TRON 2 has been all the talk at Comic Con if you don’t count any of the Twilight business going on and it has me excited. There are some definitive pictures from the long awaited sequel and now there is even a plot layout.
TRON is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (JEFF BRIDGES), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant (OLIVIA WILDE), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.
None of the footage from inside the computer is finished yet, but there is some cool concept art. Most impressive to me was the Light Runner, which is like a Light Cycle but can seat two people. Which will probably come in handy when Kevin and son need to get away from someone or something fast. They said it will be very fast and have the ability to go off of the grid and run on its own power.
Another picture is the new and improved Light Cycle. It is a more improved version of the original and like what we saw last year during the clip at Comic Con. There is still no definite release date, but by the looks of it, they are taking their time to get things right.
Pirates of the Caribbean 4
Pirates will begin filming in Spring 2010, hopefully to be released in 2011. Yes, people can’t get enough of Johnny Depp with long hair and rum on his breath. I’m pretty sure they will keep making these films until they run him into the grave. I’m not saying that I won’t see it, and I’m sure it will be enjoyable, but it is becoming ever more evident that Hollywood is out of originality.
Disney’s Head of Production Oren Aviv has said that he hopes P4 can be the start of another trilogy. There is no word yet if director, Gore Verbinski will be joining them again. Either way, don’t say goodbye to these movies anytime in the next, oh, twenty years.
On the trend of remakes, redos, sequels and prequels, there are announcements for The Final Destination. Notice they had to call it THE Final Destination, to get people to see this as an ending to something that started back in 2000. There is yet another Saw movie and Nightmare on Elm Street film. I guess I expect horror films to remake and redo over and over because there really isn’t that many ways you can make murder and homicide interesting. There is also going to be another Resident Evil movie called Afterlife. Don’t really know what the premise is, but I suspect it will be about the same as the first two, or three, who’s keeping count anymore?
More exciting sequels coming out are Iron Man 2 which now has Scarlett Johannson as Black Widow and Mickey Rouke as Whiplash. Gweneth Paltrow returning as Pepper Potts and Don Cheadle replacing Terrance Howard in the role of Col. James Rhodes. I have a good feeling about this film. The first was so well made and didn’t take itself too seriously and I hope the sequel retains that same feeling.
There is also Wanted 2 coming out. I really liked the first one. The script is complete and they begin preproduction in eight weeks. James McAvoy is returning as Wesley Gibson. They are probably trying to figure out some way of resurrecting Angelina Jolie’s role too. I just hope they use more Nine Inch Nails in the movie. I really like director, Timur Bekmambetov’s style of directing. If you haven’t seen some of his older work, check out Night Watch and Day Watch.
Gandalf and Jesus team up to beat HBO
Ian Mckellen and James Caviezal team up to recreate the classic 1960’s TV show The Prisoner. AMC is really stepping it up and producing shows that are HBO and Showtime worthy with hits like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, The Prisoner might be added to this list soon enough.
With LOST coming to an end this year, I was left wondering what would fill that void. Well I think I just found it. The Prisoner has a very Lost feel mixed with Twin Peaks’ weirdness and the ominous feel of being kept in a glass house of Utopia that just isn’t right. The Prisoner premieres in November. Be sure to tune into AMC to watch this interesting game of cat and mouse between Mckellen and Caviezal. Check out this clip from AMC’s website of a nine minute intro for the show.
by Angela Davis