In what may be either a very smart or very suicidal business move, Dreamworks Animation has just dropped a $150 million bid to grab up Classic Media and all its artistic properties. CM is currently owner of the rights to such well-known names as Casper the Friendly Ghost, Dick Tracy, He-Man, Archie, Voltron, Gumby, Felix the Cat, Veggie Tales, Lassie, Where’s Waldo and the Lone Ranger.
At first glance, this would seem a bonanza of tried-and-true characters that could make Dreamworks a pile of cash. The purchase, however, is a little more complicated than that, being that none of the titles carry with them their television or film rights.
Classic Media currently makes hundreds-of-millions by licensing these properties. Dreamworks may be looking at holding on to the rights for the express purpose of renting them out later to other companies that wish to turn the titles into movies or television shows (and the subsequent toys or other marketing deals that inevitably follow). Or they could possibly have some other purchases lined up for the future. Either way, the company is dropping some big cash.
At the very least, this puts a spotlight on some old classic media and gives rise to the question of whether we may be looking at a new He-Man flick or a Voltron adaptation in the near future.
This time last year coming out of San Diego Comic Con there was some hype about progress moving forward on a live-action film version of the 80s robot lions-turned-giant robot samurai toy line, Voltron. Since then, there has been no new news, so perhaps its only fitting that since Comic Con has just come to a close we get a kind of update on the progress of the movie.
World Event Productions’ Creative Director Jeremy Corray and vice president Robert Kopla were both asked about the status of Voltron this past weekend, and this is the exchange they had with the WallStreetJournal.com
QUESTION: What’s the latest word on the Voltron feature film that you introduced at last year’s Comic-Con?
Kopla: It’s currently in development with Relativity Media. Josh Oppenheimer and Thomas Donnelly are working on the script and they have some cool ideas. It’s going to be a big action adventure flick and we’re really excited about it. We have some talented producers on it.
Voltron is about five space explorers who find five spacecrafts that look like robotic lions separately, but they also come together to form a giant robot man called Voltron. The live-action film is being produced by Atlas Entertainment, Kickstart Entertainment and World Events Productions. Thomas Dean Donnelly (Conan the Barbarian) and Joshua Oppenheimer (Sahara) are currently writing the screenplay.
Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOVE: That moment when you realize your cosplay is kind of lame. (Fashionably Geek)
Every year hundreds of manufacturers, distributors, and sales agents from around the globe gather in one location to showcase their toy and entertainment products for the coming year.
You know what that means?
It’s time for the international New York Toy Fair. If there was one place where you could let your inner child go absolutely crazy it would be here. With over a thousand exhibitors, it’s hard not to.
There are all types of toys to choose from, classic toys from yesteryear, new movie tie-in toys, and toys for all ages, brought forth from the wacky minds of the toy masters at Mattel, Lego, Hasbro and many, many more. These are the products that will be hitting store shelves everywhere all year long that may flop, or become the hottest must have toy for Christmas.
Take a stroll through the New York Toy Fair courtesy of NerdBastards “Gallery of Toys” below and let your fellow NerdBastards know which are keepers and which will clutter store shelves until their thrown into the 50% off bin in the comments section below.
In the gallery below you will find images for:
-Marvel and DC ‘Super Hero’ LEGO sets. (via)
-Lord of the Rings LEGO Set (via)
-Playmates new line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line of action figures, vehicles and playsets (via)
-Bane and Catwoman Figures from Movie Masters (via)
-Mattel’s latest additions to their Ghostbusters line (via)
-Mattel’s DCU, Justice League, Young Justice and More (via)
-Mattel’s Voltron Line (via)
-Mattel’s newest addition to their massive Master of the Universe line (via)
-Batman Arkham City Figures from Square Enix (via)
-E.T., Rocky, Predator and other figures from NECA (via)
-HASBRO’s ‘Avengers’ Line(via)
-HASBRO’s reintroduction to Marvel Legends (via)
For further details, including figure specs and release dates please hit up the respective via links
Another Super Bowl has come and gone, and another batch of overly hyped but in the end, disappointing Super Bowl commercials have aired. I’m sure everyone feels this way but I swear the commericials when I was a kid were more memorable. Maybe now we’re all too old and jaded to see the fun in a million dollar advertising campaign.
But out of all the commercials aired this year only one seemed to pander to those of us craving some nerdy nostalgia. It was MetLife‘s commericial starring just about every cartoon idol from our childhood. All coming together to celebrate, uhh, insurance on some grassy hill.
I don’t really get it either. And bringing Voltron and Scooby-Doo into the picture doesn’t get me excited about life insurance.
What did you think of MetLife’s or any of the other Super Bowl commercials? Did you have a favorite?I think I liked the yogurt one with John Stamos getting head butted. I literally lol-ed.
Finally it’s new Comics Wednesday and its time to dive into a whole new random pile of books and see what we come up with. To be honest, this week came with a few hints about what 2012 will look like, well for one company that is. Yes, we are on the cusp of hitting comic book crossover event season. “Hey, wait… Fear Itself and Flashpoint JUST wrapped up” you might say, but you know how it works. Big guys are warming us up for the next one.
DC looks like they might be going for smaller events at the moment. Crossing over a few books and letting the characters meet each other again for the first time in the DCnU. Don’t fool yourself, There is the mystery purple hoodie lady, there is something brewing. Who is she? How does she fit in? Is this a set up to how the new Multiverse set up since the reset? Personally, I really wish last weeks Tiny Titanswas the true canonical answer to who the mystery lady is, but Dan DiDio would never let that happen, would he.
The other guys, Marvel that is, have an event they just dropped some details on, oh we’ve already covered it, but I just wanted to chime in here. Avengers Vs X-Men? Come on. This had better be bigger than that. Back a few weeks, Marvel Point One hinted more than just your typical and done to death hero vs hero slug fest. Also, what is Wolverine going to do? He’s on both damn teams! Oh the drama. With any luck, when the Phoenix smacks her/itself into the Earth, maybe Marvel will get is own (imo) much needed reboot.
Ok, so what do we have this week? I bite into another one of those books. You know the one everyone is talking about, one that’s winning awards, one that I probably should have picked up long ago. Also, check in with one of DC’s New 52, one I dropped at issue one and never looked back, even though everyone was talking about great it was and probably going to win awards. Speaking of next years event for Marvel, I grab a book that is supposedly made up of the ‘connective tissue of the Marvel Universe’ so, we should have something to talk about beyond Captain America fighting Cyclops, again. The last one? I prove a point about Alex Ross and marketing ploys.
It’s all up after the jump in the fast and dirty reviews.
In a parallel universe, there are awesome geeky movies that you’d kill, or at least maim, to watch. Sadly, we live in this universe where these films never got made. But if you somehow get your hands on these screenplays you’ll at least be able to get a sense of what we’re missing. Here in no particular order, are the top 10 must reads for any serious movie dork.
YouTuber’s Awkward Spaceship takes a hard look at Voltron. These are the questions that I asked when watching this show. Finally someone answers the tough questions. What cartoon should Awkward Spaceship take on next?
I grew up watching Voltron in the 80′s and loved the shit out of it. 5 five space explorers who pilot robotic lions that combine to form Voltron, an invincible guardian sworn to defend the Universe. What’s not to love? Hehe, oh man…I’m getting all nostalgic replaying the theme opener in my head. Anyway, a live-action Voltron flick has been rumored for years. It will eventually happen and it will undoubtedly suck, no 80’s gold has been served well in the Noughties ( 00’s). However, fan-films are always there to save the day. And here’s a nifty Voltron short film created by YouTube user alexalbrecht00called Voltron: The End.
Unfortunately, there is no action, nor shots of Voltron in full. It’s just 3 minutes of the dude who plays Detective Lassiter on Psych (Luke FACT: Psych is in my top 5 fav. shows.) regaining consciousness in a Voltron battle lion after an “accident”. He has to decide does he live a few more minutes or try to tell the world what happened… the end is only the beginning. Something like that.
Uh… is it me or did Lassie say “what whores lay ahead?”
There was more drama in this clip than in the last two Transformers films. As someone growing up with Voltron, this was a satisfying cocktease of what could be.
Every week the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.
On Mondays we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at email@example.com.
This week’s edition: Meowtron, Defender of the Universe, Wall-E in real life, It’s A Potato!, This cake is not a lie, Forty Fords, The Apple Tree, Be an Optimist Prime, Dragonball Homer, Game of Thronies, The adorable secret inside R2-D2, Duct tape Princess Leia, Hand Bat-signal, Optimus Prime in watermelon, Death Star dress, Harry Potter is metal, Conan O’Brian shares slashy fanart with Tom Felton, Koopa Paratroopa in real life (kinda), Batman is the solution, Sexy Stormtrooper girl, Mario Warfare, Flaming LEGO dragon, Epic Jedi street gang fight, 8-bit Assassin’s Creed, Game of Thrones season two set photos, Chuck Norris riding an AT-AT, The best video resume…ever, Zachary Levi would choose Wonder Woman, Batman is metal, Cats discuss Doctor Who cosplay, Lightsaber Popsicle cozies, Alien motorbike, French Star Wars theme, Harry Potter as a teen comedy
Sometimes, you just have to say, “Thank you internets for your unhealthy obsession with cats.” (Neatorama)