News - December
23/12/16 - A 4K restoration exists of Star Wars
It's been a closely kept secret, but it would appear that Lucasfilm has a 4K restoration of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.
In a new interview, Gareth Edwards. director of Rogue One:A Star Wars Story. confirmed that he got to check out the 4K restoration of A New Hope while hanging out at Lucasfilm HQ. In fact, it would appear that the restoration has been around since the start of production on Rogue One.
Edwards said: “On day one, we were in Lucasfilm in San Francisco with Industrial Light and Magic and John Knowles, our supervisor, he said that they’ve got a brand new 4K restoration print of A New Hope – it had literally just been finished. He suggested we sit and watch it. Obviously, I was up for that. Me, the writer, lots of the story people and John all sat down, we all had our little notepads, we were all ready for this. I’ll add that I’ve seen A New Hope hundreds of times.
"So I was sat there, ready to take notes and really delve under the surface of the film. You have the Fox fanfare, then scrolling text with ‘A long time ago…’, and then the main music begins. Next thing we knew it had ended, and we looked around to one another and just thought – shit, we didn’t take any notes. You can’t watch it without getting carried away. It’s really hard to get into an analytical filmmaker headspace with this film. It just turns you into a child."
So why has Lucasfilm commissioned a restoration on A New Hope and what are they planning to do with it?
22/12/16 - John Wick comic planned for 2017
Dynamite Entertainment is to publish a comic book series based on Lionsgate's John Wick movie.
John Wick focuses on a hitman who is forced out of retirement after his wife's death. Wick seeks retribution in the depths of the Russian mafia in pursuit of Iosef, the leader of the gang that wronged Wick.
Nick Barrucci Dynamite CEO and Publisher, said: "John Wick was such an exciting film, mixing martial arts action with snappy dialogue and smart writing. As the credits rolled, you were left wanting more, and it was obvious that they had the makings of a franchise. We were quick to pursue the opportunity to develop a comic book series, and are thrilled to have been granted the rights to tell all-new stories with the character!"
21/12/16 - Metropolis miniseries is planned
Fritz Lang's 1927 Metropolis is to be adapted into a TV miniseries.
Sam Esmail, the creator of Mr. Robot, is currently in negotiations to be attached to the project - although it's not sure in what capacity.
No official word from the studio is forthcoming at this point.
20/12/16 - Naruto live-action movie is coming
It's been quite some time since we were offered any updates on Lionsgate's proposed live-action Naruto movie.
It has now been officially confirmed that the film is moving forward and that Masashi Kishimoto (creator of the original manga series) will be involved in the production.
19/12/16 - David Tennant joins Ducktales cast
David Tennant (Doctor Who) is to voice Scrooge McDuck in the new Ducktales series.
He joins a cast that includes Danny Pudi (Abed from Community), Ben Schwartz (Jean-Ralphio from Parks and Rec) and Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) as the mischievous ducklings Huey, Dewey and Louie.
Beck Bennett (Saturday Night Live) will play Launchpad McQuack, Scrooge’s personal pilot, and Toks Olagundoye will voice Mrs. Beakley, McDuck's loyal housekeeper.
16/12/16 - Emmerich in talks to direct more sci-fi
Roland Emmerich is currently in talks to direct Dark Matter, based on Blake Crouch’s novel, for Sony Pictures.
The film will be produced by Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man, the currently in production Jumanji reboot).
The plot follows Jason Dessen, a quantum physicist, who once had a brilliant research career ahead of him. But after a girlfriend’s unexpected pregnancy and the birth of a son, this future was derailed. Now a professor at a small Chicago college with a warm and loving family life, the physicist is abducted into a world in which his quantum many-worlds theory has become a fully realized technology for inter-dimensional transfer. In the parallel world, he did not marry his girlfriend and they never had a son. He is determined to get back to his other life back, but nefarious powers in the alternate reality conspire to stop him from revealing the criminal lengths they have gone to create the world-hopping technology.
15/12/16 - Wahlberg is not onboard Uncharted
Mark Wahlberg has long been rumoured to be in the running to play Nathan Drake in the movie adaptation of the popular video game franchise Uncharted.
In a recent interview, Wahlberg confirmed he was not involved: “As of now, no, I'm not attached. If I was, you would have heard about it."
The movie has been in development for so long that the Nathan Fillion, who was long rumoured to be up for the role, is probably too old to play Drake now.
Sony's current release date is some time in 2018... maybe...
14/12/16 - Train to Busan gets an English remake
Gaumont has won the rights to remake the Korean zombie movie Train to Busan, for an English speaking audience. The studio beat Fox, Sony, Studiocanal and EuropaCorp in the bidding.
Released earlier this year, the original version has so far brought in over $80 million.
The film takes place on board a bullet train that's heading from Seoul to Busan. When a woman with a strange bite mark on her leg boards the train and subsequently dies, and turns into a zombie. As the infection spreads throughout the train the passengers must fight to stay alive. However, it soon becomes clear that the zombie problem isn't just confined to the train.
13/12/16 - J.J. Abrams heads back to space
J.J. Abrams is to develop a new one-hour sci-fi series for HBO that will follow the “colonization of another planet.”
Glare is in the very early stages of development. So far only a script deal in place which means it look likely that if the network is happy with that it still have to go through the pilot stage before getting the green light.
12/12/16 - Will James Franco star in Alien film?
The rumour mill is working overtime with the news that James Franco will star in Alien: Covenant.
The AvPGalaxy website reported: "Franco will be appearing in Alien: Covenant as Branson, the captain of the Covenant and husband of Katherine Waterson's Daniels. Franco's appearance in Alien: Covenant will only be brief, though. He appears in the first ten minutes or so of the film with later small appearances. Franco will also be reprising the role as Branson in some of the viral footage that has been shot for Alien: Covenant."
Alien: Covenant will open in cinemas on 19 May 2017.
09/12/16 - Cloverfield 3 is coming soon
After months of speculation it has finally be confirmed that God Particle is the working title for Cloverfield 3. In addition, Paramount is developing a number of of other films that will connect to the Cloverfield universe.
God Particle will be set in the same universe as Cloverfield and follows a team of astronauts who make a shocking discovery and end up fighting for survival in what is described as an altered reality.
08/12/16 - Tomb Raider reboot casts its bad guy
The Tomb Raider big screen reboot moves forward with the news that the villain of the movie has been cast.
Variety has revealed that Walton Goggins (Justified, The Shield) is on board to play the film’s main villain, opposite Alicia Vikander.
Vikander will play Lara Croft and it's expected that the new film will follow a similar path to the new video games that sees a younger Lara engaged in her earlier missions.
The new movie will open in cinemas on 16 March 2018.
07/12/16 - Gremlins 3 is still happening
Gremlins star Zach Galligan has confirmed that Gremlins 3 is still happening.
He revealed that Steven Spielberg and Chris Columbus are involved.
"I think you can tell what's happening with Gremlins 3 the same way you could tell with Gremlins 2. It's the same people and they tend to work the same way. There is a huge time gap but it's Warner Bros, Spielberg and Chris Columbus. Now, Chris Columbus didn't have anything to do with Gremlins 2 - because by his own admission he didn't see a franchise. He kind of regrets it I believe, but he was 'one and done' I don't think he cared for Gremlins 2 and the direction some of the characters went in, so he's kind of wrestled control back. Everything I'm quoting is stuff he's publicly said."
06/12/16 - The Last of Us sequel is coming
Naughty Dog has confirmed that they're currently working on a sequel to 2013 PlayStation-only title The Last of Us.
In the first game, gamers play as Joel, a smuggler who learns to care for a young girl named Ellie who he needs to shepherd across a zombie infected America.
Neil Druckmann, the director and writer of both games, is keeping a tight lid on the game's plot lines: "If the first game, the core of it, was about the love between these two characters and how we build that through story, music, interaction, game play mechanics, this story is the counter of that. This story is about hate…. And that’s all that I’m saying about that."
05/12/16 - Fuller no longer involved with Trek
Bryan Fuller has confirmed that he's completely stepped away from Star Trek: Discovery and won't be involved in any capacity.
He originally developed the show's premise and wrote the first two episodes, and was supposed to act as showrunner, but speaking with Newsweek, Fuller revealed his schedule is too tight to allow him to continue working on the show.
He's currently in the process of putting together American Gods for Starz.
"Ultimately, with my responsibilities (elsewhere), I could not do what CBS needed to have done in the time they needed it done for Star Trek," said Fuller. "It felt like it was best for me to focus on landing the plane with American Gods and making sure that was delivered in as elegant and sophisticated a fashion as I could possibly do.
"I’m not involved in production, or post-production, so I can only give them the material I’ve given them and hope that it is helpful for them. I’m curious to see what they do with it."
02/12/16 - Jodie Foster to star in new sci-fi movie
Drew Pearce (writer for Iron Man 3 and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation) is to get behind the director's chair for the first time in the sci-fi thriller Hotel Artemis.
Jodie Foster has signed on to star in the film as “The Nurse.”
The film is set in the near future in its own distinctive crime universe, but not much else has been revealed about the project.
01/12/16 - Billy Dee Williams stars in Lego movie
Billy Dee Williams, Star Wars's original Lando Calrissian, is to lend his voice to the new Lego Movie.
The spin off Lego Batman Movie, will feature "every era of Batman filmmaking."
Williams has been brought on board to provide the voice for the villain Two-Face, a.k.a. Harvey Dent.
Williams previously played Harvey Dent in Tim Burton's 1989 movie Batman, but he never got the chance to portray him as Two-Face.
Williams joins Will Arnett as Batman, reprising his role from The Lego Movie, along with Zach Galifianakis as The Joker, Michael Cera as Robin, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth and Mariah Carey as the Mayor of Gotham.