Briefly: Nothing major since this is still so far away, but 20th Century Fox has rescheduled Independence Day 2 from the summer of 2015 to the summer of 2016. The sequel took years to finally come together with Roland Emmerich back at the helm, but it looks like they're holding onto it for another year for production timing and to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the original. If you can really believe it (doesn't seem that long ago), Independence Day was released almost 20 years ago, in July of 1996. The sequel, tentatively titled ID Forever Part I, will arrive on July 1st, 2016 (via BoxOfficeMojo). The summer of 2015 is already overcrowded anyway, with Avengers 2, Jurassic World and lots more. We'll keep an eye on ID2's progress.
After seeing the sci-fi sensation Gravity, the film's special effects are so seamless and realistic, you're not sure where practical filmmaking ends and the world of visual effects and computer generated imagery begins. If you saw the film in 3D, the film is that much more captivating, and knowing that every single shot of the film is a visual effects shots makes the 3D elements of the film all the more impressive and taxing on the filmmakers. Now a featurette (that's really more of a technical sales pitch) shows how the 3D conversion process and visual effects can work together easily by way of View-D. It's very sophisticated, but cool to see.
There may not be an official title, and fans might be worried as hell about the recent game of musical chairs played by (former) writer Michael Arndt, director J.J. Abrams and original saga writer Lawrence Kasdan, but Disney has finally given us an official release date for Star Wars: Episode VII. The continuation of the iconic sci-fi saga created by George Lucas will hit theaters everywhere on December 18th 2015. It's not mentioned whether the film will be released in 3D or IMAX formats, but that seems like a no-brainer that we'll hear about sometime down the road. Now if we could just lock down a cast and some story details.
"Why is America so robo-phobic?" As OmniCorp's latest robot security polices the globe, America still isn't on board with their methods of terrorist containment and authority. Thankfully, officer Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) just happens to need some sort of resurrection after a targeted explosion leaves him barely alive. Now Murphy is the new face of OmniCorp, a human-cyborg hybrid, a RoboCop. But who's really in control. The second trailer paints a bigger picture of the story and the world in which it exists. However, I can't help but think this movie is merely driven by Jay Baruchel's line "We're gonna make a lot of money."
While box office analysts don't think the performance of Ender's Game this past weekend was enough to warrant a new franchise. But there's still a chance that a sequel could happen. However, if it does, don't expect the film series to follow the same chronology as the Orson Scott Card book series. Without getting into spoilers (we'll do that below), the book sequel Speaker for the Dead takes place thousands of years later. That doesn't mean all of the surviving characters from the original film are dead though, because the particulars of space travel mean Ender is only 35 in the sequel. But a new book may give us a new direction.
We'll be hearing much more about Gravity as the Oscar season heats up, but until then, we have a cool new poster to add to the plethora of other artwork we've seen commemorating the breathtaking Alfonso Cuaron film. It's no surprise that Mondo has introduced a new poster from artist Kevin Tong, and it's absolutely gorgeous. The artist has delivered some amazing work this year for The World's End (not to mention a triple bill of Edgar Wright's films last year) and also Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, and his technical attention to detail is amazing. This one is actually better than any of the real posters. Look below!
Over the summer, word from Zachary Quinto was that J.J. Abrams still wanted to direct Star Trek 3 and production would likely being in 2014. Well, the actor who plays Spock was right about one thing: production is indeed hoped to begin in the summer of 2014, but it won't be Abrams at the helm since he's still quite busy trying to get Star Wars: Episode VII on track. Now Deadline confirms an early rumor as Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish is at the top of Paramount Pictures' list to direct the third film in the rebooted sci-fi franchise. That's probably one of the best decisions the studio could make now. More below!
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Remember: the enemy's gate is down. First published in 1985, now hitting the big screen in 2013. Orson Scott Card's sci-fi story Ender's Game has been adapted into a movie by writer/director Gavin Hood (of Tsotsi, X-Men Origins: Wolverine previously), starring Asa Butterfield as young Ender Wiggin, recruited by Harrison Ford as Col. Graff to the International Fleet. There he trains to command an army and prevent another attack on Earth. So how is it? Does it live up to the book at all? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Gavin Hood's Ender's Game.
“My God, that’s a massive set,” I thought to myself as the small band of journalists in which I was included was led through the command centers and alien walkways making up the set of the sci-fi epic, Ender’s Game. Summit Entertainment and writer/director Gavin Hood have done the unthinkable, braving Orson Scott Card’s “unadaptable” work that has kept audiences young and old engrossed for nearly 30 years. A novel this grand with a history this dense demands a certain level of scope, and just from the first glimpse of the magnificent sets they had to show us, that required scope has absolutely been achieved.
Two years ago we learned that Jack Reacher director and The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie was going to write a live-action adaptation of the 1970's animated sci-fi series Star Blazers for David Ellison's Skydance Productions. The animated series is actually an adaptation of the Japanese anime series Space Battleship Yamato which was also turned into its own live-action film. Now Deadline has word that McQuarrie will also be directing the sci-fi adventure, which will likely follow his work behind the camera on Mission: Impossible 5 (slated to shoot in February of 2014), which is also a Skydance project.
It's time to experience a new vision of the future with Lunar, the latest short from up-and-coming sci-fi filmmaker Tyson Wade Johnston (follow him @TysonWade). Some of you may recognize that name, as we've featured Johnston's other short film Seed last year, plus the trailer for this new Lunar short back in June. I really admire Johnston's short films, he seems to have a grasp on storytelling, worldbuilding and visual effects and does a good job bringing all of these elements together in an entertaining package. Check out this short about an outlaw sentenced to imprisonment on the Moon who tries to escape. View it below.
At the beginning of the summer, Reese Witherspoon was initially reported to be joining Keanu Reeves in Passengers, a new sci-fi romance with "Game of Thrones" director Brian Kirk on board to direct the story set in the future on a spacecraft making a centuries-long interstellar voyage to a new planet. Due to a computer glitch, a single passenger (Reeves) awakens from his cryogenic sleep 90 years before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he in turn, awakens another beautiful woman to spend time with. Witherspoon was going to be that woman, but now Deadline says it's Rachel McAdams.
There isn't any major breaking news here, but we do have something exciting to report. Hidden in the latest shooting update posted on THR (via SlashFilm) is mention that Guillermo del Toro's new gothic horror project Crimson Peak will be aiming for release in April 2015, or Spring of 2015. The Legendary Pictures produced project will be shooting for four months starting February 2014 next year, mostly at the Pinewood Studios location in Toronto. That should give them enough time to shoot and head into post-production to make the Spring 2015 release, meaning the next Guillermo del Toro-directed movie is just 20 months away.
There has been a lot of buzz about Independence Day 2 lately. Michael B. Jordan has been rumored for a major role, and director Roland Emmerich has said the film may not arrive until 2016, but there's a chance the original film's star Will Smith might still board the project. As we wait to hear what happens, we have some interesting news about the development of the film. Since Smith's involvement is so up in the air, Emmerich says there are two different versions of the script: one that features Smith's character and one that does not. And both scripts, we assume each penned by James Vanderbilt, are completed and waiting.