Obviously, if you’re in the market to produce a remake/reboot/restructuring of a huge and influential mega-franchise, then you could do worse than courting one of Hollywood’s favorite young actresses. Jennifer Lawrence already has two franchises under her belt, and when she’s not doing that she’s courting Academy Awards by co-starring in new films by David O. Russell. On the other hand though, The Hunger Games franchise is winding down with next year’s release of Mockingjay – Part 2, so Lawrence will need something else to occupy her time. Like a proton pack. Is it so outrageous to think Lawrence, Tinseltown’s latest in a long line of girls next door, might be up for some ghost busting in the often discussed new Ghostbusters film by Paul Feig? The answer may surprise you. (more…)
Basically, nothing can be said or reported about Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four reboot without fans getting a head of steam about it. It’s understandable for a number of reasons, primarily that we’ve been burned twice by Fantastic Four adaptations and because this is Twentieth Century Fox and they don’t have a sterling record of treating their comic book-based movies right. But hey, they could get it right this time, right? Right? Well, if you read the below synopsis you may have some second thoughts about that opinion. Especially if you’re a believe in the sanctity of the accepted comic origin of a superhero team. (more…)
You hear the words “Todd McFarlane” and “Spawn” you might think that you’re about to get a vague and random update about the live-action Spawn movie reboot. Not today. Today, McFarlane is shedding light in a not-so vague way on the in-the-works Spawn animated series reboot. Yes, there is a new Spawn animated series coming. The original ran on HBO for three years between 1997 and 1999. It was a hard-R rated animated series, and perhaps much more representative of the style and tone of the McFarlane comic book than the 1997 movie ever was. But can lightening strike twice so far as Spawn animated shows are concerned? Well, the concept art release so far leans in the direction of a definite “yes.” (more…)
Lather, rinse, repeat. You’ll find that on just about every bottle of shampoo you’ll ever buy. The Shampoo Instructions Urban Myth tells the story that during a meeting to improve sales, a clever employee added the word repeat to the original instructions of Lather, Rinse and doubled sales. Hollywood has its own Shampoo instructions, Make Movie, Make Sequels, Remake Movie. This time around producer Ed Pressman (American Psycho) is back with news about the upcoming Crow remake/reboot. (more…)
Since everything old is new again in modern Hollywood, it’s almost shocking that no one’s had this idea. I mean lately. After butchering the Granddaddy of vampires in Dracula Untold, at least that’s the consensus of Rotten Tomatoes, writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless are taking on a reboot of Lost in Space for Legendary TV. The space age take on Johann David Wyss’ Swiss Family Robinson was a hit for three seasons in the 60s and has remained active in the pop culture memory in the nearly 50 years since. Despite numerous attempts to revisit the story, the magic of the original has never been re-captured, but like the old saying goes, “If at first you don’t succeed…” (more…)
When Marvel Comics announced earlier this summer that they were relaunching Thor, it didn’t come as much of a surprise, Marvel does this sort of thing every couple of months after all. But turning the God of Thunder into the Goddess of Thunder?! Now there’s something newsworthy. Thor #1 hits the comic book store shelves next month, marking the first appearance of the new Thor with lady parts. It’s quite a bold and brazen new direction for the character, but can it succeed? Writer Jason Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman are betting on it, and so is Marvel. And if you want to bet on it to, then you should check out the following press release and accompanying gallery of covers, variant covers and interiors. (more…)
In the divorce between writing partners Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, it seems that while Orci will keep Star Trek, Kurtzman will continue to be a part of the Universal Studios Monsters franchise by doubling down on The Mummy, now not just as its co-screenwriter, but as its director. In what will be his directorial follow-up to the 2012 disappointment People Like Us, Kurtzman takes it on himself to not just relaunch Universal’s Mummy franchise, but to start the ball rolling in realizing a shared universe for Universal’s Monster line-up which includes Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolfman. (more…)
There used be zero expectation that movies based on your favorite superheroes would borrow directly from specific comic book stories. That’s change in recent years. We’ve had tremendous comic book based movies based on actual comic book storylines, like Iron Man 3 and “Extremis,” Captain America: The Winter Soldier and, well, “The Winter Soldier,” and the latest X-Men movie Days of Future Past, which is based on the Uncanny X-Men story of the same name. So perhaps it has to be said now, but comic book movies aren’t always based on specific stories, and it appears that the new Fantastic Four movie will be one of those efforts. (more…)
The 90s nostalgia craze is starting to perturb me a little — and that’s a thing that is unfortunate since we’re likely just getting started. You see, I was raised on the center rail between 80s and 90s culture in that I was born in 1982 (I’m like the Blade of eras, I can walk in the light and the dark.), so while I have a soft spot for some of the reboots of these inherently 1993ish things, others make me flip up my Dwayne Wayne sunglasses because of all the shade that I’m throwing… and I’m looking right the hell at you, Girl Meets World.
Hocus Pocus is another shade-worthy item for me, though to be fair, it’s not entirely the fault of this live-action family-horror-comedy from Disney about a trio of witches (Otto Titsling historian Bette Midler, a post Square Pegs/pre-Miami Rhapsody Sarah Jessica Parker and a Mo Gaffney-free Kathy Najimy) that are brought back from the dead to wreak havoc on a Massachusetts town. No, the fault lies with an impervious VHS copy of Hocus Pocus and my little sister, who at the age of 8 qualified as one of the youngest practitioners of the Ludovico technique. Poor 12 year old me. I vomit anytime I see a schmaltzy Disney film now.
By the way, Tina Fey is producing a sequel to the film. (more…)
It appears that fate has heard you, Bastards. When our own Mark Poynter posted last night that Iron Man 3 director Shane Black and his Monster Squad writing partner Fred Dekker were working on a reboot of Predator, some of you questioned the logic of rebooting a perfectly viable franchise that’s already laid a tremendous amount of ground work. Black, as it turns out, agrees. One website reached out to Black who refined yesterday’s announcement to declare that his Predator film will be an “inventive sequel” rather than a pointless reboot. (more…)