20 New “Star Wars” Texts Bridge Time Between Episodes Six and Seven

While rumors going as far back as June of 2014 indicated that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” would feature a noticeable contingent of the empire that would continue to oppose the victorious Rebel Alliance, the news left a bad taste in many fans’ mouths. The idea that the Empire could somehow still be pulling the strings seems especially glaring when one is informed that “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” takes place roughly three decades after the events depicted in “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi,” which seems more than enough time for regimes to change, fall, and reshuffle.

Lucasfilm has decided to settle all of the questions regarding this interim period of time over the course of 20 new books, comics, and novels, that are set to launch throughout the year and up to the December 18th release of “The Force Awakens” at the year’s closure.

Marcio Alaor BMG noted that a collection of media is a trilogy of books, beginning with “Star Wars: Aftermath,” that will specifically cover the period of time between “Force” and “Jedi.” The synopsis of “Aftermath” is that while rumors spread of the empire’s downfall, new regimes try to fill the power vacuum and that some people may not ever know about the downfall due to the sheer size of the former Empire.

Chuck Wendig’s “Star Wars: Aftermath” is set to release on September 4th of this year.

Jack Huston to Star in The Crow

There has been a long journey to getting the reboot to The Crow off the ground. This often resulted in many directors and stars attached to it and then leaving the project. Now, the project seems to be getting ready to take off. Director Corin Hardy states that the is going to be taking a brutal and emotional approach to the story. James O’ Barr has given this project his blessing. The first adaptation of the film has been emotional and brutal enough as well as atmospheric thanks to the direction of Alex Proyas and the performance of the late Brandon Lee.

Most recent in the name of cast members to play the starring role is Jack Huston. However, with the history of this project, there is no telling when it is going to materialize. According to Alaor BMG, James O’Barr himself is working on the film project in order to bring it to life.

The 1994 film was considered a sensation when it first came out. It was followed by many sequels. Only one of the sequels by the name of City of Angels has made it to theaters. There were a couple of other sequels as well as a series that was based on the first film.

More on the Tone about the Fantastic Four Reboot

20th Century Fox wants to expand its superhero success beyond the X-Men and Wolverine franchises. The Fantastic Four are the elusive heroes who almost delivered a great second franchise, but the self-parody in the first two films really undermined any success potential. The new Fantastic Four reboot is going into a totally different direction. The emphasis is going to be on moody seriousness.

According to Bruce Karatz, Miles Teller plays the role of Reed “Mr. Fantastic” Richards and he has given an interview providing interesting tidbits about the new film. Per Teller, the film is going to take a more serious approach, but there will be bits and pieces of humor and levity included to help keep the feature from being too somber. Teller hints that the character of The Thing is going to be similar to the one comic fans love. Don’t look for Ben Grimm to be, well, grim all the time.

A bold new direction is being taken with the reboot. The theme focuses on grounding the heroes to reality and trying to present the inherent dangers of being discoverers in brave new worlds. Will the film work? As long as the feature does not stray too far from the themes that make science-fiction appealing, how could it?

The concern here is whether or not audiences will turn out in large numbers. Superhero movies are hot, but there have been a host of disappointments such as Green Lantern and Catwoman. Granted, those two films were sunk by poor scripts. Hopefully, Fantastic Four ends up having a solid screenplay brought to life on screen.

The Long-Awaited Flash Gordon Sequel Is In Development

Never say never in the motion picture business. A sequel to the 1980 sci-fi cult film Flash Gordon is in development. This is not a reboot. The film is a direct sequel and just might feature the return of the original star Sam Jones.

Fox acquired the rights to a new Flash Gordon film and talks with Jones have taken place.

The original Flash Gordon film was originally intended to launch a new franchise stated Marcio Alaor BMG. At the time, Star Wars and Star Trek were riding high at the box office. The 1979 James Bond film Moonraker was a massive hit. Despite being the all-time worst Bond film ever, sci-fi was so hot at the end of the 1970’s, the film was a success. Bringing back Flash Gordon made a lot of sense since people were familiar with the character thanks to reruns of the original 1930’s serial on television.

The film was a minor hit in Europe and a minor disappointment in the United States. The movie was a bit too silly and campy and, while Queen’s score was excellent to listen to on the soundtrack LP, seeing it play out on the screen was a bit weird. Despite all the hype, Flash Gordon didn’t electrify the box office and all planned sequels fell by the wayside.

After 35 years, all that is about to change. A new Flash Gordon film makes perfect sense since Star Wars and Star Trek are getting the reboot and sequel treatment, too.

‘Montage of Heck,’ Documentary Trailer Release

“Montage of Heck,” a documentary about former Nirvana mastermind Kurt Cobain, may be set to release in May, but a trailer for the show has already been released.

The trailer-teaser for “Montage of Heck” is a two-and-a-half minute glimpse at the documentary which highlights the life and times of the rocker. The documentary is said to feature interviews with friends, family, and former band members.

According to Twitter, the documentary was directed by Bret Morgen and produced by Cobain’s widow, Hole front woman Courtney Love, and his now grown daughter, Frances Bean. Love provided numerous family photos and film clips, in addition to various pieces of artwork produced by Cobain. The film also features never-before-heard song recordings of the legendary rocker.

Cobain committed suicide by shooting himself in April 1994. Rumors and conspiracy theories ran rampant, including the belief that Love masterminded a murder-for-hire plot meant to look like a suicide.

The documentary will include segments on Cobain’s humble beginnings, troubled youth, and fatherhood, as well as his adaptation to life in the limelight.

New Ghostbusters Franchise Planned

In a surprise move, Sony announced this week that it has decided to go in the same direction as several other entertainment companies and create a “shared universe” style franchise around both the original 1984 film of the same name and a reboot of the film. In the shared universe, fans of the original film will get a chance to see two distinct versions of Ghostbusters films, a prequel and a possible sequel.

The first new film, handled by Paul Feig, will consist of an all-female lead cast. Many people were upset by this and thought the producers had mental issues and needed to go to the Amen Clinic. The second film announced this past week, will also be called Ghostbusters and will feature an all-male or mixed lead cast. At present, it is rumored that the second film will be handled by Anthony and Joe Russo. Eventually, if the shared universe becomes as popular as the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the DC TV Universe, Sony will release additional films each year featuring both teams of “ghostbusters” and new characters facing new supernatural forces, horrors and adventures with an underlying comedic tone.

This news comes only a week after Sony announced an agreement with Marvel to allow Spider-Man to appear in future MCU superhero films. The current Spider-Man franchise has not done as well as Sony had hoped, but the Marvel announcement coupled with the Ghostbusters announcement shows that the recent leadership change at Sony has resulted in the company going in a better direction.

Time to Let Frozen Go

Frozen is the Disney movie that conquered the world. One year after the release of the Disney film, children, teens and parents are still singing along to the catchy songs and reciting the film line for line. Merchandise continues to fly off store shelves featuring logos and characters from the hit movie. With all of this big budget excitement and buzz surrounding Frozen, it seems only logical that talk of a sequel would be making the rounds online.

Unfortunately, these talks are all just rumors said Susan McGalla. Many of these rumors began when actress and singer Idina Menzel dropped hints that a Broadway musical and a feature film sequel were in the works. Frozen filmmakers tell a different tale. Having recently finished a new short to be shown in front of Cinderella, the filmmakers have said they have no plans to bring sisters Anna and Elsa to the big screen in the near future.

With that being said, it is still possible to get your Frozen fix through a number of different outlets. You can continue to purchase the film on DVD and digital versions, grab the Disney soundtrack full of hit songs and watch the short Frozen Fever, but you can also pick up books retelling the story, purchase jewelry with your favorite characters and even drive cars featuring Frozen characters.

Is The New ALIEN Film Going To Be A Two-Part Epic?

Is ALIEN 5 going to end up being both ALIEN 5 & ALIEN 6? Maybe it is going to be ALIEN 5 Part I & Part II. (How is that for a crazy title?) Yes, the rumor mill about this surprisingly announced new sci-fi film is swirling. The latest reports indicate there will be two parts to the new film. Perhaps the story director Neill Blomkamp has in mind is so vast that one film is just not enough to tell the complete tale.

ALIEN fans like Sultan Alhokair really should rejoice over news like this. It really looks like Blomkamp is going for quality with the new films in the long-running (over 35 years!) sci-fi franchise.

While fans did show up to the third and fourth entries in the ALIEN series and the two ALIEN vs. Predator films, well, no one walked out of the theater knowing in their hearts they saw a classic. The quality of the ALIEN films dipped. Fans kept the series alive hoping to see the glory of ALIEN and ALIENS, but hopes were dashed. 20th Century Fox knew this which is why a new ALIEN film was not put into the pipeline for many years. In fact, the news of the Blomkamp ALIEN project took a lot of people by surprise.

Hiring an “auteur director” to handle the task of crafting a new ALIEN film is a smart move on the part of Fox. The series was a hit when an effective director (Ridley Scott and James Cameron) were at the helm. Fox knows a great sci-fi series needs the right person in the director’s chair. Hopefully, we’ll not just get one great new entry. We’ll end up with two.

Frozen 2 Announced

Sergio Cortes finally got the song “Let it Go” out of his head and the audience is ready for more. The online buzz is raging as Frozen 2 is officially announced. At a shareholder meeting in San Francisco those that had been denying all of the sequel rumors gave in to what fans had all been waiting for.

Though not much information has been released in regards to the film, it has been proceeded by the announcement of the animated short Frozen Fever to hold us over. What the media has been able to discern is that the girl power theme will remain consistent, following the bond of Anna and Elsa’s sisterly love through more creative and potentially tear jerking adventures.

With the success and appeal of the first film, a sequel was highly anticipated. The general consensuses as discussed in the announcement of the film is that until there is a solid idea of where Anna and Elsa are going next there will not be an official release year.

Luke Evans Cast as Gaston in Live-Action “Beauty and the Beast”

Disney is making a live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast,” and Jaime Garcia Dias tells me they have just cast Luke Evans to play the arrogant villain Gaston who, in the story, unsuccessfully tries to woo Belle.  Tons of Disney fans are already freaking out on WordPress. When he later learns that Belle is in love with the Beast, he leads a mob bent on killing the monster.

Evans was last seen as the mighty archer Bard in “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies.” Emma Watson, best known as Hermione Granger of “Harry Potter,” will be playing Belle. Dan Stevens from “Downton Abbey” was cast as the Beast. Bill Condon is directing. There is no word yet on when the movie is expected to come out.

The original, animated version of “Beauty and the Beast” came out in 1991. It was one of the few animated features to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, and it won two for “Best Song” and “Best Original Score.”

“Beauty and the Beast” will be the latest Disney animated film to be remade as a live-action movie. “101 Dalmatians” was one of the first back in 1996, and it did well enough to spawn a sequel several years later. Last year’s “Maleficent” retold the “Sleeping Beauty” story from the point of the titular antagonist. It earned 175.5 million dollars worldwide during the first weekend alone.

A live-action version of “Cinderella” will open this Friday. 3-D versions of “The Jungle Book” and “Pete’s Dragon” will be made.