Doing press rounds at this week’s CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Fox studio chief Tom Rothman spoke with MTV News about a number of features on the company’s upcoming film slate and gave some reactions to recent news stories.
Most notable was Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” and the question of the film’s as yet undetermined rating. An ‘R’ seems suitable for the material, but a ‘PG-13’ is generally the target of tentpoles these days and Scott himself has seemed uncertain as to which way the MPAA will go.
Rothman says that the film is going to the classification board shortly, but did make one promise that will hopefully assuage concerned fans – “This I can tell you and I can tell all the fans, not one frame will be cut. The movie will be what it should be. We will not cut a frame of the film. We will stand behind it 100 percent and if that means it’s an R, then so be it, because not an ounce, not a percentage are we going to compromise the film.”
Next is “The Wolverine”. When it was announced the other week that filming would be taking place in Australia it raised questions as to whether the Japan-set storyline from the script was being dumped. Rothman says no – all the sound stage work will take place in Sydney, all the location work is happening in Japan and a great number of Japanese actors will be in the cast. He also says the decision as to whether to do 3D or not has yet to be made.
Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman and Simon Kinberg are all working on the “X-Men: First Class” sequel script now and shooting is set for January 2013 with a release planned for either Christmas 2013 or Summer 2014.
Shooting began this week on “A Good Day to Die Hard” which, aside from New York City bookend scenes, is set entirely in Russia.
A sequel to “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is very much in development for a Summer 2014 release. Rupert Wyatt is back in the director’s chair and Rothman claims the plan always was that if the first film worked, they’d go ahead with their plans for a trilogy. The question they’re trying to answer now is what point in time events in the film will jump to.
Finally the studio is developing a “Chronicle” sequel and Rothman seems hopeful that that film’s director Josh Trank will take the helm of a “Fantastic Four” reboot.