A reboot of the perennial 1980’s cartoon favorite Masters Of The Universe has been in development for years, working it’s way through multiple scripts and writers until this year when it was announced Sony Pictures appointed director McG to helm the new live-action film about the most powerful man in the universe. Yes, the same movie studio that brought you the failed Ghostbusters reboot and all those terrible Spider-man (though Andrew Garfield was a bomb as Spider-Man) and Ghostrider movies, tapped the guy that’s responsible for Terminator Salavation. While the groans of fandom here and wide can still be heard at the involvement of McG, there is a recent word from the director himself that may give some fans a moment of pause. (more…)
A lot of folks out there grew up with The Masters of the Universe as one of their staple cartoons. And though it was originally conceived as little more than a way to sell some toys, the franchise has taken on a life of its own and continues to adapt and adopt into the present day. The latest attempt at bringing the muscle-bound He-Man back into the limelight involves a second attempt at the big screen. Now, it seems as if Sony Pictures may have their eyes on the guy they wish to play the lead – Kellan Lutz. (more…)
It looks like “The Great One” is working with WWE yet again– but not in the squared circle. Dwayne Johnson is reportedly negotiating to take the lead role in the WWE Studios-Hyde Park produced remake of The Fall Guy, with Charlie’s Angels director, McG being brought in to possibly helm the flick. While this announcement isn’t surprising for the former professional wrestler, it is the first time that he will be involved with WWE on a movie since Walking Tall.
There has been talk of bringing The Fall Guy to the big screen before, but with ’80s television shows being made into movies left and right, it looks more promising now than ever. The show, which starred Lee Majors and centered on his part-time stunt man, part-time bounty hunter character, seems like a perfect fit for the Fast & Furious 6 star, who’s spent his career being both a “stunt man” and an actor playing bounty hunter-type characters.
McG is as good a choice as any to direct, seeing as his directing debut was the Charlie’s Angels movies, which sucked, but that’s about as good as anyone has got with one of these film remakes of old television shows. At least it brought in some money, which is the overall goal; with Johnson being one of Hollywood’s biggest “bang for the buck” actors, it seems like an achievable feat. Since things are still in negotiations, and none of the other roles have been cast, it’ll probably be a while before we see- if we see- this movie. So, does anyone out there have interest in seeing this project come to life, or should it stay in the ’80s?
It’s been three years since the ho-hum release of Terminator: Salvation, and it’s been almost two years since the rights to the Terminator franchise were bought by Annapurna Pictures. But now it seems that Annapurna is ready to launch their own Terminator film and are currently in development on the untitled Terminator 5.
The Annapurna Twitter feed posted today, “The whole thing goes: The future’s not set. There’s no fate but what we make for ourselves.” -John Connor, Terminator 2 (news is coming).” But what news is coming? Writer? Director? Arnold Schwarzenegger involvement? We just don’t know. Yet.
On last communique, it was revealed that Justin Lin, director of the last three Fast and the Furious movies was putting together a fifth Terminator, but there’s no word on whether or not he’s involved. It’s probably highly suspect to think that James Cameron still wants a piece of this since Avatar seems to be all he can think about these days. Hopefully McG, director of Salvation, is contemplating retirement.
How about you Bastards? Sound off below and lets us know what you want to see in a Terminator 5.
Source: Hit Fix
Do you feel that everything that needed to be said about the robot apocalypse was addressed in Terminator 1 and 2? Man invents machine. Machines become self aware. Machines rebel. Naked people travel through time. Some guy named John Connor is Jesus. Really, what more needs to be said? Obviously a lot, because Terminator: Rise of the Machines and Salvation happened. If we’ve learned anything from Terminator it’s that Linda Hamilton is perhaps the ugliest woman (Incidentally, she starred in televisions Beauty and the Beast. She played Beast) in the world and that history is doomed to repeat itself.
More shape-shifting robots and Arnold Schwarzenegger bare ass is on it’s way. Well, at least if Arnold, director Justin Lin and screen writer Chris Morgan have anything to say about it.
Since ruining California wasn’t enough Arnie is getting back into acting. To be fair, he did say “I’ll Be Back”! With ‘the governator’ on the prowl deadline is throwing out reports that the hollywood machine is once again going back for sloppy seconds (well sloppy 5ths) in the Terminator franchise. In some kind of asshole name drawing contest Universal, apparently, wants Fast Five director Justin Lin and screenwriter Chris Morgan to tap into the world James Cameron started, which McG later ruined.
Deadline’s story really doesn’t have much else on the subject. There’s no guarantee that Schwarzenegger would return, Lin has a commitment to Summit to direct the new Highlander and the franchise doesn’t even have a deal in place with a distributor. So this is all hollywood hootenanny.
If a film were to happen, it might be draw from the treatments by co-founder of Terminator, William Wishe that McG had in the pipeline if Salvation, ya know… not tanked, Here’s how Deadline describes those treatments:
His version continued the post-apocalyptic battleground scenario from Terminator Salvation, but added in the element of time travel. There was a reunion for Sarah Conner and Kyle Reese beyond their brief encounter in the original, and a role for Schwarzenegger in the finale. There were also plenty of hi-tech killers, including a swarm of “Night Crawlers,” 4 1/2-foot tall border sentries that are set like mines to spring up out of the ground and ambush rebel fighters with 10 MM pistols built into their wrists, and fingers and feet that are razor sharp. Also fresh off the Skynet assembly line in Wisher’s version are new shape-shifting cyborgs that can morph together in Transformers-like mode, and are more lethal than anything seen in previous Terminator installments. The blueprint also set out a resolution in mankind’s struggle with Skynet.
The world does not need another Terminator film. Besides, every company that has produced a Terminator film has gone bankrupt. Won’t they learn? Personally, my vote for an 80’s revival should go to Red Heat and Kindergarten Cop.
Holy crap, the Wonder Woman series just might be good after all! With the recent announcement that McG won’t be doing the project, which I’m sure relieves many of you who thought he would just crap all over it, Jeffrey Reiner is now set to direct the series. The new Wonder Woman series by David E. Kelley is about the modern day woman who who attempts to balance her ordinary life with her extraordinary one (so basically a less geeky Superman)…
Jeffrey Reiner is finalizing a deal to direct the NBC drama pilot Wonder Woman, David E. Kelley’s reimagening of the iconic D.C. comic. In the reboot, from Warner Bros. TV, Wonder Woman — aka Diana Prince — is a vigilante crime fighter in L.A. but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life. The project was a late spec buy by NBC made by new chief Bob Greenblatt late last month.
What I like about Reiner being attached to the project is that being a part of such shows like Friday Night Lights, Trauma, Caprica and The Event is that he knows how to do great drama. Because of this we can expect well crafted, engaging scenes. Unfortunately, for this same reason I worry that Reiner will have trouble catching that cheesiness that comes along with these type of Superhero shows.
Hopefully we’ll get a good Wonder Woman that will really carry the series and the combination of the two will make for a great pairing. What do you guys think of this shift in directors?
Lake Bell ( What Happens in Vegas, It’s Complicated, No Strings Attached) has recently spoken out about the fact that she’d like to play a superhero one day, specifically Wonder Woman. So what exactly is the deal with a recent string of female celebs wanting to play Wonder Woman?? Everyone from Jennifer Love-Hewitt to Beyonce Knowles have expressed interest in the show being brought to us by David E. Kelley. Personally I think it should be Maggie Lawson!
Well if self confidence bordering cockiness is the quality of a superhero then Bell’s got it down! This is what she recently had to say to E!:
“I got the guns! With superheroes you have to have this tickle of humor in there and you have to be a really great actor and also kick ass. And I’m fine with kicking a guy’s ass.”
Then Bell makes her pitch: “I’ll be honest, I think I’d make a great Wonder Woman. So if anyone out there is listening … “
I mean I like Bell and all and thinks that she is super funny, but maybe not a superhero.
The reason Bell as well as many of the other actresses mentioned are so intent of being part of the new Wonder Woman reboot is that is was recently picked up by NBC and will most likely be directed by none other than McG who is favored to take the directing reigns. TVLine stated:
“McG has emerged as the odds-on favorite to direct the pilot for NBC’s much-hyped Wonder Woman remake.”
The show is being described as,
A reinvention of the iconic D.C. comic in which Wonder Woman — aka Diana Prince — is a vigilante crime fighter in L.A. but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life.
I loved McG’s Charlie’s Angels so it would be cool if he could repeat that magic, but I just see Wonder Woman being a hard thing to remake and have it appeal to the masses. It’s easy to picture Wonder Woman as part of an ensemble cast like The Justice League where it’s not her sole responsibility to carry a film/or television series.
What do you guys think about trying to revive a classic like Wonder Woman?? It just doesn’t seem to fit like a lot of the other superhero movies coming our way.
Source: blastr, Dailyblam
Just when you thought the EPIC failure of Terminator Salvation would derail the proposed sequels it appears McG is moving forward. He also wants to be even more like Michael Bay. (Sigh)
Talking to IESB, the director said,
Obviously, Michael Bay had tremendous success following Transformers, in a very short window. Sometimes people like to take time off, but I’m excited about the next installation of the story, in the Terminator idea. So, for me, it’s terribly exciting to get back out there and show a different face of that idea, and perhaps get out of the apocalyptic world and into a contemporary world. I think the audience is going to be very excited about our way in.
Sounds like McG wants to take the franchise back to its roots by going back to the past or atleast thats what I assume. I think thats a bad idea, we’ve been there, done that, stay in the future. Take your apocalypitc future and the characters you have and work with it. Actually, I don’t want you to work with it. If a sequel is inevitable then I want a new director and goddam script that has a compelling yet simple story that is heavy on emotion.