James Gunn managed to bring Howard the Duck back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the fans loved him for it. Even though the 80s film was a complete failure, fans still love Howard the Duck, and after he appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy, fans wanted to see more of him! A lot of fans were talking about how they wanted a new Howard the Duck movie.
Well, it looks like Marvel is actually going to entertain the idea! Lea Thompson, who starred in the original film revealed that she is going to pitch a Howard the Duck movie that she wants to direct. She tells the Inquisitr:
"Oh my god, from your lips to God's ears. I don't know. To tell you the actual truth, I am going to Marvel to pitch Howard the Duck, a new movie."
She then goes on to reveal that the meeting is set to take place in three weeks!
"In like three weeks. I want to direct the Howard the Duck remake [laughs]. Why not dream big, right?"
You know what? I hope that she has a great pitch meeting because it would be pretty rad to see Howard the Duck get a new movie that was actually properly done. It could be one of the greatest things ever!
If there was ever a chance of a Howard the Duck movie happening, this is it! If it doesn't happen with Thompson, it probably won't happen at all. This whole thing just seems inspired.
Would you want to see Lea Thompson helm a Howard the Duck movie for Marvel?
Paul Hogan, the star of the hit Crocodile Dundee films, is set to star in a new feature film comedy called The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee!. Now, before you get too excited, this isn't going to be a sequel to the classic 80s films, but it still sounds like it will be an entertaining movie!
According to Deadline, the film "sees Hogan playing himself and on the brink of receiving a Knighthood for services to comedy. ‘Don’t do anything to mess this up’, his manager tells him, according to the plot line. However, despite all his best efforts, the next six weeks sees his name and reputation destroyed."
I know a lot of fans were hoping to eventually see a sequel to Crocodile Dundee, especially after that fun Super Bowl spot, Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns home. But, it looks like we're getting the next best thing!
There's no word on any of the supporting cast members, Hogan said, "to watch this space as I’ve been honored to have many of my friends and colleagues, whose work I adore, agree to join us for this hilarious new adventure."
The film will be directed by Dean Murphy (Charlie & Boots) and it will be set in Los Angeles. The film starts production in July with shooting taking place in Australia, Los Angeles and Vancouver.
For those of you who are curious about James Wan's Aquaman film, it doesn't sound like you'll have to wait much longer for the first trailer. The trailer was recently screened at CineEurope and Variety points out that the trailer will be released for everyone to enjoy in the next few days.
I recently got to see a good amount of footage of the film at CinemaCon a couple months ago and it was impressive! It has the epic scope of The Lord of the Rings, but the whole thing is set underwater and it looked stunning.
I've never been a big fan of Aquaman, but the footage I saw from the film got me excited about this movie. You can read my breakdown of the footage I saw here. When talking about his take on Aquaman, Wan previously said:
“He doesn’t quite fit in, but as the story progresses, he realizes he’s the best of both worlds. Circumstances allow him to grow as a human being and then realize the bigger picture of it all and what it means to have these abilities."
Jason Momoa will be joined by Willem Dafoe as Vulko; Temuera Morrison (Green Lantern) as Tom Curry; Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables films) as Nereus; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Get Down) as Black Manta; Ludi Lin (Power Rangers) as Murk; with Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring films, Watchmen) as Orm/Ocean Master; and Nicole Kidman as Atlanna. Here's the synopsis:
Aquaman will center on Aquaman as a reluctant ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis who is caught between land dwellers that are always polluting the globe and his own people who are ready to invade the surface.
Netflix has unleashed a brand new trailer for Marvel's Luke Cage Season 2 and it's loaded with tons of new footage. The Trailer puts a major focus on the villains of the story and it gives us a better sense of what the new season is going to explore.
As you'll see, Bushmaster (Mustafa Shakir) has set his sights on Mariah's (Alfre Woodard) turf, which means Luke Cage (Mike Colter) is going to find himself caught in the middle of a violent gang war, and Cage is put in a situation where he knows that keeping Mariah alive is the right thing to do.
This isn't going to be easy for Cage, though, because Bushmaster is freakin' powerful! Cage has definitely met his match.
After clearing his name, Luke Cage has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. But being so visible has only increased his need to protect the community and find the limits of who he can and can’t save. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain.
Rosario Dawson reprises her role as Claire Temple and the series also stars Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Theo Rossi as Shades, Finn Jones as Danny Rand, and Gabrielle Dennis (Insecure, Rosewood) as Tilda Johnson.
The 13-episode second season kicks off with an episode directed by Lucy Liu. The series premieres on Netflix on June 22nd. I included one more promo below along with photos of a cool Luke Cage billboard:
I'm sure many of you remember MTV's animated sci-fi series Aeon Flux from the 90s. It ran for three seasons then was eventually adapted into a live-action film in 2005 with Charlize Theron. I enjoyed the animated series; the movie... not so much.
Now MTV is developing a new live-action reboot of the animated series, which was originally created by animator Peter Chung, and Teen Wolf showrunner Jeff Davis will be writing and executive producing it. Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd is also attached as an executive producer. She was a producer on the original film.
The live-action series is set in "a future dystopian state and revolves around a young assassin who teams with a group of biohacking rebels to save humanity as she becomes the hero known as Aeon Flux."
I don't watch a lot of shows on MTV, but as a fan of the original animated series, I am curious to see how this live-action reboot turns out.
Sony recently showed off the first gameplay footage for their new Samurai game Ghost of Tsushima. The game comes from Sucker Punch Productions, and this game seriously looks epically stunning! I'm super impressed by what I'm seeing here and this game is a must-have for any fan of the martial arts samurai genre.
The demo follows a samurai warrior named Jin Sakai, as he rides through beautiful grasslands. He ends up infiltrating a village to rescue a monk from invading Mongols, only to be betrayed by a longtime friend. As you'll see, the combat is quick, calculated, bloody and brutal.
As far as the story goes, it's set in 1274 Japan and follows one of the last surviving samurai and his fight against Mongol invaders.
"We chose this particular sequence to capture a few of the essential visions we have for the game: a sprawling, beautiful Tsushima Island … brutal Mongol invaders … and katana combat that delivers on our target of 'Mud, Blood, & Steel.'"
Sucker Punch game director Nate Fox added:
"Seriously, how come no one has made a sprawling samurai open-world game yet? Feudal Japan is beautiful; from the swaying bamboo forests to the ornate castles, it’s a place that demands to be explored.
"I’ve been a fan of samurai comics since 5th grade, from ‘Lone Wolf and Cub’ to ‘Usagi Yojimbo. The types of characters, landscapes, betrayal, and sacrifice in those stories are a rich vein ready to be translated into a video game."
It looks like they've created something amazing and this game just shot up to the top of my list of must-have games! I have no idea when the game will be released, but it's coming exclusively to PlayStation 4.
Last week we learned that HBO was developing a Game of Thrones prequel series that would be set 1,000 years before the events of the current series. This is what we learned about the series when it was announced:
Set thousands of years before the events of Thrones, the project chronicles the world's descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. A logline from the network teased the plot wihtout divulging any specifics: "Only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros' history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend… it's not the story we think we know."
Since the series was announced, co-creator of the new series George R.R. Martin posted an update on his personal blog. There he reveals that he would like the title of the series to be The Long Night. He also talked about the other prequel series that are in development noting that they are all prequels.
"All of the successor shows we’ve been developing have been prequels, as I have mentioned before. This one really puts the PRE in prequel, since it is set not ninety years before GAME OF THRONES (like Dunk & Egg), or a few hundred years, but rather ten thousand years (well, assuming the oral histories of the First Men are accurate, but there are maesters at the Citadel who insist it has only been half that long). We’re very early in the process, of course, with the pilot order just in, so we don’t have a director yet, or a cast, or a location, or even a title. (My vote would be THE LONG NIGHT, which says it all, but I’d be surprised if that’s where we end up. More likely HBO will want to work the phrase “game of thrones” in there somewhere. We’ll know sooner or later)."
If you aren't familiar with The Long Night, it's a historical event in Westeros, where winter lasted an entire generation. It was also the era where the Children of the Forest created the White Walkers and Bran the Builder built the Wall. It was also the time of the legendary hero Azor Ahai who wielded a burning sword called Lightbringer.
If these things don't get you excited for the new series, I don't know what will! I love the fact they are going to explore this time in Westeros history.
Martin also went on to explain the status of the other prequels in development:
"If you have been following along, you know that we started with four, and eventually went to five. One of those has been shelved, I am given to understand, and of course Jane’s pilot is now moving to film. But that does not mean the others are dead. Three more GAME OF THRONES prequels, set in different periods and featuring different characters and storylines, remain in active development."
Martin when on to say that out of those, maybe one or two more pilots will be ordered. Are you excited about the future of this fantasy franchise?
A brand new gameplay trailer for Insomniac Games' upcoming Spider-Man game has been released and it managed to get me even more excited for the game! Not only does the new trailer feature tons of radical footage, it also reveals the epic roster of villains! Those villains include Rhino, Scorpion, Vulture, Kingpin, Mr. Negative, and Electro.
In the trailer we see all these villains gang up on Spider-Man when they break out of the prison RAFT, which is the Avengers’ off-shore prison. Spider-Man does his best to fight them off but they just keep coming at him. At the end of the trailer, Spider-Man is getting the crap beat out of him by these classic villains. Then, all of a sudden, there's a bright white light that shines down on them and they are left looking stunned. Even Spider-Man is surprised! Then the trailer ends.
We have no idea what or who this bright light is! The trailer totally leaves you hanging! This is my most anticipated game of the year. It just looks like it's going to be so freakin' fun!
Spider-Man will be swinging onto PlayStation 4 September 7th!
I'm pretty stoked about TheLord of the Rings series that Amazon is developing so I'll soak up whatever information I can get! The last thing we heard was that Jackson would not really be involved, but he was helping put together a creative team to help them.
Amazon is currently on the hunt for a team of writers to bring the series to life. In preparation for developing the series, Variety reports the new head of Amazon, Jennifer Salke, spent three hours with J.R.R. Tolkien’s grandson, Simon Tolkien, to talk about Amazon’s plans for the franchise. Once they have a team together they will meet with the Tolkien estate to see how they would like to proceed. Salke explained:
"It’s a partnership. They have some lines in the play on this on strategy and on vision. The great news about that is that they’re actually really thoughtful and smart, as you would expect."
When talking about what this series will end up looking like Salke explained that it’s still too early to tell. But she did say:
"It’s not a remaking of the movies, and it’s not a whole new thing. It’s something in between. It’s not, ‘Oh, it’s Lord of the Rings but you don’t recognize anything in it,’ but it’s not totally familiar to you either. So it’s original."
It's certainly going to be interesting to see how this turns out! It was recently rumored that the series could focus on a young version of Aragorn, which would be incredible! I love that concept, and I hope that's the direction they take the series.
The character is the last Chieftain of the Dúnedain and a direct descendant through many generations of Isildur, the last High King of both Arnor and Gondor. Aragorn would become the greatest man of his time, leading the Men of the West against Sauron's forces, helping to destroy the One Ring, and reuniting the Kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor.
The series is expected to premiere sometime in 2021. There are plans for five seasons and they will be made on a budget of over $1 billion.
Are there any other aspect of Middle Earth that you'd like to see the series focus on?
While we wait for Marvel Studios to officially announce what the next phase of Marvel movies will be, we have a new rumor to share with you, and I'm sure it will be followed by many other rumors over the course of the next year.
According to MCU Cosmic, who is the same outlet that originally reported that Marvel was developing a feature film adaptation of The Eternals, the studio is also developing a solo Hawkeye movie. They say:
"Back when I was first told of The Eternals, from the exact same source, I was also told that Marvel had ideas for a couple of other characters far into the future. These were not solidified plans, and in no way on any kind of schedule. If they were to happen, it wouldn’t be until well after 2022.
"But what I was told was that Marvel has ideas for a couple of different characters to do some kind of solo film in the future. One of these characters was Hawkeye."
During the recent Produced By 2018 conference, Feige said a few things about the future of the MCU that were compiled on Reddit. He said he's looking to "continue stories of characters you’re familiar with". Those will include "different incarnations of characters you know" along with the introduction of "completely new characters you never heard of before (unless ur a comics fan)."
It's here that things get even more interesting. Feige's comments of there being "different incarnations of characters". According to the report, this statement coincides with what they were told about the Hawkeye movie. They go on to say:
"I won’t say anymore because, again, it’s not something that is likely to happen for a long time if at all, but it’s definitely something that is on Marvel Studios’ radar."
That's pretty cool! Now, this could mean a few different things. We know that Hawkeye will most likely become Ronin in Avengers 4 so that would certainly be a different incarnation of the character. But, they could also introduce the character Kate Bishop who could take over the mantle of Hawkeye as well, which would give the studio another female lead to build a franchise around.
It will be interesting to see if anything comes of this. If there is some truth behind it, what would you like to see from a solo Hawkeye movie?