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Saturday, January 5, 2008

TRAILER - Resident Evil: Degeneration

Apparently this is on the "Resident Evil: Extinction" DVD. Rumored to take place in the same timeline as the last three Resident Evil movies, this will be Sony's first all CG Resident Evil movie. It's most likely to arrive straight to DVD. Right now a 2008 release is set for it? When 2008? Who knows, probably very late. It wouldn't surprise me if it was pushed back to 2009. So here it is. You RE fans enjoy:

And the New Bond Girl is...

Gemma Arterton. The english actress is set to star in the 22nd Bond film, rumored to be titled "007." Not much is known about her role, but I'm sure she'll probably end up kissing Bond at some point. Filming started last month and it's aiming for a November 2008 release date.
She's cute, no Eva Green, but cute.

Routh Still Supes? The Speculation Continues

Well, now this is just getting ridiculous. Conflicting "moles" are saying that WB still has Routh in place for the future of Superman. The confusion surrounding this issue is absurd. WB needs to come out and address it soon seeing as the most inconsistant reports are flying around faster than the Man of Steel himself.

So we have Brandon Routh, the star of "Superman Returns." One report says he will be booted from future Superman projects and whoever plays Superman in "Justice League" will take over the solo Superman franchise from there. This may also mean a possible reboot and have no connection with "Superman Returns." But that's mostly speculation as well-- Though likely.

Another report says WB still wants Routh as Superman, confirming that the Superman in "Justice League" and the Superman in "Superman Returns" exist in two totally different worlds and storylines. Thus, "Superman Returns" may get its sequel and continue the storyline of its characters.

Confused yet? Just to throw another bone out there, it doesn't seem likely Brian Singer will return to direct the Superman sequel, even if Routh is still on board, because he's gearing up for another movie. So who would direct?

This is all in the air and totally ridiculous. Lets just hope Warner Brothers comes out and says something soon.

Friday, January 4, 2008

"The Host" Prequel

"The Host" was one of those really weird surprises of the year. I went in believing it would just be a dumb, but fun monster flick. What I found was a substance heavy film with funny moments, political commentary and a riveting end. It was huge in Korea, so, like all movies that are huge, a sequel was soon in talks.

Ah, but this is no sequel. The next story that has to do with the host monster will be a prequel. The story, written by Kang Full, will show an excavation at the Cheonggye Stream. There, several monsters will be found. I don't really get why this has to be a sequel and what this has to do with the events in the first film, but there you go. I'm not liking the excavation or the multiple monsters thing-- What made "The Host" so good was not the focus on the monster, but rather the family searching for their loved one trapped in the monster's layer. This sounds like too much focus will be pinned on the monster-- Focus that is unnecessary. We don't need to know background on the monster, that's what made it so mysterious to begin with!


And What's With Superman?

The DC Comic movie franchise is looking like a mess thanks to this Justice League movie Warner Brothers is adamant about. Superman seems to be suffering the most from it.

Reports are circling that Brandon Routh, the actor who played the Man of Steel in "Superman Returns," will not be returning for whatever Superman sequel takes place after "Justice League," which is a movie that may not get shot until the WGA strike has ended, pushing Superman back even further.

Currently, however, "Superman: Man of Steel" still has a May 2009 release date, but Bryan Singer, who is finishing up "Valkyrie," is now gearing up for another movie, "The Mayor of Castro Street." So is this it for the Singer/Routh era? Will Bryan Singer not finish up the storyline he had set up with the characters in "Superman Returns?"
And if they're merging the Superman franchise with "Justice League," where does this leave Christopher Nolan's Batman series? Not to fear. Apparently Warner Brothers is very happy with "The Dark Knight" and wants Nolan to continue with that Batman. (Thank God.)

But it seems "Superman Returns" wont get the sequel from Singer or even a sequel at all! "Justice League" may have ensured an official Superman reboot. I find this to be a darn shame. I may have been one of the few in the comic book geek circle, but I found "Superman Returns" to be very well done. It did a great job of re-establishing the characters, had some great narrative and really put Superman in a place where you felt for him. The writing made him interesting by giving sending him to a world of confusion. It doesn't look like we'll be seeing anymore of that though...

None of this has been confirmed from Warner Brothers, but there's enough sources out there to speculate it's probably true. I think this "Justice League" nonsense is a bad, bad idea and will do nothing but cheapen the characters. I, for one, would rather have had a "Superman" sequel than a mish-mash of A-list superheroes. I hope Nolan doesn't get so fed up with it that he decides not to return for the third Batman-- As the Superman franchise seems to already be ruined.

I Am Legend...Again...

I shouldn't be surprised considering the amount of money this movie made, but I still think it's ridiculous. "I Am Legend" does not seem like franchise material and it was a mediocre movie anyway. But money talks, and apparently so are speculations for a sequel.
Author Richard Matheson has given sequel rights to Warner Brothers and I feel it's only a matter of time before the movie gets an official green light. Why make a sequel to a movie based on a book that had no sequel? Well, it worked for "Jaws!" Oh... Oh ouch. Damn. Nevermind.