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8 items from 2009

Avatar Sequels and James Cameron’s Other Fantastic Voyage

11 December 2009 2:00 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

While the world is awash with embargo ridiculing Avatar reviews we thought you’d like to know what James Cameron has up his sleeve.

Speaking at the Avatar Press Conference (which you can watch in full here) Cameron revealed that two sequels to Avatar are being considered. While this is not a huge surprise, given the money poured into the epic sci-fi production, it remains to be seen if Avatar has a story which spans another two films, try as I might I can’t shake the memory of the Matrix sequels.

More interesting was the news that Cameron is donning his producer hat for a remake of Richard Fleischer’s 1966 Fantastic Voyage, a film about a team of scientists minaturised and injected into their dying colleague’s body. How  it will beat Inner Space I don’t know, but Cameron’s technological  capability should make for an interesting film. »

- Jon Lyus

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James Cameron to Produce Fantastic Voyage Remake

11 December 2009 6:51 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

A couple of days ago we posted a short news story [1] about James Cameron being involved in a new futuristic sci-fi action movie written by Shane Salerno. At the time, there was speculation that it might be Doomsday Protocol, a previously announced project written by Salerno, but today we have learned what the mysterious project will actually be: a remake of Richard Fleischer's 1966 sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage. Variety [2] reports that Cameron will not direct, but that he is planning to use the same 3-D technology as Avatar -- even going so far as to re-use the same "CG mountains, plants, trees, leaves, flowers, bugs"! The movie centers on a scientist who is left comatose after an attempt on his life. His colleagues must shrink down using his own experimental technology and inject themselves into his blood stream to help save his life. Roland Emmerich was attached to direct the remake once upon a time, »

- Sean

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Avatar: No Robert Pattinson, Zac Efron

9 December 2009 1:46 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington in Avatar (top) Fox says James Cameron’s Avatar is its most expensive production ever. That’s quite something, coming from the studio behind Cameron’s own Leviathanesque Titanic in the late 1990s, Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s Galleonesque Cleopatra in the early 1960s, and Richard Fleischer’s brontosauresque Doctor Dolittle later that decade. Both Titanic and Cleopatra went on to make a fortune at the box office — Doctor Dolittle was less lucky — but they had Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet and Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and Rex Harrison and Eddie Fisher. Eddie Fisher? Well, not on screen. After dumping Debbie Reynolds for Taylor, Fisher found himself being dumped by Taylor, who by then was having a [...] »

- Andre Soares

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McG Talks 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

7 August 2009 5:00 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

IESB caught up with director McG (Terminator Salvation) to discuss the upcoming "20,000" Leagues Under the Sea" movie that he's working on. "It's a bit of a departure from the Richard Fleischer movie, and much more in keeping with the spirit of the novel, as far as what Aronnax is up to and the becoming of Captain Nemo, and how the man became at war with war itself," said McG. "So, there's a little bit more meat on the bone, in regard to the genesis of the Nemo character, than you're given in the 50's movie that Disney made. Also, it's a little more contemporary." He added that his new movie will be action-packed, similar to "Indiana Jones." "Yes, there will be a great deal of action because, let's face it, the guy is an adventurer. And, I think that was the intention of Jules Verne," McG explained. "The idea was living a life beyond, »

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McG Updates ‘20,000 Leagues’, Prepping Terminator 5

7 August 2009 12:29 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Two film directing projects on the horizon for McG (Terminator Salvation) is the Disney remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and the fifth installment in the Terminator franchise, currently being referred to as simply Terminator 5. It appears that McG’s focus is currently on 20,000 Leagues, with T5 to follow after that. Thanks to IESB and Collider, we have an update on both high-profile projects.



20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

McG’s film appears to be both a remake of the Richard Fleischer film from 1954 that starred Kirk Douglas and James Mason, as well as a new kind of adaptation of the 1870 novel by Jules Verne. McG has talked about the aim to for his version:

“It’s a bit of a departure from the Fleischer movie, and much more in keeping with the spirit of the novel, as far as what Aronnax is up to, and the becoming of Nemo, »

- Ross Miller

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Cinematheque, Joe Dante, Vampire-Con genre screenings in Hollywood

6 August 2009 1:58 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Los Angeles’ American Cinematheque has announced the lineup for its 9th Annual Festival of Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction. The event runs August 13-16 at the Aero Theatre (1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica) and Aug. 20-30 at the Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Boulevard).

The Aero program is more fantasy-oriented, with double bills of Matthew RobbinsDragonslayer and Ridley Scott’s Legend (U.S. version), John MiliusConan The Barbarian and Richard Fleischer’s Red Sonja, etc. (see full details here). The scary stuff plays the Egyptian, and includes a 10th-anniversary showing of The Blair Witch Project on Thursday the 20th, with directors Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick, producers and cast members in attendance; a Euro Thrillers Triple Feature (Terror Creatures From The Grave, Return Of Dr. Mabuse and Werewolf In A Girls’ Dormitory) Friday the 21st; a Medieval Tortures Double Feature (Ken Russell’s The Devils and Lucio Fulci’s Beatrice Cenci »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Michael Gingold)

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"10 Rillington Place" Now At Film Forum, New York

27 June 2009 11:04 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By David Savage

Normal 0 false false false En-us X-none X-none MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Sir Richard Attenborough's directorial career is studded with such achievements as Gandhi, A Bridge Too Far, Magic and Chaplin, among others, but his role as an actor has been no less affecting, if under-appreciated. His performances such films as The Sand Pebbles (1966) and Conduct Unbecoming (1975) have played an integral part in making those classics. Even in supporting roles, such as 1993's Jurassic Park, his presence lends the film an air of gravitas and credibility that few other actors can bring. However, one of his finest lead roles goes rarely seen these days: as infamous British serial killer John Christie in 10 Rillington Place (1970), directed by Richard Fleischer and co-starring a young John Hurt. Currently screening through July 2nd in a newly restored 35mm print at New York's Film Forum, this film version of a true story is a definite don't-miss, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Red Sonja remake 'will start filming next year'

16 June 2009 11:59 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Last year a new movie adaptation of Red Sonja was announced, with plans to film it in 2008 and release it sometime this year, as the date on promotional posters indicated.

Sin City director Robert Rodriguez was to produce the project, which will star his fiancee Rose McGowan as the so-called 'she-devil with a sword'.

McGowan is best known from the TV series Charmed and the Rodriguez/Tarantino double feature Grindhouse.

After the remake was announced, all went quiet.

But now executive producer Joe Gatta has explained what is happening with this project and when we can expect to see it hit the big screen.

Gatta said the movie had been delayed and the intention is to film Red Sonja in 2010. The aim is to release it late that same year.

Gatta, who's also producing the Conan remake, told Empire magazine: "Because of certain issues and the economy, we had to change our plan a bit. »

- David Bentley

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