World War Z was one of this past summer’s biggest surprises, not only was it a worldwide box office sensation, but it had to overcome some significantly bad press concerning its production in order to get there. Of course, in Hollywood success breeds sequel speculation, and if you want to get the latest information on a subject, you go to the source, like a movie’s actor and producer.
Variety caught up with Brad Pitt at the Toronto International Film Festival, at which Pitt is promoting the award-baiting 12 Years a Slave. When asked about World War Z and a World War Z sequel he seemed very optimistic. “We have so many ideas on the table from the time we spent just developing this thing and figuring out how the zombie worlds work,” Pitt explained. “We have so many ideas and so much information – we think we have a lot of stuff to mine from.”
But Pitt was careful to add, “We gotta get the script right to determine if we go further… We’ll wait and see how the script turns out, but yes, I’d love to come back.”
Considering that the first film had to go back into production after the third act was totally re-written, it’s probably a smart movie for Pitt to focus on getting the script solid first.
What do you Bastards think? Wanna see a sequel to WWZ?
It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to press play on the first teaser trailer for the sequel to The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted. Coming from the same creative team (sans Jason Segel), the sequel will continue the big screen adventures of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozie and the rest of the gang as they find themselves on a European adventure. In the trailer you’ll see scenes of new stars Ty Burrell, Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais hamming it up, and you will confirm once and for all if Scooter does indeed have moves like Jagger. But let’s put aside the preamble and get to the trailer:
Plot Synopsis – Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon. Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” is directed by James Bobin and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Bobin co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller, who is also executive producer with John G. Scotti. Featuring music from Academy Award®-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie, “Muppets Most Wanted” hits the big screen March 21, 2014.
There are still some high hopes that Pacific Rim will get a sequel, not many, but there are some. One of the hopers is Charlie Day, who played one of the scientists studying the monstrous kaiju in the film, and recently he talked to CraveOnline.com about would could happen, and what he’d like to see happen, in a potential Pac-Rim 2. You can read the full and complete interview by clicking on the link, but the pertinent gold nugget can be read below:
“I remember when I first met with him (Del Toro) that he liked the idea of Newt becoming a bit of a villain in the second film. But, I think over the course of making the film, and the way the character resonated with the audience, I don’t think he would want to turn him into a villain now, but I really have no idea….Guillermo is one of these guys that his mind is so active that he might have an idea about something and then it’s a completely different idea five minutes later. I’m hopeful that we get to drive a big punching robot. I think traditionally in those comics, sometimes the science guys put together a cheap, dorky version of one of the robots so maybe we’ll get to do something like that.”
Sounds like Day wants a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em robot version of a jaeger. There seems to be a lot of fun speculation about what a Pacific Rim sequel might entail, but it’s worth pointing out that as of this past weekend, after a full month of release, Pacific Rim 1 has yet to cross $100 million domestically. Money might still roll in overseas, but that low of a box office number for North America might be a turn off for the studio when considering any sequel talk. Maybe Day should but his ideas in a comic book of his own. Alas.
What do you Bastards have to say? Still want a Pac-Rim sequel?
The most recent Tomb Raiderwas 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.
The Chinese market is becoming very important to Hollywood; China-centric scenes were added to the Chinese release of Iron Man 3, and a role in the upcoming Transformers 4 was being raffled off on a Chinese reality show earlier this summer, and that’s just two examples. And now nerdery is pegging its hopes on a follow-up to Pacific Rim on the average Chinese film-goer as the film opens in the country this week, but not all is cozy between Tinseltown and, um, Chinatown, as one might think.
Both Variety and Deadline are reporting that there’s a showdown on the horizon between Hollywood and the Chinese government over how much money America studios get back from Chinese movie tickets. As it is, Hollywood makes back 25 per cent on the all tickets sold in China, but China’s government is now thinking their getting screwed and want to send back a little less money to Hollywood with a new tax called VAT.
Obviously, Hollywood doesn’t like the idea of getting less money, so its a deadlocked dispute that’s gone nowhere fast the last couple of months. Enter a United States Trade Representative who is now working with the MPAA and their “counterparts within the Chinese government to resolve the issue.” Good luck with that because there’s only so much money, and it seems that everyone wants more of it.
As for Pacific Rim, and the odds for a sequel, things are looking up. The film made $9 million since opening on Wednesday, which is a very good number for the Chinese box office. Pacific Rim has so far made over $225 million worldwide, barely $90 million of that at the domestic box office. So all eye’s turn to China to see if they can push the film into greener territory (the film cost around $190 million to make), and Pac-Rim is still slated to open in several other markets across the globe later this month.
So hope lives! Maybe not so much for Hollywood getting more money out of China, but hey, we never thought we’d get a fourth season of Arrested Development either. Pigs can fly!
Pacific Rim was one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, but it’s somehow been unable to heat up the box office in any way that might obviously lend itself to sequel speculation. But with the release of Pac-Rim still imminent in huge markets like China and Japan, which could result in Pacific Rim adding significantly to its box office coffers, it would not be entirely realistic for the powers that be to be thinking about possibilities for part 2.
Well good news, Guillermo del Toro is way ahead of you.
MTV got the chance to talk to del Toro recently, and the director says that Travis Beacham is already on the case in terms of penning the screenplay, and he’s got some interesting items for the writer to put on the page. Let’s go to the video tape:
If you’re sadly not-American, and thus are unable to view the above video (seriously, what happened to the World Wide Web?), here’s what del Toro said in point form:
The possibility of Kaiju/Jaeger hybrids?
I’ll tell you a couple of things. We will have Gipsy 2.0 for sure. We will have Gipsy 2.0 for sure. Second thing is you’re gonna see a merging of Kaiju and Jaeger. And that is quite special.
How is their going to be a hybrid, and who will it fight for?
Just think about it for a second. We sent Gipsy to the other side, right? It exploded, but whatever remains stays there.
Don’t just expect the robots and the monsters to evolve…
We’ve drifted with a Kaiju brain. Well, then start riffing on that and you’ll get to something.
What do you Bastards think? Does this make you excited for another Pac-Rim, or was one enough?
A few days ago we showed you the teaser trailer to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, featuring Jamie Foxx in mid-transformation to Electro. That was only a part of what Sony had planned for Friday, giving fans in Hall H the first footage of Marc Webb‘s upcoming sequel. Lucky buggers.
What the studio essentially called a “reel” was the closest thing to a trailer anyone in that room has seen since filming began months ago. Covering brief character introductions, a bit of the trademark Spider-Man banter, and the troubles of keeping a “super” relationship, the footage was in rough shape. Incomplete effects, a couple of storyboards, but it was enough to convey the story to the audience in the room.
For a complete, more detailed description head over to /Film, they were in the room and do a fantastic job of telling you everything, here we’re delivering a slightly quicker version of what they saw. Let’s get to it, shall we. (more…)
- 07-19-13 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
We’ll get some kind of official new details about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 when the panel on the film is joined at San Diego Comic Con later today. In the meantime though, Screen Rant got a chance to interview director Marc Webb and tried to worm some definitive answers in regard to some of the rumors swirling about the film.
As an opener, Screen Rant’s Amy Nicholson asked Webb if Black Cat would have her bad luck powers in the film?
“Hmmm, I don’t even know if Black Cat is in the movie…,” he replied
Deftly deflected. How about whether or not the film ends with the death of Gwen Stacy? Well, the exchange went like this:
Amy: How intense it was shooting [Peter and Gwen's] final scene?
Webb: Um… whadda mean, the last scene in the movie?
Amy: I’m trying to get you to talk about her death.
Webb: Listen… the world we’re trying to create is… it’s partly obligated to cannon, but you also have to deviate from the cannon occasionally and so the… y’know… Andrew [Garfield] and Emma [Stone] and Peter and Gwen are – I mean, they’re something really joyful and wonderful about that relationship and it’s a lot of that stuff from the first movie [that] will continue in this second movie… [trails off].
I think Amy almost broke Webb there. So let’s talk about something a little less spoilery. For example, the thematic arc for Spider-Man going into this film, what challenges await the web-slinger in this sequel and how will he overcome them?
“Y’know, if the last movie was [asking whether] Peter Parker can be Spider-Man, this movie is about if Spider-Man can be Peter Parker. At the beginning of the movie, he is extraordinarily capable, he is very good at being Spider-Man. There’s a virtuosity there, he’s so confident in the midst of total pandemonium that he may, uh, feel a little too confident and other elements of his life may erode because of that… I’ll say this, [the theme] has something to do with time and the nature of time and the first shot in the movie… it’s a watch… a ticking clock…”
“Ticking clock?” Does that suggest that Spider-Man will team-up with Jack Bauer? I digress, but it does open us up to a segue regarding the over-bloatedness of the film with so many new characters including the confirmed Norman and Harry Osborn, Electro and Rhino to rumored characters like the Black Cat and whoever Sarah Godan is playing. But Webb says relax because he and the writers are playing with creating a bigger universe here and telling a story that can unfold with multiple characters over multiple movies:
“Yes, yeah, listen, part of the fundamental concepts, the conceit of the universe that we’re making is that it started… in that first movie we tease up, for example, Norman Osborn. He was an entity, he was around but you didn’t see him onscreen. That allows you to unfold stories over a longer period of time and so you can create a sort of nuanced and complex world… The Rhino is in the movie for a very short time, because we’re sort of teasing out the possibility of something more interesting happening there.”
Hm. Could Webb be hinting at that Sinister Six rumor? I think we’ve made him sweat enough today, but if you want to watch the whole blow-by-blow, check out the video below:
In the last twenty-four hours people have been stunned by SyFy’s latest freak of nature Sharknado, ourselves included. The made for TV movie starring Cassie Scerbo, Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, and John Heard was a social media sensation, sparking over a half million tweets on Twitter alone, but only gained an average 0.4 rating for viewers. That doesn’t translate to quality television, but as Deadline‘s reporting, this hasn’t stopped SyFy from thinking about their next shark-related sequel.
Not waiting for the viewing numberds, and based solely on those tweets, SyFy announced it was re-airing the film:
“Given the enormous popular demand, Syfy will present a special encore presentation of Sharknado on Thursday, July 18 at 7PM (ET/PT),” the network announced proudly this morning before the audience numbers came in.
There’s a reason they ok’d this before the actual audience numbers came in, the movie sucked – even by SyFy’s standards. In a report from Business Week the SyFy original movie, involving a freak hurricane flooding the city of Los Angeles and filling the city with man-eating sharks from tornadoes, only gained 1.3 million where on average SyFy movies have a regular viewership of 1.5 million viewers. It’s because social media like Twitter, where it received 5,000 tweets per minute at its peak, made Sharknado the “success” it appears to be.
So I guess things like Twitter and outrageous TV movies can come together and create magic. Those tweets were what made it made a worthwhile watch. Read on for the top 25 tweets from all the madness, including a few from one of Nerd Bastards own after the jump. (more…)
- 06-25-13 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
So the success of Man of Steel means we’re going to get that Justice League movie good and fast, right? Well hold your horses there bub, because Superman himself is saying that it’s not as easy as all that.
While talking with Peter Travers of ABC News, Man of Steel star Henry Cavill says that Justice League could happen if it’s done right, but it’s going to be tough to bring all these characters together in one narrative and do it in a convincing way. So basically, Henry says relax…
“Justice League, more movies, I have no idea. Justice League could be great if done correctly. It’s a very tough one to do because the DC comic heroes are all god-like in their power. So in this real world setting we’re telling our story in, it’s going to be tough to achieve that and it has to be done very delicately with a lot of thought. So, it won’t be right away, I hope it’s not anyway. It may take some time of building up other movies and other characters and introducing them together in one way or another. I think it would be great to do, but I don’t think it’s around the corner.”
So much for a previous report that suggested that Man of Steel 2 and Justice League were going to be made back-to-back and released in 2014 and 2015. Something tells me they’re going to want to keep the new, successful Superman on side for any future endeavors. Check out the full video interview below.
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