With Batman 3 on the docket, summer 2012 is shaping up to be one of the greater geek movie seasons. Marvel’s “The Avengers” is slated to come out May 4, board game adaptation “Battleship” leaves port May 25, the “Star Trek” sequel beams up June 29, and the rebooted “Spider-Man” swings into theaters on July 3.
Under the agreement, Warner Bros. movies that will be released in IMAX are: Legends of the Guardian: The Owls of Ga’Hoole 3D (September 24, 2010); Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (3D) (November 19, 2010); Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (3D) (July 15, 2011); Happy Feet 2 (3D) (November 18, 2011); and The Hobbit (December 2012). Warner Bros. and IMAX also plan to release an additional 15 films over the course of 2011, 2012 and 2013, including Gravity, Dark Shadows, Fury Road, Batman 3, and Superman.
That includes winding down the war in Iraq, working with Afghanistan and Pakistan to “isolate violent extremists,” and seeking a peaceful two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, Obama said.
There has also been cultural outreach, Obama said — including a comic book series in which Superman and Batman work with their Muslim counterparts.
Long before Adam Jones was Tool’s notorious lone axeman, he was a makeup artist/set designer for films like Jurassic Park and Terminator 2. Though he left that budding career in feature filmmaking behind after joining Maynard James Keenan and Danny Carey in Tool, Jones went on to showcase his sculptures, animation, and direction in the band’s videos. Given this background, it’s no wonder that 30 Days of Night creator Steve Niles has teamed up with Jones for a forthcoming comic book series that mashes up TV and film franchise the X-Files with his previous 30 Days of Night series.
“[G]etting a chance to work with Adam Jones is amazing,” said Niles in an announcement last week. “He’s a pal, but I am also a huge fan of TOOL, as well as his video work for the band; not to mention the special effects he did at Stan Winstons before he became a rock star. He came up with the hook that really made this story come together.”
The X-Files/30 Days series, which will be co-written by Jones and Niles, is due out this summer. Meanwhile, Jones and his friends from a certain rock band are still pounding away in the studio.
The show is neither a musical nor a Broadway-bound theatrical production but rather an elaborate arena production aimed at kids and families.
Alan Burnett, a longtime animation veteran whose credits include Batman and Superman television shows as well as such animated movies as “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” and “Green Lantern: First Flight,” is writing the story and script. The logline is being kept under wraps, but it’s known that the show will feature numerous villains.
I like this idea. If only this was around when I was a kid, I’d bust a nut.