Jon Landau, James Cameron’s producer, talks to MTV News about work on their adaptation of “Battle Angel Alita.” Landau says, “I think we’ll tend to err on the earlier side, because it is the more fascinating side where Alita’s lost her memory and she doesn’t know where she comes from.” There’s also video in which Landau explains why the 3D is Cameron’s preferred format:
Release date: TBA
Collider talked to actress Kat Dennings about “Defendor,” but also spend some time talking about “Thor,” which she hasn’t started shooting yet. “All my stuff is towards the end, yeah, towards the end of the shoot,” she says. Of course, she really can’t say too much about the film. “I’ve seen some amazing, amazing things. And listen believe me, I’ve been where you are and wanting to know stuff because, you know, it’s ‘Thor.’Â It’s part of all of our childhood. But the thing is, I signed maybe 25 confidentiality agreements about this kind of thing,” she continued.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
Director Edgar Wright tells MTV News about adapting the book and just where in the series the film begins to diverge from its source. “After three volumes, it starts to take its own path, but very much within the spirit of the book — and approved by Bryan [O’Malley] as well. … There are some things that are in the film that are actually from Bryan’s original ideas before he wrote the books,” says Wright. The film became a possibility after the third volume was released, so it’s not a huge surprise to see the film take more liberties from that point on. Since the later parts of the film rely on creator Bryan O’Malley’s plans for the subsequent volumes, the director notes, “there are some things in there that refer to older ideas which he didn’t end up doing.”
Starring Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, release date: August 13th 2010
Another week, another countdown. This time, the action takes place on the Facebook fanpage (one of the few fanpages I’ve actually joined) where they will post a new image from the trailer leading up to its general release on Friday. Meanwhile, Heat Vision has a very nice high quality still featuring Flynn’s Arcade. It looks pretty nice. Flynn’s Arcade was shot in an actual building across from Sony’s Culver City studio back in 1982, so it’s nice to see the structure make a reappearance in the new film. Also, Blue Sky Disney suggests a much larger overall plan for the “Tron” franchise is brewing at Disney.
Starring Jeff Bridges, release date: December 17th, 2010
Eric Powell tells MTV News everything is falling into place for the animated feature based on his series. He does mention the necessity of adaptation from one medium to the next. “We had to adapt it for the film, but I wrote the script — so The Goon doesn’t fall from the sky in a meteor or have superpowers or anything like that,” says Powell. One thing Powell cannot says is whether or not David Fincher will end up as the film’s director. “Fincher is heavily involved and he’s going to have final say over everything, so we will get his input — he won’t just be a figurehead.”
Release date: TBA
CLASH OF THE TITANS
Yahoo! Movies has a short featurette for the film. It’s still a month away and I haven’t yet made a “Release the Kraken” ringtone.
Starring Sam Worthington, release date: April 2nd, 2010
PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME
IGN has a new trailer for the film, the kind that mentions the hero has a destiny. If anyone ever told me I had a destiny, I might hit them with my one-volume edition of “The Lord of the Rings.” But, y’know, heroes like to hear that sort of thing.
Release date: May 28th, 2010
Y’know that scene in “2010: The Year We Make Contact” where Dave Bowman appears to Roy Scheider’s Dr. Floyd and says, “Something’s going to happen … something wonderful,” but he’s all enigmatic and vague? That’s me today. Something awesome is going to happen, but I’ve turned into a Star Child before I can tell you more. Instead, I’ll metion that I did watch “Dreamer of Oz” yesterday. It’s a little overwrought and sometimes comes off more like a History Channel dramatic recreation of events than a film, but it actually reminds you John Ritter was a great TV presence. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, just plain weird this weekend, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya bracing for the future threat of Monoliths and evolution.