With the prologue in theaters through the Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol screenings, Warner Bros. has smartly slid out a new trailer to start teasing about what the Dark Knight Rises will be all about so those that don’t go can get a glimpse of some of the goodness as well. HD versions are starting to crop up and you can check to see what’s available on the Apple Trailers site as well
A little more has surfaced with regards to the next DC Animated movie with Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. It was announced back in May that Aquaman would headline the next film, which will be coming after the August 12th, 2014 release of Batman: Assault on Arkham. It was largely expected that it would follow the New 52 timeline after Justice League: War and it definitely falls into that pattern, adapting what makes up the third graphic novel from that comic series as written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Ivan Reiss. Some of the back cover art design work has surfaced for the Assault on Arkham, which you can see below, which lays out what the next feature will be.
Plot concept: When Atlantis is struck by a U.S. Naval missile gone awry, Atlantis–led by Aquaman’s brother Ocean Master–attacks the East Coast of the United States flooding its major cities such as Boston, Metropolis, Gotham City and several others.
The Justice League comes together to help Aquaman turn back the tide, but they soon learn that they are woefully overmatched by the Atlantean Army, and must find a way to save the world from total annihilation.
Peter Jackson is out and about making the rounds for interviews and the like and he’s made a new statement that inches us a bit closer to what the runtime is for the first feature in the new trilogy. What’s amusing is that while he has the runtime, that’s without the credits being included at the end and any potential tease from there as well for the second installment. The first TV spot has also been introduced, which you can see further below.
“It’s looking like it’s going to be about ten minutes shorter than Fellowship was,” said Jackson.”So it’s going to be officially our shortest Middle-earth yet. I mean, Fellowship was just under three hours and this is about 2 hours 40 minutes at the moment.”
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is due out in theaters on December 14th.
Plot concept: The film follows the titular hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever… Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
We’re suckers for time travel movies and while we’re seeing a few people referencing this as Michael Bay’s attempt at producing a Primer film (impossible!), it definitely looks like a fun found-footage style piece called Welcome to Yesterday. Which was previously called Almanac. And sometimes called Cinema One. Produced by Michael Bay, it’s being directed by Dean Israelite and has mostly young unknowns for it as written by Andrew Stark, Jason Pagan and Andrew Deutschman. Paramount Pictures is distributing it with a planned February 28th, 2014 release.
Plot concept: A group of teens embark on an adventure when they discover secret plans to build a time machine.
With a planned September 19th, 2014 release date, 20th Century Fox has released the first theatrical poster for The Maze Runner. The feature adapts the novel of the same name by James Dashner, which has a sequel as well, and is being directed by Wes Ball based on a script by Noah Oppenheim. The feature, whose budget is unlisted at this stage, has a largely unknown cast to it with the main draw being the lead of Dylan O’Brien, who has gained a good bit of fans through his work as one of the core characters on Teen Wolf. The film is an interesting young adult novel adaptation in that the majority of them that have come out have focused on female leads whereas this one goes for a male lead and largely ensemble as well. It was originally scheduled for a February 204 release but was pushed back late last fall while in the post-production phase.
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Plot concept: Plot Summary: When Thomas (O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based on the best-selling novel by James Dashner.
With it just being over a year until the November 8th, 2013 release, Marvel Studios has used the New York Comic Con event as the time to unveil the official synopsis for Thor: The Dark World. The feature shifts gears a bit with its story and should draw a bigger audience overall as more people are now familiar with the character after The Avengers, which should make for some interesting box office comparisons. The feature has quite the cast to it, which you can see below, and has had some intriguing on set photos show up so far.
Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne (credit not final) and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (credit not final) and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book “Journey into Mystery” #83 in August, 1962.
“Thor: The Dark World” is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle and Nigel Gostelow. The film releases November 8, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Bong Joon-ho, the man behind The Host back in 2006, is gearing up for a big film that’s hitting this year with Snowpiercer. The film has a strong cast to it that will garner it more attention, particularly with Chris Evans after his Captain America and Avengers fame. The feature also stars:
- Jamie Bell as Edgar
- Alison Pill
- John Hurt as Gilliam
- Tilda Swinton as Mason
- Octavia Spencer as Tanya
- Ed Harris
Plot Concept: The film is set in a future where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class system evolves on the train but a revolution brews.