XYZ Films has joined Spanish-language actioner Redeemer as executive producer and sales agent. The movie, Redentor in Spanish, stars Chile’s Marko Zaror (Expendables 2, Machete Kills). He’s teaming for the fourth time with writer director Ernesto Diaz Espinoza. This time around, the story follows a former hitman who has made a deal with God: Every day he will hold a gun to his own head and pull the trigger; each time he does not die, he will take it as a sign that he is meant to continue hunting down the men he used to work for. Principal photography starts on March 24 in Chile. Zaror is a highly trained martial artist across multiple disciplines who performs all of his own fight and stunt work without any wires or CGI tricks. Espinoza recently was editor on Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno and his credits as director also include Kiltro, The ABCs Of Death anthology and Bring Me The Head Of The Machine Gun Woman. Espinoza, Zaror and Diego Moral Heimpell are producers.
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Television takes the spotlight on Day 4 of Comic-Con 2013. Highlights of the just-unveiled Sunday schedule include panel presentations and sneak peeks at The CW‘s Supernatural, NBC‘s Community, Under The Dome, FX‘s Sons Of Anarchy, and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Vince Gilligan and stars will be on hand to fete AMC‘s Breaking Bad as it heads into its final eight episodes. And Matt Smith, whose departure from BBC‘s Doctor Who was announced last month, will be on hand for the show’s panel. Here’s the full Sunday line-up:
Comic-Con Q&A: Peter Jackson On His Return To Middle Earth With ‘The Hobbit’ And How 48 Frames Can Save Moviegoing
Peter Jackson wowed the Comic-Con crowd Saturday in Hall H by showing footage from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of a two-parter on the Bilbo Baggins’ journey that leaves on his finger Sauron’s Ring Of Power, the precursor to Jackson’s billion dollar grossing The Lord of the Rings trilogy for New Line Cinema. Jackson’s appearance created as many questions as it answered. Bloggers are reporting he said that The Hobbit might become a trilogy and they’ve also wondered why Jackson chose not to show the 3D in the 48 frames-per-second format in which he shot both Hobbit films. On the trilogy possibility, I’m told that while Jackson shot plenty of extra footage, he has already stretched a single book into two movies. His DVD editions of The Lord of the Rings were so compellingly loaded with extended cuts of each film—they actually filled in storytelling gaps for hard core fans–that my bet is he indulges those fans that way again, even though no final decision has yet been made. I don’t think anybody but the money guys behind Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 thought it was creatively satisfying to break Stephenie Meyer’s last book into two films and I would be surprised if Jackson went that route unless the movies are just too long to fit in a double feature.
DEADLINE: Guillermo Del Toro told me he didn’t feel badly about stepping away from directing The Hobbit because the film ended up in the right hands, your hands. Everybody felt that way but you it seemed. Why did it take you so long to embrace a return to Middle Earth as director?
JACKSON: It did seem that way, but you’re talking about a series of events that were largely out of everybody’s control at the time. I have a certain belief in fate. Not in a religious way but over my life I find that if you try to assert yourself and influence things too much, it’s not necessarily the best idea. You kind of take your foot off the clutch at some stage and freewheel and let things happen. Guillermo was developing The Hobbit, I was producing it and I had other things that I was developing of my own at that time. And for the 18 months he was on it, we never had a green light.
Marvel At Comic-Con: Robert Downey Jr., Kevin Feige, Shane Black, Jon Favreau, Don Cheadle, Edgar Wright
Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of Comic-Con.
The Warner Bros/Legendary panel was a tough act to follow, but Marvel came through. A montage of past Hall H guest panels interspersed with prior movie footage was shown, with thanks to fans for making Marvel’s The Avengers the biggest superhero movie of all time, and finally declaring: “Phase Two Begins.” Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige confirmed that the next four movies are Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Edgar Wright came out to reveal some Ant-Man test footage he shot two weeks ago (unfinished). It featured Ant-Man in a costume that looked like a hybrid of the comic costume and Ultraman – full body suit that appeared to amplify his strength. We saw him run down a corridor, grow to full size, leap into the air, shrink again, super-punch the bad guys inside their mouths, then return to full size again and enter the elevator again.
Then Robert Downey Jr strolled down the aisle through the crowd, to the sounds of Luther Vandross music. “I’ve got three questions: how much do I love you? How much do you love me? Why aren’t we watching any footage yet?” The footage obliges. It Tony Stark trying to get armor pieces to fly onto him automatically, which they do, but in some cases too hard.
Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of Comic-Con.
For the Warner Bros/Legendary panel Comic-Con‘s big screen expanded to Cinerama proportions to impress fans with Pacific Rim and Godzilla teases while Man of Steel moved at least one fan to tears. For good measure, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey footage mixed familiar and new. Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick, dressed as David Tennant’s Doctor Who, moderated what was probably the most anticipated panel of the convention. He came in with a Sonic Screwdriver remote control, and suddenly two extra giant side screens were revealed as the black curtains peeled back. (Sort of like the Terminator 3D screen at Universal Studios.) This feels like what Cinerama was always supposed to be.
Legendary’s Thomas Tull came onstage, saying that his having a mic up there was a sign of the apocalypse, then briefly showed off how all the screens worked together for a Pacific Rim tease (metallic panels, serial numbers, vague sketches of pods – a mere taste for what was coming). Then Guillermo del Toro came out to say, in his inimitable, profane-comic fashion, “I’m shitting in my pants right now.” As he spoke and was pictured on the center screen, production designs and on-set footage flanked him on the side screens. He said it was important to have a sense of romantic adventure — not a war movie. And that it was important to have a sense of awe in a movie with giant robots and monsters. Del Toro said this will be the only thing shown until Christmas, and that this footage was just for us at Comic-con. Admonished “you motherfuckers with the James Bond cameras in the glasses, take them off.”
There was a huge reaction for Charlie Day coming out, and Ron Perlman (only in cavernous Hall H). Charlie Hunnam and Rink Kikuchi followed. Cheers for them too, but not quite as extra loud. How does Perlman feel about coming to Comic-Con? “It’s a miracle I’m still invited.” He says Guillermo’s standards are clearly plummeting since he keeps inviting Perlman back.
Act Of Valor co-director Scott Waugh has signed on to direct a live action adaptation of Hawken, a free-to-play shooter game from Meteor Entertainment that started creating buzz at E3. Warner Bros has signed on to make the movie.
The team behind Hawken let word about the project slip at a Comic-Con panel for the web series. Bandito Brothers will be producing. The game will be playable on Android, iPhone and other platforms. Hawken already has over 300,000 users registered, and Archaia will publish the graphic novel.
WME reps Waugh, the former stuntman who is also in talks with DreamWorks to helm an adaptation of the vidgame Need For Speed.
The first official trailer for The Dark Knight Rises snared the top prize of Best In Show at the 13th Annual Golden Trailer Awards tonight at a mansion in Bel-Air. TDKR‘s trailer also took the trophy for Best Summer 2012 Blockbuster. It was a good year for women, organizers noted, with trailers and print promotions successfully promoting female protagonists in typically male-led genres. Snow White And The Huntsman took the prize for Best Action. The Bridesmaids red-band trailer (R-rated) earned Best Comedy and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo took Best Drama. Those two as well as all the other winning trailers are available to watch here. A print promotion displayed a similar pattern. The Hunger Games nabbed five Golden Trailers: Best Teaser Poster, Action Poster, Animation/Family Poster, Best Standee for Feature Film and Most Innovative Advertising for a Brand/Product.
UPDATE: 10PM Nominees have just been announced for the 13th Annual The Golden Trailer Awards for the best trailers produced over the past year. There are a lot — theatrical trailers have alone cover more than a dozen categories (Best Action, Horror, Thriller, Animation, Comedy et al) with five nominations apiece. Comprehensive list of nominees follows below.
EXCLUSIVE: PREVIOUS, 3PM: The Golden Trailer Awards has unveiled the jury for its 13th edition: Jon Favreau, Patton Oswalt, Ivan Reitman, Fox Searchlight’s Nancy Utley, ex-CBS Film topper Amy Baer, producer Dana Brunetti, Randall Emmett and George Furla of Emmett/Furla Films, Blumhouse Prods’ Jessica Hall, Anonymous Content’s Alix Madigan, Ruby Films’ Faye Ward, and production designer Stuart Wurtzel. Nominees are being worked out now, with winners in 16 main categories to be announced May 31. Last year, Brunetti’s The Social Network took four trophies, including Best In Show.
Nominees are listed in alphabetical order by Film Title
(Film Title, Studio, Trailer House)
Theatrical Trailers Nominees
GI Joe: Retaliation, Paramount Pictures, AV Squad
The Hunger Games “Trailer 2”, LIONSGATE, Mojo LLC
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol “Trailer 1”, Paramount Pictures, AV Squad
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Warner Bros., mOcean
Snow White and the Huntsman “Forever”, Universal Pictures, Wild Card
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Columbia/Paramount, Ignition Creative
Hugo “Imagine,” Paramount Pictures, The Ant Farm
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Paramount Pictures, TRANSIT
Mirror Mirror, Relativity Media, Trailer Park
The Muppets “Their Movie”, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Buddha Jones
Bernie, Millennium Entertainment, Cimarron Entertainment
Bridesmaids (Red Band Trailer), Universal Pictures, Workshop Creative
Rock of Ages, Warner Bros., Mojo LLC
Ted “Trailer 2 Red Band”, Universal Pictures, Vibe Creative, Inc.
Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil, Magnet, AV Squad