We open today with a pic of Jaden Smith showing off his futuristic duds in director M. Night Shyamalan’s new sci-fi pic, After Earth. The film sees Smith team with his real-life father as a father and son duo that crash-lands on an abandoned Earth 1000 years in the future and then have to struggle to survive. Hopefully that struggle is not against deadly sentient tree farts again.
Shymalamadingdong is of course the greatest filmmaker the world has ever seen. He has turned his entire career into one of his own famous surprise twist films. We all initially thought he was amazingly talented, and just when we can’t wait to see what he does next, BAM! Last Airbender!
There’s a subtitled trailer out for Spanish horror film Rec 3, the sequel to arguably the best found footage films ever made. It features a blood drenched pretty brunette in a wedding dress, wielding a chainsaw like a lumberjack. SOLD!
THR is reporting that I Killed Adolf Hitler, a cool (but very weird) graphic novel from Jason, has been optioned by Studio Eight to be made into a feature film. The single monikered Norwegian artist’s work has often been compared to Tintin creator Herge. Well if Herge was on a bad acid trip that is:
In this full-color graphic novel, Jason posits a strange, violent world in which contract killers can be hired to rub out pests, be they dysfunctional relatives, abusive co-workers, loud neighbors, or just annoyances in general — and as you might imagine, their services are in heavy demand. One such killer is given the unique job of traveling back in time to kill Adolf Hitler in 1939… but things go spectacularly wrong. Hitler overpowers the would-be assassin and sends himself to the present, leaving the killer stranded in the past. The killer eventually finds his way back to the present by simply waiting the decades out as he ages, and teams up with his now much-younger girlfriend to track down the missing fascist dictator… at which point the book veers further into Jason territory, as the cartoonist’s minimalist, wickedly dry sense of humor slows down the story to a crawl: for long patches absolutely nothing happens, but nobody can make nothing happening as riotously entertaining as Jason does… and finally, when the reader isn’t paying attention, he brings it together with a shocking, perfectly logical and yet completely unexpected climax which also solves a mystery from the very beginning of the book the reader had forgotten about.
That actually sounds pretty good to me, and it will be interested to see what can be done with it. Hopefully, they keep anthopomorphized animals as lead characters:
One-hour contemporary thriller series featuring the classic characters from Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon – FBI agent Will Graham and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter – who are re-introduced at the beginning of their budding relationship.”
Red Dragon has already been turned into 2 films, one of the same name, as well as Michael Mann’s Manhunter. So why the hell not a third adaptation. It’s not like there are any other stories to be told, right?
One of my favourite comic book artists of all time, Frank Quietly has produced this absolute gem of a piece inspired by Star Wars. I’m not entirely sure what the context is, but when the artwork is this good, I don’t really care.
One of my most anticipated films of 2012 is Disney’s John Carter. The original Edgar Rice Burroughs story is the genesis for most of the ideas in science fiction that we take for granted today. The film has been in development for ages, and it’s amazing that we’re finally seeing it come into being.
Harry Knowles from AICN – who actually worked on all the previous iterations of the film – has an incredibly in-depth interview with director Andrew Stanton, where he talks about the development of the project, his vision for it as well as possible future entries in the franchise. It is a very lengthy interview, but is a bloody good read.
Finally, First Showing has an exclusive look at new Star Wars inspired web series, Space Janitors, which debuts on Escapist on February 24th. The brainchild of Canadians (but don’t hold that against them) Davin Lengyel and Geoff Lapaire, the same guys behind Pure Pwnage, the show details the lives of “…two human custodians working on board a battle station for the evil Empire. As they try to hold on to their jobs in the midst of an intergalactic civil war, the series offers a satirical and irreverent view of androids, clones, Dark Lords, and other science-fiction staples.”
That’s already enough to get me to give it a watch, but this hilarious poster was just the proverbial cherry on top:
You can find more info, including character sheets over on the official site.
Booyah! Another step closer to glorious weekend. Now if you guys don’t mind I need to go attend an audition for a new web series called Boogie Nights Janitors and I still need to find a pair of wellingtons and a raincoat, as the producers requested.
Last Updated: February 16, 2012