(Yes, the first bit is old. Stick around.) I’m kind of ashamed to admit it and I know it’ll probably be only so-so, but I will totally go see this movie. What can I say… Obvious and repetitive rum cracks aside, I do love me some Barbossa, and Ian McShane ain’t too shabby, either.
Mumble mumble fourth.The Los Angeles Times’ Geoff Boucher looks at the difficulty of making upcoming films for several different franchises: Lord of the Rings, Spider-Man, X-Men and Pirates of the Caribbean. On that note, io9 quotes the relevant parts of a /Film podcast where X2 screenwriter Michael Dougherty describes what X3 might have been.
Pirates 4 to go steampunk? Disney gave Johnny Depp a (anti?) hero’s welcome at D23 last week and announced the film’s name – On Stranger Tides – but the most interesting thing I’ve heard in connection with the movie is a rumor that the villian may be cribbing from Captain Nemo. On the one hand that could be kind of cool. On the other hand… It’s Pirates of the Caribbean 4. Not sick of steampunk yet? If there’s any truth to this, you will be.
Just like old times. J.J. Abrams and Roberto Orci hint that the next Star Trek movie will deal with “modern-day issues.”
Twilight.New Moon actually has enough of a plot for it to be given away entirely in the trailer? Kristen Stewart actually attempts to act? Dakota Fanning is in it! Wow, my standards are low for this one…
Go boldly to the newstand:Star Trek is the cover story for the new Entertainment Weekly. The cover promises new photos and a set visit, but if you’re dying to see something, there are already a few imagesout and about the web. In any case, it shouldn’t be a long wait: We’ll see the story and images up at ew.com soon enough.
For adults! Like me! The Jim Henson Co. has picked up a “comedic film noir murder mystery” script called The Happytime Murders. It sounds a little like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but I’m a total sucker for muppets so I’ll probably end up seeing it anyway.
Okay, so it’s a prequel. Or something:Guillermo del Toro is directing The Hobbit, if you haven’t heard. But he also wants to do a Frankenstein movie. Hopefully he doesn’t pick up any of Peter Jackson’s King Kong mojo while he’s down in New Zealand.
Los Angeles Magazine has a great feature on a former Jack Sparrow’s account of working at Disneyland. It’s a really interesting read, addressing everything from the audition process, to Disney “cleaning up” Jack Sparrow, to the fabled Magic Kingdom fascism towards their employees. Welcome to the regime-iest place on Earth!