Film Nerd News #17

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Welcome to yet another edition of iGR‘s Film Nerd News! I’d like to thank anybody that’s bore with me (that just sounds bad but according to the internet that’s the correct past tense for “bear with me” so totally not my fault!) the past couple of weeks as my production has been sporadic. I’ve been dealing with real life issues (never fun) but those seem to have passed for the time being so it’s time to have some fun! And by fun, I mean talking about films of course! As always I bring you the week’s best film news in 3…2..1…

6/10 – MAN OF STEEL SEQUEL ALREADY BEING WORKED ON

  • This story broke a week ago so that shows you how confident Warner Bros. was about the box office take that Man of Steel was going to get this past weekend (FOR THE RECORD: took in $125 million). Despite being highly skeptical of the idea that WB was going to give the reigns to their Justice League universe to Zack Snyder (300) and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy), I have to say that, having seen Man of Steel, that skepticism is pretty much gone. I’m still not overly fond of Snyder as he has a tendency to miss more than he hits but I felt that he did a strong job with Man of Steel. Whether that has anything to do with Christopher Nolan’s (The Dark Knight trilogy) involvement or not, I’m not sure but with Nolan taking a bit more of a backseat the next go around, I suppose we’ll find out. All of that aside, I do like that WB is calling an audible from their previously planned idea to follow Man of Steel straight into a Justice League because I don’t think the film did enough to open the door for the rest of their heroes. News regarding the sequel will obviously be a big deal so look for loads more news as we get it!

(Side Note: My extended thoughts on Man of Steel will come in audio form in the near future!)

6/11 – THE INTERNET 99.9% LIKELY TO HATE THIS VIDEO GAME ADAPTATION

  • Michael Bay (Transformers franchise) may have his sights set on his next film in the form of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon. That’s right, the Ubisoft video game is getting the big screen treatment and what is known for sure is that Bay will be producing it through his Platinum Dunes production company with a possibility that it may be his next directorial effort as well. That is, of course, after he’s done doing Transformers 4Ubisoft has been pretty busy adapting their games into film lately with both Assasin’s Creed and Splinter Cell in different stages of development so it would appear they are making a concerted effort to get into the film game. Hiring Bay to develop one of your properties may lack artistic merit but there’s no denying that the guy brings in the dough so it isn’t that surprising that a video game company would court him to bring one of their games to the big screen.

6/12 – THE SEARCH FOR RODHAM IS BACK ON

  • You may remember that just last week I posted the story that Carey Mulligan (Drive) was now in the driver’s seat (holy cow, what a pun! FYI: as I was typing that I thought about removing it but I’m totally keeping it in) to play Hilary Clinton in Rodham, a biopic about her early career as a prosecutor for the Judiciary Committee to Impeach Nixon. However, news broke this week that she has passed on the role, stating that wasn’t prepared to take on the role at this time. That’s pretty vague but she’s entitled to that so it’s no big deal. That does mean, though, that the actresses I mentioned two weeks ago might be back in contention. Or, who knows, maybe it’ll be somebody that hasn’t even been mentioned yet! Whatever the case, there will definitely be more coverage on this high profile project as news arrives.

6/12 – SOME MOVEMENT IS MADE ON THE TOMB RAIDER REBOOT

  • Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) has been hired to write the script for the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot through MGM and GK Films. Noxon is an inspired choice, not only because that means a female will be writing a major film franchise (with a female protagonist no less) but also because her resume is pretty solid. Though she got her start in TV (the aforementioned Buffy, Mad Men), Noxon has made the transition to features the past couple of years, penning both I Am Number Four and the Fright Night remake, both to varying degrees of success. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of approach the producers take with the film after the largely successful video game reboot, especially since the game’s character was modeled (and voiced by) after Camilla Luddington (Californication), a pretty decent actress in her own right.

6/14 – HE’LL BE BACK IS RIGHT; YOUR FAVORITE TERMINATOR TO RETURN FOR FIFTH FILM

  • Yes that headline means what you think it means: Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator franchise) will indeed return to the franchise with the series’ upcoming fifth film and will be a Terminator! Paramount just entered the picture to help finance the film so it would appear that some serious traction is being made to get this film made.  A director still hasn’t been hired but one would imagine that that news is just around the corner. Perhaps they’ll even be able to lure Justin Lin (Fast & Furious franchise) back to the project, who was once attached to direct before he decided to move forward on Fast & Furious 6. Whatever the case, the franchise is definitely one of the few around that could use a reboot. We’ll definitely keep you posted with more news as we get it.

That’s it for this week’s edition of FNN! Be on the lookout for new editions of TVNN and Trailer Tuesday tomorrow. Yes, Trailer Tuesday is back this week! In the mean time, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @kyle_igr and the site itself @igresponsibly!

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