There’s a new IMAX trailer out for The Legend of Tarzan directed by David Yates (Harry Potter 5/6/7/8 & Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). This latest foray into the jungle legend that is Tarzan stars Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) and Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad) as Tarzan and his lady-love Jane. It looks like we’re getting the whole Tarzan treatment in this fresh look at an old legend. (more…)
Warner Bros. and director David Yates are hard at work putting together a new incarnation of the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs tale of Tarzan. Though it’s still in the very early stages, it looks like they’ve even got a release date all lined up. If you want to see this new jungley action-adventure, look to the year 2016 and the day of July 1st. (more…)
Since our lovely readers surely haven’t had enough of reboot and remake rumors, here’s the latest from that Crow reboot Hollywood’s been talking about. Even though many of us may be utterly appalled by the project, the cash at the end of the tunnel is too bright and it will be going forward with or without us. They’re currently searching for their leading man and though Tom Hiddleston was previously rumored, it now looks like someone else may be the top man in the running – True Blood actor Alexander Skarsgard.
According to fellow media-spam site, Deadline:
The guy to keep an eye on here is True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard, who is getting numerous offers since his plans to star for David Yates in Tarzan died on the vine when Warner Bros halted the project over budget. No formal offer yet, but it sounds to me like it’s Skarsgard’s role if he wants it, in the F. Javier Gutierrez-directed film series relaunch.
Yup, it’s really little more than more speculation, but what did you expect?
No matter who they choose, they’re going to have to do some serious super-stunt to get this one to sell to Crow fans. Personally, the only way I’d even consider buying a ticket was if they decided to follow the original James O’Barr storyline, so that we could see something different. Oh, and leave the True Blood “actors” out of it, please.
Haven’t heard much lately about the Tarzanre-imagining by David Yates (Harry Potters 5, 6, 7.1 and 7.2) other than True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard was the first choice for the loincloth-clad lead, and that Avengers task master Samuel L. Jackson was at the front of the line to play a mercenary named George Washington Williams. But what about Jane?
Well the New York Post might have shed some light on that this morning by hinting on Page Six that Academy Award nominated actress Jessica Chastain was the filmmakers’ first choice to play English rose Jane Porter, the civilized woman that helps tame the King of the Apes. Nothing’s confirmed, but the Post lists no other names in the running for the part other than Chastain, whose most recent role was as the CIA analyst hunting for Osama bin Laden in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty.
Here’s the plot description for Yates’ Tarzan:
John Clayton III [is] known around the world as the famous “ape man” Tarzan. Years after he’s re-assimilated into society, he’s asked by Queen Victoria to investigate the goings-on in the Congo. Tarzan teams with an ex-mercenary named George Washington Williams to save the Congo from a fierce warlord who controls a massive diamond mine.
Known for their whole Mockbusters” thing, Global Asylum constantly makes cheaper versions of the year’s top film franchises. This time, Universal studios has finally said “Enough!”, and bitch slapping the company with a class action lawsuit. Initially reported by TMZ , the lawsuit (which can be read here) claims that Global Asylum is trying to piggyback off the board-game-turned-Blockbuster-feature starring Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård and Rihanna.
Global Asylum’s most recent feature, American Battleship, goes straight to DVD May 22nd — a mere four days after Universal’s Battleship hits theaters May 18th. Seems a bit fishy that two movies, both about naval warships battling aliens from space, would be released so close to each other. But this is a tactic that Asylum has used over and over again.
Just look at their recent “hits”: Paranormal Entity, Titanic II, 2012: Ice Age, The Terminators, Transmorphers and Battle Of Los Angeles. Sound familiar? They should, because Asylum is known for copying the premise and plot of the every feature-length film its copies. And Universal will not stand for it a minute longer.
In a response to the lawsuit posted on Deadline, Global Asylum gave the single best defense a company could ever give:
The Global Asylum has promoted the feature film American Battleship for nearly a year while Universal raised no concerns. The timing of Universal’s recently filed lawsuit coincides with mixed reviews of its big-budget film, Battleship — the first movie based on a board game since Clue. Looking for a scapegoat, or more publicity, for its pending box-office disaster, the executives at Universal filed this lawsuit in fear of a repeat of the box office flop, John Carter of Mars. The Universal action is wholly without merit and we will vigorously defend their claims in Court. Nonetheless, we appreciate the publicity.
Bitch slap returned in spades, thanking Universal for suing them and using the “John Carter” defense. While you have to hate Asylum for their dirty tactics, you have to respect their badassery here. Hopefully they’ll still have this type of swagger when both parties go to court in the next few weeks.
We wish everyone the best in the coming bloodbath.
Most people expected a film based off a Hasbro board game (and casual college drinking game) to be some kind of joke, but Peter Berg may have turned Battleship into a watchable feature. Sure, Universal Pictures hired big names like Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Alexander Skarsgard, Liam Neeson and recording artist Rihanna, but the real stars are the United States military.
Little known fact: over half the actors and extras in Battleship are active duty military personnel. Berg, the cast and crew took every step possible to make this film as realistic as they could. Even with all the CGI and aliens.
In the latest behind-the-scenes for Battleship viewers were granted a special look at the men and women of the armed forces and their experiences filming on set in Hawaii.
The Super Bowl is now over and it’s time to talk about the important things, like those bad-ass movie trailers. Most people scoffed at the idea of a board-game-turned-Michael-Bay-wet-dream with a big budget. Now that the football season is over, it’s time to direct our attention toward director Peter Berg‘s take on the popular Battleship.
This one-minute Super Bowl trailer gives us a better look at the enemy soldiers who are packing more firepower then the rail-gun in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, while taking on Liam Neeson, a vampire and a female recording artist. It consists of footage that has already aired online or on TV, but that’s okay. The trailer features Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna and Alexander Skarsgard as members on a US Navy ship fighting for survival against an attack from undersea creatures in a thunder-dome of ships and sailors.
And for all intents and purposes, we are still calling these Halo-looking knockoffs “aliens” until we find out just what the hell they are.
I can only imagine that would have to be the plot of the movie, right? Someone guesses the positioning of a ship, it’s sunk, then someone cries out in agony, “You sunk my battleship!” Give the trailer a watch, then we’ll decide.
Honestly, I think my movie sounds better. In what looks like a film created at the altar of Bay, Battleship is about a hotshot naval officer serving under Liam Neeson, who also happens to be said hotshot’s girlfriend’s daddy. Uh-oh, tension! When out on a routine exercise they spy a half-submerged craft in the ocean, which turns out to be what, a Transformer? I’m kind of confused. We then have an ariel shot I’m guessing is supposed to give us the connection to the classic Milton Bradley no Hasbro board game, as well as the alien? ship firing some kind of peg missile. And why is Eric Northman there? Surely vampires can’t serve in the U.S. Navy.
I feel like this movie’s a stretch, but I’m interested to see what screen writers Jon and Erich Hoeber managed to make of it. Battleship is directed by Peter Berg and stars Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Liam Neeson, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna (yes, for realz, the singer), Josh Pence, Jesse Plemons and Peter MacNicol. It’s set to open May 18th.