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Zak Penn

A few days ago, it was announced that Warner Bros would be returning to one of their most lucrative and successful franchises, The Matrix. The trilogy that centered on a war between machines and humans in a virtual (and real) world was everything we ever wanted in a franchise. Though provoking storylines, kung-fu action, high-quality special effects, even a believable romance were all a part of the trilogy. This past week Warner Bros was considering a reboot of the franchise with actor Michael B. Jordan in consideration for the lead role. Some people were not too excited about the idea of a reboot for the franchise. Looks like some of their fears can be put to rest.

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It wasn’t a great weekend for Steven Spielberg. His latest film, The BFG, finished behind Finding Dory, The Legend of Tarzan, and The Purge: Election Year to end up fourth at the box office, and that’s not good when your last name’s Spielberg, who, admittedly, has had disappointing returns before. So let’s stop focusing on the past and look ahead to Spielberg’s next film, Ready Player One. Based on the fairly popular novel of the same name by Ernest ClineReady Player One has been described as Willy Wonka meets The Matrix, and it comes loaded with 80s references. So if you’re one those people anxious to see this one – good news – principal photography on the film has already begun. (more…)

 

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HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ and ‘Deadpool’ star T.J. Miller has been added to the cast of ‘Ready Player One,’ Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the action-packed, sci-fi novel by Ernest Cline. In the Warner Bros./Village Roadshow produced film, Miller will take on the role of i-R0k, an online troll who searches and monitors the online forums of the wildly popular virtual reality MMO game Oasis. (more…)

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As the DC Extended Universe expands on the big screen and DC characters are taking over the small screen with The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham, and Supergirl (not to mention Lucifer, which will hit screens early next year), DC comics fans are more excited than they have been in years.  After Warner Brothers announced their upcoming slate of DCEU films, which included solo movies from most of the Justice League as well as two Justice League movies, fans began to speculate as to which other characters from DC’s stable would show up on some screen, in some fashion.  Well, DC fans, we have some absolutely stellar news for you: Booster Gold and Blue Beetle will be teaming up for a buddy-cop superhero movie that will be directed by Greg Berlanti. (more…)

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Contrary to popular belief, the first four Transformers movies had scripts. I know, I know, sounds unlikely. It’s like ancient aliens, Nessie and an honest politician, a rumor too impossible to be believed. However, with the notably exception of Revenge of the Fallen, which was mostly plotted through pre-visualization thanks to the 2007-08 Writers Strike, every Transformers movie has begun with a script. Well now they’re going to begin with a team of writers deciding on a story for that script. As per recent reporting, Paramount Pictures has put Akiva Goldsman in charge to oversee a writers room for all upcoming Transformers movies, and some familiar names are amongst the first roster of Transformers’ writing staff. (more…)

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As a fan of documentaries, I am very much looking forward to this one. As I’m sure you all heard by now, director Zak Penn and the film crew for Atari: Game Over, proved earlier this year that the urban legend was right, and that all the unpurchased cartridges were buried in a New Mexico landfill. But of course, that’s just part of the story. Later this year, fans and curiosity seekers will relive the journey of the nascent days of video gaming, where the sky was the limit, programmers were rock stars, and a video game based on the most popular movie of all time nearly killed a billion dollar business while it was still in its crib. (more…)

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I don’t read often, but when I do, it’s because of books like Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. RPO is a nerd-tastic novel that will reawaken those nostalgic feelings for 80’s geek culture. Bursting with video game, TV show, and overall pop culture references from that era. Even if you didn’t live through the 80’s and don’t get all the references, it’s a fast paced, exciting read! A fantastic story, filled with gripping twists and turns, fun dialogue, and that one elusive writing quality, originality. Ready Player One is one of my favorite reads of all time! (more…)

EDITORS NOTE: Yes, I’m pretty sure uttering the phrase “sequel to The Karate Kid remake” opened the gates of hell.

Surprisingly, I did not hate the  2010 remake of The Karate Kid. I wanted to, hell, I was prepared to set my local theater on fire in protest of 80’s sacrilege. I mean how dare they remake The Karate Kid, right? Well, the film exceeded my expectations. After viewing, I was left with a classic “not bad” face. I think it successfully paid homage to the original with it’s humiliation to humility to a climactic showdown, complete with a deciding slow-motion kick.

With that said, I still get mad when I see The Karate Kid ON DEMAND only to find it’s the 2010 version and not the original. Sour face every time.

So, the 2010 remake was home-run hit for Sony, grossing $176 million domestic and about $182 internationally. Naturally, a sequel was immediately set into motion with screenwriters Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reif hired to craft a story. That was about a year and a half ago.

According to Variety, Zak Penn, the writer of X-Men: The Last Stand and The Incredible Hulk, has now been tapped to do a rewrite on The Karate Kid 2.

OK, I think I can ready my torch burning kit again. Seriously, Zak Penn?! *facepalm*

At this time no other details have been mentioned, but stars Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan  are obviously expected to return. Perhaps the story will have the duo going to Okinawa like in The Karate Kid Part II.

Source: Slashfilm

 

 

Joss Whedon To Re-Write Avengers Script

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As most of you know the big news this week and perhaps most epic nerd news ever is that the George Lucas of TV, Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” “Firefly“) is in final negotiations to helm Marvels “The Avengers“. Except for the few Whedon haters out there the majority of the nerd community is most certainly rejoiceful over this news. Biggest fanboy gets to direct the biggest event in comic book movie history. Honestly, how exciting is that? However, Joss Whedon is more celebrated for his writing and character development more so than he is praised for his directing. When news broke that he’s going to be leading the biggest super hero movie of all time the initial reaction, by fans was that he should be writing it instead. Well, turns out, he’s doing that too!

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