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Last year was 2015, the furthest point in the future that our time travel friends from Back to the Future journeyed to in the epic trilogy. It’s enough to make you think about the possibility of a reboot. Think about it! What a great homage would it be to remake Back to the Future? Set it today with a new Marty McFly going back to the 80s and meeting his parents then, in the era the original movie is set in. It’s an idea, admittedly, that’s not likely to fly, especially with the producer of the original movie series. In fact, the phrase, “Over my dead body” comes to mind. (more…)

Ever since Disney snapped up the film rights to Lucasfilm‘s Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, it’s a solid Internet bet that Disney wouldn’t let such a huge franchise sit on the shelf gathering dust. The real questions were, Would they make one in time for Harrison Ford to still be able to play the part and if not who would be recast in the iconic role? (I’m looking at you Chris Pratt) Now long time Indiana Jones producer Frank Marshall has laid down the law on recasting, at least for Indiana Jones 5.

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Kathleen Kennedy is a woman that has the weight of the world upon her shoulders.  Or, perhaps more appropriately, she has the weight of a thousand star systems on her shoulders, backed with the potential wrath of an army of fans.  So now that she’s gearing up to make sure Star Wars Episode VII goes smoothly, she’s decided to say goodbye to her producing duties on Jurassic Park IV.

According to Kennedy’s husband, Frank Marshall:

No, Ms. Kennedy has moved onto Star Wars and will not be producing JP4. She’s traded raptors for TIE fighters.

It doesn’t come as much of a surprise, considering how much needs to get done what with all the spin-offs that Lucasfilm appears to be planning.  But never fear, her production role will be changing hands to those of Marshall.  Steven Spielberg will, of course, also be involved in an executive producer role.  So rampaging dinosaur fans need not panic.

Look for Jurassic Park IV to hit theaters on June 13th, 2014.


Thanks to /film for the heads-up.

Star Wars: The Great Director Whittling

 I don’t know what we’re goona talk about when we run out of Star Wars “news”. Thank goodness though, that today is not the day we have too find out.

The producers of Star Wars: Episode VII have their list of directors culled down to “a couple“, which some have taken to mean two, though I imagine it simply means something between less than “a lot” and more than one.

Whose on the list? We have no idea, and Frank Marshall (who has seemingly seen Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy naked on a semi-regular basis) isn’t telling because he told MTV “I can’t reveal it, or I won’t be alive tomorrow.” and apparently Disney employs assassins.

So, in the absence of actual information, what exactly is Marshall doing? Why he’s quickening pulses and feeding the fires of the engine that is taking us all on the white knuckle thrill ride that is PRE-PRODUCTION! Yes, you may have to sign a waiver due to all this excitement people.

So, what’s next? One imagines that Disney and Lucasfilm will release a single letter from the name of the lucky auteur daily until it becomes obvious. By the way, they better bring a big name that we can all get behind to this, because right now the anticipation is killing us and if team Wookie Renewal botches this it’ll be coming back at them. Don’t anti-Whedon this Mouse House!

There, and I didn’t even need 600 words to tell you all that. Oh by the way, Indiana Jones 5 may still happen but Marshall says the merger isn’t speeding that up. See you tomorrow with the next round.

After Kingdom of the Crystal Skull traumatized all of us, very deeply, there was always fear of another, of an Indian Jones, which would be more salt on an already angry wound. Happily, today I can report the latest word from longtime Indiana producer, Frank Marshall, is that ain’t gonna happen. In a recent chat with Collider Marshall said,

I say, for me, [Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is] the last hurrah. I know that yes, we talk about it, but there’s no idea, there’s no MacGuffin… Yeah, no [George Lucas] isn’t [hungry to do another Indiana Jones]. And he’s obviously passing the baton to my wife, so.

If you’re a little confused Marshall is married to new Lucasfilm co-chair, Kathleen Kennedy, so, I’m gonna guess he has a pretty solid inside scoop on whether or not Indiana Jones 5 is likely. And he says no.

HU-fuckin’- ZAH!

I know nothing will ever be able to erase Kingdom of the Crystal Skull from our collective consciousness, but are you taking comfort in the news there will be no more?

Source: Blastr


If you’ve not had your fill of dinosaurs lately, then fret no more.  Frank Marshall has recently announced that a new installment of the Jurassic Park franchise is on its way.  The first one was released way back in 1993 (at a time when many of our readers may not have even been alive) and the “newest” sequel, Jurassic Park 3 made its run more than ten years ago.  The fourth has been a rumor for some time now, but looks to be on track at last.

This Nerdbastard is under the opinion that this series got steadily less interesting as they went along, though box office dollars speak a different story.  Hopefully, ten-plus years of limbo may bring new life to the franchise and create something worth watching for more than gratuitous dinosaur mayhem.

Current status has Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (both of Rise of the Planet of the Apes fame) on to write the new script, Frank Marshall producing and Steven Spielberg “involved” but not directing.  Casting and other important positions are still up for grabs.

Marshall has said that the newest installment will keep in line with the stories already told in the previous three films, yet will take the series in a new direction.  This will not be a reboot or a remake, just another chapter in the ongoing dino-saga.

Jurassic Park IV is on a timetable to be released within the next two years, with rumors of summer 2014 floating about.  It shall showcase some shiny new special effects mixed with the classic animatronics that made the first three look realistic – none of that all-CGI nightmare animation that seems to dominate the movie scene lately.

What do you think, loyal Nerdreaders?  “Hurrah for dinosaurs!” or “What’s the freakin’ point?”


Thanks to screenrant for the heads-up on this one.

Finally, my Marty McFly Back To The Future II Cosplay is almost complete *squeel!*

Back to the Future producer  Frank Marshall teased, on his personal Twitter account, a message that seems to indicate there is some sort of new BTTF project in the works. Before you get all worked up and start throwing almanacs everywhere, here’s the tweet in question:

Later in the day, TechCrunch reported that Nike announced an event in LA that is said to be the real-life release of shoes inspired by Marty’s self-lacing shoes from Back to the Future II.

Marshall’s most recent tweet says “Going to need a lot of hover boards” and points to the video embedded below:

Yes, those are in fact the legendary Nike Air Mag shoes, an entire room filled with self-lacing nerd joy. Patented by Nike last year it looks like these puppies are finally ready for the market, a full 4 years before the pair from 2015.

I’m going to start saving now!


Via: /Film