3 items from 2017
Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 cyberpunk opus, “Ghost in the Shell,” was one of the first Japanese anime titles to cross over to Western audiences, and it’s been reissued and repackaged so often since the millennium that it’s scant surprise studio execs seized upon it as reproducible property. Possibly it was a matter of waiting: for digital effects houses to get up to spec, the right deals to be struck, and any accusations of cultural appropriation to blow over. Paramount’s all-new live-action “Ghost,” powered by hefty reserves of American and Asian money, emerges as a dazzling logistical display with a missing file where the human interest might once have been stored.
Fans need not blubber unduly. As overseen by “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders, this transliteration would seem faithful enough to satiate those who just want to see favorite scenes and characters redrawn on the biggest screen imaginable. »
- Mike McCahill
Movies are the new Television. Well, sort of. In recent years, in the midst of mass sequelization and the rise of long-running film franchises, it’s become commonplace to plan out your movies well in advance of their release. Perhaps best known for this is Marvel Studios. Following the success of Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they’ve announced their slate of films beforehand in advance. The folks over at Paramount took this idea and escalated it to the next level, but announcing a writers room led by Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to map out the future of the Transformers franchise. Now, it sounds like the folks over at the MonsterVerse will be doing the same for the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong movie.
According to THR, Legendary and Warner Bros have hired screenwriter Terry Rossio — best known for co-writing the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies with Ted »
- Joseph Medina
Created to serve, Michael Fassbender’s Walter, the world’s most advanced synthetic companion, tumbles off the production line in the all-new viral clip for Ridley Scott’s prequel-sequel, Alien Covenant.
If you’ve been keeping pace with Covenant‘s development cycle, you’ll know that Walter is one of two androids to feature in the horror flick – the other being David, also portrayed by Michael Fassbender – and is considered an instrumental member of the crew as the embark on humanity’s first large-scale colonization mission. He’ll be working under Katherine Waterston’s terraforming expert Daniels, who spearheads the search for a wayward distress call on a remote alien planet. And if that wasn’t enough to prove Alien: Covenant is poised to steer the franchise back to its putrid horror roots, VFX expert Neil Corbould has warned fans that the imminent sci-fi adventure is the goriest entry in »
- Michael Briers
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