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It looks like there might be some big movements on Fox's X-Force movie. According to CB, Ryan Reynolds is rumored to co-write the film with writer-director Joe Carnahan, who could also be helming it. According to the site, who claims to have an inside source, development on the film has already started with this duo.
Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow was previously attached to the project as a writer, but that was back in 2013. I doubt he has any involvement in the film at this point. We started getting a lot of talk about the X-Force film after Deadpool was released, and the Deadpool screenwriters recently said that Deadpool 2 has a responsibility to set up the X-Force movie:
"There is a responsibility we have to the X-Force universe, and I do think we will not disappoint the fans going into Deadpool 2 and then setting up X-Force and beyond...Its purpose is not to set up X-Force. It will likely set up X-Force, but the drive of the movie won’t be our eyes on Movie 3."
Carnahan seems like a great choice as a director for the movie! I'm not sure how he's going to fit it in his schedule because he already has three projects currently in development. The Smokin' Aces and A-Team director is currently set to direct the remake of The Raid, and he's also developing Bad Boys for Life and the big screen adaptation of Uncharted. If this news turns out to be true, he obviously plans on fitting it in his schedule somewhere.
As for Reynolds, he's currently working on getting Deadpool 2 ready to go, but he's previously said that X-Force is a priority for him:
"There’s so much material to mine in just the X-Men universe … In the future, if we’re doing a bunch more Deadpool movies, we’re really going to explore the X-Men a lot. We’ll see. And maybe X-Force — X-Force is my priority. I really want to get that in."
Well, if he's co-writing it he's certainly getting that in. With Deadpool already established, and Cable about to be established in Deadpool 2, it would be a blast seeing them with the rest of the X-Force team!
The X-Force film will most likely end up with an R-rating when it gets made. There's no confirmation of Carnahan or Reynolds actually being a part of the development of this film, but I'm sure this rumor will be confirmed or debunked soon enough.
The X-FORCE Movie Is Rumored to Be Co-Written by Ryan Reynolds and Directed by Joe Carnahan
You've gotta watch this fantastic 5-minute clip for Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant that's been released. It serves as a prologue that does a fantastic job introducing us to the entire crew of the colonization ship, Covenant.
The clip is called "Prologue: Last Supper" and the main crew, who are all couples, and their android, Walter, gather together for one last meal together before they enter cryosleep. They are on their way to a remote planet where the crew will form a new human settlement.
It's really interesting to learn that all of the passengers on the ship are couples who are going to start a whole new human settlement. That's going to make for an incredibly fascinating dynamic. This clip is such a great way to introduce us to these new characters, but don't get too attached! Remember this is an Alien movie, which means most of them are going to meet their horrific demise.
Alien: Covenant stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby, and James Franco. it's set to open in theaters on May 19.
5-Minute Prologue for ALIEN: COVENANT Introduces Us to the Crew of the Ship
Hugh Jackman has made it very clear that Logan will be the last time he plays Wolverine. It's a bittersweet moment because he's ending his time as Wolverine in, from what I hear, is one of the best comic book films ever made. Well, it turns out that Jackman would have stuck around in the role even longer had Fox and Marvel worked out a deal to allow the X-Men in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
That's obviously something we would've all love to see! Unfortunately, we'll never see Jackman's Wolverine battle Mark Ruffalo's Hulk. When talking to ScreenRant, the actor was asked what he would do if he were offered the chance to be in an Avengers movie and this was his response:
"If that was on the table when I made my decision, it certainly would have made me pause. That’s for sure. Because I always love the idea of him within that dynamic, with the Hulk obviously, with Iron Man but there’s a lot of smarter people with MBAs who can’t figure that out [laughter]. You never know."
He went on to talk about some of the elements of the Old Man Logan comic story arc that Fox couldn't include in Logan, like the Hulk and his inbred kids. Jackman then reiterates that a crossover with the MCU would have caused him to stick around as Wolverine a little longer.
"At the moment, honestly, if I really did have them there, I probably wouldn’t have said this is the last. It just feels like this is the right time [to leave the character]."
It's a little discouraging to hear this because it would have been amazing to see Wolverine and the X-Men included in the MCU. Unfortunately, Fox and Marvel didn't work anything out before Jackman made his decision to hang up his claws.
Hey, at least Logan is a great film and it's the perfect send off to Jackman's Wolverine.
Hugh Jackman Would Still Play Wolverine if the X-Men Were Part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
An awesome five minute prologue for Alien: Covenant introduced us to all the main characters in the film. If you haven't seen it yet, make sure to check it out here because it's something you don't want to miss!
It's revealed that the crew of the Covenant is made up of couples, and they are on a journey to a remote planet where they will form a new human settlement. Today we have a new photo of the film that shows us what that planet will look like, and it seems like a beautiful place for them to die when the Xenomorphs come out to play. Michael Fassbender says:
“What’s great about this story is the characters are so different. They’re not just filling out a spaceship, their characters have been thought about. It harks back to those really cool characters in the original Alien, where there are great relationships going on outside of the [alien].”
Alien: Covenant stars Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby, and James Franco. It's set to open in theaters on May 19.
New ALIEN: COVENANT Photo Features the New Planet Where the Characters Will Die
Kristen Stewart is currently in talks to star in a film that has been described as an "Underwater Armageddon." THR say the film, which is being written by The Signal writer Will Eubank, will feature a submarine crew traveling deep beneath the ocean in an attempt to save a world. I'm guessing they'll save the world by drilling a hole? The film is expected to be big budget, and will put Stewart, who has seemingly been reluctant to make her way back into big budget following Snow White And The Huntsman, back in a blockbuster.
I don't hate Kristen Stewart, but I know a lot of people do. Personally, I think her acting style is the perfect fit for a film like this. What's your take? The film is set to begin production in New Orleans this March.
Kristen Stewart Is in Talks to Star in "Underwater ARMAGEDDON" Film
In a surprising turn of events, Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is officially set to direct The Batman! The news of his possible involvement was reported about a week ago, and not long after another report surfaced saying that he decided to drop out of the project. Obviously, that news of dropping out wasn't accurate.
I'm happy that Reeves has taken the gig! I think he's a solid choice that will bring the right story and tone to the film. I love what he's done with the Planet of the Apes franchise, and I'm excited to see how he handles the Dark Knight.
There have been lots of rumors regarding the story for the film. Most of them revolve Arkham Asylum and lots and lots of villains. There's been no confirmation of these rumored story details, and I imagine now that Reeves is on board he's going to be making some changes to whatever work has been done on the film and the script. Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, Toby Emmerich said in a statement:
"We are thrilled to have Matt Reeves taking the helm of Batman, the crown jewel of our DC slate. Matt’s deep roots in genre films and his evolution into an emotional world-building director make him the perfect filmmaker to guide the Dark Knight through this next journey."
"I have loved the Batman story since I was a child. He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I am incredibly honored and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen."
The Batman is ready to move forward with the fresh eyes of a new director, and I can't wait to see what he does with it!
Matt Reeves Officially Confirmed to Direct THE BATMAN!
A while back we featured a video talking about the practical effects used for the 2011 version of The Thing, and how those effects were scrapped for the CGI look you now see in the film. Everyone grabbed a pitchfork and went on a rant on how the good old days of practical effects will always trump all digital media and we all felt very proud of ourselves. Now, that same YouTuber has released another video showcasing those effects and letting us know why the studio ultimately decided to go another direction.
The short answer is they made it look like an '80s film, which is not something you want to see in a film shot in 2011, especially if you're a big budget project. Get the longer explanation, as well as some shots of those practical effects in the video, below.
Video Explains Why CGI Effects Were Necessary for the 2011 Version of THE THING
Every Star Wars fan has been eagerly waiting to see a theatrical rerelease of the unaltered versions of the original Star Wars trilogy. A couple months ago Rogue One director Gareth Edwards said he watched a 4k restoration of Star Wars: A New Hope, so we know that it exists. The question is, does Lucasfilm have plans to release it, and if so, when would that happen?
Making Star Wars is reporting that the unaltered original trilogy could be released this year for the 40th anniversary and that it will be released in various formats. This is just a rumor, and if it's true I imagine that Lucasfilm will make the announcement at Star Wars Celebration next month. The site says:
Over the last month the evidence and tips have been piling up that the unaltered original trilogy will be re-released this year for the 40th anniversary in various formats. Several sources have let us know it was coming and it appears to actually be on the way this time.
I have no idea if there is any truth to this rumor but I hope that it's true. Fans have been waiting for this for years. I can't even remember the last time I even watched the original edits of the trilogy prior to George Lucas going in and messing around with them.
We'll find out if this rumor is true soon enough. It would be a lot of fun sharing those original films with my kids.
The Original, Unaltered STAR WARS Trilogy Is Rumored to Be Releasing This Year
Nier: Automata isn't even out yet but that won't stop the world of cosplay. 0kasane0 leads the pack with her cosplay of leading lady Yorha 2b. I'm sure if the game is as good as it looks...read more on GameTyrant
Get Hype For NIER: AUTOMATA With This Awesome Cosplay
It's a statue so ugly, only a southern slang term can describe it. Seriously, what the hell went wrong in the creation of this Chinese Iron Man statue? It's like they started making a Juggernaut statue, realized they didn't make a mouthpiece, then opted for the Hulkbuster instead. Whatever they were going for, they failed. His power cell looks like a USB charger, and since when are Iron Man's eyes visible from inside the suit? That's just creepy. See some images via Kotaku below.
This Chinese IRON MAN Statue Is Uglier Than Homemade Sin
A new synopsis of Aquaman has allegedly hit the web. Comicbook reports a casting call for Aquaman has hit the web with the following description of the film.
“Aquaman will center on Aquaman as a reluctant ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis who is caught between land dwellers that are always polluting the globe and his own people who are ready to invade the surface.”
Arthur Curry has always been a man of two worlds. Being raised by humans obviously puts him in an empathetic position, but being ruler of Atlantis obviously has its obligations as well. I know at one point director James Wan indicated he wanted to add some of his well-known horror element to the film, so I have no idea how that could play into this storyline. As I mentioned earlier, this synopsis is not official, so maybe it's way off base. It does sound like a plausible storyline, however, and a decent way to tie Aquaman to the rest of the DC universe for future films. What do you think of the description?
An Alleged Synopsis for AQUAMAN Has Hit the Internet
Musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie recently shared a photo of himself with James Gunn and announced that he has a role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The photo came with the caption:
"With @jamesgunn at Disney recording a voice for Guardians of the Galaxy 2!"
We don't know who exactly it is that he's recording a voice for, but in case you didn't know, Zombie's voice made a cameo in the first Guardians of the Galaxy film as the Ravager Navigator. Gunn said on Twitter:
I just assume he'll be providing the voice the Ravager Navigator again, but we'll just have to wait and see. Zombie has also worked with Gunn on the films Slither and Super. Looks like Gunn is going to keep working with Zombie a tradition.
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Rob Zombie Has a Role in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2
Lionsgate has released a new international TV spot for their upcoming Power Rangers movie and what makes it fun is the fact that it's set to the theme song of the classic series. Hardcore Power Rangers fans might appreciate that. I've also included a new series of character banners that feature the Rangers with their Zords.
Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.
The Rangers you see here include Dacre Montgomery as Jason the Red Ranger, RJ Cyler as Billy the Blue Ranger, Naomi Scott as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, Becky G as Trini the Yellow Ranger, and Ludi Lin as Zack the Black Ranger. Elizabeth Banks also stars in the movie as the main villain Rita Repulsa, and Bryan Cranston is playing Zordon.
The Power Rangers will jump into action when the movie is released on March 24th, 2017.
New POWER RANGERS Spot Includes Classic Theme Song, Plus New Character Banners
Couch Tomato has released another great video in his movie comparison series. This latest episode breaks down Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass and James Gunn's Super and gives us 24 reasons why they are the same movie. I'm a huge fan of both of these films, and it's not hard to see the comparisons at first glance because they're both films that revolve around gritty grounded real life superheroes. If you've ever watched any of the previously released "24 Reasons" videos, though, then you know they go a lot deeper than that and get into stuff you might have never thought of before.
24 Reasons Why KICK-ASS and SUPER Are the Same Movie
A handy new feature has been dropped into Mass Effect: Andromeda! Players will now have the ability to quick change between 4 loadouts and 3 skills each to their favorites...read more on GameTyrant
Characters Will Be Able To Switch Loadout Profiles On The Fly In MASS EFFECT: ANDROMEDA
Don't you just hate having to sift through all those "New To Netflix" posts? Well, I hate writing them so I'm not going to either of us through that and will instead show you a video that will show you everything you care about coming to the streaming service this March. Of course, Iron Fist is up March 17th as well as some others that you're going to want to see! It'll only take a minute of your time, dive in!
Short Video Showcases What's Coming to Netflix in March
This week on Why Am I Laughing, Ben and RJ talk about Offensive Comedy! Are there types of jokes you can’t say? Is anything off limits? How far is too far? So grab your headphones, make sure you aren’t at work, and whatever you do, don’t laugh. Spoiler Alert: This podcast will offend you. Listen on PodTyrant
Why Am I Laughing? Ep. 24 — Offensive Comedy
Right now, you might best know Macon Blair as an actor who often works with Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier. Blair broke onto the scene in front of the camera in Saulnier's 2013 revenge film Blue Ruin, but now the actor has expanded his storytelling abilities behind the lens by writing and directing a new movie for Netflix called I don't feel at home in this world anymore. (yes, with the stylized lower case font and period at the end included). It's about a woman named Ruth (Melanie Lynskey) who enlists the help of a weirdo named Tony (Elijah Wood) to help her track down the guys who broke into her house and stole her stuff. It's a small, self-contained story that works almost like a buddy comedy for the first half before some intense violence abruptly enters the fray and has catastrophic effects on how the movie operates from that point on. The film arrives on Netflix tomorrow, and I'd highly suggest checking it out.
I had the opportunity to speak with Blair on the phone about making his directorial debut on this film, and after seeing the movie myself, I jumped at the chance to chat with him about it. I've included our conversation in its entirety below, but beware — I'd say there are some LIGHT SPOILERS in it. There's nothing that will ruin too much for you, but if you prefer to go in knowing only what you see in the trailer, watch the movie tomorrow and then come back and read this. Enjoy.
GeekTyrant: Congratulations on the movie. I really related to the main character’s observations about how most people constantly behave like assholes. Is that a worldview you share, or one you just thought would work well for this story?
Macon Blair: The blanket response is, it is one that I share. But it’s also sort of tailor-made for this story because it gives her somewhere to go. Meaning, it’s also true that the world is full of wonderful, decent, selfless people who go out of their way to do the right thing. I don’t know what the mathematical breakdown of that is. A lot of days, maybe just because of the media I ingest, it certainly feels weighted in favor of the assholes from the not-assholes, but I don’t know if that’s true or not, but that’s certainly a perception, and that’s what Ruth’s perception was, and while being a caper story and a detective story, I think part of the point was to sort of nudge her a little bit closer to Tony’s point of view, which is, “sure, problems, but you could also look at it from a more positive standpoint. But yeah, it’s easy to get bummed out.
It’s interesting because you have a character who obviously has to face her external conflicts, but she also has this impossible goal of changing the way everyone else acts all the time. I found that fascinating.
Yeah, and it’s exactly not achievable. That’s why, even though we kind of set him up as an uber villain, when she goes and confronts that rich guy and he’s like, “I don’t get it, what do you want?” she says “I just want people to not be assholes” and he kind of laughs at her, that’s — while I sympathize with Ruth asking that, I feel like his response is the correct one. Like, “What an insane thing to ask for. You drove all the way out here to ask me this?” She could have just just let it go and the movie would have been over, we wouldn’t have had a second half of the movie. But on the other hand, she would not have been in danger, and her buddy would not have gotten stabbed, so yeah, for me that was sort of a “what would you do” type of question in that situation. Would you let it go, or not? I’m not sure I have that answer, but obviously we had to go with that version of it to have a full movie.
So you play a guy, very briefly, who spoils a major plot point in a book series that the protagonist is reading. There are a lot of terrible characters in this movie, but what was it like for you to play the absolute worst scumbag the whole thing?
I love it that in a movie where people are literally murdering and robbing and stabbing people, the worst one is the book spoiler. I tend to agree with you — yeah, it’s the worst. (Laughs) Honestly, that was kind of a last minute decision. I think I selfishly just wanted to say that I’d done some work with Melanie Lynskey. I wanted to have that on my resume, so I put myself in there at the last minute. I knew I couldn’t do a sizable role and be responsible with it and still be able to direct the movie, so it had to be something that could be done in a very short period of time, and that seemed like the one. It was more of a fun little treat for me.
Absolutely. So you mentioned Melanie, and I thought she was just terrific. She has a wonderful vulnerability but can also pull off this fierce toughness that works really well. How did you decide she was right for the part?
You kind of got both sides of it right there. I, very early on in the writing, had her in mind. I knew I wanted to at least offer it to her. I didn’t know if the movie was going to get made at all or with who, but she was sort of the best case scenario of who I wanted for it. And it was for exactly that reason. I first became aware of her in Heavenly Creatures, her first movie, and there was that one shot where she’s walking down the hallway and the camera’s moving back with her, and she’s only like 14 or 15 years old, but she just looks so vicious and pissed off and determined, and just that one shot kind of got baked into my brain. I was like, “That is Ruth in the second half of the movie.” And then she had this — all of her performances, I think in different ways, are powerful and emotionally honest and really fun to watch — but she had a supporting part in Away We Go, which was really heartbreaking and quiet. And that one kind of struck me as, “Oh, that’s Ruth in the first half of the movie.” So it was those sort of two tones that she just does so transparently and effortlessly: vulnerability and viciousness that I thought worked really well.
Elijah Wood was also great. This feels very much in line with the kinds of interesting choices he’s been making lately. What led you to cast him as Tony?
The same sort of thing. In a really early version of the character, I was sort of thinking of the guy as being more of a gentle giant, like an oaf, but I started to wonder if maybe I hadn’t seen that before. So I started thinking of him as more of a little guy with a Napoleon complex who’s really into his martial arts and his fist fighting that he’s not actually good at, and he started to make sense to me for that. I knew him a little bit from having met at film festivals, and he’s such a charismatic, instantly sympathetic, likable guy in person and on screen, so I thought it would be fun to on one hand take advantage of that, and on the other kind of invert it, you know what I mean? By making him this irritating strange character that’s sort of opposite him, but at the same time he would still have the audience totally on his side when he’s leaving dog shit in people’s yards.
Can you talk about your influences for this movie, both for writing the script and what kind of stuff you were watching to visually inspire you beforehand?
Yeah. The two different things — I think tonally, in terms of a fun, free-wheeling, grungy type of feel, movies like Repo Man were a big influence. In some of the oddball relationship kind of things, Harold & Maude and Trust were big influences. And then as far as the low-key, grounded, character-driven crime aspect, I was looking at movies from the ‘70s like Charley Varrick and Night Moves and The Friends of Eddie Coyle and stuff like that. Movies which really don’t feel at all like this movie, I don’t think, but just in the sense that they’re really focused on the character as opposed to the mechanics of the plot. Kind of plainspoken, and they feel kind of small. They still feel urgent and propulsive, but the universe feels kind of small. I enjoyed that and it seemed like a fun way to approach this story, which was half crime story and half shaggy dog friendship story mushed together.
What was the single biggest problem in either writing, filming, or editing that you didn’t anticipate beforehand?
I should have anticipated it because I’ve been on movies that had much more complicated and involved action thriller sequences, but definitely the last fifteen minutes of the movie or so where they’re running through the woods and they’re falling down and there’s gunshot effects and boats on open water and there’s snakes and swamps and stuntmen and stuntwomen and a whole bunch of stuff. We were out in the elements, so we were at the mercy of wind or rain, and we had a limited amount of time at a very particular location. I feel like we got the best version of it, and the crew, we were really able to improvise and pull some stuff out of thin air that I think worked well, but it was really ambitious given the amount of time there. So in retrospect, or if I’m in a position to do something like that again, I would either scale back the script and try to shoot less stuff, or I would scale up the schedule and ask for an additional day or two with which to shoot it. We were kind of racing that whole time and I wish we had a little bit more breathing room. But it also made it fun, like you couldn’t really second-guess anything. There wasn’t time to wonder if this was the right call or not. It was just like, “We’ve gotta shoot something because it’s getting dark in twenty minutes and we don’t have the snake tomorrow, so we’ve gotta go.” But I don’t regret anything.
Not to give anything away, but the movie doesn’t shy away from a bit of brutality near the end. Is that something you’ve always been attracted to as a storyteller?
Kind of. Jeremy [Saulnier] and myself and the group of kids that we grew up with, we got into making our own little home movies trying to imitate movies like RoboCop and Aliens and stuff like that. Part of it was an attraction to special effects and stunts and figuring out creative ways to shoot action sequences and stuff like that. So it’s kind of a craft-oriented thing, and it’s fun when it’s deployed in a certain way. One thing I did kind of want to do here, though, was basically have it be more about that brutality coming out of nowhere and surprising you, as opposed to “let’s put the camera in a close-up and watch a lot of blood and meat on the ground.” I was not as interested in the fluids and the blood, although the effects are awesome and they look great, but it was more about, “Oh wow, I did not see that coming! It popped up out of nowhere and triggered this chain reaction of craziness that is tumbling away from the viewer before they can even process what they’ve seen.” That chaos was more important than the actual splatter, if that makes sense.
Totally. The word I keep using to describe the violence is “gnarly.” How do you decide where the line is for striking the right tone and not taking things too far when it does come out of nowhere like that?
It was a process. We shot everything. We got all the close-ups of the gore. We got slow-motion, we put a second camera on it so we could have that option. But at the same time, we’re trying to juggle that against, ostensibly, comedy moments. For example, the first time when somebody gets shot, Ruth’s reaction is to throw up — projectile vomit.
I love that moment.
It’s meant to be kind of a joke, because it’s meant to be surprising and funny, and as an escape valve from all of this bloodshed that’s happening. At the same time, it’s also meant to be honest. Ruth is not a gangster, so that’s probably the first time she’s seen real blood in her life, so that’s her honest reaction. Whether it worked or not, I was trying to have my cake and eat it, too: have a true character moment and also a joke in the midst of all this bloodshed. But yeah, we would go back and forth in the editing about “how much barf is too much?” At what point does it become more like an Airplane movie? And then making it too funny, does that then make the violence funny? And we wanted the violence to be legitimately horrifying, too, so it eventually became adding and subtracting frames here and there. “A little less blood, a little more puke — oh wait, that’s too much puke. Less puke, a little more blood.” And back and forth until we felt like we balanced it out the right way. As a result, we had her barf so much barf on set that the puddle of barf was enormous. It was like nine feet across. But we reduced it so much in the edit just because it started to feel like way too much. We had to go back in and when you have the overhead shots of the floor, we had to digitally shrink the puke puddle because it looked like somebody had just dumped over a bathtub full of stuff (laughs). It didn’t look right. So there was a lot of tweaking, and I’d be lying if I said we had that balance figured out when we shot it. It was definitely something we had to calibrate in the cut.
I think you guys nailed the balance on that, because I definitely felt the comic relief aspect of it and the horror that Ruth feels there.
That’s good to hear (laughs).
I think we have time for one more question. The cast announcement for Hold the Dark just came out a couple of days ago [Macon wrote the screenplay], and it looks like you and [director] Jeremy Saulnier have locked down an insanely talented group for that one. Jeffrey Wright, Alexander Skarsgard - sounds great. Are you guys excited?
So excited. Actually, Jeffrey had been — they just finalized the paperwork, so they were allowed to announce it, but he and Jeremy had met a while ago, so I kind of knew that was brewing. In anything, he’s among the best actors today, but for this part in particular, he’s just going to crush it. He’s so perfect. It’s a relief to finally have that announced because I’ve been wanting to share that with people because I was so excited for Jeremy. He’s got a dream team to do that one. It’s going to be a really cool movie.
Interview: Macon Blair, Writer/Director of Netflix's Fun, Gnarly Mystery I DON'T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE
Warner Bros. is developing another DC Comics superhero based around the Batman character Nightwing. The news comes from THR, who reports that The LEGO Batman Movie director, Chris McKay, will be helming the project from a script written by Bill Dubuque (The Accountant).
I loved The LEGO Batman Movie! I thought it was the best DC film to be released in years. McKay did a hell of a great job with it, and I think he's a great choice to take on Nightwing! I can't help but think he'll do some exciting and fun things with the character and give fans an awesome movie.
I'm sure most of you already know the history of Nightwing, but just in case, his real name is Dick Grayson and he was taken under the wing of Batman and fought alongside him as the original Robin. As the character got older he wanted to spread his wings and fight crime in his own way, so he broke off as Batman's sidekick and became Nightwing, who he felt was a hero in his own right.
Dick Grayson has yet to be introduced to the DCEU, but that's obviously about to change. There's no word on if his introduction will happen before his solo film, but it seems like maybe the studio is in the early stages of figuring it all out.
Warner Bros. already has DC films lined up through 2020 so I imagine this Nightwing film won't be released until sometime between 2019 and 2021.
The Director of THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE Is Developing a Nightwing Movie for Warner Bros.
I have no idea why YouTuber Aldo Jones makes the bizarre stuff that he makes, but fans of Eddie Murphy, Beauty and the Beast, and utter randomness will likely enjoy his latest Weird Trailer, which inserts various Murphy characters into the fantasy world of the live-action Disney movie. It's just as head-scratching as it sounds, and yes, in case you were wondering, Donkey (from Shrek) does make an appearance.
Beware: there's some NSFW language ahead.
Eddie Murphy Is Randomly Inserted Into BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Footage in Aldo Jones' Latest Weird Trailer