Game of Thrones prequel

Update: George R.R. Martin has provided a few more updates about this series on his blog, and you can read the relevant portions at the bottom of this article.

Current Game of Thrones writer and producer Bryan Cogman has a live-action movie adaptation of The Sword in the Stone in the works and a film based on Magic: The Gathering on his plate, but it looks like he’s not finished with the world of ice and fire quite yet. Word has surfaced that Cogman is officially developing a fifth Game of Thrones prequel series for HBO. Read More »

Nick Jonas ferdinand

Munro Leaf’s classic children’s book The Story of Ferdinand is receiving the animated movie treatment, and a new trailer has arrived to give us all a look at the film while announcing new cast members and a new song from Nick Jonas. How can you dare to resist this movie about a cartoon bull now, I ask? You can’t, don’t even try. The new Ferdinand trailer packed full of all this new information awaits you below.

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Wonderstruck trailer 2

Filmmaker Todd Haynes (Carol, I’m Not There, Far From Heaven) has teamed up with Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions for his latest film. Based on author Brian Selznick‘s best-selling children’s novel, Wonderstruck is the story of two kids in two separate time periods going on their own quests for discovery, and early reviews indicate that this could be a major contender for awards as we enter the fall movie season. Take a look at the latest Wonderstruck trailer below.
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Akira Taika Waititi

Warner Bros. has been looking to adapt Katsuhiro Otomo‘s 1988 film Akira into a pair of big budget, live-action feature films for nearly a decade, with the first attempt hoping to star Leonardo DiCaprio back in 2008. If you reading this site any time between then and now, you’ve probably stumbled across tons of articles about the movie as it picked up (and dropped) various talent with producers fighting to get it made. It’s been a constant presence in development hell for as long as I’ve been writing about film news online.

Now, yet again, WB has breathed new life into the project and has attached another fascinating director to potentially translate the story into a massive blockbuster. Taika Waititi, the New Zealand-born filmmaker responsible for films like What We Do In The Shadows and the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, is the latest person to get sucked into this film’s whirlpool. Will he be the one to finally break the curse and get this damn thing made already?
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Watchmen TV show

Earlier this year, news broke that Lost and The Leftovers co-creator Damon Lindelof was in talks with HBO to adapt Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ seminal superhero graphic novel Watchmen into a TV series. About a month later, Lindelof denied having met with HBO about the project…but now, thanks to an Instagram post from the man himself, we know that he’s officially begun work on the Watchmen TV show.
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Willy Wonka Live in Concert

Almost a year ago, we heard that Warner Bros. was developing a new movie based on the early adventures of Willy Wonka, the enigmatic chocolatier immortalized in the pages of Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and memorably brought to life by the late Gene Wilder in a 1971 movie adaptation. But while movement on that project has been quiet, there’s another new Willy Wonka coming to town.

This November, Full House star John Stamos will star as Willy Wonka live in concert at the Hollywood Bowl, alongside Weird Al Yankovic as the Oompa Loompas (?!) and Stranger Things and It star Finn Wolfhard as Charlie Bucket.
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Jack Ryan TV show teaser

Shows about spies have been a near-constant presence on television since the medium’s early days, and while we’ve seen properties like Get Smart and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. make the jump to the big screen in recent years, Amazon is about to reverse that trend by bringing one of cinema’s biggest spies to TV. The company has just released the first brief teaser for Jack Ryan, based on the Tom Clancy-created character that’s appeared in five movies so far, and you can check it out below. But if you’re looking for your first glimpse at The Office star John Krasinski locked and loaded as the title character, you’ll have to wait just a little while longer.
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On Chesil Beach Review

A novel is a novel, and a movie is a movie. A novel can be turned into a movie, but to do so successfully, it must surrender certain properties of the page to better suit the screen. This seems obvious, but it bears repeating because this common sense seemed to escape Ian McEwan when adapting his own novella On Chesil Beach for the cinema. By keeping a literary structure intact, the film is dead on arrival. Read More »

blade runner anime

With the long-awaited sequel, Blade Runner 2049, soon to hit theaters, indubitably the question will be raised of what happened in the years that passed between the two films.

While other franchises have taken to comic books or novelizations to fill in the holes, Blade Runner will release an anime, helmed by the director of Cowboy Bebop. It’s somewhat fitting for a franchise that has so heavily influenced the cyberpunk wave of anime in the ’90s — which has made it back to the big screen in this year’s adaptation of Ghost in the Shell.

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It Chapter 2 turtle

Anyone who read Stephen King’s It probably noticed a couple of small references to a turtle in director Andy Muschietti‘s record-breaking movie adaptation, but the nods were so small that they almost certainly went over the heads of anyone coming into the story fresh. But according to the filmmaker, he’s planning on incorporating the turtle (a major figure in the novel’s bonkers mythology) in a much bigger way into It: Chapter 2. Buckle up: things are about to get interdimensional up in here.
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