With all the back and forth going on with this movie, things are starting to get grounded.
Looks like the uphill climb to get the Hobbit movies filmed is one step closer to being over. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced that both “The Hobbit” films are keeping their productions in New Zealand.
Plagued with labor disputes, media fights, bankruptcy, and considerations of moving the production to Europe or other locations, the announcement essentially brings to a close a media whirlwind that has been making headlines for several weeks now. It also means the production is still on track for its planned start in February 2011 with the two films released on December 2012 and December 2013.
Great news! And now we can look forward to the familiar surroundings we saw in all Lord of the Rings films now that production is back in New Zealand.
Moving forward with the most anticipated films of the next decade, Fox Chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman announced today that Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Cameron has agreed to make AVATAR 2 and 3 as his next films.
Cameron, who had always viewed AVATAR as the creation of a new world and mythology, will begin work on the scripts early next year with an eye towards commencing production later in 2011. Cameron will decide if he will shoot the films back-to-back after he completes the scripts, but the release of the first, as yet untitled sequel, is targeted for December 2014, with the third film contemplated for a December 2015 release.
AVATAR 2 & 3 will be produced by Cameron and Jon Landau for Cameron
In an exclusive interview with La Times’ Hero Complex, Christopher Nolan reveals the title for the follow up to TDK, the movie won’t be in 3D, and that The Riddler won’t be the much speculated upon villain..
Well, lets not beat around the bush. The subtitle for Nolan’s third Batman will be..
The Dark Knight Rises.
I’m pretty sure I heard someone suggest a very similar title as fan fic once! Anyway, there you go. I for one like it. Speaking to La Times’ Geoff Boucher, Nolan added..
Despite a fairly successful first installment, Sony have cut the movies budget in order to focus on Spider-Man and Men In Black 3! Hit the jump for all the details…
It looks like the movie will find it even harder to compete against the likes of Batman 3, Superman, Spider-Man and The Avengers in 2012 as Sony have apparently decided to cut the budget for the movie! Here are the main points of interest courtesy of The Wrap:
“That film had an estimated budget of $110 million, and grossed $115 million domestically, and a total of $229 million worldwide.”
When the channel announced last year that it would turn its focus away from live forecasts (because of competition from Internet sites like Obama-Weather.com), it was unclear what they would broadcast other than regular showings of Twister. But now, the mist has lifted! NBC posted a video interview with Peacock Productions executive Sharon Scott where she compared the new look to the reinventions of both MSNBC and the TV Guide channel, and previewed some of the new weather-based reality shows: One will be a thirteen-part series about a “crazy” landscape photographer.
Did you know ABC has a new comedy called Better with You airing Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.? Apparently it does, and the network likes this show so much, it’s decided to order up a full season of 22 episodes, despite the fact that said half-hour has generated about as much buzz as a Hallmark Channel movie of the week. New ABC chief Paul Lee late Monday also gave a full-season order to the much more hyped new drama No Ordinary Family, confirmed the previous full-season pick-up for Brothers & Sisters and ordered 5 more episodes of fellow Tuesday night newcomer Detroit 1-8-7. ABC didn’t say anything about struggling crime drama The Whole Truth, however, which would indicate the show isn’t long for this world (though it may stay on the air through the end of the year). Meanwhile, back to Better with You: The comedy, which comes from the mind of former Friends (and Joey) exec producer Shana Goldberg-Meehan, has been doing acceptable, but hardly inspiring, Nielsen numbers, holding on to about 85 percent of its The Middle lead-in among viewers under 50 the last few weeks. That’s on par, or maybe a bit better, than recently renewed freshman comedies $*! My Dad Says and Outsourced. The latter two series, however, have gotten a lot more ink during the early part of the fall season– though mostly because critics have been slapping those shows for being really awful. Nobody’s talking much at all about Better With You, but now that it’s apparently going to be sticking around a while, we might actually have to watch it to see if it’s worth forming any sort of opinion about it whatsoever.
The cable giant has officially dipped its toes into the coming streaming-video war by launching “the free online portion of its Xfinity TV service,” giving all 23 million or so Comcast subscribers the ability to get video on-demand online. The site offers access to all four major networks, the premium channels, and the entire roster of basic cable, along with movies. That’s 150,000 videos, and the message to Hulu and Netflix is clear: your move. [Variety]
No, it’s not a sequel to The Doors where Jim Morrison comes back from the dead. It’s an independently funded project called Twixt Now And Sunrise, it will also star Bruce Dern and Elle Fanning, and work has already begun in Napa (natch). [Deadline]
Marky and the Bear: Mark Wahlberg will play the human lead in Seth Macfarlane’s directorial debut, a $65 million R-rated buddy comedy titled Ted about a man and his best friend, a living teddy bear voiced by Macfarlane. Wahlberg will spend the movie getting frustrated with the bear, “a carousing, irresponsible slacker,” for “getting in the way of his buddy committing to adulthood and the girl he loves.” Why does it sound like You, Me, and Dupree with a splash of CGI? [Deadline]
Easy As Pi: After auditioning 3,000 teenagers in a global talent search, director Ang Lee has found someone to play the lead in his upcoming film rendition of Yann Martel’s novel Life of Pi. His name is Suraj Sharma, and he’s never acted before. He will play “16-year old Pi Patel, a youth who gets stranded for 227 days through shark-infested waters aboard a 26-foot lifeboat with a wounded zebra, a spotted hyena, a seasick orangutan, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger.” Shooting starts in January. [Deadline]
No Wabbits: Brothers Kevin Hageman and Dan Hageman (Hotel Transylvania) have sold a pitch to Warner Bros. that revolves “around the fictional ACME warehouse” (i.e., Wile E. Coyote). It does not leave room for the studio to develop a new franchise around the Looney Toons brand, as the hallmark characters will not be making an appearance in the movie. Instead, the film will be a live action/CGI hybrid made in “a tone that recalls the Amblin pics of the 1980s or a Men in Black
Writer Marc Guggenheim talks about what can we expect from the big screen adaptation of DC’s superhero The Flash, and whether there are any particular comics that movie will be based on and much more. Check it out!
Marc Guggenheim, who is one of the writers for Martin Campbell’s upcoming superhero film Green Lantern, talked with Newsarama about his screenplay for The Flash, one of the DC’s superhero that will be getting a big screen treatment.
The former Doctor Who star who was once rumored to have a role in “The Hobbit” has now confirmed that the rumors true, as well as another former doctor rumored for a role…
A few months back the website bleedingcool received a scoop that actor Sylvester McCoy, mostly known for his starring role as the doctor in Doctor Who, was cast in then director Guillermo Del Toro’s Hobbit movies, the prequel to popular film trilogy “The Lord Of The Rings. Then trouble in many forms hit the movie as well as Del Toro’s departure from what many believed to be a doomed project. Now with Peter Jackson on board and still a lot of trouble the great news of casting announcement has come our way.
Bleedingcool was happy to report that their scoop was indeed true. At the Armageddon Expo in Auckland, New Zealand the actor confirmed he is indeed cast in the (hopefully) upcoming Hobbit films. McCoy will be portraying Radagast The Brown.
The site is also reporting a rumor that popular Doctor Who actor, David Tennant may have also scored a role in the film. This rumor goes unconfirmed as of now, link below.
Rumors abound that the Klingons will be showing up in the sequel to JJ Abrams’ Star Trek, which hits theatres in summer 2012. In an interview with IGN, creature designer Neville Page addressed that possibility and discussed ridged forehead and non-ridged forehead Klingons.
On the latter issue, he says, “It
The successful horror comic series now has the pilot officially picked up by Fox Studios…
News a few months back that the popular comic series Locke And Key written by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, would be adapted into a television series produced by Steven Spielberg. Now the pilot has officially ordered by Fox and produced by them and Dreamworks TV.
Josh Friedman, writer on the cult hit series Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles has scripted the pilot episode. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will also be the shows executive producers. Dreamworks Television will be teaming up with K.O Paper Products, using K.O’s deal with 20th Television. Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank are also executive producing through Dreamwork, as well as IDW Publishing’s Ted Adams.
The show is expected to start during the fall season of 2011.
For those unfamiliar here is also a synopsis courtesy of bleedingcool:
“Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them
Don Mancini, writer of all five ‘Chucky’ films, reveals hes still writing the script for the planned remake & minor details of what’s in store for the notorious slasher. Check it Out!
Chatting shortly with Fred Topel of Screen Junkies at a Q&A for a screening of Seed of Chucky, Don Mancini, creator of the notorious slasher doll and screenwriter for all five films, disclosed minor details for the promised Child’s Play remake. The last we heard from the film was back in January, via Horrorbid, where Universal reportedly gave the green light, but pre-production had yet to begin.
Production of Christopher Nolan’s third Batman feature film gathers steam with secretive meetings with young fresh faced starlets.
From the quite reliable MovieHole.Net comes this nugget of information.
This week on The Noob News podcast Richard and Christian are joined in the studio by good friend and friend of the show Dave Winfrey Jr. to discuss all things Halloween and horror movie related. From our favorite costumes of all time and first scary movie experiences to 3d cameras in the hands of noobs and why Christian is scared of the movie Cujo. All this and much, much more on this episode of The Noob News…
On Wednesday, we mentioned that Pixar’s The Incredibles will be hitting Blu-ray in Spring 2011. Now here is also the trailer for the Blu-ray that is included with the Toy Story 3 Blu-ray on November 2.