Growing up in the '90s, Mortal Kombat was one of the coolest games EVER, and Hollywood cashed in on the popularity by making a couple of films that were awesome when I was younger. Now, they're just hilariously bad.
Back in 2011, New Line Cinema announced their plans to resurrect the Mortal Kombat film franchise with James Wan taking on a producing role. That third Mortal Kombat film is apparently still in development.
Director Paul W.S. Anderson directed the first film, and he cast Christopher Lambert in the role of the popular character Raiden, which was pretty great casting. During an interview with Loaded, Lambert talked about the movie and said that it's “one of the good computer game movies.”
I love the fact that he calls it a computer game. I haven't heard that phrase in a long time. Lambert ended up turning down the opportunity to reprise his role in the sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation because he "didn’t think the script was very good." But it looks like he's been in talks to come back for the third movie. He even offered some interesting details on what is being planned:
"They have a great idea for the third one. It will be very different. We are going to be traveling through time but in a very special way. So imagine characters having a battle in the middle of London and then whoosh, you smash through a window and find yourself on the hood of a New York cab."
This seems to go right along with some information based on the current script by Mortal Kombat: Legacy writer Oren Uziel and The Expendables writer Dave Callaham. The story for that "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’."
This next Mortal Kombat film sounds like it could be a lot of fun, and it would be fun to see Lambert reprise his role as an older Raiden if that's the direction they are taking it. Who knows, though, he could be playing a completely different character.
Would you like to see Lambert back in the role of Raiden?
Scott Park has always shared some fun art with us that involve collections of geek culture awesomeness. Today we have a new art series for you to check out in which he takes several iconic movie and TV vehicles and gives them some badass Mad Max flare. So you get to see Mad Max style versions of the Ecto-1, the General Lee, The A-Team van, The Batmobile, The Pizza Planet Truck, The Mystery Machine, the bike from Akira, the Mach 5, and more! You can check them all out below!
A couple videos from the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming have surfaced featuring Tom Holland's Spider-Man awkwardly taking out a bad guy. Why does it look so awkward? Because Spider-Man is slinging some webs that aren't there; they won't be added in until post-production.
The Jon Watts-directed film is said to have a John Hughes kind of tone, and when previously talking about the film, Holland explained:
"It really is a homecoming for the character, because throughout the story Peter [Parker] is trying to find his true identity, and where he really belongs in this world."
The film is currently shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, and I'm hoping that Marvel will surprise fans with a little tease of footage from the film during their big panel at Comic-Con next week.
It's been a lot of fun seeing all this stuff from the set of the film. It seems like things are running smoothly. Spider-Man: Homecoming will open in regular theaters and IMAX on July 7, 2017.
Mr. Sunday Movies asks a great question more people need to be asking. Now that we have the extended Star Wars universe nixed...what the hell happened between Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi?! Some of us know the stories of what happened before Disney, but...
It's not true, any of it.
In the below video, he examines where the series potentially could be filling holes and what mediums might be going into the world in the midst of the Rebel conflict. Do you think Rogue One fills this gap?
On this week’s episode of CINEMATIC SOUND RADIO we’ll be featuring music from three brand new film scores. We open the program with music from Theodore Shapiro’s score to the rebooted version of GHOSTBUSTERS. You’ll also hear selections from Rupert Gregson-Williams’ THE LEGEND OF TARZAN and music from one of the scores of the year, SWISS ARMY MAN by Andy Hull and Robert McDowell...Listen on PodTyrant
"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."
That's the iconic opening line to Stephen King's The Gunslinger,the first book in his long-running The Dark Tower series that's finally getting a film adaptation early next year. Idris Elba is playing the gunslinger, and Matthew McConaughey is playing the conniving Man in Black, who aims to take down The Dark Tower, a multidimensional nexus. EW has been slowly releasing information about the movie all day today, and now they've put out the second part of their set visit, which focuses on McConaughey's character (the best quotes from their piece about Elba's character are here).
The Man in Black is also known as Walter in this film, but King readers know he's also Randall Flagg, the same villain that appears in the novel The Stand. That project is being made into a movie at Warner Bros., and McConaughey was reportedly choosing between the two parts and ultimately ended up going with this one when it was revealed this would shoot first. However, the Man in Black apparently won't be referred to as Flagg in this movie because of rights issues, which presumably leaves the idea of a Stephen King Cinematic Universe sort of up in the air.
Below, I've taken the best quotes from McConaughey as he talks about the Man in Black, who reportedly won't be referred to as The Stand villain Randall Flagg because of rights issues.
“Well, he is a man, actually. They wanted to go very human and grounded with this. Obviously there are mythical proportions of good and evil in Walter. But we didn’t want to go overly fantastic. That would drop the humanity. So Walter, for me, is a man who exposes hypocrisies.”
While Elba's Roland hates Walter's character because of all of the chaos and destruction he's rained upon his life, McConaughey says Walter feels exactly the opposite about Roland:
“I revere him. He’s really the only true adversary I have. I expose hypocrisies, and he’s the closest to pure there is. It’s his persistent, resilience to be good and altruistic. He’s very precious to me. I almost don’t want to see him go.
“So many times I’m just pumping him up, through sorcery, almost like the man in the corner of the ring for a boxer,” McConaughey says, breaking into a whisper: “’Come on … you can do this … stay in the game,’ because I want to keep him, I want to keep his vengeance to find me. I want to keep that very vital, you know? My want, my need, my mission is to bring down the Tower. My love, my adoration, my muse, my shadow, is Roland.”
“Once I bring the Tower down, and take a seat next to the Crimson King, I’ve got my own plans from there as well."
“This is great news!” McConaughey says [about discovering young Jake Chambers, who has the power of The Shine to "break down the trans-dimensional beams that keep the Tower strong"]. "One, this is what I need to get the job done. Two, it’s a field trip for me. I haven’t been down there in a long time. The Devil likes New York. Let’s go sing and dance and do some detective work and find the boy with The Shine and bring him back and use him!”
Looks like Jake is in trouble, and he can only hope Roland will be able to save him. For much more, read the full article here.
The Dark Tower hits theaters on February 17, 2017.
Earlier today, Entertainment Weekly posted the first official look at stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey in character for the long-awaited film adaptation of The Dark Tower, and now the outlet has posted some of their set visit write-ups. The first part focuses on Elba's Roland Deschain, the mythical Gunslinger who must protect The Dark Tower from McConaughey's Man in Black and the villainous Crimson King. I've only read the first novel in this series, but I'm interested to see how director Nikolaj Arcel is going to adapt such a massive story while pleasing fans and introducing unfamiliar audiences to this world.
Here are some of Elba's best quotes from the interview:
"When we meet Roland he’s a bit lost. He’s been walking around for a long time, so he definitely feels like a man who’s…coiled."
"He's a protector. Until he meets Jake [15-year-old actor Tom Taylor], he doesn’t have anything to believe in, really. He’s really pent up and releases his soul through [defending] the boy."
The actor specifically addressed the controversy surrounding his casting as Roland, who has been previously depicted as white:
"I was thrilled. I was thrilled to get this job. I was thrilled because, you know, it’s an alternative to what you could say, what Roland is described as."
I ask him if he means a white guy, and Elba shrugs. It’s more than that. "A white guy in a sense, but, also just that you could make a version of this film that appealed to a slightly more action-hero type character and I don’t do those films. I haven’t done many actions films,” he says. “I like to bring a little depth and bring a real character. And what’s been fun is, Nik’s really up for that. So we do takes that are a little bit more commercial, if you like, and we do takes that are f—ing deep, like we’re making an independent film. It’s an iconic character. I want to get it right."
“It’s better just to treat it like no big deal. There should be no difference. The character that was written in Stephen’s imagination, it could be any color. It just happens to be me and, you know? In the artwork, it just so happens to be a white guy, but I don’t think that makes any difference. … I think what’s great about it, if I want to say anything about it, is that it is a sign of the times in terms of a colorless society. People go, ‘A good actor is a good actor,’ you know?”
As for what the character is like and the challenges he faces in this movie, Elba describes his Roland as efficient — "If he can clear a room with five bullets as opposed to six, he will." — and dives a little into his mysterious past:
"There’s a mystical element to him. He’s about 200 years old. He’s been around for a long time, and has a deep-rooted connection with the [supernatural] nature of the film. Roland’s completely tuned into that. When you meet him, he’s very much a stoic man, doesn’t want to talk. But when you get to know him, he really knows quite a bit about the world and his world’s history. And he very much knows the way The Man in Black works. He’s so clued up on that, which is what frustrates him. Because he can’t catch him."
For much more detail about the sets and what was happening during filming that day, read the whole article. The Dark Tower hits theaters on February 17, 2017.
Love them or hate them, CinemaSins is tackling yet another film. This time they tackle 10 Cloverfield Lane, which has something to do with Cloverfield, but no one knows what and we probably will never receive an answer. If I were a betting man I would say the fact that it bears almost nothing to do with the original film is the biggest thing wrong with it. Watch below.
Lionsgate has released five character posters for the upcoming Power Rangers movie. The posters show Jason, Trini, Zack, Kimberly, and Billy with lightning bolts illuminated on their faces. Each poster is appropriately colored according to which ranger they will be playing.
As a kid of the '90s, I grew up watching the original Power Rangers and am excited to see what this new version of the Power Rangers will look like. Additionally, I am interested to see what the chemistry of the actors will look like on screen. I enjoyed RJ Cyler’s performance in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. My only question is: Where is Alpha’s character poster? We all really know who the real hero of the Power Rangers is.
The movie stars Dacre Montgomery as Jason, Becky G as Trini, Ludi Lin as Zack, Naomi Scott as Kimberly, Cyler as Billy, Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, and Bryan Cranston as Zordon.
Power Rangers is set to premiere March 24th, 2017.