So, the new owner of the franchise, "Star Wars" - the company Walt Disney, has confirmed its plans to develop the project in the spirit of "The Avengers", mixing standard, numbered episodes of individual films, featuring key characters of the saga. And right would simply confirmed but immediately moved all-in, announced the spin-offs, which will be the heroes of Bob Fett and Han Solo. This idea is extremely risky, and its failure could have far-reaching consequences for the entire franchise.
Of course, talking about the feasibility of expanding the cinematic universe of "Star Wars" did not start today. Even in 2011, director Joe Johnston persuaded George Lucas film about the same Bob Fett. As you know, Johnston was not a random person for the franchise. His career began in the company of Lucas, and he worked on the special effects and art design of two episodes of the famous saga - "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi." He was also one of the authors of the image of the famous bounty hunter.
But something happened. Whether Lucas while still eager to shoot a TV series about minor characters, or already thinking about possible ways of Lucasfilm.
With regard to the second return of Han Solo, it was a chance to take place in 2005, when the screens went "Revenge of the Sith." In one scenario, featured 10-year-old Solo, and that he was assisting in the search for Yoda General Grievous. There were even created some concept art, a fragment of which you see before.
Why George Lucas decided not to show the audience the young Solo, we can only guess. Quite possibly, he soberly appreciate the riskiness of such a step.
As can be seen, the company Walt Disney lacks a sentimental and ready to take the risk.
In the case of the project on Fett, everything will depend on the quality of the script and the production. After all, if the appearance of a bounty hunter and spectators have an idea (it should look like Jango Fett, played by Temuera Morrison), then of his character and habits of the unknown, and consequently, the creators of fantasy is not restricted.
As for Han Solo, everything is much more complicated. On the one hand, thematic material is more than enough, as the past dashing smuggler know quite a lot. How about dating Solo and Chewbacca? It is known also that Solo saved his future friend from death, being the captain of the Imperial Navy. Or, perhaps, the episode with the card tournament in which Solo won the "Millennium Falcon" from Lando Calrissian?
But who dares to play Han Solo after Harrison Ford? Trying to find a decent replacement seems doomed to failure, and this is the main risk for the project. If the new Solo will be in at least half of the less charismatic than his "big brother", the rest will not have any value.
So, not long ago at the cinemas has been released the last part of series "Twilight." For four years, the project has managed to evolve from merely popular youth film in a cultural phenomenon that has no rivals in the degree of influence on the minds of the younger generation. Can be arbitrarily intense secretes bile when the Edward and Jacob and laughing over the constantly open mouth of Bella, but we must recognize that the era is ended.
Of course, the main consumers of creativity author Stephanie Meyer and a whole galaxy of Hollywood filmmakers were inexperienced teenage girls and middle-aged ladies, already disenchanted with their men, or the complete lack thereof. Naturally, the plot of "Twilight" is a reflection of the most cherished dream of women's right about the two princes, ready to pursue her location by performing unbelievable feats.
"Twilight" did what could not do another movie franchise: allow girls of all ages to experience the reality of this myth. No, girls are not so stupid to realize that in their environment is not shiny and muscular Jacob Edward, but werewolf-vampire passion helped them, quietly sighed, accept reality. And if only for this, the men should be grateful to the Twilight saga.
It makes no sense to talk about the values of the "Twilight" in the history of cinema. At a minimum, these projects perform a very simple, but necessary for its complex mechanism of function - serve as a good lubricant. After all, as we know, without any good thing will not work.
So, hundreds of millions of dollars "Team Edward" and "Team Jacob" given the opportunity to contemplate his idols, let the independent studio Summit Entertainment to become a major Hollywood player, and an injection of fresh blood actors.
Besides, uncomplicated concept of "Twilight" has generated a lot of imitations in related entertainment industries, especially in television.
Perhaps the only serious mistake made by producers of "Twilight" has become quite inexplicable desire to entrust screen incarnation of female to male directors mentality. After all, with all conceivable claims in the first part of the saga, shot Catherine Hardwicke, and remains the best part of it. No special effects were not able to return to the project the most important thing - a female perspective on a difficult choice between a werewolf and bloodsucker.
"Twilight" ended, and with it ended the era. The era in which for all the men was extremely difficult to sustain a two-hour mockery of the psyche, but then it was easy to get all the girls they want. In the end, it was just fun.
Thank you, "Twilight"!
Following the colleagues of the Harry Potter franchise, Tom Felton, freed from the ten-year involvement in the tapes of the young wizard, began to work actively towards the completion of his filmography. The actor is planning to join Glenn Close and Elizabeth Olsen in the film adaptation of Emile Zola's prose, "Therese Raquin."
First published in 1867, this novel by the French writer has gained fame for its stage version of the 1873rd. The book is telling us about an orphaned girl, Teresa, raised by Madame Raquin and married to her sickly son Camille. Together with her lover the heroine kills her husband, but the ghost begins to haunt betrothed young woman, bringing her crazy.
The most famous adaptation of Zola's work was a picture of Marcel Carne, who took in the 1953 "Silver Lion" in Venice. Teresa's image in the film embodied Simone Signoret. In 2009, the world rolling out a variation of the vampire story - "Thirst" Park Chan-wook.
In the new film adaptation starring is Elizabeth Olsen ("Martha Marcy May, Marlene"), Glenn Close will be Madame Raquin, and Tom Felton offered the fate of Camille.
Script was written by actor Charles Stratton, who will also direct the tape. For him, who had earlier experience in setting series, this is a feature film debut. However, with the "Therese Raquin" has worked as director in 1995, making a theatrical adaptation of the material in Los Angeles, where he acted in the role of Teresa Leslie Hope.
Tom Felton in the past year, in addition to the final part of the Harry Potter saga could also be seen in "The Rise of the Planet of the Apes" by Rupert Wyatt.
Kristen Stewart in an interview with PARADE talked about love scene between her and Robert Pattinson, and how for the first time Bella and Edward "hate each other."
About the love scene that fans of saga are waiting for.
"Intimate scenes were somewhat formal and weird. Whenever the camera is turned off, I pull a face to Robert, to amuse him. I could not take it all seriously. But I liked the romantic swim. I felt very relaxed."
About the way to the altar.
"All day I was not myself. This scene was one of the last, which we did, and I felt that the case moves to the end. I was totally focused, felt with the skin how strained were my nerves. In my head constantly scrolling sequence of all my actions in this scene. For example, I knew that at some point we have to show you how overwhelmed you are feeling and radiant with happiness. In the morning when we were shooting a wedding, I asked the guys to go to the site without me. I stayed in a bedroom and tried to imagine what I would have had to feel before the wedding, if it was really going on, and I think I did. It was good".
Never mind the accusations of old-fashioned love story.
"What I like in this film is the fact that Bill Condon is not afraid of what people would call this part of the saga sentimental. If you want to shoot this love story, you have to experience it in your heart and not be ashamed of it. I am confident in it".
How Bella and Edward "hated each other."
"Bella and Edward love each other, but they are in conflict. For the first time the impression that they, like, hate each other. I played the scene in which behaved differently, as if to betray everything that happened up to this point. I hated Edward. Bella turned into a wild beast. She tries to defend herself. She becomes a mother. This is the strongest feeling that she has ever experienced".
About shocking scene of childbirth.
"Despite the PG-13 rating, this scene is quite vivid and bloody. If adults choose to go to the movies with their children, they should know about it. It is really very stressful and scary time. Our story about how someone a fight for his beliefs. Bella decided: "I die for my child, I'm ready to do anything for him." I hope this does not scare the audience”.
"I do not think there is something unnatural in the fact that at my age to have a baby. For example, my best friend recently gave birth to a baby. Unequivocally, I take this very seriously to be a mother, especially considering that it is the main aspect of the film".
About the end of the project.
"It's a strange feeling that you no longer need to proceed with the next part, on the other hand there is a sense of finality. It seems to be sad, but seemingly not. At such moments, you know how to be grateful that you lucky participate in this project. Time is not standing still, but I am absolutely confident that I will speak about "Twilight" to the end of my career. "
Fan of "Twilight" saga hardly have dreamed of such turn of events: Taylor Lautner, who plays in the films on the books by Stephenie Meyer a werewolf Jacob, moved to author’s movie. Lautner has acquired film rights to the article from the magazine "The New Yorker", a film on it will shoot Gus Van Sant.
In 2009, Taylor Lautner and his father founded a production company Tailor Made Entertainment. We can not say that the company has a lot of orders - thriller "Cancun", which was in development two years ago, well sunk into oblivion.
Details of cooperation between Lautner and Van Sant were not disclosed, but insiders of The Hollywood Reporter promise that in the next few days become known: what the article from «The New Yorker» so interested in Taylor and who will write the script.
Becoming a star of international scale in 2008, Taylor Lautner has been attributed to a number of projects. Among them are even two games - Max Steele from Mattel and Stretch Armstrong from Hasbro. The actor is assigned to the film "Incarceron," but the studio Fox is planning to sell the project to the side.
This year, Lautner had a chance to prove that apart from his "Twilight" colleagues, he can become the hero of actions, but the thriller "The Chase" showed itself rather weak in the U.S. box office, earning only 27 million. True, for a total picture of the account with a budget of more than 35 million 71 million dollars, so that the "chase" at least paid off.
Work with Gus Van Sant's career can lead Lautner in the other direction. The actor has said repeatedly that he intends to work with the best directors, and it looks like his wish come true.
In the meantime, starting from November 17, Taylor returned to the screen in the image of Jacob Black.
- Kristen, you have almost affinity with your heroine Bella. How did you together survived the transformation from human to vampire?
"Normally, but it was a strange feeling. We were so long at the same time shooting two films that, for me they are merged. For the film-making process in the order of things to shoot a scene not in chronological order, so I tossed back and forth between Bella, the person Bella-vampire and Bella pregnant. There were so many different physical states of Bella, just drive you mad. I remember my first scene in which I play a vampire, because before I just looked at it, as did my friends on the site. Of course, I looked unconvincing, on the other hand, it is Bella the vampire has become my favorite way. She - a typical representative of the elders, the heads of the clan. She has an incredible intuition, almost on psychic level, what of it was not expected, and it is very interesting. Perhaps it is as something to do with Stephanie, because she obviously does not receive a significant share of respect due to her amazing abilities and talents. So, becoming a vampire, Bella gets what so long wished for, and the new status does not scare her. "
- Now you're busy on the set of film "Snow White and the Huntsman" in which Snow White appears as a hateful princess-warrior. What fighting style do you prefer?
"You know, it is difficult to play an "action heroine", which in combination is the most pitiful girl in the world. You can’t hate. You heal suffering heart. Snow White is a kind of last ray of hope for their land. She has divine, spiritual relationship with her people - she really gets into the essence of things - and so we like and do not want her to empathize. With this film I did a couple discoveries . I think if you care about other people's suffering, not just mentally put yourself in the shoes of the victims and then say, "Oh, my God, I feel so sorry for them." The meaning of your struggle is to eliminate the reason why people suffer. Most of all Snow White is struggling with evil - fighting with the most vile bastards, and it is reat when they die. It makes her suffer, suffer, literally. She does not find pleasure in that pain at least to someone else. I was physically exhausted and had recently thought, "Well, soon begin to shoot scenes of fighting, maybe it will not be so bad." But then I realized that these scenes are likely to be the most emotional and yet, because I, Snow White, kill people.
Eighteen months ago, Sylvester Stallone said that he is sure on 99% in the completeness of franchise for John Rambo. As it turned out, one percent probability - a very high percentage. Screenwriter of thriller "Conan the Barbarian" Sean Hood has already completed his work on the fifth script to the "Rambo" and gave it to the studio Millenium.
Interestingly, the representatives of the studios did not react to the words of Sly. In August 2009, Nu Image and Millennium Films gave the green light to the next film franchise. Shooting planned for the spring of 2010, but the hype around the "Expendables" somewhat delayed progress of the fifth "Rambo", and eventually forgot about it.
Magazine "Empire" has found out that participation of Sean Hood - is not just a whim of the studio.
"I met with Mr. Stallone, twice a year - says Hood. - He gave me a book, his old script and scribbled some twenty pages, which inspired him at the last part of the saga about Rambo. "
What kind of book Sylvester Stallone has given to Sean is not known. However, all goes to the fact that all previous ideas can be forgotten. There was talk that John Rambo will save a girl stolen by drug cartels near the Mexican border. Also said that the fifth film will be a prequel - and this is also true.
"Today I do not know if Mr. Stallone will star in" Rambo 5 "- continues Sean Hood. - He is very busy working on "Expendables 2" and "Bullet to the head." But Millenium hired me to finish the script and finish the story. I hope that he will agree to one more "Rambo" in style of "Unforgiven" from Clint Eastwood ".
In the United States was held their annual awards ceremony Teen Choice Awards. The leadership in number of awards was divided into two series, the final part of "Harry Potter". Teens said "Deathly Hallows 2" in the category "best film of the summer" and "the best film in the fantasy genre." In addition, Emma Watson received the prize in the category "Best Actress of science fiction films and films in the genre of fantasy" and "Best Actress of the summer season," and Daniel Radcliffe as the best actor of the summer season. Tom Felton received another trophy as "best villain".
As for the "Twilight", Taylor Lautner won the Teen Choice Awards in the category "Best Actor of science fiction films and films in the genre of fantasy," and Robert Pattinson as the best in the category "best dramatic actor."
Also, Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene became the winners in the category of "actors, which chained attention".
Recall that as the prize winners get a surfboard!
Now, few words about hot Harry Potter news. The film "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" made a historic breakthrough, becoming one of the three highest-grossing feature films in cinema history. As reported at Boxofficemojo, global box office reached one billion one hundred and thirty three million dollars. Earlier, in third place in the ranking was the film "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King", who earned one billion one hundred and nineteen million dollars.
Such an impressive result of the final "Harry Potter" is required in many activities of Chinese film fans. In China, the film has started only on August 4, as the whole of July was given a patriotic film made for the anniversary of the Communist Party. Most likely, the final charges of "Deathly Hallows 2" will reach one billion two hundred million dollars.
The San Diego convention started Comic-Con - Mecca geeks from around the world. To the bemusement of some fans in the venue now prevails not only comics and science fiction, and movies like "Twilight." A film crew "Breaking Dawn" has presented the first part of the final Novels.
Robert Pattinson looked different - say, that of the familiar to fans of "Twilight" actor cut hair for the filming of a new tape from David Cronenberg. But Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner have not changed.
Despite the spaciousness of the hall H, numbering more than 6,500 locations, turn to the presentation of "Breaking Dawn" yet many took on Monday. According to eyewitnesses, the excitement around franchise was sleeping heavily, and the room got all the suffering.
On Thursday night, came on stage directed by Bill Condon and clarified some points about his film.
"The second part of the first "Dawn" looks like a very cool horror" - said Condon, especially noting the bloody scene in the final delivery.
Visitors at the convention saw a few scenes from the film, including a honeymoon of Bella and Edward. However, the most difficult work was a wedding scene of the heroes, according to Stewart.
"Filming the wedding took place in an atmosphere of extreme secrecy, - says the actress. - A film crew was very evil in all robbed of phones and cameras. But we were very grateful to them. If my dress gets to the Internet, I'm just going to die. "
The dress, of course, has gotten to the Internet, but in a very, very poor quality: the paparazzi have failed to come close enough to make the best pictures.
The scene of honeymoon was filmed in Brazil during the rainy season.
"I had a feeling that they spent their honeymoon in England, playing board games instead of making love on the beach" - joked Pattinson.
Taylor Lautner said a few words about his character.
"At the beginning, Jacob, young and madly is in love with Bella. And then he breaks his heart. He has a very bad deal with it. But then he has forced to grow up and stand up for Edward and Bella. I can’t wait when you see him! "
As writes "LA Times", the reaction of the audience for the material was active, but less restrained than in previous representations of "Twilight" film at Comic-Con. However, the fans were satisfied.
"I'd like to say to Robert, that in the trailer you have very impressive muscles in the back, - said one girl. - Voiced the thoughts of all fans: yum-yum-yum!"
Director David Yates got rid of the excessive load on the film adaptation of "Harry Potter" and is open to new suggestions. And they did not take long. Warner offers Yates a choice of adaptation of "confrontation" by Stephen King or a gangster saga "Cicero", where the role of Al Capone is attributed to Tom Hardy.
Insiders blog Vulture of edition New York Times argued that "Confrontation" is a top priority for the studio. Warner, losing such a lucrative franchise like "Harry Potter", frantically looking for a replacement, so the film by King may partly help: the studio is going to divide the book into three parts. It seems that Warner in this respect, listened to the proposal of writer. Decides whether to remove Yates "Confrontation" or not, we will know within the next two weeks.
The argument against adaptation of Stephen King could called the tape "Cicero", which is also expected to initiate a series of films. At the heart of the picture - pilot television series, written by Uolon Green.
Green - writer of one of the masterpieces of Sam Peckinpah "Wild Bunch." The series was never put into production, but on the basis of the existing scenario the pilot will be rewritten in a feature film.
Hero of "Cicero" will be Al Capone, who can play Tom Hardy. The film (or series of films) tells of the ascent to the upper gangster criminal world and its incidence. True, in order to secure the candidacy Hardy, studios will have to somehow resolve the schedule of the actor - in spring next year he starts to shoot in "Mad Max 4."
But if these two options do not satisfy the director, he can always return to the genre of fantasy, which he mastered the last 4 years. I own the rights to Warner luxurious Fables comics publisher Vertigo, waiting in the wings.