COWBOYS & ALIENS
The next round of Jon Favreau’s interview series — in which the director chats with executive producers Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, and Brian Grazer — has been released on YouTube. In this clip, Spielberg talks about the uncertainty of making something new:
Starring Daniel Craig, release date: July 29th, 2011
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talks with Marvel’s official site about the film. “This is where it all starts,” he says. “There are a number of things that were retconned over the years, like Howard Stark’s participation around that same program that they did in the [comic] books, decades later, so it was almost laid out for us. We’ve tied in Skull’s MacGuffin and given it a cosmic, so to speak, origin, that you don’t necessarily learn in this film, but again most of that is right out of the [comic] books.”
Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011
According to Heat Vision, Warner Bros picked up the rights to the Image miniseries. “The story centers on an ex-soldier who falls for a girl that happens to be a vampire,” they write. “The only way the two can be together is if the man takes on the vampire who created her, which also means fighting an army of monsters in the Hong Kong underworld.” That’s a pretty interesting premise. I guess the movies aren’t done with vampires yet.
Release date: TBA
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN
The Playlist has a new image of Tintin and his dog Snowy:
Directed by Steven Spielberg, release date: December 23, 2011
Spinoff Online reports that the film will have a presence at Comic-Con, albeit a covert (agency) one. “Marvel will place the marketing focus on S.H.I.E.L.D., using set pieces from ‘The Avengers’ to create recruiting and security stations for the global agency on the exhibition floor,” they write. “There’s also the suggestion that, in place of last year’s throne room, attendees may see the massive bridge of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier as the centerpiece of the Marvel booth.”
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
According to TV Guide, the upcoming release of the DC Universe Animated movie “Batman: Year One” will include a short focusing on Catwoman. “The femme fatale tangles with crime boss Rough Cut (a brand-new character created for this short, voiced by “Futurama’s” John DiMaggio) in a breathless and brutal 15-minute chase through Gotham City tracking down a mysterious cargo shipment,” they write. Eliza Dushku, who voices the character in “Year One,” will also lend her talents to the short.
Release date: TBA
Co-creator Zak Penn talked with Collider about the new SyFy show. Asked about its similarity to “Heroes,” Penn answered, “I really did try to start from a totally different paradigm. The show is probably closer to “The Mentalist” or “The X-Files,” in its pitch. That’s where we started from. And then, I got in some of the stuff I’ve always wanted to do in the superhero genre. I managed to find the real world equivalent of it. So, as opposed to “Heroes,” which is completely serialized, we purposely started from the totally other direction, in terms of what the show is actually like, in the same way that “Law & Order” is nothing like “Heat.” They’re two opposite ends of the genre. For me, I was less worried about that than I was about other procedural type shows that had some overlap with us. But, luckily, they all got canceled.”
Airdate: July 11th, 2011
THE WALKING DEAD
Over at the official AMC site, creator Robert Kirkman offers a tour of the set:
Airs: Fall 2011
ABOARD THE NORMANDY
The good folks at Legendary let me know their film panel at Comic-Con (on Friday July 22nd) will include Guillermo Del Toro and several cast members from his upcoming film, “Pacific Rim.” The session will also include cast and crew of “Seventh Son” and “Paradise Lost,” but most intriguing to me, “Mass Effect” creator Casey Hudson and screenwriter Mark Protosevich will talk about adapting the game series into a feature. Considering how filmic the games already are, I wonder if it’ll be the first creatively successful game adaptation. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, 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 a “Red Dead Redemption” film.