Summer's almost upon us, but the (potential) blockbusters are already here!
Faithful readers who pick up Geek #6 on newsstands, in comic shops, or from their mailboxes will find our Super Summer Movie Preview jammed with expert commentary on Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, Pacific Rim, World War Z, and at least a dozen more geek-centric films within its pages.
These expert commentators are here to share their thoughts about their candid hopes, dreams and fears for the upcoming crop of prospective blockbusters. They are:
THE PRODUCER, a savvy maker of many well-known film and TV series.
THE SCREENWRITER, who has rewritten (and rewritten) some of the biggest genre blockbusters of the last decade.
THE WEBMASTER, behind one of the Internet’s most popular film and TV fan sites.
THE FANBOY, a devoted (and deodorant using) expert of geek cinema.
Each expert weighed in anonymously to offer frank insight in this summer’s most eagerly awaited motion pictures. Here are just three of the early pre-summer contenders that you won’t find in the magazine…
JURASSIC PARK 3-D
RELEASE: April 5
STARS: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough
SCREENWRITERS: Michael Crichton and David Koepp, based on Crichton’s novel
DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg
THE PLOT: Dinosaurs are genetically cloned for a fantastic new theme park, but things go awry when the dinos get angry and start feasting on scientists, workers and anyone stupid enough to be in the vicinity of these hungry carnivores. Oh, and it’s a re-release of the original Jurassic Park, not Jurassic Park 3 in 3-D like the title sort of inadvertently implies.
PRODUCER: “Nothing like seeing early ’90s CGI in 3-D 20 years later. Might walk away with a few ducats, but basically a two-hour trailer for Jurassic Park 4 and the Blu-ray re-release. And I might be more afraid that Wayne Knight is going to steal my popcorn in 3-D than the T-rex.”
FANBOY: Can’t they just put the 10 minutes of dinosaur scenes in 3-D so I don’t have to sit through the adorable Richard Attenborough rambling on in 3-D?
WEBMASTER: Nostalgia is going to bring in enough of a crowd to justify the re-release as fans of the original are sure to come back with their kids. We loved it in 1993, but while we’ll likely love it less in 3-D, we’ll still be there.
SCREENWRITER: Remember when you had to find a specially equipped theater just to see this movie the way you were told you wanted to see this movie? Twenty years later, things are different. This summer, you’ll need to find a specially equipped theater just to see this movie the way you’re being told you want to see this movie.
RELEASE: April 5
STARS: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci, Elizabeth Blackmore
SCREENWRITERS: Fede Alvarez, Diablo Cody, Rodo Sayagues Mendez
DIRECTOR: Fede Alvarez
THE PLOT: A group of five friends unwittingly open up the Necronomicon — a.k.a. the Book of the Dead — and unleash demonic spirits that take hold of them one by one promising they’ll all be “dead by dawn.”
THE SKINNY: So what if franchise fave character Ash (Bruce Campbell) isn’t here? This film at least exists in the same universe, even if he doesn’t appear, according to actress Jessica Lucas, who plays Olivia in the film. “We didn’t want to touch [Ash] for specific reasons, because he’s a beloved character,” says Lucas.
Preparing for the movie was exciting for Lucas, who, along with her fellow co-stars, went through “zombie classes” before filming started. “We had a dance teacher come in and teach us how to move,” she says. “Fede wanted an original take, so there was something human going on behind the zombies instead of just being flesh-eating zombies.”
Still, there will be tons of blood, literally, and Lucas says Alvarez was determined to make the bloodiest movie of all time. “I read somewhere that Fede wanted to do that and I think he may have accomplished it,” she says. “We had 50,000 gallons of blood for the end scene.”
PRODUCER: The first time someone threw real money at the franchise, Dino DeLaurentiis produced a virtual remake of the first film, Evil Dead 2. the trailers, this movie looks like it’s going to kick Ash, even if Bruce Campbell isn’t in it.
FANBOY: It’s funny because the first Evil Dead was a remake of a Super 8 movie Raimi made called Within the Woods. But, the more Evil Dead the merrier.
WEBMASTER: This has potential to be the best horror remake since The Thing back in ’82, and it’s got the blessing of the original players. Now comes the near impossible task of living up to the hype and an incredible trailer.
SCREENWRITER: Good… bad… I’m the guy with the popcorn.
RELEASE: April 19
STARS: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Zoe Bell
SCREENWRITERS: Joseph Kosinski, Karl Gajdusek, Michael Arndt, based on the comic book by Kosinski and Arvid Nelson
DIRECTOR: Joseph Kosinski
THE PLOT: A futuristic repairman (Cruise) is sent to a decimated Earth (after a war with an alien race) for clean-up and other odd jobs, but when he saves a beautiful woman (they’re always beautiful, aren’t they), he starts to question the mission and learns more about his past and who he is.
THE SKINNY: Originally, Oblivion was set up at Disney right after Kosinski had finished Tron: Legacy, but the movie proved to be a little too extreme for a Disney PG-13 film.
“We always knew it was going to be pushing the Disney envelope and we pushed ourselves right out of the envelope — it was clear it was a square peg round hole thing,” Kosinski said during his Tron: Legacy promotion, and who eventually set the film up with Universal Pictures. “You don’t want to change the movie to fit inside something it doesn’t want to be. It’s all in good terms and it gave me the ability to take it [elsewhere].”
PRODUCER: I like Tom Cruise in sci-fi movies — Minority Report and War of the Worlds both work pretty well, sort of. But Oblivion looks a little too heady for mainstream audiences, and Cruise needs to lighten up a little. It feels like Tropic Thunder was an eternity ago. I haven’t fallen off the Cruise bandwagon yet, and he can still open pictures.
FANBOY: I like the aesthetic — anti-Blade Runner, anti-Matrix and anti-every other overly dark and cluttered sci-fi movie. But from the director of Tron: Legacy, I expect another great-looking but emotionally inert spectacle.
WEBMASTER: Kosinski follows up Tron: Legacy with more sci-fi as we see Tom Cruise in the future pretending to be a sports fan. Expectations should be where Cruise has buried them — low. There will be likely be an awesomely intense scene where he runs away from, or toward something, but let’s not expect too much more than that.
SCREENWRITER: Apocalypse! Pretty people! Dirty people! All is not what it seems!
Like we said earlier: We’re just getting started! Pick up GEEK #6 on or around April 9th (most subscribers already have the issue in their hands right now!) to get our experts’ take on Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, Fast & Furious 6, Man of Steel, This Is The End, Much Ado About Nothing, Pacific Rim, Riddick, and a dozen more!