The Snowpiercer's screenwriter talks about the fight to bring the original film to American screens. Learn more about the fight to bring the uncut Snowpiercer to the U.S. Sleepy Hollow teases a wholly new take on Benjamin Franklin. And a closer look at Groot and Rocket Raccoon. Spoilers now!
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There's been a lot of ink spilled about what cut the American release of this film is going to get, screenwriter Kelly Masterson spoke about why the release will be the original director's cut:
I'm absolutely thrilled to finally be getting a release date. I started on it about two and a half years ago, so it's been quite a long process. The most frustrating thing was the rollout did so well in Korea and France, and then getting rave reviews everywhere. Of course, we had the frustration over the uncertainty of what cut was going to be released in the United States. All's well that ends well. It's director Bong's cut. The United States and the U.K. are finally going to get to see this terrific movie.
... Director [Joon-ho] Bong stuck to his guns. I know Bong spent a lot of time talking to Harvey [Weinstein] and talking about ideas. I know Bong came to me and asked me to write some voiceover, to see if we could mitigate some of Harvey's concerns. In the end, Bong really wanted the movie seen the way he intended it to be seen. Thank goodness Harvey is giving him that opportunity.
As for what the translation from the original material to film looks like, Masterson said:
We took license with adding some rather central characters to the journey. Curtis is the main character. It is his story and that is in the graphic novel. You'll see early on a sequence about how the people in the back of the train are punished when they rebel. That is by freezing a limb outside of the train. That was an invention of Bong. We had the idea of the change that happens throughout the train as we move forward. While that is in the graphic novel, we were able to go so much further to describe what that is going to be. One of the ideas was there must be on the train all the things that you would need to survive. Water; so he built an aquarium section on the train. A garden; so there's a greenhouse. Those are all things we added along the way.
Pacific Rim 2
Guillermo del Toro is working on a script for a sequel with Zak Penn. He told Buzzfeed:
I'm working very, very hard with Zak Penn. We've been working for a few months now in secret. We found a way to twist it around. Travis Beacham [co-writer of the first film, now working on Fox's Hieroglyph] was involved in the storyline and now I'm writing with Zak because Travis has become a TV mogul.
... I don't have the money, but I'm proceeding like it is happening.
He stressed that there isn't a deal to make the film yet but del Toro does hope to make it after finishing up his next project. He also put to rest the rumors that the next film might be a prequel:
Some people were wondering if we were going to do the prequel. I was never interested in doing that first wave of invasion. I'm going for very new, very crazy ideas on the second one, which are very different from the first one — but you will get really great spectacle.
There's a rumor that the next Jurassic Park movie will have a scene of someone riding a pterodactyl. Is this one of the attractions of the park at the center of the film? See the tweets from a person claiming a friend got a callback for the role of a pterodactyl rider below. [via Jurassic Park Legacy]
Friend called to brag about getting called back to extra as genetically modified pterodactyl rodeo rider/onlooker in Jurassic Park 4. #true
— DrPhD (@TheRealDrWeb) June 3, 2014
He doesn't know if he's genetically modified, or if it's just the pterodactyl.
— DrPhD (@TheRealDrWeb) June 3, 2014
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
Guardians of the Galaxy
Here's a Groot and Rocket poster. [Fandango]
Here's a TV spot for the upcoming Luc Besson film:
Big Hero 6
Here are two new posters. [Comic Book Resources]
Some of the season two premiere was shown at an event in Hollywood and the footage showed the return of a famous face but not "in the way that you might expect." Producer Len Wiseman also hinted that they might spend a while in Purgatory because "We have 18 episodes in Season 2, that's a lot of time to get Abbie out." He also spoke about Benjamin Franklin as played by Timothy Busfield:
You thought you knew who Benjamin Franklin was, but wait till you see him interact with Ichabod Crane.
A member of the pack is going to go missing this season, and a new character named Dr. Vallack will help to find them. Vallack, currently being cast, is described as a "distinguished" gentleman who can "unlock the mystery of a disappearance." [TV Line]
One of the new aliens is going to be a giant buglike creature that "may give George Lucas a reason to call his lawyers." [TV Line]
Once Upon a Time
Co-creator Adam Horowitz confirmed that the man in the pub Regina saw was Robin Hood and that he isn't just some other guy with a lion tattoo. Said Horowitz, "No, no, no…. That [flashback scene] was not a misdirect. The man Regina saw in the tavern with the tattoo was Robin Hood." [TV Line]
Filming for season 4 will begin a month from now (July 9th) and end April 2, 2015. [SpoilerTV]
Out of E3 comes the news that the Ridley Scott-produced series will be called Halo Nightfall. [Slashfilm]
Game of Thrones
Here's the trailer for the finale.
Here are the synopses for the first five episodes:
Episode 1.01 - Pilot
Three years after millions of people suddenly vanished, police chief Kevin Garvey juggles personal and professional challenges.
Episode 1.02 - Penguin One, Us Zero
Kevin goes to a therapist; Meg tries to decide if she can let go of the past; Tom and Christine wind up in a precarious situation.
Episode 1.03 - Two Boats and a Helicopter
Rev. Matt Jamison struggles to hold onto his church in the wake of threats and debts.
Episode 1.04 - B.J. and the A.C.
Kevin encounters holiday surprises; Tom and Christine run into trouble.
Episode 1.05 - Gladys
A brutal crime puts Laurie to the test; Kevin turns down an offer of assistance.
And here's a new trailer:
Here's a promotional banner. [SpoilerTV]
Beauty and the Beast
Witches of East End
Here's a trailer for the second season:
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Madeleine Monson-Rosen