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During a special panel at New York Comic Con 2015, Dark Horse Comics in conjunction with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment announced that Avatar, the highest-grossing film in history, will expand into the world of comic books in anticipation of the three upcoming film sequels.
In a special prerecorded message, James Cameron revealed that the new series of comics will help shed more light on the mythology and history of the beloved film franchise.
Cameron also noted, “For the past twenty-seven years, Dark Horse has been associated with my films The Terminator, Aliens, and The Abyss. I am excited that between now and the release of the first sequel, Dark Horse Comics will be bringing you new adventures from Pandora – covering the time before, during, and after the events of the original Avatar film.”
“James Cameron is one of the film industry’s greatest talents. »
- Michelle McCue
In a video tease making the announcement at New York Comic Con this morning, he says the comics will deal with "new storylines from the past, present and the future world" of the sci-fi franchise.
Dark Horse president Mike Richardson said in a statement: "James Cameron is one of the film industry's greatest talents. His films, always on the cutting edge technologically, feature rich characters and amazing worlds, a fact reflected in Avatar's status as the all time box-office champion. We couldn't be more excited about working with James and his team at Lightstorm to expand the breathtaking world of Pandora."
Cameron is currently working on three sequels to his 2009 sci-fi epic which remains the biggest box-office champion both domestically and internationally by a long margin. »
- Garth Franklin
New York Comic Con is in full swing starting this morning, and a big announcement was already made on the first day. Dark Horse Comics is developing a comic book series based on James Cameron's blockbuster Avatar movie and its upcoming sequels. While director James Cameron wasn't present at Nycc 2015, he did appear in a special video that fans saw at the Dark Horse panel earlier today. Take a look at the video below, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.
"I'm excited that starting now, even before the release of the first sequel, Dark Horse Comics will be bringing you new adventures from Pandora, covering the time before, during, and after the events of the original Avatar film. For the past 27 years, Dark Horse has been associated with my films The Terminator, Aliens and The Abyss. Now they're working directly with me and our team at Lightstorm in an unprecedented ten-year »
The Producers Guild of America has selected Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox, for its Milestone Award.
The award will be presented to Gianopulos at the 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 23 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
“Jim Gianopulos has some of the keenest instincts in our business,” Awards Co-Chairs Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd said. “His leadership at 20th Century Fox hasn’t just moved the studio forward, it’s broadened the craft of cinema. Instantly iconic motion pictures like “Avatar,’ ‘Titanic,’ ‘Sideways,’ ‘Life of Pi’ and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ have redefined the creative possibilities for movies. Those films happened because of Jim’s willingness to take risks on great storytelling.”
“One of the great benefits of this job is to work with incredibly talented filmmakers and executives,” Gianopulos said. “I am truly thrilled to be honored and to celebrate their achievements with this prestigious award. »
- Dave McNary
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) will present Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox, with its 2015 Milestone Award at the 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on January 23, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. The PGA honors the popular long-running studio chief who worked his way up through the ranks, excelling on the foreign distribution side before taking over as chairman and CEO of Fox motion pictures in 2000, first with co-chair Tom Rothman, then solo since 2012. Gianopulos has always worked closely with James Cameron ("Avatar"), Ridley Scott ("The Martian") and Roland Emmerich ("The Day After Tomorrow"), among other filmmakers at Fox, and has nurtured such franchises as "Planet of the Apes," "X-Men," "Ice Age," and "The Night at the Museum." The Milestone Award recognizes "an individual or team who has made historic contributions to the »
- Anne Thompson
Jim Gianopulos, the chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox, will receive the Milestone Award at the 2016 Producers Guild Awards, the PGA announced on Tuesday. The Milestone Award is the PGA’s top honor, and in the past has gone to Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Ron Meyer, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Bob Iger and Harvey and Bob Weinstein, among others. Gianopulos has been the chairman of Fox since 2000, overseeing films that include “Avatar,” “Moulin Rouge,” “Life of Pi,” “Minority Report,” “Walk the Line” and the “Planet of the Apes,” “Ice Age” and “X-Men” franchises. Fox’s most recent release was Ridley Scott‘s box-office. »
- Steve Pond
As plans for more Terminator films are shelved, we look at where the franchise should head next...
If the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger was supposed to revive the Terminator franchise’s fortunes, then it’s fair to say that this year’s Terminator: Genisys fell short of expectations. While the fifth film in the series fared well in the Far East, Genisys’ sour reviews (not least our own) and lacklustre Us box-office clearly took their toll. Late last week, we heard that the once-planned trilogy of Terminator films - and a related TV series - were "on hold indefinitely.”
Appropriately for a franchise about time travel, it’s a case of history repeating itself. Only six years ago, Terminator: Salvation’s middling critical and financial reception left The Halcyon Company's plans for its own Terminator trilogy in limbo. The Terminator rights were put up for sale, Megan Ellison »
The tenth annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival kicks off in a couple weeks and the festival has finally announced the second half of titles for this year’s lineup as well as the Canadian and International shorts. PopOptiq will once again be covering the event so be sure to check back at the end of the month. Here is the press release.
The Hallow (Ireland) Toronto Premiere
Possibly the scariest film in this year’s Toronto After Dark lineup, The Hallow from the producers of Let Us Prey terrified audiences at Sundance on its debut. After a young family move from the big city to a peaceful Irish woodland cottage, their dismissive attitude to folklore legends angers the local townspeople. It’s not long before the family members find themselves in a desperate fight for survival in a prolonged confrontation with some vicious creatures lurking in the forest.
- Ricky Fernandes
While more and more blockbusters are being released in 3D, the medium has not necessarily translated into Oscar night success stories. While the glasses may sometimes be uncomfortable for theater-goers, the immersive quality that 3D provides makes it a big money maker for CGI-heavy films and big summer releases.
Oscar, on the other hand, has historically preferred more traditional visuals, i.e. the 2D variety. Only six films that have received wide releases in 3D have been nominated for best picture in Academy history, and none have won. Director Robert Zemeckis is hoping that his latest film, The Walk, which was released this Wednesday, will become the seventh 3D film to earn a nomination and finally take home the big prize.
Here’s a look at the last six films widely released in 3D that were nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards:
- Patrick Shanley
At one point in time, Terminator Genisys was shaping up to be one of the most highly-anticipated movies of 2015, but it never took off the way Paramount had hoped when it debuted in theaters this summer. The sci-fi action sequel opened over the 4th of July weekend in third place, behind holdovers Inside Out and Jurassic World. The film earned only $89.7 million at the domestic box office. But back in August, Terminator Genisys opened big in China, keeping hopes for a sequel alive. Earlier today, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that, despite a solid showing in international territories, the previously-planned sequels are now on indefinite hold.
Despite earning just $89.7 million domestically, Terminator Genisys has performed well overseas, taking in $350.4 million internationally for a global box office total of $440.1 million. However, the movie, budgeted at $150 million, will still lose money for Paramount. The sequel did manage to pull in $112 million in China alone, »
The Walk, 2015.
Directed by Robert Zemeckis.
In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream: to walk the the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.
Many films are entertaining, but very few can transport you to a time, setting, location, and allow you to vicariously live out an astonishing feat. That’s The Walk‘s tallest upside; whether you believe high-wire walker Philippe Petit was crazy or legitimately an artist, there’s no denying that his tightrope act going back and forth between the north and south structures of the World Trade Center is dazzlingly re-created, instilling emotions ranging from vertigo to shell-shocked awe.
- Robert Kojder
The audience at the second annual U.S. China Film & TV (Ucfti) Expo may have been looking for simple rules to follow to produce filmed entertainment for and with the Chinese. But the lesson from producers and writers, speaking Tuesday on the second day of the Expo, was that there are no rules.
The event at the Los Angeles Convention Center, co-sponsored by Variety, instead delivered lessons about the continued boom in the Chinese entertainment industry and approaches that work, at least some of the time. Among the nuggets delivered Tuesday:
Even as growth of the overall Chinese economy has continued to slow, the boom in film consumption continues apace.
David Linde, the former Universal chairman and now a producer of multiple films in China, recalled a conversation just three years ago in which an industry pro wondered if films could earn $100 million at the Chinese box office.
“Now a »
- James Rainey
James Cameron may have plans for as many as four more Avatar movies, but based on how long it’s taking for him to release the sequel to the one which came out in 2009, the wait for those is going to be pretty long. As of right now, Avatar 2 is pencilled in for a
The post First Look at the Na’vi in Official Concept Art for Avatar 2 appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Josh Wilding
As Abraham Lincoln said in 1860: “The problem with quotes (and photos) on the Internet is that you can never verify their authenticity.” Several media outlets, including The Hollywood Reporter, took the click bait after “original art” from the next Avatar was tweeted out from what purported to be a Twitter account from the franchise’s producer Jon Landau. But there was a problem. It wasn’t real. Not any of it. First off, the Twitter account is a fake Landau account that… »
Producer Jon Landau has taken to Twitter to unveil the first piece of concept art from Avatar 2, the follow-up (and first of three sequels) to James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster, which offers what we can only assume to be a look at Zoe Saldana’s Neytiri…
Cameron has been developing his Avatar sequels for several years now, and back in January he announced that he’d pushed back the release of Avatar 2 from 2016 to December 25th 2017. Whether it keeps that date remains to be seen…
- Gary Collinson
Are James Cameron’s Avatar sequels ever going to become a reality? At this point, it feels like the answer is no, but the filmmaker is still hard at work on putting them together (he apparently has scripts which go as far as a fifth instalment in the sci-fi franchise).
Avatar 2 is expected to reach us in 2017, and producer Jon Landau has taken to Twitter today to reveal a new piece of concept art, providing an early glimpse at the Na’vi as they will seemingly appear in the sequel.
Avatar 2 pic.twitter.com/5QCBPv8efm
— Jon Landau (@teamJonLandau) September 27, 2015
The plan apparently is for each of the new movies to link up, but in a way which means that they can each stand on their own as well. The real question, though, is does anyone really care about another Avatar movie all these years later? There’s »
- Josh Wilding
We're still three Christmases away from seeing Avatar 2 hit the big screen. In that time, we'll get three brand new Star Wars movies. Hard to imagine, right? Producer Jon Landau knows there is a long road to go before we even get our first sneak peek at set photos or any kind of footage. But he wants to remind us all that the sequel is still on the way. And he does that by sharing some not-quite-finished concept art. The Na'vi are returning soon. But is this Zoe Saldana's Neytiri? We're not sure.
The concept sketch arrived with no other information than the fact that it is from Avatar 2. The producer unveiled this first look on is personal Twitter. While the art in question resembles Zoe Saldana's Na'vi character, it could be our first look at a brand new chacter we have yet to meet in this sci-fi franchise. »
Update: It looks like the image below has managed to fool the internet. Deadline is reporting that the proposed Avatar 2 concept art comes from a fake Twitter account for producer Jon Landau - and that the filmmaker is currently in the midst of trying to get the account deleted. The original report in its entirety is below: It.s been almost six years since James Cameron.s groundbreaking sci-fi adventure Avatar became the biggest movie ever, and in that time, the talk of sequels has never abated. They.re still coming, three of them, and while production is a ways off, we do have a new look at what the Na.vi, the alien creatures from the film, will look like in Avatar 2, and from what we see, they look very familiar. Avatar 2 pic.twitter.com/5QCBPv8efm . Jon Landau (@teamJonLandau) September 27, 2015 Jon Landau, a producer on »
Producer Jon Landau appears to have posted a concept sketch of one of the Na'vi characters we'll see in James Cameron's "Avatar" sequel, the first apparent piece of art from the upcoming follow-up to the biggest movie of all time.
The art, which was posted in a tweet, does not specify who it is even though it seems to quite clearly be Zoe Saldana's Neytiri. The first of three proposed sequels is slated to hit cinemas in December 2017.
Avatar 2 pic.twitter.com/5QCBPv8efm
— Jon Landau (@teamJonLandau) September 27, 2015 »
- Garth Franklin
UK sales outfit Embankment Films has boarded international sales on the $20m feature, which will now be directed by actor-director Saul Rubinek (True Romance) who has taken over from Sliding Doors filmmaker Peter Hewitt.
Also new to the English-language production is financier Tien Ran Media Group, a subsidiary of e-commerce giant Alibaba, which is making its first foray into international film production.
Tien Ran replaces Show + Share Investment as the film’s primary Chinese financier.
The Golden Era distributor Stellar Mega Films is due to release locally.
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