So one of the weirdest projects out there for a while has been Legendary’s live action/cgi hybrid Detective Pikachu movie. I mean, it’s a live action/cgi hybrid Detective Pikachu movie. No one was really expecting it to happen, and now the latest news is that it has a rather unexpected star: Ryan Reynolds.
That’s right, Ryan Reynolds is going to play Detective Pikachu in the Detective Pikachu movie. I mean, it’s not badcasting – Reynolds is a talented actor – but it’s definitely weird casting. I mean, he’s a funny guy (remember, unlike most Pokemon, Detective Pikachu can talk), but it’s not a direction most people thought casting would go.
The film will also star Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton, and is being directed by Rob Letterman. Alex Hirsch and Nicole Perlman wrote the screenplay, but beyond that we have very few details about the film.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we talk about Amazon developing new TV shows based on Snow Crash, Ringworld and Lazarus to start. We also talk about the new trailer for Pacific Rim: Uprising, how the Sonic the Hedgehog live action movie is still happening, Time Lord Expo getting cancelled just weeks before the con, and the sorry state of Wizard World.
Look, we love the movie Pacific Rim here at Nerd & Tie, and we’re not afraid to sing its praises for days. So, needless to say, now that we’ve finally got a trailer for the sequel, Pacific Rim: Uprising, some of us are bouncing off the walls with excitement.
Okay, maybe that’s just me.
John Boyega plays the son of Idris Elba’s character from the first movie, and while our heroes thought they had defeated the Kaiju for good… the monsters have returned. I mean, it’s pretty pain by numbers, but it’s pretty paint by numbers. Personally, I’m into it.
Warner Bros and Legendary’s upcoming reunion of the silver screen’s two biggest monsters, Godzilla and King Kong, appears to have found its director. The Hollywood Reporter is now reporting that Adam Wingard has signed on to direct Godzilla vs. Kong.
Taking place in the same universe as both Legendary’s Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island, and the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the film will be the first time the characters have been on screen together since 1962’s King Kong vs. Godzilla. The story for the film was put together by a writers room assembled by Legendary, headed by Terry Rossio.
Wingard is best known for smaller films like You’re Next, The Guest, and the Blair Witch remake. He’s been in the running for some larger franchises, but you can’t really get bigger than this one. The director though seems ready for the inevitable reaction fans will have to anyone who picked up the mantle for these two beloved, larger than life characters.
Cue the tweets telling me I've already ruined Godzilla and Kong.
Well, it looks like the Denis Villeneuve directed remake of Dune has found itself a writer. Variety is reporting that Eric Roth will script the film. Roth is probably best known for scripting the film adaptation of Forrest Gump, for which he won an Academy Award. He also co-wrote films like Munich, The Insider and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
So yeah – he kind of knows what he’s doing.
Legendary acquired the film and television rights to Frank Herbert’s legendary novel last fall. Villeneuve, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter will produce on any projects from this deal, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Thomas Tull and Kim Herbert excutive producing. Kevin J Anderson is also serving as a creative consultant on the venture.
This will be the third onscreen adaptation of Dune in my lifetime, and while I’ve enjoyed both, they’re both imperfect. I mean, Lynch’s film was beautiful but slow, and Syfy’s miniseries was well paced but a product of its lower budget. But you know what they say — third time’s a charm.
Twelve year old Millie Bobby Brown was one of the more unexpected breakout stars of 2016. I mean, no one expected anything about Netflix’s Stranger Things (or new it was even going to be a thing), but her performance was outstanding in it. Brown in now making the transition from the small screen to the big one though, as it’s now been announced that she’s been cast in the upcoming sequel to 2014’s Godzilla.
Godzilla 2 (as it’s currently being reffered to) recently found its director with Michael Dougherty taking the helm. We don’t know much about the film’s story beyond, y’know, Godzilla showing up, but we assume at some point he’ll walk through a city and fight someone.
Just playing the odds.
Godzilla 2 is currently scheduled for a March 22, 2019 release.
Legendary’s 2014 remake of Godzilla may not have been the best Godzilla film ever made, but it was still a pretty decent one. Because the film did well financially, a sequel was greenlit. Unfortunately, Gareth Edwards (who directed the first one) was unavailable, so a new director needed to be found.
Well, they seem to have finally found a successor in Michael Dougherty. Dougherty, who previously directed Krampus, is already co-writing the film with Zach Shields and is running the writer’s room for Legendary’s MonsterVerse, so he looks like the obvious choice.
Honestly, since he’s already pretty much dominating the creative future of the franchise, it makes sense for Legendary and Warner Bros to entrust him with the film. Here’s hoping that Godzilla 2 is a worthy successor to the 2014 remake (let alone the franchise as a whole).
Godzilla 2 is currently scheduled for a March 22, 2019 release.
Pokemon is having a bit of a renaissance lately, with the massive mobile hit of Pokemon GO and the upcoming mainline game for Nintendo’s hand held. The latest news regarding this multimedia franchise is, of course, that Legendary has acquired the rights to produce a Pokemon live action film, which were shopped around to studios in July.
And now we know who will write that movie. Probably.
Legendary is currently in negotiations with writers Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch to pen the script, which will be based on the upcoming game Detective Pikachu. Perlman is, of course, best known for writing Guardians of the Galaxy, while Hirsch is probably best known to our readers for creating a little cartoon called Gravity Falls.
Obviously all of this could change, as it’s still early days for the project. It’s clear though, with the people the studio is pursuing, that it’s headed in the right direction.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie (after we finish talking about Pokemon Go and get to the actual content) we talk about Star Trek‘s Abramsverse getting renamed the “Kelvin Timeine,” John Cho’s version of Hikaru Sulu being confirmed as gay (and all the fall out associated with it), Pacific Rim 2 finally getting a release date, Netflix greenlighting a remake of Lost in Space, how the Tetris movie will be the first in a trilogy, and how Sukoshi Con has cancelled all of their future conventions.