Dark Star Pictures has released a US trailer for an upcoming French indie sci-fi action thriller titled The Gravity. In the movie, a “mysterious cosmic event upsets the Earth’s gravity and sets the sky ablaze in a red hue, creating chaos in a futuristic Parisian suburb.”
The movie is described as a “genre-busting” thriller and the description reads: “A mysterious alignment of planets sets the sky ablaze and worries all the inhabitants of the city. A band of teenagers, ‘The Ronins’, rule the city and see this planetary event as the possibility of a new era. Daniel (Max Gomis), Joshua (Steve Tientcheu) and Christophe (Jean-Baptiste Anoumon), three childhood friends who have been separated by drug dealing and prison, must unite to confront this gang. After that night, when the sky suddenly turned blood red, nothing will ever be the same again…”
The movie was written and directed by Cédric Ido and it looks like a solid movie that tells an intriguing story. The Gravity will be released in select US theaters on November 10th, 2023, then on VOD / Blu-ray starting November 14th.
Netflix has announced a new animated film in the Witcher franchise titled The Witcher: Sirens of the Deep. The movie is based on Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski’s short story “A Little Sacrifice” and it follows Geralt of Rivia as he’s hired to investigate a series of attacks. There’s a cool teaser trailer that you can watch below.
In the story, “Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster hunter, is hired to investigate a series of attacks in a seaside village and finds himself drawn into a centuries-old conflict between humans and merpeople. He must count on friends — old and new — to solve the mystery before the hostilities between the two kingdoms escalate into all-out war.”
Doug Cockle, the iconic voice of the Witcher video games, is returning to voice Geralt of Rivia. He’ll be joined by Joey Batey and Anya Chalotra who are returning from the live-action The Witcher series to voice Jaskier and Yennefer, respectively with Christina Wren joining the cast to voice Essi Daven.
Cockle said in a statement: “I am super excited to announce my return to the world of the Witcher voicing Geralt of Rivia once again, but this time in the upcoming animated feature The Witcher: Sirens of the Deep. It’s been an honour to work with Studio Mir and Netflix on this new animated film and I’m thrilled to be able to share this next chapter of the White Wolf’s journey with fans of the Witcher universe. Mire taedh aen stráede!”
The Witcher: Sirens of Deep is set to release globally in late 2024. Renowned Studio MIR (The Legend of Korra and Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defender) is producing the animation for the film.
Netflix has dropped the first teaser trailer for Kevin Smith’s Masters of the Universe: Revolution animated series. It features He-Man and Skeletor back in action and they continue to battle for the fate of Eternia.
Masters of the Universe: Revolution serves as a direct follow-up to the 2021 Netflix series Masters of the Universe: Revelation, which continued the story of the original He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon from the 1980s.
The description for the series reads: “It’s technology versus magic when He-Man and the heroic warriors face the forces of Skeletor and something more in MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: REVOLUTION — the new epic chapter in the battle for Castle Grayskull!”
The newly mechanized Skeletor, “armed with the might of Motherboard, attacks the heart of Eternia while Prince Adam grapples with a new responsibility and what that means for him as He-Man! Adam is forced to choose between the scepter or the sword, and a life as either the King or the Champion! Meanwhile, the new Sorceress Teela searches for the secret of Snake Magic in the mists of Darksmoke to rebuild a magic realm and help He-Man hold off the greatest threat Eternia has ever faced: the return of the despot Hordak, the ruthless leader of the Horde Empire!”
Masters of the Universe: Revolution premieres on Netflix on January 25, 2024. Check out the trailer and let us know if you’re excited about the next chapter of the series!
Netflix has released the trailer for its upcoming film The Archies, which is an Indian adaptation of the classic Archie comic adventures. The Archies is a musical set in the 1960s. “Seen through the lens of the unique Anglo-Indian community, The Archies explores friendship, freedom, love, heartbreak and rebellion.” The film looks like a more traditional take take on Archie, and it looks like a a good film that will be a lot of fun!
The movie is said to transport “the audience to the whimsical world of 1960s Riverdale, India. The trailer unfolds a musical narrative led by seven charming characters from the beloved Archie comics, steering through the retro alleys of love, friendship, and youthful aspirations.”
The movie was directed by Zoya Akhtar, who shared in a statement: “Having spent a lot of my childhood living in an Archie Comic, I’m thrilled to introduce Riverdale to this generation. The characters are iconic, their teenage life innocent, the world simpler, a time when less was more. Archie Comics, Netflix, Tiger Baby and Graphic India were in complete sync and wanted the adaptation to be as wholesome as the original comic was. It’s clean young adult content and was very fresh for Reema and me to work on. It’s also very exciting that a global IP chose the India film industry to make its first feature. Excited to get it out there.”
Monika Shergill, Vice president for Content at Netflix, went on to say: “The Archie comics, with their timeless charm and universal theme of friendship was a loved IP to adapt to the Indian cultural tapestry. We set out with the ambition to make a live action film with an Indian twist, and Zoya and Reema were the perfect choice to bring the story to life. They are incredible storytellers and have made a film full of colour and heart, fantastic characters and toe-tapping songs. The Archies is truly a family entertainer with a touch of delicious nostalgia.”
Archie Comics CEO/Publisher Jon Goldwater said: “It’s a huge source of pride that the Archie Comics characters and stories resonate with fans globally, and especially in India, for more than 50 years. We are thrilled to partner with Netflix and trust Zoya Akhtar and her creative team to deliver a truly unique and exciting take on Archie and friends through the lens of Indian cinema. We know that these characters have global appeal and translating them into other settings and cultures is just the start of what we have planned for future multimedia adaptations.”
Pratiksha Rao, Director, Films and Licensing, Netflix India, added: “The characters, adventures and friendships in Archies have found fans across the world for generations. With Archie Comics, Graphic India and Tiger Baby, we have an extraordinary opportunity to recreate the world of Archie comics, this time as a live action musical. Zoya has an incredible and unique ability to make stories and the characters in them relatable, making them feel like they are an extension of our own self. We are thrilled to partner with her in bringing to life the world of Archies to fans and our members in India and around the world.”
The Archies stars Dot as Ethel Muggs, Agastya Nanda as Archie Andrews, Khushi Kapoor will take on the role of Betty Cooper, Mihir Ahuja as the always hungry Jughead Jones, Suhana Khan plays Veronica Lodge, Vedang Raina will play Reggie Mantle, and Yuvraj Menda will play Dilton Doiley.
One of the latest casting rumors for Marvel Studios’ Fantastic Four movie is saying that Jake Gyllenhaalis up for the role of Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic. This report comes from the reliable inside scooper Daniel Richtman, but it’s still hard for me to believe.
He shared on social media: “They haven’t done casting yet but now that the strike is over they’ll get right to it. First thing first, seeing if Jake Gyllenhaal will accept the offer for Reed Richards.”
What makes this hard for me to believe is the fact that Gyllenhaal has already played a major character in the MCU as the villain Mysterio. So it would seem really odd to see Gyllenhaal in the role of Mr. Fantastic. This would seem like more of a What If…? Marvel story scenario, and there’s also the whole alternate universe thing they could play with the multiverse, but who knows! I guess it wouldn’t be the strangest thing Marvel has done.
Adam Driverwas previously said to be up of the role of Reed Richards, andVenessa Kirby was said to be up for Sue Storm. With the actors’ strike over, Marvel will be able to move forward with casting the film and it will be interesting to see who ends up in the lead roles.
Fantastic Four is currently in development with WandaVision’s Matt Shakman set to direct the movie. The movie is currently on track to be released in 2025. He previously teased that this movie is going to be very different than anything we’ve seen in the MCU yet, saying:
“It’s different in so many ways. I wish I could be specific. I wish I could say more. But we are doing things very differently from a story standpoint, from an approach to the filmmaking standpoint, that really fits the material. I wish I could say more. I would love to, but I can’t. But I think it’s going to be unlike anything you’ve seen before, and certainly unlike anything at Marvel that you’ve seen before.”
When talking about the pre-production work that’s been done on the film, he said:
“We have been nonstop. Despite the strikes, yes, we’ve been working with the effects and with production design and building our world, and that’s been incredibly exciting. You know, how do you translate those skills into live-action in dynamic ways? Because some things that work beautifully in John Byrne and Jack Kirby are a little tougher when you’re filming them. How do you make sure that things are exciting but also grounded in a scientific thing, which is also part of the Fantastic Four that I love? There’s some stuff I’m super excited about. I can’t say too much, you know?”
Kevin Feige also talked about the movie saying that Marvel’s first family is going to be a big pillar of the future of the MCU. He said:
“The only other one in terms of me personally and my 23-year history is the Fantastic Four. We sort of talked about mutants and that whole aspect to the Marvel world, but Fantastic Four is the foundation for everything that came after in the comics. There’s certainly been versions of it [on screen], but never inhabiting the storytelling of the MCU. And that’s something that is really exciting for us. People will start to hear more about that soon. We plan on that being a big pillar of the MCU going forward, just the way they’ve been in the comics for 50 or 60 years.”
Marvel producer Stephen Broussardpreviously promised that the film will be a true celebration of the original source material from the comics:
“I wouldn’t presume to know everything about that film; I’m not necessarily working on it. But one of the founding principles of Marvel, going back to Iron Man and the casting of Tony that I think has resonated through today, is to embrace the source material and these comics that have been around forever. They’re older than me, and I’m guessing they’re older than you too. They’ve been around for a while for a reason, [so we] lean into that.”
I really do hope that this movie delivers something awesome and unique. Fantastic Four arrives in theaters on May 2nd, 2025.
They haven’t done casting yet but now that the strike is over they’ll get right to it. First thing first, seeing if Jake Gyllenhaal will accept the offer for Reed Richards https://t.co/cWTtQm5pmf
A new photo has surfaced online featuring actor Josh Hartnettdressed up as Superman for a wardrobe test for Brett Ratner‘s scrapped Superman film project Superman: Flyby. This is the project that J.J. Abrams wrote the script for.
The costume shows us that this version of the Man of Steel would’ve sported a red Superman logo against a black background rather than yellow. This version of the logo was most notably used in the Max Fleischer Superman cartoons. As you can see, the “S” doesn’t really pop.
Several actors were considered for this role at this time including Henry Cavill and Brandon Routh. Hartnett was originally offered the part, but ultimately turned it down. Matthew Bomerwas then hired for the role, but after that the project fell apart.
Hartnett talked about turning the project down saying: “Spider-Man was something we talked about. Batman was another one. But I somehow knew those roles had the potential to define me, and I didn’t want that. I didn’t want to be labeled as Superman for the rest of my career. I was maybe 22, but I saw the danger.”
Superman: Flyby was “an origin story that included Krypton besieged by a civil war between Jor-El and his corrupt brother, Kata-Zor. Before Kata-Zor sentences Jor-El to prison, Kal-El is launched to Earth to fulfill a prophecy. Adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent, he forms a romance with Lois Lane in the Daily Planet. However, Lois is more concerned with exposing Lex Luthor, written as a government agent obsessed with UFO phenomena. Clark reveals himself to the world as Superman, bringing Kata-Zor’s son, Ty-Zor, and three other Kryptonians to Earth. Superman is defeated and killed, and visits Jor-El (who committed suicide on Krypton while in prison) in Kryptonian heaven. Resurrected, he returns to Earth and defeats the four Kryptonians, while the script ends with Superman off to Krypton, leaving a cliffhanger for a sequel.”
Robert Downey Jr. was set to play Lex Luthor in the film and Shia LaBeouf was going to play Jimmy Olsen. Scarlett Johansson and Selma Blair were up for the role of Lois Lane, and Christopher Walken was in talks to play Perry White, and Joel Edgerton was up for the part of Ty-Zor. Paul Walker was also up for a role in the movie.
Abrams wrote Superman: Flyby in 2002. At the time he was best known for his work on the TV series Felicity. He talked about his vision for the film saying: “The thing that I tried to emphasize in the story was that if the Kents found this boy, Kal-El, who had the power that he did, he would have most likely killed them both in short order. And the idea that these parents would see – if they were lucky to survive long enough – that they had to immediately begin teaching this kid to limit himself and to not be so fast, not be so strong, not be so powerful. The result of that, psychologically, would be fear of oneself, self-doubt and being ashamed of what you were capable of. Extrapolating that to adulthood became a fascinating psychological profile of someone who was not pretending to be Clark Kent, but who was Clark Kent. Who had become that kind of a character who is not able or willing to accept who he was and what his destiny was.”
The photo comes from Ryan Unicomb, who apparently has a knack for finding stuff like this from unmade or unreleased film productions.
Fans have enjoyed the first two Extraction movies at Netflix, starring Chris Hemsworth in the lead role of Tyler Rake, a fearless black market mercenary. The second film raised the stakes, adding Idris Elba to its cast, and fans of the franchise were excited to hear that a third film was in the works. Unfortunately, due to the lengthy Hollywood strikes, Extraction 3 was taken off the schedule and put on the back burner, but Netflix’s Head of Film, Scott Stuber, has given us an update.
Stuber attended an event with Collider, and when asked about the threequel, he said:
“You know, you’ve got to find the right thing. I think the second one was so good because it was emotional and complex. It kind of reminds me of when I worked on the Bourne movies. Tony Gilroy did such a good job on the second one of making it emotional and making that kind of activate around Franka [Potente’s] death. So, this one had the same kind of familial background around Chris [Hemsworth’s] motivation. Getting Idris [Elba] into the franchise was an interesting way to kind of evolve it. So we’re waiting on the script and working hard, but aspiration would be great to get it back. I mean, what those guys have done has been really great in that franchise.”
Stuber went on to admit that the Extraction team “lost some momentum” due to the ongoing strike, and this is part of the reason why Extraction 3 hasn’t been officially put on the Netflix schedule. He revealed that the hope is that, as soon as actors manage to reach a deal for fair compensation, it’ll be time to finally get “Back to what everybody does best, which is storytelling.”
You can stream Extraction and Extraction 2 on Netflix now. We will let you know as any news develops on the third film in the franchise.
Here’s a trailer for a bonkers-looking indie sci-fi comedy titled Adventures of the Naked Umbrella. If you’re looking for a unique unhinged movie to enjoy, then this is for you. It looks like it will take audiences on a wild and wacky ride.
The film stars Jeremy Davies (Saving Private Ryan, The Black Phone) as convicted arsonist Sam Wanoutsky who “is the middle of hosting his own conspiracy podcast, The Naked Umbrella, when his trailer home explodes and burns to the ground. Convinced he’s been set up, Sam hits the road with his wife, Irene, to clear his name. Now off his meds, and with his parole officer hot on his tail, Sam’s psychosis returns as he traverses his relationship with reality and his eternal love for his wife.”
The movie comes from writer and director Jerry Brunskill and it also stars Tom Arnold, Richard Riehle, Taryn Manning, Vinny Balbo, Cindy Vela, Rylee Marshall, and Darnell Rhea.
Adventures of the Naked Umbrella is direct-to-VOD starting on November 10th, 2023.
Netflix has released a promo video that takes fans behind the scenes of the fourth and final season of the fan-favorite sci-fi action comedy series The Umbrella Academy. The video shows off the cast doing a table read, and giving us some teases about the final season and what we have to look forward to, calling the season their “favorite,” and the “best season yet,” so we surely have reason to get excited for what’s to come.
The Umbrella Academy cast members set to reprise their roles in Season 4 include Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Justin H. Min, Ritu Arya, and Colm Feore. The final season welcomes Nick Offermanand Megan Mullally, who will be joining the show as a “mild-mannered married couple named Jean and Gene, who are college professors.”
I can’t wait to see what the final chapter in this wonderful series will bring. Season 4 will be released sometime in 2024.
“He said that he wanted to make a movie about his life. And he had worked with Zac Efron in the past on a movie. He said that he wanted Zac Efron to play him as a younger version and that he was gonna ask him soon to do that.”
She went on to add:
“He was just looking forward to sharing more about his story and his recovery from addiction, and really championing that cause to help more people. So he was so optimistic and happy about everything that he wanted to do.”
Perry starred together with Efron in the 2009 teen fantasy comedy 17 Again, in which Perry’s character gets magically transformed back to his 17-year-old self. The two actors played the same character at different ages.
Now that this news has been shared, Efron has responded, telling People magazine on the red carpet for his upcoming drama, The Iron Claw:
”I’m honored to hear he was thinking of me to play him. We’ll see. I’d be honored to do it. He was a mentor to me, and we made a really cool film together. I looked up to him, I learned comedic timing from that guy. I mean, when we were filming ’17 Again,’ it was so surreal for me to look across and have him be there, because I’ve learned so much from him, from his whole life.”
This is really cool to hear. I don’t know if this project will ever get off the ground without Perry driving it, but if it did, it would be neat to see Efron back in the role. I thought he did a great job of capturing Perry’s mannerisms in 17 Again, and I think he would do a great job playing him in another role.