The action thriller Abduction tells the story of Nathan Harper (Taylor Lautner), a high school teenager who has the uneasy feeling that he’s living someone else’s life. His therapist, Dr. Geri Bennett (Sigourney Weaver), tries to talk him through his intense nightmares, but when he stumbles upon an image of himself as a little boy on a missing persons website, he realizes his parents (played by Jason Isaacs and Maria Bello) are not his own and that his entire life is a lie. Targeted by a team of trained killers, he is forced to go on the run with the only person he can trust, his neighbor Karen (Lily Collins), who he’s had a crush on for years.
At the film’s press day, actress Sigourney Weaver spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about the fun of playing roles originally written for men, what she enjoys about working with younger actors like co-stars Taylor Lautner and Lily Collins, and that she would be interested in exploring this character more, if there were to be a sequel. She also talked about how fun it is for her to see the ways kick-ass women have evolved in film, what made her want to jump into the vampire genre for Amy Heckerling’s upcoming comedy Vamps, and how her next role will be as a professor of queer theory in a film called It Is What It Is. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
Although Director Justin Lin (Fast Five) is still enthusiastic about the Terminator reboot, a scheduling conflict has arisen that may temporarily terminate his involvement. The Terminator franchise rights holder, Megan Ellison, is looking to start production on the first of two new installments by the last quarter of 2012. Since Lin’s The Fast and the Furious 6 has a release date of May 2013, his schedule doesn’t jive. However, if Ellison and Arnold Schwarzenegger can hold off on production until Lin is finished, there’s a chance he may still be involved.
The timeline doesn’t look all that rushed as reports indicate that Ellison has yet to acquire a script or, for that matter, a screenwriter. No studios have signed on though several have expressed interest. However, there is a minor cause for concern: due to a series of legal trickeries and copyright speak, James Cameron will actually regain the rights to the franchise in 2018. Hopefully Ellison and company can get a couple of installments churned out before then. Hit the jump for what you can expect from a Terminator reboot.
Did you ever wonder what it would be like form a lifelong telepathic bond with a flying creature only to ditch it for a bigger and more powerful flying creature? Now you can! Variety reports that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide will create themed lands based on James Cameron’s Avatar. The first theme land will be built at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom park in Orlando, Florida. Cameron, Jon Landau and their Lightstorm Entertainment group will serve as creative consultants on the projects and will work with Disney’s “Imagineers” to oversee the design and development of the different theme lands. I look forward to “Cramped Trailer with Giant Tanning Beds”-Land.
Construction on the theme lands is scheduled to begin in 2013. As Cameron preps for two Avatar sequels (set for Christmas 2014 and 2015), Imagineers will use the entire trilogy to create the various theme lands. No word yet if one of the parks will offer full-body painting or if the gift shops will sell sex ponytails.
Back in February, we reported that Shawn Levy was the latest director to board the James Cameron-produced 3D remake of Fantastic Voyage. The original 1966 film was about a group of scientists who shrink down into a miniature submarine and enter the body of an important diplomat in order to save his life. The new project would be expensive (of course) but could also be a big hit for Fox with James Cameron’s pedigree (look how it worked out for Sanctum!) and Levy’s track record with the studio (the Night at the Museum movies, Cheaper by the Dozen, Date Night). But Levy wants a big name star and originally was courting his Real Steel leading man Hugh Jackman.
Levy is reportedly getting impatient at the project’s lack of momentum (big budget blockbusters can require time to get off the ground? Who knew!) and now he wants Will Smith to star…or else. Hit the jump for more and why this is insane.
Following the (surprising) critical and (not so surprising) commercial success of Fast Five, director Justin Lin has been mentioned among many director shortlists for some of Hollywood’s biggest projects, and recently found himself attached to the next film in the Terminator franchise. While one might surmise that Lin would strike while the iron’s hot and move on to another high profile franchise, looks as though the director’s follow-up to Fast Five will actually be the sixth installment in the Fast & Furious franchise (which just recently got a release date of May 2013).
Terminator fans need not fret though, as Lin is still working on Arnold Schwarzenegger-starred film. In fact, the director just recently met with Schwarzenegger and James Cameron to talk a bit about the franchise. Hit the jump for more details, including why Lin turned down the directing job of Die Hard 5.
The cover-box for Alister Grierson’s Sanctum trumpets the involvement of James Cameron, the 3D-enthusiast who changed the game a few years ago with Avatar. Holding the cover box in your hands, you might be inclined to believe that Sanctum was directed by Cameron– that seems to be the implication (or, at the very least, it would be to the type of people that rent Transmorphers thinking they’re getting Transformers)– but a little careful reading reveals that Cameron only executive-produced the film. You knew that, of course, and I knew that, but what about all the idiots that’ll think Sanctum‘s Cameron’s latest film? They’re in for a few very-unpleasant surprises. Read on for our Blu-ray review of Sanctum, after the jump.
James Cameron likes 3D. He spent years developing/inventing cameras in order to facilitate his vision for his first film since 1997’s box-office monster Titanic. That follow-up was Avatar and it toppled Titanic as the highest grossing film ever. Leading up to and following the release of Avatar, Cameron was everywhere trumpeting 3D as the most important thing for movies in the history of things. The 3D trend caught on, and now Cameron is back with that other worldwide hit Titanic, now in 3D.
The director has been working on converting Titanic to 3D for a while, and the film is poised to be rereleased in theaters April 6th, 2012. The post-conversion process has been painstakingly long, but at the international exhibitor event CineEurope Cameron premiered 15 minutes of a 3D converted Titanic. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
James Cameron and Sam Worthington are already set to reunite for two sequels to Avatar, but that’s apparently not enough for Fox. Heat Vision reports that the studio has picked up a pitch from writer Will Staples called Myth, and wants to bring Cameron, Worthington, and Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura together on the film. However, at this stage, Cameron is only attached to executive producer with di Bonaventura and Worthington attached to produce, although no deals are final. Cameron would not direct and Worthington hasn’t made a commitment to star. Nothing is known about Myth other than “it’s big, it’s sci-fi, and it’s got lots of action.” Riveting.
The talent involved at this stage is still fungible at this point but Staples is attached to write the script. Staples’ biggest claim to fame at this point is having served as a writer on the popular Call of Duty video game series. He, along with writing partner Sean O’Keefe, also wrote Apaches for Jerry Bruckheimer and World’s Most Wanted for Neal Moritz.
Last week, Steve attended a special presentation that not only included footage from Transformers: Dark of the Moon, but a conversation between directors James Cameron and Michael Bay about 3D. Video of that conversation is now online and while they do get somewhat technical at points, it’s still interesting to hear what they have to say.
Hit the jump to check out the video. We’ll all see how well Michael Bay used 3D when Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens June 29th.
James Cameron’s Titanic is headed back to theaters April 6, 2012 in honor of the 100th anniversary of the ocean liner’s historic maiden and final voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in April 1912. But this time, when Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet set sail on the big screen, they’ll do it in 3D.
Written, directed and produced by Cameron, the film was first released in 1997 and collected 11 Oscars along the way, including Best Picture and Best Director. As the movie that was both the domestic and worldwide box office champion for more than a decade (until another little Cameron film called Avatar came along), Titanic had one of the most remarkable runs in history. Hopefully, Cameron’s post-conversion job will produce a far better product than other 3D efforts that Cameron has publicly slammed, such as Clash of the Titans and Piranha 3D. Either way, I expect people to come out in droves to experience what is sure to be one of the most anticipated releases of next year. Check out the full press release after the jump, which includes a statement from Cameron on the conversion.
Incredible. That’s the only way to describe the opening five minutes of director Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon. In the first few minutes, we get to see the Autobots and Decepticons fighting on Cybertron, and then we cut to Earth in 1961. Over the next few minutes, we’re shown the real reason why President Kennedy wanted to go to the Moon…
But let me back up a second.
Tonight at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, I got to attend a very cool event which featured James Cameron and Michael Bay talking about 3D and then showing around 15 minutes of footage from Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Included in the presentation was the new trailer (which is attached to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides this weekend), the opening five minutes, and then a montage of scenes from the entire movie. While some of the footage wasn’t in 3D, a bunch of it was. And it looked insane. I don’t know how anyone is going to walk out Transformers 3 and think they didn’t get their money’s worth. Hit the jump for a lot more.
UPDATE: We’ve got a few minutes of the event on video. It’s after the jump.
James Cameron has purchased 50 RED EPIC-M cameras for $2.9 million (I wonder if he got a discount because he bought in bulk). For those unfamiliar with the camera, Technology Digital explains that each camera is only 5lbs but can deliver ultra high-resolution, 3D images. Some of the films currently using the EPIC-M are The Amazing Spider-Man, The Hobbit, Prometheus, Jack the Giant Killer, Contagion (although I’m not sure if this film will be in 3D), and Underworld.
Presumably Cameron bought the cameras for Avatar 2 (which is set for release in 2014), but maybe he just wants to give them out as party favors. Or maybe Cameron is just really serious about his home movies and doesn’t want to mess around with a camcorder. But I would say the best guess at this moment is Avatar 2.
Home Premiere, a Premium VOD service backed by four major studios, is set to launch tomorrow on DirecTV. The service would charge consumers $30 to watch movies only sixty days after they first hit theaters. Theaters, fearing that their revenues will be drastically cut, have responded with threats that range from believable to ridiculous. Now 23 directors and producers, including James Cameron, Michael Bay, Kathryn Bigelow, Guillermo del Toro, Peter Jackson, Michael Mann, and Gore Verbinski have released an open letter siding with the theaters.
In the letter, the signers make the point that just because Premium VOD launches at $30, it doesn’t mean it will stay there and it could conceivably drop to $10 within a few year. Hit the jump for the full letter.
James Cameron is aiming to make 3D his legacy and he wants to make sure that you won’t be able to escape it no matter how much eye-strain it may cause. We’ve received a press release announcing that Cameron will team up with Aliens of the Deep cinematographer and fellow 3D enthusiast, Vince Pace (above left), to form the Cameron – Pace Group (CPG), “which seeks to accelerate worldwide growth of 3D across all entertainment platforms including features, episodic and live television, sports, advertising and consumer products, pioneering a new generation of camera systems, services and a variety of creative tools that are innovative, powerful and easier to embrace.” Huzzah.
Some of the projects already under the CPG banner include Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Three Musketeers, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Life of Pi, and 47 Ronin. Hit the jump for my thoughts on Cameron’s aggressive expansion of 3D and the full press release.
Ever since Arnold Schwarzenegger let it be known that he was ready to jump back into acting, everyone has been waiting to see what the actor will choose for his first film following his tenure as Governor of California. Well, one of the possible projects includes the ever-elusive sequel to James Cameron’s 1994 action-comedy True Lies. Now co-star Tom Arnold says a new script exists for the sequel and he sounds very optimistic:
I have read a great True Lies 2 script, and I hope we are able to do it. Knock on wood. Arnold Schwarzenegger is excited. I am excited….We have both read the script. There is a script that James Cameron and a guy named Jeff Eastin, who created the TV show White Collar, wrote. It is really great. Jim can’t direct it. But he can produce it. We hope it gets done. We have a few fun things we want to do. I am supposed to remain cool about this. For me, it would be a lot of fun to work with the guys again.
Now, this could very well be wishful thinking on Arnold’s part, given that Schwarzenegger has been offered roles in reboots/sequels/remakes of seemingly every film he’s ever made. But I, for one, would love to see the two team-up again. Hit the jump for more.