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.
Based off of Stephen King’s 2006 novel of the same name, I’m not really sure if Cell is an interesting new take on the zombie genre or a paranoid luddite’s rant against the evils of technology. Based on the trailer that dropped this week, it’s actually pretty hard to tell. Of course, it’s entirely possible that the film is both…
In any case, it stars John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, and looks like it might actually be pretty fun. I mean sure, it’s another frigging zombie property being shoved at us, but at least it’s a bit different than your typical story in the genre.
In any case, Cell comes to theaters on July 8, 2016.
We’ve been pretty neutral to most of the casting for the upcoming Power Rangers reboot. I mean, we don’t have any problems with the people cast as the Rangers, it’s just that by necessity they’re mostly unknowns. It’s hard to form a strong opinion on people whose work you don’t know.
There is one particular bit that actually got me looking forward to this movie, and that’s when Elizabeth Banks was announced as taking on the role of the villainous Rita Repulsa. Because, y’know, Elizabeth Banks.
As the film has been chugging full steam ahead, we finally know what she’s going to look like in the film too. People has now released an image of the actress in her full Rita Repulsa costume… and I think it looks pretty cool.
Take a gander:
While the costume doesn’t look that much like her original appearance, I don’t think fans will really end up caring too much about it. The wonderfulness of Rita Repulsa is her over the top, comedic performance — and Banks definitely has the chops for that.
As long as they let her ham it up in the role, this ought to be a pretty worthy incarnation of the character.
Power Rangers is currently scheduled for a March 24, 2017 release.
So I’m cautiously optimistic about the Power Rangers reboot movie that’s currently in the works. I mean, it has a lot of challenges ahead, including some heavy nostalgia for the “original” show. But I think most people will be willing to give it a shot.
As the film marches forward, more and more is trickling out about it. Earlier this week we got the official plot synopsis, and now EW has released the first official cast photo of our heroes:
The five people playing our teenagers (“with attitude” has yet to be confirmed) are, of course, (from left to right) RJ Cyler (Blue), Naomi Scott (Pink), Ludi Lin (Black), Becky Gomez (Yellow), and Dacre Montgomery (Red). As it’s the cast in their character’s “civilian” costumes, there’s not much to actually say here.
I mean, it’s five young people standing on some rocks. That’s pretty much it. But I’m not sure what else you’d expect.
Power Rangers is scheduled to come out March 24, 2017.