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Following the first set of viral materials for ‘Pacific Rim’ that arrived online earlier today, Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures have now released two more viral pieces for Guillermo del Toro’s eagerly awaited sci-fi/adventure film. First up, the good folks over at Wired have got their mitts on this “How to Build a Kaiju-Fighting Giant Robot” blueprint. “These schematics, obtained by Wired, show everything that’s needed to build a Jaeger, like the giant robots used to defend Earth in Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming movie ‘Pacific Rim.’ In these diagrams from the “Pan Pacific Defense Corps,” we see how the nuclear vortex turbine connects to the leg shaft, and how the leg shaft connects to the gyro-stabilizers, and how the gyro-stabilizer connects to the oceanic cooling vents, and so on. The schematics for the Gipsy Danger model Jaeger also show “conn-pods” and pilot rigs, a reactor core and something called a “plasmacaster,” which is capable of wounding and cauterizing kaiju anatomy and “sealing off toxic bleeds.”
Hot on the heels of the blueprint, the studio has released the following “BREAKING NEWS: KAIJU ATTACK” news report of a Kaiju attacking San Francisco (the first place highlighted on the Pan Pacific Defense Corps Map). The Pacific Defense Corps website features a countdown to what I would assume is marking the release of the first trailer for ‘Pacific Rim.’ Expect a tonne viral-related material for the film in the run up to the December 11th date that the site has pinpointed.
The Hollywood Reporter bring word that Daniel Bruhl (Inglourious Basterds, Goodbye Lenin!) has finalised a deal to star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in DreamWorks as-yet-untitled WikiLeaks movie. To be directed by Bill Condon, Cumberbatch is set to play WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, while Bruhl will play Daniel Domscheit-Berg. James McAvoy had been in negotiations for Bruhl’s role but talks broke down over scheduling regarding the actor’s commitment to ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ DreamWorks has fast-tracked its movie and is eyeing a shoot in January.
Daniel Domscheit-Berg’s book ‘Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange At The World’s Most Dangerous Website’ serves as the basis for the film along with DreamWorks’ other acquisition ‘WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War On Secrecy,’ by UK reporters David Leigh and Luke Harding. The official synopsis for ‘Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange At The World’s Most Dangerous Website’ can be read below.
Charlize Theron To Star In & Produce An Adaptation Of Park Chan-Wook’s ‘Sympathy for Lady Vengeance’
Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah Films, CJ Entertainment, and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures have today announced that they’ve partnered to produce an adaptation by William Monahan of Park Chan-wook’s ‘Sympathy for Lady Vengeance’ – the final instalment in the South Korean filmmakers thoroughly awesome ‘Vengeance Trilogy.’ Each film in Chan-wook’s series of films – ’Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance’ (2002), ‘Oldboy’ (2003), and ‘Sympathy for Lady Vengeance’ (2005) - deals with the themes of revenge, violence and salvation.
‘Sympathy for Lady Vengeance’ is the story of a woman who for reasons of her own completes a prison term for a murder she did not commit, reemerging to punish the killer, and avenge the dead. “This will be very American – and very unexpected,” says William Monahan. ”Park is a genius; it’s the Everest of adaptations and I’ve got blood in my teeth to do it.”
With the release of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ rapidly approaching, Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX have teamed up to produce these four collector’s series posters for the first film in Peter Jackson’s epic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s enduringly popular masterpiece. Focusing on Martin Freeman’s Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen’s Gandalf the Grey, Andy Serkis’ Gollum and Richard Armitage’s Thorin Oakenshield, the posters will be handed out – while supplies last – at IMAX midnight showings of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.’ Check here for a list of participating theatres.
The adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ was originally made as a two-part film, however Warner Bros, Peter Jackson, producer Fran Walsh and writer-producer Philippa Boyens announced a few months back that ‘The Hobbit’ films will now be a trilogy. The release schedule for the three films are as follows: ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ is set for a December 13th, 2012 release date, ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ arrives in cinemas December 13th, 2013, and ’The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ concludes the trilogy on July 18th, 2014. If you missed the recently released – and fantastic – second theatrical trailer for ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ you can view it here.
Yahoo! Movies has unveiled this heated first clip from ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ the forthcoming thriller from Oscar-winners Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, director and screenwriter of the Best Picture-winning film ‘The Hurt Locker.’ Starring Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Edgar Ramirez, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, Nash Edgerton, Mark Duplass, Jennifer Ehle, Harold Perrineau and Frank Grillo, the story for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ revolves around the Navy SEAL team that tracked and eventually killed Osama bin Laden. The film arrives in cinemas on December 19th in the US and January 25th in the UK.
The official synopsis for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is as follows: “The hunt for Osama bin Laden preoccupied the world and two American presidential administrations for more than a decade. But in the end, it took a small, brilliant team of CIA operatives to track him down. Every aspect of their mission was shrouded in secrecy. Though some of the details have since been made public, many of the most significant parts of the intelligence operation-including the central role played by that team-are brought to the screen for the first time in a gripping new film by the Oscar®-winning creative duo of Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal. Their account of bin Laden’s pursuit and capture, vivid yet faithful to the facts, takes the viewer inside the hubs of power and to the front lines of this historic mission, culminating in the special operations assault on a mysterious, suburban Pakistani compound. ”
Closely following the news that the award-winning writer Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine) is on board to pen the screenplay for the new ‘Star Wars’ film, ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ last week it was revealed that Disney and LucasFilm have signed up Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg to start work on the subsequent two installments that were mapped out by George Lucas. Today THR report word that Kasdan and Kinberg are in fact each writing separate projects, not necessarily ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ and ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ - a plan similar to Marvel’s movies around ‘The Avengers.’ Their scripts could reportedly turn into official “Episodes” in the main Skywalker storyline, or they could form the basis for spinoffs focusing on side characters. Disney CEO Robert Iger said the goal is to release a Star Wars movie “every two to three years,” and some could easily focus on other pieces of the expansive mythos (similar to Marvel’s Avengers universe).
Simon Kasdan scripted two of the original ‘Star Wars’ films in the form of the 1980 ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and the 1983 follow-up ‘Return of the Jedi.’ He also scripted ‘Raiders Of The Lost Ark’ for George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Simon Kinberg’s franchise work includes the likes of ‘X-Men: First Class,’ ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and the upcoming X-Men: ‘Days Of Future Past.’ ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ is the first of the new trilogy and the first ‘Star Wars’ film to be made without the hands-on input of creator Lucas. Kasdan and Kinberg would join LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy as producers. Expect comment from Disney and LucasFilm regarding Kasdan and Kinberg soon. ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ begins shooting in 2014 for a 2015 release.