I’ve been hearing about Robert Zemeckis’ sorta-animated “Beowulf” for a while now, but just never really had any interest in it. I actually liked reading the story in school, and have actually liked every movie version of it (even the Christopher Lambert one!), because the story itself is just so good, and you can basically re-do it over and over with little changes and it would still be good. To help him make “Beowulf”, Zemeckis gave scripting duties to Roger Avary and fantasy wunderkind Neil Gaiman, and they have been banging on the screenplay since 1997. And what of the finished product, which will be shown to a room full of geeks at the upcoming 2007 Comic Con?
The warrior Beowulf must fight and defeat the monster Grendel who is terrorizing towns, and later, Grendel’s mother, who begins killing out of revenge.
Starring the voice and “acting” talents of Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, Crispin Glover, Ray Winstone, and Robin Wright Penn, and scheduled for a November 16, 2007 release.
The L.A. Times has a long article on the movie, that follows the film from scripting stage to the finished production. The writer seems very impressed with the movie, and the article describes the technique used to film the movie, as well as some scenes from it.
And apparently there are a lot of nudity in the film, including a swordfight between Beowulf and Grendel — in the buff! But of course, the film is only a PG-13, so all the naughty bits will be cleverly covered up. Too bad, because there’s a scene where Grendel’s mother, “played” by Angelina Jolie, steps out of a gold pool completely naked.
Damn, this thing sounds more like a Japanese tentacle monster movie than a Hollywood animated film!
Some images from the movie included in the article: