Monday, 27 July 2009
Comic-Con wrapped yesterday. The world's biggest convention of its kind, it's held in San Diego each year, and it's an opportunity for studios to showcase upcoming sci-fi/fantasy/comic book based products to a friendly audience. Here are the highlights from the weekend:
- Clips from ALICE IN WONDERLAND 3D and panel with Burton and Depp. If there is a director that can take 3D to a more creative place, I'd put my money on Burton rather than Cameron.
- Finally people have seen extended footage of AVATAR. The reactions are mixed, with everyone agreeing it looks impressive, but less agreement on whether it makes sense. A high-ranking exhibition executive in London said it gave him a headache. Not good.
- Mike Judge's EXTRACT screening plus a Q&A with Judge. I'm a big fan of OFFICE SPACE and this sounds great, with Jason Bateman, and Ben Affleck apparently playing 'The Dude' from Lebowski.
-Robert Zemeckis has abandoned live action filmmaking and decided to dedicate his work to 3D & motion capture and he's previewed some of A CHRISTMAS CAROL here, with Jim Carrey. Apart from BACK TO THE FUTURE & ROGER RABBIT, I find Zemeckis' work boring.
- Richard Kelly (DONNIE DARKO) has made THE BOX, a creepy parable with Cameron Diaz.
- NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET remake (more of a prequel, reboot, etc) unveiled with the guy who played Rorschach in WATCHMEN.
- WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE got a good reception and an endorsement from Maurice Sendak.
- SHERLOCK HOLMES panel with Robert Downey Jr. This looks better every day. Amazing trailer, great cast. Can Ritchie avoid screwing it up?
-Three films with the number 9 in the title: DISTRICT 9, 9 & NINE. Confused anyone?