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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!

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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!

Matrix Revelations!

Fresh off the bat after forging ahead with Predator reboot Predators, Fox have announced they plan to remake 1985’s all out action feast Commando. Starring action king Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead role of retired special-forces man John Matrix, Arnie was doing his muscle bound best to banish, behead, beat up and blow up a cavalcade of bad guys in pursuit of an old enemy who had kidnapped his daughter. Featuring everything that made 80’s action what it this, some fail to see how the apparent “real-world spin” Fox plan to take the new film in will work.

Script writing and directing duties have been handed to Harsh Times overseer David Ayer , with production by Erwin Stoff (The Matrix) and John Davis (Alien vs Predator: Requiem). Whilst there are no real details at present Ayer has said they will be looking to modernise the action, toning down the OTT muscle antics in favour of something more suited to the modern post 9/11 era. I don’t know about anyone else, but that sounds akin to saying you’re going to make Macaroni & Cheese whilst trying to rein in the cheese?

So can the original testosterone filled action explosion be tamed into a modern smart action thriller or are Fox on a one way street to one liner free remake mess a la Planet of the Apes? As far as I’m concerned Commando was one of the many reasons (besides my birth of course ;) to look back fondly on 1985 as a good year… so tread carefully Fox, ’cause I like it that way!

What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

The A Team // The Expendables – New Trailers

New trailers have been released for two of this summers biggest hyped action movies, The A Team and The Expendables! Both trailers bring out a little more from each movie and are really ramping up both the action and character development. These two look awesome!

Everyone should know The A Team from the iconic 80’s TV show, but just in case, it follows the story of a team of elite commando’s who are framed from a crime the didn’t commit. The swiftly break out of their maximum security prison and go on the run from the Army who are desperate to track them down. Cue madness, action, comedy and more! There are some great action sequences in the trailer, especially near the end involving a rocket launcher, helicopter and a parachute. It also includes a great gag referencing original B.A Baracas, Mr T. I urge you to check this out.

Trailer two is for Sly Stallone action epic The Expendables. This film, although admittedly has the potential to be terrible, is an action fans wet dream. Written and Directed by Sly himself (who of course is responsible for not only the Rocky series, but Rambo as well) has put together a script that seems to have all his hallmarks. Pounding action sequences, a little bit of heart and the cheesy one liners we all secretly love. Where he has really outdone himself however, is putting together the cast. There’s Stallone himself,
Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren (Ivan Drago in Rocky 4), former WWE star “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Mickey Rourke, UFC Champion Randy Couture, former AFL Linebacker & Everybody Hate Chris star Terry Crews, Eric Roberts (Salvatore Maroni in The Dark Knight), Bruce Willis AND Arnold Schwarzenegger. If that doesn’t leave you out of breath then…

Doug

Dan Aykroyd: Smarter than the average bear?

It has recently been reported that Dan Aykroyd has signed up to be in Warner Brother’s upcoming Live Action/CGI take on Yogi Bear. With Justin Timberlake also reportedly sign on, speculation is rife that the pair with voice the loveable double act of Yogi and Booboo. Anna Faris (House Bunny, Scary Movie) is also on board as a documentary film maker.

So, is anyone excited by this news? Will Eric Brevig (Journey to the Center of the Earth) make this a winner or is it destined to fail? With remakes so unpredictable thetwenty takes a look a 5 essential Aykroyd moments (in no particular order) to try and decide if this could be another hit for Brother Elwood…

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