I was too lazy to report a few weeks ago that Bob Orci had left the director’s chair for the upcoming Star Trek 3 due to unknown circumstances. Since then Hollywood has been abuzz as to who would be his replacement with names such as Duncan Jones and Rupert Wyatt bandied about. Now, according to Deadline and other websites it looks as if Paramount has found their man.
Godzilla was widely expected to open #1 this weekend but it has not only done that but has blown expectations away with a hefty $38.53 million Friday which gives it the best opening day of any 2014 film thus far. If it manages to keep this pace up it could potentially challenge Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s huge opening weekend take of around $95 million.
Here’s the second full-length trailer for Transformers Age of Extinction that once again shows that director Michael Bay knows how to blow things up with aplomb. In a summer movie season that most box office prognosticators deem as weak there is no doubt that Age of Extinction has a strong chance of topping the charts once again.
Love him or hate him French “auteur” Luc Besson certainly remains relevant although one could easily make the argument that his heyday helming La Femme Nikita (1990), Leon: The Professional (1994) and The Fifth Element (1997) now seem like a lifetime ago. He really hasn’t directed a true International hit since that period although he has kept himself more than busy writing and producing hit films most presciently being the Transporter trilogy as well as being the one responsible for turning Liam Neeson into an action superstar with the film Taken back in 2008.
We are just days away from Godzilla opening here in Canada/USA so those who don’t want to be spoiled should probably avoid this Extended International Featurette as it contains a ton of new footage as well as story elements. This is a pretty meaty 13 minute video containing cast and crew interviews along with footage from the film and though it is marketing material it certainly is better than most which are only superficially informative.