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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Pirates and Dark Knight Sequels Shooting Next Year?

I give way to the 95% possibility that these comments are totally false, but they peaked my interest enough for me to post them.

Disney Head of Production, Oren Aviv, revealed the fourth "Pirates of the Caribbean" will shoot next May. He hopes Pirates 4 will be released summer of 2011:

“It’s important to get the story right and it’s important to me to scale it down, because we can’t get bigger… The movies have subsequently gotten bigger and bigger and very complicated and they were satisfying on so many levels obviously, but I want to kind of reboot the whole thing and bring it down to its core, its essence, just characters.”

Interesting... Reboot it eh? Johnny Depp is currently very interested in the next movie and Aviv hopes the next movie will be the first of yet another trilogy. Though Gore Verbinski (director of the first three "Pirates") was originally slated to direct the "Bioshock" movie, production has been severely stalled-- Leaving a possible return for him as well.

So what of Batman? Sadly it's nothing quite as in depth as Aviv on Pirates 4. Gary Oldman simply stated shooting would begin next year. Jokingly he added, "...Don't quote me on that."

So what does it mean? Probably, and very literally nothing. All the rumors that have been spit from actors about the next Batman sequel have been concluded as false or exaggerated. Until Warner Brothers comes out with an official announcement, I wouldn't get too excited. But Oldman's comment at least gives fans something to chew on until real news surfaces.

TRAILER - Ong Bak 2

I've heard for a long time this was coming, but I had sense lost track of it. I loved Tony Jaa in the first "Ong Bak," and while I can't wait for a sequel I'm kind of disappointed it has no connection to the original. Tony Jaa plays Tieng, (in the first film his name was "Ting") a man born in to the royal family of Naresuan during the late 1500s. After his parents are murdered he goes through many trails and adventures to finally strike vengeance into his parents' murderers. I oversimplify, but if "Ong Bak" showed us anything it's that silly characters and badass fighter can make for one entertaining movie. While I don't get the vibe we'll see many comedic characters in this one, the action looks like its been ramped up to the next level.

"Ong Bak 2" gets a limited release in the States October 23rd.

Friday, July 24, 2009

TRAILER - Tron Legacy

I haven't been updating much on the Comic Con front because, frankly, I've found most of the news from this year's Con rather bland. Surprisingly, the one thing that has caught my eye is the movie I probably had the least amount of interest in.

Lets face it. Yes, "Tron" was a groundbreaking movie. Yes, it did have incredible visuals and for this it will continue to take up a very big space in cinematic history books. But its storyline is flawed with poor character development, insufferable pacing and an overabundance of flash. Suddenly I engulf memories of "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" and its long winded visuals of the Enterprise flying around V'ger. Both movies look great! But a script should fill out the running time of a movie, not soulless visuals. In an attempt to make "Tron" in to some epic art house flick, it spirals out in to the worst B-Movie territory.

Here, however, is a trailer that takes a good idea and reels in the audience with curiosity. I've heard even people who haven't seen the original "Tron" are psyched for this movie. Perhaps the Tron franchise has more to offer than I thought. Time will tell.

Jeff Bridges' surprising appearance adds a layer of familiarity for fans, and a grasp of substance for newcomers. I hope the movie holds the same amount of spark and surprise as the trailer does.