Yearly Ketchup: The Freshest Stories of 2012

Recounting the best movie news announced each month of last year.

The Yearly Ketchup continues on from last week's review of the 12 most "Rotten Ideas" with twelve of the year's top stories, most of which were classified under the "Fresh Developments" banner. There's a little bit of everything here, as long as your definition of "everything" is limited mostly to superheroes, Star Trek, Tolkien, and Star Wars.


FRESH DEVELOPMENT OF THE YEAR

DISNEY, LUCASFILM, AND STAR WARS EPISODE VII

For the most part, the compiling of this column entry involved careful skimming of each week's Ketchup, but October saved this writer a lot of time. The October 30, 2012 news that the Walt Disney Company had acquired LucasFilm for $4.05 billion was easily the biggest movie development story of the year. The reason is that this deal also started development on a third trilogy of movies that will begin with Star Wars Episode VII to be released in 2015. It also started a cascading snowball effect throughout the rest of 2012 as various stories were published online (especially) in November, all about who might or might not be directing, or what characters and actors may or may not be appearing. We still don't know yet who that director actually will be, but we will surely know that when the next Yearly Ketchup is written, and there's actually a good chance that story might take the lead again in early 2014 as well.

JANUARY: BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH IS THE VILLAIN IN STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (WHOEVER HE TURNS OUT TO BE)

On one hand, it might seem like movie fans have known for much longer than a year that Benedict Cumberbatch is playing the villain in the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. However, another year of that knowledge still hasn't really changed much in regards to knowing exactly who that villain will be. The official pre-release line is that Cumberbatch plays a character named John Harrison. However, in the last year, we've also heard about Cumberbatch possibly playing super psychic Gary Mitchell. And of course, there's the persisting notion that he's really Khan under a cover identity (or something like that). The answer isn't that far away, as Paramount Pictures is releasing Star Trek Into Darkness on May 17, 2013.


FEBRUARY: EDGAR WRIGHT TO DIRECT JOHNNY DEPP IN THE NIGHT STALKER

This story made the annual list for two reasons: February had a pretty high "Rotten Idea" ratio, and this writer had forgotten that this story had ever happened in the first place. Therefore, it's probably a good nominee to be revisited by other movie fans eleven months later, as well. Basically, Johnny Depp is producing and is likely to star in a Walt Disney Pictures adaptation of the 1970s ABC TV series Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Director Edgar Wright was also hired for The Night Stalker right at the start of development. Wright's involvement on this project has probably been so quickly forgotten because most attention has been given to either this year's The World's End (Wright's thematic follow up to Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz), or his Ant-Man movie for Marvel Studios, to be released on November 6, 2015. As for what The Night Stalker itself is actually about, it's pretty easy to synopsize: Kolchak is a newspaper reporter who has a knack for repeatedly investigating stories involving supernatural creatures (vampires, zombies, werewolves, etc). Of course, all of this presumes that Johnny Depp still wants to star in a movie adapting a 1970s TV show involving vampires after the "meh" box office performance this year of Dark Shadows.


MARCH: AFTER YEARS OF BAD NEWS, ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND CONTINUES... WILL ACTUALLY CONTINUE

This might be another story that seems like we've known about much longer than we actually have. But nope, it was only back on March 28, 2012 that Will Ferrell dressed up like Ron Burgundy and went on the Conan show to announce that Paramount had given a greenlight to the sequel Anchorman: The Legend Continues. Since then, we've seen a teaser trailer in theaters, much of the original cast has been confirmed as returning, and a release date of December 20, 2013 has been set by Paramount. Director Adam McKay is also returning, and cowrote the script with Will Ferrell. Filming of Anchorman: The Legend Continues is scheduled to start next month in February, 2013.


APRIL: SIR BEN KINGSLEY CAST AS THE BIG BAD IN IRON MAN 3 (WHO IS TOTALLY WHO EVERYONE THOUGHT HE WOULD BE)

Some of the skepticism over the character misdirect concerning the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness is that the movie fan community has experienced this sort of thing before (and frequently). Heck, it even happened this year, with a completely different sequel and villain. It all started when Sir Ben Kingsley was cast as "the villain" in Iron Man 3 (scheduled for release on May 3, 2013). The writing of the casting announcement nearly stumbled over itself trying to establish that Kingsley would not be playing The Mandarin, Iron Man's comic book archnemesis (whose existence was also teased in the first movie). This wouldn't be quite as hilarious if we didn't all know that, yeah, he totally is playing The Mandarin.


MAY: KICK-ASS 2 IS ANOTHER 2013 SEQUEL THAT, BEFORE 2012, SEEMED LIKE IT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN

Continuing the trend from our March story, this year also saw the sudden rejuvenation of the sequel Kick-Ass 2 after a (albeit shorter) period in which it seemed likely to end up being scrapped. In the case of Kick-Ass 2, the reason why things changed so suddenly seemed to be most obviously linked to the "super" over-performance of The Avengers, the results of which emerged just two days before the greenlight for Kick-Ass 2 was announced. Right around here, however, it should be noted that, except for the colorful outfits, The Avengers and Kick-Ass really don't have much in common at all. Indeed, Kick-Ass is nearly the opposite of The Avengers in many ways. Regardless, Universal Pictures now has Kick-Ass 2 scheduled for release on June 28, 2013.


JUNE: WARNER BROS AND DC COMICS RAMP UP THEIR BIG PUSH TOWARDS JUSTICE LEAGUE IN 2015

This story was actually part of a bigger arc (if you will) that stretched throughout the year, but the gist of it all started in early June, after it was clear that The Avengers would go down as the #3 box office success of all time. That's around the time that Warner Bros and DC Comics started getting really serious about jumpstarting a Justice League movie sooner rather than later (the summer of 2015, specifically). Not really enough is known about the Justice League movie at this point to say with full confidence that it will end up being a "Fresh Development" for movie fans, but it's certainly one for DC fans who want to see characters like the Flash, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman get the same sort of big screen attention that The Avengers received in 2012. "Justice League in 2015" might not end up being the "Freshest" story of the year, but it certainly was one of the biggest. All we really know at this point, still, is that Justice League is being adapted by Gangster Squad screenwriter Will Beall (he also does a lot of work on the Castle TV show), and that the villain might be Darkseid. The Justice League plan is also opposite that of Marvel's: rather than following several movies featuring its heroes, the Justice League movie will come first (or second, if Man of Steel counts), and then some of the heroes might then get their own movies later on.


JULY: COMIC-CON BRINGS THE NEWS FROM PETER JACKSON OF THE THIRD HOBBIT MOVIE

There were definitely a lot of big movie stories that came out of this year's San Diego Comic-Con. The single biggest movie that was hinted at there will probably end up being the 2015 release The Hobbit: There and Back Again. Until that point, aside from some rumors pointing at the possibility, the world was under the impression that Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit would be released as two (albeit very long) movies. The idea had been around for a while that Jackson was supplementing the story of The Hobbit with both world-building back story and Lord of the Rings foreshadowing. That included the addition to the films of characters that weren't even mentioned in the actual book (like Legolas), or the expansion of other characters from just a teensy mention (like Radagast the Brown). Just six months later, we probably have a much better understanding of why the third film was added to Jackson's adaptation, since most people who care about any of this have probably seen The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at least once. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released on December 13, 2013, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again will be released on July 18, 2014.


AUGUST: THE NEXT X-MEN MOVIE (NOT COUNTING THE WOLVERINE) CONFIRMED TO ADAPT DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

The significance of this particular story might depend upon how much one is into the 1970s-1980s Uncanny X-Men comics written by Chris Claremont, which basically took one of Marvel's worst selling titles and made it the cultural behemoth that it is today. It was in August that we found out that the movie previously thought of as the "sequel to X-Men: First Class" would also tie in the first three X-Men movies as part of an adaptation of the classic 1981 time travel storyline Days of Future Past. It won't be anything close to an exact adaptation for obvious reasons (Kitty Pryde not being a 1960s X-Men member, for example). However, the involvement of Bryan Singer as director for the first time on an X-Men movie since X2 is promising. Filming is expected to start on X-Men: Days of Future Past soon in 2013, with 20th Century Fox having already scheduled this seventh* movie featuring Marvel's mutants for release on July 18, 2014. *The Wolverine comes out this year on July 26, 2013.


SEPTEMBER: DREAMWORKS ANIMATION ANNOUNCES AMBITIOUS TWELVE FILM SLATE FOR 2013-2016

The challenge for this particular column entry is the balance between it being a list of the "freshest" movie development stories, or the "biggest" stories. In the end, it basically has to be more of the latter than the former, because, frankly, we're talking about movies that haven't been released yet, and "big" is much easier to quantify than "good." As "big" as some of these stories have been this year, in sheer volume, few can add up to the numbers demonstrated in this September story. It was then that DreamWorks Animation confirmed a four year release schedule for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 that included twelve new animated films. DreamWorks Animation may not be the critical darling that Pixar is, but they've had a number of really big hits, and some of those were indeed beloved by critics and moviegoers alike, as well. DreamWorks' 2013-2016 schedule includes sequels (How to Train Your Dragon 2, How to Train Your Dragon 3, and Kung Fu Panda 3), a spinoff (The Penguins of Madagascar), and a retro TV show adaptation (Mr. Peabody & Sherman). The various movies that don't fall into any of those three categories are The Croods, Turbo, Me and My Shadow, Happy Smekday!, Trolls, B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, and Mumbai Musical (which is probably a working title).


NOVEMBER: THE DIRECTOR OF FOUR HARRY POTTER FILMS WILL NEXT TAKE A (VINE) SWING AT TARZAN

Maybe the movie industry spent the month in shock following the Star Wars Episode VII news, or maybe it was just a slow month because of those long holidays Hollywood likes to take. Whatever the reason, November lacked a truly obvious "big story." It could also have to do with how "awards season" makes the industry think more about attracting future nominations, and less about the sort of big, flashy movies that attract interest here. Warner Bros may have a little bit of both, however, depending upon how the studio's long-planned revival of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan ends up being realized. Tarzan won the distinction of being the film that director David Yates finally said "yes" to after a year of trying to find his next post-Harry Potter "go project." This story also came in the same year that Edgar Rice Burroughs' other most famous hero, John Carter, landed with something of a thud in (American) theaters. Warner Bros obviously thinks Tarzan, with decades of movie history under his loincloth, has a better chance of connecting.


DECEMBER: A SEQUEL TO WRECK-IT RALPH WILL HAPPEN, AND MARIO WILL HAVE A LARGE ROLE IN IT, TOO

Whatever was written about November being a slow-ish news month goes double for December, for two obvious Holiday-related reasons (one was on the 25th, the other had 8 crazy nights). A fairly big story that did emerge, however, is probably in the "well, yeah, duh" category (especially fun if you imagine Sarah Silverman saying that). That's because a sequel to Wreck-It Ralph is now pretty much a certainty, as the first film is on its way to possibly earning over $300 million worldwide (as of this writing, it's at $277 million). Disney's homage to the era of classic arcade video games has a lot of potential material for the sequel (and maybe even "sequels"), as there's more to video games than just the arcade era, and more to be nostalgic about than just the 1980s, or even, for that matter, the 1990s. Already included in the public discussions about the sequel is Nintendo's Mario, who nearly was featured in the first film.

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Comments

Josiah Coulter

Josiah Coulter

What a wonderful year in film entertainment. I can't wait for 2013.

Jan 4 - 05:32 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

STAR WARS 7, 8, 9 = we used to discuss these films at the bus stop in 5th Grade at Ithan Elementary School circa 1982. There were ALWAYS supposed to be NINE MOVIES!

DEPP in KOLCHACK:THE NIGHT STALKER Will he be a reporter working in Las Vegas battling a mute vampire? (in The Night Stalker, Janos Skorzeny hadn't a single word of dialog)

Jan 4 - 06:29 PM

Matthew R.

Matthew Reimer

Wreck-It Ralph 2 with Mario!!! That just made my day. Also The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Star Wars sequels and Dreamworks Animations upcoming movies are all exciting news. I'm excited to see what new things are coming up this year!

Jan 4 - 07:45 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Totally did not know about the Night Stalker news; sounds awesome, though. I will watch whatever Wright puts his name on.

Kick-Ass 2 and The X-Men news are the only other stories that truly excite me.

I feel like The Hobbit should have probably stayed at two movies after seeing An Unexpected Journey. The new two could totally change my mind on that, but I feel like very little happened in the first chapter of The Hobbit, especially considering it was almost as long as any of the Lord of the Rings films.

Not sure what my personal story of the year would be. Was Only God Forgives announced this past year or late 2011? That would take the cake if it was 2012; Refn is the man, and Gosling seems destined to be his signature leading man.

Jan 4 - 09:01 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

About the Hobbit, actually the Hobbit would be fine at 3 movies, they just don't have to be pushing 3 hours long. 2 hr + 10-15 minutes would have been fine, if edited right.

Jan 5 - 12:10 AM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Sorry, but this is Peter Jackson we're talking about...

Jan 5 - 10:54 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

That would have also been a fine solution. I just hope that Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again do not get as self indulgent as the first act of The Hobbit was, and Jackson just lets the adventure that is now in full swing carry the narrative.

Jan 5 - 04:39 PM

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

I think there's a big wizard and elves battle against the Necromancer in the second film.

Jan 5 - 11:19 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

About the Hobbit, actually the Hobbit would be fine at 3 movies, they just don't have to be pushing 3 hours long. 2 hr + 10-15 minutes would have been fine, if edited right.

Jan 5 - 12:10 AM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Sorry, but this is Peter Jackson we're talking about...

Jan 5 - 10:54 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

That would have also been a fine solution. I just hope that Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again do not get as self indulgent as the first act of The Hobbit was, and Jackson just lets the adventure that is now in full swing carry the narrative.

Jan 5 - 04:39 PM

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

I think there's a big wizard and elves battle against the Necromancer in the second film.

Jan 5 - 11:19 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

How is Tarzan directed by boring ass David Yates anywhere near a fresh development...

Jan 5 - 06:00 AM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

I think its inclusion as a fresh development has almost everything to do with it being a product by Warner Bros., the parent company that owns this website.

Jan 5 - 08:14 AM

Andrew Targaryen

Andrew Targaryen

Because his 4 critically acclaimed Harry Potter movies were huge hits at the box office and got no less than a 78% on this site.

Jan 5 - 08:45 AM

King  S.

King Simba

I'm not sure how much that speaks of his skill as a director. Harry Potter was based on such strong source material that it would have been pretty hard to mess it up (almost as hard as making a great movie out of Twilight). I mean, just look at the careers of previous Harry Potter directors after they left the franchise. The only one who's made anything great so far has been Alfonso Cuaron (interestingly, he's also the only one who didn't attempt to replicate the success of Potter with another potential franchise, instead going for something completely different).

Jan 5 - 09:43 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I think Cuaron was always the wild card of the directors who helmed Potter, since he was a filmaker who was known for making fair more for arthouse and hardcore film fans, and not so much in making something that was soley designed to make bank. Azkaban is the most unfaithful to the source material of all the films, but as a film, it is easily the best. Speaking of Cuaron, has there been any word on when we will finally get to see Gravity? I thought it was supposed to be a 2012 release, but have not heard a single word about it since it began filming in 2011.

Jan 5 - 04:36 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

IMDB has it as October 2013.

Jan 5 - 06:16 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

I don't care about the delusional critics on Yate's Potter films. Crunk is spot on when he said Azkaban was hands down the best Potter film - to place any of Yate's films next to POA is ludicrous. Plus they would have been box office hits nomatter how bad they were.

Jan 5 - 11:31 PM

Andrew Kruzel

Andrew Kruzel

Sorry but POA is not hands down the best...it might be the worst since it completely killed the source material and screwed the rest of the franchise up

Jan 8 - 09:24 AM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

I think its inclusion as a fresh development has almost everything to do with it being a product by Warner Bros., the parent company that owns this website.

Jan 5 - 08:14 AM

Andrew Targaryen

Andrew Targaryen

Because his 4 critically acclaimed Harry Potter movies were huge hits at the box office and got no less than a 78% on this site.

Jan 5 - 08:45 AM

King  S.

King Simba

I'm not sure how much that speaks of his skill as a director. Harry Potter was based on such strong source material that it would have been pretty hard to mess it up (almost as hard as making a great movie out of Twilight). I mean, just look at the careers of previous Harry Potter directors after they left the franchise. The only one who's made anything great so far has been Alfonso Cuaron (interestingly, he's also the only one who didn't attempt to replicate the success of Potter with another potential franchise, instead going for something completely different).

Jan 5 - 09:43 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I think Cuaron was always the wild card of the directors who helmed Potter, since he was a filmaker who was known for making fair more for arthouse and hardcore film fans, and not so much in making something that was soley designed to make bank. Azkaban is the most unfaithful to the source material of all the films, but as a film, it is easily the best. Speaking of Cuaron, has there been any word on when we will finally get to see Gravity? I thought it was supposed to be a 2012 release, but have not heard a single word about it since it began filming in 2011.

Jan 5 - 04:36 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

IMDB has it as October 2013.

Jan 5 - 06:16 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

I don't care about the delusional critics on Yate's Potter films. Crunk is spot on when he said Azkaban was hands down the best Potter film - to place any of Yate's films next to POA is ludicrous. Plus they would have been box office hits nomatter how bad they were.

Jan 5 - 11:31 PM

Andrew Kruzel

Andrew Kruzel

Sorry but POA is not hands down the best...it might be the worst since it completely killed the source material and screwed the rest of the franchise up

Jan 8 - 09:24 AM

King  S.

King Simba

I'm not sure how much that speaks of his skill as a director. Harry Potter was based on such strong source material that it would have been pretty hard to mess it up (almost as hard as making a great movie out of Twilight). I mean, just look at the careers of previous Harry Potter directors after they left the franchise. The only one who's made anything great so far has been Alfonso Cuaron (interestingly, he's also the only one who didn't attempt to replicate the success of Potter with another potential franchise, instead going for something completely different).

Jan 5 - 09:43 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I think Cuaron was always the wild card of the directors who helmed Potter, since he was a filmaker who was known for making fair more for arthouse and hardcore film fans, and not so much in making something that was soley designed to make bank. Azkaban is the most unfaithful to the source material of all the films, but as a film, it is easily the best. Speaking of Cuaron, has there been any word on when we will finally get to see Gravity? I thought it was supposed to be a 2012 release, but have not heard a single word about it since it began filming in 2011.

Jan 5 - 04:36 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

IMDB has it as October 2013.

Jan 5 - 06:16 PM

King  S.

King Simba

As of now I think the directing gig will most likely go to Matthew Vaughn. He dropped out of both Kick-Ass 2 and Days of Future Past. Plus, he's proven with Stardust that he can handle a light-hearted adventure flick. I must say that I wasn't sure how to feel when it was first announced that Disney was going to make more Star Wars movies, but so far they've gotten some pretty talented screewriters, so hopefully this means they're taking the franchise seriously.

Pretty much all of those developments are worthy of their fresh status. Star Trek Into Darkness, Iron Man 3 and Night Stalker are three of my most anticipated films this year, while I can't wait for X-men: Days of Future Past next year.

Jan 5 - 10:04 AM

Darren Anderson

Darren Anderson

Agreed totally about Vaughn for Star Wars. He pulled out of Kick-Ass and X-Men a few weeks before the anouncement of more Star Wars and he would be my first pick with Blomkamp.

Star Trek, Star Wars and X-Men were the big stories for me.

Jan 8 - 12:57 PM

Dylan P.

Dylan P

Wow thats a lot of good stuff.

Jan 5 - 10:15 AM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Sorry, but this is Peter Jackson we're talking about...

Jan 5 - 10:54 AM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Interesting list:

1. Ehhh, I'm gonna just wait and see on this one.
2. Cool, Star Trek 2 is on my must-see list this year.
3. Meh, I'm getting kind of bored with Johnny Depp, he just seems to play the same "odd" character every time. I'll wait and see, though.
4. Never saw the first one, and I dislike Will Ferrell (though I might watch it for the supporting characters).
5. IM3's also on my must-see list for this year, interested to see how Ben Kingsley's turn as the Mandarin turns out.
6. Nice, the first one really grew on me after a few viewings, but I can't help but wonder if the move from Lionsgate to Universal will affect the feel of the film at all (not to mention Matthew Vaughn isn't involved). Still interested, though.
7. If they can give all of the JL members proper set-up films, I'm in.
8. Not a LOTR fan, so this doesn't do much for me :\
9. I liked "X-Men: First Class", so I'm looking forward to the next one.
10. I've liked all of DreamWorks' recent films (yes, Rise of the Guardians included), so hopefully they can keep it up.
11. I'll just wait for the trailer to make my decision on this one.
12. Erm, while I really liked "Ralph", I don't know if another full-length feature is the best idea, primarily because there's nowhere else to go with the title character after the first film. I'll wait and see.

Jan 5 - 11:05 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Vaughn is not directing Kick Ass 2, but he is producing and was heavily involved in developing the story for it. He is doing the same thing with Days of Future Past. And the article specifically states that there will not be set-up films for Justice League, they are going for the money right out of the gate.

Jan 5 - 04:31 PM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Oh geez, I totally missed that about JL when reading the article, thank you; hope they can pull it off. Also didn't realize Vaughn was still very much involved with Kick-Ass 2, proof that I need to do my research before typing stuff out ;)

Jan 6 - 11:23 AM

Joax

joaquin ocampo

NOBODY CARES ANDREW.

Jan 6 - 02:11 AM

Alberto Zeeky

Alberto Zeeky

The Justice League film is borderline rotten in my mind. You can sense the desperation of a cash in after the avengers destroyed the box office. No set up films is a very discouraging and the track record with DC heroes hasn't been anything impressive outside of batman.

Jan 5 - 02:12 PM

zinc alloy

zinc alloy

Hmmm....Watchmen....V for Vendetta....both better than anything Marvel has put out

Jan 5 - 07:38 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Vendetta was good but.. Watchmen sucked hard.

Jan 5 - 11:35 PM

Darren Anderson

Darren Anderson

Watchmen comics are great but they just couldn't get it right for the big screen. V for Vendetta is an under-rated film that never really got the cudos it deserved.

Jan 8 - 01:03 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

And he said DC, not Vertigo. Even though Vertigo is owned by DC they have very different flavors and he's correct outside of Batman and they haven't been impressive with their pure DC properties, even though I liked Superman Returns very much.

Jan 6 - 04:10 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Vaughn is not directing Kick Ass 2, but he is producing and was heavily involved in developing the story for it. He is doing the same thing with Days of Future Past. And the article specifically states that there will not be set-up films for Justice League, they are going for the money right out of the gate.

Jan 5 - 04:31 PM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Oh geez, I totally missed that about JL when reading the article, thank you; hope they can pull it off. Also didn't realize Vaughn was still very much involved with Kick-Ass 2, proof that I need to do my research before typing stuff out ;)

Jan 6 - 11:23 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I think Cuaron was always the wild card of the directors who helmed Potter, since he was a filmaker who was known for making fair more for arthouse and hardcore film fans, and not so much in making something that was soley designed to make bank. Azkaban is the most unfaithful to the source material of all the films, but as a film, it is easily the best. Speaking of Cuaron, has there been any word on when we will finally get to see Gravity? I thought it was supposed to be a 2012 release, but have not heard a single word about it since it began filming in 2011.

Jan 5 - 04:36 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

That would have also been a fine solution. I just hope that Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again do not get as self indulgent as the first act of The Hobbit was, and Jackson just lets the adventure that is now in full swing carry the narrative.

Jan 5 - 04:39 PM

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

I think there's a big wizard and elves battle against the Necromancer in the second film.

Jan 5 - 11:19 PM

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