Justin Lin to Direct a ‘Hot Wheels’ Movie

Mattel Entertainment and Legendary are now teaming up for a Hot Wheels movie in earnest. The toy car icon will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in the summer of 2018, so I’d be surprised if they weren’t aiming for a well-timed release date.

Since 2011, Legendary was in talks to acquire the movie rights from Mattel. Since then, the project has seen such names as McG and Simon Crane temporarily occupy the director’s chair, but Justin Lin is the name of the game today. Via THR, Lin “has closed a deal to develop, direct and produce, via his Perfect Storm Entertainment, a feature based on popular car toyline from Mattel.”

Lin just closed out Star Trek Beyond for Paramount earlier this year and is next looking forward to helming the possible Space Jam sequel to name just two. Lin has experience having directed the third through sixth installments of the Fast and Furious series, so he might actually be able to make a Hot Wheels film work where others like Need for Speed failed. Meanwhile, Mattel Entertainment also has the upcoming movie projects Masters of the Universe and Barbie at Sony, and Monster High set up at Universal.

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‘Jumanji’: New Details Reveal Video Game Theme

The movie, led by Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson, in the jungle, which spurred a few questions about Doctor Who breakout Karen Gillan‘s outfit in the movie.

Well, some of those questions should be answered by the revelations about the movie that have come to light. Younger cast members have been added to the cast – Alex WolffSer’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, and the formerly announced Morgan Turner – and that the movie will focus on a video game of Jumanji that their characters are sucked into to become the avatars played by Johnson, Hart, Gillan, and Jack Black. If the Jumanji game is meant to be an amalgamation of cues from popular adventure games, Gillan looking like Lara Croft suddenly makes a little more sense, even if the good intentions still seem a bit dubious.


THR reports that Wolff’s character will be in control of Johnson’s Dr. Bravestone, but none of the other match-ups have been confirmed yet. Not for nothing does Dr. Bravestone also seem very similar to the lead hero of Uncharted, which ironically seems like it would be the perfect fit for a prime Dwayne Johnson performance.

‘Thor: Ragarok’: Sam Neill Joines the Cast

Sam Neill was recently interviewed by Shortlist about his role in Thor: Ragnarok, to which he replied,

“I’m not really allowed to say this and I can’t tell you what it is… I did a couple of days on Thor just before I came over here. If I say anything else, Marvel’s secret agents — and they are lethal — will come and get me and probably my children, as well.”

Still, that’s more than we’ve heard elsewhere! Now let the speculation begin … Neill had some fun with the fervor on Twitter, teasing:

Not sure I’m IN #ThorRagnarok exactly. Was ON SET 4 or 5 days. Making tea for @TaikaWaititi mostly.

Neill recently worked with Ragnarok director Taika Waititi on Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and of course famously co-starred with Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park. As for who he’ll be playing in Ragnarok, it sounds like if he was only on set for a handful of days it will be a special cameo role.

There are of course a lot of questions about Ragnarok, including what kind of tone it might take, and whether it will (hopefully, please) be better than The Dark World. Still, the original Thor is one of my favorite in the Marvel franchise, setting up my very favorite MCU movie The Avengers, and the core struggle between brothers (sort of) Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Chris Hemsworth’s Thor.

Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017. 

‘Fuller House’ Season 2 Premiere Date Announced

Last year, Netflix launched what ended up being a fairly polarizing reboot of the iconic family series Full House in Fuller House, riding the waves of nostalgia that has brought us innumerable other reboots and restarts in the past few years (of wavering quality).

Now, Netflix has finally revealed the premiere date for the return of the series, which will land on Friday, December 9th, as well as a new poster that plays up the heartwarming themes the show still is looking to capitalize on.


Fuller House brings back original cast members Candace Cameron Bure as D.J. Tanner-Fuller, Jodie Sweetin as Stephanie Tanner, Andrea Barber as Kimmy Gibbler, and Scott Weinger as Steve Hale, as well as newcomers Juan Pablo Di Pace as Fernando, Soni Nicole Bringas as Romona, Michael Campion as Jackson, Elias Harger as Max, Dashiell and Fox Messitt Twins as Baby Tommy,John Brotherton as Matt Harmon, and Ashley Liao as Lola.

Check out the official synopsis below:

In the spinoff series, Fuller House, the adventures that began in 1987 on Full House continue, with veterinarian D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron-Bure) recently widowed and living in San Francisco. D.J.’s younger sister/aspiring musician Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) and D.J.’s lifelong best friend/fellow single mother Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), along with Kimmy’s feisty teenage daughter Ramona, all move in to help take care of D.J.’s three boys the rebellious 12-year-old Jackson, neurotic 7-year-old Max and her newborn baby, Tommy Jr. 

Time Warner CEO Says “Room for Improvement” With DCEU

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said during an investors conference (via Variety) that there is “a little room for improvement” in the creative execution of WB’s DC Comics adaptations, adding, “The DC Comics characters… have a little more lightness in them than maybe what you saw in [Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad], so we’re thinking about that.”


Bewkes noted that Warner Bros. has succeeded in its main goal, which was to reinvigorate the DC Comics properties with new incarnations including Ben Affleck’s Batman, so what they’re focused on now is improving the creative side of things:

“The strategy worked. The execution did deliver what we wanted to do. We can do a little better on the creative… We’re right on course or better.”

The problem with Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad wasn’t really that they were too dark. BvS mostly lacked a joyful quality and had some serious story issues that were improved by the superior Ultimate Edition cut. Suicide Squad‘s problems were more serious, as that was a film that suffered from too much post-production tinkering, with murky character motivations at best.

In the wake of BvS, Warner Bros. restructured its executives a bit and set Geoff Johns to oversee the entirety of the DC Extended Universe. He subsequently sat down with Aquaman director James Wan to hammer out that story before moving forward, and presumably did the same onThe Flash.


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‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners Not Involved in Potential Prequel Series

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have always said the show has a firm endgame, and Benioff, Weiss, and HBO came to the agreement that the series will indeed conclude after Season 8. However, that’s not necessarily the end of Game of Thrones forever, as HBO has expressed interest in a possible spinoff or prequel series given the wealth of content.

Benioff and Weiss were asked about this, replying with a firm “Thanks, but no thanks.”:

“You might want to ask George about that,” Benioff said, gesturing to Thrones book author George RR Martin, who attended the awards show with them. “It’s a great world that George created. It’s a very rich world. I’m sure there will be other series set in Westeros. But for us, this is it.”


 

In these past five years Weiss and Benioff and have not really had a break, so it’s no surprise that once Game of Thrones ends, they’ll be happy to move onto other things.

As for a potential Game of Thrones prequel series or spinoff, there’s certainly a wealth of content at HBO’s disposal, but the network has not yet confirmed that they are moving forward with such a show.

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Prequel Reportedly Being Made

A new report from Australia’s Herald Sun states that a Mad Max: Fury Road prequel is not only in the works over at Warner Bros., it could start filming in Australia as soon as this year with George Miller returning at the helm. Now that is the kind of story I would love to believe, but there are a few odd bits that leave a lot of room for questions.

Here’s what the Herald Sun is saying:

The prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road starring TOM HARDY will be filmed in and around Broken Hill…


Pre-production is gearing up on the multi-million-dollar action-packed Warner Bros franchise, with NSW’s Broken Hill Studios Miller’s first choice for shooting, which could start as soon as later this year. Mad Max 4 was plagued by delays when extended rain turned the desert green and the uber director had to move location to Namibia…

The script is said to focus on the backstory of Furiosa, played by Oscar winner CHARLIZE THERON.