Production Has Officially Started on The PET SEMATARY Remake

Well, production has officially started on the new feature film adaptation of Stephen King's Pet Sematary, and it better be good! A photo from the set of the film was shared on Twitter by co-director Dennis Widmyer announcing that production has started. In the photo, you see him and co-director Kevin Kolsch.

Pet Sematary does have a great cast that includes Jason Clarke (Winchester, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), who will be taking the lead role of Dr. Louis Creed. Then there's John Lithgow who will play Jud, the neighbor who foolishly introduces Dr. Creed to the area’s many secrets and mysteries.

When talking about the new film, screenwriter Jeff Buhler said their goal is to make it "one of the scariest Stephen King adaptations ever!" He also explained that they wanted to give the story a more grounded feel to it:

"When we first started our conversations, Dennis and Kevin and I really connected around the idea of bringing the story back to the source material, to find a modern telling of the book that really spoke to some of the big scenes and big moments that Stephen King had originally written, and as much as all of us are huge fans of the original film, there are moments that are larger than life and feel borderline campy. Our desire was to tell a really grounded, character driven and psychologically horrific version of Pet Sematary, which in my belief, is the scariest book that King ever wrote."

The film will be an updated version of Stephen King’s 1983 novel which is described as follows: 

The road in front of Dr. Louis Creed’s rural Maine home frequently claims the lives of neighborhood pets. Louis has recently moved from Chicago to Ludlow with his wife Rachel, their children and pet cat. Near their house, local children have created a cemetery for the dogs and cats killed by the steady stream of transports on the busy highway. Deeper in the woods lies another graveyard, an ancient Indian burial ground whose sinister properties Louis discovers when the family cat is killed.

The original film and book scared the shit out of me when I was first introduced to them. I had nightmares for weeks after I saw that damn film when I snuck out and watched it as a kid. I read the novel later and that was even more terrifying. I really do hope that this new film ends up being a great and scary flick! 

Pet Sematary is set to be released on April 19, 2019.

Great New ANT-MAN AND THE WASP Poster, Behind-The-Scenes Photos, and New TV Spot

Marvel has released a ton of new Ant-Man and The Wasp marketing material! We've got a new poster that features the two main characters shrunken down and heroically walking on the floor of, what I assume is a movie theater. The poster was released by Fandango, it will be given to fans who buy their Ant-Man and The Wasp movie tickets from them.

I also posted a new TV spot for the film that offers a bit of information that confirms exactly when the movie takes place in the Marvel Cinematic timeline. I also included a bunch of new behind-the-scenes photos from the film showing the cast and crew working on the movie.

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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 directing Ant-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, 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. To catch up on all of our Ant-Man and The Wasp news, click here.

Jon Bernthal is Set to Return to THE WALKING DEAD Next Season!

In a very unexpected turn of events, Jon Bernthal will return to The Walking Dead next season! I've heard rumors that this might be the case, but now TV Line has confirmed those rumors to be true and he will be reprising his role as Shane in one episode.

After Bernthal's character was killed off in Season 2 of the series when he was fatally stabbed by Rick (Andrew Lincoln), he returned once more in Season 3 as a figment of Rick’s imagination. I assume that will be the same way that Shane appears again in Season 9. 

With Season 9 being the last time we will see Rick on the series, I imagine that Shane's appearance will play into his final days on the days of Rick and he'll most likely show up on the Andrew Lincoln's final episode with the series.

I didn't like that they killed Shane off so early in the series, but Bernthal has been keeping busy! He's been involved with a. lot of. great film and TV projects of the years and it's cool to see that he's willing to come back to The Walking Dead one last time.

How do you think Shane will play into the story?

James Bond Director Sam Mendes To Helm The WWI Film 1917 For Steven Spielberg’s Amblin

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners has acquired the rights to a spec script for a World War I film called 1917 and they've hired Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes to helm it from a script that he co-wrote with Krysty Wilson-Cairns.  

Unfortunately, there are no details in the story, but Spielberg had this to say in a statement:

"Our company has been a home for Sam since his first film. I am so happy to have him back here in his old room spinning new stories – especially this hugely daring and ambitious new movie."

Mendes added:

"I couldn’t be happier to be back working with Amblin and Steven Spielberg again, alongside Donna Langley and all at Universal. I’ve been working on this script for over a year, so it’s very exciting to start making the movie itself a reality."

As a fan of Mendes and Spielberg, I'm looking forward to learning more about this WWI story that they are setting out to tell. The film is set to start production in April of next year and it will be released in December of 2019.

Source: Variety

Kristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer, and Seth Rogen Take a Cruise in Trailer For Netflix’s LIKE FATHER

Netflix has released a trailer for a wonderful looking film they produced called Like Father. The movie stars Kristen Bell as a woman who, after a series of events, accidentally ends up on a cruise with her estranged father (Kelsey Grammer). It's on this little unplanned adventure where the two start to form a bond. The movie also stars Seth Rogen. Here's the synopsis:

When a workaholic young executive (Bell), is left at the altar, she ends up on her Caribbean honeymoon cruise with the last person she ever expected: her estranged and equally workaholic father (Grammer). The two depart as strangers, but over the course of a few adventures, a couple of umbrella-clad cocktails and a whole lot of soul-searching, they return with a renewed appreciation for family and life.

The movie seems to have a good mix of comedy and drama and it looks like it could end up being a charming film.

Like Father was written, directed and produced by Lauren Miller Rogen (For A Good Time Call) and it premieres on August 3rd on Netflix.

A Samurai Warrior Battles Zombies in Great Short Film SWORD OF THE DEAD

Alright ladies and gents, I've got an outstanding proof of concept short film for you to watch today called Sword of the Dead. It's an old-school style Samurai film that's set in feudal Japan. The story centers on a ronin warrior who returns home from exile to find the island he once knew is plagued by a dark curse and overrun by the undead. Yes, this is a Samurai zombie and it actually is done extremely well! I love the old 1960s Samurai film style. There are some great little details in the film and it feels like an authentic Samurai movie.

The short was written, directed, produced, and edited by Stephen Vitale, who hopes to develop it as a feature film. If he did... I'd totally watch it! I'm a big fan of this and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

What Did You All Think of INCREDIBLES 2!? Also I’ve Included a Video Breakdown of Easter Eggs

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We've waited fourteen long years for a sequel to The Incredibles. It's kinda crazy that we actually got a sequel. What's even crazier is that Pixar and director Brad Bird actually delivered an awesome sequel! In my opinion, Incredibles 2 was a perfect sequel to the first film and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. I took my kids to see it over the weekend and they absolutely loved it!

What's funny is that after the movie ended, one of my daughters says to me, "hopefully we don't have to wait another fourteen years for another sequel." She's thirteen years old! She wasn't even born when the first movie came out and that weirded me by out a bit. When I pointed that out to her she just busted up laughing. 

Anyway, I had a blast watching Incredibles 2. The action was amazing, the story was so much fun, and the continuing character development of these characters was... incredible. I loved the dynamic of Elastigirl going out to save the world and Mr. Incredible staying at home with the kids. As a dad works from home and takes care of the kids at the same time, the film was totally relatable.

Pixar knocked this one out of the park and it's easily one of my favorite films. The Incredibles has been number one on my list for years, now this sequel has to fill the number two spot. This movie made me happy.

The movie exploded at the box office this weekend pulling in Marvel kind of numbers. It made $180 million domestically and $51.5 million internationally, which bring the grand total to $231.5 million on its opening weekend. 

If you've seen the movie, what did you think!? Did you enjoy it? Hate it? Was it worth the fourteen-year-long wait? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

I've included a fun video from Mr. Sunday Movies that points out a lot of Easter eggs in the film that you may or may not have missed. 

Details on How ANT-MAN AND THE WASP Will Explore The Quantum Realm

For me, one of the most exciting aspects of Ant-Man and The Wasp is that it's is going to dive in and explore the Quantum Realm even more. One of the main aspects of the story will involve the team rescuing Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the Quantum Realm where she has been stuck for years. Janet Van Dyne is the wife of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and mother of Hope (Evangeline Lilly).

We got a little taste of the Quantum Realm in the first film, which Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) was narrowly able to escape from. Now that they are going to be spending more time there, the creative team had to figure out what exactly the Quantum Realm would be and how it would look. During a set visit for the film, director Peyton Reed explained:

"When we started talking about the Quantum Realm, it's problematic in terms of the fact that it's essentially infinite. It can be whatever you want it to be, and so we needed to decide what the Quantum Realm wants to be for our story, and then what it is in sort of the larger sense of things. I knew one thing, there had to be a device with which they enter the Quantum Realm. In the first movie, Scott goes down, he adjusts the regulator and goes down just freefall. Here it needed to be bigger. It needed to be something that was not a game time decision and not accidental, but something very, very constructed and purposeful."

One of the things that they ended up coming up with to travel into the Quantum Realm was a specially-designed pod from Dr. Hank Pym's lab. This pod will be the best way that the team will be able to gain controlled access to the alternate reality. 

The director went on and talked about the importance of the practical effects aspect of the film and they ended up building a full-size version of this pod! 

"The pod that they go down in, that was another thing that felt... if I'm a kid, I want to play with this thing. It's got to be functional, and you look at this thing and you'll be able to sort of scrutinize it down there, but you really see this is a... it really feels like, 'Oh, okay, I could get in that thing and head down there.' So the, the tactile quality was really important."

It would have been so cool to play around in this thing! I just can't wait to see the adventure that awaits Hope Van Dyne in the Quantum Realm when she goes in to save her mom! It's explained that Ant-Man and The Wasp are going to be on separate missions in this film:

"It's not Ant-Man With The Wasp, it's Ant-Man and The Wasp. It's important to tell those stories separately, and invest in each of the characters' journey and arc in the movie. One of the big things about this is what's going on with Hope... The mission that is happening with her, entirely separate of Scott, is vital and it's her mission. It's not her dad's mission. It's her mission. Hank and Hope are working together, but it's really Hope leading the charge, and that was an important thing when we started talking about what was going on, is the what and why of this mission."

Ant-Man and The Wasp hits theaters on July 6th.

Via: CinemaBlend

The Upcoming BUMBLEBEE Movie Could Lead to a Solo Optimus Prime Movie

After all these years, it looks like there's a chance that Paramount Pictures finally got the Transformers franchise right with director Travis Knight's upcoming Bumblebee movie. Fans loved that first trailer that was released and it looks like this movie might actually end up being a great film. It's definitely a change of pace from what Paramount was previously doing with the franchise. Now it sounds like if everything goes well for this movie, it could lead to Optimus Prime getting his very own solo film.

During a recent interview with EW, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura explained why they decided to do a Bumblebee spinoff film instead to continuing what they've been doing, saying:

"We were headed down the Bumblebee path well before the release of the last Transformers. We had felt that with the fifth movie, we had sort of run out of room with where to take it."

I'm sure there is some truth to that, but there was another Transformers movie in development that they recently ended up removing from their release calendar, so they obviously didn't feel earlier in the year that they had run out of room on where to take it. 

Regardless, taking the franchise in a new direction is a smart move because that last movie that was released wasn't only terrible, but it was a box office failure. The producer goes on to explain why they chose Bumblebee for the first solo film outing:

"We’ve gotten a lot of feedback from the fans that they wanted us to do a deep dive on one or two of the robots, because they wanted to get to know them better. Bumblebee was selected because he’s such a loved figure, and he’s also more emotional than Optimus. Those were the two likely characters."

This means that Optimus Prime was discussed as a potential solo film, and if Bumblebee does well, we could see an Optimus Prime movie next, which would be awesome. Lorenzo di Bonaventura goes on to elaborate on why Optimus didn't come first, saying:

"He’s a stoic leader, and you can count on him. Whereas Bumblebee is the one who is more emotionally volatile. He has a lot of ups and downs. So it seemed like the best character to try for the first time zeroing in on one Autobot."

He then goes on to that an Optimus Prime movie remains at the top of their list and that if they did make an Optimus Prime film, it would be very different than Bumblebee:

"I’d certainly like to do that. It would be a very different kind of movie than a Bumblebee movie, but equally interesting and different."

Obviously, if these films actually did well and the fans end up enjoying them, we will see sequels to them and maybe even more films focus on certain characters. 

"If Bee’s successful, we can have a Bee 2, no doubt. We have a good sense of where a second movie would go. For me, the greatest thing that came out of the writer’s room was the sense that we could go in any number of directions. It opened up our minds to choices."

Then, of course, Di Bonaventura starts to complicate things with the franchise by talking about time travel:

"We could do a time travel movie. You could take almost any genre and do it. You can go back in the past, you can go to the future. So I think we’ve got an abundance of choices. It’s really more about narrowing them down than anything else, and deciding which one we think is the strongest one to go with next."

Yeah, I get what he's saying, but don't make it more complicated than it needs to be. That was one of the main problems with Michael Bay's films. Just tell good solid stories with these characters.

It will be interesting to see how audiences respond to Bumblebee when it's released on December 21st. After that comes out and we see that it;'s actually good, then we can start to really get excited about the future of the franchise. 

New WONDER WOMAN 1984 Set Videos Show Gal Gadot Running Fast as Hell

Two new videos have surfaced from the set of Wonder Woman 1984, which is currently shooting in the Washington, D.C. metro area. The first video shows Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) caught in the middle of a protest/riot. The second video features Wonder Woman running fast as hell down Pennsylvania Ave. As you'll see, Gal Gadot is impressively fast!

Wonder Woman's next adventure thrusts her into the 80s during the Cold War. She will be facing off with the villain Cheetah, who will be played by Kristen WiigNarcos star Pedro Pascal will also take on a lead role in the film. We just don't know what that role is yet. We still don't know much about the story, but I imagine we'll get some information in regards to that Comic-Con next month.

The screenplay was written by director Patty Jenkins, Geoff Johns, and Dave Callaham. The film will be released on November 1, 2019.