Ubisoft is currently developing numerous film projects and one of those projects, which was announced around the same time as Assassin's Creed, is Splinter Cell with Tom Hardy. After seeing Assassin's Creed, though, I'm worried about the rest of Ubisoft's slate of films.
I thought Assassin's Creed was one of the worst films I saw in 2016. It was such a big disappointment, but the bad reviews and lackluster box office performance isn't going to stop Ubisoft from trying again with Splinter Cell.
Hardy is set to take on the role of Sam Fisher in the film, and in a recent interview with Collider, producer Basil Iwanyk talks about what we can expect from the movie and says that it will feel more like a "badass, Tom Hardy action movie" than a video game movie:
"The challenge of making Splinter Cell interesting was we didn’t have this IP with a very specific backstory. That allowed us to make up our own world and really augment and fill out the characters. I don’t think one applies to the other because I don’t think our movie will feel like a movie that came out of a video game, I think it’ll feel like a badass, Tom Hardy action movie, which is what we wanted."
Splinter Cell is going to be a video game movie that's not really going to be a video game movie? Ok, we'll just have to wait and see how that plays out. Talk is cheap, so we'll just have to wait and see if they actually make a great badass Splinter Cell movie. I hope that they can pull it off and give us something amazing! Iwanyk then confirmed that a script is in place and they are waiting for Hardy's approval. Once they get that, the plan is to get production going.
"We’re definitely going to make it a hard PG-13. No, it’s not going to be like [John] Wick,’ but it’s going to be badass. The good and the bad news is that, obviously, the Bond movies have had a resurgence and the Jason Bourne movies are the Jason Bourne movies, so we’re trying to stay away from those movies in terms of tone, in terms of bad guys, in terms of settings. What’s a world that we haven’t seen yet? What’s an area of the world and a conflict that we haven’t really touched upon in movies in a long time, to make it feel fresh?"
I'm a fan of the Splinter Cell game franchise, but after being let down by Assassin's Creed, I don't want to get too excited about this. I do hope that they can deliver a great movie to the fans , though.
Before we start, here's a little primer of the key players who appear in this story. Director Rian Johnson — he of Brick, The Brothers Bloom, Looper, and the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi — has a history with indie folk band The Mountain Goats. Johnson directed the band's concert film, The Life of The World to Come, as well as the music video for their song "Woke Up New." Check that out below:
OK, now that we're all on the same page, Johnson tweeted a link to a new song from The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle that's inspired by Johnson's The Last Jedi. It's called "The Ultimate Jedi Who Wastes All The Other Jedi and Eats Their Bones," and it's just as ridiculous as it sounds. Once you hear the whole thing, you'll realize how funny it is that Johnson jokingly referred to it as "canon."
A deleted scene from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been released online, and it features the characters Tina (Katherine Waterson) and Queenie (Alison Sudol) singing the Ilvermorny School anthem to Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler).
I enjoyed Fantastic Beasts, and I'm excited to where the story goes in the upcoming films. This deleted scene doesn't really offer any insight into the story, but it is a charming moment between these four characters. I imagine the scene was cut out because of pacing and the fact that it doesn't really do anything to move the story forward.
If you're curious to hear the Ilvermorny school anthem, check it out below!
I've got a trailer for you to watch for a great looking pilot for a TV series called When the Street Lights Go On. The pilot was screened at Sundance, and it seems like a lot of people who saw it loved it. The series doesn't have a home and is currently being shopped around to interested networks. Apparently, it was originally produced for Hulu, but for some reason they decided to pass on it.
When the Street Lights Go On has a very mysterious vibe, and it looks incredibly intriguing. I was sold on it after watching this trailer, and I hope some network or streaming service picks it up because I'd totally watch it! It kind of has a Stranger Things kind of tone but without all the supernatural stuff.
The series was created by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays In The Picture, Chicago 10) and was executive produced by the team of Mr. Robot. This is the plot synopsis:
In the summer heat of 1983, a string of unusual occurrences in a small Illinois town culminate with the shocking murders of a popular high school girl and her teacher. When a fellow student, and neighbor, discovers the bodies while riding his bike home one night, the quiet suburban lives of the town’s residents are irrevocably shaken.
Watch the trailer and let us know if it looks like something you'd be interested in checking out.
Our friend at Couch Tomato has created yet another great video in which he breaks down 24 reasons why two completely different films are the same movie. In this episode, he fantastically compares Lethal Weapon 3 with Star Trek Beyond, and he fantastically points out some interesting similarities that you probably would have never known had you not watched this video. Enjoy!
Not long ago we learned the awesome news that James Cameron would be teaming up with Deadpool director Tim Miller to bring us a new Terminator movie. This was incredibly exciting news because Cameron hasn't really been involved with the franchise since he made Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The rights to the property revert back to Cameron in 2019, and he's preparing to give fans something great and different.
During a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Cameron was asked about the declining quality of the Terminator franchise, and in his response he offers us some insight into what he might be planning for his next Terminator movie.
"It’s really just stumbled along, trying to find its voice again. There’s probably some degree to where it’s lost relevance, you know? Maybe the things that made it good back then are kind of a yawn now. It’s easy to remember fondly the things that kick off a franchise. It’s hard to keep a franchise vigorous, and relevant. I haven’t had my hand on the tiller since Terminator 2, and that was 1991. So what’s that? Twenty-six years? But look, I think it’s possible to tell a great Terminator story now, and it’s relevant. We live in a digital age, and Terminator ultimately, if you can slow it down, is about our relationship with our own technology, and how our technology can reflect back to us—and in the movie, literally, in a human form that is a nemesis and a threat. But also in those movies, in the two that I did, it’s about how we dehumanize ourselves. In a time when people are being absorbed by their virtual-social world, I mean, just look around. I always say: if Terminator was about the war between the humans and the machines, look around any restaurant or airport lounge and tell me the machines haven’t won when every human you see is enslaved to their device. So could you make a relevant Terminator film now? Absolutely."
This is definitely an interesting way to approach the subject matter. There are so many different directions that he could take the story from that initial thought and concept, which I'm sure would be the backbone of his pitch and what inspired him to want to make another Terminator film.
I can't wait to see what Cameron and Miller have up their sleeves for this film. They've got plenty of time to flush out their ideas and get a great script in place. If anyone can reinvigorate this franchise properly and get people excited about it again, it's Cameron.
The gang over at We Got This Covered has created and released a fun fan trailer for a Deadpool and Wolverine team-up movie. As you'll see, it's amusingly inspired by the action films of the late '80s and early '90s. The trailer has got that ridiculous over-the-top and ridiculous vibe that we used to see all the time in those classic action movie trailers from the era. I would totally watch a Deadpool and Wolverine film in this style!
I enjoyed the showdown between Doctor Strange and the villain Dormammu in Scott Derrickson's film. It was a very fun, clever, and unique showdown that only a character like Doctor Strange could pull off.
Benedict Cumberbatch actually provided the voice of Dormammu in the film, which I thought was interesting because he played both hero and villain in the same movie. But, there was another actor who recorded the voice work for Dormammu, and that was Tony Todd (Candyman), who has a very distinct and menacing voice. Todd revealed the news himself in an interview with Comic Book Resources in which he said:
"I have to tell you about one recent disappointment. I almost did Doctor Strange. I went in to do a session to play Dormammu. Benedict [Cumberbatch] had already recorded it but the producers wanted another voice just as an alternative. We did a six-hour session and then two weeks before the movie came out they let me know that they went back to the original choice. I say this just to point out to everybody that you’ve got to roll and sway with all these punches and waves that come at you. Did I cry? No. I understood. I was disappointed at the value that I lost — people going, 'Dude, are you Dormammu?' [Laughs] But there’ll be another Dormammu."
That's kind of a bummer. Upon learning that Todd actually recorded the voice work for the film, that's a version of the character that I would love to hear! I can't help but think that Todd's version of the villain would have been amazing, but the studio still decided to take it in another direction.
I have no idea if we'll ever hear Todd's version of the character, but I hope that one day we will. He's just got such an incredible voice, and I'm a little shocked that they didn't end up using it. I just keep imagining it in my head, and it's awesome! One of his most recent voice projects was providing the voice of Zoom in The CW's The Flash.
Hopefully one day Marvel does find a role for him in one of their upcoming movies!
Disney has released the final trailer for their enchanting live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast and I have no doubt that fans are going to absolutely love it. The new trailer is packed to the brim with new footage from the film full of Disney magic and wonder. This film looks like it's going to be a wonderful adaptation that fantastically represents the animated film that many of us grew up watching. It seems like it perfectly captures the feeling, tone, and spirit. I also included a new poster that was released for the film above.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson as Belle, Luke Evans as Gaston, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Kevin Kline as Maurice, and Josh Gad as Le Fou. It hits theaters on March 17, 2017.