Michael Bay caused widespread outrage when he suggested that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were going to be aliens from another world in the live-action movie he was producing that has since been put on hiatus. But if Bay’s ideas were to appeal to any one person, I guess it couldn’t get any better than one of the co-creators of the Ninja Turtles, Kevin Eastman.
While talking to MTV recently, Eastman expanded on his praise saying that Bay’s take would be the best version of the Ninja Turtles you’ve ever seen. Hyperbole to overcompensate for fan reaction, or was Bay genuinely on to something? Let’s let Eastman explain:
“From what I’ve seen, it’s easily the best Turtle movie yet. We’re talking Raid: Redemption-style fight scenes; we’re talking about epic Rise of the Planet of the Apes sort of effects. A lot of people are worried we pushed the release date from December to May, but the 30th anniversary of the Turtles is in May, so it worked out perfectly.”
So I guess the timing’s right, but what about those changes to the characters, heck even the core concept of the book? Eastman says that’s the nature of the game:
“I know that Michael and his group really like that and that Paramount was supportive of that, so I think that it’s great. I grew up reading Captain America and The Avengers and all that stuff, and over the course of the comic book history, since Avengers has been around, how many times has it been reinvented, reformatted, restructured, replatformed? Every person that’s grown up inspired by that material wants to put their stamp on it a little bit. It just keeps getting better and better, and to have that opportunity is pretty awesome.”
I suppose he’s technically correct, but no one’s ever rejiggered Captain America’s origin, or Spider-Man’s origin, to make them aliens. Regardless, Eastman says that work on the film is ongoing despite the studio’s apparent loss of faith in Bay’s awesome vision.
Here’s the complete video interview with Eastman from MTV:
This time last year coming out of San Diego Comic Con there was some hype about progress moving forward on a live-action film version of the 80s robot lions-turned-giant robot samurai toy line, Voltron. Since then, there has been no new news, so perhaps its only fitting that since Comic Con has just come to a close we get a kind of update on the progress of the movie.
World Event Productions’ Creative Director Jeremy Corray and vice president Robert Kopla were both asked about the status of Voltron this past weekend, and this is the exchange they had with the WallStreetJournal.com
QUESTION: What’s the latest word on the Voltron feature film that you introduced at last year’s Comic-Con?
Kopla: It’s currently in development with Relativity Media. Josh Oppenheimer and Thomas Donnelly are working on the script and they have some cool ideas. It’s going to be a big action adventure flick and we’re really excited about it. We have some talented producers on it.
Voltron is about five space explorers who find five spacecrafts that look like robotic lions separately, but they also come together to form a giant robot man called Voltron. The live-action film is being produced by Atlas Entertainment, Kickstart Entertainment and World Events Productions. Thomas Dean Donnelly (Conan the Barbarian) and Joshua Oppenheimer (Sahara) are currently writing the screenplay.
We all know Tim Burton has his list of go-to people every time he decides to spearhead a new Hollywood project. Recently, it appears as though Seth Grahame-Smith, the author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, has been added to that list of VIPs. (Or redundancy. Whatever you’d like to call it.)
In the past year, Grahame-Smith has written the screenplay for Dark Shadows, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, both of which were collaborations with Burton. He may be writing a sequel for Burton’s Beetlejuice, according to various rumors.
Apparently the next joint project is a stop-motion animation called Night of the Living. Grahame-Smith let this slip in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter:
Night of the Living is an idea I have had around for years that I’m doing with Tim Burton. When we were shooting Dark Shadows last year I worked up the nerve to tell Tim about it because I always thought it would make a good movie. When I saw what he had done with Frankweenie and Corpse Bride, it always struck me as a great idea for that form. I’m writing it at Warner’s Bros. for him (as a stop-motion monster movie).
We don’t have much else beyond that. Could be interesting, though, given what we’re used to getting from Burton films.
We actually haven’t seen any of the films on which they’ve worked together just yet, so perhaps judgment shall be reserved until Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter are released. This could be a good pairing… but, y’know, there’s no doubt that Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter work well with Burton. It just gets redundant.
Warner Bros. has been sitting on their rights to produce a live action film adaptation of Tite Kubo‘s manga/anime, Bleach, for quite some time. But it looks like things are actually moving ahead now!
Dan Mazeau (Wrath of the Titans) will be writing the screenplay and Peter Segal (Nutty Professor 2, Get Smart) will be producing it. He might end up directing it, but that will probably not work in this film’s favor so here’s hoping that doesn’t happen.
The fact that Warner Bros. has taken up this project is also quite worrisome because they seem to be having trouble getting these Japanese anime endeavors off the ground. They slashed the budget for Akira in half and that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere at the moment.
For those of you (like myself) who haven’t had much exposure with this series, here’s what Wikipedia has to say:
Bleach (ブリーチ Burīchi?, romanized as BLEACH in Japan) is a Japaneseshōnenmanga series written and illustrated by Tite Kubo. Bleach follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki after he obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper (死神Shinigami?, literally, “Death God“) —a death personification similar to the Grim Reaper—from another Soul Reaper, Rukia Kuchiki. His newfound powers force him to take on the duties of defending humans from evil spirits and guiding departed souls to the afterlife.
I can see why this is such a popular series in Japan and around the world. I hope they don’t fuck this up like Fox did with Dragon Ball: Evolution... That is, if this thing even gets off the ground.
Damn it. I thought this was dead. In Hasbro’s quest to make every property they have ever had their grubby little paws on into a live action movie, I thought Stretch Armstrong was allowed to quietly drop and die.
Apparently Universal Pictures is out at least, since the toy manufacture announced that they are teaming up with Relativity Media for the project. Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh will produce along with Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir. The film has set a laughably ambitious release date of April 11th, 2014.
Relativity’s Co-President, Tucker Tooley had this to say:
“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Hasbro, a company whose global reach and ability to innovate has made them immensely successful in the arena of brand re-imagination– as evidenced by their legacy of creating such franchises as TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, We look forward to bringing Stretch Armstrong to audiences worldwide.”
“Stretch Armstrong is a great example of Hasbro’s rich portfolio of intellectual properties that we are continuing to develop globally, we are excited to partner with Relativity on this movie as they are a growing and innovative studio.”
I guess with Hasbro properties like the Transformers and G.I. Joe franchises making billions, and the upcoming Battleship, Monopoly and who knows what else movies in the pipe, they want to keep this money train going. Why a stretchy superhero you ask? All your answers are in the following video.
Johnny Depp‘s got a bunch of ongoing projects, though it looks like he’s got a Dr. Seuss (or Theodor Geisel as he was actually called) biopic lined up in the future.
Depp briefly discussed this project on Larry King while promoting his film, The Rum Diary. He says that the biopic will try to integrate both live action and animations of Dr. Seuss’ famous characters.
It’s something we’re developing with Seuss’ widow, Geisel’s widow. It’s a very exciting possibility, because it’s a combination of live-action and…the characters will certainly have a role.
Infinitum Nihil, Depp’s production company, will be manning the ship for this one and it’s possible that he will star in the film as well. Keith Bunin will be writing the screenplay, and if all goes well, Universal Studios will slap its logo on the film and distribute it.
What do you guys think of this? I’m, personally, on the fence about the concept but I’m sure it’ll be much better than The Smurfs.
Every week the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.
Every Monday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week’s edition: Samuel L. Jackson reads a fucking bedtime story, even worse super hero designs, Doctor Grover, Pokeboobs!, amazing retro Cowboys & Aliens poster, Star Wars animated neon signs, custom made Zelda chess set, David Tennant & Catherine Tate get “bovvered”, Infographic: Every 3D Movie Ever Made, live-action Angry Birds, Vader gets a rubdown then walks hit AT-AT, John Cleese learns to calm his road rage, Super Mario Bros stash boxes, Mario hydrant, Indiana Jones plushie, Kermit the Frog is Mal Reynolds and Hal Jordan, real life Pokemon, pee to your next high score, a Jurassic Park love hotel, awesome Doctor Who and Millenium Falcon cakes, a meme-tastic drink menu, Diagram of Geek Culture, Jaws meets Ariel bathing suit, Toy Story Unleashed, Dalek squirrels, the 8-bit world invades, Winterfell Direwolves win the championship, rent Oracle’s clocktower, is it 4:20 yet?
Samuel L. Jackson reading “Go the Fuck to Sleep.” I really don’t need to tell you anything else. It’s precious, charming and fucking hilarious. (CollegeHumor)
I consider myself a pretty big geek for Japanese animation, I still have VHS tapes of Gundam Wing littered somewhere in my house. So, when I heard about this latest news, even I had to go “wha?”.
The Japanese animeNoiris getting television show. Those that know the Anime must be thinking it’s some sort of reboot, it’s all the rage with production studios today, but they’d be wrong. This is going to be a full, live-action, TV show backed by Starz Entertainment.
Airing back in 2001, Noir was very popular among those with a hard-on for girls and guns in the same scene. While there are sites that cater to that now, the series did in fact carry an overall story:
Following two young women, Mireille Bouquet and Yumura Kirika — an amnesiac — as they seek answers about their past own past lives and how they’re connected to each other. Together, they form an alliance and go into business for themselves as assassins, using the code name “Noir.” Eventually, they run into a secret society known as Les Soldats (“The Soldiers”) that controls Noir, but then tries to kill Mireille and Yumura. Oh, and the two girls might be out to kill each other.
Being produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, the guys behind Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Gods of the Arena, Xena: Warrior Princess, and those little known “Evil Dead” movies. That in itself is exciting news. However, they’re working on an Anime, that’s almost unheard of here in North America. On the other hand, assassins, boobs and bullets, how can you not lose?
As of right now there is no set time on when we’ll see any bullets fly, but it’ll get more then a made for TV movie kind of deal. Starz tends give shows on their network an 8-10 episode as a first season deal, plenty of leg room for the writers to work with. It’s being written by Steven Lightfoot, who will produce alongside Tapert, Raimi, and their fellow Spartacus producers Joshua Donen and Bill Hamm.
Those of us that have paid attention to the show Ben 10 already know what it’s about. Title character Ben Tennyson (clever), a boy with the power transform into 10 different alien creatures with the help of an alien device called the Omnitrix. The series became so popular it spawned two more shows, Ben 10: Alien Force and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, it even received two made for TV movies directed by Bill and Ted’s Alex Winter. Well, they must have been doing something right, because producer Joel Silver (Speed Racer) has been brought on to develop a live-action feature film adaptation of Cartoon Network’s animated series.
Silver had this to say in a statement,
“I think we have to try something fresh and go at it in a way that stays true to the original material. I have a 5-year-old and a 9-year-old, so it’s somewhere between them. I tried to do (something similar) with Speed Racer and failed miserably. You always learn more from the ones that don’t work than the ones that do work.”
At least he’s honest about how bad Speed Racer actually was, he’s not trying to sugarcoat his mistakes. There’s where the difference lies though, as Speed was geared towards the older audiences that grew up watching it, Ben 10 is a much younger series that kids today actually recognize (I actually like it myself. One of the few good cartoons of today). It’s a smart move, hitting the strategy of “Get’um while their young”, that’ll cement any future viewership if they plan to make this a franchise.
As of right now however, everything is still in the early stages of development as Silver and Dark Castle Entertainment are currently looking for writers to adapt the project. Silver is currently preparing to get started on a film called Project X, set for next year, as well as Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, scheduled for December.
Here’s a little more of information on the show :
Ben Tennyson was a normal ten-year-old boy until the day he found the Omnitrix. Once he put on this mysterious alien device, he could not take it off but gives him the power to transform into ten different alien life-forms, and he became a reluctant superhero. With the help of his Grandpa Max and his spell-casting cousin Gwen, Ben now has to protect not only the world but the Omnitrix itself from Vilgax, an alien warlord determined to rule the Earth.
Just when you thought you saw the last of “The Dude” he pops up one more time to surprise you with another performance. Jeff Bridges has quite the film career for himself spanning his entire 54 years as one of the finest actors on the market. I’m comfortable enough with who I am to say I have a big ‘man crush’ on Jeff Bridges, the man can do it all. Last year he was a busy getting his Flynn on in Tron Legacy and kicking ass as Roger Cockburn in True Grit, so he’s taking this year off. Thankfully Bridges will be starting off strong in 2012 co-starring the live action adaptation of Peter M. Lenkov‘s R.I.P.D.
The musician, photographer, and wine seller is confirmed to star alongside Green Lantern star Ryan Rynolds in the Robert Schwentke directed film. The Oscar winning star will play Roy, a dead gunslinger from the old west who teams up with a recently deceased cop to solve the cop’s murder. Two western roles back to back, Jeff must really enjoy using a six-shooter and riding a horse (must be the chaps). Hangover 2 star Zach Galifianakis was attached to for the role but dropped out due to scheduling issues, thank god.
No offense to any of Zack’s fans, myself included, but having Jeff take over is a serious plus for the movie and it hasn’t even started shooting yet. With Ryan and Jeff both having prior experience in comic book based movies this is shaping up to become a grade A hit. Zack pulling dick jokes in an action movie would have watered the credibility of R.I.P.D anyway, thank God for “The Dude”.