Thankfully now long dead, Superman Lives was a late 90s attempt from Tim Burton to relaunch Superman. With Nicolas Cage set to star as the big, blue boy scout, the film fell apart due to various reasons.
Initially, the film was written by comic geek extraordinaire Kevin Smith, then tampered with by Warner Bros. and turned into a complete bastardization of one of comic’s most beloved characters. For those unaware of the proposed film, consider yourself fortunate.
More after the break.
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“Big words make me angry… keep talking!”
DreamWorks Animation’s seven-year partnership with Paramount ended last year, and 20th Century Fox has taken over as the distributor for their animated films for the foreseeable future. It’s interesting that The Croods is the first film released as part of this new partnership since, on the surface, it bears many striking resemblances to Fox’s own animation franchise, the Ice Age series.
If there’s an obvious joke in here about Neanderthals being Fox’s strong suit, I’m going to go ahead and dodge it, but this is a film far more in line with the lackluster Ice Age series than the strong work DreamWorks has been churning out of late.
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Filmmaker and animator Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse) is quite the aficionado of one of the most infamous films that was never made, Tim Burton’s Superman Lives. As a collector of various memorabilia surrounding the film, he has taken to Kickstarter to try and fund a feature length documentary about the doomed late 90’s superhero film.
Hit the break for more details, a video and how you can contribute.
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“The Frozen Ground” (2012) Debut Trailer
The first trailer for the thriller The Frozen Ground is out. The movie is based on actual events that sees an Alaskan state trooper (Nicolas Cage) tracking down the murderer Robert Hansen (John Cusack) with the help of one his stripper victims who managed to escape him.
The trailer doesn’t do much to sell the thriller aspect of the movie, but I did find John Cusack to be eerily creepy in this trailer. I’m hoping for a performance as good as Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones.
The Frozen Ground opens up November 30th and also stars Vanessa Hudgens, Curtis Jackson, and Kevin Dunn.
“Stolen” (2012) Debut Trailer
Obvious comparisons to Taken aside, Stolen sees a former master thief (Nicolas Cage) team up with an ex-girlfriend (Malin Akerman) and given 12 hours to make up the money that is owed to his former partner (Josh Lucas) who has kidnapped his daughter.
Unlike Taken, Stolen comes off as a less serious film given the trailer’s voice-over and the re-teaming of Cage and Simon West, who last teamed up together on Con Air. The film does look like a lot of fun and I was impressed with the action direction of Simon West in The Expendables 2, so this could be a nice surprise.
Stolen hits theaters September 14th and also stars Danny Huston, Sami Gayle and M.C. Gainey.
Upping the testosterone levels for the upcoming sequel to The Expendables, it’s being reported that Jean Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris have been officially confirmed to appear.
The film is apparently also trying to get Nicolas Cage and John Travolta as well.
“We’ll have a big showdown between me and Van Damme, which has been anticipated for a long time, so it should be a good one,” Sylvester Stallone said, adding, “We’ve got Chuck Norris and I think Nic Cage… We’re trying to work out different scenarios. I like using people that had a moment and then maybe have fallen on some hard times and give them another shot.”
As far as Travolta is concerned, Stallone added that the main factor, as with anyone involved, is scheduling. The Expendables 2 is slated to begin shooting soon in Bulgaria, and is aiming for an August 2, 2012 release date.