With Kingsman: The Golden Circle finished, director Matthew Vaughn can start focusing his attention on other film projects that he's got in the pipeline. One of those movies is a new feature film adaptation of Flash Gordon, which he's been signed on to direct since 2015.
During a recent interview with Collider, the director talked about the film. First and foremost, he says that he's still developing it. However, he had to rethink the direction that he wants to take the film because he said that Guardians of the Galaxy stole what he wanted to do.
"We’ve been working on it. For me, the only problem with Flash Gordon is Guardians [of the Galaxy] kind of stole what I would have liked to have done with it. You’ve got Star Wars, you’ve got Guardians, so you’ve got to have your own space opera, but you have to find something that can survive among these two very, very great franchises."
Vaughn just needs to take all of the elements that made the 1930s and 1950s sci-fi pulp comic so great and make a film out of it. Not sure why Guardians of the Galaxy is stopping him from doing that. All the elements to make the film different from anything else is right there!
As fun as the original 80s movie is, this new film should solely be inspired by the source material. I'm a huge fan of the Flash Gordon comics and with Guardians and Star Wars so popular right now, it's time to get it out there when it will be successful.
Vaughn also has a fantastic and fun filmmaking style of his own that would separate the film from everything else. He just needs to do it.
J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures have acquired the rights to the incredible Japanese anime blockbuster film Your Name. I don't know if you had a chance to see the film while it was in theaters, it was absolutely wonderful. I loved it, and it was one of my favorite films of the year.
Abrams will be developing a live-action version of the film and he will be working with the Japan-based Toho Co., Ltd., which produced the original movie. The screenplay will be written by Eric Heisserer, who wrote the script for Arrival.
The story follows two teenagers named Mitsuha and Taki who are complete strangers living separate lives until they suddenly switch places. "Mitsuha wakes up in Taki's body, and he in hers. This occurrence happens randomly, and they must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection by leaving notes for one another until they wish to finally meet. But something stronger than distance may keep them apart."
I really hope that they don't screw this up. I think Abrams is a fantastic filmmaker but as long as the original producers of the anime are involved, though, there's hope that fans will get a solid adaptation. One of the producers of the original film Genki Kawamura had this to say in a statement:
“Just like in the film it feels like a dream. Mr. Abrams and his team have captivated audiences in their masterful reinvention of known properties. And Mitsuha and Taki have found a perfect narrator, Mr. Heisserer, to tell their sci-fi infused love story, which gave the film such drive. The meetings so far have been creatively stimulating with fantastic ideas that no doubt will make for a great movie. I am greatly honored to work with these incredible creators in bringing to audiences the Hollywood live-action version of ‘Your Name.'”
Well, if he's excited, then maybe fans of the film should be excited as well. As a fan of the original film, I really hope they can pull this off and make a great live-action adaptation. What your thoughts on all this?
The director of BladeRunner 2049, Denis Villenueve is lining up another directing gig. According to Deadline, he's in talks with Sony Pictures to helm one of their highest profile films... Cleopatra.
The film is said to be an "epic female empowerment story of one of history’s most complex heroines." It will be an adaptation of the biography written by Stacy Schiff. The film project has already gone through a few directors including James Cameron, Ang Lee, Paul Greengrass, Martin Scorsese, and David Fincher. It looks like Villenueve might be their lucky charm.
The filmmaker has helmed some amazing film such as Prisoners, Sicario, and Arrival. Blade Runner 2049 is also getting amazing reviews, many of which are calling the film a masterpiece. It would be great if he ended up taking the gig because I know he would do some great things with it.
Sony has a script for Cleopatra that was written by David Scarpa (The Last Castle), Eric Roth (Forrest Gump), and Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential)have all worked on. Then there's Angelina Jolie who has been wanted for the role of the Egyptian queen ever since the project was put into development. There's no word on whether that will happen, though.
Here's the description of the book that the film will be based on:
Her palace shimmered with onyx and gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first and poisoned the second; incest and assassination were family specialties. She had children by Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, two of the most prominent Romans of the day. With Antony she would attempt to forge a new empire, in an alliance that spelled both their ends. Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Her supple personality and the drama of her circumstances have been lost. In a masterly return to the classical sources, Stacy Schiff boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order.
Villenueve is also working on a new feature film adaptation of Dune, which is another film to look forward to. Would you like to see the director take on Cleopatra?
"Lasers just aren't for X-Wings anymore," or at least that's what JS Abernathy Dental says when it comes to the way he removes root canals! This dentist made an ad for his business using the tail end of Star Wars: A New Hope, and it's absolutely fantastic and needs to be seen by everyone! Check out the short below, and let us know how far you would travel to get work done by this Jedi dentist!
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we have three new covers to share with you featuring the cast of the upcoming second season of Stranger Things. They include the four boys, Eleven, Chief Hopper, Joyce Byers, and her new boyfriend Bob Newby. I also included a video interview that features David Harbour, Winona Ryder, and Sean Astin talking about the series.
Co-creator Ross Duffer also sheds a bit of light on the darkness that the series will entail. As you know, Season 1 focuses on finding Will and taking down the Demogorgon. It's explained that all roads in Season 2 will lead to the "shadow monster", which is the nickname given to that giant creature that we see in the trailer. Will first meets this creature in "PTSD-like visions of the Upside Down." Duffer goes on to explain:
“It’s all connected to this singular threat, which is tied into this shape that Will sees in the sky."
Then we also get a little more hype for Season 2. Matt Duffer says, “Each episode is building on the last one. It gets much crazier than it ever got in season one.” Then Finn Wolfhard says, “It’s Stranger Things but just sorta hopped up a little. It’s almost like season 1 was drinking a Coke and season 2 they drank a Red Bull.”
It sounds like fans have a lot to look forward to seeing in Season 2 and I can't wait!
Every time a new Planet Earth special hits The BBC, I always have to jump in. There's just something amazing about the video quality of the documentaries that gives you an almost indescribable sense of wonder...it's great. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, check out this preview for Blue Planet II which features a Hans Zimmer and Radiohead collaboration that can't be missed!
Planet Earth: Blue Planet II is expected to release in early 2018.
Two years ago, which in the timeline of the internet feels like an eternity, Totino's enlisted Tim & Eric to make them a commercial using their patented brand of low-budget weird comedy. The collaboration resulted in this beautiful song, which can be seen below:
At only 75k views, the song faded into obscurity, and may have been forgotten if it weren't for one musically inclined internet memer who keeps bringing it back with epic mashups. Today, SilvaGunner brings us yet another Totino's mashup with "Green Hill Zone Act 2," from Sonic Mania, and it's a flat out masterpiece. Check it out and let us know what you think below.
Here's a cool bit of movie trivia that you've never heard before. Night of the Living Dead director George A. Romero almost directed the very first Marvel movie back in the early 1980s. That film would have centered on the character Copperhead.
The big reveal comes from a clip from an upcoming documentary series called Untold Horror, which focuses on the film projects that the great horror movie director "almost" made. The clip focuses on how this Copperhead film project almost came about and it offers all in-depth details.
Romero explains that he was looking to make a film that was pretty much Transformers meets RoboCop before those two things were even a thing. Concept artist Bob Layton went on to give us a better idea of what the director was planning:
“It was a post-apocalyptic world… populated by cyborgs, ninjas, mad scientists… this movie had everything. At one point in the midst of a battle, Copperhead picks up a horse and throws it at somebody. That’s what hooked me when I read the script.”
Watch the video clip below for all of the other details. I really wish that Romero and Marvel would have made this. It definitely would have taken his career in a different direction.
Remember that time when James Cameron said that Wonder Woman was a step backward for female representation in films? A lot of people believe that the movie was a big step forward for women in film. Well, Cameron is back with a few new thoughts on the film doubling down on his previous comments, saying he didn't think there was anything groundbreaking about it. This is what he told THR:
"I mean, she was Miss Israel, and she was wearing a kind of bustier costume that was very form-fitting. She's absolutely drop-dead gorgeous. To me, that's not breaking ground. They had Raquel Welch doing stuff like that in the '60s. It was all in a context of talking about why Sarah Connor --- what Linda [Hamilton] created in 1991 --- was, if not ahead of its time, at least a breakthrough in its time. I don't think it was really ahead of its time because we're still not [giving women these types of roles]. ... So as much as I applaud Patty directing the film and Hollywood, uh, 'letting' a woman direct a major action franchise, I didn't think there was anything groundbreaking in Wonder Woman. I thought it was a good film. Period."
There's no doubt that some of you will agree with what he says while other won't. Some fans do feel that the movie was significant and groundbreaking. A ton of people loved the film! It was awesome and it was the best movie in the DCEU so far. But, does that make it a groundbreaking film for women? Does Cameron make a good point, or do you think he should just shut up about it? SOund off in the comment section below!