The Fantastic Four:MTV's Movie House recently spoke with Fantastic Four screenwriter Doug Pertrie about his plans for the story that he wants to unveil onscreen. Here's what he had to say:
Adoring groupies cram New York's Fifth Avenue, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Invisible Woman and Mr. Fantastic, played by Charlize Theron and "Angel"'s Alexis Denisof. The Thing, voiced by John C. Reilly, rips the top off an armored car and yanks out two would-be robbers. Paul Walker shouts, "flame on!" as his Johnny Storm character ignites into the Human Torch, saving a female fan from another thief's rocket launcher.
Two hours later, just before the credits role on "The Fantastic Four," New York's favorite superheroes buzz away in their Fantastic Car, with Johnny dropping 8x10 photos to fans in a scene shamelessly lifted from the Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night."
That's what audiences will see if all goes according to plan for "Fantastic Four" screenwriter Doug Petrie, who together with director Peyton Reed ("Bring It On") is bringing one of Marvel Comics' most beloved properties to the big screen.
"The Fantastic Four" movie will mostly skip the back-story and begin in a New York where the team already exists in a world where, unlike "X-Men," they are anything but antiheroes.
"They're the biggest celebrities in New York City," Petrie explained. "To the world outside, they are the world's coolest superheroes. [But] when they get home, they just fight with each other about everything. They order pizzas and argue about who gets the better costumes and stuff like that. It's a family comedy when they get behind closed doors."
For the full interview, CLICK HERE
Jurassic Park 4: Sam Neil, recently in New Zealand, spoke with a scooper for Dark Horizons about the upcoming Jurassic Park 4 project:
"Yeah, Steven Spielberg and his people are quite busy prepping another one. There is a chance you'll see me in it. I'm as surprised as anyone, because I didn't think there was any way they could get Alan Grant involved again. But they came up with a clever idea. Steven just blew me away with the story....something frightening is happening concerning those dinosaurs that doesn't necessarily bode well for us humans. Scientists never seem to learn". What sort of tone can we expect? "You know that feeling when you first saw the original film, and you were so in awe, and felt so swept away and mesmerized by the sheer majesty of it all? I believe this premise has the potential to elicit that same kind of response. Out of all the concepts that have been created for these movies, this is possibly my favorite".
Thanks to Dark Horizons.
Die Another Day: According to The Internet Movie Database, Sean Connery's surprise cameo in the upcoming Bond flick might be cut from the final release!
Sean Connery's surprise cameo in new James Bond film Die Another Day may be cut - after an inconsistency with the original Bond novels was identified. Connery, who was the first on-screen Bond in the sixties, filmed a small role as the father of the British spy, who is now played by Pierce Brosnan for the upcoming movie. However, just before the release of the action movie, the film's bosses Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson were advised that in the Ian Fleming novels which the successful franchise is based upon, Bond is an orphan. The producers are still considering whether to leave the footage in or not.
"First off he mentioned on how in 3 it will be the first film to feature a real robot on treads. This bot is not an efx he swore it was real. The robot its self is what he called the T-1. It is the prototype of all the other terminators to come. He also mentioned that that the girls weapon is incredible, but did not mention exactly what it was. So that makes it a total of 3 terminators in T3 I guess if they make a 4th there will be 4 robots."
Peter Jackson:Ain't it Cool News has a great little story about Peter Jackson and his world for the next few years. The rumor of King Kong continues to be fuel. More importantly though is the news that there may be TWO new low budget zombie movies on the way from the Jackson camp. CLICK HERE
Let's forget about Revolutions for a while. The climax to the Matrix saga is due in late 2003, and with its focus on Zion, scorched Earth and bio-mechanical machines, will certainly be very different from part one and two. Reloaded, on the other hand, is what it says on the tin: "The Matrix times ten." "The story expands," producer Joel Silver says. "You see more levels of the computer world, you see how it functions, which you didn't before. You see all the different programs and how they interact with each other, which is pretty spectacular." Best of all might be a car chase that Silver promises will reinvent the screeching-tire genre in the same way The Matrix's fight scenes revolutionized movie martial arts. "The car chase is in The Matrix so you have to realize there are things that happen in that car chase which have never happened before. It's just mind-boggling." Before that there's a new trailer this autumn, plus a theatrically-released Matrix anime called The Final Flight Of The Osiris (scripted by the Wachowskis) in spring.
Hellboy: David Server over at Countingdown recently caught up with creature designer, Wayne Barlowe, where they discussed the creative process taking place on Hellboy. CLICK HERE for the full interview!
Femme Fatale: We caught a screening of this movie last night, and from what we can say right now, Brian De Palma has a lot of explaining to do. Check out the interview Coming Soon caught with the director. CLICK HERE
"I had this idea of a femme fatale that's involved in a heist," De Palma said. "My original idea was a casino heist on a boat, so when they take all the lights out, you're in the middle of the Atlantic and it's pitch black. She of course double crosses everybody and her partners pursue her and she stumbles into some town in the midwest and she's at a diner deciding where the hell she's going to go. And a little old lady comes over to her and says, 'I'm sorry about your loss.' She's of course changed her hair, she's changed her look and then somebody comes over and starts calling her Irma. She immediately gets out of there and goes to a bus stop and then somebody comes over and says, 'Irma, don't run away. The funeral is going on right now.' So, basically, she looks exactly like Irma and she steals Irma's life. That was the original idea."
Looney Toons: Back In Action: A few of bits on the new live action/animated Looney Toons movie. First up, is a huge article the LA Times has posted on the project. Definitely worth a look as the article delves deep into the roots of the project. CLICK HERE
Secondly, the LA Times has the first photo of director Joe Dante on the set of the film. CLICK HERE
Passion: New photos from Mel Gibson's next release are online. CLICK HERE
Pac-Man:The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the classic video game which revolutionized pizza parlors everywhere in the 80's is heading for the big screen in a live action fantasy adventure.
In addition, the LA Times spoke with the makers of the film and have posted a HUGE article on the process of making the sequel. CLICK HERE
Lastly, Chris Columbus spoke with Sci-Fi about returning as director in future installments of the Potter saga, even though he won't be helming the 3rd film in the series:
There are a lot of things that would have to fall into place, explains Columbus. I'd love to work with these kids again, but I don't know if they'll come back for the fourth because they might want to go off and lead their own lives. Coming back to do the fourth would be an interesting prospect in terms of reinventing it all, continues Columbus. As I've said a bunch of times, 'You don't want to put nipples on the Batsuit.' You don't want to come in and suddenly turn it into STARLIGHT EXPRESS. That's the danger. You want to continue to work within the world, but do new and exciting things. I think Alfonso [Cuaron] is a great [directorial] choice because he will do something new with AZKABAN. It's not as much of a ride, so it will be exciting in a different way.
007:Variety has confirmed with Pierce Brosnan himself that he will be returning for a 5th Bond flick set for release in 2005.
Since his first three outings have grossed more that a billion-$, I asked Brosnan if the new negotiations would include a raise for him. "I would like to think that fair play will be involved," he smiled. "I have the highest expectation of fairness and good spirit." And, he added, "I have all of CAA behind me!" Beyond this fifth Bond film, Brosnan predicts, "I think it has mileage to go another 20 years." Not with him, he assures -- he survived the fourth Bond with "a bit of a knee injury. That was it"
A new rumor online says that Jonathan Hensleigh, the writer-director of the upcoming re-imagining of The Punisher, was being dumped by Artisan Entertainment in favor of a little known British filmmaker named Kevin Hilton. The report adds that "Hensleigh's script is still likely to be used in one form or another." IGN FilmForce immediately checked with its source close to the production of The Punisher who flat-out denied the entire report, calling it "idiotic. ... No director other than Jonathan Hensleigh is involved with Punisher, now or ever."
Thanks to 'Stax'
The Lost City: Andy Garcia is set to direct his first film, The Lost City, which stars Garcia himself, Robert Duvall, Dustin Hoffman, Benicio Del Toro, Javier Bardem, Benjamin Bratt and Tomas Milian.
Tiny Tiptoes:Cinemovies has posted the first batch of stills from the upcoming Tiny Tiptoes, which stars Kate Beckinsale, Matthew McConaughey, and Gary Oldman.