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The fact that Avatar has remained the highest grossing film in worldwide box office since its release in 2009 would indicate that the film has a vast number of fans – and those fans have been patiently waiting for news of long-discussed sequels ever since that first instalment arrived in theatres. But, this is a James Cameron endeavour, and he’s a filmmaker that has always done things differently and broken new ground. Avatar is clearly no exception, as Cameron and his team announced that they would make not one, but four sequels – and that they would be filmed back-to-back.
20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment previously announced that concurrent pre-production on the Avatar sequels was underway in New Zealand, and now, producer Jon Landau has officially confirmed that shooting will commence on September 25th 2017. He didn’t stop there, however, and went on to give some insight into what we might expect from these four new films.
“At the heart of any movie are the characters. One of the strengths of great scripts are always the universal and relatable themes… There’s no more relatable theme than family. At the center of each of our four movies will be the Sully family. Each sequel will play as a stand-alone movie. Each movie’s story will come to its own conclusion… However, when looked at as a whole, the journey across all four movies will create an even larger connected epic saga for audiences around the world.”
The announcement was made during the 20th Century Fox presentation at CineEurope – a gathering of exhibitors in Barcelona. During the session, Landau also presented a montage of designs depicting Pandora and its inhabitants, and shared the fact that Oona Chaplin (Game Of Thrones) has been added to the cast. Though the finer details of her character remain unclear for the time being, she’ll appear in all four of the sequels.
Chaplin joins cast members Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver, who are all returning from the original film. The Avatar sequels – written by James Cameron, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman, and Shane Salerno – are set for release on December 18th, 2020, December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024 and December 19th, 2025, respectively. »
- Sarah Myles
Over the course of three films, the Planet of the Apes franchise and Weta, the VFX company behind the magic of the films, have brought the apes to life in ways that have never been possible before. War for the Planet of the Apes and Weta have now released a featurette that showcases the effort behind that magic, and it’s a little crazy.
It may try to sell you on Andy Serkis as a great actor more than is really necessary, but it gives a great behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring the apes to the screen.
Just getting a good look at the rigs all of these actors are wearing as they try to go through a scene is pretty astonishing, and trying to imagine how challenging it must be to put yourself into the world you’re trying to create with all this stuff on you is mind-boggling. You also get a glimpse at some of what’s going on in the film that you haven’t seen in trailers yet. It isn’t much, and doesn’t reveal anything too exciting, but it’s fun to get a few more bites at this one.
The film is less than a month away, and hopefully we can get into a serious, “summer” gear as this one takes over theaters.
Take a look below, and let us know what you think.
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox-tm
War for the Planet of the Apes VFX Featurette
Director: Matt Reeves
The post War For The Planet Of The Apes VFX Featurette Shows Amazing Complexity appeared first on Are You Screening?. »
- Marc Eastman
During 20th Century Fox's CineEurope presentation in Barcelona, Spain today, producer Jon Landau announced that a new cast member has been added to all of the highly-anticipated Avatar sequels. The producer revealed that Oona Chaplin, perhaps best known for playing Talissa Stark in HBO's Game of Thrones, has come aboard to play a very important character named Varang. While no specific details about Varang were given, she will appear in all four sequels.
Variety reports that Varang was described by Jon Landau as, "a strong and vibrant central character who spans the entire saga of the sequels." She joins another new character who has recently been confirmed, Cliff Curtis as Tonowari, the leader of the Metkayina, a reef clan from Pandora. It hasn't been confirmed if there is any connection between Varang or Tonowari, but it's possible that they could be part of this same reef clan. Director James Cameron »
Lightstorm president Jon Landau made the announcement during Fox’s CineEurope presentation on Tuesday in Barcelona, Spain.
Though the plot is being kept under wraps, Chaplin will play Varang, described as “a strong and vibrant central character who spans the entire saga of the sequels.”
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Chaplin’s past credits include TV series “Taboo,” “The Crimson Field,” and Talisa Maegyr in “Game of Thrones” as well as the Fox 2000 film, “The Longest Ride.” She is the granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin.
- Dave McNary
Jane Goodall with Motambo, an orphan at the Jgi Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center.
Only if we care can all be saved.
In our interview with screenwriters of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, now producers, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, about the use of real chimpanzees in the 2011 movie, Silver said, “it’s all about animal rights. Man’s hubris for testing on animals – they’re sentient beings! So using real animals goes against our theme.”
20th Century Fox has just released “Compassion” – a special video created in conjunction with the Jane Goodall Institute.
In honor of the upcoming release of War For The Planet Of The Apes, 20th Century Fox has partnered with the Jane Goodall Institute to provide care for rescued chimpanzees, many of whom are victims of the »
- Michelle Hannett
20th Century Fox is partnering with the Jane Goodall Institute to provide care for rescued chimpanzees, many of whom are victims of the illegal commercial bushmeat and pet trades.
The studio made the announcement Monday, five weeks before the July 14 opening of its “War for the Planet of the Apes,” starring Woody Harrelson as a military leader facing off against Andy Serkis’ ape leader Caesar.
The institute provides sanctuary for nearly 150 rescued animals on three forested island sites and a mainland sanctuary site at the Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in Republic of Congo. The institute has named the housing on Tchindzoulou island, the largest of the three island sanctuary sites, after Caesar.
Matt Reeves, who directed 2014’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” is returning to helm from a script by Mark Bomback. Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver are producing the film. “War for the Planet of the Apes »
- Dave McNary
"They all float down here, Georgie!" Pennywise and the kids of The Losers Club from the 1990 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's It are featured in hours of content in the new documentary Pennywise: The Story of It. Also: Mystery Science Theater 3000 collectibles and apparel, 43rd annual Saturn Awards Special Achievement Award Winners, a look at a new clip from Mountain Monsters, and Wichita release details.
Pennywise: The Story of It Documentary Indiegogo Details: "Indiegogo Campaign: "From the makers of 'You're so cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night' and 'RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop' and the director of 'Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Path to Pet Sematary' comes this brand-new documentary celebrating the legacy of 'Stephen King's It' and the legend Tim Curry. With over 30 interviews and hours of behind the scenes footage, this is Your opportunity to support this independent project and make it a reality. »
- Tamika Jones
Apes and humans face off with plenty of violence and bloodshed in the final trailer for Fox’s “War for the Planet of the Apes” — the eighth film in the franchise.
“I did not start this war,” intones Andy Serkis’ ape leader Caesar in an ominous voiceover. “But I will finish it.”
Watch the First Trailer for ‘War for Planet of the Apes’
The footage shows human and ape armies battling each other with a variety of armaments — including helicopters — amid wintry landscapes. Woody Harrelson’s new Colonel character asserts, “Years from now, your children will ask what you did in the greatest war and you can tell them ‘I fought to protect this world.'”
The trailer also features a scared, young girl with a teddy bear whom Caesar and his associates pick up on their journey to a final battle, but it’s unclear who she is. »
- Dave McNary
20th Century Fox has released the final trailer, along with a new poster, for War For The Planet Of The Apes, the culminating chapter of the latest Planet of the Apes trilogy. All of human history has led to this moment!
The epic movie hits theaters in two months and We…Cannot…Wait!
In the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate »
- Michelle Hannett
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Curtis, who is currently on hiatus, will play Tonowari, leader of the Metkayina reef people clan. Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana earlier signed deals to reprise their characters for the Avatar movies.
Curtis' credits include Trauma, Body of Proof and features The Last Airbender, 10,000 BC and Live Free or Die Hard. The movies will be made one after the other by Cameron, who has enlisted Josh Friedman, duo Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, and Shane »
- Etan Vlessing
As director James Cameron begins his work on his ambitious sequels to Avatar, we have our first new casting announcement not just for Avatar 2, but for the rest of the series. Deadline has confirmed Fear the Walking Dead‘s Cliff Curtis has signed on for a lead role in all four sequels as Tonowari, leader of the Metkayina, a Na’vi who live on Pandora’s reef.
Curtis joins returning cast members Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang for the sequels. Production on the sequels will apparently work around Curtis’ Fear the Walking Dead schedule, in which he plays a lead role. The Avatar sequels will film in Wellington’s Stone Street Studios in 2018.
Cameron has previously spoken about exploring Pandora’s oceans and how he will use technology to film underwater sequences. The sequels have been delayed several times over the years, but Cameron and »
- Ricky Church
Academy Award nominee James Cromwell has been gracing screens both big and small for over 50 years. His impressive career has spanned genre and medium, as much as it has spanned independent projects and Hollywood blockbusters. So, it is perhaps a logical step to include him in the cast of Jurassic World 2, in a role that sounds like it essentially replaces the story function filled by the late Richard Attenborough within the franchise narrative – that of ‘The Man With Whom The Buck Stops.’
There is precedent within the Jurassic Park series for characters from the first instalment to reappear. Jeff Goldblum, as Ian Malcolm, starred in the second film – The Lost World: Jurassic Park – and returns for Jurassic World 2. Sam Neill and Laura Dern, as Drs. Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler, respectively – returned for Jurassic Park III. Richard Attenborough, who played billionaire, theme-park-visionary John Hammond, passed away in 2014 – so it seems »
- Sarah Myles
Some people truly believe that director James Cameron keeps pushing back the release dates on his four upcoming Avatar sequels, hoping the world implodes before he actually has to make them. Perhaps that is the case, as Avatar 2 has once again been delayed, with the other three subsequent sequels also getting new release dates. We were originally supposed to see a new Avatar movie in 2013. That won't happen until 2020.
James Cameron and his crew gathered to announced the new release dates on Facebook. Last we heard, Avatar 2 was keeping its 2018 release date, with Fox promising that wouldn't change. Unfortunately, they were unable to keep that promise. As Avatar 2 will now hit theaters on December 18, 2020. And it will immediately be followed a year later by Avatar 3, which now arrives on December 17, 2021. There will be a break before the final two movies, with Avatar 4 premiering three years »
The news was announced on the movie’s official Facebook page on Saturday morning, along with a picture of Cameron and crew.
“Great to be working with the best team in the business! Avatar takes flight as we begin concurrent production on four sequels,” Cameron said in the post.
Cameron had announced a year ago at CinemaCon that he would make four “Avatar” sequels, promising that the films would start hitting theaters in 2018. The creator of the original “Avatar,” the 2009 fantasy epic that remains the all-time worldwide box office champion with $2.8 billion, said at the time that his vision for the story had expanded significantly.
- Dave McNary
Here is the week’s entirely innocent pleasure: a cheerfully outrageous gloss-trash erotic noir in the style that legendary screenwriter Joe Eszterhas used to crank out so lucratively in the 80s and 90s – we are plunged back into the world of Basic Instinct or Jagged Edge or indeed The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (written by Amanda Silver).
Katherine Heigl takes the creepy blondeopath role (which, in an earlier era, would have gone to Rebecca De Mornay) playing Tessa, the once-perfect wife and mother who has now been divorced for infidelity and lives near her ex-husband David (Geoff Stults). He has remarried online publishing editor Julia, played by Rosario Dawson. Tessa is furious that David and Julia get custody of her mini-me daughter two days a week and, »
- Peter Bradshaw
The war begins this summer as Caesar gets ready to face off against his most dangerous foe yet. Will Apes and humans be able to live in harmony? Or will our world truly become a planet of apes? Fans will get a sneak peek at this ensuing fight when all-new footage drops tomorrow. Today, we get an intense new tease of this trilogy ending sequel.
It's CinemaCon, and Caesar is going to show he means business to all the theater distributors in attendance. Last night, Caesar invaded Las Vegas and took over Caesars Palace with a major show-stopping visual effect! We have pictures from this event along with the trailer teaser below.
In anticipation of a brand new trailer launching tomorrow, projections of Caesar, the title character of War for the Planet of the Apes, and a special image created by Shepard Fairey in collaboration with Studio One took over Caesars Palace. »
This article originally appeared on EW.com.
The next Mulan promises to pack some serious punches. Niki Caro (Whale Rider), who will direct Disney’s upcoming live-action movie, called the remake “a girly martial arts extravaganza” during a new interview.
“I haven’t started yet so I can’t give you any real detail,” Caro told ScreenCrush while promoting her latest film, The Zookeeper’s Wife. “But the budget and the location and the story offering such scope to me for incredible, muscular piece of girly martial arts extravaganza in China. And I can’t wait.”
“I’ve got my little girl, »
- Nick Romano
“From what I understand, no songs right now, much to the horror of my children,” Caro said in a recent interview published by Moviefone.
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The director’s statement comes during another Disney live-action remake’s opening weekend in theaters. “Beauty and the Beast” is conquering the box office, and features songs from the animated original as well as new tracks penned for the update.
Caro also shared her vision for the film. “It’s a big, girly martial arts epic,” she said. “It will be extremely muscular and thrilling and entertaining and moving.”
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Caro is best known for directing the critically acclaimed “Whale Rider,” which earned then-newcomer Keisha Castle-Hughes an Oscar nomination. »
- Seth Kelley
If director Niki Caro gets her way, Disney's latest live-action adaptation of a classic animated movie will be a bit different from recent outings. In a new interview, the filmmaker confirmed that Mulan won't be a musical Ala this weekend's Beauty and the Beast. Instead, it will be a very girly martial arts adventure the likes of which the RZA would be very proud.
Mulan will hit theaters November, 2018. And when it does, it promises to deliver quite a punch. Literally. Niki Caro, best known for her family masterpiece Whale Rider, has some big ideas when it comes to resurrecting the fairy tale Mulan for the big screen. We already know that the cast will be all-asian, as to avoid any whitewash controversy that might come with it. And now we know the movie will be a kid-friendly version of Kill Bill. She says this in a new interview with ScreenCrush courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. »
Luke Owen praises the news of the Matrix reboot…
Back in 2014 I wrote an article titled Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters is everything wrong with reboots. In it I argued that the idea behind rebooting the classic 1980s comedy was good in principle (it’s an easy enough premise to adapt and update) but the execution was horrible. Rather than take it in a new direction with original ideas, Feig and his team simply made the same movie again but with their brand of humour. They made constant references to the original movie, they boasted cameos from the original cast and even used the same theme song. It was an utterly pointless exercise and a wasted opportunity.
- Luke Owen
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