By The Wolfman (@TheWolfmanCometh – on the boards).
You’re sitting there in the movie theater with your Junior Mints, or in the case of psychopaths, sitting there with Dots, waiting for the movie to start. You have a terrifying debate with yourself for ten seconds while you try to determine whether the lights in the theater are actually dimming or maybe you’re having a stroke. Once that bright green screen pops up, proving that your brain does indeed have enough oxygen, you catch a glimpse of some of Hollywood’s newest garbage. Between romantic comedies and animated adventures starring pop singers, it all looks like the same old stuff. Unexpectedly, a trailer pops up that seems to be pretty creepy, have some decent actors in it, and the credits tell you it’s from people who helped make other horror movies that you absolutely love. When the title is revealed, the entire audience groans, followed by nudging the person next to you and saying, “Can you believe they’re even making that movie?” Or maybe you went to this movie alone and angrily took out your phone to post your disdain on Twitter for everyone (read: not really anyone) to see. No folks, the title didn’t reveal that the trailer you just enjoyed was an M. Night Shyamalan joint, but instead, the movie is a remake, adaptation of, or sequel to something else. No matter what the source material is, nothing seems to cause fanboys to angrily roll their eyes more then finding out their favorite movie/book is getting a remake/adaptation/sequel. My advice to all of you is to quit your complaining about something you had absolutely no involvement in making and should focus your energy on revisiting the source material.
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Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures have set Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier to script the next installment of The Terminator franchise, says Deadline. Lussier is the director of My Bloody Valentine and Drive Angry. Kalogridis penned Avatar, Shutter Island and Alexander.
Skydance’s David Ellison recently hired the scribes to write an original scifi adventure film, with an idea initiated by Skydance. Megan Ellison paid a fortune for the rights several years ago, and recently teamed with brother David, whose company finds big ticket action films like Terminator to be in its wheelhouse. David, who just produced Jack Reacher, had the relationship with the scribes, though interestingly Kalogridis also is tight with Terminator creator James Cameron.
Oddly enough, the four Terminator films have only grossed $520 million at the boxoffice with a worldwide take around $1.4 billion.
They say that technology is making us lazy and that machines are doing everything that we used to do. Welp, Skynet has taken things one step further and has now unveiled Compressorhead, a band comprised of robots. No, I’m not joking. At first I thought it was going to be some Chuck E. Cheese kinda deal but these guys (I don’t think I can actually say that) proved me wrong. Below is the metallic band rehearsing their cover of Motorhead‘s “Ace Of Spades”. Check it out in between runs to the grocery store. Time to start stocking up for Judgment Day. READ MORE
David Ellison’s Skydance Prods. and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures have agreed to partner on a fifth Terminator following their joint acquistion of rights from Pacificor, says Variety.
The two company heads will produce and Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake from Skydance will serve as executive producers.
Pacificor, a Santa Barbara-based investment fund with no feature film experience, acquired the rights in a bankruptcy court auction in early 2010 over objections from Sony and Lionsgate. Pacificor agreed to pay $29.5 million, along with a provision for payment to Halycon of $5 million per film for any sequel.
Halcyon paid Mario Kassar $30 million for the Terminator rights in 2007, but then Halcyon filed for Chapter 11 in 2009 as a result of a dispute with Pacificor, which had financed the acquisition. The Terminator assets include the rights to future pics, TV series, DVDs and merchandise.
Terminator Salvation, the fourth film in the franchise, was produced by Halcyon toppers Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson with Warner Bros. handling domestic distribution and Sony taking international. It carried a production pricetag of about $200 million and took in $371 million worldwide in 2009.
A spokeswoman for Annapurna said that under new copyright rules, North American rights to The Terminator franchise will revert back to creator James Cameron in 2019 — 35 years after the original Terminator was released.
For the past few weeks we have been closely following the development and launch of Dark Horse Comics’ official digital app, which is the companies’ first foray into the digital field. Well, as of yesterday the app went live for mobile and internet users, and the results were a little more than the publisher counted on as it crashed the sites’ server upon launch! Inside you can get all the details from the official press release on the launch of the application as well as some more titles added to the download catalog. Read on for the skinny…
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.
It has been eagerly anticipated by readers, critics, and fans alike since it was formally announced that publisher Dark Horse Comics would be joining the digital world with their very own digital comic app, and the wait is nearly over as the application will officially make its debut next week on April 27th! Inside you can get all the info on the announcement as well as a full list of titles available for download at the applications’ launch. Read on for the skinny…
Sci-Fi fans hold onto your hats, because this Summer is heating up to be a big one as Dynamite publishing has just announced plans to bring readers one of the single biggest franchise crossover one-shots we will likely see all year with ‘TERMINATOR/ROBOCOP: KILL HUMAN” this July! Below you can check out the specs for the book, which includes two covers as well as the full rundown of the synopsis.
WRITTEN BY: Rob Williams
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: PJ Holden
COVERS BY: Walt Simonson, Tom Feister, Jonathan Lau.
“The ultimate killing machine meets the future of law enforcement. In the Terminator’s future all humanity must be wiped out, so when Robocop is woken from an enforced hibernation, Alex Murphy finds himself amongst the final hunted. But will his body side with Skynet? Or can man finally overcome machines?”
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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.
It really bums me out that I just turned 30. What I would have done for the respect of toy companies when I was 6. I literally have no space for all of this awesomeness, and my imagination has taken a turn for the worst (not that I could see myself literally “playing” with these).
Still, I might have to muster up a spot for Vinz Clortho, the Keymaster of Gozer, a loyal minion demi-god who obeys The Destructor. In the 1984 Ghostbusters, Vinz possessed Louis Tully (Rick Moranis) and became one of the most beloved characters in the franchise (I would have loved his party!) This figure comes with an array of extras, including the dog head from the finale. Available in March.
Also available this March is “Marshmallow Mess Ray” who comes with a messy logo. In May you can snag “Egon with Lab Coat”, which appears to come with the library ghost! Lastly, in July Mattel releases “Winston with Slime Blower”.
I think the one thing that all of the toy companies are missing are toy “displays”. I’m not really looking to have Marshmallow Mess Ray and Vinz Clortho just handing out on my desk. I want a rooftop piece with a ginormous Stay Puft Marshmallow Man climbing up. NECA has the right idea with their Crow rooftop fight piece, and the Friday the 13th shrine set, but no toy company has really gone out of their way to create something spectacular (like a possessed Dana (with removable shirt) apartment set that comes with a demonic refrigerator).
Quickly turning their back on the 2010 remake, NECA has unveiled three brand new Freddy Krueger action figures based on the film’s initial trilogy! These badass A Nightmare on Elm Street toys bring us new Freddy’s from the title film, Freddy’s Revenge (sorry, no dead parakeet), and Dream Warriors. Each comes with an interchangeable head. But in all seriousness, who wouldn’t want the actual “Dream Warriors” in toy form? “Yo, Freddy! Where you hiding at, you burnt-faced pussy?” – Roland Kincaid
In addition, inside we threw up a quick look at NECA’s “The Walking Dead” busts. Eh, I’ll watch for McFarlane’s toy line based on Robert Kirkman’s comic.
While it appears NECA is continuing to shy away from horror lines based on specific franchises, they do have some really cool stuff in the pipeline.
Next to the new Freddy Krueger’s (images in next story), my favorite upcoming line is from Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Joe Dante’s 1990 sequel featuring all sorts of interesting and new characters from “Rambo Gizmo” to the “Brain Gremlin”, “Mohawk/Stripe”, “Spider Gremlin” and more!
NECA also unveiled some absolutely incredible figures based on both James Cameron’s 1984 The Terminator and the 1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The highlight of the batch are the original “Terminator” toys as portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Freakin’ AWESOME.
Lastly, inside you’ll find images of even more Predator figures from this past summer’s Predators, along with the toy based on the alien hunter from Predator 2. I’m not exactly sure who keeps buying all these. Who has a wall full of like 3o Predator toys? The 40-year-old virgin maybe?
While the New York Toy Fair kicked off yesterday, this morning the first images that we (horror fiends) care about began to appear.
Kicking off our sure to be overloaded coverage are your first looks at NECA’s upcoming video game toy lines.
First and probably the coolest is “Duke Nukem” figure based on the forthcoming highly anticipated “Duke Nukem Forever,” in stores May 3.
Then there’s a look at four new toys from the ever-so-awesome “Bioshock 2″ featuring a new “Big Daddy” and a “Brute Slicer.”
Lastly, expect a whopping 8 figures from Microsoft Games Studios “Gears of War 3″, in stores this fall (when the game is also released).
Nothing much to report this week for new releases. That’s not saying they are not a couple titles worth your time, just not that many. The bigger titles this week are Crossed and Hack/Slash. Entire small list after the break…
IDW is coming out with a comic prequel to the upcoming spring release, Terminator: Salvation. The first issue is coming January 28th, with writing by Dara Naraghi, and artwork by Alan Robinson. This might be pretty good, I have not read a Terminator comic since the Dark Horse days of the 90′s so here’s hoping it’s good. More info after the jump…