Tom Hardy and Chris Pine Wanted For Activision’s CALL OF DUTY Movie

Last week we learned that the director of Sicario 2Stefano Sollima, was hired to helm the first feature film adaptation of Activision's video game franchise Call of Duty. He seems like he is a great choice to take on the film, which is said to launch a Call of Duty cinematic universe. 

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In a recent interview with Metro, the director reveals that he wants to cast Tom Hardy and Chris Pine in his movie. I think both of these actors would be a perfect fit for the film. When talking about Hardy, Stefano said:

"I mean, I like almost everything [he’s been in]. I’m waiting for his Venom. Even in Mad Max, he was great."

He then went on to talk about Pine and what he could bring to the movie:

"He’s tough, but he’s smart and he can have a sense of humour but he can [also] be in such a dramatic role. I like when you feel that an actor can play with different nuances and tone because this means they’re a good actor."

Only time will tell if he is able to get these two actors on board. As of right now, it's just talk. It'd be cool if things ended up working out, though! If they did end up staring in a film together it wouldn't be the first time. They were in a film called This Means War together, and they actually had great on-screen chemistry. So to see them work together again would be great! 

Tom Hardy is also set to star in the big screen adaptation of Ubisoft's Splinter Cell. Not sure if that would keep him from joining Call of Duty. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Chris McKay Thinks Nightwing Should Have White Eyes in NIGHTWING

In animated movies, TV shows, and comics, it is common for members of the Bat-family to have some kind of white lens over their eyes when in costume. In the live-action movies, however, there has only been a lens of some kind in two instances and only for special suits. The first was in The Dark Knight when he was using the sonar-like technology to fight the Joker. The second was in Ben Affleck’s suit for fighting Superman in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. This has been a point of contention for some fans. I personally always just thought it was something done to make the animation process easier and that’s why it never translated over. I’m not opposed to them trying it though. A fan reached out to Chris McKay who is directing the upcoming Nightwing film, asking him to give the character the white lenses. McKay provided a one-word response: “Agreed”.

Nightwing has not released any information though regarding casting or release dates. We know that a script is near completion (if it hasn’t finished yet) and McKay has been wanting fans to vote on Twitter to aid in the casting quest. Do you think Nightwing should have white lenses, or should he just go the route of previous members of the Bat-family?

Chris Evans Seemingly Confirms Marvel’s BLACK WIDOW is Officially Happening

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For a while now, we’ve been hearing about the potential for a Black Widow movie. Marvel seems to want to do it, and we’ve heard reports that they’re working on getting it greenlit, but nothing has been confirmed. At least, not officially. In a recent interview with ET Canada, Chris Evans was talking about the success and excitement for Black Panther when he said:

There’s nothing [Marvel Studios] can’t do. And I’m sure it’s gonna have the exact same effect when Captain Marvel comes out, and then the Black Widow movie comes out. Marvel just has the winning recipe and they’re kind of one step ahead of everybody else.There’s nothing [Marvel Studios] can’t do.

Is he unofficially confirming Black Widow was greenlit, or is he just voicing his support of the project? I agree with him that Marvel can do anything at this point. Everything they put out is guaranteed success, even if it’s not great. This is both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because it should help them have confidence in taking risks. It’s a curse because if they’re not careful, we could end up with a bunch of mediocre movies that no one actually cares about.

I think Marvel should do a Black Widow movie, and it’s one of the few times I will say that I want an origins movie. I have felt so burned out with the origins stories the last few years; it’s nice when they don’t dedicate an entire film to how we got the character. However, I would love for them to explore Black Widow’s origin. I feel like there’s a lot there that they could dive into and it would be great.

Black Widow is rumored to hit theaters in 2020.

New Season of POWER RANGERS Based on SUPER SENTAI Love Letter to POWER RANGERS

I grew up on Power Rangers. I watched as a dedicated fan from Mighty Morphin through Dino Thunder which came out when I was in about 8th or 9th grade. The show was always cheesy, but it was also always fun to watch. It was even cooler when I learned later in life that a lot of the scenes were taken from a Japanese show called Super Sentai. That added to the cheesy, almost campy, feel of the show. That’s why I was a little confused at the announcement for the latest season.

At first glance, there’s nothing unusual about Power Rangers Beast Morphers. However, when you look at the source material, things start getting Inception-y. Beast Morphers will be based on Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters. Go-Busters came out back in 2012 which marks Saban Brands’ first dive into the Sentai back catalog instead of using one of the more recent series. The bigger odd moment though is that Go-Busters is a bit of a love letter to Power Rangers. When they transform, the characters say “It’s Morphin Time!” and “Let’s Morphin!” in English. They also call the mecha beasts they control Zords which is a term that was coined for the western audience.

I think this is an odd choice for Saban, but I think it’ll be great. I may try watching this new season to see what they do with their adaptation of this love letter written to them. Here’s a synopsis for Beast Morphers:

Set in the future, a secret agency combines a newly discovered substance called “Morph-X” with animal DNA to create the Power Rangers Beast Morphers team. The Rangers must fight off an evil sentient computer virus bent on taking over the source of all Ranger power, the Morphing Grid itself. Featuring never-before-seen leather suits and an all-new beast-themed arsenal (including dynamic new Zords), fans should get ready for a season full of secret ops and morphinominal fun.

Source: io9

Daniel Kraus is Finishing George Romero’s THE LIVING DEAD Novel and He Talks About The Story

When he passed away, George Romero was working on the latest addition to his Dead universe, The Living Dead. The Dead universe includes, but is not limited to, Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead. If you were worried that the book would never see the light of day, fret no more. Daniel Kraus, who worked on the novelization of The Shape of Water, is picking up where Romero left off. Kraus has mentioned to EW that:

It’s huge. It’s a massively scaled story, a real epic, the kind no one ever gave him the budget for in film. In a book, of course, there is no budget, and in his pages you can feel his joy of being able, at last, to do every single thing he wanted.

The state [of the manuscript] varied. Some of it was in tremendous, publish-ready state. Other parts, near of the end of what he wrote, were sketchier, clearly intended to be fleshed out later.

Only half the job I’m doing is finishing this book. The other half is putting George back together, in a sense — not just from reading his every obscure interview and analyzing his every obscure work, but also immersing myself in the art that he loved. I’m studying his favorite movies, watching his favorite operas, listening to his favorite music, all in an attempt to find in them the inspirations he might have found. I’m taking thematic and structural cues from these works and working them into the book. It’s not like having George next to me, but it’s what I have, and I’m treasuring every moment of it.

In addition to telling us about the novel, Kraus teased us about what we will miss out on with the passing of Romero:

Beginning with [2007’s] Diary of the Dead, George had moved into a new phase of thinking about zombies, with an intent to cycle them through genres. Diary was found-footage; [2009’s] Survival was a western. His next one was supposed to be a film noir, complete with black-and-white photography and a 1.33:1 aspect ratio.

That sounds like it would’ve been really cool. Maybe someone can pick that idea up? A film noir zombie film just sounds amazing. If you’re wanting to know what will happen in The Living Dead, here’s a synopsis:

On October 24th, John Doe rises from the dead. Assistant Medical Examiner Luis Acocella and his assistant Charlene Rutkowksi are vivisecting him when it happens, and so begins a global nightmare beyond comprehension.

Greer Morgan is a teenager living in a trailer park, and when the dead begin their assault, the true natures of her neighbors are revealed. Chuck Chaplin is a pretty-boy cable-news anchor, and the plague brings sudden purpose to his empty life.

Karl Nishimura is the helmsman of the U.S.S. Vindicator, a nuclear submarine, and he battles against a complete zombie takeover of his city upon the sea. And meanwhile, a mysterious woman named Etta Hoffmann records the progress of the epidemic from a bunker in D.C., as well as the broken dreams and stubborn hopes of a nation not ready to give up.

Spread across three separate time periods and combining Romero’s biting social commentary with Kraus’s gift for the beautiful and grotesque, the book rockets forward as the zombie plague explodes, endures, and finally, in a shocking final act, begins to radically change.

The Living Dead is set for release in the Fall of 2019.

BLACK PANTHER Director Ryan Coogler Breaks Down That Cool Casino Fight Sequence

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Black Panther was such a beautifully shot film. It was a visually stunning feast, and I enjoyed the hell out of the action sequences in the film. One of the best action sequences took place in a casino, and in the video below, director Ryan Coogler breaks it down and offers us some cool little insights that you probably didn't notice or realize were there when you watched the movie. He explains the choices of color, the different kind of fighting styles, and how they pulled off some of those really cool shots. Enjoy Coogler breaking it all down for you below...

Casting Update and Character Details Revealed For Netflix’s SABRINA Series

Netflix is moving forward with their own take on Sabrina the Teenage Witch that will be a companion to Riverdale. We know that Sabrina will be played by Kiernan Shipka, and now we know that Aunt Hilda will be played by Lucy Davis (Wonder Woman). In addition to Davis, it has been announced that Michelle Gomez will be on the show as Mary Wardell, Sabrina’s favorite teacher, and Chance Perdomo will be Sabrina’s English cousin Ambrose Spellman. Mary Wardell has been described as follows:

When she is possessed by the devil’s handmaiden, Madam Satan, Ms. Wardell turns into a sultry, cunning manipulator, always trying to lure Sabrina down the Path of Night.

Ambrose, on the other hand, has this on his plate:

Placed under house arrest by the Witches Council, Ambrose is forbidden from leaving the funeral home where he lives with the Spellman women. Witty, puckish and pan-sexual, he is one of Sabrina’s partners in crime, always up for mischief.

Hilda sounds like she’ll be a lot of fun, too:

More nurturing than Zelda, Hilda’s motherly nature and warm sense of humor belie a wicked, ghoulish streak. She is as adept at brewing spite jars against her family’s enemies as she is at concocting love potions for the students at Baxter High.

There is still no release date for Sabrina, but it’ll be fun to see who else they get for the show.

Source: Deadline

Humorous Skit Shows What WESTWORLD Would Actually Be Like

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The world of Westworld can be confusing as there's really no telling who's human and who's a robot. So, what would happen if the show was actually real life? Door Monster has an idea, and it's actually one I could see playing out in real life. I did always question just how much those fake bullets hurt because it appeared to sting quite a bit near the end of Season 1! Check out the skit below, where four humans (or robots) try to figure out who is who. 

Kevin Feige Says Michelle Pfeiffer Gives and “Iconic and Amazing” Performance in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

I was so excited when I first heard that Michelle Pfeifer was going to play Janet van Dyne in Ant-Man and The Wasp. I've been a fan of Pfeifer for a long time... ever since she played Catwoman in Batman Returns! She was so great in that movie and it's so cool that she's now going to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

During an interview with Vulture, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige explains what it is like to have the actress as a part of the MCU crew, and says that her performance in the film is iconic and amazing:

“I don’t want to say too much, but I will say that’s she’s every bit as iconic and amazing in this part as you would imagine. People ask sometimes about movie stars and star power and who’s the most exciting person to be around, and the truth is that once you get to know them as people, they don’t feel like movie stars — everybody is just a super-impressive human. But in a room full of movie stars, Michelle Pfeiffer rises to the top. You can tell how big Michelle is because all the other movie stars are going, ‘Is that Michelle Pfeiffer over there?’”

Ant-Man and The Wasp looks like it's going to be a blast! The first trailer was released a couple of weeks ago and the fans flipped for it. We still haven't seen footage of Pfeiffer in the role of Janet van Dyne, but I'm sure that will come soon enough. 

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: Ant-Man and The Wasp. In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.

The movie stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael DouglasMichael Pena as Luis, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, T.I. as Dave, Randall Park as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Jimmy Woo, Hannah John-Kamen as the Ghost, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne, the wife of Hank Pym, and Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster. 

Ant-Man and the Wasp is set to open in theaters on July 6, 2018.

BLACK PANTHER On Track For $235 Million Opening Weekend

Black Panther is on track for a $235 million opening weekend, although we won't know for sure until the conclusion of President's Day. Variety said as of Sunday evening Disney had projections for the film at $217 million, but then revised that number early this morning by another $18 million due to children being out of school for President's Day. 

That's an insane opening weekend for a film, and blows the previous record for a President's Day weekend film (Deadpool $120 million) out of the water. 

Basically, a lot of people saw Black Panther this weekend, and this is looking like it could be one of Marvel's highest grossing films of all time. Is it deserving of that title?