Warner Bros. Wanted Ben Affleck To Direct FLASHPOINT But He Turned Down The Offer

Yesterday it was announced that Spider-Man: Homecoming writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were hired to direct the DC film Flashpoint for Warner Bros. It shouldn't come as a surprise to you that these directors weren't the studio's first choice. 

According to Variety, on top of Robert Zemeckis, the studio also initially wanted Ben Affleck to direct the movie but he ended up turning down the offer. I actually wouldn't have minded seeing Affleck direct the film! He might have done a great job, but now we'll never know. 

As you know, Affleck was attached to direct The Batman before he was replaced by Matt Reeves. Regardless of that, a few weeks ago, Ben Affleck did say that he was still interested in directing a Batman movie, but The Flash isn't Batman, so I guess he's allowed to say no. However, Batman is rumored to be playing a prominent role in the story for the Flashpoint film. I think most of the heroes in the Justice League team would have to be included in this story arc, but we'll just have to wait and see how everything comes together now that the film actually has directors. 

WIth John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein coming on board to direct the movie, it makes me think that the film will have a lighter and more humorous tone. Whatever they have planned, I hope they can pull it off and give fans a great Flashpoint movie!

Do you think they have the skills or would you have rather seen Ben Affleck take on the job?

J.J. Abrams is Developing a New Sci-Fi Series Set in Another World with a “Monstrous, Oppressive Force”

J.J. Abrams has another sci-fi TV project that he's developing and it sounds awesome! The filmmaker is currently shopping around the spec script that he wrote to the networks. According to THR, Apple and HBO are both in the running to pick up the untitled project.

The sci-fi drama centers around a family and it will take audiences to another world. The family consists of a mother who works as a scientist, her husband and their young daughter. They end up getting into a terrible car accident. "After the mother winds up in a coma, her daughter begins digging through her experiments in the basement and winds up transporting to another land amid a world's battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. Her father then follows her into this new world."

I love this concept! If it gets picked up, this will be the first TV project since 2008's Fringe that Abrams created and wrote. Abrams also created/co-created Felicity, Alias, and Lost all of which were great shows. I hope this series gets picked up because it sounds like it would make for a great series that will hook audiences. 

Abrams is also currently writing and directing Star Wars: Episode IX for Lucasfilm.

Red Band Trailer For FX’s THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY

FX has released a red-band trailer for their upcoming series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. This is the second season of the American Crime Story anthology series that started with The People Vs. OJ Simpson. If you're a fan of true crime stories, then this is one that you won't want to miss. 

This new trailer offers a lot more insight into the fascinating and disturbing story behind the fashion mogul's murder and the deceitful man who killed him, Andrew Cunanan. 

The series is based on Maureen Orth’s "heavily researched and authenticated non-fiction bestseller "Vulgar Favors" which examined the true life crime spree of Andrew Cunanan." Here is the synopsis from the book:

Two months before Gianni Versace was murdered on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion by Andrew Cunanan, award-winning journalist Maureen Orth was investigating a major story on the serial killer for Vanity Fair. Culled from interviews with more than four hundred people and insights from thousands of pages of police reports, Orth tells the complete story of Cunanan, his unwitting victims, and the moneyed, hedonistic world in which they lived . . . and died. 

In fascinating detail, she reveals how Cunanan met his superstar victim, why police and the FBI repeatedly failed to catch Cunanan, and why other victims’ families stonewalled the investigation, as well as the controversial findings of the Versace autopsy report. Here is a gripping odyssey that races across America—from California’s wealthy gay underworld to modest Midwestern homes of families mourning the loss of their sons to South Beach and its unapologetic decadence. Vulgar Favors is at once a masterwork of investigative journalism and a riveting account of a sociopath, his crimes, and the mysteries he left along the way.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story was written by Tom Rob Smith, and producer and creator Ryan Murphy directed the premiere episode of the series, which stars Edgar Ramirez, Darren Criss, Ricky Martin and Penelope Cruz

The series premieres tonight, January 17th on FX. Watch the trailer and let us know if you'll be tuning in to watch it.

Here’s the Hilarious Honest Trailer For Stephen King’s IT!

"Thrill as each child's fear preys on them in a unique form, where the kid will go off on their own, notice something out of the ordinary,  and slowly walk towards it... until a monster pops out!"

Here it is! Screen Junkies has released their latest Honest Trailers video and it takes aim at the recent feature film adaptation of Stephen King's IT. This was my number one favorite movie of 2017 and it's pretty funny watching Screen Junkies have their way with it. There are some funny laughable moments and they also actually make some really good points with some of their criticism. But, it's still my favorite movie! 

This is one of the better Honest Trailers that has been released, so enjoy!

FLASHPOINT Will Be Directed By SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein

Well, Warner Bros. has finally officially hired a couple of directors to take on the DC film Flashpoint. The screenwriting duo behind Spider-Man: Homecoming, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, have crossed over to DC Entertainment to take on the challenge, and that could be great!

The two previously directed Vacation and the upcoming film Game Night, which looks hilarious. I'll admit, I was really hoping that Robert Zemeckis would do it, but obviously, things didn't work out that way. I think Daley and Goldstein could end up doing a good job, though. We'll just ahve to wait and see. After all, this will be their biggest directing project to date.

Ezra Miller is set to reprise his role as Barry Allen in the film and I'm sure that Billy Crudup will be back to play his dad. We've also heard rumors that Ben Affleck's Batman will be heavily involved with the story and I assume Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman will also be involved. It would make sense to see many of these Justice League characters involved because the whole Flashpoint story arc involves all these DC heroes. 

The story that the comic tell takes place in a world where Barry Allen wakes up and the world has changed. Captain Cold is considered a hero and Bruce Wayne is dead. His father Thomas Wayne is Batman and Wonder Woman and Aquaman are in a battle for world dominance. Everything is just completely messed up. It's a great storyline that has some fascinating elemets, and I'm curious to see how this creative team handles it.

I'm not sure how they are going to squeeze this whole story into one film. It seems like it would work better as a trilogy or something. We'll just have to wait and see what they do.

Before Daley and Goldstein came on board, Dope director Rick Famuyiwa was attached and after he left Seth Grahame-Smith, who had written the script, jumped on to the project. They left due to creative differences. 

Do you think the guys they got to direct the movie will do a good job!?

Source: THR

New Image and Synopsis For Disney’s RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2

New Image and Synopsis For Disney's RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 211

Disney Animation has released a brand new image from their upcoming animated film Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. As you can see it shows off Ralph (John C. Reilly), Vanellope von Schweetz (Sara Silverman), and a host of what look to be the avatars of internet users. Ralph's looking a little worried!

We also have a new synopsis for the film to share with you that offers some insight into the story that the movie will tell.

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 leaves Litwak’s video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet – which may or may not survive Ralph’s wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sara Silverman) must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part of save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet – the netizens – to help navigate their way, including a website entrepreneur named Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site “BuzzzTube.”

From what I saw at D23 last year, it looks like it's going to be a hilarious sequel that fans of the first film are going to love. The movie is going to dive deep into Disney geek culture unlike any film has done before.

I've talked about a scene that I saw involving all the Disney princesses several times already, featuring all of the original voices actresses for the characters. That scene alone is worth the price of admission. 

Rich Moore returns to direct the sequel and it's set to open up November 21st, 2018.

A Handless Teen Girl Escapes a Cult in New Facebook Series SACRED LIES From TRUE BLOOD Team

The executive producer and writer of HBO's True BloodRaelle Tucker, and True Blood director Scott Winant have teamed up to develop a fascinating new series with Blumhouse Television called Sacred Lies. Facebook Watch has greenlit a 10-episode first season of the half-hour series and it sounds like it's going to be a crazy unique show!

The series is based on the classic Grimm Brothers tale The Handless Maiden, and Stephanie Oakes’ novel The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly. It follows the story of a handless teen girl "who escapes from a cult and finds herself in juvenile detention, suspected of knowing who killed her cult leader."

Tucker is adapting the story and will also serve as the showrunner. When talking about the project and what makes it unique, explaining:

"This is a young female protagonist we’ve never seen on screen before. She’s complex, brave, funny…and sometimes dangerous. And she has no hands. But she refuses to let that, or her bizarre, brutal past define her or limit her. That’s the message of our series: no matter what life throws at you – ultimately only you have the power to decide what you believe and what you become. I’m beyond excited and honored to bring this unique, inspiring, badass character to life."

Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold, co-presidents, Blumhouse Television added:

"Raelle and Scott are known for pushing the envelope with complex characters, mixing genres and diving into dramatically dark subjects, which is also a hallmark of Blumhouse storytelling. Sacred Lies is an inventive twist on a time honored fairytale which we believe will surprise and stir the Facebook Watch audience and we’re excited to be the studio producing this provocative series."

The concept for this show has definitely sparked my interest and it's a series that I'm looking forward to checking out. What do you all think about the concept?

Source: Deadline

New Synopsis For SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY Teases a “Dangerous Criminal Underworld”

Thanks to Disney and Lucasfilm we have a synopsis for director Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story and it offers us our first real story details for the movie and it's pretty much everything that we were expecting. 

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

So there it is. There's no big reveals there, just a little something to tide us over while we wait for the first freakin' trailer to be released! The studio is really taking their sweet-ass time to show us ANYTHING from this movie. 

So far, all we have is a logo, a leaked promo photo, some LEGO playsets, and this synopsis. That's it and we only have a few more months to go before the movie is released in May! Come on! Where's that trailer that was supposed to be coming soon!?

Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is Rumored to Appear in VENOM

I've got a big rumor here regarding Tom Hardy's Venom. If the rumor is true, then maybe Sony Picture's Spider-verse is going to be connected to the MCU after all. 

The rumor originated from comic book movie scooper Jon Schnepp on a recent episode of Collider Movie Talk. While on the show he told said that Tom Holland's Spider-Man is going to make an appearance in Venom. He says:

"I'm gonna say it right here on this show, Spider-Man is gonna be in Venom. For the last couple months, we've been talking about Venom, we've been hearing about how Sony's keeping it all separated. Spider-Man's in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but every other character that's in the Spider-Man universe is separate."

This is just a big fat rumor right now, and I'd personally take it with a grain of salt. I hope it's true! But there's no official confirmation of this. We've heard time and time again that this wouldn't be the case, but maybe that is just to throw everyone off the scent of what is actually happening. It wouldn't be the first time Marvel has done that to fake us out. 

Schnepp was then asked if the appearance of Spider-Man might be a cameo, but he teased that it might be more than that, saying:

"Like a cameo, like a who-knows-what-eo. All I'm sayin' is Spider-Man, and I'm talkin' about Tom Holland's Spider-Man, is gonna be in Venom."

So, that's interesting and should give the fans something to talk about! One thing he couldn't answer was if Spider-Man would be in the actual film or if it would be in a post-credits scene. We'll just have to wait and see if this rumor turns out to be true or not!

Are you happy to hear that there's a possibility Holland's Spider-Man will show up in the movie? If he is, I'm not sure how that would work. There's a long history with these characters and so much happened between them before Eddie Brock goes to San Fransisco. So, to gloss over that history might not sit well with fans. How do you think Spider-Man could fit into the film?

Venom is being directed by Ruben Fleischer and also stars Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate and Woody Harrelson. It's set to hit theaters on October 5th.

Joaquin Phoenix Plays a Paralyzed Cartoonist in Trailer For DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT

The first trailer has been released for director Gus Van Sant's (Good Will Hunting, Finding Forrester, Milk) new film Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot. The movie is based on a true story and it stars Joaquin Phoenix as John Callahan, a slacker alcoholic from Portland whose life is turned upside down when he is paralyzed in a car accident. This difficult journey leads him on a path to becoming a cartoonist. 

The movie has a great supporting cast that also includes Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, and Jack Black. The movie will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this week, and I plan on catching a screening of this film while I'm there. It looks like Pheonix is going to give another great performance! Here's the synopsis:

After Portland slacker John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) nearly loses his life in a car accident, the last thing he intends to do is give up drinking. But when he reluctantly enters treatment – with encouragement from his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and a charismatic sponsor (Jonah Hill) – Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, irreverent newspaper cartoons that develop a national following and grant him a new lease on life.

The cast for the film also includes Beth DittoOlivia HamiltonUdo KierKim Gordon, and Carrie Brownstein. Amazon Studios will release Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot in select theaters on May 11th.