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Earlier this week it was revealed that Pixar has at least one other sequel in development beyond 2015's Finding Nemo follow-up Finding Dory; while Toy Story 4 must surely be at the top of any list, it wouldn't be too much of a surprise to see the Disney-owned animation studio attempting to capitalise on the current superhero boom with a sequel to 2004's smash hit The Incredibles. However, judging by comments from director Brad Bird it seems we can probably scratch The Incredibles 2 from the list of possibilities for the time being, although the two-time Oscar winner has revealed that he's certainly open to continuing the adventures of the superhero family.
"I have been thinking about [The Incredibles 2]. People think that I have not been, but I have," said Bird in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "Because I love those characters and love that world. I am stroking my chin and scratching my head. »
- Flickering Myth
After helming two Star Trek films for Paramount, J.J. Abrams surprised many people when he signed on to direct Disney's Star Wars: Episode VII earlier this year. The acclaimed director stated that, despite his reluctance, Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy convinced him to take on the job even though he was attached to Star Trek. However, there may have been more to the switch. An in-depth article by The Wrap reveals that differences amongst Paramount, CBS and Bad Robot led to merchandising being limited; Abrams had plans to create "a multi-platform experience that spanned television, digital entertainment and comic books." After splitting from Viacom in 2006, CBS owns the rights to the original Star Trek television series as well as producing any future shows, while Paramount owns the film rights. A source tells The Wrap, "J.J. just threw up his hands. The message was, 'Why set up all this when we'll »
We have all heard that J.J. Abrams could not pass up the opportunity to direct Star Wars: Episode VII despite originally declining the offer due to his commitment to Star Trek. With Star Trek Into Darkness now hitting theaters and the possibility of Abrams directing the sequel to Star Trek Into Darkness in doubt, we may now be getting the real reason why things have ended up the way they have. According to The Wrap, Abrams became frustrated at not being able to develop Star Trek television »
- Alex Maidy
Episode VII and Spinoff Movie News Summary As announced late last week, Star Wars: Episode VII will be filming in the UK. StarWars.com posted a press release: Lucasfilm announced today that production of Star Wars: Episode VII will take place in the United Kingdom. All of the six previous live-action Star Wars movies have included UK production in such famed studios as Elstree, Shepperton, Leavesden, Ealing and Pinewood Studios. "We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that," said Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm. "Speaking from my own »
The Book: Rendezvous With Rama
At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at an inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind’s first encounter with alien intelligence. It will kindle their wildest dreams… and fan their darkest fears. For no one knows who the Ramans are or why they have come. And now the moment of rendezvous awaits — just behind a Raman airlock door.
Why it should be adapted:
Unlike the previous two entries, Doomsday Book and Brave New World, Rendezvous With Rama is straight-up Sci-Fi , with spaceships, aliens, and all of the fun jazz that comes along with that.
To be fair, »
- Drew Koenig
Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird recently opened up about the prospect of directing a sequel to his 2004 animated hit The Incredibles. While he addressed the possibility of a follow-up back in December 2011, the filmmaker seems more keen on making the sequel now.
"I have been thinking about it. People think that I have not been, but I have. Because I love those characters and love that world. I am stroking my chin and scratching my head. I have many, many elements that I think would work really well in another [Incredibles] film, and if I can get 'em to click all together, I would probably wanna do that. I like the idea of moving a little more quickly in films. I'm looking for ways to accelerate the pace a little bit and figure out a way to keep creative control over these movies to a level where I'm comfortable »
Cast an eye over Brad Bird’s back catalogue and it’s easy to understand why the burgeoning filmmaker was initially one of the directors touted to helm Star Wars: Episode VII. Ultimately, it was J.J. Abrams’ name that was picked from Disney’s hat, but that doesn’t mean Bird was in close contention at one stage. And now, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the director reveals the reason why he turned his back on a galaxy far, far away.
Speaking about Star Wars: Episode VII, here’s what Bird had to say:
“I’ve known Kathy [Kennedy] for a while and I know George. And they did come to me. But the problem was, the schedule they had in mind made it impossible to do…unless I dropped Tomorrowland.…We had reached a critical mass where it would’ve thrown the furniture around from the train stopping. »
- Michael Briers
Looks like J.J. Abrams wasn't the first choice to helm “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Brad Bird, director of 2011's “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and Pixar films like “The Incredibles,” said Disney approached him to take the job, but he had to turn it down. Bird, whose name was bandied about by fans as a possible directing prospect soon after Disney first announced “Episode VII,” was quick to deny those rumors late last year. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he explained why: he's busy at work on his latest project, a mysterious, Disney-set sci-fi flick called “Tomorrowland.” “I've known [‘Star Wars' producer] Kathy [Kennedy] for a while and I know George [Lucas]. And they did come to me. But the problem was, the schedule they had in mind made it impossible to do…unless I dropped ‘Tomorrowland,'” Bird said. He added that he worried the project, which was already deep in development, »
- Katie Roberts
Hey, we're not called CurrentMovie.com.
And, surprisingly enough, there's actually quite a bit of information floating around out there about the presumed third installment in the hit sci-fi franchise relaunch. With that in mind, we've compiled all the rumors, revealing interviews and Major Spoilers into one handy guide.
So check it out. Because if there's one thing "Star Trek" has taught us, it's that tomorrow is going to be even better than today.
The Whole Crew Will Be Back
As the chatter surrounding whether or not Robert Downey, Jr. will be back for "Iron Man 4" has shown us, you just can't take anything for granted in the world of movies. If they can potentially replace the most popular and successful box office star of the past five years, »
- Scott Harris
J.J. Abrams appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" last night to promote Star Trek: Into Darkness, which was an awesome movie by the way. While there, Kimmel allowed a few of his audience members and die-hard Star Wars fans to give Abrams some advice on what he should include in Star Wars: Episode VII. There's also a couple of great guest appearances that are sure to put a smile on your face. Enjoy!
- Joey Paur
Much like Harrison Ford a few weeks ago, J.J. Abrams appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to plug his latest movie, Star Trek Into Darkness, only to be asked about the status of Star Wars: Episode VII. Unlike Ford, Abrams shared the fact that he and screenwriter Michael Arndt have come down with a case of writer's block to which Kimmel suggested taking some ideas from the audience. What followed included suggestions from some costumed fans as well as Lando himself, Billy Dee Williams. Hell, even »
- Alex Maidy
The Incredibles is easily my favorite animated Pixar film, and since it was made, I have wanted to see a sequel. The movie was directed by Brad Bird who went on to direct Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and is currently developing Tomorrowland for Disney. During a recent interview with THR, Bird was asked what the chances were of us seeing a sequel to The Incredibles, and this was his reply:
I have been thinking about it. People think that I have not been, but I have. Because I love those characters and love that world. I am stroking my chin and scratching my head. I have many, many elements that I think would work really well in another [Incredibles] film, and if I can get ‘em to click all together, I would probably wanna do that.
I like the idea of moving a little more quickly in films. I’m »
- Joey Paur
Brad Bird is currently at work on Tomorrowland, but he recently discussed a road he could take one day and a road not taken. For the former, Bird commented on the possibility of making a sequel to The Incredibles. Briefly, Bird says he hasn't forgotten about the characters and that world. The issue is how to "get ‘em to click all together." Bird adds that he wants to keep creative control, but he also has other projects he's trying to work on (among them could be the historical drama, 1906). There's also the issue of getting Pixar on board when that studio has its next four films lined-up, and while a possible sequel to one of their movies is in development, I doubt it's Incredibles without Bird's involvement. Hit the jump for his full quote and what he had to say about passing on Star Wars: Episode VII. Here's what Bird »
- Matt Goldberg
Fans are very curious about the direction J.J. Abrams plans to take the "Star Wars" franchise in the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII." Will he bring back the original cast? Base the story off one of the popular "Star Wars" novels? Try something completely new? There are definitely more questions than answers.
Abrams' other sci-fi epic, "Star Trek Into Darkness," hits theaters today, and the director visited "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to promote the film. Talk inevitably turned to "Star Wars," and Abrams gave a status update on the project.
"It's obviously very early days," he says. "We're working on the story. We just don't want to screw it up. We're trying to figure it out right now. That's kind of where we are."
He adds, "We're sort of having a little bit of writer's block trying to get through it, but we'll figure it out."
Whether that's the case or not is unclear, »
Iron Man 3 screenwriter Drew Pearce has been hired to write Mission: Impossible 5 for Tom Cruise and Paramount Pictures. Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie is still in discussions with the studio to direct the film. Crusie is also producing the movie alongside J.J. Abrams who, as you know, recently dedicated himself to developing Star Wars: Episode VII for Disney and Lucasfilm. Pearce also wrote Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim and is penning the third Sherlock Holmes film.
There are no plot deals for the fifth installment of this franchise yet, but I'm sure they've got something pretty cool up their sleeve. I really enjoyed the last one directed by Brad Bird, but I think the first one, directed by Brian De Palma, is still the best.
What's you're favorite Mission: Impossible film so far? Where would you like to see the story go in the fifth movie?
Source: THR (http://www. »
- Joey Paur
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 10th to Sunday 12th May 2013...
After two weeks atop the UK box office chart, Marvel's Iron Man 3 was knocked into second place this past weekend as J.J. Abrams unleashed his eagerly-anticipated sci-fi sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. Captain Kirk and company pulled in an impressive £8,431,574 (including £1.6 million from Thursday previews), surpassing Star Trek's £6 million opening back in 2009 to give Abrams his best UK debut to date (expect Star Wars: Episode VII to have something to say about that in 2015). Read our reviews of Star Trek Into Darkness here and here.
Despite slipping to second, it wasn't all bad news for Marvel, with Iron Man 3 adding another £3.2 million to push it beyond £31 million here in the UK as the Shane Black-directed solo sequel edges towards the magical $1 billion mark worldwide. Meanwhile, the only other newcomer »
- Flickering Myth
Michael Giacchino, fresh off writing music to warp by for Star Trek Into Darkness, has revealed on Twitter that he will be scoring Matt Reeves' Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes - and that he will be dressed as a monkey in a tuxedo to record the score. We believe at least one of these statements.It's no big surprise that the Oscar-winning composer would choose this particular film: he's worked with Reeves before on Let Me In and elements for Cloverfield, and of course Reeves is an auld mate of J.J. Abrams, who Giacchino's worked with regularly over the years on two Star Trek scores and two Mission: Impossibles as well as lots of TV stuff.Frankly, since he's one of the best composers out there, we're delighted when Giacchino signs on to anything. Given that he's recently emphatically denied plans to do Star Wars: Episode VII, »
Star Wars or Star Trek? It's a question that has been debated by fans for years, and it will be continue to be debated for years to come. I love both franchises. They are each unique in their own way. Although if I had to choose one over the other, I'd have to choose Star Wars. There's just a certain connection I have with it.
Director J.J. Abrams has also said several times that he prefers Star Wars over Star Trek. Now that he's set to direct Star Wars: Episode VII, everyone is asking him about it while he's doing press for Star Trek Into Darkness. Of course, it's still in the very early stages of development, so Abrams doesn't have much to say about it yet.
He recently was a guest on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and instead of asking Abrams about how he plans on developing »
- Joey Paur
The Force is strong with this one: On May 14, 1944 in Modesto, Calif., George Lucas was born to parents Dorothy and George Lucas, Sr. Sixty-nine years later, Lucas is one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of Hollywood, the man who made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs who created "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones."
After making his directorial debut with 1971's "Thx 1138," Lucas co-wrote and directed the coming-of-age classic "American Graffiti." (The film was based on Lucas' early life in Modesto.) Featuring a bevy of future stars like Harrison Ford, Ron Howard and Richard Dreyfuss, "American Graffiti" was a hit; the 1973 film earned five Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director for Lucas and Best Original Screenplay for Lucas, Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck. After "American Graffiti" came a little film called "Star Wars" (later known as "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope").
"Star Wars »
- Christopher Rosen
Recently, Kathleen Kennedy announced that J.J. Abrams. wildly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII would film the bulk of its sequel in noted UK studios including Shepperton, Elstree and Pinewood. The producer mentioned that previously Star Wars films shot scenes at these facilities, and it was their desire to tap into the series. rich history as they embark on a new challenge and tell original stories. Maybe they also could swing by Tunisia, where locations and props from Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope still stand to this day? As part of her books Every World.s a Stage and No More Stars, photographer Ra di Martino captured (via Laughing Squid) enlightening images of futuristic Star Wars props in Tunisian locations, meaning fans can trek to the North African country and touch a piece of Hollywood history. Here are three of our fave shots. You can find more on »
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