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A previous report that Christopher Nolan was being eyed to direct an adaptation of the popular Ernest Cline novel Ready Player One was only partially right. As it turns out, Nolan’s is one of a number of marquee filmmakers who are on the studio’s shortlist to make the movie version of the award-winning book. Warner Bros., who is developing the adaptation and, frankly, are hungry for a new franchise, see potential gold in an idea that’s been described as one part Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, one part The Matrix, and one part The Da Vinci Code. So who all is looking to be recruited? And is one of them ready to step into the world of Ready Player One? Buckle your seat belts, because there’s some pretty provocative names on the list. (more…)
Trekkies might have been annoyed about the the prospects of a Star Trek reboot being directed by J.J. Abrams back in 2009, but the irony is not lost on them (well, at least we hope it’s not…), as the popularity of the franchise was waning with smaller box office returns after each consequent release of the Star Trek: The Next Generation movies; with the nail hitting the head with the disappointing performance of Star Trek Nemesis. To make matters worse, there was also the cancellation of ‘Enterprise‘ after four seasons. So – although the reboot was catered to a wider audience – it was the only way to save the franchise and rejuvenate some much needed vigour into the series. Subsequently, it turned out to be a good movie; becoming a universal hit with critics and fans alike, therefore doing its job in successfully piquing a rather blasé audiences’ interest in a dying franchise. (more…)
To say that there’s a lot riding on the third film in the rebooted Star Trek franchise (13th overall) is something of an overstatement. After the mixed feelings of Star Trek Into Darkness, which was critically and commercial successful yet still seen as something of a narrative failure, there is an urgent need to get Trek back on track, especially with the release date for Star Trek 3 set for the franchise’s 50th anniversary in 2016. And that’s why it came as something of surprise when screenwriter Roberto Orci who got the job making his feature directorial debut after J.J. Abrams left the project to make some small unknown indie flick last year. That announcement has made this time last year, but now, just 12 months later, Orci is heading for the nearest turbolift door. (more…)
As I’m sure you’ve heard, Hollywood is creative bankrupt. So in creative bankruptcy news, progress is being made once again on the remake of The Crow, the 1994 Alex Proyas‘ movie based on the James O’Barr graphic novel. The Crow news of the day is that the film has a new director. It’s fourth. Now some would take that as a sign that maybe all this time and energy being put into an already successful film adaptation is being wasted, but not Hollywood. Nope, they will press on with this thing until it’s exhausted all possible avenues and filmmakers. Next batter up is Corin Hardy, but is he the bright young auteur to finally bring The Crow back to the big screen two decades later? (more…)
Edgar Wright fans and Ant-Man fans were dealt a crushing blow when Wright decided to leave the project after spending eight years working on the movie adaptation. Nobody quite knows what happened, but it’s no secret that Marvel henchman Kevin Feige is pretty hands on with all the Marvel projects. The natural assumption has been that Wright was not willing to give away too much creative freedom, and when Marvel decided to change parts of the original script he and Joe Cornish (Attack Of The Block) had worked on, he’d had enough. To this day, nobody really knows the real reason Wright left and it’s pretty much all based on speculation. However, now Evangeline Lilly – who is playing Hope Van Dyne (Hank Pym‘s daughter) – has offered her take on the whole debacle. (more…)
Soon after Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was confirmed, people turned their attention to what could be in store for the sequel and what new characters they might be seeing in the sequel. One character who has been getting a lot of mention is Nova – the Earth-born hero – who fights for Xander and the planets Nova Corps and is also a major warrior who fights against the Kree and the Skulls, albeit, in various incarnations. Furthermore there was also talk about Peter Quill‘s father showing up in the second installment.
With all the news of several guards being changed in and out, I halfway kinda thought this movie wasn’t gonna ever shoot. For the sake of beating the old “information dead horse,” let’s recap: 1. Director Edgar Wright had a baby named ‘Ant-Man’ and Marvel took the baby and gave it to Peyton Reed. 2. Cast members dubiously left the production and people were telling different reasons why. 3. The original Wasp, Janet Van Dyne wass reported DBO (dead before arrival). 4. Out with the old writers and in with the new. Yet despite my well-documented ability to count to four, all heads of the cast and crew have giving smiling interviews and appeared here and there with optimistic spirits. Looks like Reed’s A-Team is primed and ready, and he loves it when a plan comes together. (more…)
Marvel‘s Ant-Man has certainly been through a lot of changes since that initial announcement years ago that Edgar Wright would be bringing Marvel’s smallest hero to the big screen. Now its got a new director in Peyton Reed, and changes to the script which brought about Wright’s sudden departure. What those script changes might be is still unclear, but when three writers (Adam McKay, Andrew Barrer, and Gabrial Ferrari) were brought on board after Wright left to work out script issues during filming, one has to imagine more than just a few tweaks. The earlier draft was rumored to include some flashback scenes with the Micheal Douglas Hank Pym characters. Will that scene remain and what Marvel characters might it include? (more…)
Here’s the thing: for approximately 150,000 people San Diego Comic-Con is a majestic thrill ride and a joyous gathering of like-minded people who have, at one point or another, likely felt like an outcast because they simply liked what they liked. This weekend, those things took their place at the center of the universe and there was shopping and partying and drinking and laser tag and celebrities and 29 minutes of sleep. That’s what Comic-Con was. For you.
For the rest of us who don’t go but do follow the world of pop culture and geeky nerdiness, Comic-Con isn’t a place, so much as it is a time of year. A holiday that delivers unto us a chance to nerd out over an endless stream of hard news about comics, TV shows and movies — Comic -Con is when we get to feast on something real and not the gelatinous rumor paste that we have to subsist on all year long.
It’s that influx that excites the hundreds of thousands of people who follow the Comic-Con goings on; these things that get the world talking, and that’s why this thing feels as if it is an event that is much larger than it technically is. But for us to care this much about a party that we aren’t actually attending, we need to keep getting these thrills (or something like them) out of the deal or else what’s the point? (more…)