...it's about the whole Video Games medium, and not a licensed movie? Cool!
...it's about an 8-bit era character experiencing the modern-day game industry? Great! And the fact that the modern-day games are represented by a first-person-shooter is further evidence that someone's doing some homework.
Though technically, former The Simpsons and Futurama director Rich Moore, himself a nerd, is the real director and also one of the three co-writers. Jim Reardon, a fellow former Simpsons director and one of the three writers of WALL•E, co-wrote this as well.
That isn't even the the tip of the iceberg. According to fan-site The Sonic Stadium, he'll be showing up several times. *fangasm*
And then came the first trailer. Disney's been Genre Savvy enough to include the One-Scene Wonder that the Villain Support Group is quickly building up to be. To quote a Youtube commenternote from another uploaded version of the same trailer, "I GEEKED OUT COMPLETELY AT THE VILLAINS SCENE". If the movie wasn't hyped enough already, the physical faithfulness of Bowser's and Eggman's portrayals in the movie was more than enough to make said hype skyrocket. Disney isn't messing around with this movie.
Wow, great movie, too bad it'll probably be a standalone... Wait! They're planning a sequel? Like, now?
Way back in 1982, many fans of The Last Unicorn couldn't believe that any animated film adaptation could possibly capture the magic of the original... until they saw that the original author, Peter S. Beagle, was writing the screenplay.
OK, so it's Toy Story 3; it's going to be good, but nothing's gotten me riled - wait, what's at 0:43 in thisYoutube video... HOLY CRAP IT'S MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO.
Okay, so a trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2 was released several months early, and Hiccup is Batman now. Also, the series' events are canon, and dragon flying just got even more awesome than it already was. As Hiccup puts it while gliding over the ocean:
Hiccup: THIS IS AWESOME!
A Frankenweenie remake? Not so sure about—wait, it's being made in stop motion animation? Interesting—TIM BURTON IS DIRECTING. Pinch me, I must be dreaming.
After the ambiguous success of Brave, there was some fear that Pixar films with female leads wouldn't be happening anytime soon. But then there was the announcement Inside Out, which will take place in a girl's mind where three of the five anthropomorphized emotions are women and a sequel to Finding Nemo which would revolve around Dory.
Looks like Oliver & Company is being ignored aga— wait, it's getting a BLU-RAY RELEASE? ON IT'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY?? HELL YEAH!
Disney decided to stop adapting fairy tales? What a shame. They practically built the studio on fairy tal-their adaptation of The Snow Queen resumed production? Wonderful!
So, the movie have CGI animation instead of hand-drawn, and it'll bear the title Frozen instead of The Snow Queen. Hopefully Disney at least hired decent VAs...Kristen Bell as the heroine, and Idina Menzel as the snow queen? Score!
Man, these "comical" trailers feel annoying! Can't Disney make a more sophisticated ad-Wait, this one actually highlights the drama! It even showcases some singing, so it seems Disney no longer fears promoting their old-fashioned musical qualities!
Perhaps the original example of this trope is with the first Tim BurtonBatman film and the decision to cast Michael Keaton in the title role. Batman fandom did a collective, "Michael Keaton?!?!?" and complained so loud and so furiously that Warner Brothers decided to take action with some emergency marketing. The centerpiece was a quick teaser that proved so popular that it silenced many fan complaints with the hope that Burton and Keaton were right after all. People were attending theaters just to watch the trailer and walking out when it was over, not even seeing the movie they paid for.
Probably the ultimate trump card to play when someone complains that "X is going to be Y" and they don't think it'll work out. Just tell them, "Mr. Mom was Batman?" We can argue ad infinitum as to whether Keaton was the "real" Batman or Tim Burton's Batman. The point is, he did something no one expected he could do.
Speaking of Batman, there's the moment the then upcoming Batman Begins was announced, with the famous first teaser poster. The franchise had been in limbo for several years after Batman & Robin, and the thought of a new Batman movie was exciting news to every fan.
The series essentially started with this. After the Joel Schumacher films, another Batman film (proper origin story or not) wasn't something anyone was getting terribly excited abut. Being directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Patrick Bateman ensured fans had any hope that it would be worth getting excited about.
And once the movie comes out, not only it fulfills everyone's expectations, but has a Sequel Hook involving The Joker!
Lots of plot twists and nods to events in the comics (like being based on Knightfall) in The Dark Knight Rises which many thought Nolan and crew would never put in the film. For example, Bane's backstory of being born and raised in a prison, and the inclusion of Talia al Ghul.
In a similar vein, the casting of Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge. Which turned out to be a good omen for her performance in the film.
Bill Nighy as Scrimgeour in the Deathly Hallows films. Is it possible to read the books and not immediately picture Nighy as Scrimgeour?
One example that almost doesn't count, in a weird way: as soon as the book Half-Blood Prince came out, a good many fans read the character Horace Slughorn and simply said, "Well, that's Jim Broadbent". Throughout the casting period these same people were just wondering when they would announce that the role had gone to Jim Broadbent. Then they announced that Slughorn was going to be played by Jim Broadbent. Perfect casting, but nobody was really excited because the casting was so perfect it was obvious.
Also, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. "Meh, they changed the director, Dumbledore's actor is dead and...wait...Gary Oldman will be cast as Sirius? And David Thewlis will be Lupin? Count me in, when it'll be released?!" Many fans seem to love Thewlis as Lupin.
Like the Jim Broadbent example above, casting Alan Rickman as Snape was such a natural choice people took it for granted he'd get the role, since hardly anybody could imagine anyone else playing Snape. There was a somewhat major outcry when it was reported Tim Roth was up for the part as well, because, as one reviewer later put it, Alan Rickman couldn't have been a better pick for Snape if he'd been expressly built for the role. Helps that Rowling had him partly in mind when she first made the character.
Similarly, Maggie Smith as McGonnagal. Simple, obvious casting.
All the movies cut too much stuff, I'm afraid of what will happen to Deathly Hallows...the film will be split in two parts?!
But it's probably going to be PG like Half-Blood Prince...wait a second, is it PG-13!?
THEY'RE KEEPING THE GRINGOTTS DRAGON!
Wait, did they really put in the old music from the end of the first film at the end?! OHMYGOSH WARNER BROS., I LOVE YOU!
They hired Larry Hama, author of the long-running comic book and shaper of the franchise, as creative consultant, and they appear to have listened to his advice.
That's the big one. Let's just say that the Joe fanbase would be perfectly fine with GI Joe being turned into a yaoi storyline as long as they were assured Hama was involved somehow.
While hiring the director of the Justin Bieber movie to film the sequel caused a Tainted by the Preview, the casting of big name action movie stars such as Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock and Bruce Willis as Joe Colton made some fans cautiously optimistic. When pics of Snake Eyes's new look came out, fans were happy. (They ditched the molded mouth.) Then the teaser trailer came out. Fans were very happy. (The lack of sci-fi and Cobra Commander's new look were two things of note.)
Snikt. As soon as the audience heard Wolverine popping his claws at the end of the first trailer, they started to believe...
What brought up some people's interest was the fact was that the screenplay was done by David Hayter.
Stewart, pfft. What roused wild hope in many X-fans was the casting of Ian McKellen as Magneto. They got an actor who is the right age to play Magneto, who has dignity, and can really really act? Woohoo!!!
Let's all be honest here and admit why the Wolverine movie might be good: Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool! The end result was half right as Ryan as Wade Wilson was genuinely entertaining and one of the best things in the film despite limited screen time. The good news is, Deadpool will have his own spin-off movie, still portrayed by Ryan.
And Kitty Pryde is back, too! Played by Ellen Page again!
Along with Iceman and Rogue!
Peter Dinklage is now confirmed to be playing a villain, though just who he's playing is not entirely confirmed yet. Rumours are that he'll be Bolivar Trask though, which has excited some fans.
They already had Trask. Based on the storyline, the most likely is probably Brainchild. And if they have Brainchild, they probably have Mr. Sinister, and if they have him, We may finally get to see Apocalypse!
Sadly they'll be no Apocalypse or Mister Sinister. However, Bolivar Trask is now confirmed to be the Big Bad of the film, with the Sentinels also planned. An acclaimed actor such as Peter Dinklage is just the tip of the iceberg for this guy.
The fourth Mission: Impossible is coming in 2011. You're still apathetic about it over Tom Cruise's unfortunate mouth-openings? Yeah, me t- ...Sawyer is gonna be in it?!? Well, hot damn!
The trailer is in. And Martin Freemanis Bilbo Baggins. World, get ready, 'cause you're about to be hit over the head with just how damn good this man really is.
Back in The Fellowship of the Ring, an unnamed elf extraplayed by Bret McKenzie] got some attention, and was actually given the name "Figwit"note an acronym, based on the common fan reaction "Frodo is great... who is that?" by the fandom. In The Return of the King, he reappeared and was actually in the credits as "Figwit". In the cast of The Hobbit, Bret McKenzie is returning as Lindir, a character who actually appeared in the original booksnote Fellowship, to be precise.
And the game of the movie. Eh... I guess Beat 'Em Ups are fun. Maybe... wait, Anamanaguchi is doing the music? And Paul Robertson is doing the sprites? Holy crap! Please welcome The New Ultimate Jesus [game]!
The live-action adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are. Hmmm, not really feeling it... wait, you said Spike Jonze is directing this? And Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is writing the score? And the teaser trailer uses a rare acoustic version of Arcade Fire's Wake Up?!? Two tickets, please!
Then there's the promo video in which the book's author Maurice Sendak gushes over how great the film is.
For many, the best moment came when they saw the first trailer and saw, holy crap, real puppets instead of 100% CG.
It's recently been confirmed by Fox that there will be another Alien film. "Ugh, you got to be kidding me, anotherAlien movie? It better not be another crappy AVP movie...HOLY HELL!! Ridley Scott is directing! And it's a prequel! Redemption is at hand!"
It gets even better if you read the manual. Aside from Jordan Mechner's involvement, who do they get to help with the stunts? David Belle, the founder of parkour.
When Games Workshop announced the much-awaited Warhammer 40,000 movie, the fan reaction was generally like "Meh, Ultramarinesagain...", but then the people heard that Dan Abnett is going to write the script — and there was much rejoicing.
Much of the fanbase was quite put down upon seeing the two early trailers featuring less than fantastic CGI and rather bland action. And then this happened...
A-Team movie? Meh. Imagined they'd get around to it sooner or later, they're doing all the other 80's TV shows, and like the rest of them it'll probably be cr-Liam Neesonis Hannibal?? I love it when an adaptation comes together! (On the other hand, no Mr. T.) On the other other hand, Sharlto Copley is Murdock.
"They're doing a live action version of the anime cult classic Speed Racer? It's probably gonna be some generic "realistic" reimagining...wait, TheWachowskis are directing this?? And they've got an all-star cast, with John Goodman as Pops just to sweeten the deal?? This is gonna be awesome!!"
After being in Development Hell for nearly 20 years, Bryan Singer being announced as the director of what became Superman Returns was seen as one of the best omens any fan could hope for. And Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor was some nice icing on the cake.
What? Hollywood's doing EvaLive-Action movie? Wait...WETA Workshop's gonna be the studio? AND they're fans of the show?! AND they're going to go for actors who are actually Asian!? GOD'S IN HIS HEAVEN! AND ALL IS RIGHT IN THE WORLD!!!
The announcement thatStar Wars would be released on Blu-Ray was accompanied at Celebration V by a video of a deleted scene from Return of the Jedi of Luke building his green lightsaber. The fandom's rejoicing could literally be heard.
Mark Hamil and Carrie Fisher are also in talks about returning.
John Williams is returning to score the film. On top of that, it was revealed that unlike the prequels, the sequel trilogy will use less special effects and more authentic props/sets/etc. Seriously, this keeps getting better and better.
After the lackluster performance of Prince Caspian at the box office (compared to the first film), there was doubt that the Chronicles of Narnia film series would continue, despite that Prince Caspian being one of the less popular entries in the series. Disney lost faith in the series and ended their involvement with Walden Media, leaving fans to speculate if another studio would pick them up. Then Fox swooped in, gave new hope to the series, and promptly delivered a mind-blowing trailer for Voyage of the Dawn Treader, a near-universal fan favorite.
Also for many, Liam Neeson and Tilda Swinton as Aslan and the White Witch, respectively. And holy crap!? Eddie Izzard voicing Reepicheep?! Unfortunately, Eddie won't be reprising the role, but Simon Pegg will be replacing him and may be just as awesome.
Sadly, that's about where the good news ended with this one. The film's release in Toronto and Montreal was canceled due to it being unrated, and pretty much every theater chain except AMCnote And even then, they only screened it as part of their AMC Independent program. refused to carry it for the same reason, meaning that its release was shrunk from "wide" (more than a thousand screens) to just 68 theaters for only four days. And then the reviews came in, and said that the film was So Okay, It's Average at best, falling into the "Z-grade" part of the above description more than anything else.
Marvel's Runaways film was met with the normal amounts of trepidation. However when the casting notices failed to mention that Nico was Asian American you could almost here the collective fandom about to draw breath to scream. However, before they could Marvel issued another press release specifically stating that they were looking for an Asian American actress and the press release would be adjusted accordingly. This not only gave the fandom the idea that Marvel were trying to stay true to the original comic but it wouldn't be a repeat of other recent adaptaions.
It's been three years since the release of Grindhouse. Not our fault that it failed in the box office since the Weinsteins released it on of all times, Easter. Wait, what's this about a "Don't" commentaryEdgar? Grindhouse on Blu-ray? The theatrical cut on DVD and Blu-ray?! With ALL the fake trailers?!!!note Plus the "Hobo With A Shotgun" trailer on Blu-ray. ALL IS FORGIVEN!!
Also, Sienna Guillory was announced to reprise her role as Jill after not appearing in Resident Evil: Extinction, although she only appears in the last 30 seconds as a Sequel Hook under Wesker's mind control.
After four movies of being absent, Leon Kennedy and Ada Wong were announced for the fifth movie.
Most fans were indifferent to the rumored Mass Effect movie, at best; as soon as this thread was posted, though...the people who made The Dark Knight and Watchmen are producing the movie? Casey Hudson as one of the executive producers?! It'll be an original story and not an adaptation of the game?!
Bill & Ted 3. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter will be returning as Bill and Ted, with the original creator/writer duo of Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon as well. To further cement things, in an interview Winter said that the movie will retain the spirit of the originals without giving into "retro cynicism".
They're finally making Rent into a movie? WITH ALMOST THE ENTIRE ORIGINAL CAST?
Queen of the Damned movie? Okay...Oh God, that'sLestat? Wait, and he's singing? It sounds great, though...OHMIGOD IT'S THE GUY FROM KORN! (and in fact the musical score is the only thing that had some impact and good reception in that movie)
A fourthScream movie, after how much the third one sucked? And a decade after the films were last relevant? Puh-leezzz...wait, Kevin Williamson is coming back to write it? Time to mark April 15 on the calendar, this is gonna be awesome!note Some explanation — Williamson wrote the first two Screams, but not the third. Guess which one is the Black Sheep of the original trilogy.
They're making The Dark Tower into a movie?! And they're getting JJ Abrams to direct??? No, Abrams has pulled out. Who will they get to replace him...RON HOWARD??? And they're getting JAVIER BARDEM to play ROLAND??????!!!!
The 25th anniversary of Back to the Future brought not only remastered Blu-Ray versions of the movie and its sequels, but a video game follow-up starring Christopher Lloydand Michael J. Fox in the finale, and theatrical re-releases of the movie. Great Scott!
Oh great, an English-language remake of Oldboy, one of the best 21st-century Korean films is going to be ruined. . Wait, Spike Lee is directing? Maybe this has potentia- CHRISTIAN BALE MIGHT PLAY LEE WOO-JIN? And Josh Brolin is already signed on for Oh Dae-Su, as icing on the cake.
Les Miserables (2012): Oooh, sweet, they're making a film version of Les Mis! With Cameron Mackintosh producing and Tom Hooper directing! Fantastic! And hey, Hugh Jackman is playing Jean Valjean. That could work! And Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert. Well, that will either go very well or very badly. Anne Hathaway as Fantine - wonderful! But nothing too spine-tingling yet...wait, Helena Bonham-Carter as Mme. Thenardier??? YES PLEASE!!!
I'm sorry, did you just say Colm Wilkinson (the original Valjean) is going to play the Bishop? BEST. CAMEO. EVER.
When the first images of Colm as Bishop came out, the entire fandom stopped everything else it was doing and just squeed like crazy over those. Colm's appearance is the most highly anticipated part of the movie for some people.
The one casting decision no one has complained over and everyone has celebrated (quite a feat in a fandom as divided as the Les Mis fandom)? The casting of some of the West End actors as the barricade boys. Killian Donnelly's casting as Combeferre alone caused some of the greatest collective squee fandom has seen in a long time. Because everyone adores Killian Donnelly. When Fra Fee, Alistair Brammar, and Jamie Muscato were also announced as fellow Barricade Boys, it was just the icing on the cake for many.
And who's going to be Enjolras, the fangirl-bait leader described in the book as "angelically beautiful" and belting out some of the most glorious notes in musical theater? Why, it's the golden-voiced, extremely beloved Broadway leading man Aaron Tveit, best known for swinging around poles in Next To Normal. That sound you hear is the collective swoon of the fandom.
It's Samantha Barks of the 25h Anniversary Concert as Eponine!!! Both Lea Salonga and Frances Ruffelle are rejoicing.
Hadley Fraser as the Loudhailer has also gotten a pretty positive reception, to say the least.
Speaking of which, a lot of people remember this trailer, also known as the ultimate fangasm. "Well, this film looks interesting. Something's obviously being built... Ooh, a John F. Kennedy voice-over, and a voice-clip of the first moon landing, I wonder if the movie will be about that... Wait, I recognize the shape of that ship... and is that Leonard Nimoy saying... THE ENTERPRISE!?! OMG, STAR TREK'S BACK!!!!!"
And a wise-cracking Spidey is just icing on the cake.
So they're making a sequel and wait a sec... they've changed Spidey's costume for it? And it looks more comic-accurate than the original costume from the first one? Sweet.
They're doing another remake of Carrie just ten years after the last one. Directed by Kimberly Peirce? Alright, Boys Don't Cry was pretty good, let's see who they're casting as... CHLOEGRACEMORETZ IS PLAYING CARRIE?With Julianne Moore as Margaret? Screen Gems, shuddupandtakemymoney!
Though of course, some fans remain unconvinced and feel that Chloe is too pretty to play Carrie, who was described in the book as unattractive and pudgy.note The irony inherent in the fact that the lead actress is being attacked for her looks, given that the film and the book it's based on are about bullying and the horrors it produces, seems to be lost on them. In addition, it makes one wonder just how they're gonna be able to shoot the opening shower scene without running afoul of the law, since Chloe will be only 16 when the movie comes out.
Wow, this is a pretty cool fan-made poster of Moretz as Carrie. Kimberly Peirce likes it too? Even cooler. She based the officialteaser poster on it? SWEET! Looks like she knows what she's doing.
It's gonna be rated R, and not a watered-down PG-13? Sweet!
Wait, Dwayne Johnson announced he was in talks to star in a Lobo movie. Repeat that please...
The golden rule of horror movie marketing is this: if interest in your film is wavering, and people are responding to the marketing in the wrong way, going for an R rating rather than a "watered down" PG-13 will get a lot of horror fans on your movie's side. Even better is getting into fights with the MPAA over a potential NC-17 rating, or with other countries' media watchdogs and censorship bureaus over a potential ban — that's an easy way to tell people that your movie has "extreme" written all over it.
So, the Honor Harrington movie was announced two years ago, and seems to be in Development Hell. Oh, well... wait, they're still working on it? And they'll be starting with Honor Of The Queen and not On Basilisk Station? Excellent.