Monday, January 18, 2010

Movie News: Empires of the Deep; Your Highness

Empires of the Deep Update

Robert Hood has a large update on the Chinese undersea fantasy film Empires of the Deep, including the new director, plot synopsis (a young man and a mermaid quest for a hidden temple), and cast (including Monica Bellucci from the Matrix movies and The Brothers Grimm).

As cool as the concept art is (and Hood's got tons of it), the amount of hype in the press releases is making me skeptical. They don't even have a movie yet and they're already planning a theme park? I'm guessing that means that the producers have said to themselves, "Wouldn't it be cool if there could be a theme park?"

I'm also guessing that the quality of the finished movie will be something along the lines of Dragon Wars, but I would love to be proved wrong.

Your Highness

What's with all the medieval movies lately? Not that I'm complaining, but we've got How to Train Your Dragon, Robin Hood, and now Your Highness. That last one is a comedy starring Danny McBride as a slacker-knight who teams up with his dashing older brother (James Franco) to rescue a damsel in distress (Zooey Deschanel). Natalie Portman is also in it as a butt-kicking heroine who joins the quest for mysterious reasons.

It would've gone in my Netflix queue just for James Franco, but Natalie Portman gets me to the theater.

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