On this fortnight’s excursion into the world of Geek, Gen Prock is sitting in for Nick (as his Skype just absolutely refused to connect tonight). We discuss the cancellation of Tron 3, the announcement of Fallout 4, the possible remakes of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Big Trouble in Little China, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy 2 getting a script.
We also discuss the “Women in Comics” panel calamity at Denver Comic Con and the overwhelming harassment issues at MomoCon.
The last we heard about Tron 3 (working title Tron: Ascension) was that it was going to begin production in the fall. As one of the people who actually thoroughly enjoyed Tron: Legacy, I was pretty hyped about it.
The prevailing theory is that the film was cancelled because Tomorrowland has done poorly in theaters, and Tron: Legacy didn’t generate a lot of merchandise sales. Disney apparently wants to go the well of recycling its animated library into live action instead, as it apparently is more profitable.
Which makes sense from a business perspective I guess, but deeply saddens me as a Tron fan who had been hoping for the series to continue.
This last Friday, the family of Comic Book Legend Jack Kirby and Marvel Comic released a joint statement saying that they “have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby’s significant role in Marvel’s history.”
The Kirby family have been in an almost constant legal battle with Marvel for copyright ownership of the countless characters Kirby created during his career at Marvel. But that should finally be over.
Sadly, the legal issues related to the Kirbys’ copyright claims wont be explored by the courts and we will probably never actually know the details of the deal, but if nothing else, its a major win for comic creators’ families.
Do you dream of watching the original Star Wars trilogy in high def, completely unsoiled by any special edition changes? Well there may be hope. According to ComicBook.com:
According to our sources, Disney has plans to release the original cut of the Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray. Our sources indicate that the project has been under way for quite some time, but it’s been challenging because of some damage to the original negatives they are utilizing. The goal is to release A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of Jedi in their complete, unaltered, original form without the redone special edition SFX.
So yeah, if this turns out to be true, there may be some celebrating to do. No is quite sure when the release would happen, but it’s believed that the Blu-rays would come out prior to Episode VII.
If I had to pick one of the strangest books from my childhood, one of them would most likely be A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. But Disney bought the rights to adapt it back in 2010, and while things started out promising, the projects stalled.
Well, until now.
With the success of Frozen, Jennifer Lee (who wrote the screenplay and co-directed the film) had pretty much her choice of projects at Disney… and this is what she picked.
Once Lee completes the screenplay, it’s unclear where the project will go next – whether she’ll be retained to direct it or if it will be handed off to someone else. Either way, it should be interesting to see how closely she stays to the source material, considering how much Frozen deviated from The Snow Queen.
As long as Uriel is populated by cracked out centaur-ish creatures I’ll be okay with it though.
We talked about The Descendants waaaay back in Episode 11 of the Podcast, but Disney has now released the first image of Kristin Chenoweth as Maleficent from it.
The Descendants, for those who don’t know, is about how Belle and the Beast (from Beauty and the Beast – duh) have been effectively running a multigenerational prison colony for all your favorite Disney villains. Those villains have now all had children, who they’ve been raising in the prison camp/colony/whatever.
You know, Bane was born and raised in a prison too…
Anyway, now that these (previously imprisoned even though they had never committed a crime) kids are teenagers, Belle and the Beast have decided to let them attend high school.
I sometimes wonder if anyone at Disney thinks about the horrible implications of stuff like this.
On this installment we talk about Anime Milwaukee, 90s’ TV Flash is joining the cast of the CW’s Flash, DC Animation getting a new shared universe, a US remake of the UK series Utopia, Gargoyles showing up on Youtube, and lawmakers in New Jersey are trying to rename the Sea of Japan.
You read that right.
Also, Pher has lost his voice, so you’ll be getting a lot of Trae and Nick this episode.
In this fortnight’s episode we talk about Disney’s new television show with horrible implications, Ant Man finally getting a lead actor, Scott Lobdell being a douchecanoe – and our best and worst picks for 2013.