By now you've probably figured out that Disney hosted its own mini convention in California over the weekend, and they used the time to make a whole bunch of announcements regarding their upcoming movies, as well as to screen some nifty footage for fans and critics alike. Since there was such an abundance of new information, we've gone and collected the specific sci-fi news for you to review at your leisure.
-- Pirates of the Caribbean 4 landed a subtitle, and will now be called Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Johnny Depp will reprise the role of Captain Jack Sparrow, and the plot may or may not have something to do with the book called On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers. [Cinematical]
-- Disney will be launching a new horror label alongside Guillermo del Toro, and they're calling it Disney's Double Dare You. The first film out of the gate under the new label is based on an original idea and called Trollhunters. del Toro will produce all the films under this label, and may even direct some too. [Cinematical]
-- Nicolas Cage, there to help promote the upcoming live-action version of The Sorcerer's Apprentice, somehow found a way to compare the experience of making the film to 9/11 ... but in a good way (we think). [Cinematical]
-- Tron: Legacy producer Sean Bailey chatted up all things Tron with Cinematical. Here's a quote: "Well, we had a lot of stuff we wanted to say in this movie. We wanted to explore this father/son story of Kevin and his son Sam. We had this new important character named Cora played by Olivia Wild. We had to tell her story. If we could have made a four hour movie, we probably would have." [Cinematical]
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-- Some footage screened from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and SciFi Wire thinks this might be one game movie that doesn't suck. "The footage opens with a shot of the prince (Gyllenhaal) perched above the city and gave us an idea what it looks like when a real person swings around an ancient city, wall-walks and climbs up a castle grabbing onto arrows embedded into the wall. There wasn't any footage of the prince jumping over a chasm, grasping a ledge and pulling himself up. Maybe that's the money shot they're saving for the Super Bowl spot." [SciFi Wire]
-- And what about The Sorcerer's Apprentice? SciFi Wire lists 5 reasons why this one might be pretty good. Here's reason number two: "Car chases and action with magic. Think The Matrix Reloaded freeway chase, only with fewer rules. Characters can jump on speeding cars, but the sorcerer can also transform the car his apprentice is driving while it skids away from pursuers. There's also a magic-training montage with Cage and Baruchel exchanging energy blasts, a real live dragon raging through Chinatown and a Lost-style smoke monster." [SciFi Wire]
-- Finally, Cinematical's Kevin Kelly loved the first half hour of Disney's The Princess and the Frog: "We saw the first third of the movie, which looks fantastic. Anika Noni Rose really shines as the voice of Tiana, Disney's first-ever African American Princess, and the New Orleans setting offers fun characters like the evil, voodoo-sporting Dr. Facilier, and the music ranges from Dixieland to jazz. At one point, when Tiana sings her wishing song "I'm Almost There" about wanting her own restaurant, the film changes completely into an art deco style complete with riffing jazz tunes and period costumes." [Cinematical]
The Disney Merch
There was tons upon tons of Disney merch on display at D23 this year, and to get an idea of just how cool it all looked, check out Kevin Kelly's giant gallery over at Cinematical.