All posts by Trae Dorn

Trae is the tallest of the hosts, and he is certain it’s because he is the oldest. This is (at the very least) why he is the baldest. Trae co-founded Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con and refuses to apologize for it. Which he probably should. Trae also writes the webcomics UnCONventional and The Chronicles of Crosarth, which leads many to ask when the hell he has time to actually do anything anymore. He says he has time because he “does it all quite poorly.”

Akiva Goldsman to Direct ‘Firestarter’ Remake

I was just thinking to myself the other day “Man, we need more movies about pyrokinetic children.” Well okay, not really — but we’ll just pretend for the sake of this paragraph that I did. That (fictitious) need looks like it will be fulfilled, as the classic 1980s Stephen King adaptation Firestarter is getting a remake.

/Film is reporting that Akiva Goldsman and Jason Blum are teaming up to make the remake, with Goldsman directing and Blum producing. Scott Teems will script the film, and Martha de Laurentiis will executive produce.

It’s an interesting choice for a remake, and hopefully they’ll bring something new to the franchise that hasn’t been seen before. No matter what happens though, it has to be better than the 2002 Firestarter: Rekindled Syfy miniseries.

Via /Film

David Fincher Tapped to Direct ‘World War Z’ Sequel

World War Z wasn’t exactly a cinematic masterpiece and had a rocky road during production. Against all odds it was actually entertaining though, and it did manage to bring in some decent money. That’s why when a sequel was announced, no one was shocked. J.A. Bayona was originally attacked to direct, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts (most notably Bayona’s taking the helm of the Jurassic World sequel). The question has remained, who would replace him?

Well, the answer may surprise you.

Variety is reporting that none other than legendary director David Fincher will be taking over the director’s chair for the zombie movie. Brad Pitt is expected to return as well, making this his fourth film with Fincher. That’s right, World War Z 2 joins the ranks of Se7en, Fight Club, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

What a weird list of films to group together.

Via Variety

Sony’s ‘Masters of the Universe’ Remake Gets a Release Date

One of the most puzzling projects to come out of Hollywood’s obsession with rebooting every bit of IP from the 1980s is the Masters of the Universe remake over at Sony. It’s been brewing for a few years, and honestly I think a small part of me had been hoping that the film would disappear into development hell. I mean, I just honestly can’t think of the market for this sci-fi Conan rip-off. Nostalgic fans have rejected prior remakes, and the casual audience doesn’t remember it as fondly as they did, say, Transformers.

But it’s still coming, and now it has a release date.

It’s being reported that Sony has put Masters of the Universe on their release schedule for December 18, 2019. Of course, even though this is in many ways a step forward for the film, it seems that some vital elements are missing.

McG had been attached to direct the film, but he’s no longer involved in the remake. And while Jeff Wadlow had completed a script for the film in 2015, as David S. Goyer is apparently now writing the film, it’s safe to assume Wadlow’s script has been thrown out. But hey, this thing that no one really wants is still happening.

I wonder if it will fare any better than The Lone Ranger

Via EW

M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Unbreakable’ Sequel ‘Glass’ Greenlit, Given Release Date

Unbreakable is probably my favorite film made by M. Night Shyamalan, as it’s kind of a perfect, low key superhero origin story. Ever since it first came out, fans have wanted a proper follow up to the film to see what Bruce Willis’s David Dunn would do once he embraced his destiny. We had the set up, and now we wanted the follow through.

And it seems like that’s exactly what we’re about to get.

THR is reporting that M. Night Shyamalan will write and direct Glass, a formal sequel to Unbreakable. Stars of the first film, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, are both signed on to appear in the film. This is, of course, not the first film to share a universe with Unbreakable, as (minor spoiler) Shyamalan’s Split was revealed to take place in the same world. Glass will also serve as a sequel to Split, with James McAvoy reprising his role as well. Universal has set a release date for January 18, 2019.

This is kind of amazing.

I’ll be honest, I chose not to see Split, as it seemed to perpetuate dangerous stereotypes about mental illness. I’m frankly a little wary about this film too, and I wouldn’t blame anyone for skipping it. But I think I can rationalize my way into seeing this film when it finally hits theaters.

I’m not a perfect person.


Amazon Gives ‘The Tick’ an August Premiere Date

Last year we got our first look at Amazon’s pilot for a new television series based off of The Tick, and it was picked up for a full season order back in September. And while we’re still waiting to see more of the big blue guy, at least now we know when the show will arrive.

Amazon has released a short tease, promising a August 25th release date earlier today:

Now with prior Amazon releases, episodes have been doled out one at a time, so don’t expect to binge watch the whole season in one day. That said, it’s nice to know when we’ll finally get to dig into a reboot we literally first wrote about back in August of 2014.

It’s pretty exciting.

Jeff Goldblum Will Appear in the Sequel to ‘Jurassic World’

We haven’t seen Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm since the second Jurassic Park film, but that’s apparently going to change. THR is reporting that Goldblum has joined the cast to the upcoming sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World.

The still untitled fifth film in the Jurassic Park franchise will also see the return of Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, and is being directed by J.A. Bayona. Goldblum’s Dr. Malcolm will only be the second character from the original trilogy to appear in the rebooted franchise, and marks the first major character to return. Since Malcolm is arguably the best character in the first film (and arguably the only reason the second film is watchable), this is pretty exciting.

The still untitled Jurassic World sequel will be released June 22, 2018.


Midwest Media Expo 2017 Cancelled Days Before Event (Updated)

The fourth Midwest Media Expo was scheduled to take place in just a few days in Dearborn, MI, but unfortunately this is no longer the case. Morgan Kollin, Chairman of of the convention’s organizational committee has now posted an official message to the convention’s Facebook page, explaining that the event has been cancelled.

Kollin doesn’t elaborate on the reasons for the cancellation in the post, but sources we spoke to in the organization have led us to believe that it has to do with an irreconcilable issue with the venue’s current management. In our own research, we found that the Edward Village Michigan Hotel’s history is a little shaky. The hotel has gone through five names in the last ten years, and when the current owners took over in April of 2016 they laid off the entirety of the hotel’s management.

So yeah, it doesn’t sound like a super stable place to work with.

It should also be noted that while Midwest Media Expo and Detroit based anime convention Youmacon share many of the same organizers and present themselves as sister events, they are run as separate entities. As they also do not share venues, the cancellation of Midwest Media Expo is highly unlikely to affect the older, longer running Youmacon.

In comments on the official Facebook announcement, Midwest Media Expo organizers have promised to refund vendors, artists and attendees. Vendors and Artists were also contacted prior to the announcement of the event’s cancellation via email. It’s an unfortunate situation which I’m sure organizers had wanted to avoid, and hopefully the organization will find a way to bounce back from this and resume the convention’s run in 2018.

I’m crossing my fingers at least.

Update (4/27 9:50am): Midwest Media Expo has announced that they will be planning a Fan Appreciation event this weekend in MMX’s stead. They made the announcement on Facebook last night:

The event is being held at the Radisson Detroit-Farmington Hills, and Voice Actors David Eddings and Jon St John will both appear at what’s being termed “NotCon.” Admission to the daytime portions of this is free (including Eddings and St John’s panels), but any dances or concerts at night will require admission to cover equipment costs.

You can find more information on the official Facebook event for Midwest Media Expo’s “NotCon.”

Unrelated to the convention organizers, Fantasticon is also offering free admission to people who registered for Midwest Media Expo for their Lansing, MI show which is also taking place this weekend (details here).

Update (4/27 2:45pm): There are a few updates for the “NotCon” replacement event coming out. First off, starting on Saturday there will be an open tabletop gaming event starting at 1pm. It’s also been announced that a small vendor room will be open as well.

Finally, organizers have launched a twitter account for the event.

Update (4/27 7:40pm): More stuff has been added to the “NotCon” lineup, with two concerts added to the schedule. The big one is, of course, an mc chris concert Friday night at 8:00pm. Admission to the concert is free to people who preregistered for Midwest Media Expo, and $20 for everyone else.

On Saturday night they’ve scheduled an 8:00pm Fox & Pepper concert. Like the mc chris concert, admission for those preregistered for MMX is free, and for everyone else the ticket price is $10.

After both of these concerts are dances, which have a $5 ticket (though, again, those who had preregistered don’t have to pay). The reason these particular parts have to be paid for is, as mentioned in a previous update, they have to cover equipment costs. Frankly it’s kind of amazing any of this is happening at all.

‘Young Justice’ Season 3 and ‘Titans’ Will Premiere On New DC Streaming Service

When it was announced that Young Justice season 3 was finally going to happen, many hoped that the series would land on Netflix. That’s where the first two seasons found an even larger audience and convinced DC and Warner Bros to revive the beloved series, and frankly almost every fan was already subscribed to the streaming service.

Well, the bad news is that this definitely won’t be the case.

DC and Warner Bros have opted to do the one thing that no one actually wanted, and that’s launch their own service to host the show. The animated Young Justice will be joined by the live action Titans series, which TNT passed on a while back. This is, probably, the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.

This last season the Warner Bros co-owned network The CW pulled its shows, including its DC properties, from Hulu. The current seasons now release on a custom CW app on various devices, which is confusingly separate from their CW Seed online content. The only reason fans haven’t revolted at this shift is because the services provided are free, and while we don’t know how much this new service will cost, my money says it will have some sort of monthly cost.

The only thing this decision guarantees is that fewer people will watch these shows, and that’s just remarkably short sighted.

Via Deadline

Star Wars Episode IX Gets a May 2019 Release Date

The eighth episode in the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, may not be coming until later this year, but that hasn’t stopped Lucasfilm and Disney from wanting to tease us with the new trilogy’s conclusion. Earlier today Episode IX’s release date was announced by the studio, and unlike The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, it won’t be in December.

It’s now official that Episode IX will hit theaters May 24, 2019.

This isn’t the first film in the revived franchise to come earlier in the year, as the Han Solo anthology film will release in the spring as well (with a May 25, 2018 release date). These seem like much larger gambles though than the December dates that The Force Awakens and Rogue One enjoyed. As there was little January competition for the films, they remained in theaters longer, and saw better ticket sales. By putting out movies in May, the movies will face much stronger competition.

I guess we’ll find out how they’ll do.


Fifth ‘Indiana Jones’ Movie Delayed Until 2020

Well, almost another year has passed, which means it’s time to check in on the progress of the proposed fifth Indiana Jones movie. We first heard rumblings about the movie in the spring of 2015, and last year we were teased with a 2019 release date. Well, this time we have some bad news for you, as it seems like you’re going to have to wait a bit longer.

Earlier today THR’s Borys Kit posted the following to Twitter:

The delay isn’t exactly the most exciting thing to hear, and we really don’t know why it’s happening for sure. Likely the the only reason for the move is to make room for the “Let’s pretend this CGI movie is Live Action” Lion King film which has now snagged the 2019 slot.

I think we’ll survive the wait though.