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Lots Of Updates: Ninjas vs Aliens, Kick-Ass Posters, The Hobbit, And More

So, I haven’t updated in a while, and so I apologize for that. But, now that it has been close to a month without posts, here is a long one to make up for it.

First on the list is a film that was ripe for the picking and finally got plucked. /Film is reporting that a Japanese company is making a film titled “Ninjas Versus Aliens”. I won’t bore you with all the details, as there really isn’t much to be said. The plot basically boils down to ninjas fighting aliens, and you should know that is what you will be getting from the start. According to Russ Fischer, the zaniness of the latest small-budget action films coming out of Japan right now is extremely crazy, in a good way. All I can say is, sweet.

Next up is lots of early buzz for Mathew Vaughn’s (“Layer Cake”, “Stardust”) upcoming super-hero flick “Kick-Ass”, due to be released on April 16, 2010. Based on the graphic novels by Mark Millar (Wanted), the film follows kids that want to become real-life super heroes, so, they do! Everything here is hyper-violent and has lots of humor, and the reactions from filmgoers has been outstanding, with some even calling it the best super-hero film ever made. With that, comes character posters for the film, which are, well, kick ass. Thanks to Firstshowing.net and IGN.com. Hit the jump for the pics and other news.

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Guillermo del Toro had an epic 10 page Q & A session with Total Film about “The Hobbit” that was published recently, and I am using some choice quotes that Firstshowing.net grabbed. First on the list was a quote about whether Guillermo would keep the structure the same, and of course he is. However, he adds, “But we will be integrating Gandalf’s comings and goings because he does disappear in the book quite often. So, as opposed to the book, we see where he goes and what happens to him.” Sounds good to me.

Guillermo also talks about the creatures, which he has garnered a reputation with “Pan’s Labyrinth” and the Hellboy films. They are changing things a bit, as this is Guillermo’s take on the series, so he will be mucking with the monsters, for better or for worse: “I wanted the Wargs to have a certain beauty so that you don’t have a massively clear definition: what is beautiful is good and what is ugly is not. Some of the monsters are absolutely gorgeous.”

He also adds that the Spiders of Mirkwood will be “visually quite striking”, and that they must “feel massive but be very nimble”. Guillermo has also been cooking up Smaug the dragon for quite some time.

“I think one of the designs I’m the proudest of is Smaug. Obviously he took the longest. Early in production I came up with a very strong idea that would separate Smaug from every other dragon ever made. The problem was implementing that idea. But I think we’ve nailed it.”

Guillermo goes on to say that this film will not be fixed with fitting into the other three films in style. His approach will be different, but will still take on the narrative laid down by J.R.R. Tolkien. I love Guillermo’s style and take, and adored “Pan’s”, so I have high hopes with his take on the film. We will know more as the Dec. 2011 releaseĀ  nears.

Variety is reporting the casting of Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy (“Bronson”) in the upcoming “Mad Max: Fury Road”. It seems the role of the lead will be played by the up and coming Hardy, but still no news on if he is actually Mad Max. We still have no clue as to whether the film is a reboot either, but we at least know that it has a solid cast so far.

The film will start shooting in August in Australia, with writer and producer George Miller behind the lens as well. Miller and Mel Gibson hit the big-time when the first “Mad Max” film hit in ’79 and scored even bigger success with “The Road Warrior” (aka Mad Max 2) in ’81. No word yet on whether Gibson will return, but with the casting so far, and Gibson’s return to his action roots in the upcoming “Edge of Darkness”, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him behind the wheel again.

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November 6, 2009 - Posted by | Breakin' News, Film announcements, Interestin' News | , , , , , ,

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