Red Eagle Entertainment and Sony Make Deal to Develop ‘Wheel of Time’ Television Series

Robert Jordan’s fantasy epic The Wheel of Time is one step closer to showing up on our television screens. Variety is reporting that Red Eagle Entertainment and Sony have reached a deal to develop a series based on the fourteen book saga. Radar Pictures will also produce.

Rafe Judkins has been hired to write and showrun the series, and Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal will serve as a consulting producer.

Red Eagle Entertainment has been trying to get this deal done with Sony for two years now, and went so far as to shoot a bizarre adaptation of the prologue of The Eye of the World called Winter Dragon to keep the rights. I’m honestly amazed the project is moving along this far.

Let’s see what happens next, shall we?

Via Variety

Fans Are Angry That Creation’s ‘Star Trek: Las Vegas’ Will Charge Extra for Next Generation Reunion Panel

Creation Entertainment’s events aren’t your typical conventions, but those who attend them are usually guaranteed a very specific experience. This is especially true for people who shell out for the con’s $849 “Captain’s Chair” or $929 “Gold” packages, which get access to exclusive events, food, and in the case of the Gold members, autographs.

Gold and Captain’s Chair tickets sold out quickly, and these attendees were led to believe that the tickets included admission to all of the con’s programming. Needless to say then, when a 30th anniversary Star Trek: The Next Generation reunion was put on the schedule, it was expected that at least those attendees would be able to attend as part of their package.

Except not so much. Continue reading Fans Are Angry That Creation’s ‘Star Trek: Las Vegas’ Will Charge Extra for Next Generation Reunion Panel

The First Trailer for Freeform’s ‘Cloak and Dagger’ Is Here

Freeform’s television adaptation of Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger comics may not be premiering until 2018, but that hasn’t stopped the network from putting out the show’s first trailer. The show, which follows a pair of runaways from vastly different backgrounds who end up with superpowers, has a ten episode order at the cable network.

People have been trying to adapt this comic for the screen going back to 2011, when it was initially intended to air on broadcast network ABC alongside a version of Jessica Jones. Needless to say these adaptations have taken divergent paths to eventually make it to audiences.

The trailer itself gives us a tease of our two main characters, Tandy (Olivia Holt) and Ty (Aubrey Joseph), but with only minor flashes of the “superhero” angle of the show. Mostly it’s a moody trailer about a couple of runaways with a flash of superpowers at the end. Is it enough to whet the appetite of the (creepily named) “becomers” demographic Freeform is targeted at? I’m not sure.

I guess we’ll find out.

‘Captain Marvel’ Has Finally Found its Directors

Captain Marvel may still be a few years away, but it’s one of the most anticipated movies in the Marvel cinematic universe. We learned Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve were writing the film almost exactly two years ago, and it was mid-2016 that actress Brie Larson was confirmed to be playing the film’s eponymous heroine. The last bit of information to slot into place was who would end up directing the film.

And now we know that too.

Variety is reporting that directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will be co-helming the film. Boden and Fleck are probably best known to audiences for directing Mississippi Grind, and are a solid choice to take on the task. The studio met with quite a few people about directing the film, so it’s clear they made a fairly well thought through choice with this.

Captain Marvel is currently scheduled for a March 8, 2019 release.

Via Variety

So Keira Knightley is Definitely Back in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’

One of the biggest problems with the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film was how its story felt so disconnected from the prior three films in the franchise. I mean, the other complaint was that it just wasn’t very good, but not having Orlando Bloom’s Will Turner or Keira Knightley’s Elizabeth Swann probably didn’t help all that much.

The fifth film has obviously been trying to rectify that, with Bloom’s character confirmed to reappear and Will and Elizabeth’s son featuring prominently – but we’ve all been assuming Knightley wouldn’t be back (as the studio hasn’t made any announcements). Then we got a Japanese trailer for the film, and guess who briefly shows up:

That’s right, she’s back. Though honestly I think we can assume it isn’t in a major role. I mean, if a film was going to prominently feature Knightley, you’d assume she’d be all over the advertising already. The fact that it’s a brief shot in an international trailer implies that she’s only making a cameo.

I’m betting in a flashback.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales comes out May 26th.

New ‘King Kong’ Television Series in Development

A new television series based around King Kong is apparently now in development. The show is being put together by IM Global Television and MarVista Entertainment, and will pull elements from Merian C. Cooper’s original King Kong and Skull Island from DeVito Artworks. It’s important to note that this show will have no relation to Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island, which came out earlier this year.

If you’re confused as to why there are multiple Kong projects happening simultaneously, you might want to check out the extremely complicated situation around King Kong’s legal ownership.

Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title are penning the script, which will focus on a diverse ensemble cast and feature a primary protagonist who is a woman. The show itself will likely be largely set on Skull Island as well. Beyond those basic details, we know very little, but hey — it’s more King Kong.

Let’s just hope it’s good King Kong.

Via Empire

Sylvester Stallone’s Role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Has Been Revealed

It’s been known for a while that Sylvester Stallone would appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but his exact role has been kept under wraps. All we knew is that it probably wouldn’t be a large part, though still likely a known character from the Marvel comics.

And now we know who that is.

This is the part where I give you the normal spoiler warnings. If you don’t want to know more, don’t go any further. This is your last chance to turn back.

Alright, are you sitting comfortably? Continue reading Sylvester Stallone’s Role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Has Been Revealed

James Gunn Will Write and Direct the Third ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Movie

James Gunn is ramping up to do press for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which comes out in just under three weeks. The writer and director took to Facebook earlier today to talk about it, along with some of the questions he expects to get a lot during the barrage of press junkets and interviews he’s about to engage in.

In that post, embedded above, Gunn answers a question most of us didn’t expect to get an answer to for quite some time: whether or not he would return to write and direct for the franchise’s third installment.

The answer is, of course, yes.

This is welcome news for Guardians of the Galaxy fans, as Gunn has taken what was a C-list set of Marvel comics characters and turned it into one of the biggest titles in the MCU’s lineup. Frankly, the first film was a fairly amazing space opera on its own, and to characterize it as a superhero film would be to misunderstand what makes it a great movie.

So yeah, I’m excited.

Protip: Don’t Wear Your Cosplay In Public if it Looks Like You’re Armed

Look, we all know cosplay is fun, and that dressing like your favorite characters from various media is a great way to express your love for something at conventions and geek events. But here’s the thing — maybe you should consider restricting yourself to those geek events. In those environments, cosplay seems normal. People know that the spray painted silver Pringles cans are just a prop, and not a bomb.

Because that’s not what happens if you wear that same cosplay out into the world.

Last week, in the Canadian city of Grand Prairie, Alberta, a cosplayer found this out the hard way, when he wore his Fallout cosplay out into the world. He was headed to a tailor to get his costume altered, but when you’re wearing a gas mask and carrying something that looks like a bomb, you can guess what happened when he was spotted by people walking down the street. Heck, I spend a lot of time at conventions, and I know I would have called the police.

Needless to say, he was shocked when the RCMP showed up, weapons drawn.

Thankfully this situation ended peacefully, but things could have turned out very differently. Police have to assume that fake weapons and bombs are real until they can confirm otherwise. This isn’t remotely the first time this has happened, and many of us who have been working conventions long enough can recount similar stories. Heck, years ago at a con I was working, almost an identical situation happened in the con’s parking garage. The hotel that hosted the convention shared its parking garage with other local businesses, and some of our attendees had decided to run around with airsoft rifles. When some people who had been out to dinner spotted them (having no idea a convention was taking place) they called the cops.

That situation resolved with no one getting hurt, but again — everyone got lucky.

So please cosplayers of the world, I beg of you – don’t wear your cosplay out in public if it looks like you’re armed. Police are people too, and some of them have good judgment while others don’t. Every encounter like this is a roll of the dice, and it doesn’t always work out with a happy ending.

Via CBC

The First Trailer For ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Is Here, and It’s Spectacular

Breathe, just… breathe. The first teaser trailer is now here for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and it’s exactly what we needed. First shown earlier today at Star Wars Celebration, like the trailers for The Force Awakens it doesn’t give too much away. It does however whet our appetites for the film so sharply that December can’t come soon enough.

I don’t want to speculate too much (or spoil the trailer before you watch it), so you should really just put the video on. I rewatched it three times right now, and I’ll probably do so again. I am very, very excited about this movie.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15, 2017.

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