Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Movie News: Drew Barrymore and Flying Monkeys

Dawn Treader poster

Saw this poster at the movie theater last week. It's been so long since we've had any updates that I'd almost forgotten about the movie. Which is a shame because it's my favorite Narnia book and so by all rights should be the best film in the series. These things take so long to crank out though that I'm skeptical about the chances of the series' continuing far past this one. Hopefully it'll do really well as the holiday release that Prince Caspian should have been and the next ones will get fast-tracked. [/Film]

Another 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Because it's not tough enough keeping track of two Three Musketeers films, now there are two 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea movies in development as well. Disney's (captained by David Fincher) and now one by Ridley and Tony Scott; written by one of the guys who wrote the Clash of the Titans remake. The Scotts' version will be set in the future to connect it more closely with Jules Vernes' scifi intentions than with his actual nineteenth-century setting. I can't say that I'm excited about that. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the break: a sea monster, Alpha Flight, Empires of the Deep, the Robin Hood post mortem, Three Musketeers, Hitman 2, Salt, and after Oz.

Bleak Sea trailer

Though none is seen in the trailer, the filmmakers promise that Bleak Sea is about a giant, undersea monster. They're being cryptic enough about it though that I suspect there's a lot more to it than just that. The trailer and the movie's tagline - Nietzsche's famous "abyss" quote - imply that the horror may be as much psychological as it is huge and tentacled. [Undead Backbrain]

Alpha Flight movie?

The director of Splice would love to make an Alpha Flight movie. I say we let him. [MTV's Splash Page] [Marina photo-manipulation by Viridis Lament]

Empires of the Deep update

Robert Hood is all over the continuing development of Empires of the Deep. In his latest post, he talks about the troubled history of getting a director to stick, confirms that Olga Kurylenko is playing the Mermaid Queen, has footage from a Chinese press conference that includes images from the film, and shares tons of development photos that reveal the look of the thing. Some of the make-up is a bit worrying, but I'm keeping in mind that a lot of that can be fixed with CGI and I'm hoping that it will.

Robin Hood post mortem

I've enjoyed these post mortem exercises that /Film occasionally does. The one for the Clash of the Titans remake was enlightening and now they turn their attention to Ridley Scott's Robin Hood and how it might have been different had it stayed on its original path.

I like Robin Hood much much more than /Film did. Knowing that it was a prequel movie before I went in lowered my expectations immensely and let me enjoy the movie for what it was. I liked the cast (even William Hurt!), I liked the story, I liked the action, I liked the romance and chemistry between Robin and Marian, and I'm ready for a sequel. The CSI: Nottingham and Fight Club takes sound much more shaky to me than what I saw on screen, but it's very interesting to read about how the film evolved.

Meet Queen Anne

Paul WS Anderson's Three Musketeers now has its Queen of France. That was the main character I was curious about after the initial round of casting announcements. Now I'm curious to know if her handmaiden (and D'Artagnan's girlfriend) Constance will be in the movie and who might play her. [/Film]

Hitman 2

It's on, but no word yet on whether Timothy Olyphant will reprise his role. My further interest in the sequel hinges entirely on that occurrence (or their getting someone equally as cool). It would also be great to have Olga Kurylenko back as well. [/Film]

Salt poster

This one's way better than the first one, which was just a generic shot of Angelina Jolie's face. This one lets you know you're in for some beautiful, beautiful butt-kicking. [/Film]

Surrender Dorothy

Several years ago Drew Barrymore was attached to play Dorothy in a sequel to The Wizard of Oz in which the Wicked Witch of the West didn't truly die and came to our world to take revenge on the ruby-slippered heroine. That never took off, but Barrymore's still interested in the project. As a director.

And as a huge fan of Whip It, her directorial debut, I'm excited for whatever she works on next. Flying monkeys are just a bonus. [/Film]


Rich said...

Ironically, I just posted a blog earlier this afternoon based on a reposting of some Dawn Treader content you had posted awhile back. Odd how this works.

Erik Johnson Illustrator said...

Dawn Treader was always my second favorite of the series after "Silver Chair" (It's hard to compete with Puddleglum) I was worried when I heard Walden ran into money troubles over this one since I was so fond of the series as a kid (and still enjoy it as an adult) but now that its on the horizon I'm all the more curious about it since the book itself is more akin to a series of short stories than a three act outline. However, they have made changes to the structure of the last two that I think benefited to the transition from book to film as well as helped new viewers to understand certain things, so I have doubt they'll do right by it.

Michael May said...

Rich: That's cool! :) And thanks for linking!

Erik: It is hard to compete with Puddleglum. The Silver Chair is one of my favorites too because of him. Plus it's nice to see a fully redeemed Eustace.

The Horse and His Boy is another favorite because of the whole Arabian setting. I doubt they'll make that one into a film, but I hold out hope. If they do though, I wonder if they'll feel the need to do something different with the villains' nationalities.

Dawn Treader wins for me by being a sea adventure though. And like you, I'm curious to see if or how they'll modify the story structure.


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