'Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World' – New Trailer

Here’s a new Trailer for action-conedy SCOTT PILGRIM Vs. THE WORLD, based on
Bryan Lee O’Malley’s surrealistic sci-fi/fantasy video game-influenced graphic novel series.

Slacker-rocker Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) takes on the League of Evil Ex-Boyriends in order to win over sub-space traveling delivery girl Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).
Also starring Chris Evans (FANTASTIC FOUR) and Brandon Routh (SUPERMAN RETURNS.
Directed by Edgar Wright (SHAUN OF THE DEAD)
Written by Michael Bacall (MANIC) and Edgar Wright
Due out August 13th from Universal Pictures.

Sharlto Copley Talks District 9 Prequel

Still from District 9
Still from District 9

Sharlto Copley, star of last years sci-fi sleep hit, DISTRICT 9, has been talking to Empire during the press tour for THE A-TEAM and sheds some light on its follow up. Copley explains how he and DISTRICT 9 director, Neil Blomkamp, are thinking of making a prequel rather than a direct sequel and plan to shoot it after Blomkamp is done with his next feature film.

Copley and Blomkamp are apparently determined to ensure that it’s not a typical sequel and mention the possibility that it could be a prequel,

“There’s a million ways you can go. Neil’s actually very interested in prequels as well; he’s said that a few times. We wouldn’t do the traditional Hollywood version of the sequel which would just be 100 aliens fighting humans.”

Copley adds,

“Neil wants it and I want it. Neil’s doing another film first. Then I think if everything goes according to plan we’ll do the second film in about two years time. That story can go in so many different ways. There’s a whole universe. I’m sure a lot of writers say that, but we actually have an entire universe.”

The first DISTRICT 9 told the story of how an extraterrestrial race, forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth, suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. DISTRICT 9 was an amazingly fresh and exciting dose of sci-fi action so it’s good to hear that both the films star and director don’t want to go the obvious route with the sequel. As for a release date, it seems we’ll have to wait a while longer but you can be sure Cinefantastique Online will keep you updated on the project.

to ensure that it’s not a typical sequel – and the possibility that it could be a prequel.

Bond 23 "Indefinitely" On Hold

Daniel Craig as James Bond
Daniel Craig as James Bond

According to Coming Soon JAMES BOND producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions,  announced today that they have suspended development on the next film in the profitable franchise. BOND 23, as it’s currently known, was previously scheduled for release 2011/2012 but due to financial troubles at MGM has been put on hold.
They had this to say:

“Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development on ‘Bond 23’ indefinitely. We do not know when development will resume and do not have a date for the release of ‘Bond 23”.

These two know what they’re talking about as EON Productions have produced twenty two JAMES BOND films since 1962. Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli took over the franchise from Albert R Broccoli in 1995 and were responsible for the latest two Bond films, CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE. If these two say the future of Bond is in jeopardy then they’re to be trusted.
This is rather unfortunate news for Bond fans as it could now be several years until BOND 23 even begins shooting. Sam Mendes (ROAD TO PERDITION, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD) was set to direct but whether he’ll stick around is anyone’s guess and star Daniel Craig’s schedule is looking rather busy for the foreseeable future. This is by no means the end of Bond though, it’s a far too profitable a series to be left stuck in development hell, it’s just a matter of waiting longer than anticipated for a new film.

Emile Hirsch Joins The Darkest Hour

Emile Hirsch
Emile Hirsch

According to Variety Emile Hirsch (SPEED RACER, INTO THE WILD) will be joining the cast of new sci-fi blockbuster THE DARKEST HOUR. The news follows last week’s casting of Olivia Thirlby on the Moscow set film which is being directed by Chris Gore (RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR).

The film sees a group of American tourists caught up in a struggle to defend the earth from alien invaders whilst visiting Russia and is apparently going to be filmed in a 28 DAYS LATER-style. Hirsch, being a fairly reputable actor, will most likely play the leader of the group trying to survive the extraterrestrial attack. He’s a solid actor who’s work on INTO THE WILD and MILK was highly memorable. Joining the cast of THE DARKEST HOUR seems to conform to his safe-then-indie-picture rhythm and I look forward to seeing what he can bring to the film.
THE DARKEST HOUR is shooting in Moscow this summer.

Clash of the Box Office

Promotional image from Clash of the Titans
Promotional image from Clash of the Titans

CLASH OF THE TITANS, despite an overall mixed reception from critics, has managed to knock kids’ animated fantasy film HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON off of the top spot at the box office over the weekend. The new sword and sandal epic that we recently reviewed has grossed $61.4 million so far (slightly under analysis’ predictions) with Tyler Perry’s relationship drama sequel WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO coming in at second place.
Both these new releases pushed HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON back down to third place, while tween drama THE LAST SONG and ALICE IN WONDERLAND took forth and fifth place respectably. A pretty strong opening for CLASH then, but we’ll have to see how it fairs by the end of the week with new releases such as Steve Carell and Tina Fey starring comedy, DATE NIGHT vying for the top spot.