Summer Preview: 10 to Watch in 2010
8. The A-Team (Twentieth Century Fox, June 11)
The popular '80s TV series finally makes it to the big-screen with a group of Iraq War vets looking to clear its name after being framed for a crime. Joe Carnahan directs Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Sharlto Copley, Patrick Wilson and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Handling the mayhem are Rhythm & Hues, Digital Domain, Weta Digital, Hydraulx and Soho VFX. James Price serves as overall vfx supervisor.
7. Robin Hood (Universal, May 14)
Ridley Scott re-imagines the legendary tale with old pal Russell Crowe (in their fifth collaboration) providing a Gladiator touch. Cate Blanchett plays the recently widowed Lady Marian and Matthew Macfadyen plays the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham. MPC (with Richard Stammers as vfx supervisor) supplies armies, arrows, environments and landing fleet.
6. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Disney, July 16)
Master sorcerer Nicolas Cage recruits Jay Baruchel to protect New York City from arch-nemesis Alfred Molina in producer Jerry Bruckheimer's live-action adaptation of the animated Disney tale from Fantasia. Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure: Book of Secrets) directs. Judging by the trailer there are Iron eagles, dragon rings and swarms of bugs from Double Negative, Asylum FX and Rising Sun Pictures.
5. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Summit, June 30)
In the third installment of the most successful indie franchise of all-time, Bella is forced to choose between vampire Edward and werewolf Jacob. David Slade (30 Days of Night, Hard Candy) directs. Tippett Studio (with Phil Tippett and Eric Leven providing vfx supervision) is on wolf duty again, adding three more to the pack for a total of eight. Image Engine (supervised by Jon Cowley) climbs aboard with on-set supervision, previs & postvis, creature effects, digital matte painting, set extensions and compositing.