Look, I’m not against Universal’s shared monster-movie universe. I don’t think it’s actually necessary of course — but if the films are made well it could be fine. With that in mind, the reboot of The Mummy (starring Tom Cruise and directed by Alex Kurtzman) is expected next year to kick it off.
One of the elements of any shared universe, of course, are characters who carry over from one film to another. With that in mind, it’s now been confirmed that Australian actor Russell Crowe has been cast in the film as none other than the legendary Dr. Jekyll.
The part is expected to be small, but as Jekyll is such a legendary character (along with his alter ego Mr. Hyde), it’s easy to predict that eventually Universal is planning a stand alone Jekyll and Hyde film in the future. Y’know, if this first movie doesn’t flop hard or something.
The Grudge/Juon series of films were probably the scariest things I’d ever seen when first I watched them a dozen years ago or so. The original Japanese version of The Ring was likewise one of the best horror films to find international success in the last twenty years. Well, those two great flavors are now coming together, just like if someone got their terrifying chocolate in my horrifying peanut butter.
After a fan mashup trailer went viral, the folks at both Kadokawa and NBC Universal Japan realized “Hey there’s money on the table here” and started production on the film. Sadako vs. Kayako (the actual name of the film) will pit the two phantoms together, and is set to come out later this year.
They’ve also released a poster and teaser trailer for the film.
Kōji Shiraishi is directing the film, with Mizuki Yamamoto starring. The film is expected to come out in June of this year.
On this episode we talk about Deadpool‘s remarkable turn at the box office, Fox considering an R rating for Wolverine 3, the unfortunate continuation of the Battlestar Galactica reboot, Bryan Fuller taking the reigns of the upcoming Star Trek TV series, the final nail in TCE2‘s coffin, and how y’all really need to stop trashing convention hotels.
Way back in episode 19 of the podcast (y’know, before we started blogging) we talked about how Universal wants to reboot Battlestar Galactica as a new movie franchise. I mean, never mind that the last reboot (which was a very successful tv series you may have heard of) ended less than a decade ago — Universal sees space opera money on the table and they want it.
And they’re too lazy to come up with something new.
Well, the project had gone dormant for a while, so we had hoped it would just fade away like the Buffy remake or Billy Zane’s hairline*. But sadly, this is not the case, as Universal has apparently now hired Michael De Luca (The Social Network, Moneyball) to spearhead the film as Producer. Jack Paglen had already written a script last we heard, but who knows if that’s still being used.
God I hope this doesn’t keep going. Sometimes it’s okay to just leave things alone, y’know?
Vin Diesel is apparently developing a TV series for Universal Television set in the same universe as Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick and Riddick. Now before you get too excited about the possibility of getting to watch Diesel grunt-mumble his way through a new script every week, in all likelihood he wouldn’t appear on the actual show.
Produced by Diesel’s his One Race production company, this is most likely going to be the previously hinted at Merc City series, which would feature entirely different characters than Diesel’s popular Riddick.
Merc City is supposed to follow several bounty hunters and mercenaries running around the same universe as Riddick. They’d have the same kind of adventures, but only on TV budget and with understandable dialogue.
Back to the Future 2 mania continues, as we approach the “future” date of October 21, 2015. I mean, it’s the perfect blend of nostalgia and timing, so who can blame them?
First up, Pepsi is going to release a limited edition “Pepsi Perfect” bottle. It’ll just be regular Pepsi in the bottle (and it’ll cost $20.15 a pop), but hey — you weren’t buying this thing to drink it, were you? The release is limited to 6,500 bottles, and will go on sale on (you guessed it) the 21st. Also,1,500 will be given away to anyone cosplaying Marty McFly at New York Comic Con.
Here’s the ad they put out:
Speaking of ads, one of the more amusing commentaries on sequels in Hollywood was the “Jaws 19” marquee in Back to the Future 2. Sadly, we stopped making actual films in the Jaws franchise years ago, but that didn’t stop Universal from putting out a “Jaws 19” teaser trailer:
As the month continues, we should expect to see more and more of this sort of thing…
The Back to the Future trilogy comes out on Bluray October 21st.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, we talk about Jenna Louise Coleman’s upcoming departure from Doctor Who, Pacific Rim 2‘s cancellation, the possibility of a new King Kong vs. Godzilla, Titletown Comic & Entertainment Expo officially canceling their 2015 con, MRAs filing a nonsensical suit against Calgary Expo, the MetaCon fistfight, Nick’s experiences at Coulee Con, and our ongoing Indiegogo campaign for the Nerd & Tie Expo.
Legendary Pictures, who brought us a pretty decent Godzilla film last year, has been developing a King Kong film called Kong: Skull Island. Obviously when the people who own the American rights to Godzilla start making a King Kong movie, the first thing everyone thinks is “Let’s remake King Kong vs. Godzilla!” Well, at least everyone who realizes how expensive all the rights to Toho’s other monsters would cost Legendary.
There was one obstacle though — Legendary was making Kong with Universal, while their Godzilla franchise was over at Warner Bros.
Well, that obstacle may have gone away entirely. Deadline is reporting that Kong: Skull Island is moving over to Warner Bros.
The current rumor is that after Kong: Skull Island comes out in 2017 and Godzilla 2 in 2018, Legendary will start working on the second coming of the weirdest international crossover Kaiju film ever made.
There’s no doubt that Jurassic World, the fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise, was a massive success. It’s been breaking box office records left and right. Because of that, no one should be surprised then that Universal has confirmed they are making a sequel.
A sequel that will be out June 22nd 2018.
Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are expected to return, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. Jurassic World co-writer and director Colin Trevorrow will cowrite the script along side his frequen collaborator Derek Connolly, although Trevorrow won’t direct again as he’ll be off shooting a Star Wars movie.
Personally, I think this is great, as I’ve always loved this franchise. Hopefully they’ll flesh out the human characters a bit more in this next installment though.
Platinum Dunes’ Brad Fuller and Andrew Form said in an interview with Collider that the ‘Monster Squad’ remake is officially no longer happening. Whether you’re a fan of the original 1987 film or not, I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief now.
There will be no “Michael Bay’s Monster Squad.”
No reason was given for the cancellation of the project, but perhaps there were some licensing issues with the Universal Monsters — especially now that Universal is trying to make a unified Universal Monster Cinematic Universe.
PersonallyI’m glad, as I’m a little sick of regurgitated properties – even the ones I liked (TMNT). Guardians of the Galaxy may have been an adaptation, but at least it was something original on film – and Hollywood should take note at its success.