Tired of the same old summer fare? Romantic comedies, superheroes, animated animals getting into trouble, and stuff blowing up – they can all be found en masse at your local Cineplex every year during the warmer months. American Ultra, swooping in towards the end of the “popcorn” season, is a movie that may feel both very familiar but oddly foreign at the same time; the film features everything on the list in the previous sentence, but is presented in a highly unorthodox manner. The result is an experience that feels very unique, but definitely won’t ring everyone’s bell.
It’s the 30 year anniversary of one of Nerdom’s cornerstone films, Ghostbusters. There’s a few things going on to celebrate that anniversary including theater screenings, a new LEGO set, and a traveling Ghostbusters art show. We’ve got all the Ghostbusters anniversary information for you here. (more…)
Yesterday the Internet was afire with rumors about Max Landis writing the Ghostbusters 3 script. Landis quickly dashed those rumors, but as we all know, the Internet can be a bull terrier when it gets its teeth into something and won’t let go. Landis decided, after multiple requests, to tweet out his pitch for Ghostbusters 3. (more…)
Ghostbusters 3, will it ever happen? Were I a gambler I’d put my money on no, but then again, when has Hollywood ever fought harder for a threequel? We’ve been hearing about the possibility of a Ghostbusters 3 for what feels like eons, and today, only more bad news. (more…)
Max Landis is a young, hot name in Hollywood. He wrote Chronicle, the found-footage superhero movie that surprised audiences and critics alike. Since then, his name has been a rumored choice for many projects but now he’s supposedly attached to one you really didn’t see coming.
Max Landis is rumored to be writing the new Might Morphin’ Power Rangersmovie. Told you you didn’t see it coming.
Any day where Max Landis loses a job is a good one. This is, after all, the guy who gave what is arguably the most misogynistic interview on ‘LA Dating’ ever. Maybe he can take the time off to enroll in an etiquette class. Or just jump off a cliff.
Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system (April Fools will turn a good man grumpy), it seems that, despite enjoying his “darker” script for the sequel to he and Josh Trank’s 2012 sleeper hit, Fox has passed on Landis and hired Jack Stanley to pen the second entry in their faux-Akirafranchise.
I’ll save you my usual tirade of outrage over there still being no Wonder Woman feature film, or hell, even a serious discussion of one. That’s a moot point by now. The fact is I remain vigilant that before I die there will be a Wonder Woman film, released in theatres, and by the grace of the gods won’t suck. And this latest bit of development discovered during a recent Reddit AMA by writer/director Max Landis (Chronicle, that delightfully insane Death of Superman short film) makes me all the more hopeful.
During said AMA, Landis was asked about his plans, if any, to direct a superhero film. His response: “You’ll know sooner than you think.” Hmm…
Later on he mentions two ideas he’s had for a superhero flick, and that he’s interested in pitching them to Warner Bros.,
Either a version of Green Lantern that played like ‘ET’ meets ‘Stand By Me’ using the goth/punk [scene] and Kyle Rayner, or Wonder-Woman, using a pitch that I intend to make to WB.
Now, there’s no evidence this upcoming superhero flick announcement and Wonder Woman are related. (Other than linking the two statements together and assuming their related – which, by the way, is often how this internet journalism gig works.) It’s far more likely Landis is working on some kind of super secret, superhero movie, possibly for Warner Bros., but definitely not Wonder Woman or that sweet Kyle Rayner/Green Lantern story he outlined. So, what is it?
MTV‘s Brett White has a good guess it could be Locke and Key since it recently got a new writer. Perhaps it’s Landis. And while, yes, Locke and Key isn’t a superhero property but rather a comic book, the two do tend to get mixed up all the time.
Landis’ possible involvement with Locke and Key aside, would you like to see him involved with finally bringing Wonder Woman to the big screen? Why do you think there’s been so much discussion recently of a Wonder Woman feature, but never any real progress? If not Wonder Woman, what superhero property would you like to see Landis tackle?
Max Landis is one outspoken individual, and at times it may have gotten him into a bit of trouble. This time around though, Max may have bit off more than he could chew as the Chronicle writer has been dropped from the upcoming Chronicle 2. Guess being the son of John Landis doesn’t account for jack in Hollywood now.
According to Fox, the studio demanded a rewrite for the sequel’s script as early as last year, which resulted in some disagreements and infighting between Landis and the studio over Landis’s direction for Chronicle 2. With such a standstill the studio had no other choice but to drop the writer/director and in a recent tweet, Landis revealed that he hasn’t been attached to the sequel in for few months,
Josh is in reference to director JoshTrank, currently working onFox’s Fantastic Four reboot and also has no involvement with Chronicle 2. Max does go say that he’s “grateful” that 20th Century Fox made the first Chronicle film as close to his script as it was and Chronicle 2 is “still probably happening” and that he had “no real hard feelings” about his departure. Though, when asked if he would release his script of the sequel Landis was quick to respond saying it would be “disrespectful” to those at Fox, as well as being “probably illegal”.
Chances are he’s right about the legal repercussions of releasing the script, but wouldn’t you like to know how the plots match up and characters change?
Chronicle writer Max Landis has some issues with Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steeland he’s taken to the You-Tube airwaves to get his point across. It’s a well thought out argument, delivered with a passion that other comic book fans can at least appreciate, if not agree with. Max’s rant is well worth a listen, check it out and met me on the other side to discuss.
What did you think? Has Max got a point? Has the need to have bigger and bigger effects and destruction gotten in the way of delivering real characterization in super hero movies? Chronicle was a fantastic story and turned out to be a fine film. Landis’ street cred is good with me.
What I’d really like to see is Landis and Quentin Tarantino sit down for a dinner and discussion about super hero movies and stories. Hell, I’d buy a theater ticket to see that.
The artist formally known as Harry Potter continues to try new things on stage and on screen as Variety is reporting today that Daniel Radcliffe was signed up to join a new production of Frankenstein, but not as either the monster or the titular doctor. Instead, Radcliffe will play Igor in the new film written by Max Landis (World War Z) and directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin).
So why Igor? As Landis explained in an earlier interview in 2011, Igor is actually the main character in his Frankenstein. Here’s what Landis had to say about his approach to the material:
I began to pick apart our knowledge of Frankenstein and discovered that the public’s idea of this myth comes from a million different places…I became committed to recontextualizing it all so it all worked in one story. By the end of the day, yeah it’s a period piece, yes it’s from Igor’s perspective, but man it’s cool….it’s the best thing I’ve written.
Landis’ Frankenstein is set-up at 20th Century Fox and is expected to begin shooting this fall after Radcliffe finishes his run in the theatrical Cripple of Inishmaan.