The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Story: Prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy The Hobbit follows Bilbo Baggins on a journey to the Lonely Mountain to steal treasure from Smaug, a dragon. Along the way he finds the One Ring and uses it to his advantage.
The Filmmakers: Directed by Peter Jackson and starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Hugo Weaving and Cate Blanchet.
The Status: Locked on Target. With most of the people involved with The Lord of the Rings trilogy still involved I am very excited to see what they do with The Hobbit. So far all the images, video, and notes from the film all look spectacular.
Making of Diary #6
The Story: With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
The Filmmakers: Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Waltz, and Jamie Foxx.
Status: Locked on Target. Though I'm finding his films less interesting than I did a decade ago I'll still watch anything Tarantino puts out. The story is right up his alley and the cast is excellent. I won't be first in line for it, but I'll definitely be in line.
The Story: Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
The Filmakers: Directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, and Steve Purcell, and starring Emma Thompson, Kelly MacDonald, Kevin McKidd, Robbie Coltrane, and Billy Connolly.
The Status: Locked on Target. With the exception of Cars 2, I have watched and enjoyed every single film Pixar has made (to be fair I have yet to see Cars 2, but the reviews were so bad I have no real desire to.) The concept here seems a little too similar to How to Train Your Dragon, but I'm crossing my fingers for the true Pixar magic.