Norwegian actor Sverrir Gudnason has been cast in the role of Mikael Blomquist in the upcoming Dragon Tattoo sequel, The Girl in the Spider's Web. The role was previously played by Daniel Craig in the David Fincher-directed film. Craig was awesome in the role. I have no idea how good Gidnasson will be because until today, I've never heard of him before. He did star alongside Shia LaBeouf in a movie called Borg/McEnroe.
Gudnasson joins Claire Foy, who is taking on the role of Lisbeth Salander; Sylvia Hoeks (Blade Runner 2049) as Salander’s twin sister, and The Square star Claes Bang as the villain. Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead, Don't Breathe) is directing the movie and David Fincher is a producer on it. The script was written by Alvarez, Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Peaky Blinders) and Jay Basu (Metal Gear Solid). The movie will start production in January in Berlin and Stockholm. Here's a description of the story:
A genius hacker who has always been an outsider. A journalist with a penchant for danger. She is Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo. He is Mikael Blomkvist, crusading editor of Millennium. One night, Blomkvist receives a call from a source who claims to have been given information vital to the United States by a young female hacker. Blomkvist, always on the lookout for a story, reaches out to Salander for help. She, as usual, has plans of her own. Together they are drawn into a ruthless underworld of spies, cybercriminals, and government operatives—some willing to kill to protect their secrets.
The movie, which is based on the book by Stieg Larsson, will be released on October 19th, 2018.
As many of you know, a remake of The Crow has been in and out of development for years. The movie is actually moving into production now with director Corin Hardy (The Hallow, The Nun) at the helm and Aquaman star Jason Momoa in the lead role.
The remake is said to be more of a closer adaptation to the comic from James O'Barr. We've been told time and time again that it's not going to be a remake of director Alex Proyas' film. It's going to be a film made directly from the source material. But everyone has their own opinion of what that all means.
Well, Alex Proyas is 100% against the new Crow movie and he took to his Facebook page to speak out against it in a heartfelt message explaining why the film shouldn't happen. The reasoning behind his opinion is the legacy of Brandon Lee, who was accidentally killed while shooting the film int he early 90s. Here's what Proyas had to say:
WHY I THINK THE CROW SHOULD NOT BE REMADE
I was privileged to know Brandon Lee – he was a young, immensely gifted actor with a great sense of humour and a bright future ahead of him. I was also privileged to have been able to call him a friend. Our working relationship as actor/director went beyond mere collaboration. We crafted a movie together which has touched many people.
I did not take a “film by” credit on THE CROW. I wanted it to be Brandon’s movie, because it was, and because he would not be able to make any more movies. He brought all his passion to the movie and it has lasted as his legacy. It is a film I know he would have been proud of.
I finished the film for Brandon – struggling through grief, along with the hugely supportive cast & crew who all loved Brandon, to complete it in his absence. We were imbued with the strength of Brandon’s spirit and his inspiration. Not only Brandon’s wonderful work as an actor and a film-maker, but as a man, who’s humanity had touched us.
THE CROW would not be a movie worth “remaking” if it wasn’t for Brandon Lee. If it wasn’t for Brandon you may never have even heard of this poignant little underground comic. It is Brandon’s movie. I believe it is a special case where Hollywood should just let it remain a testament to a man’s immense talent and ultimate sacrifice – and not have others re-write that story or add to it. I know sequels were made, and TV shows, and what have you, but the notion of “rebooting” this story, and the original character – a character Brandon gave life to at too high a cost – seems wrong to me.
Please let this remain Brandon’s film.
I can totally see and understand where Proyas is coming from. I can also see the reasoning behind why we are getting another Crow movie, especially with series creator James O’Barr wanting to see a movie that sticks closer to the source material.
In the end, it's ultimately O'Barr's creation, and whether fans like it or not, if he wants to see another movie get made, then there you have it.
Do you feel a remake of The Crow would be disrespectful to Brandon Lee’s memory?
I'm honestly surprised that it took this long for someone to do it. Ever since Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was first released I've been dying to share a video with Yondu superimposed into the film only to be disappointed day after day that one was not available. Just when all hope seemed lost, my salvation arrived in the eleventh hour, and it is even more perfect than I imagined.
Check it out below, and let us know how much you love this in the comments.
If you're a big fan of Kurt Russell, I think you're going to like the latest movie role that he just landed! Russell has been perfectly cast as Santa Claus is new Christmas movie that is being produced by Netflix.
Russell is one of my favorite actors, and I love the thought of him taking on the role of Santa! He will be joining Judah Lewis in the film, who starred in Netflix’s fun horror-comedy film The Babysitter, along with Darby Camp of Big Little Lies.
Chris Columbus (Home Alone) is producing the Untitled movie and it's being directed by Clay Kaytis (Angy Birds). The movie is said to be a live-action film with a mix of CG elements. Here are the story details:
The story centers on two siblings (Lewis and Camp) who try to prove that Santa is real by catching him on camera. When they accidentally cause his sleigh to crash in Chicago, they have to help get Christmas back on track before it's ruined.
That sounds like it could be fun, but I'm mostly just excited about seeing Kurt Russell in the role of jolly ol' Saint Nick. The script for the film was written by Matt Lieberman, who recently wrote the stop-motion The Addams Family movie that's currently in development. The script is based on an original idea that was hatched by David Guggenheim, who is the creator of the TV show Designated Survivor, and Lieberman.
Netflix will start production on the film in January and it will be released during the holiday season in 2018.
Earlier this year, MoviePass announced that they were offering their subscription service for only $9.95. This deal lets you go and see any 2D movie at participating theaters whenever you want for only $9.95 a month. You can watch a movie every day for a month at that price. Many theaters weren’t too fond of this subscription service and as an example, Cinemark has now released their own subscription plan for moviegoers.
For those confused at or unable to watch the video below, I’ll help break it down. Cinemark wants to charge you $8.99 ($1 less than MoviePass) for one movie a month. Now, they offer other perks such as all tickets you buy are only $8.99 as well, you get 20% off snacks, unused tickets roll over into the next month, and they waive any fees for reserving seats in an attempt to sweeten the deal. SlashFilm is quick to point out that in Los Angeles, “[f]or years, the ability to reserve seats when you buy your tickets online has been free…”
I just checked my local Cinemark pricing and for a matinee, it’s already less than $7 and a General Admission ticket is $9. I wouldn’t be getting much of a bargain except on snacks I could save a couple bucks. I’m sorry, but if theaters want to compete with MoviePass, they’ll need a better deal than this. Not to say that this is completely useless though. I know some metropolitan areas have ticket prices much higher than $8.99 and Cinemark may be their only theater option. That is really the only time I see this being a good idea at all. However, most metropolitan areas I know of have dozens of movie theaters that I’m sure you could use MoviePass with or they are probably working on their own plan that is hopefully better than this.
While we wait for the trailer to be released for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Universal Pictures has sent us this wicked cool featurette to watch! It offers fans a behind-the-scenes look at the film. There's footage from the set, new footage from the film, and of course, interviews with the cast and crew, who are bringing this next chapter of the story to life. Some of the new footage offers us our first look at Jeff Goldblum back in the role of Ian Malcolm, which is pretty rad.
The story involves an erupting volcano on Isla Nublar that threatens the lives of the dinosaurs that reside on the island and Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire Dearing embark on a mission to save them. The big question is, where do they plan on taking these dinosaurs!?
J. A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) is directing the film and it also stars BD Wong asDr. Henry Wu, James Cromwell as Benjamin Lockwood, Justice Smith and Toby Jones.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is set to be released on June 22, 2018. The full trailer for the film will be released tomorrow.
After near constant teases through the past week, we've finally been told Black Mirror Season 4 will arrive December 29th. A late Christmas present to be sure, but at least we're going to have one more great show to binge before 2017 takes a bow!
If you haven't watched the six trailers that have been released so far, you don't know that this season looks to be the strangest one yet with everything from Black Mirror themed museums to an episode that looks like Star Trek.
Netflix also released a full trailer for Black Mirror that you can watch below that offers us some more insight into what we can expect to see from this fourth season. It looks great!
I'm probably going to binge it all before 2018, anyone else think they're up for the challenge?
The horror genre has had a particularly successful year both on console format and for the PC, we’ve seen big-name hits like Resident Evil 7 and the continuing innovation of the Outlast series, now onto it’s second installment. I personally enjoyed Little Nightmares, a dark whimsical narrative which stylishly attempts to play on our childhood fears. On the horizon, it looks like 2018 and 2019 will repeat the genre’s success in 2017, there’s an incredible amount of potentially jaw dropping and pant wetting horror games which promise innovative fun and shocking narrative.
When it comes to Horror, there’s no more effective environments that setting your game in Hell itself, rather than being a place where semi-cute demons tote pitchforks to prod you with, Agony depicts a truly nightmarish vision of the Inferno. It’s a Survival horror game currently in development by Madmind Studio where the player begins their journey as a tortured soul with no personal memories. As they wander through the corridors of Hell, they find that they have the ability to possess demons and control other NPCs in their path.
The game looks visually stunning with highly detailed and imaginative depictions of the cruelty of the Abyss, the monsters look visually intimidating and it’s shaping up to be a powerful contender to take the crown of Outlast as a genuine First Person Nightmare.
It’s planned to be released on March 30th 2018 on Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4 and Xbox One
A dark, gory, brooding 2d Side Scrolling action platformer, with a beautiful pixel art style and a chilling environment which seems ripped from a Heavy Metal front cover, this seems to be a form of spiritual successor to Slain mixed with Dark Souls. In development by The Game Kitchen studios, this blood soaked game promises to deliver some epic boss battles and the most brutal violence ever to have been depicted by pixels. Can it live up to those epic claims? Find out in Q1 2019
Currently planned for release on Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4 and Xbox One
Call of Cthulhu
If you want to base your horror game on a literary franchise, there’s none better than the mythos created by H.P. Lovecraft. This is based on the popular table top RPG game and places you into the role of a private investigator Edward Pierce as he investigates the death of an entire family on Darkwater Island. The player will be exploring this environment from a chilling and immersive first person perspective, the developers Cyanide Studios have revealed that this would be a semi-open world investigative RPG with gameplay having a mix of stealth and intense psychological horror. It looks beautiful and I’m excited to see how this classic horror tale has been adapted.
Currently planned for release next year and for Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
This is the story of the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse, while not an original narrative context, SIE Bend Studio (who brought us the Syphon Filter series) promise to deliver an interesting protagonist for the player to experience a vast open world environment through. Deacon St John is a bounty hunter an a drifter, he prefers the open roads to safer survivor camps, the zombies of the story are called ‘Freakers’ and are evolving at a rapid rate. One unique feature which should set it aside from comparisons to The Last of Us, is how the real time day to night environmental system changes the AI of the zombies, there’s a crafting element promised and a myriad of different vehicles to drive to get to important destinations in the open world.
This is rumored to be released next year, but no official announcement as yet, it will be available on Playstation 4
This is a horror game which is unlike any others on this list, it’s an upcoming stealth survival horror game being developed by Dynamic Pixels. Your neighbour is hiding a horrible secret which you must uncover by successfully sneaking into his basement. There’s an incredible AI system promised, with the neighbor’s behaviour being modified based on the players past actions. This was demonstrated in a recent build of the game where the Neighbor set traps along a path that the player had previous followed.
You don’t have to wait to long for this to be released – 8th December 2017 and it will be available on Microsoft Windows, MacOS and Xbox One.
For those of you who are as excited about Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of Ready Player One as I am, you'll be excited to hear that a new trailer for the film is coming soon!
Alberta Film Ratings has classified the second trailer for the movie, which is based on Ernest Cline's amazingly awesome sci-fi novel. The new trailer is said to have a runtime of two minutes and twenty-four seconds.
Unfortunately, there's no release date for this new trailer, but word on the street is that it will play with screenings of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which means it will probably be released online shortly before that. The Last Jedi opens in theaters on December 15th.
The first trailer for the film premiered at Comic-Con last year and it completely blew me away. I loved what I saw in that first trailer and I seriously can't wait to see more from this movie! It's one of my most anticipated films of 2018.
The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday. When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.
The film stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn and T.J. Miller, with Simon Pegg and Mark Rylance. It's set to be released on March 30, 2018.