CinemaCon: Fox Wows with 'Secret Life of Walter Mitty' + 'Wolverine'
by Alex Billington
April 18, 2013
At CinemaCon last year, Fox teased 10 minutes of footage from Life of Pi, which we all flipped for (watch our video blog from last year). The buzz began then and we all know it went on to win a few Oscars. At their 2013 presentation, 20th Century Fox (not 21st!) decided to pull the same trick with the Ben Stiller film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. And it had the same effect - the Oscar buzz for this movie officially begins today, it has that potential. Beyond that, they showed us footage from quite a few of their upcoming live-action and animated films, including Blue Sky's Epic, DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2, Ridley Scott's The Counselor and James Mangold's The Wolverine, too. Video recap below.
Following the Fox presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Peter Sciretta from SlashFilm and I met for a lengthy video blog discussing Walter Mitty, The Wolverine, Blue Sky's Epic, How to Train Your Dragon 2.
Most of the footage we saw was a packaged sizzle reel that ran about two or three minutes, which included the footage from Epic, The Counselor, and Walking with Dinosaurs. However, they added a few extra clips from The Wolverine, How to Train Your Dragon 2 (our very first look and it looks fantastic) in addition to the full-on 15 minutes of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. I'm still very excited for The Wolverine and it's starting to look a lot more polished as they get closer to release. The action scenes we got to see (in 3D) looked much better than they did in the first trailer. I have high hopes for it, especially after what we saw.
Most importantly though, the film that went from not even being on our radar to one of my most anticipated of the later half of 2013 is Ben Stiller's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a remake of a 50's film, about a lonely reserved man living his life experiences. Like Life of Pi, it's a tough film to describe, but the feeling I got within a few minutes of watching the footage was that of Forrest Gump, combined with energy and heart of 500 Days of Summer, thematically and stylistically, too. It also has the potential to end up as universally loved as both of those films. I fell head over heels for Secret Life of Walter Mitty and I'm anxious to see what the full trailer looks like once they release one. Hopefully it conveys the same emotion we saw today.
20th Century Fox has an impressive slate of movies coming up this year, and made me even more excited for a few of them. We'll definitely be keeping an eye on all of these, especially Wolverine and Walter Mitty.