In case you missed it, Hasbro recently purchased Power Rangers and they are wanting to capitalize on it and make more movies. It’s possible they will make a sequel for the 2017 film Saban’s Power Rangers, but with a change from Lionsgate to Paramount, I think that they’re more likely to reboot the movie franchise. One idea that I’m sure many fans would be excited about would be a reunion of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers cast. Sadly, Thuy Trang wouldn’t be able to join them as she died in a car crash back in 2001, but the idea is still a fun one. What’s even better is that Amy Jo Johnson, the original Kimberly Hart, has said she’d love to direct said reunion film. In a recent interview with Metro, she was asked if she liked David Yost’s (the original Blue Ranger) idea of him producing a Power Rangers film and Johnson directing it.
I think Jason David Frank would be up for reprising his role as Tommy Oliver again and I think it’d be awesome if instead of a movie, it was a Lord Drakkon series. Either way, you can be sure many fans, including myself, would jump at a chance to see the originals together again. What would you want a reunion film to be?
Other Marvel characters may be keeping quiet about their characters fates, but Jeff Goldblum is feeling pretty confident about The Grandmaster's chances of surviving Avengers: Infinity War. The actor stated as much in a recent interview with Digital Spy, and explained why even Thanos can't kill The Grandmaster:
“Grandmaster is more superheroed than all of them put together. You can’t kill me, I’m like a vampire. I’m deathless and I can kill people by looking at them. Or I can resurrect them just by looking at them and thinking of them. I can do everything. Being able to do all of that, all I want to do is play games. So really I’m everywhere and nowhere. I’m like Keyser Söze.”
He's not wrong by saying any of that, although I doubt whether or not he really knows if The Grandmaster survived Thanos' snap or whether or not the Marvel universe will see him again. Honestly, saying he survived is a win-win for Goldblum. Either Marvel will never reveal whether he lived or died and he can continue to say he survived and no one will battle him on it, or fans get so excited about the prospect The Grandmaster is alive Marvel hits him up for a brief cameo scene in Avengers 4. Do you think Goldblum knows for a fact The Grandmaster survived, or is he just talking out of his ass?
Just yesterday, it was reported that Geoff Johns was stepping down as DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer. Jim Lee is set to replace him as CCO and Johns is moving on as a writer and producer of some future DC films like Green Lantern Corps.
Some new information has surfaced regarding Johns that may have helped lead to his departure. The information comes from Vulture senior editor Kyle Buchanan, and it entails how Johns caused some issues and drama with both Justice League screenwriter Chris Terrio and Warner Bros. executives. He explained on Twitter:
"I remember hearing that Geoff Johns rewrote so much of Justice League when Zack Snyder was still directing that Chris Terrio would complain, 'Maybe try using some of my pages?'"
"WB was allegedly so unsatisfied with how the Johns/Snyder version was shaping up that they convened a footage summit for other writers including Joss Whedon, Allan Heinberg, Seth Grahame-Smith, and Andrea Berloff to offer feedback. Then they hired Whedon."
With all of the drama surrounding the DC films, it seemed like it was only a matter of time before Johns ended up being forced out of his positions. I'm sure he did the best he could, but when it comes to most people in positions like these, there's a lot of big egos that are clashing with each other.
Things obviously weren't working with Johns in these positions and I hope that whoever they bring on board to take his place as president will be able to straighten things out and fix the things that are broken at DC Entertainment.
I think things will work better as Johns works with the studio on a film by film basis.
Fans of the classic 1990s animated series Gargoyles have been wanting to see a live-action adaptation made for years! Now, one of Hollywood's hottest directors wants to develop it... Jordan Peele (Get Out)!
In a recent edition of the entertainment industry newsletter The Ankler, it's reported that Peele walked into a meeting with Disney and says "he wants to do a new version of Gargoyles." And what do they do? Nothing. The don't say yes, they don't say no, they do nothing. The report goes on to say:
"How do you turn down Jordan Peele? Well, you can’t. Who wants to be responsible for that decision? So in the absence of a good reason to say no, but prevented by their Big IP box from saying yes, Disney is slow walking the decision. It’s hoping, it seems, that they’ll run out the clock, he’ll sign other deals elsewhere, and the project will just fade away."
It seems so ridiculous that the movie hasn't happened yet and a no-brainer decision to make it, but there is a reason why Disney hasn't moved on this project.
I've heard from individuals who were involved with the original animated series that there are some complicated rights issues with it that involve Jefferey Katzenberg. He left Disney years ago to create DreamWorks Animation and these issues have apparently been keeping a film from getting made. So, until those are worked out, it's probably not going to happen.
I have no doubt that a Gargoyles film under the direction of Jordan Peele, using the CGI motion capture technology that Jon Favreau has been using with The Jungle Book and The Lion King, the film could turn out incredible and I can only imagine that the Gargoyle character would look so freakin' cool!
The story centers around a species of nocturnal creatures known as gargoyles that turn to stone during the day, focusing on a clan led by Goliath. In the year 994, the clan lives in a castle in Scotland. Most are betrayed and killed by humans and the remainder are magically cursed to sleep—i.e., be frozen in stone form—until the castle "rises above the clouds." A millennium later, in 1994, billionaire David Xanatos purchases the gargoyles' castle and has it reconstructed atop his New York skyscraper, the Eyrie Building, thus awakening Goliath and the remainder of his clan. While trying to adjust to their new world, they are aided by a sympathetic female police officer, Elisa Maza, and quickly come into conflict with the plotting Xanatos. In addition to dealing with the gargoyles' attempts to adjust to modern New York City, the series also incorporated various supernatural threats to their safety and to the world at large.
Maybe one day Disney will put in the effort to figure this out and make this movie happen. Would you have liked to see Jordan Peele direct a Gargoyles movie?
Sony did not disappoint during their press conference at E3 2018. Aside from the reveal of the gameplay trailer for Kojima’sDeath Stranding, Sony also released an 11-minute extended gameplay preview of Naughty Dog’s highly anticipated title, The Last of Us Part II.
The trailer begins with what seems to be a more peaceful time in the series. It is unclear on where this scene falls on the game’s timeline, but it showed Ellie dancing with her friends and a female romantic interest. The preview jumped a few years after where Ellie is shown to be hardened by the outbreak and becoming a fierce survivor. The preview also revealed the game’s stealth mechanics that was an essential element of the first game, together with more brutal melee combat. The trailer jumps back to the Ellie and her love interest kissing, which shows the contrast between a more peaceful time and the reality of the world ravaged by the Cordyceps brain infection.
The Last of Us Part II is one of the most awaited, big-budget games to come to the PlayStation 4 this year. The game made headlines last year after Naughty Dog released a brutally violent trailer that received backlash from the gaming community. So far, we know that Ellie is still immune to the infection. On the other hand, it was also shown in trailers before that Joel will still be part of the sequel. Although the extent of his involvement is still a mystery up to today.
Amazon saved The Expanse in the 11th hour of its cancellation, and one Amazon executive is saying that's thanks in large part to the show's fans. Amazon Studios CEO Jennifer Salke said that while the company had been looking into saving the sci-fi series initially, it wasn't until fans began to tweet, commission planes to fly over the company headquarters, and celebrities started emailing Jeff Bezos before it became clear just how important the show was (via i09):
“There were airplanes circling us, I was having cakes delivered, there was a whole thing happening. And then really smart people, whose opinions I really value creatively, started reaching out to me, saying, ‘have you seen this show, The Expanse, it’s actually great.’ I hadn’t so I spent some time, I watched the show and I was like, this show is actually really well done, why is nobody watching it?
At the same time, Jeff Bezos was getting emails from everyone from George R.R. Martin to every captain of industry, like the founder of Craigslist, and they were all writing, saying, there’s this show, it’s so great, you have to see it, you have to buy it or save it.”
This is just further evidence that fan efforts work (unless you're a Firefly fan) guys, so be sure to advocate for your favorite shows and join efforts to save them! Now if Amazon would just save Lucifer I'm sure every geek would be Amazon Prime subscribers!
A few months ago it was announced that Amazon would be developing a series adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower. We haven't heard anything about the project since then, but according to Amazon Studios president Jennifer Salke, the series is alive and well! She tells Deadline:
"Those are scripts that I haven’t gotten yet. I’ll be seeing those, that material, in the coming weeks. None of those things are dead. They’re very much alive."
If you weren't a fan of the movie, I wouldn't be worried. I'm pretty confident that Amazon will do some great things with the series. Stephen King previously explained that the series would be a complete reboot. Even though I'm one of the few that actually enjoyed the film, I'm totally ok with a completely new adaptation.
When previously talking about what the series would entail, the director of the film, Nikolaj Arcel, who was helping develop the series said that the show will dive back into the books. Specifically, Wizard and Glass and The Gunslinger.
"It’s being written. I was part of writing the pilot, like the first season ideas and the pilot and the second episode. It’s gonna be awesome. What was exciting about that, whereas with the film, we were really trying to create an introduction and make a standalone film that could sort of live in itself, but what was also exciting, working on the TV show at the same time, is that is totally canon."
He went on to explain:
"We’re going back in the past. It’s very, very closely adhering to the 'Wizard and Glass' novel and parts of 'The Gunslinger' novel. That was exciting to be even more like, 'Okay, now we’re going to be able to even lift lines directly, or like [write] characters exactly as they are. Which, as a fan, was exciting in a different way."
I have no idea if Arcel is even involved anymore, but it was announced at one point that The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara might be the showrunner. Rebooting The Dark Tower as a series seems to be the best direction to go at this point.
In the end, it sounds like the series will stand on its own apart from the movie. So, if this is the case, this should make fans who didn't like the movie happy.
I just hope that the creative team really dives deep into the books and pulls out the best and weirdest stuff from the stories. It's the crazy weird stuff that helped make the books so great. I loved all that far-out stuff that King included! Some of those things include a cyborg bear, Billy-Bumblers, Lobster Monsters called Lobstrosities, Man Jesus, and more.
What do you hope to see from Amazon's Dark Tower series?
We have streaming services for movies and TV shows like Netflix and Hulu. We can stream music through Spotify and Pandora. It looks like some companies are trying to get it so we can stream video games. Microsoft and EA both announced at E3 that they are working on some kind of cloud gaming. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer didn’t give us too much info for their service, but here’s what he did say to The Verge:
EA was able to give a bit more as they showed during their presentation that they would be able to stream games to a smart TV, phone, and even a low-end Chromebook. They’re still not ready for public demos and are still working on the technical build. I think they’re on to something, but it’ll be a few years before it’s ready for a public demo.
Neither company has given pricing information, but that will come when we get a lot closer to it being more of a reality. I’m really excited for this though. I don’t have any current generation consoles and can’t afford to buy every game that comes out at $60 a pop. This could potentially (depending on pricing) save me a bunch of money since I won’t be buying a lot of individual games, nor will I have to buy a console/high-end PC. I’m very interested to see how this plays out and I hope the pricing isn’t crazy.
As expected, Death Stranding was one of the big games that debuted a gameplay trailer during Sony’s E3 2018 press conference today. Unfortunately, Hideo Kojima himself was not present at the even to take us through it. However, the game’s team didn’t come empty handed as they showed the first gameplay trailer for Death Stranding at E3, which is posted above.
The preview started with the game’s protagonist Sam Bridges played by Norman Reedus in a jungle-like environment. He is seen struggling to survive as he carries a life-pack containing a baby encased in an artificial womb. The gameplay trailer also showed Bridges in a variety of environments such as rivers, mountains, and forests. The trailer continued on as we see Bridges encounter a woman who helps him avoid detection by the invisible floating monsters. The trailer ended when Sam Bridges and the baby attempted to walk past the floating monsters.
Even though Kojima was absent at the gameplay reveal event, he wrote a blog post sharing a few insights on the trailer to give players some more context on what was shown at the conference.
“Some might have already picked up on this, but Sam is unlike any other hero you may have seen in games before. A typical hero is usually some sort of elite or someone with a military background. Sam is not. He is a working man of sorts - a hands-on professional. Someone with a skillset akin to a blue-collar worker. This is something you’ll intuitively understand once you play the game and control Sam. Herein lies our challenge, to create both a new form of gameplay and a hero that has never been done before.”
Kojima also revealed two new character posters of both Lea Seydoux and Norman Reedus’ characters.
I loved watching The Real Ghostbusters when I was a kid. It was easily one of the best-animated series adaptations of a movie that's been made. I also had all of the original action figures at one point. I wish I still had them! It's a good thing that Diamond Select Toys is releasing a new line of action figures for the classic cartoon!
As of right now, the new line of figures will include versions of Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore and Slimer. Series 9 will bring Winston, Egon and Slimer and Series 10 will bring Venkman and Stantz.
Here are all the details on what you need to know along with some additional images:
Fans have delighted to Diamond Select Toys’ Select action figures based on the first and second Ghostbusters movies, with buildable dioramas of the Spook Central rooftop and the Firehouse façade. Now, it’s time to get real! The highly anticipated Real Ghostbusters action figures go up for pre-order on June 20th, and we’ve got the first official pics of the figures based on the hit 1980s cartoon series!
Egon, Winston and Slimer make up the Series 9 assortment, with the two ’Busters wearing their color-coded jumpsuits and packing all-new, cartoon-accurate gear, and Slimer coming with a support stand and three interchangeable faces! Designed by Yuri Tming, and sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios, each figure packs approximately 16 points of articulation, and Slimer features all-new arm sculpts to better match his animated look.
Plus, each figure includes pieces to build the firehouse diorama – collect all 15 figures in Series 6 through 10 to construct the sign and front doors of the Ghostbusters headquarters! The firehouse features interchangeable parts, including teh sign and the “Hook & Ladder” lettering, so it can be converted from Ghostbusters to Ghostbusters 2 configuration.
Series 10 will feature Peter, Ray, and DST’s first ever fully articulated Mr. Stay-Puft! That series will complete the firehouse, so be sure to pick up the Ghostbusters 2-based Series 6 and 7 now, as well as the imminently shipping Series 8.