Sequelitis part 5: Indiana Jones, Batman, Tron and Zombies

Ever since Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull was released, lead star Harrison Ford has expressed enthusiasm in a potential fifth big-screen entry in the popular adventure franchise, as long as it doesn’t take to long for production to start, and he’s recently stated that creator George Lucas currently has an idea for the plot that is “crazy, but great”.

According to the official publication Production Weekly, Christopher Nolan, the director of the previous two Batman films, has officially signed on for a third one, and pre-production will start in February 2009. Take this with a grain of salt because that date seems way too close.

The highly anticipated Tr2n will be made in 3D while newcomer director Joseph Kosinski believes the film will be released by the end of 2010 and confirms the first movie’s director, Steven Lisberger, is involved in the production. Also, original star Jeff Bridges, who reprises his role, is extremely enthusiastic.

Rumors have it that Paul Andrews Williams (The Cottage) has signed on to direct 28 Months Later, the third entry in Danny Boyle’s superb zombie franchise. The only problem? Danny Boyle has always stated he would return to direct the film himself.

Source: /Film

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New Trailer: The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

Response to footage of The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, the new film from cult director David Fincher (Zodiac), has been rather lukewarm so far but I must say this trailer looks amazing, just like the first one. Naturally, this new trailer gives us more insight into the movie’s plot and it seems fascinating, while reminding me a bit of last year’s Youth Without Youth, the overlooked comeback of legendary director Francis Ford Coppola (The Rainmaker).

Written by Eric Roth (Lucky You) and Robin Swicord (The Jane Austen Book Club), based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby), The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button tells the story of a man who’s born with the body of an old man and who grows younger as he ages. It stars Brad Pitt (Burn After Reading), Cate Blanchett (Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull), Tilda Swinton (Burn After Reading), Elle Fanning (Reservation Road, also Charlotte’s Web actress Dakota’s younger sister), Elias Koteas (Shooter), Jason Flemyng (Mirrors) and Julia Ormond (Kit Kittredge: An American Girl) among others.

In any case, this promises another brilliant performance for Pitt. The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button will premiere around Christmas in the US and Australia and in most other countries in January & February 2009. But to me the real question is, what’s with all the Brad Pitt & Cate Blanchett pairings recently? First they were supposed to co-star in The Fountain, then they were together in Babel and now this…WTF?

New Trailer and Poster: Inkheart

It seems ages ago that Inkheart‘s first trailer premiered, and that’s because, well, it was. Indeed, the fantasy film was to be originally released around Christmas 2007, but instead was delayed again and again, which usually isn’t a good sign but might be explained by the trouble New Line Cinema was having at the time.

The story centers around 12 year old Meggie and her father Mo, who has the power to bring characters from books into the real world when he reads aloud. Turns out Mo discovered his power when his daughter was only a baby, and accidentally sent his wife into a book while reading Meggie a story. That, and an evil dude wants to use Mo’s power.

Based on the first book of a popular German trilogy of fantasy novels written by Cornelia Funke (The Thief Lord), who serves as a producer for the movie, Inkheart was adapted by David Lindsay-Abaire (Robots) and directed by Iain Softley (The Skeleton Key). It stars Brendan Fraser (the new Mummy movies), Eliza Bennett (The Contractor), Andy Serkis (The Cottage), Paul Bettany (The Da Vinci Code), Helen Mirren (National Treasure: Book Of Secrets), Jim Broadbent (Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull) and Sienna Guillory (Eragon) among others.

I think the aforementioned first trailer was better made, but this still looks pretty good, I’m a sucker for (good) fantasy and I must say quite like some of the talent involved. What do you think? Does Inkheart have what it takes to join the closed circle of fantasy winners? The movie will premiere in Germany on December 11th, and will get releases in the rest of the world throughout early 2009.

Y: The Last Man to be in IMAX?

Following The Dark Knight‘s acclaimed use of IMAX for certain key scenes, it seems Hollywood believes the future of cinema lies in the super big screen. First, Iron Man director Jon Favreau expressed his wish to shoot part of Shellhead’s sequel in the format, and now it’s D.J. Caruso’s (Disturbia) turn for his forthcoming adaptation of Y: The Last Man.

According to Wikipedia, Y: The Last Man is “about the only man to survive the mysterious simultaneous death of every male mammal on Earth”. The adaptation was penned by Disturbia scribe Carl Ellsworth and will reunite Caruso with star Shia LaBeouf (Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull) for the third time.

As you may or may not know, IMAX screens are much more square-shaped than “normal” ones, with an aspect ratio of 143/100 as compared to 185/100 which is the standard for most films these days. I wasn’t lucky enough to catch The Dark Knight in IMAX but a lot of people who did insist it is truly amazing to behold. From what I understand, the image would expand for certain scenes, offering the viewer a greater immersion into the film. So sure, why not?

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Truckload of Links of the Week

The /Filmcast and the /Filmcast: After Dark.

/Film‘s David Chen interviews Eagle Eye director D.J. Caruso here and star Michelle Monaghan here.

Director M. Night Shyamalan is pondering an Unbreakable sequel here.

Shia LaBeouf (Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull) will star in the thriller Dark Fields here.

Keira Knightley (The Duchess), Eva Mendes (The Women), Guillaume Canet (The Beach) and Sam Worthington (Rogue) will star in “modern love story” Last Night here.

Anna Faris (The House Bunny) drops out of pornstar biopic here and lends her voice to a new animated flick here.

Another Fantastic Four cast member is doubtful a third film will happen here.

Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau (The Break-Up) will team up once again for Couples Retreat here.

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julianne Moore are game for a sequel to The Big Lebowski here.

Michael Douglas (King Of California) is a Solitary Man here.

Bruce Willis (the Die Hard films) will direct his first film here.

David Spade (The Benchwarmers) will star in Divorced Guys here.

Ray Winstone wants to be on the Edge Of Darkness

After being halted for a week, production has resumed on Edge Of Darkness as British actor Ray Winstone (Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull) has moved in to replace Robert De Niro (Righteous Kill) who walked out on filming after only two days (more about that here)

Edge Of Darkness is a remake by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) of his own acclaimed BBC mini-series from 1985 that follows a detective investigating his own daughter’s murder, unveiling truckloads of conspiracies along the way.

The film, which will be released sometime next year, also marks Mel Gibson’s return to acting, six years after The Singing Detective. The screenplay was adapted by William Monahan (The Departed) and Andrew Bovell (Stricly Ballroom).

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National Movie Awards winners

The sond edition of the National Movie Awards were held a couple of days ago in London, with the musical Mamma Mia! winning two awards. The results are decided by popular vote, kind of like the Teen Choice Awards.

Best Action/Adventure Film: Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull

Best Superhero Film: The Dark Knight

Best Musical: Mamma Mia!

Best Comedy: Juno

Best Family Film: Wall-E

Best Performance By A Male: Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

Best Performance By A Female: Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia!

Special Recognition: Pixar

I agree with some of these choices, but this awards ceremony looks more like a joke to me, how did it get so prestigious in such a short time?