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Sci-fi shots: Bond, Predators, Terminators and Mummy sequels

Daily digest of some of the sci-fi and fantasy news that’s caught our eye including: Benedict Cumberbatch in Bond 24; Predators and Terminator sequels; coke-head Carrie Fisher (love her); and a new Mummy film.

Benedict Cumberbatch, the next Bond villain?

Bond producers are looking to lock down Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch as the villain in Bond 24.

Predators and Terminator sequels unlikely

First up: Predators. The 2010 Robert Rodriguez sequel starring Adrien Brody was a pretty darn good flick, and a return to form for a franchise that had gotten off the rails as of late.

According to Robert Rodriguez, director of the 2010 movie Predators, a recent shake-up at 20th Century Fox has likely derailed any chances for a seque anytime soon – “We were thinking about it. I don’t know, I’ll have to talk to them. They just had a regime change over there – we’ll see what happens.”

And Arnold Schwarzenegger recently told Empire, “I think (producer) Megan Ellison owns the rights to ‘Terminator 16,’ or whatever it is. They have been trying to put a script together but I’ve not seen it, so I’ve no idea. There’s nothing on the drawing board at this point. Nothing on the plan.”

So it looks like neither franchise will be making it back onto the big screen for some foreseeable time.

J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron to team up for new pilot

J.J. Abrams is set to produce a possible new show for NBC. Alfonso Cuaron, director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, will co-write and direct the pilot. The as yet untitled pilot is about a girl with special powers that will grow over seven years, and the man who is broken out of prison to protect her until then.

Carrie Fisher on cocaine while filming Star Wars

Carrie Fisher has been quite open about her drug past while working on the Star Wars trilogy. Circulating the web this week, is this fun fact – you can actually see evidence of it in The Return of the Jedi. Check out her first finger on co-star Harrison Ford’s shoulder.

In other interviews Carrie Fishers has given over the years, she recalls partaking in drug taking with members of the Star Wars cast on the Hoth set.

Len Wiseman to direct ‘The Mummy‘ remake for 2014

Producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jon Spaihts, with Universal are bringing The Mummy back to the big screen after the successful franchise starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz .

The trio have chosen Len Wiseman to direct the remake, and this time The Mummy will have a modern setting.

When I first heard Universal was relaunching this, that is the image that popped into my head, the period tale, the old monster, but when Bob and Alex pitched it, there was a great new take and approach, and a very different mummy as well. It’s a darker twist on the material, a scarier version.

Matt Smith to appear at MCM London

Matt Smith will be appearing at MCM Expo London Comic Con at ExCel on Friday 26 October. The Eleventh Doctor will be at the MCM theatre, chatting about all things Doctor Who and launching the new Doctor Who Series 7, Part 1 DVD (released 29th October). It will also be streamed online for any fans that can’t make it.

Weekend tickets cost £29 and include entry into Friday’s preview show which is when Matt Smith will be attending. For tickets and more info see www.londonexpo.com/faq/tickets/

Looper animated trailer

A very cool animated trailer for Rian Johnson’s sci-fi thriller Looper.

In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” – a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good… until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination. The film is written and directed by Rian Johnson and also stars Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, and Jeff Daniels. Ram Bergman and James D. Stern produce.

Directed by Rian Johnson Looper stars Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano and Jeff Daniels.

Looper opens in the UK on the 28th of September 2012.

Sci-fi shots: Doctor Who, Kick-Ass 2 and Dredd

Daily digest of some of the sci-fi and fantasy news that’s caught our eye including: Peter Jackson and Doctor Who; Jim Carrey and Aaron Johnson filming Kick-Ass 2 video; The Cabin In The Woods Blu-ray disc faults; and Dredd sequel unlikely to happen.

Michael Bay’s to film fifth Transformers movie

Even though he and the movies have had their criticisms, Michael Bay may be set to film a fifth Transformers movie. Glenn Morshower, who played a military leader in the previous installments said “After I did the opening ceremonies for the [Transformers theme park] ride, Steven Spielberg walked up to me and chatted and said ‘You know we’ve got you set to do the fourth one and probably the fifth one on the heels of that. So, I guess in December we are on our way to making 4 and 5.”

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to get Royal premiere

The first part of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy has been chosen for this year’s 65th Royal Film Performance and will premiere in London on 12th December.

Dredd sequel not likely after poor takings

Despite being a pretty good action movie, Dredd has performed poorly at the box office. This means it’s highly unlikely we’ll get another movie based on the classic British comic. Dredd didn’t meet the estimates of $9 million to $10 million in its first weekend in the United States, pulling in an about $6.3 million instead. Unfortunately it hasn’t even done well enough in the UK and other countries to compensate for the poor US takings.

It’s a real shame as Dredd is actually really good and the Slo-Mo effects are stunning. They didn’t go easy on the violence which is very graphic in part. Dredd is stil out, you should go see it.

New Hulk movie?

Everyone loved Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner and Hulk in The Avengers movie and now Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is considering the prospect. “Do I think Hulk can carry a movie and be as entertaining as he was in ‘Avengers’? I do believe that. I do believe he absolutely could. We certainly are not even going to attempt that until [after] ‘Avengers 2.’ So there’s a lot of time to think about it. Part of what’s fun about the way we played him in ‘Avengers’ is the ensemble quality of it. I think the pathos and humor, most importantly, that Mark and Joss brought to it showcased a different element of Hulk that’s there in the comics, and was always inherent in his character. But when he was so brooding in his other two films, he didn’t get to have that wry sense of humor that Mark did such an amazing job performing.”

Buzz Lightyear Balloon Costume Cosplay

Jeff Wright and his very cool Buzz Lightyear costume made from balloons.

The Cabin In The Woods Blu-ray disc faults

Having been dicked about with the multiple versions of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers (Assemble) in the UK, none of which has his commentary; there’s now a problem with an authoring fault on Lionsgate’s UK Blu-ray of The Cabin In The Woods.

The disc does play, but it annoyingly freezes briefly at eleven points in the film. If your disc is one of those affected, you can email cabin@technicolor.com to ask for a replacement. You’ll need to provide proof of purchase. You’ll be asked to scan that and send it in or if you ordered online, you’ll be asked to supply a copy of the order confirmation email. Retailers like Amazon have acted quickly to withdraw the Blu-ray from sale because of this technical issue.

Lionsgate say replacement discs are now in production and are asking customers to return their Blu-ray to the retailer where it was purchased (along with their receipt). Check their Cabin In The Woods Facebook page for further updates.

The DVD version is unaffected.

Philip Pullman rewrites Grimm Tales

Philip Pullman has taken a break from writing a companion novel, The Book Of Dust, to the His Dark Materials trilogy, to put his own spin on fifty of the Grimms’ classic fairytales.

Grimm Tales for Young and Old is published by Penguin Classics on 27 September 2012.

Jim Carrey and Aaron Johnson filming Kick-Ass 2 in Toronto

Peter Jackson would love to direct Doctor Who episode

Peter Jackson has revealed that would love to direct Doctor Who and it looks like the BBC might be open to the idea.

Executive producer Caro Skinner said “It is beyond wonderful that Peter is a fan of the show and it’s beyond flattering that he’d even think about it,” says Skinner. “I’m absolutely sure that we couldn’t afford him but, you know, we can always negotiate. His enthusiasm is just fantastic of course.”

“Of course at some point we’d love to bring Doctor Who down under . . . it won’t be possible until at least a year after the 50th anniversary. We are already two-thirds of the way through the shoots of series seven and although we filmed a couple of episodes abroad I can confirm for the rest of series seven we will be shooting entirely in Cardiff Bay.”

Photos from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

A great collection of hi-res photos from Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever… Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

The Hobbit trailer and poster

Trailer and poster for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which is released in the UK on 14th December 2012.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever… Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

Official Hugh Jackman photo as The Wolverine

Hugh Jackman is one of those lucky men who just seems to look better the older the gets and here’s the proof; look how ripped he looks in the first official photo from The Wolverine.

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.

Directed by James Mangold and starring Hugh Jackman, Brian Tee, Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Rila Fukushima, James Fraser, Tao Okamoto, Luke Webb and Hal Yamanouchi, The Wolverine is scheduled for release 26th July 2013.

1 Live, One Dies teaser trailer

1 Live, One Dies is a story about releasing the ego upon making the physical death transition. Misfortune grips hold of an ambiguous relationship between Crafton and Tirique, over a misunderstanding. That’s what happens when people don’t communicate with one another, and instead, allows their trust and abandonment issues to get in the way of them both enjoying the great life intended.

The story behind the film: an inspiring Artist-Photographer by the name of Tirique, and Crafton a medium Tarot Card reader, both committed suicide at the same time, and are now in an “Otherworldly After-Life between moving on through to the next dimensional level and Earth. Before moving through the light into the next dimensional level, Tirique decides to return to his most recent Earthly incarnation to correct what he perceives as wrongs done to him by Crafton.

Not really succeeding in his attempt, and repeating the exact same actions over again, he commits suicide again, is now dead to the physical world once more, but doesn’t know it. Wandering around in a field he meets OGE, a powerful nemesis.

OGE knows that Tirique has returned forward in the “Otherworldly After-Life again, looking for Crafton, and will do everything in his power to entice Tirique with temptations, and convince him that all’s the same. OGE, is Tirique’s ego, and the ego is the last that he must surrender before he can make his transition.

It’s not long before Tirique conquers OGE, and then go in search of Crafton, which he doesn’t recognize once he sees him again. Crafton must help Tirique understand that he went back to his last incarnation to make wrongs, right. Tirique will have some difficulty believing this.

Metaphysics behind the film:
On a mundane Earthly level, Tirique abandons and separate himself from Crafton because he betrayed him.

On a spiritual level, Crafton is an archetype that represents the Inner Being/Spirit that Tirique distance himself from, only to fall prey to the demands of his ego.

The film will be going into production shortly, and if any one is interested in being part of the production you can contact filmmaker Terry Ti via the production’s website.

You can listen to an podcast interview with filmmaker Terry Ti discussing his project with Candy O’Donnell.

For more information visit the 1 Live, One Dies website detailing more about the film, and filmmaker’s bio: http://www.1liveonedies.com