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Fox Signs on for The Orville Season 2!

Seth MacFarlane led The Orville made an interstellar splash when it hit Fox channels this past fall. Quickly developing its fan base with intricately crafted science fiction storytelling, leaning on the explorative spirit of Star Trek and Lost in Space, as well as MacFarlane’s trademark sense of humor and narrative, The Orville became heralded by critics throughout its first season. As recently announced by Fox, The Orville has been signed for a second season, allowing MacFarlane and company to continue to boldly go where few comedy programs have before, straight to the hearts of the most diligent science fiction fans, while at once being enjoyed by audiences at large.

The Orville tells the story of Captain Ed Mercer, leader of The Orville, and ex-wife and commander of The Orville, Kelly Grayson, along with stories of the crew of the ship, and the discoveries made in deep space. The Orville makes perfect use of decade’s worth of science fiction influences and manages to subvert them for surprising encounters in what may feel like familiar space for Star Trek, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica fans. The Orville has stood out as a surprising television series for MacFarlane who is known for his animated series’ focusing on comedy focus, whereas The Orville is particularly serious in tone while playfully adopting humor elements throughout.

With a second season of the series it is likely we will see MacFarlane delve deeper into world building and providing his characters with a more intricate backgrounds, while at once allowing the twisting and turning sci-fi nature of the series to show through more broadly. Without a doubt The Orville has become a surprise hit for a variety of different T.V. fans, and will bring us another season of sci-fi hi-jinks on the bridge of the federation ship in 2018. To find out more about The Orville, and the upcoming season 2, visit https://www.fox.com/the-orville.

Can Quentin Tarantino Make Star Trek Cool?

When people think about Star Trek, they think about space exploration and even a few battles. When people think about Quentin Tarantino, they think about witty dialogue, foul language and graphic violence. So what exactly do they have to do with one another? One thing that very few people would expect is Quentin Tarantino directing a Star Trek film. Well, there is news. Quentin Tarantino is in talks for directing the next Star Trek film. Another bit of news that can really blow minds is that it is going to be R rated if Quentin Tarantino directs it.

There may be a bit of disbelief about this development. However, it seems as if Paramount and J.J. Abrams is on board for this. Therefore, it is likely to happen after Quentin Tarantino releases his 9th film which is going to deal with the Manson Murders. Now, an R rated Star Trek may not be as far fetched as one might think. The Star Trek films are filled with some rather intense moments. Star Trek VI in particular needed some edits in effects in order to avoid the R rating. The only thing is the question as to whether Quentin Tarantino’s style is a good fit for Star Trek.

Another thing that seems to to be revealed is that this upcoming film might not center around the rebooted TOS crew, but may instead focus on the next generation crew. The only thing is what direction Quentin Tarantino is going to take. One question that remains is whether he is going to adapt an episode into a film. There are ideas of sending the Star Trek crew to the past which has been done at least twice in a film. Quentin Tarantino could also keep the action in the 24 century and add blood spurts to phaser blasts along with some profanity.

This Film Has Been Rated R

There was a time not too long ago when hearing this was rare. For about a decade, it seemed that every big action movie that has come out has been given the PG-13 rating. The disturbing thing at the time was that a lot of the PG-13 films have come from R rated properties. While these are not first time occurrences (Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome was a PG-13 film in an R rated franchise that came out in 1985), it did bring about some glaring issues. For one thing, there are obvious bits where the violence has been watered down. Also, a lot of the action scenes have been filmed with quick cuts and rapid movements which make it hard for the audience to make out what is happening on the screen.

The worst thing about PG-13 films is that they came at a time when Hollywood was starting to become gimmicky. When a film happened to be successful, Hollywood wanted to copy that film over and over. For instance, the Batman Reboot films have led to other properties being rebooted. While the first couple of reboots like Batman Begins and Casino Royale were good, there were tons of reboots that were disasters.

These past 10 or so years was like the Hayes Code era of films. Now, Hollywood has calmed down because it has realized that it is more important to tell a good compelling story than to cater to a rating. Even Disney can be trusted to leave the Deadpool franchise alone as the R rated portion of the X-Men franchise. The only issue is that it might be going to the other extreme where everything has to be rated R. For instance, studios seem to be on board for an R rated Quentin Tarantino directed Star Trek film. Since the success of Deadpool, John Wick, and Logan, Hollywood has seen that there is a market for R rated films that is perhaps as big as the PG-13 market.

Concerns over Disney Owning Fox

As excited as people seem to be at the idea of Disney owning Fox, there have been some concerns voiced over what that could mean for some of the property of Fox. Among the concerns for the acquisition is what could happen to property such as Deadpool. Given that Deadpool is one of the most successful R rated movies in the recent era, and Disney is the one company that is known for keeping things on a kid-friendly level, there is naturally going to be some concern that Deadpool is going to be one of the characters that are toned down.

Fans may not have to worry. For one thing, Deadpool and X-Men may be kept apart for a little bit. Another thing that is to be considered is that Disney has other studios that actually release more adult films. One of the studios is Touchstone Pictures. This studio is known for releasing R rated films. There is also Hollywood pictures which is known for projects such as 1995’s Judge Dredd starring Sylvester Stallone. Disney is also allowing Marvel to do its own thing for the most part when it comes to the content in the films. Even some of Quentin Tarantino’s films have been released through a Disney studio.

Even the Star Wars films are somewhat darker and more violent under the direction of Disney than the prequels, which were a little more Disney-esque than a lot of the films released under the company. Rogue One was rewritten and reshot for a darker ending. The Force Awakens is a little gorier than any other Star Wars movie before it other than Revenge of the Sith. Therefore, there are a ton of reasons that Deadpool might be okay. Other properties might get going in a smoother fashion such as more Alien and Predator movies.

Star Wars and the Push For Diversity

Back when the first Star Wars movie appeared, there was diversity, but only in the form of humans mixing with different creatures. George Lucas didn’t really think of diversity when he shot the first Star Wars back in the 70s. However, he has taken a step forward when he has brought in Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian. While most of the actors playing human characters consisted of people of European descent, some of the aliens bore a slight resemblance to other ethnic groups. By the time Return of the Jedi was released, Billy Dee Williams was perhaps one of the only non-white actors to have a prominent role. The only other non-white actor that was recognizable was James Earl Jones, but that was only a vocal role.

Even the prequels seemed to be lacking when it comes to diversity. However, it did a little better than the original trilogy. With The Force Awakens, there has been a strong push for diversity with one of the lead actors being Jogn Boyega, a Black actor from Britain. Rey is played by Daisy Ridley. It seems like this generation of Star Wars leads are more diverse than previous.

The actors are not the only ones that are starting to be diverse. There are plans to bring about diversity to the directors. There are also plans for another Star Wars Trilogy that is not related to the current trilogy. This could mean that it is not going to have anything to do with the Skywalker bloodline or Rey’s lineage.

There seems to be plenty of exciting things happening with Star Wars. Disney is making a lot of deals and working on a lot of projects that are sure to not only entertain but innovate. With a deal being made with Fox, they are surely going to be in control of some of the crowd pleasing franchises that they can develop into new projects. Among the things to look forward to is the complete released of the restored original trilogy.

Guillermo del Toro’s Plan for Pacific Rim 2

The film “Pacific Rim” was a monster movie when it was released in 2013, all courtesy of director Guillermo del Toro.

While the movie didn’t break box office records upon its release, it was well received by critics and fans, so naturally the idea of a sequel was in the clouds, mainly because of its international haul. Originally, del Toro planned to directing the sequel and a spin-off for television, but sadly had to drop from the project in early 2016. With him gone, Steven S. DeKnight filled in as the director.

DeKnight has had success behind directing “Spartacus” and Marvel’s “Daredevil,” and with the aide of three different writers, came up with a story that was quite different from what del Toro originally had in mind.

Despite the change in the movie’s story, audiences can still find out about what the original ideas that del Toro had were. When being interviewed about his upcoming film “The Shape of Water,” he mentioned that he had filmed some scenes in Shanghai and used the river there to combine it and make it into a back drop. He added that he also traveled to the desert to shoot some scenes for a background. San Francisco was the last place he used to shoot scenes, mainly because he saw so many previous disaster movies end up there.

To conclude, del Toro’s vision for Pacific Rim 2 would’ve been much more different than the final product set to be released in March of 2018, but even with this knowledge the sequel does open up the world to all kinds of new stories that can be explored.

Punisher Season Two Is A Go At Netflix

The Punisher clearly was a big hit for Netflix. Fans know this because season two has already been announced. Season one only first aired a few short weeks ago. The newest live-action version of the anti-hero debuted in Daredevil season two. Clearly, the vigilante can carry a season all on his own. Jon Bernthal truly deserves a lot of credit for bringing the fourth version of Frank Castle to life.

Three previous films saw only one version, the 2004 feature with Thomas Jane, receive any real acclaim. Bernthal’s version may actually lead fans to see him as the definitive Punisher and Jane as the star of a one-off appearance in a campy cult film.

Ironically, the series was never even supposed to happen. The Punisher played a subordinate role in Daredevil. Likely, The Punisher was planned for cameo and secondary roles in other Netflix programs starring another character.

Bernthal’s performance proved so memorable that a spinoff series was greenlighted. This broke the previous rule that Netflix would only air two Marvel series per year. While the reviews were not entirely strong, The Punisher was far better received than Iron Fist. The Punisher probably ranks with The Defenders in terms of audience reaction. Overall, the reception was positive and fans clamor for more. Admittedly though, the critical reception didn’t reach the levels of Daredevil season one.

The second season of The Punisher may not arrive for quite some time. New seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist are all slated to go into production. The sophomore season of The Punisher would likely need to follow these shows.

The Crow Reboot Set To Move Forward

There has been many attempts to get The Crow reboot off the ground. The reboot has not only gone through many actors, but also many directors. Now, Sony Entertainment Studios has everything set up to move forward with the reboot. While some people may not see this as a big deal with tons of franchises getting rebooted or remade, Alex Proyas, the director of the 1994 adaptation has spoken out against it saying that Brandon Lee has given his life in this role. He wants this role to belong to deceased star. However, there have been plenty of reboots that have gone forward including those where the star of a previous incarnation has died. One example is the Joker who was played by Heath Ledger who had died shortly after filming.

The Crow was a hit when it came out. Brandon Lee has given a really memorable performance as Eric Draven. Even though the film was a really faithful adaptation, there are plenty of differences between the film and the original comics. Also, there were plenty of scenes that were cut that would’ve given more insight to certain plot points in the film. However, the film has hinted at the plot points.

The original movie has spawned numerous sequels and a TV series. Before attempting to reboot the franchise, Rob Zombie had an idea for an installment that took place in 2037. There were also other ideas pitched around for a Crow movie featuring DMX called Lazarus. In total, there have been 4 feature films in the franchise. Only two of them were released in theaters. The Crow: City of Angels was considered a disaster. However, this is likely because of issues in the editing process. An earlier cut of the film was finished that would’ve bumped the quality up to almost the level of the first film.

Justice League Reveals Its Green Lantern’s Identity?

Fans may have identified the Green Lantern seen sacrificing his life at the beginning of the new Justice League film.

The theory was posted on Reddit by a user called StrandingDeath, who deduced that the fleeting shot was of a minor alien character named Yalan Gur.

Justice League features the formation of the titular superheroe team, made up of some of the biggest names in DC Comics. Traditionally, one of the founding members is Hal Jordan, who goes by the superhero name Green Lantern. (Green Lanterns are a corps of space police, so there are many at any one time.) He has not appeared in any of the other DC Extended Universe films, nor was he advertised, but many fans were hoping for a surprise reveal, especially since the tagline “Unite the Seven” was used in early marketing.

In the end, the team was only made up of the six members who were previously stated to appear—Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash and Cyborg. However, early on the film discusses the first time that the villain, Steppenwolf, attacked Earth, and showed that a mysterious, unnamed Green Lanterns was ammong our planet’s defenders.

Since this scene is set in ancient times, it obviously is not meant to be Hal Jordan or any of the other well-known Green Lanterns; for that matter, the character in question does not seem to be human. His identity was a mystery that some fans naturally had to investigate.

Saying “In case there was still any doubt about who THAT was in the History Lesson…,” StrandingDeath posted some screenshots from the movie beside some images of the character from the comics. Though the Justice League version is shadowed and hard to see, he appears to fit the figure of Yalan Gur well: he seems to have a cape, has Yalan Gur’s sort of snoutlike face, pointed ears and so on.

Official word is that the Green Lantern in question is not supposed to be any character in particular. For that matter, it should be noted that in the comics, Yalan Gur lived in the tenth century C.E. and ultimately turned villainous; this version was alive thousands of years before that and died heroically against Steppenwolf. Nevertheless, it is likely that the character’s design could at least be an Easter egg, even if it’s not the “real” Yalan Gur.

“Shazam” Director Has Not Been Fired

David F. Sandberg, who is currently working on pre-production for the DC Extended Universe film Shazam, says that he has not been fired, despite rumors to the contrary.

The supposed firing was “revealed” on a Reddit board that has spread a lot of false news about the DCEU.

The typo-filled “leak” in question says that “Joss Whedon, Chris [McKay] and David F. Sandberg have [been] fired [by] WB. David S. Sandberg [sic] reportedly wanted to make a dark and gritty, sexy and violent Shazam! movie with a hard R rating but after reading his script they tore it apart and kicked him out of their office.”

Whedon, a writer and uncredited co-director on Justice League, is reportedly set to make a Batgirl film, while McKay is scheduled for Nightwing. The Reddit rumor also claims that Zack Snyder, director of both Justice League and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, will retire from Hollywood.

Posting a screenshot of this on his Twitter account, Sandberg quipped “Reading /r/DCEUleaks on reddit is the best.” The director has been posting many jokes and quips about his production of the upcoming film, as well as pictures of a desk covered in superhero action figures.

Nevertheless, the Reddit rumor alludes to issues with both the Shazam film and the DCEU in general which worry many fans. Previous entries in the franchise have been criticized for being overly dark and lacking in most of the fun and hope that the superhero genre usually embodies.

Shazam, which focuses on a boy named Billy Batson (played by Asher Angel) who can transform into an adult superhero (Zachary Levi), has so far been described as a lighter, more humorous entry into the franchise.