Final Trailer for ROBIN HOOD Shows Marion is Smarter than Everyone Else

Robin Hood has me very confused. Part of it feels like your typical medieval Robin Hood film, another feels modern, and a third part feels almost sci-fi. It’s very weird. I’m not convinced it will be a great film, but I think it could be a very fun film to watch. Probably the best part of this new trailer is when Marion tells Robin that his disguise is terrible. Taron Egerton will star as Robin Hood alongside Jamie Foxx who will portray Little John. Otto Bathurst directed Robin Hood which will be released on November 21, 2018.

GEN:LOCK Adds Asia Kate Dillon and Golshifteh Farahani to the Voice Cast

Even more actors are joining the cast of gen:LOCK. The latest announcement is that Asia Kate Dillon (Billions, Orange is the New Black) and Golshifteh Farahani (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) have signed on. Dillon’s character is Valentina “Val” Romanyszyn who is “a former Ukrainian covert agent who thought they were done fighting.” Meanwhile, Farahani will play Yasamin “Yaz” Madrani who is described as “a talented and confident recruit from Iran who finds her calling in the gen:LOCK program, but who won’t open up easily about her past.”

In gen:LOCK, Earth’s last free society is on the losing side of a global war, and recruits a diverse team of young pilots to control the next generation of giant, weaponized robot bodies known as mecha. These daring recruits will find, however, that their newfound abilities come at no small cost.

I keep getting more excited about this new mecha show from Rooster Teeth. If you need a reminder of some of the other names attached to the project, we’ve got Michael B. Jordan, Dakota Fanning, David Tennant, and Maisie Williams, just to name a few. The videos below show us what Val and Yaz will look like.

gen:LOCK will premiere in January 2019, on Rooster Teeth.

Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaa’s MONSTER HUNTER adds Diego Boneta to the Cast

I’m still wrapping my head around the fact that Paul W.S. Anderson is making a Monster Hunter film. It’s even lining up some interesting actors including Tony Jaa, Milla Jovovich, and Ron Perlman. Now, Diego Boneta is joining the adaptation which is supposed to start filming later this month. Boneta will play a communications specialist in Artemis’ (played by Jovovich) team.

The movie’s plot centers on the leader of a UN military team named Artemis, played by Jovovich, who is transported to another realm populated by monsters. There she meets the Hunter (Jaa), with the two teaming up to close a portal to prevent monsters from attacking Earth.

Do you think Monster Hunter will work as a film? I’m not fully convinced yet.

Source: THR

Alex Wolff Joins Hugh Jackman in BAD EDUCATION

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Alex Wolff was the nerdy kid in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle who becomes Dwayne Johnson. Now, Wolff will be in Cory Finley’s Bad Education alongside Hugh Jackman, Allison Janey, and Ray Romano among others. Unfortunately, his character details are being kept under wraps.

The plot follows a superintendent (Jackman) of the school district who works for the betterment of the student’s education while embezzling public funds to live the life he wants.

Bad Education was written by Mike Makowsky who based it on his personal experience in high school. I’m very interested to see a trailer for this film. I guess first, we probably need a release date though.

Source: Deadline

Laika’s MISSING LINK Will Be Released a Week Early

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I love Laika’s films. They are absolutely amazing, and I think they’re often overlooked. Their next film is Missing Link and it will star Zach Galifianakis, Hugh Jackman, and Zoe Saldana. If you’re like me and are looking forward to this film, you might be happy to hear that it will be released a whole week earlier. This comes after Universal moved the release of The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle to 2020. Missing Link will now be released on April 12, 2019.

The charismatic Sir Lionel Frost considers himself to be the world’s foremost investigator of myths and monsters. Trouble is, none of his small-minded, high-society peers seems to recognize this. Hoping to finally gain acceptance from these fellow adventurers, Sir Lionel travels to the Pacific Northwest to prove the existence of a legendary creature known as the missing link.

Missing Link was written and directed by Chris Butler and is produced by Arianne Sutner and Travis Knight. The film will also feature the voice talents of Amrita Acharia, Stephen Fry, Matt Lucas, Timothy Olyphant, Emma Thompson, Ching Valdes-Aran, and David Walliams.

Source: Deadline

BLACK PANTHER Star Winston Duke Cast in HEROINE

Winston Duke was amazing in his role as M’Baku in Black Panther. That’s why I’m really excited to hear that he’s going to star in the new action thriller from Paramount Players, Heroine. The film will be written and directed by Daniel Casey and it sounds like it could be interesting. Matt Kaplan will produce the film. Are you excited to see more of Duke? I am.

The story focuses on a mother and domestic abuse survivor who moves into a new neighborhood for a clean start, only to fall into new danger when she witnesses a kidnapping by an Aryan gang.

Duke is said to be taking on the role of her neighbor, a tragic figure who turns out to be much more than she expected.

Source: THR

The Hayao Miyazaki Documentary is Coming to US Theaters; Watch the Trailer

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If you’re a fan of Hayao Miyazaki, you’ve probably at least heard of the documentary Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki. Back in 2016, the film debuted in Japan and has since been available online with English subtitles. If you haven’t seen the documentary yet, or you want to see it in a theater and live in the United States, you’re in luck. This winter, you’ll be able to see the film.

In 2013, film director and animator Hayao Miyazaki suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But he couldn’t shake his burning desire to create. After an encounter with young CGI animators, Miyazaki embarked on a new endeavor, his first project ever to utilize CGI. But the artist, who had been adamant about hand-drawn animation, confronted many challenges. The film even faces the danger of being cancelled. Can an old master who thinks he’s past his prime shine once again? This program goes behind the scenes over two years as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create his short film using CGI.

Source: CB

There’s a DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION Movie in Development

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Movie adaptations of video games are nothing new. In fact, I’m sure many of us have at least one game that we want to see adapted. I’d be intrigued by a Kingdom Hearts movie (although that story is way too convoluted to fit in a movie), a Metroid film, or even a Zelda film (please keep Link a mute).

One adaptation I never even considered because there’s no story behind it is happening though. Dance Dance Revolution is reportedly being adapted for the big screen. This adaptation will come from Cara Fano of Stampede after her recent promotion to Director of Development, Film & TV. Here’s the setting for this movie:

The project will explore a world on the brink of destruction where the only hope is to unite through the universal language of dance.

Konami, the company who owns DDR, will be working with Stampede to make the film. J. Todd Harris and Marc Marcum are joining the project as producers. Now that we have a premise, who should direct and who should star?

Source: Deadline

THE WHEEL OF TIME Fantasy Drama Is Being Adapted Into a TV Series By Amazon

The Wheel of Time is a fantasy saga spanning 14 books. The first 11 were written by Robert Jordan and the last three were completed by Brandon Sanderson after Jordan’s passing. I have heard incredible things about this series and am excited at the news that Amazon has ordered a series adaptation. Rafe Judkins is the guy adapting the series which will be produced by Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios. An interesting aspect about the world is that only women can harness the magic.

The series has a familiar fantasy set up - a magic user joins with a small band of other adventurers on a quest involving a legendary chose one - but distinguishes itself through its weaving together of Christian, Buddhist, and Hindu ideas and philosophies. It is also noted for the strength of Jordan’s world-building, the incredibly detailed system of magic developed therein, it’s large cast of characters and its length.

Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke had this to say in a statement:

The Wheel of Time is endlessly fascinating and resonates hugely with fans as one of the best-selling global properties, and we were drawn to its timely narrative featuring powerful women at the core. We’re thrilled to extend our relationship with devotees who’ve found the book series transformative and welcome new ones by bringing it to life on Prime Video for viewers worldwide.”

Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Event Series, Amazon Originals added:

“Developing and producing Robert Jordan’s beloved fourteen-books-series for TV is a big undertaking, and we don’t take it lightly. We believe that Rafe’s personal connection to the material and soulful writing will resonate with the book’s passionate fans.”

Sony Pictures Television Co-President Chris Parnell said:

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to produce The Wheel of Time with our friends at Amazon. In Rafe Judkins, we’ve found a brilliant visionary that is a true fan of the books and ready to bring Robert Jordan’s world to life.”

Finally, Judkins had this to say:

“For so many people, including me, this book series has served as a world to escape to, to lose yourself in, to devour and inhabit completely. And I couldn’t be more honored to be the one finally bringing that world to life on screen, for old fans to lose themselves in all over again and new fans to discover for the very first time.”

Who should direct the series and who should star in it? Could this be the next Game of Thrones?

Source: Deadline

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL Release Date Pushed Back

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If you’re excited for the Alita: Battle Angel, it looks like you’ll have to wait a little longer. While Fox says the visual effects are already in tip-top shape, Alita will not be hitting theaters on December 21, 2018. Now, it will be hitting theaters February 14, 2019. The change is due to the date itself. According to Deadline, “For Alita, it’s about the date, to have the first movie coming out of Chinese New Year, being day and date.” What do you think of this move?

Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido, a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens, she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious past.

James Cameron is producing and Robert Rodriguez is directing the film which will be based on the Gunnm graphic novel series by Yukito Kishiro. Rosa Salazar and Christoph Waltz will star alongside Jennifer Connely, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, and Jackie Earle Haley.