Video Blog: Fox Brings 'Life of Pi', 'Prometheus', 'Taken 2' to CinemaCon
by Alex Billington
April 26, 2012
Yet another studio presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, this time hosted by 20th Century Fox looking at their upcoming slate of movies in 2012. Their panel was a unique presentation focusing on the content, and it delivered. The most impressive footage we were treated to was an early look at Ang Lee's adaptation of Life of Pi, the unfilmable novel that looks like it may be a very strong Oscar contender. Fox also showed new footage from Ridley Scott's Prometheus, Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Akiva Schaffer's comedy Neighborhood Watch and Olivier Megaton's sequel Taken 2, which looks badass. Fire up the latest vlog!
As has been the case throughout the week, this video was recorded with colleagues Peter Sciretta from SlashFilm and Steve Weintraub from Collider, discussing these four movies (and a couple of others, too):
While I'm sure many of you are excited to hear about Prometheus, they thankfully didn't show much more than what we've already seen in footage from trailers. Which is good, because I don't want to see much more from it right now, I want to go in as fresh as I can and be blown away (the buzz I keep hearing about the full movie gets better and better). Taken 2 with Liam Neeson again looks badass, I can't wait to see more from it, including a trailer. And Neighborhood Watch looks funny. I'm not the biggest fan of broad comedies, but this is one of my most anticipated comedies and I'm hoping it's as hilarious as the footage we saw today.
But of course, the world premiere footage that truly astonished us was from Ang Lee's Life of Pi, about an Indian boy who ends up on a small boat stuck with a tiger in the middle of the ocean after a shipwreck. It looked magical, visually stunning, breathtaking, moving, the 3D was fantastic, this is definitely going to be a very strong Oscar contender the end of this year. And that's not an exaggeration - it really looked that good.