After a ridiculously long wait as fans wondered if Rick and Morty would see a fourth season, the big surprise announcement came that Adult Swim ordered a whopping 70 episodes that would carry the show through multiple seasons.
The reason that the deal took so long is because that is the kind of deal that creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland were working for. They wanted to ensure the future of the series and the insanely fun and ridiculous adventures that Rick and Morty will embark on.
Before the deal was announced, Harmon and Roiland did an interview with GQ that was posted recently and in it, they explain they were going for immortality:
"It has [been renewed], but we’re still in negotiations." Harmon and Roiland say they’re holding out for a contract that grants them immortality. Or, if immortality is unavailable, at least "many, many, many more seasons," and enough money so that, as Roiland says, Harmon "doesn’t have to take 12 other jobs while we’re working on season four." That way, Harmon can give Rick and Morty the full attention it deserves. To be able to follow his bliss, without taking on a dozen other tortures-for-hire.
I'm happy that they got what they were looking for and that these guys will be able to give the series their full undivided attention! That will just ensure that fans will be treated with the high-quality absurdity that the series deserves!
In a follow-up interview after the 70-episode announcement came, Harmon expressed his excitement:
"I can finally actually breathe and be as excited as I’ve wanted to be… From now on, the reason I’m not writing the show will be because I’m done writing it for the day, and I’m having fun. That’ll be nice."
I can't wait to see what's in store for the future of Rick and Morty as they embark on more wild adventures together. We'll never have to worry about Rick and Morty being renewed again! Well, at least until their 70 episode contract is up, which will be awhile.
There's an interesting fantasy film project currently in development called Come Away. The story for the film is imagined as a prequel to Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, and Angelina Jolie (Maleficent) and David Oyelowo (Selma)are in talks to star. Here the details we have about the film thanks to Deadline:
Before Alice went to Wonderland, and before Peter became Pan, they were brother and sister. When their eldest brother dies in a tragic accident, they each seek to save their parents (Jolie & Oyelowo) from their downward spirals of despair until finally they are forced to choose between home and imagination. This sets the stage for their iconic journeys into Wonderland and Neverland.
That sounds like a great story! I really like that concept and it has the makings of a powerful film. The movie will mark the live-action debut of director Brenda Chapman, the Oscar-winning director and co-writer of the Pixar film Brave. She had this to say in a statement:
"Angelina and David are going to bring a beautiful chemistry and depth to this magical story, giving audiences a wonderful step outside the expected."
The script for the film comes from Marissa Kate Goodhill, and this is what she had to say:
"Brenda is a singular storyteller. Her decades of experience in creating rich fantasy worlds populated by complex characters make her a dream director for this project, which explores how fantasy functions as a way to cope with reality. Her thoughtful approach to filmmaking and indomitable talent make her the perfect person to bring this story to life."
What do you all think about this new fantasy film project that ties into these classic fairytale stories?
DreamWorks Animation has released the first poster for How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and features Toothless coming face-to-face with his mate. Of course, there's also a more grown-up version of Hiccup all decked out in his battle armor. It'll be interesting to see where this next chapter takes these characters; this synopsis offers a tease of what we can expect:
What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic trilogy spanning their lives. In this next chapter, Hiccup and Toothless will finally discover their true destinies: the village chief as ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, and the dragon as leader of his own kind. As both ascend, the darkest threat they’ve yet faced—as well as the appearance of a female Night Fury—will test the bonds of their relationship like never before.
I've really enjoyed this franchise, and I hope this third film turns out great. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, is being directed by Dean DeBlois who returns to the franchise alongside the all-star cast that includes Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Kit Harington, Craig Ferguson, and F. Murray Abraham.
The film opens March 1, 2019, and I imagine we'll see a trailer for the movie soon.
Anthony Hopkins is getting back into Shakespeare as The BBC just released a trailer and full film of the actor portraying King Lear. The tv film, which also includes Emma Thompson, Emily Watson and others is currently available to watch on BBC on-demand services and dropped with surprisingly low fanfare. Check out the trailer below, and give the film a watch if you're interested!
Thanks to Mark Hamill we have four very early poster concepts for George Lucas' original Star Wars film. I've never seen these posters before and what's interesting about them is that they try to explain the movie to people. Hamill offered some commentary on them saying that he could never explain Star Wars to friends before it was released, and these are some things that the marketing team was trying to do with the posters:
A) Did kids know who Flash & Buck were in '77? B) Wordy explanation C/D) A Vision Of A Movie That Must Be Seen To Understand
You can check out three additional posters below that show you what Hamill is talking about. It's pretty fascinating to see what the marketing team was planning to do in trying to market the film. In the end, what they ended up doing was perfect.
What do you all think of these early poster concepts for Star Wars?
POSTER CONCEPTS-I could never explain #StarWars to friends before it was released-Here's a few early ideas the marketers considered: A) Did kids know who Flash & Buck were in '77? B) Wordy explanation C/D) A Vision Of A Movie That Must Be Seen To Understand pic.twitter.com/fEophzh5lC
The Crow remake has had a long hard road to production. This film has been trying to get made for years! Now, once again, the project is dead for the time being. According to Deadline, Jason Momoa (Aquaman) and director Corin Hardy (The Hallow, The Nun) "formally withdrew from the film this morning."
The report says that the reason they left the project was because of creative and financial differences with Samuel Hadida, "whose Davis Films holds the underlying rights and who was financing the film."
The Crow has been in full-on pre-production and was gearing up to start shooting in Budapest within the next five weeks. That's obviously not going to happen at this point. The report also says:
Sony Pictures announced last September that it had picked up the film for worldwide distribution, and announced an October 11, 2019 release date. Insiders said that deal hasn’t closed. My sources said Hadida’s inability to close a deal with Sony left the studio in exit mode, and that directly precipitated the exits of the filmmaker and star.
Sounds like this Samuel Hadida guy isn't easy to work with. Maybe this is the final straw and the studio will finally give up on trying to make this thing.
We all knew these characters would be in the Bleach live-action film and now we know who they’re being played by and how they’ll look. The Twitter account for Bleach posted these pictures showing us Masaki Kurosaki (Ichigo’s mom), Isshin Kurosaki (Ichigo’s dad), and Kisuke Urahara who is one of my favorite characters, and shop owner. They all play a pretty important role and they all look fantastic, although I’m surprised Urahara isn’t blonde. We also know the actors in the roles too! Masami Nagasawa will play Masaki, Isshin will be portrayed by Yosuke Eguchi, and Seiichi Tanabe will play the cooky Urahara.
If these images weren’t enough to get you excited, YonkouProductions sent out a tweet recently saying that a new trailer for the film is on its way. Hopefully it’ll give us some shots of these characters.
Christopher Nolan is a master filmmaker that has made some incredible films in his career. Some are better than others, but all of them are great! In my opinion, the guy hasn't made a bad movie and I don't think he ever will. Just in case you need a reminder of the films Nolan has made, here's the list: Following (1998), Memento (2000), Insomnia (2002), Batman Begins (2005), The Prestige (2006), The Dark Knight (2008), Inception (2010), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Interstellar (2014), and Dunkirk (2017).
The latest episode of Honest Trailers takes on all of these films and has a good time poking fun at Nolan's signature style and the things that we see from him in most of his films. Some of the things that the video targets are the plot twists, how every Nolan protagonist is basically the same kind of guy, the style of his films, the music and more.
The Screen Junkies do offer some interesting insights and make some amusing observations all in the name of fun. But, it's still hard to argue that Nolan is one of the best filmmakers making movies in Hollywood today.
MoviePass is making another big move! Their parent company Helios & Matheson Analytics has launched a new subsidiary called MoviePass Films. They are in the process of acquiring the already existing Emmett Furla Oasis Films, which is a producer of films such as Lone Survivor, Rambo, End of Watch, and more. They will take on the company's current slate of films, on top of the John Travolta John Gotti biopic, which MoviePass is already backing.
Some of the other films that EFO plans on releasing include Boss Level with Naomi Watts and Mel Gibson; 2Guns, Escape Plan 2 and Escape Plan 3 withSylvester Stallone; and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.
MoviePass is acting like they are in a strong position right now and trying to expand their business model. But regardless, Deadline still believes that MoviePass will be out of business soon, especially with the big summer season upon us.
The transaction brings together a known production entity with a company which has riled up the exhibition sector with its fixed-price subscription movie plan and panicked investors, who have seen the parent company stock take a dive. Distribution and exhibition are apt to view this deal with skepticism, akin to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. Many veterans of the box office trenches tell Deadline that MoviePass will not be able to weather the intense summer season of scheduled blockbusters, and could soon be out of business.
Under the arrangement, MoviePass Films will be 51%-owned by Helios, with 49% owned by EFO Films. MoviePass Films, according to the official announcement, will focus on "studio-driven content and new film production for theatrical release and other distribution channels."
The game plan for the new venture is to capitalize on the capabilities of MoviePass, which now has more than 3 million subscribers and it is burning through millions of dollars a month trying to add more. That gives MoviePass Films a built-in marketing base, the companies said.
MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe had this to say in a statement:
"To have such a well-known, quality production company join forces with the Helios/MoviePass group of companies is truly remarkable. Since we began disrupting the movie industry with our unprecedented low-cost movie theater subscription service, MoviePass, we have envisioned owning and developing our own studio content and using the power of our several million subscribers to bolster the success of the box office for our films. I believe MoviePass Films will accelerate those efforts and demonstrate the power of MoviePass to drive movie theater attendance and downstream sales, for the benefit of moviegoers, movie theaters, studios and the film entertainment ecosystem as a whole."
Well, I hope they succeed in what they are trying to do and that MoviePass doesn't die like everyone says it will! It will be interesting to see how things play out over the summer.
We've got another fun TV spot for Marvel's Ant-Man and The Wasp for you to watch! The new promo features a bit of new footage for you to enjoy, some of which includes Luis riding along with The Wasp in a van, and he finds a lot of joy in the Wasp throwing a gigantic Hello Kitty Pez dispenser at one of the thugs chasing after them as he exclaims, "Oh! You got pezed!"
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 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 and Dr. Hank Pym 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 mission will focus on Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne going into the quantum realm to save Janet Van Dyne, which is what I'm most excited about seeing.
Peyton Reed is directingAnt-Man and the Wasp and it stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michael Pena as Luis, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, T.I. as Dave, Randall Park as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Jimmy Woo, and Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne, and Hannah John-Kamen as The Ghost.
Ant-Man and The Wasp will be released in theaters on July 6th, 2018.