Thanks to EW, we have our best look yet at Netflix's upcoming series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which comes from Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. This is going to be a much darker take on Sabrina The Teenage Witch.
It's explained that the series "traffics in horror, the occult and witchcraft." It’s also described as being in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist and "finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while fighting the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit."
The show is based on the comic of the same name and stars Kiernan Shipka in the role of Sabrina, along with Miranda Otto, Lucy Davis, Ross Lynch, Michelle Gomez, Chance Perdomo, and more.
The show is set to premiere on Netflix on October 26 with 10 episodes. After finally getting caught up with Riverdale, I'm actually even more excited about watching this new series. Riverdale ended up being a lot better than I expected it to be.
Disney has released the first official photo from director Niko Caro's (Whale Rider, McFarland USA) live-action adaptation of Mulan. It features actress Liu Yifei in the title role and she looks fantastic! The film has officially started shooting and, I don't know about you, but I'm actually pretty excited about seeing how this film turns out. This could be an epic movie!
Mulan is the epic adventure of a fearless young woman who masquerades as a man in order to fight Northern Invaders attacking China. The eldest daughter of an honored warrior, Hua Mulan is spirited, determined and quick on her feet. When the Emperor issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army, she steps in to take the place of her ailing father as Hua Jun, becoming one of China’s greatest warriors ever.
The film will shoot on locations in New Zealand and China and the cast includes Donnie Yen (Star Wars: Rogue One); Jason Scott Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny); Yoson An (The Meg); Utkarsh Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect); Ron Yuan (Marco Polo); Tzi Ma (Arrival); Rosalind Chao (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine); Cheng Pei-Pei (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon); Nelson Lee; Chum Ehelepola; with Gong Li (Memoirs of a Geisha, Raise the Red Lantern) and Jet Li (Lethal Weapon 4).
The script for the film was written by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver (Jurassic World, In the Heart of the Sea), Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem "The Ballad of Mulan."
Mulan will open in U.S. theaters on March 27, 2020. What do you think of Mulan's live-action look?
An announcement trailer for One-Punch Man season 2 has been unleashed and it announces that the popular anime will return next year in April 2019! While it doesn't feature any footage from the upcoming season, you can rock out to some exciting footage from the first season. It also features some key art for Season 2, which you can see above. The art features the character Saitama, Genos, and a character named Garou. Here's the synopsis that was released:
Saitama is a hero who only became a hero for fun. After three years of “special training,” he’s become so strong that he’s practically invincible. In fact, he’s too strong—even his mightiest opponents are taken out with a single punch. Now, the great seer Madame Shibabawa’s prediction about the Earth being doomed seems to be coming true as the frequency of monster incidents escalates. Alongside Genos, his faithful disciple, Saitama begins his official hero duties as a member of the Hero Association, while Garou, a man utterly fascinated by monsters, makes his appearance.
Check out the announcement trailer below and let us know if you're excited for the return of One-Punch Man next year!
In case you've been wondering what the status is on Shawn Levy and Tom Holland's feature film adaptation of Uncharted, we have an update for you. The Playlist recently talked to the filmmaker about where the project currently stands and as it turns out, it's the next film that he plans on making, so things are moving fast.
"I mean, as of right now, the closest to the starting line is Uncharted in that it’s a massive title. We now have a very good script and we have our star in Tom Holland. That is now subject to schedule and additional casting. But I would say as of right now, that seems to be the most near horizon. And it’s a movie I’m very excited about."
When I saw that Uncharted fan film with Nathan Fillion, I loved it so much that it made me sad that that is not going to be the movie that the fans get. Instead, we are getting a film franchise that will be based around a much younger version of Nathan Drake and it will establish how Sully and Drake became partners. The story was described as follows:
"It actually takes place when Nathan Drake (who’s the lead of that game) and Sully, I guess you’d call him his surrogate father, were much younger. It’s an origin story that evolves out of the game but is not from the game."
Levy previously talked about the film saying that it's an Indiana Jones film for a new generation and explained:
"So, for me, it was a fact that the game is awesome; the spirit of the game, with its action set pieces, it’s imaginative setting, and above all, the kind of rogue swagger of Nathan. Those are things that I think make for a great movie. And, for me, the kind of the big, like the aha moment, if you want to call it that, was I met with Tom Holland and he kind of put it really succinctly and saying, if we do the origin of Drake, that is something that we haven’t seen as the plot of games 1, 2, 3, 4; we’ve seen a snippet of an origin of Sully and Drake meeting in the past, but here’s maybe an opportunity to do a treasure-hunting action movie with attitude, with a protagonist — and chapter of the protagonist’s life — that you can’t get for free, at home, by just playing the game.
So, we’re trying to kind of take the spirit and the tone and the attitude of the game — and the crazy, visual spectacle of it — but apply it to this Drake chapter that you haven’t seen told. Hopefully, if we can get that right, what you’re doing is: you’re doing right by Uncharted, and you’re also giving an Indiana Jones-type franchise to an audience that didn’t grow up on Indiana Jones.”
I wish I was more excited about this. I love the Uncharted film franchise, but it just seems like they are taking all the steps to ensure that this isn't going to appeal to the fans of the game. Don't get me wrong, I love Tom Holland, I just would just much rather see an adventure based around an old version of Nathan Drake. Regardless, Levy will most likely jump into production on it when he's finished with Stranger Things Season 2.
Are any of you excited about what Levy is planning for this film?
For those of you wanting to get a glimpse at one of the sets of J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode IX, here's a photo that was shared by the director of photography Dan Mindel! It shows us an elaborate set built on a soundstage with some interesting structures being built. You can take a look at the photo below:
It's hard to even speculate what this set is supposed to be, but we'll eventually find out. Mindel has worked with Abrams on several of his film projects including The Last Jedi, so it's not surprising that Abrams would want to bring him back on for another Star Wars adventure. I would love to visit the set of a Star Wars film!
We have no idea what to expect from this final chapter of the Skywalker saga but I'm excited to see the direction that Abrams takes it. It better give us a satisfying conclusion!
Star Wars: Episode IX stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo,Billie Lourd, Richard E. Grant, Naomi Ackie, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, and Carrie Fisher.
The movie is shooting at London’s Pinewood Studios and it's scheduled for release on December 20, 2019.
It looks like there's a chance we might see the director of Training Day and The Equalizer films, Antoine Fuqua, direct a Marvel movie at some point. During a recent interview with Hey U Guys, he talked about how Sony Pictures already approached him about directing Morbius The Living Vampire, and that he's going to be taking a meeting with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige soon.
"Sony asked me to do Morbius. I’m going to have a meeting with Kevin [Feige] soon…Just talking."
These would be two separate projects as Kevin Feige isn't involved with Morbius The Living Vampire. Plus, Sony has already hired Daniel Espinosa (Life) to direct it, so that film's off the table. Fuqua also talked about picking the right comic book film project, saying:
"For me it has to be the right one, in the right situation because there’s so much visual effects going on and – ‘Where’s the director in it all?’ I need to understand it because it’s like management… they have a machine, they’ve got people, there’s the design, the whole thing is sketched out ... Is the director doing that? Or is it a hundred other people?"
Fuqua previously talked about his love of comic books and how Marvel approached him about directing Black Panther years ago. He says that he'd love to take on a superhero film project at some point:
"I have a thirteen-year-old son so I’m watching more of that again and it’s exciting to do that. I’d love to create a new one. Y’know, something that’s closer to what I get excited about."
It'll be interesting to see what comes out of his meeting with Marvel. Fuqua is a solid director that has made some really good films. What Marvel characters would you like to see him take on?
Another celebrity has been bullied off of Twitter. Ruby Rose, who was recently cast to star in the upcoming Batwoman series, has deleted her Twitter account and disabled the comments on her Instagram posts.
She's expressed so much excitement about being able to play Batwoman, saying:
"I am beyond thrilled and honored. I’m also an emotional wreck, because this is a childhood dream. This is something I would have died to have seen on TV when I was a young member of the LGBT community who never felt represented on tv and felt alone and different."
What's interesting about this whole thing is that she was apparently being bullied by some members of the LGBT community. They apparently had a problem with the "false" perception that Rose hadn't publicly identified as lesbian. Before Rose disabled her Twitter account, she posted the following:
“Where on earth did ‘Ruby is not a lesbian therefore she can’t be batwoman’ come from — has to be the funniest most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read. I came out at 12? And have for the past 5 years had to deal with ‘she’s too gay’ how do y’all flip it like that? I didn’t change. I wish we would all support each other and our journeys.”
“When women and when minorities join forces we are unstoppable… when we tear each other down it’s much more hurtful than from any group. But hey/ love a challenge I just wish women and the LGBT community supported each other more, My wish was we were all a little kinder and more supportive of each other…Sending everyone my love and gratitude, it’s been a rollercoaster of a year, this month especially.”
"I am looking forward to getting more than 4 hours of sleep and to break from Twitter to focus all my energy on my next 2 projects. If you need me, I’ll be on my Bat Phone.”
The CW and DC wanted to cast someone from the LGBT community in the role of Batwoman, they found a solid actress to fill the role to represent the community, and now some members of that community are bullying her. I imagine that has got to be hard on her.
All I know is that bullying is wrong in any form. No one should be bullied like this, but that is one of the sad things that social media is bringing into the world... a growing number of bullies.
Ruby Rose will make her debut as Batwoman in the upcoming DC crossover DC event series. That will then lead into a solo series that is being written and produced by Caroline Dries who has worked on series such as The Vampire Diaries and Melrose Place. She was also a writer on Smallville.
In the series, Kate Kane, armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.
If the show gets picked up, it would premiere during the 2019-2020 season. Greg Berlanti will also be an executive producer on the series alongside Geoff Johns.
Like it or not, Disney is making a live-action Kim Possible movie and they've released the first teaser trailer for it. A lot of fans of the original animated series don't seem very excited about this movie, and I doubt that this teaser trailer is going to change their minds. It offers us a little glimpse of footage of Sadie Stanley as the heroine of the series in action.
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.
Watch the teaser trailer and let us know what you think. Do you still hate it?
Sylvester Stallone is getting excited about the next chapter in the Rambo franchise as he's starting to build the hype. In a recent Instagram post, he teases that Rambo 5 is coming soon. He posted a graphic of Rambo with the caption, "THE SAVAGE IS RISING! ....soon."
There was a rumor that the production would start on September 1st, so this recent tease from Stallone seems to add credence to that. If this is the case, I imagine that a director for the film will be announced soon. I actually kinda hope Stallone takes it on, but we'll just have to wait and see. As for the story, here's what we know about it so far:
John Rambo ended with Rambo returning stateside to his family ranch in Arizona. The fifth film will have a neighboring rancher/friend see his daughter kidnapped by sex-traffickers who turn out to be members of violent drug cartel and the older Rambo agrees to find/rescue her.
His brother seemingly runs the family ranch now and it’s unknown if his niece is also kidnapped, as it could make it a more personal story including his family members into the mix.
I love the Rambo franchise and I thought the last movie was great. I'm happy to see that this next chapter in the story is actually moving forward. I imagine this will be the final film in the franchise.
Are you excited to see John Rambo back in action!?
John Travolta! What are you doing!? As you know, the actor has made a string of terrible films in recent years and this upcoming VR project that he worked on, Speed Kills, looks like one of the most ridiculous. It's like Travolta has just given up on making good movies! Remember, this is a two-time Oscar-nominated actor making these crappy films! I guess John Travolta is having fun making bad movies?
The project is both a film and VR series experience and it's based on a true story set in Miami in the 1980s. Travolta plays a speedboat racing champion who ends up getting caught up with the mob and when he's not able to keep promises that he made, things take a turn for the worse. The boat he cruises around in has a "007" graphic slapped on the side of it. Just wait until you watch the trailer, it's quite an awful sight to see.
The movie was directed by Jodi Scurfield and the cast also includes Kathleen Winnick, Kellan Lutz, James Remar, Tom Sizemore, and Matthew Modine, who plays George Bush. Yep. Thanks to VRFocus.com, we have some additional information on Speed Kills:
The title offers a unique perspective inside the life of a notorious speed boat builder, who at one time made the fastest boasts around which were used by both the US Coast Guard and drug smugglers in the late 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s. Speed Kills VR Experience is inspired by a true story that covers the rise and fall of the world champion and multi-millionaire whose life can be witnessed in fully immersive VR.
Created by TopDogVR, the groundbreaking drama is split across eight episodes each running for around seven to nine minutes in length. Each episode explores a different part of the tale include boat racing, mobster beatings, drug running and DEA chasing in full 360-degrees. The action packed experience will give viewers a truly immersive feeling of being a part of the events as they sit right in the heart of the drama.
Maybe some people might actually want to see this. I'm kinda curious to watch it just to see how bad it really is. You can check out the trailer below along with a couple of clips and some poster art.
The movie did win Best Feature Film VR 2018 at the Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley earlier this year, but I imagine there isn't much competition. If you're curious, the VR experience is currently available to download on Oculus, the Google Play store, and Apple’s app store. The movie is said to be getting a theatrical release on November 16, 2018.