There are a lot of questions about the upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four, including will it suck, or will it blow? Kidding aside though, what fans really want to know is what kind of Fantastic Four movie they’re going to get tone-wise speaking; is it going to be moody and serious like The Dark Knight, bombastic and cheery like The Avengers, or out-right silly and over the top like The Mask? Writer/producer Simon Kinberg recently shed some light on the subject. (more…)
Before he was Captain America, actor Chris Evans played hero as the Human Torch in Tim Story’s two Fantastic Four movies. Now you may have heard that they’re rebooting the FF with a new cast, new director and new film, and in that film one Michael B. Jordan will get his flame on to play one-fourth of the titular quartet. You may have also heard there was some controversy about Jordan’s casting because, you know, he’s (checks the immediate vicinity for people eavesdropping)… Black. So during some recent press for the latest Captain America movie, The Winter Soldier, Evans was asked how he feels about passing the, ahem, torch to Jordan. (more…)
Meanwhile, from the movies-no-one-asked-for file comes new comments from actor Arnold Schwarzenegger in regards to the latest attempt to reboot a franchise, Terminator: Genesis. The movie, which is slated to begin shooting sometime late next month under the direction of Alan Taylor, has apparently got the man who the first Terminator made a star very excited about the opportunity, and why not, because he probably made a bundle for pledging to return to the franchise even before a single draft of screenplay had been written. Should we take Arnold’s comments to the bank, or will he be one of the few to cash a check on this? Read on… (more…)
And you thought they had tied everything up in a neat little package. Shoot, they even paid Cary Elwes enough to come back for a couple of days of work. Regardless though of what you may have thought, sources say that Lionsgate is looking to get back into the Jigsaw Killer business by putting an eighth Saw movie into active development. (more…)
You can’t fault his enthusiasm. Comic creator Todd McFarlane is talking once more about the prospects of a new film based on his comic book Spawn in which he discuss how he wants the new film to feel, what other films he wants to evoke, and just what he thinks went wrong with the 1997 film starring Michael Jai White and John Leguizamo. (more…)
It’s big news today for fans of the 90s, and/or fans of early CG animation for TV because the Vancouver-based studio that once brought us the hit ReBoot is gearing up to reboot their most well-known franchise for a re-launch just in time for the show’s 20th anniversary. That sound confusing? Read on through, it’ll make more sense.
The back-to-back successes of Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness has long caused fans to ponder if and when the sci-fi franchise might return to television. It’s a question that hasn’t really been addressed by anyone involved in the movies in an official creative capacity, but the topic was recently broached with someone who might be in a position to talk about the matter with authority.
In a recent Mission Log podcast on Trek Movie, screenwriter Roberto Orci went on the record to say that there will be a day when Star Trek returns to TV, and, in at least one respect, maybe that’s for the best. What does he mean? Read on below:
“When I saw Star Wars I remember thinking, ‘yeah Star Wars is amazing, but I can’t watch it at home. I can watch Star Trek at home. I remember thinking [about Trek], ‘wow, this is a whole universe,’ where as Star Wars seemed like a one-off.”
“I do think Star Trek is wonderful for TV. I think it should be both [TV and movies]. I saw a Next Generation movie, I won’t say which, but I thought ‘Ahh, it’s slightly succumb to the trappings of movie making. A lot of action and not enough philosophy.’ It’s interesting to read that criticism of some of the stuff we’ve done in the last two [films]. TV affords you [philosophy]. But, I do think that audiences are sophisticated enough that Star Trek can be Star Trek in both mediums now.”
“Star Trek ain’t going anywhere. It’s going to outlive all of us. And it’s going to be translated into every kind of delivery system you can imagine. It’s not going away from TV either. It just depends on when it comes back and how it’s programmed against the movies.”
I think Orci hit on something important there, the philosophy, the exploration, the social conscience, all that comes easier for Trek on a week-to-week basis versus a movie because when the movies do try to get more thematic we end up with The Motion Picture, or The Final Frontier, or Insurrection. I’d put good money on the notion that we’ll probably see a new Star Trek TV series sometime around 2016, in time for the 50th birthday of Trek.
What do you say Bastards, want to see Star Trek the next, next generation on TV screens? Sound off below.
There’s been a lot of progress in the saga that is the RoboCop reboot. What was first deemed a terrible idea by fans, has gained plenty of steam with plenty of A-list talent supporting the José Padilha directed feature film.
Rebooting the film franchise of the 80s’, Padilha needed an all-star cast to back it up…and boy did he get it. Featuring stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Abbie Cornish and Joel Kinnaman RoboCop was making quite the impact at this past San Diego Comic-Con. One of the films other stars, Samuel L. Jackson, was on hand at the convention to talk about the film, and at the same time revealed a bit about his own character Pat Novak.
According to Jackson:
“I play a character by the name of Pat Novak, who’s sort of a combination of Rush Limbaugh and Al Sharpton, if you can combine those two people. So I refer to him as Rush Sharpton,” Jackson said. “He has one of those shows that’s an opinion show, and his opinion is that automated policing is a good idea, so he’s a proponent of RoboCop.”
A character like Novak will hopefully add an intriguing mass-media layer to the film, which will also deal with the role of corporations in society and how the use of drones affects humanity. Someone with Jackson’s screen presence can definitely sell an opinionated media personality in ways few other actors could ever hope to.
Check out the entire interview, including Jackson’s response to why he considers RoboCop a “credible” remake below:
RoboCop is scheduled for release in theatres everywhere Feb. 7th, 2014.
The most recent Tomb Raider was a well deserved and well done reboot of the series. After a rocky patch during its promotion, once the game actually released it was met with acclaim from hardcore and casual gamers alike. Not only was it a damn fun adventure game, but it was probably the first time I played a game with a female protagonist that didn’t make such a fuss about her being a female protagonist.
And the only thing that makes me happier than a game that understands you can produce a solid, entertaining, engaging action-adventure game no matter the sex of your lead character, is learning we’re getting a sequel.
The news of a Tomb Raider sequel was sort of already leaked when comic book writer, Gail Simone spoke about the details of her upcoming Tomb Raider comic, saying it would bridge the events of the first game and its sequel. Today though, Square Enix CEO for the Americas and Europe, Phil Rogers confirmed there’s a sequel in works, announcing the game is, “well into development.” Former head of Crystal Dynamics, the studio responsible for the successful reboot, Darrell Gallagher, who’s also now head of product development and studios at Square Enix, added,
It’s still early days, so I’m afraid I can’t provide any further details for now save my assurance that we’re not resting on our laurels and acclaim from Tomb Raider’s recent successes, but working hard to raise the bar even higher and re-affirm the faith you’ve shown.
All I can ask for is a game crafted with the same attention for great game play and thrilling adventure. Give me that and I’ll be as happy as when I’m playing Lara Croft laying waste to weirdo cultists with a grenade launcher.
Sigh. Though I guess this means I’ll need to buy one of those damn, new-fangled, next generations consoles. Double sigh.
What was wrong with the last two Fantastic Four movies? Was it the casting? The script? The direction? Perhaps it was the location, which might help explain why 20th Century Fox is moving the production location of its upcoming Fantastic Four reboot from Vancouver, B.C. to Louisiana.
According to The Wrap, Fox has signed on the dotted line to bring the superhero project to the Bayou State because some sweet tax incentives the state’s legislature recently passed. Film production has been a huge boon to the area following the dual disasters of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill, bringing hundreds of millions of dollars into a state that really needed the cast. Louisiana’s tax incentive for film and television production has also attracted the latest edition of Pirates of the Caribbean to the area. Both Pirates and the Fantastic Four have 2015 release dates.
So we know that Fantastic Four will start shooting in Louisiana sometime in September, and we know that Josh Trank (Chronicle) is directing, but who is going to play the four: Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch and the Thing? Well, rumors of Michael B. Jordan and Allison Williams remain, but they also remain rumors. Still, if the studio’s booking locations, then they must be confident that they’ll have a cast nailed down on time.
More news as it develops.
Source: Comic Book Movie