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Andrew Lincoln Exits The Walking Dead

Fans of the AMC zombie series The Walking Dead will be shocked to hear that series star Andrew Lincoln has announced that he will no be part of the horror series following the show’s upcoming ninth season. Lincoln is only expected to appear in six episodes next season. The actor has been playing Rick Grimes, an ex-cop turned leader in a post-apocalypse America, since the show’s first season in 2010. While Lincoln has not said why he wants to quit the zombie series, speculation rests on the actor wanting to spend more time with his family. The Walking Dead films in Georgia while Lincoln’s family lives in the United Kingdom. Lincoln has also stated that he feels that Rick’s story arc is coming to an end, and he wants to see the character’s journey come to completion.

Lincoln is not the only actor who has been with the show for a long time to exit the series recently. Last season, Chandler Riggs, who plays Rick’s son Carl on the show, left after his character suffered a bite from a walker. Like Lincoln, Riggs had been with the show since it began in 2010. Additionally, it was recently announced that Lauren Cohan, who has played Maggie since the show’s second season, would also only appear in six episodes of the coming season.

While fans worry that Lincoln and Cohan’s exits will lead to the show’s end, AMC plans to continue the series despite the exit of two of its biggest stars. Part of the network’s plan to keep audiences interested in the series is to offer actor Norman Reedus, who has played Daryl Dixon on the show since season one, a larger paycheck to stay with the series. Rumors are that the show’s writers hope for Reedus to assume Lincoln’s position as leading actor on the series.

Michael B. Jordan and Donald Glover Rumored for Black Panther 2

Given the success of Black Panther (and Avengers: Infinity War). There has been talk about the eventual sequel to the film. Among the rumors that are floating around is the casting of Donald Glover and Michael B. Jordan. While it is understandable why Ryan Coogler would cast Donald Glover, Michael B. Jordan would be an interesting choice for the sequel because his character, Killmonger has died in the first film. In Donald Glover’s case, he is not that much of a stranger to the MCU. He has appeared in Spider-Man Homecoming and made some contributions to the Black Panther film.

The rumors of Michael B. Jordan being included in the cast for Black Panther 2 brings about a lot of theories. One thing is that it takes away from the already debunked idea that Black Panther 2 would take place before the events of Infinity War. Another thing that this idea brings about is curiosity of what exactly might happen in the events of Avengers 4. One thing that has been suggested is that the events of Avengers 4 will lead to a new timeline. So it is likely that some of the events of Avengers 4 might lead to the resurrection of Killmonger among some other characters.

One thing that is important to understand is that this is currently a rumor. Nothing has been confirmed. At most, the creative team behind Black Panther 2 is considering the possibility of bringing in certain characters and bringing back others. Nothing has been finalized.

Paul Rudd Looked at For The Upcoming Sonic The Hedgehog Movie

There is a new Sonic the Hedgehog movie in the works. This one is going to be a live-action and CGI film featuring the blue blur character. As of right now, Paul Rudd is being looked at as a lead role. He is looked at for the role of the lead-cop who teams up with Sonic in order to take on Robotnik. Paul Rudd is known for his roles in the Judd-Apatow films and as Ant-Man.

Sonic is one of the most popular video game characters from Sega. There have been numerous games and plenty of productions in other media. There have been a lot of cartoons including the weekday cartoons and the Saturday morning cartoon. Even though these cartoons had nothing to do with each other, they shared the vocal talents of Jaleel White.

There has also been another movie made based on the video game character recently. It was a live-action CGI short that was released online. Among the actors that have featured in the film was Doug Walker. The budget was pretty low and the film was made for the internet and it shows. Given that this upcoming film is going to be released in theaters, it is very likely that the effects are going to be more refined. Therefore, Sonic and other characters are going to look more believable. The only thing that remains to be seen is the plot and the tone of the film. This may be the first video game movie that shows people that it is possible to make a good movie out of a game as simple as Sonic.

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.

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.

“Shazam” Director Jokes About “Knightmare”

David F. Sandberg, who is directing the DC Extended Universe film Shazam, has jokingly connected the movie’s protagonist to the “Knightmare” scene in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Shazam, which is scheduled for release in 2019, is about Billy Batson (played by Asher Angel), a young boy who can transform into an adult superhero by saying the magic word “Shazam!” His hero form (played by Zachary Levi) has traditionally been called Captain Marvel, but some modern versions go with “Shazam”; it is unsure which the film will choose.

On Sandberg’s Instagram account, he posted a video clip from the previous DC Comics animated movie Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. In the scene, Batman approaches an injured Billy Batson, whom he doesn’t seem to recognize as the hero Captain Marvel. Upon told to “say something,” Billy replies with “Shazam,” then transforms into his superpowered form in a flash of lightning. As he takes a threatening step toward Batman, we suddenly cut to a scene from the live-action Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, where Bruce Wayne (played by Ben Affleck) wakes up startled, as though he had been dreaming the previous animated scene.

Fans will recognize this live-action segment as being from the “Knightmare” sequence, where the DCEU Bruce Wayne has a strange dream about a world ruled by an evil Superman; it is implied to be some sort of prophetic vision, with the Flash appearing to warn Bruce that this will be caused by the death of Lois Lane. The villain Darkseid is implied to be involved.

Most expected this scene to be foreshadowing for something from the newest DCEU film, Justice League, where Darkseid’s general, Steppenwolf, is the main villain and Superman is temporarily an antagonist. (He had some post-resurrection mood swings.) However, it went unaddressed; possibly it was sacrificed in the numerous cuts made to make the film two hours long.

Captain Marvel is traditionally as kindhearted and heroic as Superman, if not moreso—however, many adaptations have tried to make him grimmer and grittier in an effort to make him more “realistic.” Trading an evil Superman for Captain Marvel seems to be Sandberg’s play on that. It probably should not be taken as a real hint about the film, which Sandberg has described as being a much more lighthearted entry into the DCEU franchise.

Ricky Whittle to Play A Green Lantern?

Michael Green, who co-wrote the script for the 2011 film Green Lantern, he would personally choose Ricky White to play the character John Stewart in the upcoming unrelated DC Extended Universe film Green Lantern Corps.

Debuting in 1971, Stewart (who is in no way based on a certain comedic news anchor, despite the name) he was DC Comics’ first black superhero. He is one of multiple humans chosen to join the Green Lanterns, a group of interplanetary cops from all over the galaxy. He is generally more staid and thoughtful than his brasher co-workers, Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner, and more experienced than relative newcomers like Kyle Rayner.

While Hal Jordan is generally the most notable Green Lantern in the comics, many will be familiar with Stewart from his appearances on the popular cartoons Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.

At this point, little is known about the upcoming Green Lantern Corps film; however, it is supposed to be about a team of Lanterns, so it would make since for Stewart to be a major character along with his fellow human colleagues.

The Green Lantern film from 2011, however, only used Jordan. Overall, the movie was not well-received, but Green, an aptly named writer for the project, says that he still has a good idea who could fill Stewart’s role in the upcoming DCEU entry.

“I’ll probably get angry texts if I don’t say what’s in my heart which is that Ricky Whittle would make a fantastic John Stewart.”

Whittle plays Shadow Moon in the TV series American Gods. He is a bit young to play Stewart, generally depicted in his forties or so, but could be a good choice if that detail is ignored.

“Suicide Squad” Director Regrets Downplaying Joker

Suicide Squad director David Ayer has confirmed that he should have made the Joker into the main villain of last year’s Suicide Squad movie.

The 2016 film focuses on a group of supervillains who carry out missions for the government in exchange for privileges and reduced sentences. Over the course of the movie one of their members, an evil demon called the Enchantress, goes rogue and tries to destroy the world after summoning her brother, Incubus. The rest of the team is forced to stop her.

It was an interesting choice for a main antagonist, but one which also fell somewhat flat. Meanwhile, the Joker appeared in the movie, had an important connection to one of the main characters (Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, his kooky but less vicious ex-girlfriend), and, as a more “street level” antagonist, did not massively overpower the team the way that an apocalyptic demon managed to.

The Joker was played by Jared Leto, who notes that a lot of his scenes were cut from the film.

Director David Ayer, who admits that he was more or less constantly rewriting the film as they shot it, also concedes that the Joker probably would have been a better main villain than the Enchantress. Responding to a tweet saying as much, Ayer said “Believe me. I agonize over this. Yes. Joker should have been main bad guy.”

The good news is, he has a chance to correct that error—he is said to be directing a spin-off called Gotham City Sirens, which will have Harley Quinn team up with other female villains (traditionally Poison Ivy and Catwoman). Perhaps “Mistah J” could be the main antagonist there? Not much is known about the project yet, so we will have to wait and see.

A New Fahrenheit 451 Comes to HBO

HBO continues to develop new and intriguing science-fiction and fantasy projects. In addition to the second season of Westworld, HBO presents fans with another reboot of a classic sci-fi work. A new version of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 soon comes to the small screen. The classic book was already adapted into a feature film. Now, like Westworld, the work garners the HBO original films treatment.

The new version of Fahrenheit 451 won’t be escapist fair, either. HBO has announced the new film intends to take on a dark, gritty tone. Perhaps that would be the best tone for such a work to take. The original novel dealt with book burning, totalitarianism and other dystopic visions of the future. All that should likely be retained in the pay channel’s adaptation of the work.

On television, a dark approach to science-fiction may work well. Serious sci-fi doesn’t seem to do as well at the box office. The recent failure of Blade Runner 2049 seems to indicate movie attendees prefer escapism in their science-fiction. The success of Westworld does show a gritty, violent science-fiction series has the potential to connect with audiences. The same should be true of a made-for-cable film.

Question marks may exist surrounding whether Fahrenheit 451 can present a world that delivers on the action as well as themes. Westworld existed in a world in which many different scenarios could be crafted. The original source material for Fahrenheit 451 seems much more isolated in terms of narrative potential.

Of course, the entire idea behind creative development is to work on the things necessary to make a movie or television show workable. A lot of effort surely went into crafting the modernized vision of Ray Bradbury’s classic work.