In a world where a “tale as old as time” guarantees you a green light more than a tale as new as three seconds ago, it’s time to talk about the casting of Disney’s next effort, a live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. The animated version released by the company in 1991 was a special achievement technically, and by becoming the only animated movie so far to be nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. But gold doesn’t matter to studios so much as green, and Beauty and the Beast made a lot of it, so if lighting can strike once, why not twice? Well, Disney has found its Beauty in Emma Watson, and now they’ve found a Beast, Dan Stevens. (more…)
Hey, remember that remake of The Crow people are always trying to make happen? Remember that the film’s latest director F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall) walked away from the project? Remember that he was quickly followed by his star Luke Evans (The Hobbit), who was the latest in the long line of actors to play The Crow? And then, miracle of miracles, Colin Hardy (The Hollow) came on board to take over as director, because nothing says this 20-year-old movie deserves to be remade like spending millions more than what the original movie was made for in the first place. And now, so it goes, we have a new Crow to, ahem, crow about. (more…)
Sometimes it seems that getting a remake of The Crow off the ground is almost as difficult as trying to get a third Ghostbusters made, but with movement happening on the latter, what will it take to get progression on the former? Of course, you’re immediate reaction may be, “Why does it need to?” the vitriolic distaste for remakes drives fan culture, and not all of it unjustifiably cynical. Still, some people want to see The Crow fly again, but damned if the Powers That Be can’t figure out a way to make it happen, especially since they keep losing directors and leading men. So let’s go right to Crow creator James O’Barr, who would he want as The Crow? Hint: he’s already fought vampires, Superman and Cylons. (more…)
This sort of thing happens all the time in Hollywood, people slip in and out of productions, much like the normal person changes underwear or socks, but Relativity Studios might need to seek out the services of an Exorcist, because first they lost a director (F. Javier Gutiérrez), who was later replaced by Corin Hardy. Now they’ve lost their Crow star Luke Evans. (more…)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens where The Desolation of Smaug left off, as the powerful dragon of the Lonely Mountain (still voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) descends on Lake-town for payback. To say that Peter Jackson captures the full horror and insanity of a dragon attack on a compact and inclosed area is something of an understatement, and you practically feel the pain and panic as Smaug’s attack lights up the entire town in seconds and doesn’t let up. But then, Bard (Luke Evans) heroically slays the dragon using the final black arrow, and Smaug is defeated. Ten minutes into the movie.
Pacing has always been a problem for The Hobbit movies, as you can well imagine if you’re creating an expansive seven-and-a-half hour movie trilogy based on a single 300-page book and some supplementary material. The previous film ended with a powerful “Oh $#!%” moment went Smaug leaves Bilbo (Martin Freeman) in the mountain to attack the people of Lake-town in retaliation for them giving aid to the Company of 13 Dwarves and their quest to take back Erebor. Dramatically, it was sound, but to use a comparison to The Lord of the Rings it would be as if The Two Towers were to end right before Aragorn and the others at Helms Deep ride out to meet the Orcs in battle for a last stand. It’s evidence of the fact that while Jackson has grown to handle well the overwhelming technical demands of the project, he’s lost sight of the best way to tell the story he wants to tell. (more…)
I remember the day that I bought my first issue of The Crow. It was the summer of my freshman year of high school and I (decked out in the usual goth garb) was headed to the now extinct Atomic Comics in Phoenix to grab an issue of The Vampire Lestat comic book. As I went up to the counter with my copy of Lestat, the clerk asked if I had ever read The Crow, to which I responded “nope”. The clerk directed me to the first issue and I never looked back. When the movie adaptation starring Brandon Lee hit theaters in 1994, I was there on opening night and already knew the soundtrack by heart. While it was a world away from the comic book series, the movie was special in its own right and had a generation of goths supporting our own superhero while mourning the man that died while portraying Eric Draven on screen. Fast forward about 20 years and talks of a reboot have been making the rounds for years but each time it comes close to fruition, some other stumbling block stops any progress. Well, yet another road block, this one if the form of Luke Evans, has just halted the reboot project yet again. (more…)
As it stands, we have Marvel and Disney making lucrative business with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Fox have the lucrative X-men to branch out on (recently announced Deadpool movie) and Sony have Spiderman (however, things aren’t looking too hot business wise with that franchise as Venom has been cancelled). So it’s only natural that Universal were planning on expanding their Monster Movie Universe. But here’s the kicker, the past couple of movies have performed rather poorly at the box office. The original monster movies’ are what Universal studios were built on. With the success of movies such as Frankenstein, The Invisiable Man, Dracula and The Mummy that originated from the 1930s, helping Universal become the mammoth studio it is today. However, it seems like Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley has conceded defeat. (more…)
Dracula is known as one of the baddest, scariest, meanest dudes on the block. But was he always that way?
That’s what the new movie Dracula Untold is setting out to explore. Starring Luke Evans, the film will be about a young prince named Vlad, who tries to defend his family and his name but ends up becoming the Dracula we have feared and talked about for ages. He wasn’t always such bad guy. He wasn’t always a smooth-talking, blood-sucking, cape-wearing monster.
Actually, if this new poster for the film is proof, maybe he was always wearing a cape. (more…)
The spot-on performance of the late Brandon Lee as undead avenger Eric Draven–plus the dark, atmospheric vision of director Alex Proyas made 1994’s The Crow (based on James O’Barr‘s graphic novel) into a modern classic, particularly among genre fans and comic readers. It’s common knowledge that The Crow has become yet more grist for the reboot mill–but will this new flick be just another pointless attempt at cashing in on a popular character? (like EVERY Crow sequel with the possible exception of City of Angels….it gets a pass for the presence of Iggy Pop)
Well, let’s see what “Nu-Draven”–Luke Evans (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Fast and Furious 6, and the upcoming Dracula Untold) has to say on the subject (after the jump). (more…)
Luke Evans is currently making the rounds to promote Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug where he plays Bard the Bowman. As these things usually do, someone finally asked him about upcoming projects and his being cast as the lead in The Crow Reboot. (more…)