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…)
Paramount announced last week that they were aiming to get G.I. Joe 3, and a bunch of other sequels, into theaters by 2016. With about two years to write, cast, set-up production, shoot, edit, and promote the film, one might think that the producers had better start cracking then. Indeed, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura is cracking and according to him he’s close to signing a writer and is now in the process of looking at directors. But what kind of story are we looking at, and what Joes might be involved? For answers from di Bonaventura, read on. (more…)
A few years ago some filmmakers decided to take all that internet vitriol that existed against Star Wars creator George Lucas and made a casserole of it in a documentary called The People Vs. George Lucas. It was a great schadenfreude moment where we the little people got to eat Lucas alive for his crimes against humanity. Of course, those crimes are re-editing movies he made and make new ones that didn’t line-up with our expectations, in fact it’s almost surprising that we didn’t burn down Skywalker Ranch in retaliation. So now, because one rake out isn’t enough, those same filmmakers are looking to put Lucas on trial again, this time for selling out to Big Mouse, Disney. (more…)
Yesterday came the news that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards was cashing out his cache and buying a rocket ship to that galaxy far, far away to make the first Star Wars spin-off film in time for a December 16th, 2016 release date. The immediate thought was “awesome!” but the second thought was “what about the next Godzilla movie?” Obviously, much of Godzilla’s success comes from what Edwards brought to the film in terms of its tone and style, so they’d have to be crazy not to find a way to bring him back for a part 2. So to prove they’re not crazy, the folks at Legendary Pictures today have confirmed that Edwards will by back for Godzilla 2. And maybe 3 and 4. (more…)
Michael Fassbender Is Unsure As to When ‘Prometheus’ is Happening (But Assures Us it Definitely Still Is!)
There are a few simple rules regarding conversation in my house:
1. No politics
2. No religion
3. No insulting the films of Brian De Palma or David Cronenberg
4. Those who mention Prometheus will be shot
It’s not that I despise Prometheus (the first half is actually quite good), it’s just that the very thought of the movie’s squandered potential irks me to no end. So count me as someone who is actually looking forward to the sequel, as I hope (maybe against hope) that Ridley Scott & Co. can actually stick the landing this time, instead of dropping a giant, somewhat phallic-looking spaceship on my dome. Unfortunately, one of its busiest stars cast a shadow of doubt upon when we’re actually going to see the continued adventures of Elizabeth Shaw and the severed head of David the Robot today, thus meaning I can’t set a defined date upon which I can revisit and possibly revise my “house rules”.
“…last time I had all of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes versus one British character actor, and I needed more conflict.”
Joss Whedon is admittedly “having a blast” playing around with the new villain for the Avengers sequel Age of Ultron. While recently speaking with Empire magazine, he discussed not only the latest villain whom everybody’s favorite band of Marvel superheroes are facing off against, but also the overseas release dates (Marvel recently announced Avengers: Age of Ultron will get an earlier release of April 24, 2015, keeping with the recent trend of placing it ahead of the U.S. date) and also how the textures of the architecture in the United Kingdom are being emphasized during the filming of the biggest MCU sequel to date.
I’m not really sure how this is going to work (yet I really can’t wait to see them try), but there’s now a Mrs. Doubtfire 2 in the works, despite the fact that it has been twenty years since Chris Columbus’ initial film hit theaters. Robin Williams (who co-produced the first) is returning to star in the film, more than likely hoping to replicate the original’s $440 million worldwide box office take. Since the children are now all grown, I can only hope that this somehow becomes Williams and Columbus’ White Madea series, if only for the potential of a Tyler Perry crossover.
A race war led by two weird dudes in old lady drag? The possibilities seem endless.
Any day where Max Landis loses a job is a good one. This is, after all, the guy who gave what is arguably the most misogynistic interview on ‘LA Dating’ ever. Maybe he can take the time off to enroll in an etiquette class. Or just jump off a cliff.
Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system (April Fools will turn a good man grumpy), it seems that, despite enjoying his “darker” script for the sequel to he and Josh Trank’s 2012 sleeper hit, Fox has passed on Landis and hired Jack Stanley to pen the second entry in their faux-Akira franchise.