We have finally learned the direction filmmakers are going to take Venom. During Sony’s presentation at Comic Con Experience 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tom Hardy, who will star in the film, spoke to the crowd from a pre-recorded message shot at the film’s set in Atlanta.
Hardy assured fans that he will do the character of Venom justice and promises to deliver lots of action and dark humor to the role. He also revealed that the movie would be inspired by the Venom: Lethal Protector miniseries.
Venom: Lethal Protector was a 1993 six-issue miniseries written by David Michelinie and drawn by Mark Bagley, Ron Lim, and Sam Delarosa. The series begins with Venom and Spider-Man making a truce and Venom moving to San Francisco. Hardy also confirmed that Venom will be set in San Francisco.
Once in San Francisco, Venom is hunted down by the Life Foundation, who wants to study the Venom symbiote and use it for their own purposes. They use it to create five new symbiote spawn: Scream, Phage, Riot, Lasher, and Agony.
Hardy was announced as the star of Venom back in May, which will be directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and is the first installment of Sony’s Marvel Universe. Venom is currently shooting and is scheduled for release on October 5, 2018.
Wargames is a 1983 sci-fi hacker movie starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy. Now a WarGamesreboot is coming in 2018, but it's not your typical reboot, as it will be released as an “experimental interactive series” in which viewers can finally answer the AI’s iconic taunt: “Shall we play a game?”
MGM has teamed up with the interactive video company Eko and they have been working with the HerStory creator Sam Barlow on putting a modern spin on the campy ’80s sci-fi film. The new WarGames is titled #WarGames, and instead of focusing on Cold War paranoia it's being rewired to focus on “modern espionage, hacking and government conspiracy.”
The teaser for #WarGames shows only flashes of footage from the series mixed with real TV news footage and references to real-life news events including, Yahoo’s 2013 email hack, the 2014 Sony hack, the 2016 e-robbery of a bank in Bangladesh, and the Equifax security breach. We also get a brief clip of the main character and hacker Kelly appearing on webcam. We don't know what the plot for the series will be or if it will follow the original movie’s story that follows a brilliant high schooler who accidentally hacks into a U.S. military supercomputer.
In an interview with io9, Barlow expanded on how the interactive series will work for viewers, describing:
You’ll have a bunch of windows on your screen. We’re used to video chatting with our friends, having a big image, and smaller images of other people, things dropping in and out. So we decided to build the show around this concept. As the story’s progressing, all these different characters are talking to each other over the internet, and all of their windows are up on the screen. There’ll be additional video windows as well, so if they’re hacking into CCTV cameras, you’ll see that. If they’re watching a live TV broadcast, you’ll see that.
#WarGames is set to be released sometime in 2018. The series will be available to watch on the Eko website, and the Eko presents mobile app.
Seeing that the Disney acquisition of Fox's studio is pretty much a done deal, even though it hasn't officially been announced, we have our first comment on the merger from someone with Marvel experience in both studios.
Captain America himself and Avengers: Infinity War actor Chris Evans hit Twitter with a joke about wanting to see Cap' and The Human Torch - both characters he's played for the respective studios join forces in a buddy comedy.
So who do I talk to about a Cap/Human Torch buddy comedy spin-off? I’m thinking Planes, Trains and Automobiles meets Parent Trap. https://t.co/3KRPZOVzq2
Despite Evans making this suggestion, he is definitely not the first. Fans have been rumbling about the potential reunion of all Marvel characters in one cinematic universe since the Disney Fox deal first hit the internet. It is exciting to think that we could one-day see Spider-Man and Deadpool together in their own movie, but chances are that if a deal is made, 20th Century Fox could be allowed to keep on running as is.
Either way, we'll find out soon what will happen when these two gigantic worlds collide.
Luke Skywalker did appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens but only for a few minutes during the final scene, but we still have no idea what the Jedi has been up to in the years following Return of The Jedi. So it goes without saying that when The Last Jedi drops next week the Jedi will be a much different person than the hero we left on Endor. One thing that we do know about his past is the fact that his nephew, Ben Solo (Kylo Ren) walked away from his Jedi training after being seduced by the Dark Side. But actor Mark Hamill came up with his own depressing backstory for Luke that involves a dead wife and child to help him get into the mindset of this older and broken Luke for his role in The Last Jedi. In a recent interview with EW Hamill summarized:
"He left the Jedi to raise this young child and marry this woman. And the child got hold of a lightsaber and accidentally killed himself."
It needs to be explained that this backstory is not part of the canon, Hamill merely used it as a tool so that he could effectively portray a darker Luke Skywalker who experienced a lot of tragedy in the decades between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Hamill explains that because of their son's tragic death, Luke returned to his Jedi life, which set him on the path to his Jedi academy being destroyed and him deciding to go into exile on Ahch-To. As for why Hamill chose this particular backstory, here's what the actor said:
"It's nothing to do with the story, but when I think about gun violence and you read these tragic stories of kids getting hold of their parents' guns and killing a sibling or themselves, I mean, I had to go to really dark places to get where Luke needed to be for this story."
Hamill also tested out his backstory ideas with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson to confirm that the emotions he was channeling as a result of his story didn't conflict with anything that was actually going to be used in the movie. So even though the story was something Hamill was using to enhance his performance, audiences will still see a guilt-ridden Luke in The Last Jedi who's so haunted by what's happened to him, that he's under the impression that it's time for the Jedi to end.
When it comes down to it, Star Wars fans will learn what really happened to Luke in the years before The Force Awakens when The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15.
Despite being 80 years old, Ridley Scott still has one of the busiest and most successful careers in Hollywood. He’s currently wrapping up reshoots onAll the Money in the World in time to make its Dec. 22 release date. He's also beginning prep for his next film, adapted from the Don Winslow novel, The Cartel; and he has dozens of other projects in various stages of production. But many still call the Alien franchise his crown jewel, and as he told EW in a recent interview, it's something that is always on his mind.
“We are [going to make another], we are. I think what we have to do is gradually drift away from the alien stuff. People say, ‘You need more alien, you need more face pulling, need more chest bursting,’ so I put a lot of that in Covenant and it fitted nicely. But I think if you go again you need to start finding another solution that’s more interesting. I think AI is becoming much more dangerous and therefore more interesting.”
Alien: Covenant was an overall disappointment for most Alien fans, but it's undeniable that some of the film's best moments often included Michael Fassbender, who was doing double duty as good-or-bad androids David and Walter.
“Fassbender was an AI. Ian Holm [from Alien] was an AI; Roy Batty [from Blade Runner] was an AI; so was Rachael [from Blade Runner].”
So if you're hoping for more xenomorphs, chestbursters and facehuggers, you better not hold your breath. Scott has already said that he wants to get rid of the Xenomorphs; it seems that Artificial Intelligence is something that Scott really wants to pursue. He previously said:
“I think the evolution of the Alien himself is nearly over. But what I was trying to do was transcend and move to another story, which would be taken over by A.I.’s. The world that the AI might create as a leader if he finds himself on a new planet. We have actually quite a big layout for the next one.”
What do you guys think? Is this something that you would like to see?
We live in a world where if a film is successful or popular, audiences almost expect a sequel to follow. Baby Driver is one of the few original films of the year that was not based on a preexisting IP. It earned critical acclaim and made more than $226 million worldwide at the box office. You can easily argue that Baby Driver is director Edgar Wright's most successful movie. Not long after Baby Driver hit theaters last summer, Wright said he was considering making a sequel to the action movie. But now with 2017 drawing to a close, Wright is revealing that Baby Driver 2 is probably going to move forward in an interview with EW:
"Those talks are already in the works. The deal is being hammered out as we speak. So, hopefully, I'm going to at least write a second one. I've definitely got lots of ideas. Whether it's the next movie, I don't know. I'm just working that out at the moment, actually. I have a couple of things that I've been developing, and also a couple of new ideas that I had, and all the nice things things that I've been offered since [the release of Baby Driver. I would like to get back on the saddle very shortly, because --- slightly beyond my control --- but there was four years between The World's End and Baby Driver. I don't want it to be that long again. I would love to have a film out in the next two years."
Pump the breaks Wright fans, there are a few things to consider about this news. Wright says he's going to at least write Baby Driver 2, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he'll direct. He could pass directing duties to someone else, but he's also written every movie that he's ever directed, so it would be a combo breaker if he passed on directing the sequel. And honestly, who would even want to watch an Edgar Wright sequel that he did not direct?
Also, Wright told EW that there's no guarantee the next movie he works on will be Baby Driver 2. He is a highly sought after filmmaker and may want to work on other projects before then.
Baby Driver is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.
The Netflix original seriesThe Umbrella Academy, based on the popular series of comics and graphic novels is adding more cast members. The Eisner award-winning books are created and written by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), they are illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics. The series is adding Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castañeda, Robert Sheehan, and Aidan Gallagher. They join a cast that already includes Ellen Page as Vanya, the family oddball that has no super powers.
Here a list that was released that offers us a description for each of the five characters that the actors will be playing:
Tom Hopper (Luther) – “Luther” was groomed by his father from an early age to be the leader of The Umbrella Academy – a responsibility that has always weighed heavily on him. He is resilient, a workaholic, and possesses the ability of heightened physical strength. Upstanding to a fault, Luther always tries to do the right thing, even if that means putting others before himself.
Emmy Raver-Lampman (Allison) – “Allison” is beautiful, elegant, and a formerly world-famous movie star who possesses the power of suggestion – anything she says aloud comes to pass. Her life seems perfect from the outside, but her ability has undermined every relationship she’s ever had. With her career on the decline and her marriage in shambles, she refuses to use her power as she seeks a more authentic life.
David Castañeda (Diego) – “Diego” is a skilled, intense vigilante who has a real problem with authority. He isn’t as naturally strong or smart as his siblings, so he’s worked three times as hard for everything. Believing he should have been the leader of his family instead of his brother, he carries a massive chip on his shoulder that makes him hostile to just about everyone.
Aidan Gallagher (Number Five) – “Number Five” appears to be a thirteen year old boy, but in actuality he is a fifty-eight-year-old man trapped in the body of a child. He doesn’t suffer fools and is the smartest person in the room. He’s haunted by the things he’s seen and done, and is on the verge of losing his grip on reality.
Robert Sheehan (Klaus) – “Klaus” is a drug addict and lovable mess of a human being and yet, if you ask him, any day now his life is going to turn around. He’s a classic “middle child” – a disarming pleaser who is seemingly everyone’s friend, but will rob you blind without thinking twice.
The series follows members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes (The Umbrella Academy) as they work to try and solve their father’s mysterious death.
The pilot script was adapted from the comic book series by Jeremy Slater (The Exorcist). The first season will be made up of 10 episodes and is set to premiere in 2018.
The Kingsmen director Matthew Vaughn is interested in producing and potentially directing a new action sci-fi film called Courage. The script for the film comes from Stranger Things Executive producer Karl Gajdusek.
Deadline Hollywoodreported that Vaughn is circling the project whose plot is being kept under tight wraps. The only information out there is that the film has an "epic premise, a drama in the vein of Inception and Edge of Tomorrow."
Vaughn is best known for directing both Kingsman films, Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class. He will produce Courage with Michael Ellenberg. No other details have reported, but we'll keep a close watch for more information on this one as it develops