Relativity is actually moving forward with its new feature film adaptation of The Crow comic series. After all of the issues this film has gone through during its long development, I seriously never thought it would happen. But according to The Wrap, The Crow will be going into production in January 2017.
Three weeks ago it was reported that Jason Momoa will star in the film, which is being directed by Corin Hardy. I loved Hardy's fantasy horror film The Hollow and I hope that he brings that dark visual craziness to The Crow. The site confirms that Momoa has sealed the deal and will start work on it as soon as he's finished shooting Justice League.
As much as I like Alex Proyas' film adaptation of the comic, this new movie will be a more faithful to the comic. On top of that, The Crow creator, James O'Barr had a heavy hand in helping develop this new movie. When previously talking about his vision of the film, O'Barr said:
"[W]e're not remaking the movie. We're readapting the book. My metaphor is that there is a Bela Lugosi Dracula and there's a Francis Ford Coppola Dracula. They use the same material, but you still got two entirely different films. This one's going to be closer to Taxi Driver or a John Woo film, and I think there's room for both of them. Part of the appeal of The Crow comics, after all, is that they can tell very different stories."
I know a lot of fans aren't happy about this remake, but I think this has a good chance of being a solid adaptation. I guess we'll all find out when it's released in theaters. Do you think that Momoa is the right man for the job to play the title character?
Movies like The Matrix and Swordfish try extraordinarily hard to make hacking seem really freakin' cool, and there was certainly a time in the '80s and '90s when computers were becoming more mainstream that Hollywood attempted to bring the hacking subculture to the masses in the "coolest" ways they could think of. But it's 2016 now, and with shows like Mr. Robot actually going out of their way to show the most realistic on-screen portrayal of hacking possible, these old cliches stick out more than ever. Check out this fun parody video by the team at White Lightning HQ that pokes fun at the best (or worst) of them:
In our delayed 8th issue (sorry!), Comics on Consoles returns to tackle a game featuring the original and undisputed superheroic icon. While Superman hasn't produced as many games as other comics-based properties, his games have certainly managed to make an impression on the public...just not a very positive one. Listen on PodTyrant
We've seen some VFX work from Star Wars: The Force Awakensalready, but leave it to Industrial Light & Magic to top it all with this excellent four minute breakdown (via io9) of some of their ridiculously detailed work on the film. Seeing this a few days after watching John Williamsperform some of the music from this movie in concert makes me want to go back and rewatch this movie yet again. I'm excited about Rogue One, but I can't wait to see how Rian Johnson continues the saga in Episode VIII!
Production of HBO's Game of Thrones is starting later than usual this year because winter has finally arrived in Westeros and the showrunners needed to wait for colder weather to set in at the locations where they film the series. So as the shortened seventh season gears up to start filming, we're hearing more and more about new additions to the cast. Last week, Jim Broadbentjoined in a "significant" role, and today, a report from a German site called Bild indicates that Murder, She Wrote and Beauty and the Beast star Angela Lansbury has joined the cast in a small role for season 7.
Rumor has it she'll only spend four days filming her part, which leads /Film to guess that she may be playing Maggy the Frog, the old witch character who gave Cersei the terrible prophecies that have started coming true with alarming frequency in recent seasons. I love that guess and really hope that's who Lansbury ends up playing...assuming, of course, that Bild isn't just pulling this entire story out of their asses. Keep in mind, too, that if she joins the show, she could be playing just about anyone — we're way off book at this point.
Speaking of the books and making things up, it appears that's what's happened with a supposed release date for George R.R. Martin'sThe Winds of Winter, the latest book in the A Song of Ice and Fire novel series on which Game of Thrones is based. Amazon France listed the book's release date as being in March of 2017, leading many to wonder if that was a leaked date for when fans will finally get a chance to read the new book (the previous book was released back in 2011). But Random House (the U.S. publishers for Martin's series) reached out to EW and denied that date in a statement:
“As his publisher, we support George RR Martin as he works hard to finish The Winds of Winter. Any on-sale dates currently listed online for the novel are incorrect. Once we have a publication date for The Winds of Winter, the world will know.”
Just over a year ago, editor Antonio Maria De Silva blew the internet's mind with Hell's Club, a dazzlingly impressive mashup that imagined a shared cinematic universe where movie characters from all sorts of different films partied at the same club. Earlier this year, he released a sequel that extended the chaos even further, and now he's back with a spinoff video that takes place in the Hell's Club bathroom. There are a bunch of iconic bathroom scenes from movie history for him to choose from, and it's cool to see how he ties a bunch of them together and incorporates fights, sex, and hijinks into the action.
Over a year ago, we wrote about the possibility of a sequel to Shanghai Noon and Shanghai Knights called Shanghai Dawn, which would bring back stars Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson more than a decade after the last movie in this series came out. We hadn't heard much else about the project in the meantime, but THR has just announced that Jared Hess, the director of Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre, has been hired to direct it for MGM.
Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, the Smallville scribes who also wrote the screenplays for the first two movies in this franchise, came up with the story for this sequel, and Theodore Riley and Aaron Buchsbaum handled the actual writing duties. The plot details for this upcoming installment are unknown at this time, but if Chan and Wilson end up signing on (they're currently in negotiations to return), it'll involve the continuing adventures of misfit companions Chon Wang and Roy O'Bannon. Is it too late for this sequel, or are you still excited to see Chan and Wilson reprise their roles?
Game of Thrones has no shortage of mythic characters, legendary history, and epic battles, but one area all of those elements collide is in the Night's Watch. The brothers in black are the last line of defense protecting Westeros from the Wildlings, the White Walkers, and all of the horrors beyond the Wall, and we've tracked many of their exploits over the years on the HBO series.
The team at The Garo Studios, the same ones who have crafted tributes to Dany, Jon Snow, Tyrion, and Ned Stark, are back with a new tribute video, a rousing celebration of the sacrifices and duties of the Night's Watch soldiers that incorporates battles, speeches, and the iconic words of their oath:
"Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come."
And now your watch begins...well, as soon as you click play on the video below. Enjoy.
For me, the only enjoyable aspect of the otherwise-interminable Transformers: Age of Extinction was Stanley Tucci performing what may be the most over-the-top delivery of the phrase "Oh my God!" in film history.
That was less than four seconds of enjoyment in a movie that lasted two hours and forty-five minutes. Obviously, that's not a great ratio, so I'm personally bowing out of the Michael Bay-directed Transformers films from now on. But for those who are in it for the long haul and who also enjoyed any aspects of Tucci's performance, you'll be glad to know that according to Variety, the actor is reprising his role as Joshua Joyce in the upcoming Transformers: The Last Knight.
Is it too much to hope that the man who tried to engineer remote-controlled Transformers for humans to use ends up in England interacting with King Arthur in the new movie?
Transformers: The Last Knight hits theaters on June 23, 2017.