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I, Frankenstein What Will The Movie Promise

Kevin Grevioux’s I, Frankenstein a Darkstorm Studios graphic novel will be made into a movie.  Production will begin in July of 2010 and Patrick Tatopoulos production designer from Underworld is attached to direct. They described the movie as:

I, FRANKENSTEIN is a contemporary fantasy thriller in which the original monster of Victor Frankenstein stands between the human race and an uprising of supernatural creatures determined to overthrow the world.

This comes across to me as another monster turned savior tale like Hellboy.  It does not make it a bad sounding or good sounding movie.  What are the connections to Frankenstein and the mythical implications brought forth in the original tale?

Is I, Frankenstein just associated to it’s name sake as a patchwork man that Victor puts together to help save us?  Should we expect Frankenstein to ponder it’s existence and the reasoning behind why it was created?

That aside, I’m excited about the visual promise that is given to us with Patrick Tatopoulous involvement in the project.  He has demonstrated success in translating the gothic aesthetic in movies with his work on Underworld and gives me hope that the visuals will be awesome.

(via /Film)

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Hugo Nominations: The Picks Are Difficult

Get your copy of Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog here and help support the project The Hugo Awards nominations are out!  I was so thrilled when I saw that Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog was nominated for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.  This is great because they are recognizing web series along with television series. Now comes the hard part… picking only one winner.  Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and two other top picks from the category is “Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead” (Doctor Who) and “Turn Left” (Doctor Who).  This is a very hard pick because I really want Doctor Horrible to win as recognition and validation of web series yet “Turn Left” deserves to win since it is the best dramatic presentation out of the three.

Some other categories with difficult picks.

Which one will you vote for?

See the full list of nominations here.

Del Toro and Hellboy 3

hellboy_p1_w434_h_q80 We have already discussed Guillermo Del Toro’s thoughts on The Hobbit (here), Frankenstein (here) and At the Mountains of Madness (here).

At what point could Hellboy III happen?

Del Toro: You know, I think that they will not green-light it or they will not talk about it until the last Euro hits the piggy bank. The fact is the movie, even though it was dually sodomized by Hancock and The Dark Knight, still did theatrically better than the first movie, internationally is doing exceedingly better than the first movie. It really is in some cases doing 300 percent more business, and, depending on the territory, globally, I think, is doing about 100 percent more business than the first one. Let's see what happens with the DVD, and the people that make the decisions do it based on the calculator function of the iPod, not on the other one (Scifi Wire).

I am not sure what he is talking about with the iPod thing their unless that is an oblique way of saying “bean counter” or “corporate shill.”  I am excited to hear that the movie is doing well, though I am not sure why he used the word sodomized.

Strange word use aside, it will be interesting to see if the studios are capable of noticing a movie doing well on its own or if they will be blinded by the success of other films.

Would they wait for you, or would you let another filmmaker do it?

Del Toro: I would beg them and amputate myself in order for them to wait for me, but I don't control it. If they say, "No, no, no, we're going to do it," I personally think this incarnation of the trilogy I would love to finish, because it's not arbitrary that we went into a different direction on the second one. I really think when and if you see the three movies, you're going to have a comedic one, a tragic one, and you're going to see three movies that are incredibly apart in registration one from another. It's really exploring Hellboy in very different ways (Scifi Wire).

His passion is awe inspiring, and I would love to see what he wants to do with the third one.  I assume is he using the word trilogy in the modern sense of a three stories with the same characters and not three separate stories with an over arcing plot arc.

If there is an overarching plot arc, I missed it, but it is possible that a third installment would bring it to the fore.  I really don’t think there is one.

Would you remain part of it producing if you didn't direct?

Del Toro: I don't know. I mean, I don't know if I can. You know, I think producing, partially producing is being able to extricate yourself from the director. If you don't do that, you are not really producing. I don't f--k around with my directors. I don't tell them what to do. ... In producing something like Hellboy, I don't think I would be objective. I really think it's a dangerous position, so maybe in the writing I would have a better handle, but I don't know if I could be involved to that degree. ... (Scifi Wire)

I understand what he is talking about.  I am not sure I could hand off a project that I was so emotionally and creatively tied to.  I have my doubts whether or not anyone could do as good a job as Del Toro, but then again, you never know.  One thing is certain:  If they replace Del Toro, the films will take a completely different direction.

DVD Releases: November11th, 2008

  • Blood Wars:  A vampire flick involving a war between warlocks and vampires.  The description made me curious.  I am a sucker for vampire flicks and that soft spot has led me to watch many bad movies and this may be another one my netflix rating gave this DVD a 1.8.  If any of you have seen this let me know should I rent it? Do you think I would like this movie?
  • Dragon Ball Z: Season Seven:  This animated show is so addictive with over the top fight scenes coupled with a delightful sense of humor.  A definite owner which will sit nicely next to my other Dragon Ball Z box sets.
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army:  This movie was great with breathtaking setting, and brilliantly written story line.  It did the Hellboy comic’s justice and a definite owner for me.  For more on Hellboy and my full review read Exploring: Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
  • Slipknot: Rank Outsiders:  This documentary of the metal band Slipknot contains: rare performance footage, exclusive interviews, contributions from friends, colleagues and other associates, location shoots, news reports, seldom seen photos and a host of other features.  Love the band.  As a maggot I'm going to have to check this one out.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars:  This was an amazing piolit that got released to the theater I have been eagerly awaiting the release of The Clone Wars on DVD and now I can own it and add it to the rest of my Star Wars DVD.  For more on The Clone Wars and my full review read Reviewing The Clone Wars A Theatrical Pilot.

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Free Issue of Weird Tales

wt350-232x300 Weird Tales magazine is giving away free copies of their July/August issue for free! Download it here.

Need a reason to get it?  Check out the table of contents:

Fiction

ALL IN | Peter Atwood

  • Now this is truly organized gambling.

HOW I GOT HERE | Ramsey Shehadeh

  • Between Heaven and Hell lie the streets of D.C.

BELAIR PLAZA | Adam Corbin Fusco

  • There is no such thing as a cursed shopping center.

AN INVITATION VIA EMAIL | Mike Allen

  • Getting tenure must be a real pain in the ass.

MAINEVERMONTNEWHAMPSHIREMASS| Nick Mamatas

  • And then the horror convention got a little epic.

THE STONE-HEARTED QUEEN | Kelly Barnhill

  • She shared her father’s magic — but enough of it?

GANARANOK | Rory Steves

  • A Shakesperean love story, plus antennae.

EVOLUTION | Karen Heuler

  • Can’t wait to grow up and escape Mom’s claws.

RIGHT YOU ARE IF YOU SAY YOU ARE| Norman Spinrad

  • The princess was hot. Hotter than the dragonfire

Features

Mike Mignola: Hellboy’s Dad\

  • The creator of Hellboy chats with Elizabeth Genco about Dracula, Lovecraft, and making weird comics.

Summer Reading Weirducopia

  • An array of bizarre new books — plus an exclusive excerpt from the hot new steam-fantasy novel The Court of the Air!

Departments

  • THE EYRIE | evolutions, transformations, metamorphoses
  • WEIRDISM | music of the dark, terror of the night
  • THE LIBRARY & BAZAAR | weird books and fantastical masks
  • HARVEY PELICAN & CO. | special offers from the esoterica king
  • LOST IN LOVECRAFT | a literary journey with Kenneth Hite
  • THE CRYPTIC | fantastic commentary by Darrell Schweitzer
  • FEEDBACK | what you thought of “The 85 Weirdest Storytellers”

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Del Toro, The Remake Machine

What is Guillermo Del Toro doing for the next ten years?

The Hellboy director will remake Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Frankenstein and Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five (BBC NEWS)

A part of me is very excited that Del Toro has signed a deal with Universal, but I am a little upset that he will be trapped in a pit of remakes instead of making the brilliant original films that made us fall in love with his work in the first place.

I feel guilty saying this, but I cannot wait to see the movies...

Exploring: Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Review of:  Hellboy II: The Golden Army Overall Rating: 9.5

This was a great Hellboy movie.  Guillermo Del Toro working with Mike Mignola to help bring the feel of Hellboy to the big screen really paid off.  The setting was breathtaking.  The acting is well done.  The creatures were believable and looked lived in.  Del Toro does a great job giving us short scenes where we get to watch various characters and creatures doing simple things that lend to the feeling that there is more to them then just two dimensional characters.  A particular scene in mind is when Hellboy and Abe are just hanging out having a drink talking about life and their aspirations.  Johann Krauss was awesome and everything I expected.  I loved the scene with the Angel of Death, the look of the character was very compelling, the conversation and difficult choice gave me goosebumps and helped to remind me of Hellboy's terrible destiny.

The story is brilliantly written.  They were able to take a tragedy and masquerade it as an action film and pull it off.  The tragedy story line is about Princess Nuala her family struggle and her choices ending in a classic manner as a tragedy would.  This story line is knitted nicely into the action storyline which features Hellboy and his fight to save humanity from the "nasties" that go bump in the dark.

This movie is well worth seeing in the theater, especially if you are a fan of Hellboy.

The Plot / Story: In a time long forgotten an ancient battle between humans and the mythical creatures.  During the battle an indestructible clockwork army was created, controlled by a crown and unleashed on the humans.  After a truce was made they split the crown one half going to the elves and the other half going to the humans.  Now Prince Nuada (Luke Goss) wants to finish off the humans so he sets out to reunite the crown and take control of the golden army.

Likes

  1. Brilliantly written storyline
  2. good acting
  3. Creatures and characters have lots of depth to them
  4. Setting has a feel of being lived in
  5. The hang out scene with Abe and Hellboy
  6. Johann Krauss is fun and entertaining

Dislikes / Concerns

  1. There are several things that started as concerns but as the movie goes on they fell away or were addressed.  The beginning is a little slapsticky in it's humor but it goes away and works with the story.  Liz starts with the line "you better run" which was also used in first Hellboy movie giving the concern that it was going to be a catchphrase to be overused but it never came up again.
  2. I was concerned about the number of creatures to be shown in the film but Del Toro pulls it off and like in Star Wars it gives a lived in feel to the film.

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Theater or Renter: July 2008

It's time once again for our favorite game "Theater Or Renter?" Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then Put in your comments below the trailer: does the trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?

For July we have Seven movies

Hancock

Hancock:

Watch The Trailer, other trailer

Release Date:   July 4

Listed as:  Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Studio: Columbia Pictures

Director: Peter Berg

Produced by: Akiva Goldsman, James Lassiter, Michael Mann, Will Smith

Written by: Vince Gilligan, Vincent Ngo

Starring: Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, Johnny Galecki

The Plot / Story: Hancock (Will Smith) is an apathetic superhero who has to wrestle with an image problem due to his get the job done approach to superheroism.  Hancock dosn't care what other people think until the day that he saves the life of PR executive Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman) and he realizes that he needs to change.  (The Official Site)

Hellboy_2_poster Hellboy II: The Golden Army:

Watch the Trailer

Release Date:   July 11

Listed as:  Action, Adventure, comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Studio: Universal Pictures

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Written by: Screenplay: Guillermo Del Toro Story: Mike Mignola, Guillermo Del Toro comic Book: Mike Mignola

Stars: Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair, Jeffrey Tambor, John Hurt, Luke Goss, Anna Walton, John Alexander, Seth MacFarlane, Roy Dotrice, Brian Steele

The Plot / Story: In a time long forgotten an ancient battle between humans and the mythical creatures.  During the battle an indestructible clockwork army was created, controlled by a crown and unleashed on the humans.  After a truce was made they split the crown one half going to the elves and the other half going to the humans.  Now Prince Nuala (Luke Goss) wants to finish off the humans so he sets out to reunite the crown and take control of the golden army.  (The Official Site)

Del Toro’s director Scrapbook for Hell Boy II

Hellboy II & Big Red’s Big Baby

How To Build Johann Krauss

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Journey to the Center of the earth 3dJourney to the Center of the Earth:

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Release Date:   July 11

Listed as:  Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Studio: Warner Bros. & New Line Cinema

Director: Eric Brevig

Produced by: Brendan Fraser

Written by: Jules Verne, Michael Weiss, Mark Levin

Stars: Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem

The Plot / Story: Based on a science fiction novel by Jules Verne. The film is being released in 3D.  While on expedition in Iceland Trevor (Brendan Fraser), his nephew Sean (Josh Hutcherson, and local guide Hannah (Anita Briem) they make an amazing discovery after falling into a hole that takes them deep beneath the Earths surface.  There they must try to understand their dangerous environment of dinosaurs and man eating plants before they become dinner. (The Official Site)

Meet Dave

Meet Dave:

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Release Date:   July 11

Listed as:  Comedy, Sci-Fi,

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Director: Brian Robbins

Produced by: Jon Berg, David T. Friendly, Todd Komarnicki

Written by: Rob Greenberg, Bill Corbett

Stars: Eddie Murphy, Gabrielle Union, Ed Helms, Elizabeth Banks,Judah Friedlander, Pat Kilbane, Shawn Christian, Brandon Molale, Mike O'Malley, Marc Blucas

The Plot / Story: Dave is a human shaped alien spaceship operated by diminutive aliens from within his head.  They have landed on earth and are trying to understand their new environment.  (The Official Site)

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

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Release Date:   July 18, Australia July 17th, UK July 25th

Listed as:  Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Studio: Warner Bros.

Director: Christopher Nolan

Produced by: Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas

Written by: Screenplay: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan Story: David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan Characters: Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson

Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman

The Plot / Story: The second movie in the New Batman series.  A sociopath criminal known as the Joker has grown tired of Batman and the changing scene in Gotham city.  In the Joker's ideal city the criminals ran everything and the police would not interrupt their fun.  Now that Batman has arrived the confidence of the police and especially new district attorney Harvey Dent is growing and in turn the city is getting cleaned up.  The Joker in turn leads a campaign of destruction to bring back his beautiful city and makes it personal against Batman.  (The Official Site)

Batman in other projects.

Step Brothers Step Brothers:

Watch The Trailer

Release Date:   July 25

Listed as:  Comedy

Studio: Columbia Pictures

Director: Adam McKay

Produced by: Judd Apatow, Jimmy Miller, Will Ferrell

Written by: Adam McKay, Will Ferrell

Stars: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Richard Jenkins, Mary Steenburgen

The Plot / Story: Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell), a sporadically employed thirty-nine-year-old who lives with his mother, Nancy (Mary Steenburgen). Dale Doback (John C. Reilly), a terminally unemployed forty-year-old who lives with his father, Robert (Richard Jenkins). When Robert and Nancy were married and move in together, Brennan and Dale are forced to live with each other as step brothers. As their narcissism and downright aggressive laziness threaten to tear the family apart, these two middle-aged, immature, overgrown boys will orchestrate an insane, elaborate plan to bring their parents back together. To pull it off, they must form an unlikely bond that will finally get them out of the house.   (The Official Site)

xfiles The X-Files: I Want to Believe:

Watch The Trailer,

Watch the Opening Scene,

Watch the Scene: Obsession

Release Date:   July 25

Listed as:  Mystery, Sci-Fi

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Director: Chris Carter

Produced by: Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz

Written by: Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz

Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Billy Connolly, Amanda Peet, Callum Keith, Alvin "Xzibit" Joiner, Adam Godley, Sarah-Jane Redmond

The Plot / Story: The X-Files: I want to Believe is set six years after the events of the the series.  Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anders) return to seek for the truth.  This is a stand-alone story in the tradition of the x-files.  (The Official Site)

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Del Toro's director Scrapbook for Hell Boy II

Del_Toro_Hell_Boy_Scrapbook They added Del Toro's director scrapbook to the Hellboy II site. This is a really neat feature and worth the hassle of waiting on the flash intensive slow loading site.

On the left is an image of the page full of Del Toro's notes and sketches. The image has a zoom feature so that you can really get into the page and look up close at it's parts.

On the right is a video player with comments from Del Toro regarding the page being displayed. I love his talk about the eyes on his angle of death and how they got to the look that we now see in the trailer to Hell Boy.

It also appears that they are planning on releasing additional pages at a later date. My hopes are that these will become special features on the DVD. They are really neat and well worth checking out.

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Hype Wars: Indiana Jones v Hellboy v Dark Knight

Is this the year that viral marketing jumps the shark? Viral hits are organic, they just happen, rising out of no where to take the Internet by storm. What is painfully clear this year is either how hard it is to do viral marketing or how bad the studios are at it. Dark Knight Movie PosterThis season's spate of "viral advertising" has had the exact opposite effect on me then it was intended to have. Take Indiana Jones and the Dark Knight as two examples of all that is wrong. I have seen many articles around the net about the attempts from the Dark Knight marketeers to get a viral campaign up and running, but I have never seen any of these items in the wild.

When the only time your viral video gets play is when bloggers are trying to explain what you are trying to do, then your viral videos have failed.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullThen there is Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which has to be the most botched hype machine ever. The sheer amount of over promising and under delivering that these guys have down has done the unthinkable: It has cooled my interest in Indiana Jones, leading me to skip most articles I see in my feeds because I am almost certain it will be just another picture of a hat on a box or another cobweb picture. The videos have even been dull. I an tired of getting excited about the newest tidbit they announce only to say, "That's it?"

Hellboy_2_poster The one bright spot in the malaise of botched viral marketing is Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. When I saw the comics I thought they were alright, the first flick was alright, but nothing that really excited me. The slow drip drop of information about Hellboy 2 turned my head.

At every turn, they have under promised and over performed on each and every item they brought out. My anticipation has grown to the point where I have even started reappraising the first film.

What these studios need to learn is that if you promise me the most amazing picture ever and it is nothing but a hat on a box, it will have demoralizing effect on the people that want to be excited about what you are doing. When you put out a new trailer, make sure it has new footage in it.

More important than any of that, follow Scotty's rule, always under sale what you have so the word of mouth will rise up to proclaim the glory of content. Oh, yeah, and make the content itself worthy of praise.

Hellboy II & Big Red's Big Baby

Hellboy II Big Baby There are some new updates out on Hellboy II: The Golden Army. First there is a new trailer out, watch it here in the P:S HQ.
hellboy II monster I like how In the trailer we get to see more footage from the film really helping to set it aside from the trailer that came out last year. We get to see the soldiers in the golden army, they look very cool and terrifying. I'm very excited about this film I love the touch of Hellboy's big baby, but I was even more curious over what he was carrying in his other hand... looks like a baby... curious.
There are also some new images released on the official Hellboy II production site, see them here.Hellboy II golden army soldier

Not Another Lovecraft Movie?

Reenter the skeptic:

Writer/director Guillermo del Toro told SCI FI Wire that he'd like to direct a faithful film version of H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness as one of the projects he'd like to do next, ... "The whole idea of Lovecraft's position towards the universe, he's very much like an Albert Camus position," del Toro said in an interview, referring to the French novelist and philosopher..., on Dec. 18. "He's an existentialist. He says the cosmos is indifferent to man. At the very best is indifferent. And [it] just [sees] us as fleas, or ... [is] hostile to us."

Del Toro, director of Hellboy and Blade II, has been developing a film version of Madness since at least 2003 (SciFi Wire).

So there you have it. I am indifferent to del Toro's work. I enjoy it, but it evokes no strong emotions in me one way or another. When I watched Hellboy, I thought it felt like a low budget Lovecraft knockoff, so may be del Toro might make a good movie...

I have seen so many bad Lovecraft inspired films over the years, that I have almost given up hope that there will ever be a good one, not to even dream of a great one.

I like del Toro's comparison of Lovecraft to Camus. It shows a deeper understanding of a writer that is often trivialized. Personally, I would rather see the Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath. According to IMDB there is one, but I can't find it on Netflix.