from Prairie Miller at News Blaze: Daybreakers Movie Review
What with the rabid quest for dwindling supplies of oil on an increasingly depleted Planet Earth these days, likewise running amok on screen is imperialism as predatory metaphor, in Avatar and now the post-apocalyptic vampire binge Daybreakers not far behind. Which is not far fetched at all, considering that hemoglobin guzzlers of ancient lore like Count Dracula aka Vlad The Impaler, symbolized for the fearful masses a brutal and exploitative ruling class treachery of supernatural magnitude, that did so to speak seem to bleed them dry.
While Daybreakers boasts several truly freaky when not surreal interludes involving terrifying vampires and squeamish meat market experimentation on doomed humans, the proceedings are fatally bogged down by too many convoluted cautionary plot points and famished feeding frenzy detours. A little more subtlety and less emphasis on pigging out for its own sake, would have gone a long way towards appeasing audience appetites for a satisfying horror thriller instead.
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by Adam Rosenberg at MTV News: James Cameron Planning ‘Avatar’ Trilogy, Director Tells MTV News
We’re still fresh off the opening weekend success of James Cameron’s long-awaited “Avatar.” Doesn’t matter though. It is now time to start thinking about what’s next for the world of Pandora, and for the Na’vi people.
Cameron isn’t exactly ready to start the cameras rolling on a follow-up. He’ll probably wait until awards season is over at the very least. Whenever he does get started on the continuing story of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and his Na’vi mate Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), we at least know that he’s got a broad strokes plan in mind for where life will take them next.
“We’ll follow Jake and Neytiri,” Cameron told MTV’s Josh Horowitz in an interview at the pre-release “Avatar” junket in London. “I have a trilogy-scaled arc of story right now, but I haven’t really put any serious work into writing a script,” he said.
Presuming the director pulls together a new script in a reasonable amount of time, we could see more “Avatar” as soon as 2012, 2013. Perhaps even sooner, if Cameron gets his way.
By Tony Marcus at Suite 101: Farenheit 451 new Film and Graphic Novel
Artist and illustration Tim Hamilton has created a graphic novel version of Ray Bradbury’s sci-fi classic Farenhneit 451. And Darabont has an adaption of the book currently in development. In the graphic novel, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, The Authorized Adaptation (publ. Hill and Wang), Hamilton works deliberately with a restricted palette limiting his colors to dark blues and greens. But this makes the fire scenes all the more stark and potent.
Tom Hanks was set to star in Darabont’s film adaptation but the star was forced to drop out due to other commitments. Darabont is said to be currently looking for a new lead to secure the full go-ahead for the film. There has been a long story with regards to attempts to remake a film of Farenheit 451. Prior to Hanks involvement there was a proposed Mel Gibson version and Brad Pitt was also touted for the lead role. In repeated interviews Darabont has said the project is close to his heart and that he is determined to make the film. Darabont will be able to take advantage of contemporary budget and production techniques to include details from the book that were excluded from the earlier version. For example Bradbury describes a robotic dog that Truffaut ignored but Darabont has said that he will recreate and film.
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I still haven’t seen Avatar, but if it’s as good as I’ve heard, some sequels could be cool. And I would have loved to see Tom Hanks star in Farenheit 451, but I think Brad Pitt could work too.
Do you think Avatar deserves sequels? Who do you think should star in Farenheit 451?