While the release date for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is still over a year away, shooting has begun on the film, and most of the main characters (that we know of) have been cast. But there’s always room for more big names in big films, it seems, and today we learned that the Harry Potter pseudo-prequel has gained another big name, in the form of a big man: Ron Perlman – Hellboy himself – has joined the cast, according to a THR report.
Let’s say you’re a mega-studio that owns everything and run by a high-pitched, talking rodent. You just wrapped on a movie than expands the universe of an iconic trilogy, paving the way for new blood to take the reigns and star in future related films. What do you do? Do you accept the fact that your original cast is aging and it’s time for said new blood to run like wild horses? Or do you refuse to let go of the older characters and rehash them into a prequel type spinoff of the aforementioned iconic trilogy? I know what I would do, but I’m not a falsetto rat, and I barely own the clothes on my back. So let’s talk instead about what he might be doing. (more…)
Josh Trank, the director of both Chronicle and FOX’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, has been selected to direct one of the Star Wars stand alone films, though at this point, we don’t know what said movie will be about, so a Lando and Boba Fett buddy space cop film is ostensibly still a possibility. Trank joins Godzilla director Gareth Edwards (and of course, JJ Abrams) in the Star Wars stable, indicating that the Disney owned franchise totes has a type — directors who are on the rise but who also have some experience working on large scale projects. (more…)
No word yet as to how mere “movies” or pint-sized “cinema” feel about their newly discovered, beastly-sounding kin.
News of Fantastic Beasts’ super-sizing was slid into a New York Times profile of Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara. This expansion should come as a surprise to no one, as nearly every studio has been chasing after a new YA cash-cow following the end of Harry Potter, Twilight, and Beautiful Creatures (wait…). Even when the project was first announced, it was being “planned as the first picture in a new film series.” What is a bit of a shock, however, is that new words had to be added to the English vernacular in order to describe such a monolith of motion pictures.
The CW has a huge respect for their original network shows, a dedication that a lot of other networks don’t carry for their created series. With such a fan base the network has seen the need to expand on their content and delve into spin-offs through several backdoor pilots. In April, The Vampire Diaries made way for the New Orleans vampire melodrama The Originals and Barry Allen, DC’s second Flash, will be revived in an appearance in season two of Arrow and is on the fast track to his own pilot series. Now it looks like CW is going after Eric Kripke‘s long running Supernatural franchise.
Headed into season nine, with a rumored tenth season being its last, the network has given the green light to a new pilot written by Supernatural supervising producer Andrew Dabb. In an announcement through Deadline, this new series from Warner Bros. TV will differ from the on the road adventures of Sam and Dean, focusing on the city of Chicago and the clashing hunter and monsters in the city limits. Not much else is known, as the spin-off is still in its early stages, but some fans are calling for guest star Felicia Day to star somewhere in it.
Her character, the I.T. expert turned hunter in training, proved to be a fan favorite for the series and is one of the few regulars still alive and kicking. The inclusion of her character would be a welcome connection to the new show, but there is some worry that her character wouldn’t be strong enough for a reoccurring weekly role.
What do you think though, would Day be a good choice as series regular?
I’m sorry, but who wouldn’t want this!? (She types, knowingly opening herself to the vitriol of the internet claiming the complete opposite.) Both River and Jack are companions to The Doctor who have proven themselves to be exceedingly capable at not only taking care of themselves but righting wrongs and saving the universe. And wouldn’t they just make the most formidable and flirty of teams? I love it already, and I’m happy to hear I’m not the only one.
John Barrowman and Alex Kingston are all for it. The two have recently both appeared on the CW’s Arrow, but this wasn’t where the spinoff idea was struck. They recently met again at theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh’s house for an anniversary celebration and got chatting about their Doctor Who characters. According to Barrowman, who spoke with TV Addict, this is how it all went down,
We didn’t even say anything, we just looked at each other and went, ‘Aaaaaahhh! My god!’ We got a glass of champagne and started talking about how it would be great if River and Jack — actually, she said River and Jack should have their own TV show. Then as we talked more, we realized that we’re both born on the same day. We’re both March 11 babies and we have so much in common. We like a lot of the same things and our attitude towards stuff is very, very similar. It struck a chord with us because that’s why River and Jack are very similar characters, in their attitude and their fun and their aggression, we are the same in real life — which is really ironic.
I don’t need to hear anymore, someone start making a pitch and let’s get this series rolling. With Torchwood‘s future in limbo and who knows what will happen with River once Steven Moffat leaves Who, I think a River Song/Captain Jack Harkness Adventure Hour is just what The Doctor ordered. (I’m sorry, I’m so sorry.) What do you think?
Source: TV Addict via Huffington Post
Ever since the news of more Star Wars films broke we’ve all wondered about the possibility of stand alone, or spinoff features. A Han Solo flick , for instance, has been an especially popular one. But today, Ain’t It Cool News has the exclusive scoop it’s Yoda starring in the first spinoff, non-saga, Star Wars film. Harry Knowles reports,
To start with they’re going to focus on established characters and do solo films, no, not necessarily Han Solo films, but well, fuck it… The first Stand Alone film is going to center upon Yoda… I’m wildly curious for more details on the YODA film – would this be a young or old YODA tale?
A film centering on Yoda opens plenty of opportunity. We could see his beginning, the early years on wherever the hell he’s from. Or, his years as a young Jedi, maybe his first padawan. Something other than his years spent on Dagobah.
Bleeding Cool adds they had learned of a list of possible characters for stand alone films, and Yoda was on it. So were Jabba, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, and Darth Maul, and if you’ll notice, each of these characters can easily avoid featuring the original actor. Which kind of has me worried about the odds we’ll see Frank Oz’s involvement in a Yoda feature. And I’m sure we can definitely count out a return to puppet-Yoda, it’ll of course be CGI-Yoda. Though I’m curious is there’s a possibility we’ll see them utilize some version of motion capture technology.
Are you surprised they’d choose to explore a Yoda story before anyone else? What’s the likely hood this film would be a theatrical release? Think we’ll see this before or after Episode VII?
Doctor Who and Co. were well on their way to spawning an entire universe of spinoffs. Unfortunately, Torchwood had an underwhelming last season when they switch to Starz for Miracle Day making their return is iffy and The Sarah Jane Adventure‘s future is unsure since the passing of Elizabeth Sladen. With Doctor Who‘s popularity surging and the 50th Anniversary next year, will a new Who spinoff happen soon?
I’m not against it. Spinoff shows happen because you think, ‘That is so good, you should spin it off’—but personally I’m relatively busy.
That’s what showrunner Steven Moffat had to say about it, and I don’t blame him. How the man hasn’t gone completely bonkers from overwork I don’t know. He was asked this at last weekend’s first official Doctor Who convention in Cardiff. After his comments, Who producer Caroline Skinner added, “you never know,” which I take to mean no spinoff may be on the table as of yet, but they’re open to the possibility.
What characters would you like to see explored more fully in a Doctor Who spinoff?
You all know it and so do the executives at Marvel Studios… Scarlett Johansson is super sexy as the Black Widow. Even before the Internet leaked those spank bank pics of Scarlett, or news that she would return as Natasha Romanoff for Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers, fans have always wanted Black Widow solo movie to call their own.
Marvel has openly expressed their interest in making multiple films for the big three- Iron Man, Thor and Captain America– and each on their way to sequel or threequel status, but lesser members of the super roster have yet to have their spotlight shine. Well, it looks like Johannson is ready to lace up the spandex once again for her own feature length spinoff:
“I love playing the Widow. I think she’s got a very interesting past, a lot of storylines to explore, and certainly Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios’ president] loves that character … I think that Marvel has a very personal relationship with their fans, and I think if the fans want it, and the audience wants it, nothing’s impossible. I would love to explore that option as well. Like I said, I love the character and it would be nice to see something nice and gritty.”
Sharing screen time with fellow Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth is nice, but a pure spy feature for one of the few Avengers without unlimited funds or the power of a god would be awesome. Maybe even explaining the past relationship between Natasha and fellow S.H.I.E.L.D agent Hawkeye, played by Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol star Jeremy Renner, would sell a script or two in the process. Guess we’ll have to wait and see how The Avengers does in theaters, as if we don’t already know.