Doug Liman leaves ‘Gambit,’ Will Direct ‘Justice League Dark’ Film

Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman signed on to replace Rupert Wyatt as director of the Channing Tatum led Gambit film at the end of last year, but the project hasn’t been going super smoothly. After even more delays, the film lost its release date as well. Currently it’s slated to begin production next year.

But it’s going to do so without Liman now.

THR is reporting that Liman has now left the troubled X-Men spin-off. It’s being referred to as a mutual parting of ways, but that just sounds like standard PR rear-end-coverage.

Leaving this project doesn’t mean Liman won’t be doing any superhero films though, as on the heels of this announcement came news that Liman has signed on to direct the upcoming live action Justice League Dark film Dark Universe.

Dark Universe will feature John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan, and was originally to be directed by Guillermo Del Toro. Del Toro left the project though, and it was shelved for a while. It got revived last year though, when producer Scott Rudin got involved. No word yet on when production will begin, but forward momentum on the project like this is extremely promising.

Via THR, Variety

The Nerd & Tie Expo Road Show Continues to Geek.kon!

We’ve had a lot of fun at other conventions with the Nerd & Tie Expo 2016 Roadshow, but as the con looms closer, it’s time to bring things to a close. That doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy our last outing though! This weekend we’ll be making our final stop at Geek.kon at the Madison Marriott West, just outside Madison, WI.

This will be your last chance to Preregister for the Nerd & Tie Expo at our Roadshow price, so don’t miss this last opportunity. Of course, as preregistration closes on Sunday, even if you can’t make it to Geek.kon, you should still make sure you take care of that.

Besides our Roadshow table, we’ll also be doing a live version of our podcast, several panels, and the final episode of Otaku Tonight — so you should make sure you come on down. It’ll be a good time.

Lionsgate Adapting Movie Version of the ‘The Monolith’

Hollywood seems determined to scrape every idea they can from the comics industry these days, so it should come as no surprise to find out that Lionsgate is now adapting the comic The Monolith for the big screen. Dave Wilson will direct the film, with Erwin Stoff producing.

This feature will be Wilson’s directorial debut, though he’s the Creative Director at Tim Miller’s Blur Studio (Miller having directed Deadpool of course). Wilson also worked previously on videogames like Mass Effect 2 and Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Spanning twelve issues (published in the mid-2000s), The Monolith was created by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti. The titular “Monolith” is a golem created in the 1930s, who as sealed away in a basement until its creator passes away and her granddaughter Alice inherits the house, discovering it. As the comic is a self contained story, it shouldn’t be too difficult to adapt the modern day retelling of the golem legend.

If it’s done right, this could be pretty great.

Via THR

William Shatner (Sort of) Apologizes For ‘Star Trek V’

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is generally agreed to be the worst Star Trek film ever made. It’s poorly plotted, full of janky special effects (due to every good effects house being committed to other projects the year it was made) and just overall a mediocre movie. But it’s also a couple decades old, so you may be wondering why the heck we’re bringing it up.

You see William Shatner, who directed The Final Frontier, has been doing the rounds promoting a new project, and while speaking with EW he offered an almost-apology for it. Specifically Shatner said:

I got the chance to direct a several-million-dollar movie, Star Trek V, and I did not get the help I needed in allocating my budget, so when it came to shooting the ending — needing a good villain and lots of computer graphics — I had run out of money. Sorry about that. [Laughs.] I had to use footage that I had already shot — and spit on it a lot. I wanted to give [the audience] earth-breaking granite monsters spewing rocks and fire. Instead, I had a few pebbles in my hand that I threw at the camera.

What I get from this is that Shatner has no idea why people didn’t like the movie. I mean, he’s still dwelling on the weird rock monster thing that (thankfully) got cut, and not the fact that it was a movie where the Enterprise got hijacked and flown to the (retconned as not the center) “center” of the Galaxy to meet God.

And that end confrontation Shatner wishes was different? It’s one of the two good things that came out of the movie period. I mean, who doesn’t love the line “What does God need with a Starship?”

If you’re curious what the second good thing is, it’s this:

Via EW, /Film

Umicon Daytona 2016 Cancelled Due to Financial Issues

Umicon Daytona 2016, which was scheduled for September 9-11 at Daytona Beach’s Ocean Center, has officially been cancelled. The convention posted an official announcement on Saturday, detailing the reasons for cancelling the con, which included low preregistration and massive financial issued.

Low numbers aren’t really a surprise, considering that most accounts of last year’s Umicon that I’ve seen weren’t that great. Umicon 2015 was apparently very poorly attended and not well organized. I mean, honestly, the thing sounded like a mess. While the event claimed they were going to try and fix these issues, apparently they went deeper than most people knew.

It should be noted that while the official website announced the cancellation, it’s front page is still selling tickets.

Zendaya is Likely Playing Mary Jane in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Back in March, actress Zendaya was cast in an unknown roll in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. Details about who she was playing were largely kept under wraps, but it was believed she was playing a potential love interest for Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. Most of us were pretty damned curious if she was playing a pre-existing character or not.

Well, we may have an answer.

According to The Wrap, Zendaya is playing none other than Mary Jane Watson. Mary Jane Watson is the most notable long term love interest for Spider-Man, and (unlike Gwen Stacy) she has a habit of not being dead… which is, y’know, a good thing. We last saw the character onscreen in Sam Raimi’s trilogy, as played Kirsten Dunst.

I thought about trying to come up with some kind of witty transition here, but couldn’t think of something that wasn’t terrible. You see, at some point I needed to bring up the fact that the character of Mary Jane Watson is traditionally portrayed as white, and Zendaya… isn’t. And while apparently no one minds that Nick Fury is played by Samuel L. Jackson, angry racists on the internet will undoubtedly complain about this too.

Well, I say “will,” but I’ve already seen it.

So we here at Nerd & Tie just want to go on record and say that we like this casting. We think Zendaya will do more than enough justice to the part of Mary Jane Watson, and we hope that she is able to brave the inevitable shit-storm from closed minded jerkwads.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently scheduled for a July 7, 2017 release.

Via The Wrap

First Look at Adam West and Burt Ward’s (Animated) Return to Playing the Dynamic Duo

It was first announced back in March of 2015 that Adam West and Burt Ward would return as Batman and Robin in a new animated film in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1966 television series. Well, it’s 2016 now (the 50th anniversary came and went), but we’re finally getting to see something from this long awaited project.

Entertainment Weekly has the new teaser trailer for the film (though we’ve embedded a mirror of it bellow). Titled Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, it also sees the return of Julie Newmar as the voice of Catwoman.

Honest to god, I’m really excited about this. The 1960s Batman series was my first exposure to the caped crusader, and getting more Adam West in my life makes the little kid in me very, very happy.

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders comes out Digital HD on October 11th, followed by a Bluray release on November 1st.

Via EW

Wizard World Will Not Allow Gun Dealer to Exhibit, They Swear

So, this was a weird article to write, as the facts literally changed while I was writing it. Wizard World Chicago, which began today and runs through the weekend, is one of the biggest conventions in the midwest. It’s also the center of one of biggest convention controversies at the moment. You see, while most conventions are locking down their weapons policies, banning realistic gun props, and adding additional security, Wizard World Chicago almost let a literal gun dealer exhibit.

The company, DS Arms, arranged their booth through a third party company — where they were classified as a “Fan Car.” That’s a category reserved for, y’know, replicas of famous cars and not gun dealers (so we’re in weird country to start with). While initial reports stated that the dealer was dis-invited from the con, that position was apparently reversed by Wizard World.

And then, just to confuse me more, earlier today that policy was re-reversed, excluding the dealer.

If they had been allowed, DS Arms would have only been selling replica weapons at the event, but they would still have had listings to purchase and order real weapons off the show floor. In many ways it would’ve been a dangerous precedent for the biggest chain of conventions in the country though, opening the door to future firearms dealers.

Fan conventions are very different than gun shows, and the idea that firearms might be purchasable at events like this is, frankly, kind of scary. Cons are primarily entertainment events, and it’s hard enough to deal with sword dealers already in the mix. Disallowing the vendor was, frankly, the best move the company could have taken.

In a weird footnote, on a comment on DS Arms’s Facebook page, the company states they will be at Dragon Con in a few weeks. We’re pretty sure this isn’t true though, as Dragon Con (which is held in Atlanta, GA) does not list DS Arms on their exhibitors and vendors list.

Via Comics Bulletin, Bleeding Cool

Marvel’s ‘Runaways’ Series In Development For Hulu

Marvel’s just popping up all over on Televison, from the X-Men derived shows coming to FX and Fox to the Defenders corner of the MCU on Netflix to Agents of SHIELD on ABC to Cloak and Dagger on Freeform… their brand is just all over the place. That’s not even counting their kid’s shows too.

Well, another network/service is getting a crack at a Marvel show now, with the latest report being that a Runaways pilot is being produced for Hulu.

Based off the comic by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, Runaways is about six children of supervillains who literally run away. It was originally intended to get a film way back at the beginning of the MCU’s Phase 2. That film was cancelled so the company could focus on the Avengers core of the franchise.

Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will showrun the series, and beyond the pilot additional scripts have been commissioned as well. While it’s too bad we won’t see Runaways on the big screen, it’s nice to know we’ll get some version soon.

Via Screenrant