In a move that signifies another step in a sea change in the comics-to-film industry, a new filmmaking entity, Framelight Prods, has launched with the mission of adapting comics into film collaboratively. Producer Jeffrey Erb and entrepeneur Robert Robinson Jr. "don't want to traditionally option a title; we want to partner with the creator on every aspect of the production," said Robinson in The Hollywood Reporter. ...In other words, they're borrowing a page from Marvel's recent film arm, instead of separating the filmmaking process from the comic book creators.
The Internet has brought us many, many things, including unlimited second-hand information, free pornography and numerous forums in which to express our socially unacceptable opinions without fear of reprisal. But one of the greatest things it's given us is the fake movie trailer. Sometimes used for harm (like the ones that claim to be legitimate trailers for in-production films), they can also be used for good, such as showing the world (and Hollywood producers) what your favorite cartoon or comic book might look like as a movie. Well, here are three of the coolest recent fake trailers I've found, and I wanted to share them with you.
Because of their non-budget-restrained storylines and striking visuals, comic books have begun to rival real books and old 1970s TV shows as the top source of ideas for movies nowadays. For the same reason, comics are also the number-one source for stories in which one type of visually striking creature (aliens, cowboys, robots) fights another type of visually striking creature (pirates, demons, ninjas). Which is why, after being given movies where vampires fought werewolves (Underworld), Alaskans (30 Days of Night) and Coreys (Lost Boys 2: The Tribe), we can finally look forward to seeing vampires fight zombies.
If you're a zombie fan, hopefully you took some time away from watching Romero films over the last couple of years to read a book -- specifically, World War Z. The "survivors' account" of the First Zombie War talks to veterans and victims from every continent who recount how humanity made it through a global outbreak of the undead. J. Michael Straczynski (the cartoon and comic book writer who wrote Changeling) penned a screenplay based on the novel by Max Brooks (son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft), and the result was a reportedly fantastic script. Well, now the project has a fantastic director: Marc Forster, whose Quantum of Solace just opened with the biggest weekend take of any James Bond film ever, so everyone who thinks that he's some kind of a hack who ruined the Bond franchise, you can rest assured that he won't be coming back for another installment, you big babies.
So you say you've been waiting for a sequel to Zack Snyder's fast-zombie remake of Dawn of the Dead? Too bad! Seriously though, Zack Snyder is producing a movie called Army of the Dead, but it apparently has absolutely no narrative connection to Dawn of the Dead. Also, he's not directing it. Sigh. Watchmen had better be totally awesome, or I'm gonna be pissed.
When Connor MacLeod (of the Clan MacLeod) came back from death in the original Highlander, he got to carry around a cool sword, fall in love and chop off a bunch of heads while Queen played in the background. When George A. Romero's zombies came back from the grave in 1978's Dawn of the Dead, they got to...well, there was considerably less glamour in store for them. The words "flesh-eating" and "horrible plague" come to mind. But like the kilt-clad swordsman, they're getting another shot at walking among the living: Both cult classics are getting a new lease on life.
Could Woody Harrelson be the best thing about Zombieland? Hard to believe, right? After all, when was Woody Harrelson the best thing about any movie? It's been a while. And to say that he may be the best thing in a movie about a zombie infestation... well that either says great things about his performance or bad things about your zombie movie. Omar and Pablo Gallaga are only going by what they see in the trailer, but that trailer shows them some wacky slapstick, a lot of Zach Snyder-esque slo-mo scenes and a fun, zombie-killing Harrelson, and they're calling it like they see it. Check out their newest video in "Trailers Without Pity" to see why Shaun of the Dead shouldn't be worried, even if zombie fans should.
This weekend, the 3-D computer-generated spectacle Monsters vs. Aliens comes out in theaters, and the concept seems exciting and new, despite the long film history of its component parts. After all, the "monsters" of the title are all tributes to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies -- the Blob, the Fly, the 50-Foot Woman and the Creature from the Black Lagoon -- and the alien, with his giant robot, is a fairly standard Mars Attacks type. But together, in a Dirty Dozen-style story, it's like a whole new idea! Hollywood seems to like this math, too, if the in-development Cowboys and Aliens is any indication. We came up with a few genre crossovers we'd like to see, using established character types, in the hopes that Hollywood will finally return our phone calls.
Sometimes when a writer or director embarks on a new but familiar project, the phrase "going to the well" is used. It evokes an image of someone with empty bucket in hand, going to the well of creativity, and dipping into it for inspiration. Repeatedly. In horror icon George A. Romero's case, you might say instead that he's going to the graveyard for his inspiration -- with a trusty shovel and a flashlight. According to Variety, the writer-director has begun work on an as-yet-untitled thriller, and the antagonists will once again be Romero's flesh-eating zombies pals. This time, they're rising from the grave to munch on their living relatives. And you thought your family reunion was bad.
They say life begins at 40. A lot of groundbreaking movies are turning forty in 2008, including a controversial film that broke new ground by showing something that had never been seen before. It was unbelievable what people were doing in this movie! To moviegoers in 1968, the graphic imagery and nihilistic plot was like a bucket of ice water to the face. Forty years later, the movie still has the ability to shock and scare, despite being relatively tame in comparison to today's gratuitous gut-fests. What is this horror masterpiece that's getting a new release on DVD this week? I'm talking about Otto Preminger's Skidoo. Just kidding.