Archive | May 2010

Dark Crystal, Crystal Clear?

Dark Crystal

After years of going nowhere we are beginning to get more news about the forth coming Dark Crystal sequel. Finally it would appear things are on the move with this being the second announcement in as many months about development on the movie. The Jim Henson Company have not only confirmed they will be going down the 3D route but also that they have snatch up directors Peter and Michael Spierig, best known for their work on 2009’s Daybreakers.

In anticipation the brothers have said, “We feel a tremendous amount of responsibility in telling this story with the same meticulous care that Jim Henson and Frank Oz gave the 1982 original. This is a chance to take the world of puppetry into the modern age by using modern techniques (like motion capture CGI) and the tried and true methods (like puppetry and animatronics) to create a one hundred percent real world that is unique to The Dark Crystal.”

Set 100 years after the events of the first film which saw Gelfling Jen reunite the Dark Crystal and bring peace to the land, The Power.. will see another Gelfling outcast aid a young girl made of fire steal a shard of the crystal (therefore likely shatter the world once more) in order to save her home at the center of the planet.

So, do we have faith in The Jim Henson Company to do this right and what do people think of their choice in directors? Daybreakers was a very different film, so will they bring the right level of childlike menace or do you worry it’ll all go wrong? Let us know in the comments!

Hugo’s Nazi Nasty

Hugo Weaving is Red Skull

Marvel Studios have announced that actor Hugo Weaving will be suiting up to play villainous Nazi The Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger due 2011.

Weaving will star along side Chris Evans (no not that one) as the title character as they look to revamp and launch the newest string of superhero tales. The press release states the character born Johann Schmidt, “will be updated for the feature adaptation” which basically means he will likely have a few differences from the Red Skull comic book fans know so well.

Excitement has begun to built for the film that “Will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.”

The character certainly has the potential to be a classic villain. Depicted as a close pal of animal loving painter Adolf Hilter, his mother died during childbirth to which his father held him responsible and tried to kill him, leaving him to grow up orphaned begging on the streets. Needless to say he began a healthy disdain for humanity and eventually became head of Nazi terrorist activities. Move over Osama.

With Weaving behind the mask/makeup/CGI we are sure to get a meaty villain that will no doubt be full of the vanity of Mr Smith (The Matrix), the weight and presence of Elrond (Lord of the Rings) and general hatred of life he brought to Megatron (Transformers).

I wasn’t overly excited by this film before, but must admit the addition of Weaving has most definitely perked my interest. What about you? Let us know below!