Welcome to another installment of Geek Bites – your one stop shop for all the latest movie news for your inner nerd. Lots of cool stuff to cover today, so let’s get to it.
Godzilla: We haven’t heard much about Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla reboot lately, but that changed this morning. THR says that writer Max Borenstein has officially been hired to write the new film – which will be directed by Monsters helmer Gareth Edwards.
It’s unclear at this point as to whether or not Borenstein will write a completely new draft of the movie – which focuses on everyone’s favorite monster-fighting, city-stomping, fire-breathing gigantic lizard – or if he’ll incorporate things from David Goyer’s earlier version.
'Dark Knight Rises' Prologue Rating: If you’re like us, then we know many of you are going to see Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol primarily so you can get a sneak peek at the six to eight minute preview of The Dark Knight Rises. Sure, we wanna see Mission Impossible, too – but let’s be honest, an early glimpse of the new Batman is what we’re all geeking out over.
In a move that isn’t particularly surprising, the MPAA have given the prelude footage a PG-13 rating according to GeekTyrant. This presumably means the full film will also get a PG-13 from the board, which puts in line with the two previous Bat-films from Nolan.
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol sneaks into theaters on December 21st. The Dark Knight Rises footage will only be available at theaters showing the film on full-sized IMAX screens.
Neuromancer Casting: Vincenzo Natali’s screen adaptation of William Gibson’s classic cyberpunk novel Neuromancer appears to be moving forward. The latest rumor (courtesy of io9) says the feature is zeroing in on a major star to take one of the lead roles.
Producer Peter Hoffman is telling outlets that Bruce Willis is now attached to the film. Not so fast, says Willis’ camp – who claims the Die Hard star is only reading the script at this point. Who to believe?
No word on who Willis will play should he accept the job, but speculation is that it would be former military man Armitage. We could see that working out. For now, though, file this one under “rumor.”
'Darkest Hour' Poster: Finally, we bring you a new poster for the alien-invasion flick The Darkest Hour.
In this movie, invisible aliens invade Earth to steal our electricity because they apparently come from a planet that’s exhausted its own energy supply. Death and destruction follow in their wake, but a spunky group of pretty twenty-somethings appear as though they might be able to save the world.
While we kinda dig the way the aliens disintegrate people (and a dog), the concept of “invisible aliens” seems like a really lousy way to cut down on your FX budget. Couldn’t they afford a laptop and some cheap CGI software?
The film’s big selling point seems to be that it’s set in Moscow – which is actually kind of cool. Roland Emmerich has already blown up what feels like every American landmark short of the first McDonalds, so seeing Moscow bear the brunt of an alien attack at least feels different.
Summit is bringing The Darkest Hour to theaters this Christmas. In the meantime, have a gander at the poster and let us know what you think.