Brad Bird Wants to Develop His 1906 San Fransisco Earthquake Project as a Film and TV Series

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Director Brad Bird has been working on trying to develop a film project based around the great San Fransisco earthquake. It’s called 1906 and it was supposed to be Bird's fist live-action feature film. Instead, he got sidetracked and went on to direct Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and Tomorrowland

The filmmaker, who recently helmed Incredibles 2, gave an update on the project which he’s been trying to get into production since 2007. Now he’s looking at developing the project as a film and a TV series because there’s so much story to tell.

While talking about 1906 on the Variety podcast Playback, Bird explains his big ideas for the project, saying:

“It wants to be a longer story. It’s a really fascinating moment in history. Prior to the earthquake, San Francisco is this really happening city that’s somewhere between the Old West and the 20th Century. I mean, they still had bars where people were getting Shanghai’d—getting slipped Mickey Finns and you would wake up on a boat and if you didn’t work the boat, you’d be thrown overboard. So that was still happening and the people who owned those kinds of bars were in the California legislature. In other words, it was somewhere between the Wild West and the sophisticated city San Francisco would like to see itself as, and was in many ways.”

The story that Bird wants to tell is just too big to fit in a single movie. So he wants to expand on the story in a way that TV can do, but at the same time, he doesn't want to lose the epic scope of the big screen experience. So, he is thinking of doing both.

"It’s this fascinating moment in history where gaslight and electric light were co-existing, and cars and horses were co-existing. Getting it in a movie-sized box, it’s too big a story for. If you do it for TV you’re missing the scale of motion pictures, so I keep trying to get it to kind of straddle these two worlds."

The director goes on to reveal his idea of telling the earthquake portion of the story as a feature film, and then expand on all the other elements of the story as a TV series:

“I love the movie experience and I would want the earthquake to be on a movie screen and yet I recognize that the story’s too [big], so I’m kind of trying to get it done as an amalgam and people are kind of intrigued by it. Warners wants to do the earthquake part of it as a movie, and we just can’t get it all under one roof. But I’m still fascinated by the story. To be continued. I’m still interested in it but I want it to be done in a way that embraces all the possibilities and yet somehow stays near or part of it or something on the big screen, so we’ll see what happens.”

Nothing is set in stone at the moment. Bird is still just working on how to tackle this story, but I do like his idea though! I think his plan could work out great. It seems like the perfect compromise that would allow him to be able to fully tell the story that he wants to tell.

The film is based on the novel by James Dalessandro, and here's the description of the story:

James Dalessandro's "riveting account of corruption, greed, and murder in the City by the Bay" Set during the great San Francisco earthquake and fire, this page-turning historical novel reveals recently uncovered facts that forever change our understanding of what really happened. Narrated by a feisty young reporter, Annalisa Passarelli, the novel paints a vivid picture of the Post-Victorian city, from the mansions of Nob Hill to the underbelly of the Barbary Coast to the arrival of tenor Enrico Carusoand the Metropolitan Opera. Central to the story is the ongoing battle fought even as the city burns that pits incompetent and unscrupulous politicians against a coalition of honest police officers, newspaper editors, citizens, and a lone federal prosecutor.James Dalessandro weaves unforgettable characters and actual events into a compelling epic.

New STRANGER THINGS Comic To Tell The Story Of What Happened To Will in The Upside Down

Dark Horse Comics and Netflix are teaming up for a new Stranger Things comic book series. It will provide the opportunity to explore more of the mysterious world of Hawkins, Indiana, which is where the series takes place. Dark Horse President and Founder Mike Richardson had this to say in a statement:

"Dark Horse is known for championing stories and storytellers. We are so excited to work with Netflix to bring the world of Stranger Things to comics."

One of the first stories that they will dive into is Will and what exactly happened to him in the Upside Down while everyone was trying to save him in the real world. This will tell us the story of his horrific adventure, which we didn't get to see in the first season of the series.

Stranger Things #1 follows Will Byers as he enters a dimension of decay and destruction where he must use his wits and resolve to dodge the pursuit of the Demogorgon and escape the Upside Down. 

There are four issues in this story and they will be written by Award-winning writer Jody Houser (Faith, Orphan Black, Mother Panic). The art for the comic will be provided by penciller Stefano Martino (Legs Weaver, Nathan Never), inker Keith Champagne (JSA, Superboy), colorist Lauren Affe (Rebels, Five Ghosts), and letterer Nate Piekos (Briggs Land, Green Arrow).

Below you'll find some cover art from Aleksi Briclot (New Avengers, Maskemane) with three variant covers, one each from Rafael Albuquerque (American Vampire, Blue Beetle), visual artist Kyle Lambert, and a photo-variant cover designed by Patrick Satterfield and Netflix.

Stranger Things #1 goes on sale September 26, 2018.

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Character Details Revealed For The Joker Origin Film and Robert De Niro is Reportedly Wanted For One of Them

DC Entertainment is getting ready to rock and role on director Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix's Joker origin film and today we have a bunch of character details to share with you. 

The following information comes from That Hashtag Show and they reveal the names of the characters the production team are looking to cast along with details on the characters. One of the big things that the report offers is that this film will create an entirely new Joker mythology, apart from DC Comics.

There are eight characters revealed below and I'm not familiar with any of them. There's also one supporting character that is mentioned that producer Martin Scorsese is reportedly trying to get Robert De Niro to play. Here are the names and description of the characters:

PENNY

Supporting Female (60-74) Caucasian. Lower class, very attractive in her younger days, still feels that way about herself. But recently her health has started failing, and she’s nearly bedridden in her Lower East Side apartment which she shares with her grown son who just moved back home. She’s obsessed with her former employer and can’t believe that this is what her life has come to, that she has ended up here, like this… 

It's speculated that Penny could be the mother of the Joker. 

SOPHIE DUMOND

Supporting female (27-34) to play African American or to play Latina. Not beautiful, has a hardness to her, a single mother living on the Lower East Side, doing the best she can, trying to make ends meet; worn out by the grind of the city. She understands how the system is stacked against her and the people in her community, how unjust it all is for them. She’s just trying to catch a break..

Sophie is a potential love interest for the Joker or a potential partner in crime…or both.

MURRAY FRANKLIN

Male (65-75) Caucasian

There's no description here but this is apparently the character that they want Robert De Niro to play.

RANDALL

Supporting Male (40-59) Caucasian. Thinks he’s the wisest and most knowledgeable person in any room he’s in, tries to present himself as a mentor to everybody, but is really just looking out for himself, burly.

GARY

Supporting Male (30-49) any ethnicity to play a dwarf; Randall’s best friend, he’s good-natured and a buddy to his colleagues at work, one of the only decent people in the whole movie.

HOYT VAUGHN

Supporting Male (50-69) any ethnicity the old-school manager of hotel staff. He’s seen it all, and finds it difficult to give a shit about much of anything anymore

DETECTIVE GARRITY

Supporting Male (50-59) any ethnicity. Police Detective in a city on the brink; a by-the-book cop, worn down by all his years on the force. He doesn’t care about or take into consideration any of the societal or political ramifications of his cases.

DETECTIVE BURKE

Supporting Male (30-39) any ethnicity. A Police Detective and Garrity’s partner; he’s an asshole, who gets off by being in a position of authority. Being a cop is how he defines himself.

Because someone has to hunt down The Joker for his criminal acts, and it's not going to be Batman in this film.

These are just a handful of characters that Todd Phillips will be introducing in the movie. 

The story is said to "delve into what it took for the Joker to become a mastermind criminal" and that it will be more of "a gritty crime drama than comic book movie." Rumor has it that the film story was inspired by The Killing Joke and that it revolves around a failed comedian who ends up becoming a criminal.

The movie is said to only have a $55 million dollar budget, which is considered a low budget for such a high profile film, but if Deadpool can pull off such a badass movie on such a small budget, then this one should be able to pull it off as well. As long as the film has a strong story and script, it should be fine. 

This is one of two Joker projects in the works at DC Entertainment. The other project will be part of the DCEU and focus on Jared Leto's version of the character. 

What do you think of the information provided here? Are there any details you can pick from the info to try and piece a story together?

Nintendo Confirms That Switch Online Will Succeed The Virtual Console

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About a month ago, Nintendo officially confirmed that the highly-anticipated Virtual Console, will not be coming to the Switch after all. This announcement caused confusion among players because the company stated that the online service for the Nintendo Switch will offer NES games, which is practically the same concept. Moreover, players are also concerned with the availability of games from other consoles such as the GameCube and if Nintendo is planning to offer those on the online service as well. 

Speaking with IGN at E3 last week, Nintendo of America’s Reggie Fils-Aime provided clarity to the player’s questions about the Virtual Console and Nintendo Switch online. 

“The Virtual Console successor is Nintendo Switch Online, right?” Fils-Aime said. “With the mentality that says we’re going to be offering a slate of games, and it’s a slate that’s going to increase over time. For many of these games, there’s going to be additional online capability provided in those games. That’s the vision we have for how to best bring our legacy content to Nintendo Switch.”

Fils-Aime’s statement doesn’t directly answer whether the online service will also provide titles from SNES, N64, or even the GameCube. However, he gave us a hint that more legacy games will be coming soon, and he did not limit these to the NES, so maybe we can expect titles from multiple systems after all. 

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New WONDER WOMAN 1984 Details Surface Regarding Pedro Pascal’s Character

There's still so much that we don't know about Wonder Woman 1984. Sure we've seen some official images and videos from the set, but we still don't know what the story will entail. We also don't know the details regarding some of the new characters that will be joining the film. Thanks to Hollywood insider DanielRPK, we now have some possible information on Pedro Pascal's mysterious character. This is just a rumor, but just in case:

This is the information that was revealed:

This is pretty much like Ares in the first film. He was a villainous god in hiding helping pull the strings of men to create war and chaos.

When someone in the comments suggested Pascal could be pretending to be Steve Trevor, the source said, "Nope. That's the real Steve Trevor." So there's an answer to another question that a lot of people had on their minds.

Some people are speculating that Pascal could either be another villain that ties into Wonder Woman's past and something that will be revealed as the movie explores her history further. Then some people are suggesting that Pascal could end up being Wonder Woman's father Zeus, which is what was revealed by Ares at the end of the first movie. That would actually be kind of cool.

Of course, there are a lot of other gods from the Greek legends that he could end up playing. I'm sure more information will be revealed as time goes on. As of right now, were' just getting little nuggets here and there. Hopefully we get at least a synopsis at Comic-Con.

What are your theories on who Pedro Pascal might be playing?

Wonder Woman 1984 will hit theaters on November 1, 2019.

Production Has Officially Started on The PET SEMATARY Remake

Well, production has officially started on the new feature film adaptation of Stephen King's Pet Sematary, and it better be good! A photo from the set of the film was shared on Twitter by co-director Dennis Widmyer announcing that production has started. In the photo, you see him and co-director Kevin Kolsch.

Pet Sematary does have a great cast that includes Jason Clarke (Winchester, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), who will be taking the lead role of Dr. Louis Creed. Then there's John Lithgow who will play Jud, the neighbor who foolishly introduces Dr. Creed to the area’s many secrets and mysteries.

When talking about the new film, screenwriter Jeff Buhler said their goal is to make it "one of the scariest Stephen King adaptations ever!" He also explained that they wanted to give the story a more grounded feel to it:

"When we first started our conversations, Dennis and Kevin and I really connected around the idea of bringing the story back to the source material, to find a modern telling of the book that really spoke to some of the big scenes and big moments that Stephen King had originally written, and as much as all of us are huge fans of the original film, there are moments that are larger than life and feel borderline campy. Our desire was to tell a really grounded, character driven and psychologically horrific version of Pet Sematary, which in my belief, is the scariest book that King ever wrote."

The film will be an updated version of Stephen King’s 1983 novel which is described as follows: 

The road in front of Dr. Louis Creed’s rural Maine home frequently claims the lives of neighborhood pets. Louis has recently moved from Chicago to Ludlow with his wife Rachel, their children and pet cat. Near their house, local children have created a cemetery for the dogs and cats killed by the steady stream of transports on the busy highway. Deeper in the woods lies another graveyard, an ancient Indian burial ground whose sinister properties Louis discovers when the family cat is killed.

The original film and book scared the shit out of me when I was first introduced to them. I had nightmares for weeks after I saw that damn film when I snuck out and watched it as a kid. I read the novel later and that was even more terrifying. I really do hope that this new film ends up being a great and scary flick! 

Pet Sematary is set to be released on April 19, 2019.

Great New ANT-MAN AND THE WASP Poster, Behind-The-Scenes Photos, and New TV Spot

Marvel has released a ton of new Ant-Man and The Wasp marketing material! We've got a new poster that features the two main characters shrunken down and heroically walking on the floor of, what I assume is a movie theater. The poster was released by Fandango, it will be given to fans who buy their Ant-Man and The Wasp movie tickets from them.

I also posted a new TV spot for the film that offers a bit of information that confirms exactly when the movie takes place in the Marvel Cinematic timeline. I also included a bunch of new behind-the-scenes photos from the film showing the cast and crew working on the movie.

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From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: “Ant-Man and The Wasp.” In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.

The mission will focus on Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne going into the quantum realm to save Janet Van Dyne, which is what I'm most excited about seeing.

Peyton Reed is directing Ant-Man and the Wasp and it stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michael Pena as Luis, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, T.I. as Dave, Randall Park as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Jimmy Woo, Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne, and Hannah John-Kamen as The Ghost.

Ant-Man and The Wasp will be released in theaters on July 6th, 2018. To catch up on all of our Ant-Man and The Wasp news, click here.

Kellogg’s Releasing Exclusive JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM Frosted Flakes With Exclusive Footage

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Collectors, start your engines! The weirdest merchandise for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has arrived, and is currently available to order on Amazon. What you're looking at is a limited edition box of Frosted Flakes that features genetically engineered Velociraptor Blue, and an embedded video screen on a FREAKING BOX OF CEREAL. The screen will contain a five-minute featurette of behind the scenes footage from the film, as well as buttons to control the video (via Variety):

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Kellogg's will also release a limited edition box for Keebler Fudge Stripes cookies (seen above) with the T-Rex and same video embedded in the box. Each box is going for $24.99 plus shipping. Order yours right now, or hop down to the comments and tell us why you're going to pass on this one.

Emma Roberts Possibly Returning To AMERICAN HORROR STORY As Her COVEN Character

American Horror Story fans were thrilled enough when Ryan Murphy revealed the new season would be a crossover between Murder House and Coven, and now Emma Roberts just made things even more exciting. The actress posted the following video to her Instagram, which clearly shows her channeling the character of Madison Montgomery:

Talking this and more at 9pm est during the @poseonfx live tweet with @evanpeters & @mrrpmurphy #posefx #ahs8

Montgomery's return is pretty impressive considering she was killed not once, but twice in Season 3 of American Horror Story. Bloody Disgusting reported that Murphy confirmed all the witches from Season 3 have been invited back, although that tweet has since been deleted. Are you excited to see Roberts back as Montgomery? Are you excited for yet another season of AHS?

New Creative Team Will Handle MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS Storyline Beyond the Grid

Shattered Grid is an amazing story in the Power Rangers comics. It will end in August though. After this story, a new creative team will take over and create Beyond the Grid. Comic Book sat down with Shattered Grid writer Kyle Higgins and artist Daniele Di Nicuolo as well as the new creative team consisting of writer Marguerite Bennett and artist Simone Di Meo to talk about a few things we can expect without divulging any spoilers about Shattered Grid.

Higgins revealed that it was scary for him at first when they decided to pass the baton to someone else, but after talking with Bennett, his fears were calmed:

I have to say I definitely had...it was a little scary for a little while thinking about who’s gonna come in, are they gonna want to do what I’ve been building for here, are they gonna want to blow this up? And when Dafna told me that Marguerite wanted to come on board, I think I literally called you Marguerite, right after I got off the phone with her to talk over everything. I could not be more excited for her to come on board and take over. I don’t think fans are really prepared for what’s coming next

He has said that what Bennett has planned is “epic” and he seems genuinely excited about it. This excitement of course makes me more excited to see how things go.

I mean we’re literally sitting here talking about an arc coming up called Beyond the Grid that features an eclectic group of Rangers that is so freaking cool. Like when have you ever seen that before? Everything we’re doing in the book and have built to through Shattered Grid has been about redefining Power Rangers and that’s why I’m so excited. I know what Marguerite’s planning and it’s epic, it’s beyond epic, it’s Beyond the Grid epic. She is coming in and is going to continue what we’ve been trying to do for the last couple years, which is being additive to the mythology and the legacy of Power Rangers.

Bennett seems quite nervous about following in Higgins’ footsteps, but she’s still loving this chance that she’s been given.

Oh goodness, following Kyle’s act, I don’t want to misplace my metaphors here, but those are gonna be some really big shoes to fill. Getting to read Shattered Grid both as a fan and knowing all of the work behind the scenes at the same time just makes it so rich and so powerful. This is sincerely the biggest event that this series in this universe has ever had. I cannot think of a crossover on this scale and it’s been just divine.

I was a huge Power Rangers fan growing up, I saved my toys for way too long way beyond age appropriate. I just adored Trini the Yellow Power Ranger so much, so getting to do this, the idea of getting to go back in time and tell baby Marguerite what she’s going to grow up to do. I would lose my...sugar, if I had discovered that that was waiting for me.

I cannot wait to see what Bennett has in store for fans in Beyond the Grid which will premiere in September. Check out the cover for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #31 below.