26 March 2008

Mike's Future Pic Picks

This is a dark time for fanboys. There's no more Lord of the Rings. No more Star Wars (unless you count this summer's animated Clone Wars). And hopefully there won't be any more Spider-Man (sorry, but I just can't take another disappointment).

So what do we have to look forward to?

Hey, stop crying! (Seriously, you're embarrassing yourself.) Now don't worry, there's hope... and mine rest on the talents of Zack Snyder and James Cameron.

First up is Snyder's adaptation of the superhero tale Watchmen. The story in question comes from the highly regarded graphic novel by Alan Moore, and revolves around a band of unwanted superheroes fighting to prevent an imminent apocalypse. Think The Incredibles with higher stakes. I really dug it.

Zack (we're on a first name basis) just released some photos of the main characters, and my excitement was kicked up to dangerous levels. Some of the costumes in the novel admittedly looked a little goofy (see below), so I was happy to see he's taking the project in a cool direction.

If looking ridiculous was a super power...

Watchmen comes out on March 6, 2009. 336 days to midnight....

Next up is the James Cameron project, Avatar. This has already become the most hyped movie since The Phantom Menace. Cameron returns to his sci-fi roots with an epic tale about... some sort of galactic clash of cultures.

Most of what we know about Avatar right now comes from speculation and some fake art (really... don't believe them, it's fake). The excitement is mainly building around the technology behind the film, which involves a new type of motion capture.

Cameron's comments in a recent interview put me in nerd heaven:"I don't know if this will be a good film, great film, awful film, but I can say with absolute certainty that you will see stuff you've never imagined."Who knew a single sentence could make me so happy? Notice he doesn't say "stuff you've never seen." It's stuff we've never imagined. Avatar is slated for a December 18, 2009 release.

So there are your shining stars on the cinematic horizon. There really is hope.

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