Right now in Las Vegas the ShoWest convention (which is sort of a trade show for studios to show off their new product to exhibitors) is in full swing, and the past couple of days have brought an onslaught of some pretty cool movie news. Here’s a round-up for you folks who may have missed all the action:
'Sherlock Holmes' Trailer Premieres
The first trailer for Sherlock Holmes premiered yesterday; one that apparently featured a naked Robert Downey Jr. (as legendary detective Sherlock Holmes) handcuffed to a bed with only a pillow separating us from his, well, package. Slashfilm says the footage "… felt a little like the humor of Disney's Pirates of the Carribbean films. Fans of [Guy] Ritchie might be interested to know that the director's stylish cinematography was definitely intact."
On the flip side, Latino Review noted that Downey Jr.’s accent was a bit iffy and "sometimes the dialogue was hard to understand because every actor seemed to have a different English accent." We’ll see for ourselves soon enough, as that same trailer is bound to hit the net within the next few weeks. Sherlock Holmes arrives in theaters on Christmas Day.
Disney Will Re-Release 'Toy Story' and 'Toy Story 2' in 3D
During the Disney presentation, it was announced that the studio would release both Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in 3D simultaneously, as part of one big double feature on October 3. Originally the two films were scheduled to return to theaters a few months apart, but now they’re together – and Disney will use this opportunity to also launch the first trailer for Toy Story 3, which will be the first new Pixar film to arrive in 3D.
Also on tap for Disney is a re-release of Beauty and the Beast in 3D. At ShoWest, they screened the opening scene and along with it came the following reactions from Collider: "They showed us the opening song 'Belle' in 3-D and I have to say it looked great. While it's not as good as a movie made in 3D, for new audiences that haven't seen this amazing movie, they'll love it."
Tim Burton’s 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Tron' Sequel to Hit 3D
In addition to the Toy Story announcements, Disney revealed that Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland will not only hit theaters in 3D, but it’ll also arrive on IMAX screens at the same time it hits conventional theaters on November 5th, 2010.
Finally, perhaps the strangest news from the conference came in the form of Tron sequel news. We already knew they were making a sequel to Tron, but we did not know that they’ve changed the title to Tron. Yup, the sequel to Tron is called…Tron. Nope, that won’t confuse people at all. Early footage for this film was also screened in 3D, which, in all honesty, should look very cool up there on the big screen – especially if it resembles the original.
Which of these projects are you most excited for?