THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN
Just when I was wondering when they might start marketing this movie to people, Ain't it Cool News gets its hands on the first poster image for the film:
And a trailer appears online (via an intrepid YouTuber):
Bleeding Cool even has it in French!
It's pretty easy to see Spielberg's touch. It might be animated, but much of the framing and camera movement is quite familiar.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, release date: December 23, 2011
According to Josh Wilding at Comic Book Movie, the latest issue of Total Film reports that director Martin Campbell will not be returning for the sequel, should it happen. Wilding cites this excerpt from their interview with him:
Inevitably, chat turns to the possibility of follow-ups. Campbell admits it will be nice to have all the backstory and complicated rules of the character already taken care of. "This film has become the instruction manual if they do any further ones. It's what we call pipe laying," he says. Not that he has plans to return for a sequel - like Bond, he loves 'em and leaves 'em."
I expect Campbell will be facing questions about these statements when the film's press tour begins in a few weeks.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
Spinoff Online has more than forty images from the film, including this nightmarish still:
Imagine walking up to see Kevin Bacon looking at you like that. Creepy.
Release date: June 3rd, 2011
RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE
Co-creator Jimmy Palmiotti tells MTV News that he's excited Jay Baruchel and Jesse Chabot are on board to adapt his graphic novel for the screen. "We trust [them] to nail the basic idea and key scenes. With graphic novels going to film, there are always minor changes that are going to happen, and we expect that on some level," he says. "This is a project that involves many creative talents. With the right people, creative license isn't always a bad thing."
Release date: TBA
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
The lads at Comic Book Movie spotted at few Gotham PD vehicles getting moved around London:
GPD SWAT trucks are never long for this world...
Release date: July 20th, 2012
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
A source tells The Daily Star that actor Andrew Garfield is doing "all his own stunts and he's having a two-hour massage every night to keep his aches and pains at bay." I find that difficult to believe considering the liability the filmmakers could be exposed to if Garfield fell off one of the wire rigs. Although I'm sure the strain of the stunt work he can do means he has to have "hot Indian oil poured over him to keep his muscles supple and flexible."
Release date: May 28th, 2012
SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK
Is the nightmare finally over? According to The Hollywood Reporter, preview performances of the revamped Spidey musical opened to strong sales. "The musical, which returned last Thursday after a brief hiatus to accommodate the new creative team that has taken over, earned $809,941 for five preview performances last week, according to Broadway League," they write. "It played before mostly full audiences at the Foxwoods Theater. The average ticket cost: $88.52." Of course, those sales figures don't tell us if the show is any good or if the macabre curiosity factor is still packing 'em in.
Opens: June 14th, 2011 ... maybe
GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS
Here at CBR, we have a clip from the next DC Universe Animated Original movie, which stars Nathan Fillion as the voice of Hal Jordan:
Say, isn't that the Central Power Battery from "Green Lantern: First Flight?"
Release date: June 7th, 2011
NO ORDINARY FAMILY
TVLine reports that the show is not returning in the fall. With that, broadcast television's victory over superpowered characters is complete. I suppose there's always next year. I still think a series based on James Robinson's "Starman" would be awesome.
DESMOND IN LIVE ACTION
According to Variety, Ubisoft's Paris-based film division is setting up an "Assassin's Creed" motion picture. That's not really a surprise considering how much the games already feel like movies. The biggest challenge will be to maintain that feel. Since the article does not specify if the film will focus on Desmond, Altair, or Ezio, I'll bet the Italian Assassin gets his story told first. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya, bracing for the future threat of a "Red Dead Redemption" film announcement.