Ten upcoming live-action pix with extensive use of CGI
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (Paramount – Sept. 17)
A reporter (Gwyneth Paltrow) and a pilot (Jude Law) travel the world in search of missing scientists and try to stop a madman bent on destruction; f/x by Industrial Light & Magic and others.
Blade: Trinity (New Line – Dec. 10)
Chased by the FBI, Blade (Wesley Snipes) teams with a group of fellow vampire hunters to take on the awakened Dracula; f/x by Spectral Motion
The Aviator (Warner/Miramax – Dec. 17)
Martin Scorsese’s biopic of Howard Hughes stars Leonardo DiCaprio.
Kingdom of Heaven (Fox – May 2005)
Ridley Scott’s 12th century epic features a young blacksmith leading the defense of Jerusalem against the Crusaders. Liam Neeson and Jeremy Irons star.
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (Fox – May 2005)
The heavy whining of Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) gives way to Darth Vader’s heavy breathing; f/x by ILM.
Batman Begins (Warner – June 2005)
Prequel treatment has Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) returning to a mob-run Gotham City for the first time after his parents’ murder, then discovering the suit that turns him into Batman.
Fantastic Four (Fox – July 2005)
Marvel Comic characters the Thing (Michael Chiklis), the Human Torch (Chris Evans), the Invisible Girl (Jessica Alba) and Mr. Fantastic (Ioan Gruffudd) join evil-fighting forces.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Warners – November 2005)
Fourth “HP” installment — directed by Mike Newell — has Harry selected to compete in the Triwizard Tournament against other student wizards; all the while Voldemort threatens a comeback; f/x by ILM.
The Chronicles of Narnia (Disney – December 2005)
Based on the popular children’s books by C.S. Lewis, four London children in hiding during WWII discover a wardrobe that leads to a magical world ruled by an evil witch.
King Kong (Universal – December 2005)
A group of explorers in the 1930s heads to Skull Island to study the legend of giant gorilla Kong in this CG-remake of the classic. Directed by Peter Jackson with f/x by Weta Digital.