For a long time it’s been on his to-do list, but because of the big money involved, David Fincher just hasn’t been able to get his update of Jules Verne‘s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea off the ocean floor and out of dry dock. He even had Brad Pitt attached to star for crying out loud, but even hooking one of the biggest fish in the Hollywood sea isn’t always enough to get you a green light these days.
But maybe Fincher’s now got something better – tax incentives.
The Age is reporting that Australia’s Federal Arts Minister Simon Crean is extending a sweet tax incentive deal to the Disney production if they should happen to choose to film in Australia: 30 per cent. Translated back into dollars that’s $20 million to the studio if they lens Down Under, which is no small potatoes when we’re talking about a budget of around $200 million total for Leagues.
Typically, foreign productions make a return of 16.5 per cent when shooting in Australia, but the Aussies negotiated the unprecedented 30 per cent with Fox in order to attract the recently wrapped The Wolverine production last year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Wolverine employed some 2,000 locals and generated $80 million in local investment, and according to Crean, a mega-production like 20,000 Leagues, would be an even bigger boom to the local economy.
“If it comes off [20,000 Leagues] will be a bigger production than Wolverine,” he said. “In fact, it will be the biggest production ever filmed in Australia.”
The original 1954 film starring Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas and Peter Lorre is considered a Disney classic. And although there’s been several different re-tellings of the story in the last 60 years, including two made-for-TV efforts starring Michael Caine and Ben Cross respectively in 1997, the last time Captain Nemo and crew were seen on the big screen was 2003′s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and I’m sure that’s another outrage that Nemo himself would seek revenge for in order to resolve.
So will Disney take the deal? Time will tell, and we’ll keep you posted.
Earlier this week, Disney confirmed they are working on non-trilogy spin-off movies based on individual characters from Star Wars. They also confirmed two of the spin-offs were being worked on by recently hired writers Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes). They didn’t, however, comment on rumors that a Yoda spin-off was a high priority. Now Entertainment Weekly has an update.
Several sources tell EW that two of the spin-offs in early planning stages are an origin story of a young Han Solo and a “bounty hunter adventure with Boba Fett.” EW also says it’s very early and “the deal could always be altered further.”
The Han Solo story would take place in the time period between Revenge of the Sith and the first Star Wars (now known as A New Hope). [...] The Boba Fett film would take place either between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, or between Empire and Jedi, where the bounty hunter was last seen plunging unceremoniously into a sarlacc pit. [Ed.- THIS SHOULD NOT BE A SPOILER.] Exactly who would play him isn’t much of a complication – in the original trilogy, he never took off his helmet. And in the prequels, we learned he was the son of the original stormtrooper clone, played by Temuera Morrison, who’s still the right age for the part if his services were required. [EW]
This is very early in the planning and might go nowhere, so no directors or actors are rumored to be involved yet. In the past, Joe Johnston has expressed interest in doing a Boba Fett movie, while Robert Rodriguez wanted to do a Han Solo solo film. As for the rumored Yoda movie, EW writer Anthony Breznican tweeted, “There will be many spin-offs. I’m not negating the Yoda report at all.”
On a personal note: as much as I love Yoda, I’ll admit both Han Solo and Boba Fett would make for much more entertaining spin-off movies. Also, when they say “young Han Solo” they better not mean “snotty little Disney kid” young, or I am going to do some things involving a shovel.
[Thanks to /film and commenter JusttheBadassFarts for the assist.]
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Are you guys ready for yet another Star Wars rumor? AICN is saying — in their nearly-unreadable, every-other-word-capitalized way — that the first spin-off movie about a Star Wars character will be starring Yoda. Excellent news this is, if true. AICN also says Lucas has been considering a stand-alone film about Jabba the Hutt, but a Yoda film would come first.
In the past, Joe Johnston has expressed interest in doing a Boba Fett movie, while Robert Rodriguez wanted to do a Han Solo stand-alone film. And Zach Snyder recently denied rumors he was working on a Seven Samurai style Star Wars spin-off. We also heard recently that writers Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark) and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes) would be involved in a future Star Wars project, but they aren’t writing episode VII.
In other words, Kathleen Kennedy and LucasFilm do seem to be planning multiple Star Wars projects, but a stand-alone movie about Yoda is still just a rumor. Slashfilm also brings up an obvious point that “merchandise is always going to be a part of any plans for the Lucas universe, and a Yoda film — complete with a collection of other cute but tough alien characters — could be a bonanza in that department.”
Merchandising, merchandising, where the real money from the movie is made. Yoda the T-shirt, Yoda the coloring book, Yoda the lunch box, Yoda the breakfast cereal, Yoda the flame thrower. And last but not least, Yoda the doll. Adorable.
[Banner image: "A (very) long time ago" by Vincent Bocognani.]
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We’ve been seeing a lot of mash-ups with the Disney princesses in the Star Wars universe, but this one imagines them in one a bit closer to home. DeviantArtist Hapuriainen has taken all the Disney princesses, and some of their other characters, and styled them as Pok mon trainers that could likely give Ash a run for his money.
See more pictures after the break…
(BuzzFeed via Neatorama)
Nerdy Bits: Borderlands 2 Cosplay, TARDIS PC, Walking Dead as a Disney Movie, Hobbit: The Musical, and MOAR!
Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOVE: Nebulaluben cosplaying as Lilith From Borderlands 2. Pretty girl and explosions, pretty much my two favorite things. [FashionablyGeek]
Frosty the LEGO man, was a jolly happy brick. With a rounded head and a long piece mouth and two eyes made of wheels.[ObviousWinner]
A gingerbread hobbit-hole. To eat or not to eat that’s the question. [Nerdalicious]
This is either a British persons mouth, or Batman. Either way, someone needs to lay off the meth. [9gag]
Romulan Ale. While you might become hypnotized by its blue color, be warned: While there is no alcohol in the beverage, there ARE 84 mg of caffeine in each 8.4 oz. can.
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What The Walking Dead would like like as a Disney film. Pretty bad-ass, if you ask me. [BuzzFeed]
Crash Bandicoot in real life. Because Super Mario in real life is too mainstream. [GeeksAreSexy]
LEGO stop motion expert Alex Kobbs’ entry to the 2012 Machinima Interactive Film Festival is made of a series of short sequences from Portal 2, mixed with a few amusing original scenes. [TheAwesomer]
Hobbit the musical. This actually came close to reconciling me to the fact there are three of them! Just as the musical said – “there’s never too much Middle Earth for me”. [Vulture]
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I know someday a week will go by where we don’t report on anything from the House of Mouse, but not today. Yesterday came the monumental announcement (Sure, not Disney/Lucasfilm monumental, but what is?) that Netflix had reached a deal with Disney to become the exclusive streaming home for all their films. If you were still on the fence about becoming a Netflix subscriber I believe the eventual access to the entire Disney, Pixar, Marvel and now Lucasfilm library might be a deciding factor.
Of course, this doesn’t mean the whole Disney vault has been made available today, it’ll happen in stages. Beginning in 2013 all of Disney’s direct-to-video offerings will become available, then in 2016 the newer theatrical releases will come to Netflix. Yup, including Star Wars Episode VII!
The deal is made a little sweeter by the addition that some titles are available to stream now, like Dumbo, Alice in Wonderland, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Muppet Movie, and more. All right, most of what’s there is a lot of their live action junk, like High School Musical 1-50, but it’s a promising start.
Below the cut you can read the official press release, but what are you thinking about this new partnership?
Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq:NFLX) and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) today announced a new multi-year licensing agreement that will make Netflix the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run live-action and animated feature films from The Walt Disney Studios.
Beginning with its 2016 theatrically released feature films, new Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios and Disneynature titles will be made available for Netflix members to watch instantly in the pay TV window on multiple platforms, including television, tablets, computers and mobile phones. Also included in the agreement are high-profile Disney direct-to-video new releases, which will be made available on Netflix starting in 2013.
Separately, Disney and Netflix have reached agreement on a multi-year catalog deal that today brings to U.S. Netflix members such beloved Disney movies such as “Dumbo,” “Pocahontas” and “Alice in Wonderland.”
“Disney and Netflix have shared a long and mutually beneficial relationship and this deal will bring to our subscribers, in the first pay TV window, some of the highest-quality, most imaginative family films being made today,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. “It’s a bold leap forward for Internet television and we are incredibly pleased and proud this iconic family brand is teaming with Netflix to make it happen.”
“With this cutting-edge agreement, we are thrilled to take our highly valued relationship with Netflix to the next level by adding Disney’s premier films to their programming line-up,” said Janice Marinelli, President, Disney-ABC Domestic Television. “Netflix continues to meet the demands of its subscribers in today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, and we are delighted that they will have much earlier access to our top-quality and entertaining slate,” she continued.
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
I have yet to find a person not totally blown away by the latest Iron Man 3 trailer so it was a little surprising to this NerdBastard when news started to hit the Internet that Marvel Studios producer Kevin Feige had taken the time to calm fan fears about the tone of the movie. I certainly wasn’t concerned by the tone of the latest trailer, I was thoroughly hyped up to see such serious action.
Well, somewhere out there, there must be some jittery fans that needed some hand holding because when Feige had the opportunity during his sit down with The West Austrailian, Fiege said:
“It’s not a serious movie, but we seriously dig into exploring more of Tony. The trick is just trying to make great movies. We try to make them all great, all different and all fresh. What you’ll see in Iron Man 3 is some very unique directions that were taken.”
Iron Man 3 Director Shane Black chimed in with:
“We’re not aiming for bigger, necessarily. We’re aiming for different and fresh and new. It’s all about capturing that lightning-in-a-bottle feel, about trying to get as much into this as we can. We’re looking to get a ton of thrills into a short space, to make a nice little stew for you.”
What do you think, would people stay away because of a darker tone in the latest trailer? I’m expecting the next trailer to be all slap stick, pie in the face, comedy now.
Iron Man 3 makes it’s way to theater screens on May 3, 2013.
Nerd Art Dump: Mary Jane and Gwen Fight for Spider-Man, The Kid Version of ‘FireFly’, Famous Characters as Cartoons & MOAR!
Each and every week we scour the Internet for nothing but the best in nerdy art. We leave no digital stone unturned, we poke and prod every nook and cranny of the Interwebz. Why? Because we love you, and we love to bring you weekly feed of nerd art. On with the dump!
Can there be just one single moment when these two are alone where they don’t fight over Spider-Man, even a plush version of the wall crawler? Guess not, but at least they know all sleep over fights must be done in your pajamas. *Special Note: If you know who drew this please tell us, we’ll credit them. [Hybrid Waste]
Hit the jump for Super Emo Friends, the Deadpool/Bobba Fett team up and MOAR.
Halo 4 is out and it gave Zac Gorman an excuse to draw this awesome piece summing up what most players are doing on Xbox live right now. It just looks so peaceful, you’d never guess they just finished shooting their own team mates. [Magical Game Time]
Oh my Goooooooooooooood! -this is a brilliant piece of work from Justin White, featuring several characters and scenes from classic movies and TV series re-imagined as cartoons. If you’re around the Gallery 1988 Melrose in Los Angeles this coming Friday go take a look, see how many movies you can pick out. [Geek Tyrant]
This female Thor comes courtesy of CG artist hansanhan, rocking a little less armor then any warrior of Asgard would casually ride into battle on. Seriously, it is cold in Jotunheim, put on a hoody or something. [Geek Tyrant]
The United Kingdom has some talent over there and Monster Tree Art has been sneaking by with awesome pieces like this floating around the Internet. McFly should have really know better to have used a hover board on the water though. If you’re interested this sweet piece of Back to the Future art is for sale, with all profits going to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. [Garabating]
There’s no doubt about it; Firefly and it’s fan base of “Brown Coats” are cool, but these “Brownie Coats” are freaking adorable. Patrick Ballesteros shrunk the cast down to children playing with a homemade Serenity made out of a junked car. It almost makes you want to force Fox to bring it back for another season. [Geek Tyrant]
Marco D’alfonso has put a great spin on the Disney purchase of LucasFilm. Now that the mouse owns Star Wars and Marvel Comics we can soon expect the Boba Fett/Deadpool crossover we never knew we wanted. [Deviant Art]
No, Sakura didn’t break into Ryu’s room and steal his clothing, this is Ryu – an alternate female version of the Street Fighter star. A part of a series by ZWY-001, this guy has taken several fighters from the series and flipped their gender in a pretty cool style with some a little more eye popping then the others. [Geek Tyrant]
Artist JSalvador has turned some of pop cultures saddest moments and characters into an ever-growing cast of ”Super Emo Friends”. It’s hard to have hatred towards a character when they look so damn peaceful and little, like Kevin Spacey here in Se7en. [Super Emo Friends]
I don’t think there’s much to say about this one, Brett Parson just wanted to say thanks for making the 80s’ so awesome. [Deviant Art]
The nerd world is buzzing with rumors and possibilities of what could be with Star Wars Episode VII. Many of the talk surrounds the original cast. Carrie Fisher has been hounded by press and geeks alike with the question will she reprise her role as the infamous Princess Leia? After a recent appearance on the show The Talk (don’t worry we don’t know what it is either) we may be closer to a real answer, sort of.
When asked if she would return her response was the hilarious self deprecating alcoholic humor we’ve come to expect.
She has never been gone. As far I know, she has been with me forever!
The story she’s set for her character?
I like to think of it as ‘old Leia’, like, sway-backed old Leia the horse. I like the idea of being Mrs Solo, and we’ve just fought and fought and…I killed him, but I’m sorry. I’m sorry – that’s right, I feel badly and I probably had an affair with some general.
So maybe it’s not a real answer, but it’s better than what we’ve had so far. We would be elated to see any of the original cast return, just keep her away from the gold bikini…and the booze.
In other Star Wars news!
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly the head of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy stated the company would like to produce ‘..Two or three films a year.”. Before we get all excited/nervous/angry remember that includes possible Indiana Jones flicks, original content, or if we’re lucky a sweet ass sweet Clone Wars, Pixar mashup. Whatever they decide there is nothing we can do to sway their decisions, so we might as well sit back and enjoy the ride. Splash Mountain to be specific.
Sources: ComicBookMovie, Kotaku
These aren’t our first photos from the set of Thor: The Dark World, but they offer our first look at Malekith the Accursed and his army of Dark Elves. That’s former Doctor, Christopher Eccelston under all that armor and two-toned face makeup. I can barely recognize him! Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is here too, wearing his full Asgardian armor and looking a little worse for wear. I’m guessing it’s been a tough day introducing Elves to the business end of Mjolnir.
Check out a few of the shots here in our gallery, and see more at Splash News courtesy of photographer Paul Hennessy.
What do you think of Malekith and his Elves? I must admit they look a little silly, but they’re not really meant to be seen in such harsh daylight without any CGI, I’m sure. In fact it looks like Eccelston has a couple black dots on his face which is commonly seen on actors who will require some post, CGI work. Wonder what they’ll be adding in digitally?
Are you guys pleased with what you’re seeing here?
Thor: The Dark World releases November 8, 2013.
The producers of Star Wars: Episode VII have their list of directors culled down to “a couple“, which some have taken to mean two, though I imagine it simply means something between less than “a lot” and more than one.
Whose on the list? We have no idea, and Frank Marshall (who has seemingly seen Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy naked on a semi-regular basis) isn’t telling because he told MTV “I can’t reveal it, or I won’t be alive tomorrow.” and apparently Disney employs assassins.
So, in the absence of actual information, what exactly is Marshall doing? Why he’s quickening pulses and feeding the fires of the engine that is taking us all on the white knuckle thrill ride that is PRE-PRODUCTION! Yes, you may have to sign a waiver due to all this excitement people.
So, what’s next? One imagines that Disney and Lucasfilm will release a single letter from the name of the lucky auteur daily until it becomes obvious. By the way, they better bring a big name that we can all get behind to this, because right now the anticipation is killing us and if team Wookie Renewal botches this it’ll be coming back at them. Don’t anti-Whedon this Mouse House!
There, and I didn’t even need 600 words to tell you all that. Oh by the way, Indiana Jones 5 may still happen but Marshall says the merger isn’t speeding that up. See you tomorrow with the next round.
Besides wondering who would be chosen to direct Star Wars Episode VII – here’s a likely candidate, by the way – fans have been very curious about whether or not the original cast has been asked to return. And more importantly, would they be needed at all! We know Episode VII will take place after Return of the Jedi, but how long after? Will we be watching the continuing journey of Luke Skywalker or will it be another hero’s story? Whatever the tale, Entertainment Weekly is reporting Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher are all open to make a return.
I know, your mind was just blown a little, wasn’t it?
The focus of their report is Ford’s willingness to return which is coming from an apparently very reliable, though unnamed, source. This source told EW Ford was not only, ”open to the idea” of returning but that he’s ”upbeat about it.” Guess the hope is his return to the Star Wars universe will go over better than his return as Indiana Jones, amiright? Also confirmed by this source is the possible return of Hamill and Fisher, which isn’t surprising sine we know two of the first people George Lucas told about Episode VII were Hamill and Fisher.
While Ford is open to reprising Han Solo he does have a few conditions. Mainly that before he’d sign on he’d need to see a script, know who was directing, and possibly be written a juicy death scene. All of which I’m fine with, so Disney, just do it already!
I’m warming up to idea of an Episode VII more and more, and what I’d think would make an excellent story would be those three characters handing the reins of the franchise to newcomers. It would give fans a sense of legacy and transition that wasn’t afforded us with the prequels. What are you guys feeling? Do you want them to include as many of the original actors as possible? If so, what would you like to see Luke, Leia, and Han doing after all the years?
Oh great, R2′s at the highschool trying to “interface” again.
We officially have our first crossover of the Disney/Lucasfilm era and uh, well, don’t get too excited. Sometime over the weekend R2D2 and C3PO both appeared on some Disney kiddie sitcom thing called A.N.T. Farm. I have no idea what A.N.T. Farm is about, but it’s got that typical Disney Channel mix of jokes recycled from the early 90s and dorkily dressed kids overacting in the most obnoxious manner possible. At one point C3PO tells a teenage girl to “step off fool” because he’s “fluent in street slang”.
So yeah, sorry for subjecting you all to this. Hit the jump for a clip — don’t worry, it’s only about a minute long…
Are oversized ladies cardigans the thing teenage guys are wearing today? Am I out of touch with society at large, or is this just a Disney Channel thing? Oh, and uh, how ’bout them droids, eh?
via Bleeding Cool
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Disney is probably still seeking a director to replace George Lucas for Star Wars: Episode VII, despite those rumors that Brad Bird may have already been hired. Luckily, Conan O’Brien found three audition videos for potential Star Wars directors Michael Moore, Woody Allen, and Kevin Smith.
The first video below follows “Michael Moore” as he tries to confront CEO Doug Vader about the depressed economy of Flintooine. Hmm, that Michael Moore impersonator is pretty good, but he needs to be a little more condescending and sanctimonious.
The second video casts R2-D2 as a nebbish Upper West Side resident being dumped by an Annie Hall style C-3PO, while the third video is a parody of Kevin Smith’s Clerks. It should have ended on a down note. I mean, that’s what life is, a series of down endings.
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Since the momentous announcement Star Wars Episode VII is a real thing, actually happening, within our lifetimes, all anyone can ask is, “Who’s gonna direct?” Lucasfilm and their new daddy, Disney, herald a 2015 release date and if that’s the case there’s much to be done in the short three year time span As of now we know next to nothing and nobody in their right mind would confirm anything without an official press release, but Collider may have an interesting theory. Could Matthew Vaughn be in talks to direct Episode VII? And if Collider is willing to wager their reputation as a reputable news source, I’m willing to give it a listen.
Their evidence is this, not too long ago Vaughn suspiciously and unexpectantly dropped out of directing X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sequel to his 2011 X-Men: First Class. It was truly a startling development in the production of the hotly anticipated sequel, one that was only calmed when it was announced longtime X-Men franchise producer Bryan Singer would return to helm the project. What could cause Vaughn to leave the project? Let’s put it this way, if Lucasfilm and Disney are offering you the chance to direct Episode VII, would you say no? Of course not! And once Vaughn was able to leave Days of Future Past in the capable hands of Singer there’d be no reason not to leave.
Sure, it’s pure speculation backed up by Collider’s sources, but I do believe it’s worth considering. At least we can fantasize about what a Vaughn-directed Star Wars movie would be like. What say you bastards?
He reveals that he has story treatments for Episodes 7, 8 and 9, but that he is done with Star Wars. He will not make anymore movies, but that doesn’t mean no one else can make them!
Frankly, I don’t feel like talking about. A) I’m still picking my jaw up off the floor at the thought of more Star Wars movies and B) I just realized that Princess Leia can now be considered a Disney Princess.
I’ll go off on this later. Right now, I just want to get drunk.