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Friday, August 8, 2008

"Gatchaman" Photos

Over a year ago it was reported that Image studios was creating a CG animated "Gatchaman" and "Astro Boy" movie. "Gatchaman" is a Japanese animated series based on a super hero task force. (Not quite like Power Rangers.) As the film draws closer to its release more photos are being put out. Below are three new screenshots from the upcoming "Gatchaman" film. Click to enlarge:

They're nothing extravagant, but it does look like a lot of work has been put in to this movie since last year. "Gatchaman" is awaiting release early 2009.

Maximum Ride Finds a Movie Scribe

Looks like Sony/Columbia Pictures is finally moving forward with the "Maximum Ride" film. Screenwriter Don Payne has been hired to write the movie adaptation of the best selling book series. His writing credits include the unimpressive "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" and "My Super Ex-Girlfriend."

As reported before, Avi Arad, producer of many Marvel super hero films, will produce with book series writer James Patterson taking over as Executive Producer.

Avi Arad and Don Payne? Sounds like a big hit or miss right now. I was not impressed with "Rise of the Silver Surfer" in the least bit and I attribute the writing to most of that. Hopefully this guy gets his act together and decides to pull a rabbit out of his hat. "Maximum Ride," as I've stated before, is my favorite book series. (With the exception of the last book...) I truly hope it is treated with care by whatever director gets the script.

Still no shooting or release date. I doubt there will be one until the script is finished.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

TRAILER - Winged Creatures

This film caught my attention recently. I wasn't too interested in it at first and then I saw the cast. The film stars Guy Pearce, Kate Beckinsale, Guy Pearce, Forest Whitaker, Guy Pearce, Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Jennifer Hudson and Guy Pearce. Did I mention Guy Pearce, man of men, is in this movie?

The story, which includes Guy Pearce, follows a group of individuals that survive a diner shooting. They slowly find that their lives have been changed and find their own means to recover from the traumatic event.

Yes, in typical fashion, this does sound like another indie flick hoping to get several nods at the Oscars-- But Guy Pearce is in it.

Seriously it does look quite good. I'd keep an out for this one:

The film was released at the LA Film Festival this past June. It is rumored for a limited release later this year.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Revealed Plot Information for Transformers 2 - Megatron Lives

Like it's a big surprise. According to CHUD Megatron will be resurrected by the Autobots in "Transformers 2: Rise of the Fallen," to get information on a new villain who goes by the name of Fallen. (Egad, the title of the movie!) Further reports suggest that Megatron will not be an alien jet in the upcoming sequel.

I know what you're thinking. A gun. I doubt Bay would allow Megatron to become a giant hand gun like he did in the original series after spouting about how silly it is. Frankly, he is correct in this case. However, in later, truer incarnations of Megatron, his alternate form was a tank. I've alway found that very appropriate for Megatron and it should keep some fans from crying out because, lets face, a tank is basically a giant gun on wheels. One can hope.

No one knows what Megatron's alternate form will be, but, so far, it seems he will not return as Galvatron. I think this is a horrible misfire on Bay's part. Megatron's demise in the first movie was a fantastic set up for Galvatron, but right now it doesn't look like we'll be getting that Megatron upgrade.

In any case, the sequel to one of last years worst and most overrated movies is well in to production. For those excited, high-five someone while jumping in the air. Please? It makes me laugh.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Will Wolverine Appear in "The Avengers"?

Comic Con is over and the news is slowing down rapidly, but that doesn't mean a few tidbits leak hear and there. MTV asked Hugh Jackman, who wasn't scheduled to appear at Comic Con, but came anyway, if he was interested in "The Avengers" movie Marvel has slated for a 2011 release. His answer:

"Any movie with Robert Downey Jr. I want to be in. I’m open to it. I love playing this guy [Wolverine]. The great thing about Wolverine is he’s still a fun character. He’s a tortured soul but he’s always got a quip. He’s always got a line. He’s like Dirty Harry and Mad Max. These aren’t nice guys but they get the job done. He marches to the beat of his own drummer. That’s why I love playing him.”

Hugh Jackman's Wolverine with Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man and Edward Norton's Hulk? Wow. Such a line up doesn't even need Captain America and Thor, but we all know we'll be getting them anyway. This is of course under rumor-control, but I'd like to see Jackman in "The Avengers." If Marvel was paying attention, I'd grab Jackman while he's still interested.