So things are a bit of a mess here at Nerd & Tie right now, but while we’re getting the paper back in stacks, we’re trying to catch up on some of the news items we’ve missed. One of them is that Netflix has released a new trailer for their adaptation of Altered Carbon.
The show looks like it’s going to be pretty faithful to the book (albeit with a couple of notable changes), and is starting to look really, really good. Frankly it’ll be nice to have a decent cyberpunk series to sink my teeth into.
The final trailer before its worldwide release has come out for Godzilla: Monster Planet, and it has us pretty damned hyped. I mean, it’s full of J-Pop filled anime-spaceships action firing on kaiju, so — y’know — I’m not sure how it couldn’t. The film has already premiered in Japan, but we’re finally excited to see it for ourselves.
Godzilla: Monster Planet premieres worldwide on Netflix January 17th.
Bright was Netflix’s first foray into full blown blockbuster film making, and while critics have been harsh on the film, audiences seem to have liked it. I mean, it’s far from a perfect film, but with a solid cast and well directed action, it’s a pretty fun popcorn flick for a Saturday night. Streaming numbers seem to have been pretty high on the $90 million film too, topping out as the number one film on the service in 190 countries (with over 11 million streams in the US during the first three days alone).
Stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton are set to return, as is director David Ayer. One person who won’t be back is Bright‘s screenwriter, Max Landis. Landis has had some serious Sexual Harassment allegations leveled against him, and the streaming service’s desire to distance themselves from him makes a lot of sense. Ayer will take over writing duties for the second film, which is either good or bad news depending on whether you’re thinking about Training Day or Suicide Squad.
Honestly, while the social commentary is more miss than hit in Bright, the cast and visuals are amazing. Maybe excising the first film’s writer is exactly what the sequel needed, even if he weren’t turning out to be a garbage person.
Look, we didn’t like Suicide Squad. Most people who enjoy “good movies” didn’t like it either. With that in mind, it’s kind of bizarre to get excited about Netflix’s Bright, which shares that film’s director and one of its stars. Okay, it probably helps that this movie was written by Max Landis, who is the showrunner of the brilliant television adaptation of Dirk Gently, but still.
We’ve had a handful of trailers for Bright, and the latest continues to look pretty solid. If you don’t recall, it’s a modern set fantasy movie where Will Smith plays a human cop partnered with an Orc (played by Joel Edgerton). It’s pretty different from most things we’ve seen, which is exciting on its own. This is the streaming service’s first attempt at a “blockbuster” movie, so it’ll be fun to see how it turns out
On this episode of Nerd & Tie Nick and Gen go it alone, as Skype decided it hated Trae just before the episode began. The two of them discuss Netflix’s renewal of Mystery Science Theater 3000, The CW’s firing of Andrew Kreisberg, Bryan Fuller and Michael Green’s departure from American Gods, Anime Boston’s lawsuit against Boston AnimeFest (with Trae chiming in in post-production), and how Waxacon wrote some bad checks.
Netflix’s adaptation of Richard Morgan’s 2002 cyberpunk novel Altered Carbon hasn’t seen a lot of hype, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t look amazing. The streaming service has dropped it’s first teaser trailer for the show, and it looks dark, moody, and just plain interesting.
Set five centuries in the future, it’s set in a world where people are able to transfer their minds electronically. The rich are able to effectively gain immortality by repeatedly replacing their bodies. Entertainment Weekly has additional information (and a lot more photos), so you might want to check out their piece on the show.
All ten epiosdes of Altered Carbon hit Netflix on February 2nd.
Netflix’s Stranger Things is probably one of the more remarkable, unique television series out there these days. The show’s second season premiered this last October, and it was just as strong as the first. With that in mind, it should surprise absolutely no one then that Netflix has decided to renew the show for a third go round.
The renewal was announced to the public in a tweet by the official Netlfix twitter account:
FOR THE LOVE OF STEVE, DUH! So hold tight baby darts — season 3 is officially happening.
Part of the problem with a small blog like ours is that when we all take a holiday off, no one reports on the big news. So, of course, it was bound to happen that on Thanksgiving Day, during their annual Turkey Day Marathon, it was finally announced that Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s revival was officially renewed for a second/twelfth season on Netflix.
We don’t have any other details besides just the news that the show is coming back, but that’s enough for most of us. The first revival season took over a year to get to screens, and it was well worth the wait.
Another trailer dropped for Bright this week, and Netflix’s first foray into blockbuster film making continues to look really, really good. It hits the same notes that we’ve seen in earlierpromotional materials for the film.
Will Smith plays a cop who gets assigned an Orcish partner (played by Joel Edgerton). There’s tension between them (as there’s an obvious racism allegory happening with the Orcs), and the two run across someone with a magic wand. A magic wand is, apparrently, “like a nuclear bomb that grants wishes.”
So, y’know, a little bit of a big deal.
This is the most I’ve ever been excited about a David Ayer film in my life. I mean, it’s a buddy cop modern fantasy film — we haven’t exactly seen that before. Getting something new out of Hollywood apparently took a streaming service.
We’ve gotten a couple of trailers already for the upcoming anime film Godzilla: Monster Planet, and now we have yet another one. And this one has Godzilla fighting spaceships.
That’s pretty neat.
For those of you who don’t speak Japanese (including me actually), the film is set in the distant future where monsters have taken over the earth. Humanity tried to get away and find a new home, but was unable to find a suitable new planet. Stuck with the choices of “Earth” or “Going off to die in a vacuum,” they have to go back and actually deal with Godzilla.
Godzilla: Monster Planet comes to theaters in Japan this November, followed by an international release on Netflix.