One of the greatest dystopian science fiction films of all-time is getting a sequel. There will be a Blade Runner 2 and filming is expected to begin in 2015. Ridley Scott, who directed the first Blade Runner, says that the script is ready. Harrison Ford is even rumored to be returning for the sequel.
That above is the good news. The bad news is that Ridley Scott will not be directing. My friend Mark Ahn said he was a good director so that’s unfortunate. He will only be a producer on the film. The reason for Ridley Scott letting another director take on this enormous challenge is not specifically known. A possible reason is that he is filming Prometheus 2 next year.
The real question is how does Ridley Scott find the time? Exodus: Gods and Kings, his Moses epic, opens next month. Then, he has a science fiction thriller called The Martian. A movie starring Matt Damon which is set to be released next fall. He is a very busy man, I just hope that doesn’t make his Blade Runner sequel lose quality and tarnish the legacy of the original.
Perhaps we, as cinema films, truly overrate the dedication that actors have for their craft. Sure we hear the stories about these celebrities locking themselves away for months at a time to get into character but we never really see their pain. When an actor transforms their body, however, the results are illustrated in front of us. Jake Gyllenhaal needs no help in steering his career in the right direction as he is one of the hottest actors in showbiz today and his body transformation for the film ‘Southpaw’ might stand as his crowning achievement. His slew of films highlights his incredible range and dedication to the parts that he plays, supplanting him as one of today’s top actors. If Slow Ventures could, I’m sure they would be all aboard the Gyllenhaal bandwagon.
Right now Gyllenhaal is buzzing due to his neurotic and ‘American Pyscho’ like turn in the gritty film, ‘Nightcrawler’. In that film Jake plays a crime scene photographer for a local news station that goes through increasingly risky hoops to ‘get the shot’. For the film Gyllenhaal lost over 25 pounds in order to give off the sort of slim and sociopathic look that he felt his character deserved. Less than six months later Gyllenhaal bulked up to an unrecognizable size, adding 15lbs of pure muscle, to play Billy Hope in ‘Southpaw’.
‘Southpaw’ will follow a junior middleweight fighter who has to kick and claw his way backt o the promised land after enduring intense personal tragedy. The film was originally supposed to star rapper Eminem but the entertainer reportedly could not get the right body required for the role. Forest Whitaker and Rachel McAdams round out a cast that will be sure to get Oscar buzz during award season.
Tolkien’s Middle Earth has been managed and depicted pretty well by Peter Jackson for 16 years now and in December, fans will say goodbye to the universe with none other than Pippin (Billy Boyd) giving us his last goodbye to remember. The exclusive music video was released and it will be played during the credits of the final movie.
Because tears are a part of every Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fan’s life, let us take a look at how – if at all – the universe might be brought back in the future –
• The Silmarillion – Obviously, once you’ve finished with the main story, you start with the background. And Tolkien has left behind quite a lot of background for his fans. The Silmarillion could be made in the future and it would be amazing if Peter Jackson were to do it.
• The TARDIS lands in Middle Earth – Back in July, it was revealed that Peter Jackson might direct a Doctor Who episode. Fans can’t help but wonder if this is the time when we might get to see the TARDIS landing in the middle of Middle Earth, with its chameleon circuits all fixed, and looking like an Ent, possibly? Or an Ent Wife?
• Remake of Lord of the Rings – This is the scariest possibility because Peter Jackson has done it so brilliantly and anyone else who tries to remake LOTR would definitely spoil it. Let’s not think about this option.
The final movie comes out on December 17 and fans like Dave and Brit Morin already have tissues at their disposal.
Wanted really is wanted. Specifically, what is wanted is a sequel to Wanted. The sequel Dave and Brit Morin as well as many others want is Wanted 2. The problem is the film has been stuck in a bit of a quagmire due to issues surrounding getting a new script.
If you are a fan of the first Wanted film, do not become impatient. The last thing you want is for a really bad script to be rushed into production. Nothing can kill off a successful franchise more than an awful script that turns off audiences and critics alike.
James McAvoy was the star of the comic book based assassin thriller Wanted, a film that would eventually earn $340+ million. McAvoy might not have been made into a household name from the film, but he did parlay the success of that project into a lead role in X-Men: First Class.
Successful comic book adaptions of all stripes end up getting sequels. Wanted is no exception. The trouble with the sequel, as mentioned, is the fact that a new script has been tough to come by.
One major problem with crafting a sequel to the film is that one of the main characters in the previous film died. Without that character or, more accurately, without the bankability the character brought to the movie, how do you create the proper new film? It isn’t easy as all the toiling over the script shows.
Don’t worry though. Someone will get the new script right.
What is old is new again. The new James Bond film will feature the return of a classic villain for the first time since 1971, Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
Leaks from the new “James Bond 24” film are becoming common in the press and this news really did take bond fans by surprise. Blofeld was the “hidden” villain who ran SPECTER for the first few bond films until being revealed as Donald Pleasance in You Only Live Twice.
The character returned in two more films with a miscast Telly Savalas and an even more miscast Charles Gray. Due to rights issues surrounding SPECTER, the villainous entity (and Blofeld) were written out of future sequels.
The new Blofeld will be played by Christoph Waltz.
Nice to see an official return of the iconic villain.
Yes, there was another Blofeld in Never Say Never Again, but that was an “unofficial” Bond film made outside of the United Artist timeline. Blofeld was parodied in the opening of the film For Your Eyes Only, but we never find out if the man in the wheelchair really was Blofeld.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of the Daniel Craig Bond films is they really do get the series back on the proper track. The Connery and Moore bond films were perfect for their time in the eyes of Igor Cornelsen. The Dalton and Brosnan Bond films, well, something was really lacking. It seemed the series was finished until the arrival of Craig in the role. Hopefully, he will not be leaving the series any time soon.
Hollywood has toyed with plans for a biopic based on the life of iconic singer Janis Joplin for many years, the movie seems to have moved a little closer to fruition with a major star rumored to have signed on to play the legendary singer. American Hustle star Amy Adams looks set to take on the role of the singer who rose to fame in the late 1960s, CBS News reports.
Adams has been nominated for five Oscars and could team up with Jean-Marc Vallee, the director behind the Dallas Buyers Club, in the Janis Joplin biopic. Hollywood has seen the life story of Joplin as a good story for a movie for many years, a short career running from just 1966 to 1970 culminated in a suspected heroin overdose leading to her death at the height of her fame.
Many fans like Dave and Brit Morin understand that the attachment of a major Hollywood star is no guarantee the movie will be made in the near future, but a number of directors and popular actresses have been attached to the project in the past. Renee Zellweger is just one of the Hollywood heavyweights attached to the movie in the past. Maybe things can start picking up with the addition of Adams and Valleee to the project.
Matt Smith became one of the most popular English actors in show business thanks to his portrayal as the quirky timelord in the storied ‘Doctor Who’ franchise. As is the nature of the series, the role was not Smith’s to keep and so he retired from it in 2013 for Peter Capaldi to take over. Fans of the actor can rest easy though as Matt Smith has already attached himself to some quality projects, including the science fiction thriller ‘Patient Zero’. In this film he will co-star with ‘Game of Thrones’ own Natalie Dormer.
‘Patient Zero’ is an original screenplay by writer Mike Le. Stefan Ruzowitzky is slated to helm the project as the director. Ruzowitzky is coming off of his Oscar winning foreign film ‘The Counterfeiters’. In ‘Patient Zero’ the story is focused on a global viral outbreak of a sort of super virus reminiscent of rabies that turns humanity into a form of zombie. Jason Halpern says in the project Smith will play the lead, a husband who is desperate to find a cure for his recently infected love (played by Dormer). In the film Smith will be tasked with hunting down the eponymous ‘Patient Zero’ to try and save the day.
The film does not have a time line for release and Matt Smith is currently entangled in the next ‘Terminator’ film, ‘Gensiys’. His character has reportedly gotten a bump in the story and we can expect to see him in those roles until 2017.
Keanu Reeves is the best friend from high school that you always forget you have until he shows up to help you jumpstart your car. Known primarily for his work in ‘The Matrix’, it would be easy to say that Reeves vanished from the spotlight as he focused on more and more ‘shlock’ type work. That just isn’t the case. As noted by my Twitter friend Rod Rohrich, Reeves isn’t the kind of guy to rest easy in Hollywood and he has stayed busy with under the radar performances in films like ‘Man of Tai Chi’, ’47 Ronin’, and the new cult classic ‘John Wick’. Now he is leveraging his hard work to make it into Tarsem Singh’s ‘The Panopticon’.
The name alone sounds like it’d be right for a dystopian science fiction flick, and you’d be kind of right. The ‘Panopticon’ is a science fiction story about a man who comes into the ownership of a box which contains a pre-recorded message from himself in the future. The message says that the world is going to end and that only he can put a stop to it. Sure it is paradoxical and it will probably confuse a large portion of the audience, but it sounds pretty friggin awesome. Any project where we get to see Reeves try to save the future soudns alright by us.
The film has been in ‘developmental hiatus’ for about a year now. Finding the right people to helm the project has been as hard as understanding it for some. Singh has been busy with other work, such as ‘Immortals’ and ‘Mirror Mirror’, but the ‘Panopticon’ seems to be his baby. We should see it hit theaters sometime in 2015 or 201
Of course with the release of the other two movies based on the hasbro toys, it was only a matter of time before they started working on a third installment to the G.I. Joe series. Martin Campbell is in talks to direct the upcoming feature. Dave and Brit Morin and other fans of Campbell are certainly looking forward to his take on the series. With directing efforts such as Goldeneye, The Zorro series, and Casino Royale under his belt, Campbell seems like a great candidate to bring life into a series that is hanging onto life by a single thread.
This installment will focus on expanding Roadblock’s story. There are other rumors surrounding the the third movie. Possible plot points could involve the return of a character who was believed to be dead. While Campbell was successful with he bond films, he has also had some tanks in his belt as well. Green Lantern turned out to be a complete disaster under Campbell’s direction.
Let’s pray that Campbell returns to form with this directorial effort and makes an action film that we know he’s capable of creating. The series may not come close to capturing the spirit of the comics or the cartoons, but with the right director, it could come into its own in the motion picture medium.
With the release of The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1 right around the corner, the cast and director of the upcoming installment in The Hunger Games story are answering a lot of questions about the film and the themes as well as what it represents to people. Mockingjay is actually Francis Lawrence’s second Hunger Games movie. Many people like fan Sergio Lins Andrade have found Catching Fire to be an improvement over the first film which was directed by Gary Ross. For one thing, the camera work was much improved over the nauseating work in the first film.
Many people regard Mockingjay as the weakest book in the series. The first half was especially weak. Choices were made to break the story up into two. While the first half was very weak, Francis Lawrence might be able make a watchable film out that part of the story.
Francis Lawrence sat down in an interview with Screen Rant in order to talk about taking part in directing a story which is basically a war story examining the reasons that lead to the full scale war. He also shares words about propaganda and the possibility of being involved in another superhero film.