Ryan Reynolds and the Deadpool creative team were on cloud nine after Deadpool ended up being a huge hit at the box office and it didn't take long for them to get to work on developing a sequel. The first thing that happens in that process, though, is to come up with an initial idea for the story and Reynolds pitched a really weird one that the studio was not impressed with.
While talking to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, The actor shared the pitch that he made and it involved a heist based around Deadpool stealing the big red chair from the TV show The Voice. As you might imagine, the idea was rejected! He says:
“At the time – my first pitch to the studio was not met very well. I pitched them for [Deadpool 2]… the whole story of the movie would be Deadpool trying to steal the big, red chair from The Voice. And they were like: ‘That’s just the dumbest thing ever.’”
That might have made a fun little gag in the film, but to set a whole story around that is kinda ridiculous. Think about it, the success of a billion-dollar film franchise could have rested on a sequel based on a joke about stealing a piece of furniture from a TV show! At the same time, it's Deadpool, so anything is possible!
I mean, I can see why Deadpool would want the chair. I'm sure he could put it to good use. In the end, I liked the direction that they ended up talking the story. He went on to talk about that little Brad Pitt cameo in the film as The Vanisher, and explains that it was a hard sell:
"He doesn’t speak and he’s invisible. And [Fox] are like, ‘Why Brad Pitt?’ Oh, because you see him, you know, for a quarter of a second… then he unfortunately dies by electrocution."
I'm still surprised that they managed to get Brad Pitt to do that! That was so great! Anyway, what do you think about the initial pitch that Reynolds made for Deadpool 2?
Netflix has released the first trailer for their upcoming Israeli spy thriller The Angel. The film is based on the true story of a man named Ashraf Marwan, "who was Egyptian President Nasser's son-in-law, and special advisor and confidant to his successor Anwar Sadat, while simultaneously one of Israeli Intelligence's most precious assets of the 20th century."
This Looks like a solid spy movie and the fact that it's based on a true story makes it even more interesting. The film stars Marwan Kenzari (The Promise), Toby Kebbell (War for the Planet of the Apes) and Hannah Ware (Aftermath).
The Angel was directed by Ariel Vromen (The Iceman) from a script by David Arata (Children of Men). It will premiere on Netflix on September 14, 2018.
I've got a fun trailer for an action-packed zombie film for you to check out called Redcon-1. Don't write this movie off just because it's another Zombie film, it actually looks like it could be a good and entertaining movie! Especially with zombies that have enhanced combat and fighting skills!
The story follows a squad of eight Special Forces soldiers who embark on a suicide mission to rescue an important scientist from a city that is overrun with zombies. The film is also said to include "genuine relentless fight action and bristling with real military hardware."
After a zombie apocalypse spreads from a London prison, the UK is brought to its knees. The spread of the virus is temporarily contained but, without a cure, it’s only a matter of time before it breaks its boundaries and the biggest problem of all… any zombies with combat skills are now enhanced. With the South East of England quarantined from the rest of the world using fortified borders, intelligence finds that the scientist responsible for the outbreak is alive and well in London. With his recovery being the only hope of a cure, a squad of eight Special Forces soldiers is sent on a suicide mission to the city, now ruled by the undead, with a single task: get him out alive within 72 hours by any means necessary. What emerges is an unlikely pairing on a course to save humanity against ever-rising odds.
The cast of the film includes Oris Erhuero, Carlos Gallardo, Mark Strange, Katarina Leigh Waters, Martyn Ford, Joshua Dickinson, Michael Sheehan, Akira Koieyama, Euan Macnaughton, Marc Baylis, and Madeleine Kelly.
Redcon-1 was directed by British filmmaker Chee Keong Cheung (Underground, Bodyguard: A New Beginning). Redcon-1 will be released in the UK on September 28th. No US release has been set yet.
"The best thing we have going for us is being who we are."
We've got a great new trailer for you to watch from the upcoming crime thriller Widows. The story centers on four women who team up for a heist to pay off a debt that they are left with after their criminal husbands are killed.
The movie is set in Chicago, "amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms." The film is described as a "blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption."
The movie was directed by Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) from a script written by bestselling author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl). The movie also stars Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta, Hotel Artemis), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Black Panther), Garret Dillahunt (Deadwood), Carrie Coon (Fargo, Avengers: Infinity War), Jacki Weaver, Jon Bernthal (The Punisher), Manuel Garcia-Rulfo with Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson.
Widows will be released in theaters on November 16th.
I love HBO's Westworld regardless of how confusing it gets! Westworld Season 1 was a great set up for the series, Season 2 started off pretty amazing, but by the end of it things took some pretty interesting and confusing twists and turns that left a lot of fans scratching their heads. But, just in case things didn't get strange or confusing enough for you, just wait for the "radical shift" coming in Season 3!
Showrunners and creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy recently talked to THR about what is coming and offers a little tease of the new season they are currently in the process of developing:
"I think it’s a radical shift. What’s compelling and appealing about these characters is that they’re not human. As we said in the show, humans are bound by the same loops the hosts are, in some ways even smaller. You couldn’t expect human characters to withstand and survive the kind of story that we’re telling. The hosts have a different version of mortality, a different outlook. I think clearly with Dolores, as she’s laid out, there is a longer view here, a larger set of goals. They’re existential. They span eons. And that’s a fascinating level of story?to engage in."
While they make this radical shift in the show, I hope that they also start to explain what the hell is going on a little bit better. Hey! Maybe the radical shift is that they won't confuse the audiences anymore! At the same time, I kinda dig the fact that they are moving things in a strange direction that leaves us with more questions than answers... as long as those questions are eventually answered! Thankfully that's the plan. Lisa Joy went on to say:
"We always knew that we were going to do this reveal and let her expand into this new role. We have a very diabolical arc for her planned out. Part of the fun for the character will be self-realization. She will be realizing the things we know about who she is."
I'm curious to see where the story for this show is headed and how the arcs of the characters are going to turn out. What are your thoughts on the second season of Westworld and where do you think it's headed?
Atypical is a wonderful must watch series and if you haven't watched Season 1 it, you should give it a go. Netflix has shared a little promo video for Season 2 that you can watch below that announces a premiere date of September 7th.
There has been some criticism of the series, but Netflix previously released a featurette for it that educates people on the show's purpose. I included that video below as well to watch if you want. Here's the synopsis:
Atypical is a coming of age story that follows Sam (Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum as he searches for love and independence. While Sam is on his funny and emotional journey of self-discovery, the rest of his family must grapple with change in their own lives as they all struggle with the central theme: what does it really mean to be normal?
The series also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Rapaport, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Amy Okuda, Nik Dodani, and Jenna Boyd.
What did you think of Season 1 of Netflix's Atypical series?
The creator of AMC hit drama Mad Men, Matthew Weiner, has developed a new anthology series for Amazon called The Romanoffs and today we have the first trailer to share with you. I was a big fan of Mad Men and it looks like this new series of his will not disappoint.
The Romanoffs is a contemporary anthology series set around the globe and it tells eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family.
In case you want a little background on what the idea for the series is drawing from, the Ramanoffs, or Romanov family were the second dynasty to rule Russia. The family came to an end when Nicholas II and his family were executed during the Russian Civil War. After they were executed, a lot of imposters came forward claiming to be descendants or survivors of the execution.
It sounds like a strange but interesting premise and it comes with an awesome cast of actors that includes Aaron Eckhart, Diane Lane, Isabelle Huppert, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Amanda Peet, Jack Huston, Kathryn Hahn, Noah Wyle, Ron Livingston, Paul Reiser, Andrew Rannells and more.
I'll definitely be checking this series out! Watch the trailer for yourself and tell us what you think.
"There's way too much injustice in the world… together we can fix it!"
Netflix has released the first trailer for a new animated sci-fi adventure film that they are releasing called Next Gen. The film tells the story of an "unlikely friendship between a rebellious girl and a runaway combat robot, as they unite to stop a madman's plan for technological world domination." The film is also described as being about the "bittersweet power of memories."
The movie comes from directors Kevin Adams and Joe Ksander and it looks pretty great! It kind of has a Big Hero 6 vibe to it but without the Disney flair.
The film also has a solid voice cast that includes Charlyne Yi, John Krasinski, David Cross, Michael Peña, Jason Sudeikis, and Constance Wu. The movie hits Netflix on September 7th. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
We've got a new photo to share with you from John Wick 3: Parabellum and it features the return of Ian McShane in the role of Winston, who is John Wick's biggest supporter. Then there's Laurence Fishburne as Bowery King, who helped John out a bit in Chapter 2.
It's great to get photos like this, but I can't wait until the first trailer is unleashed and we see John Wick back in action in all his glory!
John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is on the run for two reasons… he’s being hunted for a global $14 million dollar open contract on his life, and for breaking a central rule: taking a life on Continental Hotel grounds. The victim was a member of the High Table who ordered the open contract. John should have already been executed, except the Continental’s manager, Winston, has given him a one-hour grace period before he’s “Excommunicado” – membership revoked, banned from all services and cut off from other members. John uses the service industry to stay alive as he fights and kills his way out of New York City.
The rest of the cast include Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry as Sofia, Anjelica Huston who will play a character known as The Director, Asia Kate Dillon will be playing The Adjudicator of the High Table. Mark Dacascos will take on the role of an assassin named Zero, and Jason Mantzoukas will be playing the Tick Tock Man.
John Wick: Chapter 2 director Chad Stahelski, who co-directed the first film is returning to direct John: Wick Chapter 3 from a script written by David Kolstad, who wrote the first two movies.
John Wick: Chapter 3 is currently set to hit theaters on May 17, 2019. And don't forget! Starz is also developing a spinoff TV series called The Continental.
The Disney Channel’s live-action Kim Possible movie has cast a couple new actors that were previously involved with the animated series. Patton Oswalt and Christy Carlson Romano are set to appear in the movie.
Romano, who voiced the teen super-spy in the original series, will pop up in a cameo role, while Oswalt is set to play the villainous Professor Dementor, which is the same character he voiced in the show.
They join the previously cast Sadie Stanley as Kim Possible and Sean Giambrone as Ron Stoppable. The rest of the cast includes Alyson Hannigan, Todd Stashwick, Taylor Ortega, Ciara Wilson, Erika Tham, Issac Ryan Brown, and Connie Ray.
Kim Possible centers on a typical high school girl who, in her spare time, saves the world from evil villains. Along with her hapless sidekick Ron and his naked mole-rat Rufus, Kim took on power-hungry villains like Drakken and Shego.
The creators of the series, Mark McCorkle and Robert Schooley, wrote the script for the live-action movie along with Josh Cagan (The DUFF). The movie will be co-directed and co-produced by Adam B. Stein and Zach Lipovsky, who were finalists on Fox's On the Lot, the directing competition series from Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett.
What do you think about Oswalt and Romano joining the cast?