Zoe Saldana Talks About Filming The ‘Avatar’ Sequels Back-To-Back: “It’s Going To Take At Least 8 Or 9 Months Or More”
On the promotional campaign for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Zoe Saldana opened up briefly about returning for the three ‘Avatar’ sequels, which are scheduled to begin production later this year. Talking to the Daily Mirror on the UK press run of the Marvel space epic, Saldana had the following to say about the upcoming films, which she reveals will shoot in LA: “James Cameron is still working on the final drafts of the script and then everyone in the cast will get the call. We’re going to be shooting mainly in Los Angeles and that will make things easier for me since I live there. Because we’re doing the sequels back-to-back and it’s going to take at least eight or nine months or more to finish the (three) films.” The likes of Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang are also returning for the sequels.
Luke Evans’ Bard The Bowman & Benedict Cumberbatch’s Smaug Highlighted In New ‘The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies’ Covers
Hot on the heels of the film’s first teaser trailer, the good folks over at Empire Magazine have revealed their new ‘The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies’ covers featuring Luke Evans’ Bard the Bowman and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Smaug. The new issue hits newsstands this Thursday while ‘The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies’ is out in the UK on December 12th, and in the US on December 17th.
One of the big surprises at this past weekend’s Comic-Con was Legendary Pictures’ unveiling of ‘Skull Island,’ a new feature by ‘Godzilla’ writer Max Borenstein based on the mythic origins of King Kong, where mutant giant creatures rule. Today we hear that ‘Attack the Block’ helmer Joe Cornish has been offered to direct the pic, which is set for a November 4th, 2016, release. Cornish recently signed on to direct the MI6 spy thriller ‘Section 6′ and he also co-wrote with Edgar Wright the original draft of Marvel Studios’ ‘Ant-Man.’
Skull Island is the name most often used to describe a fictional island first appearing in the 1933 film ‘King Kong’ and later appearing in its sequels, three remakes, and any other King Kong-based media. It is the home of the eponymous King Kong and several other species of creatures, mostly prehistoric and in some cases species that should have been extinct long before the rise of mammalian creatures such as gorillas, along with a primitive society of humans. With the success of ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Pacific Rim,’ Legendary Pictures certainly seem like they have their eyes on reviving the “gigantic monster” genre. And I’d say that it’s a safe bet that this will lead into a ‘King Kong vs. Godzilla’ throw down sometime in the future.
According to a new report, ‘The Bourne Ultimatum,’ ‘United 93′ and ‘Captain Phillips’ director Paul Greengrass is attached to Sony Pictures’ big screen adaptation of Morten Storm, Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister’s book, ‘Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda.’ Greengrass will develop the project to direct and produce with Scott Rudin. The book was published earlier this year and the synopsis is as follows.
He was the Western convert who would plunge deep inside al-Qaeda. He named his first son Osama after 9/11 and became a Jihadist. But then – after a sudden loss of faith – Morten Storm made a life-changing decision. He became a double agent for the CIA, MI6 and MI5.
Speaking on the 500th episode of the Filmspotting podcast, Rian Johnson opened up briefly about his work as writer-director on ‘Star Wars Episode VIII’ (he’s also rumored to be writing and perhaps helming ‘Star Wars Episode IX’). Johnson joked, “I’m really excited about all the things I can’t tell you.” He then talked about why he took the job, “The thought of it made me so completely joyfully happy. I wanted to to play in this world, of literally the first movie my dad put me in the car to see.” The ‘Looper’ writer-director was also asked how he got the job, to which he jokingly replied, “I can only assume it was a clerical error, like in the movie ‘Brazil.’ There’s a ‘Brian Johnson’ out there who is really mad.”
Eva Green is reportedly in talks to re-team with her ‘Dark Shadow’ director on the adaptation of ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.’ Based on the Ransom Riggs novel, the story follows a teenager who finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to destroy them. Green would play the title character, who acts as a guardian for these orphans.
Eva Green was last seen in ‘300: Rise of an Empire,’ the series ‘Penny Dreadful’ and she can be seen next in Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,’ ‘The Salvation’ and ‘White Bird in a Blizzard.’ Tim Burton’s next film, ‘Big Eyes,’ opens in December. Filming is set to commence on ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ in February.