Fox is Looking to Remake ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

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I know I shouldn’t be surprised whenever a remake is announced, but this one just felt a little more out of left field than usual. Fox is planning to remake Rookie of the Year. They are getting Dan Gregor and Doug Mand to rewrite the film according to Deadline, and Gregor is even reportedly wanting to direct. Here’s the synopsis of the original:

A freak accident causes 12-year-old Little League player Henry (Thomas Ian Nicholas) to become such a powerful and accurate pitcher that the Chicago Cubs sign the junior high student to a contract. Unprepared for such a high-pressure environment, Henry falters until aging fastballer Chet Steadman (Gary Busey) takes him under his wing and teaches him how to play in the big leagues. Meanwhile, his mother’s venal boyfriend (Bruce Altman) tries to sell Henry’s contract to a hated opposing team.

What do you think of this reboot? Who should star?

GIRL WITH NO NAME is a Western Adventure Being Developed as a Movie and Comic Series

Girl With No Name is an upcoming movie and comic book from Co-Op Entertainment and Legion M. It was announced at New York Comic Con and looks to be a “female-led Western action-adventure movie.” That sounds like it could be really cool, and I tried confirming if this was attached to an existing property, but I couldn’t find anything that matched. This may be a very rare opportunity for us to support an original film! Girl With No Name is being produced by Co-Op’s Laura Ivey with Tanya Wexler serving as director.

In addition to the film, Legion M will be publishing a 40-page comic book so that we can become acquainted with the world and hero. Dave Elliot from AtomekART is developing the comic alongside Wexler which will adapt the movie’s screenplay from Alex Ranarivelo. Dani Strips will be providing interior artwork for the comic while the cover and promotional poster will be illustrated by Tula Lotay.

Ivey and Wexler from Co-Op issued the following statement:

Girl With No Name exceeds a passion project, it is an empowering narrative that needs to be told. We cannot wait to bring The Girl to the big screen, and we’re excited to be teaming with Legion M and its passionate fan-owners on this very special endeavor.

Legion M’s Terri Lubaroff has this to say:

We are thrilled to bring Girl With No Name to life – both as a feature film and in the pages of a revolutionary comic book led by a group of incredibly brilliant artists — and we’re proud to have the franchise star a strong female lead developed by a team of extremely talented women. Girl With No Name is particularly special for Legion M as the title represents our first foray into publishing, and we’re executive producing our second feature film with Co-Op Entertainment as an amazing partner.

The comic is currently scheduled for a release in Spring 2019. Pre-orders will be available on the official Legion M website. Legion M and Co-Op are currently working on acquiring investment and distribution partners for the film.

Source: THR

THE DRESDEN FILES May Get Another TV Series

Back in 2007, Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files was adapted into a series which aired 12 episodes in one season. It didn’t get a second season. Now, it looks like there may be a second chance for a TV adaptation of the book series. Deadline reports that the rights to The Dresden Files have been optioned for series development by Fox 21. Ileen Maisel is set to produce the project for Temple Hill Entertainment with John Fischer and Julie Waters overseeing it.

The books follow private investigator and wizard Harry Dresden, as he recounts investigations into supernatural disturbances in modern-day Chicago. In the world of The Dresden Files, magic is real, along with vampires, demons, spirits, faeries, werewolves, outsiders, and other monsters. Harry Dresden works as the world’s only “consulting wizard”, accepting supernatural cases from both human and nonhuman clients, as well as the Chicago PD’s Special Investigation unit. As the series progresses, Dresden takes on an increasingly important role in the supernatural world at large, as he works to protect the general public, making getting by as a working wizard and private investigator difficult for him. He finds himself facing off against an increasing variety of creatures (including other wizards), while facing the realization that his various cases may all be tied together behind the scenes and that his role might be even greater than he is willing to admit.

The premise is a strong one and is very promising for an adaptation. In addition to the failed show from 2007, the series has been expanded with short stories, comics, and even a role-playing game. The one catch is that fans are being warned by Butcher himself to not believe everything they read.

Of course, there could be something else that Butcher is referring to, although not likely. It could also mean that the books won’t get straight adaptations, but rather the world will be used for a new story via TV. At first glance though, it does look like Butcher is saying this is a lie and not going to happen at all. What are your thoughts?

Jackie Chan to Produce and Lend His Voice to ONCE UPON A ZODIAC

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Jackie Chan has joined the cast and crew behind Once Upon a Zodiac. He will voice Zell, “an elderly cat sage who speaks with wisdom and balanced charisma.” In addition to voicing Zell, Chan will also serve as an executive producer.

Zell has long embraced the role of the cats as the stewards of the Zodiac, and maintains of the traditions and balance of the other animals, as his legendary status among the animal leaders and their young heirs remains second to none.

Other producers include Hong Kim and Galen Walker. Walker had this to say regarding the inclusion of Chan in a statement:

We are proud to have Jackie Chan part of this film as an executive producer. We are captivated by Jackie Chan’s talent and the leadership that he brings to our animated film.

The film comes from Toonbox Entertainment and GAMA Entertainment. No release date has been given.

Source: THR

RWBY and GEN:LOCK are Getting Comics from DC

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Rooster Teeth announced at New York Comic Con that they were teaming up with DC to make comic books based on Rooster Teeth IPs. The first two that have been revealed are the highly popular RWBY and the upcoming series gen:LOCK. This pairing shouldn’t be too surprising as both DC and Rooster Teeth are WarnerMedia companies. Head of Animation at Rooster Teeth, Gray G. Haddock, made the following statement at the panel:

All of us at Rooster Teeth Animation are incredibly honored that the tales we’ve been pouring our hearts into have found their comics home at DC. With these comic books, we’re looking forward to spending more time with the characters we love, taking deeper looks into their worlds, and going on more journeys. DC is a leader in the industry and the caretaker of an amazing pantheon, and working with them we know there are incredible adventures on the horizon. We’re going to have some fun.

Jim Lee, the DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher, also made a statement.

We’re excited to collaborate with the highly creative teams at Rooster Teeth to expand the worlds around their amazingly popular characters and stories and introduce these stories to even more fans. The comic books and graphic novels will focus on bridging the stories between seasons, as well as exploring the adventures of the supporting characters who play a direct role in the overall plot and who can have a heavy impact on the storyline.

I’m really excited for these. I think it’s great that they want to help fans explore more of the worlds that they’ve come to love. My main question is how will this affect the YA novels recently announced? Will the comics be more about the world while the books are more about side characters?

The RWBY and gen:LOCK comics will be available physically and digitally in 2019.

Fresh Details Revealed for New BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Comic Series

A few weeks ago, we learned that the comic book rights of Buffy the Vampire Slayer were acquired by BOOM! Studios. We weren’t given any real details other than a teaser poster that showed Buffy with a smartphone. This has led to speculation that the vampire slayer would get the reboot treatment via comics. If you thought that’s what was happening, you have earned yourself a prize. It’s just like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Same characters, but with an updated setting. This worked really well for Power Rangers in my opinion, so I don’t think Buffy fans have much to fear.

This is the Buffy Summers you know, who wants what every average teenager wants: friends at her new school, decent grades, and to escape her imposed destiny as the next in a long line of vampire slayers tasked with defeating the forces of evil. But the Slayer’s world looks a lot more like the one outside your window, as this new series brings her into a new era with new challenges, new friends…and a few enemies you might already recognize. The more things change, the more they stay the same, as the Gang – Giles, Willow, Xander, Cordelia and more – faces brand new Big Bads, and a threat lurking beneath the perfectly manicured exterior of Sunnydale High, confirming what every teenager has always known: high school truly is hell.

WELCOME BACK TO THE HELLMOUTH, FOR THE FIRST TIME!

In addition to the synopsis, we finally know who will bring the comics to life as well. Jordie Bellaire will be writing the stories and Dan Mora will be providing the art. Joss Whedon will be a story consultant. Bellaire released the following statement to express her excitement:

Buffy has brought my life so much joy and to be part of that now is ridiculously overwhelming on many levels. My very favorite aspect of Buffy is how we have a wide group of characters that love each other, hurt each other and sometimes, they even kill each other. I can’t wait to dabble within that universe to find new stories, explore older ones and forever maintain the theme of self-discovery and growing up, whatever that means.

Mora also released a statement:

It’s an exciting opportunity to be part of reimagining and redesigning the world of Buffy for a modern era while also honoring its exciting history. The series offers a unique mix of horror, action and the experience of being a teenager where it feels like the world is ending – and in this case, it might!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 will be available January 9, 2019.

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Source: CBR

THE DRAGON PRINCE Gets Renewed For a Second Season

I’m still making my way through The Dragon Prince, but it must’ve done quite well considering Netflix has renewed it for a second season. My main hope is that the animation becomes more consistent. Most of the time I was able to ignore the inconsistent animation, but there were times where it bugged me. Sometimes it’s smooth and nice and other times it feels really choppy.

Series co-creator, Aaron Ehasz sent out this tweet a few days ago that hinted at this announcement.

Netflix then made the announcement official a few minutes later with this official tweet.

No specific release date has been given outside of 2019. Are you excited for the second season? What do you think will happen?

Check Out the Latest Trailer for DRAGON BALL SUPER: BROLY

The second trailer for Dragon Ball Super: Broly has dropped and there’s some stuff to unpack. First, it looks like this film will not just explore Broly’s past, but the history of Goku and Vegeta as well. We see King Vegeta bragging about his young son, Bardock and Goku’s mom are seen putting their faith in Goku, and Paragus is heard vowing revenge for the treatment of Broly. We’ll also get to see what appears to be Freiza’s first meeting with the Saiyan race alongside King Cold. Freiza appears to be joined by Zarbon, Dodoria, and the Ginyu Force as they arrive on Planet Vegeta. I’m getting really excited for this film. Dragon Ball Super: Broly is currently set to release in Japan on December 14, 2018, and it will then come to North America on January 16, 2019.

3 Filler Episodes in Animated Series That Are Actually Fun to Watch

Filler episodes in animated TV shows normally suck. Depending on the show and length of the filler, it can even kill interest (I’m looking at you Key of the Starry Sky arc in Fairy Tail!) in the show. Of course, the worst offenders of including filler are anime shows so that the manga has plenty of time to put out content for the anime to adapt. There are some shows that take filler episodes to really have fun. I’d like to share three filler episodes that were done extremely well and are actually a blast to watch. What are some of your favorite filler?

“The Feud!” – Voltron: Legendary Defender Season 7, Episode 4

Voltron has a couple of decent filler episodes, but “The Feud!” takes the cake in my book. It’s nothing but good fun and the writers know it. The Paladins end up on a high-stakes game show facing off against caricatures of their foes from across the show. The whole time I watched it, I had a decent laugh and more importantly, I didn’t want to skip it. There are parts that are predictable, and in the end, you can skip the episode as it has no bearing on the actual story. However, to watch some of the commercials they made is something that rewarded me as a fan for watching the last six seasons. Little jokes that made me feel like the writers were in tune with fans.

“Special Request: Watch out for the guy you like!” – Fairy Tail Episode 50

Yes, a filler arc has all but killed my interest in watching Fairy Tail, but that was well after I saw this gem. In fact, outside of the horrifically dumb Key of the Starry Sky arc, Fairy Tail does really well with its filler episodes. They didn’t have long arcs like many anime, but rather most fillers were one-off episodes with the occasional 3-5-episode story. Episode 50 though is the best in my opinion. It all stems from Juvia’s love for Gray, but the love potion she buys to “persuade” Gray spreads across the Guild. What’s more is that instead of everyone falling in love with others, it causes the guild to create rivals amongst one another. Cana and Makarov end up in a drinking contest, Gray is jealous that Happy can fly, and best of all, Erza declares a pillar to be her rival. Once again, the episode doesn’t take itself seriously. In addition to this storyline though, there’s a treat for NaLu fans, but it’s not why this episode is so great. It’s just a cherry on top.

“The Ember Island Players” Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 3, Episode 17

Avatar: The Last Airbender is an amazing show and I always recommend it to friends. Of course, one of the best episodes happens to be a filler. The episode features Team Avatar as they’re preparing to defeat Fire Lord Ozai when they decide to take a day to relax and regroup. They decide to go see a play that is the story of the show up until the third season. It’s a great way for the audience and writers to poke fun at some of the quirks about the show. For example, Toph was originally going to be a boy, but the writers convinced the creators to make Toph a girl. The Toph in the play though, is a big man that one might expect from Toph’s personality, and I’m sure is a nod to this change. It even pokes fun at how ambiguously a character disappeared from the show. This episode may be filler, but it’s the best filler.

Trailer and Release Date For VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER Season 8

Season 7 of Voltron: Legendary Defenders came to Netflix on August 10, 2018. Now, it’s time to suit up for the eighth and final season. December 14, 2018. That is the date that this show will end. Season 8 will have 13 episodes total and will feature the Paladins finally putting an end to Honerva/Haggar.

After saving the Earth, the Paladins embark to prevent Honerva from setting into motion her deadliest plan yet. It’s a race against the clock as the Voltron Coalition gathers from the corners of the galaxy to defend the universe once and for all.

In addition to the release date and description though, fans have been treated with this teaser and ComicBook has a couple of special images. The teaser doesn’t show anything new, but it’s enough to get fans excited. The images on the other hand show Honerva in a new suit similar to the Altean we saw at the end of season 7 as well as the Paladins in some awesome looking coats for the Galaxy Garrison. I’ll be tuning in in about two months to finish the series, will you?