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Tim Burton is directing a Beetlejuice sequel Michael Keaton set to reprise

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Having exhausted all the remakes he could possibly do, Tim Burton is finally returning to the film that put him and Michael Keaton on the map “Beetlejuice” (course there was Batman, but you know what I’m saying) and don’t ask about the spelling. Apparently, a script has been penned by screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith, author of the book Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and the screenplay for Dark Shadows. This doesn’t make me feel better, but maybe this will work? Or we’ve finally seen the end of Tim Burton. Either way, this will either work or be a colossal failure.

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Last week, according to our source, Tim Burton was thinking about dropping out of directing his Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children set up at 20th Century Fox. As originally reported by DEADLINE, Peregrine’s story is a compelling one and right in Burton’s wheelhouse.

But it seems that he was almost tempted to leave the project entirely in order to return and direct the new BEETLEJUICE. But before anyone could say “the name that shouldn’t be named 3 times in a row…” he shifted his schedule and is now looking to do both films.

David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith have just signed a two-year first-look feature producing deal at Warner Bros. While rights are still being worked out, one of their first projects is expected to be a sequel to Beetlejuice, the 1988 Tim Burton-directed hit that starred Michael Keaton as a ghoul hired by a recently deceased couple to drive the new owners out of their house.

Then, as the news settled and everyone went back to worrying about who was going to be the next Superman and when the next Dark Knight was going to come out, the news got lost in the ether.

But then SCREENRANT dropped in some news from an interview saying:

“When Warner Bros. came to us about it, we said the only way we’d do it if we got Tim [Burton’s] blessing and involvement, and we got that, and the star of the movie has to be Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice, and it’s a true continuation 26 years later. Not just throwing him in as a cameo going, ‘Hey, it’s me. I endorse this movie.’ We’re not there yet [with Keaton] because we don’t have a film to present to him.”

Could this mean that Tim has finally wised up? Could he be seeing, for the first time since getting his best director nod for Big Fish, that his original material is what has made him who he is today? Here’s to hoping he’s done spoofing himself and will start to create some real work and without Johnny Depp…for the love of God.

Leonardo DiCaprio set to produce, yet another, Island of Dr. Moreau reboot

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way together with Warner Brothers , is about to embark upon the path less traveled. H.G. Wells’s classic story of science gone awry has seen many incarnations over the past 70 years, most notably the 1977 film with Burt Lancaster and the 1996 John Frakenheimer film starring Marlon Brando (whose portrayal of Moreau was awesome btw).

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I look at this film as a sacrifice that Hollywood must make to the Gods every so often, to keep them appeased. Whether good or bad, the offering must be made. Another way to look at it, is that it had to go through this metamorphosis (fitting), a metamorphosis that has taken years to reach a certain point, “point” being a highly advanced level of VFX…notice how I left out script writing and acting?  When the film releases and it ends up surprising us on the script and acting, then I will consider that a fringe benefit from a movie that has proven to be nothing other than a lack luster, visual effects vehicle over the years.

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According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is going back to The Island of Dr. Moreau with Appian Way partners Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran. Appian has set Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy to pen a contemporary re-imagining of H.G. Wells’ classic novel. The intention is to make it a sci-fi film with a topical ecological message. Appian Way will produce with Mad Hatter Entertainment’s Michael Connolly.

Book Synopsis
Shipwrecked, Edward Prendick is rescued by a passing boat bound for the island of Doctor Moreau. After a fight with the vessel s captain, Prendick is forced to go ashore on the island, where his curiosity compels him to seek the truth about Doctor Moreau s gruesome experiments. This gripping science fiction novel by H. G. Wells explores themes of cruelty, morality, and man s abuse of nature.


Director Jaume Collet-Sera and Warner Bros. are taking another stab at AKIRA

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It’s always a little disheartening when a studio won’t take a chance on something like AKIRA, but will dump millions into The Smurfs or Grown Up’s 2. AKIRA is one of those manga stories that Hollywood has toyed around with for awhile, but never had the balls to do it. But Warner Bros. does appear to want to make this happen and they seem pretty sure about the director…so what the fuck are they waiting for? The budget of course, the original Albert Hughes (From Hell, Book of ELI) project ,that was slated for pre-production a few years ago, had a budget of 180 Million, then director Jaume Collet-Sera came aboard and reduced the budget to 90 Million. Stars like Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Helena Bonham Carter, and Ken Watanabe were cast and ready to rock and roll then ERRRRRRRR….Warner Bros. pulled the plug with the hopes of bringing that bad boy down some more. Somewhere between 60 and 70 Million.

Long story short, Jaume left the project.

Flash forward and now Warner Bros believes, for some reason, that this film is doable now.

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While Warner Bros. has apparently been looking at other directors to possibly come in and make Akira for the studio’s new, lower budget (including Catfish and Paranormal Activity 4 helmers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman), Variety reports that the studio was always keen on Collet-Serra’s vision and now the director is in discussions to return to the project.  Apparently Collet-Serra has found time in his busy schedule to fit Akira in, and he’s also found another way to approach the material that fits in with WB’s new budget.

Having recently completed filming on the airplane thriller Non-Stop with Liam Neeson, Collet-Serra is currently in pre-production on the Warner Bros. thriller Run All Night, which also stars Neeson alongside Joel Kinnaman and Ed Harris.  The plan now is for Collet-Serra to move straight into Akira in the spring of 2014, once he’s completed work on Run All Night.  It’s unknown if Collet-Serra’s previous cast will regroup or what the director’s new take on the material entails, but it’s clear that Warner Bros. really wants to get this thing made.

This could always blow up in our faces. I for one, am not about films with inflated budgets and don’t deliver. But AKIRA is not to be messed with. The scope of this film is huge and budget shouldn’t be a concern for a story like this. However “necessity is the mother of invention”.

I don’t have an answer for Hollywood’s sudden shift to manga based materials as of late, but Godzilla 2014, Pacific Rim and 47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves, may have something to do with it.  All I have to say is “Japan, get ready to assume the position, cause Hollywood’s got a something for ya and as always they are going in dry”.

BTW…Just give me the Lone Wolf and Cub movie and let’s call it a wrap.

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First looks at the Legendary Pictures Godzilla Encounter at Comic Con 2013

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Collider.com got a chance to check out Legendary Pictures Godzilla Encounter at the San Diego Comic Con 2013 and the images are incredible. Clearly Legendary is sparing no expense when it comes to the promotion of two of it’s biggest monster films this year…Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim and Gareth Edwards Godzilla. Makes me wish that they had pushed Pacific Rim back a couple of month’s, maybe we could’ve gotten a presentation like this for that amazing film, then perhaps Grown Up’s 2 wouldn’t have beaten it out on opening weekend….let me stop.

This kind of reminds me when Disney rolled out the exhibit for TRON: Legacy, I guess the studios are all going the way of these huge and uber-expensive displays to get those who know and those who don’t, involved in the hype machine. It does appear to be working for Godzilla, the feedback from this exhibit is all the buzz and yes I wish I could be there, but for those who won’t, you still can be in the know with all the Godzilla goings on by logging in to GodzillaEncounter.com or visiting their booth, provided your there, at (#3920).

I hear Legendary still has a few more surprises in store for the weekend and that website I just gave you will be giving you the play by play. Quick shout out to Collider for these pics…thanks guys!!

Photo’s compliments of Collider.com

Godzilla stars Aaron Taylor Johnson, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olson and will arrive in theaters May 16 2014.

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Warner Brothers eyeing Dicaprio for Rasputin biopic, but why?

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In the late nineties, when there was talk about a Rasputin film all over Hollywood, my pick for an actor who could play the role wouldn’t have been Leonardo Dicaprio, but in his defense, he was in his mid twenties then. Nothing against Leo, cause I think he can pull off mysterious, but what about Russian? I will get to the heart of the matter, but I need to get this off my chest. It’s been years that Hollywood’s been toying around with a Rasputin film. In the past, actors like Daniel Day Lewis and Gary Oldman were originally considered for roles. Let me say that again Gary Oldman and Daniel Day Lewis, this is what we in the smelting business like to call “striking while the iron is hot”, but nothing became of it. Fast forward several years and this new hot shot screenwriter Jason Hall (American Sniper, a new film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Bradley Cooper) has been given an unprecedented opportunity by Warner Brothers Pictures to create a script from scratch and what does he do? He creates a Rasputin script and pins Leonardo Dicaprio to star. Sure from a business stand point it is a very smart move, the film will be under the Dicaprio umbrella seeing as how it’s being produced by Leo’s company Appian Way. But what’s really the reason? I’m not talking conspiracy, I’m talking “why Leo?”

According to Deadline

The film will be produced by Langley Park’s Kevin McCormick, by DiCaprio’s Appian Way partner Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Peter Morgan, who’s a producer on the Hall-scripted adaptation of American Sniper, which Steven Spielberg will direct with Bradley Cooper playing Navy SEAL elite sniper Chris Kyle. McCormick brought the project to Appian Way and the deal was made yesterday while he was in London, where the Sam Mendes-directed stage play Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is in previews. This becomes another strong project for Appian Way, which will see Ben Affleck start production in Live By Night, the adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel that Affleck scripted, will star in and direct for Warner Bros. Appian Way has three major films releasing this year, with the Martin Scorsese-directed The Wolf Of Wall Street starring DiCaprio, the Brad Furman-directed Runner, Runner with Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton and Anthony Mackie; and Out Of The Furnace, the Scott Cooper-directed revenge tale for Relativity with Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck.

This press release is like playing 8 degrees of Kevin Bacon. Everyone is connected. This synergy is fine and all and everybody knows everybody and wadda wadda wadda, but is Leo really perfect for one of the most prolific characters of the turn of the century? People swoon over Dicaprio’s role in The Aviator, which I thought was just okay. Did I love him in Django Unchained? Yes, in fact I thought that it was one of the most powerful roles I’d ever seen Leo play, but Rasputin? A man who some regarded as the devil himself for his ability to wield mystical powers and charm the shit out of the Russian royal family the Romanov’s and let’s not get into the man’s mysterious death or death’s as the case may be.

I realize this movie deal is pretty iron clad, but I’d like to submit my suggestions for the lead, presented in no particular order, but before I do here’s a brief history lesson on Rasputin.

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There have been numerous movies made about Rasputin and the controversial role he played in the Russian court, but there were new elements here unearthed by Hall that sparked DiCaprio’s interest and gave psychological depth to the so called “mad monk.” To his enemies, he was a charlatan who prolifically bedded women, possibly including the Tsar’s wife. DiCaprio liked the complicated elements of a child who lost the better part of himself when his brother died, and was capable of kindness but also a ruthlessness. Rasputin, who earlier had survived being stabbed, was shot, strangled, shot again, all in one night, and finally drowned when thrown into the icy Neva River.

Got it? Now here are my picks for the role.

Mads Mikkelsen. His credits include the surreal viking story Vahalla Rising, the NBC series Hannibal and Casino Royal. His darkness and versatility is a given, plus he has that level of “well traveled” that would lend itself well to the dreary Russian backdrop of the early 1900′s.

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Next  Daniel Day-Lewis…do I really need to get into why he’s one of my obvious choices?

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And lastly…Christoph Waltz. His work in films like Inglorious Bastards and Water for Elephants showed off his range as an actor. But what’s really thrilling about handing someone like Christophe a role like this is seeing where he would take it.

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I’m under no illusions and I realize that Leo will be playing this role, but I think that there are a few others I would’ve pegged as shoe-ins before him. I mean seriously, how can you look at the one’s I suggested and think that Leonardo Dicaprio should play this role? I couldn’t. I get that Leonardo is pushing 40 nowaday’s and should look as seasoned as some of the others I posted, but he doesn’t. He’s still too baby-faced and I don’t trust him with a Russian accent, even though I know they’ll get lazy with the production and go all  sudo-British. This is a worldly and epically Gothic romantic story, Leo is non of these things, in my opinion. One last thing, although I think he may be too old now to play the role, Liam Neeson would have ultimately been my first pick..hands down!

Pacific Rim graphic novel “Tales From Year Zero” arrives along with character posters from the film and new “Build your own Jaeger” viral website

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While July 12th is still a bit aways, that ain’t gonna stop Warner Brother’s from dishing out some geek friendly promos. The first of which are some very cool character posters from the film that feature two of the stars Charlie Hunan as Raliegh Beckett and Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori of the Gypsy Danger crew. Idris Elba who plays Stacker Pentacost also has a poster.

Posters come via the Pacific Rim Facebook page

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Next up is a prequel graphic novel for Pacific Rim entitled Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero being distributed by Legendary Comics? I had no idea Legendary Pictures was in the comic book business.

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Hitting stores June 5, PACIFIC RIM: TALES FROM YEAR ZERO serves as a prequel to the highly-anticipated motion picture — Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures Pacific Rim. Chronicling the very first time Earth is menaced by incredible monsters known as Kaiju, these inhuman beasts rise from the ocean depths and threaten to extinguish all mankind! Witness the race to develop massive robot fighting machines called Jaegers, each one controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. This action-packed book features many of the key characters from the film as we follow them in their early careers. Written by Pacific Rim screenwriter himself, Travis Beacham, and with del Toro’s hands-on supervision, this volume is beautifully penciled by Sean Chen, Yvel Guichet, Pericles Junior, Chris Batista and Geoff Shaw; inks by Steve Bird, Mark McKenna, Pericles Junior and Matt Banning.

And Lastly, a cool little project for all you Jaegermiesters out there (like how I did that?) This program allows the user to create their own robot. Whether demure or armed to the teeth, you create a monster to fit your needs you can even post that monstrosity on Facebook or Twitter. Check it out here—> Jaeger Designer  WARNING: THIS SITE IS EXTREMELY GLITCHY.

Pacific Rim stars Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Clifton Collins Jr., Idris Elba, and Ron Perlman. Pacific Rim opens in 3D on July 12th.

In the near future, giant monsters identified as “Kaiju” have risen from a crevice in the Pacific Ocean, resulting in a war which takes millions of lives and quickly consumes humanity’s resources. To combat this new threat, a special type of weapon is designed: massive robots, known as Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. As time passes, even the powerful Jaegers prove almost defenseless in the face of a relentless enemy. On its last stand and on the verge of defeat, the remaining defending forces of mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to pilot a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the early trials of the mechanical titans. Together, they must stand as the human race’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse

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Trailer for Gravity starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock may be too intense

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Maybe it’s me, but films like this always mess with me because I can’t help placing myself on the receiving end of these desperate situations, that and the whole loneliness thing…argh…gut wrenching. I think the last time I felt like this was when I watched the Chris Kentis film Open Water. Any of you who’ve seen that movie knows what I’m talking about when I say “you need strong drink after that one”.

Director Alfonso Cuarón (Great Expectations, Y Tu Mamá También, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Children of Men) rolls out another cheerful diddy about two astronauts played by George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, that are stranded in space. This film has been on several cinephiles radars for a long time and now Warner Brothers has finally released this sneak peak trailer. It starts out beautiful, but get’s unsettling real quick. You may want to lay off the Pepsi when you see this one in the theaters cause your not gonna want to miss a second of this intense film, this one will be a real test of endurance.

Dr. Stone (Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they’ve lost any link to Earth… and any chance for rescue.

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Outstanding fan made opening credits for The Man of Steel

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It pains me to know how much time must’ve went into this project. The attention to detail is pretty exquisite. This is relatively a new thing for fan boys in that many have taken their knowledge of graphics animation and used them to create these demo reels/tributes to films. I’ve seen several over the past few years and all of them I would’ve considered for contracted work. It’s pretty clever when you think about it, but what director would hire someone whom he knows just splashed his surprise opening credits across youtube. Imagine going in to see Man of Steel and being like “oh wait…didn’t I see this before?” But I do believe this is a fine way for these artist to get their work out there, maybe not for “that” particular gig, but perhaps for another.

Just so you know what I’m talking about I’ve taken the liberty of posting a few more fan made trailers of note. Enjoy.

Man of Steel, the new DC Comics Superman reboot, is being directed by Zack Snyder, of Dawn of the Dead, 300, Watchmen & Sucker Punch previously. Christopher Nolan is producing, and co-wrote the story with David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Unborn, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance), who wrote the script. Warner Bros is bringing Man of Steel to theaters everywhere on June 14th this summer. Check out the full trailer HERE.

Superman is among us. An unofficial title sequence for Man of Steel created by WILL & TALE.
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300: Rise of an Empire finally get’s an official poster

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The Zack Snyder produced sequel to the Zack Snyder directed hit 300 has finally got a poster, and it’s a bit underwhelming, but I’m still kinda excited about the film? 300: Rise of an Empire is not so much a sequel as it is a historical account, at least by Hollywood standards, of what happened after the Battle of Thermaplyae (300).  No word yet on a trailer, but if Zack has his way I think we can expect to see one before the Man of Steel movie, if not earlier.

After its victory over Leonidas’ 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches south towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes’ army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land.

The film stars Lena Headey, Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro, Sullivan Stapleton, Andrew Tiernan and Callan Mulvey. Directed by Noam Murro. Written by Kurt Johnstad and Zack Snyder based on the fictional work of Frank Miller. Produced by Thomas Tull, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Stephen Jones, Jon Jashni, Craig J. Flores and Marty P. Ewing for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Studios. The film is set for U.S. release on August 2nd.

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Mortal Kombat : Legacy creator plans on busting some balls in new Warner Bros. film

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Selecting Kevin Tancharoen to direct the, as of yet untitled, Mortal Kombat film seems to be the best and wisest choice for Warner Brothers.  His web series, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, has generated some well deserved popularity with its focused special effects and great cast.  WB will need his passion for the franchise, as well as his fan base, to put some beef into sales upon the film’s release.

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