The trailer for director Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water has arrived, and the first thing that probably strikes you is how beautiful the film looks. Of course, it’s a del Toro film, so that’s not terribly surprising. What is surprising is how sweet the trailer feels.
The Shape of Water first appears to be a science fiction creature film on its surface (no pun intended), but really is more of a fairy tale. Doug Jones plays a fish-like creature who has a friendship (and maybe romance) with a mute woman (Sally Hawkins) who cleans the lab he’s being held in. And while it certainly looks sweet, there’s clearly some darkness to the situation.
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.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we talk about the new Ghostbusters trailer, Pacific Rim 2 has a new director, the Iron Fist has been cast, Nicholas Meyer has joined the writing staff of the new Star Trek show, Wine Country Comic Con is insane, YourMiniCon has cancelled more events, and Nick went to Plattcon.
The sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim has had a rocky road so far. The sequel got announced back in 2014, but later got put on indefinite hold. Then we got word that a script was completed, but the film was still treading water.
One of the biggest challenges to the film’s future may have just been resolved though, and that’s how busy del Toro is with other projects. THR is reporting that he’s stepped aside, and that Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight would be taking over as director for Pacific Rim 2.
I’m of two minds on this. On the one hand, DeKnight taking over directing means that Legendary is still moving forward with the film. That means Pacific Rim 2 has a pretty good chance of still happening. On the other hand, del Toro’s creative voice was crucial to the unique awesomeness that was the first film. And while Guillermo del Toro would still remain on as a producer, it’s nowhere near the same as if he was still directing.
EDIT: Yeah, I misread. While Netlix is rebooting Voltron, del Toro isn’t going to be working on it. I will however go on the record and say the world would be a better place if he was involved.
If there’s one artist who’s work always gets me excited, its Guillermo del Toro. You never know what he’s going do next, but chances are at least part of it will be entertaining.
Well right now he’s working on two projects for Dreamwork Animation and Netflix. Both sound interesting. First up is Troll Hunters which will be a fantasy series about “Two best friends who make a startling discovery underneath their hometown.” Sadly it has nothing to do with 2010 Norwegian found-footage horror movie.
The other project is a familiar franchise that I can’t help but be excited for, a Reboot of Voltron. You read that right, yes, that Voltron. Honestly, this makes up for Pacific Rim 2‘s hiatus for me. Seriously? Can you imagine del Toro’s Voltron? The thing is, he’s proven he knows how to do Robot vs. Monster spectacles, but there’s a part of me that’s sad he’s not remaking Go-Lion, the freaking INSANE anime where the Lion Force parts of Voltron came from. Cause the stuff in that show is straight out of some of del Toro’s horror work. People exploding like blood balloons, cannibalism… and this was a kids’ show in Japan!!!
What was I talking about? Right! No date on when these shows are coming to Netflix but I’m excited.
On this bigger than ever episode, Vinnk (of FamicomDojo.tv) is sitting in for Pher. We talk about the current state of Pacific Rim 2, the cancellation of Mythbusters, Donna Noble’s Doctor Who Audio Drama return, K-9 getting his own movie, IfCon Victoria disappearing into the night, the 2015 World Fantasy Convention coming to its senses, and SXSW’s complete and total bungling of its anti-Harassment summit.
Here’s the thing – we love Pacific Rim here at Nerd & Tie. It is quite possibly our favorite thing, and is on the short list of “everything Trae, Nick and Pher agree on.” So when Pacific Rim 2got announced back in 2014, we got excited. Then we all fell into a deep depression when it was announced that the film had been placed on indefinite hold last month. Hope still remained, but not much.
Well, Guillermo del Toro hasn’t given up, as he tweeted earlier today that he had completed the script for Pacific Rim 2 and has submitted it to the studio.
PACIFIC RIM 2: Budget and script went in. No answers yet. If anything happens, I will post. If nothing happens, I will just keep rambling.
Guillermo Del Toro may no longer be helming the Justice League Dark film, but Warner Bros still seems interested in the project moving forward. According to The Tracking Board, DC and Warner Bros have tapped Scott Rudin to take over the film (which will likely be titled Dark Universe). In fact, if The Tracking Board is to be believed, Warner Bros is aggressively behind the movie, and Dark Universe could start filming as early as 2016.
That is… really soon.
It shouldn’t be too surprising though. Justice League Dark/Dark Universe has been in the planning stage for years. As the film wasn’t a part of DC’s cinematic roadmap, we weren’t exactly expecting it though. Del Toro will remain as a producer on the film, although he’s no longer directing.
The Justice League Dark comic features characters like Zatanna, Deadman and John Constantine. Even though there’s a John Constantine walking around the shared Arrowverse (and who previously had his own now canceled show) played by Matt Ryan, the DC Cinematic Universe would recast the part.
I’m not sure I’ll ever quite understand why DC does what it does while managing its franchises, but as the Constantine show is no longer on the air, at least it’s not going to be as confusing for consumers as some of DC/Warner Bros other choices.
A weird part of me wants to see them bring Keanu Reeves’s version of John Constantine back though…
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, we talk about Jenna Louise Coleman’s upcoming departure from Doctor Who, Pacific Rim 2‘s cancellation, the possibility of a new King Kong vs. Godzilla, Titletown Comic & Entertainment Expo officially canceling their 2015 con, MRAs filing a nonsensical suit against Calgary Expo, the MetaCon fistfight, Nick’s experiences at Coulee Con, and our ongoing Indiegogo campaign for the Nerd & Tie Expo.
We loved 2013’s Pacific Rim here at Nerd & Tie. We think it’s the best thing mankind’s ever done, and that includes building the great pyramids and bacon double cheeseburgers. Over a year ago we all rejoiced at the news that Pacific Rim 2 had been greenlit, and all seemed right with the world.
Well… it’s no longer the case.
THR is reporting that the film won’t make it’s August 2017 release date. In fact, it may not happen at all. A victim of Legendary’s move from Warner Bros to Universal, the project has been placed on “indefinite hold.”
And parts of me that I didn’t know could cry are now weeping.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim was a visual masterpiece, and a breath of original, fresh air in a world of adaptations and remakes. It was something both familiar yet totally new. To see it’s promising follow up vanish into the Hollywood ether is highly disappointing. It still has a chance of re-materializing, but not a big one.