Some movies I just now became interested in, and why you should too:
17 Days of Winter - Written by Frank Piersen (Dog Day Afternoon, Cool Hand Luke). A story of personal triumph, courage and universal humanity set against the backdrop of the brutal, 17 day battle where 12,000 U.S. Marines and soldiers, known today as "The Chosin Few," faced overwhelming odds and deadly sub-zero temperatures, while outnumbered by 120,000 Chinese troops behind enemy lines in a battle for the soul of a nation.
Life of Pi - Starring Tobey Maguire, it's directed by Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hulk). Based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, is a magical adventure story centering on Pi Patel, the precocious son of a zookeeper. Dwellers in Pondicherry, India, the family decides to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a huge freighter. After a shipwreck, Pi is found adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a 26-foot lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, all fighting for survival.
Rise of the Guardians - Dreamworks Animation, voices of Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Chris Pine, Jude Law, Alec Baldwin. Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Jack Frost and the Sandman band together to form a united front against the Bogeyman. Obviously.
Hotel Transylvania - Sony Pictures Animation. Another one with a wacky synopsis involving a bunch of iconic characters: Frankenstein, the Mummy, Dracula, and the Werewolf are among a group of monsters hiding out in a hotel on the outskirts of Transylvania now that modern technology has made them seemingly irrelevant. Though I get the feeling from the crew that this will be "Hoodwinked Too."
The Brothers Grimm: Snow White - Directed by Tarsem Singh (Immortals, The Fall) written by Jacob Grimm (Tangled), with the beautiful Julia Roberts and Lily Collins as the Evil Queen and Snow White.
John Carter - Disney, Pixar, Bruckheimer Films. Directed by Andrew Stanton (writer/director of movies such as Toy Story 2 & 3, Wall-E, Finding Nemo, Bug's Life, Monsters Inc and Monsters University). Plot sounds ideal for 3D: Civil War vet John Carter is transplanted to Mars, where he discovers a lush, wildly diverse planet whose main inhabitants are 12-foot tall green barbarians. Remind you of any other movie? Maybe a 3D one released in, say, December 2010?
The Lorax - Dr Seuss book. Crew also wrote Despicable Me 1 & 2, and Horton Hears a Who. Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Danny Devito and Betty White voice.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance - Story by David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, Dark Knight, Dark Knight Rises, Blade trilogy, directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank 1 and 2, Gamer)