[Danger: Contains one big spoiler I probably could exclude but I don’t want to. But you should’ve seen The Force Awakens by now anyway]
Almost a year ago Star Wars came back with a vengeance with the record smashing Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens. Revitalizing the Star Wars brand, The Force Awakens helped a new generation fall in love with the classic film franchise and because of that Lucasfilm is doing all it can to
milk us of our hard earned cash create a variety of quality programming for us to enjoy for years to come. So along with the main movies with Rey and Finn and the whole gang, there are to be a set of anthology movies that come out in between the main movies. The first of these anthology films (which are technically called Star Wars Stories but that sounds weird and less intense) is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (See what I mean?) which comes out this December 16th.It will definitely be something interesting, but right now most people are paying attention to what’s to come after.
That’s right, the next anthology film to come out will be a young Han Solo movie. I say this as if it is news, but if you know Star Wars you know this. But let us recap some important details. First off, the movie is to be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Those are the guys behind successes like The Lego Movie and the Jump Street franchise, so this will surely be awesome. Secondly, Chewie will be in this film, so that’s bomb. And lastly, Alden Ehrenreich is to play the iconic role of Han Solo. While no one will ever replace Harrison Ford in the role, I think this could maybe be a good choice. I barely remember Beautiful Creatures but he was probably good in it.
Now for the actual news (drum roll please) … Donald Glover has been cast as young Lando Calrissian in the young Han Solo movie!!!! This is awesome news. In August it was rumored that Glover was at the top of the list to play Lando but now it’s been made official. Unlike Ehrenreich, I am very familiar with the works of Donald Glover. I knew him for his comedy and his rap career before I knew him as an actor, but after seeing him in things like The Martian and his new show on FX, Atlanta, I know that when he’s in something it’s worth watching. He’s a great comedic actor but the man can be serious when he needs to be. Just look at him and look at Lando and tell me you can’t see him playing the man. It really is casting as its finest.
So are you as excited as I am? What do you think Lando’s role will be in the movie? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on the young Han Solo movie and other things in the world of movie news.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story comes out December 16th and will be followed by Star Wars Episode 8 on December 15th, 2017. The young Han Solo movie will hit theaters sometime in 2018.
It has been a long and hard road for every gamer who wants to see their favorite game turned into a film. Most of these attempts have failed either financially, critically, or in both ways. Just a few months ago we saw Warcraft try to break that glass ceiling, but the movie wasn’t so successful (at least not domestically anyway). But there is hope! Coming out this December is the movie Assassin’s Creed, based off the popular video game series of the same name. For those unfamiliar with the plot here it is: “Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.” 20th century fox wrote that up, not I. I figured they could do a better job of it. So as you can see this movie has an amazing lead and an interesting story, not to mention a devoted fanbase. So this is seeming promising. Unless of course this news completely turns you off.
All the scenes set in 15th century Spain will be in Spanish. So sadly (unless you know Spanish, if so rock on) that means we’ll spend some time reading subtitles. Yes subtitles, the reason you haven’t seen that one french movie you girlfriend keeps raving about (besides the fact that you really don’t wanna see it). This is very divisive topic for many. I personally don’t mind them but many can’t seem to focus on what’s happening on screen and read what the characters are saying at the same time. So this may elicit a few groans from the crowd. “Why are they doing this to me!” I’m sure some of you are yelling at your computers. Well according to director Justin Kurzel from the most recent issue of Total Film, here’s why:
“I just love the fact [production company] New Regency embraced it. We did play around with English as well, but it was really obvious what you wanted as soon as you went back and started speaking beautiful Spanish. It really adds an exoticness and richness to the film.”
Hopefully that exoticness and richness doesn’t end up going unnoticed by those who aren’t fans of subtitles. And I hope all these years of public school Spanish finally start paying off. Fingers crossed.
So is this a deal breaker for you? Are subtitles really that bad? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on Assassin’s Creed and other things in the world that is movie news.
Assassin’s Creed comes to theaters December 21st, 2016.
A long time ago in a galaxy I like to call 1977 (that’s basically a whole different galaxy) a movie came out that changed cinema forever. That movie was A New Hope, the first Star Wars movie to ever hit the big screen. Within the next 6 years the Star Wars movies grew into a phenomenon never before seen in the film world. I changed lives and made nerds out of many a young man and woman in its short time on the big screen. But of course they couldn’t leave well enough alone which gave us the prequel trilogy. Let’s just say that wasn’t received very well. But now the Star Wars train is chugging at full speed again with its newest trilogy in the works, accompanied by several animated cartoons that are indeed canon. So long story short it’s a good time to be a Star Wars nerd, and it’s about to get even better.
Turner acquire the film TV rights to Star Wars. I know what you’re thinking, why does this affect me? What even is Turner? Well I’ll tell you. Are you familiar with the channel TNT? Well that first T just so happens to stand for Turner. GASP. For those of you still not getting this, I’ll spell it out. You will soon be able to watch Star Wars on TNT, which is great (assuming you haven’t already cut the cord). I mean, have you ever seen a Star Wars movie just on TV? I haven’t, but that sounds like a life I wanna live. And I will be soon
enough. And to ice that awesomeness cake, Starting September 20 there will be a marathon of the original six installments in the Star Wars franchise and they’ll do it again in December leading up to the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. So I guess I know what I’m doing next week.
As for the newest films in the franchise, don’t fret. Turner got those too in the deal, but you won’t be seeing them for a little bit. The Force Awakens won’t become Turner’s until early 2018 thanks to a deal Lucasfilm made with Stars, and as for the movies that have not yet come out each will be able to come on tv around three years after their release. I know it’s a bummer but this is kind of standard issue. But don’t fret, you can still see Rogue One a gazillion times in theaters in a few months and then just feed on that.
So how excited are you? Are you wishing you didn’t cut that cord? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on Star Wars and other things in the world of movie news.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story comes to theaters December 16th of this year.
It is another beautiful Friday in the world of movie news and with it comes new movie releases! The Summer blockbuster season has just passed and now it’s time for the Oscar bait. Let’s dig in!
The Light Between Oceans – Derek Cianfrance
One of the first dramas that really seem to be going for that Oscar this year is the new Derek Cianfrance movie The Light Between Oceans. Based on the M. L. Stedman book of the same name, The Light Between Oceans is the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who find an abandoned baby and raise the child as their own. The movie stars Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender and recent Oscar winner Alicia Vikander. This movie is Cianfrance’s second adaptation of a Stedman novel, the first being the Ryan Gosling movie Blue Valentine, and I am sure she is very pleased with this. The movie currently has a 60% on Rotten Tomatoes, so for the first drama of Oscar season it looks like it has promise.
Morgan – Luke Scott
But it seems that Oscar movies aren’t the only thing that will be filling the theaters as can be seen by the release of the film Morgan. Not that this could never get an Oscar, but let’s not lie to ourselves, shall we? This sci-fi/horror flick stars Kate Mara of the less than successful Fantastic Four reboot and Anya Taylor-Joy of the critically loved horror film The Witch. The movie centers around an artificially created humanoid named Morgan and the company that’s deciding whether or not she should be terminated. I haven’t seen the movie but from the trailers it looks like it’s going to get messy. This movie will be Luke Scott’s first feature film debut and I hope it works out. Not only is this a great premise but being the son of Ridley Scott he has a lot to live up to and a lot to live down even though he is not his father. Well apparently this might not be the big hit Luke is hoping for. The critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes is 47% and the audience rating is 37%. Maybe next time Luke, maybe next time.
31 – Rob Zombie
And to finish off this week’s new releases is the horror flick 31, directed by none other than Rob Zombie. I really hope he was born with that name rather than changing his name to Zombie. Anyway the IMDB plot summary of this is “Five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns”. So this sounds lovely. Sounds like exactly the kind of thing the creator of Izombie would come up with. The movie currently has a 54% on Rotten Tomatoes, so it must be something interesting. If you’re into that Saw type stuff, of course.
So that’s everything new coming out this weekend. Nothing super big yet but Oscar season has only just begun. If I had to pick between the three I’d have to go with The Light Between Oceans. Or I’d finally see Kubo and the Two Strings. What’s your pick for this weekend? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on movie releases and other things in the world of movie news.
Ever since the first superhero comics were created DC has been on top. Marvel may be at the top of its game now but there’s a reason that when you thought of heroes before the MCU became a thing the first characters that came to mind were Superman and Batman. DC’s characters were the most well known and almost all of them were the most well loved. Alas, there was one misfit hero that saved the day but still got teased by every kid on the playground: Aquaman. It’s hard not to make fun of him. I mean talking to fish isn’t exactly the coolest power. Do fish really have anything important to say? But it’s not his fault, he was just born that way. And throughout his long history he has survived the torment of his peers and by his fans is seen as a legit superhero, and I have a feeling in a few years we’ll see as that as well.
Why? Because of Jason Momoa of course! More affectionately known as Khal Drogo, former husband to our favorite Khaleesi, Jason Momoa is helping to legitimize that character that is Aquaman. Come November of next year we will see for ourselves how badass the King of Atlantis can be, but him brooding in Justice league‘s Comic Con trailer should be enough to stop us from bullying the character again. And by the time his solo movie comes along surely we will all be on the Aquaman bandwagon, so in preparation for then here’s some info about the villain that the waterbound wonder will be fighting.
According to TheWrap, Black Manta will be the villain in the upcoming Aquaman solo movie. Black Manta is a man in a wetsuit with a weird helmet (as can be seen to your right) that allows him to shoot lasers from the eye holes. In the new 52 universe, which much of the DCEU and DCTV universe has drawn its inspirations from, Black Manta is responsible for the death of Aquaman’s father causing a rivalry that will surely make for something great on the silver screen.
So are you starting to think of Aquaman as the real deal? Do you think Black Manta is a good villain choice? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on the Aquaman solo movie and other things in the world of movie news.
Justice League Part 1 comes to theaters November 17th, 2017. The Aquaman solo movie comes to theaters July 27th, 2018. I know, so far away. But if you feel like you need some DCEU in your life right now, why not go see Suicide Squad? Click here for a look at Sprom’s non-spoiler review of the movie to get a taste and see if you want more.
In a time seemingly filled with endless death and despair you’d think that the news of another soul lost to oblivion would be overlooked because of all that we have going on in the world today, and yet a month has passed and I and many others still mourn the loss of an actor gone too soon, Anton Yelchin. Killed in a freak accident with his car, the actor was surely set to be one of the great actors of our time. And no this isn’t the rose colored glasses telling you this, this is me saying I saw something in him. Just a shame I couldn’t see more.
Yelchin was likely best known for his character Chekov in J.J, Abrams’ new Star Trek universe. This friday the third installment to this franchise comes to theaters, and with it Anton Yelchin’s final time in the role of Chekov. This movie is basically the definition of bittersweet. And as it has been stated Star Trek 4 is going to happen, so what happens to Chekov? Chekov was always a favorite of mine, but it is Yelchin that make the character. I personally would prefer Anton not be replaced, and it seems J.j. agrees.
In an interview with Postmedia Network, Abrams’ stated “I would say there’s no replacing him. There’s no recasting. I can’t possibly imagine that, and I think Anton deserves better,” Abrams said. Well put. I can’t imagine anyone taking up the mantel of Chekov in this universe. As for what would become of his character Abrams said “I have thought about it, we’re working on it, and it’s too early to talk about it,”
So at least they are honoring the talented young actor. He deserves that. Put out your thoughts in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on Star Trek 4.
Star Trek Beyond comes to theaters Friday July 22nd.
The giant monster movie is seeming to come back and in a big way. With successes like Godzilla in our rearview mirror and movies like Kong: Skull Island just on the horizon, the future seems bright for these types of movies. However while it fun to look to the
future, we cannot forget the disappointments of the past. One in particular being Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. While the film was deemed entertaining by many, it underperformed in the domestic box office. If it had not been saved by foreign markets, the main culprit being China, the film would’ve even been considered a box office failure. But luckily the film was saved and it even made enough money to warrant the making of a sequel.
And after many setbacks, Pacific Rim 2 is finally really coming together. Just recently John Boyega was attached to lead the film. He will playing the son of Idris Elba’s character from the original, Stacker Pentecost. Also Steven DeKnight (most recently known for showrunning the first season of Marvel’s Daredevil) was attached to direct the picture. And now it has an official date. February 23rd, 2018 is when we get to see the Pacific Rim universe come back to the big screen.
As for the original cast, it is unclear who, if anyone, is returning for the sequel. former director Guillermo del Toro will be working as a producer on this project. And I know this date does seem far off but trust me, it’ll be February 2018 before any of us know it.
WHoa! So some news just dropped while I was writing this, so why not just add this in instead of write a whole new article. It seems Legendary is eyeing Scott Eastwood for a lead role. As you read above, this would mean he would be joining Star Wars alum John Boyega in this sequel. It is unclear what character Eastwood would be playing in this new installment, but this movie doesn’t come out for over a year. We have time.
So what’s got you excited? Scott Eastwood possibly joining the ranks or PR2 finally getting a date? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on Pacific Rim 2 and other things in the world of movie news.
Sources: http://screenrant.com/pacific-rim-2-2018-release-date/, http://deadline.com/2016/06/pacific-rim-2-scott-eastwood-john-boyega-legendary-1201782029/