UPDATE: Vulture spoke to Abrams himself, who said that the trailer has nothing to do with Cloverfield.
“You have to check [out the trailer],” he said. “But it has nothing whatsoever to do with Cloverfield, despite your expert reporting.”
Iron Man 2 has been out for a while over here, but is released in the USA on 7th May. News is out that J J Abrams has a top secret teaser trailer attached to it for something codenamed Super 8.
Word on the street is that not even the people filming it knew what it was all about as Abrams told them it was for a new sex comedy he was working on.
If you remember the Cloverfield teaser trailer was first shown unannounced before Transformers and I personally thought all the teaser stuff about Cloverfield was actually better than the final film. Still amazing in this day and age that they can still keep a film super top secret like this.
Vulture have more on what the trailer will show so spoilers ahead.
Insiders familiar with the trailer tell us that it shows a bunch of kids who are shooting a movie with a Super 8 camera in the seventies or eighties. When they develop the film, they notice that there’s an alien creature in the frame. Our sources also say that Super 8 is absolutely connected to 2008’s Cloverfield (possibly a prequel, but not a sequel).
There you have it, if it is true. Anyone fancy a Slusho?
If you are in the States and get to see the trailer let us all know what it is like in the comments below.
The main parts have been cast, although still not sure if Hugo Weaving has definitely signed up as the Red Skull. Now UGO have a rumour from a reliable source that Tommy Lee Jones may also be starring in the film.
No word on who he will be playing if he does get involved, but as shooting begins at the end of June and Men in Black 3 is also due to start filming this summer Mr Jones may either be very busy or won’t be in Captain America.
District 9 was one of the highlights of 2009 for me. Great idea, great production and Sharlto Copley was brill in the lead. I know some people didn’t like it but each to their own. I was curious as to whether we would see any sequel to it, but director Neill Blomkamp had said that he was going to be working on different things before he came back to it.
Looks like that could have been misdirection on his part as MarketSaw have news that a sequel is in pre-production (their sources could be wrong, but they are usually on the ball).
DISTRICT 10 (Production title at least) is now in pre-production with filming to start in the October time frame this year. Shooting locations will be South Africa once again as well as New Zealand. There has been no word on whether it will be shot in S3D or not as of yet. You will be the first to know! Peter Jackson is again producing the sequel with Neill Blomkamp directing.
I do hope they are working on a sequel as I am itching to see what happens when the ship comes back.
The same article also mentions that the adaption of Philip Reeves Mortal Engines will be in 3D. Great book. Hope they don’t mess that up.
Do you want a sequel? What do you want to see in it?
No not Captain Jack Sparrow’s ship. I’ll get to the Pearl in a bit.
Mark Hamill (Star Wars, Batman: The Animated Series) was talking at the Los Angeles Comedy Shorts Festival and mentioned a project that he’d been trying to get off the ground for some time. However, he couldn’t go into details but would announce it at the Cannes Film Festival.
He did drop some hints thought – it’s based on a comic book that Hamill wrote, it’s set in the real world, and “at first glance it’s a drama, but it has dark humor.”
Like The Wrap I think they are talking about his 1996 comic book miniseries The Black Pearl which was originally written as a screenplay before being turned into a comic. Eric Johnson was co-writer on the comic.
Hamill described the tale as “a crime thriller, fairly raw in terms of violence … about tabloid journalism and sensationalism and all the things that thrillers come from.”
He went on to say that they had got a $7 million budget for the film that he will be directing.
“My two co-writers wrote a David O. Russell film for Paramount,” he said, “and now they’ve very hot. So now there are people who are willing to give us $30 million to make the movie. But if we took that deal, I wouldn’t get to direct.
“If you go over about $8 million, you have to start getting foreign sales before you start shooting. But if you stay in the $5-to-$7 million range, you don’t have to do presales and you can maintain much more creative control.”
The goal, he says, is “to make a movie the studios wouldn’t make.”
I remember reading the first couple of issues of the Dark Horse miniseries – mad to think that it is 14 years old – I enjoyed what I read of the story, the main character was a bit of a sod if I remember, but I was unable to get hold of the last 3 issues so never found out what happened. It was ahead of its time considering Kick-Ass and the other non-superhero superhero comics and films that have come out recently. Of course it might not be The Black Pearl that they are talking about.
Would be good to see what Hamill does directing the film and if anything I reckon the small budget will make the film better. They’ll make sure that every penny counts.
A few days ago it was mentioned that Ryan Reynold’s suit as Green Lantern was going to be CGI.
Now Comic Book Movies apparantly got onto the set and spoke to some of the people involved with the film and asked them about the suit.
“It’s gonna look just like the comic stories.” said their source. “I saw a handful of storyboards and mock ups already and it looks like what’s in the comics by kids read. Black and green and white.”
“I didn’t see the whole suit. It was from a scene where [Ryan] changes into it. It was, like, lava melting on him. Well, like liquid. Like if someone threw a can of paint on him and it splashed around and covered him up. And it’s not solid colors really. More like the colors shift around subtly.”
If that is true then it sounds as if it will be CGI. However, as the source only saw storyboards and mockups then not sure how he knew just how the suit would look going on. Maybe just me being cynical. Just really excited that they are making a Green Lantern film.
Bit of an odd one this. I got an email from someone in the States saying that Billy Zane had been talking with Christopher Nolan – director of the Batman films and shepherd of the Superman films whenever they get made.
As you will know I am a big fan of Billy Zane. He’s a cool dude after all. Even when the film is poor, and many of his are, Zane is always fun to watch and let us not forget he was in Titanic which made a bit of money. He was also in The Phantom which wasn’t too good and had the distinction of one of the worst taglines for a comic book movie – Slam Evil! – What were they thinking.
Getting back to the Zane and Nolan chatting. I thought this is obviously a rumour, but then I got another email from a different source who is usually pretty reliable. They said the same thing. I’ve asked for clarification, but nothing yet. I still have my doubts about the while thing.
However, I thought this would lead to some good discussion as to what character Zane could play if he was somehow involved in the next Batman film or a Superman reboot. Hell, let’s throw it open to the Marvel Universe as well.
What character could Zane play in a comic book movie?
Andy M and I always thought he would have been a perfect Batman back in the day. His Bruce Wayne would have been brill. Now he could make quite a cool Lex Luthor or Brainiac. As for Marvel I somehow see him a “Dum Dum” Duggan for SHIELD.
If you are a fan of the Iron Man movie you will remember that after the closing credits, Tony Start (Robert Downey Jr) went home and was met by Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) who mentioned the Avengers Initiative. It was a very cool fanboy moment and it looks as if something similar could happen at the end of Iron Man 2.
To avoid spoilers I have put it in inviso-text (just press the mouse button and drag across below to see the text from BadTaste via /Film. Update: Can’t get the damn text to change colour so apologies.
A 100% trusted source (NOT from the production/distribution, but very familiar with the movie) confirmed us today that there will be an easter egg in IM2. It’s an extra scene, just like the one in the first movie, after the end credits. We are able to tell you what’s about! It’s a scene about… Captain America and Thor! Maybe this doesn’t seem a big reveal, but it’s nice to have a confirmation.
Pretty cool if it is true. I won’t say anymore here, but feel free to discuss further in the comments which are now designated spoiler territory for this post.
Great news for fans of Joss Whedon (oh Firefly!) but a rumour from a few weeks ago that said he was in the running to direct The Avengers for Marvel Studios could well be true.
Deadline (who are usually spot on with these things) have the news that Joss Whedon is in final negotiations to direct The Avengers.
That means he would be in control of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), as well as SHIELD leader Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and whoever else they decide to include – possibly the Hulk, the Wasp, Hawkeye.
After Iron Man 2, Marvel has three pictures left on a distribution deal with Paramount before it moves to Disney, and the studio has been churning them out. Iron Man 2 gets released in May, Captain America will begin shooting this summer in Europe, Thor is in production, and Marvel Studios just set Pete Sollett to direct Runaways, based on the comic book series created by Lost writer Brian K. Vaughan. Whedon also wrote for that last one along with Astonishing X-Men so he knows how these things work.
True, Serenity is his only feature film, but all of his shows involve an ensemble cast of people with various abilities so his transition to directing the team of Avengers should work quite well.
I really think he is an excellent choice for the film although it is still not set in stone. Do you agree that Whedon is the one to direct the Avengers or is it a terrible choice? Who else should they have on the team?
The Avengers is due out in May 2012.
UPDATE: Variety have picked up on the news that Whedon is in final negotiations to direct and if it does go ahead he will also rework the screenplay by screenwriter Zak Penn.
It will be nice if this all happens. Now another question – if he could bring in some of his crew what characters would you like to see the following play?
Nathan Fillion – Neil Patrick Harris – Charisma Carpenter – Felicia Day – Summer Glau