Updates On The Hobbit, The Doors of Stone, Star Wars, Snow Piercer And More

Here are a few quick updates on upcoming books, book adaptations and sci-fi/fantasy films on the horizon.

The Hobbit – Advanced tickets for the Hobbit went on sale last Wednesday. If you’re looking to see it opening weekend, it might be in your best interest to pick up tickets now while there are still seats available. There will be a variety of formats to see the film in, including 2D, 3D and Imax 3D (in addition to the choice of seeing it either in 24 or 48 frame conversions). Also, make sure to check out this cool collection of behind the scenes photos from the set. (imgur)

The Doors of Stone – The last book in Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicle is supposedly being revised as we speak. In a recent podcast, Rothfuss said that he is taking his time with the revisions so he can get things just right. He also stated definitively that the series is a trilogy, making this the last book of protagonist Kvothe’s adventures. Since that is the case, I think Rothfuss is more than justified in taking his time to close out the series properly. Here’s to hoping we see the book sometime in the next few years though. Best of luck to him on finishing his epic. (sfsignal)

Snow Piercer – Movie news website Twitch Film is reporting that the Weinstein company has picked up and will now distribute Boon Joon-ho’s Snow Piercer. The upcoming sci-fi adaptation is based off the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige and should be pegged for a likely summer 2013 release. Really happy to see this one get picked up for distribution. Now, perhaps a trailer? Production still? Anything? (twitchfilm)

Pacific Rim – After instituting a post comic-con ban on footage from his robots fight monsters epic Pacific Rim, director Guillermo Del Toro now promises a trailer in December and a 3D conversion of the film for theaters. Guillermo always delivers. (comicbookmovie)

Star Wars Episode VII – Things are moving quickly for the new Star Wars entry when it was announced that Oscar winning screenwriter Michael Arndt of Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3 fame would be penning the script for Episode VII. Needless to say, this is good news. Did you see Toy Story 3? Good lord, animated movies about toys should not make you contemplate life and death in such a fashion. Well done, sir. I will gladly watch your take on Episode VII. (ew)

Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Snow Piercer’ Begins Filming

Although there was some bad news on the sci-fi front this week with Alfonso CuarĂ³n’s Gravity being delayed until 2013, principle photography did begin on Bong Joon-ho’s English language debut, Snow Piercer.

For those unfamiliar with Bong Joon-ho, he is the South Korean director responsible for the criminally underrated The Host and Memories of Murder. Snow Piercer, which has been in the planning stages for a few years now, is an adaptation of a French graphic novel called Le Transperceneige.

The sci-fi adaptation, which chronicles the struggles of a group of survivors on a train in an ice covered world, will feature a diverse cast including “Song Kang-ho, Ewan Bremner, John Hurt, Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell and the presence of Oldboy director Park Chan-wook as a producer” (via twitchfilm).

Along with the English language debut of fellow South Korean Jee-woon Kim, 2013 should be a good year for South Korean directors as they will finally get a chance to have their work exposed to Western audiences on a much larger scale. Really can’t wait to see Snow Piercer, especially with this cast (even though the cover of the comic makes it look like bald Hugh Laurie and bald Scarlett Johansson should have played the title roles).