Warning: This post might be too geek-tastic for some of you.
If you haven’t already heard, Ian McKellen has confirmed that the two Hobbit movies will begin filming this July in New Zealand. What’s that sound? Oh yes, that’s the collective squeal of excitement from millions of Lord of the Rings fans around the globe. McKellen who will be reprising the role of Gandalf in the prequels posted on his website that, “casting in Los Angeles, New York City and London has started,” and that “the script too proceeds. The first draft is crammed with old and new friends, again on a quest in Middle Earth.” The two Hobbit films will be based on The Hobbit as well as Tolkien’s other work The Silmarillion and will be directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labryinth) and produced by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson. Since the final cast list has not been confirmed who would you like to see in the films?
Another bit of exciting news is that HBO’s fantastic and short lived show “Rome” may be headed to the big screen in the form of a sequel! The film will likely follow leads Titus Pullo and Lucius Vorenus in Germany four years after the events of the series finale. I absolutely loved the series and can’t wait to see violent, hedonistic, amoral Rome in all its glory on the big screen.
Another interesting bit of geek news is that Clash of the Titans in 3D, which opens on April 2 has gotten a very mediocre review, not for the actual film but for the way the 3D looks on screen. Clash of the Titans was not originally shot with 3D cameras and the film’s studio only very recently decided to release the film in 3D, therefore they converted a non-3D movie into 3D. Peter Sciretta of Slashfilm had this to say about it, “I will be completely honest — it did not look great. It looked passable. … To me, the live-action post-converted 3D footage looked very unnatural. At times the characters appeared to stand out like cardboard cutouts, while other times they appeared to be graphed to a computer generated 3D model, and it just looked odd. The computer animated elements look a little better, but as a whole it was a subpar experience.” I’m still very excited to see the movie but I will definitely be seeing it in 2D.
So that’s your movie geek news for now, hopefully that’ll satisfy you until Iron Man 2 comes out, now go back to playing WOW. Before you go though vote on the following poll!