Monday, October 16, 2006

"Fantastic" News

Yeah, I know it's been awhile since my last post...I've been pretty busy animating some Aqua Teen stuff the last coupla-three weeks. But when I got a load of this latest news on the new FF movie (now officially titled Fanastic Four: The rise of the Silver Surfer) I had to take a few minutes out to geek about it. Below is a shot of Jessica Alba/Sue Storm presumably at her wedding (But to whom?).

Recent online news sources report new details on the project --which started filming last month-- such as the major addition to the cast of Homicide's Andre Braugher as General Hager (an old acquaintance of Reed Richards), who sets his sights on the Silvery Spaceman. More importantly (to me, at least) 20th Century Fox big-wig Tom Rothman confirmed at the beginning of the month that Jack Kirby's iconic planet-consuming Galactus will indeed appear in the film. (O' course you'd think that if the Surfer was in it Galactus would certainly be...but y'never know with Hollywood.)

According to WENN news source:
"Rothman promises that we'll not only see the million-years-old super being, but that it will be, well, fantastic: "I don't want to give too much away but I will say this: Galactus will appear and fans will not be disappointed."

Also uber-model Beau Garrett has been hired to play Frankie Raye, a John Byrne-era comic book character who had powers very much like the Human Torch and actually became Galactus' new Herald after the Surfer's betrayal and subsequent firing. This is the Torch's girlfriend? (right) As Ben Grimm might say "Heh, heh...Nice goin' Kid!"

Everything I read about this film sounds better than the first. More Kirby-gizmos, bigger scope (no crappy origin story)! On returning director Tim Story's own blog even he's totally geeking about seeing the FF car for the first time at the super-secret workshop where it's being fabricated. (The company who's building it also built a bunch of other movie vehicles including several Batmobiles)
Tim also says: "This car is the coolest thing I've ever seen. Not saying this because it's in my movie. (But there is obviously a bias) But it's cool. I mean this is like "the car from The Spy Who Loved Me" type of cool!"

Here's what got me typing though . The first shots of The Silver Surfer in action! From the looks of things I'd say they're doing some motion capture activity for CG. Since Doug Jones (who's been cast to portray The Surfer/ Norrin Radd) has said publically that he wasn't doing any motion capture stuff (yet?) it's doubtful that it's him in the green suit here.

The rig itself looks pretty impressive...

Kinda like seeing the X-men animated for the first time (Sat-morning in '84) --what it represents is bigger than what it is. (Most people on the street didn't know who the hell Woverine was back then --now even my mom (who is 84) knows who he is!)

The bottom line is this time next year we'll all know what the Silver Surfer and Galactus look like in a big budget Hollywood movie. (and they better not suck planet-size donkeys!)


Blogger Rozum said...

Thanks for the update. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this movie will be all that the first one wasn't.

11:11 AM

Blogger Robert Pope said...

If they kinda mush together the Galactus trilogy with the Frankie Raye storyline, that could be pretty darn cool. Of course, half of what made the latter storyline great wouldn't ever get to the movie (remember Dr. Strange puts the whammy on the big G with a spell that makes him see the ghost of EVERY SINGLE BEING HE EVER KILLED and Iron Man, Cap, and Thor join in as well...and don't forget Terrax, who lures Galatus back to earth in the first place...) But what about Doom? Isn't the "Nip/Tuck" guy back as well? Or has the good Doctor been bumped?

4:03 PM

Blogger Kevin Langley said...

Galactus!! Silver Surfer!! Both on the big screen?!? Holy Shit! Thanks for posting these shots.

10:07 PM

Blogger Dr. Strange-Q said...

I hope the Surfer's wearin' them "funny underpants", hee, hee, hee! Sorry, I've been drinkin' again.

11:42 PM

Blogger Matthew I. Jenkins said...

this sounds better, just as long as they give ole Reed about 100 more IQ points than he had in the last movie. Forget Doom. I'd like to forget the whole first movie and chalk it up to a "test run", though this one looks promising. what I want to know is, will Alba be swimming in this movie?

8:59 AM

Blogger Robb said...

Thats it. The movie is no longer Fantastic Four 2. It's "Galactus and Pals".
And no one is more hyped about Noran and his ever hungry lord being on the big screen than I. Big fan of Marvel's "Awesome characters who can't hold their own series league." Right up there with Nick Fury.
I'm hyped. They had better not mess this one up.

You just posted a fairly extensive report on Bruce Timm and then followed it up with news about how awesome seeing Galactus and Pals on screen could very well be.
Thank you for writing your blog addy down for me. This shit is great.

1:56 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raye is "Nova" and not exactly a "female" human torch. Her father was the inventor of the original Human Torch (WWII era). She also later has a relationship with the surfer.

Sue Storm (Alba) gets married to Reed Richards.

2:27 AM


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