Stephen King’s HEARTS IN ATLANTIS Is Getting a Big Screen Adaptation

Now before you say, "Wait, wasn't Hearts in Atlantis already a movie with Anthony Hopkins and Anthon Yelchin?" The answer is yes... and no. That film was adapted from two of the stories in the book of a collection of tales by Stephen King titled Hearts of Atlantis. Those stories were called “Low Men in Yellow Coats” and “Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling.”

This new film is based on the actual title story from that book, and according to Variety, the movie will simply be called Hearts. The film is set to be directed by Johannes Roberts (The Other Side of the Door).

Hearts is set in 1966, and it's described as "a bittersweet coming-of-age story about a group of college boys and their first time away from home, their obsession and self-destruction, and what it means to be an adult in a world where, in the face of a devastating war no one understands, adults can no longer be trusted."

The story centers on a group of poor freshmen, surviving off scholarships and aid packages, who become obsessed with the highly addictive – and highly vindictive – card game Hearts and find their world starts to slowly unravel. Their grades begin to fall, and one by one they flunk out at a time when life outside college meant the draft and the jungles of Vietnam.

Like most of King's stories, this one is sure to make another great film adaptation.

Batman Battles Boba Fett in Epic New Art From Alex Ross

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Have you ever wanted to see Batman fight Boba Fett? I have! And thanks to legendary artist Alex Ross, who I know you're all familiar with, we have an epic visual of what that battle would look like. Ross posted the piece on his Facebook page with a note saying that his new Batman vs Boba Fett piece will be featured in new exhibit at the Norman Rockwell museum. I want a print of this piece so bad! 

Via: Nerd Approved

Dolph Lundgren Hunts and Kills Demons in Bloody Red-Band Trailer for DON’T KILL IT

If you're a fan of Dolph Lundgren and bloody violence, you're gonna want to watch this upcoming film Don't Kill It. We have an awesome trailer for you to watch for the film that doesn't hold back on the blood and gore as Lundren awesomely hunts down and kills demons. The movie looks absolutely insane and like a ton of fun. Lundgren even manages to attempt an American cowboy-type accent. 

An ancient evil is unleashed in a small Alaskan town leaving a trail of death and destruction as it passes from host to host. The only hope of survival lies with a grizzled demon hunter (Dolph Lundgren) who has faced this terror before. Together with a reluctant FBI agent he has to figure out how to destroy a demon with the ability to possess its killer.

Don’t Kill It was directed by Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider), and it's set to premiere this weekend at Fantastic Fest.

Watch SPAWN Creator Todd McFarlane Draw GHOST RIDER

We recently got an update from Spawn creator Todd McFarlane on the movie he's been developing forever. I hope one day it happens, but in the meantime, we've got a video of the legendary comic artist drawing Ghost Rider. With the recent premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4, Ghost Rider is back in the limelight and fans are excited. 

It's been a very long time since we've seen McFarlane draw anything other than Spawn. He used to do all kinds of stuff with Marvel and DC characters, but not anymore. So it was a real treat to see McFarlane whip up a badass drawing of Ghost Rider, who shares some similarities to Spawn. It's definitely a fun treat for his fans!

This isn't his first time drawing the hellish character; he drew him while he was working on Spider-Man, in a story where the Webslinger and Ghost Rider teamed up to take on the Hobgoblin. When talking about drawing Ghost Rider on his website, he said:

"A little later when I started Image Comics and Spawn, I added a few of those accessories INCLUDING spikes and chains to Spawn’s Costume because I STILL enjoyed drawing them…and they’re just COOL."

Check it out!

Duncan Jones Will Start Shooting His Sci-Fi Film MUTE Next Week!

Moon and Warcraft director Duncan Jones has been trying to get his passion project Mute off the ground for years. Well, it's finally happening! Jones announced on Twitter that he will start shooting the movie next week! I'm a huge fan of Jones' work, and I'm so excited and happy for him that he is actually making this dream project of his. The sci-fi film project is set in the year 2046, it stars Paul Rudd and Alexander Skarsgård, and this is the synopsis:

Berlin. Forty years from today. A roiling city of immigrants, where East crashes against West in a science-fiction Casablanca. Leo Beiler (Skarsgard), a mute bartender has one reason and one reason only for living here, and she’s disappeared. But when Leo’s search takes him deeper into the city’s underbelly, an odd pair of American surgeons (led by Rudd) seem to be the only recurring clue, and Leo can’t tell if they can help, or who he should fear most.

Sam Rockwell also has a part in the story. He will be reprising his role as Sam Bell from Jones' first film Moon. We aren't sure how big of a role he'll play. Mute takes place in the same universe as Moon, and his character is meant to connect the two.

The movie is inspired by films such as Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, Paul Schrader’s HardcoreRobert Altman’s MASH, and even Casablanca. When talking about the project a few years ago, he offered the following information:

“There's a couple of villains in there which I'm really excited about. They're so different than anything you've seen. I hope I get the chance to make the film because they're going to be very unique, you're not going to have seen anyone like these two guys before...
“No aliens, nothing like that. It's a very human story, it's about normal, normal people having to live in this future city. Science fiction is more of a backdrop, in some ways, than you might expect. But I like that, because ... if you allow [science fiction] to be in the backdrop and not be what it's all about, then the humanity is what you're really concentrating on and looking at. You see why people are the way they are , and how they've maintained their humanity in these science-fiction settings. Or the opposite, why their humanity starts to be eroded. When they started to lose their humanity because of the world that they live in, and that's what this film is going to be about.”

I'm incredibly excited about this movie, and I can't wait to see how it turns out! 

5 Intriguing Teasers for Scarlett Johansson’s Live-Action GHOST IN THE SHELL Movie

Paramount Pictures has released five very brief promo teasers for Scarlett Johansson's live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. The offer us the first intriguing footage from the film and I like what I see so far. The footage definitely got me excited about seeing more! I assume this means that a full trailer will be coming soon. 

Ghost in the Shell follows the Major, special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.

The film is being directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) and it's based on the classic manga series that was written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow. The movie also stars Beat Takeshi Kitano as Daisuke Aramaki, Juliette Binoche as Dr. Ouelet, Michael Pitt as Kuze, Pilou Asbæk as Batou, and Kaori Momoi. The members of Section 9 are played by Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Lasarus Ratuere, Yutaka Izumihara and Tuwanda Manyimo.

Ghost in the Shell is set to be released in theaters on March 31st, 2017.

THE DARK TOWER TV Series Will Be an Adaption of Stephen King’s WIZARD AND GLASS

Ever since Ron Howard started pushing for an adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower, there was a plan to include a companion TV series. Well, that TV series is now moving forward and details have been revealed about what that series will entail!

MRC and Sony Pictures have already committed to financing a full season of between 10 and 13 episodes. The number of episodes depends on how the scripts and story arcs develop. They still don't have a distributor, but I don't think it will be an issue finding one. 

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The series will be based on King's Wizard and Glass, which provides an epic backstory that focuses on a younger version of gunslinger Roland Deschain and his early tribulations. It centers around "Roland and his ka-tet of fate-forged allies, including the boy Jake, listening to the story of the gunslinger’s past while preparing for the next leg of their journey." EW goes on to explain:

In this framing device for the book, they are camped within reach of a “thinny,” which is a kind of aurora where reality has eroded and people who draw too close can be consumed like it’s a black hole. Roland tells his new friends of his first encounter with such a thing, unspooling a tale about being sent by his father on a mission to the Barony of Mejis, a distant seaside kingdom in the same dimension as his homeland of Gilead.

Idris Elba is set reprise his role as an older Roland as is Tom Taylor, who plays Jake Chambers. The report goes on to explain that: 

That duo will serve as the framing device for the show’s central story, which takes place many years before the events depicted in the film. Since the series will be Roland’s origin story, a younger actor will be cast to play the aspiring gunslinger as a teenager, back before the realm of Mid-World 'moved on' into chaos and bloodshed.

There's no word on if Matthew McConaughey will reprise his role as the villainous Man in Black, but the character plays a major part in Roland’s origin story. The sorcerer often takes on different names and appearances in King's stories, so if they needed another actor to play him, it wouldn't be an issue. 

Throughout the course of the story, "Roland reveals how he fell for the beautiful Susan Delgado, and later tested the faith of his original ka-tet — friends Alain Johns and Cuthbert Allgood." When talking about the show, screenwriter Akiva Goldsman says:

“In the movie, Roland is suffering tremendous loss. The most concrete, personal, existential heartbreak a character can have. If the movie chronicles his final reach toward hope again, the TV show is the loss of that hope. This one has much more fidelity to the story as King wrote it."

So it seems as if this series is going to be more of a straightforward adaptation, which I think fans will be very happy about. If the movie and this first season of the TV series go over well with audiences, there's a good chance that they will continue the story with more film sequels and seasons of the show. 

The Dark Tower series will start shooting in 2017 and it will most likely premiere it in 2018.

Below, you will find a map that was released that "demarcates the various towns and landmarks within the territory of Mejis: the capital, Hambry, along the Clean Sea; Coos Hill, home of the witch, Rhea; Citgo, the oil fields that could help fuel an army; Bad Grass, the toxic meadowlands; and Eyebolt Canyon, where a different thinny cries out for victims."

Nike Reveals Their BACK TO THE FUTURE-Inspired Power Lacing Shoes — HyperAdapt

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Back in 1989, the world was introduced to the Nike Mag in Back to the Future Part II, a fictional futuristic shoe that had power laces. Every kid from the '80s wanted a pair and now, 27 years later, Nike actually has a sneaker with power laces! It's called the HyperAdapt 1.0, and of course, I want a pair!  

Wired released the first photos of the shoe as well as a video showing us the shoe in action. Lead creator Tiffany Beers explains how she and her team made this a reality and also talks about all the different features of the great-looking shoe. 

The shoes have lights that tell you when the battery life is low and they come with a magnetic dock that you can charge them with. We live in exciting times, my friends, and now all we need is for hoverboards to be perfected and mass produced. 

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DC Fans Start Petition For Shia LaBeouf to Play Red Hood in The DCEU

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It's been rumored in the past that Jason Todd, a.k.a. Robin, a.k.a. The Red Hood, could be included in the upcoming Batman solo film, but there's been no confirmation of that. Todd did exist in the DCEU because the Joker killed him, but there's no guarantee that he will show up as the Red Hood in the Batman solo film or any other film in the DCEU. Is it possible? Yeah, of course it is!

In case Jason Todd/Red Hood does eventually make his big screen debut, there's a group of DC fans who have started a petition to get Warner Bros. to consider casting Shia LaBeouf in the role. The online petition was launched at Change.org, and it's slowly gaining traction. 

We all know a petition like this won't influence the studio's decision on who they will cast, but it certainly will get the fans talking about who they would like to see in the role. Here is a list of reasons posted with the petition that explains why they think LaBeouf would be the best choice for the part:

  • Shia Labeouf is willing to go the distance to be the best that his character can be in recent films
  • It's an opportunity for him to show the world what an amazing actor he can truly be if you Just give him a chance to be this character
  • Help him get from one of the most looked down upon actors in Hollywood to one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood because of this role
  • Ben Affleck was hated by so many people because he was cast as Batman and now he is loved by many after they say what an amazing performance Ben Affleck could do as Batman
  • Shia Labeouf is truly one of the most talented actors in Hollywood if you have seen his recent films
  • If you know the character Jason Todd aka Red Hood and if you know Shia Labeouf then you can see how similar they are and how perfect this casting choice is for Shia Labeouf

I think LaBeouf would be great! He was originally supposed to appear in David Ayer's Suicide Squad, but apparently the studio thought he was too crazy. I doubt the studio has changed their mind about the actor. 

What do you think about LaBeouf in the role of the Red Hood? Do you think he is a solid choice? If not, who would you like to see take on the role?

The Tall Man Returns One Last Time in the Trailer for PHANTASM: RAVAGER

Phantasm: Ravager is the fifth and supposedly final film in the classic Phantasm horror franchise. Today we have a fun trailer for the movie, which comes from director David Hartman and writer Don Coscarelli, who wrote and directed the original Phantasm movie back in 1979. When talking about the film in an interview with EW, Coscarelli said:

“It’s a swan song to the series. There’s some new iterations of those brain-shucking spheres and a lot of good stuff that the fans will enjoy. It ties up a lot of the storylines and answers some questions that fans have had.” 

The movie reunites Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, and the Tall Man himself Angus Scrimm, who passed away earlier this year. They all starred in the original movie in which the characters Mike, Jody, and Reggie attempt to stop the Tall Man from transforming corpses into dwarf zombies, a plan that he carries out with the help of his collection of deadly spheres.

Phantasm: Ravager looks like it will be an epic end to this entertaining horror franchise. The Tall Man is an iconic horror character, and I'm sure Scrimm was happy to make this final film before he passed away. 

The film will premiere on September 25th at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas.