A look at movies, especially films based on books (Yes that includes comics); Opinions, facts, movie charts, production news and, when possible a look at the movies VS their source material. I may also champion books I've read that really should be movies. I've also used it to display the unedited versions of my blogs for SyFy; (The sci-fi channel UK website.)Feel free to let me know about any stories that you think deserve the big screen treatment.
There are some extremely highly anticipated films coming out
in 2012. Christopher Nolan’s series ending ‘The Dark Knight Rises’; Marvel Studios
5 year project ‘The Avengers’; The faithful looking adaptation ‘The Hunger
Games’; The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt 2 is all but guaranteed to become
that series’ highest earner and cannot be ruled out of the race to top the year’s
box office. Even the “we really would have preferred Spider-Man 4” restart ‘The
Amazing Spider-Man’ is gaining momentum;
The 'Lord of the Rings' inspired trilogy starter 'Snow White & The Huntsman' has also thrown itself right into the mix following it’s remarkably well
received trailer. But it is a film that is actually directly connected to 'The
Lord of The Rings' films that is likely to be the most anticipated film of 2012.
What could that be...
Old 'friends' for the first time...
Once again directed by Peter Jackson the first of two Hobbit
films opens on the 14th of December 2012 and I’m already getting
misty eyed remember how, for 3 years, it seemed that Christmas (and my sister’s
birthday) weren’t the biggest things to happen in December. The Dwarves look
tough, Sir Ian McKellan looks beardy and the landscapes look seeping ad epic-y.
Can we just skip to next Christmas?
“"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" follows title
character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost
Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug.
Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself
joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin
Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous
lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders,
Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the
wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels,
where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever ... Gollum.
Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming
Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths ofguile and courage that surprise even
him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds
unexpected and useful qualities ... A simple, gold ring that is tied to the
fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.”
Some old friends meet some new ones and if this isn’t a huge
hit I’ll eat my hats, and I have a lot of hats. The ever impressive cast
includes Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm,
Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lilly, Richard Armitage
and the peerless master of Mo-Cap Andy Serkis. Despite having to withdraw from
directing the Hobbit films Guillermo del Torojoins Rings veterans Peter
Jackson, Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyen in the writing credits.