Sony continues to look for the next big hit and has now closed a development deal for the rights to the classic blaxploitation pic Superfly. Variety reports, that Sony has pegged Watchmen writer Alex Tse to write the script for the film that will be inspired by the 1972 classic that starred Ron O’Neal as Priest, a cocaine dealer looking to score one more super deal and retire.
The original film was directed by Gordon Parks Jr. who also happened to be the son of Gordon Parks, the man who directed one of the most iconic blaxploitation films of all time, the classic Shaft.
Fun fact about Superfly, even though the film was a cult hit, it's soundtrack is considered to be one of the best of all time. Composed by R&B legend Curtis Mayfield, it is the ONLY soundtrack to make more money than its film earned at the box office.
Sony hopes this new take will lead to a series of films. Sony is also reportedly in the process of meeting with actors for the title role.
If you want a taste of what the classic movie was like, here is the trailer:
Call Me By Your Namehas been in theaters for less than a week, and already it's managed to make Armie Hammer and his absurdly short shorts iconic among audiences. But that didn't come without any slips.
In a recent interview with Andy Cohen on Sirius XM Radio Hammer explained how the length of his shorts turned out to be a real problem, something even his Mom would cringe at. They were so teeny weeny, his balls were apparently popping out of them repeatedly during filming.
Hammer was joined by hisco-stars Timothée Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg, and director Luca Guadagnino, to talk about the film. Aside from talking about the movie's more serious homosexual love story, the crew spent a solid minute going over the intricacies of Hammer's wardrobe malfunction.
"There was a few times where they had to go back and digitally remove my balls from the movie. They were short shorts. What’re you gonna do?"
The film's director Guadagnino said Hammer's shorts weren't completely to blame, he told Cohen, "it's both things."
"Short shorts and big balls is what you’re saying."
Justice League is now in theaters and most people will agree that the movie is less than perfect. A lot of that has to do with the fact that the film faced a lot of the internal problems by those involved with bringing Justice Leagueto the screen. Zack Snyder's departure and the expensive rewrites and reshoots have been well-documented, and because of that the film has been dubbed the "Frankenstein project". But, now a new report from The Wrap brings to light some interesting information that might explain why the movie was rushed to release when it could have been pushed and ultimately been a much better movie.
One insider told The Wrap that few at Warner Bros. were actually happy with the finished film, and many believe that the decision not to push back the release date was by far the biggest mistake.
The Wrap's sources claim that WB CEO Kevin Tsujihara and President Toby Emmerich wanted to make sure the bonuses they would be paid before the huge $85 billion dollar deal between Time Warner and AT&T, went through. They were apparently worried that “if they pushed the movie, then their bonuses would have been pushed to the following year and they might not still be at the studio.”
If this is true, then it really dims the spotlight of responsibility on Snyder and Joss Whedon and moves it toward the WB executives, because it sounds like the Justice League's biggest downfall might be good, old-fashioned corporate greed.
Be sure to check out the report in full Here and let us know what you think in the usual place.
When Star Wars: The Last Jediis released, we will either find out who Rey's parents are or we won't and will have to wait until Episode IX. Either way, Daisy Ridley says she already knows because J.J. Abrams let her in on the secret during the production of The Force Awakens. But in an interview with Rolling StoneTheLast Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson revealed that information was never revealed in that movie and Johnson wasn’t told anything regarding that part of the story and was given free reign:
“I wasn’t given any directive as to what that had to be. I was never given the information that she is this or she is that.” Ridley added, “I thought what I was told in the beginning is what it is.”
It's pretty obvious that someone isn’t telling the truth, or there is some confusion on the matter. But the Rolling Stone reporter suspects that Johnson does know.
The idea that Johnson and Abrams somehow landed on the same answer does seem to suggest that Rey’s parents aren’t some random, never-before-seen characters. All that said, Abrams cryptically hints there may have been more coordination between him and Johnson than the latter director has let on, so who knows what’s going on here – they may be messing with us to preserve one of Abrams’ precious mystery boxes.
It does make sense that Johnson wouldn't say anything because if he told the truth and was also given a blank slate with the film, he’d be confirming that we will find out in The Last Jedi. And he can’t do that. I guess we will find out when Episode VIII arrives in theaters in a few weeks. The truth will finally be revealed or we will have to wait another year to find out.
The crime thriller Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman is getting three new cast members. Variety reports that Bradley Whitford,Toby Kebbell, and Scoot McNairy have joined Karyn Kusama’s crime thriller which stars Kidman, Tatiana Maslany, and Sebastian Stan.
Destroyer follows the moral journey of LAPD detective Erin Bell, who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.
Whitford recently starred in Jordan Peele’s Get Out and just finished filming on Godzilla: King of Monsters for Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.
Kebbell was most recently seen reprising his role as Koba in War for the Planet of the Apes for Fox and played King Kong in Kong: Skull Island for Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.
The script is written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi and begins shooting in Los Angeles next week.
Earlier this fall HBO faced a PR nightmare when they announced that the cable network was working with Game Of Thrones duo David Benioff and D.B. Weiss on a new series called Confederate.
Similar to the premise of Amazon's Man in White Castle, the series takes place in a world where the outcome of the Civil War was much different. The idea drew plenty of criticism, taking place in an alternate Civil War timeline, where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution. Its clear that the show would have be controversial, and it didn't help that the announcement was in such a hostile cultural climate.
Now it seems things have really slowed down. The Washington Post reports “the show is still in development, [but] the creators are not actively working on it.” One factor could be that Benioff and Weiss are focused on the final season of Game Of Thrones, or they are trying to figure out exactly what they are trying to do with their premise.
It is nothing new that often times shows go into development, but few come out landing a series order, and even fewer become gigantic hits like Game Of Thrones. So we’ll see what ends up happening with Confederate, but its clear that HBO doesn't want to put this show in the spotlight anytime soon.
While Joss Whedon took over for Zack Snyder on Justice League, he didn't get a credit as co-director,but he was named as a writer alongside Chris Terrio, for his part in re-writing those reshoots (as well as directing them).
It does seem a little strange that even though he was so involved with the film, Whedon never shared so much as a Tweet in support of the movie or offered a single interview about his part in the production. Whedon did, however, "like" a series of Tweets that bashed the movie, specifically the villains Steppenwolf, which is something that upset a lot of fans.
Now there is a theory making the rounds on the internet that Whedon is even trolling Justice League on the screen of the movie itself. The speculation claims that during Justice League's opening credits, when Terrio and Whedon's names come up you can see a homeless man on the street and the scene immediately following features a sign he's holding that reads, "I tried." Some fans believe this was a message of sorts from Whedon suggesting he tried (and failed) to save the movie.
It is also possible that this doesn't mean anything and is merely a coincidence. what do you think?
Since the addition of Spider-Man to the MCU, it goes without saying that it's not impossible for other Marvel characters that call different studios home to become a part of it. For example, there is one major team that has yet to join the franchise. Film rights have kept the X-Men from joining the MCU as of yet, but one X-Men producer would really like to see the crossover happen.
Recently, Vanity Fair spoke to X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner who enthusiastically threw in her support to have the mutant icons team up with the Avengers in theaters.
“Well, I wish. I would love it. I would love it. But it’s not for me to say.”
Feige also chimed in but the Marvel Studios president refused to give fans hope where there is none.
“Well, the problem is whenever I say anything about it, it becomes 15 headlines. So would we like to? Yeah, of course,” Feige said, signaling his continued desire to get the X-Men back.
“Is there any movement toward it at all? No. Same thing. Same status.”
According to recent reports, Disney was in talks with Fox at one time to buy most of the company’s assets save its news and sports IPs. As you say rumors about the X-Men opening up to the MCU ran wild. But as of now, it seems like those talks have died down, but there is a chance Disney could put enough cash down to tempt Fox into letting the X-Men go.
But Fox might be hesitant to let such a franchise go. The X-Men film franchise is doing well right now as well as hits like Logan and Deadpool. The series will grow even more in 2018 when The New Mutants and Deadpool 2 are released before X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Gambit’s solo film come to theaters.
What do you think? Would you like to see the Mutants join forces with the Avengers? Or is it better to have their worlds separated?
Netflix's highly popular drama House of Cards has been shut down since the investigation into on-set sexual misconduct allegations made against Kevin Spacey, but now producer Media Rights Capital is looking to start up production on the sixth and final season.
In a letter obtained by TVLine, an executive indicates to the cast and crew that talks with Netflix remain ongoing, with an eye on resuming production sometime after Dec. 8.
Dear Cast and Crew,
As we move into the holidays, we want to express our appreciation for all of the meaningful messages of support we have received from you and want to update all of our loyal cast and crew on our progress and where things currently stand.
We continue to work with Netflix with the hope of resuming production soon. As we continue these discussions, we have determined together that the crew will be paid for an additional two week hiatus – beginning on November 27th and continuing through December 8th.
In addition to the writers, there will be a small contingency of office/accounting staff who will remain in the production office on a continuous basis. Our hope is that the entire crew will be able to reconvene when production resumes, but we want you to know that we will certainly understand if crew members need to find other work in the interim, which will prevent them from re-joining us. We sincerely appreciate all you have done.
Cast and other union members who are not actively working will be paid in accordance with applicable union guidelines through this period and we will be reaching out directly to your representatives to work through the details; we will get to everyone as quickly as possible and appreciate all of your patience here.
These last two months have tested and tried all of us in ways none of us could have foreseen. The one thing we have learned throughout this process is that this production is bigger than just one person and we could not be more proud to be associated with one of the most loyal and talented production cast and crews in this business.
We will provide an additional update by 12/8/17.
Last month, Netflix ended production of House of Cards‘ sixth season and concluded its relationship with Spacey after several people accused the Oscar winner of sexual misconduct.
With production moving forward its still not clear how Spacey’s character, Frank Underwood, will be written out of the series, possibly an off-screen death or arrest. The first two episodes of Season 6 were shot before production was forced to shut down.
For most fans of the Alien franchise Alien 3 is considered to be the weakest of the original trilogy, despite having been directed by iconic filmmaker David Fincher. Despite being plagued with problems throughout production, the film turned out to be a solid addition to the franchise. One of the biggest reasons these movies are so popular has to do with the genius design of the xenomorph alien. It is easily one of the most exquisitely designed creatures in all of cinema thanks to the conceptual designs by H.R. Giger. Thanks to Monster Legacy we've learned the detailed development process the creature went through in the thrid installment and director Fincher's desires for the new monster to resemble Michelle Pfeiffer....you read that right, Michelle freakin' Pfieffer.
One of the big issues that the production of Alien 3 faced was that both Giger and the team of Amalgamated Dynamics were designing the creature for the movie on their own, getting conflicting instructions from various members of the crew:
"Fincher specifically wanted the alien to have lips based on Michelle Pfeiffer’s — more voluptuous and feminine. The director recalled: 'We did give it Michelle Pfeiffer’s lips. That’s what they’re based on. It always had these little thin lips, and I said to Giger, ‘let’s make it a woman when it comes right up to Ripley.’ So it has these big, luscious collagen lips.'”
Giger is known for his erotically horrifying art in addition to his xenomorph design, a design he would tweak and adjust for Alien 3 potentially would have continued.
“The lips and chin on my new model are better proportioned and give the creature a more erotic appearance,” Giger shared. “When the mouth is closed it looks very voluptuous, beautiful.”
Thankfully (or disappointingly, depending on your preferences) the final version of the creature didn't end up with this degree of pronounced lips. Giger admitted:
“David Fincher neglected to inform me that Woodruff and Gillis were also contracted to take care of the redesign of the alien. I found out much later. I thought I had the job and that Woodruff and Gillis would work from my plans. On their side, they were convinced that it was their job and accepted my ‘suggestions’ with pleasure. They believed that all my effort was based on a huge love for the matter because I worked hard even after my contract was over. Today, I am convinced that it was a game by Fincher to keep both sides happy and obtain the maximum for his movie.”
The xenomorph was last seen in this year's Alien: Covenant, but filmmaker Ridley Scottpromises that future films will feature the creature very little if not at all.
What do you think of those lips? Glad they were cut, or would that design have made for a more terrifying?