Quick Hits- Movie news (No VFX nom for Man of Steel?, Fox expands their comic book property universe)

mos dvdThe list of films eligible for a nomination for Best Visual Effects has been released by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The films appearing on the list are Elysium, Gravity, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Iron Man 3, The Lone Ranger, Oblivion, Pacific Rim, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Thor: The Dark World, and World War Z. Notably absent is the Zack Snyder/Christopher Nolan superhero film Man of Steel, which was especially effects heavy with its depiction of Superman’s home planet of Krypton and the destruction in Metropolis during the film’s climactic battle. Also missing are the sci-fi epic Ender’s Game and the Keanu Reeves martial arts/fantasy 47 Ronin. It’s a bit curious as to why The Lone Ranger was included here instead of these other titles. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.

Twentieth Century Fox has announced the follow-up to the upcoming sequel to X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past. X-Men: Apocalypse will be hitting the big screen in 2016, and it looks like Fox is wanting to follow in Marvel Studios footsteps in creating a wider movie universe with its Marvel properties (Fox owns the rights to both the X-Men and Fantastic Four). Writer and producer Simon Kinberg has just inked a three-year deal with the studio with the intention of creating a “Marvel-style” cinematic universe, a la The Avengers and its related films. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the deal will allow Kinberg to expand both franchises into a crossover model, combining both the X-Men and the Fantastic Four into one movie or series of movies. Kinberg said, ” I have a lot of ideas on how to build those brands and do what everybody is thinking of these days: Be like Marvel. I want to be able to build stories over multiple movies.” The possibilities of a crossover between the two franchises can easily make comic book fans giddy with excitement. Of course, a lot may depend on how will the next X-Men film fares, along with the reboot of the Fantastic Four due in 2015.

Motion capture actor extraordinaire Andy Serkis (Gollum in both the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, as well as King Kong in Peter Jackson’s epic remake) is set to make his directorial debut in the upcoming adaptation of George Orwell’s classic novel Animal Farm. Serkis tells Screen Daily, “What we’re trying to do is fairly unique. It’s going to be entirely performance captured, so rather than photographing real animals and showing them with talking mouths, it will all be generated by the interaction between the actors playing those roles… the physicality and facial expressions of all the animals will come directly from actors’ performances.” Pre-production on the movie has already begun, with Serkis planning to start filming in the latter half of 2014.

That’s it for now. Tell us your thoughts in the comments below. Til next time…

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

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