War is coming for the MCU, ready to kick off Phase Three and all the cosmic hullabaloo that entails. Civil War is definitely going to be one of the most ambitious Marvel superhero films we’ve seen so far and Disney are doing their best to keep the hype-train rolling until May 6th, when we can finally get to enjoy the cinematic brawl. And judging by the recently revealed footage that was shown during the MTV Music Awards, this is going to be one heck of a ride…
From the footage that’s been released, director Jon Favreau’s adaptation of Disney’s The Jungle Book, which hits theaters in a few weeks, is taking the original story of home, family and belonging to a whole new level. Favreau has stated in the “Legacy Featurette” video included later in this post that, as a huge fan of the original film (based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling), he didn’t want to do a re-telling without a reason behind it. The intent this time around is to utilize today’s technology to provide the story with “photo-real animal animation” that will fully immerse viewers into Mowgli’s world. (more…)
The film industry has enjoyed some great tax breaks in Georgia since the increase in 2008, which spurred a lot of Hollywood related economic development in the state, including the construction of Pinewood Studios in Fayette County. There are numerous television shows (The Walking Dead), movies (Guardians of the Galaxy 2), and other film projects being produced in Georgia because of those tax credits. Those productions generate economic revenues and growth that many other states would love to have. All that progress, which really means JOBS for the state, are now being put into jeopardy by the recent Religious Liberties Bill passed by the Georgia House of Representatives.
The bill now sits on Governor Deal‘s desk, awaiting his decision to sign it into law or not. A heavy hitting Hollywood studio combo, Disney and Marvel Studios have publicly announced their opposition to the bill. (more…)
The Star Wars Expanded Universe has been a thorn in many a nerd’s side for years now. Ever since Disney pretty much uprooted the existing franchise, kicking off a brand-new series with The Force Awakens, many diehard fans have been wondering whether we’ll ever get another chance to look deeper into the cosmology and setting of the long-ago galaxy, far far away. Thankfully, the Rogue One initiative seems to be taking the first step to expanding to new mediums, after announcing their releases coming this Fall…
There have been some mixed reactions regarding the recent news that Disney and Lucasfilms are reviving the Indiana Jones franchise that was previously presumed dead after the catastrophe that was Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. While some are thrilled to have the chance for the franchise to be redeemed, others have their reservations. Harrison Ford has been confirmed to star, and his age is, well, advanced. How will they handle that? He’ll be 77 when the Indiana Jones 5 hits theaters on July 19, 2019. He might throw out his back cracking that whip! There are also rumors that Chris Pratt is in talks to replace Ford and that he will be introduced in the upcoming film. Those two strong characters could be too much for one movie. If those concerns weren’t enough, add this one into the mix. (more…)
Civil War’s latest trailer made huge waves in the global nerd scene. Coupled with Robert Downey Junior‘s recent consideration of giving up his iconic Iron Man role means that Captain America: Civil War needs to give us the biggest, meanest, most over-the-top MCU pow-wow yet. The cast and creative team seem to be taking all this performance anxiety rather well, all things considered, what with their recent teases and some of the behind-the-scenes hijinks that we’ve been hearing about…
While Harrison Ford may have stumbled into the role of Han Solo, the casting of the young Solo in the Star Wars spin-off film will not be left to luck. From a pool of actors that sources tell THR originally numbered over 2,500, Disney recently made the cut from ten down to three. Two notable names that didn’t pass the screen or costume test portion were Miles Teller (Fantastic Four, Whiplash) and Ansel Elgort (Divergent franchise). (more…)
Civil War is the big MCU punch-out that’s been hyped to the Moon and back and we can get why, especially considering the wider implications this will have on the larger timeline. While some fans had their doubts, test audiences were particularly hyped after the first screenings and now, Sebastian Stan, the Winter Soldier, had some pretty great first impressions to lay down on us…
Putting together a movie about Han Solo that won’t star Harrison Ford as everyone’s favourite space pirate was always going to be a tricky affair. Just who the hell do you cast as the young Han? Will he be zipping around in the Millennium Falcon? And what tale exactly do you tell? Well, the answer to this last question has been pretty much answered. Much to fans delight Chewie is confirmed to be on board with the film revolving around the pair’s meeting and getting together. (more…)
Although Disney is the home court for Marvel properties, there are certain exclusions to the game. Fox has dibs on the X-men characters, thus the recent home run for the studio with Deadpool, and Sony still has partial ownership of Spider-man and characters associated with his comic. It was assumed that the shared rights might kill any new movies in the Spider-man franchise, but it seems that may not be the case! Sure, Sony killed the Amazing Spider-man 3 reboot that was planned with then web-slinger, Andrew Garfield, but they’ve announced a new untitled reboot set to appear in theaters sometime next year. And with that under their belt, the powers that be have their eyes on another project, a certain villain turned anti-hero known as Venom.