So I know Spider-Man has seen a lot of reboots in the last two decades, and even though I want to complain about that, each Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer has us more and more hyped. We now have the final trailer for the film, and… well… yeah.
It looks pretty great.
This trailer again focuses on Peter pushing against the limitations Stark has put on him. I mean, when you can stop a bus with your bare hands, it’s hard to be okay with something called the “training wheels protocol.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming comes to theaters July 7th.
So Tom Holland has been officially cast as a young Nathan Drake in the Uncharted movie adaptation. Based on the Naughty Dog video game of the same name, the film will act as a prequel to the game series.
The movie is going to be based on a cut scene from the third game, where a young Drake encounters Sullivan for the first time. Sony has been trying to make this movie for a while, and while a lot of names have been attached to the director’s chair. There’s no one currently attached to direct, but Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner and Ari Arad are producing.
Tom Holland, of course, is currently running around the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Spider-Man, and will star in the Sony produced Spider-Man: Homecoming later this summer. He’s a solid actor, so it will be interesting to see what he does with this character.
No one was expecting it when Sony announced it’s Venom movie, so it makes sense that no one was expecting who will end up starring in it. Its been announced that none other than Tom Hardy will be playing Eddie Brock in the upcoming film.
Venom will be an R-rated film meant to launch a shared universe based around Spider-Man characters (that will somehow not feature Spider-Man). Separate from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, where the current film Spider-Man resides, it’s expected to be darker — and by all accounts confusing as hell.
Honestly, Hardy is a phenomenal actor, but even his casting isn’t quite enough to get me excited about this project. Maybe I’m wrong — maybe this will end up being phenomenal. With Sony’s current track record though, I’m not giving them good odds.
Last week we reported that NBC had cancelled freshman time travel drama Timeless. Well someone must have altered the timeline after that, because this weekend series creator Eric Kripke tweeted out that the series had been, in fact, saved.
As for how this happened, The Hollywood Reporter claims that Sony (who actually makes the show) offered to take more of the burden of production costs going forward. The cancellation of a bubble show like Timeless wasn’t surprising, but series with the same ratings often get renewed too. Sony absorbing more of the costs makes keeping the program on the air a much more profitable affair for NBC, and tipped the scales just enough in Timeless‘s favor.
And frankly, with that first season cliff hanger ending, I’m glad we’re going to get more.
To say it’s taken a while for The Dark Tower to make it to screens would be an understatement. The film adaptation of the Stephen King series has been in development as long as I can remember, and even once this iteration started moving forward, it’s faced continuous delays. Things look like they’re actually happening now though, and the first trailer for the film has been released.
It’s a pretty simple introduction to the series’s concepts, and I think a pretty good trailer. You also get to see Idris Elba being a complete badass, which is always a plus. What remains to be seen is if the film will ever get as weird as the books do… because those books do get super weird.
One of the most puzzling projects to come out of Hollywood’s obsession with rebooting every bit of IP from the 1980s is the Masters of the Universe remake over at Sony. It’s been brewing for a few years, and honestly I think a small part of me had been hoping that the film would disappear into development hell. I mean, I just honestly can’t think of the market for this sci-fi Conan rip-off. Nostalgic fans have rejected prior remakes, and the casual audience doesn’t remember it as fondly as they did, say, Transformers.
But it’s still coming, and now it has a release date.
It’s being reported that Sony has put Masters of the Universe on their release schedule for December 18, 2019. Of course, even though this is in many ways a step forward for the film, it seems that some vital elements are missing.
McG had been attached to direct the film, but he’s no longer involved in the remake. And while Jeff Wadlow had completed a script for the film in 2015, as David S. Goyer is apparently now writing the film, it’s safe to assume Wadlow’s script has been thrown out. But hey, this thing that no one really wants is still happening.
I wonder if it will fare any better than The Lone Ranger…
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.