20th Century Fox is riding high on their Deadpool movie and is currently building up to the release of X-Men: Apocalypse, which is said to be the most epic X-Men movie yet. The studio is currently in the process of developing another X-Men franchise project based on The New Mutants. The script for the film is currently being written byJosh Boone (The Fault of Our Stars), and during an interview with IGN, producer Simon Kinberg offered an update on the status of the film and what it will entail.
“Josh Boone and his writing partner are working on the script. They're doing a really nice job of it, and it's a really cool one, because in many ways, like Deadpool was so different from the mainline X-Men movies, New Mutants… It’s maybe not as different as Deadpool, but it has its own unique, original voice to it."
It great to hear that it will have its own unique and original voice. As long as it stays true to the spirit of the comic like Deadpool did, they might have another big hit on their hands. Kinberg went on to talk about why it’s fun for him to work on these films:
"That's the fun for me, working in the X-Men universe, creating these sort of standalone movies that have a different vibe to them. And New Mutants has more of a YA [Young Adult] vibe to it.”
The writer/producer also talked about the characters that could be included in the film, saying:
“There's a very deep bench. There's a long, long list of names, and I'll tell you some of the names on that list I don't even know. That's how deep it goes.”
Some of the characters that are associated with The New Mutants and have beenin the previous X-Men movies include Warpath, Sunspo,t and, of course, Professor X. When asked about whether we will see some of these character from the X-Men films in The New Mutants he said:
“Traditionally, the New Mutants have some characters that cross over from the mainline X-Men movies. As we are going, I would say it's likely that you will see some familiar faces.”
I guess that means there will be some crossover possibilities with the long-running Marvel/Fox film franchise. When asked if Colossus’ sister Illyanna Rasputin, a.k.a. Magik, would be included in the film, he said with a grin:
“It’s a great role… It would be a great role to cast.”
If it’s a great role, it sounds to me like she has been included in the script that is being written, so that’s something! She’s a pretty big deal to the New Mutants team, and she’s a great character, so it makes sense that she would be included. She is a teleporter, a sorceress, and the ruler of Limbo. She can also summon a sword she created from part of her soul.
What New Mutants characters do you hope to see in the movie?
The Revenant takes itself so seriously that it basically invites everyone to make fun of it. I mean, I really enjoyed the movie, and even I can admit that it's pretty damn self-serious and appears to be more concerned with looking beautiful than delivering a complex, interesting story. It walks a fine line between pathos and parody, and as usual, the team at How It Should Have Ended took a crack at a more comedic and absurd ending in their latest video:
Now that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has arrived, many are looking ahead to this summer's Suicide Squad to right the ship of the DCEU. (Yes, yes — I'm aware that some people liked BVS. I said "many," not "all," so save your comments.) David Ayer's movie looks like it actually contains some fun, which was an aspect missing from Zack Snyder's film, so maybe those who didn't dig BVS will have a better time watching villains go on a crazy mission.
A lot of that film's characters are already B-level characters (at most), but now FunnyOrDie has released a fake trailer for Suicide Squad: The B Team that replaces Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn, and the rest with characters from other movies. Gotta love the appearance of Ivan Ooze, who I haven't thought about since probably 1997. And seeing Mrs. Doubtfire with a shotgun, though cheesy, still made me chuckle. Take a look below and let us know what you think:
Last year, word came out that Ben Affleck was going to co-write a standalone Batman film with DC's Geoff Johns, and now THR reports that the two have completed the draft and it's floating around as an "option" for Warner Bros. to pursue.
The outlet spoke with William Morris Endeavor's Patrick Whitesell, who revealed the following information:
"He's contracted to do at least Justice League One and Two, so at least three times wearing the cape," he says, adding, "there's a script that he's written that is a really cool [Batman] idea, so that's out there as an option."
There have been tons of rumors about Affleck's involvement with this project (including that it could be the first of a trilogy and could follow the Red Hood storyline), but I believe this is the first we're hearing about it that's rock-solid information and not just speculation or conjecture.
Affleck's Batman is being hailed as one of the best parts of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He'll make a cameo in Suicide Squad this August before appearing again in the two-part Justice League film (which, despite the fan protest, will still be directed by Zack Snyder). It remains to be seen exactly when Warner Bros. will drop a solo Batman film into their release schedule, but I imagine we'll be hearing more about it very soon.
Much has been made of how J.J. Abrams and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan got back to basics with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so much so that many complained about the film being no more than a rip-off of A New Hope. While I wouldn't go that far, the two definitely share some similarities, and that's clearly by design; would you have preferred TFA to resemble the prequels instead? I didn't think so. These guys had an impossible job to do, and they managed to make a spectacular film under immense pressure. (If Rian Johnson'sEpisode VIII is as derivative as TFA, then there will be a problem.)
Zachary Antell has edited together a superb video that details the similarities between the two movies, and while stuff like Rey walking on the deserts of Jakku and Poe blowing up the First Order's base at the end are obvious connections, you'll probably be surprised at just how many little moments, looks, and shots seem to be taken directly from the first film. Some of this is probably coincidental, but I have to assume most of it is on purpose:
The trend of live TV events continues. The Wrap has announced that Aaron Sorkin's stage play A Few Good Men will be getting a live version on NBC in 2017.
This comes on the heels of Grease, The Wiz, Peter Pan, and The Sound of Music getting their own live TV adaptations, but this will be the first non-musical production of the past few years to get that treatment. A Few Good Men received a film adaptation in 1992 and earned a Best Picture nomination. I wonder if millennial audiences have ever seen this movie or know anything about it other than the iconic line "You can't handle the truth!" If the breathlessly-paced film is any indication, this might play well to those who are currently addicted to dramas that play out in courtrooms like The Jinx and Making a Murderer.
Sorkin, who wrote the stage play and the film's screenplay, will also write the new stage adaptation and executive produce alongside Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
I do not envy whoever is cast in the role of Colonel Nathan Jessup, because following Jack Nicholson's performance is going to be extremely difficult. Actually, the whole cast of the film did a terrific job, from Nicholson to Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, and Kevin Pollack, all the way down to actors with smaller roles like Kevin Bacon and Kiefer Sutherland. It'll be interesting to see if the network goes after actors with some star power to fill this cast.
Rarely do we root for the robots when they rise up against humans in the films that deal with that subject matter. But in this sci-fi film, it’s hard not to root for them. The film is called Rise, and it’s set in the near future. Here's the logline: “Sentient robots are targeted for elimination after they develop emotional symmetry to humans and a revolutionary war for their survival begins.”
The short comes from director David Karlak and writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (Feast). They did a fantastic job with it and it’s a proof of concept that they are hoping to turn into a feature film. It doesn’t hurt that they were able to cast Anton Yelchin and Rufus Sewell in the film and the special effects work is top-notch stuff!
The filmmakers raised $38,000 through crowdfunding to make this film, and I’m rooting for it and hoping that it gets a full-length feature. It definitely deserves it. This thing looks incredible!
"I did Batman Begins with Chris [Nolan] 12 years ago, so The Dark Knight Trilogy might be three movies to you, to me it was 11 years of my life, then I did [Man of Steel], then I did this one. I might as well say it: I have officially retired from the superhero business. It's just me. This one was very hard for me to do, to try to find new language."
Zimmer worked on the score with JunkieXL, and from the sound of this interview, it seems as if the only reason he took this job was because of that collaboration. The only moments of the score that really stood out to me among all of the bombast were the callbacks to Zimmer's work on the Man of Steel score and Wonder Woman's theme that blared when she first shows up in costume. It's gotta be tough to come up with new ways to put a spin on costumed heroes like that, and while his loss will surely be felt in upcoming films, hopefully it'll pave the way for someone else to come in and really make an iconic, John Williams-esque theme for these movies that's instantly recognizable. Even Marvel Studios haven't really been able to master that quite yet.
Plus, that should give Zimmer more opportunities to dive into other work, and maybe span different types of films and genres. I think his work on the score for Rango is under-appreciated, and maybe this freedom will creatively inspire him to take on projects he may not have otherwise.
Meanwhile, the composer will be going on tour next month and hopefully adding U.S. dates to that tour before too long.