According to a scooper at Superhero Hype, Michael Bay and crew will be taking the production to Hoover Dam, 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas. He wrote: “My wife and I will be heading to Hoover Dam tomorrow to play tourists in the upcoming movie. The crew will be shooting in that area Thursday and Friday. Some of the other roles that they were casting were Secret Service Agents, Cops, Medics/Med Evac, SWAT Team type, and more tourists. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to snap some pics. Oh yea, we ran into John Voight, who in real life is pretty damn tall, and looks way younger in person.”
What about the show that never was? The blog Televisionary has a less-than-positive review of the first episode, which failed to make the cut for the CW’s fall lineup.
Superhero Hype has also summarized disparate reports to create a fairly effective look at the behind-the-scenes talent working on the sequel.
ALIENS VS. PREDATORS 2
Not a typo! Not Hypertime! Not Superboy PUNCH! Not even an imaginary story! IGN’s FilmForce has confirmed that special effects artists-turned-directors Greg and Colin Strause (aka the Brothers Strause) have been signed to bring the Aliens and Predators together for one more go-round. The studio has the sequel scheduled for an August 10, 2007 release.
Actress Noel Neill talked to Wizard Magazine about her work on the Bryan Singer-helmed film, saying, “I had met the director [Bryan Singer] and asked to come out to Warner Bros. for an interview a while back. I met Bryan and his little entourage and all that and his friends. I dragged a lot of my junk out and showed him what I did. I think they used Jack [Larson] and I for publicity. And of course everybody always asks about it, and we heard about it. But I can’t tell them. [laughs]. The first thing Jack Larson, when he knew he was going to do it, he called and said he’d like this little bit of script for whatever he was going to do. And there was silence. He said, “You can’t have anything.” But if he really wanted to see it he could come out to Warner Bros. and ask for a certain person who was signed to silence until death. And he said, ‘Oh to heck with it.’ It was fun.”
Meanwhile, the studio has let slip an amazingly complex PDF file called “Superman Returns” production notes that apparently talks about how they made everything in the film happen. Yowza!
Meanwhile, the Hollywood Reporter has an interview with Bryan Singer, which discusses getting the assignment at all. “The director fell out of ‘Superman’ and Warner Bros. was willing to take a lot of development — nine years of development — and a lot of dollars and sort of toss them away and write them off and go with this new idea, which I ultimately developed with Dan and Mike, my writers. It happened very quickly. I think we developed the initial concept over a long weekend in Hawaii and presented it to Warner Bros. and closed a deal in about 72 hours. That was right after Fourth of July weekend ’04.”
Finally, we got an email from Derek McCaw, alerting us to a two part interview with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, who created a companion documentary, “Look Up In The Sky,” to coincide with “Superman Returns.”
SANDY, CAN WE ROLL THAT CLIP?
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