Suffering from very bad buzz ever since its second trailer premiered, The Spirit finally redeems itself with this pretty cool-looking, supposedly final one. I still don’t think it’ll be amazing, but it’s a definite improvement from what we’ve seen before. Comic book author Frank Miller (300) makes his true directing debut here, as God knows what exactly his co-directing contribution to Sin City was, and he also wrote the screenplay, adapted from the seminal comic created by the legendary Will Eisner (Sheena: Queen Of The Jungle). Here is Wikipedia‘s description of the comic book series:
The Spirit chronicled the adventures of a masked vigilante who fought crime with the blessing of the city’s police commissioner Dolan, an old friend. Despite the Spirit’s origin as a detective named Denny Colt, his real identity was virtually unmentioned again and for all intents and purposes he was simply “The Spirit”. The stories ranged through a wide variety of styles, from straightforward crime drama and noir to lighthearted adventure, from mystery and horror to comedy and love stories, often with hybrid elements that twisted genre and expectations.
The Spirit stars Gabriel Macht (Because I Said So), Samuel L. Jackson (Lakeview Terrace), Eva Mendes (The Women), Jaime King (Cheaper By The Dozen 2), Sarah Paulson (Serenity), Paz Vega (Spanglish), Eric Balfour (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and (ugh) Scarlett Johansson (The Other Boleyn Girl) among others. The film will be released in several countriesincluding the US around Christmas, and in most others sometime in Jauary or February 2009. What do you think of this new trailer?
Relative unknown Max Makowski (One Last Dance) has repotedly been hired to direct the forthcoming sci-fi blockbuster Voltron. No doubt greenlighted following the success of Michael Bay’s Transformers, Voltron will follow five young pilots who, after Earth was devastated by an alien attack, learn to operate lion robots from the planet Arus, which can unite to form a giant sword-wielding mega-robot. The movie will be shot entirely on green screen like, say, 300 or Sin City. Voltron, set for release in 2010, will be adapted from the eponymous popular eighties Japanese anime that I’ve never heard of. The screenplay is by up-and-coming unknown Justin Marks, whose first feature writing credit, Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun-Li, will be released next year.
While promoting his new movie Lakeview Terrace, which will be released in the US and Canada on September 19th, popular actor Samuel L. Jackson also had a few things to say about The Spirit, Frank Miller’s (Sin City) adaptation of the legendary Will Eisner’s signature comic book:
“We do Wile E. Coyote kind of stuff. I hit him in the head with toilets. We have wrenches that are as big as this room,” Jackson says. “I created him, so I know he’s indestructible, and I [then] made myself indestructible. We’re the only two people who are like that, so we do outrageous things to each other. Even when I get shot I kind of shake bullets out of my head.”
The Spirit, which will premiere in various countries around Christmas time, has been getting very bad buzz ever since its second trailer was released, and I’m pretty sure stuff like this only make it worse. From what I understand, people want The Spirit to be cool, not a Looney Tunes episode.
The Rundown, known internationally as Welcome To The Jungle, was former wrestler Dawyne Johnson’s (aka The Rock) second attempt at a leading role following The Scorpion King in 2002. The action/comedy was directed by Michael Mann protégé Peter Berg (Hancock) and co-written by R.J. Stewart (Xena: Warrior Princess) and James Vanderbilt (Zodiac). Rounding up the cast are Seann William Scott (American Pie‘s Steve Stifler), Rosario Dawson (Sin City) and Christopher Walken (Hairspray).
Johnson stars as Beck, a “retrieval expert” on his last job, who’s sent to the Brasilian mining town El Dorado to find his Boss’ son Travis (Scott) and bring him back to the States. Once there however, he runs into trouble with the local “authorities”, headed by evil, greedy mine boss Hatcher (Walken) and has to deal with the annoying Travis, Indian rebels, a treasure hunt and monkeys…don’t forget the monkeys. Trailer and review after the jump.