Sounds Like The Next X-MEN Movie Might Be Going Interstellar

An interesting interview with X-Men director Bryan Singer popped up over at Fandango today, and the director implied that while the next X-Men movie after this month's X-Men: Apocalypse is heading to the 1990s, it's also going to take at least some of the characters into space.

"[The '90s setting] was something Simon [Kinberg] and I discussed a long time ago, all the way back to when I first pitched the studio on First Class -- that they do each movie in 10-year increments. It’s a nice way for the audience to kind of keep track of the timeline, and it’s fun to play in these different eras. So that’s a good starting point. But we’ve also introduced the tenants of time travel, which already exists in the comic book. Also I imagine – and this is the first time I’ve actually answered the question this way – but another thing that’s been introduced in the comics is a big alien, interstellar tenant within the X-Men universe that hasn’t been explored. And to me, that might be kind of fun because I’m a huge Star Wars and Star Trek fan, and exploring the X-Men universe and being able to utilize that would be exciting, visually."

Fans were already speculating that the next movie might involve Sophie Turner's Jean Grey going through the Dark Phoenix storyline, and that "alien, interstellar" aspect would certainly go a long way toward honoring the comic book source material. We've already seen what happened when this franchise took a halfhearted swing at the Dark Phoenix story in X-Men 3, so I feel like they should go big or go home if they're going to try it for real. Singer continued:

“Like Apocalypse – like some of the imagery and characters and stakes [in that movie] – it’s something we haven’t seen before. If I’m going to be involved in a significant way, it has to be something different. Visually different and aesthetically different.”

Here's the thing. I like the idea of the X-Men going into space for exactly the reasons he mentions, but I think (and a lot of fans agree) that Singer himself should step down and make way for a new voice to come in and tell these stories. Apocalypse proves that he's just thematically repeating himself over and over again, and if you read the full Fandango interview, he seems a little hung up on talking about the next movie mostly on just a visual level. I don't care what the movie looks like if I don't actively care about the characters, so Singer's concentration on the visuals here is slightly worrisome for me.

Later in the interview, he mentions that down the road, he thinks a crossover between the X-Men, X-Force, and New Mutants could work:

“Yes, absolutely. But it has to be done right. Anytime you throw all these characters together to hit a start date, it can make a lot of money, but it can also be a clusterf*ck. To me, it has to be done with a lot of care. These things can get overwhelming, and if a character doesn’t belong in a movie, don’t use him. If the tone can still maintain itself, I’m all for it. What I’m not for is throwing a bunch of characters together and hoping it works.”

That's more like the kinds of comments fans like to hear, but I'll be blunt: at this point, I'd much rather Singer simply stop directing these movies and hand the reins to a director with a fresh vision. If he wants to produce or something, that's great, but this franchise desperately needs a new voice calling the shots. I'm excited about seeing what Josh Boone brings to the table with New Mutants, and maybe he'll do such a good job with that, he'll be able to slide over and direct the next X-Men movie as well.

What do you think? Has Singer's time with this franchise passed, or are you still excited about seeing what he can do with future films? Let me know, and then come back and update your comments after you've all seen Apocalypse — after DOFP, I was super excited about Singer's return, but after Apocalypse...not so much.

GOOSEBUMPS’ Rob Letterman Officially Directing DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Movie

Variety is reporting that Goosebumps director Rob Letterman is officially on board to direct the latest live-action Dungeons & Dragons film for Warner Bros. Looks like he got a lucky roll with that 20-sided die, huh? (I've never played D&D, but that's a thing, right?) This confirms a report that came out a little while back about Letterman's involvement.

Seems like there's a bit of a resurgence going on in the world of fantasy adaptations with this project and Game of Thrones writer/producer Bryan Cogman developing a Magic: The Gathering movie. I never saw Goosebumps and am not super familiar with Letterman's work, but hey, it's gotta be better than the D&D movie that came out 16 years ago:

Two WALKING DEAD Characters Who Seemed to Survive The Season Finale

The Walking Dead has been a big talking point since its Season 6 finale. Unfortunately, the way the season ended left a lot of fans with a bad taste in their mouths. I guess I am a part of the minority; I didn’t necessarily like the way it ended, but it left me with a lot of questions.

If you haven’t caught up with the most recent season of TWD and you have been living under a rock, then please stop reading. I don’t want to be labeled a spoiler guy, so do us all a favor and read a different article on the site instead if you want to avoid being spoiled.

 

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If you are still reading, then know that you are in for some speculation.

I am usually not a TMZ kind of guy, but I am a TWD kind of guy, so I tend to gravitate to stories involving the show and any of the cast.

TMZ reported that TWD cast members Norman Reedus and Steven Yeun were out riding their motorcycles in Georgia on the way to The Walking Dead set when they stopped to assist with a car accident. Luckily, no one was seriously injured but the men who play Daryl and Glenn stayed at the scene until emergency workers arrived.

Because the guys were heading to the show's set, I am assuming, in a grand way, that both of the characters that these actors play will survive the brutal ending of season 6. However, I have never believed that either one of them fell victim to Lucile.

I have stood by my assumption that Eugene is the first casualty of the group to fall at the hands of Negan. The season finale episode was totally a final goodbye to Eugene. He has finally taken the bull by the horns and stepped up to be the Eugene we all wanted to see him be. I think what sealed the deal is when he gave Rick the “recipe” for making ammunition. Then there was the act of Negan beating the crap out of one of our group. At the time it happened, Glenn was weakened and probably would have gone down a lot easier than the person who was killed. I could be way off base, but I don’t think so.

What do you think? Do you think Yeun and Reedus were only there to visit their buddies, or were they there because they never left the show? Let me know!

Michael B. Jordan Has Just Joined Marvel’s BLACK PANTHER

Michael B. Jordan has joined another big Marvel film project. THR is reporting that the actor, who previously played Johnny Storm in Fox's Fantastic Four, has just joined Marvel's Black Panther.

Jordan previously worked with the film's director, Ryan Coogler, on the films Fruitvale Station and Creed. It makes sense that the director would want to include him in Black Panther. This is also a Marvel Studios project that Jordan can be proud to be a part of! 

Jordan will join Chadwick Boseman, who is taking on the role of Black Panther and possibly Lupita Nyong’o, who is currently in negotiations to play T'Challa's love interest. There's no word on who exactly Jordan will be playing, but one inside source says that it could be a villain.

The cast for Black Panther just keeps getting better and better! The film is set to be released on February 2, 2018. 

All of Matthew McConaughey’s Weird Noises Condensed Into One Supercut

Owenergy Studios is best known for creating supercuts featuring actor Owen Wilson, but today they've strayed from their norm to bring us a video of Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey grunting, whistling, and making all kinds of spastic noises throughout his film career. I watched for about a minute and a half before thinking, "OK, there can't possibly be much more to this, right?" Oh, there's more: it goes on for another two and a half minutes. This man is one of a kind. He can't be limited to just a mere minute and a half. Behold:

Via: The AV Club

[Insert Roar Noise Here]: Director Gareth Edwards Leaves GODZILLA 2

Here's some bad news for fans of 2014's Godzilla: director Gareth Edwards, who relaunched the film series with that entry and was slated to direct Godzilla 2, has left the sequel.

Deadline reports that the separation is amicable between the director and Legendary Pictures, and that the studio knew Edwards was moving on before they announced the new release dates for Godzilla 2 and Godzilla vs. King Kong earlier this week. The director reportedly "has his own gestating projects he wanted to pursue, and they are smaller in scale than the back-to-back tentpole-size pictures" he's been working on with 2014's Godzilla and the highly-anticipated Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. He started out with a super-small indie called Monsters before making the astonishing leap in budget to Godzilla, and I'm assuming he was dealing with even more money (mo' money, mo' problems) on Rogue One, so I certainly don't blame him for wanting to get back to basics and make a smaller movie again. Max Borenstein wrote this film's script, and the now-directorless Godzilla 2 is slated for release on March 22, 2019.

So what exactly will Edwards do instead? /Film recently spoke with Timur Bekmambetov, who was supposed to produce a film for Edwards once titled Forever that was reportedly about a young human child and a robot companion who search the galaxy for mankind's origins, and the producer seemed hopeful that the two would eventually be able to collaborate on that project. Maybe now that Godzilla 2 is out of the picture, Edwards will give that movie his full attention.

Toby Kebbell Joins CATEGORY 5, a Heist Thriller/Disaster Film Combo

It's been twenty years since that unfortunate cow was caught up in that tornado in Twister, and now Rob Cohen — the guy who brought you Dragonheart, The Fast and The Furious, and xXx — is combining the disaster genre with a heist film for a new film called Category 5.

Toby Kebbell has come on board as one of the film's stars, and you can read the official synopsis below:

A team of young tech hackers infiltrate a U.S. Mint facility to steal $200M in cash, just as a disastrous Category 5 hurricane – the worst storm ever recorded in the U.S. – is about to strike and level the town to the ground. The only other two people left, WILL, a meteorologist, and CASEY, a treasury agent, must survive the horrific storm, save Will’s brother BREEZE and stop the thieves from getting away with the heist of the century.

Kebbell was in last year's disappointing Fantastic Four reboot and appears in the ill-advised Ben-Hur remake later this year, but he's also been great in movies like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and shows like Black Mirror, and he has Warcraft and Kong: Skull Island coming soon. He seems like he's still working hard in supporting roles, and I wonder if this film will push him a little closer to leading man territory (if that's even something he's interested in at this stage in his career). 

Scott Windhauser and Rob Cohen wrote the screenplay, so we'll see if they can manage to successfully combine enjoyable elements from both of these genres and create something that stands on its own as a solid piece of entertainment. No release date is in place yet, but we'll keep you updated.