SAMURAI JACK Creator Genndy Tartakovsky Will Direct an R-Rated Comedy Called FIXED and a Film Called BLACK KNIGHT

Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky just had another big hit with the release of Hotel Transylvania 3. Sony Pictures obviously enjoyed working with him because they just locked him down to helm to original animated films for Sony Pictures Animation. 

There aren't a lot of details on these films that he's developing but what we do know is that one if an R-rated comedy called Fixed and an epic action-adventure film called Black Knight. Black Knight is said to be in the vein of Samurai Jack, so that should get fans excited! Tartakovsky had this to say in a statement:

"I’m very excited to start this next adventure with my Sony family. With their trust and support we are going to do something unique and different, and push animation to the next level."

Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation had this to say in a statement:

"Genndy is one of the most singular voices in animation today and we are overjoyed to have him develop his next original features at Sony Pictures Animation, where he began his theatrical career nearly a decade ago. His imagination and talent have no boundaries, which will be made abundantly clear by the two wildly different movies he’ll be directing next."

As a long time fan of Tartakovsky, I can't wait to see what he delivers with these new film projects he's working on. I'm excited to see how he's going to push animation to the next level!

Source: Deadline

Timothy Zahn Shares His Thoughts On Mara Jade Potentially Being In STAR WARS: EPISODE IX

Timothy Zahn doesn't think Mara Jade is going to appear in Star Wars: Episode IX, but in light of various rumors the author has said he'd be fine with re-introducing her into the franchise's canon. The acclaimed Star Wars author opened up to the Talking Bay 94 podcast and said the following:

If there was a generic, or organic, spot for her to fit into a story...I promise people, I will pitch it to the Lucasfilm story group, and then, it’s their decision whether to allow it or not.

Disney has been gracious to Zahn since its initial expulsion of Star Wars' expanded universe canon and reintroduced his most famous Star Wars character, Grand Admiral Thrawn. Would you like to see Mara Jade in an upcoming Star Wars series or film? 

Austin St. John Talks About How His Parents Influenced Jason from POWER RANGERS

ComicBook caught up with Austin St. John at San Diego Comic-Con and they had an interesting interview. During the interview, there are three things that I took away. First, you can go to St. John’s website for awesome merchandise as well as news. Second, he based his classic Power Rangers character, Jason Lee Scott, on his kick-butt parents! Third, if the script was right (and he trusts Amy Jo Johnson and David Yost to do it right) he would do a Power Rangers reunion film. Going back to that second point though, in the interview he was asked how he created such an iconic Ranger and St. John took a minute to go into great detail of how he got inspiration from his parents.

Walk softly and carry a big stick. I modeled the character after my mom and dad. My mom was one of the, well she was the first female cop in the state of New Mexico in the 70s. It was either the state or the city of Roswell, but I mean it was the 70s, where her own police brothers and...well they were all brothers at the time, one of them tried to have her killed because she wore a skirt and wanted a badge and a gun. So my mom was and is a tough lady, but she knows how to be a lady.”

My father, a Mustang in the Marine Corps which means he was enlisted, got out, went to college, and came back as an officer, so he’s exceptionally respected because he understands what enlisted men go through and he’s still an officer. He was the kind of guy that would walk into the room and was very soft-spoken, but when he walked into the room people shut up and heads turned and they paid attention.

So he never had to command that sort of attention, and neither did my mother. They were always just respected, and I think that’s what I wanted for Jason. I wanted him to let his team have all the light and glory they needed, and only step forward when he had to. He wasn’t a guy who wanted to be a leader. He wasn’t a guy who saw himself as the great. He wasn’t a showboat. He wasn’t flashy or fancy, he was a guy that needed to be there when it hit the fan.

So I think humility, respect for his teammates, and I guess always looking to do what’s right, no matter how hard it is, and it’s easier kind of said than done, but that is what I tried for anyway and I hope it worked. It’s something I’ve carried through with my real life despite a few colossal mistakes I think I’ve done a pretty good job.

Those are some pretty awesome parents and great inspiration for any leader character. You can watch the full interview at the link above.

WONDER WOMAN 1984 Casts SNL Writer Natasha Rothwell in Undisclosed Role

We still don’t know a lot about Wonder Woman 1984, but we did just learn that Natasha Rothwell is cast in an undisclosed role. Rothwell recently appeared in Love-Simon and has been a writer for Saturday Night Live.

She will join Kristen Wiig who is playing Cheetah, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman, Chris Pine will play Steve Trevor who apparently survived a giant explosion and doesn’t age, and Pedro Pascal will be a "key role." You can read some rumored information about who he might be playing here

WB recently screened some footage of Wonder Woman 1984 at Comic-Con and you can read our description of it here

When talking about the film during the Comic-Con panel, Gal Gadot said, "[Wonder Woman 1984 is] not a sequel, it’s a different chapter, it’s a whole new movie.” Director Patty Jenkins added, “I want to make great movies. I realized I have these characters that I love, this world that I love, and we can make this whole new movie about something pure and strong and unique as the first one, of course, I want to do that." When addressing why the movie was set in the 80s, Jenkins said that it was because the '80s "was mankind at their best and worst."

Wonder Woman 1984 will be released in theaters on November 1, 2019. So, who do you think Rothwell will be playing?

The Problem with Shonen Anime and Manga: Part Two

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I recently talked about a big problem that plagues shonen anime and manga. Now, I want to talk about another problematic trope: neglecting side characters.

There are some awesome side characters in anime that often get neglected in some way. Let's look at one of my favorites from Bleach, Chad. Chad is introduced and Tite Kubo starts making him really interesting. He is given powers so he can help fight hollows, he seems to be invincible in a fist fight, he gets a great emotional backstory that shows he’s a gentle giant, and all of this shows that he’s a valuable ally to Ichigo, but then he is always cheated. In the Soul Society arc, his first opponent of any importance is Shunsui, Captain of Squad 8, and Chad is quickly defeated. Meanwhile, Ishida barely wins against a Captain himself, and Ichigo fights some more prominent foes and wins all the time because he’s the main character. Can’t Chad get a moment of actual glory? Maybe have him beat a Lieutenant and then lose to a Captain?

In the next arc, Chad trains with Renji to grow stronger and goes to Hueco Mundo with Ichigo. It is then hinted that his powers are closely related to hollows, while Chad fights the bad guy equivalent of a Lieutenant, a fight he barely wins. Granted, he unlocks more of his powers and that's awesome, but his win is overshadowed when an Espada (think bad guy Captain) shows up and mops the floor with Chad. I am grateful that Kubo decided to make Chad stronger and have him beat a stronger opponent than in the last arc, but it doesn’t do anything to further the plot. Plus, he got new powers and he couldn’t even scratch a big bad guy. All it does is establish Chad as Bleach’s Krillin, just with less dying.

After the good guys defeat Aizen (the big bad guy for the first 3+ seasons) and things start calming down, Chad comes back from being out of commission and fans are given the exact opposite of an awesome payoff. Remember how we were led to believe Chad had hollow powers? Apparently, Kubo decided to ignore that. Instead of giving us an awesome story about how Chad has hollow abilities, we’re introduced to Fullbringers. Now, Fullbringers definitely seems more like an explanation for Orihime’s powers and not Chad’s. Sadly, Chad’s powers are suddenly deemed those of a Fullbringer instead of a hollow. This change feels like Kubo had this cool concept of Fullbringers and then realized too late that there was no way to use Orihime to progress that story, so Chad is shoehorned into it instead.

Chad is not alone in shonen. Look at Dragon Ball Z. If you're not a Saiyan, you're worthless even if you're as awesome as Tien. Rurouni Kenshin does the same with Sanosuke. These characters are all given some sense of importance. Sadly, these characters are constantly unused to further the story. I still love shonen anime, and it looks like some shows, such as The Seven Deadly Sins, are already working to fix this problem, and that makes me extremely happy.

Who's your favorite neglected side characters?

Dan Stevens Will Join Harrison Ford in The New Film Adaptation of Jack London’s CALL OF THE WILD

Dan Stevens (Legion) will join Harrison Ford in 20th Century Fox’s upcoming film adaptation of Jack London's novel, Call of the Wild. There's no information on who Stevens will play, but according to Variety, it will be a significant character. Stevens is a great actor and it's great that he's going to get to work with Ford on this film.

The adventure novel was published in 1903 and the story focused on a dog named Buck, who eventually becomes prospector John Thornton’s closest ally in the wilderness as he treks across the Canadian Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush. Ford will take on the role of Thornton, who had previously been played in films by Clark Gable and Charlton Heston.

The film is being directed by Chris Sanders (The Croods) from a script written by Michael Green (Logan). It's being developed as a CGI/live-action hybrid film and 20th Century Fox has set the released date for December 25, 2019.

The report goes on to say the film will be shot in California, both on location and on sound stages and it will use "cutting-edge digital technology that will help the filmmakers create the dog-sled racing sequences." 

Indiana Farm Makes Awesome STRANGER THINGS Corn Maze

If you're looking to make a pilgrimage to Hawkins, Indiana, this fall...don't bother it's a fictional place. Indiana is quite real, however, and they're crazy about the Netflix original series based in the state. This is evidenced by one farm in Lafayette, Indiana, who made an homage to the series with a massive corn maze design. Take a look:

Those looking to check it out can visit Exploration Acre farms beginning September 14 through October 28! Thanks to Slashfilm for the heads up!

Could The BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Reboot Actually Be a Sequel To The Original Series

It was recently announced that Joss Whedon and Monica Owusu-Breen were moving forward with a reboot of the classic 90s series Buffy The Vampire Slayer. All that was revealed about the reboot at the time was that it would see a black actress take over the title role, which was previously by Sarah Michelle Gellar.

The announcement was met with a lot of resistance and backlash from the fans. After all, Buffy The Vampire Slayer is a series that fans loved! It was a great story filled with fun and complicated characters that a lot of people could relate to.

Well, now Owusu-Breen has taken to Twitter to talk about the new series and hints that maybe the series could actually be a sequel continuing the story of the Slayers. She explains:

“For seven seasons, I watched Buffy Summers grow up, find love, kill that love. I watched her fight, and struggle and slay.
"There is only one Buffy. One Xander, one Willow, GIles, Cordelia, Oz, Tara, Kendra, Faith, Spike, Angel… They can’t be replaced. Joss Whedon’s brilliant and beautiful series can’t be replicated. I wouldn’t try to."

Instead, she is looking to focus on a new cast of characters, including a new slayer, for today’s complicated time. Here's the full note that she posted:

She's obviously trying to ease the minds of the fans, but I have no idea if it will work. I'm actually more open to the idea of sequel series. While she doesn't come right out and say it will be a sequel story, her vague words hint at that being the case. It would just be a better way to expand on the universe that the original series built up.

Are you more open to a sequel series than a hard reboot?

DETECTIVE PIKACHU Distribution Moves From Universal to Warner Bros.

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Legendary and Warner Bros. used to be a great couple. They had their ups and downs with films like the produced together. In 2013 the two studios decided to break up. Legendary decided that Universal was hotter. They most recently released Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Skyscraper together.

However, it looks like Legendary is missing WB as THR is now reporting that Legendary has moved their distribution deal for Detective Pikachu from Universal to WB. Sources say the move is a precursor to Legendary's moving its distribution deal back to Warners.

The film will still star Ryan Reynolds as everyone’s favorite electric mouse and interestingly enough the release date of May 10th, 2019, has not been changed.

Do you think this change of distributors will have a big impact on the film? I’m still waiting to see a teaser of Reynolds walking around in a Pikachu costume.

Liv Tyler is Reportedly Wanted For The Upcoming CHILD’S PLAY Reboot

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A few weeks ago it was announced that MGM was developing a reboot of the classic horror franchise Child's Play. This is completely separate from what co-creator Don Mancini has been doing with the franchise over the years including the recently announced TV series.

Today we are learning from That Hashtag Show that the studio is looking at casting Liv Tyler (The Incredible Hulk, The Lord of the Rings) in the film. The reboot was described as a "contemporary reboot involving a group of kids... and a technologically-advanced doll enters their world." If cast, Tyler would take on the role of Karen, the mother of the lead child character Andy.

The reboot is being produced by the same guys who helped bring Stephen King's IT to the big screen, David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-SmithLars Klevberg (Polaroid) will direct the film from a script written by Tyler Burton Smith (Kung Fury).

Don Mancini isn't a part of the movie and neither is actor Brad Dourif, who has provided the voice for Chucky all of these years.

Don't get me wrong, I love Liv Tyler, but this whole reboot of Child's Play just seems like a bad idea.