Director Dan Trachtenberg did a fantastic job on the J.J. Abrams-produced film 10 Cloverfield Lane. I loved that movie, and now the director is in talks to join a whole new film project based on the legendary magician Harry Houdini.
The film is set up at Lionsgate, and they've been trying to get it into production for years. The project is based on the William Kalush and Larry Sloman’s book The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero.
The book dives into some fun and interesting details about Houdini including that it was believed that he was a British spy, in cahoots with police organizations, and at one point was even asked to be an adviser to Czar Nicholas II's court in pre-revolutionary Russia. These are real theories about the magician, and this movie will obviously elaborate on those stories.
The studio's plan for the film is to make it an action-thriller in which Houdini will be portrayed as part Indiana Jones and part Sherlock Holmes. Over the years several names have been attached to the project including actor Johnny Depp and Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot. The current draft of the script was written by screenwriter Noah Oppenheim. Maybe the studio will actually get it moving forward with Trachtenberg on board. I hope it does! I think he's a solid choice to take on the challenge.
Here's the description of the book the film will be inspired by:
Using exclusive access to newly uncovered archives, Kalush and Sloman reveal the clandestine agreements in which the British and Americans recruited Houdini to be an active secret agent. In exchange for his cooperation, the governments of these two countries facilitated his rise to the top of the world stage. The authors give thrilling accounts of his assignments, such as his participation in early aerial surveillance and his use of his own magic magazine to communicate espionage-related information. After the war, Houdini embarked upon what became his most dangerous mission when he took on the Spiritualist movement. Convinced that Spiritualist mediums were frauds, he became obsessed with exposing them. But the Spiritualists were a powerful adversary. An organized network of fanatics, led by Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle, worked relentlessly to orchestrate a campaign that would silence Houdini forever. Grounded in solid research, but as exciting and dramatic as a good thriller, THE SECRET LIFE OF HOUDINI traces the magician's long and circuitous route from struggling vaudevillian to worldwide legend.
Warner Bros. new animated film project The LEGO Batman Movie looks like it's going to be a hilarious blast! It's definitely going to put a unique spin on the Dark Knight and lighten up the character in a comedic light. I really enjoyed what I've seen in the trailers so far, and one of the trailers for the film has been mashed together with live action footage from some of the live-action Batman films that have come before. There are some good moments in the video that are mixed with a few things that don't work, but it's still entertaining, so check it out when you get a chance!
Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland is in negotiations to join Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley in an upcoming post-apocalyptic thriller called Chaos Walking.
The film is an adaptation of the best-selling young adult novel by Patrick Ness. It seems like every post-apocalyptic movie that gets made these days is based on a YA novel. But there's some solid talent involved with developing this one. It's set to be directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) from a script written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) with the most recent draft being written by Money Monster scribe Jamie Linden.
The story for Chaos Walking takes place in "a world where all women have been killed by a germ and all living creatures can hear one another's thoughts in a stream of images, words and sounds called Noise."
According to THR, Holland will play "a boy forced to flee his town with his loyal dog and who comes upon a strange sight: a girl," who will be played by Ridley. The two actors are sure to make a great team in the movie. Here's the official synopsis of the book:
Todd Hewitt is the last boy in Prentisstown. But Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in a constant, overwhelming, never-ending Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets. Or are there? Just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd unexpectedly stumbles upon a spot of complete silence. Which is impossible. Prentisstown has been lying to him. And now he’s going to have to run…
Robert Zemeckis was originally attached to direct the film back in 2013, but now he is only attached as a producer. The film goes into production next year and will most likely be released sometime in 2018.
I remember being so excited about seeing Batman Forever back in 1995. I couldn't wait to see it! It definitely didn't live up to my expectations. That movie was just way too over-the-top and cheesy for my taste. I hated how the villains were portrayed in it.
YouTube user Sam Ibrahim took the film and cut together his own trailer using the Tron: Legacy soundtrack and giving it a '90s VHS-style feel. The result gives the footage of the film a completely different tone, and I really dig it. This is what the creator had to say about what he was trying to accomplish with it:
"A more of a serious take on Batman Forever using music from Tron Legacy, to match up with glitches and almost 'hacker' nature of The Riddler portrayed by Jim Carrey. This was the first Batman film I saw as a kid, and as cheesy as it is, still one of my favourites. I think Val Kilmer was underrated as Batman. Would love to see him back in the superhero genre one day. This is my tribute to Mr Kilmer."
If you haven't seen Disney's Moana yet, make sure to get to the theater and check it out because it's an incredible animated film! This is a movie that you don't want to miss. It's a great story with great characters, that will make all kinds of feel good emotions bubble up in you. It's definitely one of the best feel-good movies that I've seen this year.
Disney has released one of the most entertaining scenes from the movie in which Maui, played by Dwayne Johnson, sings a fun song called "You're Welcome" shortly after he meets Moana (Auliʻi Cravalho) for the first time.
This is such a great introduction to the character Maui, and I absolutely love the song which was written by Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda. It's got a great catchy tune, and you can totally hear his signature sound. On top of that, Johnson does a solid job singing it. Check it out below!
We'll never see Tim Burton's true vision of his Superman Lives film project. Fans are just left with a lot of interesting and strange behind-the-scenes footage and photos and a script written by Kevin Smith.
It's been over 20 years since the film project was in development, and fans won't let it die. It's one of those film projects that that people want to know more about. During one of Smith's recent Facebook Q&A sessions, he was asked what he would think of seeing his script brought to life in animated form, to which he replied:
"Oh like based on my script, based on the Superman Lives script? That would be tight, dude. I’m not going to lie, that would be fun to see. That’s something I worked on 20 years ago at this point, so that would be really amazing to kind of see, like they turn it into a cartoon and get the people to do the voices. Nic Cage is still around and stuff. And I wanted Michael Rooker for my Lex Luthor, so that would be amazing. Um, but, you know, I’m game. That ain’t up to me, kids. That’s up to the good folks at Warner Bros. and stuff, but if they were ever to call and say hey, we want to do a cartoon version of that Superman script we wrote, believe me I’d be like, that’d be dope, man. You know you close all loops in life, one way or another, and that would be a nice way to close that loop."
I'd actually really love it if Warner Bros. Animation made it happen! With all of the animated DC films they are currently developing, it's hard to believe that they haven't done it! Sure! Bring Nic Cage in to voice Superman, and Michael Rooker as Lex would be pretty badass! I think the fans would be all over this! Maybe now that the idea is out there, someone at the studio will do it.
We've been hearing rumors for awhile that an A Star Wars Story film based on Obi-Wan Kenobi has been considered at Lucasfilm. Actor Ewan McGregor said that he would be interested in reprising the role if they did move forward with the development of the film. In a previous interview, the actor explained:
“I’ve always thought there was a story to tell between my last one and Alec Guinness’ first one. It would be fun to film that story now I’m older. I’d be the right age. I’m forty-five, Alec Guinness was what, sixty? I could do two of them (laughs)!”
As of right now there has been no official statement from Lucasfilm regarding an Obi-Wan film, but according to EW's Anthony Breznican, a film based on the Jedi Master is not in development at the moment, and while talking to the "Rebel Force Radio" podcast this weekend he gave a fascinating reason as to why that might the case.
This is just a rumor, but if it turns out to be true it could prove to be a major spoiler for future Star Wars films, so don't read ahead if you don't want to know.
Here's what Breznican had to say:
"I have heard rumors that the one reason they haven't moved sooner on Obi-Wan is that they're not done with Obi-Wan quite yet in the Saga films. So I wouldn't be surprised to see an Obi-Wan [solo film] happen beyond Episode IX."
So there's a chance that Obi-Wan could show up in a future Sags film, which would be pretty damn cool if it's true. I'd love to see Obi-Wan show up again in his ghost force form. There were rumors before The Force Awakens came out that McGregor would reprise his role as Obi-Wan in the sequel trilogy, so maybe there is some actual truth to those. McGregor did end up doing some voiceover work that was mashed together with the voice of Alec Guinness in The Force Awakens saying, "Rey? These are the first steps." The next logical step to to see his force ghost show up!
I don't know why the character appearing in the Star Wars saga films would keep Lucasfilm from developing a standalone film project for him, but if it's true I guess they have their reasons.
It would be interesting to see how Rey and Obi-Wan are connected with each other. Since he did talk to her, there should be something there between the two characters. Like I said earlier, though, this is all just a rumor. We'll just have to wait and see if there is any truth to it when we see how the rest of the Star Wars saga plays out.
No disrespect to Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, and Grant Imahara with my title, I just couldn't think of a way to say, "Adam and Jamie aren't in this," in the title! While their role was less substantial than the main hosts in Mythbusters, it looks like they have what it takes to take the lead in their new Netflix exclusive series! White Rabbit Project looks to be Mythbusters 2.0 with crazier experiments, better camera quality, and possibly a bigger budget?
The trailer does a really good job at making you think this is more of the same, while also looking better than the original series! Watch it below and binge the whole series on Netflix December 9th!
While Game of Thrones fans are thirsty for anything about season seven, HBO dropped a three shot tease in a large "Coming in 2017" promo for the channel. In the three shots you see Sansa, Jon Snow, and Arya. I'm sure this will get the wheels turning for fans to speculate on things like, what's the name of the horse, and does the horse like carrots? Game of Thrones returns summer 2017.