Amazon is trying to up their content game and so they’re making a new show based on Lauren Oliver’s best-seller, Panic. To direct the show, Amazon has recruited Leigh Janiak who will also serve as executive producer. Oliver is set to write the pilot and also be an executive producer. Here’s a synopsis of the book:
It almost sounds like a twist on The Hunger Games. Are you interested in trying Panic out when it gets to Amazon? Have you read the book?
In addition to Janiak and Oliver, Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum, and Elle Triedman will serve as executive producers with Alyssa Altman and Lynley Bird serving as co-executive producers.
There's been a lot of headlines about Stan Lee in the past year, and all of them appear to point to the fact that the rampant schedule he used to keep is getting to him. Now, it appears Lee is scaling back his public appearances and no longer doing public signings as Bleeding Cool reports the following from one of the people looking after Lee, his ex-manager Max Anderson:
To be very clear, Stan is 100% not doing any conventions / public signings. In the last few years his well being had been compromised by people for monetary gain and that practice is over.
His private signings had also been paused for a month while Stan’s life gets back to normal and time could be given to review signing deals made by previous people involved in Stan’s life.
As of this week Stan is signing a very small amount of items per week at his discretion, some for Desert Wind. This has proven frustrating for some as people are used to Stan signing hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of books a day, however my concern is for Stan’s health and wishes so he signs what he wants when he wants, which is as it always should be.
Private signings will continue, but as those who've sought them out might've noticed, the price is skyrocketing. Basically, Lee is able to do less and less signings than he used to, which means the amount of things he signs is becoming more and more scarce. Personally, I think folks just need to leave him be, as it has to be hell at 95 to know you have to sign about 1,000 things period...let alone in the span of a couples of days.
Perhaps that's what Lee wants to do, and far be it from me to say he has to slow down if he doesn't want to. That said, I can't imagine having to be one of the witnesses who sits there and watches him struggle to sign things like he did in that video we saw not that long ago. It feels like he's being taken advantage of, and it's heartbreaking.
Disney has just released a new line of sleepwear and it has an interesting way to celebrate it. They have set up a special hotline that parents can call to have Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Donald, or Goofy say goodnight to their kids.
The messages are pre-recorded and they’re pretty cute. In addition to wishing your little one goodnight, they will talk a little about their day. For example, I tested this out and called Goofy. He told me about playing basketball with Mickey before challenging me to a race to see who could get to sleep faster.
This is a limited time deal, so you’ll want to take advantage sooner rather than later. Just call 1-877-7-MICKEY (1-877-764-2539) if you want to do this.
For years we've been told that Marvel Studios' MCU character would not crossover with Sony Pictures' separate cinematic universe that they are building. But, that doesn't mean Sony Pictures can't hope for something a little more. They would love to see characters from the MCU eventually crossover with their future movies!
They are already taking steps to try to pave the way if it ever does happen. One of those steps is to ensure their first film there cinematic universe, Venom, gets a PG-13 rating. If it got an R-rating, Marvel Studios might not want to play ball with them later on down the road. Variety reports:
The feeling is that will give the studio greater leeway for future installments that will feature Spider-Man, something “Venom” does not do. Any Spider-Man movie will carry a PG-13 rating because the wall-crawler is more family friendly, and if “Venom” is too dark and gory, it might preclude other film match-ups, not just with Peter Parker’s alter-ego, but also with other members of the extended Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Director Ruben Fleisher recently boasted about how they would be pushing the boundaries of the darkness and violence in comic book films with Venom. He teased:
"That's the plan. It is not the plan, that's the movie. Our movie wants to honor the comics as close as we can tonally. In the comics, he bites people's heads off and eats brains. It would be weird to make a movie with Venom if he wasn't doing that. We tried to honor it as closely as possible. This is definitely a darker, more violent, more vicious Marvel character than I think anyone's ever seen before."
So, I guess they aren't going to push those boundaries enough into the R-rated territory. Are they going to push the PG-13 boundaries? With a PG-13 rating Venom definitely won't be a darker "more violent" and "more vicious" Marvel character than we've seen before.
I'm both disappointed by the news and excited. On one hand, I wanted to see a hardcore R-rated Venom movie. But, it's exciting to think that Spider-Man and other MCU characters could crossover into Sony's future Marvel films.
What would you rather have? An R-rated Venom movie or the potential for MCU crossover films?
Yesterday there was a new Oscar award category announced by the Academy for "Outstanding Popular Film". The new category hasn't been received very well by people. But, they are obviously looking to make a change with hip and younger audiences.
In a new report from Variety, it has been revealed that the idea for the new changes and award category came from Disney-ABC. They explained:
Days after the 90th Academy Awards telecast aired in March to record-low viewership, Disney-ABC Television Group executives met with leaders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to convey a message:
You are facing irrelevance.
Disney-ABC has a long-term partnership with the Academy to broadcast the Oscars through 2028, which is long past the point where anyone can predict how the legendary movie awards show would be doing. They obviously are desperate to keep the awards show relevant, especially with all of the other award shows that it's competing with.
Apparently, Disney-ABC has been pushing for these changes for a while and sources at the network "expressed relief Wednesday that the Academy had finally taken action." As for the backlash on social media regarding the changes, they aren't bothered by it.
Network insiders were also unmoved Wednesday by evident social-media backlash to the announcement, particularly to the addition of the popular film category, noting that changes to longstanding institutions such as the Oscars often yield complaints, and predicting that audiences would ultimately embrace the new format.
I'm just going to throw this in there... Disney is home to some of the most popular film franchises in Hollywood. They've got Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and all of the other films they produce. So, an "Outstanding Popular Film" award is certainly going to benefit them and help them market their movies. I don't think people are blind to that fact. This award will definitely serve them and their needs just like the "Best Animated Film" award does.
What are your thoughts on Disney-ABC pushing for these Oscar changes?
Yesterday, Rockstar Games announced that the first gameplay trailer for the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2 would be released today. True to their promise, you can now watch the latest gameplay footage for the upcoming game below.
The latest preview provides an in-depth look at the game’s world, how players would interact with the Van der Linde Gang, and so much more. As seen in the trailer, Red Dead Redemption 2 is set at a vast American landscape featuring mountainous regions and towns that are on the brink of modernization. Players will have the ability to switch locations seamlessly, and each area will have a variety of missions, quests, and activities for players to enjoy.
“In the late 1800,s America was evolving, on its way to becoming the most powerful country in the world,” as narrated in the trailer. “New immigrants arrived, thriving outposts became towns, and civilization was spreading into the huge wild, and lawless frontier. With Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar Games aims to create a living world that’s not simply open, but deeper, more interactive and detailed than ever, combining action, storytelling, and gameplay in new ways as you live, ride, and fight to survive as an outlaw in a notorious gang.”
In the game, players take the role of Arthur Morgan, who is part of the Van der Linde gang, who are being pursued across the country by Lawmen who are adamant in putting an end to the age of outlaws. Interaction with fellow gang members is essential in the game’s overall narrative and gameplay, which will include activities from missions, hunting, fishing, or even engaging in robbery.
Red Dead Redemption 2 also gives players the ability to interact with most of the characters in the game. Given that players play as an outlaw, they are given the option to become an upstanding citizen or become a notorious troublemaker. Players can also choose how their character interacts with animals in the game, especially horses who are essential in Red Dead Redemption 2’s gameplay.
After experiencing delays in the past, Take-Two Interactive said that the game’s release date wouldn’t change anymore, which means that everything is set to release on October 26 for the PS4 and Xbox One. A few days ago, Take-Two expressed their confidence in the game by saying that Red Dead Redemption 2 will undoubtedly “revolutionize” the gaming industry, and with the gameplay footage revealed so far, Take-Two and Rockstar Games might be on the right track.
It looks like Marvel Studios and its president Kevin Feige have James Gunn's back. Deadline is reporting that "back channel conversations are taking place between Marvel Studios and Disney". Their inside source tells them that, "Marvel contingent is trying to persuade Disney to explore a compromise that might bring Gunn back into the fold for Guardians 3, something that clearly would be best for the franchise."
So it's further proof that there's a chance Disney may actually bring Gunn back on board. The report makes a point of saying there is "no clash or strong arming here" from Marvel. It's just a discussion that Marvel is declaring their loyalty to Gunn and they'd like to bring him back into the fold if they can.
Remember, Gunn and Kevin Feige were working very closely together on developing Phase 4 of the MCU. Gunn is a vital piece in that, so it makes sense that Marvel Studios wants him back in. The report says that it's not "surprising that Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige would make one last try at rapprochement."
If this doesn't work and Disney sticks with their decision, there are plenty of other studios ready to hire him. It was already reported that Warner Bros. has approached him about directing a DC film. That's just one of a ton of options that the director will have.
In the end, though, I hope that Marvel can talk Disney into hiring Gunn back on. The report also adds that the studios want to move forward quickly with the next Guardians installment because it plays a role in setting up the story for Phase 4.
Disney is preparing to launch their streaming service by the end of 2019. With that, they’ve started making things clearer about what content will be available on it, including the Marvel films which Disney will stop putting on Netflix after Ant-Man and the Wasp. Many fans are expecting to be able to watch the Star Wars films on the service, but it looks like that’s not going to happen. At least not for a while.
It appears Disney is struggling to get the rights back to the Star Wars films for TV and streaming because their streaming service will not include any Star Wars movies that came out before 2019. I’m sure that this will change around 2024 when Disney gets the streaming rights back though. Of course, CEO Bob Iger has said that with a lack of content, Disney’s streaming platform will probably cost less than Netflix. At least they’re not being completely greedy.
Sony Pictures has made a big change to their Marvel movie lineup. According to Deadline, the studio has scrapped the Silver & Black movie. The new plan is to make two separate solo films. One will revolve around the war criminal bounty hunter Silver Sable and the other will focus on the burglar Black Cat.
The report goes on to say that the writer and director who was developing Silver & Black, Gina Prince-Bythwood, will depart but still be a producer on the movie. The studio will go out and hire a couple new female directors to take on the projects.
I actually like the idea of separate films with these characters a lot more. They have enough story to play with. It will also give them the ability to properly build up and establish the characters and then eventually bring them together if that's something they want to do.
I think it's amusing how everyone is calling this Sony's Spider-Man Cinematic Universe because Spider-Man isn't even involved with any of these films!
Anyway, what do you all think about Sony developing separate solo films for Silver Sable and Black Cat?
DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. are inching closer and closer to getting director Matt Reeves' The Batman into production. As Reeves is finishing up the script for the film, some new information has been revealed. Production Weekly has offered an update saying that the film will start shooting in the spring of 2019. They have also listed Ben Affleck as a producer on the film, which I'm sure will lead fans to speculate that he might actually be in the movie.
As you know, before Reeves was hired Ben Affleck was developing the film. He was attached as the director, co-writer, and star. When Reeves was brought on we learned that he would be starting from scratch and that Ben Affleck wouldn't be in the film. Rumors suggest that Reeves is looking for a younger actor to play the Dark Knight. It's not uncommon to see someone like Affleck, who was previously working on a film to stay on as a producer when someone else takes over. It happens all the time.
I'll be shocked if Ben Affleck comes back as Batman in this movie. When previously asked if Affleck would be in the film, Reeves offered the following coy answer:
"There are ways in which all of this connects to DC, to the DC universe as well. We’re one piece of many pieces so I don’t want to comment on that except to say that I’m focused very specifically on this aspect of the DC world."
He also previously explained that his movie would not be based on Batman: Year One or any other particular comic book.
"We’re not doing any particular [comic]. Year One is one of the many comic books that I love. We are definitely not doing Year One. It’s just exciting to be focused very specifically on a tale that is defining for him and very personal to him. Obviously we’re not doing an origin tale or anything like that. We’re doing a story that is definitively Batman though and trying to tell a story that’s emotional and yet is really about him being the world’s greatest detective and all the things that for me, since I was a kid, made me love Batman."
He went on to reiterate that his Batman film will be a noir-driven story.
"I’ve talked about making it a very point of view noir-driven definitive Batman story in which he is investigating a particular case and that takes us out into the world of Gotham. I went on a deep dive again revisiting all my favorite comics. Those all inform by osmosis. There’s no continuation of the Nolan films. It’s very much trying to find a way to do this as something that for me is going to be definitively Batman and new and cool."
The Batman has no release date yet, but I'm excited to see what Reeves ends up doing with this character!