I don’t think younger Pokémon fans who have grown up with this series all of their lives can comprehend what it was like when the first games hit shelves in the late ’90s. It was a like a freight train had collided with popular culture. Everyone knew about Pokémon and everyone who played video games owned copy of Pokémon Red or Pokémon Blue. You saw Gameboys everywhere you went, each of them wielded by children and adults trying to catch ’em all and whatnot. For those with no interest in the series and its later incarnations in other media, it was a profoundly annoying couple of years. This was the rare game to achieve total cultural saturation.
In other words, a well-made live-action Pokémon movie feels like a license to print money, a fact that is certainly not lost on the three studios currently vying for the rights to produce such a thing. This is no ordinary bidding war, though. There are actually a few cultural roadblocks that have made this one a little more interesting.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 by Angie Han
The past couple of years have been a real roller coaster ride for Pacific Rim fans. The film’s limp U.S. box office dimmed hopes of a sequel, before a strong overseas performance got Universal interested again. A release date was set and everything seemed on track for more jaeger vs. kaiju fights… and then Universal got cold feet and put the whole thing on hold. Through it all, Guillermo del Toro insisted Pacific Rim 2 was not dead, and now it looks like his optimism is finally panning out.
Legendary Pictures has hired Spartacus creator and Daredevil season 1 Steven S. DeKnight to helm the sci-fi action sequel, while del Toro will remain on board as a producer. Universal Pictures is still set to distribute.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Legendary Pictures has big plans for their “gigantic monsters with recognizable names throwing each other into buildings” slate. Kong: Skull Island had a trailer at Comic-Con before it even had a director (Jordan Vogt-Roberts is currently shooting the film). A sequel to 2014’s Godzilla was announced right as the first movie hit theaters, and we later learned that it will feature a plethora of beasties for the King of the Monsters fight.
And then, a few months ago, Legendary shook everything up by moving Kong: Skull Island from Universal to Warner Bros. as part of a grand plan to build a shared universe that will allow all of these iconic monsters to interact. And by interact, we mean punch each other in the face. Naturally, that meant the announcement of Godzilla vs King Kong movie… and it turns out that Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull had slightly selfish reasons for all of these machinations.
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Posted on Friday, September 25th, 2015 by Angie Han
There’s a lot we still don’t know about Kong: Skull Island, but the one thing that’s becoming increasingly obvious is that it’ll have a really, really great cast. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ latest get is John Goodman, who joins Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly, Toby Kebbell, and Straight Outta Compton breakouts Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell. (Told you it was a fantastic lineup.)
Get details on the John Goodman Kong Skull Island casting, as well as new info about the plot, after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 by Angie Han
Pacific Rim 2 has just hit a kaiju-sized roadblock. The sci-fi action sequel has reportedly been “halted indefinitely,” after rumors of delays circulated last week. That could mean the film will just arrive a bit later than we’d hoped; it may also mean it’ll never get made. More on the Pacific Rim 2 delay after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
September seems a bit early to start getting swept up in the holiday spirit, but we’ll let Krampus slide. Especially since we’re totally terrified of him. Universal and Legendary have just released the first domestic trailer for the new horror-comedy by Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat), about a sort of anti-Santa who visits families that have been more naughty than nice. Watch the Krampus trailer after the jump. Read More »
Director Duncan Jones has been coming to Comic Con with Warcraft for three years now. With the movie finally set to arrive in theaters just under a year from now, Comic-Con finally got a first look at some official footage from the video game adaptation, and it’s definitely something to talk about.
The footage on display has simultaneously some of the most beautiful visual effects footage I’ve ever seen, along with some of the most niche, heavy-fantasy, somewhat confusing story elements in recent memory. As someone who hasn’t ever dove into the world of Warcraft, I’ll do my best to break down what we saw in Hall H.
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Posted on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 by Angie Han
Following the success of their Jackie Robinson biopic 42, Legendary is turning its attentions to a different baseball trailblazer. The company is developing a film about Roberto Clemente, the Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder who became the first Latino player inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 by Angie Han
Yet another comic book series is being adapted for television, but this one isn’t the typical superhero fare. Legendary Television has picked up the rights to Lazarus, Image Comics’ dystopian sci-fi series by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark.
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