Concept Art

World War Z Concept Art

It was a piece of concept art that got me (and many more) excited about a “World War Z” movie in the first place. For everyone who’d read Max Brooks’ beautifully thorough oral history, it was a little hard to imagine it translating well to film, though. With a ton of different voices, an after-the-fact central focus and a labyrinthine structure, Brooks’ academic recounting of the times surrounding “The Great Panic” didn’t seem like a good fit for a movie (unless Ken Burns was going to direct). The Brad Pitt-starring film coming out this weekend seems to confirm that. Many, many elements from the book have been changed — including the elimination of the historical perspective in favor of placing us into the immediate danger — but even if it’s an In Name Only Adaptation, World War Z still looks impressive on a lot of levels. One of them is its visuals. To celebrate the film’s look, “World War Z: The Art of the Film” is out, and we have an exclusive look at 4 of the images tucked away in its binding. Enjoy, but remember to wipe the brain matter from your lips when you’re done.

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Pacific Rim Concept Art

As someone whose only experience with legitimate high culture is seeing a bunch of bizarre black and white photography in a pitch black room aided only by a small flashlight (thanks, France!) these new pieces of concept art from Pacific Rim strike me as exactly the kind of thing that an enterprising museum of fine art would do well to acquire. Sure, Banksy will probably just paint over them with a clever message of social relevance, but the time it would spend unmolested would be worth their while. Head over to Total Film for the hi-res versions of the concept art for Guillermo del Toro‘s new movie, and be sure to check out our talk with Charlie Day about playing a scientist for the production. And seriously, who wouldn’t want these pieces framed and hanging on their wall?

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Snowpiercer Concept

In 2031, a massive train presses its way through the frozen wasteland of a planet with a desperate crowd of passengers unsure of whether they’ll survive or if surviving is worth it. Trapped and fearful, they begin to turn on each other. Based on the graphic novel “Le Transperceneige,” this is the plot of Bong Joon-ho‘s English-language debut, Snowpiercer. Now, thanks to Cahiers Du Cinema (via The Playlist), we can take a look at some concept art for the film that belongs on museum walls. The director behind The Host and Mother has got a lot of expectations to live up to with his next flick, but it seems clear that the imagery will have a solid chance of being stunning. Check it out for yourself:

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Akira Concept Art

So far, despite many threats, the American version of Akira remains unmade. It’s been nothing but non-stop partying everyday that the movie hasn’t started production, but these bits of concept art from Chris Weston might be reason to spend ten minutes quietly admiring what could have been before returning to the punch bowl. Stunning storyboards do not an excellent film make, but there’s no denying how unbelievably imaginative these are. At the behest of erstwhile director Albert Hughes, Weston is a tower of talent lending himself to an iconic story, and his particular set of skills lend themselves well. Check out the art for yourself, thanks to the eagle eyes at io9:

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Neuromancer Concept Art

The reason we call the internet Cyberspace is because of William Gibson‘s “Neuromancer.” The seminal cyberpunk novel quietly crept into the subconscience of our culture – somehow capturing both the 1980s zeitgeist and the feeling of the future to come. Now, after several directorial attempts, Vincenzo Natali (Splice, Cube) is the latest to take a stab at it, and a new website featuring a bit of concept art offers hope that the film will actually come to light this time around. GFM Films’ website also claims that offers have gone out to Liam Neeson and Mark Wahlberg to play the lead roles, Armitage and Case. Whether they take the roles, and whether the film moves forward after that, is something we’ll have to wait to see. Either way, it’s exciting momentum. Here’s the plot synopsis from the production:

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It’s hard not to be excited for the eventual release of Aztec Warrior, seeing as it’s set to combine the skills of Black Dynamite’s delightful director Scott Sanders and character acting’s patron saint Luis Guzman for a ridiculous tale of warring Mexican professional wrestlers. But, due to some concept art for the film that Twitch posted today, suddenly everyone’s feelings about the film might be a lot more confused. Sure, this poster titled ‘Aztec Warrior vs. The Office Robot’ looks pretty dang awesome, but what the heck are we actually looking at? Yep, you guessed it, that’s an artist’s rendering of Luis Guzman wearing a suit and a lucha libre mask while facing off with Robocop’s haywire robot ED-209. The question that any sane person must be asking after seeing this image is, “What exactly does a giant robot have to do with a movie about warring professional wrestlers?” Well, for one thing it’s not appropriate to ask a sane question about what is clearly going to be an insane project, and, for another, the image starts to make a lot more sense if you’ve followed the film careers of Mexican wrestling legends like Blue Demon and Mil Mascaras, whose movies Sanders cites as being inspirations for what he’s doing with Aztec Warrior.

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Wreck-It Ralph 2012

There was almost no way that Wreck-It Ralph would have been entirely done in 8-bit. It would have been a bold move, but even if Community does it, it doesn’t mean a major studio should be that adventurous. I mean, they probably should, but they usually aren’t. Still, Disney’s project looks incredibly cool – and aimed squarely at the video game generation. The fine folks over at /film dug up these character designs – one for Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) and a few different concepts for his lady love Vanellope (voiced by Sarah Silverman). Check them out for yourself:

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Take a gander at what the conceptual artists for The Avengers have dreamed up for the team of superheroes to fly around in and what Iron Man will be flying next to. It’s unclear which artist is directly responsible for the design of the Quinjet, or how Coming Soon got the image off of a Russian website, but here it is nonetheless, and the look is spot on. The really cool part of this addition to the film, for those whose noses are buried in comic books, is that it opens the door to introduce Black Panther as a character since his design firm was the one that created the jet. Will he make an appearance? Or at least be mentioned? A role for Panther hasn’t been announced, but Marvel has always enjoyed leaving surprises up their spandex sleeves. Of course, the movie could also leave the designing up to Stark Enterprises, or it might simply be a toy the government had made for the Avenger Initiative. Time will tell, but this looks damned cool.

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The Amazing Spider-Man

Yesterday the web was all aflutter with a “first look” at The Lizard from The Amazing Spider-Man that came via a Pez dispenser mock-up. Yes, it’s come down to this. Waiting to see a wicked new baddie through the eyes of a candy-related toy. As you’ll note if you read us daily, we missed out on covering it. Something about the entire situation screams “There’s something better for those who wait.” And lo, there is something better that’s come along this morning: some leaked concept art of what Rhys Ifans may look like as Spider-Man’s foe. Check it out after the jump if you dare be spoiled (but only a little).

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There are events that define one’s existence that go beyond being learning or growing experiences. They become scars. Battle scars. They may fade in time, but they don’t go away. They persist. The memories of the events may become blurry, but every now and then, you run your fingertips along the raised, healed wound and remember. It all comes back like a punch in the nose. I had been on movie sets before and believed that I had been trained. The snarky ADs , the disinterested teamsters, the hustling, the waiting, they were all nearly second-nature to me, especially with the close of my on-set involvement with Monster Squad. However, nothing could prepare me for what I was going to face. My first location experience. My first time out of the country. My first time working set on a big budget film. My first time supervising a team. Predator would be all of those things and it would change my life forever.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, Jason Momoa talks Conan, director Joann Sfar talks Gainsbourg, concept designer Jerad Marantz talks rising Apes and Spidey’s costume, and action icon Renny Harlin discusses his latest film 5 Days of War. Plus, our old friend Scott Weinberg goes up against FSR’s own Gwen Reyes in a Movie News Pop Quiz that leads us to talking about sexy animated characters. Don’t judge. You know you think Ariel is the bee’s knees. Listen Here: Download This Episode

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It’s been a rocky road for The Hulk on the way to next summer’s The Avengers. He started out being portrayed by Eric Bana in an art-film-in-disguise that Ang Lee made called Hulk. That was weird, and boring, and it didn’t go over so well. Then he showed back up looking a lot like Edward Norton in the Louis Leterrier directed The Incredible Hulk. Well, when he was in his human form he looked like Ed Norton. When he was The Hulk he still just looked like The Hulk. Leterrier’s film was more action oriented and in the wheelhouse of what comic book fans were expecting, but something must have gone wrong because now the green goliath suddenly looks a lot like Mark Ruffalo. And this time, he looks a lot like Mark Ruffalo both when he’s a normal guy and when he gets big and green.

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The universe of “John Carter,” created by Edgar Rice Burroughs is expansive and detailed. It’s gorgeously detailed, and the character will be celebrating his 100th birthday with a movie (finally). Yesterday, a teaser poster highlighting someone’s favorite new font was released – doing nothing to share the rich world of the film with fans or potential fans. That’s a shame, but Disney has released two pieces of concept art via a fantastic interview with director Andrew Stanton over at the LA Times. In case you were wondering what the Monty Python/Carter connection was. What do you think of this concept art?

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For a company with the motto “Don’t be evil,” it’s a bit ironic that Google is enabling TyRuben Ellingson to create weapons of mass destruction. Ellingson — the lead vehicle designer for James Cameron’s Avatar, whose credits also range from Battle: Los Angeles to Hellboy and Blade: Trinity — was singing the praises of Google Sketchup Tuesday night. While speaking at his undergraduate alma mater — St. Cloud State University — he praised Google’s free 3-D modeling software as an easy-to-use tool for creating conceptual designs, including the deadly powersuits used by humans to rain devastation upon the unfortunate Na’vi. Aside from ease-of-use, Ellingson noted the program is free which means that even you can start drawing things meant to kill other things in wonderful, violent ways. So, as countless people are out there using SketchUp to create detailed virtual cities, you’ve got Hollywood artists using it to create equally detailed city-vaporizing toys. Is anyone else fighting back the urge to burst into “The Circle of Life“ right now?

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In Looper, a group travels back in time to kill people. It’s their job, and the pay is probably outstanding. Here are the speakers and min-scooters on which they jam to the latest tunes and ride to important business meetings. The fine folks over at / have gotten their hands on some concept props for the movie, designed by the industrial design majors of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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In August, I was fortunate enough to trade the heat of Arizona for the heat and humidity of Louisiana in order to visit the set of The Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds, a ring that makes him powerful, Mark Strong, Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard. I can’t say much about the visit yet (because of the court order), and I wasn’t the only one there (which is why they added “conspiracy” to the charges), but the set visit did yield a ton of really cool information about the film, and FSR will be delivering it straight to your brain like no other site can. While you wait on pins and needles awaiting all that comic book goodness, check out these two pieces of concept art that you’ll only see here (and several other websites). They both feature the design of Oa – the planet where the Green Lantern Corps makes its headquarters – and they’re both worthy of hanging up on your wall next to your poster for The Last Starfighter: The Musical. Don’t let evil or these concept pieces escape your sight, and remember to click to make the images much, much bigger:

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The release of Iron Man had many effects on fans and the film industry, but one of those effects was the hope that audiences instilled in Marvel as a fresh, young production house. It was taking on its own characters and treating them with respect and reverence. It was placing them in a real world that looked shockingly like our own and made us that a man in a metal suit could fly. The new-for-Comic-Con concept art on display for Thor and Captain America is fantastic. It’s dark, evokes the feel of the World War Z concept art, and feels epic even at its two-dimensional stature. It’s that quality that makes them so frustrating.

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There’s is no telling what Drive Angry 3D is about. At its barest, it involves a revenge concept with Nicolas Cage being crazy (and revengy). The rumors paint it as a beast of a movie that might be a kinetic meltdown or a version of Bad Lieutenant that’s been stabbed in the chest with an adrenaline needle. Fortunately, none of the concept art for it makes any sense in that context. It’s beautiful and eerie, but it looks a bit like a world where Max Rockatansky started worshiping the devil. See for yourself after the jump. (And remember to Jump Angry.)

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Captain America Movie Costume

Earlier today, I wrote a nice long article with gratuitous quoting of an article over at JoBlo detailing the new look that Chris Evans will be sporting when he suits up as Captain America in the upcoming Marvel Studios film, Captain America: The First Avenger. That was a complete waste of time.

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Hey! It’s that Green Lantern concept art all the cool kids seem to be talking about!

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