Movie News: CAPTAIN PLANET Film In The Works

Fan of the blue-skinned, green-haired mullet look? Well, you may just find this story of interest then.

We first reported on this project all the way back in July 2012, but The Hollywood Reporter are now claiming that Sony Pictures is currently in final negotiations to obtain the rights for a certain Captain Planet. Anyone of a particular age will remember the ‘90s CAPTAIN PLANET AND THE PLANETEERS cartoon series (yes, cartoon series, not animated series). Sony’s plan is to develop a live-action movie version of the series. The project will be overseen be Andrea Giannetti.

The original CAPTAIN PLANET AND PLANETEERS series first aired in 1990, focusing on a group of teenagers who could combine their elemental powers to summon Captain Planet. The Captain was an environmental superhero who would seek to fight any eco-villains that were looking to harm the planet.

Again, those of a certain age may also remember the ‘awesome at the time’ computer game on the Commodore Amiga. I’m not quite sure just how ‘awesome’ that game would be now if revisited, but a generation whittled their days away on the title back in the day.

Here’s hoping this revival of the Captain Planet character brings back the mullet.

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Movie News: New TERMINATOR Film Will Be A Reboot; Trilogy Planned

It was recently confirmed by Arnold Schwarzenegger that a new TERMINATOR film was to start production early next year. Well, it now appears that the film will actually be a reboot of the series.

Skydance Productions, Annapurna Productions and Paramount Pictures have released a joint statement to confirm that the next TERMINATOR film will indeed be a reboot, and will be the start of a standalone trilogy. The first instalment of said trilogy is planned to hit screens on 26th June, 2015.

The rebooted TERMINATOR will be produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna and David Ellison of Skydance. Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake of Skydance are attached as executive producers. On script writing duties are Laeta Kalorgridis and Patrick Lussier. Kalorgridis is best known for her work on AVATAR and SHUTTER ISLAND, whilst Lussier penned DRIVE ANGRY.

This latest announcement throws Schwarzenegger’s involvement into doubt. Arnie had previously stated that he’ll be returning as the iconic T-800, but there’s no mention of him in this latest development. Will The Governator ‘be back’? Expect more on this as it develops.

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Movie News: THOR 2’s First Directorial Candidates Revealed…

As we recently reported (here), Marvel Studios have lost their THOR 2 director Patty Jenkins (MONSTER) due to “creative differences” (yep, that old chestnut) and are now in the process of finding her replacement. Now the first two names to be thrown into the ring have been announced, and neither are particularly inspiring…

That’s not to knock the work of Alan Taylor and Daniel Minaha. Both are veterans of regarded TV series such as TRUE BLOOD, GAME OF THRONES, DEADWOOD and LOST, but as we know the medium is wildly different to film. TV is a writers’ medium first and foremost, movies the director. A director working on a TV series must adhere to a dictated aesthetic, and this might be a clue as to why Marvel Studios are looking to TV to recruit their filmmakers.

Jon Favreau famously clashed with his Marvel overlords on IRON MAN 2, resulting in a compromised film and the director opting out of the franchise. Edward Norton also butted heads with them over the final cut of THE INCREDIBLE HULK. Now Jenkins.

Would a TV director be more susceptive to carrying out Marvel’s will unquestioned? Most probably yes. Oh, and they’re also dirt cheap in comparison, and that can’t hurt in these budget conscious times (THOR cost a cool $150m for some inexplicable reason).

Seems we can put our fantasy director wish list to bed for now.

We’ll have more on this as it develops…

THOR 2 is scheduled to hit November 13th 2013, but we’ll see the character in action in THE AVENGERS April 27th 2012.

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News: STAR WARS Changes Upset Fans + Lucas Speaks Up Against Altering Films!

After all the hubbub regarding the alterations this week (see here and here for details) several online fans have decided to organize a boycott of the STAR WARS Blu-ray releases. Will you be joining them? Personally I’m going to wait about three months when it drops to £30. That’ll show ‘im!

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News: Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Store Reality Show Is a Go!

America’s AMC network – home of such heavy hitters as THE WALKING DEAD, BREAKING BAD, and MAD MEN – have today officially greenlit SECRET STASH, a reality show centred around Kevin Smith’s New Jersey-based comic book ‘Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash’, for a 6 episode season.

The show will revolve around the day-to-day goings-on at the store – exploring the lives of its employees (including Walt Flanagan and Bryan Johnson, two thirds of the hit podcast TELL ‘EM STEVE DAVE), its customers, and the surrounding community.

AMC’s Joel Stillerman said, “The comic book store is, in many ways, the corner bar for comic book fans. It is still this place where everybody knows your name, and you can go and geek out with like minded people. If I lived closer, I’d want to hang out at here.”

While Kevin Smith, who executive produces, issued his own statement, “Draper. Meth. Zombies. This show couldn’t be on a better network. AMC is to television what Miramax was to cinema back when I first got in the game: they’re the premier destination for any story-teller looking to spin an offbeat yarn that no other outlet has the stones to touch.”

AMC have scheduled the launch of the series for early 2012. Here’s hoping a UK channel picks this up soon.

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