Sony’s ongoing attempt to build a Spider-Man-adjacent shared universe, which isn’t connected to the MCU but somehow connected to the MCU’s Spider-Man, continues forward. One of the films in the pipe for this bizarre experiment is Silver and Black, a movie focused on Silver Sable and Black Cat.
What we knew already is that film has a script by Chris Yost and is being directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. What we’ve learned in the last few days is that Sony has stamped a nice big release date on the film: February 8, 2019.
While this may seem more out of left field than the Venom movie, these are at least two characters whose origins aren’t heavily dependent on Spider-Man existing. That Venom movie is coming out just four months beforehand though, so it just feels like Sony’s trying to cram as much as they can at us at once.
I guess we’ll see if any of it sticks to the wall.
So The Dark Tower is finally in theaters. After taking the longest routes to theaters imaginable (and still actually happen) the movie legitimately exists. I honestly never thought I’d see the day. It’s almost like any time they tried to make the movie before, right as they reached the point of finalizing it, they’d be snapped right back to the beginning.
But not this cycle.
Anywho, one of the weirder parts of the The Dark Tower‘s adaptation is a bit we honestly forgot about — that Sony intended to make a TV series that ran between films. Apparently so did everyone else though, as the reaction to Sony announcing a showrunner was a collective “Oh crap, we totally forgot about that.”
The showrunner in question is Glen Mazzara, best known for his work on The Walking Dead, and will be largely based off the fourth book in the series Wizard and Glass. The show will effectively be Roland Deschain’s origin story. Which is, y’know, neat.
So, umm… yeah? It’s totally a thing that’s happening as far as we know right now. I mean, it’s not like Sony would go and announce a big expansive universe before knowing whether or not the film it’s based on is successful enough to support it.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we return from our annual semi-hiatus to discuss Wonder Woman 2 getting a release date, Stargate is getting a made-for-the-web prequel, the Robotech movie has a new director (and is apparently still happening), Kitsune Kon banned Youtuber ‘DesolatorMagic,’ Pokemon Go Fest was a bit of a mess, Louisville’s Fandom Fest was an outright disaster con, and Nick and Gen went to Anime Iowa.
It’s an audio only episode, but mostly because we’re still ironing out our kinks.
Remember how Harmony Gold was working on a live action Robotech movie? Someone’s been trying to make this film since 2007. The current iteration was first announced by Warner Bros four years ago, and then sat quietly for two years before they reassured everyone it was still happening. Only about a month after that though, the movie got shuffled over to Sony. And then we heard nothing. For years.
But this is apparently still a thing that is totally happening, though we’re not entirely sure why.
In any case, there’s actual news as Sony has announced the film has found its director in Andy Muschietti. Muschietti is fresh off the forthcoming remake of Stephen King’s IT, and his sister (and creative partner) Barbara Muschietti will be joining Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton as a producer. Nunnari and Canton have been with the project for quite some time already.
Maybe this is the thing that will finally make this movie happen, and maybe it isn’t. In either case, I still find myself wondering “who the heck is this movie for?”
On this (audio only) episode of the Nerd & Tie podcast, we celebrate Wonder Woman‘s victory at the box office, give a spoiler-free review of Spider-Man: Homecoming, ponder HBO developing a Watchmen television show, and consider the ramifications of Phil Lord and Chris Miller getting booted from the (still untitled) Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film. Then we hit the con scene, where Titan Fan Con messed up big time, and Emerald City Comicon finally settled their “minions/volunteer” lawsuit.
This is also the first episode recorded from the new production studio, so please forgive our settling in.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we deal with the ongoing move of our production studio, mourn the passing of Adam West, go through the highlights of E3, discuss the changes coming to Pokemon Go, review the confusing situation surrounding the Venom movie (and how it MIGHT still be MCU adjacent), and consider Wizard World’s money problems.
There are a few technical difficulties in the video too, but at least the audio version is largely clean?
This episode of Nerd & Tie was sponsored by Ohio Kimono
One of the stranger things that’s been happening is that Sony has been moving forward with the “Sony Marvel Universe” films, based around Spider-Man characters… minus Spider-Man. I mean, envisioning a Venom movie without Spider-Man is pretty strange, right? Well, the two franchises (which also includes the Black Cat and Silver Sable movie Silver and Black) aren’t going to be so far apart apparently.
In an interview with Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Sony’s Amy Pascal, Pascal seemed to confirm that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man could show up in the spin-off movies still.
[BREAKING NEWS] Amy Pascal confirm Black Cat and Vanom movie will pass in the same universe of "Spider-Man: Homecoming pic.twitter.com/qfAKOulqwE
This is, of course, completely contrary to Feige’s previous statements where he said the Venom movie wouldn’t be in the MCU. Of course, since Feige seemed a little surprised in the interview, maybe this was news to him too.
The remake of the classic 1990 film Flatliners has it’s first trailer, and it’s as spooky as you’d expect. For those unfamiliar, the premise is simple: a group of medical students decide to experiment with near-death by purposefully “flatlining” and then reviving themselves. What starts out as thrilling then turns dangerous — because believe it or not, Death doesn’t like being messed around with.
The remake has an amazing looking cast, which features Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, and Kiersey Clemons. Of course, any cast list that starts with Page and Luna would have looked fantastic no matter whose names appeared afterwards.
So this one’s a little late because I had a power outage last night. I did get to watch the conference eventually though and here’s what went down.
Throughout the entire presentation, Sony went all out with the theatrics including starting off with a sitar band and a waterfall. This heralded that we’re getting a new Uncharted game, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. After that, fake snow fell in the theater to go with the Horizon Zero Dawn expansion, Frozen Wilds.
Then there were zombies onstage to go with Days Gone.
Monster Hunter World looked amazing, as did the second Shadow of Colossus HD remake. Marvel vs Capcom Infinite was short and sweet and Call of Duty: WWII surprised no one.
Then they moved on to their VR block, showcasing games for the PSVR. These included Skyrim, a space platformer called Starchild, a psychological thriller called The Inpatient, fishing game Final Fantasy XV: Monster of the Deep, Bravo Team, and a platformer puzzle game called Moss. The last few items shown were their big pretty games including God of War 4, Detroit: Become Human, and Destiny 2.
Last but not least, Sony showed new footage of the Spider-Man video game that’s been in development for a while, which features the playstyle of the Arkham games but the definite feel of the web-slinger.
If you’d like to know more, go ahead and watch the restream here.
On this, the one hundredth episode of Nerd & Tie, our heroes give our review of DC’s Wonder Woman movie, discuss how said film was banned in Lebanon, celebrate 40 years of Star Wars, and continued to get confused by the ongoing progress on Sony’s Venom movie. Then we take on the con scene, where ColossalCon forced Colossus Con to rebrand, and Phoenix Comicon narrowly avoided tragedy.