Pixar Animation Studios has released a number of clips from TOY STORY 3 and Cinefantastique is bringing them to you! Check back here every day for more sneak peeks leading up to the film’s release this Friday June 18, 2010! This first clip is entitled “Made for Each Other” and shows the first encounter between two familiar characters.
So not only is DC developing a live action show around one of their second-tier characters, but they may even go as far as spotlighting it at San Diego Comic Con this July. That’s a pretty big leap of faith for a character that so many in the general public are not familiar with. It will definitely be interesting to continue monitoring this story and to see how networks and average TV viewers will react. Will Blue Beetle become a household name some day? Could this show find a home at the CW like SMALLVILLE has? Or might someone like Fox add Blue Beetle to its lineup along with the already popular HUMAN TARGET? Could this show prove to be a springboard for the development of shows centered around other second tier DC superheroes? Will the show have the same relative success as shows like SMALLVILLE, or will it take the same route as BIRDS OF PREY? Only time will tell. What do you think of the announcement? Sound off in the comments!
The Sci-Fi Movie Page reports that Marvel Comics’ X-Men franchise will be bringing a spin-off to theaters on June 3, 2011. Entitled X-Men: First Class, the film will be produced by Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2), directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Stardust), and written by Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand).
The concept is to take a closer look at the larger X-Men family of characters and highlight the relatively unknown teenaged heroes who don’t often get a chance to stand in the spotlight. It sounds like it could either be very cheesy (not necessarily a bad thing) or it could tell a fascinating coming of age story. With talent like Vaughn, Singer, and Penn on board, the chances are good that X-Men: First Class will very much fall into line with that brand of superhero storytelling.
You asked for it, and here it is! The fourth and final installment of the popular Twilight saga: Breaking Dawn, directed by Bill Condon, is set to hit theaters November 18, 2011, according to the Sci-Fi Movie Page. But before the wildly successful franchise’s final film reaches the big screen, there are still some hurdles to jump.
For starters, at a whopping 756 pages, Stephenie Meyer’s original 2008 novel Breaking Dawn is an intimidating project to tackle and adapt for film. Variety reports that the story will be split into two films because of the amount of detail necessary to properly bring the book to life. (WARNING: Plot spoilers ahead! You’ve been warned!)
Next, Meyer herself has expressed real doubt as to whether specific plot points can really translate to a live action film format. In the novel, Bella and Edward give birth to a baby girl, Renesmee, who is fully alert, despite being a newborn. This presents obvious visual challenges to the filmmakers. “The one thing that I’ve never seen is a CGI human being who truly looks real,” said Meyer, who added, “they develop amazing new technologies everyday, and we’ve got a little time left.”
Another concern is scoring a PG-13 rating for the film which will be based on the novel’s very intense and graphic plot, and will include the controversial birth of a vampire/human child. The main cast of Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner are expected to return, and filming is set to begin in Vancouver some time in 2010.
According to a post at Sci-Fi Movie Page, yet another novel by the accomplished Phillip K. Dick is set for a big-screen adaptation. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said follows such classic Dick adaptations as Blade Runner (1982) and Total Recall (1990) to the silver screen. Policeman tells the dystopian tale of a TV superstar who suddenly finds himself stripped of his popularity and forced to live in a futuristic police state. Interestingly, Derek Anderson is on board for the project, which could lead to some fascinating results given his producer credit on Terminator Salvation (2009).
David Klass’s 2006 teen novel Firestorm will be getting a film treatment in 2011 with a little help from producer Basil Iwanyk (Clash of the Titans), according to Sci-Fi Movie Page. The book, first in a set known as the “Caretaker Trilogy,” tells the story of a teenaged boy and his super-powered companions who learn that their destiny is to save the world, both figuratively and ecologically. Though no director or casting have been announced as of yet, it sounds like a possible dark horse success, so keep your eyes open for this one!
In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, Christopher Nolan discussed his latest project Inception, the future of the Batman franchise, and his mentoring role in the Superman reboot expected to hit theaters sometime in 2012. Perhaps most interesting were his comments about writer/producer David Goyer’s take on the Man of Steel.
“..What it is, while David Goyer and myself were putting together the story for another Batman film a few years ago, you know thrashing out where we might move on from the Dark Knight, we got stuck. We were just sitting there idly chatting and he said ”by the way, I think know how you approach Superman”.. and he told me his take on it. I thought it was really tremendous. It was the first time I’ve been able to conceive of how you’d address Superman in a modern context I thought it was a really exciting idea. What you have to remember about Batman and Superman is that what makes them the best superhero characters there are, the most beloved after all this time, is the essence of who they were when they were created, when they were first developed. You can’t move too far away from that.”
Fans of old-school Superman will be pleased to hear that Nolan and Goyer seem eager to bring the character back to its roots and take a back-to-basics approach to story telling. Still, this does raise some questions about what a new Superflick will bring us. Will we see the destruction of Krypton again? Will the Last Son of Krypton be fighting one of Lex Luthor’s evil schemes, or will he return to the old days of fighting giant dinosaurs and rescuing the oppressed from tenements? Only time will tell, but if treated properly, a throwback to simpler times mixed with modern elements could redefine Superman for a new generation of moviegoers and bring about a rebirth of the beloved character’s popularity among the general public.