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CinemaCon : Terminator : Dark Fate footage “gritty’ and impressive”

Arnold Schwarzenegger and the cast of “Terminator : Dark Fate” appeared at CinemaCon

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and the cast of “Terminator : Dark Fate” appeared at CinemaCon to promote the upcoming Tim Miller-directed film, in turn presenting the first footage from the film- which boasts “Terminator” creator Jim Cameron as producer.

Miller (“Deadpool”), Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, and Gabriel Luna joined Paramount boss Jim Gianopulos to unveil the action-packed showreel from the November release.

“The story picks up where Jim Cameron left off with T2,” explained the big man, Gianopulos.

Yep, as you’ve been reading, “Dark Fate” skips the events of every film following 1991’s “Terminator 2 : Judgement Day” – so don’t expect to see a John Connor-Terminator again.

Linda Hamilton tells Variety it’s a wise choice that Miller and Cameron have made to disregard everything post “T2” : “You start something and you’re invested in the franchise, but somehow the characters that you care about weren’t there. Too many people, too many story points. So I think we’ve done a good job of narrowing down the focus again so it will echo the first two films.”

Still, the actress was reluctant to do another “Terminator” movie.

“I gave it probably six weeks of intense thinking and consideration before deciding to do it. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to. I didn’t want it to look like a shameless money grab,” she said. “I am living this quiet, lovely life that doesn’t involve being a celebrity, and you really have to think, do I really want to trade that in again for another 15 minutes?”

And if there’s another?

“I’m going to fake my own death so I don’t have to do another one.”

“To say that this movie was a labor of love for me is an enormous f*cking understatement,” Miller said, choking up on stage.

“This is a fundraiser for my next political race,” joked Schwarzenneger, “I’m so excited to have everyone back — Jim Cameron and Linda Hamilton. It”s where it all began in 1984, and it changed my life.”

He added: “Do you remember in Terminator 2 she was doing push-ups and chin-ups. How can a girl do this? She came to the set and did this again.”

“It has been nearly 30 years since I last stepped into the shoes of Sarah Connor, a character who definitely changed my life,” said Linda Hamilton. “And only a script, a story, a director like this could bring me back into this world — a perfect confluence of events. Once in a lifetime, or maybe twice, an event comes along that you cannot turn away from. And for me, this is that moment.”

 

Here’s what was shown :

Via /Film :

The first footage opens on Mexico City at night. On a highway on a bridge, the road begins to ice up and electricity begins to crackle all around it while a thick wall of fog appears. A time travel bubble materializes in the middle of the bridge, breaking it in half and sending the female figure within it flying several dozen feet to the ground below, while the cars on the highway crash into each other — perhaps a nod to how time travel in past films always seems to take place on level ground. Two onlookers, a Mexican couple making out in the river tunnel, pick up the naked and groggy time traveler, who is revealed to be Mackenzie Davis. Davis’ character is either a Terminator or enhanced in some way, as evidenced by the way she reacts and attacks the cops that approach her when they arrive on the scene. The attack is shown in Davis’ character’s POV, with on-screen displays from her vision popping up onscreen. The couple watches in amazement and utter, “Thanks lady, you just saved our asses.” She replies to not thank her just yet and, sizing up her foot against the guy’s foot, takes his clothes and drives off in their car.

Linda Hamilton stars in Skydance Productions and Paramount Pictures’ “TERMINATOR: DARK FATE.”

In a new scene, black metallic T-1000 style sludge forms into the villain (Gabriel Luna) who can split into two and reform another Terminator. He and an endoskeleton Terminator chase after Davis’ character, who is protecting a young girl. “When they start to kill me, run” Davis says to the little girl before Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) suddenly appears and begins blasting the blasting at the Terminators with a huge gun. Battle-worn and badass, Sarah Connor then pulls a rocket launcher off her shoulder and blows the Terminator away.

Gabriel Luna stars in Skydance Productions and Paramount Pictures’ “TERMINATOR: DARK FATE.”

The last piece of footage includes a montage of Luna’s liquid Terminator slicing through soldiers in a hallway with sharp arms, Sarah Connor fighting alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800, a shot of the T-800 bursting through a door in a helicopter,  a glimpse of Davis blasting Terminators with tentacles in what appears to be a Judgment Day-ravaged battlefield, and finally a closing shot of Sarah Connor dropping a bomb over the side of a bridge and cooly saying, “I’ll be back.”

Though the franchise has seen false starts in the past, Peter says that this gritty and impressive footage is enough to get us excited about this aged franchise again.

Check out more pics from “Terminator : Dark Fate” here.

“Terminator : Dark Fate” opens November 1.

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A new look at the J.J Abrams’ Superman

Remember this one? Brett Ratner was going to direct it in the early noughties

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Before being crowned diet Spielberg, not to mention one of the busiest producer-director units around, J.J Abrams (“Mission : Impossible”, “Star Trek”, “Super 8”, “The Force Awakens”) was making a plum living for himself as a well-respected screenwriter.

In the ’90s, he wrote such films as “Regarding Henry” with Harrison Ford and “Forever Young” with Mel Gibson, and a couple of years after, co-wrote “Armageddon” for Michael Bay, the Danny Glover-Joe Pesci comedy “Gone Fishin'”, and “Joy Ride” starring the late Paul Walker.

At the same time he was celebrating big-time TV success with “Felicity” and “Alias”, and later “Lost” and “Fringe”.

Now around the time that he was penning lines for then curly-haired heroine Keri Russell, Abrams was working on a ‘Superman’ script for Warner Bros.  Abrams’ take on the man of steel would be fun but radical, as the Fandom page for the film reminds us :

Flyby was an origin story that included Krypton besieged by a civil war between Jor-El and his corrupt brother, Kata-Zor. Before Kata-Zor sentences Jor-El to prison, Kal-El is launched to Earth to fulfill a prophecy. Adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent, he forms a romance with Lois Lane in the Daily Planet. However, Lois is more concerned with exposing Lex Luthor, written as a government agent obsessed with UFO phenomena. Clark reveals himself to the world as Superman, bringing Kata-Zor’s son, Ty-Zor, and three other Kryptonians to Earth. Superman is defeated and killed, and visits Jor-El (who committed suicide on Krypton while in prison) in Kryptonian heaven. Resurrected, he returns to Earth and defeats the four Kryptonians, while the script ends with Superman off to Krypton, leaving a cliffhanger for a sequel.

Brett Ratner, then a much hotter commodity than he is today (aaargh), was attached to direct the film before McG (“Charlie’s Angels”) took over. Warner’s choice for the title role was then it-boy Josh Hartnett and, if I recall correctly, Robert Downey Jr was even attached to play Luthor!

Here are some previously released concept sketches for the big guy…

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The film, of course, didn’t end up coming to fruition and Warners opted to go a safer route with the “Superman” movie franchise and instead greenlight a version that would play as the fourth sequel to the Christopher Reeve-starring films. “Superman Returns”, directed by Brian Singer, was released in 2006.

And that was that for Abrams and his ‘Superman’ dream… or is it? Chatter of late has Abrams and his Bad Robot outfit circling Warner’s next take on the Man of Steel. And as opposed to the aforementioned incarnation, this is a film that he’d likely write but also produce and direct.

Anyway, over on Twitter today, “Spider-Man : Into the Spider-Verse” helmer Peter Ramsey dropped some storyboards that he’d designed for the proposed 2002 film, which gives us a pretty decent idea as to what the studio were hoping to accomplish with the film. Cool stuff!

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 plot leaks!?

Two hot new additions to the franchise revealed

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More fuel for the ‘Efron in the MCU’  fire today, with a report from oft-reliable Marvel insider ‘4Chan’ (via That Hashtag Show) suggesting the former Disney-staple and “Greatest Showman” star is the studio’s pick to play Adam Warlock in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”.

According to the report (which has since been deleted- interesting..), Efron would play the golden-skinned superhero in this film and possibly other, non-“Guardians” films (Considering the character’s debut in early “Thor” comics, we be thinking there’s  a chance he might pop up in the fourth film in that series.)

The main gist of this film reportedly involves Rocket’s creator, The High Evolutionary, who is the film’s main rogue. The racoon will get loved up with Llyla, who is one of the villain’s experiments. There will be good news for Drax (Dave Bautista), who discovers his daughter is still alive, and Nebula (Karen Gillan) grows closer to her sister’s former flame Star-Lord (Chris Pratt).

Efron won’t be the only ‘hunky’ new addition to the franchise, with Chris Hemsworth’s Thor also expected to join the ‘guardians’ for the threequel. In the film, the hammer-wielding Asgardian is said to be stumbling upon Beta Bay.

According to the aforesaid tipster, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3” is designed to be the last instalment in the franchise.

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Beowulf star boards Black Widow

Versatile thesp joining Scarlett Johansson “Avengers” prequel

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Ray Winstone, the Essex-born thesp who has proven more adaptable than a universal remote control over the years, has signed on for Marvel’s “Black Widow” film.

The 62-year-old actor, known for such films as “Sexy Beast”, “Indiana Jones the Crystal Skull”, “Beowulf”, “The Departed” and “King of Thieves”, joins a cast that includes Scarlett Johansson, reprising her MCU-staple role of Natasha Romanov, with David Harbour, Florence Pugh and Rachel Weisz.

Marvel have yet to comment on the casting, first revealed by Variety, let alone reveal details of Winstone’s character.

“Black Widow” is currently filming in London.

 

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