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In the grand hall denoted only as “H”, swarms of Comic-Con goers were given a treat of global proportions. 24 minutes of James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar was screened for those on hand. Of course all recording devices were banned from use, but that didn’t keep bloggers away from their terminals as soon as the panel was finished. Here’s the low down of what we know was shown:
Jake Sully (being played by Sam Worthington) is shown entering a military briefing, confined to a wheelchair. We’re reassured by a gruff officer that it’s his job to keep them all alive… but (dun-dun-dunnnnnn) he assures the soliders in the room, including Jake, that he won’t be successful.
From here, we move quickly to a lab where we meet Jake’s ‘Avatar’, an artificial/alien body that will be piloted by Jake after his DNA is combined (via the Avatar program, natch) with the Na’vi alien race. We meet Dr. Grace Augustine (played by sci-fi fan favorite, Sigourney Weaver), who helps load Jake into the Avatar machine, after a bit of playful banter.
Cue the special effects. We enter Oz, err, Pandora.
Lots of Forbidden Planet buzz spread across the Internet while you were digging out from the snowstorms.
IESB broke the news that James Cameron was to meet with writer J. Michael Straczynski to discuss the project. The Latino Review reported, “I do know that Cameron has flipped for the current draft.”
The Review also confirms that the script is a prequel to the 1956 movie, picking up threads from the original’s dialogue. Warner Bros.. recently gave the script a green light with a 2010 release date pencilled in.
“I told [producer] Joel [Silver] this is how you do Forbidden Planet without pissing on the original that no one has ever thought of,” the screenwriter was quoted as saying. “When I told [the idea] to him, his eyes lit up. It’s not a remake. It’s not a reimagining. It’s not exactly a prequel. You’ll have to see it. It’s something that no one has thought of when it comes to this storyline.”
“The prologue to the script contains the following: Two ships traveled to Altair 4, a planet orbiting a star 16.7 light years from Earth. The first ship, the Bellerophon, came to explore that world. The humans on board encountered the relics of the Krell civilization for the first time and exhumed their dangerous past. The Bellerophon was never heard from again. Twenty years later, a second ship, a C-57D Starcruiser, came to investigate the disappearance of the Bellerophon and her crew,” the Review revealed.
Additionally, Straczynski has intentions of this being, what else, a trilogy. The Latino Review outlines the plan:
• Movie One tells the story of the original ship that came to Altair 4.
• Movie Two tells the story of the search for the Krell by the captain of the Bellerophon and his crew…as Diana continues to grow into something profoundly other-worldly. The search takes them beyond the limits of known space into other dimensions, passing from what’s known into what’s not.
• Movie Three tells the story of the second ship to arrive at Altair 4 to investigate what happened to the Bellerophon. They discover Morbius and his "daughter," who is desperate to get off the planet and out into the rest of the universe, where her power would nearly be god-like…a fate we are spared when Morbius sacrifices his life to keep her there and eliminate the Krell homeworld once and for all.
McG spoke toTotal Film to address and dispel the four major rumors surrounding his forthcoming Terminator Salvation.
In clear language, he said that Ain’t It Cool News’ rumored ending was a fake. “That is not the ending. John Connor is not the machine. We did discuss that idea, but that is not the ending, I can say that right now.”
As to whether or not James Cameron blessed someone else directing his baby, McG said, “I did go to see James Cameron. He didn’t give us his blessing, but he didn’t shit all over our movie. When Jim was making Aliens, he was following the great Ridley Scott, so he knows how we feel.”
There was the issue about lead actor Christian Bale’s doubts about taking on the role of an adult John Connor. “I met Christian when he was shooting The Dark Knight. He told me to fuck right off, he didn’t want to do it. He said, ‘Write it so that it could be read cold on stage and I’ll think about doing it.’”
And finally, last week’s rampant rumor about Arnold Schwarzenegger making a cameo appearance. McG remains noncommittal and sly on the issue.
James Cameron’s name has been bandied around, with various reports indicating he supported McG’s Terminator Salvation film or hated it. To clear the air, he issued the following statement to Harry Knowles, the man behind Ain’t it Cool News:
There’s been some discussion at AICN and elsewhere of me rescinding my so-called blessing of T4 and that’s not the case. The truth is there never was a blessing to rescind, and there’s been some kind of misunderstanding between me and McG, perfectly innocent I believe. He asked me in a phone call when I was shooting in New Zealand earlier this year if I would be a supporter and creative participant in the new film. I said sure, send me the script and I’ll give you my thoughts. And I warned him that free advice is usually worth what you pay for it. For whatever reason I never got the script and to date I haven’t seen a foot of film other than what everybody’s seen in the trailer, which is not enough to form an opinion. So I have zero basis for supporting or dissing the film. As I said in an interview, for all I know it could be a masterpiece or it could be a big steaming pile. I think all people heard was the steaming pile part and concluded I was against the film, which I’m not. In fact, it might be very good, an opinion based solely on what Sam Worthington has shared with me. He’s nobody’s fool when it comes to material, and has absolutely the lowest bullshit quotient of anyone I know, and he has repeatedly told me that he reckons the film is going to be good. I know him to be very critical (in a healthy way) of his own work, and an actor who always aspires to excellence, so I know he wouldn’t praise the film if he didn’t feel it.
Obviously I can’t give my blessing (whatever that means anyway) to the film completely blind. But I’m predisposed to be supportive based on Sam’s involvement and his judgment, because I believe in him. So there you have it. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that it’s not a steaming pile.
So there. You of course can decide for yourself when the film opens in May 2009.
At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Terminator Salvation director McG spoke to E! Online about the upcoming installment in the franchise. During the interview, he mentioned how James Cameron imparted his blessing upon the new director’s vision for the series. Longtime fans had previously been squeamish about the former Charlie’s Angels helmer bringing his perspective to the beloved science fiction world that Cameron had so carefully crafted. But the combination of high profile casting, solid early footage and this news of Cameron’s approval stole many disheartened sighs from nervous fans and replaced them with hollers of anticipation.
If that was a deal breaker for you, then you might wanna sit down for this one. James Cameron himself is denying that he ever gave McG his seal of approval.
"It could be a big steaming pile or it could be brilliant," Cameron tells the National Post. "Sam Worthington is in the Avatar and the new Terminator and he likes the script, but I never saw it. There was no blessing involved."
Is Cameron’s blessing completely necessary? Maybe not. Plenty of folks get married without parental approval, and they end up being nice and cozy in their new life. Why should Terminator be any different?
The real worry here is that McG fibbed about Cameron’s seal of approval. Perhaps he confused earlier words from Cameron as a blessing. Maybe he felt he needed to lie to win over the skeptics. Either way, devoted Cameron stalwarts are bound to be troubled by this news.
Seems that Christmas entertainment is not without its controversy even in an officially Christian country like the UK.
On the heels of the massive ratings success of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, "Voyage of the Damned," which garnered a 50% share of the total British TV audience (increasing to 55% at its peak), an obscure group with way too much un-Christ-like anger (think the UK equivalent of crazy Bill Dohonue’s Catholic League) has complained about the portrayal of the Doctor as a savior figure as "completely inappropriate." Why this complaint wasn’t lodged at the end of Series Three (see photo) is beyond me.
In addition, Millvina Dean, the last living survivor of the Titanic disaster, criticized the episode sight-unseen, saying "I think it is disrespectful to make entertainment of such a tragedy." No word on whether she made the same complaint to James Cameron a few years back.