We're just under a couple weeks out before Gavin Hood's adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel Ender's Game starring Asa Butterfield hits the big screen, and leading up to the release, we have a cool featurette that goes behind the scenes of the extensive visual effects which bring the film to life. Complete with talking heads from Hood, several of the producers, and even star Harrison Ford, the featurette gives us an idea of the work that went into building this world. As indicated in the video, the visual effects artists on Ender's Game spent 3,000 hours over three years before production on the film had even began. Watch below!
"A day may come when people will look back through space and time to witness what we once were." It's time... We're excited to be the first to debut the full 10-minute short film Telescope, co-directed by Collin Davis & Matt Litwiller, that we first teased a few weeks ago. This thrilling time travel short also features the work of Wes Ball, director of The Maze Runner and Ruin, who was lead VFX artist. "Wes worked closely with Collin and me to achieve the deep space look we were going for with both the ship and the space around it. He entertained our crazy ideas and helped incorporate the practical elements we shot," said Litwiller, who will be submitting to multiple festivals for competition in the narrative short category. Enjoy!
Briefly: James Cameron will be back on Pandora by 2014. We've been closely following the back-to-back Avatar sequels, still in development while Cameron evolves the technology. On a recent Oz radio show on Nova 96.9 (found via SlashFilm) actor Sam Worthington, who plays Jake Sully in the movies, revealed: "we are going to start [shooting] this time next year and we will do two, three and four. I'll be grateful if it finishes." It sounds like he's confirming rumors that three sequels will all be shot together, "within a year of the beginning of the production", before the lengthy post-production processes begins. Avatar 2, 3 & 4 are slated for release December 2016, 2017 & 2018. Looks like they've got their five year road map planned out.
Briefly: The cast of Universal Pictures developing sequel Jurassic World, which the studio hopes will revive the Jurassic Park franchise, is filling out very quickly. Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson are all in talks for the gestating film, and now another solid addition has been revealed, The Wrap reports that Josh Brolin is being eyed for a role, but details on his character and the plot are under tight wraps. With production just around the corner, some story details have to surface soon, but in the meantime, we'll likely hear of some more cast members soon. Jurassic World arrives on June 12th, 2015.
Finally! Some amazing art for this movie! They've been releasing poster after poster for Gavin Hood's take on Ender's Game, yet none of the official art for the movie looks that good. It's always bland Photoshop messes, without much depth to imagery. But finally we have some artwork for Ender's Game that lives up to the potential of this sci-fi story. Regular Mondo artist Martin Ansin (who also made the stunning Elysium poster) has designed a poster for Ender's Game, starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley. This may just be the best marketing art for this movie yet. Take a look at Ansin's latest work.
Following the release of Pacific Rim in theaters this summer, we've seen some cool behind the scenes bits in the form of a VFX breakdown for the film's prologue and also an entertaining gag reel. In addition, we also heard that the $407 million international box office likely meant that the film would get a sequel, even if the domestic box office hit just over $100 million. Now we have word from Guillermo del Toro talking to IGN that he's writing the sequel with the original film's writer Travis Beacham. The director said, "We are writing the sequel. Travis Beacham and I are writing, so that is active." Does that mean it will get made?
While we wait to see if official announcements and a teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII are just around the corner, we have another potential casting tidbit. However, unlike most of the recent reports, this one isn't about another actor auditioning for a role. This time a familiar face from all six of the Star Wars movies has created a stir by hinting that he will be involved in the next installment of the sci-fi saga. Anthony Daniels is responsible for playing the paranoid protocol droid C-3PO, and while appearing at New York Comic-Con over the weekend, he might have let slip that he will be reprising the role yet again.
We've been waiting for them to start selling this! For those that loved Neill Blomkamp's second feature, Elysium, the design house Weta has started selling swag from the movie on their website. Weta did some design work on the various vehicles, weapons and droids seen in the sci-fi movie and has the rights to sell some replica products. For District 9, they sold full-size replicas of the weapons, and it looks like they're doing the same with Elysium. A full-size Chemrail replica has been listed for pre-order on the Weta Shop website, along with the Art Of book and shirt printed to look like Max's exoskeleton suit. More details below.
"We have never seen anything like this... and we will never see anything like it again." Gotta love Caesar. Lionsgate has debuted the first official TV spot for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire online through Walmart. The new spot features the song "Atlas" by Coldplay, written for the movie, and already released in full online. It also features quite a bit of new footage that we haven't seen in the two fantastic trailers so far. Plenty of shot of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) talking with Gale (Liam Hemsworth), as well as tense moments with Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). I'm getting more and more excited to see this. "We're with you."
Briefly: Following the success of his original sci-fi action flick Oblivion this year, director Joseph Kosinski is teaming up with the producer of another sci-fi flick from 2013 for a new film. The Wrap has learned that Media Rights Capital (the company behind Neill Blomkamp's Elysium) has picked up an action thriller written by Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rodgers which Kosinski is attached to direct (he also came up with the idea for the film). There's no title or plot details, but the project comes from the writing duo behind Shadow Runner and the forthcoming AMC series "Halt & Catch Fire." We're not sure when Kosinski will get this project moving, since he has The Twilight Zone in the works, but stay tuned.
"Falling in love is a crazy thing to do... it's kind of like a form of socially acceptable insanity." We all want to fall in love, but it's easier for some than it is for others. In this modern world consumed with technology and the connectivity of the internet, how do we still find love? How do we still find genuine, real love in a world of online dating, pornography, cell phones and YouTube? The closing film of the 51st New York Film Festival is Spike Jonze's latest brilliant creation titled Her, set in the near future, a meditation on the values of love and how one bubbly, charming man learns how to love (again) with the help of his operating system.
There has barely been any official news about Star Wars: Episode VII since it was announced that Disney would continue the iconic sci-fi saga. J.J. Abrams is directing the film with a script from Michael Arndt and John Williams will return to compose the score, but there hasn't been any official news regarding a title, story, casting or anything like that. Well, fans might not have to wait much longer. There's some buzz on the Internet that an official announcement might be just around the corner. In fact, there are rumblings that this month might be when Disney decides to break some news, but there are some potential hurdles.
"An outer space thrill ride in 3-D!" Congrats to all the success, Gravity, and also Warner Bros, for a great opening weekend. Despite all the excellent trailers and minimal marketing for the movie, I was never really impressed with their poster art for Gravity. In response, I whipped up my own design for fun but thanks to the wonders of the internet we now have a good collection of outstanding fan-made poster art for Alfonso Cuarón's space disaster masterpiece starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Most of these posters outshine the studio art, at least in their own unique & creative ways. I even like the vintage one. Don't let go.
The international box office hit Pacific Rim hits Blu-Ray and DVD next week, and a little treat from the home video release has just made its way online. While the film is a big fun blockbuster and has plenty of laughs to go with the gigantic sci-fi action, it's not a straight-up comedy. However, this gag reel shows cast members Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba and others having a fun time on set, hamming it up for the camera, making mistakes during shooting, and all that normal outtake good stuff. Obviously, making a film like this is hard work, but it's nice to see they had fun.