Flash Gordon Reboot Gets A Director

Posted by Bob Muir on Apr 16, 2015 in Cinema

Flash Gordon

It’s still uncertain whether Fox is rebooting Flash Gordon, or if it’s some sort of sequel to the 1980 one as that film’s star Sam G. Jones claims. But whatever form it takes, at least it’s going to have a great director. Matthew Vaughn is currently in talks to direct the film. And after seeing Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, and Kingsman: The Secret Service, I’d say Flash Gordon is in good hands. There’s still no word if Fox plans to resurrect Freddie Mercury so that Queen can score this reboot too. Read more…

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Olivia Munn Is Psylocke In X-Men: Apocalypse

Posted by Bob Muir on Apr 16, 2015 in Cinema, Comic Books

Olivia Munn

X-Men: Apocalypse has found its Psylocke. Director Bryan Singer revealed on his Instagram that Olivia Munn has been cast as Betsy Braddock, a.k.a. Psylocke. There have been some weird stories about Psylocke’s body getting modified or merged with another person (or something like that — it’s comics), but it’s likely that this movie will simplify things and keep the character as she’s most popular: a psychic ninja. It’s a big role for Munn, but she did give a good performance on The Newsroom, so this casting seems solid. Read more…

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Neil Blompkamp Is Actually Making His ‘Alien’ Movie

Posted by Bob Muir on Feb 19, 2015 in Cinema

Neil Blomkamp's Alien

Remember that Alien pitch director Neil Blompkamp (District 9) came up with on his own, something Fox wasn’t even really aware of until he showed them? He said he wasn’t planning on making it, that it was just something he was working on for fun. But uh…it seems he changed his mind! In a post on Instagram, Blompkamp shared another xenomorph drawing, writing “Um… So I think it’s officially my next film. #alien” as well. Obviously that’s not much to go on, but it sounds like the Alien franchise will get a new installment of some sort from an imaginative director that would fit it well. Read more…

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Hitman: Agent 47 Reboots The Franchise, But Still Looks Off

Posted by Bob Muir on Feb 12, 2015 in Cinema, Videogames

Hitman: Agent 47

On the surface, this trailer for Hitman: Agent 47 isn’t too bad. There’s some decent action, and it seems that Agent 47 is being portrayed as a villain this time. That makes sense, because he, you know, kills people. But something about the whole thing feels off. Isn’t stealth a major part of the game series this is based off of? It seems that got lost along the way, so unless the action and story is particularly impressive, I doubt this will please either fans or non-fans, just like the first movie. Read more…

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Fantastic Four Teaser Trailer Looks Almost Alright

Posted by Bob Muir on Jan 28, 2015 in Cinema, Comic Books

Fantastic Four

Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot is not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, just like X-Men and Spider-Man. A lot of Marvel fans are upset about that and would rather Fox hand the rights back over to Marvel so they can make a proper adaptation. But that’s not happening, so let’s look at what we’ve got. Despite all the talk of stupid decisions like Doctor Doom being a blogger and a fantastic team being “grounded,” this actually looks pretty good. Despite being Marvel’s first superhero team, a lot of the aspects of the comic could seem more like a horror story; one guy gets turned into a monster! It’s not a bad idea to move their origin from space to an alternate-dimension experiment, taking inspiration from Ultimate Fantastic Four. So while I’d prefer this to be a lighter, more “out there” story in the vein of Marvel’s other films, I have to admit Trank and Fox’s version doesn’t look half-bad. Read more…

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Peanuts Trailer Keeps Nailing The Look, But Fails In The Audio Department

Posted by Bob Muir on Nov 19, 2014 in Animation, Cinema

Peanuts

Look, we’re getting an animated Peanuts movie whether we want it or not. Thankfully, BlueSky Studios has got the look down pat, despite being CGI. And “voices” like Snoopy and Woodstock sound good. But what is up with that generic pop song? That’s not Peanuts. It’s likely just trailer music, but it seems odd. Anyway, the Christmas theme makes me want to see this soon, but it’s not coming out until 2015. While Peanuts is still a classic comic to me, I wonder if modern kids will view it the same way. Read more…

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First Peanuts Trailer Looks Potentially Good

Posted by Bob Muir on Mar 19, 2014 in Animation, Cinema

Peanuts

20 Century Fox’s Blue Sky Studios is making a big-budget Peanuts film, based on Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and all the other classic characters created by Charles M. Schulz. Considering how many other modern animated/half-animated films have come before and sucked, it’s reasonable to be skeptical. But wait a second — this teaser looks good! While the animation nut in me pines for 2D animation, even I can admit how limited the Peanuts cartoons were, so it’s not like there wasn’t room to grow. This animation style, while done with CG, does a great job of retaining Schulz’s original designs and art style while mixing in faux-stop-motion animation. With a script by Schulz’s son Craig, Schulz’s grandson Bryan, and Cornelius Uliano (who simply has a cool name), there’s certainly potential for this movie to duck the trend of awful modern animated reboots and rehashes. Here’s hoping! Peanuts will be released on November 6, 2015. Read more…

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Fox Developing Magic: The Gathering Movie

Posted by Bob Muir on Jan 14, 2014 in Cinema, Hobbies and Collections

Chandra

Magic: The Gathering is still one of the most popular trading card games out there, despite being 20 years old. And since Hollywood has shown it is willing to develop even simple board games like Battleship into a reasonable facsimile of a movie, I can’t be entirely surprised that there’s a Magic movie on the way. Yes, Hasbro has made a deal with 20th Century Fox to adapt a card game into a movie. They’re aiming for something as epic as Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, which sounds silly, but there’s a ton of lore (often expanded upon in books and comics) for writers to draw from, so it’s possible. Simon Kinberg, who helped produce the X-Men and Fantastic Four universes for Fox, will produce Magic as a franchise, with multiple movies being the ultimate goal. All well and good, but do we really need a Magic movie? Does everything need to be tied to a preexisting product or franchise these days? Read more…

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First Trailer For X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Posted by Bob Muir on Oct 30, 2013 in Cinema, Comic Books

X-Men: Days of Future Past

We’ve finally got a trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sequel to X-Men: First Class that promises to unite the cast of the original trilogy with their younger selves (and probably create a new unified timeline without those pesky contradictions). Bryan Singer, the director of the first two films as well as a producer/story contributor of X2 and First Class, is again directing and producing the film, which should give some hope to those burned by X-Men: The Last Stand. The plot involves Wolverine being sent back to his younger self (still played by Hugh Jackman, on account of the whole “not aging” thing) to help ensure the survival of both time periods. It’s looking like a fun flick that hopefully won’t go up its own ass with time travel nitty-gritty. Read more…

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Fox Pulls the Plug on Terra Nova

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Mar 6, 2012 in Television

Terra Nova

Well, I can’t say I didn’t see this coming — Fox has decided to cancel Terra Nova, and will not be renewing the series for a second season. The series seemed popular enough to sustain an audience, but viewership declined over the course of its 13 episode run, leaving studio execs with the choice of footing the bill for the show’s enormous budget, or cutting their losses. Given Fox’s track record with shows like Firefly and The Sarah Connor Chronicles, I’m sure everyone could have guessed which option they’d pick. That being the case, the series did seem to suffer from poor writing, and the premise didn’t seem all that original to begin with. Read more…

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Does Independance Day Deserve a Sequel?

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Nov 1, 2011 in Cinema

ID4 Independence Day Poster

It looks as though Fox may finally be ready to move on their plans to produce two back-to-back sequels for their 1996 sci-fi hit, Independence Day. It’s no secret that Sony’s been eyeing the project since earlier this year, but with the scripts finally penned, and Roland Emmerich’s schedule free and clear for the foreseeable future — his latest film, Anonymous hit theaters last weekend — its looking more and more likely. Will Smith hasn’t committed to reprising his role as Captain Steven Hiller, but that doesn’t rule out the possibility. Smith’s reportedly asking for $50 million, and budgetary concerns may prevent that. However, judging by the runaway success of the first film, Fox might justify cutting a big enough check. Either way, the show will go on, with or without him. Of course, that begs the question, do we even need Will Smith, or these sequels for that matter?

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Seth MacFarlane Meets the Flintstones

Posted by Tim Sheehy on May 17, 2011 in Animation

The Flintstones

Today, 20th Century Fox unveiled their plans for a 21st century reboot the Hannah-Barbara classic, The Flintstones to by co-produced by Warner Brothers Television. Overseeing the production will be none other than Family Guy‘s Seth MacFarlane. However, unlike MacFarlane’s raunchier block of animated programming, the show will probably be a tad more family-oriented. Furthermore, while the production might start later this fall, the show itself may not even air until 2013.  It’ll be quite the wait, but considering the amount of red tape likely surrounding a series as old as The Flintstones, and MacFarlane’s target demographic,  it’s surprising the project even got the green light in the first place. Whether or not the show will be any good definitely remains to be seen.

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Watchmen: Flung by Fox Case

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 25, 2008 in Comic Books

Fox wins ruling in Watchmen case: Parody Poster by Fanboy.com

It’s a Christmas gift to us fanboys from Fox! It seems that their copyright case against Warner Brothers has done the trick and this may cause the film not to open come March:

Fox wins ruling in ‘Watchmen’ case

“A Los Angeles federal judge has ruled that 20th Century Fox owns the distribution rights to “Watchmen,” representing a setback for Warner Bros.’ plans to release the pic in March.
“Fox owns a copyright interest consisting of, at the very least, the right to distribute the ‘Watchmen’ motion picture,” the ruling said. Judge Gary Allen Feess issued the surprise ruling Wednesday — a week after setting a Jan. 20 trial date for Fox’s suit — and indicated he would issue a more detailed ruling soon.”

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