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As we move closer to the July 22nd release of Marvel Studio’s Captain American: The First Avenger we are getting more and more goodies for the comic adaptation. If you head over to the teaser website you’ll find more than a dozen images from the movie (including the one above), the theatrical trailer, teaser trailer, superbowl spot, and a shot plot synopsis. Check out that picture of Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull and tell me that you are not excited to see Marvel’s super solider come to live on the big screen.

Shock Till You Drop scored a plot synopsis and an image from the forth installment of the Underwold series. The image features the return of Kate Beckinsale as Selene, a sexy vampire with a taste for leather.  From the directing team of Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein, Underworld: Awakening jumps ahead in time from the last time we saw Selene in 2006’s Evolution. The secret world of vampires and werewolves has been released to the public, who are hunting them down. The idea sounds like it could be good, but if I learned anything from the past three Underworld flicks, it is that they will be mediocre at best. Even the above image… if I didn’t know better I’d think it was from one of the first two movies in the action series.

We started this entry by talking about one captain, so lets end it by chatting about another one. The classic 90s cheeseball cartoon Captain Planet and the Planeteers is getting the big screen treatment thanks to Transformers producer Don Murphy and the Cartoon Network. This will be CN’s first foray into theatrical movies. According to reports, the big screen adaptation will be live action and focus on current global issues such as “earthquakes, tornadoes, melting icebergs”.

Murphy’s filmography is a mixed bag. In addition to all three Transformers films (the first two of which I hated, the third I just didn’t bother with), he also produced the horrid adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and disappointing From Hell, along with Shoot ‘Em Up… which was a damn fun popcorn flick. So one out of a dozen ain’t that bad but his name doesn’t give me hope that they could make Captain Planet into a good movie. If anything I think this captain would be better off on the small screen and animated for new audiences. Gear the show to young kids and entertain them while you teach them a thing or two about the environment.

Posted on July 20th, 2011 by ThePit | Comments Off on Film News: New Captain America pic, another Underworld sequel, & yet another cartoon goes to the big screen!
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We’ve already gotten a few cool posters for The Wolfman, but this one blows them away. This is a poster I’d hang in my office.

Wolfman Poster

We are inching closer to its February release (in time for Valentine’s Day), and I’m starting to get excited for the horror “update”.  The film stars Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving, and Benicio Del Toro as the Wolfman.

Thanks to Aint-it-Cool News and Cinematical, we have two new posters for the Universal revival of The Wolfman, which stars Benicio Del Toro and the lovely Emily Blunt. Click the above links for higher resolution versions of the posters, or below to enlarge.

The Wolfman Poster

I’m not blown away by these posters, but they are decently cool. The film finally hits theaters on February 12th, after a long wait.  I wonder how this remake (and how it does) will affect the remake of The Bride of Frankenstein.

Bride of Frankenstein

That’s right, Universal is resurrecting the Bride of Frankenstein. The remake, which has been in and out of development for the past dozen years, is back in development under the writing and direction of Neil Burger. Burger wrote and directed the Ed Norton and Jessica Biel magician period piece The Illusionist, and the Tim Robbins and Rachael McAdams Iraq War drama, The Lucky Ones.

This remake joins the Creature from the Black Lagoon, which is in development, and The Wolfman, which hits theaters in early November. Creature is being helmed by Breck Eisner, who directed the action flick Sahara and is also helming a remake of the cult horror film The Crazies. The film has had just as many stop and go moments as Bride and I would not be surprised to see it go down again. The Wolfman however, has been finished for a while. I saw footage of it at Comic Con ages ago.  Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III, Jumanji) directed the film with Benicio Del Toro as the Wolfman (perfect casting IMHO), along with a very talented supporting cast that includes Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving, and Sir Anthony Hopkins. The make-up effects look fantastic and with music by Danny Elfman, I am genuinely excited for the horror remake. Anyone that knows me knows just how much I hate remakes.

I’m not sure how I feel about a Bride of Frankenstein remake. The Illusionist was a good film and Burger has shown that hes an actor’s director.  A similar style that Burger used in Illusionist could work well with Bride.  It just feels wrong to make this remake without remaking Frankenstein first to establish the world. Bride is very much a continuation of the monster’s story. Are they going to merge the two films together? Or will they start from scratch, throwing out everything we know and just using the film’s name? Chances are, it probability will never come to life.