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Does Kevin Smith Have A Big Death Planned For MOOSE JAWS? (Spoilers)

Posted on 18 September 2015 by Rich Drees

Moose Jaws

Serious spoilers below. Proceed at your own risk.

Connected cinematic universes are all the rage today, but let us not forget that it was really Kevin Smith who pioneered the concept back in the 1990s with his Jersey Trilogy, in which characters, or their relations, would show up in the various films without the films being direct sequels to each other. While working on adding even more films to that universe – with Mallrats sequel MallBrats and Clerks III in various stages of preparation – it seemed that he was also stepping out side that world with his trilogy of Canadian-set films. But a new interview with the writer/director/actor reveals that there will be a connection between the series, and that connection will bring a shocking change in status for two fan favorite ViewAskewniverse characters.

The film that will link the series is Moose Jaws, the third film of Smith’s Canadian trilogy. Although he is still working on the screenplay, Smith has previously stated that the film will be a horror-comedy, much like his first Canada film Tusk, and will basically be a retelling of the classic Jaws, but with a moose. And one of the victims of that moose is going to be Kevin Smith himself, or more accurately, his big screen alter ego of Silent Bob.

Speaking with News Corp Australia, Smith stated –

I was talking to Jay [Mewes] about Moose Jaws and I’m like, ‘I’m thinking about bringing us in as the Captain Quint character’. And he goes, ‘Yeah, but Quint gets killed!’ I was like, ‘One of us has to get eaten’. And he was like, ‘You. Not me’. I was like, ‘Why?’ And he was like, ‘Because I wanna be in other movies!’ Fair enough, dude. So, rather than let [Silent Bob] go out with dignity, he’ll be eaten by a fucking moose.

So yes, Smith has written the death of his on-screen persona and it will be in an homage to one of his own personal favorite films. Now of course, there is always the possibility that he is joking. This is Kevin Smith after all. But then again, Smith has said other things that sounded like he was joking that eventually panned out in reality. The entire production of Tusk, for example.

Currently, Smith is on a two week speaking tour in Australia, but when he returns, he’ll dive into production on MallBrats. There’s no word yet as to where Moose Jaws will fall into his production schedule, but it would probably be next spring at the earliest, provided he doesn’t move onto Clerks III first. Yoga Hosers, the middle film of the Canadian trilogy is set for a release later this year.

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Warner Brothers Developing BOOSTER GOLD/ BLUE BEETLE Film

Posted on 18 September 2015 by Rich Drees

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Warner Brothers has a pretty ambitious schedule over the next couple of years in terms of bringing their dc Comics properties to the big screen. If all goes well, over the next five years, they will have at least ten films hitting theaters in an interconnected superhero universe similar to the one that Marvel Studios has developed, with several more projects currently in development. And now we have another potential movie to add to that list.

The folks at The Tracking Board are reporting that the studio is now developing a film based on the fan favorite pairing of superheroes Booster Gold and Blue Beetle.

Sources exclusive to The Tracking Board can now confirm that Greg Berlanti, the force behind the successful DC comics TV series Arrow and The Flash, will be heavily involved with this one, set to direct and executive produce.

Booster Gold, a time traveler from the future who travels to the pas, i.e., our present, in search of adventure, first appeared in 1986. Blue Beetle is one of DC’s legacy characters who has three generations of heroes who used the name. The Booster Gold/ Blue Beetle pairing that gained fan favorite status in the 1990s featured inventor Ted Kord as the man in the Blue Beetle mask. The Tracking Board’s report indicates that it will be the most recent character to take up the Blue Beetle mantle, Jamie Reyes who gets his powers from an alien artifact known as “The Scarab,” who will be making up one half of the partnership here.

This is not the first time that Berlanti has been involved with some of these characters. Previously, he wrote a pilot for a Booster Gold TV series for the SyFy Channel which never made it past the script stage.

What’s exciting about this news is that its “superhero buddy cop movie” tone which the film will be shooting for will perhaps lighten up the darker, more realistic tone that Warners appears to be going for with their upcoming DC Comics films Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad.

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Disney Developing MARY POPPINS Sequel

Posted on 14 September 2015 by Rich Drees


Disney is looking to take us back across the rooftops of London and back into the world inside sidewalk chalk drawings. The Hollywood Reporter is stating that the studio has put into development a sequel to their 1964 classic Mary Poppins which starred Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke. Rob Marshall is set to direct with Life Of Pi scripter David Magee handling the screenplay details. Like the original, the new film will be a musical with Hairspray songwriting team Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman providing all new original songs and score.

According to the Reporter –

The new story will be set around 20 years after the tale of the classic 1964 movie…. It will also take its cues from the book series that P.L. Travers wrote. (The original, published in 1934 is based largely on the first book. The last book in the series was released in 1988.)

It is interesting to note that this new film will be set twenty years after the first. There may be just enough time there for the Banks children to have grown up and have their own children who could use a magical nanny.

It is also interesting to note that the first film was set in the early 1920s, which means that a sequel set two decades later would pretty much be set smack dab in the midst of World War Two. Let’s just enjoy the thought for a moment of Mary Poppins Versus The Nazis, even though we know that won’t be the story. But it does raise the question as to how she could morally justify to herself remaining on the sidelines during her country’s times of crisis like this.

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Brad Bird Spills Some INCREDIBLES 2 Tidbits

Posted on 14 September 2015 by Rich Drees

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Taking a break from his work on Incredibles 2, Brad Bird has been doing the publicity rounds for the upcoming rerelease of his first animated film The Iron Giant in a one-night special presentation on September 30. But that doesnt mean he doesn’t want to talk at least a little bit about his newer work.

Speaking with Collider, Bird gave an update on the screenplay in development for Incredibles 2 and dropped a hint or two as to how the film will stand out on a release schedule filled with superhero films.

I have the story arc. I’m probably three-quarters through the script, first pass through the script, but we’re already boarding parts of it. I’ve got a lot of people that worked on the first one working on it, so we’re all having a good time with it…

But what’s changed is there were only two other superhero franchises at the time Incredibles came out. One of them was X-Men and the other was Spider-Man, and now there are 400 billion of them and there’s a new superhero movie every two weeks. What you don’t want to do is trot over the same turf in the same way everyone else is. So we’re trying to keep it focused in the area that our film was, which was a little bit more about characters and relationships and stuff like that, and see where that takes us. But we’re having a good time.

But as to when we will see this sequel to arguably one of Pixar’s greatest films, Bird was a bit more circumspect. He cited how the development process at the animation studio works as to why there has been no date announced for an Incredibles 2 premier.

In terms of the release date, we were originally — [The original] Incredibles was supposed to happen after Cars, and our wheels just happened to click a little earlier so they moved us up. Release dates are a little fluid when you’re making films so far in advance. Some films are tougher to come together and tough nuts to crack, and other ones comes together a little more quickly, and so I’m just going to work as fast as I can work well with a relatively small team because I like small teams better until you’ve got everything firmly figured out.

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Rachel McAdams Confirms DOCTOR STRANGE Casting

Posted on 14 September 2015 by Rich Drees

Rachel McAdams Doctor Strange

Rachel McAdams has confirmed that she is indeed going to appear in Marvel Studios’ upcoming Doctor Strange. The actress made the confirmation to The Wrap as she at the Toronto Film Festival promoting her most recent film Spotlight, in which she costars with Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton.

There is still no word on to what role she will be playing, but smart money seems to be on that of the mystical superhero’s disciple/girlfriend Clea. She’ll be joining Benedict Cumberbatch in the film’s titular role, Tilda Swinton as Doctor Stephen Strange’s mentor The Ancient One and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo,Strange’s nemesis. There also rumors that Rosario Dawson could be reprising her Night Nurse character that was seen in season 1 of the Daredevil Netflix series and who is expected to return for that show’s second season as well as the other series that Netflix and Marvel are co-producing. Mads Mikkelsen is also rumored to be joining the film as another of Doctor Strange’s supernatural villains, possibly either Dormammu or Nightmare.

Doctor Strange is set to begin production this November with a November 4, 2016 release scheduled.

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SKULL ISLAND Moves To Warners Setting Up A Face Off With GODZILLA

Posted on 10 September 2015 by Rich Drees


In a surprising move, Legendary Pictures’ Thomas Tull has moved their Kong: Skull Island project from Universal where it has been in development to Warner Brothers.

According to Deadline, who broke the story, this will position the studio to have King Kong potentially meet up with the star of their other giant monster franchise – Godzilla.

In what would be a pretty epic pairing, the Godzilla sequel that is in the works will be followed by a movie that pits the giant ape versus the giant fire breathing reptile.

This wouldn’t be the first time that the two titans squared off against each other on the silver screen. In 1962, Toho Studios produced their first match-up in what was both stars’ first color film.

It remains to be seen how exactly the throw down between Kong and Godzilla will come about. One thing that is standing out to me is that in the recent US Godzilla film, the Big G was some 350 feet tall, but traditionally Kong has been shown as approximately 50 to 60 feet tall. It should be interesting to see how they handle this.

Currently, Kong: Skull Island is assembling its cast for a production start of later this year or early next year. Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston and Corey Hawkins are already set to star in the film with Samuel L Jackson, Tom Wilkinson and John C Reilly all in line for roles. It will hit theaters on March 10, 2017.

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Kevin Smith Finds His MALLBRATS: MALLRATS 2 Mall

Posted on 10 September 2015 by Rich Drees


OK, we had our money on the Granite Run Mall in the Philadelphia suburb of Media, but Kevin Smith has at last found another southeastern Pennsylvania mall to shoot Mallbrats the sequel to his 1995 comedy Mallrats. Smith made the announcement via his Facebook page that the film would be shooting at the Exton Square Mall in Exton, PA. For those not acquainted with the region, Exton is less than hour from downtown Philadelphia (depending on traffic, of course) and about half an hour from the previously considered Granite Run Mall location. No official date for filming has been announced, though a fall start had been previously bandied about. Original cas members Jason Lee, Jeremy London, Shannen Doherty, Claire Forlani, Michael Rooker, Ethan Suplee, Jason Mewes, Renee Humphrey, Joey Lauren Adams, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Stan Lee, Scott Mosier, Brian O’Halloran, Walt Flanagan and Bryan Johnson have already committed to reprising their roles.

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Scott Confirms PROMETHEUS 2 As Next Film

Posted on 27 August 2015 by Rich Drees

Prometheus 2 Ridley Scott

Back at the beginning of the month, it was strongly suggested that Ridley Scott’s next film would Prometheus 2, a follow up to his 2012 prequel to his own Alien. The director has now confirmed that the sequel is indeed the next item on his schedule.

During an interview with Empire for his upcoming feature The Martian, which stars Matt Damon who was also present, Scott stated that he has already begun work on the film.

[The Martian filmmakers] faced another challenge when the film’s release date was brought forward. But according to [Matt] Damon, the typically fast-working Scott didn’t worry. “Ridley was done with the movie about two weeks after we shot!” he smiles. “I was already on to my next movie!” adds Scott. “I was starting to look for locations for my next movie, which is Prometheus 2.”

There was no confirmation of this month’s earlier report that Prometheus 2 would start shooting in January, but if Scott is already at work, then it is very likely that it could be. Scott has been developing Prometheus 2 for awhile with writers Jack Paglen and Michael Green working on the screenplay.

Prometheus stars Noomi Repace and Michael Fassbender are set to return as they continue to follow clues about the mysterious alien engineers who seeded intelligent life on Earth but also created the deadly alien xenomorphs.

Prometheus 2 is expected in 2017.

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More MAN OF STEEL In The Future Or Not

Posted on 26 August 2015 by Rich Drees


There’s a pair of conflicting rumors floating around right now over the fate of any direct sequel for 2013’s Man Of Steel. While the film has been used by Warner Brothers as the launching pad for their DC Comics Cinematic Universe, the studio’s announced schedule for further films has been suspiciously clear of any direct sequels to the Henry Cavill starring picture.

According to one rumor, Mad Max director George Miller is being courted by the studio to direct a potential Man Of Steel 2. Miller would be taking over the directorial reigns from Zack Snyder, who will be busy helming the two-part Justice League films. Ironically, Miller had been tapped to direct a Justice League movie back in 2007 when budget concerns and a writers guild strike conspired to cancel the project.

News of Miller’s negotiations come from John Schnepp, the director of the documentary The Death of Superman Lives, who made the claim on the Popcorn Talk video podcast. As someone who undoubtedly made some contacts within Warner Brothers during the making of his film, I would be inclined to give credeance to what he states he has been told.

Meanwhile, Den of Geek is reporting that Man Of Steel 2 may actually be on a “permanent hold” with the studio. However, their two sources have confirmed to them that Warners has been talking with Miller, but that whatever project Miller takes “will depend on what story most interests him, his take on it, and everyone’s availability.”

Personally, I think whatever project Miller decides to take on within Warners’ burgeoning shared universe would be exciting. As this summer’s Mad Max: Fury Road confirmed, Miller is a great director when it comes to action, delivering plenty of visual punch, while also maintaining the logistics of the sequence. He is also very strong when it comes to grounding his characters within all the spectacle.

And as for the idea that a Man Of Steel 2 film is on “permanent hold,” well, I would take that with a grain of salt. If Miller wants to make a Superman movie, then Warner Brothers may very well just let the directlr of one of the biggest films of the summer make a Superman movie.

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Another Writer Takes On The MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE

Posted on 19 August 2015 by Rich Drees


Does scripter Christopher Yost have the power? The Thor: Ragnarok writer has been chosen by Sony to be the latest to attempt to deliver a screenplay that will finally get the popular toy turned cartoon series franchise, Masters Of The Universe, onto the big screen.

Yost joins a long line of screenwriters who have tried to crack the property and turn it into a successful big screen franchise. Let’s face it, no one wants a repeat of the abysmal 1987 Dolph Lundgren-starring dud of a film. Previously the likes of Terry Rossio and Jeff Wadlow, Mike Finch and Alex Litvak, Justin Marks, Evan Daugherty, and Adam Rifkin have all worked on the project. Additionally, a number of directors have flirted with Masters Of The Universe including John Woo, John Stevenson and Jon M Chu. The project originally started off at Warner Brothers but moved to Sony in 2009.

Based on the strength of his contribution to the original Thor film and a polish on the screenplay for 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, Marvel picked Yost to pen the upcoming “Thor: Ragnarok” with Craig Kyle.

Via Variety.

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