By Oliver Lyttelton | www.oliverlyttelton.com April 30, 2012 at 11:18AM
This past week saw Hollywood types descend on Las Vegas, not for a "The Hangover" reboot, but for the annual CinemaCon trade show, which sees all the studios showing off their upcoming wares for exhibitors and members of the press. And this year was a big one, with footage from "The Dark Knight Rises," "The Hobbit," "Les Miserables," "Prometheus," "The Great Gatsby" and many, many more among the headliners.
Indeed, there was so much going on that plenty of information may have slipped through the cracks. As Vegas empties out again, we've rounded up ten key revelations from CinemaCon that you might have missed over the past week, from a release date for the sequel to one of last summer's biggest hits, to Pixar movies you won't see until 2015. Check them out below.
1. The Sequel To "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" Aiming For A Summer 2014 Release
Despite low expectations, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" turned out to be the best-received summer blockbuster of last year, and made a pretty penny on top of that. As a result, Fox have clearly made the sequel a priority, signing Wyatt and star Andy Serkis last year, and now we've got an indication of when it might get rolling. While Fox is gearing up Steven Spielberg's "Robopocalypse," X-Men spin-off "The Wolverine" and the Owen Wilson/Vince Vaughn comedy "The Internship" for 2013, 'Apes' will be a bit further down the pipeline. Studio boss Tom Rothman said that "the goal for us would be summer of 2014, if that's possible." Sounds like they're not rushing this, at least, which can only bode well. [Coming Soon/Collider]
After years as being seen as one of the more interference-happy of the studios, Fox have gradually begun to win back geek cred thanks to "Avatar," "Chronicle" and the upcoming "Prometheus," and studio boss Rothman is on a mission to keep that the case. He said at CinemaCon this week that whatever rating "Prometheus" gets, he won't ask Ridley Scott to cut it down for a PG-13: in his words, "it will not be compromised." And more comic book fare is on the way to join "The Wolverine" and the "X-Men First Class" sequel with Rothman confirming that "Chronicle" director Josh Trank is developing a reboot of "Fantastic Four" (while a sequel to the found-footage hit is in the works too) and hinted at other superhero movies on the way, including, possibly, a movie based on the New Mutants.
3. Are 'The Great Gatsby,' 'Life Of Pi' & 'Les Miserables' Heading For The Oscars?
It's not been a great few years for the major studios when it comes to the Oscars -- indeed, you have to go back to "Million Dollar Baby" for a Best Picture winner developed, financed and released by one of the big six. And while it's ridiculous to read too much into buzz over these sizzle reels, all of Warner Bros' "The Great Gatsby," Fox's "Life of Pi" and Universal's "Les Miserables" got great notices from the footage shown at the conference, with the latter two picking up buzz for their 3D visuals, and Anne Hathaway getting some early tips from her performance in the 30 second teaser for Tom Hooper's musical. Obviously, a million things could change between then and now, but it's some kind of early hint, at least. [Movieline]
With "Fast Five," what started out as a B-franchise became an A-list one, thanks to the addition of Dwayne Johnson and some artful action sequences. Clearly, Universal weren't going to waste any time, and we've seen some casting movement on the film in recent weeks, with Gina Carano signing on, and Jason Statham turning it down. But one major question remained: what would it be called? The franchise has gone from "The Fast & The Furious" to "2 Fast 2 Furious" to "The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift" to "Fast & Furious" to "Fast Five" (over our suggestion, "Five Fast Five Fiverious"). Could the next one get any more minimalist? "F&F?" "F6?" Well, judging from a logo in Universal's presentation, next summer's sixth film will be... "Fast & Furious 6." Come on guys, show some creativity... Also, Dwayne Johnson revealed in an interview that the film will be shooting in Berlin & London -- pedestrians, you've been warned. [Collider]
5. "The Dictator" Preview Gets Positive Response
We can't be the only ones who've found the trailers for Sacha Baron Cohen and Larry Charles' latest, "The Dictator," a little painful -- more "Ali G In Da House" than "Borat." But could it be a potential surprise? The film screened Monday night at CinemaCon, and advance word is good, with three people whose opinions we respect, if not always agree with -- Anne Thompson of Thompson On Hollywood, Jeff Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere, and Drew McWeeney of HitFix -- all weighing in with mostly positive word. McWeeney calls it "The single most degenerate Jerry Lewis film ever made" with "a pretty tremendous number of laughs." Wells says that "the film works -- it's frequently funny and fast-moving and inventive" while Thompson adds "a much more hilarious and less uncomfortable politically incorrect comedy than 'Bruno,' returning Cohen to his transgressive-but-sweet comfort zone." Fingers crossed they're all right...