In this week’s Sci-Fi Movies, we check out The Avengers box office and get a look at the Blu-ray cover art and details on the special features, get an update on Iron Man 3, learn new details on the Blade Runner sequel, get our first look at a clip from Prometheus, get updates on Beetlejuice 2 and the Highlander remake plus check in on Ender’s Game. All that plus much more, including a release date for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and the latest images and videos.
GENRE MOVIE NEWS
Roberto Orci talks Ender’s Game + Orson Scott Card set visit
The first fan Q&A with Roberto Orci has gone live on the official production blog for “Ender’s Game”. Here’s what Orci had to say about the film’s visual influences:
Q: What are the visual influences for the movie? Syd Mead or Star Trek? 2001 or Armageddon? Jon Berkey or Michael Bay?
Orci: Visual influences? One thing I can tell you is that Gavin Hood is a gigantic Stanley Kubrick fan, and it shows. And yet, in some of the Zero G battles, things are going on that Kubrick never had a chance to tackle. The technology and advancements in film making available to us allowed us to realize a vision that is totally unique and modern while also being, as Harrison Ford calls it, one of the most emotional science fiction movies he has ever seen.
Orci also responded to a question about whether the film will be geared towards adults or kids:
Like the book, the movie Ender’s Game is about young protagonists dealing with one of the most adult situations known to man: WAR. We don’t soft peddle it, yet we don’t shy away from the fun of being in space and learning amazing new skills that we would all want to learn at any age.
In related news, author Orson Scott Card wrote a blog post on his recent on-set visit (Card has a cameo in the form of on-screen dialog). Card revealed that a lot of what’s in the movie actually won’t be based on his novel:
I sat, off-camera, reading my sole line, which comes in the middle of a scene between Harrison Ford as Col. Graff and Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin.
The scene does not come from the book – very few of the scenes in this movie do – so it was amusing when others asked me how it felt to have my book brought to life. My book was already alive in the mind of every reader. This is writer-director Gavin Hood’s movie, so they were his words, and it was his scene.
Card says he came away very impressed by the acting in the movie, focusing on that afforementioned scene between Ford and Buttefield:
And they were superb. Film acting, especially in closeup, is not about facial expressions. It’s about what’s going on behind the actors’ eyes. And it’s about timing.
The scene got more and more minimal as the takes went on. What had been an arm grab and a shrug became a mere touch on the shoulder and a single glance at the hand.
And the less they did, the better the scene became. What mattered was the timing – when Ford put his hand on Butterfield’s shoulder, how long it took Butterfield to glance at the hand, how long before he looked away and when the hand was withdrawn.
Blade Runner writer returning for Ridley Scott’s sequel + film will have female lead
With Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” just over two weeks away from release, development is ramping up on the “Blade Runner” sequel with news this week that original writer Hampton Fancher is in talks to reunite with Scott for the sequel. It has also been confirmed that the project will be a sequel to the 1982 classic and pick up “several years” after Deckard’s (Harrison Ford) story.
In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Ridley Scott that only briefly delves into talk of the “Blade Runner” sequel, Scott reveals that he started his first meetings on the project last week and that it will feature a female protagonist:
“…I started my first meetings on the Blade Runner sequel last week. We have a very good take on it. And we’ll definitely be featuring a female protagonist.”
Watch the first clip from Ridley Scott’s Prometheus
Speaking of “Prometheus”…20th Century Fox has released the first clip from the Ridley Scott-directed / Damon Lindelof-scripted sci-fi film, which opens in conventional, 3D and IMAX 3D theaters on June 8, 2012. Watch the clip below:
Ridley Scott, director of “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
In other news, the track listing for the film’s sound track has been released online and the title tracks reveal plot spoilers. Check out the complete listing here. The CD will be released on June 12.
Concept images and stills [more at THR]
Featurette on Meridith Vickers (Charlize Theron) [YouTube]
Viral video: “Quiet Eye” [YouTube]
Jon Favreau on “more off-beat” Iron Man 3
“Iron Man” / “Iron Man 2″ director Jon Favreau won’t be returning to direct “Iron Man 3″ — that responsibility will fall to writer Shane Black — but Favreau will produce the project and says things are progressing along smoothly with plans to begin shooting in a couple weeks [via Heat Vision | THR]:
I was just talking to Shane Black and Downey and look, I think it’s a really smart way to go. After Avengers, you want to start with something really bold and inspired, and if you’ve ever seen Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, you’ve seen that when Downey and Shane get together, interesting and unexpected things happen. I’m happy to see that it’s taking a bit of a tonal shift from The Avengers and it’s going to be something completely different and exciting, and I’m happy to be a part of it.
When asked to eloborate on that tonal shift, Faveau said it would be “just a little bit more offbeat”:
Shane and Robert definitely have an original point of view and an original take on the character, and I think it delves deeper into what makes Tony Stark tick and plays on the unexpected original unpredictable quality of the character that I think fans gravitate to.
Despite not being behind the cameras for the third film, Favreau will remain “very involved”, adding “I’ve already been talking to them and I feel a tremendous connection to that franchise and that character, and I’m very proud to see it moving forward in a way that re-enforces that story.” In casting news, Deadline reports that James Bade Dale is in negotiations to play Savin, a villain in the film. “Iron Man 3″ is scheduled to hit theaters on May 3, 2013.
Sin City sequel dated for October 4, 2013 + Teaser poster released
Dimension Films has announced that the Sin City sequel, now titled “Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For”, has been set for release on October 4, 2013. Like the original, the sequel will be co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. Rodriguez and Miller co-wrote the script with William Monahan and the sequel will be released in 3D. Original castmembers Mickey Rourke and Jessica Alba will return for the sequel. No other casting has been confirmed, although other actors from the original are expected to return. The teaser poster is included below.
Seth Grahame-Smith discusses writing Beetlejuice 2
Author/writer Seth Grahame-Smith talked about writing “Beetlejuice 2″ in an interview with Movies.com, telling the site that he has already written something for the sequel:
Grahame-Smith: I have but it’s not something I’m ready to share. The original movie is very important to me, Tim, and Michael Keaton and in order for everybody to come back and not just feel like we’re doing it as an exercise in vanity or as an exercise in commercialism, we need a story that makes sense and that feels like a worthy successor. That’s not easy to do.
Grahame-Smith also discussed his process for writing “Beetlejuice”:
First you go back and look at the original movie, listen to Danny’s score again and again and you try your best to capture what was special. In that movie, though, there was a lot of accidental genius in it as well. I hope we get to do it and bring everybody back but I rather not do it then do the bad- just-because-we-can version of it.
Read the rest of the interview here.
Christopher Nolan talks about the end of his Batman trilogy
“The Dark Knight Rises” director Christopher Nolan offered a few words about bringing his “Batman” trilogy to a close in an interview with Total Film Magazine [via CBM]:
“We feel a tremendous challenge and responsibility to finish our story. We have to give the audiences something they haven’t seen before, but also fulfill their expectations of what they enjoyed in the first two films. That’s the tricky balance.”
“With a sequel there is always the challenge of trying to meet or indeed exceed expectations. And some of those are based on the size, scale and world of the film. We traveled to many different places because we wanted to give it a broader canvas.”
“The Dark Knight Rises” is scheduled to hit conventional and IMAX theaters on July 20, 2012.
Report: Ryan Reynolds frontrunner for Highlander reboot
Lionsgate has reportedly closed in on Ryan Reynolds to play the lead role in “Highlander”, according to Variety:
Ryan Reynolds has emerged as the front-runner to topline the reboot, and though it’s unclear whether an actual offer has been made, sources tell Variety that both sides are in talks and are very interested in working together. Insiders add that Reynolds is weighing other offers and that could still pursue another project.
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is directing the remake. Lionsgate-Summit hasn’t set a release date for the project.
Joss Whedon on returning to direct The Avengers 2 + Blu-ray/DVD set for release on September 25
Before “The Avengers” opened in the U.S., director Joss Whedon gave an interview to Hero Complex | LA Times and discussed his thoughts on returning to direct the sequel:
“You know, I’m very torn…It’s an enormous amount of work telling what is ultimately somebody else’s story, even though I feel like I did get to put myself into it. But at the same time, I have a bunch of ideas, and they all seem really cool.”
It’s important to note that this interview was taken before “The Avengers” was released in the U.S. Speaking of which, “The Avengers” stayed atop the box office charts for a third straight weekend, adding another $55.6M from domestic box office and topping the combined opening weekend debuts of “Battleship” ($25.5M); “The Dictator” ($17.4M) and “What to Expect When You’re Expecting ($10.5M). Overseas tickets added another $54.6M pushing the film’s 26-day tally to a remarkable $1.18B worldwide (#4 all-time). “The Avengers” is currently #6 all-time on the domestic chart ($457.7M through 17 days) and #7 all-time on the foreign chart ($723.3M through 26 days). “The Avengers” broke the record for fastest to $450M domestic (17 days) previously held by “The Dark Knight” which took 27 days to hit that mark. Next up is $500M which “Avatar” holds at 32 days.
1. AUDIO COMMENTARY BY DIRECTOR JOSS WHEDON
2. MARVEL ONE-SHOT: ITEM 47
3. SECOND SCREEN
4. GAG REEL
4. DELETED SCENES
– Alternate Opening – Maria Hill Interrogation
– Extended Scene – Loki & Barton Strategize
– Steve Rogers – Man Out of Time
– Nick Fury & World Security Council
– Extended Viaduct Fight – Raw Footage
– Fury & Hill Discuss the World Security Council
– Extended Scene – Banner and Security Guard
– Alternate Ending – Maria Hill Interrogation
– A Visual Journey
– Assembling the Ultimate Team
6. SOUNDGARDEN MUSIC VIDEO – “Live to Rise”
1. AUDIO COMMENTARY BY DIRECTOR JOSS WHEDON
– Assembling the Ultimate Team
Blu-ray cover art [Blu-ray.com]:
Action figures [more via Kotaku]
PREVIEW Videos & Images
The Amazing Spider-Man
Behind-the-scenes with director Marc Webb [YouTube]
4-minute preview [YouTube]
Featurette on “The Lizard” (Dr. Curt Connors) [YouTube]
Viral video featuring “The Lizard” (Dr. Curt Connors) [YouTube]
Clip: “Tall Tale” [YouTube]
Test footage [MTV]
The Dark Knight Rises
ESPN TV spot [Movies.SpoilerTV.com]
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Promotional still [CBM]
Interview with director Jon Chu, Dwayne Johnson (Roadblock), Adrianne Palicki (Lady Jaye) and D.J. Cotrona (Flint) [ComingSoon]
Promotional still [The Playlist | Indiewire]
Men in Black 3
‘Building A Better Alien’ Clip: Rick Baker Explains [YouTube]
Clip: “Galvanized Steel” [Trailer Addict]
B-Roll clip (Trailer Addict)
Watch another B-roll clip here
Trailer [Yahoo! Movies]
Movie poster [ShockTillYouDrop]
Promotional stills [more at YourEntNow]
- Director Edgar Wright says he hopes to “shoot some “Antman” & ‘World’s End’ this year”. We know about “World’s End”, a production start on “Antman” would be new news, but Wright is remaining purposely vague on that front. [Empire & /Film]
- 20th Century Fox has hired Scott Z. Burns to work on the studio’s sequel to “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”. Original writers Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa wrote a draft for the sequel and Rupert Wyatt is back to direct. [Heat Vision | THR]
- Due to other commitments including the popular ABC fantasy drama series “Once Upon a Time”, “TRON: Legacy” writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz won’t be writing “TRON 3″. The duo have, however, been made co-producers on the project. [Collider]
- Neill Marshall is set to direct the Dracula-based film “Last Voyage of the Demeter”. Marshall is now the fourth director on the project after Robert Scwentke, Marcus Nispel and David Slade were all previously attached. [Heat Vision | THR]
- 20th Century Fox is the frontrunner to acquire the film rights to Hugh Howey’s “Wool”, a sci-fi novel based in a dystopian future. [Deadline]
- Warner Brothers has announced that Alfonso Cuarón’s “Gravity” has been pushed back from its original November 21, 2012 release date and will instead slide into 2013 (day/month TBA). In addition to directing, Cuarón also co-wrote the project with his son Jonás Cuarón. [Box Office Mojo]
- Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures have already begun development on the script for “The Smurfs 3″. Karey Kirkpatrick and Chris Poche will develop the script. “The Smurfs 2″, meanwhile, is scheduled to hit theaters on July 13, 2013. [Variety]
- Summit Entertainment has signed Alex Proyas to direct “Gods of Egypt”, described as “the story of a common thief and a god on a magical quest”. [Deadline]
- “The Avengers'” huge box office receipts will translate to a huge payday for star Robert Downey Jr. The actor is expected to pocket somewhere in the neighborhood of $50M for doing the movie. [Heat Vision | THR]
- Principal photography on “Last Days on Mars” has begun. The sci-fi horror movie stars Liev Schreiber and Olivia Williams. [Deadline]
- The $209M-budgeted “Battleship” had a rather soft opening weekend debut here in the US — $25.5M — but on the plus side, the early international release already has the film closing in on $250M worldwide ($240.8M — $25.5M domestic / $215.3M foreign). [Box Office Mojo]
- Idris Elba has confirmed that he will reprise his role as Heimdall in “Thor 2″. [Collider]
- Alex Russell and Ansel Elgort are in negotiations to join the cast of MGM’s “Carrie” remake. [Variety]
- Juno Temple will star opposite Angelina Jolie in Walt Disney’s live-action retelling of the “Sleeping Beauty” project “Maleficent”. Temple will play one of the three pixies that take care of Aurora. [Heat Vision | THR]