If you caught a glimpse of the movie schedule Sony released yesterday, you’ll no doubt have gotten a shiver or two at what the studio has ins tore for us over the next few years. I could spend this whole post debating whether or not a Jumanji reboot will appease my inner child or seriously tick him off, but instead let’s talk about Bad Boys. Continue reading Sony Schedules Two “Bad Boys” Sequels
It’s getting to the point now where it would take less time to list all the highly anticipated upcoming projects that AREN’T being helmed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The pair have had their nose to the grindstone recently, attached to Lego sequels galore as well as a Jump Street sequel and The Flash for Warner Bros., all the whole keeping their numerous tv projects humming along nicely. Well now they’re adding to their superhero repertoire with an animated Spiderman movie!
Empire is reporting that the writing directing team have been hired by Sony to created an animated movie to rebuild their Spidey rep. Even though a lot of leeway has been given to Marvel to include the web slinger in the MCU (Captain America: Civil War first and foremost), Sony can still make all the Spiderman movies they like. This time around they’re going animated and they’re going funny, drawing on Lord and Miller’s inexhaustible Scrooge McDuck sized treasure trove of comedy gold. This could be an admittance of sorts that they could never really compete in a classic superhero stage with Marvel, especially with the same character. So they’re switching things up, fine tuning their demographic and, in our opinion, opening things up for themselves in a splendid way.
The plan is for Lord and Miller to focus more on Peter Parker in high school, which seems to be the fashion now since the Marvel incarnation will most likely be a teenager. Rumours of this project have been floating around from a while now, stemming from the talks that took place in January to determine the future of the Spiderman franchise.
Hopefully this will be a new lease of life for Sony and Spiderman’s love/hate relationship: they certainly have the right people on it.
The untitled Spiderman animated movie is set for release on July 20th, 2018.
So I don’t know if you noticed, but space is getting cool again in Hollywood. Going off-world to make a mainstream film has always been a trend that goes in peaks and troughs, riding on the waves made by 2001, Apollo 13 and Armageddon and then fizzling out after a year or two. Most recently, Gravity and Interstellar have ushered in the latest wave, making themselves all the more prominent in the ongoing award circus. Now we have word from Deadline tat Sony has bought the rights to sci-fi comic book with the hopes of riding that wave a little while longer. The worry? This comic hasn’t even been released yet.
Descender (not to he confused with ongoing space TV show Ascension) follows the interstellar journey of a childlike robot named TIM-21, who is seeking out a new life and a new home for himself somewhere in the universe, only to be hated and hunted by most of the people living in it. Why? Because something in TIM-21’s DNA holds the secret to the origin of a certain robot species that may have wiped out a whole lot of life on a whole lot of planets. Fortunately, the little robotic dickens doesn’t have to face this aggression alone, and cobbles together an unlikely group of buddies to help him on his travels.
The comic is put together by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, who would have gotten a serious shock when they got a movie option before their comic is even in stores. Lemire and Nguyen had this to say:
“It was a competitive situation for Descender, and we are thrilled that it ended with Sony Pictures acquiring the series…We know that their film translation will do justice to the original comics, and we are thrilled with their belief in the franchise potential.”
Competitive eh? Must be one hell of a comic. This is a bold move for Sony, but with so many unique and unusual projects changing hands and getting sold at Sundance this year, it’s unlikely that Sony would pass up the chance to get in on that market. I’m not saying that Descender will be an indie film, but it will definitely be different.
The whole thing sounds sweet and sprawling and unlike any mainstream sci-fi films out there (usually the adorable robot has some ongoing connection to earth). You can find out more about it when the comic actually arrives on March 4th from Image comics. Josh Bratman is set to produce the film for Sony.
Are you down with Descender?
Ever since Russell Crowe played Robin Hood in Ridley Scott’s take on the prince of thieves, I’ve been eager to see who was going to take the property on next and what new angle they would take on the hero of Nottingham Forest.
Well, it turns out Disney is going to take a crack at it. Deadline reports that Disney is looking at a spec script called Nottingham & Hood from writing noob Brandon Barker. The script must have been pretty decent since they are now taking it on and developing their own adaptation.
This will be Disney’s second time round with Robin Hood, after their animated animal-cast classic in 1973 starring Phil Harris and Brian Bedford.
But this isn’t just about Disney, oh no. Because they are going head to head with Sony, who are planning their own Robin Hood. And judging from their plans, Sony look to be making a grander display, fitting Robin and his band of merry men into a larger multiverse. Didn’t you hear? Multiverse’s are all the rage. Whether or not this plan will work out as the project solidifies is anyone’s guess at this point, but it will be pretty cool to see these two studios hash it out. This is the second potential head-to-head between the the studios, with both looking at their own Jungle Book adaptations as well.
Do you think both studios will go the distance? How do you want Robin Hood to look in his next big screen debut?