Joel Meares for Rotten Tomatoes: Downhill is a remake of a movie a lot of people have seen and love, but it s got a very different perspective from the original. I m wondering why you felt it was important to see this story through the lens of an American family and an American mother? Well, of course I m a massive fan of the original, which I think is a work of art. But when I heard that Ruben [Östlund, director of Force Majeure] was eager to have it adapted, I wanted to sink my teeth into it, because I thought that an American point of view on this story would be a really interesting way to retell the bones. The DNA of the original is absolutely there, but it would be a new way to retell this story that explores many themes of relationships.The fact that it s an American family in a foreign country, I think that gives a new level to the storytelling. And we did want to open up the world for the character of the wife, because we thought that would be an interesting way to tell the story, and to make sure that she was an active participant, I would say, in the bad behavior. Because there are moments in this film where she really makes some bad decisions on the heels of the big bad decision that her husband has made. The sort of unraveling of the sweater of this story, we wanted to tell from both points of view and to show good people – fundamentally good people – doing bad things, and how do they recover from that, and can they recover from that?The other thing I should say is it s a story, a movie, about truth-telling and taking responsibility for your actions, even when they re not good actions. And I think that is a particularly apt theme for today s climate.Something else that s striking about the film is that it s a movie with a decent budget, with two big stars, being released by a major studio, that s about relationships and human interaction. We don t see a lot of that in the blockbuster age. Was it important for you to be a part of that kind of project?Totally. Are you kidding? I mean, these are movies that I like to see. I think this movie is food for thought. I think it gives you something to really, really talk about afterwards. Lots of things to sort of take apart.Downhill is in theaters February 14, 2020Thumbnail images by Miramax, Cinemcom, Orion courtesy Everett CollectionLike this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week. past roles might have gone to Reeves (Ant-Man? Doctor Strange? Thanos?), and whether Feige might be getting ahead of an upcoming announcement for a film like The Eternals or Shang-Chi (Keanu Reeves is partially of Chinese descent). In other Marvel news, Feige also revealed that Avengers: Endgame will return to theaters next week (6/28/2019) with new scenes as part of an effort to pass current box office record holder Avatar. As for Marvel s plans for 2020, British actor Ray Winstone (Noah, Sexy Beast) joined the cast of the Black Widow prequel this week in an unspecified role.4. LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA TO EXPLODE ON NETFLIX WITH TICK, TICK BOOM!(Photo by Lev Radin/Everett Collection)We may still have to wait for a while yet for the inevitable Hamilton movie, but 2020 is still going to be a big year for its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda. The long-in-development adaptation of his musical In the Heights will be released on June 26, 2020, and Sony Pictures Animation also has Vivo, featuring eleven new songs by Miranda, scheduled for release on November 6, 2020. A third project (which doesn t have a release date yet) is called Tick, Tick Boom!, and this week it was picked up by Netflix. Lin-Manuel Miranda will make his feature film directorial debut with Tick, Tick Boom!, which will be an adaptation of a stage musical by the late creator of Rent, Jonathan Larson. Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) is reportedly the choice to star in the musical as an aspiring theater composer and waiter living in New York City in 1990.5. DISCO ERA BIOPIC SPINNING GOLD ATTRACTS SAMUEL L. JACKSON AND OTHERS(Photo by Zade Rosenthal/Marvel Studios)Some movies manage to get developed, produced, and released in just a few years, but there are others that date back decades. One such example is Spinning Gold, the biopic of 1970s record company executive Neil Bogart, whose Casablanca Records was the home of acts like the Village People, Donna Summer, Parliament, the Isley Brothers, and KISS. Following the box office successes of Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, Spinning Gold is finally going to start filming on July 16, and this week, the film s large ensemble cast was announced. Parliament will be represented by Samuel L. Jackson (as George Clinton) and D.L. Hughley (as Bootsy Collins), Jason Derulo will portray Ron Isley, Neil Patrick Harris will play KISS manager Bill Aucoin, and Kenan Thompson will portray Motown s Berry Gordy. Neil Bogart himself will be played by relative-unknown Jeremy Jordan, who s best known for stage musicals like Newsies, Bonnie Clyde, and Waitress.6. VIOLA DAVIS AND CHADWICK BOSEMAN TO LEAD MA RAINEY S BLACK BOTTOM FOR NETFLIX (Photo by Dee Cercone, Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection)Starting with Jitney in 1982, playwright August Wilson wrote a series of ten films set in Pittsburgh during each of the 20th Century s decades, including the 1950s-set Fences. Denzel Washington directed and starred in the film adaptation (Certified Fresh at 92%), which received four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and a win for Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress. Now, Davis has signed on with Netflix to star as the famous titular blues singer in their adaptation of the 1920s entry in Wilson s Pittsburgh Cycle, the jazz era drama Ma Rainey s Black Bottom, and she ll be joined by Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman. Ma Rainey s Black Bottom will be produced for Netflix by Denzel Washington, who has stated a commitment to eventually getting all ten plays in August Wilson s Pittsburgh Cycle adapted as feature films.7. CLASSIC GHOST STORY BLITHE SPIRIT GETTING REMADE (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)Although British director David Lean eventually became famous for epics like Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, and The Bridge on the River Kwai, earlier in his career, he produced more intimate films like Brief Encounter and 1945 s Blithe Spirit. The latter was a comedy about a ghost based on a play by British actor and playwright Noël Coward, a new version of which started production this week in England. Dan Stevens (of TV s Downton Abbey and Legion) will star as a struggling writer who becomes haunted by the ghost of his first wife (Leslie Mann). Isla Fisher will play his second (still living) wife, and Dame Judi Dench will play the medium whose seance accidentally summons the ghost.8. DAVE BAUSTISTA AND ICE CUBE LIKELY TO PLAY THE KILLER S GAME (Photo by Elizabeth Goodenough, Dee Cercone/Everett Collection)Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube has starred or co-starred in a few different successful franchises, including Friday, Ride Along, Barbershop, and 21 Jump Street, but future sequels either aren t planned (21 Jump Street, Barbershop) or are delayed (Friday, Ride Along). For 2020 and 2021, Ice Cube is instead looking at two new projects. The first is a comedy called Covers set in the music industry, with Dakota Johnson and black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross already attached to star. Ice Cube is also in negotiations to star in an adaptation of the hitman novel The Killer s Game, along with Dave Bautista, who has two different action movies out this summer (Stuber and My Spy).
(Photo by Focus/Courtesy Everett Collection)The Best LGBTQ+ Movies on PeacockIn celebration of Pride month, we ve compiled a list of the best Fresh LGBTQ+ movies you can find on Peacock right now. You ll find breakout hit dramas (Far From Heaven) alongside feel-good comedies like The BirdcageThe titles below are sorted from the best LGBTQ+ films on Peacock – those included with a subscription, not those you have to buy or rent for an additional cost – and ranked by adjusted Tomatometer score (which takes into account the number of reviewers weighing in, and the number of reviews per film for movies released in a given year). To be included, films had to have a Fresh Tomatometer score (60% or above).华体会登录Pride Month may be ending in a few days, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop celebrating. Rotten Tomatoes asked the cast and creatives of some of our favorite LGBTQ+-centered series — including The L Word creator Ilene Chaiken, Pose creator Steven Canals, Vida creator Tanya Saracho, activist/Pose director and writer Janet Mock, and Pose star Mj Rodriguez — to reveal what their personal favorite LGBTQ+ television shows are, and why. Here’s their curated list so you can keep celebrating LGBTQ+ contributions to pop culture all year long.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.Thumbnail image photo credit: Gareth Gatrell/BBCAmerica; Chris Haston/NBC; Sarah Shatz/FXKilling Eve 89%Ilene Chaiken: Killing Eve is everything. It’s the television game-changer of the moment. It’s spectacular in every way. Those two women both as actresses and characters are stunning. Jodie Comer is my new favorite sexy twisted hero villainess. And it’s just – what can I say? The added bonus is Fiona Shaw, who, on the show, is playing this wicked character but she is also just an icon in gay, elevated, acting royalty.Tanya Saracho: Killing Eve is inspired storytelling. I will continue to love it for its complicated, flawed and morally ambiguous protagonists. I choose to disregard [star Sandra] Oh s comments about this not being a lesbian story and will take it for what I think it is: A f ked-up queer tale of love and obsession.Noah’s ArcSteven Canals: Noah s Arc is a really great one. It s one of the few shows I can think of that centers queer black men.Mj Rodriguez: When Noah s Arc came out, that slayed for me. It was the validation. And also there were trans women on that show. Granted, they were featured, or they were guests, or they were background, but they were still there and that s what really made me feel good.American Horror Story 77%Ilene Chaiken: Ryan Murphy delivers for me in American Horror Story. In everything he does he delivers. Nobody tells our stories and portrays us and provokes us in the way he does, but American Horror Story is my favorite because he does genre, and genre gets at us in such a profound way.Vida 100%Janet Mock: I love Vida. I love what Tanya has done with that series. I love how much deeper they go in season 2 — I watched it in a day and a half. I love a half-hour drama. I think that she s doing such important work. I love those actors so much. I love the world that s there. That s literally right over here, right, a little east of us where we re at right now. And so yeah, I love that series and I hope that more people watch it and support it.Pose 98%Tanya Saracho: Pose is necessary television. And it s overdue. It s a beautiful thing to see all those brown and black faces on screen, living their truest lives.Will & Grace Mj Rodriguez: Now granted, there were no trans women on that show at all, but it was still representation of the LGBT community. And I can only relate to it somewhat because I mean, it was an all-white cast.Sense8 86%Ilene Chaiken: Maybe it never found the audience that it should have, although I know it has some very devoted fans. It’s a beautiful work of art, something we don’t often see on television. It works as story, but it works as just ethereal, ephemeral, profound art.Gentleman Jack 90%Tanya Saracho: I m crazy about Gentleman Jack (and that top hat!). I love everything about the show; the aesthetic, the tone, the story — but mainly, Ms. Suranne Jones. She took her character, Anne Lister, through the emotional paces from cheeky breaks of the fourth wall to stirring exploration of what it meant to be queer in a time when that was a viscerally dangerous thing.Orphan Black 93%Ilene Chaiken: Even if there hadn’t been gay and trans clones, I still would’ve said it was a gay show, but it’s just progressive, it’s subversive, it’s brilliant, and also, and really important for me, I have been looking for gay genre shows, or for genre shows that feature gay characters and gay themes forever and ever and Orphan Black finally delivered for me.Orange Is the New Black 90%Mj Rodriguez: Laverne Cox is like my sister, and she was the one who broke down that door and opened the space up for us to come on in and take our craft seriously.One Day at a Time 99%Tanya Saracho: I heart One Day at a Time so much. Elena and Syd s beautiful relationship is poignant and bold and so now. I love how they love.The Rachel Maddow ShowIlene Chaiken: And also Anderson Cooper, but Rachel Maddow in particular. Where else do we look for icons, for just a touchstone to our own rage and hope and truth?
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Documentary Feels Good Man looks at the how cartoonist Matt Furie’s drawing of a smiling green frog unintentionally became a symbol for hate on the Internet.“This is something that has never happened before,” director Arthur Jones told journalists. “The Anti-Defamation League never has declared a meme a hate symbol before. It has never declared a copyrighted character a hate symbol before.”He says it was “a process” for Furie, who participated in the film, “to figure out how to handle this. He tried to handle that via his artistic community first. Then he tried to find a set of lawyers to collaborate with to enforce the copyright in a way that he felt was right for him. While he s doing this, he s an artist; he s starting a family — there s a lot of stuff going on.”Feels Good Man will air on October 19 as part of PBS’ Independent Lens series.Coming to You from the Bat Cave …(Photo by National Geographic)Journalists caught glimpses of lots of celebrities’ houses through this all-virtual press tour. But only one panel streamed from inside a bat cave: bat scientist Kendra Phelps and epidemiologist Chris Golden introduced us to some new friends while speaking on the panel for National Geographic’s upcoming documentary, Virus Hunters.Airing November 1 to be a companion piece to that month s issue of the magazine, the special will tell “the stories of those heroic experts on the frontlines who are racing to identify the chain of events that could cause the next global pandemic,” said Nat Geo Senior Vice President of Communications Chris Albert, who introduced the panel.“Virus Hunters will aim to offer solutions, and some of those could include the work that Kendra and Jim [Desmond, a fellow panelist and a wildlife veterinarian] are doing where there is monitoring and surveillance of what is actually unfolding naturally within ecosystems,” Golden said. “I think it will beg the question of further policy- and decision-making that would lean on us to really view conservation as an important tool for public-health interventions.”
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5.95.5 3月喜迎ceeded at making horror meta in a mainstream way. The Scream reboot (also sometimes called Scream 5) looks like it might finally happen with this week s news that the project has gone to the team behind last year s Hide and Seek horror film, Ready or Not (Certified Fresh at 88%). The Scream reboot will be directed by the same co-directors from a screenplay by Chad Villella, who executive produced Ready or Not.2. ALL MOVIES FROM THE NEXT THREE WEEKS DELAYED, INCLUDING A QUIET PLACE PART II (Photo by Paramount Pictures)Movie release dates change all the time, but the COVID-19 coronavirus is having such an impact that as of this writing, there are exactly zero movies scheduled for wide release in the next three weeks (3/20, 3/27, and 4/3). After today, the next wide release (unless it also moves) will be Trolls World Tour on April 10. So, how did we get to that huge gap in the schedule? The biggest film to move was A Quiet Place Part II, which was pulled from its release next Friday (3/20/2020) to be rescheduled at a later date. You can read director John Krasinski s statement about the movie on Twitter right here. Incidentally, this delay came soon after John Krasinski revealed that he already has ideas for A Quiet Place Part III, so he might now have more time to work on that third film. Paramount also pulled The Lovebirds from April 3rd, and STXfilms moved My Spy (after many other release date shifts) from today to April 17th. The Jackass-style comedy Bad Trip was also pushed back from April 10th to April 17th. One movie that was pushed back out of this range that actually does have a release date now is Peter Rabbit 2: The Runway, which got moved from its Easter-friendly April 3rd release date to August 7, 2020 (it s not like Peter Rabbit is the Easter Bunny, though many make that mistake).3. DISNEY POSTPONES MULAN, THE NEW MUTANTS, AND HORROR FILM ANTLERS(Photo by Walt Disney Studios)One of the films that was arguably hardest hit by delays caused by Disney s acquisition of 20th Century Fox last year was the Marvel Comics movie The New Mutants, which was originally scheduled for release on April 13, 2018. The long wait for The New Mutants seemed to finally be over as we entered this week, and Disney continued to promote the film s April 3, 2020 release, including this nifty teaser that shows off Magik as played by Anya Taylor-Joy (Emma, The Witch). The beginning of promotion for The New Mutants also included director Josh Boone revealing that the sequel would have been called New Mutants: Brazil and would have introduced Antonio Banderas as Sunspot s dad. That was, unfortunately, soon followed by more bad news for The New Mutants, yet again, as Disney has pulled three films from their March and April release dates: Mulan (was 3/27/2020), The New Mutants (was 4/3/2020), and Antlers (was 4/17/2020). Disney said in a statement that, We truly believe in the moviegoing experience, and we are looking at new potential 2020 release dates to be announced at a later date. 4. DISNEY CASTS ITS PETER PAN WENDY (Photo by Dee Cercone/Everett Collection)As you ll read below, filming on several Disney projects has been suspended, and one of them was Peter Pan Wendy, Disney s live-action remake of the 1953 animated classic Peter Pan. That was actually the second time that Peter Pan Wendy made the news this week, because just two days earlier, Disney announced who was playing the two leads. The role of Peter went to 12-year-old relative newcomer Alexander Molony, who to date has mostly appeared in TV shows like Claude and The Reluctant Landlord. The role of Wendy will be played by Ever Anderson, who, by birth, has perhaps a little more inherent fame, because her parents are actress Milla Jovovich and director Paul W.S. Anderson, who frequently directs Jovovich in video game adaptations like the Resident Evil franchise and the upcoming Monster Hunter (9/4/2020). Ever Anderson made her film debut playing a younger version of her mom (and the Red Queen) in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.5. F9 PUSHED BACK TO THE 2021 DATE WHEN F10 WAS SUPPOSED TO BE RELEASED (Photo by Universal Pictures)So far, most of the delays related to coronavirus concerns seem to be just for the next month or two, but some studios are reacting with much longer delays. The biggest came from Universal Pictures, which pulled F9 (the ninth Fast Furious movie) from its 5/22/2020 release date, and pushed it all the way back to April 2, 2021. The curious thing about that particular date is that it was previously the release date for the next movie in the franchise, F10, which is presumably now delayed to late 2021 or even 2022 instead. The status of the production and release of F10 wasn t really addressed in Universal s statement this week (though it s worth noting that Vin Diesel has talked about the final film actually being split into two parts ).6. DISNEY DELAYS FILMING OF THE LITTLE MERMAID, SHANG-CHI, AND MANY MORE (Photo by Walt Disney courtesy Everett Collection)While several films have seen their imminent release dates shift over the past few days, there are still others that would have been currently filmed for late 2020 or 2021, and they re also being delayed for similar reasons. One major project that has stopped filming temporarily is Marvel Studios Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2/12/2021), because its director Destin Daniel Cretton has chosen to self-quarantine himself. That news was followed mere hours later by the announcement that Walt Disney Pictures had halted production of several film and TV projects, including the live-action remakes of The Little Mermaid (just nine days before filming was to start in London) and Peter Pan and Wendy, as well as Guillermo del Toro s Nightmare Alley and Ridley Scott s The Last Duel. Other studios are also halting production on some of their projects, including Universal Pictures romantic comedy Bros (starring Billy Eichner) and Sony Pictures The Nightingale (12/25/2020), starring Dakota and Elle Fanning, not to be confused with the 2019 film that shares the same title.7. TOM HANKS TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 WHILE FILMING BAZ LUHRMANN S ELVIS PRESLEY BIOPIC (Photo by Sony Pictures)There were dozens of stories this week about the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus on Hollywood and its movies, but there was one story that definitively resonated across social media. Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have been in Australia to film Baz Luhrmann s untitled Elvis Presley biopic (10/1/2021), in which Hanks plays Colonel Tom Parker. It was there where Hanks and Wilson announced to the world that they have tested positive for COVID-19 (their statement is worth reading if just to learn their symptoms). Meanwhile, production in Australia on the Elvis Presley biopic is temporarily halted, as many other productions have done this week. Hanks son, Colin Hanks, also took to Twitter soon after to give fans an update about their conditions.8. WOODY HARRELSON REPLACES JASON STATHAM AS THE MAN FROM TORONTO (Photo by Glen Wilson/©Columbia Pictures)It can be sort of fascinating to delve into casting stories over time and take note of which actors almost landed certain roles that were ultimately made famous by someone else. Just last week, we reported that Jason Statham had dropped out of the Kevin Hart action comedy The Man from Toronto, and now a week later, we can also reveal who someone in Hollywood thought was comparable enough to Jason Statham to be his replacement. The answer turns out to be a former sitcom star from Texas which is quite different from an English action star namely Woody Harrelson (Zombieland, Venom 2, The Hunger Games), who has signed a deal to star in The Man from Toronto opposite Kevin Hart. Sony Pictures has scheduled The Man from Toronto for release on November 20, 2020 (up against the monster movie Godzilla vs Kong), and the week before the James Bond movie No Time to Die.9. VIN DIESEL CONFIRMS SEQUEL PLANS FOR THE LAST WITCH HUNTER (Photo by Scott Garfield/©Summit Entertainment)Vin Diesel has become synonymous with his most successful franchise, the Fast Furious movies, even if he s got plenty of other movies on his résumé (like this week s Bloodshot, Rotten at 35%, or as the voice of Groot in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies). Perhaps looking for another possible franchise (especially with Fast Furious 10 expected to be the last in that run), Diesel is now talking about plans for a sequel to the 2015 fantasy action adventure The Last Witch Hunter (Rotten at 17%). It s understandable if you can t remember that The Last Witch Hunter was even a movie (people will probably eventually feel the same way about Bloodshot), as it only earned million domestically. Nevertheless, Vin Diesel confirmed that Lionsgate has hired a writer for the sequel (though he doesn t drop their name), and that he s sometimes approached by fans who want to see him and Michael Caine return for a sequel.
Critics and fans are loving Westworld’s reinvented season 3, airing now on HBO and sitting pretty on the Tomatometer at a Certified Fresh 85% with a current Audience Score of 80%. But what should Westworld fans watch between their Sunday fixes, and then when the series ends? The RT team has put our heads together and come up with some suggestions. Whether you re digging Westworld s smart and complex sci-fi storylines, looking for more creepy robot content, or you really loved the Western vibe of seasons 1 and 2, we ve got some bingeable shows for you right now. Check them out in the video above.
(Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)It was the news nearly everyone was expecting: The 2021 Academy Awards have officially been pushed back by almost two months.The ceremony was originally scheduled for February 28, 2021, but will now be held April 25, 2021.In a statement, Academy president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said: “For over a century, movies have played an important role in comforting, inspiring, and entertaining us during the darkest of times. They certainly have this year. Our hope, in extending the eligibility period and our Awards date, is to provide the flexibility filmmakers need to finish and release their films without being penalized for something beyond anyone’s control. This coming Oscars and the opening of our new museum will mark an historic moment, gathering movie fans around the world to unite through cinema.”The museum mentioned, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, was due to open this December but its opening has also been pushed back to April.It s true! Next year s #Oscars will happen on April 25, 2021.Here s what else you need to know: The eligibility period for the Oscars will be extended to February 28, 2021 Nominations will be announced on March 15, 2021 @AcademyMuseum will open on April 30, 2021 pic.twitter.com/cTsqOfsf8k The Academy (@TheAcademy) June 15, 2020The move to push the ceremony back comes on the back of new eligibility rules the Academy had already shared. As Variety reports: A feature film must now have a qualifying release date between Jan. 1, 2020, and Feb. 28, 2021. The submission deadline for specialty categories (animated feature film, documentary feature, documentary short subject, international feature film, animated short film, live action short film) is Dec. 1, 2020. The submission deadline for general entry categories, including best picture, original score and original song, is now Jan. 15, 2021. New dates for release qualification could make the coming January and February, usually a dead time at the box office, an exciting time for movie fans with Oscar contenders usually slated for Fall hitting the big screen through the winter.It s been a big week for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Last Wednesday, it was announced that Selma director Ava DuVernay was among six new members elected to the board of governors. The new members inclusion has tilted the scales of membership toward more diversity, though women still make up just under half of members, and people of color just 12 of 54 members.The Board of Governors also announced a new set of initiatives aimed at equity and inclusion, including a commitment to a full 10 Best Picture nominees every year from 2022 onward.Below are key dates for the 2021 Academy Awards:Preliminary voting begins: February 1, 2021Preliminary voting ends: February 5, 2021Oscars shortlists announcement: February 9, 2021Nominations voting begins: March 5, 2021Nominations voting ends: March 10, 2021Oscar nominations announcement: March 15, 2021Oscars nominees luncheon: April 15 2021Final voting begins: April 15, 2021Museum gala: April 17, 2021Final voting ends: April 20, 2021Oscars: April 25, 2021Museum public opening: April 30, 2021
This week s Ketchup brings you more headlines from the world of film development news, covering such titles as Ancient Aliens, Indiana Jones 5, Peeps, and Saw X.This WEEK S TOP STORYPHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE JOINS HARRISON FORD IN NEXT INDIANA JONES(Photo by Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection)It appears that Phoebe Waller-Bridge may not be reprising her role as the star and writer of Amazon s Fleabag beyond its first two seasons any time soon (or ever), but we will definitely see her in other high-profile projects. In addition to co-writing Daniel Craig s last James Bond film, No Time to Die (and voicing L3-37 in Solo: A Star Wars Story), Waller-Bridge will co-star with Donald Glover in Amazon Studios upcoming reboot of Mr. + Mrs. Smith. This week, however, she landed what might be her highest profile project ever, as she will be joining Harrison Ford as what is apparently the female lead in the not-yet-titled fifth Indiana Jones (7/29/2022) movie. Although Steven Spielberg was at one point expected to direct, he will be shepherding the film as producer instead, with James Mangold (Logan, The Wolverine, Ford v Ferrari) directing the sequel instead. Harrison Ford will turn 80 years old on July 13, 2022, 16 days before the current release date for Indiana Jones 5. Lucasfilm has not yet revealed any details about the premise or setting of the movie, but based on Ford s age, one could guess that it might sometime in the 1970s or even the 1980s. We also learned this week that composer John Williams will be returning to give the classic Indiana Jones theme an update. Finally, in related news, the project that Steven Spielberg will be working on this summer instead of directing Indiana Jones 5 will be his untitled drama based on his youth in Arizona, and the latest star Spielberg has cast is Paul Dano, who will be playing the fictionalized version of Spielberg s father. Dano joins the already cast Michelle Williams as Spielberg s mother and Seth Rogen as Spielberg s favorite uncle.Other Top Headlines1. OLIVIA COLMAN TO CELEBRATE THE MOVIES IN EMPIRE OF LIGHT (Photo by Sophia Mutevelian/©Netflix)You would think, for as many movies there are about filmmaking, there would be more than just a few films that are actually about movie theaters (examples include The Majestic, Cinema Paradiso, Matinee, and partially, Inglourious Basterds). Director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) appears determined to increase that tally by one as he has written (in what will mark his first credit as a film s screenwriter) and will direct a romantic drama called Empire of Light, set at a movie theater in England in the 1980s. Olivia Colman will star in Empire of Light in an unspecified role, and the Searchlight Pictures film will be shot by Mendes frequent cinematographer, Roger Deakins (Revolutionary Road, Blade Runner 2049, 1918), when filming starts on location later this fall.2. NETFLIX MAKES FIVE YEAR DEAL WITH SONY THAT INCLUDES MORBIUS AND UNCHARTED (Photo by Sony Pictures Entertainment)Over the last year or two, as big studios launched their own streaming services, just a few major distributors remain that didn t follow suit (namely Sony, MGM, and Lionsgate), not counting pay TV providers like Starz (which is owned by Lionsgate, and with which Sony has had a deal since 2006). We now know why Sony never announced their own streaming service, as the studio has instead signed an exclusive five-year licensing deal with Netflix that will begin in 2022 and will include such upcoming Sony movies as Marvel s Morbius, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2, and the video game adaptation Uncharted. This deal basically positions Netflix as the main streamer that will have Marvel movies other than Disney+, as Sony will continue to have their own slate of Marvel Comics adaptations (Marvel projects in development at Sony include Jackpot, Kraven the Hunter, Madame Web, Silk, and Spider-Woman). Other Sony franchises that are likely to have new films released as part of this five-year deal include Bad Boys, Ghostbusters, Goosebumps, and Jumanji. This comes just one week after Netflix acquired the Knives Out sequels in a massive 9 deal, which we learned this week included 0 million payouts to just three people: star Daniel Craig, director Rian Johnson, and producer Ram Bergman. Lionsgate, the distributor of Knives Out, did bid on the sequels but lost out to Netflix.3. AN ANCIENT ALIENS MOVIE IS IN DEVELOPMENT(Photo by Paul Butterfield/Getty Images)Even if you ve never seen any episodes of the 16 (!) seasons of the documentary series Ancient Aliens, you may have seen memes featuring wild-haired ufologist Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, or perhaps the Viceland series Traveling the Stars: Action Bronson and Friends Watch Ancient Aliens. As the title suggests, Ancient Aliens explores theories that ancient civilizations were visited and influenced by aliens as a way to explain amazing achievements, as first popularized in the 1970s by Chariots of the Gods. Just last week, Godzilla vs. Kong (Certified Fresh at 75%) featured a setting with a mysteriously unexplained ancient temple, and now that film s production company, Legendary Entertainment, is collaborating with the producers of Cobra Kai (Fresh at 93%) for a feature film based on Ancient Aliens. Luke Ryan, who served as executive producer on Harold Kumar Go to White Castle, is now working on adapting Ancient Aliens as a two-handed, globe-spanning adventure, which sort of makes it sound a bit like National Treasure, but with the Ancient Aliens guy. No casting announcements have been made yet, but we re imagining Nicolas Cage would be perfect for something like Ancient Aliens.4. HELEN MIRREN TO STAR AS ISRAELI PRIME MINSTER GOLDA MEIR (Photo by Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection)Although there are still many large nations that have never had female presidents or prime ministers (you might be living in one right now), this was a distinction that Israel overcame as early as 1969, when Golda Meir became Israel s fourth Prime Minster. Meir s five years as Prime Minister included the Yom Kippur War of 1973, and now that period is going to be depicted in a biopic called Golda, starring Helen Mirren. Golda will be directed by Israeli filmmaker Guy Nattiv, who won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for Skin, working from a screenplay by screenwriter Michael Kuhn (Florence Foster Jenkins, The Duchess). Although described as a biopic, Golda will focus on how Meir led her nation during the Yom Kippur War despite infighting from her all-male cabinet. Barbra Streisand is also currently developing a TV series about Golda Meir starring Shira Haas (Unorthodox) in a more expansive story that includes her life as a young woman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.5. BREAKOUT BORAT STAR MARIA BAKALOVA SEES BODIES, BODIES, BODIES(Photo by IngleDodd Media/Getty Images)It happens every year (although it s a little later this year), as Academy Award nominees or winners start to see new deals come their way as a result of their elevated profile during awards season. Besides the most obvious factor of the COVID-19 pandemic, another difference this year is that one of the Academy Award-nominated movies is Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Certified Fresh at 85%), for which Bulgaria s Maria Bakalova is nominated. One might usually expect a new Academy Award nominee to sign up for something like a stuffy period film, but instead, Bakalova is attached to star in a slasher film for A24 (Midsommar) called Bodies, Bodies, Bodies. Bakalova s other main co-star will be Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give), and Pete Davidson (Saturday Night Live, The King of Staten Island) and Myha la Herrold are also in talks. No details have been revealed as of yet about the film s premise (other than it s a secret stalker that A24 has been putting together for several months now), and that it will be directed by Dutch filmmaker (Instinct, Fresh at 80%).6. LETITIA WRIGHT TO STAR AS HALF OF THE SILENT TWINS(Photo by Marvel Studios)Marvel Studios and director Ryan Coogler are expected to start filming the sequel Black Panther II in July, and one of the stars expected to return for a significant role is Letitia Wright, who played T Challa s sister Shuri in the first film. This week, we learned that one of the projects Wright recently filmed in Portland, Oregon before heading back to Wakanda is a fact-based drama called Silent Twins. Focus Features has picked up the worldwide rights to Silent Twins, which is based on the true stories of June and Jennifer Gibbons, who were identical twins who were part of the only black family in a small town in Wales. It s being reported that the sisters will be played by Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrence, which is a little confusing since Wright and Lawrence don t really look like each other (unless, perhaps, they play the sisters at different ages?). The title Silent Twins refers to the fact that the two girls refused to talk to anyone else besides each other.7. NO KID(DING), NO PLAY(ING), HOUSE PARTY IS GETTING REBOOTED (Photo by ©New Line Cinema courtesy Everett Collection)Not all 1990s stars remain as famous as others. For example, Will Smith is still pretty much an A-list star, but knowing who Christopher Reid and Christopher Martin were will probably score you some points at your local trivia night. Together, the two Christophers were known as the hip hop group Kid n Play, and in addition to their musical career, they were also the stars of the first three House Party movies (House Party, Fresh at 93%; House Party 2, Rotten at 21%; House Party 3, Rotten at 0%). New Line Cinema and producer LeBron James have been quietly developing a House Party reboot for a few years now, and this week, the reboot got closer to filming as the two leads have been cast. The new House Party stars will be relative unknowns Jorge Lendeborg Jr. and Tosin Cole, and the director will be music video director Calmatic, who will be making his feature film directorial debut. Jorge Lendeborg Jr. s highest profile role to date was probably as Hailee Steinfeld s friend Memo in Bumblebee, and Tosin Cole is probably best known for playing the companion Ryan Sinclair on 22 episodes of Doctor Who from 2018 to 2021.8. SAW X ALREADY IN DEVELOPMENT (Photo by Lionsgate courtesy Everett Collection)More so than any other genre, horror franchises sometimes seem critic-proof when it comes to their ability to continue getting new sequels produced in perpetuity. For example, none of the Saw movies has ever scored a Tomatometer higher than the Rotten 49% for the very first Saw, and yet, next month s Spiral: From the Book of Saw will be the ninth movie in the franchise. According to the film industry magazine Production Weekly, active development has begun on a mysterious project called Saw X, which, presumably, is exactly what it sounds like. There s not really much else to go on right now, including whether it will be a continuation of the characters introduced in Spiral: From the Book of Saw, which include roles played by Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson.9. CAN 700 MILLION PEEPS FANS BE WRONG? (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)The bird-shaped marshmallow candy brand Peeps is obviously popular, based just on the claim that Peeps Incorporated sells over 700 million Peeps each year (admittedly a lot less than the number they make, which is reportedly over 2 billion). Having said that, Peeps is not inherently a narrative brand, since they re literally just birds in bright neon-colored marshmallow form, but that also didn t stop the Trolls dolls from getting their own animated movie (and a sequel and a spinoff series). And so, yes, Peeps is now in development as an animated movie to be produced by the team that gave us The Mauritanian (Fresh at 73%), which recently won Jodie Foster a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. A representative for Just Born, the company behind Peeps, had this to say: Peeps Chicks and Bunnies have been ingrained in American pop culture for nearly seven decades due to their instantly recognizable shapes and fan-favorite marshmallow taste, making them the perfect characters to bring to life on the big screen. On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
华体会登录 Universal’s new high-octane thrill-ride Nobody brings together some of the most formidable names working in action cinema today: John Wick writer Derek Kolstad, Hardcore Henry director Ilya Naishuller, Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2 director David Leitch (who is a producer), and, of course… Bob Odenkirk!? That casting is kinda the punchline of this movie about a seemingly regular Joe named Hutch Mansell, a suburban family man suffering from some serious middle-age malaise, whose former life as a take-no-prisoners badass is re-awakened after a home invasion.In this exclusive and extended sit down, Odenkirk – up till now best known as a deft comedian and for his work in Breaking Bad and prequel series Better Call Saul – reveals how his own personal experience with home invasions inspired the idea for the film and the character of Hutch. Plus, the actor goes deep on the movie’s demanding action sequences, including an absolutely brutal encounter on a bus, and channeling the rage of a man whose safety, and that of his family, has been violated.Nobody is in theaters March 26, 2021. On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
看着游戏中已经足以媲美国漫顶级建模的角色脸型，优秀的画面张力，以及细腻的建模，很多玩家都在评论区对这款MMO界的手游黑马做出了评价与肯定，但作为游戏制作方来说，仅是得到这样的肯定显然不是这款游戏的终点，作为网易全新的旗舰级MMO手游，《天谕》还会带给玩家怎样的惊喜呢，让我们拭目以待吧！ (Photo by Netflix)When Netflix’s eclectic animated sci-fi anthology series Love Death Robots returns on Friday, it will unleash a new set of eight startling visions that recall anthology magazines like Heavy Metal in terms of well-rendered worlds and intense short subjects. It is a different style of series for the service, which tends to support serialized storytelling, so if you happen upon the program while browsing Netflix this weekend, you may wonder what the program is all about.Fortunately, executive producers Tim Miller and Jennifer Yuh Nelson spoke with Rotten Tomatoes about the new shorts and how the series uses animation to tell different kinds of stories. With their assistance, here are some things to know before you push play.1. It Creates Lovingly Rendered Sci-Fi Worlds(Photo by Netflix)As Nelson pointed out, the second set of shorts have a common thematic tie: showing the worlds” created by the various filmmakers and animation studios involved in the project. Although, both she and Miller agreed that commonality is more of an unconscious decision enabled by the format.“Animation allows you to create worlds in a way that s so liberating. It s almost like the worlds become characters to these allegorical stories that ground these questions and challenging ideas in a way that s accessible to people,” she explained. “And in a short, it s kind of insane the amount of world-building that we did for something that s 15 minutes.”One example of this tantalizing worldbuilding is the short “Snow in the Desert.” Set in a rocky landscape, the stark beauty of a distant alien world — and the clues indicating why anyone would choose to live there — offers the story a richness thanks to elements which are entirely visual.“It s an amount of world-building that you would do for a feature, and it just is for 15 minutes, and then it s gone,” Nelson continued. And, perhaps, the fleetingness of those realities helps them seem more alive. It also means the sensation you may feel of having left Snow’s desert or a field of tall grass too soon is entirely intentional.Miller added, “But it is nice that [the viewer] wants more. I love the short and sharp.”2. It Utilizes Some Great Sci-Fi Short Stories As Jumping- Off Points(Photo by Netflix)Like the first volume, Love, Death Robots continues to use some great and evocative short stories as the creative jumping-off point for each film. The tall grass story comes from a story written by Joe Lansdale and may constitute the most frightening tale of the second volume. Other shorts are based on the works of Rich Larson, Joachim Heijndermans, and Harlan Ellison among others.“We re free to choose whatever stories we want, obviously, for the mix, but as Jennifer will tell you, I get a little obsessive about being true to the story once we ve chosen them,” Miller said. “I feel such a debt to the authors. They had the original flash of brilliance … The story wouldn t exist if it wasn t for them having an idea.”Although the tendency is to be faithful to the original text, some changes do occur for a variety of reasons.“Sometimes [it is] a concession of the format, or going into the visual nature of film versus the written work,” Nelson explained. “But it s always been a respect to the original spirit of the story.”(Photo by Netflix)The short she directed, “Pop Squad,” features an altered ending from Paolo Bacigalupi’s story. Despite that change, Nelson felt the “relevant” nature of the author s work still comes through in the finished film.“It s the idea of what happens to society, relationships, the meaning of life when a basic tenant of something that you live under is changed. Some limitation is removed,” she explained. “I think that is something we re probably going to have to face as a society at some point.”Although to elaborate further would constitute a spoiler for “Pop Squad,” its philosophical conundrum may prove to be the most harrowing issue some viewers are confronted with in Volume 2.3. It Very Nearly Crosses the Uncanny Valley … Even If the Producers Aren’t So Sure(Photo by Netflix)If you recall some of the early attempts at creating human characters in computer generated animation — Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, for example — you may note that the program also highlights the breathtaking advancements in crossing the so-called Uncanny Valley: the limitation of 3D CG animation to convincingly render those characters without some form of abstraction.“It gets closer every day,” Miller said. Generally, I find that if you have a character that s just standing there, and smiling and emoting, or frowning, we can say we ve crossed the Uncanny Valley. At the same time, Miller maintained that dialogue is still a different animal and presents a further hurdle in seeing the other side of the valley. Thanks to the growing sophistication of that branch of the medium — and some visual trickery to avoid traditional close-ups — the viewer’s eye may not be so drawn to the aspects of human speech CG animation has yet to conquer.Nevertheless, it is still a far cry from the early attempts to render human characters in CG animation 20+ years ago. Those hollow and glossy puppets have been replaced with far more detailed and visually appealing characters who move in very convincing ways. Nelson credits that increased appeal to a better understanding of how to get good acting out of the animation programs.“If you have good acting, you forget that it s animated. It could be a stick figure [or] it could be a super realistic face, if you feel for the character, you re there with the character and you re not looking at whether that nose looks right,” she said.But as Miller pointed out, the Uncanny Valley is rooted in the human brain’s primal need to suss out friend or foe.“You re often trying to overcome something that is hard to quantify because it s an unconscious understanding of how facial muscles work,” he explained. Consequently, some will see the humans rendered in Volume 2 of the series as more successful than others.4. It Also Celebrates Other Animation as a Complex Form of Filmmaking(Photo by Netflix)While many of the shorts utilize a very realistic CG style, several of them go for something more stylized in terms of the characters, the overall design, or something the viewer might perceive as more arty. As Miller explained, “The Tall Grass” was designed by Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia episode director Simon Otto to have a “painterly texture, so you almost see an illustration come to life.”“He s an amazing animator so he wanted to make things feel like fitting in that world,” Miller continued. “And he wanted to make sure that the acting, and the animation, and the looseness, and the frame rate actually worked with that sort of stylized texture.”Although Miller thought the original Landsdale story could become a very compelling live-action short or feature, Otto’s “conscious artistry” was half the thrill of producing it as an animated film.(Photo by Netflix)“That s where I think animation is superior, because not only are you worried about all the things that you have to worry about in live action, but there s this whole other layer where you can do things; this creative layer, whether it s a choice of style or animation. You can do stop motion, you can do 2D, you can do 3D. There are a lot of decisions that fall outside the realm of what you do when you re doing live action.”That sense of artistry runs right through the volume, whether it’s the more caricatured humans of Automated Customer Service, the 2D look of Ice, or Miller’s very grounded CG short, “The Drowned Giant.”5. It’s Not Afraid To Be Melancholy(Photo by Netflix)By not needing to support a serialized story or build up a single, franchise-able world, the program also has to the freedom to do something rarely seen in Western animation: be melancholy. “The Drowned Giant,” for example, is a rumination on mortality via the slowly decomposing corpse of a giant human man which inexplicably washes up on the British coastline. And though Miller mentioned it has a certain joke at the end of the short, it never goes back to the song-and-dance default conclusion of so much American animation — whether that means a literal song-and-dance or just a more upbeat ending.In the case of “The Drowned Giant,” the impulse was also to follow the tone as laid out by the story’s author, J.G. Ballard.“If you read the short story, you will absolutely recognize that it is a translation of that story. It s told in the same way, it s told with the same tone that Ballard did. And because I love the story, it didn t even occur to me that I should try and push it one way or the other,” Millar said.And though that is the tone of “The Drowned Giant,” don’t expect all of the shorts to have that same contemplative and melancholic feel. Some are rousing, others crescendo in a punchline. Nelson’s short, “Pop Squad,” may leave you pondering its central question for some time after. That variety is key to the notion of an animated anthology even as it offers a filmmaker like Miller to do something which would otherwise be “too downbeat” to produce.Nelson said the important thing is to create entertainment value, optimism, [and] positivity, where appropriate, but not the song-and-dance finale. Then again, who knows, maybe the next set of Love, Death Robots shorts will feature a sci-fi musical with a showstopping ending. As with the melancholy of The Drowned Giant, anything is possible in the program s format.Love, Death Robots: Volume 2 launches on Friday, May 14 on Netflix.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
华体会登录 SUPER MARIO BROS.1993 s Super Mario Bros. movie is either a curious cultural touchstone or a complete disaster. Or both. Regardless of your feelings toward Dennis Hopper s beyond-bizarre portrayal of baddie Bowser though, you probably wouldn t be opposed to a reboot. In January 2018, Nintendo and Illumination Entertainment announced they were collaborating on a feature-length animated film based on the portly plumber and his Mushroom Kingdom friends and foes. In November 2018, Chris Meledandri told Variety the movie is in priority development for a possible 2022 release, and that Nintendo s Shigeru Miyamoto is fully involved: We are keeping him front and center in the creation of this film. FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY SThis bizarre horror series, which pits players against evil audio-animatronic animals in a Chuck E. Cheese-like establishment, holds the potential to be one of the better game-based films in the pipeline, not only because the prospect of a robotic bear going on a murderous rampage sounds awesome, but because veteran Hollywood visionary Chris Columbus has been tapped to shepherd production. However, in November 2018, creator Scott Cawthon posted on Steam that he had tossed out his own script and is starting from scratch.RAINBOW SIX(Photo by Matt Kennedy /© Marvel / © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)A Rainbow Six movie is definitely in the works, but it might not be what fans of the Ubisoft tactical multiplayer shooter expect. The Paramount project is positioned more as an adaptation of the Tom Clancy books — on which the game franchise is loosely based — than the game itself. In September 2018, Michael B. Jordan joined as John Clark, who s appeared in previous Clancy films the Sum of All Fears and Clear and Present Danger. A prequel, dubbed Without Remorse, will come before the Rainbow Six movie to establish Clark as the protagonist.MEGA MANThe Blue Bomber recently made a big splash with Mega Man 11 – the series best game in years – and he s looking to continue that streak at the box office. The live-action Mega Man movie, from Capcom and 2oth Century Fox, will be written and directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman and, according to Capcom s announcement in October 2018, will appeal to both seasoned fans of the game franchise as well as those who just appreciate a good action-cranking popcorn flick.CALL OF DUTYThe Activision arm responsible for tackling such projects has made no secret of the fact they intend to turn the enormously popular first-person shooter franchise into a “cinematic universe, not unlike Marvel s or Star Wars . While there s no solid timeline for the project, the studio intends to kick off its ambitious, universe-expanding plans with a first installment directed by Sicario: Day of the Soldado helmer Stefano Sollima.QUESTIONABLEWe haven t heard from these announced movies and shows in more than a year.UPDATED: DUKE NUKEMWhile a John Cena-starring Duke Nukem movie had been strongly rumored in early 2018, its seems the adaptation of the over-the-top shooter may be headed back to the drawing board. Original studio Paramount is no longer involved with the potential project, but Assassin’s Creed producer Jean-Julien Baronnet has reportedly teamed with Gearbox Software to bring the cigar-chomping badass to the big screen.UPDATED: RESIDENT EVILConstantin Films Resident Evil reboot, which follows the six film Milla Jovovich series, is one step closer to shuffling into theaters. Johannes Roberts, breakout director of 47 Meters Down, is taking a stab at the .2 billion-earning franchise as the reboot s writer and director.UPDATED: GEARS OF WARRumors and speculation have swirled around a potential Gears of War movie for years, but it looks like the project finally has its writer in scribe F. Scott Frazier (xXx: Return of Xander Cage.) The game s head honcho Rod Fergusson has also stated the Universal pic won t be based on any previous Gears games, but will take place outside of the established narrative. No word on how this might affect Dave Bautista s chanes of playing series protagonist Marcus Fenix.UPDATED: GOD OF WARWith the formation of PlayStation Productions — a new arm of the studio focused on adapting the company s games to series and movies — things are looking up for a God of War film. Given that the Uncharted film now has a release date, and Sony s God of War game reboot was a huge success, Kratos coming to the silver screen no longer sounds like such a stretch.UPDATED: DEVIL MAY CRYThere s been no update on the long-rumored Devil May Cry movie, buy the adaptation may be headed to the small screen. In November 2018 Castlevania executive producer Adi Shankar revealed he would be developing a new show based on Capcom s demon-slaying series. While he shared little else, Shankar added that he d personally acquired the rights to the property. Whether or not this means the series would join Castlevania on Netflix remains to be seen.DRAGON S LAIRWe were ready to declare this project dead considering how much difficulty creator Don Bluth has had in getting movies off the ground this century (after Titan A.E. buried Fox Animation Studios), let alone something involving his fantasy laserdisc arcade game from the 80s. But if a successful, 0k-raising Indiegogo campaign had anything to show us, it s that Dragon s Lair still has fans today. And that includes the creators of Stranger Things, who opened Season 2 with Mike, Will, Lucas, and Dustin deeply invested in the game at the arcade. The Indiegogo funds will go towards a Dragon s Lair prequel movie before Dirk the Daring meets Princess Daphne, and that s all the news there s been since last year, outside of Bluth s interview with SyFy in November 2017. Moviemaking is a long and arduous task and we re not entitled to status updates if there s nothing to report, but we re keeping this at Questionable status for now, since Bluth s dreams have a habit of being undercut by economic reality. If Dragon s Lair were to fall apart, not only would it suck for the charitable hopefuls who filled the online coffers, but also those 40-year-olds today who called Hawkins, Indiana home.CONTRAKonami announced they were teaming up with Chinese corp Starlight Media for a movie and TV show for their flagship run n gun series, even whipping up a logo teaser to demonstrate that this business was serious. But with Chinese money in movie production drying up or becoming more volatile (the Fan Bingbing disappearance has spooked the industry), this project is up in the air like so many spread gun powerups passing in the night.BORDERLANDS(Photo by 2K Games)Fans have been clamoring for a trip to the cel-shaded, planet of pyschos Pandora, and occasional talks and rumors have obliged in stringing hopes along. Has it all just been claptrap? Gearbox Software CEO/carnival barker Randy Pitchford gave a general update during E3 2017. Per ScreenRant s transcription of the interview: We’ve been developing scripts and the strategy that we’re on right now is, that it’s obviously all in the Borderlands universe, but rather than retell the stories that were in the game, we’ll create new stories so the films will have their own film canon. HALF-LIFEGabe Newell hosted a Reddit AMA in early 2017, and answered a question about a Half-Life and Portal movie with a to-the-point Yep. They re coming. Cool. Months afterward, ex-Valve scribe Marc Laidlaw released a thinly coded synopsis of what would ve been Half-Life: Episode 3, all but confirming the game will never be made. This has only soured the perception on how this franchise has been handled since Valve moved away from traditional game development, and with details so vague and far-between, this questionable project is close to being marked dead.PORTALThe question Newell fielded from his AMA also pertained to Portal, so he s claiming an adaptation is concurrently in the works.SPLINTER CELL(Photo by Sony Pictures)There hasn t been a Splinter Cell game in almost six years, but why let such a cool franchise name go to waste? Case in point: Tom Hardy has long been attached to play Sam Fisher, through various attempts of the getting the film off the ground. With the last update in January 2017, when Hardy was given a new script to read, and nothing since, one can imagine a Splinter Cell movie has been stealthily killed.THIEFSquare Enix is reportedly working on a fifth Thief game. That s a surprise already, but then there s the extra news that a movie is being worked on in conjunction with the game. With no news in the year and a half since, this one maybe have been absconded with off into the night.These projects are either officially dead, or we haven t gotten any updates in over two years. But considering these are all based on a medium built around 1-ups and extra lives, the door s open for future resurrection.BIOSHOCK I chose something different. I chose the impossible. I chose development hell! Despite its protracted public development, the Bioshock movie was apparently just eight weeks away from shooting. Gee, with the start date that close, there must ve been mountains of production material and sets ready to go, right? If you look at director Gore Verbinski s follow-up movie after Bioshock fell apart, A Cure For Wellness, you ll get some distinctly Rapturian vibes.ASSASSIN S CREED 2A video game movie starring Michael Fassbender, directed by the guy who made the Certified Fresh Macbeth? And with Marion Cottilard? What could go wrong? Apparently, lots, according to Fassbender himself. And when your main star publicly drubs the movie, that puts a damper on any sequel talk going forward. Oh, and also the fact that Assassin s Creed bombed with critics and audiences everywhere.FALLOUTBethesda s Todd Howard told The Wrap that there s no Fallout movie because nothing quite clicked, which meant nothing was ever announced in the first place. Any memories you have of a Fallout movie being in the works were radioactive fever dreams.THE LAST OF USIn 2016, Sam Raimi revealed why a Last of Us movie imploded: Sony and TLoU co-director/writer Neil Druckmann have differing opinions on what said movie should look like. (It s easy to speculate that one party would want to use Joel and Ellie, and the other wouldn t.) Turns out, Druckmann doesn t even want a movie to happen anyways.MASS EFFECT(Photo by Electronic Arts)An action-oriented space opera with moral quandaries seems like it would ve been a great fit for a movie, especially one bankrolled by a company with as deep pockets as EA. But alas, Mass Effect fans, no stranger to ignoble endings, may be waiting an eternity to see the battle against the Reapers on-screen, as no movie was ever formally announced. While developer BioWare promises that the series isn t quite dead yet, the aftermath of the disastrous ME: Andromeda reverberates still.WATCH DOGSThere s been no news on adapting the techno-thriller since 2016. And considering Watch Dogs 2 sold up to 80% less than the original, safe to say this one s been put to sleep.SPY HUNTERNo number of covers of the Spy Hunter/Peter Gunn theme can keep this high-octane espionage property alive. The last news was from November 2015, when Dwayne Johnson was associated with it. With Jumanji and Rampage, we think he may have gotten his video game rocks off by now.DEUS EX(Photo by Square Enix)There hasn t been any news about a Deus Ex movie since 2012, a year after comeback game Human Revolution came out. But surely the latest sequel, Mankind Divided, must ve stirred up the augment s nest? Not so fast: Mankind apparently didn t sell too well, and nobody at Eidos or Square Enix is working on a new game. Considering Adam Jensen s story was left incomplete at the end of Mankind Divided, they ought to focus on wrapping that up before dropping a Deus movie.DANTE S INFERNODante s Inferno was an obscure game (especially by publisher EA s standards), yet for some reason, a few people in Hollywood were insistent on turning it into a movie. After no updates were released since 2013, three years after the game came out, potential director Fede Alvarez broke his silence to announce there were still no updates. With 2020 on the horizon, could another non-announcement be in the works?ASTEROIDSSpaceships. Mass destruction. Explosions galore. Asteroids sounds like it would ve been a match made in vector heaven with director Roland Emmerich, who, at the time, hadn t directed a disaster epic in years. Alas, he passed on the project in 2015. Just as well: He directed Independence Day: Resurgence instead, and where would cinema be today without that?GRAN TURISMOWe re not sure what shape a Gran Turismo movie would take (even Fast Furious had to throw in international espionage and nuclear subs to keep things interesting), but if the prospect of one has been keeping you up all these years, bad news: The last time anyone s written about a GT movie was in 2015, and that was to float the idea that the whole concept had been sent to the salvage dump.ANNOUNCEDMovie and game studios are often eager to make fanfare announcements either prematurely or to drum up public interest, and then the project s never heard from again. These movies and shows could be worse than dead: They may never have been alive in the first place.UPDATED: JUST CAUSEConstantin Films apparently has big plans for Square Enix s open-world action series. On top of acquiring Just Cause s film rights, the studio has brought on John Wick creator Derek Kolstad to pen the script. The first movie in what the studio hopes to spin into a franchise will begin filming in 2020.ALTERED BEAST(Photo by Sega)Announced by Sega in 2016. Likely to have been welcomed to its doom as there have been no developments since.CENTIPEDEOld game properties usually get announced in chunks, as the movie rights are sold to studios in package deals. This was the case for Atari when they announced both a Centipede and a Missile Command movie at the same time.MISSILE COMMANDThe Cold War may be over, but America s got a whole lot of problems with other countries, so maybe a Missile Command movie is still incoming after its 2016 announcement. But don t hold your breath.FIREWATCHFirewatch was the most popular walking simulator of 2016 thanks to combining mystery, romance, and thriller tropes into an attractive package. Developer Campo Santo said in 2016 that a movie was in the works. And they ve since been acquired by Valve, so maybe things will move at a quicker pace. (Stop laughing!)FRUIT NINJAAs smartphones inserted themselves into everyone s pockets and purses, Fruit Ninja was one of those big viral games that highlighted our new world of mobile inanity. So it s no surprise that a movie was announced in 2016. It s also no surprise there s been no news since.METRO(Photo by 4A Games)Despite its very cinematic presentation, it took a while for the post-apocalyptic franchise to get its movie announcement. Fast forward to 2019, when latest game sequel Metro Exodus will be released in February, with no new updates on the movie. Fortunately, Metro is based on a book series, so the series may have a long shelf-life even after the games conclude.RABBIDSThe video game equivalent of Minions, the Rabbids, were announced to be getting their own movie in 2015. Three Robot Chicken writers were attached at the time.RENT-A-HEROAnnounced by Sega in 2016, with Hot Tub Time Machine s Steve Pink attached, based on the very obscure character. In fact, none of this hero s two games ever made it to the States, and the only way American gamers could ve encountered him was as a secret character in Sega Saturn s Fighters Megamix.SHINOBIAnnounced in 2016, based on Sega s long-running (but now dormant) ninja platformer.STREETS OF RAGEAnnounced in 2016. Sega s beat em up has a seriously dedicated fanbase, especially for one that hasn t had a new entry in 25 years. The wait (and all the fan games) paid off when SoR4 was announced for a 2019 release.TETRISThe Tetris Company was all too eager to announce the pieces were coming together for a movie, alongside an million influx of Chinese cash. But that was more than two years ago, and with the volatile market for money from the Middle Kingdom, the movie may have vanished like a well-placed L-block.