Author and sci-fi legend Richard Matheson (Duel, I Am Legend) is planning a 21st century, post-Cold War remake of the cult classic film The Incredible Shrinking Man, which was based on his novel.
The 87 year old Matheson will be assisted by his son: Richard Matheson, Jr., and will be developing the film for MGM, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Matheson considers this iteration of his story “an existential action movie.” (whatever that means). Though the issues which inspired the original story are no longer relevant (and the protagonist no longer shrinks due to radiation exposure), Matheson believes that the essential themes behind his updated version still resonate in the modern world…perhaps even more so now:
“My original story was a metaphor for how man’s place in the world was diminishing. That still holds today, where all these advancements that are going to save us will be our undoing.”
Universal, who made the original Incredible Shrinking Man, apparently spent years trying to get a remake off the ground, but was unable to do so before the rights to the story lapsed….We’ll just have to wait and see if MGM has better luck.
I may be one of a minority, but I firmly hold to the belief that X-Men: First Class was a great spin on my favorite comic book franchise. And I, along with the dozen or so other people out there that agree with me, have been keeping a close eye on the developments of the sequel, Days of Future Past. Now, we here at the big NB have a wee update from the front line, courtesy of Bryan Singer’s Tweeter account.
It may not be much in the way of news, but it is a pretty picture feature the wheelchairs that will be used by both Professor X the Elder and Professor X the Younger. Check em out:
Low-tech vs. high-tech wheeled transportation ftw. Now, if we could just get a picture of Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy jousting each other in them while on set, my life would be complete.
Make sure to check out X-Men: Days of Future Past when it comes to theaters next year on July 14th.
Thanks to CinemaBlend for the heads-up.
Kathleen Kennedy is a woman that has the weight of the world upon her shoulders. Or, perhaps more appropriately, she has the weight of a thousand star systems on her shoulders, backed with the potential wrath of an army of fans. So now that she’s gearing up to make sure Star Wars Episode VII goes smoothly, she’s decided to say goodbye to her producing duties on Jurassic Park IV.
According to Kennedy’s husband, Frank Marshall:
No, Ms. Kennedy has moved onto Star Wars and will not be producing JP4. She’s traded raptors for TIE fighters.
It doesn’t come as much of a surprise, considering how much needs to get done what with all the spin-offs that Lucasfilm appears to be planning. But never fear, her production role will be changing hands to those of Marshall. Steven Spielberg will, of course, also be involved in an executive producer role. So rampaging dinosaur fans need not panic.
Look for Jurassic Park IV to hit theaters on June 13th, 2014.
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.
In this new video by our Friend, “Batgirl Raquel”, she gives her review on the latest DC Universe animated Batman movie, “THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: Part2″. Then, she goes off on a rant towards Warner Bros, ha!
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.
Once word got out about George Lucas selling Star Wars to Disney, everyone knew there would be new movies. The big question for most fan boys and girls was: Would any of the original actors be back in the Star Wars saddle again? We then heard that Harrison Ford would be open to reprising his nerdy iconic Han Solo character, a character he wanted killed off in the original trilogy.
Now El Mayimbe of Latino Review is ready to announce that his sources have confirmed Harrison’s return as Han Solo and his on screen involvement in the some of the upcoming Star Wars movies. He says that everything is locked and the powers that be are just waiting for the ink to dry before announcing this big news. El Mayimbe does have a darn good track record with these types of movie rumors. In the video of his talk with FOX News Latino he discusses his methods and sources.
We all expected Hamill, Fisher, and the rest of the still living Star Wars actors to come back, but Ford was the wildcard in the cast that while we all hoped for, we couldn’t be sure. Until now that is. Remember, when Ford finished the third movie and left the franchise it was no secret that he thought he was done with anything Star Wars forever. He wanted Han dead. I don’t think he’s ever attended a convention or one of the Star Wars Celebrations has he? I couldn’t find any Internet footprint of it.
Click this link to check out the video, then come back to let us know what you think.
The new Mummy movie has been in development for about a year under the combined efforts of producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, director Len Wiseman, and screenwriter Jon Spaihts. But Universal really wants this thing to get made and be released by its 2014 release date, and it looks they’re going to take out a bit of an insurance policy to make sure it happens.
Vulture is reporting that Universal is doubling down on the project by hiring screenwriter Billy Ray, writer of The Hunger Games and State of Play. Ray will be writing his own separate draft as Spaihts continues to toil on his draft. The theory here is that if Spaihts’ draft isn’t up to snuff, then Ray can’s can save the day. Or, if both drafts are a resounding success, the two will be combined to create a “super-script” (my turn of phrase).
No word on whether or not Ray is writing an entire new story or toiling on the same details as Spaihts, but the film is rumored to be taking place in the modern day, and will, obviously, involve a mummy.
More news as it develops.
Stark Industries has opened a new website and is looking for Test Subjects. Are you ready to strip down, strap on sensors and get your Iron Man on? The site is not open for registration yet, but it can’t be that long await for the site to go fully live. The page you’ll see when you click the link above will show you:
Marvel’s “Iron Man 3? pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
Director Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3 stars Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale and Ben Kingsley.
The movie opens nationwide on May 3rd. Is your butt gonna be in a theater seat that weekend? Any thoughts on what fans might find out by registering? The Mighty Marvel Movie Marketing Machine is shifting into 3rd gear. We should be seeing lots more in the next few weeks.
Everything about the future of Warner Bros. and DC‘s superhero movies is hanging on the success of Man of Steel. We learned last night Justice League is on the back burner, Batman may be rebooted before it, and a Man of Steel sequel could still come out before either.
And speaking of Man of Steel, check out the new promotion image above. You can click it to embiggen. At first it was thought to be some marvelous fan edit featuring Henry Cavill and was originally uploaded by deviantArt user djpyro229, but it has since been removed and proven to be the real deal.
Pretty badass, ain’t it? Man of Steel releases nationwide June 14th, 2013, are you looking forward to it?
Source: Geek Tyrant
We know the new DC Animated Film, THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS Part One, won’t come out for another month but we’re all so excited here we decided to post a few Free DKR Wallpapers to celebrate! Hey, it is Wednesday and that means “Wacky Wallpaper Wednesday”! These were made from fresh stills from the movie. We get to see Batman, Robin ( Carrie Kelley! ), and Gotham City Police Commissioner Jim Gordon. Enjoy. Oh yeah, just to clarify, the movie will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray & digital download on September 25th, 2012.
There’s been a lot of Star Wars news and rumors going around lately, particularly with regards to the subjects of future stand-alone projects. Though they wouldn’t reveal much about what they expect for the future, writers Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) did chat a bit about their upcoming involvement with the franchise.
Kasdan had this to say when asked about Episode VII:
They’re going to be fun. J.J. (Abrams)’s a great director for the first sequel. Perfect. We’re very happy to have him. The writers I’ve been working with – Michael Arndt, who’s going to write the sequel, and Simon Kinberg, who has, like me, been sort of consulting – they’re great. I’ve never really collaborated a lot, and I’ve never been a room with a bunch of writers thinking, “Well, what should this thing be?” It’s fun. It’s really fun. And J.J.’s a writer. Yeah, lovely guy. I’d met him but didn’t know him. But now I’m totally enamored by him. He’s really funny and so enthusiastic.
And Kinberg talked about what to expect in the future. Or rather he elected to not talk about it:
This is what I would say: as a fan, I wouldn’t want to know too much. I know that’s impossible because it’s not the ’70s or ’80s anymore, but part of what was so exciting about A New Hope for me was I was entering into a universe I didn’t know. Even in Empire, I was surprised by a twist I never would have seen coming. But it’s different nowadays. I understand the excitement, and I’m happy that people are interested, obviously. But I’d rather people have something left to discover when they go in.
And with the rumors of a Yoda-centered spin-off flying around, the next person whose voice needed to be heard was the original voice of Yoda himself, the almighty Frank Oz. He had the following to say with regards to the original puppet Yoda versus the new and improved CGI Yoda:
He’s in my heart. I know Yoda very deeply…The future of Yoda is likely in CGI, as he was rendered in “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith.” I think it depends on the story, but I think at this point you can’t go back to the puppet. The reason George [Lucas] did the CGI, which I supported, was that he wanted to tell a story that would have been hampered by the physical limitations of the puppet.
So yeah, not much new here folks. Rest assured we will get back to you when it finally comes time for someone to accidently leak something crucial about the films. And we’ll report on every rumor as well, but that’s why you love us, right?
Thanks to Collider for the heads-up.
You’re a multi-million dollar Hollywood franchise and your best kept secrets are supposed to remain exactly that -be secret. So why is someone once again spoiling key scenes to a Marvel movie like Iron Man 3, just like they did with The Amazing Spider-Man?
Pictures of two LEGO playsets for the Shane Black directed film have hit the ‘net and yes, they seem to be spoiling some key scenes from the movie.
Brick-based spoilerage stars up after the jump.
Called the “Malibu Mansion Attack” play set, the attack on Stark’s home by the Mandarin and an unknown character (what the hell is a Extremis Solider?) features Pepper Potts wearing something that looks rather familiar, confirming rumors that actress Gwyneth Paltrow would finally wear armor of her very own (thanks guys, really, I didn’t want that to be a surprise or anything.)
Next, the “Extremis Sea Port Battle” shows off a fight between Tony and James Rhodes as War Machine fighting a Extremis infected Aldrich Killian.
The “Iron Man vs. The Mandarin Ultimate Showdown” is pretty self-explanatory. We just have no idea what a flame thrower has to do with fighting Iron Man, he’s in a protected suit that’s temperature controlled.
Thanks for sharing Bleeding Cool.
Actor Sean Bean has already made a solid name for himself in the realm of fantasy movies. Tackling two major franchises in the form of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones definitely provides you with some geek-cred. Now it looks like he’s ready to move to the sci-fi genre, as he’s just been confirmed as cast in the new Wachowski project, Jupiter Ascending.
If you haven’t heard of the flick, it revolves around a world where humans basically suck. We are at the bottom of the evolutionary scale as far as the rest of the universe in concerned. But one human lady attracts the ire of a jealous alien queen, who then sends an assassin to kill her. The inevitable clich sets in at this point and the assassin falls in love with his prey.
Where Bean comes into the film is unknown, though rumors place him in the role of Stinger, your classic charming, handsome, roguish mercenary type. Who no doubt will die at the end…
Bean will be joining up with Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum and Eddie Redmayne. Jupiter Ascending is slotted to begin shooting sometime this year.
Thanks to CinemaBlend for the heads-up.
By now, most of you probably know that there’s a new Godzilla movie coming, courtesy of Legendary Pictures. But every good monster film needs at least a few humans in it, if only to give the big rubber baddy something to stomp on. So casting has begun and two faces are being pulled from the acting masses. It looks like Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Elizabeth Olson (Martha Marcy May Marlene) are currently in talks to take on roles in the flick.
If brought on board, they would potentially be joining up with Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), who also happens to be in talks, for the lead role in fact. Unfortunately, nothing will be set in stone until the script, being rewritten by Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead) is officially ready to go.
Assuming all things go as planned, they hope to begin shooting next month and have the whole thing together for a planned release on May 16th, 2014.
Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the heads-up.
Mark Millar isn’t one to keep his mouth shut about Mark Millar‘s thoughts and opinions about Mark Millar‘s own work and Mark Millar‘s thoughts and opinions about the work of others. (Sorry for all the Mark Millar‘s there, but for some reason, when ever I read something Mark Millar has said, I always imagine him talking in the third person, like the Queen of England’s royal manner of speaking.
While he’s been busy getting all of Fox Studios Comic book franchise characters, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four to name a couple, in a row, Millar still had time to dissect what he thinks are Warner Brothers and DC Comics biggest problems in bringing the Justice League to the big screen.
Talking with SciFi Now, Millar started with a look at the groups powers and why the Justice League will have issues translating those powers and character traits to theater screens:
“Now the stuff I grew up with… I adored the DC stuff growing up but really, how do you do a movie about Green Lantern? His power is that he manifests green plasma from his imagination and uses them as weapons against someone? Even that in itself if you just imagine then watching a fight scene with a guy who’s like a hundred feet away making plasma manifestations fight someone – it’s not exactly raucous, getting up close and personal.
The Flash has door handles on the side of his mask and if he doesn’t wear that mask, I’ll be pissed off, you know what I mean? They’re in a weird, weird situation – if you’ve got a guy who moves at the speed of light up against the Weather Wizard and Captain Cold or whatever, then your movie’s over in two seconds. You can get away with stuff in comics that in live action’s just a bit sucky – the best one is definitely Aquaman. Aquaman can’t even talk under water. If you think about it in comics it’s fine, you just have a speech balloon, but how do you have Atlantis and people talking under water? Are they gonna talking telepathically? Is it going to be body forms?”
The core issues that Millar contends will bury the big budget DC Comics team up is:
“I actually think the big problem for them is the characters are just too out of date. The characters were created 75 years ago, even the newest major character was created 68 years ago, so they’re in a really weird time…
The actual logistics of each member of the Justice League is disastrous, and you put them all together and I think you get an excellent way of losing $200 million.”
Are you buying what The Millar is cooking, or is this just a smoke screen, an effort to muddy the waters just enough to make Warner Brothers Executives hesitant to swing for the fences with a Justice League Movie?
Are Millar’s points valid? I don’t agree that the powers of the Justice League won’t translate well on screen, but I do agree that the cost of getting those powers onto the big screen are expensive and time consuming. What is all boils down to for this NerdBastard is, will the story and characterizations work, or will we get 5 different characters with 5 different movie styles crammed into one two hour monstrosity?
Remember these gems from the past?
Via SciFi Now
The second trailer for Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained has hit the Internet and everything points to this film being one hell of a fun ride. There’s gonna be action, humor, quick-quips from smirking lips, and some serious social undertones to discuss.
My favorite part, I spit soda across my monitor, was Jonah Hill‘s cameo appearance and scene in the trailer. I couldn’t stop laughing, but I’m sure there are going to be lots of other scenes like that in the film.
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The film stars Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kerry Washington, Kurt Russell, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L Jackson and lots of other cameos like Jonah Hill.
The movie hits theater screen on December 25th 2012. Will your butt be in a theater seat for this one?
Tickets for ‘The Hobbit’ & Extended Edition ‘LOTR’ Trilogy Marathon on Sale Wed – First Track From ‘Hobbit’ Soundtrack Released
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey won’t open for another month and a half – December 14th specifically – but come this Wednesday, November 7th you’ll be able to buy your tickets and secure your seat for the journey back to Middle Earth. Deadline is reporting the breaking news that theatres across North America will have tickets available for purchase on Wednesday starting at 12:00pm ET.
A Warner Bros. source also told Deadline, “We’re expecting a big result as we start the journey for all 3 films,” and that yes, expect a marathon event featuring the three extended editions of the Lords of the Rings films on December 8th and 9th. The tickets for these all-day events will also go on sale November 7th.
I don’t know about you, but I am in no way shocked by this news. I believe we’re all expecting The Hobbit to biggest grossing film of the holiday season. Are you gonna snag your tickets Wed? What about the marathons? I know I’m going.
And just to sweeten this news, the first track from what I’m sure will be another brilliant Howard Shore soundtrack has been released. Click the image below to give “Radagast the Brown” a listen.
Source: CBM (2)
Comic writer Mark Millar has talked a lot about his new gig as the creative consultant, and with Empire Online’s podcast he’s talking about it again. This time though, he’s suggesting there’s a multi-year plan in effect so that he can help 20th Century Fox best take advantage of the Marvel properties they still own. Here’s what Millar had to say:
“Fox are thinking, ‘We’re sitting on some really awesome things here. There is another side of the Marvel Universe. Let’s try and get some cohesiveness going.’ So they brought me in to oversee that really. To meet with the writers and directors to suggest new ways we could take this stuff and new properties that could spin out of it.”
“The X-Men feels like a universe by itself; there’s so many characters and so many great potential spin-off characters. They asked me to come in and work out a plan, so unfortunately at this point I can’t get too specific. I DO have a three to four year plan of where things could go, but you know, I’ll be working with guys like Matthew and Josh Trank (the new director of ‘Fantastic Four’) and just figuring out how everything can work together and not contradict each other.”
“But I also don’t want to make it too much of a mess either, with everyone showing up in everyone else’s films. What my dream is, as a fan, is that when you go and see any Marvel movie that it feels as if they’re all taking place in the one universe like in the comics.”
Sounds like a plan. My biggest problem with X-Men Origins: Wolverine was that it seemed like a smorgasbord of random X-Men characters in a single movie. As long as Millar helps Fox avoid that kind of crap, he’ll be golden.
Source: Comic Book Movie
Here’s a fun photo I came across the other day that was taken by an Artist/Photographer named Christopher Moloney. His idea was to get a photo of a famous scene from a movie, print it out, and then go to the actual real-life location where that scene was shot, and match-up the pieces. The idea is not completely original, as this has been done before, but it’s always really fun to see and Christopher does a pretty good job.
The example up above is BANE from THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Batman Movie when he paid a visit to Wall Street, but if you click this LINK you can see many many more. Some of my other favorites are “The Ghostbusters” and “Die Hard: With a Vengeance”.
Hot on the heels of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey clips we saw earlier today there’s been a behind the scenes video released. This 20 minute look at the filming of the movie is a fantastic peek at everyone’s hard work. Not that they didn’t also have a lot of fun as the camaraderie of the cast and crew is clearly evident. Or at least that’s what I’m told, I haven’t watched this because with only a little over two weeks until The Hobbit releases I’m trying to stay as unspoilt as possible. I know, it’s unlikely I’ll be able to keep it up but I’m trying.
…the footage is loaded with some awesome stuff including Peter Jackson directing Andy Serkis as Gollum with Martin Freeman, all the dwarves with Bilbo in Bag End, Elijah Wood and Ian Holm in Bag End, Jackson directing Ian McKellen as Gandalf as well as Jackson directing Christopher Lee!
So, I’ll be honest, at some point I’ll break down and watch it, but I’m not stopping you,
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens nationwide December 14th.
J.J. Abrams has always had an air of mystery with his projects, always keeping something intentionally held back for the good of the viewing audience. It’s made his ideas heavily sought after and one of his best kept secrets is the “Mystery Box.”
Back in 2007 the director, prior to his hiring for Star Wars Episode VII and before his work reinventing the Star Trek universe, was a guest speaker at the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference, otherwise known as TED. Abrams gave a speech explaining his development for TV shows and movies, saying, “The intentional withholding of information is much more engaging,” and he used Star Wars as an example for this mystery box formula.
Want to hear the whole speech? Check out the full video after the jump.
If this doesn’t confirm Abrams as having some kind of Jedi powers, I don’t what will.
Source: Geek Tyrant
The second Red Band trailer for Tommy Wirkola‘s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters has hit the Internet and the movie continues to look like a whole lot of fun. You might not recognize Wirkola at first glance, but he’s was the writer and director of Dead Snow, the Nazi Zombie Ski weekend movie.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters hits theater screens on January 25th, starring Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare, Derek Mears and Thomas Mann. The movie’s story takes place 15 years after the brother and sister survive their first encounter with a witch at the gingerbread house. That event catapults the two to become specialized witch bounty hunters.
Christopher Nolan may be producing Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel, but he’s maintaining a hands off policy when it comes to the actual production. He recently talked about the differences and difficulties in bringing Superman to the big screen compared to his signature Batman franchise.
“Zack was the perfect man to take this on; he is unbelievably skilled at creating a coherent, cohesive world. Whether it’s a very stylized world, like 300, or something that’s more challenging, more varied, like he did with Watchmen.”
“In my honest appraisal, taking on Superman and creating that world is far more difficult than creating the world of the Dark Knight. He has a lot of finishing to do on the movie — it has a very long post production schedule because, unlike Batman, Superman flies.”
“I actually feel guilty talking about it because I’m sitting here having nothing to do to it. I try to be as supportive as I can, and I’m just amazed by what he is doing. It’s not something I would know how to do.”
If you were still on the fence concerning Man of Steel does Nolan’s opinion push you one way or the other? Nolan’s amazement of Snyder’s work is reassuring that Snyder may have captured the Superman mythos in a way fans will respond positively to.
Man of Steel hits theater screens on June 14th, 2013.
Yesterday we brought up a rather questionable quote in an article published by Reuters referencing a possible plot piece in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. The writer, Michael McDonald, didn’t seem to have much of a source when he dropped the proverbial thermite boring charge on nerds everywhere, casually announcing that the new movie would feature Luke Skywalker returning to Yavin 4 to start a new Jedi Temple. The Force.Net reached out to McDonald to ask WTF?
“This was a mistake. I misunderstood what fan clubs had told me and shown me in book plots and that story line has not been announced by Disney. Perhaps I should have written something along the lines of ‘Yavin 4 appears in several Star Wars book plots and while Guatemala fans said they hope film crews return to Tikal, the company has not announced plans for the new episode.’”
So it really was all just a misunderstanding after all, confusion between fan fantasy and the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Personally I am glad this news came out quick and we can quash this rumor before it spread to far. Now we can return to our regular wild Episode VII speculation and rumor spreading.
Source: The Force.Net