There was some recent controversy when actor Ed Skrein was cast in the upcoming Hellboy reboot, as the character he was intended to play (Major Ben Daimio) was of mixed Asian heritage and Skrein… well Skrein is definitively not. With all of the whitewashing issues in Hollywood, it seemed like we were going to have to sit through this mess all over again.
Well, maybe not this time.
You see, actor Ed Skrein has, officially, decided to exit the movie. The actor claims he had no idea that the character wasn’t white when he accepted the role, and never would have if he had been aware. It’s an unprecedented move, and it’s kind of impressive that he was willing to make the choice.
Frankly, it’s a position Skrein never should have been put in. The onus for preventing whitewashing should primarily be on the studio, but it’s good to know that even though Lionsgate dropped the ball, Skrein was willing to do the right thing once he was aware of the stakes.
If more actors did what Skrein was willing to do, maybe we could fix this problem faster.
Netflix is officially developing the Dark Horse comic Umbrella Academy into a television series. It’s being ordered straight to series with a ten episode order, and will be produced for the streaming service by Universal Cable Productions.
The Umbrella Academy comic is written by Gerard Way (who I am not related to, but I wish I was because he’s a major f**king hottie), with art by Gabriel Bá. It follows the story of a family of superheroes who, after having been estranged for some time, have to come together to find out how their father died.
It’s an interesting idea to say the least, and I look forward to see how it plays out on screen. This also means Netflix is willing to expand its superhero shows beyond Marvel, which long term may be good for the series. It’s important to remember that Netflix is the only “network” that runs new, original Marvel studios content that isn’t directly owned by Disney. Assuming they ever lost their deal with Marvel, deals like this ensure they can continue to deliver the same kind of content viewers expect.
The series is expected to premiere some time in 2018.
Guillermo del Toro made two pretty awesome Hellboy films starring Ron Perlman, and fans have been clamoring for a third. There have been constant teases over the years for another movie (and Perlman has always said he’d be game), but it looks like any hopes for that version of the franchise to continue have been dashed. You see, there is going to be a third Hellboy movie, but del Toro and Perlman won’t be involved at all.
The series is being rebooted without them.
Hellboy‘s creator Mike Mignola posted to Facebook that a new film in the the works starring Stranger Things‘s David Harbour as the titular hero with Neil Marshall directing.
THR is reporting that Millennium is in negotiations with Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin to produce alongside Dark Horse Comic’s Mike Richardson. The film already has a script too, penned by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden, and Mignola.
I can’t help but say I’m a little disappointed by this. Perlman’s performance as Hellboy was excellent, and I really enjoyed the series. That said, it is pretty nice to know we have a chance at seeing the big guy up on the screen again in any form.
Via Facebook, THR
On this post-Holidays episode of Nerd & Tie we talk about how god-awful cold it is out there, the Doctor Who Christmas Special, Sherlock’s return, Space Dandy (which we almost forgot about), Star Wars returning to Marvel comics, Community’s return to the airwaves, and your messages to us in the mailbag.
We really do love reading your messages.
Podcast: Play in new window | Download
Subscribe: Android |