This week on Blu-ray a Best Picture favorite comes to home video, the second season of an incredibly addicting HBO series hits HD, and a classic Pixar title finally gets a Blu-ray release. Briefly:
Hit the jump for special features details on all of the aforementioned releases.
We’ve got a round-up of some of the latest posters from the following movies:
- The Incredible Burt Wonderstone starring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini, Jim Carrey, Jay Mohr, and Michael Bully Herbig. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens March 15th.
- From Up on Poppy Hill, a Studio Ghibli film written by Hayao Miyazaki and featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, Aubrey Plaza, and Anton Yelchin. From Up on Poppy Hill opens March 15th in New York and L.A. before expanding on March 29th.
- Top Gun 3D stars Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, and Tom Skerritt. Top Gun 3D will have a 6-day-only IMAX 3D engagement from February 8 – 13th.
Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses for the films.
Thumbs up if you’re excited to see Tom Cruise return to the screen in a re-release of Top Gun, this time in IMAX 3D! The 1986 Tony Scott-directed action classic will open in select IMAX 3D theaters on February 8th and run until February 13th. The remastered edition will also debut on a two-disc Blu-ray in 2D and 3D versions starting February 19th. A new trailer for Top Gun IMAX 3D is now available for your viewing pleasure and nostalgia. You have permission to hit the jump, Ghost Rider.
Though development on a sequel to Top Gun appears to have stalled following the tragic death of director Tony Scott, it appears that the 3D re-release of the original will be getting the largest possible exhibition. We’ve long-known that Scott’s 1986 classic was getting a 3D post-conversion, but Paramount Pictures announced today that the film will be released exclusively in select IMAX 3D screens for a limited engagement starting February 8th. Fans now have a chance to see that intense slow motion volleyball fighter pilot action on the big, big screen. Hit the jump for the full press release.
It appears that the Top Gun sequel may be dead. Director Tony Scott, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and star Tom Cruise were all enthusiastic about returning for a fighter pilot follow-up, and The Town scribe Peter Craig had even been drafted to craft a screenplay, but sadly Scott’s death earlier this year looks to have put the project in limbo. The New York Times (via The Playlist) reports that Top Gun 2 “has fallen apart,” dashing hopes of seeing a Maverick/Iceman reunion onscreen.
However, Paramount is still moving forward with plans to release a 3D version of the original Top Gun. NYT adds that the studio is considering a February release for the post-converted pic, possibly with a one-week exclusive showing on domestic IMAX screens. Though I know many were looking forward to seeing what would transpire in Top Gun 2, I can’t help thinking that the follow-up is better left untouched now that Scott is no longer with us.
When last we reported on the status of Top Gun 2, Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (Thor) were supposedly set to draft the sequel. Apparently that never happened and now Peter Craig (The Town) will be starting from scratch. Not to worry, Mr. Craig, because Tom Cruise has thoughts on what the sequel could be about and just how big a role Maverick would play in it. Concrete plot details are non-existent at the moment, but it does seem likely that Cruise will return along with original director, Tony Scott. Top Gun 2 is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films and David Ellison’s Skydance Productions for Paramount. Hit the jump to see what Cruise and Scott’s take would be on the sequel’s plot.
When Top Gun 2 was first announced last year, the report indicated Tom Cruise would return for a “small role.” Shortly after, screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (Valkyrie) corrected that notion, asserting, “There is no Top Gun 2 in which Maverick is not the starring role.” However, McQuarrie is now busy working on his second directorial feature, One Shot, which stars Cruise. Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (Thor) were brought in to work on the script instead, and it is unclear how big of a role Cruise’s Maverick will play in their story.
Cruise has starting making the rounds to promote the December 16 release of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and as you can imagine, Top Gun 2 came up. Cruise is committed to the project and wants to work with director Tony Scott again, but his involvement is dependent on coming up with the right story. Hit the jump for the interview clip and quotes.
Well that Top Gun sequel is still happening. Variety reports that Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, the screenwriters behind this summer’s Thor and X-Men: First Class, are in negotiations to write the script for the sequel, which Jerry Bruckheimer is producing. When Top Gun 2 was first announced last October, screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) was cooking up the idea for the film. He revealed that Maverick would indeed be the star of the sequel, but there was no confirmation as to Tom Cruise’s involvement. Now, with Miller and Stentz being hired to work on the script, it’s unknown if Maverick is still the lead or if Cruise will be relegated to a cameo while some other young actor will get his shot at stardom with an original role. Tony Scott was also confirmed to be returning to the director’s chair at the time, but its unknown if he still plans on taking the helm. Miller and Stentz are pretty busy guys, as they recently inked a deal to adapt Lev Grossman’s fantasy novel Magicians for a TV series on Fox and they’re writing an adventure film for director Peyton Reed.
If you’ve ever found yourself thinking “You know what would make for some great 3D? Shirtless guys playing volleyball in slow motion,” then today’s your lucky day. Tony Scott’s testosterone-heavy Top Gun is being converted to 3D for a theatrical re-release. THR reports that Legend3D is handling the conversion, and they hope to have the film ready for release in early 2012. However, the report states that they want to get Scott’s approval before they move forward, so it sounds like the helmer isn’t directly involved in the conversion.
The Tom Cruise-starrer is classically cheesy, with some choice dialogue between Cruise’s Maverick and his rival Iceman, played by Val Kilmer. The aerial flying scenes may actually look pretty cool in 3D if the conversion is high quality. A sequel to Top Gun has been in the works for a while, with Christopher McQuarrie writing the screenplay and Scott possibly returning to direct. Until then, it looks like we’ll be getting some super intense shirtless 3D volleyball soon. Except for Goose, because Anthony Edwards wasn’t allowed to take his shirt off.
Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (Valkyrie) is working on an idea for Top Gun 2, and Paramount is eager to get the project up and running, with offers out to the original producer/director team of Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott to return. McQuarrie has even devised a way to include Tom Cruise in a minor reprisal of his role as Maverick: Cruise is game as long the role isn’t too “obvious.”
Hit the jump to for an attempt to answer the question, “Why now?”
From Top Gun, Total Recall, Starships Troopers, Free Willy, and many more, Michael Ironside always seems to find an audience no matter what role he accepts. Now, he plays Chief Bannen, a police chief with a mobster brother and con artist son, in the new web series The Bannen Way over at Crackle.com from Sony Pictures. Seemingly being on top of the New Media game, I also spoke to him about his decision to reprise his role as Sam Fisher in the popular Splinter Cell video game series, with the 5th installment ready to land in stores in late April 2010, and also got him to divulge about his childhood love of Superman and how it helped lead him to voiceover work as one of the Man of Steel’s most nefarious enemies, Darkseid.
Hit the jump to read or listen to the interview:
[UPDATE: Universal has informed us that Robin Hood is not going to be in 3D; take the remainder of Times Online's story with grains of salt] “The Avatar Effect,” as it’s now being called, has affected another film as the Times Online reports that Ridley Scott has asked Universal for another $8 million so he can give the 3D treatment to turn upcoming film, Robin Hood. Studios are also planning to take some of their top-grossing, big-budget titles and re-release them in 3D. Here’s what an associate of George Lucas said about getting the Star Wars film in 3D:
“George cannot leave it alone,” said an associate. “He is salivating at the opportunity to play with it again. This time the Death Star is really going to explode all over the audience and leave them gasping.”
All that innuendo is making my brain short-circuit. TO also reports that The Fellowship of the Ring could be headed for a 3D re-release in 2012, building off the presumed success of Guillermo Del Toro’s adaptation of The Hobbit. However, according to Times Online, it could take as little as four-months to retro-fit an old film with 3D technology. Hit the jump for more about The Avatar Effect and my thoughts on whether movies are going 3D for good.