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Dark Crystal sequel is go.

Posted by LiveFor on May 5, 2010

From the people what brung you Daybreakers – Here’s the press release. Personally I loved the original Dark Crystal and am intrigued to see what they do with a sequel.

In a joint announcement by Omnilab Media’s

Christopher Mapp and The Jim Henson Company’s Lisa Henson, Australian based

Omnilab Media is teaming up with The Jim Henson Company to bring the much anticipated fantasy sequel, “Power of the Dark Crystal” to the big screen in stereoscopic 3D. The highly anticipated film will be among the most ambitious projects to ever be produced in Australia.

Power of the Dark Crystal will be produced by the Australia based production arm of Omnilab Media, Ambience Entertainment. The Jim Henson Company’s executive producers are Brian Henson, Lisa Henson and Jason Lust. Omnilab Media’s executive producers are Christopher Mapp, Matthew Street and David Whealy. Cinemarket Films’ Peter D. Graves (“Terminator Salvation”) rounds out the executive producer team.

Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig, writers and directors of “Undead” and most recently, “Daybreakers,” have come aboard to direct the screenplay written by

Australian Craig Pearce (“Moulin Rouge,” “Strictly Ballroom,” “Romeo +

Juliet”) based on an original script by Annette Duffy and David Odell. The legendary fantasy artist Brian Froud will reprise his role as conceptual designer of the film, which will use a stunning mix of live action and traditional puppetry combined with visual and special effects produced entirely in Australia. Omnilab-affiliated Iloura

(“Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Pacific,” “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”) has already begun work on the film’s complex CGI elements. With this team in place, next steps will be to secure worldwide distribution.

“Power of the Dark Crystal is an exciting and ambitious undertaking and, having

worked on previous projects with the top-notch talent and crews that Australia offers, we know we have assembled the right team to deliver the sequel to one of the most enduringly popular titles in the Henson library. Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig are sure to create a film that will continue the legacy of the original and exceed the expectations of our loyal fans,” said Lisa Henson, CEO of the The Jim Henson Company. “We are especially enthusiastic to be working with Omnilab Media, a strong and growing force in worldwide film finance and production.”

“We are very pleased to be producing this wonderful and fantastical film in Australia.

The Power of The Dark Crystal will showcase the depth of talent Australia has to offer up on the international stage, including the extremely gifted directing team of Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig. The Jim Henson Company has consistently delivered an amazing range of entertainment over generations and is an iconic creative studio that we are proud to have partner with us,” added Christopher Mapp from Omnilab Media.

Michael Spierig said, “We feel a tremendous amount of responsibility in telling this story with the same meticulous care that Jim Henson and Frank Oz gave the 1982 original.” Added Peter Spierig, “This is a chance to take the world of puppetry into the modern age by using modern techniques (like motion capture CGI) and the tried and true methods (like puppetry and animatronics) to create a one hundred percent real world that is unique to ‘The Dark Crystal’.”

Set hundreds of years after the events of the first movie when the world has once again fallen into darkness, “Power of the Dark Crystal” follows the adventures of a mysterious girl made of fire who, together with a Gelfling outcast, steals a shard of the legendary Crystal in an attempt to reignite the dying sun that exists at the center of the planet.

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Dark Crystal – Amazing Mural

Posted by LiveFor on August 28, 2009

This amazing mural from The Dark Crystal was spotted by io9.

It can be found in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood and I think it is brilliant. I love stuff like this. Anyone know who painted it?

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Avatar – First proper look at the Alien Na’vi in Cameron’s sci-fi epic

Posted by LiveFor on February 3, 2009

Yep, apparantly this is what the alien Na’vi in James Cameron’s Avatar are going to look like. Marketsaw got the scoop and AICN have confirmed it.

Comparing it to the concept art I posted ages ago it does seem like the real deal.

Marketsaw’s also say that this image of a military man holding an exotic AVATAR weapon is authentic.

Their source had this to say about the Na’vi

…their faces are very very reminiscent of Jen the Gefling in the Dark Crystal…(but with a
hare lip). They are beautiful, not sexy, just graceful. The problems the boss is facing with the CG is getting the ‘graceful’ right. Oh, and the whole ‘Uncanny Valley’ thing…. the view back across it looks amazing from where I am standing.

They also had this to say about previous photos:

“I can confirm that this photo does have multiple props from varying sets.” He goes further to describe what the bed actually is: “On closer inspection it looks like it is from the Bio Lab, not overly sure of its purpose (…he did not work in this area). As will become apparent when you see the finished product, there are many many many different types of ‘beds’. Birthing bed / hospital gurney / incinerator gurney / medivac chamber / sleep chamber / transport chamber… He also says that “the gurney for space travel is normally upright, wall mounted, to save valuable ($1,000,000 per Kg) space on those long space voyages.

How does this look at the Na’vi make you feel about Avatar?

Discuss in the Forum

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If you could get one cool prop from a movie for Christmas, what would you pick?

Posted by LiveFor on December 5, 2008

Christmas is getting closer and geese are getting fatter my thoughts turn to presents, food, Father Christmas and not enought time off work. Obviously the whole point of Christmas is the gifts…and spending times with loved ones…and the birth of some kid back in thay…but mainly it’s all about the gifts.

As this is a site dedicated to films (with a bit of comic, music and random stuff thrown in just to keep you guessing) I started wondering what cool item of movie memorabilia would be great to get as a gift this Christmas. You know what I’m talking about. That one piece of magic from a film that you always wish was yours, not replicas, I’m talking about the actual prop from the film (I know, I know, the real prop will more than likely be a sketchy pile of bits that on screen look great but in real life aren’t so hot, but you know what I mean) – a proton pack, Indy’s Fedora and whip, the actual Maltese Falcon, any piece of melted alien nasty from The Thing, the Spinal Tap Amp that goes all the way to 11, one of Nic Cage’s wigs, the Cerebro helmet, that weird table made out of a wagon wheel with a glass top that you see in When Harry Met Sally, Rosebud, any Ray Harryhausen model, Little Geek from the Abyss, John Wayne’s spurs, Roddy Piper’s sunglasses, you get the idea.

It’s not as easy as you think to pick just one thing. However, I can say with great confidence that I would pick the Plymouth Fury from Christine…or maybe the (original) Time Machine…or the Dark Crystal…or the ambulance from Ice Cold in Alex…or Steve McQueen’s baseball glove from the Great Escape…Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!

If money was no object and you could have whatever prop, costume, vehicle, from any movie what would you pick? Go ahead and click on the comments below and let me know.

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