To help her niece Katie deal with grief, brilliant roboticist and toy maker Gemma (Allison Williams) gets more than she bargained for when her creation, M3GAN begins to exhibit questionable behaviours that put those around her at risk. The creation of a new family unit, ushers in the presence of a robotic family member with the best of intentions and whilst the initial phases of interactions appear to be sweet and heart warming – this quickly changes into something more problematic and lethal.
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GIDEON FALLS: James Wan, Hivemind Partner For New Hour-Long Horror Drama Based On Eisner-Winning Comic Series
A new series adaptation is in development as of last week’s announcement from Hivemind for Gideon Falls, based on the 2019 Eisner Award-winning comic series from Image Comics.
The wheels are officially turning with pre-production on Simon McQuoid’s directing debut, Mortal Kombat on the hit game from creator Ed Boon. New Line Cinema has reportedly set the date for March 5, 2021 with production having just begun at Adelaide Studios’ Sound Stages in South Australia as cameras roll later this year.
Patrick Frater over at Variety is confirming the start of pre-production this month in Australia for award-winning commercial director Simon McQuoid‘s long-awaited adaptation of the hit game franchse, Mortal Kombat. According to the report, Steven Marshall, premier of South Australia confirmed the news in a press post alongside David Pisoni, South Australia’s minister for innovation and skills, and production consultan former Village Roadshow executive Greg Basser (The Whistleblower, Passengers).
This is gonna feel like such a tease, but the folks over at Discussing Film were able to get in touch with Greg Russo on his progress with the screenplay for the upcoming Mortal Kombat film. The script is complete according to the report, and for which Simon McQuoid remains attached to direct as he’s been since November 2016.
Yes, I’m a little triggered. But in a good way.
No BS here. I really would need to see some footage or other at this point to be convinced that it’s absolutely gonna rock, but I could care less about an animated Mortal Kombat movie – even less so that it may only be allocated to an exclusive streaming platform as the latest report from Revenge Of The Fans so suggests.
Warner Bros. Pictures unleashed a beast of an extended trailer ahead of the upcoming December 21 release of DC adaptation, Aquaman. It’d be intellectually dishonest if one decided to skew from the importance of just how this film needs to perform at the box office after Justice League and I was a little doubtful about this film at first, but the footage shown here gets deep into the world that Geoff Johns and director James Wan are aiming to introduce to the DC fan populace of moviegoers, and it’s as impressive as it so far needs to be to get some eyes looking.
Mandatory Credit: Filmmaker James Wan attends the premiere of “The Conjuring 2” in Hollywood, California, on June 7, 2016. / AFP / ANGELA WEISS
Warner Bros. went two-for-two this weekend with at least two of its properties at SDCC 2018, one of them being the latest trailer premiere for James Wan’s new adaptation, Aquaman. The DCEU hasn’t been easy for the studio to attain a pulse for in bringing a consensus from DC fans, some of whom still may keen on seeing actor Jason Momoa don the role after Justice League. The good news is that the role still suits him more than adequately.
It’s been a few years since we learned of a director getting attached to an upcoming live-action reinstallment of hit fighting game IP, Mortal Kombat. Simon McQuoid is set to direct the film that many a fan have waited up to twenty years for and now with word exclusively from That Hashtag Show on Monday, there appears to be some character descriptions in our midst.
It was a little over a year ago that BOOM! Studios comic property, “Malignant Man” had a director in Brad Peyton with co-creator James Wan set to produce. Wan, currently directing Aquaman for Warner Bros., has a number of items on his to-do list including the adaptation of the 2011 graphic novel while the studio since earned a minority stake in the comic book label back in June, signaling a prepardness in readying what could come in comic book adaptations in film and television.
Malignant Man, as it stands now titled Malignant for the screen, is still subject to the former with word that a new director has been attached with Peyton working hard on upcoming Dwayne Johnson headliner, Rampage. That filmmaker is Stranger Things series helmer Becca Thomas who will be joined by Wan via his Atomic Monster banner, and from a script by Zak Olkewicz centered on Alex Gates, a terminally-ill cancer patient who finds new purpose and abilities granted to him by the alien parasite he once mistook for a malignant tumor.
The film marks Thomas’s second stint as director since the 2012 indie drama, Elektrick Children. BOOM!’s own Ross Richie and Stephen Christy are producing with Adam Yoelin co-producing and Fox’s Matt Reilly overseeing. (THR)
Screen Gems can likely withstand anything I would have to add due to its $1.2 billion dollars earned at the box office since 2002 with the Resident Evil film franchise. That said, one can only hope their latest reboot efforts leave off with better results following Sunday’s news.
The reboot doesn’t have a director yet but is said to be the start of another six-film franchise. In the meantime, Constantin Film who announced their involvement in producing, will be joined by Aquaman helmer James Wan whose credits are a litany of otherwise successful horror hits like the Saw and The Conjuring films, will serve as producer and Michael Clear hailing from Wan’s Atomic Monster banner.
The new film will be written by Greg Russo who also wrote the script for New Line Cinema’s upcoming Mortal Kombat adaptation for debut director Simon McQuoid, for which Wan is also producing among several titles, including Smart House and Robotech. Wan’s Aquaman will be done for Warner Bros. Pictures in time for its December 2018 release. (Deadline)
I’m of the opinion that something terribly needs to be done about the whole Power Rangers movie-not-getting-a-sequel thing. It bowed recently in China to the tune of $1.2 million dollar which apparently hasn’t helped it to top its current global box office gross enough for a follow-up, and I generally enjoyed the film here in the U.S. during its run.
Say what you will about the most recent Justice League trailer; Warner Bros. Pictures’s latest ensemble DCU succession still may need sharpening but there’s no question that one of the biggest selling factors has been actor Jason Momoa in the role of 75-year long celebrated DC character, Aquaman. Thus, per the studio’s teetering, albeit cohesive efforts to hold together something true and gold for comic book fans and moviegoers, the official solo branch-out for the acclaimed ruler of Atlantis and protector of Earth has begun principal photography under helmer James Wan (“The Conjuring” films, “Furious 7”).
Plot details are pretty much as good as Googleable at this juncture as they are not included in Wednesday’s presser. The cast so far confirms the rest of the roster as follows: Amber Heard (“Justice League,” “Magic Mike XXL”) as Mera; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (“Platoon,” “Spider-Man 2”) as Vulko; Temuera Morrison (“Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” “Green Lantern”) as Tom Curry; Dolph Lundgren (“The Expendables” films) as Nereus; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (upcoming “Baywatch,” Netflix’s “The Get Down”) as Black Manta; with Patrick Wilson (“The Conjuring” films, “Watchmen”) as Orm/Ocean Master; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (“The Hours,” “Lion”) as Atlanna.
Peter Safran is producing with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Rob Cowan, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers. Wan is joined by a team which includes familiars from his own projects like Oscar-nominated director of photography Don Burgess (“The Conjuring 2,” “Forrest Gump”), his five-time editor Kirk M. Morri (“The Conjuring” films, “Furious 7,” the “Insidious” films) and production designer Bill Brzeski (“Furious 7”). They are joined by costume designer Kym Barrett (“The Matrix” trilogy; “The Amazing Spider-Man”), along with Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Charles Gibson (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2”) and VFX supervisor Kelvin McIlwain (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise).
Filming will take place along the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia, and extensively at the backlot and all nine VRS soundstages at Village Roadshow Studios, including the largest soundstage in the Southern Hemisphere, Stage 9. In addition, Aquaman will also roll cameras in Newfoundland, Sicily and Tunisia.
Formerly slated for October 2018, Aquaman is due for a December 21, 2018 release from Warner Bros. Pictures. Check out the official logo below!
“We are delighted that Smart House brings James Wan and Alex Aja back to Lionsgate for this cool, of-the-moment thriller,” said Lionsgate president of acquisitions and co-productions Jason Constantine. “We had the privilege of being involved with James’ directorial debut with ‘Saw’ and with Alex on one of his earlier films, ‘High Tension.’ The idea of combining their talents into one project for the first time is exciting for us and genre fans everywhere.”
Action star Dolph Lundgren’s return to the big screen is probably one of the biggest news bits to arrive this week, and as of Wednesday with director James Wan set to begin production in Australia this May for Aquaman. The Jason Momoa starrer will see Lundgren starring as King Nereus of the aquatic kingdom of Xebel who stands as a romantic rival in competition for the affections of our title hero’s love interest, Mera, played by Amber Heard.
Rounding out the cast are Nicole Kidman as Aquaman’s mother, Aquaman’s antagonist half-brother, Orm played by Patrick Wilson as Orm, Willem Dafoe in the supporting role of Dr. Vulko, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as the villainous Black Manta, with Temuera Morrison starring as Aquaman’s father. The DC Comics adaptation from Warner Bros. Pictures is slated for release on December 21, 2018 following the character’s ensemble outing in Zack Snyder’s Justice League this November.
Lundgren is currently appearing in hijacking thriller, Altitude from Lionsgate Premiere and is soon expected to star in Pasha Patriki’s 2018 directing debut, Black Water, which sees the actor reuniting with fellow action star familiar Jean-Claude Van Damme.
First off, if you haven’t been to Netflix and tuned in to watch The Get Down, I honestly don’t know what it is you do with life. You’ve failed at life and you desperately need some redemption as it’s one of the best coming-of-age dramas to date with some of the best performances by far.
One such comes from actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II who plays one of the more seedy characters of the show and before long, the Sidney Hall co-star will be returning to the big screen for Bawaytch alongside Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron this summer before appearing in The Greatest Showman this December with Hugh Jackman. In the meantime, you can also tack the role of supervillain to Abdul-Mateen II’s credentials as per the latest trade news confirming his role as Black Manta in James Wan’s Aquaman for Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment.
The news is just one of two exclusive updates from THR with word that Lion co-star, actress Nicole Kidman is in talks to star as Atlanna, the mother of our title hero inspired by the DC Comics superhero which first arose in 1941. Frontier star, actor Jason Momoa made a cameo debut in the role of the Atlantean superhero last year in Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice and will reprise the role this November in what is expected to be the first of two forthcoming Justice League movies.
Officially rounding out the current cast next to Momoa and Abdul-Mateen II are Amber Heard in the role of Mera, Willem Dafoe as Dr. Vulko and Patrick Wilson as Aquaman’s villanous half brother, Orm. Filming for Aquaman is expected to commence this April in Australia and currently sits on the continually evolving DCEU calendar with more titles in store before and after its slated October 5, 2018 release.