Can There Be A Overwatch Feature In Our Future?

Blizzard Entertainment, creator of games like StarCraft and WarCraft has recently introduced Overwatch, a new game with an interesting storyline revolving around a time in the future when wars have been ended by superpower operatives, ofne of which happens to be a talking, armored gorilla.  It the cinematic-style trailer is to beloved, it’s going to be amazing.

Though what’s more interesting is that the cinematic looks very…cinematic, almost as if Blizzard may have plans beyond the video game; and before anyone consigns that to the wiles of an overactive imagination, keep in mind that WarCraft is already being made into a feature, directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code)

Ewan McGregor As Doctor Strange? Not Buying It

Doctor Strange  Sorceror SupremeEvery since Joaquin Phoenix decided to pass of the role of Marvel Studios’ Master of the Mystic Arts, Doctor Strange, all sorts of names are being bandied about, such as Ethan Hawke and Keanu Reeves.

The latest is Ewan McGregor, and I think it’s unlikely (Ethan Hawke would be my choice, and it helps that he’s worked with the director, Scott Derrickson before in Sinister–that being said he also worked with Reeves in the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still) because McGregor may be up for another Star Wars film, though without knowing the timeline or even if it’s something he’s interested in or was even if it was offered to him, it’s hard to say.

That being said, I hope an American actor plays Strange (which isn’t to imply that it’s in any way unusual that a very American character isn’t played by one, like in the case of  Thor (Chris Hemsworth’s, who’s Australian, though his accent worked really well), Loki (Tom Hiddleston, British, and for similar reasons) and Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield, also British).

 

Has Marvel Found Its Punisher?

Punisher skullWith Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy coming August 1st, there’s a lot of speculation as to what other characters they will bring to the big screen.

That combined with Marvel being interested in working with Aaron Eckhart on an unnamed project, I wonder if it’s a relaunch of the Punisher.  It’s important to notice that the article was written 11 months ago, before Marvel had regained the rights to the character.

There were three movies based on him, with Dolph Lundgren in 1989, Thomas Jane in 2004 (who also starred in a short film, The Punisher: Dirty Laundry in 2012) and most recently, Ray Stevenson in Punisher: War Zone in 2008).

Lundgren’s portrayal was actually pretty decent, but also tends to be the most maligned in terms of public perception (it didn’t help that he lacked certain characteristics that the Punisher is known for, like the skull insignia on his chest).

Aaron Eckhart certainly has the physical chops for the role, so if that’s Marvel’s plan, he’d be great for it.  Another important point to mention is that there are numerous fan films based on the Punisher, two of which I featured here.

They’re a tribute to the popularity and longevity of the character, and I hope that Marvel can see that people want to see more of Frank Castle.

The Punisher: Dead Of Night

The Punisher: No Mercy

 

 

The Return Of John Carpenter

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image courtesy of Comixology app

Though truth be told he was never really gone.

John Carpenter, director of influential genre classics like Halloween, Escape From New YorkIn The Mouth Of Madness, They Live, StarMan, Big Trouble In Little China (perhaps his most underappreicated movie), among many others has been absent from theaters since 2010’s The Ward (an interesting movie despite thematic similarities to James Mangold’s superior 2003 film, Identity) may be on the edge of a comeback.

Though not for the reasons I at first thought.

Let me start at the beginning.  Today I was reading some comics on Comixology when I noticed John Carpenter’s Asylum.  I don’t recall ordering it, though they occasionally have ‘Free Comics Days’ so I assumed that I picked it up then.

It’s written by Carpenter, Thomas Ian Griffith (who played in ‘Jan Valek’ in John Carpenter’s Vampires) and Sandy King (Carpenter’s wife and producer) and  drawn by the inestimable Leonardo Manco.

By the way, speaking of Leonardo Manco, if you haven’t read Marvel’s 1994 comic Hellstorm–which lasted 21 issues–you should find a copy because Manco’s art is remarkable.

I was thinking that ‘Asylum’ would be Carpenter’s entry back into features, which is apparently not the case.

That honor would be bestowed upon DarkChylde, which  was an Image comic by Randy Queen in 1996.

King said that they have been working on the project for over two years, and that WETA Digital is creating the monsters.  You may not be aware of WETA, but if you’ve seen any of the movies based upon J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings novels (and many others), then you have seen their special effects work.

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Image courtesy of Storm King Productions and Destroy The Cyborg

Though the best thing, according to Sandy King, is that not only is John Carpenter working on DarkChylde, but he’s also preparing a new horror-themed series, John Carpenter’s Hell Gate.

Are Universal & Legendary Preparing A Movie Based On Marvel’s Namor The Submariner?

Welcome To The Rumor Mill, where I occasionally take a closer look at a rumor winding its way through the Interwebs to see if there’s any fire to accompany all the smoke.

A few days ago, I wrote a piece, Is Sony Mismanaging The Spider-Man Franchise, as part of the My Two Cents column.  In that particular article I spent some time clarifying the history of Marvel Studios as well as taking a look at Sony’s Spider-Man movies (those by Sam Raimi as well as Marc Webb).

I also mentioned that Universal has the license to Namor The Submariner (they had the Hulk as well, though due to its sub-par box office performance they let the rights revert back to Marvel) though Matt McGloin at Cosmicbooknews takes things a bit further by promoting the idea that Universal is working on Namor with Legendary Pictures (fresh off their somewhat acrimonious breakup with Warner Bros).

The evidence McGloin sites is that Thomas Tull, the head of Legendary, had worked on numerous superhero films when his company partnered with Warner Bros.  While that’s true–Legendary and Warner Bros produced Christopher Nolan’s three Batman films (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises)–that doesn’t mean that he’s working on Namor.

Cosmicbooknews also informs us that “…Universal and Legendary announced a mystery tentpole movie for November 4th, 2016.”

Other sites have confirmed that as well, but there’s no mention of Namor.  So where did Cosmicbooknews get that bit of information from?

I suspect that Latino-Review lies at the epicenter of this particular rumor, and while their position, and the evidence they use to support it, is interesting, it’s so circumstantial that it’s also more wishful thinking than anything else.


Verdict:  It’s entirely possible–and in fact very likely, if only based upon the popularity of Marvel superheroes–that there that there will be a movie based on Namor in the near future, though there’s nothing that says that it’s coming November 4th, 2016.  Until I can locate more supporting evidence, I have to say that this rumor lacks smoke, never mind fire.