The 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is just days away from rolling out the red carpet on over 350 movies from around the world while welcoming a horde of over 200 celebrities to the city including Johnny Depp, Julianne Moore, Tom Hardy, Matt Damon, Eddie Redmayne, Susan Sarandon, Jake Gyllenhaal and Idris Elba. The 2015 edition looks to build upon 2014’s Fest which included 5,084 delegates, 287 speakers, 2,004 buyers which ate up 65 films that were showcased in the city.
Over the next few days we will take time to spotlight some of the films on the Festival’s schedule further whetting the appetite for screenings big and small. Intestinal Fortitude will be on hand for no less than 20 of the films featured so be sure to check back daily to see our reviews and thoughts on the Festival as it progresses.
Today’s Spotlight: Heroes Reborn
Remakes, reboots and long awaited sequels to middling franchises are nothing new in the film industry. But recently, the same trend has found its way onto television with reboots to The X-Files, The Muppets and Coach. But maybe most interestingly is return of NBC Hereos that ran from 2006 to 2010 on NBC and was a phenomena of superhero action long before Marvel started shilling out comic book movies every quarter.
Executive producer Tim Kring is back for the reboot/sequel with Heroes Reborn that will screen Chapters 1 and 2 as a film at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Gone is the ‘Save the Cheerleader. Save the World’ focus that petered out during the shows initial run. In Heroes Reborn the heroes are in hiding after a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas which was blamed on those with extraordinary abilities. Those with powers search desperately for normality and hold secret meetings to discuss their situations like a Justice League of Recovering Heroes. But when a familiar character (lookin’ at you Jack Coleman) starts to poke around the events of Odessa, the conspiracy that is uncovered brings a new group of heroes to the spotlight.
Micharel Lerman writes, “Showrunner Tim Kring, returning to the world he created in his wildly popular series Heroes, creates a whole new set of mysteries that give us a group of colorful characters that includes old fan favourites as well as some badass new Evos. The epic story has action spanning multiple countries, a savvy mix of visual mediums, and signature moments that will make devotes jump out of their seats and cheer.”
Heroes Reborn stars Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay and Ryan Guzman and gets the festival red carpet treatment on September 15th at the Winter Garden Theatre and again on September 16th at Scotiabank 10.