The features film adaptation of the video game Uncharted has been on a long road to development. The movie has gone through several writers over the years including Marianne and Cormac Wibberley (National Treasure), Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker), and Joe Carnahan (The A-Team) was the most recent one to write the script for the film. However, it looks like Sony has decided to not go through with his script seeing as how, in an interview with Deadline, Producer Charles Roven recently revealed that Rafe Judkins, “is currently writing the screenplay.” Judkins has written episodes for Agents of SHIELD and my favorite TV series, Chuck, but this seems to be his first movie gig. I think he has the potential to do a great job with this screenplay though, especially since he has quite a bit of wiggle room. Talking about the story they’re going for, Roven mentions:
This Uncharted movie will starTom Holland as a young Nathan Drake and it's being directed by Shawn Levy. Bryan Cranston is also said to be wanted for a role in the film.
When previously talking about the film, Levy described it as an “Indiana Jones-type franchise” for a new generation of moviegoers. You can read what he had to say about the project here.
Game Night is Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams' latest film and it looks hilarious. The first time I saw the trailer, I was unsure if it would be good. Then after I re-watched the trailer for and it clicked. It looked great, and now we have two new TV spots for the film that make it look even better! If you don’t know what it’s about, go watch the trailer and read this synopsis:
The film was co-directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Vacation) from a script written by Mark Perez (Accepted). It also has a solid supporting cast that includes Kyle Chandler and Michael C. Hall. Game Night will come to theaters February 23, 2018.
You know how Disney and Pixar have shorts before their films? Imagine similar shorts in front of a Marvel film. A cartoony superhero short. That’s the feeling I get from the shorts Marvel puts out in cooperation with Funko. Little Funko figures from Marvel having fights and mishaps. It’s adorable and fun and the latest one gives us the chance to see Captain America kick some Nazi butt. Sadly, we’ve only been able to see Cap kick Nazi butt in one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films: Captain America: The First Avenger. Thankfully, the short "Submarine Showdown" gives us a small dose of Nazi butt-kicking with Cap fighting his arch-nemesis, Red Skull. It’s cute and fun, but at the end, a couple questions are raised as cap knocks Red Skull onto the head of a missile and then fires it. It looked like Red Skull already had the missile aimed at something to do a sinister deed, so what kind of weapon was it and where was it heading to? We don’t see Cap change any settings so did he just cause more harm than good?
If you were watching Championship Sunday, then you were treated to a new TV Spot for Dwayne Johnson’s new film, Rampage. Rampage is based on the classic 1986 video game where you control George (a giant ape), Lizzy (a giant lizard), or Ralph (a giant wolf) and try to cause as much destruction as possible. It looks like the movie will be a little different since it seems to follow Johnson instead of the animals, so here’s a synopsis:
This looks like a fun movie. I don’t think it’s going to be the best film of 2018, but I think it will be a fun one. Alongside Johnson, the cast includes Malin Akerman, Matt Gerald, Naomie Harris, Joe Manganiello, and more. It will be directed by Brad Peyton.
With all of the big names going into Black Panther such as Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, and Michael B. Jordan, it’s not hard to forget Forest Whitaker is in the film. In case you did, here’s your reminder. He recently dropped a tease in an interview with Variety about some things we can expect to see in Black Panther including some space travel.
"It's a unique piece. It's a cultural piece. I think people are waiting to find something new to be able to live in, and this superhero from Africa who is in this society and trying to fix the world is something that people have not received before. I think Ryan is a great director, so there's always going to be some social conscience inside of it, and at the same time the action and things we haven't seen."
He went on to reveal:
"We're gonna see not only travel things but things that take us into outer space and things that take us into the James Bond space. It's a really unique amalgamation of different things that come together in an exciting way,"
When you stop to think about it, that’s not too crazy of an idea; after all, Wakanda is the most advanced nation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it could be part of the setup for Avengers: Infinity War which is the next MCU film to come out. I just never expected space to be part of the film.
It’s also interesting to note that Whitaker also mentions a “James Bond space” to this film which supports what director Ryan Cooglerhas said before. What role will space travel play for Black Panther? Will it be part of the main story or something to tie into Infinity War?
Black Panther will be in theaters February 16, 2018.
People are getting more and more excited about Black Widow even though we don’t know much about it. This has led to Marvel having high hopes for the film. According to CBM, Marvel is hoping that their female-led spy superhero will be bigger than DC’s Amazonian princess. The report reads that Scarlett Johansson will get $25 million for the film with a bonus if the film breaks $900 million worldwide which would beat Wonder Woman’s $821 million. There are a lot of things that could determine if it can hit the mark, such as a good story, and great casting.
We know that Jac Schaeffer has been hired as a screenwriter. She doesn’t have much to her name, but I’m excited to have a lesser known person involved with the film. I sometimes feel like we don’t have enough of the lesser known people involved in films. As for what the story will involve, we don’t know anything except for a rumor that it will be more about a female superhero team akin to Lady Liberators. The movie technically has not been given the green-light, but I hope that we get to see Black Widow finally get her own film.
I am still not sold on Virtual Reality. It seems a little gimmicky to me still with a lot of pitfalls that need to be overcome. I do believe it has a lot of potential, I just don’t think we’re quite there yet. To highlight my point, here’s a video of a man named Perry trying out VR and ends up breaking his friend’s TV. That’s a bit of a problem. Luckily for Lame Videos (the YouTube channel that filmed and uploaded this), Perry bought them a new television. This reminds me of when the Nintendo Wii came out and everyone ended up throwing the controllers at their TVs. What’s your favorite VR fail?
Fans of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers might recognize the name, Jason David Frank. He was Tommy Oliver and has been in more episodes than any other character. He also is a kick-butt MMA fighter! Well, Frank has just upped his coolness in our nerd-eyes by donning this awesome Lord Drakkon costume. For those who don’t know Lord Drakkon, he is an evil Tommy Oliver from an alternate timeline who appears in the comics from Boom! Studios. The costume combines Tommy’s White Ranger and Green Ranger costumes to create a freaking awesome costume. Super fans may be a little upset that in the picture, Frank has Saba as his blade instead of the Dragon Dagger. I personally like this change and wish he could do a video in the suit. Maybe another Super Power Beatdown?
As divisive as Star Wars: The Last Jedi is, there’s no doubt that some people (like me) will want to own it when it comes to Blu-Ray, 4K, and Digital. The reasons may vary from wanting to watch it to just having all things Star Wars. However, which copy should you get? There will be at least 5 different options for this movie when it comes out. First, you have your standard Blu-ray and Digital version. Then, for about $5 more, you can get a 4K version of the film as well. Third, we have a Target exclusive version that has the Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital copies and a 40-page booklet of behind-the-scenes information. The last two versions are Steelbooks that are exclusive to Best Buy; one has 4K and the other doesn’t. If you want a DVD copy of the film, you’re pretty limited to the Target option as of right now. Sadly, we don’t know details of different Bonus Features or even a release date, but you can go to any of the links to pre-order your copy of the movie now! Which version are you getting?
Australians seem to be pretty fun when they do interviews. I think they’re Britain’s version of Canada sometimes. As an example, Hugh Jackman was once a little upset at Jimmy Fallon over vegemite, so he showed Fallon how to eat vegemite. He didn't belittle Fallon, he just calmly explained how to properly eat vegemite. They just seem like lovely people. Does that civility change though when you dress them up like kangaroos with giant boxing gloves and have them answer trivia about Australia? Looks like they stay civil. Last week, Ellen Degeneres did this to Chris Hemsworth and Margot Robbie. Of course, it’s The Ellen Show and so everything was goofy such as when she asked Hemsworth what his address is. I think the best part of the clip was seeing them come out in their kangaroo pajamas (I think they’re pajamas) and Hemsworth is really getting into it. Who’s your favorite Australian?