SET VISIT PREVIEW: Sucker Punch!
The cast prepares to take us behind the Vancouver-based set of the highly anticipated new fantasy adventure from visionary director Zack Snyder
Visionary director Zack Snyder has earned that title by creating a string of successful and groundbreaking, fan-favorite films. He first gained attention for his remake of George A. Romero's classic horror movie Dawn Of The Dead and followed that up with two other extremely popular motion pictures, which were both adapted from famous graphic novels. 300, based on legendary comic book scribe Frank Miller's popular story and Watchmen, based on equally legendary comic book writer Alan Moore's seminal graphic novel, which is considered by many to be one of the greatest comic books of all-time.
In September, the director released his first animated film, Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, which received mostly positive reviews and decent box office numbers. Not to mention that Snyder was recently chosen by The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan to helm the new adventures of the man-of-steel in the upcoming film, Superman. But first, audiences will have a chance to see the director's latest visually stunning movie when Sucker Punch is released in theaters on March 25th.
Snyder has described his new film as "Alice in Wonderland with machine guns, dragons, B-25 bombers and brothels." That sounds pretty good to us! The film is set in the '1950s and tells the story of Baby Doll (Emily Browning), who is trying to hide from the pain caused by her evil stepfather. She ends up in mental institution in Vermont, where she begins to imagine an alternate reality. In order to deal with the situation, she enters the hyper-real world of her imagination, and the lines between reality and dream begin to blur. Eventually friends, who are inmates from the institution, join Baby Doll on her journey. They want to escape from the imaginary world but in order to do that must steal five objects in five days, before Baby Doll is lobotomized in the real world.
Last December, we had an opportunity to travel to Vancouver and visit the set of Sucker Punch while they were filming. We were given a chance to walk through the production offices, costume and prop shops, as well as visit the cutting room, see some footage and even visit the set and watch Snyder direct a scene. In addition to speaking with the director himself, we also had a chance to speak with some of the stars of the film including Carla Gugino (Watchmen), Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical 3: Senior Year), Jena Malone (The Messenger), Abbie Cornish (Bright Star) and Jamie Chung (Dragonball Evolution).
Here is an excerpt from our interview with Zack Snyder where the director begins to explain the message behind the film.
"The movie, it's all about power, so anytime you are dealing with power between men and women, you are on the edge with everybody. So this movie is all about being on the edge in that way, like, when is a person strong and when is a person weak? That's what it's all about. When to take advantage of that and when people do take advantage of it, when do you have to dig deep down inside yourself?"
We wanted to let you know that coverage of our visit to the set of Sucker Punch will begin running soon, so be sure check back with us in the next few weeks to learn everything you need to know about the exciting new film! Also, if you'd like to be among the first to see the official trailer for the movie, which will debut online at 5PM PST today, be sure to check back with us this afternoon for your first official glimpse of Zack Snyder's upcoming new film!