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Comic Con Interview with Cast and Crew of ‘Tron Legacy’

At the 2009 San Diego Comic Con, MoviesOnline caught up with Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Sean Bailey, Joe Kosinski, Steven Lisberger and Oren Aviv to talk about Tron Legacy.

Tron Legacy is the sequel to the 1982 sci-fi movie Tron.  So naturally, the interview’s first question is about the 30 year time gap between films.

Oren Aviv, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, says it’s not a goal of his to reinvent Disney classics, even though the studio is putting out Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol and Tron Legacy.  He says that “a great story and a great storyteller, that we can combine to come up with something that is fresh and unique” is what excites him.

Jeff Bridges wouldn’t talk much as to why his younger self appears in the sequel only to say that the technique used to pull off this trick was a challenge.

Steven Lisberger, director of the 1982 Tron and producer on the sequel, assures both old and new fans alike:

“This movie takes place in 2010 but accepts the history of what happened between 1982 and 2010 really happened.  I guess it heavily considers the original and accepts the events of the original as true fact and back-story, for our story, but our story is a stand alone story.”

I’m excited about this new movie, and from the cast and crew’s interview, it sounds like they are as well!  Most importantly, they seem to recognize that they need to pay homage to the loyal Tron fans but given the three decades gap, they need to make it assessable to new fans.

To read the entire interview, head on over to MoviesOnline.



The Disney Animation Panel at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con

Director Ron Clements, Director John Musker, Director Hayao M... on Twitpic Rope of Siilicon has the news from the Disney Animation pane at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con! Some exciting news from the Toy Story movie series (including Toy Story 3!!), Beauty and the Beast 3-D, the Princess and the Frog, and Ponyo.


Disney Announces ‘Pirates 4′ Shooting Date at Comic Con!

So much for Johnny Depp having some down time.  Reuters had reported that, while having his name attached to high-profile films, none of Depp’s upcoming movies were green lit yet.

Thankfully that’s all about to change!

ComingSoon.net sat down with Disney’s Head of Production Oren Aviv at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con.  And Aviv gave all us Pirates of the Caribbean fans reasons to SHOUT!!

“We’re going to shoot ‘Pirates 4′ in April or May of next year.  We are going to release it hopefully in 2011 is the plan.”  He said that this time they would only be doing one movie this time that would “hopefully be the first of another trilogy.”

This is what I’ve been waiting to hear!

No word on whether previous Pirates director Gore Verbinski will be on board to direct the Pirates 4.  Though there’s rumors that uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney will hire a young up and coming director familiar with action movies.

Aviv did stress the main goal is to “get the story right.”  He mentioned that the new movie needs to be smaller in scale as the subsequent movies got bigger and more complicated.  He goes on to say “I want to kind of reboot the whole thing and bring it down to its core, its essence, just characters.”

The interview hinted that Captain Jack Sparrow‘s back story could be the focus of the fourth movie.  Which would make sense if they wanted to “reboot” the franchise.

Disney, please don’t FULLY restart the Pirates series.  I do agree they should scale back a bit.  As much as I’ll miss the very lovely Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann, I think her’s and Will Turner’s story was successfully resolved.  Let’s focus more on the characters.  And especially the rivalry between Captains Sparrow and Barbossa!  Those were some memorable scenes from the trilogy.

Are you excited now that Pirates 4 has a shooting date?  What do you want to see in Pirates 4?  Let us know!



New The White Queen Pic From ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Anne Hathaway is the White Queen in this new photo released by Empire Online.

Alice in Wonderland - Anne Hathaway as the White QueenAnne Hathaway is eye-catching as the White Queen in this brand-new picture available from Empire Online.  Her appearance is  elegant yet bizarre.

Which is not surprising since the White Queen seems to live her life backwards (screaming before she’s injured etc).  Mostly an ally to Alice, she will prove not to be the most useful or reliable companion.

Though I’d rather see Hathaway in the lead role of Alice, I think she’ll excel in this odd character.  Though truthfully all the inhabitants of Wonderland are more than a little odd.

Interesting fact is that the White Queen doesn’t appear in the Alice in Wonderland book, appearing in the sequel Through The Looking Glass.

But this Alice is not your Lewis Caroll classic.  It’s a modernized re-imagining of Caroll’s book, from the wonderfully weird mind of Tim Burton!  Burton is the no-brainer choice to direct Alice in Wonderland.

Linda Woolverton updated the story, which centers on the now-17-year-old Alice. Attending a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to in front of hundreds of snooty society types, she runs after a white rabbit into a hole and ends up transferred once again to Wonderland. Still, she has no recollection of this place she visited 10 years before.

The 3-D movie will combine performance-capture imagery with live-action footage.  The scheduled release date is March 5, 2010.

During their 3D panel on Thursday, July 23 at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con, Disney will debut first ever footage of Alice in Wonderland.  Now I’m really upset I cannot attend this years Comic Con!

Are you going to Comic Con?  We would very much appreciate updates/reports from Disney’s 3D panel!

Empire also displayed three other pictures, which shows Mia Wasikowska’s Alice, Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter, and The Red Queen played by Helena Bonham Carter.

Alice in Wonderland - Mia Wasikowska as Alice Alice in Wonderland - Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter Alice in Wonderland - Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen

Disney Reveals Synopsis for new ‘Tron’ movie

Walt Disney Pictures reveals new Tron movie to be simply called Tron, not Tron 2, Tron 2.0 or Tr2n as previously reported.

The studio will screen footage from the new film the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday July 23 at 11am.

This is the official synopsis for the Tron reboot:

“TRON is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.”

For those that crave spoilers, jump on over to CC2K for an Advanced Script Review. SPOILER WARNING!