Ever wonder what stages some of your more anticipated movies are in? Me too. Like what’s up with The Expendables 2, or Ghostbusters 3 & The Wolverine. Has The Dark Knight Rises started filming yet, or what about Superman: Man of Steel? And what’s up with that Alien prequel movie, Prometheus? Plus, Cinema Static will touch on the movies that are close to finishing or are finished and looking at the homestretch prior to opening in the theaters! And looking at the collection of cast, it definitely looks to be an exciting time for the Summer box office and movie-goers.
With that in mind, I thought I’d take a peek at what’s going on with different movies and their various states of being.
Movies in Development
Development is a tricky stage for a movie. That could be considered something that has a spec script but no one is biting or a project that actually has some legs under it. For instance, under the development list are such things as Warcraft, Super Troopers 2, World War Z (with J. Michael Straczynski noted as the writer), & Halo. It drives me crazy that Halo is kept alive in this list. Or that the ever-hopeful fan keeps updating a Thundercats movie entry. I think there’s a point in time you need to give it a rest. At the bottom of this article is the supposed test footage for a once hoped-for incarnation of a Thundercats movie, an animated version, from a few years back. Or check out the preview of the upcoming ThunderCats animated series on Cartoon Network.
But here is the list of the more anticipated movies that are noted to be in development now:
- The Expendables 2 (With all the old cast)
- Ghostbusters 3 (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis)
- The Wolverine (with Hugh Jackman… but right now in limbo with no director)
- Star Trek Sequel
- Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall
- Kill Bill Vol 3
- Avatar 2
Movies in Pre-Production
- The Dark Knight Rises with Christian Bale, from Christopher Nolan. Filming to start in May.
- Superman: Man of Steel with Henry Cavill, directed by Zack Snyder and filming set to begin in August.
- The Hunger Games with Jennifer Lawrence and directed by Gary Ross, is set to start filming in May.
- Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp, Chloe Moretz, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jackie Earle Haley and directed by the wonderfully twisted Tim Burton. Filming for this will be starting this month.
- Bond 23 (Dudes, at this rate, we need to see Jason vs. Bond!)
Also in this list are Total Recall, Wanted 2, Die Hard 5, Paranormal Activity 3, Gambit, and other goodies.
Movies presently under the state of filming include
- The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (& 2) with the bland, blank stoic faced Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Dakota Fanning and the rest of the gang.
- The Amazing Spider-Man with Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans and more.
- The Avengers, directed by everyone’s favorite… Joss Whedon, and starring everyone whose ever been in a Marvel Entertainment movie! Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg and more.
- The Hobbit part 1 (& 2) with Saoirse Ronan, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood and more. (Eh!? David Tennant & Leonard Nimoy are rumored to be in this project.)
- Wrath of the Titans with Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes & Sam Worthington.
- Men in Black 3, starring Will Smith, Alice Eve and Tommy Lee Jones & Josh Brolin.
- Prometheus, the Aliens prequel that stars Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, the ever popular Noomi Rapace and more.
Movies in Post-Production
But ah, the most important of the lot of lists here are the movies in post-production. That means filming is done, some wrap-up filming and editing and such are now taking place as is the launch of the massive arms of the marketing machines taking wing and announcing their projects.
The release date is in parens.
- The Hangover Part 2 (5/26), with Jamie Chung, Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson and the other gang from the first movie.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (7/15), starring Gary Oldman, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter and Daniel Radcliffe.
- The Three Musketeers (10/14) from Paul W.S. Anderson of course, has Milla Jovovich in it but we’ll also be treated to Juno Temple, Logan Lerman, Ray Stevenson, Matthew, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom and more. (Every generation needs their version of The Three Musketeers.)
- Captain America: The First Avenger (7/22); now here’s one many in my circle are looking forward to. Starring Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones and more in what many hope will finally be a good Cap movie.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (5/20) with Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and the gang.
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon (7/1), from Michael Bay, brings back Shia LeBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Hugo Weaving, and introduces a new love interest for Shia in Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, is the third chapter in Bay’s vision of the Transformers franchise. Oh, how can I not forget mentioning John Torturro as Simmons, or that Alan Tudyk will also be in it?
- X-Men: First Class (6/3) with Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Rose Byrne and more. (Huh, Kevin Bacon is showing up in more films these days, isn’t he?)
- Green Lantern (6/17) starring Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively.
- Super 8 (6/10) from J.J. Abrams, with Elle Fanning & Kyle Chandler.
- Conan the Barbarian (8/19), starring Jason Momoa.
- Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (12/16) starring Robert Downey Jr. & Jude Law. Jared Harris plays Professor Moriaty.
Completed movies means opening soon!!!! (Opening Date)[Notable Cast Members]
- Thor (5/6) [Natalie Portman, Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins. HEY!!!, what's J. Michael Straczynski doing in the cast credits?? LOL.]
- The Tree of Life (5/4) [Brad Pitt, Sean Peenn]
- Midnight in Paris (5/11) [Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard ]
- The Rum Diary (10/28) [Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Aaron Echhart]
- Cowboys & Aliens (7/29) [Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Sam Rockwell]
- Priest (5/13) [Cam Gigandet, Lily Collins, Kark Urban, Paul Bettany, Maggie Q]
- Sleeping Beauty (?) [Emily Browning]
- Kung Fu Panda 2 (5/26) [Voices of Angelina Jolie, Gary Oldman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Jean-Claude Van Damme & jack Black]
- The Smurfs (7/29) [Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry, Hank Azaria]
- Red Dawn (?) [Chris Hemsworth, Adrianne Palicki, Jeffrey Dean Morgan]
- Bridesmaids (5/13) [Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm]
- Real Steel (10/7) [Hugh Jackman, Kevin Durand, Evangeline Lilly]
- Larry Crowne (7/1) [Tom Hanks (Also wrote & directed by), Julia Roberts and Bryan Cranston]
Since I’m talking opening dates, this is the list of movies opening this Friday, April 8th:
- Your Highness
- Soul Surfer
- Born to Be Wild
Here are those interesting videos for the ThunderCats fans out there:
Since I’m showing that ThunderCats bit, you HAVE to check out this one, done by a very talented individual from WormyTV.
Hmm, this was a good idea now, wasn’t it? I had fun reminding myself of what’s out there and what’s hurtling toward the movie theaters.