Phew! Finally, I don't have to write "another day, another remake" because this definitely ain't happening anytime soon. In an interview with UK newspaper The Telegraph, director Robert Zemeckis revealed his rather frank thoughts on remaking his beloved sci-fi movie Back to the Future. "Oh, God no… That can't happen until both Bob and I are dead," Zemeckis said, referring to his co-writer Bob Gale. With Hollywood turning to franchises and old brands more and more these days, it's a legitimate topic for discussion, and I'm glad someone asked him about this. Zemeckis is currently finishing The Walk (which looks great), and has previously written off the possibility of BTTF 4. So long as he stays true to his word, it will all be okay.
It's not "who you gonna call?" this time, now it's "what you gunna wear?!" Director Paul Feig has debuted the first photo via Twitter of the Ghostbusters uniforms (but no proton packs?) for the new Ghostbusters movie, starring an all-female team of 'busters. Shooting is now underway. You can see the various nametags on the uniforms for each of the actresses starring in this: Melissa McCarthy as Abby Bergman, Kristen Wiig as Erin Gabler, Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann, and Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan. These new outfits certainly have an old, gritty vibe to them, and they still are jumpsuits, so that's good news at least. Beyond that, I'm waiting to see any actual footage though I've got a strangely good feeling about this movie.
Always more science fiction! French director Claire Denis is a talented filmmaker that we hope more and more people are always introduced to, and with this news about her next project, she might get even more attention. Screen Daily is reporting that Claire Denis is set to direct her first English-language feature, after 11 other feature films. It doesn't have a title yet (of course!), but it's apparently a sci-fi story set in space, beyond our own solar system in a "future that seems like the present." Denis is also writing the script with acclaimed British novelist Zadie Smith and her husband, writer Nick Laird. Bring on more sci-fi. Read on.
Welcome to Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow's new entry in the Jurassic Park series has broken numerous global box office records, and is still playing strong in theaters around the world. One of the better parts of the film is the score from composer Michael Giacchino, who does his best to hold his own and deliver an exciting soundtrack for the dinosaur movie. There's no point in comparing John Williams work because he really is in a league of his own, but I'm just as impressed by the score Giacchino came up with for Jurassic World. Austin based art house Mondo is releasing a special limited vinyl pressing of Giacchino's Jurassic World score with art by Stan & Vince. Even if you don't really need the vinyl, the artwork is worth viewing.
"We always knew they were coming back." Today we celebrate our independence! 20th Century Fox hosted a major event on the set of the new Independence Day movie filming in Albuquerque, New Mexico at this very moment. Not only did they invite half of the film press down to the event, complete with fireworks and a screening of the original movie, but they live-streamed a Q&A with the cast. One of the big announcements was the title and logo (seen above) - it's officially called Independence Day Resurgence, which is a very lengthy title. Resurgence simply means that there is going to be an angry retaliation from the aliens, they're definitely coming back and they're going to be pissed off. So what do we have to defend ourselves this time?
Unite. Unite to take down the Capitol. Unite to show your support for Katniss. Lionsgate has launched a very ambitious global marketing campaign titled "#Unite" that is based on the three-finger salute from The Hunger Games. The grand finale, Mockingjay - Part 2, is only a few months away at this point and the studio is making sure to go all out with this conclusion. Years ago when the first Hunger Games movie was coming out, I suggested to a marketing exec the idea of focusing on the iconic salute (used in a few powerful scenes so far) as a way to rally fans behind Katniss in real life. It's awesome to finally see them taking on this idea and turning it into a global hype machine, and it's definitely going to work. This is going to be very big.
"There was a lot of unrequited dino love out there." A few years ago, a little film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival called Safety Not Guaranteed. It earned praise from critics and introduced a filmmaker, Colin Trevorrow, who later landed the gig of a lifetime - directing a brand new Jurassic Park movie, to restart the series again after it died with JP3 in 2001. Colin Trevorrow is the director of Jurassic World, a continuation of Michael Crichton's vision of a dinosaur theme park that Steven Spielberg made us all believe in back in 1993. It's already breaking box office records. A week before it hit theaters, I was lucky enough to spend 15 minutes chatting with Colin (on the phone) talking about creative control, Spielberg, the attention he's getting nowadays, and how he pulled off a movie like this as only his second feature as a filmmaker.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? The park is open. It's finally time to return to Isla Nublar and meet the dinosaurs all over again. Playing in theaters everywhere is Jurassic World, directed by Colin Trevorrow, the highly-anticipated sequel continuing the Jurassic Park series. This time, the park has opened, it's filled with thousands of visitors, safety procedures are in place. What could go wrong? It's the new dino that wreaks havoc this time. The cast includes Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson and Jake Johnson. So how is it? Better than the original or no way? Worth watching? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Jurassic World.
Everyone once in a while I'll come across some marketing material that really impresses me. Even if the film doesn't look good, or the rest of the material is off, there may be one shining example of excellence and it's worth pointing out. This is an example of an excellent poster. SlashFilm has debuted the new poster for Advantageous, an indie sci-fi drama from first-time filmmaker Jennifer Phang. The film unfortunately got terrible buzz at Sundance (I actually skipped it despite having a ticket thanks to warnings from multiple friends) but this poster has made me interested once again. I still may check it out. I like the design, the cityscape and background, it's sleek and eye-catching which is good for indie films that need extra attention.
Just as the dinosaurs dominated the planet until 66 million years ago, the Jurassic Park series is king when it comes to putting these extinct creatures on film. This has been the case ever since 1993 when Steven Spielberg's original film swept through that Summer's box office. It only took two sequels before the bloom was decidedly knocked off the rose, but don't think a few missteps will put a heavy-hitter such as this on the franchise endangered species list. With the latest, Jurassic World directed by Colin Trevorrow, the park is back open, the dinosaurs are roaming once again, and the fodder park vacationers are getting lined up for lunch having the time of their lives. What could possibly go wrong that hasn't gone wrong already?
Briefly: 20th Century Fox has announced a release date shift in their fall schedule, moving up the release of one of our most anticipated movies coming up later this year. Ridley Scott's The Martian has been moved up from Thanksgiving to October 2nd, the same early October slot that Gravity opened in two years ago. The first official trailer just debuted and it looks fantastic, with Matt Damon starring as NASA astronaut Mark Watney, who gets stranded alone on a mission to Mars. The Martian is taking over the release spot for Fox's Victor Frankenstein, starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliff. That film will now be released at Thanksgiving instead. The Martian is the one I'm much more excited about, but both might be worth seeing.
Finally. Hopefully. Maybe it will be out this year. Fingers crossed. We've been following this film since the very early days of FirstShowing - originally called just '77, then retitled to 5-25-77, with releases planned for years but nothing actually ever happening. Patrick Read Johnson's 5-25-77 is a coming-of-age indie set around the opening of the original Star Wars on the big screen on May 25th, 1977. Apparently the film is finally being finished, a distributor is place, and it will be out later this year - or so Patrick Read Johnson told Yahoo (via SlashFilm). "I can tell you that the film will come out in theaters on a significant date," he hints, but that won't be on the same day as The Force Awakens in December, so it has to be another time.
Only in theaters. The original Independence Day poster was iconic, with a huge circular ship looming over Manhattan. For the sequel it's not just one city, it's the entire planet. Our friends at Collider have snapped the first photo of Independence Day 2 promo artwork on display at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. The convention is for companies to show off brands/products that can be licensed/partnered with other things. It's very early art, but it's it cool to see something out there for this. The new plot description states: "Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction."
"It's being very respectful of the first two films… then all of a sudden it just swerves… and now I'm going on a journey." This is pretty much the definitive "James Cameron tells you to go out and see the damn movie" video. I know it's probably nicely edited footage, but seriously, they got James Cameron to talk up Terminator: Genisys! So all you haters pay attention. Thanks to a tip from SlashFilm, a new featurette has launched on Yahoo that has James Cameron basically narrating tons of new footage from Alan Taylor's Terminator: Genisys. I've actually heard the movie is better than we're all expecting. Cameron says this is kind of the third movie in the series, forget Terminator 3 and that other one. Fire it up to hear what he says.