First up on today’s news dump is Jurassic World. Entertainment Weekly has scored the first behind-the-scenes photos since production began ten days ago. Check ‘em out below:
Next up on the list is the third Hobbit film, which is getting a new subtitle. There have been rumors flying around during the past week that a re-title would happen, and the common consensus is that a more action-oriented and descriptive title might help the third film do the same kind of business that An Unexpected Journey did (something that The Desolation of Smaug failed to do). Read Peter Jackson’s statement on the change below:
“Our journey to make The Hobbit Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo’s own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we’ve gone along. “There and Back Again” felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there” in The Desolation of Smaug.
When we did the premiere trip late last year, I had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting the title. We decided to keep an open mind until a cut of the film was ready to look at. We reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels completely appropriate.
And so: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies it is.
As Professor Tolkien intended, “There and Back Again” encompasses Bilbo’s entire adventure, so don’t be surprised if you see it used on a future box-set of all three movies.”
Next on today’s news dump is a trailer for [REC] 4: Apocalypse. Like the underrated third installment in the Spanish horror franchise, this film lets go of the found footage conceit, which is a wise move. Apocalypse picks up after [REC] 2, and we find our intrepid reporter Angela Vidal imprisoned on a ship. Check out the subtitled international trailer below, and be sure to watch in HD.
Bringing up the rear today is Deadline’s announcement that Friday the 13th will continue as an hourlong TV series, and unlike the Friday series from the late 80’s, it won’t be about hunting down cursed antiques (seriously, what the fuck?). Original Friday director Sean S. Cunningham will be one of the show’s executive producers, and the show will reportedly feature Jason in Crystal Lake “throughout multiple time periods”. Writers Bill Basso and Jordu Schell will be working on the story. I’m guessing this means we won’t be seeing the heavily rumored Friday the 13th “reboot” film, but perhaps the rumors about David Bruckner directing might actually come to fruition via this new TV series*. A target premiere date has not yet been announced, but when we hear it, so will you.
*EDIT: I’m hearing that a new Friday movie is still in the works, and Bruckner is still attached.