What if Bonnie and Clyde was re-envisioned as a sci-fi? That's sort of the idea behind this mesmerizing new short film uploaded to Vimeo titled The Trail's End, from up-and-coming director David Rosenbaum. The short presents a sort of sci-fi prequel to Bonnie and Clyde, with androids going on the run from the law. It premiered at the LA Shorts Fest, has some solid VFX work and sleek cinematography, not to mention an interesting premise playing on a classic story we all know. Rosenbaum is a commercials director and worked on VFX at Digital Domain. He'll definitely be getting jobs after debuting this. Take a look at The Trail's End.
Warner Bros. has had quite the success in the fantasy genre with the multi-billion dollar Harry Potter franchise and the forthcoming conclusion of The Hobbit trilogy from Peter Jackson. Now Deadline says they're looking to expand to another book series with the Dragonriders of Pern. The first book was published all the way back in 1968 and has since seen 22 more books released in the series which follows an elite group of warriors who take to the skies on the backs of giant, fire-breathing dragons with telepathic powers, always ready to fight for the exotic planet of Pern. So it's a mix of sci-fi and fantasy, which is cool.
Never Stop Running. Along with the new trailer today, 20th Century Fox has been unleashing handfuls of new posters for The Maze Runner adaptation, a sci-fi thriller about a bunch of kids locked in a gigantic, elaborate, futuristic maze. Earlier in the week we ran the theatrical poster, now we have a batch of 8+ stylish alternate posters for the film (and they're worth taking a look at). The artwork highlights two main themes: running, and mazes, and often integrates both of those into one image. Some of these are better than others, but overall I'm quite impressed with the marketing, and I'm hoping these will build interest with audiences.
"No one has ever survived a night in the maze." Fox has unveiled another new trailer for Wes Ball's The Maze Runner, an adaptation of the young adult book by James Dashner about a group of kids trapped in an elaborate, futuristic maze. While this reeks of a wannabe Hunger Games series, it actually has a lot of its own unique offerings. I'm admittedly looking forward to this movie mostly because I have high hopes that director Wes Ball (of the short Ruin) is the next the big thing and this is going to be his kick ass feature debut showing us what he can really do. While this trailer is a bit generic, the movie looks engaging. Dylan O'Brien stars as Thomas, along with Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.
News from The Maze Runner panel at Comic-Con announced that director Wes Ball is already developing the sequel The Scorch Trials to shoot later this year as long as the first film does well at the box office this fall. With that news came some concept art of the world we'll see in the new film, and now we have a new poster from across the pond to hype up the first film in the hopeful franchise so fans can actually have a chance at seeing the sequel. It shows Dylan O'Brien ("Teen Wolf") running into the titular maze in question with the veteran trapped boys boys (including Will Poulter) and newly arrived singular girl (Kaya Scodelario). The footage at Comic-Con impressed us - you can see the new trailer here. You down?
"Are you here to fight with us?" The beginning of the end is here. The first trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I has arrived, and it looks fantastic. The franchise really improved with Catching Fire last year, and the first chapter in the two-part finale seems to be on the same track with director Francis Lawrence back. Jennifer Lawrence looks more troubled than ever trying to united all of Panem against President Snow and get back Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) from his public prisoner status in the Capitol. It's a little bittersweet seeing Philip Seymour Hoffman here, but it's sure to be a hell of a performance. Watch!
Only the mad survive! Aside from Interstellar, the best footage I've seen at Comic-Con 2014 (so far) was for George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road. This movie has been in the works for a very long time, and will finally be out in theaters next summer (May 2015). The footage shows an epic scope and some incredible, amazing, unbelievable (and supposedly practical) vehicle/car action. One scene shows them driving into a massive sandstorm, with tornadoes that tear some of the cars apart before they burst into flames. It looks insane, but insane in every good way possible. A new set of character posters have debuted - see them below.
To promote the upcoming (epic) two-part finale of The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part 1 & 2, at Comic-Con 2014, Lionsgate has built a massive Hunger Games "Samsung Experience". The interactive event is designed for fans to customize their own swag, delve into the universe more, see some new footage and promo material for Mockingjay, ending with a special teaser trailer debut exclusive to Comic-Con (it will be online Monday). It's a big promotion partnered with Samsung (we covered details here) meaning fans get to watch the teaser trailer on a Samsung tablet, which is amusing, but to us it's all about the movie.
We don't officially have a category for "swag", but this falls into that classification. As a big space nerd and sci-fi lover, I can't help but share this nifty bit of swag from Comic-Con that I picked up today. During the Paramount panel yesterday, where they surprised fans in Hall H by bringing out Interstellar director Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey (read our full recap of that panel), the studio handed out tickets to be redeemed for a "prize". That prize? The mission patch from Interstellar, for the "Endurance" Space Exploration mission. It's small piece of swag, it's nerdy, but it's also kind of awesome. In full below.
What would happen if you found a time machine when you were in high school. What would you change? How would you use it? And what would be the ramifications of its use? These are some of the questions that a new film called Project Almanac tries to address. Following in the footsteps of the found footage film Chronicle, this film has a similar style and feel, but is about a group of teens who discover plans for a time travel device and put it together on their own (like Primer). They start testing it, using it, and improving its powers, until everything starts to go wrong. It's a blast, an original and energetic creation with a few issues.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Imagine what she could do with 100%. Now in theaters is Luc Besson's Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson as Lucy, a woman caught in a dark deal who ends up gaining incredible powers when a drug gives her 100% brain capacity superpowers. Morgan Freeman also co-stars as a Professor explaining what's going on with her, and how/why she's gaining these powers. Choi Min-sik, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Pilou Asbæk are also in the sci-fi action movie. Is it any good? Did Luc Besson get his groove back? Once you've seen it, post a comment with thoughts on Besson's Lucy.
"Rage, rage against the dying of the light." The eagle has landed. Paramount Pictures' panel inside the legendary Hall H at Comic-Con 2014 today ended with an epic discussion on Interstellar, a surprise to everyone as the studio brought along Oscar winning star Matthew McConaughey and the man himself, Christopher Nolan. Both are first time Comic-Con attendees, making an appearance at this geek mecca to promote the sci-fi epic that many of us are already anxiously anticipating (see the latest trailer). To top it off, they shared the incredible, brand new trailer with those in Hall H, and it will be online sometime soon.
Whether suiting up as Black Widow or luring oafish, young men to their otherworldly demise in Under the Skin, or wrangling Joaquin Phoenix with her voice alone in Her, Scarlett Johansson appears to be the ideal choice to play the next-level woman, a female character made supernatural with all the powers she beholds. So thank goodness writer/director Luc Besson has her front and center in Lucy, his latest sci-fi, evolutionary actioner that promises to blow your mind as well as your entertainment meter. Without Johansson, the film would slip by as pretty thin on both excitement and existentialism. Thankfully, Lucy doesn't fail in either department, but the frustration that the whole, messy ordeal leaves behind is far too noticable. Not quite as noticable as someone as stunning and talented as Johansson, but it's there. Read on!
"He also happens to be a robot." Meet Chappie, a boy kidnapped by criminals who becomes an adopted son of a "strange and dysfunctional family". The first promo banner for Neill Blomkamp's third film, Chappie, has been found inside of the halls of Comic-Con 2014 in San Diego. The Con has been launching grounds for Blomkamp's last two sci-fi creations, Elysium and District 9, and while Sony doesn't have his latest film listed on any panels yet, it will be getting a reveal here as indicated by this banner. It's a very wide promo banner positioned right above the entrance doors, showing the robot drawing child-like sketches on a wall. Sharlto Copley stars as Chappie, joined by Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Dev Patel. Photos below.