WARCRAFT Concept Art and Plot Info Emerges at BlizzCon 2013

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Duncan Jones’ Warcraft adaptation is set to begin filming in Vancouver early next year, so we should be getting casting confirmations and an official synopsis in the next few months.  In order to tease out some information, Blizzard Entertainment released some concept art images and non-specific plot info during their BlizzCon 2013 convention.  Along with Jones, Oscar-winning special effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer (Life of Pi, The Golden Compass) was on hand to talk about the film.  Hit the jump to take a look at the concept images and to find out a bit more about the videogame adaptation.  Warcraft is scheduled for a December 18, 2015 release date.

Concept Art from the Canceled STAR WARS 1313; Video Game Would Have Explored the Seedy Underbelly of Coruscant

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LucasArts had been stuck in a rut for years, but there was hope when it came to the video game Star Wars 1313.  The action game was set beneath the shiny upper levels of Coruscant, and take players to a place they had rarely seen before in the Star Wars world.  The story would have focused on Boba Fett (originally, it was going to be a new character, but George Lucas stepped in and wanted the fan-favorite), but as one source told Kotaku, “They ended up with movie tech that wouldn’t fit in a game, and game tech that wouldn’t fit in a movie.  1313 was always in danger of not being made.”  Star Wars 1313 will always exist as a cool concept, but any hope of it moving forward died when Disney purchased Lucasfilm, and shut down LucasArts this past April.

Concept artist Gustavo Mendonca recently posted some of his work on the game on his website.  It will make you kind of sad because Star Wars 1313 could have been awesome.

Concept Art from the Upcoming Animated Series, STAR WARS REBELS; Complete Series Box Set Announced for STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS

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In addition to the announcement that John Williams will compose the score for Star Wars: Episode VII, fans who attended Star Wars Celebration Europe got a look at the upcoming animated series, Star Wars Rebels.  It will be the first Star Wars animated series after the Disney-Lucasfilm merger, and the designs are meant to echo the designs of Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie.  One of the notable designs was the protagonist’s ship, Ghost.  Fans also got to see CG renderings of a stormtrooper, interiors of a star destroyer, and more.  As we previously reported, the series will take place during the twenty years between Episode III and Episode IV, and shows “a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.”

Hit the jump to check out some of the concept art as well as the announcement for the Blu-ray of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 5 and another box set for the entire series.  Star Wars Rebels will premiere on Disney XD in fall 2014.

GODZILLA Comic-Con Poster and Concept Art Features Monster’s Spikey Tail and Back

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Legendary has released new concept art and a Comic-Con poster for Godzilla teasing the iconic monster.  However, judging by photos and the response from last night’s “Godzilla Encounter” event, Godzilla will look like the Godzilla we all know and love, so I don’t know how much longer Legendary is planning to keep giving us the monster’s body parts.  The upside is that by showing just parts of Godzilla, they give a sense of his scale as you can see from the tiny helicopters and an aircraft carrier.

Hit the jump to check out the poster and concept art, and come back on Saturday for our recap of the Comic-Con panel.  The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Richard T. JonesGodzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.

Storyboards and Concept Art for the Original Ending of WORLD WAR Z [UPDATED]

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After World War Z opened to become a surprise hit, word started spreading about the movie’s original ending.  The film was supposed to take an incredibly dark turn in the third act where we would jump ahead in time and see Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) conscripted into the Russian army to fight against the zombies.  This would eventually lead to a huge battle in Moscow.  That battle was never filmed, but the storyboards and concept art remains.  Storyboard artist David Allcock and concept artist Seth Engstrom have posted their work on their respective websites, and they provide a look at what probably would have been a thrilling set piece.  However, based on what we know about the narrative of the third act, the excitement from the scene would have been blunted by the depressing plot.

Hit the jump to take a look at a “What if?” version of World War Z. [Update: We've been asked by Paramount to take down the images, as they were unofficially leaked.]

Marvel’s Comic-Con Posters for THOR: THE DARK WORLD and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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For the past several years, Marvel has given out concept art posters for the movies they’ll have coming out within the next 12 months.  Last year, there was a concept art poster for Iron Man 3, the year before that was a series of concept art posters for The Avengers.  This year, their booth (#2329) will be stocked with posters for Thor: The Dark World by Charlie Wen and Captain America: The Winter Soldier by Ryan Meinerding.  We already showed you Meinerding’s nice work last week, and as for Wen’s, it’s thrilling to see Thor fly through the floating heads of his fellow characters.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  The free posters will be given out at Comic-Con starting on Wednesday night.  Please don’t act like a crazy mob when trying to get them.  Thor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens on April 4, 2014.

New Concept Art from CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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Marvel has released a new piece of concept art from Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  We previously saw some concept art from the Marvel: Phase One box set, but this takes the fight between Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and the Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) to a new level with a battle exploding behind them.  You even have Falcon (Anthony Mackie) soaring around in the background and firing two guns.  Following on the heels of the first poster for the sequel, I’m a little surprised at all the attention it’s getting as opposed to Thor: The Dark World, which hits later this year.  I’m sure we’ll see footage from both movies at Marvel’s Comic-Con panel next Saturday, and I’m not minding the attention paid to Cap.  I also wouldn’t be surprised if Marvel was giving out posters of this image at their booth as they’ve done in past years with new concept art.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The film also stars Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. JacksonCaptain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4, 2014.

New Motion Poster, Image, and Concept Art for Neill Blomkamp’s ELYSIUM

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Sony has released a new motion poster, images, and concept art for Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming sci-fi action film, Elysium.  The story takes place in 2159, and two classes of people are divided: the wealthy live on a man-made space station called Elysium, while the rest of the humans inhabit an overpopulated and ruined Earth.  Matt Damon plays a desperate man who must reach Elysium in order to find a cure that will save his life.  The motion poster is just a bunch of clips superimposed over the previous poster, and it’s kind of ugly, especially for a movie that has such gorgeous designs.  The concept art shows the imaginative world we’ll see on Elysium, and it’s a particular treat to see a sketch by Blade Runner artist Syd Mead.

Hit the jump to check out the motion poster, new image, and concept art.  The film also stars Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Wagner MouraDiego Luna, and William Fichtner.  Elysium opens on August 9th.

THE MAZE RUNNER Concept Art and Director Wes Ball’s Animated Short Film, RUIN

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Director Wes Ball’s adaptation of James Dashner’s novel The Maze Runner isn’t due out until February 14th of next year, but we have the first look at some concept art from the film today.  Created by Ball, who made his career in visual effects, this image was used to inspire him in his vision for the film.  The story centers on a group of teens who appear in an area known as The Glade but have no memory when they wake up.  The only way out appears to be through a shifting maze of massive walls that harbor dangerous creatures known as Grievers.  Only Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) holds the secret to their escape.  Hit the jump to check out the movie’s concept art along with a visually-similar animated short film from Ball.

Storyboards and Concept Art from Sam Raimi’s SPIDER-MAN 4

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Spider-Man 4 will always be one of those great “What if?” films.  What if Sam Raimi had a chance to redeem himself from Spider-Man 3?  What if we had gotten to see John Malkovich as Vulture and Anne Hathaway as Black Cat?  We’ll never know, but the artifacts remain.  Storyboard artist Jefrey Henderson has released storyboard he did for Spider-Man 4, and while they’re far from anything official (the script was still being worked on when Sony pulled the plug), I am curious about the demon/goblin thing being tossed by Spidey.  The three boards are the only thing Henderson felt he could post without upsetting Raimi, so they’re pretty innocuous (Peter kissing a woman, and using a web to stop falling debris), but perhaps there’s more exciting stuff out there and one day we’ll get to see it.

Hit the jump to check out the storyboards.

DOCTOR WHO Concept Art from Shelved Animated Series

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One mainstay of being a Doctor Who fan is making fun of, lovingly, the low budgets the show has often suffered from, though it’s also part of the series’ endearing charm.  But one way to make the Time Lord and companions unencumbered on their journeys would be to animate them — so why hasn’t this happened yet?

Well, there have a been animated incarnations, though in very small doses.  But Dan Norton, who has done work on DC and WildStorm comics, revealed recently that there was a very cool animated Doctor Who series in the works, though it was shelved so as not to distract from the live-action series.  Hit the jump for more on the project, some of the really cool concept art and what Norton had to say about it all.

New Concept Art from PACIFIC RIM

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New concept art has been released from Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim.  The story is kicked off by the rise of monsters (known as Kaiju) from the sea who start a war that devastates humanity.  To fight back, the humans build giant robots (known as Jaegers) that are controlled by two pilots.  One of the pieces of concept art gives another look at the jaeger “Cherno Alpha”.  As for the other, I assume it’s a kaiju skull, although with the designs on Del Toro’s films, it’s sometime difficult to know what body part you’re looking at.

Hit the jump to check out the concept art.    The film stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Ron PerlmanPacific Rim opens in 3D on July 12th.

More Concept Art from Pixar’s Canceled Film, NEWT

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A few years back, Pixar was working on a film called Newt.  The premise was about the last remaining male and female blue-footed newts on the planet who are forced together by science to save the species, but they can’t stand each other.  Sound familiar?  The film was scrapped after being too similar to Blue Sky Animation’s Rio.  I think Pixar could have done more with the premise, but I guess we’ll never know.  The best we’ll probably get are leaked pieces of concept art.  We saw some back in 2010, and now more has been released online.  It’s a great look, but sadly, most concept art for 3D movies tends to get watered down (remember how Tangled was supposed to resemble the artistic style of French Rococo artist Jean-Honore Fragonard’s painting “The Swing”?).  Either way, it’s an interesting look at a film that never was.

Hit the jump to check out the concept art.

First Teaser Poster and Concept Art for Bong Joon-ho’s SNOWPIERCER; Plus Snippet from the Score

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Snowpiercer is flying under the radar at the moment, but I can’t wait to see what happens when the trailer drops.  The story is set in a new ice age caused by a failed experiment to stop global warming that killed virtually all life on the planet.  The sole survivors live on a train called Snowpercer—powered by a perpetual machine—who struggle with the class system implemented on the train.  That’s almost too much premise, but the man in charge is Korean writer/director Bong Joon-ho.  Bong has shown a skilled hand with extraordinary story beats over his last two features, Mother and The Host, and hired the kind of balanced ensemble a director must dream of for his English-language debut: Chris Evans, Song Kangho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, Alison Pill, John Hurt, and Ed Harris.

Tonight we get our first taste of Snowpiercer.  Check out the first teaser poster, some concept art, and a clip from the score after the jump.

First Look at the Concept Art from Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR, INSIDE OUT, and Untitled Dia De Los Muertos Film

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Pixar recently sent out a holiday card, and the card contains the concept art for the studios 2013 – 2016 slate of pictures.  The card includes previously released concept art for Monsters University as well as a first look at The Good Dinosaur, the Untitled Movie That Takes You Inside the Mind (now titled Inside Out), and the Untitled Dia de los Muertos movie.  There’s nothing too revealing about any of this concept art, but it’s still nice to have a glimpse at three Pixar films that aren’t sequels or prequels.

Hit the jump to check out the concept art along with loglines for the films.  The Good Dinosaur opens May 30, 2014.  The Untitled Movie That Takes You Inside the Mind opens June 19, 2015.  The Untitled Dia de los Muertos movie opens in 2016.

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