Director, J.J. Abrams explains why Star Trek skipped Comic Con.
IGN Movies caught up with director J.J. Abrams at this past weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con where the Star Trek filmmaker explained to us why there was a distinct lack of Trek evident at this year’s show.
Abrams explains that Paramount decided not to promote the movie, along with Transformers 2 and G.I. Joe, at this year’s Comic-Con as part of a larger marketing strategy.
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George Lucas says that he will consider making Indy 5, if he can come with an idea that the actors will like.
In spite of the critical mauling Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull received, George Lucas has been discussing the possibility of a fifth film in the franchise, stating, “If I can come up with another idea that they like, we’ll do another.”
Speaking to The Sunday Times, Lucas said that putting together the recently released sequel was a challenge. “Indiana Jones only becomes complicated when you have another two people saying ‘I want it this way’ and ‘I want it that way’, whereas when I first did Jones, I just said ‘We’ll do it this way’ – and that was much easier.
“But now”, he went on, “I have to accommodate everybody, because they are all big, successful guys too, so it’s a little hard on a practical level.”
Lucas also elaborated on the creative differences he and Spielberg have recently been experiencing. “We still have the issues about the direction we’d like to take.” he explained.
“I’m in the future, Steven’s in the past. He’s trying to drag it back to the way they were, I’m trying to push it to a whole different place. So still we have a sort of tension. This recent one came out of that. It’s kind of a hybrid of our own two ideas, so we’ll see where we are able to take the next one.”
With Crystal Skull taking more than $750m worldwide, a fifth film seems more than likely, so what direction would you like to see the franchise take?
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Release date: Friday September 12, 2008 Genre: Comedy Director: Diane English Studio: Alliance Films/Picturehouse Producer(s): Bill Johnson, Diane English, Mick Jagger, Victoria Pearman Screenplay: Diane English Cast: Candice Bergen, Annette Bening, Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Debra Messing Official Site:thewomenthemovie.com Rating:PG-13 for sex-related material, language, some drug use, and brief smoking Available film art:The Women movie posters
Synopsis The Women is about friends and mothers and daughters. It’s about breaking up and finding your way back. It’s about reinventing yourself. It’s about walking through fire for what you believe in. It’s about Women.
Release date: Friday October 3, 2008 Genre: Drama Director: Gary Fleder Studio: Universal Pictures Producer(s): John Davis Screenplay: Scott Williams, Jeffrey Lieber, Charles Leavitt, John Lee Hancock Cast: Dennis Quaid, Rob Brown, Nelsan Ellis Official Site:theexpressmovie.com Rating:PG-13 thematic content, violence and language involving racism, and brief sensuality Available film art:The Express movie posters
Synopsis Based on an incredible true story, The Express follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis (Rob Brown), the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. Following his draft by the NFL, tragedy struck the star athlete and he was never able to take the professional field. But his tale would forever change the face of professional sports.
Raised in poverty in Pennsylvania coal-mining country, Davis overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to become an unstoppable running back for the Syracuse Orangemen. Under the guidance of coach Ben Schwartzwalder (Dennis Quaid)—a hard-nosed surrogate father with an obsession for winning a national championship–Davis would develop from an impressive high-school athlete into a legend.
While everyone agreed Ernie Davis was a miracle player, few thought this quiet young man would become an icon for the burgeoning civil rights movement dividing America in the early 1960s. Refusing to play by the unspoken racist rules of the day, Davis broke through one barrier after another to alter the way fans looked at men of his color.
Though leukemia struck the player a terrible blow in the prime of his life, his spirit soared when most would crumble. Forcing his bull-headed coach to re-examine a life lived in color-based privilege, Davis would join the ranks of black pioneers who inspired a movement that smashed barriers on and off the playing field.
Release date: Friday August 22, 2008 Genre: Comedy Director: Fred Wolf Studio: Columbia Pictures Producer(s): Adam Sandler, Allen Covert, Heather Parry, Jack Giarraputo Screenplay: Karen McCullah Lutz, Kirsten Smith Cast: Anna Faris, Colin Hanks, Emma Stone, Kat Dennings, Dana Goodman, Katharine McPhee, Rumer Willis, Christopher McDonald, Beverly D’Angelo Official Site:thehousebunny.com Rating:PG-13 for sex-related humor, partial nudity and brief strong language Available film art: The House Bunny movie posters
Synopsis “House Bunny” centers on a Playboy bunny (Faris) who gets kicked out of the Playboy Mansion and becomes the house mother to the lamest sorority on campus.
McPhee plays a pregnant hippy, while Stone is president of the sorority. Willis plays an insecure young woman who wears a backbrace even though she could have had it removed years ago. Dennings portrays a pierced women’s studies feminist, and Goodman plays the sister who keeps switching majors and should have graduated years ago. Wright is a conniving young woman from the popular sorority.
Universal Wanted a sequel so they’re getting one. Director Timur Bekmambetov, scribes Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, and producer Marc Platt are all reprising their respective duties for the now in-development Wanted 2.
According to Variety, “The creative team is still working on the challenge of continuing the story after most of the principal characters — including Angelina Jolie — ended the original in no position for an encore.”
Platt informed the trade, “The writers are at work already, and those creative discussions are taking place.” The filmmakers also reportedly want to bring back James McAvoy as office drone-turned-superassassin Wesley Gibson.
Wanted has so far grossed $192.6 million worldwide.
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Release date: Friday September 26, 2008 Genre: Thriller Director: D.J. Caruso Studio: DreamWorks Pictures Producer(s): Alex Kurtzman, Patrick Crowley, Robert Orci Screenplay: Dan McDermott, John Glenn, Travis Wright, Hillary Seitz Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis, Anthony Mackie, Billy Bob Thornton Official Site:eagleeyemovie.com Rating: None None Available film art:Eagle Eye movie posters
Synopsis In the fast-paced race-against-time-thriller “Eagle Eye” Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan are two strangers who become the pawns of a mysterious woman they have never met, but who seems to know their every move. Realizing they are being used to further her diabolical plot, they must work together to outwit the woman before she has them killed.