Video Blog: Universal Hits CinemaCon with 'Oblivion', 'Bourne' & More
by Alex Billington
April 27, 2012
Wrapping up our coverage of CinemaCon, and putting one hell of a cap on the convention in Las Vegas, was Universal's big presentation Thursday evening. The studio brought any and everyone, including stars from most of their big summer movies, like Kristen Stewart from Snow White and the Huntsman, and Jeremy Renner of The Bourne Legacy. Not only did we get to see brand new footage from both of those movies, Universal unveiled a lot, and showed a lot, including completely raw scenes compiled from only a few weeks of shooting on Joe Kosinski's Oblivion and Carl Rinsch's 47 Ronin, as well as other surprises.
As has been the case throughout the week, this video was recorded with colleagues Peter Sciretta from SlashFilm and Steve Weintraub from Collider, discussing all of the footage we were shown by Universal:
There was so much we saw at their presentation, one movie after another non-stop for almost two hours, it was hard to recap all of them - but we did our best. Suffice it to say, I enjoyed a lot of what I saw, was not impressed with some of it, and have high hopes for the rest. We can't really judge a lot of what we saw from Oblivion or 47 Ronin, since it was very unfinished, and very fresh footage, but both looked great so far - I'm excited. We also got early glimpses at Robert Schwentke's R.I.P.D. with Ryan Reynolds and Tom Hooper's Les Miserables, showing us footage including Anne Hathaway singing as Fantine on set, and it looks (and sounds) beautiful. They made quite a show with their presentation and as you can tell in the video, it definitely left an impact (at least with two of us!). After this, I am probably most excited for Bourne Legacy.
I've been waiting for Tony Gilroy to take on the Bourne franchise and direct a kick ass action movie, and it looks like he's making sure to deliver something that ups the ante, and delivers on many levels with Bourne Legacy. I'm hoping for the best and it should be a great way to start wrapping up the summer when it hits in early August. Huntsman looks good, too. Universal certainly has an impressive slate of movies coming up!