I don’t even know where to begin as the image gallery below is a bit overwhelming. I think it’s actually best if I highlight a few items and let you kind of carouse through it.
NECA already announced that they’ll be doing a Planet of the Apes line Wednesday morning, and although no images have been shared, yet, there are plenty of other goodies on display at the San Diego Comic-Con.
The one that caught my eye was the new Predator figure, pictured above, that features Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) through the eyes of the film’s hunter. It’s easily a must-own. There’s also a 1/4 scale version of Dutch on the way, and about 100 variations of new Predator toys, including one that absolutely blew my mind (from series 11, featured at bottom).
And while we don’t have a Ripley, still, the Alien and Aliens line continues to grow. And with the tease of a 35th Anniversary Collection arriving in 2014, I remain hopefully NECA can land Sigourney Weaver’s likeness.
Lastly, I’d like to point out some more cool Gremlins 2 toys, which makes me wish I has real shelf space for them. I love the “Wicked Witch of the West” melted Gremlin, as well as the one with the Warner Bros. log on it. I think I may just nab that for shits and giggles.
More soon, NECA is known to reveal more throughout the weekend. READ MORE
Something is stalking San Diego right now, and it may possibly be a Predator.
While the Robert Rodriguez-produced and Nimrod Antal-directed 2010 Predators had the right intentions, they sort of messed up the characterizations by making the entire cast a group of criminals – it’s hard to sympathize with murderers. Still, the heart was in the right place, and the movie was pretty fun. I’d like to see more, so long as Predators stay away from Aliens completely…
This brings us to today, where the official Facebook for the aforementioned sequel was updated with something eyebrow raising. An image with the line, “Something is coming… #HuntthePredator.” The image teases a hunt, but what are we hunting?
The San Diego Comic-Con begins this Wednesday, and Rodriguez will be there to talk Machete Kills, and presumably Sin City 2, so will he and Twentieth Century Fox also announce the Predators follow up that he’s been talking about since 2010? Or will we see some sort of new game revealed (which would be odd considering E3 just ended). What do you think? What do you want?
Watch this spot for news the second it’s revealed. Bloody will be all over the Comic-Con, as usual. READ MORE
Heavy metal legends Metallica have announced that their 3D film, Metallica Through The Never, will be released September 27th in N. America as a limited engagement in IMAX theaters. The film will expand one week later on October 4th. The film was written and directed by Nimród Antal (Predators, Kontroll) and produced by Charlotte Huggins (Journey To The Center Of The Earth).
Drummer Lars Ulrich comments, “IMAX! It doesn’t get bigger or cooler than that!. For four guys in a rock band of average height, to get a chance to unleash their 3D film on IMAX screens the size of buildings across the country is a mind-blowing thought. ‘Hey look, Mom, I’m 50 feet tall (finally!)’ There is no better way to experience film and when you throw in the spectacle of music and sound this should amount to an unprecedented, unique and truly next level experience.”
The film tells the story of, “…band crew member (played by Dane DeHaan) who is sent out on a mission during Metallica’s roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena. While on this mission, he unexpectedly has his life turned completely upside down.” READ MORE
Even though NECA has yet to unveil all of their surprise announcements, the doors are officially open on the New York Toy Fair, and the toy company has already shared quite a few “first Looks.”
With new Prometheus figures to be unveiled in the next few days, the company has released prototypes of their new Aliens line, which includes Hudson, Hicks, and a slew of Aliens (such as the Xenomorph Warrior). There also appears to be an “Exploding Alien,” which is incredible.
They’ve also shared their Carrie figure, featuring a normal and varient version of Chloe Moretz as the title character, one of which is covered in pig’s blood. While the movie is in theaters this October, the toys will be in stores this August. A quick update also included a look at 3 Jaeger’s from Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, in theaters this July.
Then there’s the reveal of a ED-209 (Enforcement Droid Series 209) from Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 RoboCop. Says wiki, the ED-209, created by Omni Consumer Products, serves as a heavily-armed obstacle and foil for the series’ titular character, as well as a source of comic relief due to its lack of intelligence and tendency towards clumsy malfunctions.
Lastly, for now, come a sneak peak at new Predator and Predators, as well as a major gift to fans collecting the toys. Says NECA, “The Predator Trophy Wall”(!) is “a reward for those who collected them all. If you got everything you have all the skulls except the BIG dino one.” The Predator line consists of two versions of Arnold Schwarzenegger as Dutch, as well as an invisible Predator.
More news and hi-res imagery coming in the next few days. READ MORE
Metal legends Metallica have announced that their upcoming 3D film will be titled Metallica Through The Never and will be released theatrically on Aug. 9th. The film was written and directed by Nimród Antal (Kontroll, Predators) and stars Dane DeHaan (Chronicle).
The story follows DeHaan as he “…plays a young band crew member who is sent out on an urgent mission while the band is playing a rousing live set in front of a sold-out crowd and unexpectedly finds his world turned completely upside down.”
The film will be the first new release from Picturehouse after their reopening with founder Bob Berney at the helm.
In a radio interview with Vancouver’s 99.3 The Fox, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich revealed that the band has plans to enter the studio to begin writing and recording the follow-up to 2008′s Death Magnetic this September. However, busy plans will make the process take a little longer than normal. For instance, the band was very busy putting together to two-day Orion Music + More festival that occurred just a few weeks ago. Due to the success of the inaugural year, the band will be bringing the festival back next year, which requires a lot of planning and orchestration.
Then there is the 3D Metallica movie, which is being helmed by Predators director Nimród Antal. The concert footage will be shot Aug. 24th and 25th on a massive 140′x50′ stage. According to Ulrich, the stage will have, “colossal components and striking visual elements spanning Metallica’s entire 30-year career.” The rest of the film will be shot in the two to three weeks that will follow these shows.
So what does all of this mean for the release date of the next Metallica album? Find out below! READ MORE
In talking with Playlist, writer director Robert Rodriguez chatted up all of his upcoming projects, while also making the realization that he originally wanted to produce a sequel to Predators, the quasi-reboot of the classic 1987 sci-fi horror Predator.
“I haven’t talked to them [20th Century Fox] in a while. I know they liked the idea of doing another one,” Rodriguez explained. “I should probably call and check in. I’ve just been busy doing these other things.”
For a guy who constantly pushed how passionate he was about the original, to completely “forget” about it makes me question is credibility. Nimrod Antal directed the R-rated reboot/sequel that referenced characters from the original, while following a new group of toughies to battle the race of alien Predator. READ MORE
Myself and Johnny_Trouble were fortunate enough to meet some great new faces at the 2011 C2E2 convention over the weekend on our excursion to Chicago with photo journalist JerryBaker, one of which being Dark Horse Comics Publicity Manager and all around nice guy, Aub Driver. Aub was good enough to sit down and chat with us about everything that the company will be bringing readers in 2011, from “HELLBOY”, to “DOLLHOUSE”, and everything in between. Below you can check out the interview and catch yourself up on what looks to be an exciting year in comics for the publisher, and a very special thanks to Aub for taking the time to sit down and talk with us.
Figures.com got the jump on NECA’s third series of Predators action figures that actually features something pretty awesome: a toy based on the “Predator Hound” that features over 20 points of articulation. Arriving in stores Spring 2011, the assortment also includes the “Masked Classic Predator” from the 1987 film, along with an “Elder Predator” from the sequel, Predator 2. They all look pretty sweet. READ MORE
Making a sequel to a highly successful film – especially decades after the original – is among the hardest things a director and creative crew can be tasked with. Not only does the follow-up have to capture the tone and attitude of its predecessor, but it also has to successfully introduce a slew of new ideas that expands the mythology of the series without creating anything that contradicts what came before it (Highlander 2, I’m looking at you). The most noticeable exception to this rule is James Cameron, who has successfully taken horror films like Alien and The Terminator – I know some people will disagree, but I always considered the Arnie classic to be a slasher/thriller – and successfully turned their sequels into epic sci-fi/action hybrids. Predators attempts the same formula of changing genres, and it does indeed introduce new mythology and ideas, but it oversaturates itself with them, and because of that and the various tweaks made to Robert Rodriguez’s original spec script over the years, the sum is not as great as its parts. READ MORE
PREDATORS, a bold new chapter in the Predator universe, shot under the creative auspices of Robert Rodriguez, stars Adrien Brody as Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they’ve been brought together on an alien planet… as prey. With the notable exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers – mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members – human “predators” that are now being systematically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators.
In this version, a group of humans will find themselves stranded on a planet home to Predators and must survive the horrors they encounter. James Cameron pulled a similar move with his advancement of the “Alien” franchise in his “Aliens.”
As excited as I am for the Robert Rodriguez produced “PREDATORS” reboot I just couldn’t get into the Dark Horse Comics prequel tie-in to the film. But if you could, and you just cannot wait until this coming Wednesday to pick up the concluding issue in the series, then we have you covered. Inside you can get a full 3 page preview of the issue and all the details.
The July 9th release date for Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming “PREDATORS” reboot is getting closer and closer, but in order to keep your palets wet until then Dark Horse Comics is doing fans a favor and releasing a new issue of their 4 part prequel once a week for the entire month of June. Inside you can read the first 6 pages of the second issue that goes on sale this week! Read on for the skinny.
Next Wednesday begins the 4 issue weekly prequel to the upcoming Robert Rodriguez produced “PREDATORS” reboot from Dark Horse Comics, and if you’re like me you are thinking one thing: please for the love of all things holy do not suck. Yea, I feel you. Well for those of you who are looking for a ray of hope, inside you can read the first 6 pages of the first issue before it goes on sale next Wednesday. Read on for the skinny.
As the anticipation for the Robert Rodriguez (“EL MARIACHI”, “PLANET TERROR”) produced reboot to the ubber popular sci-fi series “PREDATORS” ramps up, publisher Dark Horse Comics have announced yet another title to add to their already impressive slew of books related to the series. This one, titled “PRESERVE THE GAME”, follows up the events after the summer blockbuster ends and will serve as an epilogue to the film. Inside you can read all the details and get a look at the cover art. Read on for the skinny.
Last month Dark Horse Comics revealed plans to publish a 4 issue tie-in mini-series for the Robert Rodriguez (“GRINDHOUSE”, “EL MARIACHI”) produced “PREDATORS” reboot coming this July. So in case you missed that news you can catch up here and then check out some interior artwork hot off the presses from WonderCon! Read on for the skinny! “A team of Navy Seals is in the midst of a firefight when it suddenly goes dark. They awake to find themselves in a new and more deadly environment, stalked by a strange enemy.”
Let the marketing campaign begin! Just in time for the July 7th release date of his upcoming reboot of the ‘PREDATORS’ franchise being helmed by Nimrod Antal (“VACANCY”, “ARMORED”), it was announced that Robert Rodriguez will be teaming with Dark Horse Publishing to release a 4 part weekly prequel to the film! Inside you can find all the details on the series including the covers for all 4 issues! “Starring Adrian Brody (“THE PIANIST”, “THE JACKET”) and Topher Grace (“THAT 70s SHOW”, “SPIDERMAN 3″) “PREDATORS” follows nine humans,”Predators” of sorts, who are kidnapped and taken to an alien world which is used by the Predators as a game reserve. Now they must all fight to survive while they are hunted by a new breed of alien hunters known as Predators.”