Robert Jordan’s fantasy epic The Wheel of Time is one step closer to showing up on our television screens. Variety is reporting that Red Eagle Entertainment and Sony have reached a deal to develop a series based on the fourteen book saga. Radar Pictures will also produce.
Rafe Judkins has been hired to write and showrun the series, and Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal will serve as a consulting producer.
Red Eagle Entertainment has been trying to get this deal done with Sony for two years now, and went so far as to shoot a bizarre adaptation of the prologue of The Eye of the World called Winter Dragon to keep the rights. I’m honestly amazed the project is moving along this far.
The death of Uncle Ben is a massively important part of Spider-Man’s origin, but when you’re literally on the third iteration of the film franchise in fifteen years, the idea of watching that heartbreaking origin story happen again is just super taxing. That’s why we were pretty damned happy when we learned that Spider-Man: Homecoming wasn’t going to be an origin story. It was clear that Uncle Ben’s death would be in Peter’s past.
But that didn’t mean we weren’t at risk of a flashback.
I mean, most Batman movies have been based around an adult Bruce Wayne, but I’ve had to watch that (poorly assembled) pearl necklace hit the ground more times than I want to count. Well, the good news is that flashback doesn’t seem to be coming. In fact, while Ben’s death will have canonically happened, the film doesn’t plan on spending much time at all even directly saying that it sounds like.
Spider-Man: Homecoming co-producer Eric Carroll told Screenrant:
I mean, we’re implying he’s dead. We have not at all, again, gone into trying to change his origin story as far as I have been envisioning it. But we, just again, we thought that to keep this fun, light tone, as soon as they have to have their, like, ‘Let’s remember our dearly departed father figure’ – it derails that a little. And again, what we’re trying to tell is this sort of fun story of the kid who is doing all the wrong things for the right reasons. And once you do that, it stops becoming a sort of sun movie about a kid trying to be a kid. He’s mourning the loss of a parent.
This is… well, it’s the best damned news I’ve heard all day.
Part of me is starting to believe that the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series is some sort of cosmic trick. The closer it seems to get, the further away it really is. I mean, the project’s been in development for over a decade, and its release has already been delayed twice — first from January 2017 to February 2017, and then again until this upcoming July.
And now it’s been delayed even further.
/Film is reporting that The Dark Tower won’t make its July 28th release date, and will now arrive August 4th. I mean, it’s not the end of the world — the delay is literally only a week. But I’m starting to be convinced that when I arrive at the theaters on August 4th, I’m going to be told that the release has been moved to the 5th.
And that no matter what I do, the release will always just be just out of reach.
It’s been a few months since we saw the first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, so unsurprisingly Sony has decided to release another one today. It’s the third version of the character from the studio in the last fifteen years, and I… just… can’t…
Okay look, I wanted to be cynical and sarcastic there, but honest to god I’m really excited for this movie.
What we can glean from this trailer, really, is that Tony Stark is going to be a large driving force in the film’s plot. This isn’t a bad thing, but it does mean that it’s the third film to heavily feature Iron Man without him in the title (and the second to not be an Avengers movie). As for the rest, you should just watch it. It’s pretty neat.
Just over a week ago Sony announced, rather out of the blue, that they were going to release a Venom movie (based off of the Spider-Man villain/anti-hero) in the fall of 2018. The studio apparently was returning to their plans to create a massive shared universe based off of various Spider-Man characters. There were a lot of questions though, including whether or not these new films (which also includes a Silver Sable and Black Cat film) would be a part of the MCU like the current Spider-Man movies.
Well, it seems like the answer to that is probably not.
Collider is reporting that the Venom film will not be connected to Tom Holland’s iteration of Spider-Man or the larger MCU, which of course makes me want to ask a heck of a lot of questions as to how they’ll modify a character whose backstory is so reliant on the web crawler. The other large piece of news in that article is that Sony is apparently looking to make Venom rated R.
I’m of two minds about that.
On the one hand, Venom is one of the few characters who I think would merit a hard R if they stick to the source material. That said, I’m not confident Sony knows why Fox’s Logan and Deadpool worked. Frankly, the idea of building a Spider-verse sans Spider-Man seems like a terrible idea.
A few years ago, before Sony’s plans for an expanded Spider-verse based on their Amazing version of the character collapsed, they were planning a woman led spin-off which would likely feature either Black Cat or Silver Sable. Like most movies associated with that proposed franchise expansion, it was assumed that the project was long dead and buried.
Well maybe not so much.
THR is reporting that Sony is currently developing a film based around both Silver Sable and Black Cat. The studio has tapped Chris Yost to write the script, who recently wrote the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok for Marvel. Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal are producing.
This isn’t Sony’s only Spider-Man spinoff in development, with a Venom movie recently announced to be in the works (which even has a release date). It’s unclear if these will be anchored in Marvel’s MCU, but as the current Spider-Man is, it would be super weird if they weren’t.
Sony originally had massive plans for an explanded Spider-Man based film franchise, but that all seemed to have evaporated with the failure of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. While the studio is relaunching the franchise with Spider-Man: Homecoming, it was assumed (with that film’s integration with Marvel Studio’s MCU) that we wouldn’t see anything outside the mainline films for the series.
Well, we were apparently wrong.
Out of the blue, yesterday Sony announced that it was making a Venom movie with a release date of October 5, 2018. While there were initially rumors that Alex Kurtzman would direct, the studio has since clarified that no director is currently attached to the project. It has been confirmed that Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner are writing the script for the film though.
We know pretty much nothing else about the project, and which version of the character will be in the movie or if it will tie into the MCU are questions that are still up in the air. That October 5th 2018 release date is date DC’s Aquaman recently abandoned, and is just a couple short months before the (still untitled) animated Miles Morales Spider-Man film comes out (which Aquaman currently shares a release date with).
Frankly, this is just a lot of Spider-Man stuff. I mean, with Homecoming later this year, and its sequel greenlit for a 2019 release, this means we’re getting four Spider-Man related films in three years. This could be, quite frankly, Spider-Man overload.
Okay, so the new red band trailer for Life only really has a moderate amount of screaming, but that’s only if you don’t include my screaming during the disturbing finger breaking shot. Oh yeah, it has a disturbing finger breaking shot.
Life is, of course, about a group of astronauts who discover alien life, and then promptly wish they hadn’t found it. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, and Ryan Reynolds, and looks like some pretty solid science fiction horror.
Oh, and apparently the trailer uses some B-Roll originally shot for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. That part’s funny, whether it ends up in the movie or not.
Amazon has now officially picked up science fiction anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams for a ten episode season. Executive Produced by Ronald D. Moore, Bryan Cranston and Michael Dinner, each episode will feature a different science fiction tale based on the short stories of Philip K. Dick.
The project, developed at Sony, was originally intended to air on AMC in the states, but was dropped by the network. Amazon picking it up makes perfect sense though, as they already have one series based on Dick’s work on air (The Man in the High Castle) and it gives them something to compete with rival streaming service Netflix’s Black Mirror.
Look, it’s commonly accepted wisdom that only a minority of nerds and geeks really care about organized sports. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with liking sports, but it’s just not as common in our community as it is in the rest of the general populace.
That said, every year during the Super Bowl ads for things us geeks are extremely interested in debut, and we really want to see them. To help out those of you who chose to skip Sunday’s game though, we’ve rounded up most of them right here… because we’re good people.