The original Tron film dazzled 1982 filmgoers with its futuristic inside-the-computer action scenes. The 2010 sequel was less ground-breaking, but a decent effort. Fans waiting for Tron 3 have some reason to hope, and some reason to despair.
As ScreenRant reports, Joseph Kosinki, who directed the sequel, Tron: Legacy, says that “TRON 3 is in cryogenic freeze.” At one point, the third Tron installment’s script was 80% complete, but Kosinki says it is difficult to get the movie made because it would not necessarily be successful as the Star Wars and Marvel movies that Disney is currently churning out.
Will we have to wait another thirty years for the next Tron installment? Disney has invested billions in its Star Wars acquisition and is manufacturing Marvel films at breakneck speed. It does seem that the Tron franchise has been placed on the backburner. A thirty-year wait would be agonizing for Tron diehards.
There is hope for an earlier Tron 3 release, though. Tron has a cultural relevance that is likely to coincide with near-term developments in the real world. Between Tron and Tron: Legacy, the internet was born and spread all over the world. That technological progress made the Tron franchise relevant in 2010. In the next few years, virtual reality is likely to grow and spread, as well. By 2020, the time could be right for a VR-themed Tron movie, and cultural relevance could persuade Disney to get this movie made.
Kosinski has not revealed the plot of Tron 3, but VR would certainly provide an obvious avenue for the story. In the next Tron installment, perhaps many real-world humans will be drawn into the world of Tron through their VR gear, fighting battles that seem like games but are actually real.
Whatever the story turns out to be, Tron 3 will definitely draw out its cult followers. With some appropriate cultural relevance, it could be a major hit in its own right.
It’s a given that anyone who knows who director Christopher Nolan is knows about the very high quality of films he produces. The upcoming film “Dunkirk” will be no exception.
Of the many films that could end up being nominees for next year’s Oscar Awards, Dunkirk happens to be one of the many highly anticipated movies on the list, which is being directed by Nolan himself. Nolan, who is a three-time Oscar nominee, has waited three years since his last flick, Interstellar, hit theaters and naturally that movie was a big hit as well.
The film Dunkirk takes place in the middle of World War II and based on the few minutes of footage shown to the public, has a certain ambition and scope to give it a very authentic experience. The story itself is about the noted evacuation of Dunkirk, France by British, French and Belgian soldiers in 1940 after they found themselves surrounded by the Germans. A fascinating fact about the film is that it’s told from three different perspectives: battles from the land, air and sea.
In a recent interview, Nolan sat down and discussed the overall plot and story of the film, starting with now the event was important for Great Britain and the war effort overall during that time. He went to talk about how from each of the three perspectives, time seems to feel differently for them, so for instance soldiers on the water would see things happen in a day as opposed to those on the ground who may see things over the course of a week. The structure of the film seems complicated but the story itself was actually quite simple, in his words. He concluded with how important the evacuation was in the Second World War and how bad things could have gone if it hadn’t been a success.
The 89th Academy Awards generated a lot of buzz for all the strangest reasons. With an epic error made by the accountant who handed an envelope to Warren Beatty, the wrong film was announced as the winner. When the truth was eventually revealed, the world was agog. Although producers from the musical La La Land had already made acceptance speeches, it turned out that the actual winner of the award was the team from Moonlight.
After the stage manager stepped out from behind the curtains, it quickly became obvious that something had gone horribly wrong. The whole situation was so shocking that even host Jimmy Kimmel said that his brain couldn’t process what was happening. Considering the awkwardness of the situation, the producers of La La Land were extremely gracious about handing over their golden statuettes to the representatives of Moonlight.
Even director Barry Jenkins, who is usually very cool, calm and composed, seemed visibly dazed as he walked up to the stage to accept the award. Not only were the circumstances wild, but he must have realized that he had just made history. As the first film with an all-black cast to win for Best Picture, the incredible achievement of Moonlight cannot be overstated.
Partly based on the real-life experiences of Jenkins and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, this story focuses in on the life of a young boy growing up in the rough part of Miami. Taken under the wing of a powerful drug dealer named Juan, he must also contend with his mother’s horrifying crack cocaine habit. Along the way, he also makes discoveries that make him feel different from the other boys at school. Blending elements of an urban coming-of-age story with a romance of sorts, this film generated major buzz from the moment it first started to make the festival circuit rounds. In the years to come, one would hope that moviegoers will remember the historic symbolism of the win—and not a silly envelope mistake made by an accountant.
If nothing else, it looks as though 2017 is shaping up to be a year of awesome movies. According to a recent Huffington Post article, it looks as though it will out do 2016 that brought us great hits like “Finding Dory” and “Suicide Squad”.
Some of the biggest movies expected to bring in huge box office turnouts are from recognizable names. Resident Evil will be back with their sixth and final installment to their movie series, “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter”. The movie is expected to be released at the end of January, so prepare yourself for some zombies, action, fighting, and a good time.
LEGO has made itself quite the name that stretches far beyond the familiar building blocks of our youth. Along with video games, the company has also dabbled in movies, and this February, “LEGO Batman” will be taking theatres by storm. Grab the kids and prepare to watch these beloved block characters come to life in a funny action packed movie that will entertain the whole family.
Weather you love Marvel or just love Hugh Jackman, you’ll want to be in the theatre in March as he takes the screen as Wolverine in the last movie of the series, “Logan”. This final installment will focus on his life after the mutant war as an aging Wolverine joins forces with Professor X to protect a young clone of Logan himself.
If you are looking for a great family friendly movie that will have everyone laughing, head to theatres this summer for “Despicable Me 3”. Everyone loves the Minions, and they will be taking on their foe Balthazar Bratt in a film that is sure to provide buckets of belly laughs.
What is likely to be one of the biggest films of the year won’t hit theatres until December 2017. “Star Wars: Episode VII” will follow the adventures of Finn, Poe, Rey, and Luke Skywalker in another saga of their adventure. Fans will be especially interested to see how the film will play out after the unexpected death of Carrie Fisher, someone who was supposed to have a rather large role in this film.
With so much news about new Marvel Comics films, details about older and equally successful ones are overlooked. Information about concept art from Ant-Man has been released and it is pretty interesting. The character of Arnim Zola was to return in a rather traditional — and traditionally bizarre — way. The human computer version of Arnim Zola was to make appearance in Ant-Man, but things changed and the return of the villain was not to be.
Bringing Arnim Zola to Ant-Man would have been somewhat odd. The character is a Captain America villain, which explains why he appeared in the first two Captain America films. Fans of 1960’s Marvel Comics know Ant-Man and Captain America were part of the original Avengers and Arnim Zola and the Avengers have surely crossed paths.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), things are a bit different. Crossing over heroes and villains has its positives and drawbacks. Bringing back popular villains adds to the continuity of the universe. Unfortunately, there also runs the risk of repeating villains in too many films comes off as a rehash. Original material works a little better sometimes.
The 1960’s to 1980’s version of Arnim Zola was both creepy and corny. Although Arnim Zola was never a A-list Captain America villain, he did maintain a solid presence in the “First Avenger’s” career. The artwork of Arnim Zola shows he would not have been corny looking in Ant-Man. The depiction of the villain was far more ominous. Maybe that is one reason why he was dropped.
Ant-Man is a superhero film with classic science-fiction overtones. The film had a humorous and campy component to it as well. The scary version of Arnim Zola, the one depicted in the artwork, may have been a bit too dark for a lighthearted film such as Ant-Man. Granted, Arnim Zola could be made humorous in the film but, in doing that, he would cease to be Arnim Zola.
There were different versions of the Ant-Man script over the years and different directors were attached to the original film. Ant-Man did well at the box office and a sequel is planned. Ant-Man was a good, not great, film. Maybe a change of style and the return of Arnim Zola can play a part in the sequel.
A matter of months before the film’s March 2017 release, the upcoming “Kong: Skull Island” has been the source of plenty of news as of late. A welcome rush after the silence following the film’s first trailer earlier this year, long-time “King Kong” fans have taken a special interest in the monstrous ape’s new look.
In an exclusive peek from Entertainment Weekly, the newly re-imagined Kong is on full display, showing us much more than the teases to date. Fan response to the new design has been slightly mixed, especially the famous ape’s now slightly leaner build. With an upright, human-like stance closely resembling the original 1933 film though, old-school enthusiasts have a lot to like.
Size has been a big question on people’s minds as well, in regards to this fresh iteration of the iconic movie monster. With a planned “Godzilla vs. Kong” crossover on the horizon, many are hoping Kong will be able to stack up to Legendary’s other giant monster mainstay. Legendary’s 2014 Godzilla was touted as the largest of the King of the Monsters’ dozens of re-imaginings up to that point, and according to some sources, “Skull Island”‘s Kong can say the same. From a look at the film’s initial trailer, it’s certainly hard to argue with.
For an extra bit of crossover magic, Legendary has been having fun with viral marketing under the guise of “Monarch”, the mysterious organization linking both the “Kong” and “Godzilla” franchises. By interacting with the related Twitter account (@MonarchSciences) and official website, fans are rewarded with cryptic video clips and imagery from the film, giving people a deeper view of this exciting new universe, and reassuring us all that “Godzilla vs. Kong” will be more than just a dream.
It’s probably safe to say that hype for “Kong: Skull Island” has well and truly hit its stride. The film’s second trailer is slated for November 16th, no doubt prepared to give us an even better look at the mighty Kong himself. If Legendary keeps up the promotional pace they’ve been maintaining lately, March 2017 will be here before you know it.
One of the most beloved franchises in the Horror genre is the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise which featuresFreddy Krueger, the murderous figure that haunts children’s dreams. Recently, the original actor that played the infamous horror figure has some ideas about a possible new installment in the series. The original Nightmare on Elm Street saga had six films, seven if one is to count New Nightmare. There is also a reboot that stars Jackie Earle Haley, who played Rorschach in the big screen adaptation of Watchmen. Of course the reboot has fallen into obscurity after the initial release. The last movie that he starred in as the murderous figure was in Freddy vs Jason.
The horror genre was at its best during the 80s and 90s. However, the 2000s have seen pretty much the same formula of a group of teenagers in the woods becoming victims of a slasher. As a result, people have become bored of the formulaic franchise. There are attempts to revamp the horror genre. For one thing, some of the more well versed fans of the horror genre understand that there is more to horror than just blood and guts. Horror is more about the feeling it gives people.
Perhaps some of the best types of horrors is something that could happen in every day life. For instance, there are a lot of horror stories of people that go through something that changes their lives forever. Among the common types of horror stories are that of someone following them for unknown reasons. It does not have to be the slasher film that has been associated with the horror genre.
One thing that Robert Englund has mention is to have Freddy Krueger depend on each different child’s interpretation of him. One thing that could revamp Freddy is that he can be anything as it depends on the child’s subconscious. Freddy Krueger does not have to be limited to one image no matter how iconic that image is.
The original Blade film is often overlooked when the history of comic book movies is discussed. Batman (1988) and X-Men (2000) are given the most credit for launching the modern comic book movie craze. They may deserve more praise for boosting interest in superhero films. As for movies based on comic books, Blade played a huge role in making graphic novels viable source material. The films were huge hits and established the great potential for comic book movies to make big money. This is why it is odd thanKevin Feige notes no new Blade movie is forthcoming.
Feige’s direct comments indicated nothing is “imminent”. In time, a new Blade movie – or TV series – is sure to come out of the Marvel pipeline. Blade made money in the past. There is no reason why Marvel Studios would not turn to proven material and reboot it.
Blade may not be a traditional superhero, but the character does cross two genres: horror and martial arts action. Audiences flocked to see these movies in the 1990’s and, honestly, there is no reason to assume audiences won’t flock to them again. Anything comic book-related is guaranteed a built-in audience. Horror movies do well and martial arts are always appreciated by action fans. Yet, there is no Blade on the near horizon.
Likely, Marvel Studios is already overwhelmed with projects. There are only so many new movies and TV and streaming projects a single company can handle. Taking a breather is helpful now and then, but Marvel is not known for slowing anything down.
Blade could be the proverbial “ace in the hole” to go to when the superhero cycle slows down. Blade might be promoted on its horror genre merits as opposed to its superhero-oriented ones.
That is all conjecture though. No one really knows when, where, and how a new Blade film will emerge. Eventually, the vampire hunter will come back to the big and/or small screen. Fans just have to bide their time and wait.
Robert Englund is very busy on the convention circuit. Long retired from the role of playing Freddy Kreuger in the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, Englund does spend a lot of time discussing his experiences with convention audiences. Now he is publicly sharing ideas and opinions for a new Nightmare franchise.
Englund bandied around an idea that involves a shapeshifting version of Freddy Krueger. Since the character is born of nightmares, would it not make sense that individual dreamers would come up with their own concept of what Freddy looks like?
The idea is intriguing, but there are two drawbacks. One, the concept is a bit too much like Stephen King’s It. And even in It, the shapeshifting entity would return to the singular, identifiable villain of Pennywise the Clown. Two, it would be hard to market a shapeshifting character. A single, distinguishable villain needs to be presented in order to have impact. Of course, that could be settled by making the traditional version of Freddy to assume a role similar to Pennywise.
A new Nightmare on Elm Street film is already being developed. The project comes on the heels of the “failed” reboot, a failure that earned $100 million worldwide but poor reviews. A new version of the series that seeks to improve upon the first reboot does need to avoid making the same mistakes that plagues the first one and the various weak sequels of the original franchise. Englund deserves credit for trying to come up with something new. Maybe some of his advice will be followed.
Likely, the new version of the series is simply going to retread the older material. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre films followed this approach with the new versions doing well at the box office. Granted, they could have done better with far better scripts. Unfortunately, the goal becomes “get the same type of film out in theaters before anyone knows how weak it is.” Financially, this works as a short-term success but makes enthusiasm for new films difficult.
There is a lot of feelings about alternate versions of films. While some people feel that there should be only one version of films, there are those that may actually welcome the idea of different interpretations of the same screen story. However, in many cases, only one version of the film will be released in theaters at a time. Often times, there are other versions released later on home media. In many cases, people get more or less the theatrical version of the film (sometimes with minor alterations) with deleted scenes. In many cases, the deleted scenes are incomplete and the quality of the footage is much different from the rest of the film which makes it stick out like a sore thumb.
People who work in the film industry or are knowledgeable about the film industry is that there are already multiple versions of any given film. For one thing, there is the first cut which contains all of the footage that is usable. Then among other versions is the workprint which gives people the template of what to work with. The workprint of course is far from complete. There are certain workprints that are incomplete in the telling of the story. For instance, the Apocalypse Now Workprint cuts off right when Willard confronts Kurtz for the last time in the complete film.
One good thing about alternate versions is that they keep the film fresh in some way. While some alternate versions of film just add a couple of bits to the film, there are some alternate versions that change the overall message and intention of the film. One example is Blade Runner. There are a couple of scenes edited in order to suggest who Deckard really is. However, the film is not really changed that much. Then there are films that have not only been extended, but re-edited so that it could work well with the extended scenes. For instance, Batman V Superman has not only added some scenes to better flesh out the story, but it has also tweaked some scenes for a better flow. As of right now, there is a plan for the extended edition of Suicide Squad. What remains to be seen is if it is going to be one of the earlier versions of the film, or in fact a new version of the film with the extra minutes of footage added back in.