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James Wan To Produce Mortal Kombat Film!

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James Wan, who is riding high off the phenomal success of Furious 7 has been really busy lately.  He’s returning to direct the sequel to The Conjuring with The Conjuring 2: The Endfield Poltergeist and he signed on to direct the Aquaman movie starring Jason Momoa with Warner Bros/DC and Robotech under Sony.  Now he has signed on to produced a new Mortal Kombat movie for New Line Cinema and Broken Road.

Written by Oren Uziel (Mortal Kombat: Legacy) and Dave Callahan (The Expendables, Godzilla) —  the film ‘centers around a seemingly harmless guy who realizes his potential when he finds himself caught in the middle of a cross-dimensional battle between the warriors of Earth and the monsters of Outworld. Now, in order to stop the world from total destruction, he must win the martial arts tournament known as ‘Mortal Kombat’.

Now, just reading that description just makes it sound horrible.  That isn’t what Mortal Kombat is and I hope that is something that will be changed once Wan assumes full producing duties or someone just got the synopsis wrong.  The first Mortal Kombat film was a lot of fun, much like the games were more hardcore then any before it, the movie was the first video game adaption that was pretty real with it’s martial art violence and a few of the fight scenes were pretty incredible.  Wan signing on could be a good step towards getting a good Mortal Kombat film as long as they don’t pull a Fan4stic and create something that is completely devoid of the original content.

Gil Kenan Will Direct the Five Nights at Freddy’s Movie!

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Five Night’s at Freddy’s, is a video game that challenges players to survive for five nights as a security guard in a demented pizza entertainment restaurant where homicidal, possessed animatronics roam the halls in search of their next victims.  The first game debuted back in August of 2014, a sequel was released in November of 2014, a with a third chapter was released earlier this past March, and the fourth in the series was released ahead of schedule from it’s August 2015 release date. . The series has played with non-linear and non-traditional storytelling.

The second game in the series was actually a prequel with the third game taking place thirty years after the original, and the forth one ditches the Showbiz Pizzeria backdrop and actually places you in a child’s bedroom as he tries to survive the night. Mini-games also inhabit the titles offering even more clues to the lore of the franchise and the underlying story of what caused the animatronics of Freddy Fazbear and his friends.

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So it is really no surprise that someone would try and turn this into a movie will will be directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House, Poltergeist) and for someone who doesn’t play the games, I would like to see one.  I can watch scary movies all the time, get my scare in and I’m out, but a video game can drag you much deep then a movie can and because of that I have a hard time playing ‘scary’ video games.  I’ve watched the playthroughs and nervous as hell.

Five Night’s at Freddy’s will reunite Kenan with Poltergeist producer Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment and here’s where I start to get nervous.  While the violence in the games in nearly nonexistent, it is scary and I don’t want this to turn into some horror comedy.  This is a real chance to make this a horror movie that can be watched each year around Halloween if they don’t dilute it.

Dwayne Johnson To Star In Rampage Movie!

Didn’t he already do this? I swear this is some film out there where The Rock is changing into a giant lizard and giving the rock bottom to King Kong or something.  Isn’t this what San Andreas was about?   Apparently Dwayne Johnson isn’t done tearing up major cities as he’s signed on to star in the video game adaption of Rampage.  For the kids, the game followed three giant monsters – George the giant gorilla, Lizzie the dinosaur/lizard monster, and Ralph the giant werewolf – destroying cities. Upon defeat, a character would revert to human form. These humans were revealed to be subjects of experiments performed by by Scumlabs.

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This sounds like another movie that could potentially tell the makers of the last Godzilla, how to do this right.  No word yet if Dwayne will be actually playing one of the monsters or one of the guys trying to stop them, either way this is something to get wild about.  This could be a fun movie just because The Rock does elevate every movie he’s in.  I’ve played this game as a kid and it was a load of fun so hopefully they can carry the fun factor over to the film.

Ryan Eagle (Non-Stop) is working on the film’s script. Johnson is planned to begin shooting Rampage after his work on Furious 8 is done.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Reveals Why Sandman Should Be Movie And Not A TV Show!

I’ve never had the chance to read Neil Gainman’s Sandman but from what I’ve heard is it’s one of the great graphic novels and it is on my list.  Just like anything involving a comic book Hollywood has acquired the rights and are currently trying to bring the graphic novel to the big screen.  Normally I wouldn’t give this much of a thought except that Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, Don Juan) is set to produce, direct, and possibly star.  JGL has been having quite a run in the acting side of things having starred in Inception and The Dark Knight Rises which lead to his directorial debut Don Juan which I thoroughly enjoyed, and made me interested in what his next venture as a director would be.  Levitt answered some questions about Sandman while taking part of a Redditt AMA, and gave his reasoning why he feels it should, despite it’s vast story, remain a movie then a tv series.

“I think a big screen adaptation is a better idea and here’s why. If you did the episodic version, I think it could very well end up as a not-as-good-version of what is already brilliant in the comics. But by reworking the material into a big movie, Gaiman’s brilliant characters and ideas get to take shape in a way they never have before. Also, I think Sandman deserves to look absolutely mind-blowingly awesome, just on a visual level, and as cinematic as some TV shows are becoming these days, they still can’t compete with big movies visually, just because they can’t afford to.”

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He is correct, even though shows have drastically changed over the years and have the ability to produce some amazing scenes, they still don’t compare to the effects a movie budget can bring.  It’s the conundrum Watchmen faced, while the story could have more time to develop in a TV format, the effects would have suffered and there are times when the story and the effects most go hand-in-hand in order to develop a movie for a product such as Sandman.

Some could argue that HBO would be a fine home for a series, since they’ve been producing some pretty fantastic effects with their adaption of George R.R. Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire series, in the massively successful Game of Thrones.  While this is true, I would advise you to watch the first couple of season’s again.  There isn’t much CGI in those seasons, they don’t really start becoming prevalent until season 4 and that show has built up quite a expensive budget, sitting at about 6 million per episode.  The point is it had to earn that kind of spending power, and Sandman is a tiny boat in some untested waters.  At least with a movie, we get the movie whether it succeeds or fails, that’s the gamble and we get a controlled story, how many times have you invested in a TV show only to be let down when it ends up cancelled?

Just like Game of Thrones, and pretty much anything that is getting adapted to a movie, there are things that must be cut or revamped so that it can be translated on a visual medium and JGL touched on this as well.

“Yeah, there’s tons of little brilliant moments throughout the series, and we certainly can’t incorporate all of them. We are using a whole bunch of specifics straight from the comics, but of course, we’re also having to do a certain amount of invention, and in between that, there’s tons of re-appropriating, re-contextualizing, combining, consolidating, and all manner of things that literalist’s might not like. But what we try to be completely faithful about is the overall sentiment: that Dreams and Stories and Magic are actually all the same thing, and that they’re real, and that they’re powerful.”

Sandman follows the character Dream, also known as Morpheus and other names, who is one of the seven Endless. The other Endless are Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium who was once Delight, and Destruction who turned his back on his duties. The series is famous for Gaiman’s trademark use of anthropomorphic personification of various metaphysical entities, while also blending mythology and history in its horror setting. The Sandman is a story about stories and how Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams, is captured and subsequently learns that sometimes change is inevitable.

Eli Roth Will Direct Meg!

There are those of us who have been a fan of the Meg series for years and for just as long we have been promised a movie.  Written by Steve Alten, Meg followed former U.S. Navy deep sea diver Jonas Taylor, who years ago while on a mission for the Navy for a dive in the Mariana Trench discovered a Megalodon shark in the deep abyss.  Years later he is still trying to prove it’s existence when he is approached about another dive into the Mariana Trench by his old friend and business man Masao Tanaka.  Jonas takes the job which ends up bringing bringing a live megalodon from the bottom of the ocean and it begins to terrorize the sea.

meg, film, movie, eli roth, dean georgaris, belle avery, colin wilson, steve alten, gambitconFor those who don’t know, the megalodon is the ancestor of the great white shark, it could get to 60ft in length and swallow a man whole.  I’ve been fascinated with this creatures ever since I was a kid so I was immediately drawn to the book and fell in love with it.  It was just like being back in Jurassic Park, and given the guaranteed billion dollar success of that franchise I am glad that it took this long to get a Meg movie into production.  It means they will actually put the proper money into it so they can actually believe a dinosaur shark is out there, I’m just not thrilled about the choice of director.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m usually all for giving someone a chance, and while I can sometimes tell when a director is bad for a project (*coughM.KnightcoughLastAirBendercough*) while I don’t feel Eli Roth is completely wrong for this, I’m not quite sold on him either.  Let’s be real, this movie will not be rated-R, Warner Brothers is going to want to capatialize on Universal’s Jurassic Park money and Roth is entirely known for his blood filled movies but…he does know horror and the thought of a giant great white shark in the ocean that can swallow your boat is terrifying.  I just hope Eli can dish out a solid film about this shark because the books really open up more into that world and we can have another set of movies that makes us scared to go back into the water.

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There is no word of a release date yet, and this isn’t the first time the Meg film has found a director.  There was a time that big wig directors Jan De Bont and Guillermo Del Toro were attached and the project fell through, but I’m holding up hope that this time we’ll actually see this monster on the big screen and not in them awful Syfy or direct to video movies.

Dean Georgaris penned the script. Atelles Entertainment’ Belle Avery will produce, while Colin Wilson is producing through Maedey Productions. Gerald Molen and Randy Greenberg are executive producers.

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Official Synopsis Revealed!

The suits behind next summer sure-fire blockbuster have released the official Synopsis for the film which is being directed by Zack Snyder and written by Chris Terrio (Argo) and while it officially states what we’ve already known, it also raises more questions.

batman v superman: dawn of justice, dc, wb, ben affleck, henry cavill, gal gadot, comic book movie, gambitcon“Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs.  And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.”   

So…what is this new threat?  Is Doomsday actually going to show up and cause mayhem like rumors have been suggesting?  Or could Lex have something more sinister planned?  Guess we’ll have to find out next March.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on March 26, 2016 and also stars Amy AdamsLaurence FishburneDiane LaneJeremy IronsScoot McNairy, Jason Momoa, and Holly Hunter

Robert Rodriguez To Direct Jonny Quest Movie!

In probably the most “outta left field” news, is Robert Rodriquez will be adapting the Hanna-Barbera cartoon Jonny Questinto a live action film for Warner Bros.  Adrian Askarieh (Hitman: Agent 47) and Dan Lin (The LEGO Movie) producing. Rodriguez will write the script alongside Terry Rossio, who penned the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films and The Lone Ranger.  Rodriguez and Elliott will be working from a previous draft written by Dan Mazeu.

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Jonny Quest followed the title character, a young boy who went on adventures with his father Dr. Benton Quest, special agent Roger T. “Race” Bannon, friend and adopted brother Hadji, mercenary/spy Jade, and Jonny’s pet dog Bandit.  The show was hugely popular

While I did love Jonny Quest as a kid, it’s been so long since I’ve seen an episode I can barely remember it, but it does have that family globe trotting movie I like to see.  I just hope Rodriquez can find a nice balancing act between his hard R films and that basic crap of the Spy Kid sequels and that dreadful Sharkboy and Lavagirl.

Willa Holland Explains Why Harley Quinn Was Removed From Arrow!

There was a moment in the second season of Arrow, which was already in full crazy mode, that it appeared that we were going to get Harley Quinn in the series.  There were set pictures, an actress had been cast and everything was hinting on Ms. Quinn was going to reek some havoc on Starling City, then all of that disappeared.  Fans began to wonder if we’d ever see Harley again.  It appears that the big wigs in WB/DC shut down any chance of that.

dc, wb, arrow, harley quinn, thea queen, willa holland,Willa Holland (Thea Queen) talked to a crowded comic book convention to which she let the crowd know that Harley Quinn wasn’t coming back due to David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.

“We had big plans for Harley. But, I guess something came down from DC execs that told us to shut it down,” the actress revealed to disappointed fans. “I mean we had that tease with the pigtails and the ARGUS outfit but, we’ll never see it. We would love to Harley in Arrow but it will never happen.” 

This is the second character that was taken off the show thanks to the Suicide Squad movie, Deadshot (Michael Rowe) was killed off during the third season due to the character is being played by Will Smith in the feature film.

While this is a shame, part of me is glad because I’m tired of seeing Batman’s villains popping up in the show but the only reason I even have a problem with that is because WB/DC has stated that their movie universe and TV universe are totally different, which would give them room to explore different stories, almost like two separate universes, which is a common plot thread in DC comics.  Despite this stance, the suits refuse to have Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, etc show up in their TV universe, but keep snatching characters away from their show.  WB/DC needs to make up there minds and stop snatching the hope from their fans.

Michael B. Jordan Writes A Wonderful Letter To His FF4 Casting Haters!

Ever since Michael B Jordan was cast as Johnny Storm it only took mere seconds before the full blown idiots of the internet to show their true colors.  The casting of a black actor to take on a role that was originally white shouldn’t be anything new and yet here we are, with people still having an issue with this.

The actor talked a bit about what he had to deal with when he decided to turn to the internet to see what everyone (and I use that word very loosely) was saying about his involvement with the film.

fantastic four, fox, michael b. jordan, stan lee, film monster“You’re not supposed to go on the Internet when you’re cast as a superhero. But after taking on Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four—a character originally written with blond hair and blue eyes—I wanted to check the pulse out there. I didn’t want to be ignorant about what people were saying. Turns out this is what they were saying: “A black guy? I don’t like it. They must be doing it because Obama’s president” and “It’s not true to the comic.” Or even, “They’ve destroyed it!”
“But the world is a little more diverse in 2015 than when the Fantastic Four comic first came out in 1961,” he continues. “Plus, if Stan Lee writes an email to my director saying, “You’re good. I’m okay with this,” who am I to go against that?”

So here we are, in 2015, where a actor has to defend his role in a movie based on his race.  Michael B. Jordan wrote a letter to those who were hating on him and I very much like how he sums it up for those who can’t get their head out their asses and join the rest of the world.

“Sometimes you have to be the person who stands up and says, “I’ll be the one to shoulder all this hate. I’ll take the brunt for the next couple of generations.” I put that responsibility on myself. People are always going to see each other in terms of race, but maybe in the future we won’t talk about it as much. Maybe, if I set an example, Hollywood will start considering more people of color in other prominent roles, and maybe we can reach the people who are stuck in the mindset that “it has to be true to the comic book.” Or maybe we have to reach past them.
To the trolls on the Internet, I want to say: Get your head out of the computer. Go outside and walk around. Look at the people walking next to you. Look at your friends’ friends and who they’re interacting with. And just understand this is the world we live in. It’s okay to like it.”
 
My problems with the Fantastic Four movie has nothing to with the cast, it’s FOX, they didn’t get the spirit of the movie the last two times they took a crack at it and while I do hope they can pull it together and make a good movie, I’m not going in with blinders either.  I will admit the last trailer to come out pushed me more into the positive then the negative but  let’s not forget this is the same studio that blamed the failure of Origins: Wolverine on the movie going public because it’s hard making a movie that appeases both comic fans and the casual moviegoer.

Despite this I’m ready to give this movie a shot and personally I can’t wait to see Jordan’s portrayal of Johnny Storm.  Look for FF4 in theaters August 7th, 2015!

A Look At Falcon & Crossbones On Set Of Cap 3!

Captain America: Civil War or Avengers 3.5 or whatever else they will be calling it is in full swing as the cast and crew films their scenes in the upcoming blockbuster which is being directed by The Russo Brothers, the masterminds behind the The Winder Soldier and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.  Below is Anthony Mackie as The Falcon in his new suit which I can’t wait to see in action again.  Mackie killed it the last time he graced the screen so I can’t wait to see what they do with him here.

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And Frank Grillo, who played in Cap 2: Winter Soldier has full taken on his role as Crossbones, as nasty villain for Cap.

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Look for Cap 3 to hit theaters on May 06, 2016!