With Disney’s new “in thing” being rebooting their famous animated films into live action feature films, they are (re) rolling out the hits. After the success of The Jungle Book and next on their plate is Beauty and The Beast next year. In has recently been announced that Disney’s next live-action remake will be Mulan. Mulan was based on the legend of Hua Mulan as she impersonated a man to take her father’s place during war. Disney has already set a release date of November 2, 2018, for the new version of the film. It looks like the film is already in some trouble when it comes to casting. (more…)
The last episode of Archer season 7 has just been released. It has truly upheld the Archer style with its signature humour spanning the grim to the immature and always explosive. It has had an epic run already, only slightly dented by its rocky coming of age period during the confusing fifth season, Archer: Vice. Producers Matt Thompson and Adam Reed have no intention of letting down those fans that are eager for more. (more…)
Between the seemingly endless video games, trading card games, movies, manga and a TV anime that has been running for almost twenty years, the Pokémon franchise has touched the hearts of all kinds of people, bridging the gap between generations and continents. With two new games Pokémon Sun and Moon – and an inevitable third to complete the classic trio – announced for later on this year, it shows no sign of slowing down its legacy. (more…)
The Jungle Book has not seen a live-action adaptation for at least two decades. Since the original 1994 Disney release, which tried to shed a few shadows into the light-hearted cartoon classic in an attempt to stay true to the source material, the studio has seemed content to leave well enough alone. However, the newest TV trailer for the film that was aired during Superbowl 50 has given us a greater insight into the newest movie and it seems like the studio has chosen to stick closer to its own tradition…
Attack on Titan may not mean much to North American movie goers or cultural connoisseurs, but it’s a pretty big deal in Japan. It started out as a best-selling manga in 2009, became a much-loved anime series, spawned four different video games, and will soon be a big, live-action movie. So far, our looks at the upcoming film have been light on action, focusing more on the human characters and how they’re reacting to their giant tormentors. What if the effects weren’t up to snuff? What if the Titans looked terrible? Well, lay those worries aside because this new trailer posted blow looks pretty damn good. Attack on Titan may end up being the attack on the senses we’re clamoring for (assuming we se it here in North America). (more…)
In a world where a “tale as old as time” guarantees you a green light more than a tale as new as three seconds ago, it’s time to talk about the casting of Disney’s next effort, a live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. The animated version released by the company in 1991 was a special achievement technically, and by becoming the only animated movie so far to be nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. But gold doesn’t matter to studios so much as green, and Beauty and the Beast made a lot of it, so if lighting can strike once, why not twice? Well, Disney has found its Beauty in Emma Watson, and now they’ve found a Beast, Dan Stevens. (more…)
The cast has been announced for the live-action film version of Attack On Titan and we have been provided with some spectacular looking shots of each of the characters. We have noticed that some of the Japanese names are not actually part of the Manga or Anime, so this has left us assuming that liberties have been made in the script. Furthermore, in the manga and anime, Asians are practically extinct with the character of Mikasa being considered exotic – due to her kind being rare. (more…)
It’s time for our semi-annual update on what’s up with the Spawn reboot movie, that magical time when Todd McFarlane let’s us know that he’s still toiling away on his pet project. To recap: Spawn movie released in 1997. It bombed. McFarlane wanted sequel. No one else did. He gets rights back. Promises low budget reboot. Keeps promising. Promising…
So here we are again. While hocking his wares at the TIA Toy Fair this week, McFarlane talked to MTV about progress on the Spawn movie front.
“I continue to write a page here and there. As I’ve said before, I’ve got a guy waiting on the sidelines who’s an Academy Award-winning actor who phones every three weeks going ‘Todd, where’s the script? Where’s the script?’… He came out to the office, he gave me his pitch, I gave him my pitch, and he’s like ‘Fine, let’s do your gig.’ The pitch I gave him was that we could then do, like, ten of these for the next ten years, and he wouldn’t have to be 22 for the rest of his life.
“The plan would be to do the movie, bring the movie out and then go back on TV with the animation like we did the first time. But the cool thing with the animation is we’ve got 90 minutes all set, ready to go, other than just sending it to an animation house. We’ve done all the voice recordings, we’ve done all the backgrounds and everything. So the technology is way better than it was a decade ago. and there’s some spectacular stuff that we can now do when we bring it back that we were never able to do on HBO.”
So if the race of the character holds – African-American – that means we have a very small pool of Oscar-winning actors to draw from: Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, Forest Whitaker, Louis Gossett, Jr., Cuba Gooding, Jr. or Morgan Freeman.
By process of elimination, I think Washington, Whitaker, Gossett and Freeman might be out for running for ageist reasons, but perhaps there’s more compelling and direct evidence about what choice has already been made:
So is Jamie Foxx going to suit up as Spawn? Well, as evidenced by the above photo, Foxx and McFarlane have met a few times. Or maybe McFarlane just surprised him with a sketch when they ran into each other at the comic book store. Still, attaching a star like Foxx would secure some studio interest for a new Spawn film, if only McFarlane would stop being so cryptic. Also, maybe if he wrote more than a couple of pages every once and a while…
What do you think, Bastards? Interested in seeing Jamie Foxx as Spawn?
Source: Screen Rant
Ubisoft has had itself a fantastic run, making some great narrative games over the last few years. The cinematic adaptions of some of their hit games however (Prince of Persia wink, wink) have missed their mark. Call it the inevitable “video game curse” that countless other video game based movies has suffered through, but there is still hope thanks to Michael Fassbender and New Regency.
This past summer it was announced that the Prometheus star had not only landed the lead role in Ubisoft’s film adaptation of their video game, Assassin’s Creed, but that he would also co-direct. After that came… silence, that is until some new financing for the picture and a partnership with New Regency.
Ubisoft Motion Pictures is hard at work developing both their Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon franchises for a live -action treatment as well, but Assassin’s Creed is the first to really have solid fan support since Prince of Persia. Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet said:
“Bringing aboard New Regency’s renowned production and distribution expertise while maintaining our own creative and financial flexibility ensures that Assassin’s Creed will be a high-quality film that respects the lore and fans of the video game franchise.”
The Paris-based studio said Fassbender was their first choice for the lead role with Conor McCaughan set to join the actor for the second half of the directing duties and according to New Regency CEO Brad Weston:
“This is the perfect intersection of what we have been trying to do, and that is to work with top quality talent like Michael Fassbender… We see this as our first big commercial action franchise property. Fassbender just did 12 Years A Slave with us, and he is as good an actor as there is right now. The storyline we are pursuing has a great narrative and because Ubisoft’s games are so character and story driven, Assassin’s Creed lends itself perfectly to our goal to re-brand Regency as a filmmaker driven company.
Yes, much like Jake Gyllenhaal in Prince of Persia, Fassbender doesn’t quite fit the ethnicity of Assassin’s Creed’s Desmond Miles, assassins Altaïr ibn-La’Ahad and Ezio Auditore da Firenze or new assassin Connor Kenway, but who really cares? If played right in the next few years we’re going to have a sex symbol leaping off buildings into haystacks and stabbing people with hidden blades. A perfect date night movie for everyone involved.
What do you think about Ubisoft letting Fassbender take a crack at their little money pit idea?
Special thanks to The Mary Sue for spreading the joy.
So, uh, who’s excited about a Masters of the Universe movie? And I don’t mean the 1987, Dolph Lundgren-starring version by Gary Goddard.
Well let me introduce you to Jon Chu, director of a couple of Step Up movies, the Justin Bieber doc, and the stalled G.I. Joe sequel Retaliation. He’s the one who’s been put in charge of crafting a He-Man movie that isn’t going to suck and accumulate kitsch points over the next couple of decades. While talking to Celebuzz, Chu discussed his reasons for signing on to make a He-Man movie, and the surprising reaction he had to the pitch:
I was approached about doing a Masters of the Universe movie and while at first I was skeptical, I read the script and I was blown away. I had no idea what to expect but it was such a fresh, UNEXPECTED approach I was immediately intrigued. I never expected to connect on a human level to a MOTU movie but I really plugged in emotionally. That alone, got me excited to see what we could do with the property.
I take it that Chu meant a deeper emotional reaction than, “The is awesome!” Or maybe that is what he meant, except that he added, “I think the characters are so grounded and layered.” Wait, is he talking about He-Man?
I feel like there’s a lot of room to crack open the Masters of the Universe story. We are still in our process and I think we have some great seeds planted but making one of these types of movies RIGHT takes a lot of TONAL tightroping so we’re just going to play for the next several months. Play with designs, play with the characters, try new things, maybe go too far on some things and pull back. The process is really important to find where the right line is so we can land right on it. I think that’s what can dig out the properties full potential for a cinematic rebirth.
Of course, the last time somebody played with the characters and tried new things, we had a He-Man movie set on Earth, a couple of teenage sidekicks and Billy Barty as Orco sub Gwildor. Your move, Chu.