Academy award-winning director Kevin MacDonald's latest movie, The Eagle of the Ninth, wrapped principal photography last month, after shooting in Hungary and Scotland. Now, Yahoo! has a first look at the movie in a new set of still images.
Based on the historical novel of the same name by Rosemary Sutcliff, the movie stars Channing Tatum as Marquis Aquila, a Roman soldier who embarks on a quest with his British slave, Esca (played by Jamie Bell), into the highlands of Caledonia to retrieve the Eagle emblem of his father's lost Ninth Legion.
Currently in post-production, The Eagle of the Ninth is expected to open in 2010, but no date has been announced. The adapted script was penned by Jeremy Brock, who also wrote the script for MacDonald's critically acclaimed biopic, The Last King of Scotland. Mark Strong and Donald Sutherland also star. Posted 01.04.10 by BrentJS
Initially unveiled at the San Diego Comic-Con to thunderous applause, Imagi's latest animated adventure, Astro Boy, debuts in theaters this week and director David Bowers is hoping that American audiences will connect with his take on the iconic Japanese character created by Osamu Tezuka.
It's such a rich story, and I think its themes are universal. I think American audiences are very used to superheroes, so it's not an enormous stretch for them. The only difficulty was having it be such a beloved character and having to decide what to retain and what to get rid of.
I like origin stories. I think Richard Donner's Superman is still just about the best superhero movie ever made. And I think it's interesting to see where these characters come from and what their roots are. I think it would be hard to jump into an Astro Boy movie with him already fighting robots and battling aliens. Plus, I think the story, what happens to Toby and why Astro Boy is created, it's pretty compelling.
Bowers' first film as a director was the light-hearted animated film Flushed Away, but he got his start as an animator and story artist on such films as Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Shark Tale, skills that proved useful when directing a movie about a robot boy with a fairly distinctive haircut.
The graphic image is great, but in three dimensions when he turns his head one of the hair points disappears. So I swap it over every now and again. So it points left in some shots and right in the others. It's just like Mickey Mouse's ears.
Astro Boy stars Freddie Highmore as the voice of Astro Boy and also features the voice talents of Kristen Bell and Donald Sutherland. Posted 10.19.09 by BrentJS
A movie that could very well be at Comic-Con next year is Astro Boy, the animated sci-fi story will star the voices of Scarlett Johanssen, Donald Sutherland, Nicolas Cage and Freddie Highmore in the title role. The movie is set for release next year, but here's the new poster. David Bowers, who was one of the directors of Flushed Away in 2006, is the director of Astro Boy. He tells ReelzChannel that the movie will go more for the heart than the laughs featured in Flushed Away.
It's based on the classic 1950s anime about a young android boy (Astro) who's created by his father to replace the real son he's lost. Astro doesn't work out at first but then it's discovered he was gifted with superior powers and skills, as well as the ability to experience human emotions. It's a very emotional story. Posted 07.24.08 by reelz