It goes without saying that the world at large doesn’t seem to have much chance at getting a new film from the Back to the Future series anytime soon – or ever. In these days of reboots and decades-later series continuations, however, fans have learned to never say never, but the creative team behind BTTF has been extremely adamant that no new films will be joining the canon. The closest fans have gotten to new stories from the universe of Doc Brown and Marty McFly has been the recent 4-issue comic book Back to the Future mini-series from IDW Publishing and BTTF mastermind Bob Gale – but now, a fan has created a trailer for a prequel story that takes the franchise in a new and intriguing direction. (more…)
No that wasn’t a typo in the headline. Apparently, after failing to convince anyone that a new series of Die Hard movies 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…)
Ant-Man hasn’t been released yet, but the sudden upswing in the tenor and quality of the hype surrounding it has got people thinking, what about Ant-Man 2? Of course, Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios‘ last surprising-but-not-surprising original hit, was approved for a sequel before it opened, and though Marvel may be locked in with release dates through to 2019, like Spider-Man proved, schedules can be changed if you give the studio a reason. Peyton Reed, director of Ant-Man, is hoping that he can make a case for another Marvel film, one that will deal exclusively with the background of one of Ant-Man’s main characters, who, in his comic book life, was one of the founding members of The Avengers, Hank Pym. (more…)
It’s one of those weeks, a week when we seem to get a whole bunch of trailers in one go because with the holiday weekend approaching it’s presumed that a lot of us are going to spend it in a movie theater. We’ve already got Jurassic World, we’re going see Star Wars: The Force Awakens either at the end of the week or before, so now it’s time for Pan, the latest in a line of movies aiming to turn well-established fairy tales on their head. Will Pan do for Peter what Oz: The Great and Powerful did for the Wizard, or what Maleficent did for the Sleeping Beauty villainess? Unknown, but I’ll say this: it’s a damn good looking trailer. (more…)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey featured a lot of folks who appeared in The Lord of the Rings trilogy but had nothing to do with the Hobbit story, folks like Saruman, Galadriel, Elrond, and Frodo, and future installments of The Hobbit will feature the return (preturn?) of Legolas. But what about Aragorn? Was their no room for King Elessar Telcontar of Gondor in the prequels?
Well, The Guardian went out and got a genuine answer for the curious from Aragorn’s portrayer, Viggo Mortensen.
“Before they started shooting, back in 2008, one of the producers did ask if I would be interested. I said, ‘You do know, don’t you, that Aragorn isn’t in The Hobbit? That there is a 60-year gap between the books?’”
Bazinga! Take that Hollywood producers. Viggo Mortensen, with logic, for the win.
But alas, it would have been cool to see Mortensen suit up as Aragorn, right? Perhaps you disagree (and I encourage you to weight in with your opinion below).
I can already hear your cries of nerdy outrage, “But-but-but- The Winds of Winter doesn’t even have a release date, yet!!! How can he possibly even consider writing another book! Let alone another book within the A Song of Ice and Fire series!!” Okay, chill. We don’t want to anger the mighty George R.R. Martin, he holds the fate of so many beloved characters in his hands. And he sure loves killing characters. This prequel is a novella titled “The Princess and the Queen.” It’ll be released in an anthology with other authors’ work called Dangerous Women. Release date unknown, but let’s hope it’s before Winds of Winter. Or, y’know, I’d be okay with after as long as that means we’ll be reading Winds of Winter some time this year. Come on, George!
So once your rage over GRRM writing anything other than The Winds of Winter has dissipated, would you like to hear what “The Princess and the Queen” is about? It’ll focus on the Targaryen Civil War, the Dance of the Dragons – not to be confused with the fifth book in ASOIAF, A Dance with Dragons. The civil war went basically like this: when King Viserys I died he chose his daughter, Princess Rhaenyra, to succeed him. Disobeying this death wish was Ser Criston Cole, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, soon to be “The Kingmaker,” who chose Rhaenyra’s half-brother, Aegon, to be King, and civil war broke out. It was Targaryen versus Targaryen, and more importantly, dragon versus dragon. In the end Aegon won and was crowned Aegon II. Rhaenyra captured and eaten by Aegon II’s dragon, while her son, also named Aegon watched. Aegon II died soon after and since he left no heir, Rhaenyra’s son was crowned Aegon III.
That’s as much as we’ve known about this dance of the dragons, but “The Princess and the Queen,” as GRRM stated on his blog, will reveal, “the true (mostly) story of the origins of the Dance of the Dragons.”
What are you thinking? Excited to learn about a critical point in Westerosi history? Or would you rather just see The Winds of Winter release, like, now? I know I’m desperate for Winds of Winter, but I’ll also take what I can get. And anything Targaryen is fine by me. Fire and Blood, baby!
The BBC has brought us a second Doctor Who Christmas prequel minisode thingy, following The Great Detective. We’re leading up to the Christmas special! It’s mind boggling that it’s already most of the way through December. What the fuck, guys?
Anyway, check out the minisode. It’s called The Snowmen Prequel: Vastra Investigates – Christmas Special. It’s well worth watching to note the point in which the investigator becomes extremely shocked by the situation. And let me tell you, the fact that he’s talking to an intelligent reptile is not what really gets under his skin.
Hit the jump to watch the minisode. Are y’all looking forward to more Who?! I totally am.
When most people say “Star Wars” it brings to life images of fascination, childhood whimsy and, for many of us, our first introduction into science fiction. Now throw “prequel” in there and you’ve got an abomination to God in the eyes of most nerds and the desire to force choke anyone who says otherwise.
In the opinion of controversial art critic Camille Paglia, however, one of the worst of George Lucas‘ franchise entries is actually the single greatest work of art in recent history. And given the title of this article, you probably already know what’s being brought up here is the dreaded Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
According to Paglia’s newest book, Glittering Images, the critic claims Revenge of the Sith as one of the premiere artistic works for our generation. In an interview with Vice, Camille praises the film for having some of the best examples of digital art in the modern era:
“The long finale of Revenge of the Sith has more inherent artistic value, emotional power, and global impact than anything by the artists you name. It’s because the art world has flat-lined and become an echo chamber of received opinion and toxic over-praise. It’s like the emperor’s new clothes — people are too intimidated to admit what they secretly think or what they might think with their blinders off…
I had considered using Japanese anime for the digital art chapter of the book, but it lacked the overwhelming operatic power and yes, seriousness of Lucas’s Revenge of the Sith.”
I couldn’t make this up if I tried for fear of a burning X-wing crashing on my front lawn. Did Paglia watch the same movie we’ve all cursed for the last seven years or was she on death sticks the whole time?
No, she was looking at it from an artistic angle and in her mind Revenge of the Sith held at least some kind of special meaning or symbolism that could make it the appear to be the best ever. Most of us would have never saw it the way she did, but it’s one person’s grand statement to the world. The odds of that actually being true however are approximately 3,720 to 1 and we’re not ones to listen to the odds.
What do you think? Is Camille actually making a good point or is this just an attempt to get a rise out of the art world?
Special thanks to Vice for conducting the original interview.
Interested in seeing what Jon Spaihts had in mind for the Alien prequel before Ridley Scott and Damon Linelof came aboard and made Prometheus? Well, now you can satiate your curiosity by reading Spaihts’ original script for yourself by clicking here.
So any big differences? I read the first 30 pages of the draft called Alien: Engineers and it kind of follows the same beats as Prometheus with the introduction of a pair of scientists seeking the origins of life on Earth, the attachment of elderly Weyland to the mission, and the introduction of company woman Vickers and the android David. Others who have hear the script, say that’s a perfectly serviceable monster movie, complete with more throwbacks to Alien including facehuggers and chestbursters.
Give ‘er a read and let us know what you think. Is this the version of Prometheus you rather would have seen? Sound off below.
Production is finally underway for the long awaited sequel to Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller‘s Sin City
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, began filming on Monday with two actresses familiar with the genre. Jaime King is returning for the sequel, playing the sister of her character from the first movie, and Jamie Chung is playing the role Devon Aoki had in the 2005 original.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of both actresses joining the cast, which already includes returning actors like Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson. Rourke’s character, Marv, was killed in the original film, but this sequel precedes he’s “shocking” execution.
The only missing pieces we know of so far, are the major roles of Ava and Dwight. As noted in the Hollywood Reporter’s article, Angelina Jolie‘s role will now have to be recast as she is not is likely to appear and the same goes for Clive Owen. His role as the red sneakered bad body in the 2005 original will most likely be recast; seeing as how Sin City 2 we’ll see Dwight prior to the facial reconstruction we all saw in Sin City.
So, not only is production under way without a complete cast, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is set for a October 2013 release. That gives Rodriguez less then a year to shoot and edit the entire movie. That’s a tall order. Especially, when you consider the fact, that he just wrapped Machete 2 and has to oversee it’s post production.
I for one, am I little concerned the sequel won’t get the care it deserves. We’ve waited 7 years for this, and it’s feeling rushed. Not to mention the lack of returning actors. You can already tell it just won’t be the same