There’s been a flurry of controversy about the upcoming Hellboy reboot, so it’s nice to finally be able to post something free of it. Hellboy creator Mike Mignola has tweeted out the first official image of star David Harbour in his full Hellboy getup.
I mean, there’s not much to say. Obviously it looks very similar to the makeup used on Ron Perlman in Del Toro’s original two films, but that’s just because both are very, very close to the original source material. Frankly, it’s just nice to see they didn’t make changes for the sake of change.
They’re making a Hellboy movie, so he looks like Hellboy.
So according to reports, actor Daniel Dae Kim is currently in talks to take over the role of Ben Daimio in the upcoming Hellboy reboot. This is, of course, the role that actor Ed Skrein exited a couple of weeks ago amidst whitewashing concerns.
Daniel Dae Kim is probably best known for his run on the rebooted Hawaii Five-O, but the actor is no stranger to genre ficiton, having played memorable roles in the Babylon 5 spinoff Crusade, Angel, and the miniseries adaptation of The Andromeda Strain. He also was on a little show called Lost that you might have heard of as well.
Assuming that the talks don’t fall apart, and this goes through, Daniel Dae Kim is a solid casting choice. He’s a good actor, and I guess my only real disappointment is that the studio didn’t go this way in the first place.
There was some recent controversy when actor Ed Skrein was cast in the upcoming Hellboy reboot, as the character he was intended to play (Major Ben Daimio) was of mixed Asian heritage and Skrein… well Skrein is definitively not. With all of the whitewashing issues in Hollywood, it seemed like we were going to have to sit through this mess all over again.
Well, maybe not this time.
You see, actor Ed Skrein has, officially, decided to exit the movie. The actor claims he had no idea that the character wasn’t white when he accepted the role, and never would have if he had been aware. It’s an unprecedented move, and it’s kind of impressive that he was willing to make the choice.
Frankly, it’s a position Skrein never should have been put in. The onus for preventing whitewashing should primarily be on the studio, but it’s good to know that even though Lionsgate dropped the ball, Skrein was willing to do the right thing once he was aware of the stakes.
If more actors did what Skrein was willing to do, maybe we could fix this problem faster.
Let’s be clear — here at Nerd & Tie we love 2013’s Pacific Rim probably more than we should. I mean, it’s giant robots punching giant monsters, and it is amazing. Now even though the sequel lost Guillermo del Toro as a creative force (who is the main reason the first one was so great), we’re can’t wait for the film.
Though it seems like we’ll have to.
The latest news is that Pacific Rim: Uprising will no longer make its February 23, 2018 release date. Instead the studio is pushing the film back a month to March 23rd. I know it’s not a huge move, but that puts the movie only a week before Ready Player One. We’re assuming the move is due to Black Panther coming out just a week before the original date in February.
Honestly, if I were Lionsgate, I wouldn’t want to go up against Marvel Studios either.
We leave you with the bit of footage from San Diego Comic Con which we decided was too small to get its own story. We’re still excited for this one, even if we have to wait a little longer to get it.
The rebooted Power Rangers movie came out with a second trailer today, and it actually looks pretty promising. Compared to the first one we got back in October, this actually seems to bring in some humor and seems to get the tone right.
We also get our first looks at the Zords, Zordon, Alpha, and Goldar in the thing, and while I know a few die hard franchise fans who might hate the designs, I think they look pretty cool. I hate to say it, but I’m actually starting to get my hopes up about this movie.
Patrick Rothfuss’s book trilogy The Kingkiller Chronicle is being adapted as an ambitious film/television series, and it just got a new producer: Lin Manuel Miranda
Miranda will be the show’s “musical mastermind,” composing original music and writing songs for the project. Miranda’s deal also includes a bit saying he’ll be involved with any stage adaptations of the material that might happen down the line too.
Lionsgate’s adaptation is fairly complicated affair. It will begin with a movie adaptation of The Name of the Wind written by Lindsey Beer, followed by a television series (under Rothfuss and Miranda’s creative direction) which will explore and expand the larger world of The Kingkiller Chronicle.
Jeyun Choi Munford and Nirokhi Raychaudhuri are working on the film side, and Chris Selak and Andy Richley are working on the TV end. Robert Lawrence is also helping produce both the films and the television series.
It seems like everything is nicely coming together on this.
This weekend we got the first official teaser trailer for Power Rangers. Of course, I’m not quite sure we were meant to, as it was first posted to and then immediately pulled from Facebook — and it wasn’t until it began to spread that the studio kind of gave up and officially reposted the video themselves.
And the trailer is… not that informative. I mean, it’s almost entirely scenes that must come from the first quarter of the film. Some have complained it’s too dark, but while I think the concerns about the color palette are genuine, a lot of it has been overblown. This is a trailer folks, and it was edited by different people than the ones working on the actual movie. There’s humor in the raw footage if you look closely, so we have a strong chance of a non-grimdark film here.
Hollywood seems determined to scrape every idea they can from the comics industry these days, so it should come as no surprise to find out that Lionsgate is now adapting the comic The Monolith for the big screen. Dave Wilson will direct the film, with Erwin Stoff producing.
This feature will be Wilson’s directorial debut, though he’s the Creative Director at Tim Miller’s Blur Studio (Miller having directed Deadpool of course). Wilson also worked previously on videogames like Mass Effect 2 and Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Spanning twelve issues (published in the mid-2000s), The Monolith was created by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti. The titular “Monolith” is a golem created in the 1930s, who as sealed away in a basement until its creator passes away and her granddaughter Alice inherits the house, discovering it. As the comic is a self contained story, it shouldn’t be too difficult to adapt the modern day retelling of the golem legend.
Honestly? This casting is kind of genius. Bryan Cranston’s range as an actor is amazing — just consider the two roles he’s best known for. It’s almost impossible for Hal on Malcolm in the Middle to be any further than Walter White on Breaking Bad. Cranston brings both the dramatic weight and the comedic abilities to make the giant disembodied head that gathers “five teenagers with attitude” work on the big screen.
Now EW has revealed the new look for the classic Ranger suits:
For the most part these look pretty solid (although I’m terrified that the Pink and Yellow Rangers will fall forward once and break their respective sternums). At this point, I’m pretty sure that the only thing that could go wrong with this movie is if it’s too true to the source material.