Movie Roundup: A Good Day To Die Hard, Star Trek 2, And More On Chronicle 2

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Die Hard came back in 2007 with Live Free or Die Hard after a 12 year absence. To see another installment in the John McClane story it only took another  5 years. Production has been well underway on Die Hard 5, called A Good Day To Die Hard with Jai Courtney from Spartacus: Blood and Sand starring as Bruce Willis‘ son. Collider got a chance to talk with Tom Rothman (that guy is everywhere lately) to find out about this outing. Rothman talked about the story this go around:

I love this one. It’s called A Good Day to Die Hard, and two things make it new: 1. John McClane, the ultimate American hero, goes to Russia. So talk about a fish out of water, he’s completely out of water. And 2. It’s really a father-son story, which is that John McClane’s been a great cop his whole life but he’s been a pretty lousy father. He has a grown son who he’s not really been in much touch with, and McClane thinks the son’s a f*** up—that’s a technical term.

This seems like a father-son bonding movie set in the wonderful land of Russia. It’s not all snapping photos by the Kremlin for the McClane boys. They end up making enemies.

It comes to the point in the story where they’re basically the most wanted men in the entire Soviet Union, and it’s the two of them against all of the bad guys. I’ve just gotta say, it’s a classic, classic Die Hard.

 

Star Trek 2

The J.J. Abrams movie is still top secret with little to no information coming out and only a few set photos, but new villain Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock) talked about how he auditioned for the role:

I got a call before Christmas Eve saying that they’re very interested in you playing the not-so-good guy in the next “Star Trek” film. Can you get yourself on tape? So I rang some friends of mine – and when I say friends, I mean the top casting directors in England who were all on holiday because we observe this little Judeo-Christian cult holiday called Christmas. … My Flip wasn’t working, I couldn’t get any kind of recording device. I said, I’m going to do it on my iPhone. It’s high quality, it’s HD. It will be fine. And so I ended up squatting in their kitchen, at about 11 o’clock at night. I was pretty strung out, so that went into the performance. And his wife, Alice, bless her, with two children asleep – they’ve got enough on their plate without this actor in a crisis in their kitchen — and she’s balancing two chairs to get the right angle on me and desk lamps bouncing light off bits of paper, just trying desperately to make it look half-decent. Because it’s going to go into J.J. Abrams’s iPad. So we did it, and then it took a day and a half to compress it. I sent it to him, and then I got told, “J.J.’s on holiday.” I was furious. And then I heard on the day after New Year’s Day – we had an amazing first showing for [the British season premiere of] “Sherlock,” and then he just sent me an e-mail, going, “You want to come and play?” I said, What does this mean? Are you in town, you want to go for a drink? I’m English, you’ve got to be really straight with me on this. Have I got the part?

 

Chronicle 2

We touched on Chronicle a little earlier today concerning Josh Trank working on Fantastic Four. Now we have Trank’s partner, Max Landis, offering up information on the movie. Trank is unlikely to return, but he will probably be involved in “some respect.” Landis talked about how the events of the first films ending will work in the sequel.

You can’t deny cars being thrown in the air in Seattle. You saw all those helicopters. The world changed. That’s the end of ‘Chronicle’. And things are going to be different now. They can’t possibly cover up what happened.

He also talked about the character Matt coming back:

I loved Matt, and I felt really bad for him because I understood just how emotionally lazy he is and how he doesn’t really do what he’s doing. And that’s why I’m putting him through hell in (Chronicle) 2

Landis had a very extensive interview, you can see the first part below but if you’d like to check out the other part of the two videos you can check them out by clicking here.

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