Ever since Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi blockbuster Pacific Rim has been in the works, there has been promises of a sequel, and mind you this was even before the film hit theaters, but Pacific Rim 2 has been stuck in development since 2014. Originally the sequel was scheduled for a 2017 release date with production said to start in 2015. But Pacific Rim 2 was eventually pushed back by Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures and production was delayed with no confirmation on when they’d start.
A new trailer for The Huntsman: Winter’s War has just been released by Universal Pictures, and while Chris Hemsworth plays the title character, it’s Charlize Theron as Queen Ravenna that steals the show. Emily Blunt also strikes a fierce image as Ravenna’s sister, Freya, though it’s hard not to view her as Elsa from Frozen come to life. Jessica Chastain rounds out the main cast, playing Sara, a fellow warrior of the Huntsman with whom he takes up a taboo relationship; enraging the Queen. Not something you generally want to do! (more…)
With a delightful mix of holidays and horror, Legendary Pictures has released a new trailer for their Christmas-themed thriller: Krampus.
Hang on to your butts.
Universal Picture’s @JurassicPark Twitter account announced the inevitable sequel to the third largest movie in film history, Jurassic World today. An accompanying press release from the studio announced that Steven Spielberg would again sit in the executive producers chair, and stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard would be returning for more prehistoric mayhem. Jurassic World‘s director, Colin Trevorrow and partner Derek Connolly would be writing. (more…)
Universal Pictures has released the first full trailer for Danny Boyle’s drama-filled Steve Jobs, and it looks like one intense ride. Written by Aaron Sorkin, the film is based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the Apple founder. The cast looks top-notch, and you can feel how compelling the story is from the brief glimpses in the trailer. Here’s the write up: (more…)
There’s no question about it anymore: nostalgia sells. Things that make people reminisce about their younger days have been absolutely killing it for the entertainment industry as of late. A look at any TV station’s lineup will likely reveal a show or two being re-booted, re-imagined, or spun-off from an earlier series; some of the biggest draws in the music world are bands that have gotten back together for a new album or a “reunion” tour; and of course, big-budget films love to take existing storylines or universes and live in those worlds some more. On the latter front: it seemed almost inevitable, and now it’s official: Jurassic World has become the fastest movie in history to reach the $1 billion plateau. (more…)
Michael Keaton is riding on a wave of strong awards-season buzz for his turn in Alejandro Gonzales Inarittu’s Birdman; where he pulls off an amazing performance portraying a washed-up actor who is perpetually tormented by his alter ego/nemesis. It’s great to see Keaton having somewhat of an acting renaissance, finally gaining recognition for his acting prowess with appearances in Robocop and Need for Speed in 2014, and upcoming roles in Illumination Entertainment’s animated Minions and a starring role in Thomas McCarthy’s Catholic Church child-abuse drama Spotlight. Now it appears that Keaton might be heading off to Skull Island to join Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Thor, Only Lovers Left Alive), and J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Whiplash), in Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island. (more…)
Marvel Comics, after making billions and billions of dollars based on the works of Jack Kirby, appears to have become magnanimous to the Kirby family, who have now achieved at least a small victory in its intense legal fight with Marvel and their owners at the Walt Disney Company. Just as the case looked to be heading to one final trial at the Supreme Court of the United States, both sides have come out today to say that their differences have been settled and all systems are go for comics, movies and other media to me made about the characters co-created by Kirby at Marvel during his legendary Silver Age run at the publisher. (more…)
Dracula, The Wolfman, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Mummy, and pals are set to be rebooted by their original creators: Universal Pictures. Plans are in set to make cinema’s most famous fiends into an interconnected series of new films–much like Marvel has done with its superhero characters, and Warner Bros is doing with the denizens of DC comics.
But before you scorn Universal for besmirching the legacy of some of the greatest characters in filmdom with a modern-day gimmick, it’s important to remember that these characters BEGAN as part of an interconnected universe. Standalone films like Dracula and Frankenstein eventually evolved into multi-monster pictures like Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman, House of Dracula, and House of Frankenstein.
And now, under the creative authority of Alex Kurtzman–who worked on the Transformers and Star Trek films with former partner Roberto Orci–and Fast and Furious franchise scribe Chris Morgan, the Universal Monsters are getting a long overdue silver-screen “reunion”. (more…)
It’s going to be a busy weekend with Cannes roaring full blast. Attendees are seeing posters featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger as King Conan for the upcoming film The Legend of Conan plastered everywhere. Are you ready to see the king in all his glory? (more…)