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22 May 2013
The Incredibles may finally be getting a long overdue sequel as its writer and director Brad Bird has finally gone on record confirming his willingness to develop a followup to his 2005 superhero satire. With Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol being Bird's second attempt of doing a Bond like movie, following The Incredibles, it is not surprising that he may take Pixar back to the source of his success with The Incredibles II.
“I've been thinking about it. People think I have not been, but I have. Because I love those characters and love that world. I am stroking my chin and scratching my head. I have many, many elements that would work really well in another (Incredibles) film, and if I can get 'em to click together, I would probably wanna do that..."
So who is going to be helming the next episode of the rebooted Bond franchise? Probably Christopher Nolan (pictured above) as The Daily Mail broke the story that he has been approached by the Bond producers to possibly direct. With his version of a Bond movie, the seminal Inception, coupled with his gritty re-imagining of the Batman character being hugely successful, this director's name has been constantly linked to the official Bond franchise. How this could come to fruition only time will tell, as Nolan is already in pre-production for Interstellar.
Moving away from Bond, the pre-production for Independence Day 2 which now goes under the title of ID Forever, is well on the way with director Roland Emmerich spilling the beans on what to expect.
Although the cast list has yet to be confirmed it is expected that at the very least Bill Pullman will return in the new movie, with the primary focus of the stories being on a new generation of characters. One of them will be Will Smith’s character’s stepson.
The next two chapters in the trilogy (yes there is also going to be a part 3) are currently being developed back to back, with a story Emmerich says will be set in a 'parallel history', following the years after the events in the first movie. Furthermore if these films are successful, expect to see a whole 'series' of Independence Day movies.
''That's actually what we talked a lot about - the mythology of why did the aliens come in the first place, what is the bigger story of this whole thing? And we talked a lot about swarm intelligence, and humans are individual intelligence. Even though we kill each other and have wars against each other, we have something special. We have this domino human spirit to believe in good and over coming enemies.
''And it's a little bit about that and when you get a bigger mythology going, I think then you have the chance to do not only one or two or three but you can create a series and that's what we want to do.''
19 May 2013
Warning: Very mild spoilers.
Part two of the semi rebooted franchise starts of with a bang and continues to gain momentum right up until the end credits. Star Trek Into Darkness aka Star Trek 12, is an exciting action adventure that is clearly quite high on drugs. This steroid fuelled adventure sees the young and painfully inexperienced Captain Kirk battle terrorists from within Starfleet itself as London becomes subject to a homegrown (i.e non alien) terrorist attack, the first of many.
Since 9/11 Hollywood and terrorism have become close bed buddies, with shows and movies like Homeland and Mission Impossible 4 milking the American public's fear of destruction. Director J.J Abrahms takes a surprisingly liberal look at the subject matter, almost even daring to address it in several shades of grey.
The plot follows the actions of Section 31, a secret Starfleet 'black ops' department who were originally created by the writers of the dark 90s TV show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. There, they were a morally ambiguous organisation that worked under their own autonomy, responsible for unsanctioned assassinations, kidnappings and torture. In Into Darkness they surprisingly play a key role as they struggle to get to grips with a terrorist they unwittingly unleash on the world via less than ethical means. Thus what follows in between the colourful laser fights, the late 1960s fashion and some funny one liners is a morality play on how terrorism ultimately begins at home, and it is the fear of terror that can start wars abroad. Allegorical comparisons to real life concerns that those in power over us may abuse this power under the pretext of protecting us, are explicit here.
Addressing the same issues that were laid out 15 years ago in Deep Space Nine, Star Trek Into Darkness looks at the morality and ethics that accompany today's War on Terror and asks are the sacrifices of both the freedoms and the lives of a handful of innocent people ever an option if it can end the threat to the lives of millions? While Deep Space Nine never gave a definitive answer to this question despite examining it in detail, Into Darkness being a 2 hour summer blockbuster movie, somewhat glosses over these issues in order to keep the popcorn scooping crowd's brains entertained and not taxed.
Overall, although Star Trek Into Darkness may not be as good as the 2009 movie as many of its plot elements are directly lifted from the previous instalments - giving it a slightly cut and paste feel - the feature is still good. Although at times the story threatens to go into a darker X-Files/Bourne/Dark Knight territory, it still addresses serious contemporary real world issues in a light and breezy manner ,allowing for the pacing to remain fast, consistent and exciting. 7.5/10
Bad Language: Mild
Sex and Nudity: Moderate sexual references
12 May 2013
According to a May interview with news organisation AFP, Ziad Doueiri, (the Lebanese/American director behind West Beirut who has also worked on films such as Pulp Fiction and From Dusk Till Dawn) has a conspiracy theory. His latest project, the award-winning film "The Attack" which had already been banned in Lebanon, has now according to him, been done so at the request of the Arab League.
Because the director is of Lebanese descent and had filmed the feature in Israel, he states that "The Arab League has asked Arab governments, Lebanon included, to withdraw the permit to distribute the film."
"The Attack" is based on the controversial novel written by Algerian writer Yasmina Khadra and follows the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the eyes of an Israeli doctor who learns that his wife was responsible for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.
By traveling to Israel to make this film, Doueiri has acknowledged that he had in essence committed a crime; breaking a Lebanese law that forbids Lebanese citizens from travelling there. However according to the interview, the film has already been well received at a number of festivals across the Middle East.
It has also won awards at the COLCOA French film festival in Hollywood where it won the "Audience Award", the "Coming Soon" award, and a special jury prize. The movie is due for a summer release in France and the United States.
Photo Credit: Ammar Abd Rabbo
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