It's very likely that an animated series based on Castlevania is heading to television thanks to the efforts of one of animation's biggest names. Fred Seibert (Fairly OddParents and producer for Adventure Time) tells IndieWire he's working on a series based on "one of the most popular games of the past 30 years".
That's a pretty broad list until you realize that Frederator has the animation rights to Castlevania, and then you can stop racking your brain. The question is, though, can Seibert and his team pull off a series similar in tone to the game. There are a couple of things to consider...
Sure Fairly OddParents was a goofy series, but Adventure Time took some dark turns in its later stages and actually had a pretty good lore without making it too scary for kids.
On the flip side, I would say most of Adventure Time's direction and tone was thanks to original creator Pendleton Ward, and Nickelodeon has this awful tendency to ruin every property it touches outside of its creation sphere (Series of Unfortunate Events movie, TMNT movie...).
I'm curious to see if the project comes to light, only because I've been desperate for a cartoon that isn't some goofy ass random stuff! Don't get me wrong I love that stuff...but where's the action?! Castlevania needs to reboot that '80s action cartoon vibe!
Anyone else have some suggestions for this potential new series?
At one point in his career, Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter was working with Marvel on developing a sequel to Thomas Jane's 2004 Punisher film. I actually really liked that movie and thought Jane made a great Frank Castle. It would have been cool to see a sequel to that movie, but obviously, it was never meant to be.
During an interview withLooper, Sutter talked about his experience working on the script that he was brought in to rewrite. This was the first time he was ever hired to rewrite a script, and he got overly ambitious on the project. He explained what he was trying to do with the character saying:
"So I turn in this draft, and I'm, like, 'Aw, yeah, I'm shakin' up Marvel, man!' And literally, there were people—including Gale Ann Hurd—who were, like, 'Uh…' They didn't know what the f— happened! And it's not like I didn't do the things I said I was going to do, but…I also did a lot of other things! And I'm a Marvel fan, but I was not a comic book kid. I didn't really get into that whole world until about 15 years ago, which is when I started getting into graphic novels. And that happened in Paris, because their graphic novel industry is decades beyond ours! But I didn't realize that you can't take liberties with some of the characters and some of the traits, because they are what they are. They're very derivative, they're stereotyped, but this is the guy that does this, and this is the guy who does this… So they're two-dimensional for a reason: that's the purpose they serve. So I was trying to expand the Marvel Universe in a direction it should not have been expanded in [Laughs]."
He then went into some detail on what he was looking to do with Frank Castle by bringing some emotional weight to him, which he believed that Jane could pull off. He even threw a love interest into the story, but it wasn't the direction that Marvel wanted to go.
"Doing the research on it, he's such an iconic character and really pretty much every vigilante since has some piece of that, but what I think I was trying to do… I'd known Thomas Jane a little bit, and I thought he was a great actor and had a lot of emotional depth that maybe some other action stars may not have. So I think I was trying to write to the emotionality of this dude and motivate the absurd violence with some kind of meaning. I don't mean that I was, like, f—ing Gandhi [Laughs]. But I was just trying to root it a little bit more in the mental anguish that he went through to justify it, and to take a little bit of that journey. And that's why I had the connection with the female character: because I was able to explore that pain through that relationship. So I think that's what I was trying to do: humanize him a little bit more. But it's the kind of thing where there's only X amount of time the movies, so you have moments of that, but you can't really have a subplot that explores that kind of thing. Not in a summer blockbuster or Marvel picture."
Sutter did get another pass at the script, but ultimately Marvel didn't move forward with it. When asked if there was any response from anyone along the lines of, "I wish we could do this, but we can't"? Sutter replied:
"You know, if there was, I don't think that's something that would ever have been vocalized to me. Look, it's not like I turned in the script and it was written in a different language. I mean, there were parts of it they liked. I think they realized what I was trying to do…and how wrong that was [Laughs]. So they tried to guide me back, and like I said, I did another pass, but poor Gale Anne Hurd—I think she's the one who sort of championed me in that process. And Kevin…We were sitting at a big table, and I think she started glancing over at Kevin, going [whispering under breath] 'I don't know what happened!' Anyway, I'm sure there was good feedback, but as a writer, all I ever hear is bad feedback! And I think at that point, Marvel was already…not quite the machine it is now, but it was finding its legs. And I think there was just a process that was going down, and there were a lot of people who were sort of being let go and given producing gigs. They started cleaning house a little bit at that time and managing the IPs in a different way, and Kevin pretty much led that charge."
I would love to read Sutter's Punisher script! He's an extremely talented writer with such an extreme, hardcore vision. Maybe at the time Marvel just wasn't ready for the kind of intensity that Sutter brought to the character.
We've written a lot about Westworld here at GeekTyrant during the show's popular first season, and considering more people watched that show's first season than any other in the history of HBO programming, it's safe to say it's a full-fledged hit. So it's not too surprising, then, that the team at The Warp Zone would suit up in cowboy gear to sing an acapella cover of Ramin Djawadi's haunting opening theme song. The only surprising thing is that it took them this long to get around to doing it!
(To be fair, they released this video a few days ago, and I'm just seeing it now. But still.)
As many of have already heard, Debbie Reynolds passed away last night one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died. It's certainly been a tragic and sad week. But mother and daughter are now reunited. Both of these talented woman left behind a legacy of work that their fans will always have to enjoy.
Last year Fisher presented her mother with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards last year, and she offered a wonderful tribute to her mom and then we got to see Reynolds give her acceptance speech as she reflected on her life and career as an actress.
Both these women had such charming personalities, and they shine in this moment in their lives together which you can watch below.
Warner Bros. has released a new photo from The LEGO Batman Movie of The Dark Knight dressed up in a way we've never seen before! He's sporting a very sparkly gold tuxedo, which is part of a dress-up montage that will be in the movie. Director Chris McKay explains what this whole thing is all about in an interview with EW:
“In all the Batman movies, there’s always a big gala, but one of the things Batman doesn’t like doing is going out and seeing people and carousing as Bruce Wayne. He thinks Bruce Wayne is a bummer. He’d much rather be doing Batmanny things. But fortunately Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) entices him to come out of the Batcave by telling him, ‘Look, if you go out tonight to this gala, you can have a tuxedo dress-up party.’ So in this shot, this is one of the many tuxedos that Batman tries in a sort of dress-up party montage like Sex and the City.”
He went on to say:
“How do you get Batman to come out? What does Batman like? What do they do in Batman movies like this, where there’s always a gala, everyone’s always dressed up, and there’s always some kind of confrontation? We wanted to have fun and have things that were silly and ridiculous and also very LEGO-y: The fact that you can just pop different costumes on people really fast, which is something we did in the first movie.”
The movie certainly does look silly and ridiculous, but in the best possible ways! McKay also reveals that the dress-up montage is backed by the Al Jarreau song “Girls Know How,” which is a reference to the 1982 Michael Keaton and Henry Winkler movie Night Shift. The director loves that movie and says, “It’s fun to ‘70s up the production design and have something wild and expressive and colorful, but I also like filling out movie references in the movies that we do.”
The LEGO Batman Movie will be released in theaters on February 10th, 2017. There's no doubt in my mind that it's going to offer some hilariously funny entertainment.
YouTuber Andrew Rea has a cooking web show called Binging with Babish in which he recreates meals from movies and TV shows, and one of his most recent entries finds him making the ridiculous pasta that Will Ferrell's character Buddy consumes in Jon Favreau's modern holiday classic, Elf. The video goes really well...until the moment of truth finally comes along:
Looks like another Will Ferrell line would double as a perfect reaction to tasting this monstrosity:
HBO could use a funny new comedy series, and it looks like they may have one with Crashing. The series is being produced by Judd Apatow, and it was created by and stars comedian Pete Holmes.
The series in inspired by the true-life trials and tribulations that he's gone through in his life as a stand-up comedian. This includes a divorce from his wife after he discovers that she is cheating on him, couch surfing with friends, and reevaluating his life while living in the middle of the New York comedy scene.
All he had after the divorce was his comedy career and his comedian friends to help him through. One of the plot points that the trailer focuses on is how he is forced out of the street corner where he's handing out fliers and him asking for advice on how to take it back.
The series also stars Artie Lange, Lauren Lapkus,and T.J. Miller It looks like a solidly good series that I would enjoy watching. Crashing hits HBO on February 19, 2017.
Hopefully the holidays treated you well and you now find yourself with a bit of extra cash to spend. If you're like me it's already burning a hole in your pocket, so if you happen to be in the market for a nice, relatively inexpensive way to add a touch of cool to your home theater setup, ThinkGeek has just the thing.
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Yesterday a reputable website shared a rumor that Deadpool would appear in the upcoming Wolverine film Logan. That rumor just didn't sit right with me, and it didn't make sense. Well, thankfully it's not true. The rumor was debunked by Logan director James Mangold and Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds. Here's what Reynolds said when asked about it: