREVIEW Videos & Images

The Amazing Spider-Man

Set images [more at The Daily Blam]

Captain America: The First Avenger

Hugo Weaving as Red Skull [EW–click to read an interview with Weaving]

Cars 2

Two new characters: Professor Z and Tomber [via Hey U Guys]

Trailer [Trailer Addict]

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night

US trailer [YouTube]


Poster [via YourEntNow]


Clip [YouTube]

Watch another clip here

Mortal Kombat (Web Series)

Promotional stills [Kevin Tancharoen | Twitter, (2)]

Puss in Boots

Teaser poster [via YourEntNow]

Teaser trailer [Trailer Addict]

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law discussing struggles of bringing Moriarty to the sequel [Movies Blog | MTV]

Scream 4

Promotional stills [more at YourEntNow]

The Smurfs

Trailer [Yahoo! Movies]

Source Code

TV spot [YouTube]

Watch another TV spot here


Trailer [Yahoo! Movies]


Poster and banner [IGN]

French trailer [YouTube via]

Interview with Chris Hemsworth [SplashPage | MTV]

Toy Story Hawaiian Vacation

Promotional stills [/Film]

Clip [YouTube via /Film]

X-Men: First Class

Character posters [SpiderMedia via Comic Book Movie]

Check out two more posters here

Promotional stills [Empire & X-Men Movies | Facebook]


  • Alan Silvestri will score Joe Johnston’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”. The composer was reportedly competiting against Michael Giacchino and John Powell for the position. Silvestri will join Alan Menken, who was previously tapped to write some songs for the film which will likely revolve around the character’s time in the USO. [Film Music Reporter via The Playlist | indieWIRE]
  • DreamWorks Animation has announced that “Kung Fu Panda 2” and “Puss In Boots” will be released in IMAX theaters. ‘Puss In Boots’ will have a two-week day-and-date release. [THR]
  • “Harry Potter and the Deatlhy Hallows Part 2” will get its world premiere on July 7, 2011 at London’s Leicester Square theaters… [THR]
  • … In related news, “Harry Potter and the Deatlhy Hallows Part 1” is now the highest grossing ‘Harry Potter’ movie in international markets. The film has grossed more than $657.24M in overseas markets. [BOM]
  • Sony Pictures has hired David Koepp to re-work the script to “Men in Black III”. The film is currently on a project hiatus as they work through some story elements, but Sony says they’re still on track for a May 25, 2012 release date (in 3D). [Deadline]
  • Trent Reznor won’t be scoring and playing a cameo role in Timur Bekmambetov’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” after all: “As it turns out, I WON’T be working on (acting or scoring) ALVH after all. There’s no juicy story here, it’s just that when the news mysteriously leaked out about my involvement I hadn’t made up my mind completely, because various aspects of the project were changing.”. [NIN Message Boards via Collider]
  • George Miller has update development on his Mad Max project “Fury Road”, revealing that weather permitting the film will resume pre-production later this year with shooting planning early next year. [The Daily Telegraph]
  • Kevin Smith’s independently-financed satirical horror film “Red State” had a successful opening. The film grossed $161,590 from a single show at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Prices ranged from $54 to over $100 and the 6,000-seat complex was filled to about 3,800 seats, but technically this gives the film the 10th best per-theater average of all-time. [indieWIRE]
  • Juile Taymor is off as director of the troubled $65M musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark”. The producers announced that Philip William McKinley will serve as the new director with playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa tapped to re-work the script. Producers have rescheduled the opening night to Tuesday, June 14, 2011–a three-month delay from the most recent delay. [via YourEntNow]
  • David Twohy is directing the a third film in the “Chronicles of Riddick” franchise, and the director says the film will be R-rated and will compare more closely to “Pitch Black”. [Vin Diesel | Facebook]
  • Ray Stevenson (“Punisher: War Zone”) says he’s had conversations with Marvel about making another “Punisher” movie: “It’s way out of my hands…If it’s on my path to do him again, I’ll definitely do my best.” [Cinema Blend]
  • “Battle: Los Angeles” opened to a solid estimated $13.5M on Friday for what could be a $39M weekend. Last week’s #1 “Rango” looks headed for second place while Catherine Hardwicke’s “Red Riding Hood” is performing softer than predicted (at around $15M) for third place. Disney’s “Mars Needs Moms”, meanwhile will be a rare flop for the studio, drawing in only about $10M for the weekend. That’s a horrible debut for the $150M 3D film. [Deadline]
  • Ryan Renolds (“Green Lantern”) says a “Deadpool” movie is “still in the works”, adding: “I’m not sure how logistically it works in terms of scheduling, but yeah, I want it to happen.” [Empire]
  • Marvel is said to be developing “The Inhumans” for the big screen. The project is currently out to writers and will be about: “…aliens who were put on Earth as sleeper cell aliens to eventually call back their race to take over the planet. Ultimately, the group of aliens fully assimilates and don’t want to cause war.” [It’s On the Grid via Badass Digital]
  • Without going into detail, Gary Oldman teased the following words about the villain in “The Dark Knight Rises”: “I think it’s a villain from one of the old, old, from way back from the old comics,” Oldman told us at Monday’s Red Riding Hood premiere in Hollywood. “It is a Batman villian… It’s not going to be the Joker.” [E! Online]
  • Check out a set report and interview with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and “X-Men: First Class” director Matthew Vaughn at IGN.
  • Legendary Pictures has announced that Guillermo del Toro will next direct “Pacific Rim”. The project is currently in pre-production and will begin principal photography in September 2011. The film is scheduled to hit theaters during summer 2013. [via Shock Till You Drop]
  • Simon Pegg says he hopes to begin work with co-star Nick Frost and director Simon Pegg on the next movie in the “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy — which includes “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” — soon, perhaps even as early as next year “We’re hoping — hoping, fingers crossed — maybe next year would be a good time to make it, even release it.” [Movies Blog | MTV]


  • Eleanor Tomlinson will star as Princess Isabella, opposite Nicholas Hoult, in Bryan Singer’s “Jack the Giant Killer”. [Deadline]
  • Kristen Stewart is in final negotiations to play Snow White in Rupert Sanders’ “Snow White & The Huntsman”. She’ll star opposite Charlize Theron and Viggo Mortensen. [Palak Patel | Twitter]
  • Lionsgate is reportedly close to offering Jennifer Lawrence the role of Katniss in the studio’s big-screen adaptation of “Hunger Games”. [Variety]
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