After seeing his script leaked online, and angrily putting a pause on production, Quentin Tarantino has now confirmed that work on The Hateful Eight is moving forward once more.
The news broke at a Comic-Con panel Tarantino was attending over the weekend, during which an audience member asked him straight out whether he would still be directing the film.
After a second or two of attempting to skirt the issue, Tarantino finally relented, revealing that, “yeah – we’re going to be doing The Hateful Eight.”
For anyone who missed the leaked script, the new film will follow the disparate passengers of a stagecoach and the tensions that emerge between them when their journey is diverted by a fearsome blizzard.
No word as yet on an official opening date, but it’s thought that production could begin on this one in November, ahead of a release in late 2015 / early 2016.
A new teaser trailer has arrived online for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1, in which the battle lines between the Capitol and the rebellion are clearly drawn.
“No-one else can do this but her,” says Plutarch Heavensbee of Katniss Everdeen, and sure enough, our heroine is going to be in the firing line again as she faces off against President Snow’s regime.
Indeed, it looks like she will meet some fearsome resistance, as Snow cranks up the terror in order to cling on to his position of power.
Take a look at the new trailer, below…
Looks as though the games themselves were child’s play (if you’ll excuse the pun) in comparison with the battle that’s coming over the horizon. This is all-out war…
Directed by Francis Lawrence and co-starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1will open in the UK on 21 November 2014.
Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have been discussing their plans for the Sin City franchise, with a third film apparently already in the pipeline.
“Robert and I are already talking about Sin City 3,” said Miller at Comic-Con. “So you’d better show up for number two or they won’t pay for it.”
And speaking of that second film, there is also a new red-band TV spot to check out, featuring a number of dames to whom killing is simply second nature…
Take a look at the new teaser, below…
Given that there was a nine year gap between films one and two, it may be that we have to wait a little while for Sin City 3 to arrive in cinemas, but it’s heartening to know that the intention is there…
Co-directed by Rodriguez and Miller and co-starring Eva Green, Josh Brolin and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For will open in the UK on 25 August 2014.
Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman has been revealed in an exciting first-look by Zack Snyder, who was presenting his Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice at Comic-Con 2014.
Glad in Xena-esque get-up, Gadot’s Diana Prince looks almost like a gladiator, with the costume design going for more of a fantasy feel than a sci-fi vibe.
Check out the image in full below:
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Snyder also presented the first footage of Ben Affleck’s Batman at the panel. Clearly inspired by Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, the rain-soaked footage saw Bats in a souped-up suit pulling the cover off of the bat-signal, clearly spoiling for a fight with Henry Cavill’s Superman.
Cavill, Affleck and Gadot all joined Snyder on-stage in what was possibly the highlight of Comic-Con so far.
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice opens in the UK on 29 April 2016.
Kevin Smith returned to his now traditional Comic-Con slot to host another evening of profanity, insight and movie chat.
The loquacious Clerks director regaled the crowds with tales from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, describing how he was moved to tears by standing inside J.J. Abrams’ recreation of the Millennium Falcon.
He also reiterated that his Cop Out star Bruce Willis is the most difficult person he’s ever worked with, and he chatted at length about his career, his homelife and his passion for podcasting.
But the reason that a lot of people were there was for a glimpse of his latest film, Tusk, based on the extremely creepy high-concept of an aging seadog (Michael Parks) taking a man (Justin Long) hostage, with the express intention of turning him into a walrus, via some pretty suspect surgical procedures.
Despite the disturbing premise, there are some unsettlingly humorous moments in the trailer, which you can watch below:
Smith promised that the effective editing of the trailer means that what you see above amounts to less than 20 per cent of the finished film.
Tusk opens in the US later this year, with a UK release date to be confirmed.
Drum roll please… Whiplash, the Sundance wowing, Grand Jury prize winning, buzz gathering indie has released its first trailer.
The debut of director Damien Chazelle (who also won the jury prize at Sundance last year for the short film that grew into this feature), Whiplash is the story of a teenage jazz drummer and his brilliant/bullish/bonkers teacher.
Miles Teller (Divergent, That Awkward Moment, soon to be Mr Fantastic…) plays musical prodigy Andrew Neyman to J.K. Simmons’ ruthless Mr Fletcher – an orchestra leader who seems to take teaching inspiration from Full Metal Jacket.
When Total Film caught the film’s debut at Park City in January, we called it “surprising, intoxicating and euphoric” - a triumph which will “either make you want to listen to Charlie Parker records or screw over your friends and family and die drunk and alone in your ’40s just to know you were the absolute best.”
Set for release in the States in October, expect Whiplash to make a sizeable bang over here before the end of the year.
The first red-band trailer has appeared online for Hot Tub Time Machine 2, which sees the gang from the first film travel into the distant future.
The new film picks up with Clark Duke, Craig Robinson and Rob Corddry’s characters (John Cusack isn’t here this time around) in 2014, with the trio having used their knowledge of the future to make themselves extremely wealthy since the 80s.
However, when Corddry is shot by a mystery gunman, the trio are forced back into the hot tub in an attempt to alter the course of time once more.
Take a look at the new trailer, below…
Some extremely sharp lines in there, with “a minor Tyler Perry character, Gandalf the Poor and Billy Zane’s dick” being our personal favourite. Gleefully wearing its silliness on its sleeve, this looks like a worthy follow-up to one of the sleeper hits of 2010.
Directed by Steve Pink and co-starring Adam Scott and Chevy Chase, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 will open in the UK on 26 December 2014.
A new image has arrived online from Batman v. Superman, giving us a new look at Ben Affleck in character as the caped crusader.
Released to coincide with the character’s 75th anniversary, the new image shows Affleck looking rather grim in his cowl and cape, in a distinctly atmospheric pose.
The close-up shot also gives us a chance to examine the new cowl in more detail, with its skin-tight, furrowed brow and distinctively short ear-protrusions.
Hopefully this will just be the start of the weekend’s Batman v. Superman revelations, with the film set to take a panel to Hall H at Comic-Con on Saturday.
Directed by Zack Snyder and co-starring Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg and Amy Adams, Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice will open in the UK on 29 April 2016.
The first trailer for 50 Shades Of Grey has arrived online, and it’s every bit as steamy, breathy and emotionally overwrought as you might expect!
Dakota Johnson stars as Anastasia Steele, a naive college graduate who finds herself introduced into the world of BDSM sex by billionaire businessman, Christian Grey, played here by Jamie Dornan.
The first trailer focuses on the slow build to Steele’s sexual awakening, as Grey eventually unveils his infamous red room of pain…
Take a look at the new trailer, below…
Hot flushes all round then. As easy as it might be to poke fun at this one, there will be hordes of fans of the book champing at the bit for it to hit cinemas, and Johnson and Dornan certainly look the part here.
Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and co-starring Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Ehle and Luke Grimes, Fifty Shades Of Grey will open in the UK on 13 February 2015.
Sony has made a bold statement of intent regarding the future of the Spider-Man franchise, confirming release dates for both The Sinister Six and The Amazing Spider-Man 3.
With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 having performed indifferently at the box office, there had been some doubt cast on Sony’s plans for the series, but those have now been brushed aside with the announcement of these new dates.
The Sinister Six will be the next film in the series to hit cinemas, with the Drew Goddard-directed supervillain saga set to open in the US on 11 November 2016.
The knock-on effect of that scheduling is that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will move back from its rumoured 2017 release date, and will now open on 4 May 2018.
We’re still waiting for confirmed details on just which villains will be featured in The Sinister Six, but with that film now next up on Sony’s Spidey agenda, we should have some more info on the way in the coming months…