According to The Los Angeles Times 24 Frames blog, a new contender for the director’s chair has emerged. “Sources familiar with the project say a new name has emerged for the director’s chair, and it’s an unconventional one: Adam Berg, a heretofore little-known Swedish commercial and video director.” He did that slow-motion bank heist short that made the rounds on the Internet a while back. If the studio is seriously entertaining a newcomer, Robert Rodriguez must be very far from every putting this project in his schedule.
Release date: TBA
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
The film is “Batman 3” no more! As we reported here at CBR just a few minutes ago, director Christopher Nolan tells The LA Times the title of the third film in what I’ve always called the “Begins” cycle. He also offers this clue toward characters: “It won’t be the Riddler.” He also teases with this statement: “We’ll use many of the same characters as we have all along, and we’ll be introducing some new ones.” I think Nolan is the Riddler.
Release date: July 20th, 2012
While Deadline reports Darren Aronofsky is attached to “Machine Man” (not based on the Marvel character), they also mention a few specific of his still unannounced “Wolverine” deal. “Aronofsky will be busy, been set in a $5 million against 5% gross deal to direct X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2 for 20th Century Fox. Production starts next year in New York, where both Aronofsky and Jackman live, before the action transplants to Japan,” writes Deadline’s Mike Fleming. He’s talking as though this thing is set in stone. Maybe the announcement will come today? This is reminiscent of that time when we all knew Joss Whedon would be directing “The Avengers,” but the announcement didn’t come for months.
Release date: 2012?
GHOST RIDER 2: SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE
A sources tells The Wrap, “The budget has been cut from $135 million to a leaner $75 million.” Even Nic Cage has taken a pay cut to set his head on fire again. Of course, I’ll argue that “Ghost Rider” should be lower budget project. I’ve always thought it should feel like those biker flicks from the 60s. Just with a supernatual main character.
Release date: February 17th, 2012
According to What’s Playing, the race is on to cast J. Jonah Jameson in the “Spider-Man” reboot. They hear word that John Slattery of “Iron Man 2” and Sam Elliot from “Ghost Rider” are being considered. But really, why not just bring back J.K. Simmons? He transformed into Jameson in the original cycle. It’s sort of like bringing back Judy Dench to play M in “Casino Royale.” People won’t be confused by it. They just accept that the boss is the boss.
Release date: May 28th, 2012
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
Jennifer Lawerence, the new Mystique, tells Hitfix a little bit about the film’s version of Angel, played by Zoe Kravitz. “Lawrence says this Angel will have wings (whether they are fly-like or bird-like is unclear), but they’ll appear out of tattoos on her back,” they write.
Release date: June 3rd, 2011
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
One intrepid fellow at Comic Book Movie took some moody and dramatic photos of the scenes being filmed in Caerwent, Wales. This one is my favorite of the set:
Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011
It’s official. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is staying in New Zealand. “Prime Minister John Key announced in a live press conference Tuesday night Los Angeles time (Wednesday evening in New Zealand) that the government would broaden the criteria for its large budget incentive program, resulting in an additional rebate to Warner Bros. of up to US$15 million, depending in an unspecified way on how each part of the two-part movie performs,” they write. Key previously said there would be no additional concessions to the studio, but I guess the parties were able to make a deal. Now, with all of the unpleasantness behind us, can all of you involved get on with making the film, please?
Release date: 2012
THE WALKING DEAD
Robert Kirkman tells MTV News how Brett Farve pushed back the premiere of the series:
Meanwhile, Andrew Lincoln talked with The LA Times about his role as Frank Grimes. He also gives this tease of the third episode. “It becomes this fascinating rebuilding of society. It’s about who takes control, who becomes the leaders. Is it led by power? Is it led by guile? Is it led by maternal instincts? It’s how do we start again when nothing’s left. It’s almost like going back to the Stone Age.”
It’s finally time to carve a pumpkin. Of course, since I have all the artistic ability of a gnat, I’ll be on pudding duty and provide suitable films to watch while the seeds roast. I’ve chosen “The War of Worlds” and “The Bride of Frankenstein.” I’m pretty sure I wrote about “The Bride” last year, so I’ll focus on 1953’s classic version of the H.G. Wells novel. The colors, the alien design, the unlikely landing site of Pomona, CA. It has the veracity Steven Spielberg strove for in his remake. Unlike his attempt, it just seems to come naturally even though it’s a relatively low budget film with a more theatrical form of acting. Give it a try, you’ll be glad you did. 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 pumpkin pie.