Bay Says He Won’t Direct the Next ‘Transformers’ Film… again

According to USA Today, Michael Bay has said that he plans on passing the baton for the next Transformers film. If this sounds familiar, it might be because Bay was saying the same kind of stuff after the third Transformers film… so I guess I’ll believe it when I see someone else’s name attached to the project.

Bay’s direction of the Transformers films have been at best inconsistent. While the first Transformers film in the modern series was actually pretty good, each subsequent sequel has fallen in quality… yet they keep making money. Big screen biscuit tinning tends to do that though.

Whether or not Bay returns though, Transformers 5 is sure to happen though… and we can only hope it gets better.

Please get better.

Via USA Today

‘Monster Squad’ Remake Not Going to Happen

Platinum Dunes’ Brad Fuller and Andrew Form said in an interview with Collider that the ‘Monster Squad’ remake is officially no longer happening. Whether you’re a fan of the original 1987 film or not, I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief now.

There will be no “Michael Bay’s Monster Squad.”

No reason was given for the cancellation of the project, but perhaps there were some licensing issues with the Universal Monsters — especially now that Universal is trying to make a unified Universal Monster Cinematic Universe.

PersonallyI’m glad, as I’m a little sick of regurgitated properties – even the ones I liked (TMNT). Guardians of the Galaxy may have been an adaptation, but at least it was something original on film – and Hollywood should take note at its success.

Via Collider

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Sequel Announced

With a $65 Million Dollar opening weekend (the fourth largest ever for August) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles seems to have overcome the nerd-rage and turned out to be a financial success. As I said on the podcast yesterday, it’s not actually a bad Ninja Turtles film. In fact it’s one of the better ones, so I’m glad it overcame the negative press prior to its release.

It helps that there’s an entirely new generation of TMNT fans watching the current cartoon to go along with the nostalgia viewers.

With such a successful opening (which would look huge for August if Guardians of the Galaxy hadn’t just blown all August box office records out of the water a week before), it should come as no surprise that Paramount has announced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 with a premiere date of June 3, 2016.

According to Variety, screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec will return for the sequel, and it will again be produced by Bay’s Platinum Dunes (which will again be fine as long as Bay himself keeps out of the major creative decisions). We don’t know if Jonathan Liebesman will return to direct, and no cast news has been announced (although it’s likely most of the cast including Will Arnett and Megan Fox will return).

We just know a date.

And that’ll have to do.

Via Variety

Episode 27 – Two out of Three

On this fortnight’s episode of Nerd & Tie we are without a Nick! Nick down, Nick down!

…or at least his internet is.

Pher and Trae go it alone, talking about the American adaptation of Dirk Gently, Sony’s woman led Spider-verse movie, Babylon 5’s potential reboot, Batman v. Superman’s date shift and plot details, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and our biggest mailbag yet!

We asked for letters, and you guys took up the challenge big time.

Area 51 Builds New Structure

So Foxtrot Alpha is reporting that Area 51 has a mysterious new hangar on site.

The location of this new structure, measuring about 225 feet across, is interesting as it is located right off the end of the runway, far south of the rest of the base. This location would keep it out of the immediate view of the general apron area, and would also allow for quick access to the runway, resulting in minimal taxi times.

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This new hangar could also provide ‘scoot and hide’ support for large test articles, once again to protect them from overflying satellites, although this has never been needed in the past half century of operations at Area 51, so it is a little puzzling as to why it would be needed now. Additionally, adding such a facility to just one end of the base’s long runway system seems strange. If large scoot and hide shelters are a hard requirement, than putting just one at one end of the base makes little sense.

Personally, I think the new hangar is to hold the massive collection of Yugioh cards the Air Force keeps on hand at all times in case they’re required to duel en masse against an invading nation.

…it’s just a thought.

Via Foxtrot Alpha

Haven Season 5 Gets Premiere Date

Haven, Syfy’s supernatural drama, finally has a date for coming back. Cast member Eric Balfour tweeted out the following yesterday:

Season 5 will pick up immediately after the Season 4 cliffhanger’s ending, and personally I’m looking forward to the show’s return.

The theme song is already going through my head.

Via TVLine

Throwback Thursday: Nick Izumi Takes on CLAMP

This Throwback Thursday we’re going back into the archives of The Nick Izumi Show. Why? Because I like The Nick Izumi Show, that’s why. It’s not that complicated.

For this particular installment, we dig back to 2009, when Nick dug his teeth into the infamous CLAMP, a group of all women Manga-ka that formed in the 80s. CLAMP has had a major influence over the industry over the last several decades, and whether you love them or hate them, you can’t deny that Manga and Anime wouldn’t be quite the same without them.

J. Michael Straczysnki Planning Babylon 5 Reboot

One of the things we missed in the information blast that is San Diego Comic Con was that J. Michael Straczynski is currently writing a feature film reboot of Babylon 5.

JMS is, of course, the creator and primary writer of most of Babylon 5, so this is one of those few times where a reboot doesn’t bother me and a creator revisiting their own work doesn’t bother me either (as he’s leaving the original TV series alone). The film would be a complete reboot of the premise, although JMS has said he’d like to bring back some of the original actors in different roles as an homage to the show’s original run.

Now before you get too excited (or at least the five other people who watched Babylon 5 with me way back), this movie has not been greenlit by any studio… yet.

But man, wouldn’t it be great?

Via TVWise.co.uk

‘Arrested Development’ Season 5: Not If, But When.

While Arrested Development may very well be one of the best shows that most of America ignored, it has done fairly well on streaming services and DVD since its cancellation. Originally, when Netflix produced Season 4, it really seemed like it was likely the last we’d ever get of the show.

Well, we shouldn’t have counted our poorly imitated chickens before they hatched.

In an interview with USA Today, Ted Sarandos (Chief Content Officer for Netflix) said he was fairly confident there would be another season. As show creator Mitch Hurwitz is on board, the main issue is the biggest one the show has always faced in its attempts at revival: the cast’s availability.

Season 4 ended up a little weird (and not quite as good as the previous seasons) because cast availability forced the show to plot an overlapping story that rarely had characters interacting with each other. While it was a heck of a lot better than no Arrested Development, it was pretty noticeable.

But hey, the sooner we can see more of the Bluth family, the better.

Via Screenrant

Batman and Superman Moving over for Captain America in 2016, DC Announces Release Dates for 9 More Films

In a move that shouldn’t surprise anyone after seeing the box-office for Guardians of the Galaxy,  DC has officially moved up the release date of Batman v. Superman to March 25, 2016. The film was planned to be released on May 6, 2016 to go up against Captain America 3, but its pretty safe to assume the WB and DC decided to back down following the success Marvel has already had last weekend with everyone’s new favorite band of Cosmic Renegades.

DC seemed to be banking on the already popular Batman and Superman, especially giving Batman top billing, but it seems that the age of the old-guard popular Superhero may be coming to a close.

DC has also locked down release dates for nine untitled superhero films they plan on releasing between 2016 and 2020, adopting the same “two-films-a-year” method as Marvel. That said with Marvel ready to close Phase 2 of its cinematic franchise, one can’t help but wonder if DC is showing up late to a fight they’ve already lost.

Via: Variety

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