Disney has released the first stunning teaser trailer for Tim Burton's live-action adaptation of Dumbo. This first little teaser packs quite a punch. It's simply wonderful and if you're a fan of the classic Disney animated film, chances are you're going to like what you see here. It looks like Tim Burton beautifully tells this story.
This new Disney Dumbo adventure features an impressive ensemble cast that includes Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Colin Farrell, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins, Alan Arkin, Joseph Gatt, Sandy Martin, with Michael Keaton as the villainous entrepreneur. Here's the synopsis:
From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure “Dumbo” expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets.
As the synopsis says, the movie is an expansion of the first film. It's a new story for Dumbo that we haven't been told before. Danny Devito previously explained:
"The original ends with the elephant flying. This one begins with that and goes even further."
Dumbo is scheduled to hit theaters on March 29, 2019. Enjoy the trailer.
I've got a cool little teaser trailer here worth checking out for an upcoming Korean futuristic action thriller Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade. The movie comes from director Kim Jee-woon, who previously directed I Saw The Devil, The Good the Bad the Weird, and The Last Stand. It's been a couple of years since he's made a movie and this one certainly looks interesting! I love this guy's movies so I'm definitely excited about watching this!
The film is an adaptation of the popular Mamoru Oshii manga. This isn't the first time it was adapted, though. In 1999 there was a feature-length anime film.
The story is set in the near future, "the film takes place in a world where the governments of South and North Korea are on the cusp of reunification, following seven years of preparation. When demonstrations opposing the unification turn more violent, a special police force is formed to combat them."
The film stars Jung Woo-sung (The Good the Bad the Weird), Han Hyo-Joo (The Beauty Inside, Dong Yi), Gang Dong-won (Secret Reunion, Too Beautiful to Lie), and Han Ye-ri (Sea Fog, As One, Worst Woman).
Warner Bros. will release Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade in South Korea in July. There's no word on when we'll get to watch it in the states.
A great new photo from Shane Black's The Predator has been released featuring the badass alien hunter attacking Boyd Holbrook’s former commando Quinn McKenna and Olivia Munn’s scientist, Casey Bracket. This is just a cool image that shows the Predator in all his glory.
If you haven't seen the latest trailer yet, make sure to click here to check it out because it's pretty awesome!
From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the Predator series. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.
The movie also stars Thomas Jane (The Punisher), Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Jacob Tremblay (Room), Yvonne Strahovski(Dexter), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), Sterling K. Brown (The People vs. O.J. Simpson, This is Us), Keegan-Michael Key, and Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica).
Director Shane Black co-wrote the script with his Monster Squad co-writer Fred Dekker, and it will be released in theaters on September 14, 2018.
Blumhouse Television is developing a limited series based on James McBride’s 2013 National Book Award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird, and Ethan Hawke is set to star as abolitionist leader John Brown. Not only that, but Hawke will also co-write the script with Mark Richard (Fear of the Walking Dead).
Blumhouse has made a name for themselves with the horror genre, and Hawke previously worked with them on The Purge. But they are looking to expand their brand into other genres. They are also a part of Amy Adams' HBO series Sharp Objects and Showtime’s upcoming The Loudest Voice in the Room.
Apparently, The Good Lord Bird is one of Hawke's favorite books, and the story follows "a young slave who joins up with Brown, disguises himself as a girl to avoid being recognized, and eventually participates in the famous 1859 raid on the army depot at Harpers Ferry. That effort was intended by Brown to initiate a slave revolt. It failed in that aim, but it is widely believed to have helped to ignite the Civil War."
As a fan of Ethan Hawke and this story, I'm looking forward to seeing how this series turns out.
Just yesterday, it was reported that Geoff Johns was stepping down as DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer. Jim Lee is set to replace him as CCO and Johns is moving on as a writer and producer of some future DC films like Green Lantern Corps.
Some new information has surfaced regarding Johns that may have helped lead to his departure. The information comes from Vulture senior editor Kyle Buchanan, and it entails how Johns caused some issues and drama with both Justice League screenwriter Chris Terrio and Warner Bros. executives. He explained on Twitter:
"I remember hearing that Geoff Johns rewrote so much of Justice League when Zack Snyder was still directing that Chris Terrio would complain, 'Maybe try using some of my pages?'"
"WB was allegedly so unsatisfied with how the Johns/Snyder version was shaping up that they convened a footage summit for other writers including Joss Whedon, Allan Heinberg, Seth Grahame-Smith, and Andrea Berloff to offer feedback. Then they hired Whedon."
With all of the drama surrounding the DC films, it seemed like it was only a matter of time before Johns ended up being forced out of his positions. I'm sure he did the best he could, but when it comes to most people in positions like these, there's a lot of big egos that are clashing with each other.
Things obviously weren't working with Johns in these positions and I hope that whoever they bring on board to take his place as president will be able to straighten things out and fix the things that are broken at DC Entertainment.
I think things will work better as Johns works with the studio on a film by film basis.
Fans of the classic 1990s animated series Gargoyles have been wanting to see a live-action adaptation made for years! Now, one of Hollywood's hottest directors wants to develop it... Jordan Peele (Get Out)!
In a recent edition of the entertainment industry newsletter The Ankler, it's reported that Peele walked into a meeting with Disney and says "he wants to do a new version of Gargoyles." And what do they do? Nothing. The don't say yes, they don't say no, they do nothing. The report goes on to say:
"How do you turn down Jordan Peele? Well, you can’t. Who wants to be responsible for that decision? So in the absence of a good reason to say no, but prevented by their Big IP box from saying yes, Disney is slow walking the decision. It’s hoping, it seems, that they’ll run out the clock, he’ll sign other deals elsewhere, and the project will just fade away."
It seems so ridiculous that the movie hasn't happened yet and a no-brainer decision to make it, but there is a reason why Disney hasn't moved on this project.
I've heard from individuals who were involved with the original animated series that there are some complicated rights issues with it that involve Jefferey Katzenberg. He left Disney years ago to create DreamWorks Animation and these issues have apparently been keeping a film from getting made. So, until those are worked out, it's probably not going to happen.
I have no doubt that a Gargoyles film under the direction of Jordan Peele, using the CGI motion capture technology that Jon Favreau has been using with The Jungle Book and The Lion King, the film could turn out incredible and I can only imagine that the Gargoyle character would look so freakin' cool!
The story centers around a species of nocturnal creatures known as gargoyles that turn to stone during the day, focusing on a clan led by Goliath. In the year 994, the clan lives in a castle in Scotland. Most are betrayed and killed by humans and the remainder are magically cursed to sleep—i.e., be frozen in stone form—until the castle "rises above the clouds." A millennium later, in 1994, billionaire David Xanatos purchases the gargoyles' castle and has it reconstructed atop his New York skyscraper, the Eyrie Building, thus awakening Goliath and the remainder of his clan. While trying to adjust to their new world, they are aided by a sympathetic female police officer, Elisa Maza, and quickly come into conflict with the plotting Xanatos. In addition to dealing with the gargoyles' attempts to adjust to modern New York City, the series also incorporated various supernatural threats to their safety and to the world at large.
Maybe one day Disney will put in the effort to figure this out and make this movie happen. Would you have liked to see Jordan Peele direct a Gargoyles movie?
A few months ago it was announced that Amazon would be developing a series adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower. We haven't heard anything about the project since then, but according to Amazon Studios president Jennifer Salke, the series is alive and well! She tells Deadline:
"Those are scripts that I haven’t gotten yet. I’ll be seeing those, that material, in the coming weeks. None of those things are dead. They’re very much alive."
If you weren't a fan of the movie, I wouldn't be worried. I'm pretty confident that Amazon will do some great things with the series. Stephen King previously explained that the series would be a complete reboot. Even though I'm one of the few that actually enjoyed the film, I'm totally ok with a completely new adaptation.
When previously talking about what the series would entail, the director of the film, Nikolaj Arcel, who was helping develop the series said that the show will dive back into the books. Specifically, Wizard and Glass and The Gunslinger.
"It’s being written. I was part of writing the pilot, like the first season ideas and the pilot and the second episode. It’s gonna be awesome. What was exciting about that, whereas with the film, we were really trying to create an introduction and make a standalone film that could sort of live in itself, but what was also exciting, working on the TV show at the same time, is that is totally canon."
He went on to explain:
"We’re going back in the past. It’s very, very closely adhering to the 'Wizard and Glass' novel and parts of 'The Gunslinger' novel. That was exciting to be even more like, 'Okay, now we’re going to be able to even lift lines directly, or like [write] characters exactly as they are. Which, as a fan, was exciting in a different way."
I have no idea if Arcel is even involved anymore, but it was announced at one point that The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara might be the showrunner. Rebooting The Dark Tower as a series seems to be the best direction to go at this point.
In the end, it sounds like the series will stand on its own apart from the movie. So, if this is the case, this should make fans who didn't like the movie happy.
I just hope that the creative team really dives deep into the books and pulls out the best and weirdest stuff from the stories. It's the crazy weird stuff that helped make the books so great. I loved all that far-out stuff that King included! Some of those things include a cyborg bear, Billy-Bumblers, Lobster Monsters called Lobstrosities, Man Jesus, and more.
What do you hope to see from Amazon's Dark Tower series?
I loved watching The Real Ghostbusters when I was a kid. It was easily one of the best-animated series adaptations of a movie that's been made. I also had all of the original action figures at one point. I wish I still had them! It's a good thing that Diamond Select Toys is releasing a new line of action figures for the classic cartoon!
As of right now, the new line of figures will include versions of Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore and Slimer. Series 9 will bring Winston, Egon and Slimer and Series 10 will bring Venkman and Stantz.
Here are all the details on what you need to know along with some additional images:
Fans have delighted to Diamond Select Toys’ Select action figures based on the first and second Ghostbusters movies, with buildable dioramas of the Spook Central rooftop and the Firehouse façade. Now, it’s time to get real! The highly anticipated Real Ghostbusters action figures go up for pre-order on June 20th, and we’ve got the first official pics of the figures based on the hit 1980s cartoon series!
Egon, Winston and Slimer make up the Series 9 assortment, with the two ’Busters wearing their color-coded jumpsuits and packing all-new, cartoon-accurate gear, and Slimer coming with a support stand and three interchangeable faces! Designed by Yuri Tming, and sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios, each figure packs approximately 16 points of articulation, and Slimer features all-new arm sculpts to better match his animated look.
Plus, each figure includes pieces to build the firehouse diorama – collect all 15 figures in Series 6 through 10 to construct the sign and front doors of the Ghostbusters headquarters! The firehouse features interchangeable parts, including teh sign and the “Hook & Ladder” lettering, so it can be converted from Ghostbusters to Ghostbusters 2 configuration.
Series 10 will feature Peter, Ray, and DST’s first ever fully articulated Mr. Stay-Puft! That series will complete the firehouse, so be sure to pick up the Ghostbusters 2-based Series 6 and 7 now, as well as the imminently shipping Series 8.
We've got another new TV spot for you to watch that offers up a few bits of new footage from Marvel's Ant-Man and The Wasp, which includes Scott Lang bragging about being an Avenger now. I've also included three new posters for the film below. One of them is an IMAX poster, the other is a Dobly poster, and the third features Ant-Man and The Wasp. I also added a few new photos, one of which seems to show The Wasp in the Quantum Realm.
I just can't wait to see this movie already! It looks like it's going to be a blast!
Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. Approached by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym, Lang must once again don the Ant-Man suit and fight alongside the Wasp. The urgent mission soon leads to secret revelations from the past as the dynamic duo finds itself in an epic battle against a powerful new enemy.
Peyton Reed returns to direct Ant-Man and the Wasp. The film stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, and will also introduce Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne, Laurence Fishburne as Doctor Bill Foster, Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost, Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo, and Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch.
Ant-Man and the Wasp opens in theaters on July 6, 2018.
Media Rights Capital wasted no time in snatching up the right to Stephen King's latest novel The Outsider. King's work is really hot right now and there are a ton of projects in development based on his stories.
MRC, who is also a part of The Dark Tower adaptation, is planning a 10-episode limited series adaptation, and they have hired Richard Price to write it. He is best known for his work on HBO's The Wire and The Night Of. With him on board, you know that this series has a solid chance of being great.
If you're not familiar with the story yet, here's the book description:
An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.
An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.
As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.
I haven't read the book yet but it certainly sounds intriguing! I'm hoping to read it soon. This story definitely seems like it would work much better for a TV series than a movie, so I'm glad that they are going that route.
Have any of you read the book yet? If so what did you think?