CineEurope: Sony Offers New Glimpses of 'Magnificent Seven,' 'Passengers,' 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk'
Paul Feig also took to the stage in Barcelona to showcase scenes from his all-female 'Ghostbusters' reboot.
Sony Pictures on Wednesday brought the third and penultimate day of the CineEurope trade show in Barcelona to a close with an extensive range of never-before-seen footage from its upcoming slate.
Antoine Fuqua was the first of the studio's special guests brought onstage, with the director introducing his remake of the Western classic The Magnificent Seven, which stars Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke.
Fuqua revealed that he had watched the original as a 12-year-old and that this, plus Akira Kurosawa's 1954 epic Seven Samurai on which it is based, influenced his filmmaking "for the rest of my life," adding that when he got the call from producers MGM to direct the remake he was initially somewhat scared.
The filmmaker gave CineEurope the debut unveiling of Magnificent Seven's one-sheet poster, plus an extended scene in which Washington's no-nonsense bounty hunter shoots up a bar, and urged the crowd to help "bring Westerns back."
Ang Lee provided a video message to introduce an extended exclusive preview of his awards-tipped Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, shot in 120 frames per second. "I'm still experimenting," joked the Oscar-winning, technology-pushing director. "I don't know where I'm going to end up next."
For his upcoming sci-fi Arrival, Denis Villeneuve also spoke to the crowd via video while prepping for his most high-profile film to date, the Blade Runner sequel (for which Sony has international rights). The helmer introduced exclusive first images of the film, which stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker and is based on a short story in which alien spaceships land on Earth.
"I was dying to make a sci-fi [film] for a thousand years," said Villeneuve, who now arguably has the most anticipated sci-fi pic in recent memory on his to-do list.
While sitting in the makeup trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2. (part of Disney's show earlier in the day), Chris Pratt introduced extended exclusive footage from Passengers, Morten Tyldum's hotly anticipated sci-fi film co-starring Jennifer Lawrence that Sony said it hoped would become a major event when it launches in December. The movie sees Pratt play a man who wakes up 90 years early during his 120-year journey to a distant planet in a spaceship's sleep chamber.
Elsewhere during the show, Sony screened footage from R-rated animation Sausage Party, horror film Don't Breathe, Blake Lively-starring shark thriller The Shallows and Inferno, Ron Howard's latest in the adaptations of Dan Brown novels, which features a returning Tom Hanks and newcomer Felicity Jones.
The presentation ended with a lively stage performance from Paul Feig, on hand to introduce several never-before-shown scenes from his all-female Ghostbusters reboot and to give it a final push before its July 15 release.
The director revealed that he watched the original in 1984 as a film student (he went on opening night) and said it had "felt criminal" that more hadn't been done with such an "amazing idea."
Speaking to the crowd about receiving a call from producer Ivan Reitman two years earlier regarding a new Ghostbusters title, Feig said he wanted to "do it in a way I can relate to," hence bringing on board a group of "hilarious" women he had worked with previously, plus the "incredibly not handsome" Chris Hemsworth.
In one of the exclusive scenes' funnier moments shown at CineEurope, Hemsworth is seen applying for the job of the Ghostbusters' receptionist.