Ask just about any Stephen King fan, or even the man himself and you’ll hear that adaptations of King’s work are extremely uneven – and that’s putting it politely. With several King properties in the pipeline right now, television channel Spike is about to venture down that path as well. Spike is generally more well-known for reality show fare, so perhaps they’re looking to expand their horizons by picking up an order based on King’s 1980 novella The Mist. (more…)
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…)
AMC‘s hit series The Walking Dead was the catalyst into bringing a deluge of zombies into Nerd culture. Sure, we had zombie remixes of classical fiction before that and the occasional iconic zombie social commentary film every now and again, but it never got all that much out ofhand, right? Whether you blame the series’ tightly written, well-directed first season for this plague of walkers, shamblers, biters, or nibblers, you have to admit that Season 2 was… less stellar. Borderline Little House on the Prairie minus the occasional plague, considering that it happened right after the series’ creator was laid off by the network.
So what caused Frank Darabont’s lay-off? What drove AMC to pursue a less-stellar, lower-budget series and drive such a wedge into what is (most arguably) its most successful venture yet? NerdBastards dug deep and hard and we think we finally have the answer.
Once upon a time, there was a shortlist of directors being considered to helm the prequel to ‘Snow White & The Huntsman.’ One was Frank Darabont, a wizened old sort with an affinity for Hawaiian shirts and actor Tom Hanks. Another was Gavin O’Connor, helmer of warriors and possessor of the wry smile. The final participant was a wayward fellow with a blank, ghostly stare named Andy Muschietti. Of the three, none had reportedly committed liaisons with the original film’s star Kristen Stewart, an affront that cost the first film’s director Rupert Sanders his return appearance. But in the realms of fantasy and wonder, small men shall surge on, whistling while they work. And lo, a chosen one shall lead them. Crack the seal, weary traveler, and let thou click “more” to read on! (more…)
It’s one of those projects that seems to have no one excited, but the studio seems dead-set to proceed with anyway, but there has been some movement on the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel. The new film based on the 2012 hit revisionist fairy tale will be under the guidance of Shawshank Redemption filmmaker and Walking Dead TV series creator Frank Darabont, his first film since the Stephen King adaptation The Mist in 2007. Not only is Darabont’s involvement the rumor du jour about the project, but sources are saying this sequel will tilt a little more towards one character in the title than the other. (more…)
01-22-14 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
There’s always been a proud relationship between Godzilla and comic books starting way back in 1954 when the monster first started appearing in Japanese manga. Godzilla, at one point, even fought in The Avengers in 1979 when Marvel had the rights to publish Godzilla comics in America. Keeping that tradition in mind, Legendary Pictures, producers of the new film, are putting together a comic book prequel and publishing it under their Legendary Comics wing. (more…)
Well, we all know by now exactly how pissed former Walking Dead showrunner, Frank Darabont is over his expulsion from the show. After putting together a pretty solid first season (and thus ensuring the show’s continued success), he was shit-canned because AMC wanted him to do amazing things with a table-scrap budget, he gave them the finger and then they fired him. Now, if Darabont and his lawyers are to be believed, AMC deserves an ass-whooping. Why? Apparently, the powers-that-be have run a shady scheme and cheated the former showrunner out of some serious cash. (more…)
The Walking Dead has gone through its share of showrunners since the series first aired back in 2010. First we had Frank Darabont, then came Glen Mazzara and now, with season four, the man I like to refer to as “The Badass”, Scott Gimple. But not all of these transitions came easy. With producers looking to rake in as much money as they can, they’re prone to making decisions that aren’t necessarily designed to improve the show as much as improve their bank accounts. Thus, Frank Darabont met his showrunning end after the very first season. In a recent interview, he lets loose and fires a few bullets back at the powers-that-be. (more…)
And now I have a reason to give a damn. To say I’m leery about Hollywood’s second attempt at a Godzillaflick is an understatement. The big ‘G’ is a tricky thing to adapt, half the time the Japanese movies are iffy in their quality and they created the damn franchise. And I think we all remember the disaster of 1998’s Godzilla. Hell, even calling it Godzilla was a stretch because it just wasn’t.
As production begins on this Godzilla movie, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released news of the final, principal cast, and this fills me with a little more hope. Ken Watanabe joins an already impressive cast, including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston. I mean, come on, that’s a rockin’ cast.
The film is shooting for a May 16th, 2014 release date and filming is now underway in Vancouver. The script includes the work of Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont and Dave Callaham, another solid line-up of talent. I just hope the script is cohesive. Gareth Edwards is directing.
All right, what are the odds this won’t suck? The addition of Watanabe is awesome, he better be the lead. Still no synopsis so it’s anyone’s guess what the plot will be.
UPDATE! Only a few hours after we posted this article the first photos and video from the set of Godzilla have found their way online. Whew! Things are sure moving quickly. These images and video come courtesy of Godzilla-Movies and YVRShoots.
And here’s director Edwards first message from the set,
In a move that might just be the first intelligent act in Micheal Bay‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Reboot, the powers that be have moved the release date for the much maligned movie back a month.Let’s take a quick recap.
Micheal Bay announces his intention to reboot the TMNT franchise with turtles that are neither turtles nor teenagers, fans explode the Internet. One of the creators of TMNT steps up and defends the script and Bay’s intentions, fans explode the Internet. The script is then retooled, fans sharpen pitchforks and gather torches. Megan Foxx is cast as April, fans explode the Internet with one hand while fapping with the other.
OK, now you’re up to speed on the horrific story that is Micheal Bay’s TMNT. One might wonder why the production team would suddenly move the release date back a month after holding that release date since June 2012? Most likely it’s because of another green skinned reptile, Godzilla. Why should Godzilla scare the TMNT team? Could it be that fan favorite and incredibly talented Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead, Shawshank Redemption) is one of the script writers, maybe it’s the already fantastic actors cast, Brian Cranston (Breaking Bad) , Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass, Savages), Elizabeth Olsen (Red Lights)?
What do you think? Are you planning to give Micheal Bay’s TMNT movie a chance? I’m betting on a quick trip to the $5 DVD bin at your local Walmart.