Brad Bird On Bringing “Incredibles 2” to a World of Superhero Films

It’s hard to believe that The Incredibles is over a decade old – a fact that has only really become prominent since Disney/Pixar announced that a sequel to the immensely popular superhero film was officially in the works.

A film that preceded Iron Man and the Marvel Cinematic Universe by four years, The Incredibles was Brad Bird‘s rousing call for the love that we can all feel for cinematic supers, as well as their potential versatility as a genre. So you can’t blame people for nearly leaping out of their Mr Incredible pyjamas we they found out Bird would be returning to pen the sequel script. Hopefully this won’t lead people to overlook Tomorrowland, Bird’s latest project, which looks to have all the originality and balls out creativity of The Incredibles and more to spare.

But that’s not the only problem Bird faces: with the gushing river of superhero films quickly readying to burst it’s banks and flood the industry, Bird must face a monster that he in part helped to create. How will the new landscape influence a franchise that’s as much about the modern family as it is about superheroes kicking ass? Fortunately Bird is ready for the challenge, according to a conversation he had with IGN recently, courtesy of Screenrant:

A lot of superhero films have been made since Incredibles and it is kind of like an athletic field that’s just kind of dried up dirt now, with a few clumps of grass. And I think what the challenge is how do you step outside of that and say, ‘Hey, there’s another place for our heroes to go.’ So that’s kind of the challenge. People make a lot of following some of road map and Damon and I can tell you from making this film that you’re just bumping into furniture. Hopefully if you’re on the right path you don’t actually know where you’re going completely. I love those characters in ‘Incredibles’, but I’m also a moviegoer and I want to be surprised by movies. I want them to zig when they should be zagging. That’s the goal with that one.”

Well it’s comforting to see that Bird has game plan, not to mention one that doesn’t require him to throw his hat into a ring filled with Iron helmets and webbed masks. At the centre of Bird’s intentions is a desire to be surprised by what happens to the power toting Parr family, which can only be good news.

One of the main strengths of The Incredibles is that it was never a straight superhero film, and that ability to skirt the traditional recipe has the potential to lead to another great animated film. And it’s not as though we don’t have current data to support this. Big Hero 6 was an unbridled success, and despite being a Marvel adaptation it still had that tang of family-turned-heroes sweetness.

It’ll be a long time before we see a hint of animated red spandex that doesn’t belong to Spiderman, but I’m happy to leave it in Brad Bird’s more than capable hands. In the meantime, Tomorrowland is out May 22. What would you like to see in an Incredibles sequel?

Fassbender Goes Full Turtleneck in “Steve Jobs” Teaser Trailer

Some have called it a biopic reboot, others have called it a rehashing of old ground. Some have even called it a super violent homage to Fellini. Those last people are definitely wrong. In any case, Steve Jobs, the second telling of the Apple co-founder has garnered some controversy and curiosity in its infancy, but now it’s ready to put on its big boy pants and stylish turtle neck and strut it’s need stuff. This week marks the first real look at the project with a doozy of a teaser trailer, as reported by Deadline.

Like any good legend, the film will take on a very different perspective from its predecessor, trading in some of the shock and savagery for fluidity – more of a story than a history of you like. Well you can decide for yourself, take a gander why don’t you?

A different kettle of iPod shuffles altogether I’m sure you’ll agree. It’s a treat to finally see how Michael Fassbender looks as the titular mastermind, almost like Ashton Kutcher‘s Jobs’ older, more discerning brother. The film also stars Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels and Kate Winslet, with Scott Rudin producing and Aaron Sorkin adapting the eponymous biography by Walter Isaacson.

How do you think Steve Jobs will match up to jOBS?

Christoph Waltz Set to Direct and Star in “The Worst Marriage in Georgetown”…Oh, and a “Human Centipede 3” Trailer

Hmm, should I write about Christoph Waltz‘s upcoming directorial debut, or upload the latest Human Centipede 3 trailer? It’s a puzzler, both have strong merits for being publicised. Tell you what, let’s chat about Waltz and if you read through that I’ll put the Human Centipede 3 trailer at the end of the article. Sound good? Solid.

So as you may have guessed, Christoph Waltz is making the highly anticipated but equally unsurprising move from acting to directing. Empire is reporting that the project, titled The Worst Marriage in Georgetown, will be a true crime drama based on a New York Times article. The piece written by Franklin Foer, is an account of Albrect Muth, an opportunistic chap who married wealthy older woman Viola Drath. Whole everything about their marriage appeared sweet to the outside world, the illusion shattered when Viola Drath would up totally murdered to death.

As well as directing, Waltz will be playing the role of Muth, which sounds like a perfectly suited role for him even if he weren’t directing. No word yet on who’s playing Drath, but all in good time.
As well as The Worst Marriage in Georgetown, Waltz has been planning to direct Up, Up and Away, a romantic comedy. Which one are you more excited to see?

Now, as I promised, here’s the trailer for Human Centipede 3.

Yeah, pretty nasty.

Orson Welles’ “The Other Side of the Wind” Heads to Indiegogo for Funding

There’s something utterly cockle warming about the immense contributions from fans to see Super Troopers 2 get off the ground and into production. Projects like this serve as a spring board for other indie or cult ambitions that would otherwise get lost in failed pitches and unanticipated costs. But now it looks as though a far from indie project will be looking for crowd funding, this time from one of the most famous and most dead 20th century film makers.

Deadline is reporting that the final unfinished project from Orson Welles will be moving to Indiegogo to try and secure 2 million in funding to get the film finished. The Other Side of the Wind originally began shooting in 1970 and underwent legendary scheduling issues that took shooting up until 1976.

Originally intended as Welles’ US come back after working in Europe, the film went unfinished until his death in 1985. On the plus side it did free him up to voice Omnicron in the animated Transformers movie.

The plan for re-release has been in the works for a good few months now, and while originally intended to be released on May 6th (Welles’ 100th birthday) it requires some additional funding to complete editing and scoring work.

So if you’re interested, here’s the link. If you’re not, then give the money to Terry Gilliam, he’s been pretty quiet recently. If not Gilliam, then buy yourself a sandwich – go on, you’ve earned it winner.

“Spider-Man” Gets a Short-list of Directors

The pieces are all coming together for the latest live action incarnation of Spider-Man. We’ve already got a good idea for further which actors are winning the race to nab the part (currently Asa Butterworth and Tom Holland are leading the charge), but we still need a director to resurrect an incredibly profitable but otherwise dwindling cinematic hero. Actors are arguably more important to nail down early since Spidey’s first appearance will be in Captain America: Civil War to give his two cents on superhero registration. But once that’s out of the way Spiderman will have to make it on his own with a solo project in 2017. So who’s going to mount that deadly zip wire? And don’t you dare make a joke about Josh Trank losing the Star Wars spin off gig, because I’ve already been told I can’t.

Screen Rant is reporting that a list of frontrunner has been revealed for the director gig for the Sony/Marvel joint venture. It’s a good blend of characters, ranging from solid mainstream to quietly filming indie in the corner to indie-turned-mainstream. If you’re on the list and you’re reading this I’m not going to tell you which one applies to you. Anyway here’s the list hot off the presses:

Jonathan Levine (50/50, Warm Bodies)

Theodore “Ted” Melfi (St. Vincent, Roshambo)

Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect)

John Francis Daley & Jonathan M. Goldstein (Audio Tour, Vacation)

Jared Hess (Napoleon DynamiteDon Verdean)

A lot of strong contenders there. Not a huge amount of superhero experience in the mix but that’s hardly a surprise at this point – the rule is you either go with the Russo Brothers or you try something new. The main trait that connects them is that they’ve all at home with comedy and have made their names with some uniquely funny movies. This makes sense since Deadline’s described Amy Pascal (ex-Sony boss) and Kevin Feig‘s (Marvel Studios boss) hopes for the film are a “coming of age tale” with “John Hughes humor and emotion, plus all the superhero stuff.”

So odds are the choice for director won’t so much come down to experience or story ideas, as much as it will be down to the compatability of the director’s brand of vision with the studios’ final vision decision.

Captain America: Civil War will hit theatres on May 6 2016, and Spider-Man will open on July 28, 2017.

Who would you like to see take the Spider-helm?

Will Poulter is Pennywise in Stephen King’s “It”

We’re very possessive of our Hollywood villains these days. You’d only have to look at how many legacy villain actors there are to see that. The amount of stress and uncertainty we subject ourselves too when a new Joker is announced is ridiculous, and the less said about our early refusal to accept a replacement Hannibal Lecter the better. Anyone who’s seen the 1991 TV miniseries adaptation of Stephen King‘s It has unshakable praise for Tim Curry‘s portrayal of Pennywise, the torturous amorphous nightmare clown. So when we got news earlier in the year that True Detective director Cary Fukunaga was remaking It into a film, that familiar stomach knot starting to tug and contort in our collective gut. Who could possibly replace Tim Curry? I’ll tell you who: human supernova Will Poulter.

Empire is reporting that the star of Maze Runner will be assuming the larger than life role in the latest adaptation. Apparently Poulter wowed Fukunaga with his audition, so much so that the director opted not to cast an older actor as she had originally intended. This move seems to be in alignment with the actor’s current trajectory of amoral roles. Maze Runner certainly revealed a whole new compass point for Poulter, and apparently early footage of Alejandro Inirratu‘s The Revenent are equally chilling.

Fukunaga has already stated that It will be a two part adaptation, so this is a huge get for Poulter at this stage in his career. Both It and The Stand – another Stephen King adaptation –  will be adopting the multi-film approach, which is eventually risky unless it’s a young adult novel that has a huge mass of current fans who can be sold on the novelty alone. But hopefully Poulter will make enough of an impression to keep audiences coming back for the sequel.

Are you down with Poulter’s clown?

Will Second “Star Wars” Spinoff be a Boba Fett Origins Story?

It’s strange to think that the potential tag line for the upcoming Star Wars spin off Rogue One – an account of the spies who stoked the plans for the death star in episode IV could be “based on a thirty year old throw away line”. Now we have word about the focus of the second spin-off, and the tagline’s going to read more like “based on a be-helmeted badass”. That’s my pick for tagline anyway, I realise that they don’t usually open that sort of stuff up to the general public. I do think they should use my Rogue One line though.

That’s right, Screen Rant is reporting on news that the second Star Wars standalone feature will focus on legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett, cult star and all time fan favourite of Episodes V and VI. A smaller, more childlike version of Fett was also portrayed in Attack of the Clones by Daniel Logan.

So what can we expect? Well, this is allegedly going to be an Origins story, which sounds specific but is in fact categorically loose. We’ve already seen some of Fett’s childhood as the clone of Mandalorian bounty hunter Jango Fett. Presumably the next film will take place after that since everything beforehand is a bit test tubey. Hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot of the up and coming, relentless gun for hire as he makes a name for himself as one of the galaxy’s most formidable foes.

The as yet untitlted project has received a lot of spotlight heat recently following the departure of Josh Trank from the role of director. Rumours already about about the nature of his departure, with some claiming it was jot so much his decision as it was a decision made for him. So now the race is on to find someone new to direct, not to mention someone to play Fett. Given the clone back story we could very well be seeing Logan return as Fett, or even (actot) who played Jango since they’ll technically have to look identical. On the other hand, an entire film where Fett doesn’t take off his mask, Dredd style? I am all into that.

Rogue One will be finding it’s way to cinemas in December 2016, and the potential Fett Origin will appear two years later in 2018.

Are you a Fett fan?

Lionsgate to Helm “Cube” Reboot Called…”Cubed”, Really!? Ok, I Guess

You know, before Vincenzo Natali was creeping us out with Splice or ccreeping us out in a different way with the series Hannibal, he had this film called Cube. It told a unique story that has since been reversed engineered in all manner of diluted and bizarre ways. It wasn’t hugely popular, and like with many unpopular Sci fi films of the era, it amassed a considerable cult following. The cult following led to sequels, which led to prequels and after so much high concept cheap shot mediocrity, the film was lost to the ages. Until now…

Pretty dramatic right? Look it’s nothing serious really. Screen Rant is just reporting that Lionsgate is going to be working on a reboot of the original Cube movie, allegedly to be titled Cubed.

If you’re not familiar with the film, it’s about cubes, and several people locked inside them together. They can move between the cubes via hatches and meet each other, but it’s not a simple as all that. There’s an experimental bent to it that keeps you constantly in the dark as to why they’re really there or who’s experimenting on them. It’s a nice little film that need not necessarily be remade. But reboots are a part of our lives now, more so than ever. It’s a whole compass point on the cinematic map.

The project will be taken on by Saman Kesh, who’s made a name for himself with the Sci fi short Controller, and will be sticking the the original film’s premise to an extent. Will they take it somewhere new? Hopefully. In any case, check out Cube. It’s Friday after all.

Check Out Jake Gyllenhaal in New “Southpaw” Footage

Boxing films, am I right? There’s a reason that there are more films about boxing than any other sport, and it’s not because of seventeen Rocky films fudging the numbers. It’s because they’re popular as hell, and since they’re so popular it’s only fair that Jake Gyllenhaal have a crack at it. We got a shot a few months back of Gyllenhaal in his latest project Southpaw, having bulked up to near redonkulous levels following his wiry stint in Nightcrawler. Now, to follow it up, we have some footage from the film!

Deadline is reporting on the release of a short set of clips from the film – what might commonly be known as a trailer – showing Gyllenhaal as savage boxer Billy Hope. The clips are pretty damn cool and have all manner of fighting in them, not just the refereed kind. Check it out below:

Didn’t I say it was cool? Gyllenhaal certainly looks to have held on to a little of that Nightcrawler madness for this picture, converting it from tactical near psychopathy to dark brutality.

Southpaw depicts Hope’s fall from prominence after the death of his wife played by Rachel McAdams and the loss of his child to protective services. Don’t get the wrong idea, he’s plenty to blame for both, so don’t be thinking of this as a sob story. It also shows his last-ditch attempt at making his way to greatness again, with the help of trainer Forest Whitaker.

Hopefully we’ll be seeing a proper trailer soon enough so we can get a more thoughtful lay of the land, but there’s something just ad good if not better about seeing something like this footage which has more bite and less artificiality to it. I mean, it’s all artificial cause it’s a film, but… Well you get the idea.

Disney Moves Up “Ghost in the Shell” To Dodge Easter Weekend

We’ve been talking a big game about anime recently, and we apologise if that’s not really your thing. It’s only because there’s a set of anime adaptations coming out over the next few years, hopefully with a few more to join in the interim. Aside from Death Note, which has just gotten a new lease of life with The Guest director Adam Wingard taking the wheel, we’ve also got Ghost in a Shell coming out of Disney. Now we here that the film’s being moved up in the calendar.

Deadline is reporting that Ghost in the Shell will be moving from Easter weekend — April 14, 2017 — to March 31, 2017. This may be because Disney wants to avoid the competition of an Easter weekend ticket fight, and instead let the film sell in it’s own merit. In any case, it’s a quicker release which is always an ambiguous thing. The film will now go up against the new Smurfs movie coming out of Sony, which is clearly an entirely different demographic.

In case you haven’t heard, Ghost in the Shell tells the story of covert operatives tackling cyber crime in Japan. Doesn’t sound like your thing? Ok sure, Blackhat wasn’t great, but what if I told you the original manga already has an anime series and three animated film under its built? The series is hugely popular, and not just in Japan: Ghost has a very strong following in the West as well.

Rupert Sanders will be directing Scarlett Johansson in the starring role. Johansson took over the role from Margot Robbie, who left to star in the upcoming Suicide Squad.

So at least we won’t have to wait until Easter weekend to see if Ghost lives up to it’s predecessors success.

Are you a Ghost in a Shell fan?