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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Alex Kurtzman to direct Mummy reboot

Universal has hired director Alex Kurtzman to direct their upcoming reboot of The Mummy. This comes after Kurtzman was hired alongside Chris Morgan to lead the new Universal Monsters crossover series. He is now the third director to be given the job. Previously Andy Muschietti and Len Wiseman had been hired but both left the project after a short period of time.

This reboot has a 2016 release date set so it would be in Universal's best interest to get this project going. Kurtzman is best known for his screenwriting partnership with Roberto Orci where they wrote blockbuster films such as Transformers, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. This will be his first project without Orci.
All that we know about this new interpretation of The Mummy is it will be set in the present day and will be an action-adventure type film. However, it will not be a direct reboot of the films that starred Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. There will be new plot points and new characters.

In addition to The Mummy, Kurtzman has been hired by Sony to direct Venom, an upcoming Spider-Man spinoff. However, with the recent disappointment with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and The Amazing Spider-Man 3 being delayed until 2018 the fate of Venom is kind of in limbo. No one really knows if it's even going to happen anymore.

Monday, July 28, 2014

What we didn't get at SDCC this year

San Diego Comic-Con was full of surprises and footage, as always, but there is still a decent amount of things that fans expected to happen that simply didn't. Here are some of the things I can think of that were absent from SDCC that either should have been there or I assumed would be there and just weren't.

1. We got nothing for Justice League

I understand Justice League is still a few years away, but I honestly expected some kind of teaser for it. A photo, a logo... something. Don't get me wrong, I managed to see a leak of the BvS footage and it looked great but I expected something for Justice League.

2. No information on future DC films

We all saw that "leak" of Warner Bros' schedule for DC films that was leaked as a Comic-Con reveal. The basic fact of it is that it didn't happen. We didn't get any confirmation of release dates, future character movies, or crossovers. It was another thing that was expected but we didn't get it.

3. No footage for Jurassic World

Most of us expected at least a teaser for Jurassic World and it did not happen. The most we got for the fourth installment was the vehicle and the posters. Universal chose to tease test footage for Skull Island and announce Godzilla 2 instead.

4. No information on Marvel's massive schedule

Sure, we got a release date for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, but we didn't get anything else. I was expecting Marvel to reveal some more release dates and do something similar to what we got last year. Marvel didn't close out Hall H with the big bang they usually do.

5. Nothing on Doctor Strange

Along with Marvel's kind of disappointing weekend, we didn't get anything regarding Doctor Strange. The role hasn't been cast yet but we have a release date and a director. I assumed we would at least get a logo.

6. Nothing for Fantastic Four

Yet another thing most people expected to be present at SDCC was completely missing. We got nothing for the reboot of Fantastic Four. I don't see any reasoning seeing that they already have a cast and everything.

Aside from not having panels for things like Mockingjay - Part 1 there were a lot of surprises this year and not all of them were good. I'm a bit disappointed with SDCC this year because it doesn't feel like we got a lot of major announcements. It was mostly panels for stuff we already knew about. There was a serious lack of excitement for the future of franchises.

SDCC: First teaser for Mockingjay - Part 1

I guess I expected more.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

SDCC: Guardians of the Galaxy 2 fills 2017 release date

Well, we have an answer to which film will fill the July 28, 2017 release date Marvel has booked. That film will be a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy which hits theaters next weekend.

During the Marvel presentations in Hall H today, President Kevin Feige announced the sequel along with revealing specific characters for Ant-Man and showing new footage for The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Booking a sequel for Guardians of the Galaxy shows Marvel's confidence in the film seeing that this comes before it has even hit theaters. However, judging from early reviews and test screenings so far I don't think the studio has much to worry about. People are loving it and I can't wait to see it next week.

One major disappointment in all the excitement is the fact that the GOTG sequel was the only future release confirmed. Marvel has untitled projects booked through 2019 and this is all we got. At last year's SDCC we received release dates and logos for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: The Dark World, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Just getting an announcement for a sequel to a movie we haven't seen yet is a bit disappointing to say the least.
I'm sure more announcements will follow but for now... Marvel didn't finish Saturday off with the bang they're usually known for. It's a bit sad.

SDCC: Ant-Man panel confirms roles and tests more footage

Marvel, as always, closed out the Saturday events in Hall H with panels for Ant-Man and The Avengers: Age of Ultron. For the Ant-Man panel we received confirmation on who has been cast in which role as well as some new footage.

Present for the panel were director Peyton Reed, Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, and Evangeline Lilly. Reed was apparently met with very low enthusiasm which I can honestly say I expected. After the fiasco with Edgar Wright it's an understatement to say fans are pretty pissed. Evangeline Lilly also mentioned that her main job up until today was to avoid the press. Apparently Marvel didn't want any information about her role or her involvement prior to SDCC.

While on the subject of roles, we did learn which roles Lilly and Corey Stoll have been cast. Lilly will be playing Hank Pym's daughter, Hope Van Dyne (aka, Wasp), while Stoll will be playing Darren Cross (aka, Yellowjacket).
The basic plot revealed during the panel includes information surrounding a heist after Hank Pym (Douglas) appoints Scott Lang (Rudd) to takeover the Ant-Man suit. Cross begins taking Pym's company in an unfavorable direction and eventually gets his hand on some Ant-Man particles and does wear the Yellowjacket suit for this film.

Ant-Man will begin full production in two weeks in Atlanta and is still set for release on July 17, 2015.

SDCC: Wonder Woman revealed during BvS panel

We received our first glimpse at Gal Gadot as the DC hero Wonder Woman today during the Warner Bros. panel today. It is a similar photo to what we saw of Superman a couple weeks ago and many are already talking about the different costume.

In addition to this peek at Wonder Woman, guests were shown a small bit of footage. Here is a description via Matt Goldberg:
"It’s pouring down rain in the night sky. Batman is an armored suit, his eyes glowing, and standing next to the Bat-Signal. He pulls down a switch and powers it up. The Bat-Signal (bearing the new Bat-Symbol) blasts into the sky. We pan to follow the light, but in the sky, floating in front of the signal, is Superman. His arms are crossed. His cape billows in the wind. Batman, with his mask’s glowing eyes, stares down the Man of Steel. And the Man of Steel stares back. His eyes begin to glow red. Cut back to the Dark Knight. He is unmoved. Cut to black."

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is currently scheduled for May 6, 2016. 

SDCC: Godzilla 2 announced; King Kong being revived via Skull Island

We received news for two famous "monsters" today at SDCC. In addition to an official announcement for Godzilla 2, we got word that Legendary Pictures is looking to revive the King Kong franchise and offered some test footage of Skull Island.

Director Gareth Evans will be returning for Godzilla 2 and confirmed that in the sequel we will see Mothra, King Ghidorah, and Rodan. Legendary CEO Thomas Tull showed teaser footage including each of the rivals as classified figures. Evans will begin on Godzilla 2 after he completes his Star Wars spin-off film.

As far as King Kong goes, apparently a new version of Skull Island is being planned for a 2016 release. Legendary is now in equal share of the rights for these films after being absorbed by Universal. However, SDCC guests were somewhat disappointed as they assumed the footage shown was going to be a teaser for Jurassic World. The last adaptation of King Kong was Peter Jackson's take on the character back in 2005.

SDCC: Second trailer for Horns premieres

I liked the first trailer, but I have to say I like this one a lot more.This is also the first time I wasn't immediately reminded of Harry Potter when I saw Daniel Radcliffe. Well done, sir.

You can head over to MTV to check out the trailer because the html code is giving me issues at the moment.

Horns stars Daniel Radcliffe as a young man who becomes the main suspect in the murder and rape of his girlfriend. It's an adaptation of the novel by Joe Hill and is set for theaters and VOD this Halloween.

Friday, July 25, 2014

SDCC: The Walking Dead Season 5 - First Trailer

And I must say... it looks like Rick got his balls back.

The Walking Dead came into SDCC with a panel narrated by Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick. During the panel we received the trailer premiere and some words from showrunner Scott Gimple. Apparently we will see a lot of definition of our characters and more apparent actions on how they have adapted post-prison. We will also see a lot of the background of Terminus which is a good thing. The Walking Dead returns to AMC on October 12th.

SDCC: Evil Dead television show in the works

During the panel for Last of Us at SDCC today, we learned from Sam Raimi that he is currently developing a television show based off his 1981 cult horror classic, The Evil Dead.

There was an overall lack of details but he did say that he is writing the series with his brother, Ivan Raimi, and that Bruce Campbell will also be involved. One plus side about this is that a lot of cable networks are not afraid of horror. We see gory, bloody television shows all the time like True Blood, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Bates Motel, Hannibal, American Horror Story, Dexter, etc.. The list goes on at this point. Making a show about this story won't be as hard for people to grasp as it would have been just 10-15 years ago.
However, just because it's being written doesn't mean it's actually going to be made. Seeing the development hell that both Army of Darkness 2 and Fede Alvarez's Evil Dead sequel are going through it doesn't seem that things are so easy.

What do you guys think? Do you want an Evil Dead show?

Joaquin Phoenix rumored for Doctor Strange

Another bit of Marvel news that hit today is regarding the upcoming adaptation of Doctor Strange. Actors such as Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Jared Leto have been rumored for the part, but the latest bit of news is claiming that Joaquin Phoenix is in negotiations for the role.

You might recognize Phoenix from films such as Her, The Master, Walk the Line, and Gladiator. He was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Johnny Cash in Walk the Line back in 2006 and also received nominations for The Master and Gladiator.
I personally think this would be a fantastic choice. Phoenix is a real force on screen and I would be more than happy to have him join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I think he could bring a lot to the character.

Actors depart Ant-Man due to scheduling conflicts

Ant-Man just can't seem to catch a break. In addition to massive rewrites and director Edgar Wright suddenly leaving the project, there is now news that three actors have dropped out of the project due to scheduling conflicts caused by the film's delay.

The actors that have left include Patrick Wilson, Matt Gerard, and Kevin Weisman. Wilson's character is rumored to be a villain so he will no doubt remain in the script but will require a recasting. The other two characters have apparently been cut out of the latest rewrite entirely and will not require recasting.

Ant-Man still has Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd, Michael Pena, Corey Stoll, and Evangeline Lilly on board. It is set to kick off Marvel Phase Three on July 17, 2015. 

SDCC: Jurassic World vehicle debuts

In addition to SDCC exclusive posters being handed out this weekend, we are seeing our first look at a vehicle from Jurassic World.

The silver Mercedes is being used as promotion and contains the SDCC exclusive posters. The license plate has the Jurassic World logo on it as well as the tag "G-012 Isla Nublar." The pics are seen via Twitter on the official @JurassicPark page.

Some other users have added pictures from other angles to showcase the entire vehicle.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SDCC: Christopher Nolan makes Comic-Con debut

Christopher Nolan crashed the party today at San Diego Comic-Con by making his first ever appearance at the event. To go along with his surprise appearance he debuted a new trailer for his upcoming sci-fi film, Interstellar.

Paramount chose not to specify what films they were going to showcase during their panel today, so it's needless to say that the room was pretty empty. Paramount presented a redband trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine 2, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, and Project Almanac. They saved Nolan's appearance, as well as Matthew McConaughey's SDCC debut, until last and surprised those who did attend with the new Interstellar trailer.
We will probably have to wait a week or so to see the trailer publicly, but judging from what people who were lucky enough to see it are saying it was pretty awesome.

Interstellar hits theaters on November 7th.

SDCC: New image of Ben Affleck as Batman emerges

I hate admitting this. Like, I really hate it... but Ben Affleck looks pretty awesome as Batman.

There. I said it.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has a panel in Hall H on Saturday, so it is expected that we will get something. It's a bit early for a trailer but Warner Bros. might show some footage so far. BvS is currently set  to go head to head against Captain America 3 on May 6, 2016.