I spoke with Brett Ratner today and the topic of his involvement in directing "Superman" came up. Hopkins is confirmed - "He did such a good Brando impression for me, I said I gotta get this guy to play the father of Superman". Despite the rumors linking him for months now, he officially only got hired two weeks ago and has yet to consider anyone for the Supes role despite all the speculation. When asked to comment on the scathing Net reviews of the script, Ratner says "I trust my instincts...a script is a script, its not a movie - its my interpretation of it and I think they're reading like old drafts or something - I just got the new draft yesterday that was hand-delivered by like a guy with a gun". Ratner also confirmed he's going for the big buff guy style mold rather than the smaller Tobey Maguire-esque build.
"One thing to note about Gollum is that his animation is about 70% hand animated and the rest motion capture. Andy Serkis was brought on to provide the performance for Gollum with motion capture but most of it was redone using keyframe animation in order for Gollum to be able to do the things that Mr Jackson wanted. There was a team of twelve animators working on Gollum each taking different shots.
I also inquired about Shelob since I hadn'tt seen to much in the news about her and wondered how it was shaping up. The answer was that the model had been done but the animation hadnt been started yet since the sequence is going into the next film."
Pirates of The Caribbean:Dark Horizons scored a bit of news from a set scooper in Long Beach who reports about a very violent adaptation (likely to be rated PG-13) of Disney's theme park ride, Pirates of The Caribbean. Here are some quotes:
"The props for the movie are very accurate, they were putting finishing touches on the cannons and cannon balls. There were at LEAST 45 cannons they they were getting ready."
"In one scene that I heard about, one of the pirates describes to a little girl how he will kill her and what he will do to the body."
Thanks to Coming Soon for the heads up.
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