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.
Legendary Pictures, who brought us a pretty decent Godzilla film last year, has been developing a King Kong film called Kong: Skull Island. Obviously when the people who own the American rights to Godzilla start making a King Kong movie, the first thing everyone thinks is “Let’s remake King Kong vs. Godzilla!” Well, at least everyone who realizes how expensive all the rights to Toho’s other monsters would cost Legendary.
There was one obstacle though — Legendary was making Kong with Universal, while their Godzilla franchise was over at Warner Bros.
Well, that obstacle may have gone away entirely. Deadline is reporting that Kong: Skull Island is moving over to Warner Bros.
The current rumor is that after Kong: Skull Island comes out in 2017 and Godzilla 2 in 2018, Legendary will start working on the second coming of the weirdest international crossover Kaiju film ever made.
If you had a computer with a CD ROM drive in the mid-nineties, you’re very familiar with the game Myst. Set in a unique fantasy world where your character (usually referred to in later works as “The Stranger”) travels via linking books.
Well Legendary has been developing a television show based off the game, and now it’s coming to Hulu.
The show will be written by Divergent‘s Evan Daugherty and produced by Matt Tolmach. Myst offers an interesting story unlike anything really on the air right now (even if it means giving The Stranger an actual name), and I honestly wonder why this hasn’t happened sooner.
So “I Want to Like This” with Thomas Sinclair is a fairly new podcast/show where he and a guest talk about various films and things that… well… he wants to like.
It’s pretty straight forward.
Last November he recorded an Episode with Nick and Pher about Godzilla (2014), and it finally went online a few days ago. So if you want to spend forty minutes listening to a guy alongside Nick and Pher talk about Godzilla… well, you could listen to our “Godzilla Special” from last year, or you could listen to this.
With FX developing Redshirts as a limited series and Syfy bringing Old Man’s War to our screens, it’s a good time to be a fan of author John Scalzi. Well, it just got better, as Variety is reporting that Legendary TV has purchased the rights develop Scalzi’s novel Lock In for television.
For those unfamiliar with Lock In, Variety summarizes it as follows:
The book revolves around a highly contagious virus that causes one percent – or five million – of the U.S. population to become paralyzed but fully aware, while the rest of the infected get nothing more than the flu, fever or headaches. A quarter of a century later, the immobile are able to borrow the bodies of “integrators.” After one of the paralyzed is murdered, the book focuses on two FBI agents who are called in to investigate a case that spirals into something far larger.
Personally I’m excited, as (if this gets picked up after being made into a pilot) it would be a rather unique television series.