At the beginning of the year, it’s only natural to start re-evaluating where you are and where you’re going, and to start making plans to change course and get to that new place. We call them New Year’s Resolutions, and a great many of us make them every January 1. Should we expect movie studios to be so different? In the game of “Musical Chairs” that is the major studio release schedule, we’ve got some old favorites making some new moves. 20th Century Fox has announced several big moves for major releases over the next couple of years, included among them are a couple of comic book franchises, a video game movie, and a continuation of a major science fiction series. (more…)
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…)
When it was announced that the third Thor movie, which will be in a theater near you in the summer of 2017, was going to be subtitled Ragnarok, there were a lot of questions about the full meaning of the word in the context of the Thunder God’s next solo adventure. “Ragnarok” literally means “the final destiny of the gods,” which can be taken any number of ways, but that word “final” has some very specific implications. So we’re forced to wonder, is Ragnarok going to be a blood bath? Will it be, in effect, the final Thor solo adventure? We can’t answer that last question, but one of the co-writer’s is definitely pointing to an affirmative on that first question. (more…)
One thing you’ve got to know about talking to Michael Rooker one-on-one is he’s scary. The aviator sunglasses he wore weren’t helping either. Seriously though, underneath that gruff exterior is funny and charming man who has now found himself at the center of the nerd universe thanks to roles in AMC’s The Walking Dead and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. In our brief chat at the National Fan Expo Friday, Rooker discussed which franchise is winning the autograph wars, how he’s a nerd with muscles and how a little Yondu does a long way. (more…)
He co-wrote a screenplay featuring a giant robot scrotum with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. He helped load The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with so much plot detail that they barely had any room for a story or character. He participated in the silly is-he-Khan or isn’t-he debate for Star Trek Into Darkness. He’s the most divisive screenwriter in Hollywood, and now Roberto Orci is crowing that he’s finished the first draft of his follow-up to STID, putting the flick on track for that important and symbolic 2016 release date. (more…)
Looking back on the summer of 2014, Godzilla was indeed one of the success stories, but it’s debatable as to whether it was the big hit the studio wanted it to be. At the same time, there’s also a question as to whether or not the style and tone brought to the production by director Gareth Edwards outweighed the weaker story and character elements, and whether or not those two desperate aspects might be balanced for the sequel. Well, what ever may come in the franchise, we know one thing for certain: the date that Godzilla 2 will be released. And when will that be? Read on. (more…)
Hello Nostalgia! Because someone, somewhere, might possibly want to see it, it seems like a third Conan movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger may still come to fruition. A sudden update the other day reports that the script is almost complete, and with fingers crossed and hopes high, the film itself could begin shooting as early as next year. The only thing standing in the production’s way? Studio approval. But the producer thinks that this will become a reality, and he seems to be already stoking the hype machine to make it so. (more…)
Perhaps rekindled by the good box office fortunes of Disney’s other revisionist fairy tale Maleficent, studio executives seem to be once again hot for a sequel to their 2007 hit Enchanted. Disney’s never met an idea that they couldn’t franchise, and it does seem odd that almost sever years later we have to receive an Enchanted 2. The adventure of princess-out-of-water Giselle (Amy Adams), who is lured away from her storybook homeland and exiled to the utterly un-magical world of modern Manhattan, practically demands a follow-up. Perhaps all they lacked was a decent script. Well then, problem solved, because Disney just hired a new pair of script doctors to bring this sequel to life. Maybe. (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…)