"So I'm not the first?" From one sci-fi composer to another. Back in January, news broke via the usually reliable Film Music Reporter that James Horner would be composing the score to Gavin Hood's Ender's Game. While I am not the biggest fan of Horner, his name means a lot to sci-fi (from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan to The Rocketeer to Apollo 13 to Avatar). However, the site Ender News is now reporting with confirmation from the studio that it's actually Steve Jablonsky, not Horner, who is scoring the sci-fi adaptation (watch the first trailer). Jablonsky hit it big scoring Transformers and is on the rise recently.
Briefly: A month ago we covered a fun story tweeted by British director Edgar Wright about a tease that he "directed one shot in another summer movie. But which?" At first many thought it was Iron Man 3, but he quickly confirmed it wasn't. So, with the Simon Pegg connection obvious, the next guess was Star Trek Into Darkness. Edgar finally revealed early today via a photo on his twitter that it was indeed Star Trek. "There are 2120 shots in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'. I directed one of them," he wrote. The photo shows him behind a clapboard on what looks to be the Klingon set from the movie next to an IMAX camera. See below.
Don't let go. Whoa. The very first teaser poster has been revealed today to continue the build-up to the first trailer reveal tomorrow for Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity. The highly anticipated, long-awaited space film stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts who get launched into space after a catastrophic accident sends them drifting away from Earth. We've been covering this movie for years and this is finally the very first bit of marketing material released publicly; they still haven't even released a real photo yet. This is a stunning poster, I'm impressed by it, but my only question - why is Cuarón's name so damn small?
"No!" Like with the first Ender's Game tease before this, yet another highly anticipated sci-fi first footage tease that we can't resist posting. Entertainment Tonight (the worst!) is set to debut the first teaser trailer for Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity on Thursday later this week (now available for viewing here) and to tease the reveal, they've launched a 15-second promo video. It features barely 10 seconds of actual Gravity footage, with a few shots of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Considering we've been waiting many years for this very moment, for the official first footage, it's worth sharing and taking a quick look at below.
"You'll be the finest commander we've ever trained." It's time. Summit has debuted the teaser trailer for Gavin Hood's Ender's Game adaptation, unveiled during a Google+ hangout today promoting the launch. Asa Butterfield stars as Ender Wiggin, an intelligent young boy recruited into the International Fleet's Battle School, where he trains in military tactics to defeat the buggers if they ever invade again. This is the same trailer I flipped out over at CinemaCon, and opens and ends with epic scenes that should make your jaw drop. Everything about this footage looks awesome, even the CGI. This is why I am so insanely excited!
We've already seen Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy on the big screen together as Spock in Star Trek, but now the two are back together again. This time the Audi car company has pitted the two men together in an amusing competition. After losing a game of chess, Quinto challenges Nimoy to a round of gold, and the two get in to their respective vehicles to see who gets there first. Quinto drives his fancy Audi S7, shot like it's the USS Enterprise, while Nimoy lags behind in his Mercedes (such an inferior vehicle!) singing The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins. There's plenty of great Star Trek references throughout. Watch below!
Paramount has officially announced that the release of J.J. Abrams' sequel Star Trek Into Darkness has been moved up a day to coincide with the IMAX sneak preview screenings on Wednesday night. For the last few weeks, tickets have been on sale for early IMAX sneaks in select cities on Wednesday at 8PM. Now, Paramount has revealed that Star Trek Into Darkness will then open in theaters everywhere the following day, Thursday, May 16th, instead of waiting the extra day inbetween for the original day - May 17th. That's good news for anyone anxious to see this (including me!) as it means we get to experience this even sooner.
Fear. Sacrifice. Contact. This is awesome. Our favorite sci-fi blog io9 has debuted an impressive poster for Europa Report, the indie sci-fi about a mission to Jupiter's moon, Europa, where they're searching for life in the oceans. The film is apparently going to be presented entirely found footage, as was teased in the first trailer and footage late last year. The poster plays on that with some grainy visual static like the photo was decoded from video. The image itself is just a gorgeous shot of single astronaut walking towards the gigantic frozen ocean ice formation, with Jupiter (and their ship) looming above. It's simple, but a powerful image, and I love how much it conveys in just one beautiful image without the need for floating heads or huge text.
With the first trailer one day away from arriving online, Summit has launched their new viral news website for Ender's Game, called the I.F. Sentinel. The Sentinel is a news blog built on Tumblr that is posting updates from the International Fleet, which is the military organization that Ender trains under in the movie. At the moment it only contains a few postings with info about the world and happenings around, including "looking back at the great invasion", the first bugger war, and a breakdown of "thirds" and what that means (if you haven't read the book) and more. It's a cool viral site and one worth pointing out to fans.
Prepare to get annihilated. Yes, The World's End is coming soon, and we're all going
down with to see it! The first official trailer will be online later this week, but in the meantime, an explosive new UK quad poster has debuted for the Edgar Wright movie starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. This one isn't particularly revealing, considering we've seen a few photos from the apocalypse comedy already, but I am intrigued by the guys with the glowing blue eyes in the background. Who the heck are they? They can't be more zombies, right? Aliens? Robots? All of the above? Not the best poster, but at least something to hold us over for now.
"So I'm not the first?" It's time! Our first look at footage from the Ender's Game movie, revealed online in a promo teasing the full trailer arriving next Tuesday. Normally we hate those "teaser for the teaser", but they've mixed it up this time, adding an opening featuring Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford, and none of the annoying "in 5 days" tags in the footage. For those who have been patiently waiting, this is now your chance to finally see a glimpse at action in the Battle Room and more of the characters and world of Ender's Game. It's must watch first tease, even for barely 30 seconds of footage, to see what this movie will be like.
Briefly: This project is certainly coming together fast! News has broken on the latest member of the cast of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, his next sci-fi project already scheduled for a November 2014 release. So far, Nolan has cast Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway as the first two leads, now he has signed Zero Dark Thirty/The Help Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain. Deadline says that Chastain is in talks to "play the third lead" in the film, which is said to "depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding." Everything about this sounds like it will be the pinnacle of the new era of sci-fi movies we're entering, and the cast so far is starting to indicate that will be the case. Chastain has worked for Terrence Malick and Kathryn Bigelow before, and seems careful about the roles she takes on.
"Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise." They're back in action, and J.J. Abrams has taken sci-fi to a whole new level. Early this morning I was one of the first in the United States to attend a screening of Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J.'s highly anticipated sequel to Star Trek from 2009, the reboot of the legendary, seminal sci-fi franchise. For me, this was one of the big moments of the summer, building up excitement and anticipation to finally sitting down and watching over two hours of adventures through space with the crew of the USS Enterprise. Did it live up to my expectations? A big YES.
"You've been chosen as one of #THE1701." Following up the Are You the 1701 Trek viral launch last week, prizes have been arriving to fans today. I received a number of emails containing photos and details on packages that fans have received stating they're one of the 1701 winners. Last week a viral site called Are You the 1701? made by Paramount for Star Trek Into Darkness launched requesting Instagrams or Vines of anything Trek or "future" related, with $2 prize packs to be sent to 1701 winners. The packs include an "exclusive" poster, 3D glasses and a note linking to a 3D trailer out at noon tomorrow. Check these out.