In recent chat with the LA Times, Zack Snyder opened up about his eagerly awaited Superman movie, ‘Man of Steel.’ Long before the director began making the film, he’d heard a little piece of comic-book trivia that stuck with him: Superman’s red-and-yellow S-shield is the second-most-recognized symbol in the world, surpassed only by the Christian cross. “Whether that’s completely true or not, I don’t know, but you want it to be true. You feel like it could be true,” Snyder told the outlet. “And it’s intimidating to say, ‘We’re going to take on the “S” and we’re going to make it live again.’”
Reviving the world’s first comic-book superhero on the big screen — he recently turned 75 — is no small task, a challenge Zack Snyder was well aware of, “In the comic-book universe, you have all these sort of minor celebrities that have been put up as the end-all, be-all,” Snyder said, including past films that have featured Green Lantern, Ghost Rider and the Punisher among others. “And then you have the fallen king who’s sadly relegated to the shadows. It’s cool to resurrect him and say, ‘Understand that this is the granddaddy of all superheroes.’”
Closely following the Bruce Willis/John Malkovich character posters and Catherine Zeta-Jones/Helen Mirren character posters, Yahoo! Movies has unveiled two more one-sheets for ’Red 2.’ Arriving in cinemas from July 19th in the US and August 2nd in the UK, the sequel stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung-Hun Lee, Brian Cox, and Neal McDonough.
Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) is taking over directional duties on ‘Red 2,′ from a screenplay by Erich and Jon Hoeber - who wrote the script for the first installment, based in turn on a comic book by Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer. Robert Schwentke, the helmer of ‘Red,’ is hard at work finishing his Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges-starring comic adaptation ‘R.I.P.D.,’ which is also released this summer. The official synopsis for ‘Red 2′ can be found below. Look out for the film’s trailer this Friday.
Deadline bring word that James Franco is being eyed to join Werner Herzog’s period drama ’Queen of the Desert.’ Franco would fill the role that Jude Law vacated due to scheduling conflicts. Written and directed by Herzog, to date the film’s confirmed stars are Naomi Watts and Robert Pattinson. Watts leads the pic as Gertrude Bell, an explorer, writer, archeologist and attaché for the British Empire, who is credited with helping to catalyze the formation of the Middle East at the dawn of the 20th century. One of the first women to graduate from Oxford at the turn of the 20th century, Bell traveled through the Middle East, defining the borders of Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Bell became highly influential to British imperial policy-making due to her extensive travels in Greater Syria, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, and Arabia.
Robert Pattinson is set to play T.E. Lawrence in ‘Queen of the Desert,’ a British Army officer whose writing earned him international fame as Lawrence of Arabia, on whom David Lean’s classic 1962 epic is based. Lawrence was a good friend to Gertrude Bell over the years, as the duo helped establish the Hashemite dynasties in Jordan and Iraq. There’s currently no word on James Franco’s potential role. Nick Raslan will produce via his Palmyra Films banner along with Cassian Elwes and Michael Benaroya. Benaroya’s Benaroya Pictures banner will finance the film. Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales and will make it available to buyers during this year’s American Film Market.
Moviefone has debuted this new behind-the-scenes ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ featurette for Chris Pine’s Captain James T. Kirk. Pine and director J.J. Abrams delve into the psyche of the brash Captain, and walk us through what they feel he still has to overcome to become a great leader. Alongside Pine, John Cho (Sulu), Bruce Greenwood (Christopher Pike), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Karl Urban (Bones) and Anton Yelchin (Pavel Chekov) reprise their roles from the 2009 ‘Star Trek’ original, with new parts for the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, Noel Clarke, Nazneen Contractor and Peter Weller. After being called back home, the crew of the Enterprise find a seemingly unstoppable force (Cumberbatch) which has attacked Starfleet and left Earth in chaos. Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are tasked with leading the deadly manhunt to capture the party responsible and settle an old score.
‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ is directed by J.J. Abrams with a script by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof. Abrams is producing with Bryan Burk through Bad Robot Productions, along with Lindelof, Kurtzman and Orci. ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ is opening on May 9th in the UK, while the film bows in the US on May 17th. The May 9th opening date will see the film in IMAX 3D, 3D and 2D theaters. ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ will arrive in US IMAX theaters from May 15th. The official synopsis for ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ can be read below.
Badass New Poster For Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’ – Starring Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam & Rinko Kikuchi
Warner Bros. Pictures has unleashed this new poster for Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim.’ Set for a July 12th 2D and 3D release, ’Pacific Rim’ is set in 2025, the 12th year of a war against giant malevolent alien creatures who reside in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. To combat its annihilation, the planet must band together and use highly advanced weapons technology to eradicate the growing threat. Undoubtedly one of my most anticipated movies of 2013, ‘Pacific Rim’ boasts a stellar cast of Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Robert Kazinsky, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Willem Dafoe, Ron Perlman and Max Martini. The official synopsis for ‘Pacific Rim’ can be read below.
From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ epic sci-fi action adventure “Pacific Rim.” When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
Yahoo! Movies has set loose this theatrical trailer for Disney•Pixar’s ’Monsters University,’ the much-anticipated ‘Monsters, Inc.’ prequel. Scheduled for release on June 21th in the US and July 12th in the UK and Ireland, ’Monsters University’ looks at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at the University of Fear – when they weren’t necessarily the best of friends. The voice cast features the likes of John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Dave Foley, Julia Sweeney, Joel Murray, Helen Mirren, Ben Kingsley, Peter Sohn, Nathan Fillion, John Krasinski, Bonnie Hunt, Sean P. Hayes, Charlie Day, Aubrey Plaza and Alfred Molina. The official synopsis for ‘Monsters University’ can be read below.
Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. “Monsters University” unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends. Screaming with laughter and fun, “Monsters University” is directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”) and produced by Kori Rae (“Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.”). The film opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2013, and will be shown in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.