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With Pacific Rim, Godzilla, and the upcoming Kong: Skull Island and Kong vs. Godzilla, Legendary Entertainment are pretty much the monster movie guys now, and that reputation continues with The Great Wall, an ancient China set action movie which sees Matt Damon as a member of an elite force stationed on the Great Wall of China, the last line of defence against a monstrous threat. Directed by Hero and House of the Flying Dagger’s Zhang Yimou, there’s no denying The Great Wall looks absolutely spectacular, a big Hollywood budget and cast, including Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal and Willem Defoe, mixing incredibly well with Yimou’s own film making sensibilities. It is unknown if the story is going will ultimately come off as serious or silly, but this first look is certainly enough to make this an incredibly intriguing prospect. Released: 17th February 2017 (U.S.)/ 24th February 2017 (Irl/U. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Welcome to the future of blockbuster movies. Legendary Pictures was started as a major funding partner for studios, with an aggressive creative team of their own onboard, and over the years, I’ve talked to Thomas Tull repeatedly about his goals and his work. Tull has stayed very true to the earliest vision of what Legendary should be, and he genuinely seems to be driven by his own interests as a fan. He didn’t get interested in Batman and Superman because Warner needed someone to pay for their films; he specifically asked to be involved in those films because he adores them. Same thing with Godzilla. Same thing with Pacific Rim. These are things that hit Tull dead center in his nerd pleasure center, and he throws his support behind them because he wants to see them given all the resources possible. Legendary is now heavily involved with Chinese money, »
- Drew McWeeny
Charlie Hunnam was spotted running errands in La on Thursday, one of which included stopping by the gym for a workout. The former Sons of Anarchy star made his way down the street in a white t-shirt and jeans and showed off his good looks (and muscles) while holding on to a black tote bag. Just last weekend, Charlie attended Comic-Con in San Diego to promote his upcoming film, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and also opened up about why he won't be joining Idris Elba and John Boyega for Pacific Rim 2, saying, "By the time they got their schedule fully realized then I wasn't available. But I think they're onto something very exciting." »
- Brittney Stephens
Legendary Pictures seems to be in the business of bringing monsters back to theaters in a big way. They revived Godzilla back in 2014 (with a sequel in the works as well), they had kaiju fight Jaegers in Pacific Rim, they’re bringing back King Kong next year in Kong: Skull Island (watch the new trailer), […]
- Ethan Anderton
No one should ever have any reason to doubt Guillermo del Toro's status as an enormous movie geek. Movies like Blade II, Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak are practically dripping with admiration for the artists and filmmakers that came before him. It's not exactly something del Toro hides in his filmmaking, and apparently it's not something he hides in his day-to-day life, either. Andy Richter visited del Toro's home for Conan and it's basically like taking a tour through Willy Wonka's factory-- if Wonka was obsessed with horror movies and macabre icons of yesteryear. He has life size replicas of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe staged as if they're real people just hanging out in his house. A giant replica of...
- Peter Hall
The Pacific Rim helmer ultimately left the project in 2015, leaving the door open for other directors to pitch the studio, including Joseph Kahn (Detention), who produced a brief animation test for the character of Swamp Thing as part of his proposal. And now he’s shared it online for all to see…
See Also: Sneak peek preview of the Justice League Dark animated movie
What do you make of the Swamp Thing animation test? Are you disappointed that we won’t be seeing a live-action take on Justice League Dark, for the time being at least? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
- Gary Collinson
Charlie Hunnam is the lead in Guy Ritchie's King Arthur, but he won't be returning to the franchise that made him a movie star. Pacific Rim 2 is moving on without Raleigh Becket. It looks like Mako will have to find someone else to become drift compatible with... Pacific Rim 2 has a release date of February 23, 2018 but isn't being directed by Guillermo del Toro either if you recall. Steven S. DeKnight is taking over duties with del Toro's blessing and guidance. Speaking to Yahoo at Comic-Con over the weekend Hunnam broke the news officially: “I’m very excited about it. I’m glad they’re making it. I think it's going to be great. I read an early draft of what they're doing. There was one incarnation of this sequel that involved me heavily but I was unavailable. They have a very definite schedule that they have to film because »
- Jill Pantozzi
It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super-Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?
- Movie Geeks
When I was at Rue Morgue's Dark Carnival the other week I met this lovely filmmaker from Japan, Pablo Absento. Absento came to Dark Carnival armed with a batch of new posters for her short film Shi. This variant has never been seen outside of the expo circuit until now. The artwork was done by Carlos Salgado who did conceptual art for Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim. An ordinary day starts horribly for the character when he receives some bad news. It changes his life right away. Everything would go wrong from that moment on. Can things get worse than the worst? Orginally from England and now residing in Tokyo Absento created her short film Shi as a proof of concept for a feature...
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Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 film “Pacific Rim” follows washed-up soldier Raleigh Becket, played by Charlie Hunnam, who is pulled out of retirement to team up with a young rookie for one last-ditch attempt to defeat the Kaiju, colossal alien monsters from an interdimensional realm that are at war with Earth. Though a sequel to the commercially and critically successful monster film is in the works, Hunnam will not be returning to the series. In an interview with Yahoo at Comic-Con, Hunnam explained that he was involved in a very early version of the sequel, but couldn’t swing it because of a scheduling conflict and cited the “non-creative” decisions that allow certain choices to be made.
Read More: John Boyega Will Play Lead Role In ‘Pacific Rim 2’
“They have a very definite schedule that they have to film because of the, you know, politics and business surrounding filmmaking,” says Hunnam. »
- Vikram Murthi
For a very longtime, it looked like Pacific Rim 2 wasn't happening. The first movie didn't fare well in the states, but it did great overseas, especially in China. And that's pretty much why we're getting the sequel, now titled Pacific Rim: Maelstrom. But Warner Bros. didn't make the official announcement until after original director Guillermo Del Toro had to dropout due to conflicting future projects. Now, another key piece in the puzzle has also confirmed they won't be back for this follow-up to the 2013 monster movie.
Speaking with Yahoo! Movies, original Pacific Rim star Charlie Hunnam, who played main Jaeger pilot Raleigh Becket, has confirmed that he won't be back. It's not for a lack of trying, though. The actor was approached about reprising his role early on in the preproduction process. But like Del Toro, he too had a mounting schedule that caused scheduling conflicts.
Steven S. DeKnight, who »
After Sons Of Anarchy wrapped, Charlie Hunnam went from Prince Hamlet stand-in to King Arthur portrayer for Guy Ritchie. Along with playing that legendary warrior and ruler, Hunnam’s recently wrapped James Gray’s The Lost City Of Z, which is still slated for release later this year. Between replacing Benedict Cumberbatch in The Lost City and helping give King Arthur a flashy makeover, it’s understandable that Hunnam would have very little time to consider a return trip to the Pacific Rim movies, which have had a little trouble becoming a franchise.
But the stop-and-start fraught sequel is now reportedly, finally underway at Legendary, though without Guillermo del Toro at the helm. (“Where’s the fun in that?” we all mutter.) Unfortunately, all his royal and explorer duties have left Hunnam without any time to step back into a Jaeger for more rock ’em, sock ’em action. While promoting »
- Danette Chavez
At Sdcc, Charlie Hunnam spoke to Yahoo! Movies to promote Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, but the former Sons of Anarchy star was also asked whether he'd be joining John Boyega for the follow up to Pacific Rim. Apparently, we won't be seeing an appearance from Raleigh Beckett even though he saved the day and ended the Kaiju War. Hunnam's absence also calls into question whether the other lead from the first film, Rinko Kikuchi, will be returning? With Boyega playing the son of Idris Ebla's Stacker Pentecost, it would stand to reason that an appearance from Stacker's adopted daughter would be warranted. Plus, fans from the first film will be dying to know whether Mako and Raleigh made it as a couple! For further details on the project, head over to our sister site, AnimeMojo.com. »
At Sdcc, Charlie Hunam spoke to Yahoo! Movies to promote Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, but the former Sons of Anarchy star was also asked whether he'd be joining John Boyega for the follow up to Pacific Rim. Apparently, we won't be seeing an appearance from Raleigh Beckett even though he saved the day and ended the Kaiju War. Hunam's absence also calls into question whether the other lead from the first film, Rinko Kikuchi, will be returning? With Boyega playing the son of Idris Ebla's Stacker Pentecost, it would stand to reason that an appearance from Stacker's adopted daughter would be warranted. Plus, fans from the first film will be dying to know whether Mako and Raleigh made it as a couple! For further details on the project, head over to our sister site, AnimeMojo.com. »
After the roller coaster ride in which the state of Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim sequel moved from a sure thing to delayed indefinitely and almost everything in between, those of us who have been keeping track of the sequel have become used to setbacks. Barring any further issues, Pacific Rim 2 will bring us another round of Jaegers and Kaiju action starring John Boyega and possibly... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Elizabeth Rayne Jul 26, 2016
This story first appeared at Den Of Geek Us.
Pacific Rim: Maelstrom will be storming onto the big screen next year, but without its original Jaeger pilot. It wasn’t that behemoth alien sea monsters scared Charlie Hunnam off or devoured his character. He just has the most common of movie issues: a scheduling conflict.
Hunnam, who wields the Excalibur as the warrior-king of legend in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, joined the San Diego Comic-Con panel on his upcoming show when Yahoo! asked him about the second Pacific Rim film.
"I'm very excited about it!” the former Raleigh Becket replied, though he won’t be reprising his role in Steven S DeKnight’s sequel from the deep.
“I'm glad they're making it. I think it's going to be great. »
Update: Charlie Hunnam is not coming back for Pacific Rim 2. Over the weekend, he spoke to Yahoo Movies and said that he “was forced to exit the production at an early stage due to scheduling conflicts.” So his character Raleigh Becket will not be in the sequel, though Hunnam says he’s still excited to […]
- Jack Giroux
Though he may have been attached to an early version of Pacific Rim 2 – perhaps when the sequel was tethered with the subtitle Maelstrom – Charlie Hunnam has officially ruled himself out of Steven S. DeKnight’s 2018 creature feature.
Chatting with Yahoo Movies regarding his title role in Guy Ritchie’s long-awaited King Arthur reboot (see the inspired Comic-Con trailer here), the Sons of Anarchy stalwart revealed that Raleigh Becket won’t feature in Legendary and Universal Pictures’ monstrous sequel after all.
Even throughout Pacific Rim 2‘s rocky foray into pre-production – at a time when Universal placed the follow-up on ice indefinitely – many assumed that the sequel would pick up the adventures of Beckett and Mako Mori (played by Rinko Kikuchi) as the squared off against a new wave of Kaiju. Then again, the addition of John Boyega cast doubt over that proposed narrative arc, now that The Force Awakens breakout is »
- Michael Briers
Aquaman: Will Beall (Gangster Squad) has been brought back to finalize the screenplay for Aquaman. Beall was originally one of two writers hired in August 2014, but after director James Wan came on board in 2015, he instead developed a detailed treatment with Geoff Johns. Beall is now working with Wan and Johns on a new script. Jason Momoa (above left), Amber Heard and Willem Dafoe are set to star in the movie, which is scheduled for release on July 27, 2018. [THR] Guillermo del Toro: Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro says that "a lot of the cast" from Pacific Rim will return for the sequel, Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, though no official announcements have been made yet. He also says that a third installment of Hellboy "is a wish that will never be fulfilled...
- Peter Martin
“Pacific Rim 2” or “Pacific Rim: Maelstrom,” whatever you want to call it, is slowly gearing up. Even though it’s not out until 2018, the picture has lined up “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star John Boyega in a lead role, leaving many to wonder if any of the original cast members would be returning. […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
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