If you're someone who is still convinced Rian Johnson intentionally misled people with who Rey's parents were in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, you gotta let the past die. Johnson has once again stated that the call was his to make regarding Rey's parents, and that he ultimately chose Rey's parents to be drug-addicts to show that the Force is not a tool exclusive to a handful of individuals within a Jedi bloodline.
Check out Johnson's latest comments regarding that in the video below, and continue on below:
I get there were people who wanted Rey to be a Kenobi or something like that, but I have to say I like Johnson's reasoning here if only because it ultimately ensures the health of the Star Wars franchise. Whether you like it or not, Disney is going to continue these films up until the day you draw your last breath, and the only way to ensure that continues to happen is to establish that the story of the Force expands well beyond the Skywalker family.
Whether you agree with it or not, I think ultimately this move is going to be remembered as a pivotal step in the future of the Star Wars franchise be it good or bad. Do you agree, or do you think J.J. Abrams is just going to retcon Rey's parentage in Episode IX?
For the first time ever, folks will get their chance to own a Jurassic Park Funko Pop. Set to hit store shelves Thursday, March 15, every character you could ever want from the original film is in tow. Here's the official list:
Dr. Alan Grant
Dr. Ian Malcolm
Park Vehicle (with Dr. Ellie Sattler)
Check out some pictures of the Pops above and below, and be on the lookout for more this Summer as a Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom line is supposedly on the way as well!
The Sword in the Stone live-action remake just got a director, and it's looking like this film may have a much darker tone than the original animated Disney film. THR reports director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has gotten the job, and will take on the script written by Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman.
If the name of the director isn't ringing any bells, perhaps you'll remember him from his film 28 Weeks Later. Now, we're not expecting Disney to let Fresnadillo go quite as dark as he's capable of with this film, but the casting certainly indicates they're not looking to do a live-action shot for shot recreation of the original film. Beyond the zombie film, Fresnadillo has also directed episodes of Falling Water and Salvation, which definitely show Disney has a different vision for this film.
How do you feel about a darker Sword in the Stone? I'll be honest I have no strong feelings towards the original so I have no issue with Disney trying something new. What's your take?
A director of The Handmaid's Tale, Reed Morano, could be at the helm of a future Star Wars film. THR reports the director recently met with Kathleen Kennedy, and while she couldn't say what the discussion was about, she did have nothing but positive things to say about the producer:
“[Kathleen Kennedy is] amazing. We’re talking about adventure movies, and I’m not even remembering that she produced Goonies. Any movie that I put my finger on that I loved when I was growing up was a movie that she produced. Anyway, it was a great meeting. Obviously, I can’t say anything about what else we were talking about...I guess [Kathleen Kennedy] was watching [The Handmaid’s Tale] with her daughter and then called people and was like, ‘Who’s this Reed person?’ She probably thought I was a guy because of my name.
Episode IX is already off limits, but it's been well established Disney is looking to pump out a healthy amount of Star Wars films throughout the next decade and beyond, so it's possible Kennedy was gauging Morano's interest in helming a future film for the franchise.
Morano has directed three episodes of The Handmaid's Tale, as well as an episode of ShowTime's Billions and AMC's Halt And Catch Fire. That's too wide of a range to speculate what Kennedy might have in mind for Morano and Star Wars, but considering Kennedy noticed her while watching The Handmaid's Tale...could it have to do with a story like that? Anybody got any ideas?
Steven Spielberg just finished directing The Post and Ready Player One, but if you thought that meant he was taking a break, you were dead wrong. Deadline reports the director is already eyeballing his next two features and that a new Indiana Jones film and a reboot of West Side Story are both distinct possibilities. There are other options on the table, of course, but obviously, these are the most exciting.
Well one of them anyway. Right now current sources seem to indicate the Indiana Jones film is holding the top spot, and that whatever second film he chooses would either precede or follow that. Spielberg's camp, of course, denies any of this, but it wouldn't be Hollywood without loose lips to get the fans excited.
If Spielberg is getting back into the Indiana Jones game, Disney is undoubtedly high fiving each other as we speak for that Lucasfilm acquisition. There were rumors at one point that Spielberg wanted to relaunch the franchise with Chris Pratt and Harrison Ford attached, but I'll be honest that sounds a little more rumory than this rumor we're currently discussing. Honestly, I wouldn't be mad if Shia Labeouf returned the the franchise now that he's older and took another shot at things!
The West Side Story rumor, while far less exciting for a geek audience, does give the rumor a bit more weight as its a film Spielberg expressed interest in before. We'll keep an eye out for more updates, but while we do, are you ready for another Indiana Jones film? What would it take to get you excited for that?
If you weren't already excited for Denis Villeneuve's take on Dune, you should be. The director recently spoke to Fandom about his adaptation, and said he wants to make it the Star Wars film he never saw:
Most of the main ideas of Star Wars are coming from Dune so it’s going to be a challenge to [tackle] this.The ambition is to do the Star Wars movie I never saw. In a way, it’s Star Wars for adults. We’ll see.
With that kind of ambition, Villeneuve can hopefully top the effort of David Lynch's adaptation, which was a critical and commercial failure. Despite that, the film still has its fans today, probably because that scene of Patrick Stewart playing the sitar is so rad:
As far as how he Villeneuve will look to tackle the franchise, the director shared his vision is to start with the first book, and then remain with the franchise for a couple films if it's successful:
“I could be involved with one or two movies if it happens. That’s the thing. Today you’re asking me this question about a project that doesn’t exist yet. I’m used to talking about projects when they’re shot, finished, I’m in the editing room, I’m about to release the movie. Then you talk about something real. Right now, I might in three weeks or two months learn that nobody agrees on a screenplay, it will be with someone else. It can happen. And when the movie will be made? It’s all theory right now."
I think Villeneuve is the right man for the job to bring Dune back to life, although I'm not sure how you can make an "adult Star Wars," beyond adding boobs. What are your thoughts on Villeneuve's goal, and do you think he can pull it off? Is the world ready for more Dune?
Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers is not a horror film a lot of people like, but it always could've been much worse. It also could've been better, but that ultimately depends on how you feel about the alternate script for Halloween 6 written by Phil Rosenberg, which was only uncovered recently when a fan purchased it on eBay. According to Comicbook, the script contains a homeless Michael Myers, a virtual reality Ouija board, and somehow, more disappointment than the original Halloween 6.
In "Halloween:666" Michael Myers is homeless and living on the streets, unmasked. That's not too much of a problem, considering no one knows what he actually looks like, and the town of Haddonfield, Illinois is still recovering from the havoc the killer has brought upon their town in the past two films.
Here's where it gets ridiculous. Remember Paul Rudd's character? He has a virtual reality ouija board that allows him to explore the past of the Myers family and learn the secrets of Michael's origin. I'm not sure why a normal ouija board wouldn't suffice for this task, but that's a question you can ask about 90% of VR software, so I'll allow it.
Oh, by the way, this film wouldn't follow Jaimie Lloyd, but instead reporter Dana Childress who discovers she's ALSO a long-lost sister of Michael Myers! What a coincidence right?!
That's just the outline, so if you're looking to dive into this script full force, and maybe recreate a scene or two for the world to enjoy, check out the full script right here. It's a bad script, sure, but is it really worse than what we ended up getting?
Bad Boys has spawned sequels, a chart-topping Nelly song, and now a television series as NBC just gave a pilot order to its Gabrielle Union-led spinoff. Deadline reported the series is still untitled, but given the fact that it will center around Union's character from the film Agent Syd Burnett, it probably won't be called Bad Boys.
The series will follow the sister of Martin Lawrence's Marcus Burnettto L.A. as Syd is now an LAPD detective. The potential series is penned by two writers/producers for The Blacklist, Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier, which is good news for anyone who likes the currently running NBC drama.
The scenery shift from Miami to L.A. is a bit disappointing, although necessary as the series won't have to address the obvious reason as to why Burnett and Lowery aren't along for the ride. The series will mark NBC's fourth drama pilot order, so it'll have some competition when the network starts handing out series orders. Would you like to see this series get an order? Do you think it will succeed?
The first trailer for Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay has arrived, and it looks promising. That used to be something you wouldn't have to say about DC Animated Features, but they've been spotty as of late in my personal opinion so all I can say here is the trailer looks pretty damn good. The lineup of heroes is better than the live-action film, Tara Strong is voicing Harley, and the violence doesn't appear to be limited as Quinn just smacked the head off that frozen guy! Let's just hope Vandal Savage is more interesting this time around than he was in Legends of Tomorrow. Christian Slater also stars in the film as Deadshot!
An original story, Suicide Squad: Hell to Payfinds Amanda Waller’s top secret “Task Force X” – Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, Killer Frost, Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn and Copperhead – on a mission to retrieve a mystical object so powerful that they’re willing to risk their own lives to steal it. But the Suicide Squad isn’t the only group of villains seeking to possess the object. The race is on for the golden prize … and, to stay alive, second place isn’t an option.
No release date for the feature has been announced, but you can check out the trailer and watch that non-stop until a date is announced:
Here are the additional details on the animated film:
The all-star cast is led by Christian Slater (Mr. Robot, True Romance) in his DC Universe Movies debut as the voice of Deadshot, who heads “Task Force X” alongside Billy Brown (How To Get Away With Murder) as Bronze Tiger, Liam McIntyre (Spartacus: War of the Damned, The Flash) as Captain Boomerang, Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood, Once Upon a Time) as Killer Frost, Gideon Emery (Teen Wolf) as Copperhead, Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke) as Harley Quinn and their “boss,” Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives) as Amanda Waller. Villainous forces in the film include C. Thomas Howell (Outcast, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox) as Zoom, Dania Ramirez (Devious Maids) as Scandal Savage, James Urbaniak (The Venture Bros.) as Professor Pyg, Julie Nathanson (The Zeta Project, Beverly Hills 90210) as Silver Banshee and Jewelee, and Jim Pirri (Injustice 2) as Vandal Savage & Vertigo.
Other Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay voice cast members include Greg Grunberg (Heroes) as Steel Maxum, Dave Fennoy (Batman: Arkham Knight) as Blockbuster & Tobias Whale, Cissy Jones (Firewatch) as Knockout, Natalie Lander (The Middle) as Darma, Trevor Devall (Johnny Test) as Punch, Dave Boat (Family Guy, The Good Dinosaur) as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, and Matthew Mercer (Critical Role, Batman: Bad Blood) as Savage Gunman.
Producer Sam Liu (Gotham by Gaslight, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract) also directs Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay from a script by co-producer Alan Burnett (Justice League vs. Teen Titans).
While some people are recreating Star Wars "Cantina Band," with a pencil, this guy is taking things to the next level with a Rubik's Cube. The Cubician, as he's called, not only played the iconic song using the puzzle toy, but managed to solve it as well. Sure, he probably figured out how to solve it beforehand as evidenced by the notes above his sheet music, but it's still better than I can do even with instructions! Check it out below: