Daily Bites (21/03/17) – Hasta La Vista Terminator, Ego The Planet to be the Greatest Visual Effect of All Time

The End of the Terminator franchise

According to the New York Daily News, its source has revealed to them that not only is Terminator 6 not moving forward, but Schwarzenegger has no plans of continuing with the franchise:

“It is over for ‘The Terminator’ and Arnold. The studio has taken the sequel off the production slate completely, meaning there is no preproduction or any plans for another sequel. The talent had been offered long term deals, but this is not happening.”

While this news may not seem too shocking given the weak response Terminator: Genisys received, word did break early this year that James Cameron (Director of Terminator, Terminator 2, Avatar) is returning to the Terminator franchise for a reboot. Long before the Cameron news, however, Paramount had already removed a Genisys sequel from its schedule. Then came the news where Terminator: Genisys lead actress, Emilie Clarke stated she was done playing Sarah Conner, and any possible sequel went dark. Despite the Cameron project appearing to be a new film, it looks as if the failure of Genisys was too much for the franchise to overcome.

Source: New York Daily News

Guardians of the Galaxy’s Ego the Planet will be the Biggest Visual Effects of All Time

Taking place months after the events of the first Guardians, writer/director James Gunn and those involved have teased Guardians 2 as being simultaneously bigger and smaller than its predecessor, telling a more intimate story set against a possibly larger scale. One such character who would fit the “simultaneously large yet small” description would be Kurt Russell’s Ego the Living Planet, a character who is revealed to be the father of Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) in the film.

In an interview with Empire Magazine, Gunn revealed that Ego’s planetary form wound up being the most difficult visual effect to pull off in the film. Taking inspiration from the fractal art of Hal Tenny, Gunn also said Ego is, actually, the biggest visual effect in the history of film:

“We have over a trillion polygons on Ego’s planet. It’s the biggest visual effect of all time. There’s nothing even close to it. Which is cool.”

Source: Empire


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