Should WB Relaunch the Matrix?

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If you’re as up to date on movie news as I, then you’ve heard that WB is in the early stages of relaunching the famous Matrix franchise. Michael B. Jordan is said to be eyed for the lead role, though so early in the project nothing definitive can be said about casting. This isn’t the first time that someone thought to bring back the Matrix, however. In 2012 Joel Silver, producer of the original Matrix trilogy, came to WB in the hopes to get another movie out of the franchise, but as we can see that didn’t work out. Now we have this possible new incarnation of one of the biggest movies of the 20th century, but should we redo The Matrix?

Short answer: yes. Yes it will be hard and it is a classic, however this movie is great for rebooting. I mean I will always love Keanu, and if John Wick has taught us anything it’s that he’s still got it, but as a child of the 21st century I can’t help but wonder how wild that movie would be with the technology we have now. Not to mention everything hits a bit closer to home now. With augmented and virtual reality on the rise, it’s only a matter of time before there is technology not too different from the stuff used to create the matrix. Another reason is The Matrix: Reloaded and The Matrix: Revolutions. Despite how amazing the first movie was, those other two were the definition of major letdowns. But with a reboot WB could make the sequels we should’ve had (because they are hoping to make a successful franchise out of this) all those years ago.

As for MBJ taking the lead in this, he’s not what I pictured but I support MBJ in anything and everything he chooses to do. I wonder if they will keep the same story or alter it. 1999 is a different world than 2017. Wow, this movie is older than I am. Weird. Anyway, this announcement kinda came out of left field for me, so I don’t really have any picks for the new cast (assuming they stick with the original storyline). Just off the top of my head, Keanu should play Agent Smith. At first I was thinking he should be the new Morpheus but, though I would not object to that, I feel like Agent Smith’s role is more action packed. As for Trinity, I don’t know. I don’t want anyone super well known, like Scarlett Johansson or something. As for directors I have literally no idea. I don’t know enough about directors to give suggestions. I really gotta up my movie game.

In conclusion, The Matrix is great but is just waiting for a repeat. Do you agree? Who would you cast in your dream Matrix movie? Should Keanu Reeves play Agent Smith or Morpheus? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more on the Matrix reboot in development at WB.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Anton Yelchin Dies at 27

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Likely best known for his portrayal of Ensign Paval Chekov in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot, Anton Yelchin has been found dead. “Yelchin’s friends became alarmed because he was supposed to meet them hours earlier for a rehearsal. They went to his San Fernando Valley home at around 1 AM and found him pinned between his car and a brick mailbox, which was attached to a security gate. Law enforcement tells us the engine was running when his body was discovered, and the car was in neutral. The driveway was on a fairly steep incline. It’s unclear why he got out of the car.” Says TMZ. The cops do not suspect foul play.

Anton Yelchin was born in Leningrad during the reign of the Soviet Union. At 6 months he and his parents traveled to the United States in the hope of political asylum. He began his acting career at the age of nine in Los Angeles. Along with his role in the new Star Trek franchise, Yelchin was also known for his roles in the 2011 movie Fright Night and Terminator Salvation. Anton was 27.

Anton Yelchin

(March 11th, 1989 – June 19th, 2016)

RIP

Keith Stanfield Cast in Death Note Movie

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Anime is an interesting thing. In America it started out as very hard to find, but as the years pass anime has become more known and popular in the United States. Now all you have to do is turn on Netflix and you can find things like Fairytale and Ouran Highschool Host Club and what we’re talking about today, Death Note. Death Note has been made and remade in several different mediums in its native country of Japan, and now it’s coming to the US because we need our own version I guess. For those of you unfamiliar with the amazing property let me fill you in. A teen named Light finds this book that give him the ability to kill a person by writing his or her name in the book. This causes him to think that he is supposed to use this book to purge the world of criminals and evil, which at first seems like a noble quest but as we all know absolute power corrupts absolutely. So Light starts killing under the name Kira and a detective working for the American government known as “L” goes off to hunt down Kira and stop his murder spree.

The movie is set to start filming this Summer and information on the cast is slowly trickling in. First we learned that Nat Wolff (Paper Towns) had been cast as the main character Light and Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers) was cast as his biggest fan/sort of The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences's Sneak Preview Screening Of "Short Term 12"sidekick Misa Amane. And now we’re learning of another to join the Death Note cast. Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton) has been cast in an unknown role, but there aren’t that many main roles in the original Death Note story. For all we know this could be our L. But then again this could be a completely original character or some more minor character. Only time will tell.

As for the story in general, it will be interesting to see how it changes. Considering all the American actors being hired, I doubt it will be set in Japan. And if it’s set in the US  the story will have to be a different. Just watch the anime to see what I mean. It’s worth it, trust me.

So are you interested? Or are you cool with just the anime? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on the American Death Note movie and other things in the world of movie news.

Death Note does not have a release date just yet, but it’s set to start filming this Summer.

Source: http://screenrant.com/death-note-movie-keith-stanfield/

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Remake gets pushed back

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Christmas is a magical time. With the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you be of good cheer! But it seems the Christmas of 2017 won’t be the hap-happiest season of all. Or maybe it will be. Depends on how you take this news. Illumination’s take on the Christmas classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas has been pushed back a whole year. The film was originally dated for November 10th, 2017 but it’s release now lies on November 9th, 2018.
This is said to be a new take on the original tale. Will it be welcomed by lovers of the 1966 mqdefaultclassic? Only time will tell, but I can’t help but be worried. Illumination is the studio behind the Despicable Me franchise and it’s spin-off Minions. And don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed those movies (well some more than others) but they’re no How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Even the other Seuss property they’ve done, that being The Lorax, was not to the caliber of HTGSC. the original, not the Jim Carrey version. It was great but this is one property I’d love to be untouchable.
But what do you think? Is the Grinch just waiting to be voiced by Ben Cumberbatch? Or are you on team untouchable?  Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on the How the Grinch Stole Christmas remake and other things in the world of movie news.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas comes to theaters November 9th, 2018.
Source: http://www.thewrap.com/universal-pushes-dr-seuss-how-the-grinch-stole-christmas-a-year/

Disney Continues to Kick the Dead Horse that is Live Action Remakes of Disney Classics

 

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Like the title? I think this may be my favorite one yet. But anywho, Disney has made quite a few remakes in these most recent years and they don’t seem to be slowing down. Just within the last 6 years there has been the Alice in Wonderland movies (speaking of which, Alice through the Looking Glass arrives in theaters TODAY) , MaleficentThe Jungle Book (well that was partially live action but I’ll count it), and Cinderella. While some of these movies definitely do the originals justice, others are less than satisfactory. And there’s even more coming down the pipeline, possibly even one for our favorite semi-aquatic creature.

That’s right! Ariel, Flounder, and the rest of the undersea gang may be gracing the big screen once again in a live action adaptation of the blockbuster animated film, The Little Mermaid. Realize this isn’t officially happening just yet, however considering Disney’s recent love of live action remakes it doesn’t seem unlikely.

The only real question now is when this will happen, if it actually does. An adaptation of neon_0001_largethe original Hans Christian Anderson book The Little Mermaid is currently stuck in development at Universal, so Disney may be hoping to get in first like they did with The Jungle Book. Within the coming weeks and months we shall see which studio will prevail and I have decided to never bet against Disney. I mean, Universal can’t even use any of the original 1989 movie’s songs. It’s kind of a no-brainer.

But what do you think? Are you rooting for Universal to step up and get their movie done? Or are you on the Disney train with yours truly? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on a Little Mermaid live action film and more in the world of movie news.

It is unclear when either of these movies will come out. However if you want to get a taste of live action Disney, Alice through the Looking Glass just came out today so go see that (at your own risk)!

Source: http://deadline.com/2016/05/disney-mulling-the-little-mermaid-live-action-version-1201762354/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andy Serkis says his Jungle Book Movie will be darker than Disney’s

It’s really been a crazy time in the world of talking animal movies. Disney has been knocking them out of the park in recent months, especially with their remake of the beloved animated classic The Jungle Book. This movie was a masterpiece, beautiful as is expected from a Disney film. But now something interesting is coming up the horizon: ANOTHER Jungle Book film. This one comes from the mind of world renowned motion capture artist Andy Serkis. While this project is based of the original Rudyard Kipling novel rather than the classic film, this version has been kept in the Disney remake’s shadow. Recently Serkis discussed his film and why his is something worth watching.

“Ours is for a slightly older audience…it’s a PG-13, more a kind of [‘Planet of the Apes’-esque] movie, a slightly darker take, closer to Rudyard Kipling’s…it’s great to scare kids in a safe environment because it’s an important part of development, and we all loved to be scared as kids, so we shouldn’t overly protect them”

Serkis also went on to summarize the film: “It’s a story of an outsider, someone who is trying to accept the laws and customs of a particular way of living and then has to adapt to another culture, a human culture, which of course he should be able to adapt to, because this is what he is. So it’s about two different species and their laws and customs, and neither are entirely right.”

So as you can see, this is going to turn out to be a very different movie than Disney’s version was. With an interesting plot and a cast including Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch, this movie is seeming to be something to really look for ward to. Let us hope this one doesn’t get caught in the shadow of Disney’s Jungle Book 2.

But what do you think? Is Disney’s version enough for you or are you intrigued? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book and more things in the world of movie news.

Source: http://screenrant.com/jungle-book-movie-andy-serkis-scary-dark/

 

 

Jack Black and Kevin Hart Confirmed for Jumanji Remake

This remake is just filling its ranks with more and more talented actors. Just today Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced on his Instagram that Jack Black and Kevin Hart will be joining him in the Jumanji remake set to hit theaters July 28th, 2017.

In his post, The Rock proudly stated: IT’S OFFICIAL: An ol’ friend is ready to play in the world of #JUMANJI… JACK (mf’n) BLACK. Been a big fan of his work over the years. A brilliant actor who I’m confident will turn in a performance of a lifetime for JUMANJI. (when we reveal his character you’ll understand;). In our reimagining of the story of JUMANJI, Jack brings that rare balance of cool with funny and edge with childlike joy. The “Jumanji Breakfast Club” is coming together.. myself, Jack (mf’n) Black and Kevin Hart. Two big roles left. One bad ass girl. One semi-sorta bad ass dude. Who will they be… this is gonna be fun. #JUMANJI#WelcomesJackBlack #JustPressStart #TheGameThatPlaysYou

So if what star and executive producer The Rock is speaking is the truth, then we have at least two more casting announcements to look out for. Considering the way The Rock words some of this, it kind of sounds like The Rock has some people in mind for these last two roles. Whether they are unknowns or well-knowns I am curious to see.

Not much is know about the plot to this film but The Rock has stated that this film will pay tribute to Robin Williams’ character in the original movie. It is currently unclear if any characters from the 1995 classic will be in the remake. So what do you think? Are you hopeful for the remake or fearful that The Rock and Hart will screw it up? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share and follow Sprom for more news on this and other things in the world of movies.

The Jumaji remake comes to theaters July 28th, 2017 and will be directed by Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher).