What Peter, Fran (Walsh) and Philippa (Boyens) have done is all in perfect keeping with Tolkien’s world, while adding a third dimension to an otherwise very two-dimensional story.
Oh lord, I hope she doesn’t get hate mail for that. [SFX]
Stellan Skarsgard and Joaquim de Almeida are set to star in Rouge Bresil, Sylvain Archambault’s film about the 1555 French attempt to invade and conquer Brazil. There’s to be a long cut, paced out as a pair of 100 minute TV episodes, and a shorter theatrical release. [Variety]
Sigourney Weaver has spoken to Ridley Scott about Prometheus, and seems enthusiastic about what he’s doing. She says that “if they can invigorate the creature, it could have another life” – which is a nice little bit of evidence for the Alien alien itself appearing in the film. She goes even further, though, adding “when you first find [the alien] in the first movie with what we call the Space Jockey, the kind of strange creature with the elephant face… anyway, the eggs were in its ship, so where they come from? So its like kind of following that storyline with, I hope another great ensemble.” [Hollywood Outbreak]
Here are eight minutes of Inni, the Sigur Ros concert film by Vincent Morriset:
The look of the film involved a lot of work. Here’s Morriset:
We laid down a big flat-screen on an animation bench and photographed the quicktime rolling with an Aaton camera. We printed a positive copy of the film and then projected Inni on a screen. With hands and different translucent objects in front of the projector’s lens, we were able to distort and transform the image. The handmade effects were then recaptured by a digital camera filming the screen. The music was playing in the dark room. The whole process was instinctive. We shot several times each song and then re-edited the whole film with the most interesting moments.
The end result is certainly not ugly. [NPR]
In War They Come is an in-the-works sci-fi picture about “aliens who use humanity’s wars to abduct soldiers and conduct experiments on them”. The Telegraph seem to be interested in it largely because thirteen years ago, its screenwriter worked in a cinema in Bristol, and they’re trying to spin this into a Cinderella story. Here’s the best bit of their report:
After perfecting his script, [screenwriter Staurt Gallop] headed for the sunny shores of southern France to tout the screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival.
This is where he met LA-based actor and producer Beau Nelson and producer Kayo Anderson who jumped at the chance to get involved in the project.
The pair went back the US and put together a consortium of investors – raising $10 million (£6.2 million) to turn the script into a Hollywood hit.
With contracts signed, the new team is now talking to potential directors while putting together a wishlist of cast and crew.
Doesn’t quite read like Variety, does it?
These crept up on me somewhat: while the US waits until December for the extended versions of the Millennium trilogy, they’re out in the UK tomorrow. Not exactly cheap, but I bet they do brisk business.
Meanwhile, here’s a promo image for the David Fincher do-over of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. If I tell you it was designed by Neil Kellerhouse, you might be able to guess where I first saw it… [The Playlist]
Colin Farrell and Jessica Biel continue to a) film Total Recall b) fall foul of the paps. [Coming Soon]
Rob Zombie has announced the casting of Meg Foster in his movie, The Lords of Salem. She’ll be playing “Margaret Morgan the leader of a secret coven of witches.” [Facebook]
That Top Cat (or rather, Don Gato) movie we were following opened as the number one movie in Mexico this weekend on the equivalent of $3.4 million. Meanwhile, The Lion King topped the US charts with almost $30 million in the bag. This means that the lead movie in each country was both hand drawn and in 3D – two formats that particularly boring people like to describe regularly as “dead.”
The novel Black Light has been written by Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan and Stephen Romano. With rather limited accuracy, Aint It Cool described these guys as “the writers of Saw” while unveiling this promo poster for the book.
“Hello Buck Carlsbad.” [Aint It Cool]
Eli Craig, the director of Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, has revealed the basic premise of his next movie:
[It's] something similar [but] with the whole devil child genre. I’m doing a movie where I subvert The Exorcist, sort of The Omen meets Meet the Parents, where this unsuspecting guy gets married into a family, and his stepson is the AntiChrist and he has to try figure out what to do with that child.
Doesn’t seem to have the same obvious purpose as Tucker & Dale, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Meanwhile, Craig also revealed that the DVD and Blu-ray of Tucker will include a 15 minute short, Tucker & Dale Are Evil, recounting the events of the main feature from the point of view of the teenaged characters. Nifty idea. [Dread Central]
Here’s a Dutch poster for The Sitter that pretty much speaks for itself (though, hopefully, not in a Naked Lunch-fashion). [IMPA]
Aaron Sorkin has broken his nose in the midst of his enthusiastic, and apparently risky, writing process. He says that he was delivering dialogue into the mirror when he accidentally butted into his reflection. Both of them ended up reeling in pain. [LA Times]
There’s a contest in which you could win a voice part in Dorothy of Oz, the Baum-based toon with Lea Michele and Dan Aykroyd. Yes, you – YOU! – could blend your vocal skills with images such as these:
You’ll have to record a short video to enter – even though it’s a voice over contest, they still want to get a look at you. I suppose they’ll want somebody pretty to use in their marketing. [Facebook and Just Jared]
Here’s the promo for next week’s Doctor Who, which features the return of Craig Owens in Closing Time:
Apparently, Vin Diesel has today been meeting with writer-director David Twohy and “the head” of Universal regarding the third Riddick movie, its casting and “the 2012 release date.” He’s gone ahead and posted about this on his Facebook page, and even released a piece of concept art, but still, and bizarrely so, there’s been no official announcement of the project at all.
That image, says Diesel, is called The Final Stand of Riddick. [Facebook]
Until September 23rd, you’ll be able to stream the first five minutes of Arthur online at Digital Spy. This is the lion’s share of the Batman material. [Digital Spy]
Here’s the first still from Midnight’s Children, adapted from the classic novel by Salman Rushdie (and I mean that):
Over at Slashfilm there’s a very brief summary of the novel and film’s plot, so I thought we’d borrow that too:
Midnight’s Children is the riveting personal story of Saleem, and his changeling twin Shiva, who are both born right at midnight on August 15, 1947, just as India gained its independence from the British Raj. We learn about other children born close to Independence Midnight who, like Saleem, possess special powers and can communicate with each other telepathically.
In the image you can see Satya Babha, formerly of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and Shruya Sara. Rushdie himself has scripted this adaptation. [Slashfilm]
Whole Terrence Malick’s next film is still in post production, it looks like he’s stolen an early start on another project. Various Twitter users spotted the director and actors Christian Bale and Haley Bennet shooting scenes at Austin’s City Limits music festival. Here’s a video:
What are they working on? [Film Stage]