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Okay, let’s get the obvious bits out of the way: the first Dungeons And Dragons movie was a flop and for good reason. It was a cringeworthy, poorly thought-out piece of fantasy cinema which somehow managed to miss out on every single aspect of what made the game great, while delivering some of the worst performances the early 00’s had to offer. Granted, Jeremy Irons’ role as the evil wizard Profion gave us the baseline for every evil wizard BBEG we’ve crafted since, but that was about it. However, Warner Bros is currently considering a brand new approach to getting nerddom’s longest-standing tabletop RPG to the silver screen and they seem to have some pretty solid ideas about it…
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Creating destination theme attractions based on material from the movies goes back to when Walt Disney had an idea to turn acres of prime California real estate into an ode to the intellectual property he created that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Now, in that fine tradition, fans of The Hunger Games films will be able to go to a park where they can live in the dystopian/draconian future created by author Suzanne Collins and the films that are based on her works. Yay? Yes, now soon all the fun of hunting down adolescences in a brutal and booby trapped environment will be yours according to a recent press release. (more…)

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You may remember Andrew Garfield’s quite impassioned speech to fans at San Diego Comic Con prior to the release of The Amazing Spider-Man; he made a pretty clear, simply and emotionally plea to fans that he as just as big a Spider-Man fan boy as some of the people in the audience, if not bigger. So it was, shall we say, disappointing when we got Amazing movies that were something less than amazing as Sony and its team on the Spider-Man franchise floundered hopelessly trying to turn out not just big loud new Spider-Man films, but a whole Spider-Man universe. So in the wake of yesterday’s bombshell announcement, there’s still a lot of unanswered questions, but the answer to one of them seems to be that Garfield will no longer be playing your friendly neighborhood web-head. (more…)

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A lot of words have been expended about Hollywood’s current pre-occupation with franchises and brand names. Originality has gone out the window, and with millions of dollars at stake and a risk-averse attitude at the top of many Hollywood studios, execs are doubling down on simple ideas and established stories and characters. Which is why we now have this: Sony Pictures has bought a pitch for a new movie series based on Robin Hood for seven figures. Yes, that Robin Hood, he of the Prince of Thieves, Men in Tights, or Rocket depending on the version you first encountered him in. Forget the fact that he’s been in the pubic domain since before there was copyright law, but why such a big price tag for a movie based on Merry Men and their leader? Well, in no uncertain terms, it rhymes with “Smavengers.” (more…)

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I know we’re all anxious for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is coming out about five months after Thor: The Dark World. And then in August, about five months from now, we get the next Marvel film, Guardians of the Galaxy, which is the start of a lengthy nine month wait until the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron. In other words, that’s a long time in our limited attention span age for more fun and adventures from our favorite Marvel heroes. So might the studio be considering it time to up their game, and try putting out three films per year? The boss of Marvel Studios teases the possibilities. (more…)

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Dead Space is a very popular video game franchise that obviously takes its inspiration from the haunted spaceship horror motif coined by Alien. So it would be a natural fit to have a horror movie director slip into the role and bring Dead Space to life in a live-action movie, right? But how about a horror movie legend like John Carpenter? Could you see the man behind Halloween, The Thing, Star Man and Assault on Precinct 13 directing a Dead Space movie?

Well, John Carpenter thinks he can? He told IGN that he was seriously interested in the possibility:

“I would love to make Dead Space [into a film], I’ll tell you that right now. That one is ready-made. You know it’s great. The first game was more – I guess it was like Alien – but not quite. It was a little different than that. I maintain that Dead Space would just make a great movie because you have these people coming onto an abandoned, shut-down space ship and they have to start it up and something’s on board. It’s just great stuff. I would love to make Dead Space [into a film], I’ll tell you that right now. That one is ready-made.”

Of course, Carpenter’s last trip into space, 2001’s Ghosts of Mars, didn’t turn out so well, but his last film, The Ward, I enjoyed a lot, so I wouldn’t mind seeing what Carpenter could do with an established brand like Dead Space.

What do you Bastards think?

Source: Comic Book Movie

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Not like that. Well, actually, that’s probably exactly the kind excitement Graham King is hoping to stir up. If I remember correctly it’s not her tomb raiding skills which give Lara Croft her international video game fame. King’s company, GK Films (The Tourist) is planning a reboot of the Tomb Raider film franchise in 2013. Their press release states, “the films will create daring new adventures for the young and dynamic Lara Croft.”

Young? Methinks we won’t be seeing Angelina Jolie suit up in the iconic tank top and short shorts again. Not that I’m calling Jolie an old hag, but let’s be honest, she has surpassed playing Lara Croft and at this point in her career a role in a video game adaptation is below her. /Film is predicting we’ll be seeing a younger, cheaper actress in the role and I’m sure they’re right. To make a successful Tomb Raider film you need one part action and one part hot chick. Bonus if your hot chick can act (see Angelina Jolie) and if you’re action is exciting, not laughable.

The new films, yes films, will be prequels for Croft and I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a timely release of a prequel video game. No director or writer has been attached to this product so very little is known as to what direction the film will take. Keep tuning in for more news and in the meantime revisit the caves and ruins with the sexy archeologist, she’ll never leave you.

Who would you like to play Laura Croft in the reboot:
  • Summer Glau?
  • Emma Watson?
  • Mila Kunis?
  • Scarlett Johansson?
  • Olivia Wilde?

source: /Film