Freed from the burden of supervising work on the series "The Walking Dead", director Frank Darabont took up another TV project, but took the time to adjust the script for the film, "Godzilla", which will start shooting in March.
The company Legendary Pictures, financing the project, agreed that the script by Max Borenstein should be fixed. Recall that "Godzilla" already gave to the flattening. In October, the 2012 was engaged Drew Pearce, writer of "Iron Man 3". Initially, the project of the script should be written by David S. Goyer, who worked on the trilogy by Christopher Nolan on The Dark Knight, but at the last moment Goyer refused, and Borenstein has taken up the project.
But at this, mishap of Japanese monster in America do not end. As the website Deadline, Legendary fighting with producers representing distributors - studio Warner. Dan Lin and Roy Lee themselves have come to Legendary, to finance the company of a new version of "Godzilla", securing the rights of the Japanese studio Toho - the progenitor of famous movies about giant lizard. Legendary some time ago decided to refuse the services of Lin and Lee for unspecified reasons.
Now in reboot will be engaged remaining producers Thomas Tull and Jon Dzhashni and Brian Rogers, who was behind the deal with Toho. Insiders believe, Lin and Lee could refuse to lower their fees at the request of Legendary. Hollywood waited another trial.
The director of the new version of "Godzilla" is listed Gareth Edwards. Frank Darabont will have six months to correct the script and the project should be run in production, as already scheduled release date - May 16, 2014.
Edwards is now casting. According to the latest data, the main role offered to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but he refused.
Thus, among the contenders for the lead role appear Scoot McNair of "Argo", "Caleb Landry Jones of comics "X-Men: First Class" and Superman himself - Henry Cavill. Gordon-Levitt and Cavill - choice of studio, and McNair and Jones - choice of the director. Who will win in the end, we learn in the near future.
November 14, 2012 fans of "Star Wars" posted on the website for the White House petition "On raising funds and start construction in 2016, the space station “Death Star". Less than a month, the petition has gathered more than 25,000 signatures.
The other day, on behalf of Paul Shawcross, chief scientific and space industry in the Department of Management and Budget of the White House, received the following reply:
"While the White House shares our interest in creating new jobs and strengthening the national defense, the creation of "Death Star" is not in our plans for several reasons:
Such construction project is estimated at about 850 quadrillion dollars (850 000 000 000 000 000), which will significantly increase the budget deficit, while we make every effort to reduce it.
White House does not support the policy of destroying planets.
It is advisable to spend a huge amount of taxpayers' money on the "Death Star", the weak point in the design of which can take advantage of a loner on a spaceship?"
Paul Shokrass and his department were also good knowledge of the theme, mentioning that they do not have anything that can "overcome Kessel run in 12 parsecs".
Also, authors of the resolution "This is not a response to a petition that you are looking for a" recalled, providing a message appropriate references, some of the achievements in space and technology. In particular, the fact that the Earth's orbit already has a gigantic size of a football field, the International Space Station, and on the surface of Mars there are two droids, one of which is equipped with a laser system, the solar system is ready to leave the two spacecraft, the Galaxy open hundreds of new planets, NASA has a program with the acronym C3PO, being developed prosthetic arms, flying and walking droid (and Barack Obama is also handy with a lightsaber).
P.s. Death Star - imperial military space station, 160 km in diameter, equipped with a superlaser capable of destroying any large military ships and planets.
In the episode "New Hope," thanks to the rebels schemes were uncovered weakness "Death Star" - external heat exhaust - and Luke Skywalker was able to destroy the station during the Battle of Yavin.
Kessel Run - in the universe of "Star Wars" name of the route smugglers from Kessel to Si'Klaata length in 18 parsecs. Han Solo on the "Millennium Falcon" was able to cut it to 12 parsecs, spending way closer to a dangerous accumulation of black holes, and mention it in the same episode.
The reference to the famous quote Obi-Wan Kenobi from the same episode: "These are not the droids you're looking for."
The only surviving son of the author of "The Lord of the Rings" Christopher Tolkien for 40 years did not communicate with the media and prefers reclusive. But last summer, Tolkien was interviewed by the French newspaper Le Monde. 88-year-old Christopher quite sharply talked about adaptations of the book of his father.
It should be remembered that the relationship of the studio New Line with successors of Tolkien soured after the trilogy's release. Christopher Tolkien, is the CEO of Tolkien Estate, manages the rights to the works of his father. Since 2003, the legal battle dragged on, related to royalties. The producers argued that the films were not profitable, so Tolkien Estate is not supposed to take income. The agreement was achieved only in 2009 - producers trilogy heirs paid writer 7.5% of the total fees.
Due to release of the trilogy by Peter Jackson, the sales of books by JRR Tolkien rebounded. "For three years, from 2001 to 2003," The Lord of the Rings "has sold 25 million copies, - the representative of the publishing house HarperCollins, David Lyon, a professor in charge of the books (except the U.S.). - Of these, 15 million in English and 10 million in foreign languages. "
Yet Tolkien Estate does not affect the content of the film on the books of JRR Tolkien. Christopher Tolkien has resisted upcoming film adaptation of "The Hobbit," which is why work is constantly postponed. And now it is clear why the writer's son, refused to meet with Peter Jackson. "Book is emasculated and turned into action for youth of 15 to 25 years - said Tolkien about "The Lord of the Rings". - It looks like "The Hobbit" will be the same. "
"Tolkien turned into a monster, devouring its own popularity - lamenting Christopher. - The absurdity of our time absorb it. Between beauty and seriousness of his work and that, in what they have become, is terrifying me abyss. Commercialization has brought artistic and philosophical importance of his work to an end. I have one solution: to turn away and not look. "
The seventh episode of "Star Wars" is a reality, though, and standing away from all the fans and spiteful critics for three years. Let's try to bring together all the rumors and speculation to get even the most advanced idea of what to expect.
Let's start with what is already known for sure.
First, the "Star Wars" will be at least one new trilogy. Secondly, George Lucas has lost after the sale LucasFilm creative control, which means that its participation will be limited to simple consultation of respect for the former merits. Third, the new trilogy will not be based on the numerous books and comic books, which were printed in existence for 35 franchises, and will become a standalone project. And fourth, the first part will be presented to viewers in 2015.
Most likely, the new owners of the "Star Wars" will try not to annoy fans with another prequel. Moreover, that climb even further in the past the Skywalker family does not make sense. It is therefore logical to assume that Walt Disney will focus on creating a direct sequel to "Return of the Jedi." And therefore, we should expect to see in the picture though much older, but familiar faces. Without Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill any extension will have as much sense as the sequel to "Ghostbusters" without Bill Murray.
An indirect confirmation of the validity of these assumptions is George Lucas talk with Hamill, which was before the official announcement of the sale of LucasFilm.
I would suggest that a trilogy is not limited. Most likely, Walt Disney is betting on six films. And if the first three Han Solo and Luke Skywalker will still play a role in maintaining excitement among fans, in the second place it is not there, and we have to get used to completely new characters. Most likely, it will be the descendants, and who find themselves on opposite sides. Naturally, their confrontation over a happy reunion, as it should be in all the movies of the studio.
Now fantasize about who could be the producer of at least the first trilogy.
Steven Spielberg. The most obvious candidate, not only because of the presence of experience in filming big budget science fiction movie, but also because of the proximity to the current head of Lucas and LucasFilm Kathleen Kennedy.
Neil Blomkemp. In 2013 he published his "Elysium," which should make it clear whether the success of "District number 9" random, or in front of us really new James Cameron.
Jon Favreau. Despite the failure of "Cowboys and Aliens" at Favreau has extensive experience in creating fiction family, and most importantly, a contract with Walt Disney to create the movie "Magic Kingdom" based on one of the amusement park.
Joss Whedon. The least obvious candidate, despite a contract with Walt Disney and the success of the film adaptation of his comic Marvel.
Darren Aronofsky. A very interesting candidate, refused to shoot a few big-budget science fiction projects, but foundered in the big-screen version as a graphic novel, "Noah."
There is no doubt that the movie "Star Wars: Episode 7" will be shot in 3D with higher frame rates. And, most of all ... its premiere will be moved to a later date, since in 2015 as chief blockbuster will be employed by one of the extensions of "Avatar."
Ian McKellen in the interview with the resource Stuff talked about his role of wizard Gandalf, to which he returned in Peter Jackson's trilogy "The Hobbit."
Wizard Gandalf is generous and magnanimous by his nature, but when things take a serious turn, it is better not to argue with him. The same can be said of Sir Jena McKellen, who returned to the role of Gandalf in a new trilogy by Peter Jackson.
"I will never subscribe under the now fashionable items of the contract, which states that the actor may not speak negatively about the film, which is removed before the end of his days. This is ridiculous. This that means dying, I will not be able to deathbed to say that I did not like what I have done in a particular picture. It's nonsense. As for the new movie of the trilogy, I think they it is great".
Sir Ian, despite his 73 years, was one of the pioneers in terms of Internet use during the filming of "The Lord of the Rings." Then, in 2000, when Internet blogs were at an early stage of development, he was the only cast member who wrote about the movie online, and shared components, access to which is not exist in nature. He even put out new photos.
"In fact, I think I invented blogging, because I went on-line daily. Course, I did not come up with the word" blog ", but I send out regular reports from the area around the world with the approval and support of Peter Jackson, who is currently in his own blog. "
At the very beginning of the project "The Hobbit" Sir Ian has posted photos of Gandalf in stereo glasses at Tweeter. In fact it was the first behind-the-scenes shot.
"I remember that picture. I showed it to Peter and asked," Do you think we can put it? "He said," Oh, of course! Fans will be pleased! "But, of course, you should always get permission for such things."
For Sir Ian it was important to return of "The Hobbit" to the way it was Gandalf the Grey.
"Peter and I both prefer Gandalf the Grey, because it is more similar to the common man, in contrast to the advanced" White Warlord "who returned to save the world. So it was nice to meet again with Gandalf the Grey, whom we love."
As well as books from Tolkien, Jackson’s "Hobbit" is different in tone from "The Lord of the Rings."
"In" The Lord of the Rings "they are saving the world, all at stake. Hero dies. Frodo literally dying. The Hobbit "- an adventure novel, narrated in the first person by Tolkien. It is right there, make comments and jokes about heroes. And taking this lighter tone, Peter follows the beaten track of Tolkien, and the result is a movie of a different genre. "
At the stage of pre-production, talking with Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, Sir Ian suggested that relations between Gandalf and Bilbo requires little background. He proposed to shoot a scene in which the magician acquainted with the baby and his mother Bilbo Belladonna Took. And this scene was filmed. The actor is not sure that it will go into the final version of the first part of "The Hobbit: Unexpected Journey", but his idea was taken seriously.
"We see Gandalf, watching this kid, who is full of energy and thirst for adventure. I even gave him a toy to play with the dragon, which I have been."
Sir Ian of the upcoming elections - to stay in the comfort zone and take a chance. His solution was to return to the role of Gandalf.
"In my life there are things that could have made me a little more power, balanced than I would like. I think, in order not to become too boring, it is necessary to have a wide range of friends. And certainly this range should include completely different age groups. "
"I have so many friends of the young age and I think that for someone of my age this is a good reminder that other people are just starting out, and you can pick up their enthusiasm and know that he is and will be in your life, if you did want it to. "
Very rare trailer of a movie deserves a separate discussion, but the movie "Iron Man 3" - a special case. Not only because it is one of the most anticipated projects in 2013, but also because the third part will actually reboot, with new steering and a new concept. Premiere of the first trailer, for sure, has caused many viewers a strong feeling of deja vu. Is obvious. The film was struck a very dangerous disease - Nolan virus.
As you know, even now, many scientists offer to treat serious diseases, including cancer, by viral proteins. Often you can even hear that on these techniques is a future of clinical medicine. To draw an analogy with the film, it can be said that the complexity of the virus, Nauru, invented by Christopher Nolan, has saved the franchise, "Batman", devouring the cancer cells as "Batman and Robin."
Judging from the movie "Iron Man 3", this is what happens.
Deliberate gloom, the pathos, the grotesque villain with enough force to shatter the ordinary world, the plot itself, suggesting the fall of the hero to the bottom and it certainly magnificent revival. Is not it, sounds alarmingly familiar. Even the style of the next continuation of the story of Tony Stark is very similar to "The Dark Knight 2."
All this indicates that the virus is now firmly gripped Nolan even has an excellent body immunity studio Marvel. Will there be a benefit of such a vaccine for franchise of "Iron Man"? Absolutely not.
Suffice it to recall what exactly captivated viewers all the first film, which has remained the best. It was a comic book come to life. Funny places, sometimes melodramatic, sometimes inspiring heroic, but, more importantly, very light, despite the danger of villains and shrapnel in the heart.
It is very well understood the creator of "The Avengers" Joss Whedon, who shot though not undisputed, but very accurately reflects the essence of graphic novels of Marvel movie.
If the new steering "Iron Man" can not win a virus Nolan, nothing good is waiting audience in the future. With all the special effects and charismatic of Robert Downey Jr.
Tony Stark has to be fun, brash, slightly drunk, surrounded by sexy babes and can not lose his ability to survive in unimaginable trouble, honoring them at short definition - "not a weak".
The news that the film series "The Hobbit" efforts of all participants in the project suddenly turned into a trilogy rocked the online community. However, enthusiasm for the storm and darkness of assumptions about what audiences will see in Part III, lost a little, like a wormhole, the truth. Another film is needed not only and not as many fans as Peter Jackson himself and the main investors. It's only money. Or, given the terms of Middle-earth - Beauty.
What could be the third movie? Is it a "bridge" between the "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" or simply complement the history and adventures of Bilbo of gnomes? Will there be a scenario based on a literary source, or some notes and comments of Tolkien? Perhaps the final trilogy of the project will be fully copyrighted by Peter Jackson?
Responses to these questions yet, and by and large, they are not very important, and in compliance with one condition: Jackson need to keep the bar at the same height as in the case of the "Lord." If this happens, none of us regret the few hours of life spent on the viewing of "The Hobbit".
This is an important "if." Most importantly of all Legolas, Aragorn, Frodo and Sauron himself. Because the appearance at the frame of painfully familiar characters does not guarantee the success of the project. Moreover, as a rule, manipulation spectator memories so often substitute a good script, and relegates to the level of the staff of new characters.
Alas, while none of the previously demonstrated, does not allow us to assert that Jackson failed to repeat his feat of directing. More than restrained response to the demonstrated at various trade shows fragments of a weak trailer, candid rejection of technological innovation, and most importantly, the obvious fear of investors, expressed in the refusal of the presentations in the format of "48 frames per second," do not inspire optimism. The manual film companies participating in someone obviously very worried.
And here, it is worth thinking about the real reasons for turning Novels in the trilogy.
Yes, we are told that the material is enough to make another film. But it was even more while working on "Lord of the Rings", and that was not included in release version, simply supplemented director, seriously lengthen their timing and turning into real masterpieces.
Yes, we are convinced that there are some records creator of Middle-earth, which significantly extends invented them peace, and may become the basis for a movie. But this was not known at the earliest stages of the project. It is not obvious a couple of months ago, when finished shooting Novels. Why is the idea of creating the third part came up with Jackson and his friends only now, after the appearance not very favorable "sundress"?
After all, it is well known that the original concept of "The Hobbit" is just assumed the existence of a film based on Tolkien's work, and second, based on variety of additional materials and designed to provide a link. But after the resignation of Guillermo Del Toro, Jackson decided to abandon this approach.
Probably the explanation is very simple.
"The Hobbit" - one of the most expensive projects in the history of modern cinema. For some reason, each of its series costs almost as much as all three series of the "The Lord of the Rings." And this despite the fact that there have previously used computer models that are derived from the "Lord" concept art, practiced techniques of image capture, established technological chain of production of costumes, makeup, decorations. Perhaps the point is trivial inflation, and possibly increased appetite of participants. For example, it is no secret that a few minutes of screen time Orlando Bloom earns fees that other stars are for the main role in a feature film.
It is possible that all these assumptions are not true. I want to believe that the creators of "The Hobbit" are guided by a sincere desire to keep the audience in the Middle, and financial statements to its shareholders are concerned about their last.
But ... We know, corrupting force of their charms.
A strange desire to release the third part in the summer, rather than in December 2014, it is quite understandable, and well suited to the proposed version. No one has canceled the premiere of "Avatar," scheduled for December, and investors of "The Hobbit" is meant that such a confrontation, they should be avoided in any case.
Playing hobbit Frodo in the trilogy "Lord of the Rings" Elijah Wood has confirmed rumors of Peter Jackson's film in 3D. The actor also expressed his displeasure precedence re-release of "Star Wars" and talked about his return to Middle-earth.
Now Wood promotes the cartoon "Happy Feet 2", where he voices one of the characters.
In particular, there are a lot of rumors about the rerelease of the trilogy "The Lord of the Rings" in 3D.
"It would be great to see, - said actor. - Of course, talk about the release of the trilogy in stereo underway. I normally take the process of conversion, if it takes a long time. Upsets me when the movie has neither the budget nor the time to do it, but still it was transferred to the stereo, and the result is ugly, looks cheap. Translation of "The Lord of the Rings" should be very careful process".
"Look, soon we will be able to see "Titanic" in 3D. And "Star Wars" is coming soon. True, the three films have to wait until it comes good series. When I heard, I thought, wait three years before "A New Hope"? At first release, "The first episode"? What a bummer! "
Considering how many editions of "The Lord of the Rings" on DVD and blu-ray were already on sale, is there any chance that the installation of Peter Jackson's still has some stuff?
"I think it will be a separate DVD with deleted scenes - says Elijah. - I do not know, though, how there are many of them, as a lot of time has flown. Many entered the extended version, but there are scenes where no one has ever seen. Still have a watch, well, at least a couple of hours to be humorous, because the shooting was a great fun! We filmed over a year, so that there is a mass of our premium jokes, so I ask Peter to mount them in a single hour movie!"
Wood will also appear in the "Hobbit", but about his role is very reluctant to say. "I've got very little time. In fact, it's a cameo, as Frodo in "The Hobbit" was not born yet. "
To re-enter into the role, Elijah reconsidered "Fellowship of the Ring" to remember talks Frodo.
While at the official announcement of the re-release of the trilogy there was not Jackson, but the director has already mentioned that he will be not against transformation of the movie into 3D format.
Actress Sigourney Weaver has shared details of her participation in two upcoming major projects - the sequel to "Avatar" and third "Ghostbusters."
Despite the death of the heroine in the film by James Cameron, Weaver confirmed that her character Grace Augustine appears in the following series, which will be removed one by one.
"Do not panic, I'll be back. Jim Cameron said that in science fiction, no one ever dies. He explained to me the next two plots of films. Ready to say that they are extremely wonderful, incredible potential. Now he only has to shoot them"- said the actress during an interview, timed to the release of film "Pursuit", where she played with Taylor Lautner.
In addition, Sigourney said about her participation in trilogy "Ghostbusters", whose shooting will begin next spring (in 2012 and scheduled to work on the project Cameron): "Until I read the script. They called me a couple of times. I know that they rewrite it. Everything I've said it hoped that my son in the film, Oscar, is old enough to be Ghostbusters. Ivan Reitman approved. Besides, I know nothing. I hope that all will be good, as we've already done two remarkable films".
However, American viewers will be able accurately to see the star of "Alien" at the big screen in connection with the "Ghostbusters" in the near future, as the first tape of series studio decided to show, to identify the interest of viewers for the third film franchise.
After several years of talk and rumors of the original Star Novels Dan Aykroyd appeared on the radio program of Dennis Miller and said that "Ghostbusters 3" will start production in spring of next year. The actor added that Bill Murray has not yet agreed to participate in the project but the creators of the third part are making every effort to persuade the intractable artist.
"Yes, we will shoot the film. And, hopefully, with Mr. Murray - said Aykroyd. - At least we hope so. We have a great script".
In March this year Ivan Reitman said: "The script is very good. All the actors read it and were delighted. We are waiting for Bill Murray to read it".
However, if Murray will continue to resist, the project can start and without his involvement. Before this, even out of the question, but now things have changed.
Aykroyd has finally shed some light on the subject of a future film. The story begins with the problems at the main characters - they can’t catch a ghost so quickly as before. So they have to recruit a team of young hunters.
"My hero, Ray went blind in one eye and can no longer drive a" Cadillac " – says Dan. - He has a sore knee, and Igon (Harold Ramis hero) did put on weight and could barely move. We need new blood, and that was constructed plot. We will give it the younger generation. "
Who will star in "Ghostbusters 3" is not reported. "We need three guys and a girl," - says Dan Aykroyd. Dan himself would like to see in one of the roles of the star series "Criminal Minds" Matthew Gray Gubler.
Will the third "Ghostbusters" have a fourth team member Ernie Hudson? In April, the actor, complained that none of the original members did not offer him a place in trilogy.