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Arise, Jane Foster, rightful wielder of Mjölnir?
That’s a changeover that has already occurred in Marvel Comics, but what are the chances of Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder giving way to Miss. Foster on the big screen? Fairly slim, we imagine, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s off the table.
Not only is Karl Urban (Star Trek, Dredd) a big fan of the idea, but Kevin Feige himself recently weighed in on the possibility of a female-led Thor movie. Currently in the midst of promoting Ragnarok, the Marvel boss admitted that the studio’s pool of writers always “look back to the comics” as their primary source of inspiration, hence the decision to adapt the likes of “Planet Hulk” and “Civil War.” Could “Original Sin” be next in line for the big-screen treatment?
To his credit, Kevin Feige didn’t outright confirm a female-led Thor »
- Michael Briers
In the fallout of The Dark World, many were left questioning the future of Marvel’s God of Thunder.
Sure, the Norse god still enjoyed an active role in the McU thanks to Age of Ultron, but it’s fair to say that Thor somewhat fell down the pecking order circa 2014. Heck, even Chris Hemsworth admits that he was beginning to get bored of his musclebound deity prior to Thor: Ragnarok.
What changed? Taika Waititi, who made a point of crafting a rip-roaring and at times bizarre adventure for Marvel’s Norse god. By all accounts, it looks as though Waititi has knocked it out of the park, creating a relatively standalone threequel that doesn’t get caught up in the looming shadow of Avengers: Infinity War. But what’s next for Thor? Well, Karl Urban has an idea, and it may involve drafting Jane Foster back to the fore. »
- Michael Briers
Back in August, it was rumored that Dredd star Karl Urban would be making his return to the role of Judge Dredd in the upcoming TV series, “Mega-City One”. And today we have news about what Urban thinks of donning… Continue Reading →
- Mike Sprague
Fincher Is No Fan Of Marvel
After some harsh words from An American Werewolf in London director John Landis, it’s the turn of Fight Club helmer David Fincher to shoot down the work of Marvel Studios. In an interview with Yellow King Film Boy, Fincher took issue with the often light-hearted, and less-risky storytelling of Marvel’s ongoing shared universe. “Look, there’s a very large talent pool of people who don’t feel there’s much for them in terms of sustenance working for Marvel. And I think that if we can make a playground for them that is thoughtful, adult, interesting, complex, challenging stories and figure out ways to pull them into it, »
- Luke Owen
Earlier this year, Im Global had entered a partnership with Rebellion to create a TV series based on the comic-book property to be titled Judge Dredd: Mega-city One. As soon as the news broke, fans of Pete Travis' 2012 action sci-fi adaptation Dredd were eager to know if Karl Urban would once again don the character's signature helmet in an effort to lay down the law for the... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
2012’s Dredd was just one more film — in a long line of films — that received very positive reviews, and tanked at the box-office. As a result, the Dredd film franchise was left dead in the water. However, as luck would have it, a Judge Dredd TV series was announced this summer for (potentially) 2019.
Mega-City One is being produced by Im Global, producers of 2012’s Dredd, and it was revealed last August that Karl Urban has had talks to potentially join the series as Judge Dredd. Since then, we haven’t really had much news concerning Urban’s involvement (or really any Mega-City One news, for that matter). However, at a recent press-junket for Thor: Ragnarok, Urban did talk briefly about Mega-City One, and the conditions that would seal the deal for his return (via Screen Rant):
“Well, Rebellion, who owns the rights to Judge Dredd, are currently developing a television series called Mega-City One, »
- Jordan Jones
When he’s not being badgered about the embryonic Star Trek 4 – for the record, Paramount is still playing things close to the vest – you’ll likely find Karl Urban fielding questions about Judge Dredd and, specifically, the spinoff TV series coming by way of Im Global and Rebellion.
Aptly titled Judge Dredd: Mega-City One, Urban has expressed his interest in the project multiple times before, and even confirmed that he had opened talks with the Powers That Be about potentially suiting up as John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s square-jawed law enforcer once again.
But there’s still no sign of a deal just yet, and that’s something Urban reaffirmed to Screen Rant while talking to them about Thor: Ragnarok. Essentially, it seems the decision rests in the hands of Rebellion.
Well, Rebellion, who owns the rights to Judge Dredd, are currently developing a television series called Mega-City One, »
- Michael Briers
Simon Brew Oct 16, 2017
It’s been over five years now since Karl Urban debuted his take as Judge Dredd on the big screen, in the much-loved financial disappointment, Dredd. Plans for a sequel, as you probably know, quickly petered out when the box office tallies came in. And in spite of a concerted fan campaign, it became clear that Dredd 2 wasn’t going to happen.
However, in recent times has come the happier news that Rebellion has been working on a television show that’ll be Judge Dredd-centric. And Urban has suggested in the past that he’d be interested in being a part of that.
In a new interview, he’s pretty much confirmed that now, albeit with a few caveats.
“Rebellion, who owns the rights to Judge Dredd, are »
That was back in July, when J.J. Abrams was kicking around a story idea that would see Chris Hemsworth reprise the role of George Kirk, father to the swashbuckling Captain James T. Kirk, as played by Chris Pine (Wonder Woman). But things have changed quite drastically ever since, what with Abrams signing on to helm the untitled Star Wars: Episode IX – much to the frustration of Paramount brass.
It’ll be some time yet before film fans are invited back on board the Enterprise, then, and that’s something Karl Urban echoed in a recent interview with Screen Crush.
Indeed, Urban stressed that he knows absolutely nothing about the status of Star Trek 4, before »
- Michael Briers
A new name has been reportedly linked with Joss Whedon’s upcoming solo movie for Barbara Gordon Aka Batgirl. According to The Daily Popcorn, actress Olivia Thirlby is on the director’s radar for the title role.
Comic book movie fans will know Thirlby from her turn as Judge Anderson opposite Karl Urban in 2012’s Dredd. Her performance in the cult favourite movie was praised at the time, so we know that she has the chops to play a badass character. At age 31, Thirlby is potentially a little older than we expected the on-screen Batgirl to be, as previous reports have stated that Whedon would be drawing from Gail Simone’s college age iteration of the character, but the actress’ youthful looks shouldn’t make it too difficult for her to play younger than her years.
Thirlby’s casting would also make sense based on comments Whedon’s made about »
- Christian Bone
Paramount Pictures has just released the first trailer for Annihilation, following a first look at Natalie Portman's character Lena released yesterday. That photo showcased Lena examining a bizarre albino alligator, which is certainly unusual, but that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the oddities Lena will find in this mysterious place. Whether or not Lena finds what she's looking for remains to be seen, but this trailer shows that this film will certainly give fans a unique experience.
The trailer debuted on Paramount Pictures YouTube earlier today, and it's possible that the first poster could be just around the corner as well. The film is based on Jeff VanderMeer's best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, with this film based on his first book in the series, 2014's Annihilation, which is followed by Authority and Acceptance. Director Alex Garland revealed in an interview yesterday that he has »
Alex Garland first made a name for himself in Hollywood as the screenwriter of “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine,” “Never Let Me Go,” and “Dredd,” but it wasn’t until he decided to step into the director’s chair with “Ex Machina” that he became a household name for cinephiles. His 2014 directorial breakthrough was a thrilling and cerebral slice of science fiction that earned massive critical acclaim and an Oscar for Best Visual Effects. IndieWire even named it one of the greatest sci-fi movies of the 21st century.
Garland is finally returning early next year with “Annihilation,” an even bigger science-fiction movie based on the Jeff VanderMeer novel of the same name. The film stars Natalie Portman as the head of a group of female scientists who venture into an environmental disaster zone in order to save her husband, »
- Zack Sharf
Paramount Pictures has released a first look photo from the upcoming thriller Annihilation, which features star Natalie Portman in quite the precarious position. The actress is seen peering into the mouth of an alligator, although, given the gator's albino skin tone, and the nature of this story as a whole, this dangerous animal seems to be dead already. It's possible that this first look photo could ultimately hint that the first trailer is coming, but while we wait for that announcement, director Alex Garland sheds some more light on this film.
Entertainment Weekly debuted the photo, with the movie in the works for a few years now. Alex Garland took over directorial duties in October 2014, and Natalie Portman joined the cast in May 2015. The project is based on the Jeff VanderMeer 2014 novel of the same name, the first in his Southern Reach trilogy that is followed by Authority and Acceptance. »
Area X is not your average patch of American land.
Over the years, no less than 11 expeditions have crossed the border into Jeff VanderMeer’s preternatural territory, only to return with strange illnesses or crippling cancer. Assuming they returned at all. Undeterred by this horrible track record, the Powers That Be mount an all-female 12th expedition to Area X, featuring a team comprised of an anthropologist, surveyor, biologist, and psychologist.
That is, in a nutshell, the elevator pitch of Annihilation, VanderMeer’s literary trilogy-starter that’s headed for the big screen under the watchful eye of Alex Garland (Dredd, Ex Machina). Pegged for a release in February of 2017, Garland’s adaptation has tapped an all-star cast headed up by Natalie Portman, who can be seen getting up close and personal with the bizarre wildlife in EW’s first-look still.
On board to play the curious biologist, Portman will be flanked by Jennifer Jason Leigh, »
- Michael Briers
Easily one of the most anticipated titles of next year is “Annihilation,” which marks the return of “Ex Machina” writer-director Alex Garland. Entertainment Weekly has debuted the first official image from the science-fiction drama, which finds Natalie Portman’s character facing down the mouth of a very large mutated alligator. Portman plays a scientist named Lana, who Garlands explains “finds a very strange, dream-like, surrealist landscape, and goes deeper and deeper into that world, and also into that mindset.”
“Annihilation” is based on the Jeff VanderMeer novel of the same name and co-stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, and Tessa Thompson. Oscar Isaac, who played a memorable scientist in Garland’s “Ex Machina,” plays Portman’s husband in the movie. The plot centers around a group of female scientists who head out on a mission to »
- Zack Sharf
This past summer was a memorable one for fans of Konami's video game franchise Castlevania. In addition to the release of a new four-episode animated series adaptation of the video games on Netflix, the streaming service also renewed the series for an eight-episode second season, and viewers of the show were treated to a story that took an R-rated approach to violence and a bold path with its storytelling. One of the creative forces behind the new series is Adi Shankar (executive producer of films such as Dredd and The Grey) and I had the opportunity to talk with the filmmaker about collaborating with Sam Deats and Warren Ellis, the freedom of working with Netflix, and much more.
Thanks so much for taking some time to talk with me and congratulations on Castlevania. I wrapped up watching the first season and I absolutely loved it.
Adi Shankar: Amazing, amazing. »
- Derek Anderson
Coming off its impressive showing at San Diego Comic-Con, Thor: Ragnarok is beginning to enter the home stretch ahead of its theatrical release in November.
We’ve seen high-res action shots and entire clips dedicated to the fantastical world of Sakaar, while yesterday brought forth the threequel’s Japanese trailer and with it, our first true look at Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange interacting with the God of Thunder. It’s an extension of that end-credits scene that was included in the Sorcerer Supreme’s solo outing, while also serving as a tantalizing primer for the duo’s inevitable reunion in Avengers: Infinity War. Also, fun fact: Ragnarok has been titled Thor: Battle Royale in anticipation of its Japanese release.
- Michael Briers
Hungry for more Judge Dredd? As we've previously reported, a live-action Judge Dredd television show is on the way, titled Judge Dredd: Mega-City One. It is planned as an ensemble drama following a team of Judges, including Dredd. Initially, it was thought the project was another reboot, or "soft reboot," following the lackluster box office of 2012's Dredd starring Karl Urban as the title Judge, but with the revelation just this week that Karl Urban is currently in talks to appear in Mega-City One, it looks like we may be returning to the world of Dredd as established in 2012.
Well, now we have our first look at the current vision for that world, and though it isn't a perfect match for what we were given in 2012, it's pretty damn close. Think Dredd, only a little bit even more like Blade Runner, as though Dredd's world has less neon »
- Nick Doll
When Im Global and Rebellion announced they were developing a Judge Dredd: Mega-City One series, it was met with a lot of excitement from fans, especially at the prospect of Dredd star Karl Urban returning to the title role. While it is still looking for a network, Judge Dredd: Mega-City One is in active development and has been for quite a while – as revealed in concept art for the series from IGN from Jack Eaves.
The first piece of concept art is titled ‘Democracy March’, offering a look at the advanced and very packed skyline of Mega-City One, complete with the Statue of Liberty in the background. This may be a reference to ‘America’, one of Dredd’s most important and fan-favourite storylines.
The next piece of concept art is titled ‘Lowlife Arrival’ and sees the Judges patrolling the lowest levels of Mega-City One. This could again be »
- Ricky Church
- Rob Leane
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