Director Duncan Jones previously confirmed that his soon to be released Warcraft film is the first installment of a trilogy that they have put into motion. Having seen this film, it’s easy to see where the story for the entire trilogy is headed. It does a great job setting everything up, and it will be awesome to see the story that Jones started continue over the course of the next couple of films.
During the Warcraft press conference that I attended, Jones was asked to say something about the trilogy and where his story is headed. As you might imagine, he didn't go into any crazy details, but he did offer up the following tease:
“You don’t make films this big and not hope that you’re going to get the chance to make maybe one or two more. I know Chris Metzen, who works at Blizzard and myself have talked about, if we have the chance to make a trilogy, what would story be? And what we set up in this film, I think, I don’t think I’m spoiling anything by saying… The Orcs had a home, they lost their home. Duratan, who’s chieftain of the Frost Worlds has tried to bring his people somewhere to give them a new home. At the end of this movie they don’t quite have that new home yet. I would hope by the end of the trilogy we know where the Orcs are going to live.”
I really do hope that Warcraft does well enough at the box office that Jones and Blizzard can tell the rest of their story. I’m not allowed to say much about the film at the moment, but I’m excited to see what fans of the game think of this movie after it’s released. When talking about the film, story, and how it relates to the classic game previously, Jones explained:
“The story is obviously a retelling of the tale of Warcraft one. The video game Warcraft one orcs and humans. We, many years ago novelized that story in a book called The Last Guardian. So in that novelization the lore was buffed a little more. You gotta remember guys, back in 1994 when War one came out story telling for games, you can argue this today still, I guess, but it was super crude. You had like a page of text in-between each mission. It was really hard to tell a story in gaming, it was super crude. So with the novelization we got to kinda plus the mythology, and kind of build out these characters more and more, and really once Duncan came on, we were very clear we wanted to do a movie about this timeline about this conflict since it’s such a, since its the point of commonality between the two franchises, or sorry, the two factions that make the franchise work witch is alliance and horde. This is where it all begins. So in looking at this story in terms of a script and what capable you can shoot, what you can literally build a story around for film. The mythology grew a little more, we made some kind of tactical calls to simplify certain themes or ideas, and really just make it work as a film. So it is not, there’s literally nothing to base it on. The game was crude and old, although I love it, I hope I didn’t sound like I’m… there’s no one left alive that worked on Warcraft one… so, you know, it’s kind of, I always like to call it, kind of… it’s the ultimate version of Warcraft one, I mean that like Ultimate Spider-Man where it’s all the greatest hits. it’s all the beats it needs, it’s all the right characters, and right kind of chemistry, but it’s streamline, it’s cleaner, it’s better, it’s sharper.”
Warcraft hits theaters on June 10th, 2016. If you're a fan of the game or fantasy films in general, you have to see this movie!
Terry Gilliam is never going to give up trying to make his passion project, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. This is a project that he’s so passionate about that he’s willing to take on whatever torture that hell has to throw at him to get it made. Over the years, several actors have been involved with the project including Johnny Depp, Jean Rochefort, Ewan McGregor, Robert Duvall, Jack O’Connell, and John Hurt.
The project is set to move forward again, and this time there are two new actors attached to star in it. Those actors aree Adam Driver (The Force Awakens) and Michael Palin, who is one of Gilliam's old Monty Python collaborators. Both these actors will be great in the two lead roles of the film. Hopefully, the production actually goes through this time!
Thanks to Flickreelwe have an updated story description for the project that you can read below:
There was a time when Toby was a young film student full of ideals. So he decided to shoot a film adapted from the story of Don Quixote in a pretty Spanish village.
But those days are gone and now Toby is an arrogant publicist, libidinous and jaded. Money and glitter have corrupted him, and while he is in Spain where he finishes filming an ad, he has to juggle with his boss’s wife – Jacqui – a calamitous weather, and his own ego. This is when a mysterious gypsy comes to find him with an old copy of his student film: Toby is upset and decides to go in search of a little village where he had made his first work a long time ago. He discovers with horror that his little film has had terrible effects on this quiet place. Angelica, the girl full of innocence, became a high-class call girl; and the old man who played Don Quixote lost his mind, convinced in his delusion of being the real “Knight of the Sorrowful Countenance.”
A series of incidents lead to a fire that threatens to destroy the village. Wanted by the police, Toby is “saved” by the old fool who takes him for his faithful squire Sancho, and drives on the roads in search of his perfect wife, Dulcinea.
During this journey, Toby will face demons, real and imaginary, modern and medieval. Damsels will be saved, jousts will be completed, and giants will be killed!
Reality and fantasy merge in this strange journey, until a spooky ending.
The movie is set to start shooting in the autumn. Maybe this time it will work out better than the first time Gilliam tried to make this movie. You can watch that beautiful disaster go down in the documentary Lost in La Mancha.
I’ve got an amusing and silly animated short that you have to watch that features a collection of two-second clips that show the many random and crazy ways that people can die in space. The video was created by animator Thomas Lucas, and one of the things that I find funniest about it is that it’s mostly the careless curiosity of people that gets them killed.
About a month ago it was reported that Elton John was in talks to join Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The legendary musician has just confirmed that he has officially joined the project, and he released the a teaser poster with the caption:
“Wednesday night’s alright for fighting.”
For those of you who don’t know, this is a parody John’s song “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting.” Then of course, it features a pair of his trademark sunglasses. John writes in the post:
“It’s been a long time since Tommy…”
Tommy was the last feature film that John actually acted in, and that was released back in 1975. So it certainly has been a long time.
John will join the previously-cast Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal, and, judging by the first teaser poster we saw for the film, Colin Firth will be coming back to join the party as well.
There’s still no word on who John will be playing in the movie, but there’s a good chance he could be playing himself or a movie version of himself. The sequel will continue the adventures of Eggsy, and it takes the action from the Kingsman group to the Statesmen, which is the U.K. organization's U.S. equivalent.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is set to start shooting in London soon from a script Vaughn co-wrote with frequent collaborator Jane Goldman. The movie hits theaters on June 16, 2017. To check out some previously released set photos of Tatum all decked out in his Kingsman gear, click here.
AMC has released the first four and a half minutes of their upcoming new series Preacher, which is based on the comic book by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon. This clip gives you an idea of how insane this series is going to be and shows you that they are not going hold back on this thing.
The show comes to us from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who seem to have done an awesome job bringing this story to life for television. I've already seen the full first episode and it was wicked fun.
This is a series that you will not want to miss because it’s so much damn fun. I loved the first episode, and I can’t wait to see the story continue as the series plays out. You can read our review of the first episode of the series here.
Preacher follows Reverend Jesse Custer, a tough Texas preacher who has lost his faith, and has learned that God has left Heaven and abandoned his responsibilities. He finds himself the only person capable of tracking God down, demanding answers, and making him answer for his dereliction of duty. Accompanying Jesse on his journey is his former girlfriend and a friendly vampire who seems to prefer a pint in the pub to the blood of the innocent. On his tail is one of the most iconic bad guys in print – an immortal, unstoppable killing machine named the Saint of Killers —a western lone gunman archetype whose sole purpose is to hunt and kill Jesse.
The series stars Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, Ruth Negga as Tulip, Lucy Griffiths as Emily, W. Earl Brown as Sherriff Root, Anatol Yusef as DeBlanc, Tom Brooke as Fiore, Derek Wilson as Donnie Schenck, and Ian Colletti as Eugene/Arseface.
Preacheris set to premiere this Sunday, May 22nd at 10:00pm on AMC.
Just in case you were wondering, yes, there is a post-credits scene at the end of X-Men: Apocalypse. Apparently this scene was not shown with the press screening that took place a couple of weeks ago. The post-credits scene has been confirmed, and thanks to Bleeding Cool we now have a description of what that scene will entail and the new sinister threat it sets up.
"We see a besuited man walking through the remains of the Weapon X clean-up programme, removing the blood, bodies and bullets. And a suited man retrieving vials of Wolverine’s blood labelled Weapon X. And placing them into his briefcase which contains other vials of differing colours. Slamming shut, it is labelled ESSEX CORP."
For those of you not familiar with Essex Corp. the man walking through the remains of Weapon X is Nathaniel Essex a.k.a. Mr Sinister. He is the world's greatest geneticist, who is capable of cloning, creating, enhancing, and controlling mutant abilities. In the comics, he was genetically mutated by Apocalypse.
I believe his involvement could lead to the creation of X-23 in the X-Men cinematic universe. Bryan Singerhas pitched her to Fox as a possible replacement for Hugh Jackman's Logan after Wolverine 3. I'm curious to see how this all comes together.
You can read our review for X-Men: Apocalypsehere. This movie is set to be released on May 27th.
If you are a fan of the films of Studio Ghibli, you’ve got to check out this trailer for their most recent project, The Red Turtle. As you would expect from the legendary Japanese animation studio, the animation is absolutely beautiful, and the film itself looks amazing.
The story centers around a sailor who ends up being stranded on a deserted tropical island. As he desperately tries to escape and to survive he encounters a strange turtle that leads to some more incredible, life-changing events.
The film was directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit, who was nominated for an Academy Award in 2000 for an animated short film he made called Father and Daughter. Apparently, The Red Turtle has very little dialogue, and the story is told mostly through visuals.
The movie is set to be released in Japan in September of this year, but as of right now there is no U.S. distribution. Hopefully, Disney picks it up to distribute it domestically. They usually pick up these incredible Studio Ghibli films. I can’t wait to watch this one.
Kevin Smith did a great job with his episode of The Flash. Everyone had such a great time working with him on the show that they want him to come back and direct another one next season. Now that he’s got his foot in the door at The CW, maybe the producers will bring him on to help develop an episode of Arrow.
It seems like he would be perfect to take on that series given the fact that at one time in his career he was writing Green Arrow comic books. During an interview with Variety, Smith said he's not interested in directing an episode, but he would love to write a couple involving a story arc with the villain Onomatopoeia. He said:
"I would, though, like to write on Arrow. I would love to jump in for a one or two episode arc just to bring that Onomatopoeia character to life."
For those of you who don’t know, Onomatopoeia is a serial killer who targets superheroes that don’t have powers. A fan of Arrow recently mentioned Smith’s interest to do this to Steven Amell, and the actor responded enthusiastically with:
“This is a fucking awesome idea.”
Smith was then alerted to Amell’s reaction, and Smith replied saying he wants make his story very Seven-ish. Here’s the tweet he sent out.
If you're excited about director Gareth Edward's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, I've got some cool new stuff from the film to share with you today! There's a new visual guide book for the film called Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: The Official Visual Story Guide, and a 10-page previewwas released in the Edelweiss catalog (via /Film).
This preview offers us some great new promotional art for the movie, which includes new images of several of the heroes and villains in the film. It also gives us the full names of these characters along with a brief description of each one. And it offers us our first look at the droid character being played by Alan Tudyk, which you can see above in the image with the rest of the team. There are also a couple alien characters who will be a part of the Rogue One team that I wasn't previously aware of.
Felicity Jones plays Jyn Erso, a highly skilled soldier and warrior.
Diego Luna plays Captain Cassian Andor, an officer in the Rebel Alliance.
Jiang Wen plays Baze, a freelance assassin.
Riz Ahmed plays Bodhi, a rebel soldier.
Unknown actor plays Pao, an alien who is described as a “fierce warrior”.
Donnie Yen plays Chirrut, who is described as “a spiritual warrior.”
Unknown actor plays Bistan, who is also described as “fierce warrior”.
It was also revealed that Ben Mendelsohn will play a villain named Director Krennic, who is described as a military adviser for the Empire. It is also confirmed that the black Stormtroopers are officially known as Death Troopers.
Tudyk's character is described a an imperial model K-250 enforcer droid. He is a former Empire security droid who ends up joining the film’s rebel fighting team on their mission.
The official companion book to fall’s most anticipated release of Star Wars Rogue One. Never-before-seen interviews, images and teasers from this major motion picture. Detailed, in-depth character profiles, iconic vehicles, weaponry and droids. Lucas Films proudly presents the official companion book to this fall’s most anticipated release of Star Wars Rogue One. Featuring never-before-seen interviews, images and teasers from this major motion picture. Experience all the thrills with detailed, in-depth character profiles, iconic vehicles, weaponry and droids you’ve been looking for. Featuring 160 pages of action-packed photos and content, this official Lucasfilm collector’s book is a must-have for every Star Wars fan.
The book will be released on January 24th 2017 with a $24.99 msrp, and you can pre-order now on Amazon.
Not long ago, Arnold Schwarzenegger said that he was going to be meeting with director Shane Black regarding The Predator, which he's currently developing. This news raised the hopes of a lot of Predator fans. I know I would love to see his character back in action in another Predator movie!
As of right now, there is no confirmation of Arnold's involvement, but if he is involved, Black isn't allowed to discuss it. While speaking with Crave Online, Black confirmed that the story would be set in modern day, and should Schwarzenegger return, he’ll be back as “Old Arnold.” Black says:
“These things all happened in 1990 Predator movies. But now it’s 25 years later. So in other words, if Arnold [Schwarzenegger]’s in it – which I’m not allowed to discuss [laughs] – he would be old Arnold.”
Arnold played Major Alan “Dutch” Schaefer in John McTiernan’s badass original film where Dutch led a special forces team against an alien hunter in a South American jungle. That alien met his match.
Black also talked about the title for the film, The Predator, and teased that it has meaning in the film’s script.
“There is a reference in the script as to why that makes sense, but I’m not really supposed to talk about it.”
I hate when they tease you with information like that and then say they can't tell you any more! At this point, the meaning of the title is up for speculation. It makes me wonder if it has any connection to the Predator that Dutch fought in the first film.
Producer John Davispreviously talked about the film saying that it's going to end up being something completely unexpected:
"The writing is so fresh, the perspective is so fresh. I’m telling you, you’re going to get something you don’t expect and you’re going to say, ‘This is the most entertaining way to reinvent a franchise.’”
There are no details on the story, but we know the look of the Predator is going to get some kind of upgrade and is described as being "organically different." Production on The Predator is expected to begin this fall, and it's set to be released in theaters on March 2, 2018.