J.J. Abrams Says He's Done With Reboots

Look at J.J. Abrams‘ filmography and you’ll find a guy with a talent for remaking, rebooting, and remixing. While he’s also spearheaded his fair share of wholly original work, he’s become a reliable source for any old franchise in need of an adrenaline injection to heart. Mission: Impossible III. Star Trek. Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s kind of his thing.

But Abrams himself seems ready to move on to other things, saying that he’s ready to spread his wings and fly away from the land of reboots and remakes.

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new alien covenant photo

Considering how battered and bruised 2016 left the world in general, the only sane thing to do is look at 2017 with caution and fear. Except for the movies. The movies look pretty cool. A bunch of new images from the year’s biggest movies have arrived online, suggesting that we may get to see some pretty cool movies before civilization completely collapses.

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murder on the orient express cast

When Willem Dafoe signs up for a movie, that film is pretty much guaranteed to have at least one good performance. We expect nothing less of Dafoe, an actor I can’t think of giving an underwhelming performance in recent memory. Not only is he consistent, he’s also great more often than not, so it’s satisfying to learn he’s joined Kenneth Branagh‘s Murder on the Orient Express remake.

Below, learn more about the Murder on the Orient Express cast.

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Valley Girl remake star

Nicolas Cage is very charismatic in Valley GirlMartha Coolidge‘s charming 1984 love story benefits greatly from his often endearing performance and goofy haircut. It’s not one of Cage’s more famous roles, so when it comes to the remake, its star, Josh Whitehouse, doesn’t exactly have a large shadow cast over him. But hopefully he’ll be able to bring as much energy and fun to the punk rock character as Cage did.

Below, learn more about the Valley Girl remake star.

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it image

The new, long-gestating adaptation of Stephen King‘s It is currently (and finally) in post-production. Last year, the R-rated adaptation appeared in trouble after director Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) parted ways with New Line Cinema over some creative differences, which was a definite blow to the project. Director Andrés Muschietti‘s (Mama) ultimately stepped in, reworked the script, and shot the horror film over the summer, and he shared plenty of images during the shoot, teasing locations and parts from the book. Now a couple more images of Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) has been released.

Below, see the Stephen King’s It remake images.

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Metropolis Miniseries

With Westworld being all the rage among critics and general audiences, it should come as no surprise that Universal Cable Productions is reaching back into sci-fi history for its latest miniseries project.

Right now Sam Esmail is at the top of his game after creating the hit USA series Mr. Robot, and a new report indicates he’ll be heading into full fledged sci-fi territory with a miniseries adaptation of Fritz Lang‘s classic 1927 film Metropolis.

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Going in Style Trailer

As a filmmaker, Zach Braff has delivered two indie films with much different receptions. Garden State was a film festival darling that captured the hearts of many when it came out in 2004, but it has since lost some of its shine (though I will defend it and love it forever). Then Braff’s return behind the camera, his partially crowdfunded Wish I Was Here , wasn’t anything to write home about. Now Braff has decided to get behind the camera for something much different: a mainstream studio comedy remake.

Going In Style, a contemporary remake of the 1979 heist movie of the same name, follows a trio of geriatric longtime friends (veteran actors Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin) who decide to rob a bank. It doesn’t feel like a Zach Braff movie at all, and it looks like the kind of movie your parents and grandparents will love.

Watch the Going In Style trailer after the jump. Read More »

ignacio serricchio lost in space reboot

Yeah, we live in a reboot culture and yeah, it can get tiresome to see properties with familiar titles revived every few years like clockwork, but I can get behind a new version of Lost in Space because the core concept is so simple and sound. One family, stranded in outer space with some allies and frenemies, must find a way to survive and complete their mission. Apply the tone you desire.

While Netflix’s Lost in Space reboot isn’t expected to arrive until 2018, it has picked up its fourth cast member in the form of Ignacio Serricchio, who will play the latest incarnation of Don West.

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Cruella director

How do you build a whole movie around a woman whose claim to fame is trying to kidnap cute little puppies so she can turn them into coats? We wouldn’t know, but apparently Alex Timbers does. The Broadway vet and Mozart in the Jungle co-creator has just been tapped to direct Cruella, a 101 Dalmatians live-action retelling starring Emma Stone as that “inhuman beast.”  Read More »

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X-Men Changed The Mummy

The titular movie monster in Universal’s reboot of The Mummy is already drastically different than any previous incarnation because this is the first time the undead terror has been played by a woman. Sofia Boutella is the monster at the center of the movie, however, the original plan wasn’t going to be all that innovative. But thanks to a decision made by the X-Men franchise, the entire design of The Mummy was changed.

Director Alex Kurtzman sat down for a recent interview and revealed how X-Men changed The Mummy design, saying that the original design for the monster was a male. Find out why they changed the design after the jump. Read More »