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February 25, 2011 / TerranceTheTrailerTrasher

Sinbad, Iceman, Assange and Not Yul Brynner

Four movies in production, about to go into production, or hopefully to be abandoned in Development Hell.

SINBAD: ROGUE OF MARS – A Jinn transports Sinbad and his crew to Mars where the Jinn’s people have long been imprisoned. Originally planned a long time ago as a sequel to the Ray Harryhausen SINBAD movies, the storyline was eventually used as the basis for a comic book, which has now been optioned by Morningside Entertainment, producer of the original films. Targeting a 2012 release date.

@@ – Storywise, sounds like it could work. But without knowing if it’s going to be animated, stop-motion animated, live action CG like the CLASH OF THE TITANS remake, and/or 3D, it’s hard to tell how potentially crappy it can turn out.

THE ICEMAN – Based on the true story of mob contract killer Richard Kuklinski who carried on a normal family life while killing dozens. Michael Shannon, Benicio Del Toro and Oscar host James Franco are attached to star.

@@@ – Not a big fan of mobster movies and the TRUE LIES angle is obviously nothing new. But it could work, depending on what they mean by “normal family life.” I’m sure Vito Corleone thought he had a “normal family life” outside of all that killing. So if that’s what they mean, it’s not really a twist. And if it’s too far the other way, Ward Cleaver with a cleaver, it could be too kitschy. But Shannon always delivers a unique performance.

THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN THE WORLD – Upcoming book on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been optioned to be adapted into a suspenseful drama thriller. The book promises to be an in-depth look at Assange from his childhood to his present day  anti-secrecy revolution.

@@ – Except for some decidedly uncinematic 1st Amendment aspects, this news story hasn’t really captivated me. A thoughtful movie on the topic might surprise me the way FAIR GAME did last year. But the rush to film this ongoing cultural event-of-the-day suggests opportunistic headline chasers rather than filmmakers who have something to say and the skill to say it.

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS – 3D animated adaptation of a series of children’s books about a group of childhood legends who join forces to protect children’s imagination from the boogeyman (voiced by Jude Law). Chris Pine replaces previously announced Leonardo Di Caprio as Jack Frost. Also starring the voices of Hugh Jackman as the Easter Bunny, Alec Baldwin as Santa Claus and Isla Fisher as the Tooth Fairy. Scheduled for release on November 21, 2012.

@@@ – If possible, they’re going to also cram in a cameo by Jesse Eisenberg as Elijah in this show with everything but Yul Brynner.

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  1. Daniel / Mar 22 2011 2:01 pm

    Sinbad is a historic movie hero. Fighting off all types of creatures. I am certain this movie will be an exciting movie. Sinbad in Mars, fighting all sorts of weird creatures, and if filmed in live 3D instead of an animation will make this film an instant classic. Most movies that are sci-fi space movies, are very successful in the box office. This movie has an opportunity to break Avatar’s box office record. No word on who the actors will be, but if they can get a crew of celebrity actors. I see this movie doing big things. All we can do is wait until its release in 2012.

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