David Lynch may have his own thoughts about the finalized version of his own original 1984 adaptation of the titular Frank Herbert novel, Dune. That hasn’t really hindered it from etching a place among the fandom in sci-fi history as one of the most celebrated movies to date, and as such, fans now get to see if the newest revisal from director Denis Villeneuve will stand the test of time from Warner Bros. Pictures.
Mendoza will debut in the chair this time helming a revenge thriller that sees Momoa as a widower out to avenge his wife’s death whilst protecting the only family he has left — his daughter. Gregg Hurwitz and Philip Eisner penned the script prior to its latest draft from Will Staples.
Filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour could be on the way to directing a female fronted version of Renny Harlin’s 1993 action blockbuster, Cliffhanger, after spending a year preparing for the project. Indeed, the buzz is real including over at Deadline which also has fresh key art front and center as it will show once it hits the sales floor next week at Cannes. Check it out below!
I still want my Mortal Kombat movie, but that’s another article…
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.
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.
A U.S. release date remains pending while we do know Saban Films is clearly handling things on that front. This ought to be an easy sell for Momoa fans still ripe from his second outing as Aquaman in Justice League before his solo debut as the DC superhero later this year.
Things got worse last March when Snyder had to leave the project entirely due to the tragic suicide of his daughter – something that more than a few fanboys treated like poetic justice for making a comic book movie they didn’t like. Snyder’s replacement for the (extensive) reshoots and post-production couldn’t have been more different from him; Avengers director Joss Whedon. It wasn’t until the release of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman that the tide started to turn in Justice League’s favor. WW was a terrific, optimistic film that somehow managed to balance the stylistic throughline of Snyder’s films while avoiding the bleakness that made those films harder to enjoy. Now is the moment of truth. Now we all get to see for ourselves if a film whose genesis was this tumultuous can actually be any good.
Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have been hitting hard and heavy in the days leading up to this weekend’s New York Comic Con for Justice League. Hailing from director with extinuating work by Joss Whedon in recent months, time will tell if all those rumored reshoots made a difference when the film opens next month.
It has been nearly a decade since plans went under way to revamp the popular 1994 revenge thriller, The Crow. The revolving door of actors and directors has been all but continuous up until the last few years to date with Friday’s news of a reported plan by the trades to keep Corin Hardy and actor Jason Momoa attached for what was titled as of last August as The Crow: Reborn.
That update also comes following a long-winded series of headlines that eventually saw Samuel Hadida’s Davis Films, Highland Film Group and Electric Shadow acquire the rights from floundering film studio, Relativity Media, to advance the film’s financing and production. As for distribution, that end now has Sony Pictures taking the mantle as production aims for a closer approach to James O’Barr’s cult-acclaimed 1989 graphic novel.
Momoa, if confirmed as expected, will headline as the title character, awakened from the dead by a mystical bird and granted the necessary powers and abilities to avenge his own death, and the rape and murder of his girlfriend. Also producing are Misher Films’s Kevin Misher as will Hadida and the original film’s producer, Edward R. Pressman, along with international sales banner Highland Film Group.
Alex Proyas’s 1994 release from Dimension Films is still hailed as a classic following the on-set death of its star, Brandon Lee in 1993. Actor Vincent Perez took the mantle with a new protagonist in Tim Pope’s commericial flop before actors Eric Mabius and Edward Furlong followed suit in their own smaller-scaled sequel releases. Mark Dacascos eventually laid claim to the property’s own TV series remake lasting one season of The Crow: Stairway To Heaven by 1999.
Momoa will next be seen in the Zack Snyder/Joss Whedon-helmed Justice League this November as heralded comic book hero, Aquaman, for which he will reprise titularly in his own film on December 21, 2018.
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!
ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENICE: Bruce Willis Leads The Chase In The Latest Trailer For The Action Comedy
Seven years after the 2010 cop comedy, Cop Out, scribes Robb and Mark Cullen have reteamed with actor Bruce Willis for their latest debut helmer, Once Upon A Time In Venice. The film is poised for a June 16 release on VoD and with a trailer already circulating, it’s a worthwhile glimpse into something that looks a lot more vibrant for a Willis headliner.
It probably has much ado with the presence of actor Jason Momoa (Justice League, Aquaman) on the official artwork, providing the big name status cast a film like this needed to move forward. Here he plays one of the major hurdles that await Willis, in the role of a Los Angeles P.I. on the eve of a comeback, now afoot with a smorgasbord of crooks and gangsters in his wake as he searches for his stolen dog.
The key cast also includes the venerable Famke Janssen and John Goodman along with Thomas Middleditch and Adam Goldberg. Catch the trailer now from Front Row Filmed Entertainment.
For some, all the reason moviegoers need with actor Jason Momoa in mind may be the upcoming releases of Justice League from director Zack Snyder and DC standalone pic, Aquaman thereafter. That may change if you’re keen on video game adaptations in which case, feel free to turn your attention to Brad Peyton who is currently on deck for the imminent production of live-action video game adaptation, Rampage for New Line Cinema.
So what’s the good word? Well, one other video game adaptation is also on par for the blockbuster hit San Andreas helmer for which Momoa is officially set to star. That film, according to Deadline, would be Just Cause, inspired by the trilogy of games offset in 2006 by Avalanche Studios with Eidos Interactive and Square Enix with a script by Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World scribe John Collee; the most recent installment released in 2015.
Plot details and specifics are currently unknown for the film in which Momoa’s role, a black ops agent Rico Rodriguez under the employ of The Agency, is otherwise described as one going through a crisis of conscience during a mission; The first game is set in “San Esperito” a fictional South American tropical country where Rodriguez fights alongside Guerilla rebels to take down a dictator in possession of weapons of mass destruction.
Peyton, who is also set up to direct Black Hole for STXfilms, and partner Jeff Fierson are producing through their ASAP Entertainment banner as will Roy Lee via Vertigo Entertainment, Adrian Askarieh through Prime Universe Films, Eva Cao’s Supernova Entertainment and Mason XU and Fan Dong through China-based DNA Co. Ltd, with the latter providing financing. 20th Century Fox has first rights to worldwide distribution, sans China.
Momoa who currently stars on the Netflix series, Frontier, is also expected to make his run in stuntman and filmmaker Lin Oeding’s directorial debut, Braven, later this year.
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.
THE CROW REBORN: Production Lands At Davis, Highland And Electric For 2017 Start; Momoa And Hardy Attachment Uncertain
Pretty much any and every Jason Momoa fan out there is now investing their hopes in seeing how awesomely he’ll do in the forthcoming Aquaman and Justice League movies. They’re two of the more prolific of the bunch next to a couple of others like Braven, The Bad Batch and Sugar Mountain, though if you found yourself forgetting he was last tapped to star in Corin Hardy’s rendition of The Crow, it’s easy to see why.
With Relativity Media’s own Ryan Kavanaugh aching to see the remake of the 1994 adaptaion to James O’Barr’s original graphic novel, the project currently titled The Crow Reborn, has been stewing for as long as eight years as it started bouncing between select directors such as Stephen Norrington and name actors like Tom Hiddleston and Jack Huston. Momoa’s attachment to the film came long after Relativity settled its bankruptcy differences and recovered following months of extinuating legal disputes over unpaid loans, as well as box-office flops.
Since then, all has been quiet on the production front for The Crow though now it appears the film is ready to move forward within the auspices of its new home at Davis Films, Highland Film Group and Electric Shadow. Davis’s Samuel Hadida (Resident Evil saga, Silent Hill) is on board to produce the film with Pressman who produced Alex Proyas’s 1994 film starring Brandon Lee as a musician, murdered and subsequently reanimated by a mythical bird that grants him the time and abilities he’ll need to avenge himself and his beloved.
“I am thrilled to collaborate with this talented team and return The Crow franchise to its roots for a new generation of audiences to enjoy,” Pressman said.
Electric Shadow is also producing the film as are the folks at Highland Film Group who will handle international sales. Kavanaugh is still attached as executive producer for the film which is expected to start shooting in January, although it is reportedly unclear if Momoa and Hardy are still on board for the film which is presently aiming for a closer adherance to the source material.
Proyas’s film is still hailed as a classic following the on-set death of its star and even in the wake of the passing of one of its co-stars, actor Michael Massee last month. The film is still subject to scrutiny by the anti-remake moviegoing crowd although it’s interesting to still see an appeal to revive the character on screen. Actor Vincent Perez took the mantle with a new protagonist in Tim Pope’s commericial flop before actors Eric Mabius and Edward Furlong followed suit in their own smaller-scaled sequel releases. Mark Dacascos eventually laid claim to the property’s own TV series remake lasting one season of The Crow: Stairway To Heaven by 1999.
Clearly it’s reasonable to see that a number of actors can play the role while it will take the right director to bring forward the right vision for the film. January is less than a month and a half away if production stays on course and it looks like it’s gonna be tight whether or not Momoa and/or Hardy stay on for the film. Personally I hope they do so I can see Hardy’s directing muscles work on a feature level for Momoa’s own gravitas as an action star.
Do you agree? And if not, who would you like to see cast and in the director’s chair? Comment below or on social media wherever this piece is shared and express your views!