For a project that has been floating in the social consciousness for almost fifteen years now, Alien 5 still remains something of a mystery. It has had a number of different names attached to and dropped off it over the years, with everything from plot to characters to art released and then either retracted or put on hold as time went on and nothing came of it. Now that 2017 is just around corner, we’re finally getting close to seeing an actual product, as it has been said that work will really get underway after the Prometheus prequel Alien: Covenent, due for release in May of next year. (more…)
The relationship between Fox and Marvel Studios has been tumultuous, to say the least. After all, Fox owns the rights to all the characters in the in X-Men universe, arguably many of their most popular characters, including all the X-Men, The Fantastic Four, and all of the side characters associated with them. The success of the X-Men films has even impacted Marvel’s strategy related to their comic books, as we saw the rise of the Inhumans (instead of the X-Men) as their main “outcast” group. The Fantastic Four also don’t have their own monthly issues as a result. The argument made is; why would Marvel promote characters they don’t own the cinematic rights to? That being said, the two film powerhouses aren’t completely at odds with each other and at times do negotiate in ways to make their business profitable.
So, hey, The Simpsons. Those yellow-skinned zany residents of Springfield have had a home on FOX for a very long time. 29 seasons to be exact. And, while it seems challenging to find anyone who actually still tunes into every week (or maybe it’s just this Nerd Bastards writer who’s circle of friends are out of touch?) , the show has endured. It’s like the Energizer Bunny (speaking of dated references), it just keeps going… and going… and going. And guess what? It’s going to keep on going. FOX just ordered a 30th season of the pop culture phenomenon. (more…)
There was a time when FOX never wanted to bring Marvel’s Merc with The Mouth to the big screen. After sitting on the shelf for a few years, some “leaked” test footage of a CGI Deadpool voiced by Ryan Reynolds beating up some dudes in a car, made its way to onto the web. The Internet, as Legend would have it, went nuts for it. Thusly, forcing the Studio to say “Alright, we don’t understand it, but give these guys some money and let’s get this movie made”. A year or so later, Deadpool: The Movie hit cineplexes and delighted audiences with its quick-witted humor, charming romance, and sweet ass action scenes. Deadpool exceeded the Studios expectations, netting $500-mill in its first 2 weeks, a massive amount of money given it only cost a mere $58-mil to make. Deadpool went onto the earn the coveted spot as the “Highest Grossing Rated-R Movie Of All Time”. All this, thanks to the vision and perseverance of star Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller, both of whom, spent years campaigning and downright harassing the studio in an attempt to get this movie made. They delivered, big time! Now, of course, the Studio and the film’s talent are sitting on a big pile a money, with everyone now in a rush to get a sequel made.
However, there is trouble brewing. Deadpool 2 has lost a key player/supporter… they’re without a director. Oh, noes! (more…)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the 2011 Fox reboot of the iconic science fiction movie series, was a triumph of cinema. It drew on a story that is already deeply ingrained in western culture and managed to make it original in its own right. The movie was nominated for multiple awards for acting and writing and special effects – arguably one of year’s greatest displays of what animation technology can do now. Huge acclaim for Andy Serkis‘s performance as Caeser the ape drew a huge amount of attention to the film as one of the earliest commendations for performance capture work. (more…)
The 2012 film adaptation of Dredd was a long awaited tribute to a much loved indie comic. Standing head and shoulders above Sylvester Stallone’s 1995 Judge Dredd, the movie seemed to just get everything right. Alex Garland‘s revival of the 2000AD series made for a great retelling of the story for seasoned readers as well as a captivating introduction to it for new viewers. It was the dark, gritty comic book adaptation that a lot of comic book fans had been craving for years, dealing with crime and drugs and death on an almost unique level. Karl Urban, playing the eponymous Judge Dredd, has been roundly appluaded for his ability to portray a character so well with only half his face on show. (more…)
Deadpool was not only a great, incredibly fun flick that finally vindicated poor Ryan Reynolds in a superhero movie after the disasters that were Blade: Trinity, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Green Lantern, it also shattered records for an R-rated release, causing Hollywood to rethink its strategy regarding the content of blockbusters. The man largely credited with this success is the director of the film, Tim Miller, who was able to deftly balance brutal violence with meta humor, while still managing to make the mostly despicable characters sympathetic. Now, some are beginning to worry that Fox Studios may be falling into that old Hollywood trap of unnecessary studio interference of a high-stakes project as the studio and Miller reportedly disagree on the casting of beloved comic book character Cable.
When FOX decided to reboot The Fantastic Four, many saw this as a pretty good idea (at the time). With the success of X-Men: Days of Future Past, it looked like Fox was doing some course correction for their failed comic book franchises and they could do the same for the first family of Marvel. The previous version of Fantastic Four came out in 2005 and also had a less than stellar sequel. Both films were made before this new age of superhero films and were not received that well. In order to retain the rights to the Fantastic Four from Marvel, Fox needed to continue making films surrounding the characters, enter the 2015 reboot. The studio hired a director in his prime, Josh Trank as well as the cast that is all also at the top of their game (Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell), what could go wrong? Well, apparently a lot!
Who would have imagined that 41 years after the biggest cult classic debuted, there would indeed be a made-for-tv remake of said beloved classic? That’s right, we’re talking about The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and yes, Fox picked it up. Kenny Ortega, director of High School Musical, will be directing this take on the classic 1973 film, which was firstly adapted from the Broadway show of the same name. Just when you thought Rocky Horror was a sacred cinema cow that couldn’t be touched, along comes this new trailer for the Fox production that asks, Could you be wrong? (more…)
The last time Marvel had a live-action super hero show on FOX, it was Generation X, and it was awful, even by 90s standards. Both Marvel (aka Disney) and FOX have come a long way since then, both holding claims to super hero properties for movie and other media, making gobs of money every time a new blockbuster is released into the theaters. Superheroes at the movies will never not stop, least not while it remains a winning genre. But thanks to takeaway successes like CW’s Arrow, The Flash and ABC’s Supergirl (which is now under the CW banner), TV is equally as lucrative venue for the super hero genre. FOX wants in. They’ve already got a show based on Marvel’s Legion in the works at their sister company FX. Now FOX and Marvel TV are teaming up again for a new show direct to the FOX Network, and it’s all about the X-Men… well sorta. (more…)