The first trailer for the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise came out this weekend, and as it’s full of dead pirates taking over a boat hunting for Jack Sparrow, the series seems to be going back to its roots.
Honestly, while I knew on an intellectual level that this movie was happening, I think a small part of my brain was refusing to accept it. I mean, do we really need (or want) another Pirates movie? The original trilogy was pretty enjoyable, but the fourth installment was kind of terrible. Now in a world where Disney’s bread and butter is milking franchises, there was no way they were going to let this potential money maker collect dust.
Hopefully they do a better job this time around.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hits theaters May 26, 2017.
This episode we go audio only, and dig into a massive pile of your messages to us. Before that though, we spend some time talking about Matt Ryan reprising Constantine in Justice League Dark, The Rocketeer possibly getting sequel/reboot, and actor Steve Cardenas calls out the organizer of Texas Comicon.
The Rocketeer is probably one of the more underappreciated films of the 1990s. I mean, the premise of the film (and the comic character it’s based on) is simple — dude has a rocket pack and uses it to fight bad guys. It’s very much in line with the old jetpack/rocketpack Republic serials, and it’s just good fun.
And now it might get a sequel.
THR is reporting that Disney is currently developing a modern day sequel/reboot of the film, with the lead character being played by a black woman. Currently titled The Rocketeers, Brigham Taylor, Blake Griffin and Ryan Kalil are producing the film. All of this is early, so things can change (and projects can get abandoned). I’m hopeful though, as I think this could be a pretty damned cool film.
Or at least the version I’m imagining in my head is…
So Disney execs have apparently seen a rough cut of the upcoming Star Wars anthology film Rogue One and have ordered reshoots over tone concerns. Somesources, of course, have freaked the f**k out decrying “panicked” executives.
But everyone needs to take a breath, okay?
It is true that there are tone concerns with the film — that it was too dark — and that it wouldn’t quite fit into the Star Wars franchise as a whole, but reshoots aren’t uncommon these days. In fact, it’s pretty damned clear the studio expected reshoots, as they had a rough cut of the film in May for a movie not coming out until December. Getting the first Star Wars anthology film right is important, and they want to make sure that they get it right.
And while it’s true the whole point of the anthology films is that they can be different kinds of stories than Episodes, Rogue One is set immediately prior to A New Hope and needs to mesh with that world. I do think Disney and Lucasfilm are putting too high of an expectation on this film though if they expect it to do as well as The Force Awakens (a movie fans had to wait years for), but you can’t blame them for hoping.
In any case, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story comes out December 16, 2016.
Almost a year ago we talked about how Lucasfilm was contemplating a fifth Indiana Jones film. We knew literally nothing about it though, and words and phrases like “prequel” and “recasting Dr. Jones” got tossed around in the wild hypotheses of the Internet’s back hallways.
It turns out, it’s not a prequel — and the septuagenarian Harrison Ford will return to don the brown fedora and whip yet again. Steven Spielberg will direct, and the as-of-yet untitled sequel has a release date too: July 19, 2019.
I’m excited, but as I’ve said before I’m one of the few people who actually enjoyed Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It’s not as good as Raiders of the Lost Ark or Last Crusade, but it’s a hell of a lot better than Temple of Doom. Temple of Doom is literally one of my least favorite movies ever. I also really enjoyed cranky-old Harrison Ford in The Force Awakens, so there’s that too.
But I have a feeling I’m going to be in the minority on this one…
Guys, I know that we haven’t talked about for a while, but that terrible live action remake of the very Japanese Ghost in the Shell starring a bunch of white people is still happening. I know we all tried to forget about it, but it’s still going forward.
The latest news on this atrocity is that the Scarlett Johansson led film is moving studios — from Disney to Paramount.
I don’t know the film industry well enough to know whether this is good or bad for the film, but I know it is a thing that has happened. I hope it’s a bad thing, because as much as I love Scarlett Johansson, she should not be playing the Major.
Right now Ghost in the Shell is scheduled to come out March 31, 2017.
As The Force Awakens is currently killing it at the box office, most of us are pretty excited for 2017’s as-of-yet-untitle eighth episode in the Saga. I mean, sure, 2016 will give us the first spinoff film (Rogue One), but we all know it’s not the same. For the longest time Episode VIII has had a May 2017 release date, but not so much anymore.
In the wake of script rewrites for the film, we now know the Rian Johnson written and directed installment is being pushed back to December 15th, 2017.
Frankly, besides giving the film more time for production, this also makes sense from a market standpoint. Rogue One would have only come out six months prior with the original release date, and with less than a year between Star Wars films the impact might have been reduced. There is also frankly a lot less competition in the theaters with a winter release date, which should also help the film. Personally, I’m still excited.
You know, there are people out there who say you can’t make a great Fantastic Four film, and I always end up confused. The reason why is pretty simple — we already got a phenomenal Fantastic Four movie over a decade ago.
I speak, of course, about Pixar’s The Incredibles.
For the longest time, we’ve been waiting for a sequel to arguably one of the best superhero films ever made. The Incredibles 2 has been in development for a while, but director Brad Bird had been pretty busy with movies like Tomorrowland and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Bird has more recently stated that he’s working on the script for the next Incredibles installment, and has said it’s his next film.
Well, yesterday we finally got some more news on the project. On the upside, we now know approximately when the film come out — the downside is that we’ll be waiting for a while. In fact, you’ll be waiting until 2019.
Considering Pixar can only make so many films at a time, and in that same news we found out Toy Story 4 was getting moved from 2017 to 2018, it shouldn’t be too much of a shock that The Incredibles 2 would end up so much further back on the schedule. I think it’ll be worth the wait though.
On this fortnight’s Nerd & Tie, we mourn Wes Craven’s passing, we’re launching an Indiegogo campaign Tuesday for the Nerd & Tie Expo, Star Trek: Renegades is terrible, Marvel and Disney are reorganizing Marvel Studios, ditching Creative Committee, a mass shooting was averted at the Pokemon World Championship, Wizard World loses money for the second quarter in a row, and TCE2 is having financial issues too.
The news came down the other day that Kevin Feige would begin to report directly to Disney, and that Marvel Studios would no longer need the direct approval of Marvel Comics. Well, it’s now been confirmed that the Marvel Studios Creative Committee has been dissolved, and that Feige has direct creative control of the cinema behemoth.
The committee included Alan Fine (President of Marvel Entertainment), Joe Quesada (Marvel Chief Creative Officer/Jerk who broke up Peter Parker and MJ), Dan Buckley (Marvel Comics publisher), and Brian Michael Bendis (comics god). Whether this change is a good thing or a bad thing depends on whether or not you completely trust Feige to run things unchecked.
On the one hand, he’s been the leading voice shepherding what is effectively one of the biggest franchises in the world. On the other hand, maybe the committee had prevented him from making disastrous mistakes we’ve never ended up hearing about.