Sunday, June 10, 2012


Pacific Rim
What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a collection of all the things you’ll be talking about tomorrow with your friends. Assuming you have friends. We hope you do. If not, we’ll be your friend.
We begin this evening with the first image from Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim, featuring Idris Elba looking badass in a suit that, if our guess is right, allows him to control giant robots or something. Everything about this film makes it a giant, sloppy, wet orgy for nerds. We cannot wait.
“We certainly don’t feel that a third movie is a foregone conclusion. Hopefully the second movie turns out well and we are really happy about everything so far. So three movies, again not to do everything that Christopher Nolan does, but if you do it right it’s a good model. But that idea, whether you want to call it a trilogy or not, although I reserve the right to when we are talking four years from now to say “this is the third movie in our trilogy,” but it does feel that three movies is the right responsibility for us to have the baton for before we then pass it off to the people who are take Trek to wherever they want to take it.” That’s Damon Lindelof talking about a Star Trek 3. Yes, we got that number right.
Over at The Pixar Touch, a compilation has been made of Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling, according to story artist Emma Coats’ Twitter account. They seem reasonable enough.
JoBlo has debuted the first poster for Dredd, the Karl Urban-led readaptation of the Judge Dredd comics. It looks relatively badass, when compared to the plastic silliness once worn by Sly Stallone.
Dredd Poster
The HitFix staff has published 15 questions we have about a Justice League movie. Sadly, none of the questions include, “Is Joss Whedon available?” I’m just saying… It’s about directing talent.
Over at Pajiba, the ever-talented Joanna Robinson presents 16 Spoiler-Free Reasons Why You’re Looking Forward to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, focusing on Scott’s ability to inject some girl power into his films. Even though I wasn’t high on the film, I did enjoy Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian in Robin Hood. has a list of 10 Most Anticipated New Shows of Summer 2012. Only one of which — Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom – actually seems worthy of being called “most” anything.
Those of you who went out and boarded Prometheus at midnight last night now know the film’s big secret: it’s got a lot of unanswered questions. In an essay at Movieline, Jen Yamato tries to find Prometheus‘ biggest unanswered question. And I’d say she’s pretty close.
Over at, Scott Weinberg takes A Look Back at the Movies of Ray Bradbury. RIP.
And since we’re doing all kinds of lists on this rather slim Friday evening, Pajiba’s Josh Kurp gives us the 10 Least Walter White-Like Roles in Bryan Cranston’s Career. For the record, his performance in From the Earth to the Moon as Buzz Aldrin is an all-time favorite in my space nerd heart of hearts.
We close tonight with an animated filmography of Tim Burton. Proof that Tim Burton has, in fact, made good films. Back in the day.
Posted: 08 Jun 2012 07:00 PM PDT
Late last week, the Daily Mail reported that Marc Forster‘s World War Z was set to undergo some massive reshoots in Budapest this fall, with the venerable Baz Bamigboye reporting that the production, wrapped for almost a year, was set to film for a boggling seven additional weeks. And now it looks like things are getting even worse for the Brad Pitt-starring adaptation, because those reshoots will apparently come care of screenwriter Damon Lindelof.
The Hollywood Reporter has word that Lindelof has been tapped “to save” the production. He will reportedly focus on the film’s third act – which is deeply hilarious if one considers his apparent inability to really take things past the finish line (yes, I am talking about Prometheus, a film I was fully invested in until its third act, and even LOST and Cowboys & Aliens to varying degrees).
The film has already been plagued by potential problems, including the delayed delivery of its first rejiggered script from Matthew Michael Carnahan, who was working off of some drafts by J. Michael Straczynski and the hard fact that World War Z the movie just didn’t sound like“World War Z” the beloved novel by Max Brooks. The main issue – how do you turn a book that’s about a post-zombie outbreak world into a movie about a world in the throes of a zombie outbreak? Oh, and also, how exactly do you focus the action all on one man, even if it is Brad Pitt?
Other details on the reshoots are still not very clear and it’s unknown if Pitt’s other co-stars (such as Matthew Fox, James Badge Dale, Anthony Mackie, and Mireille Enos) would be coming back for the fresh filming, but with so much time and apparently so much new material, it seems inevitable that they would. At the very least, the film does have a solid cast and some great source material, so perhaps it can be saved – even with outsized remakes and a potentially fatal script doctoring.

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