Here on TGD we’ve written extensively about game screenwriting, and several major Hollywood scribes have been writing video games including David Goyer (Call of Duty Black Ops, The Dark Knight Rises), John Milius (Apocalypse Now), and more.
We know a number of readers here at TGD are not fond of 3D, and got sick of the hype long ago. 3D has certainly taken a dive in the States, but you often have to make a movie in 3D for it to play in China, where we’re counting on the box office over there for a film to break even.
As Robert Downey Jr’s renegotiations for the next two Avengers films have proved, it’s very important to have your stars signed up for future superhero movies well in advance. In fact, when an actor is picked to play a superhero these days, he or she usually has to sign on for at least three movies, which is a good thing in this day and age, because you’ll know you’ll be employed for years.
When Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel was released, it was a revelation to superhero fans. I can still recall when it came out back in the eighties and it was the hottest thing since sliced bread for comic freaks everywhere. I also felt this was the beginning of the darker Batman we eventually saw in the first Tim Burton film, and of course the Christopher Nolan films that followed.
As you’ve read on TGD, the big screen adaption of Judge Dredd, simply titled Dredd, has been growing a nice cult following since it came out last year.
In what has to be the big non-news story of the day, it has been officially announced that the JJ Abrams reboot of Star Wars will be coming out in the summer of 2015. This is certainly no big news flash, and it was Star Wars that helped create the whole summer blockbuster climate back in the ‘70’s along with Jaws.
The Steve Jobs biopic, jOBS, is due for release in September, and it’s already come with its share of controversy. The reviews have been middling to fair, and there’s been recent speculation that Steve “the Woz” Wozniak may have gotten short shrift in the movie.
Along with the Lone Ranger, no movie had worse buzz than World War Z, and the press had a field day with reports of the third act having to be redone from scratch, budget over-runs reaching the moon, and reported fighting between Brad Pitt and director Marc Foster.
One of the reasons it was so hard to get Star Wars made was it made no sense on paper. Star Wars is such a visual story, it was hard to get it to work in screenplay form, which is why many involved in the film really didn’t know what they had until they saw the finished product.
Making a short film on your favorite comic book is a pretty cool new phenomenon. You do it as a fan, with the disclaimer that it’s strictly a fan thing and not meant to profit off the series. Then you post it on YouTube, and see who salutes it. Max Landis, the writer of Chronicle, did a funny Death of Superman commentary that racked up a ton of views on YouTube, and up and coming director Christian Cardona also did a well received fan adaptation of DC’s Y: The Last Man Standing.
Syd Mead may not be a household name, but among genre fans he’s a god, the man who designed Blade Runner, Tron, Aliens, and many other titles, leading up to Elysium. (Director Neill Blomkamp is a huge Mead fan, which is why he hired him on to design Elysium. Just imagine what he could have done for the Halo film that didn’t come together.)
Internet music video platform Vevo is reportedly working on a dedicated app that would act as an "always on" 24-7 music channel for Apple TV owners.
Oh, Adam Marisett, you hustler, you. We were so taken with your email of love for TGD that we decided to highlight your, ironically enough, well made, special effects laden, short movie, AMP. You owe us, buddy.
It’s been a very hard summer at the box office with over six weeks of flops in a row. The most notorious of a long stream of summer failures will either be The Lone Ranger, or After Earth. We at TGD followed both films closely, and despite so many efforts to try and turn things around, the Jerry Bruckheimer western seemed doomed from day one.
While it’s all fine and dandy that we’re going to have another Star Wars movie two years from now, what we’re really excited about here at TGD is the possibility of another Bill and Ted film. Everyone’s onboard to come back, including Keanu Reeves, which excites us to no end.
You probably know by now that Neill Blomkamp, the director of Elysium, made his debut with the acclaimed sci-fi epic District 9. Blomkamp was also up to direct the big screen adaptation of Halo, which was set up at Universal with Peter Jackson directing, but it never got off the ground.
Yup. Finally, an OS you can make love to. It's a new movie from Spike Jonze starring Joaquin Phoenix so, it is likely to be very conventional and ordinary. Yup.
If a movie can get rebooted, why not a video game, right? That’s what they did with Tomb Raider, which could have been in danger of being forgotten in today’s video game age, but the new model Lara Croft got very high marks from players and reviewers. And being that games can have even more sequels than a movie franchise, another Tomb Raider game is indeed in the works.
We at TGD love Bill Shatner. Whether he’s hilariously interpreting a song like Rocket Man, leading the Enterprise, fighting the Gorn, performing spoken word on Broadway, or battling an army of tarantulas in the ‘70’s B movie classic Kingdom of the Spiders, it’s amazing that Bill’s still around at 82 and he's showing no signs of slowing down.
Why are you wasting time on this teaser? Go see the damn trailer!