Frank Miller‘s neo-noir comic series Sin City has held a special place in the hearts of comic fans since it was first published between 1991 and 1992. Through the interweaving stories of the citizens of Basin City, it explored humanity’s deepest, darkest instincts, pitting prostitution rings and drug cartels against a force of corrupt police officers who are armed to the teeth and willing to use their paramilitary power to own the city through brute force. There are endless possibilities for gripping and exciting stories that could occur in such a city, and writers, artists and filmmakers are well aware of this. (more…)
No that wasn’t a typo in the headline. Apparently, after failing to convince anyone that a new series of Die Hardmovies with Jai Courtney as John McClane Jr. was something we needed to see with A Good Day to Die Hard, it seems that Twentieth Century Fox is taking a new tack: a prequel. I’d like to say “because you demanded it,” but let’s face facts, nobody asked for this. Still, it seems now that Hollywood is going to take us all the way back to the waining days of the 1970s to show us how John McClane became John McClane. (more…)
With ‘True Blood’ having met its maker, somebody thinks we need hot vampires on TV again, and ‘The Strain’ just won’t do that. And when I say hot, I just mean normal-looking, unlike those freaks in Guillermo del Toro’smadhouse opus. Throw in a few werewolves (hopefully they won’t be represented as just big dogs) and screw it, might as well just adapt ‘Underworld’ to the small screen. But then, someone somewhere else is thinking, “Know what television needs? More zombies.” Cast a female ass-kicker because they’re the hot topic these days, and BAM! Might as well just adapt ‘Resident Evil’ to the small screen too! However these projects came about, I’d love to have eavesdropped during the meetings that assumed series stars Kate Beckinsale and Milla Jovovich would be on board. Aren’t they? (more…)
If I had a nickel every time someone in Hollywood didn’t do something because of “creative differences”… The latest casualty of the oldest excuse in Tinseltown is The Mummy reboot, the movie that’s supposed to launch a shared-universe kind of franchise featuring the classic Universal Studios monsters. This isn’t the first roadblock hit by the franchise-in-waiting, but it is the latest, and it’s likely to make the launch of the Monster-verse (trademark pending) delayed even further. (more…)
Universal has been looking at putting forth yet another version of the old classic horror monster, the Mummy, the latest in a long tradition of Hollywood attempting to make new money from old products. It’s gone through a couple of incarnations in the form of multiple scripts and now it looks as if the project will need a new director as well.
Len Wiseman was set to direct the reboot, but has now gone bye-bye, instead choosing to focus on his upcoming Sleepy Hollow series. This has caused a bit of chaos, of course, since the plan was to release the new Mummy sometime in 2014. Now, if they want to keep that kind of a schedule, they’ll need a new director, and fast.
What do the Nerd Readers think? A new “darker” Mummy movie? Or just let the poor guy have another decade of rest?
Most people know “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, that classic tale of Ichabod Crane and his night of terror being chased down by the infamous rider known as the Headless Horseman. The tale was adapted into a successful feature film by Tim Burton in 1999 and is now reportedly being adapted again by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, this time as a modern-day take on the tale with a unique twist.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Star Trek writers and producers are developing Sleepy Hollow for 20th Century Fox as a supernatural thriller. It will follow former history professor Ichabod Crane as he partners with Sleepy Hollow’s local female sheriff to “solve the mysteries of a town ravaged by the battle between good and evil.”
Here’s a quick synopsis of the series:
In the script, Ichabod is described as a captain in the Revolutionary War who has been to hell and back. The former history professor finds himself catapulted to present day Sleepy Hollow, where he’s indicted for the murder of a police officer and forced to prove not only his innocence but make a wary detective believe he’s a traveler from the 18th century.
Shows like Once Upon a Time and Grimm have been using the supernatural element mixed with popular literature for a few years now and have been quite successful in that regard. Although the time travel aspect of Sleepy Hollow may be just the attention grabber that audiences are looking for, if someone loses track of the plot in between flashbacks or character dialogue people are going to lose interest quick.
So far, actors Orlando Jones and Katia Winter have been cast with Jones playing Lt. Frank Williams, a stern professional detective transferred to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a double homicide, and Winter as the wife of Ichabod and a nurse with the 37th Regiment in the Revolutionary War. Total Recall director Len Wiseman is on tap to direct the pilot.
The new Mummy movie has been in development for about a year under the combined efforts of producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, director Len Wiseman, and screenwriter Jon Spaihts. But Universal really wants this thing to get made and be released by its 2014 release date, and it looks they’re going to take out a bit of an insurance policy to make sure it happens.
Vulture is reporting that Universal is doubling down on the project by hiring screenwriter Billy Ray, writer of The Hunger Games and State of Play. Ray will be writing his own separate draft as Spaihts continues to toil on his draft. The theory here is that if Spaihts’ draft isn’t up to snuff, then Ray can’s can save the day. Or, if both drafts are a resounding success, the two will be combined to create a “super-script” (my turn of phrase).
No word on whether or not Ray is writing an entire new story or toiling on the same details as Spaihts, but the film is rumored to be taking place in the modern day, and will, obviously, involve a mummy.
Oh yeah, you thought they had forgot, didn’t you? But no, Len Wiseman is still working towards making the remake of The Mummy his next film, and while out promoting the DVD release of Total Recall, Wiseman had some words about his next project, courtesy of Movie Web:
“There was skepticism. The difference between the two, if The Mummy is to be the next movie for me, is that The Mummy is a completely different film,” he says when asked whether or not his views on remakes has changed since Total Recall. “It is a modern day take. It doesn’t have anything to do with the Brendan Fraser films, and it is not a remake of any kind. The Mummy is one of Universal’s long standing, iconic characters, well before the Brendan Fraser movies… This is such a different thing. What was attractive to me…There is still a script to be written, and all of that….But the pitch was to go with a much different tone. It was a Mummy like I’d never heard of before. It’s nothing like what you would expect, at all, oddly. I was picturing Egypt, and the sand swept settings. The mummy wrappings. When I heard what they were wanting to actually do with it, it was shocking.”
“Shocking?” The film is being scripted by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, authors of Transformers and Star Trek, and Universal is aiming for a 2014 release date. Frankly, I think the only shocking thing for me will be living to see the day that Len Wiseman pursues an original idea, and before you say Underworld let me add, “Worlds of Darkness.”
So what do you think, Bastards? Interested in seeing Wiseman/Orci/Kurtzman’s new take on The Mummy?
So it’s that time yet again – time to recycle some old monster flick names and try to make some more monies. This time around The Mummy is the targeted victim of the Hollywood reboot machine. Okay, wait… which one are they remaking? The classic mummy horror film or the Brendan Fraser action flick that spawned a buttload of horrible sequels and spin-offs? Well, it looks like they’re going for something different this time – a modern take on the classic character.
The team of Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jon Spaihts is going to produce and they just signed on Len Wiseman to direct. In a recent interview with Deadline, both Kurtzman and Wiseman had a few things to say about the upcoming project.
When talking to Kurtzman:
We’re reaching into the deep roots of The Mummy, which at its beating heart is a horror movie and then an action movie, and putting it into a context that is real and emotional. It’s still a four quadrant film but as a lot of recent movies have proven, audiences are hungry for more than they used to be. You can still have a family movie, an action movie that’s more grounded than these used to be. Without saying too much, we’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from Michael Crichton’s books, and how he ground fantastical sales in modern day science.
Horror and action I can see. I mean, it is pretty much made for those genres. But family movie? Michael Crichton’s sales? Sigh…
Kurtzman went on to explain a little more:
A lot of the work with Len has been about creating mythology, and I remember seeing Underworld and finding it a beautiful advancement of the genre. It was presented in this fresh, incredibly cool concept, but it never gave up its reverence for the mythology and that is what inspired us to meet with Len.
And now he’s praising the Underworld franchise? Double sigh…
So what did Wiseman have to say?
One of the things that interested me with this mummy is, he’s still in essence a man. They haven’t turned his brain into a monster brain. He still has a personality and is very cunning and calculating. He’s a true character in any form, and in creature form, even if he is that staggering creature, it becomes more important that he’s a thinking, calculating person.
Now if only we could get someone with a brain to be thinking and calculating about a script. Personally, I expect this to be another money-hound, chasing movie-goers’ wallets via an easily-digestible script and mediocre yet familiar casting.
Any dissenters among the Nerdreader ranks? Think this crew can pull off something more than another FX-driven attempt at mediocrity?
Currently, the new Mummy flick is aiming for a summer 2014 release.
Anyone familiar with the 1990 version of Total Recallwill undoubtedly recall (no pun intended) the 3 breasted mutant hooker; the one Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character surprisingly didn’t fuck. When that triple chested whore appeared on screen, men were given a fantasy of breasts they never knew they wanted. I mean come on, 3 breasts? What a novel idea! Oh, this reminds me of a funny story. This one time, in a strip club in Canada, I got a lap dance from a girl with 3 nipples. At least I think it was a third nipple. It could have been a slice of pepperoni. Regardless, that’s the closest I’ve ever come to living out my Total Recall triple tit fantasy. It was amazing! But I digress…
Will the Len Wiseman‘s adaptation of Total Recall feature a three-boobed woman? I had heard reports that it was real, that it was actually happening. But in the latest trailer for Total Recall, we finally get to see the three-breasted mutant woman for ourselves. Yippie!
Besides the triple chested tramp, this looks pretty good for a reboot. Wiseman can stage some good action sequences and it looks like he’s gone all out here. I’m actually looking forward to it.
The August 3 release is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Farrell), even though he’s got a beautiful wife (Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Cranston), the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.