Original 1986 plot: This is the story of Melvin, the Tromaville Health Club mop boy, who inadvertently and naively trusts the hedonistic, contemptuous and vain health club members, to the point of accidentally ending up in a vat of toxic waste. The devastating results then have a transmogrification effect, his alter ego is released, and the Toxic Avenger is born, to deadly and comical results. The local mop boy is now the local Superhero, the saviour of corruption, thuggish bullies and indifference. Troma classic with good make-up effects and stunts, a pleasant surprise indeed.
“Maggie is a 16-year old girl from a town in middle America who becomes infected by a zombie.” Much the way that Danny Boyle changed the lumbering zombie stereotype by speeding up the undead in 28 Days Later, Maggie changes the lightning quick infection period evident in most zombie films, where victims become zombies in minutes. It will take six months for Maggie to turn, and the film tracks the transformation as she stays with her family.
Alternate: The project, based on the Black List script by John Scott 3, is set at a time when a “walking dead” virus which has spread across the country. Schwarzenegger will portray the father on a journey to help his daughter come to terms with her infection as she slowly becomes a zombie.
Kyle Reese, played by Michael Biehn in the original film, will be a character in this version, as will John Connor, so it seems like a jump into the future might be part of the plot line.
Nice! J.K. Simmons will be joining the cast of Terminator: Genesis. Per THR, “According to sources, Simmons will play a weary and alcoholic detective who has followed a bizarre case involving Sarah Connor and robots for more than three decades (since 1984, which, not coincidentally, is the year the original movie, directed by James Cameron, was released).”
I dig everything about this except for the practically obligatory alcoholic crutch.
Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier penned the script. In theaters July 1, 2015, Emilia Clarke is on board to play Sarah Connor and Jason Clarke will play John Connor. Jai Courtney is playing Kyle Reese. Arnold Schwarzenegger will also return in his iconic role. Alan Taylor is directing. READ MORE
The studio has selected Emilia Clarke to play Sarah Connor in the Terminator reboot, re-teaming with director Alan Taylor, who has worked with Clarke in the HBO series “Game Of Thrones,” says Deadline.
Clarke joins Jason Clarke, who is in negotiations to play her son John Connor in a storyline they’ve heard involved a trip into the future. Arnold Schwarzenegger is also back in his signature cyborg role.
Paramount will release the film in July 2015. READ MORE
Event Horizon, “Nip/Tuck” and Vampire Academy beauty Joely Richardson, pictured, will play Arnold Schwarzenegger’s wife in the Henry Hobson-directed Maggie, a zombie thriller beginning production in New Orleans, TheWrap first reported.
She’ll join Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin, who plays the titular teenage girl and Schwarzenegger’s daughter.
Schwarzenegger and Richardson spend the movie trying to help their daughter, a 16-year-old girl who has been infected by a zombie virus.
Amy Brassette, Aiden Flowers, and Rachel Whitman Groves also star.
John Scott 3′s script made the 2011 Black List of the film industry’s favorite unproduced screenplays. READ MORE
Star Arnold Schwarzenegger hit Twitter to reveal that filming has commenced on Maggie, while also sharing a photo of himself with director Henry Hobson and up-and-coming scream queen Abigail Breslin.
A quick look at IMDB reveals that Amy Brassette, Aiden Flowers, and Rachel Whitman Groves also star.
The project, based on the Black List script by John Scott 3, is set at a time when a “walking dead” virus which has spread across the country. Schwarzenegger will portray the father on a journey to help his daughter come to terms with her infection as she slowly becomes a zombie. READ MORE
Just last night the official Facebook page for Twentieth Century Fox’s 2010 Predators was updated with a teaser image to hunt the Predator at the forthcoming San Diego Comic-Con. Speculation ran from a new game, to a sequel starring Arnold Schwarzenegger to even a reboot. It was none of the above.
The LA Times played detective and god the skinny on the “big” announcement, which goes from lame to astoundingly badass.
Says the site, to mark the 3-D Blu-ray release (that’s the big surprise – a post-conversion of a classic film) of the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring Predator, Fox is dedicating a jungle-themed booth to the film and its iconic extra-terrestrial.
Predator fans will be able to purchase custom-designed mini-figurines featuring their likeness, which is easily the coolest promotion ever to hit the Con. READ MORE
Paramount Pictures’ new Terminator film will actually be a reboot, not a sequel, according to press release that hit this afternoon. While we’ve heard hints about Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson possibly having a role, the release doesn’t confirm or deny it. The new release date is June 26, 2015.
It seems that Arnold Schwarzenegger will still be involved (as previously reported) as the “title character”, but that seems like an odd choice if they’re going for a hard reboot. Hopefully we get some clarification on that sooner rather than later. I kind of liked the idea of him being the guy who designed the original T-800 in his own image. The hope is to make TWO of these movies before the rights revert back to James Cameron.
The film is being produced by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures as well as David Ellison’s Skydance Productions. Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake of Skydance will serve as executive producers. Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) are writing the script for the film. The hunt is on for a director. READ MORE
According to Examiner, Paramount Pictures’ newly acquired The Terminator franchise is taking a major swing at the fences to kick off a new franchise. How will they achieve this? The same way Sony hopes to pass the torch to a new group of Ghostbusters…
The site reports that Terminator 5 may actually be a prequel of sorts: “Incredibly, Arnold Schwarzenegger may not play the role of a machine in the next film, but a potentially heroic human figure in or close to the Connor family.
“One theory is that Schwarzenegger’s remarkable ability to protect the Connor family in the 1940s or 1950s with antiquated weaponry by today’s standards ultimately inspired the machines to develop a terminator in his likeness that was eventually sent to 1984 when Sarah Connor was first targeted for termination,” adds the site.
So who would replace Schwarzenegger as the near-perfect killing machine? How about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson? You guys cool with that? I mean, why the hell not, right? He’s one of the few WWE wrestlers to make a legitimate leap from the ring to film, and I’m 100% behind this concept.
The film is being produced by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures as well as David Ellison’s Skydance Productions. Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) are writing the script for the fifth film. READ MORE
A few days ago we heard that Paramount was in negotiations to secure the distribution rights for a fifth Terminator film. The film is being produced by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures as well as David Ellison’s Skydance Productions. Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) are writing the script for the fifth film.
With all of that seemingly going well, Arnold Schwarzenegger is sort of confirming his involvement, and the likelihood that he will be playing one of the titular machines. According to TheArnoldFans.com he said, ““In fact, I’m very happy that the studios want me to be in Terminator 5 and to star AS the ‘Terminator’, which we start shooting in January and I’m also going to do ‘King Conan’ – to play that role and also to do another ‘Twins’ movie.”
This is from an actor, so it’s to be taken with a grain of sale until the studio confirms it – but it’s looking good (depending on if you actually want to see this movie). Also? Twins 2!!!
Megan Ellison paid more than $20 million in 2011 to acquire the rights for a new Terminator film. However, she must make a film by 2019 before the rights revert back to the creator of the franchise, James Cameron.
Troma is synonymous with crap, albiet some really, really good crap. So how does Troma continue to get big budget remakes of their 80′s classic off the ground? Whomever can break this Da Vinci Code Code gets drinks on me.
First came Mother’s Day, which landed A-list director Darren Lynn Bousman, hot off Saw II, III and IV, now the Toxic Avenger remake is flexing its muscles.
In the first shocking news out of the Cannes market, Variety reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to star in the new Toxic Avenger. While he won’t be playing horror icon “Toxie,” he’s in negotiations for another lead role in the reboot of the 1980s cult pic. READ MORE
Remember that Cannibal Corpse “I Cum Blood” spoken word that I posted a few months ago? Well, there have been another two since then, one of which I’m posting today and one that I’ll post soon (gotta keep you readers entertained, right?). But today’s will be a spoken word rendition of Austrian Death Machine‘s “I Need Your Clothes, Your Boots, And Your Motorcycle”. It’s, as can be expected hilarious and great to watch. Check it out below. READ MORE
It seems as though Terminator 5 is in purgatory. While some people peg director Justin Lin (Fast Five, the upcoming Fast Six) as being attached, he’s apparently not actively involved anymore and is biding his time with the Fast And The Furious franchise while things get sorted out. The reason for the delay? Arnold Schwarzenegger wants the script to be better than Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines (which by default would make it better than Terminator: Salvation) and that hasn’t happened yet.
But what’s the gist of the shelved take? According to Moviehole, “there was a great concept that linked up to T1 that involved time travel to alternate dimensions. The concept “would’ve centered on an alternate timeline in which Sarah Connor, Kyle Reese lived” (as far as I could gather, that interchanging timeline storyline, that would mean the cast of the original film – Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn could reprise their roles.) “But there’s no movie at the moment, thus no locked-in script.”, we’re reminded again. But that concept does fit with what director Justin Lin told Moviehole shortly after securing the director’s job on “T5″- that he would like to somehow resurrect Sarah Connor.”
Said Lin, “I mean, Sarah Connor is such a big part of the franchise, you know. Yeah, I mean I’ve always been surprised how in part 3 she was just like… It was like one line and she was gone….Yeah, like leukemia and… But I think the great thing about this franchise is you have… You can actually have different canons because you have the element of time travel. So, there’s a way of kind of respecting all the works but also able to create a new time line.”
Sounds like something that would be good in theory and likely horrible in execution. Looper is an excellent time travel movie that is currently in theaters. T5, if it ever arrives, will likely have the dead black heart of the Total Recall remake pumpkins its blood.
Columbia Pictures’ Len Wiseman (Underworld) directed Total Recall remake is here. And it’s sort of what it looked like all along. It features fine performances by Colin Farrell (In Bruges, Fright Night), Jessica Biel (The Tall Man) and a surprisingly fun turn by Kate Beckinsale (Underworld, Laurel Canyon). It’s not poorly made, but it gets bogged down too often in weightless CGI and loses sight of its story. It’s also severely watered down and features none of the bite of Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 original.
“The film is big, expensive and boring. It thinks that its spectacle and budget (not to mention its overabundance of lens flares) will convince the audience that they’re having a good time. ‘Total Recall’ is a total nightmare of a remake – a serviceable film that undercuts and devalues its source material. It’s A CG filled, PG13 watering down of Verhoeven’s 1990 film with little to no understanding of what made the original work.”
Total Recall was one of the first DVDs I bought more than a decade ago, and has sat proudly on my shelf since. In the early days of the format, collector sets were insanely expensive – especially for a kid in high school – and Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi/action spectacle was one of the first that was introduced at a reasonable price point (and in a Mars tin no less!). The transfer was great at the time and the DVD was packed with special features, including an unintentionally hilarious commentary that ranks as one of my all-time favorites. READ MORE
When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real, or does he?
When Columbia Pictures releases Len Wiseman’s Total Recall, in theaters August 3, a lot of us will be shocked at how similar it is to Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 adaptation of “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. Thus far nothing says otherwise.
The studio just now released a third clip from the film that mirrors a classic fight sequence from the initial sci-fi epic, which begs the following questions: which fight scene is better, and who would you rather have kick your ass?
Below we’ve added both the fight between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone in the 1990 version, alongside the scuffle between Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale in the reboot. Personally, I’d rather have Beckinsale jumping in my face. You?
In the remake, “Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he’s got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) whom he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston) – there is no one Quaid can trust, except possibly a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) working for the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy). The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.” READ MORE
Updated with the newly unveiled “Big Red Predator” from Predators and yet another “Dutch” action figure from Predator. Geek boner times 100 trillion!
Happy 25th anniversary to Predator, and happy San Diego Comic-Con day to all of you!
While most of the morning/afternoon has been less than inspiring (I want more dammit!), NECA has just blown the lid off the event that’s now open to hundreds of thousands of fans. With the launch of the convention NECA pulled the black cloth off one of the two shrouded figures to reveal a brand spanking new Predator action figure.
Heading deep into the Central American jungle, NECA shares the following look at “Dutch” (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1987 John McTiernan-directed film) covered in mud and preparing for a “Jungle Duel”. NECA is finally learning that we’d rather have the protagonists than the actual creatures. (I’d trade in ALL of my Alien memorabilia for a Ripley Power Loader set from Aliens.)
In the classic, a team of commandos, on a mission in a Central American jungle, find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial warrior. READ MORE
Website The Arnold Fans is reporting that Arnold Schwarzenegger could be dabbling in the supernatural once again.
The action star, who once saved the world from the Devil in the 1999 End of Days, is topping Black Sunday. The project is described as “action mixed with sci-fi/fantasy”.
The site reports that Arnold will play an immortal. “I’m a kind of angel,” he said, “I can not currently say more about this film.” Expect this movie, with Arnold raging war against weapons dealers as an immortal instrument of death, to be a cross between Constantine and Commando!
Black Sunday will be directed by Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy. Financed by Bill Block’s QED, the film will begin production April 1 in Belen, New Mexico. READ MORE
I just got out of Fast Five, so writing up this news somewhat saddens me. I feel like I just watched the Special Olympics of action films, and now I learn that director Justin Lin and Arnold Schwarzenegger are being shopped around to studios as a package deal for more Terminator films. If Skynet really did become self aware last week, perhaps it can stop this deal from going through before it’s too late.
This is great news for Schwarzenegger fans who want a better return to the big screen for him than his five seconds in The Expendables, but bad news for anyone that was hoping someone promising could come in and rescue the series from the deep, dark pit McG left it in two years ago. Lin has been rumored to be in running for quite a while now, and with Fast Five having impressive overseas debuts and being the film most likely to take the number one spot domestically this weekend, his name is probably not going to disappear from the deal unless the sequel unexpectedly tanks.
He could, of course, surprise everyone and make a solid film. But based on the last three Fast And Furious sequels he made, I’m not betting on it.
This deal also has a rather large stipulation: the rights revert back to James Cameron – who directed the first two films – in 2018, at which time they will have to be purchased from him again. That’s a little over six years, which gives the buyer enough time to make at least two films if they already have a game plan going into the deal.
Expect more concrete news about Terminator 5 in the very near future.
Last week Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted that he was back in action and ready to take on new acting roles. We immediately assembled a mental wish list that consisted mostly of projects we don’t want him to do (come back strong, avoid anything like Junior, Batman & Robin and Jingle all the Way!)
Some exciting news come revving in courtesy of Deadline who report that Universal Pictures is looking to revive James Cameron’s franchise and attach Schwarzenegger to return. The most exciting news is that it’s a potential vehicle (pun totally intended) for Justin Lin, who helmed the last three installments of The Fast and the Furious franchise, including the latest Fast Five, which Universal releases April 29. The plan would be to possibly pair him with Chris Morgan, who aside from Fast Five has credits on big scale Universal films that include the upcoming Keanu Reeves actioner 47 Ronin and Wanted.
This leaves me with a hornets nest of thoughts stinging my brain. First and foremost, I really, really, reallllly don’t want to see a fifth pic in the future. And furthermore, I expect that they return to the roots and ensure it’s a chase film. I know that the mere mention of Terminator evokes the high-budget/CGI response, but seriously, why not bring it down a notch? Lastly, if you’re going to amp up the Terminator, you need to do something badder and cooler than the T-1,000,000 from Universal Studios’ T2 3-D: Battle Across Time attraction.