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Is JJ Abrams a good choice for Star Wars Episode 9?

So this isn’t exactly breaking news any more but as you may know, Colin Trevorrow left the directors seat for Episode 9 just a few days ago (by mutual consent we hear) and everyone was wondering what was going on and who would replace him.. and we found out who rather quickly, the somewhat divisive but generally liked JJ Abrams.

An interesting but not hugely surprising choice, a lot of people were pulling for Rian Johnson to continue to direct Episode 9 after The Last Jedi but alas, JJ is Disneys choice, the next question being, is he the best choice for the job? My initial reaction to the decision was a mix of being taken aback a bit to seeing JJ return but also a bit of disappointment, not because Abrams isn’t a good director but I was looking forward to see a relatively new directors (like Colin Trevorrow) take on a big blockbuster film like Star Wars, which is part of why I’m so excited for The Last Jedi.

Abrams knows how to do a good, exciting film that keeps you hooked, just look at Cloverfield and Star Trek 09 but a valid criticism of his directing and writing is that he sets up things brilliantly but doesn’t always execute his ideas that well, evidenced by the lacklustre Super 8 for example.

I just don’t know, Abrams is a safe choice as an established director, he along with others brought Star Wars back into public consciousness with Force Awakens, the 2nd highest grossing film of all time and a film that still holds several box office records that probably won’t be broken for some time to come but admittedly, the films story was a re-hash of A New Hope and while it brought some new elements, it felt far too familiar. The fear is that Episode 9 will do the same and re-tread ground that Return Of The Jedi already walked but who knows, things are very up in the air at the moment, Episode 9 was recently just delayed 9 months and everything’s falling apart!? Okay, maybe not but please JJ, no more Death Stars, no more generically evil villains and re-treading the same plot points from the original trilogy, sure you can pay homage but make the story your own, be creative and don’t be afraid to buck the trend.

I don’t mean go full Lord and Miller a la The Han Solo film and go fully off script (like JJ would even do that) but I don’t want safe and samey for Star Wars, I want innovation, nuance and something different – which is what we may get with The Last Jedi and interestingly, we’ll see how Episode 9 under JJ shapes up at the tail end of this trilogy, with two JJ film and one Rian Johnson films, will one seem drastically different to the other two? Better or worse than them? These are interesting things to think about and we’ll find out in just a bit over 2 years now, with that extra seven months giving JJ and Disney more time to re-think, plan and knock the trilogy out of the park, I hope!

'Fast 8' film news

The up and coming ‘Furious 8‘ (that will probaby be the title I suppose) is in the works and set for an April 2017 release, now with a confirmed director in F Gary Gray – who just directed the recent hit Straight Outta Compton, Diesel apparently wanted James Wan at the helm but he couldn’t due to scheduling issues as he’s busy working on The Conjuring 2, right now also Fast 8 will be set in New York according to Vin Diesel.

Keeping with the trend for a new major city to be the location for each new fast film and with an urban, densely populated city like New York, we could be in for a fair amount of gritty street racing. You also have to wonder how the new film can possibly raise the stakes and top an action sequence with a tank.. driving cars out of a plane or a skyscraper but I’m sure Diesel and Co will come up with something.

Anyway we know we’re in for new setting with some new cars I’m sure and most of Torettos family/the main cast returning in the first of three Fast films on the way that should wrap up the entire franchise and yes, these are set to be the last 3 films, sad news for Fast fans out there but we should be in for 3 more thrilling rides, at least before someone comes up with an idea for prequels and spin offs for characters in the films because Hollywood.

But for the time being we can speculate on the plots and wacky ideas to come.

Prometheus 2 is up next for Ridley Scott

The news earlier in the week and you may have heard it already but rejoice Prometheus fans out there, all five of you… but who am I kidding, I liked the film. Anyway Ridley Scott is reportedly prioritizing the sequel to Prometheus and getting that done as his next project, which is scheduled to start filming at the start of 2016 with a possible release sometime in 2017.

This means that Neil Blomkamps’ upcoming Alien movie will remain upcoming for a little while longer though, as Ridley Scott prefers to get the new Prometheus out beforehand as it seems he doesn’t want a new Alien film to take too much attention away from the Prometheus films and because Sigourney Weaver needs to be more available to shoot the new Alien film. All in all it’s good news for Alien fans though as new films are well on the way and we won’t have to wait that much longer.

I personally am intrigued by the ideas put forward by Prometheus and I’m curious to see where Scott will take his created prequel but not really a prequel story next and of course there are a load of questions still unanswered, where do the tall bald aliens come from and why do they hate humans? What exactly is the black goo? Does any of this really have anything to do with Alien? Whether any of these questions will get answered is uncertain but I think one thing is certain, we’ll probably just have more questions by the time the film comes out.

But you know, I think there’s still room for some interesting storytelling and themes to come and I have faith Ridley Scott will make another captivating film in the universe he’s made.

Jurassic World sequel set for 2018

In what may just be the least surprising film news of the week, Jurassic World will be getting a sequel and Universal pictures would be pretty silly to not be doing this, capitalizing on the huge success of the film, which is now the third highest grossing movie of all time and the most successful film in the Jurassic franchise. Colin Trevorrow will help pen the screenplay although he won’t be directing it.

My immediate thought goes to the sequel potentially not being able to live up to the standard of Jurassic World, let alone Jurassic Park, it’s funny how we judge movies aint it. Another thought I had on hearing this news is of Universal franchising the hell out of the new Jurassic continuity that it has created, will we see spin offs, a solo movie for the T-Rex with no actual human characters in it? Well hopefully not, but money does talk and it often says stupid things to movie studios, apparently.

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will reprise their roles and by the time of its release Pratt will be a household name and a big blockbuster draw for audiences I think, so it should be interesting to see how his career will progress in the coming years.

Anyway the film is on the way and we’ll have to wait and see what’s next in store for the Jurassic franchise.

Some predictions for Game Of Thrones season 6

Game Of Thrones season 6 is a long way away and we won’t be getting any confirmation of theories anytime soon, though we may get some new casting news in the Comic Con panel later on today, for the most part we’ll have to theorize and speculate for the next 9 months.  But I guess it’s not all bad ass there already is a tonne of discussion for the show in the build up to season 6 and if there’s something GOT fans like to do that – that is make up fun theories. And also the show has now caught up to the books and will presumably take a major divergence, so just about anything is possible.

Jon Snow wargs into… Hodor

Yup Jon Snow is dead, definitely dead but Kit Harrington probably come back as a new character entirely… or just warg into someone else? Check this out guys, he can Warg somehow so why not just go into someone else? I know to Warg you have to be somewhat close to your new body but let’s run with it, Bran and Hodor are back next season so Jon Snow will manage to warg into Hodor and re-unite with Bran in the process.

Possibility – Sure why not.

Gendry makes his return

Gendry’s an awesome character, he’s not a sadist like Ramsay so by default he’s a decent character, he’s out to do the right thing for the most part and has a noble and seemingly important role in the story, though we haven’t seen him for 2, 3 seasons now? I think he’ll make his way back to the story and just show up – in the North, wondering what the hell’s been going on after he encounters and gets away from a Wight, he then arrives at Castle Black at an important moment, as Melisandre is up to something.

Possibility – 50%

Tyrion gets power hungry

So you have Meereen, massive city with some heritage, history and potential for a lot of development, if you can get the civil war under control and deal with the sons of the Harpy, of course but say Tyrion manages it, Dany is MIA for the time being and Tyrion essentially has this massive city under his control, he could get drunk with power. Dany is a great iconic leader but can’t seem to handle politics and internal conflict that well, something Tyrion and Varys have, dealing with the unending drama in Kings landing, plus with Tyrion being so oppressed and accused over the years, how would he react if he has power for once?

Possibility – 60%.

Podrick turns out to be the chosen one

The guy that Melisandre is out looking for who she thought was Stannis all along is actually Podrick, I mean why not, he can use a sword, he’s got charisma and no one hates him, so he already has more a chance than Stannis ever had. Not that Podrick has to necessarily be King of Westeros or take over anywhere with an army, he can just be that guytotally inoffensive and someone people can rely on for the most part.

Possibility – 100%

I’m having a bit of fun with my predictions but yeah, the wait for season 6 is going to be long and gruelling, so we might as well bring out the tin foil hat theories for the hell of it. We won’t be getting any new information anytime soon.

SDCC 2015: Green Lantern movie on the way

So, DC fans everywhere have had a pretty awesome weekend with comic con and so much DC related material, some other cool news that came out this weekend is that we’ll be getting a new Green Lantern movie called Green Lantern Corps, a re-boot I guess but I’d like to think it’s just a new adaptation of the comics, which may focus more on what it means to be a lantern rather than be as focused on Hal Jordans’ origin story.

That’s all speculation on my part though, but I think that direction for the film would be an interesting touch, Chris Pine is rumoured to be playing the role of Hal Jordan, not yet confirmed of course but he will be in a new DC film, we should get some a slow stream of information about the film as time goes on and presumably as Batman V Superman DOJ edges ever nearer.

SDCC 2015: Star Wars The Force Awakens

 

So that pretty amazing Star Wars panel happened and we did get some awesome behind the scenes footage, as well as Carrie Fisher, Luke Hamill and Harrison Ford re-united, there were also some tidbits of new info in part about some of the characters – we know Domnhall Gleeson will be playing a possibly important First Order character, general Nux.

And we also have confirmation of who’ll be playing First Order Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and the Sith Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), with the behind the scenes footage. It’s also more or less confirmed that Han and Leia will be back together in the Falcon and it also looked like Rey (Daisy Ridley) will possibly be in the Falcon at some point, as we can see her in what looks like a fast moving gun turret in the behind the scenes video, I’m still backing the theory that she may be Han and Leias daughter.

As far as returning characters from the original trilogy go, we have the already confirmed Han, Leia, Luke etc but Admiral Ackbar is supposedly also returning, Lando isn’t confirmed in any capacity but I would love a secret cameo from him put in there by JJ anyway.

Aside from that there isn’t a tonne of new info as there was no new trailer debuted at this comic con as Disney/JJ didn’t intend to release a tonne of information for the film but I’m still pretty excited for the film and it’s looking great, also I’ve heard rumours that we may be getting a new trailer later in the year as well.

Ghostbusters reboot first look

 

So you’ve probably already seen the images and seen some of the online reaction to the new Ghostbusters outfit reveals, as well as the new looking proton packs and the new Ghostbuster car, reaction seems to be pretty mixed so far but I think everything looks decent.

I’m not sure what people were expecting to see but as far as Ghosbusters go, this is a nice homage to the original, with a different take on things, with the iconic looking car that doesn’t look too different from the original, while the proton pack has a new design and looks cool, definitely more compact and modern in comparison to the huge 80s version.

The actual Ghostbusters outfit does look a bit drab and dull but it’s decent though the stripes are a bit distracting, the actors themselves look pretty confident and comfortable in their outfits as well, though this could be some clever misdirection as they’ll probably initially be dysfunctional and all over the place as a group, on the whole I’m not hugely swayed one way or the other by the images.

I guess Paul Feig felt the need to give us all a look at what the film will look like to quell some doubt and give people a taste of things to come, which is fair enough. It’s a bit shortsighted to do is to jump the gun and slate a film off of a few photos though, it has a lot of potential under Paul Feig and we’ll have to wait and see how things turn out.

Agents Of Shield season 3 talking points

Agents Of Shield ended on a dramatic, feature movie length season 2 finale with the culmination of both Shield organizations coming to a head and dealing with the Inhumans, plenty of things were concluded but there’s still a lot of room for interesting new plot points for season 3 and here are a few.

The Secret Warriors

The show has announced thatthe Secret Warriors will be in season 3, a story in which Shield uses a special task force of superpowered, inhuman agents working with Nick Fury/Coulson to look for other powered individuals, this team will be including Skye in a leadership role, which in itself will be cool to see, one to see her in a leader type role and two – seeing her getting more used to her powers and using them as an Agent. Seeing how the Warriors go about finding and possibly recruiting new people should be fun, Will Skye be in the SW team full time now?

After effects of the Terrigen leak

We also saw in the finale that the terrigen crystals have leaked into the ocean and found their way into fish and fish based products in the wider world, we don’t know what the results of this will be but presumably it can’t be good, also no one seems to be aware of this at the moment, including Shield themselves.

Agent Wards’ motives

Ward was a bit of a rogue agent this season, still hated by team Coulson but not an out and out villain, he even worked with them on a mission but by the finale, he seems to have gone full on bad now and is out for Shield blood. Meanwhile Hydra is scattered and on the brink, with no recognizable leader and Ward is a logical new leader for his own crew, not Hydra or Shield but all Ward.

So… Simmons

So that finale had a lot of dramatic moments, including Simmons and the alien Kree material, the big question is what happens next and what actually even happened. Elizabeth Henstridge is back for next season, so we’ll see what’s gone on with Simmons and how other Coulson et al react to what’s happened when they find out.

SDCC 2015 – Ben Affleck for new Batman film

Rumours about this have been floating around for the past week but it seems to be properly announced now with the Tour de force that is Affleck, partnering with accomplished DC writer Geoff Johns on a new standalone Batman film, that he will also direct and star in, initially this seems like a lot of work for Affleck but I’m intrigued to see how he pulls it off. Though notably, Affleck has already directed and starred in two films in his career – The Town and Argo, both well received films, but pleasing comic book fans as you know, is a whole different beast.

Also it’s interesting news as we haven’t even seen Affleck as Batman in Dawn Of Justice yet, so we don’t have much to go on but he does look the part in the films trailer, the speculation has already begun on what this new Batman film will be about, will it be a prequel or a story set during Batmans’ prime? How will it relate to Batman Vs Superman, if at all? The possibilities are pretty exciting as there are plenty of great Batman stories out there that could get adapted and I’m sure DC knows where they’re going with this.

I have faith in Affleck as a director and a solid actor and the announcement coming out already proves DCs’ ambitions with its own cinematic universe and it does make sense to announce it as Batman Vs Superman is far from a solo Batman film and by the time it comes out next year, it will be 4 years since The Dark Knight Rises, Batmans last live action film outing. DC wants to strike while the iron’s hot and get their movies out as soon as they can understandably, so this film may have a lot riding on it.