If there will be a lingering fallout to the overwhelming success of Jurassic World, it won’t be a coming glut of dinosaur films at the multiplex, but a number of films that aren’t reboots of beloved franchises, but continuations. Jurassic World is an example of nostalgia done right, and if it can work for one Steven Spielberg property, then why can’t it work for another? For a long time now, there’s been significant effort to reboot Gremlins, but now the powers that be are looking at the success of Jurassic World and saying, What might Billy and Gizmo be up to 30 years after the original? (more…)
Ever since original Mystery Science Theater 3000 co-creator Joel Hodgson announced his Kickstarter campaign to create new episodes of the seminal geeky-late-night, movie-riffing television series, fans everywhere have been giddy with excitement. The Kickstarter has already made enough to do a few episodes, with hopefully more to be unlocked as the campaign’s monetary total grows. In a recent update, Hodgson announced that Felicia Day has been hand-picked to play the new Mad Scientist “token bad guy” in the MST3K reboot.
Get ready to celebrate The X-Files like it’s 1995! There’s tremendous excitement over the short, six-episode revival of the show set to premiere on Fox in January, and there’s been no shortage of coverage on this site and others about all the ins and outs and expectations of those half-dozen episodes. Now there’s this: might this X-Files miniseries be a beachhead meant to launch something more ongoing? Like an all-new X-Files ongoing series starring two of the new characters being introduced in the Mulder and Scully-centric limited series? Seems like perfect synergy, but don’t but your money on a new X-Files dynasty just yet. (more…)
It’s just a few short months now till we see The X-Files return to TV screens weekly, even if it’s just for five short weeks. (The first and second episode air one day after the other, so six episodes in five weeks. Don’t question my math!) A new promo has been posted online, and unlike the previous commercials, the emphasis here seems to be on the monster-of-the-week stories coming up on the miniseries continuation of the show debuting early next year. Apropos, this new trailer, in Scully’s words, “has a monster in it.” Or make that a brief look at a couple of different monsters. (more…)
Here’s another story about Hollywood’s creative bankruptcy, and while most of those stories are immediately offensive to the heart and mind, this one strikes even closer to home because it’s about MacGyver. Now you may not be that familiar with MacGyver. It’s been almost 25 years since new adventures have aired on TV, and most people are familiar with MacGyver star Richard Dean Anderson from his follow-up job on Stargate SG-1. If you’re familiar at all with MacGyver, it maybe from Simpsons reruns, or from the parody movie MacGruber, but all that is about to change. MacGyver is about be rebooted for a new generation. (more…)
Although Paul Feig‘s reboot of Ghostbusters with four female comediennes has been on the receiving end of its own fair share of excitement and intrigue, but more often than not, some fans have been critical. That’s putting it mildly actually. From those that think this is a black mark against the original, to those that think Feig is playing political correctness in making this film, the haters have come out in droves. Well haters gonna hate, hate, hate, right? So the response is just shake it off. Actually, in Feig’s case, the response now seems to be to go on the attack on Twitter. (more…)
The last time someone tried to put Lara Croft: Tomb Raider on the big screen, it was Jan de Bont, the director of Speed and Twister, with the sequel The Cradle of Life. That was a follow-up to 2001’s original Tomb Raider film that was made by Con Air director Simon West. What do those two guys have in common? Well, aside from both being relatively successful action film directors, they’re also both men. Sadly, most of the working directors in Hollywood are still men, which is why gender equality in cinema is taking a leap forward with the news that the producers behind the Tomb Raider reboot are looking for a female director to make a movie about a female hero. (more…)
Get ready for Freddy. Again. A Nightmare on Elm Street is so often credited with building New Line Cinema into a studio brand name, that it should be no surprise that they’d want to play up that legacy again with a remake. Of course, the fact that the nine films in the series have a total worldwide box office take of over $450 million also sweetens the deal. Yes, unsurprisingly, and despite the lukewarm reception for the 2010 remake, we’re going back to the drawing board – and the dank, dark, foreboding cellar where young people are lured to their doom – for the fourth version of A Nightmare on Elm Street. (more…)
Sony is officially letting the world know what it has going on for the next few years. With reboots and sequels aplenty, it appears that the company is content to take existing properties and ride them for as long as possible – but will movie-goers want to take the ride with them? That’s the million-dollar question.
Talk of Ghostbusters III was one of those things would spring up from time to time. It was always in some form of development, it was always just around the corner in terms of being ready for production, and it was always a sure thing that all the key players would be back in the roles they were known and loved for. And then it was 25 years later, and Paul Feig started putting together his all-ladies Ghostbusters. Still, because “shared universe” is the phrase of the day, there continues to be rumors of more Ghostbusters movies either involving a new group of men, or the surviving original actors. But one of the key people involved, Ivan Reitman himself, has said that right now, there is only one Ghostbusters in the works. (more…)