Newsbites: Watchmen! Trek! Karate!

Just a few quick items tonight.

1. Watchmen director Zack Snyder has confirmed that the ending of his film will deviate from the graphic novel somewhat — and that the film has only ever had the one ending, so the rumours of Warner testing two different endings are apparently false. Snyder’s reasons for making the change make sense to me, at least, so far, but we’ll see how the film itself turns out. Snyder has some other interesting thoughts on the film, too, for example when he discusses how he chose the music for the soundtrack, which the graphic novel obviously wouldn’t have had to deal with quite so much. (I believe the graphic novel does quote a song or two, but mainly for the lyrics, and not because it’s trying to set the tone aurally or anything like that.) — Dark Horizons

2. The first six Star Trek movies — i.e. the ones featuring the original series’ cast — will probably come out on Blu-Ray next year, presumably to coincide with the sequel-prequel-reboot that J.J. Abrams is directing. But it looks like the Blu-Ray version of Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) will be based on the theatrical edition of that film, and not on the slightly improved DVD edition that came out in 2001, because the souped-up special effects were rendered in 480p, and not in high-def. —

3. Jaden Smith, son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, is attached to a remake of The Karate Kid (1984-1994). — Variety

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • jonnyflash

    Re: the effects in Star Trek The Motion Picture- A similar problem was run into with the Babylon 5 TV series when it was released on DVD. The entire series was shot, at least on the live-action end, as a widescreen series, in a rare, forward thinking move by the creators. Unfortunately, as a cost saving measure they rendered the visual effects shots in regular TV dimensions only, to save time and money, figuring that they could go back and re-do them if the need ever arose. Unfortunately, the original effects masters were lost and so the DVD’s contain blown-up versions of the original TV effects. I can only cringe when I think of what that series might look like if it ever makes it to Blu-Ray.