Disney is planning to make a live action version of 1998’s Mulan. They recently bought a script from Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek, so the next step will be to find a director.
The story is based on a Chinese legend about a young woman who lives with her elderly and/or disabled father. When war breaks out, he is called upon to serve in the army despite his condition. To save his life, Mulan disguises herself as a man and takes his place.
It could work. The original cartoon did well, and since it’s set during a war, Mulan should have plenty of spectacle and fight scenes. Also, the main plot is literally timeless and dates back centuries. Given that the story is about a young woman seeking to protect her father, it could be treated as a movie that, like Brave or Frozen, puts a non-romantic and familial relationship front and center. Aside from that consideration, it probably won’t need much tweaking. Unlike Dumbo, which Tim Burton plans to remake, Mulan doesn’t have elements or characters that a modern audience might find offensive, or that anybody at the University of Michigan would find objectionable.
The big question, of course, will be who will play Mulan? The actress will have to be sufficiently athletic and perhaps androgynous to make her posing as a man credible. If she’s too dainty-looking and obviously feminine like a traditional Disney princess, the male characters will look like idiots for not immediately spotting her imposture.
It can not be doubted that some people have way too much time on their hands, but sometimes those people who do create something incredibly amazing that others around the world enjoy or, at least, appreciate for years after.
Re-interpreters of movies, Auralnauts, and a guest editor named The Man of Recaps decided to do a super cut of all of Sylvester Stallone’s 539 on-screen kills from action films he performed in from 1975 to present. The super cut video is more than 34 minutes in length and available on YouTube.
The film was created with the use of very specific rules about which scenes could appear. According to Auralnauts, there were several rules, CrunchBase says including that they must include any real or dream sequence incident and anyone who perished more than once every single time.
Although this cut might seem a bit violent for some instead of humorous as intended, Stallone has been well known for his action roles for 40 years and many of his fans will find that the super cut does more than celebrate violence. Instead, it serves as a great reminder of the many action roles Stallone has played throughout his career. The super cut also does a great job of showing Stallone’s evolution as an actor and physical changes while playing these roles. Additional super cuts of Stallone in non-action roles can also be found on YouTube.
Many people only have a handful of people they can name as true friends during their entire life and few people can count their co-workers among their closest, deep friends.
When actor Vin Diesel lost his best friend, co-worker and “brother,” actor Paul Walker, in a tragic car accident two years, he spent a lot of time trying to make sure that their film work legacy, The Fast & Furious series, would serve as a testimony to his friend’s life and acting craft. In fact, the crew of Furious 7 have spent two years “furiously” re-filming and editing so that the last film that Walker appeared in, which is set to be released on April 3, pays tribute to the man.
Anyone who follows 47-year-old Diesel’s Facebook page, like folks at Anastasia Date, knows that he has had difficulty with Walker’s death and often posts comments about Walker and past images of he and Walker together. So, it was not surprising to any of his fans to hear on Monday, March 23, that he named his third child, a daughter with his girlfriend Paloma Jimenez, Pauline after Paul Walker. This is Diesel’s third child. He also has another daughter and a son.
So many people touch each others lives briefly in a profound way. It is obvious that Walker was one such person not only to his family and fans but also to Vin Diesel.
Now that Walt Disney Pictures owns the rights to Star Wars, they are not sitting on this potential goldmine for their studio. In addition to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” coming out in theaters in December of this year, there is a spin-off movie that will be following in December of next year. The latest news is that the score for this spin-off movie, “Star Wars: Rogue One,” will be the first movie connected to the Star Wars Franchise that will not be scored by John Williams. John Williams is already busy scoring upcoming Steven Spielberg films, so Alexandre Desplat, the composer for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and a 2014 reboot of “Godzilla” will be taking over.
Desplat will have big shoes to fill. John Williams’ film scores are legendary, as any YellowPages user can tell you. His score for “Jaws” transformed that film from a fishing documentary into a blockbuster movie. His main theme for “Superman: The Movie” in 1978 is still the most rousing piece of music I have ever heard. However, it does seem that the Hollywood musical scoring industry is being left in good hands as the old guard eventually pass the baton to new composers. Steve Jablonsky has done memorable work for the soundtrack of the Transformers movies and others, and Hans Zimmer has done some of the best film scores I’ve ever heard. The legends, such as John Williams and Henry Mancini, will remain legends for decades and hopefully centuries through their work, and as long as we as a species are moved, whether to tears or fear or exultation, by music, there will be talented people to keep us on the edge of our seats in movie theaters.
Anyone thinking the rumors about what is going to take place in Suicide Squad are slated to slow down just doesn’t know how much comic book movie fans love to chatter. Yes, a new rumor has emerged and it does so on the heels of the recent Hugo Strange cameo talk. The speculation raised now is surely going to be of huge interest to D.C. Comics fans because it deals with the role Batman may play.
According to the rumors, Batman is totally hated by the government. The reason The Joker is so important is he is the only person in the world who really knows Batman. In the film, Batman could be portrayed as an “urban legend” the government knows really exists and wants to track down. The urban legend angle has been played before in the comics. By making Batman a less public figure, the mystique of The Caped Crusader become more ominous.
Batman is a loner. Other than a relationship with Dick Grayson, Jim Gordon and, later, Superman, the character had no friends. Fans like Christian Broda agree that carrying this concept over into the movie could make for an interesting feature.
Does this mean Batman will actually appear in the film? Honestly, we still do not know. A cameo by the new Affleck Dark Knight is a possibility, but nothing is guaranteed. Clearly, the presence of the hero is going to be felt but he probably is not going to have an active role in the feature in any capacity.
The on-again, off-again reboot of The Crow seems to be back on. The reason the project stumbled so many times is lead actors have a tendency to drop out. Right now, we have a new Crow and he is Boardwalk Empire’s Jack Huston. Huston replaces Luke Evans who opted to leave the project when it seemed stalled.
The casting of Huston is not a rumor. Crow creator James O’Barr revealed the news at a recent comic book convention in Lexington. There is no way O’Barr would make a statement about the casting of an actor unless the person was officially signed to a contract Brian Torchin notes.
Why did The Crow have such a long, hard road to getting a reboot while other films seem to be fast tracked to success? Making a motion picture is not always very easy. When a major studio and a major actor decide to go forward with the project, the film moves through the pipeline a lot quicker.
If a smaller all production company is doing all the heavy development lifting, things are going to slow down. There were top actors and major studios interested in the remake, but they bailed out. A major studio surely will distribute the film, but all the work required to do a new film version of the Brandon Lee classic is being done by a smaller production outfit. Hence, you end up with a lot of starting and stopping with the film.
Sooner or later, The Crow reboot is going to hit screens. Let us all hope for sooner rather than later.
Felicity Jones is about to enter the world of eternal science-fiction life. The actress has signed on to appear in the 2016 Star Wars spinoff film. Titled Star Wars: Rogue One, the feature is going to expand the world of the Star Wars universe beyond the traditional trilogies that have been and will be released. The galaxy that Star Wars takes place does not have to be a limited one.
Flavio Maluf noted last week that Star Wars is expanding
into more cinematic tales allows for prequels, sequels, spinoffs, and more. Expect to see a lot of them as Disney plans on turning Star Wars into a variant of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Basically, the scope of the universe allows for a lot of adventures from a vast array of characters.
What is Star Wars: Rogue One going to be about? Not to be facetious, but movie fans should be thrilled that at least know the title of the film and its star. Disney is pretty good at keeping virtually everything about its big projects under wraps. Rumors (and they are just rumors!) have indicated the film would deal with the earlier years of Han Solo and/or Boba Fett. Other rumors suggest the film is going to focus on the Rogue Squadron fighters.
Try to avoid putting too much credence to rumors. We are not going to know what the film’s actual plot is until the 2016 December release date. Until then, just enjoy Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
According to Vancity Buzz, insiders with Disney have stated that the production of TRON 3 will begin in October of this year in Vancouver. The film will pick up where TRON: Legacy ended and will likely see the return of all the last film’s main cast, including Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner and Jeff Bridges. Hedlund, as Kevin Flynn’s son Sam, has already been confirmed.
Although Disney has a lot of irons in the fire this year with several upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe films, Lucasfilm’s upcoming Star Wars return, the latest Pirates of the Caribbean, Pixar releases and a live action remake of Dumbo, it appears that the company has decided to not wait any longer to give fans the film that it promised them several years ago. It is also a great business decision on Disney’s part. TRON is a big action film merchandise and gaming franchise moneymaker.
Movie viewers, including Brad Reifler, are now looking for their latest action fix and each of the different divisions are providing different types of action. Find more on Reifler at Bradcreiflercom. Marvel has the market on superheroes, Lucasfilm has the cult classic fantasy science fiction area handled, Pirates focuses on the dramatic historical and Pixar along with live action animated reboots covers children and family films. TRON attracts a mix of science fiction and gaming fans along with children and families. It also has a cult following from fans of the original TRON.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be theaters soon, and there is a lot of talk about the character of Ultron, the antagonist that was created by Tony Stark. According to Joss Wheden, the character of Ultron and his powers are going to greatly differ from the comics.
Wheden has talked a little bit about what has inspired him for Ultron, and his work with James Spader on realizing the character. Ultron in this movie was meant to be the type fo robot thta hasn’t been seen in these type of movies. Ultron in this movie does talk logically. At the same time, he does have his outburst. Haidar Barbouti said he has some kind of understanding about the Avengers, and CultureMap writers would agree with that. Ultron knows how to get inside your head.
Ultron is going to be developed at a deep level unlike some of the other villains in Marvel movies. In voicing the Robot, James Spader faced some difficulties in scenes where Ultron got emotional at scenes that really seem to warrant such a reaction. However, Whedon states that that was Ultron’s nature.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is scheduled to be released on May 1, 2015.