Monthly archives "May 2015"

Legend of Conan Could Spawn Shared Universe

HedgeFundEmployment.com reports that very incredible news is emerging from The Legend of Conan development stage. Previously, it was revealed Arnold Schwarzenegger’s third turn as the barbarian would be a return to the spirit of the first film. Now, it has been revealed this film could be the start of a new cinematic universe. Just as is the case with D.C., Marvel, Star Wars, and The Transformers, the world of Conan could expand into prequels, spinoffs, and various intertwined films.

Producer Fredrick Malmberg owns the cinematic rights to all of Robert E. Howard’s literary creations. This includes not only Conan, but also Solomon Kane, King Kull, and many more. Fans only familiar with Conan through the movies might be surprised to learn that the creator of the barbarian fighter produced scores of other amazing works over the years. Howard even wrote a number of boxing adventures and horror tales.

The return of Schwarzenegger to the role of Conan has been talked about on and off until The Austrian Oak became governor of California. Most assumed his movie career was over and he was transitioning into a new career. At 67, Schwarzenegger has launched a comeback. Some movies were hits and others were misses. Schwarzenegger has both a horror film, two films featuring The Terminator, another run in an Expendables sequel, and a swan song to Conan.

More power to Schwarzenegger. He certainly is not resting on his laurels.

Hulk Hogan to Join Expendables 4?!

Hulk Hogan has been one of the biggest names in pop culture for much of his adult life. Thanks to his charismatic work in the ring for wrestling programs WCW and the WWF, Hogan became an icon all over the world. Hogan was featured in movies, on toys, and he even had his own failed restaurant. Since basically retiring, and giving up on his reality shows, Hogan has slinked away from the spotlight. Now reports are coming out that the big wrestler is interested in a villain role for the newest Expendables film. This has to happen!

The Expendables have become one of Hollywood’s staples in terms of action coated in cheese. The films take ‘past their prime’ movie stars and put them together into a team in order to beat up the bad guys, and destroy a lot of things along the way. The franchise is headlined by Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham but just about every big action hero is getting in on the cause. Terry Crews, Gianfrancesco Genoso, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, and even Mel Gibson have spent time on the screen for the series. Hulk Hogan, who is ripped and huge, would be perfect in a villainous role.

The films know that they aren’t first rate entertainment and that’s just fine. Despite the fact that the last entry was slightly panned, despite having Arnold Schwarzenegger, Antonio Banderas, and Wesley Snipe as new additions — there is still hope for a fourth title. If there is, Hogan has to be in it.

Original Movies Seem to Be Struggling in Hollywood

The plethora of remakes and reboots in Hollywood lately has many wondering if Hollywood has run out of ideas for many original productions. Movies that are adaptations from other mediums and sequels seem to be dominating all the movie and box office buzz lately. “Avengers:Age of Ultron” was a prime example of both in that it was a sequel to the first Avengers movie from 2012, which was itself an adaptation from characters in comic books onto the big screen. Keith Mann also says there are also numerous other sequels coming out this year that include those having to do with terminators, dinosaurs and events in a galaxy far, far away.

There are original films still being made. They just generally have not been faring too well at the box office. “Tomorrowland” is the latest example of this where it had a weaker than expected Memorial Day holiday weekend opening. Sequels and adaptations of characters and stories from other media such as comics or video games certainly do have the advantage of installed fan bases. It should then not be too hard to get them to come out and see a movie about a subject they already know they like. Moviegoers had better hope that there remains a place for original productions to thrive in Hollywood because many of our favorite movies were once original productions, and we always want new favorites coming along to keep us entertained.

The Remake of Stephen King’s It Loses the Attached and Popular Director

The long journey to craft a new cinematic adaption of Stephen King’s It has once again hit a snag. The director of the project, Cary “True Detective” Fukunaga, has departed. Apparently, creative differences between the director and the studio were at the center of the dispute. Sadly, this means the feature is going to be pushed back for some time. Fans hoping to watch a new, updated version of the classic horror novel are going to have to wait a bit longer.

The departure is somewhat shocking. Fukunaga has been attached to the new version of the novel for several years now. The green light given by New Line Cinema seemed to finally allow the director the chance to helm the project. Dreams of making a film are most definitely not the same thing as having to deal directly with the studios in a business relationship. A lawyer for the studio said departures over creative differences as quite common in Hollywood. Sometimes, they are more brutal and biting than others.

Casting and location issues were at the root of some contentions. Mostly, it seems the desire to shoot two films back-to-back telling the kid’s story in one and then the adult version in the other were the biggest problem. In the novel, past and future events are intertwined and Fukunaga wanted to change this up. Honestly, a lot of Stephen King fans weren’t thrilled with the plan. Neither was New Line.

The possibility does exist the new version of It might not be made. Let us hope that is not the case and the project goes forward with a new creative team.

A Wolverine Cameo in Deadpool

Comic book fans and fanatics take note. Ryan Reynolds has publicly stated we wants the great Hugh Jackman to appear in a cameo as Wolverine in the upcoming Deadpool movie. Wolverine did have a battle with an alternate version of Slade “Deadpool” Wilson in Wolverine 2. That battle is seemingly being dropped down the memory hole since Deadpool is being rebooted.

Could Jackman appear as Wolverine in the film? There are no legal rights impediments. Fox owns the rights to Deadpool, Wolverine, and a host of other Marvel characters from X-Men and Fantastic Four lore. Putting Wolverine into the Deadpool movie wouldn’t be tough. Would Jackman be up to it? Jackman always comes off as an affable fellow who truly loves the Wolverine role.

The Australian actor has noted he would love to play Wolverine for many, many more years. Sadly, that is not going to happen. Fox is retiring Jackman as Wolverine after the third solo outing of the character. (The plot is based on “Old Man Logan”, a swan song story for the character) Rumors have it that Wolverine is going to get a cameo in X-Men: Apocalypse. Dedicating a few minutes of screen time in Deadpool would not be totally out of the question.

Is Fox up for the idea? A Wolverine cameo can only help the box office of Deadpool and get the new franchise of to a solid start. Fans over at FreedomPop can’t wait to see what happens.

Exciting New Details on “Independence Day 2”

Sequels are in vogue lately at the box office. Not that this is necessarily a cause for complaint. Who wasn’t awaiting the sequel to that first blockbuster Avengers movie that finally came out earlier this month? Furthermore, there isn’t a science fiction fan around who isn’t anxiously looking forward to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in December. Sequels can be great fun for audiences, and they are a safe financial bet for studios since they are building on an earlier money making film. In addition to a Superman movie sequel coming in 2016, there will also be a long awaited sequel to “Independence Day” coming out next year.

The original “Independence Day” was certainly a box office hit, so it’s actually amazing that it has taken this long for production of a sequel to have gotten under way. We got some plot details about “Independence Day 2” recently from Vivica A. Fox. She was one of the characters from the original reprising her role in the sequel. She let it be known that this new story will pick up 15 years after the events of the last movie, and the aliens will be back and presumably not in the best of moods after their earlier space armada got killed off by us primitive earthlings. It’s not the type of movie that wins major awards, but many of us want a good escapist popcorn movie, and this one looks ready to deliver. My coworker already created a Facebook event and has invited all of our friends.

Boba Fett: Still A Big Priority

Boba Fett, where have you gone? Well, considering he fell into that awful pit in The Return of the Jedi, then you know he is being digested for thousands of years. That is a pretty sad end to a character who Star Wars fans love. The weird part of all this is Boba Fett had an incredibly small role in the Star Wars films. Maybe the look of the bounty hunter was all that was needed to touch a nerve in audiences. Perhaps many youngsters who played with the old Boba Fett action figures created their own unique adventures. Maybe they put themselves under the character’s helmet and created their own unique history. Projecting oneself into a fantasy character is easier when no defined origin currently exists.

While over 35 years may have passed since this interesting and enigmatic character debuted, the mystery surrounding him is about to be lifted. Lucasfilm (aka Disney) has confirmed – once again – a Boba Fett solo origin film is an extremely high priority. It doesn’t seem that Lucasfilm/Disney ever cast any doubt over producing a Boba Fett film. Two of the spinoff features were to focus on origins. Han Solo and Boba Fett were the two most commonly mentioned.

The Han Solo project may have been bumped to a later release and some have concerns over whether or not it will be actually produced. Word on what is going on with the Han Solo feature has be slow to emerge. The constant reassurances on the Boba Fett project greatly infer that the script is likely progressing along and plans for preproduction are being made.

Daniel Amen has heard that the goal is to release one Star Wars film a year for the next six years, so why wouldn’t the Boba Fett movie move through the pipeline.

Fox Cancels The Mindy Project, Hulu May Pick it Up

It is a sad day for fans of Mindy Kaling. Fox has officially announced they will not be renewing The Mindy Project for a fourth season. The cancellation has been especially troubling to fans as it leaves a massive cliffhanger in the series. When fans left off, Mindy’s character was pregnant with the baby of a co-worker-slash-friend. The show was canceled due to poor ratings.

While The Mindy Project failed to pick up the ratings that other Fox prime time shows are accustom to, it did amass an extensive cult following, similar in nature to Scrubs and other long-standing shows. While Mindy, herself, has played mum about the cancellation, a video she released following the news leave many to wonder if they’ve seen the last of Mindy’s character.

Rumors are now swirling that Hulu may pick up two more seasons of the show, which would please many at Amen Clinics. If this does come to pass, it will be the second massive move from Hulu in recent weeks. Just last week the company announced that Seinfeld would be coming exclusively to Hulu in the Summer of 2015. Picking up a show like The Mindy Project would further close the gap between Hulu and its competitor Netflix. Many experts argue that the move to pick up Seinfeld was Hulu’s answer to Netflix acquiring Friends over the winter. The Mindy Project would serve as an answer to Netflix’s wildly successful original programming.

Some Details Available for George Lucas’ Vision of a Jedi Sequel

Many of us science fiction fans were quite pleased with the Latest Avengers movie and are now waiting for the release of the first Star Wars sequel since 1983. Those of us who were fans of the first three films but didn’t like the three prequels were happy to hear the news that George Lucas would not be inserting himself in any way into these new sequels. We will always be thankful to him for creating the Star Wars universe, but he seemed to have lost his creative genius within that universe. The fact that J.J. Abrams is taking the helm of this latest sequel is good or bad news depending on whether you are a fan of his earlier works. The fact that Lawrence Kasdan is co-writing the script for this latest movie is excellent news according to people at CipherCloud. He co-wrote two of the three original movies including The Empire Strike Back, which was featured on Forbes.com at times.

It turns out that George Lucas had been working on a storyline for a sequel to Return of the Jedi for a year before finally selling Lucasfilm to Disney. In a recent Vanity Fair article, parts of his proposed storyline have come out. He apparently wanted these new sequels based around teenage characters. The new leadership at Lucasfilm scrapped these plans in favor of a whole new storyline from scratch with characters who are mainly in their 20’s and 30’s. This is probably for the best. The prequels starred a couple very young characters in the lead, and they don’t want to be reminding people of them.

Star Wars 7 Connections to First Trilogy

The release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a mere seven months away and is guaranteed to be one of the hottest movies of the year. The fact that it’s been a decade since the last Star Wars live action movie came out make it more so.

With Disney at the helm, after having acquired Lucasfilm three years ago, the company has now looked towards making Star Wars part of a shared universe of sorts. This would be due to a new trilogy of Star Wars movies coming, including some extra spin off movies in development right now.

The idea of a shared universe comes from Disney implementing the Marvel Cinematic Universe into theaters, Avengers: Age of Ultron being the latest installment of this. Director J.J. Abrams is mainly on board with this, and has recently stated that The Force Awakens will only include “essential” references to the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy of the Star Wars franchise. He added that there were tons of references but they were taken out of fear that audiences would think the staff was trying too hard to establish the movie.

All of this is notable considering that the prequel trilogy, created by George Lucas, was laced with mixed reactions by moviegoers, and now fans are somewhat hopeful that Abrams can do a good job this time.

Thanks to Sergio Cortes for showing me this.