By Eric Hughes
March 17, 2010
Welcome to Trailer Hitch, BOP's look at the latest movie trailers to hit the Internet. This week: Bella and Edward are at it again, Shrek flips his world upside down and Catherine Keener runs a sham furniture business.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – Opens June 30th
Now being released at a feverish pace by Summit Entertainment, the third chapter in The Twilight Saga, Eclipse, will hit theaters at the end of June, just seven months after New Moon opened to a disgusting $142.8 million – or about $73 more than its predecessor, Twilight. It's no mystery that these movies are huge. Heck, Brendan Fraser vehicles like the incredibly awful looking Furry Vengeance have the Twilight franchise to thank for giving Summit the freedom (read: money) to make pretty much whatever they want. Eclipse is bound to as big, if not bigger than, New Moon, and then we have at least two more Twilight movies to look forward to, as the cash grabbing decision has already been made to split Twilight's final chapter, Breaking Dawn, into two movies.
Surprisingly, Eclipse – my favorite of the Twilight books – will be released in IMAX, but not 3D. You'd assume based on 2010's slate, and the bevy of 3D movies that permeated 2009's box office, that the title would at least go the Alice in Wonderland route by being transformed from a 2D movie to a 3D feature in post. Based on Alice's stunning $100+ million opening weekend, it's a safe bet that Breaking Dawn will be in 3D.
As for the trailer to Eclipse, it's a bit of a bore. Summit could have spliced in footage from New Moon and I wouldn't have been able to tell the difference. Bella is still struggling with whether to become a vampire, she still loves Edward but is swooned by Jacob, Edward and Jacob still hate each other and Jacob finds the time to walk around shirtless in the woods. Yep, it sure is another Twilight movie!
I do like the addition of Bryce Dallas Howard to the cast. In Eclipse, she replaces Rachelle Lefevre as evil vampire Victoria with the shock of red hair. I've always found her work in films as a bit underrated, so it'll be interesting to see what she brings to the character.
Shrek Forever After – Opens May 21st
The best part about the new Shrek movie, Shrek Forever After, may be that it promises to be the final chapter in the venerable franchise. Then again, the Friday the 13th franchise promised a similar thing to moviegoers around movie four by titling it The Final Chapter. Here we are 25 years later and Jason Voorhees is still slaying horny teenagers at Camp Crystal Lake (and, well, in space) by appearing in seven additional movies. Based on the fact that its 2009 reboot scored the franchise's biggest opening weekend - $40.5 million to date, we may very well have additional Jason movies to look forward to.