Pacific Rim 2 and Pacific Rim: The Animated Series in the Works
Jaeger pilots and kaiju groupies are going to want to strap in for this one. Guillermo del Toro, famed director of Hellboy, Pan’s Labryinth and, of course, Pacific Rim, recently released a statement confirming the start of development on Pacific Rim 2.
Even more exciting, however, is the news that del Toro is currently in the process of developing an animated series based in the universe of the films. You can watch him make this announcement here, which I highly recommend, because Guillermo del Toro is an adorable nerd and his excitement is nothing short of contagious.
Pacific Rim: The Animated Series has so much potential — it can explore parts of the mythos that the film left untouched, or shed light on what the kaiju crisis was like in other parts of the world and how other countries reacted in the face of that threat. While the sequel is likely to explore the characters introduced in the first film and continue their story, I’m more interested to see what the creators will focus on without the limitations of cinematic realism holding them back.
Pacific Rim 2 is set to hit theaters on April 7th, 2017.
Gareth Edwards, Director of Godzilla, Tapped to Helm Star Wars Spinoff
Rumors surrounding the new Star Wars films have been orbiting the franchise like the forest moon of Endor. Fans are reportedly waking up in cold sweats from nightmares full of over-used CGI and shoddy 3D animation. Inquiring minds are led to wonder: is there anything that can quell their well-founded fears?
The answer to that question may rest two years down the road but, for now, Sith Lords and Jedi’s alike can rest easy, as famed director Gareth Edwards has taken up the mantle of directing one of the new Star Wars spinoffs. The subjects of these standalone films are still gestating in the rumor mill — Boba Fett and Yoda have both been suggested as potential candidates but, as it stands, we know just as much about the films as we did before.
This news may come across as anticlimactic for those who haven’t seen Edwards fantastic film Monsters, but rest assured, friends — this movie is going to be in good hands. And, hey, since Abrams likely won’t have his paws all over it, there’s a good chance we’ll be able to see what’s happening in the film instead of squinting around various, unnecessary bursts of lens flare!
The first of the Star Wars spinoff films is set to hit theaters on December 16, 2016.
New Godzilla Photos and Viral Videos Emerge, Featuring Bryan Cranston
Just in time for the holidays, Legendary Pictures have unleashed a handful of tantalizing new stills and short clips to the public, hoping to whet the appetites of kaiju fans the world over.
The newest photos showcase both Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston and Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson suited up for some kind of impending doom. Additional photos reveal brief glimpses of the titular monster himself, though the images themselves are rather dark, leaving some of the much-desired details difficult to make out. What we can interpret, however, is Godzilla’s considerable size, and that, for now, will have to be enough.
The viral clips, on the other hand, lend credence to the idea that this film is much more than just some summer monster flick. Dubbed MUTO VIDEO's, these clips allow fans to dip their toes into the film's universe, catching brief glimpses of isolated events in the movie that both tease and delight.
Personally, I always enjoy a good bout of viral marketing, especially if it allows me to peek at the upcoming movie like a child who found out where her mom hides the Channukah presents. Take a look at the brief videos here, and cross your fingers that we’ll receive some more before 2013 draws to an end.
Oh! And keep your eyes peeled on December 10th, when Legendary Pictures releases the newest full-length trailer for the film. On the other hand, if you’d prefer to see it on the big screen, the trailer will attached to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which hits theaters this weekend.
First Footage of Gareth Edward’s Godzilla Does Not Disappoint
I’ve harbored a fascination with monster movies since I was small. There’s something both terrifying and awe-inspiring about creatures with the power to decimate entire cities in the blink of an eye. Godzilla, of course, is the king of such beasts, and has been one of the most well-known monsters to ever grace the silver screen since his original appearance in 1954.
Today, we finally witness the first footage from the newest iteration in Godzilla’s reign of terror. Gareth Edwards, director of the amazing film Monsters, is finally giving us the Godzilla that fans have been pining for, and I can hardly wait.
The trailer, brief as it may be, shows a city leveled by the destruction of, what appears to be, a tremendous battle. We’re treated to a glimpse of a kaiju corpse, strewn across a deserted street. To make matters more horrifying, J. Robert Oppenheimer’s infamous speech about the Atomic Bomb is draped over the trailer like a dark shadow. The line pulled from Hindu scripture sends a chill racing up the spine of any who hear it and, when paired with the striking visual of Godzilla rising triumphantly from a haze of smoke, it’s effectively one of the most promising and terrifying things I have ever witnessed.
Maybe the fan in me is blowing this severely out of proportion, but I’ll be damned if this isn’t the Godzilla film that I’ve always hoped for. Sure, this is merely a trailer, but the sheer sincerity with which Edwards is approaching this film gives me a kaiju-sized amount of hope.
Don’t just take my word for it, friends. Feast your eyes on the first trailer here.
I wanna go home.
This Week in Science Fiction
It’s been a long week, folks, and the internet has been positively rife with exciting science fiction news; so rife, in fact, that I’ve hardly been able to keep up with it all. Luckily for you, however, I have managed to boil down the most exciting stories of the week into a nice, boring list. No need to thank me, friends. Here’s this week in science fiction:
- The first trailer for the upcoming remake of Robocop has hit the web to a sea of wavering skepticism. The cast looks incredibly promising, but something about the trailer seems a little too straight forward on the action for my tastes. The original Robocop felt much darker, and it provided a sense of social commentary that this film doesn’t seem to have. On the other hand, this is only the trailer, and I have been pleasantly surprised by remakes before. Who knows? This could be absolutely incredible, but only time will tell.
- The winners of the 2013 Hugo Awards have finally been listed, featuring a number of incredible short stories, novels, and comic books. Take a gander at the list of nominees and recipients, folks; you may just find your new favorite author on there.
- Gather ye dollars while ye may, Whovians. The BBC is releasing all of Doctor Who (series 1 - 7) on Blu-Ray in an amazing collectors edition, set to hit stores on November 5th. Not only does the box set include every episode and television special in 1080p, but it also includes special features, original art cards featuring 9, 10, and 11, an exclusive Doctor Who comic, and (get this) a universal remote in the shape of a Sonic Screwdriver. Look, I’m not one to beg, but can someone please drop three hundred and fifty bones on this for me? Please?
- Roland Emmerich, co-creator of the Stargate movie circa 1994, has fans of the franchise dizzy with excitement. (Do you guys even have a name? Gaters? Gateheads?) Emmerich is currently in talks with MGM to reboot his vision as a trilogy of films. Some fans wonder whether rehashing the franchise is even necessary at all, considering the vast array of television series that branched off from the original film. Gateheads will have to wait a little while longer before anything is confirmed, however, considering that Mr. Emmerich is currently shooting Independence Day 2, and we all know how important that is.
- If you’ve been following this blog for some time now, you may know just how much I adore the television series Futurama. I’ve toted it as the wittiest animated series of our generation, and I don’t think I’m too far off in that assessment, if you ask me. And, while I knew this day would eventually come, I wasn’t truly prepared for the series to end. Like all good things, however, it has. I hesitate to link you to any reviews of the finale, as they are all heavily laden with spoilers, but I can tell you this — for a show that’s been on the air for almost fourteen years, I’d say it had a pretty good run. Farewell, Futurama. I’ll never forget you.
- Dark Horse Comics are gearing up for something spectacular. This image, depicting the legendary Serenity-class ship Firefly from the television series bearing the same name, with the words “#wheresserenity" across the front, has graced their blog, effectively hinting at the possibility of an upcoming return to the Firefly universe in comic form. So far, Dark Horse is keeping a tight lid on any facts surrounding the arrival of a new series, but all signs point to “hell yes”. Keep an eye out for everyone’s favorite “big damn heroes” returning to a comic book store near you.
A Third X-Files Film, Featuring Simon Pegg?
I’ll be completely honest with you guys: when I first heard this news, I legitimately thought they were remaking The X-Files with Simon Pegg as the lead, and I’ll tell you something — I don’t think I’d mind that one bit. Well, I digress.
What we’re really here to discuss is the fact that Chris Carter, creator of the aforementioned X-Files, mentioned to Empire that he has high hopes for a third movie in the franchise, which is fantastic news considering that the last film was released over five years ago. The only hold up, says Carter, rests with Twentieth Century Fox and “whether they have the will to do it.”
He continues: “I think all of us are interested in putting the band back together. I have an idea for a third movie in my head[…] we want to go back to the mythology.”
As if the idea of a third X-Files film isn’t amazing enough, Carter went on to mention that Simon Pegg nearly made an appearance in the second film, I Want To Believe, “but there was no part for him.” Gillian Anderson, otherwise known as the illustrious Dana Scully, met the Shaun of the Dead star on the set of How To Lose Friends and Alienate People. After finding out that Pegg was a self-proclaimed fan of the series, Anderson passed along the information to Carter, who went on to say: “I certainly would think about him if we were to go forward in any way.”
It seems the only question that remains is the title, of course. Personally, I’m rooting for either “The X-Files: Trust No One”, or “The X-Files: Government Denies Knowledge”, but hey, maybe that’s just me.
First Poster for Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla Revealed
Hitting the web just a few days shy of it’s intended SDCC reveal, the poster for Gareth Edwards’ highly anticipated Godzilla reboot has launched to a wave of mixed reviews. Many fans are clamoring in excitement, but the poster has also met with quite a few complaints.
Naysayers are shaking their heads at the very idea of a reboot to the previously established Godzilla franchise, which hasn’t seen much in the way of activity since the abysmal ‘98 rehash, but it seems that the rising tide of supporters heavily outweighs the dismissive comments fired at the promising blockbuster.
The director has promised to release a slew of new information regarding the film at this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con. Cross your fingers for a full-length trailer, friends, and stay tuned for more information as it’s released.
J.J. Abrams to Begin ‘Star Wars' Production in 2014
News of the upcoming Star Wars sequels has been scant, at best. J. J. Abrams and Disney have been keeping quite a lid on the whole ordeal, but the flare-favoring director recently dropped a few hints for his hungry fans.
"Most likely we are going to be moving to London at the end of the year for the Star Wars movie,” said Abrams, explaining that shooting would begin sometime at the beginning of 2014, with a full-fledged release following in 2015.
When asked if the newest films would follow any of the previously established canon found in the wide variety of novels dedicated to the series, the Star Wars director remained tight-lipped, offering: “No comment.”
So, it seems that we know about as much as we did before, but now there’s a timetable. If anything, we have an idea about the script, which must nearly be complete at this point if they’re set to start rolling the cameras.
Personally, it seems almost silly to ignore the bevy of literature attached to the series, some of which would make captivating and wonderful films. On the other hand, it might be nice to see something a little different happen for the series. Abrams said, “I think that the thing is so big and so massive to so many people that the key to moving forward is honoring but not revering what went before”, which is probably an incredibly smart move on his part. The man does know a thing or two about making movies — maybe it’s time to simply wait patiently while the man works his magic.
Behind The Scenes with Pacific Rim
The latest issue of Empire Magazine has revealed a rather monstrous selection of images from the set of Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming film, Pacific Rim. I’m sure you’ve heard me wax poetic about this movie enough times to understand just how excited I am for it, and those of you that share my unending enthusiasm should take a gander at some of the stills and concept art that have me chomping at the bit to see this kaiju-laden spectacular.
The First Trailer for Ender’s Game Has Landed
Look, I’m not going to lie to you folks — up until recently, I’ve been incredibly skeptical about this adaptation of Ender’s Game. Despite being written by one of the most bigoted science fiction authors in recent memory, it happens to be one of my favorite books and, incidentally, one of the greatest novels of all time. We’ve all been burned by Hollywood before, so I feel confident that my trepidation towards the film is not entirely unjust. But I have to tell you guys — I took one look at this trailer, and you know what? I’m actually excited.
The award-winning cast should have been enough for me. Of course Harrison Ford is going to ace his performance, and there’s no questioning the utter brilliance that is Ben Kingsley, but it’s really Asa Butterfield’s portrayal of the titular Ender Wiggin that piqued my curiosity. It’s hardly possible to cast a six-year-old in such a tense and demanding role, but I’m looking forward to seeing what the Hugo star is well and truly capable of.
As a director, Gavin Hood has a lot to prove. My initial reaction to his attachment to the film was lukewarm at best, and the thought of him turning one of my most beloved novels into an over-produced blockbuster is not an unfounded fear. However, seeing the Battle School in action and watching a fleet of formic baddies swarm over our heroes has genuinely impressed me — plus, it’s a little hard not to fall head over heels for the Bugger’s ship design. Hell, just look at that thing!
There isn’t much else I can say without spoiling it, so why not take a gander at the first trailer for Ender’s Game and judge it for yourself. The film is set to hit theaters sometime this November, and though the odds of a successful translation of the original text are looking up, always remember, friends: the enemies gate is down.
Release Dates for New Star Wars Films Announced
There isn’t much that we know in regards to the upcoming Star Wars sequels, and something tells me it’ll be a little while longer before we even get a glimpse of what the newest names behind the series have in store. We’ve got J. J. Abrams slated to direct and Michael Arndt on the script, but aside from the confirmation of a few old friends, there isn’t all that much to go on. Disney intends to reward us for our patience, however; during this years Cinemacon, the company announced that fans should expect Episode VII as early as the summer of 2015.
With subsequent releases of Episodes VIII and IX set to follow in 2017 and 2019, Disney promises to fill the time in between with standalone films which would potentially focus on fan favorites such as Yoda, Boba Fett, and Han Solo. Of course, the subjects of the one-offs are purely speculation at this point, but I wouldn’t mind a little more back story with my Episode sandwich.
This begs the question of whether or not Disney can keep up enough momentum to make each film as memorable as (almost) every other iteration in the series. I’m sure there isn’t a fan amongst you that can complain about a steady diet of well-polished sci-fi, but if Disney’s untimely assassination of LucasArts is any indication, you can bet I’ll be waiting around for the upcoming flicks with my fingers crossed, hoping I won’t have to tell the next generation of movie-goers about that time I spent $90 to watch a series of six disappointing misadventures starring characters I once loved and cherished. All I’m saying is: Disney, don’t let me down.
Gareth Edwards Gives Us a Glimpse at Godzilla
It feels like years since we last heard anything about the upcoming Godzilla reboot, but it seems that our patience has finally been rewarded. Friends, say hello to the very first set images from Gareth Edward’s upcoming blockbuster.
Okay so, admittedly, they’re a little underwhelming. Save for a vague idea of the setting (a Japanese airport), a demolished aircraft, and a hint towards some military interference, it’s hard to get a real sense of the film from anything in these photographs. It’s understandable, of course, considering it was only the first day on set. But Edwards was kind enough to record a brief video after, what he described to be, “a very long shoot”, to greet his fans and tease them further.
It seems we’re that much closer to knowing what the acclaimed director has in store for this lofty franchise. Till then, I’ll be tracking it’s every move, much like Matthew Broderick in the 1998 iteration, only slightly less pathetic.