Kelsey Grammer Says the Hardest Letdown of His Career Was Being Recast as Beast in the X-MEN Prequel

Kelsey Grammer is best known for playing his long-standing character Frasier across the series Cheers, then his self-named long running show, as well as its current revival, but when Grammer was asked about the toughest letdown of his career, his focus immediately shifted to his portrayal of Beast in the X-Men franchise.

In a recent interview with THR’s “Full Comedy Actor Roundtable” segment, Grammer appeared alongside fellow comedic TV stars Theo James (Netflix’s The Gentleman), Ricky Martin (Palm Royale), Anthony Mackie (Twisted Metal), Bowen Yang (SNL), and John Goodman (The Connors). Halfway through the conversation, the group was asked about some of the most challenging pieces of news or feedback they’ve had to deal with. Grammer had things come to mind, but the one at the forefront of his mind was finding out that X-Men: First Class was happening… without him. He recalled:

“The most challenging things I’ve ever heard, actually, really… One was after I just played Beast – [to Mackie] my days in Marvel – and they came up and said, ‘We have the most wonderful next film planned.’ And this was Lauren Donner, and she said ‘We’re going to go back in time!’ And I suddenly had that sinking feeling of ‘Oh, so I won’t be in it – so my performance as Beast will not be in it. That’s what you’re telling me.’ And sure enough, it went back in time and I was gone. So that was really exciting news for me.”  

Grammer portrayed Dr. Hank McCoy/Beast in the X-Men Movie Trilogy finale, X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), which had its issues, though none of which were directed at Grammer’s portrayal. Beast was then handed off to a younger actor for the following prequel, and Nicholas Hoult did well to carry on the mantle of Beast through the next round of X-Men films including First Class, Days of Future Past, Apocalypse, and Dark Phoenix.

And the timing has come full circle for Grammer, much to the delight of fans, as he has recently made a triumphant comeback, once again playing Beast in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, during a surprise post-credits scene for The Marvels. A lot of MCU fans are hoping that Kevin Feige (one of the original assistants on the X-Men films) will bring Grammer back for a larger arc as Beast. 

via: ComicBook

Zazie Beetz Set to Star in New Horror Film THEY WILL KILL YOU From Producer Andy Muschietti

Zazie Beetz is set to star in a new horror thriller titled They Will Kill You, which comes from producers Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti (It, It: Chapter Two) and their new horror label Nocturna.

The Muschiettis co-own the label and they will run its creative direction. They Will Kill You is their first project under the label, and it will be written and directed by Kirill Sokolov (Why Don’t You Just Die!).

What we know about the film is that it “follows a woman who answers an ad to be a housekeeper in a mysterious New York City high-rise.”

The horror twist is that “She doesn’t realize she is entering a community that has seen a number of disappearances over the years.”

As you might imagine, bad things happen, and it’s safe to say that Beetz will be fighting for her life in a horrific situation.

David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, the Muschiettis and Dan Kagan produce alongside Nocturna’s Co-Heads of Film, Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder.

Source: Deadline

Idris Elba and Rebecca Ferguson Looking to Join Director Kathryn Bigelow‘s Netflix Film Project

Idris Elba and Rebecca Ferguson are looking to join the next film project from Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty), which is set up at Netflix.

There aren’t a lot of details for this project, but it will be “set at the White House as a national crisis unfolds.” Beyond that, we have no idea what to expect, but I’m curious to see what Bigelow has planned.

This will be Bigelow’s first feature film project since the 2017 police brutality period film Detroit, which was produced and distributed by Annapurna Pictures.

Bigelow was previously developing another project for Netflix, but it never got off the ground. That film was an adaptation of the novel Aurora from David Koepp.

Regardless of what this project ends up being, Elba and Ferguson are talented actors they will work great together!

Source: Deadline

SPACEBALLS Sequel Confirmed with Mel Brooks, Josh Gad, and Director Josh Greenbaum

Mel Brooks has been teasing a Spaceballs sequel for years and it looks like the project is officially moving forward at Amazon MGM Studios!

Josh Gad, who previously teased the project, is attached to write, produce, and star in the film. Gad worked on the script with Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez (Detective Pikachu).

Gad previously talked about the script saying that it’s “the funniest and best thing [he’s] ever worked on.” As a huge fan of the original film, I can’t wait to see what this creative team cooked up or a sequel.

It’s also reported that the movie will be directed by Josh Greenbaum (Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar). Kevin Salter will serve as executive producer on the project.

There are no details in the story, but one thing that I would love to see is Rick Moranis come back to reprise his role as Dark Helmet. That has to happen! It’s the only way this sequel could truly work! But, we’ll have to wait and see.

The original 1987 sci-fi Star Wars comedy spoof follows the adventures of Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and his sidekick Barf (John Candy), a half-man, half-dog creature, as they attempt to rescue Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) from the evil clutches of Dark Helmet (Moranis) and President Skroob (Brooks).

In their quest, they receive guidance from the wise and powerful Yogurt, who introduces them to “The Schwartz,” a mystical power.

This movie always makes me laugh! All I ask is that this sequel makes me laugh. And that they get Rick Moranis back!

What do you hope to see from Spaceballs 2?

Source: Deadline

Details on the Troubled FRIDAY THE 13TH Series CRYSTAL LAKE; Charlize Theron Was Up for Pam Voorhees

A Friday The 13th prequel series titled Crystal Lake had been in development for some time for Peracock, but the project was apparently plagued with issues.

Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Dead Like Me, Star Trek: Discovery) was initially brought on board to develop the series and serve as showrunner, but last month we learned he was no longer involved. That was a big red flag that something was wrong.

The Wrap recently shared a report on the project after they spoke to more than a half-dozen insiders intimately involved in the planned $85 million Peacock series, and we learn why Fuller exited the project.

One of the big things we learned in the report was that Charlize Theron was seemingly on board to star as Jason Voorhees’s mother Pamala, which would have been pretty great casting!

It was explained that the series would have picked up after the drowning of a young Jason Voorhees, and it would be a ‘“deconstruction” of the first four Paramount movies.

The series would “incorporate lore from several sequels but remix that material in a way similar to Fuller’s Hannibal, which interpolated the Thomas Harris novels for three seasons.”

A source said: “We had the mask, we had the sequels, we could do whatever we wanted. He had a good path forward, which I did really like.”

Directors Vincenzo Natali and Kimberly Peirce were set to helm episodes. Kevin Williamson (Scream) was set to write what was “described as the show’s ‘Red Wedding’ – referring to the infamous Game of Thrones episode – set entirely on a frozen Crystal Lake, with the summer camp’s cabins trapped under snow drifts.”

Damn, I would have loved to see that! But, despite being three months from the start of production, The series “was plagued by inexperienced production executives making questionable decisions, problems with the show’s writing staff, and conflicts between showrunners and executives.”

It’s explained that the series was going over budget and that according to the report, “the show unraveled mostly because of Fuller and Gray.” An inside source said the studio “didn’t feel confident” and “had to pull the plug.”

However, another insider claimed: “It felt like everybody on the Bryan/Jim side were trying very hard to make the show. A24 felt like they were doing everything they could to not make the show.”

The writer’s strike also didn’t help the situation as significant progress on writing the series was put on hold for an extended length of time. The report points out a number of challenges when it came to completing the series’ scripts.

Regardless, Fuller ended up being let go and while A24 is said to still be committed to making the project, we have no idea if they will be able to make it work. It sounds like the whole behind-the-scenes aspect of the project is too much of a mess.

An inside source from A24 says: “We believe in the show. We’re going to make it.” If they do make hopefully, they continue in the direction that Fuller was developing. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Director Shawn Levy Says DEADPOOL & WOLVERINE Is the Hardest Film He’s Made and Addresses DEADPOOL 4

Director Shawn Levy is playing a whole new game of filmmaking with Marvel Studios and Deadpool & Wolverine, and he recently talked about his experience making the film and whether or not there are talks to return for Deadpool 4.

During a recent interview, the filmmaker was asked about the possibility of returning to helm another Deadpool movie, and while this is an answer he doesn’t have, he does say that Deadpool & Wolverine was the hardest thing he’s ever done.

Levy said: “Usually I have to lie. I’m waiting for the questions when I have to lie and pretend I don’t know the answer, but this one I can sincerely say I don’t know.”

He went on to add: “But I can, in the same breath, say, ‘Man, this thing has been the hardest, most all-consuming thing I’ve ever done. But it’s also been the most creatively gratifying.'”

The director continued: “Because with Deadpool, there’s no rules. It is, in its very DNA, built on tonal audacity. So, for a filmmaker, what a delight. And to do it with my best friend Ryan, my other buddy Hugh, the three of us who have known each other now for a very long time, it was just a blast.”

“Because if you work with friends, you don’t mind making an ass of yourself. And if you’re working on something that’s comedic, you better be willing to fall on your face,” he concluded. 

One thing I know for sure is that Deadpool & Wolverine is going to be a massive hit and Marvel and Disney are going to want to continue to rake in the dough with more Deadpool movies. We can only hope that as they continue to pump out these films, they make sure the standard of quality remains high.

Levy recently said that he would love to make a Deadpool & Spider-Man movie, which is something that would be amazing!

Levy said: “The thing about Deadpool is I think he makes everything more interesting because of his audacity. But, boy, I’d sure love to see Deadpool and Spidey. That’s a movie I’d love to make. I feel like Tom Holland would run circles around everyone else.”

I would love nothing more than for this to be the next Deadpool film! What are your thoughts on he future of the Deadpool film franchise?

It’s pretty wild to look back on the franchise an how 20th Century Fox avoided it for so long, and they would’ve kept avoiding it had that concept trailer not been leaked, which led to fan demanding it.

Will Smith Set to Star in New Sci-Fi Thriller RESISTOR for Sony Pictures

With Bad Boys: Ride or Die having a strong run at the box office, Sony Pictures is looking to stay in business with Will Smith, and they’ve got a new project set up.

Smith is set to star in a sci-fi thriller titled Resistor, which is based on the book Influx by author Daniel Suarez. The story is a cyberthriller that imagines a world in which decades of technological advances have been suppressed in an effort to prevent disruptive change.

The description of the book reads: “Are smart phones really humanity’s most significant innovation since the moon landings? Or can something else explain why the bold visions of the 20th century–fusion power, genetic enhancements, artificial intelligence, cures for common disease, extended human life, and a host of other world-changing advances–have remained beyond our grasp? Why has the high-tech future that seemed imminent in the 1960’s failed to arrive?

“Perhaps it did arrive…but only for a select few. Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they’ve been working toward for years: a device that can reflect gravity.

“Their research will revolutionize the field of physics–the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

“This Bureau of Technology Control uses the advanced technologies they have harvested over the decades to fulfill their mission.

”They are living in our future. Presented with the opportunity to join the BTC and improve his own technology in secret, Grady balks, and is instead thrown into a nightmarish high-tech prison built to hold rebellious geniuses like himself.

“With so many great intellects confined together, can Grady and his fellow prisoners conceive of a way to usher humanity out of its artificial dark age?

“And when they do, is it possible to defeat an enemy that wields a technological advantage half a century in the making?”

The script for the film was written by Zak Olkewicz, with Eric Singer penning the latest draft. Escape Artists has been working on getting this film project off the ground for some time, “but after getting a script from Singer last month that excited execs, the studio and producers saw this as a perfect star vehicle for Smith.”

Sony Pictures moved fast on the project to stay in business with Smith before he was snatched up for another film.

Resistor will be produced Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Tony Shaw of Escape Artists.

Source: Deadline

METROID PRIME 4 and a New ZELDA Game Salvage the June Nintendo Direct

Nintendo recently held their June Nintendo Direct. We’ve known for a while that this Direct was happening, and we knew that the successor to the Nintendo Switch would not be discussed.

There were a fair number of games and updates shown off and if I’m honest, I wasn’t impressed with most of the titles.

I think it’s cool that basketball is coming to Nintendo Switch Sports, we’re getting more Ace Attorney with Ace Attorney Investigations Collection, and Capcom is releasing MARVEL vs. CAPCOM Fighting Collection: Arcade Classics.

I know some people are very excited about Donkey Kong Country Returns HD, Mario & Luigi: Brothership (the first new title in the series in about nine years), news of the Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake and announcements for Dragon Quest I & II HD-2D Remake, and Super Mario Party Jamboree (a new Super Mario Party game).

They even announced four games coming to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pass including Perfect Dark and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Four Swords. However, if that was the best Nintendo had I was going to be disappointed.

There were two titles that really saved the Nintendo Direct in my opinion. The first was The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom. This is a brand-new Zelda game that actually sees Zelda as the playable character.

It uses the same art style as Link’s Awakening on Switch which I personally really like. It has a clay doll feel which I find very charming.

It definitely looks more like a puzzler as you use the Tri Rod to copy items and even enemies to save the day. What’s even better is that it is releasing this year! You’ll be able to play on September 26.

The other title really pushed the Nintendo Direct from “Okay” to “Good”: Metroid Prime 4: Beyond. Not only did we get a mention of the title for the first time in many years, but we got the subtitle and our first look at the gameplay.

It looks fantastic! We still don’t really know anything about the story, but we see Samus get out of a ship that I don’t recognize (I haven’t played Metroid Prime 2 or Prime 3) and then fight enemies, scan Space Pirates, and even encounter some mysterious character who looks sick.

Everything about the game looked fantastic. At the end of the video, we did see a 2025 release window given which is completely what I expected. If I were to speculate, I would say that Metroid Prime 4 will be a dual platform release.

I think it will launch on the Nintendo Switch, but I also think it will be a launch title for whatever Nintendo’s next console is. I am very hyped about this.

Notably, I was disappointed that there was no mention of Prime 2 and Prime 3 remasters coming anytime soon.

I would have thought that after this look at Prime 4 would have been a good time for them to then continue hype by releasing a Prime 2 remaster. What were your thoughts on the Nintendo Direct? You can find all the titles shown below as well as the presentation at the bottom.

  • The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom: It’s up to Zelda and her wisdom to save the kingdom of Hyrule in a brand-new story in The Legend of Zelda series. The people of Hyrule are being stolen away by strange rifts that have appeared, with a certain swordsman among the missing. Team up with the mysterious fairy, Tri, and use the power of the Tri Rod to create echoes – imitations of things found in the environment. Then recreate those echoes whenever you like to solve puzzles and defeat enemies. Use echoes of water blocks to reach new heights, make bridges out of old beds, throw rocks at foes – or find your own creative combination of echoes to do things your way. You can even create echoes of monsters to fight at your side in combat. Join Zelda in her quest to rescue Hyrule when The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom launches for Nintendo Switch on Sept. 26.

  • Additionally, a gold-colored Nintendo Switch Lite Hyrule Edition system adorned with the Hylian Crest and inspired by the Legend of Zelda series arrives on Sept. 26 as well. Players can enjoy access to a range of classic the Legend of Zelda titles from the NES, Super NES, Game Boy, Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Advance with the included 12-month individual Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership.

  • Mario & Luigi: Brothership: All aboard for an island-hopping RPG adventure starring Mario and Luigi! The brothers are back for a brand-new entry in the Mario & Luigi series, where they set sail on Shipshape Island (part ship, part island) to navigate the vast world of Concordia. Play as the mustachioed pair and explore islands that range from tropical rainforests to bustling cities. Along the way, meet new friends to help you on your journey and encounter familiar faces from the Mushroom Kingdom like Peach and Bowser. Keep the “Brothership” afloat and rely on Mario and Luigi’s bond to save the day by employing Bros. Moves to get past obstacles and powerful Bros. Attacks to claim victory in a dynamic twist on turn-based combat. Mario & Luigi: Brothership launches on Nintendo Switch Nov. 7.

  • DRAGON QUEST III HD-2D Remake: Experience the chronological beginning of the Erdrick Trilogy storyline in this remake of the original RPG classic, now with vibrant HD-2D visuals and an expanded narrative! Set out on an epic fantasy adventure as The Hero to save the world from the dark forces of the evil Archfiend, Baramos. Travel through a vast world full of towns, dungeons and caves to explore, meet a cast of lively characters and fight ferocious monsters in modernized turn-based battles. DRAGON QUEST III HD-2D Remake launches on Nintendo Switch Nov. 14.

  • Plus, DRAGON QUEST I & II HD-2D Remake, an updated collection of two classic RPGs, is gearing up to round out the Erdrick Trilogy when it launches on Nintendo Switch next year.

  • Super Mario Party Jamboree: Mario and friends are arriving on an enormous island resort for the latest entry in the Mario Party series! Explore five new game boards: ride the escalators in Rainbow Galleria, stay on track in Roll ’em Raceway and mix things up with an active volcano in Goomba Lagoon, just to name a few. Two boards from previous Mario Party games are making a return, too! In addition, over 110 minigames are available to play — the largest selection in the Mario Party series to date. Experience action-packed challenges, puzzles to test your wits and some minigames that feature motion controls. That’s not all — up to 20 players can go head-to-head in online** play in the Koopathlon mode. Try your best to come out on top! The biggest Mario Party yet will soon be underway when Super Mario Party Jamboree launches on Nintendo Switch Oct. 17.

  • Donkey Kong Country Returns HD: Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong are back for some ground-pounding action in this HD version of Donkey Kong Country Returns, originally released on the Wii system. The villainous Tiki Tak Tribe has stolen Donkey Kong’s precious banana hoard and the Kongs are barreling after them in pursuit! Play solo, or with a buddy in local two-player co-op in an adventure brimming with hijinks where you can stomp obstacles, send mine carts careening, fly high on rocket barrels and even hitch a ride on Rambi the Rhino. Experience 80 a-peel-ing levels, including the additional ones from the Nintendo 3DS version, when Donkey Kong Country Returns HD swings onto Nintendo Switch Jan. 16, 2025.

  • LEGO HORIZON ADVENTURES: Explore a LEGO world inspired by the events of Horizon – teeming with lush forests and tall mountains, and where colossal beast-like machines roam – all vibrantly recreated with LEGO elements. Join machine hunter Aloy as she leads a colorful crew of heroes on a quest to save the world and learn the secrets of her past. Dive into boundless adventure, customize to your heart’s content, and take on action-packed battles solo or with a friend locally*** and online**. LEGO HORIZON ADVENTURES launches on Nintendo Switch this holiday season.

  • Just Dance 2025 Edition: The next installment of the beloved music video game franchise is back with 40 hot new songs, from pop hits to family favorites. Review your best dancing moves, challenge your friends and family*** and get ready to let loose as you take the party to a whole new level, create special family moments and get moving while having fun. Just Dance 2025 Edition has something for everyone when it launches on Nintendo Switch this October.

  • Metroid Prime 4: Beyond: The galaxy’s greatest bounty hunter Samus Aran will embark on a new mission. Metroid Prime 4: Beyond, a new entry in the Metroid Prime series, is coming to Nintendo Switch in 2025.

  • Nintendo 64 – Nintendo Switch Online: MATURE 17+: A new collection of MATURE 17+ Nintendo 64 games is on the way for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack members**! Brave the dangerous Lost Land in Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, and end an alien conspiracy in the PERFECT DARK game developed by Rare — now with online multiplayer — as part of the new Nintendo 64 – Nintendo Switch Online: MATURE 17+ collection of games. Both games will be available later today.

  • Hello Kitty Island Adventure: Embark on a cozy adventure with Hello Kitty and Friends when the hit game with beloved Sanrio characters comes to Nintendo Switch as a timed console exclusive! Explore and restore a mysterious island while befriending super cute and friendly faces including Hello Kitty, Kuromi, My Melody and Cinnamoroll! Learn what they love, adventure alongside them and eventually become best friends. Create your own character and team up with your friends to explore the massive world of Big Adventure Park as you Craft, Create and Collect to make your ultimate island paradise. Hello Kitty Island Adventure lands on Nintendo Switch next year.

  • Stray: The critically acclaimed and award-winning cat adventure game, published by Annapurna Interactive and developed by BlueTwelve Studio, is coming to Nintendo Switch. Take on the role of a stray cat separated from its family and untangle an ancient mystery to escape a long-forgotten cybercity. Roam areas high and low, neon-lit and murky, and explore this unwelcoming place inhabited by curious droids and dangerous creatures when Stray slinks its way onto Nintendo Switch this holiday.

  • Tales of the Shire: A The Lord of the Rings Game: Welcome Home, Hobbit! In this cozy life sim, create your very own Hobbit and experience the idyllic life Tolkien envisioned in his books. Cultivate your own garden, reel in a big catch and forage for ingredients to cook up delicious meals for the residents of Bywater. Build relationships by solving the problems of your fellow furry-footed townsfolk. Express your individuality through various clothing options and meticulously outfit your home with furniture, decorations and more. Friendly Hobbits and familiar faces await your arrival when Tales of the Shire: A The Lord of the Rings Game launches on Nintendo Switch this holiday.

  • Nintendo Switch Sports Basketball free update: Basketball is coming to Spocco Square in the Nintendo Switch Sports game as a free update! Use motion controls to sink as many baskets as you can within the time limit in the solo Three-Point Challenge. If you’re looking for friendly competition, then up to four players*** can compete locally in Five-Streak Battle or Three-Point Contest, and you can dribble, pass and score in two-on-two matches locally*** or online**. This free update for Nintendo Switch Sports dunks its way onto Nintendo Switch this summer.

  • Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition: Bring the thrill of the Nintendo World Championships home! Tackle over 150 speedrunning challenges from across 13 NES games****, test your skills with Legend Challenges – like completing Super Mario Bros. from World 1-1 to World 8-4 the short way (with Warp Zones) – or race against the ghost data of players worldwide in Survival Mode. Stuck on one of the Legend Challenges? Check out Classified Information for tips and tricks to help you improve. Play solo, post your best time on the online leaderboards**, or invite friends and family for local gameplay of up to eight players*** on a single system. Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition launches on Nintendo Switch July 18. Pre-orders for the digital version are available now on Nintendo eShop, and a Deluxe Set containing a physical version of the game and other bonus items will also be available at launch.

  • Funko Fusion: Experience your favorite franchises from across TV, film, comics and games in Funko Fusion. Explore diverse and colorful worlds, solve puzzles and relive memorable moments from over 20 worlds of entertainment, including Jurassic World, Back to the Future, Shaun of the Dead, Chucky and Battlestar Galactica. Unlock and play with over 60 distinct characters in an action game filled with uniquely authentic, irreverent humor from the creative minds of 10:10 Games. A fandom festival awaits when Funko Fusion launches on Nintendo Switch Sept. 13.

  • MIO: Memories in Orbit: Play as MIO, a nimble android with extraordinary abilities, who awakens in the Vessel – a gigantic derelict spaceship teeming with lush vegetation and machines gone rogue. Explore a captivating universe, full of wonders and artistic curiosities, and earn abilities to help MIO progress through this twisted and interconnected space. Face off against a diverse array of more than 30 enemy units and 15 formidable guardian bosses while spicing up your fighting skills with Modifiers that transform MIO into a formidable force tailored to your playstyle. Will you rise to the challenge and save the Vessel from destruction? MIO: Memories in Orbit launches on Nintendo Switch next year.

  • Disney Illusion Island: The Mystery in Monoth free update: The Mystery in Monoth free update is available today on Nintendo Switch! Curious clues are popping up across Monoth, and Dash Dolphin needs the help of Mickey and friends to find them. Play solo or grab up to three friends in four player couch co-op*** as you locate clues, close cases and solve this brand-new detective mystery in Disney Illusion Island.

  • Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD: An adventure of spooky proportions is almost here! Summon your courage and explore multiple mansions filled with goofy ghosts, tricky traps and other supernatural shenanigans. Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD launches on Nintendo Switch June 27. Pre-orders are available now on Nintendo eShop.

  • Game Boy Advance – Nintendo Switch Online: Play two of Link’s classic adventures, including one with online multiplayer, in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Four Swords, and suit up for a remake of Samus’s first adventure in Metroid: Zero Mission. Both games will be available for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack** members later today!

  • Among Us free update: Gather your crew in Among Us, the global hit game of teamwork and betrayal, for a free update that features all new roles that add another layer of deception to the party. Play as a Noisemaker that alerts players when they are eliminated, a Tracker that can plant a tracking device on any player, or create some chaos as a Phantom – an Impostor role that can turn invisible. This new update for Among Us is available on Nintendo Switch today!

  • Darkest Dungeon II: Form a party, board your stagecoach and set off across the decaying landscape on a last gasp quest to avert an apocalypse in this roguelike roadtrip of the damned. Choose from 12 playable heroes and journey across five campaigns, each featuring its own terrifying challenges to face. Play the game with touchscreen controls, customize your difficulty with thematic modifiers, discover 10 companion pets that confer various bonuses onto you and explore an extensive progression hub called The Altar of Hope. In addition to the base game, The Binding Blade DLC – featuring two new heroes, a special questline and more – will also be available as part of the Oblivion Edition. Darkest Dungeon II launches on Nintendo Switch July 15. Pre-orders begin later today on Nintendo eShop.

  • Looney Tunes: Wacky World of Sports: Speed by as Roadrunner, overpower with brute force as Elmer Fudd, or outwit your opponents as Bugs Bunny and more in wacky sporting action. Control your favorite Looney Tunes character in this local co-op game for up to four players*** and play to their strengths across basketball, soccer, golf and tennis. Play iconic levels such as Galactic Outpost Delta, Porky’s Barn and Martian Command Center while avoiding cartoony obstacles and gaining power-ups to incite chaos against your friends and family. Unleash the full ACME arsenal and disrupt your opponents in the wildest ways possible to win it all … but watch out for falling anvils! Looney Tunes: Wacky World of Sports launches on Nintendo Switch this fall.

  • METAL SLUG ATTACK RELOADED: METAL SLUG returns as a tower defense game with beginner-friendly controls and its signature 2D pixel look! Build the strongest team you can and crush enemy bases with a variety of strategies and hundreds of characters. The game also features the ANOTHER STORY mode (a unique collection of episodes that fans won’t want to miss), and a viewable GALLERY mode. Battle it out with players all over the world** and strive for the highest title when METAL SLUG ATTACK RELOADED launches on Nintendo Switch today!

  • MARVEL vs. CAPCOM Fighting Collection: Arcade Classics: Seven beloved arcade classics, including X-MEN VS. STREET FIGHTER, MARVEL vs. CAPCOM 2 New Age of Heroes and more, are back to duke it out on Nintendo Switch! This collection features iconic characters and moves, along with added features and enhancements like online functionality**, training modes, custom matches, spectator features, museum, a music player, display filters and one-button special moves, just to name a few! Also included is the first ever U.S. re-release of the arcade version of the beat-’em-up game THE PUNISHER! MARVEL vs. CAPCOM Fighting Collection: Arcade Classics comes out swinging on Nintendo Switch this year.

  • Phantom Brave: The Lost Hero: Set sail to save the day in this grid-less tactical turn-based challenge from the creators of the Disgaea series. Join Marona – a gifted young girl with the power to speak to Phantoms – and her loyal Phantom companion, Ash, as she traverses the ocean world of Ivoire, providing aid to those in need. When a fleet of ghost pirates attack, it’s up to Marona and her new friend Apricot to assemble the legendary crew that once defeated these spectral foes. Recruit Phantoms, bind them to objects, combine them with Gadgets, even merge them with Marona herself to unleash show-stopping abilities and sink the Shipwreck Fleet. With over 50 characters and 300 skills to master, prepare for an unforgettable journey when Phantom Brave: The Lost Hero sets sail onto Nintendo Switch next year!

  • The Hundred Line -Last Defense Academy-: Introducing a new game from the creators of the Danganronpa series! Takumi Sumino lived an unremarkable life until he was forced to transfer to the Last Defense Academy. His mission: Protect the school from mysterious enemies known as School Invaders for 100 days. As Takumi, delve into the enigmatic truth of the school alongside 15 of his companions, each looking to reclaim their lost everyday lives. Explore the school, prepare for battles with your friends and then engage the invading creatures in strategic RPG battles. The Hundred Line -Last Defense Academy- launches on Nintendo Switch early next year.

  • Romancing SaGa 2: Revenge of the Seven: The groundbreaking non-linear RPG Romancing SaGa 2 makes its triumphant return as a full remake, featuring English voiceovers, original and rearranged compositions by series composer Kenji Ito, and much more. Furious that mankind has forgotten their many sacrifices, the legendary Seven Heroes have returned as villains bent on revenge. Select your main character from several protagonists, defend your empire in strategic battles and experience a story that responds to your choices. Discover the definitive version of the classic RPG when Romancing SaGa 2: Revenge of the Seven launches on Nintendo Switch Oct. 24.

  • FANTASIAN Neo Dimension: The father of the FINAL FANTASY series, Hironobu Sakaguchi, and renowned composer Nobuo Uematsu return to deliver an original RPG story! Experience an enhanced version of FANTASIAN with brand new features including English and Japanese voice overs and an additional difficulty option. Assume the role of Leo as he journeys to recover his memories and solve the mystery of a strange mechanical infection destroying his world. Experience turn-based battles with a wealth of mechanics and strategic combat – including the ability to adjust a skill’s trajectory to target multiple foes at once or send enemies to a separate dimension to fight later – and explore a multi-dimensional universe set against a backdrop of over 150 charming hand-crafted dioramas. FANTASIAN launches on Nintendo Switch this winter.

  • FAIRY TAIL 2: Experience the dramatic retelling of the “Alvarez Empire” arc – the final chapter of the beloved FAIRY TAIL story. Join Natsu and his friends in an epic, action RPG and engage in magic-filled battles in real-time combat. Enjoy the world of the FAIRY TAIL anime and play through the powerful ending to the original adventure from KOEI TECMO and GUST. FAIRY TAIL 2 launches on Nintendo Switch this winter.

  • Ace Attorney Investigations Collection: Step into the shoes of Miles Edgeworth, the esteemed prosecutor famed for his relentless pursuit of justice, in the Ace Attorney Investigations Collection. This remastered collection includes both Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth and – in English for the first time – Ace Attorney Investigations 2: Prosecutor’s Gambit! Immerse yourself in a thrilling world full of captivating cases where you’ll scour crime scenes for incriminating evidence, interrogate suspicious suspects and untangle complex webs of deceit. Experience both games with HD graphics, newly added languages (including French and German), and fresh character models and artwork. Keep your Organizer handy: Ace Attorney Investigations Collection arrives on Nintendo Switch Sept. 6. Pre-orders are available now on Nintendo eShop.

  • Farmagia: Hiro Mashima, creator of Rave Master and FAIRY TAIL, is teaming up with Marvelous to present a brand new adventure full of frantic monster combat and farming. A despotic overlord imposes an oppressive regime on the world’s inhabitants, and it’s up to you and your fellow Farmagia to stop him! Explore, battle, collect resources, grow and command an army of monsters and upgrade your skills. Gather your monsters and take a stand against the regime when Farmagia plants itself onto Nintendo Switch Nov. 1.

  • THE NEW DENPA MEN: Scour radio waves for the DENPA MEN: small creatures that call these invisible signals their home. You can’t see them with the naked eye, but you can find them and catch them on the Nintendo Switch system! THE NEW DENPA MEN is a free-to-play RPG where you can collect these DENPA MEN for your party and adventure with them as your companions. In addition to the main adventure, there is plenty of fun to be had, like decorating your island, fishing, participating in limited-time events and playing against other players’ DENPA MEN. Catch THE NEW DENPA MEN when it launches on Nintendo Switch July 22.

Mel Gibson Confirms He’s Directing LETHAL WEAPON 5

A few years ago we heard that Mel Gibson was in talks to direct Lethal Weapon 5, and now in a recent interview, the actor and director confirmed it.

While appearing on the Inspire Me podcast series, Gibson offered an update on the long-awaited project saying: “I’m gonna direct the fifth film in the Lethal Weapon series.”

He continued: “Richard Donner, who did the other four, sadly passed away and he was a good friend, and he kind of tasked me with carrying the flag home on that one. So it’ll be an honor for me to do that.”

Gibson went on to talk about the process of developing the screenplay, which Donner started before his passing. “He had gotten a fair way into writing the screenplay and we’ve used what was there. We kept kind of poking at it, working it and I’m pretty happy with it, it’s good, I had a lot of fun doing it.”

I mean, if anyone is going to carry the torch of this franchise, Gibson seems like the guy to do it. He’s certainly got the directing chops.

Gibson previously shared that the film had “a really good screenplay” and “they had a really good template”. He also said: “I had the honor of sitting down, after Richard passed away, with the writer and doing a couple more drafts and trying to do it in the spirit of what we thought Donner might [want] because I knew the guy so well. We tried to get that flavor, and we were pretty happy with what we came up with.”

It sounds like the film is going to happen, and all I can hope for is that it reaches the same bar as the previously Lethal Weapon films that were made because I love those movies.

STREET FIGHTER Movie Loses TALK TO ME Directors Danny and Michael Philippou

Shortly after the horror film Talk To Me became a hit, directors Danny and Michael Philippou jumped on board to develop a feature film adaptation of Street Fighter for Legendary.

Well, they are no longer attached to the project. According to insiders scheduling is part of the reason they parted ways as “Legendary and Capcom were hoping to begin sooner than later.”

But, the Philippous shifted their focus to a film project titled Bring Her Back, which reteams with their Talk to Me studio A24. That project, which will star Sally Hawkins and Billy Barratt, begins shooting later this month in Australia.

Legendary is now on the hunt for a new filmmaker to take on Street Fighter.

No story details were ever shared regarding the story, but, the directors have said that they were given creative freedom on the project.

Michael commented on how the movie “has an amazing lore, characters, and world.” Danny then added: “With Street Fighter, Legendary, [it appears] that they’re going to let us take control and really do our thing with it. It’s very exciting.”

Now they won’t be doing anything with it! But, that’s ok. It always seemed like an odd film project for them to be involved with in the first place. I was curious to see what they would do with it, but now the vision of this movie will be in the hands of another filmmaker.

We’ll just have to wait and see who that filmmaker will be.

Source: THR