Matt Damon and Heath Ledger hit theaters today as legendary 19th Century German fairytale crafters Will and Jake Grimm in director Terry Gilliam’s The Brothers Grimm. Though reviews have been less than enthusiastic, enough Gilliam devotees and Harry Potter fans might turn out to make a hit of this period fantasy pic from Dimension Films. Other genre followers will likely descend into The Cave, Sony Screen Gems vfx-filled, claustrophobic monster movie.
Classic stories such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel are woven into The Brothers Grimm, a tale of con artists who travel the Napoleonic countryside defeating monsters and demons for a fee. When their exploits are brought to the attention of French authorities, the not-so-daring duo is forced to deal with a real magical curse in an enchanted forest where young girls are disappearing. Ehren Kruger penned the screenplay and Charles Roven and Daniel Bobker are producers.
Artem Ltd. created the films digital imagery under visual effects supervisor Kent Houston, who previously helmed vfx work on Gilliams Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Twelve Monkeys.
If spelunking with Batman wasnt enough for you this summer, you may want to check out The Cave, which pits a team of subterranean explorers against some nasty CG beasties. Directed by Bruce Hunt, a second unit director on The Matrix and Dark City, the film stars Cole Hauser (Paparazzi, Pitch Black), Morris Chestnut (Ladder 49, Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid), Piper Perabo (Cheaper by the Dozen, Coyote Ugly) and Daniel Dae Kim (Spider-Man 2, TVs Lost).
The Caves digital animation and other visual effects were provided by Luma Pictures under the guidance of visual effects supervisor James McQuaide (Underworld, Underworld: Evolution).