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X-Men: Days Of Future Past: Photo Of Ellen Page As Kitty Pryde

X-Men: Days of Future Past doesn't look to be stopping its torrent of tweet-teasing cast reveals anytime soon. Over the weekend, director, Bryan Singer dropped a photo of one the film's featured phase-shifting females: Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde.

The role actually marks a homecoming for Page, who played the character in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand for director, Brett Ratner. At the moment, nothing regarding the plot of this movie, which brings an unbelievably enormous cast of mutant alumni, is clear. Thus, the specifics of where Page's Kitty Pryde stands amongst this embarrassment of riches of a cast with biggies like Hugh Jackman's Wolverine and Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique has no context as of yet.

However, what is notable, is that Kitty's role in the original 1981 comic book storyline of the same name was central. The storyline shifted between the "present" and a dystopian future where mutants have been hunted to virtual extinction by the giant robot Sentinels. It was through the teen mutant upstart, Kitty's mental transference between the two timelines that the key to stopping this horrific future from occurring emerges when she has to prevent the impending assassination of anti-mutant Senator Kelly in the present.

Of course, given numerous factors having to do with the jumbled X-Men movie canon of Fox, this film adaptation will undoubtedly sport radical differences from the original comic book story by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. Consequently, it's doubtful that Page's Kitty Pryde will have that same central role to the film's time-bending plot. Regardless, it could potentially be a heralded moment for comic book movies as multiple casts of X-Men films past and present come together for an on-screen epic whose surreal nature could very well rival that of The Avengers. (I stress, "could.")

X-Men: Days of Future Past looks to cram in so many mutants that it explodes the space-time continuum when it hits theaters on July 18, 2014. Check out the full picture of Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde (which sports a cropped glimpse of Shawn Ashmore's Bobby Drake/Iceman) below!

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The Crow Reboot Casts Luke Evans

The Crow reboot appears to have fully taken flight with the acquisition of its star. Yes, it seems that lanky goth kids in tattered black wardrobe held together with safety pins now have a potential new idol. Actor, Luke Evans has reportedly signed on to play the latest makeup-masked murdered manifestation of vengeance .

For Evans, who has seen his share of supporting roles in recent epics like Immortals, Three Musketeers, and Clash of the Titans, procuring this role is the latest in a string of high profile coups for upcoming films. Evans already has roles lined up in this month's Fast & Furious 6, a key role as Bard the Bowman in this winter's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (and its sequel next year), and as another Gothic horror icon, Dracula in next year's version of the vampire tale focusing on the historical figure who inspired the character, Prince Vlad. Thus, if you didn't know the name Luke Evans, then most likely by this time next year, it will be a name that could potentially be synonymous with perennial headliners of big-budget bonanzas.

Based off James O'Barr's comic book title and brandishing an iconic status thanks to the performance of the late Brandon Lee in the 1994 original, this remake of The Crow run by screenwriter, Jesse Wigutow and Spanish director, F. Javier Gutiérrez, not only made headlines with legal drama between Relativity Media and The Weinstein Company, but has facilitated a bizarre string of casting rumors. Starting a few years back with Bradley Cooper, the recent array of names spat out from the news cycles pointed to James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston, and Alexander Skarsgård, all of which were subsequently shot down. (Although of all of them, the McAvoy rumor did seem to have legs.) Now, Luke Evans will be the face of this attempted resurrection of The Crow franchise once popularized by sequel movies and a TV series.

And, if the latest rumor uncovered by Latino Review proves true, then it seems that Evans' version of Eric Draven/The Crow will actually be a police officer who is murdered along with his fiancee. However, it seems that the bond they formed growing up together in an orphanage is what facilitated Eric's resurrection, giving this supposedly religious version of the character "ghostly" powers and a plot-centric explanation for the signature white makeup akin to The Invisible Man.

The Crow looks to take back the mantle of "edgy" Halloween costumes when it comes back to life at theaters on a date to be determined.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy: New Concept Art Image, Plot Detail Revealed

Guardians of the Galaxy, the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first entry into the "cosmic" theater has released a revealing item of concept art along with some new details from Marvel Studios main man, Kevin Feige.

Exclusive to Entertainment Weekly, we see in the pic the silhouette of what appears to be a young boy standing in awe directly in front of an alien spacecraft of some kind. As the report reveals, that kid is a young Peter Quill, the main protagonist of the film, who will eventually grow up to be leader of our team of cosmos crusaders as Star-Lord played by Zero Dark Thirty and Parks and Recreation star, Chris Pratt. We see young Peter during his very first extraterrestrial encounter; a moment in his life, other than the mysterious death of his mother, that would define him. It's also a moment that would push him to pursue a career in NASA, taking him to space, where fate would intervene and he learns that his father was actually an alien, proving himself to be a true living phenomena with untapped super-powers. Peter's path on the hero's journey leads to him being recruited by an intergalactic police force called The Guardians of the Galaxy, eventually deeming him worthy enough to be leader of his own team.

As Kevin Feige reveals to EW on the film:

“Guardians takes place within the continuity of the [other movies] but it’s on the other side of the universe,” Feige says. “We’ve always wanted to do a space movie. I’m obsessed with Star Wars, I’m obsessed with Star Trek.”

Adding: “It’s a huge story on a massive canvas,” Feige says. “We can take it to all those crazy places as long as all the characters respond in an emotionally truthful way. That’s why I believe people are going to respond to Chris Pratt and to an alien Zoë Saldana—because they did respond to that one time before [with Avatar]. And to a tree and a raccoon who, it is certainly our intention, will steal the whole movie.”

The film will certainly push the palettes of mainstream audiences, who have thus far widely embraced everything that Marvel Studios has offered since 2008's watershed moment with Iron Man. Truly, this Phase Two film will determine whether Marvel jumps its franchises into lightspeed or simply jumps the shark. Although, considering the film will feature the sultry Zoe Saldana, whose role as Gamora is now confirmed to feature her in full green body paint, it may have already contributed positively to the proverbial scoreboard.

Guardians of the Galaxy goes out on patrol to arrest space scum when it hits theaters on August 1, 2014.

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Interstellar: Jessica Chastain In Talks To Join Next Nolan Film

Interstellar, the next mind-bending movie from director, Christopher Nolan continues its habit of casting A-list actors and actresses. According to Deadline, who have been all over this film since its inception (heh, heh), one of Hollywood's recently-christened "it" girls, Jessica Chastain is in talks to join the film.

Chastain is currently riding high from the critical acclaim she received from her Oscar-nominated performance in Zero Dark Thirty and the recent horror thriller, Mama. Indeed, the actress is already getting a foothold in the blockbuster department when she recently jumped on board Guillermo del Toro's supernatural horror thriller, Crimson Peak alongside Benedict Cumberbatch. With Interstellar, Chastain joins a still-growing and already-impressive cast consisting of Matthew McConaughey and a woman whose Oscar-winning Les Misérables performance seemingly mocked her derailed Zero Dark Thrity Oscar hopes that same night in Anne Hathaway. (Which could get awkward on the set...hopefully.)

As far as details about the film go, they are restricted to a vague description of concepts; namely that it will be Nolan's take on the space scifi genre which utilizes research developed by renown physicist, Kip Thorne theorizing the use of wormholes for time travel. Certainly, Nolan's non-Bat films tend to be grounded to a more practical reality, even when they're exploring dimensional alterations in dreams within dreams and advocating the continued relevance of Polaroid photos. Thus, we probably shouldn't expect any Star Trek-like conventional space tragedies, but more of the insular Nolan-esque psychological drama, amidst the wider, more visually sublime setting of the cosmos.

Interstellar travels back in time to hunt demonic cabin-dwelling space Bin Ladens when it hits theaters on November 7, 2014.

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Ender's Game: Sneak Peak At New Harrison Ford Space Saga

Ender's Game, this fall's newest entry in the space-scifi genre has unleashed its debut teaser footage.

Based on the 1985 Orson Scott Card novel of the same name, the film brings a conventional "chosen one" hero dynamic, taking a young primary cast and supporting them with some great veteran actors. With X-Men Origins: Wolverine director, Gavin Hood at the helm, expect the action to be abundant.

The clip starts with an introduction from stars, Harrison Ford (who brings plenty of cinematic experience outrunning Imperial starships...and not just the bulk cruisers) and the young actor playing the film's titular character, Asa Butterfield. Apparently, the first proper trailer will be coming our way in just four days on May 7. In the meantime, we are treated to 27 solid seconds of various visually majestic space scenery, which also manages to encapsulate the plot pretty well.

It seems that in a future where Earth's primary protection from alien invaders lies with an international space fleet, a young, socially-awkward boy named Ender Wiggin (Butterfield) is discovered to posses some interesting intellectual proclivities toward space military strategy and could very well save humanity. As he goes through the ringer of training amongst an academy full of peers, he's caught the attention of one of the International Fleet's grizzled brass in Colonel Graff (Ford) and a tremendously tattooed trainer named Mazer Rackham played by Ben Kingsley, fresh from his spectacular performance as "The Mandarin" in Iron Man 3. (With an emphasis placed on those quotation marks.)

Ender's Game trains children for intergalactic warfare when it hits theaters on November 1. Check out the tremendous teaser clip below.

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Fantastic Four Reboot: Chronicle Star The New Human Torch?

The Fantastic Four might be readying itself for a reboot, but it seems that this time around, director, Josh Trank might also be looking to reboot our pigment-based perceptions of Marvel's mighty quartet. According to a report from The Wrap, actor, Michael B. Jordan is in contention to nab the role of Johnny Storm, aka The Human Torch.

The busy actor, seen on TV's Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, and last year's film, Red Tails (and was also the voice of Jace Stratton in Gears of War 3), has been building quite a bit of behind-the-scenes momentum in his career with his role in a favorite at the Sundance Film Festival called Fruitvale Station. However, the strength of The Wrap's report resides mainly in the fact that Jordan starred in director Trank's successful faux-verite "kids with super-powers" 2012 film, Chronicle. At the moment, that project is already making names as it has sent Jordan's co-star Dane DeHaan over to The Amazing Spider-Man 2. As the report further elaborates, Jordan, who is in a good place with director Trank, has been meeting with Fox over the possibility taking the fiery role, last played by current Captain America, Chris Evans in the 2005 Fantastic Four film and its 2007 sequel. Apparently, his chances depend on what kind of chemistry he will bring with the rest of the still-unnamed potential teammates.

That's where this report gets interesting (or perplexing) when coupled with recent rumors that has Girls actress, Allison Williams pegged to play Sue Storm, aka The Invisible Woman. Last portrayed by a blondified Jessica Alba in the last series, Sue also happens to be Johnny's sister. While the color-blind casting might seemingly invalidate the Williams story, it is entirely possible that the new script could simply modify the relationship of the Storm siblings to be half-brother and half-sister. Jordan's potential casting certainly presents some intriguing options for a comic book film franchise that's in much need of a revamping, but it may not go over well with purist comic book fans. (And, probably not from the practical standpoint of brand-identification with the existing comic book titles, as well.) Still, if the script is good enough, then, much like Iron Man did in 2008, it could be the film that redefines the tone for everything else.

The Fantastic Four is currently set to bring a cosmic-powered crucible of pain and flames to evil at theaters on March 6, 2015.

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Pride And Prejudice And Zombies Gets Lily Collins And New Director

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the long-planned classical mashup film has been revived and has named its star and director. According to Variety, actress Lily Collins is in negotiations to star as the film's main gentrified zombie ganker, Elizabeth Bennet with Charlie St. Cloud helmer, Burr Steers set to occupy the director's chair.

The project, a long-gestating live-action adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's 2009 genre-bending novel, has seen its prospects roller-coaster and at one point seemingly procured Natalie Portman to star and David O. Russell to direct. However, difficulties with the script and translating the tone of the book to the big screen left the project in developmental purgatory, eventually forcing Portman and Russell to exit the project due to scheduling conflicts. (Although Portman remains a producer on the project through Handsomecharlie Films.) Now, it will be headlined by a starlet who, despite being the daughter of rock/pop icon, Phil Collins, has carved out quite an acting career and will star in this summer's Twilight-esque horror drama, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

The film, much like the book, takes Jane Austen's esteemed (and thankfully public domain) 1813 novel into an alternate universe where the lovely Ms. Bennet deals with the societal woes of becoming a proper lady and fielding potential gentleman suitors in early 19th century England ...which is also working through a pesky zombie apocalypse. Now, this film project, which was once written-off as being as dead as the head-hacked shamblings it will surely feature, rises again to attempt mashup madness that could potentially appeal to fans of Austen novels AND zombie-philes. (In other words, the perfect date movie.)

However, the film will have to work through a stigma attached to projects of its ilk, especially after the underwhelming box-office performance last year of a similar experiment in the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The primary criticism of that film was that it failed to capitalize on its entertainingly absurd nuances, instead coming across as a generic and forgettable action/horror film. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will be well-advised to not fall into that trap when it hits theaters at a yet-to-be-determined time.

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The Avengers 2: Are Scarlet Witch And Quicksilver Set?

The Avengers 2 may be set to feature its comic book counterpart's most prominent super-siblings. According to a tidbit in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly featuring a cover story on Iron Man 3, a long-touted rumor recently revived by teases from director, Joss Whedon is TRUE: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver will reportedly join the team in the mega-movie sequel.

Of course, with all major news that didn't come directly from the horse's mouth, the report has yet to be backed up with a confirmation. Indeed, Marvel Studios head, Kevin Feige (our "horse" in question,) is still choosing to remain mum on the issue. There's certainly a ring of truth to the report considering the source and it has been said that the Avengers team would likely go into the sequel with somewhat of a rotated lineup. It may be the case that reports on the duo's inclusion stemmed from Joss Whedon's current early drafts for the film, which are still subject to a number of unforeseen circumstances that could potentially omit the characters. So, an "official confirmation" probably would not be ideal at this point, regardless of the supposed strength of the report's veracity.

What will be interesting with the potential inclusion of this duo is the fact that this would be the Marvel Cinematic Universe's introduction of mutant characters; specifically, with Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, we have the twin daughter and son of the X-Men's main nemesis in the magnetic mutant maestro, Magneto. In fact, both siblings were original members of Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants before going the heroic route. Scarlet Witch brings powers that manipulate probability called "hexes," which she can also use to conjure energy bolt attacks. Quicksilver, on the other hand, is a speedster, who also has the ability to think as quickly as his superhuman feats allow him to move.

This could be a potential watershed moment where we see how Marvel Studios dances around characters and concepts with direct links to titles they don't have the cinematic rights to acknowledge, which in this case, is the Fox-held X-Men mythos. Of course, there are so many variables when it comes to box-office performances of upcoming titles and fan feedback on the upcoming MCU films which could alter the plans to include the duo.

The Avengers 2 reassembles with a more acceptable version of the Wonder Twins when it hits theaters on May 1, 2015.

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Transformers 4: Kelsey Grammer Cast As Villain

Transformers 4 has apparently procured its villain, at least one them, anyway. According to a report by Deadline, one of TV's most venerable personalities, Kelsey Grammer has been cast in director Michael Bay's upcoming robot-rampaging sequel...as a villain, no less.

The former Cheers and Frasier actor, who has recently racked-up awards for his performance as a hard-balling, womanizing Chicago mayor on the now-ended Starz series, Boss, will now play a character named Harold Attinger, who is said to be "a counter intelligence guy" and "a key villain" in the fourquel. While details on the film's plot have been kept under tight wraps, it is known that Grammer's (presumably human) antagonistic role will join a growing cast of franchise newcomers headlined by hero, Mark Wahlberg, along with Stanley Tucci, Nicola Peltz, and Jack Reynor.

Of course, this is hardly the first big-budget genre film in which Grammer has starred. (And no, I'm not talking about Down Periscope.) Grammer portrayed the contemporary version of Hank McCoy, aka the blue-mohaired mutant, Beast in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand; a role later played by Nicholas Hoult in X-Men: First Class and its upcoming sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past. To Grammer's credit, his performance as Beast mixed an erudite aura with savage badassery that remains one of the few aspects of that particular film (widely considered a trainwreck) that is looked upon positively.

Transformers 4 (title yet to be revealed) uses Frasier's Freudian finagling to confuse its Autobot heroes at theaters on June 27, 2014.

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The Wolverine: New Footage Galore In CinemaCon Trailer

The Wolverine has managed to keep Hugh Jackman atop the movie news cycle with the release of a trailer that's a colossal cluster of cool new clips.

While we just got a brief glimpse of Wolverine's next appearance in 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past, it seems that his next immediate outing set this summer wasn't about to end the day unnoticed. The new trailer in question actually made its debut a few weeks back at industry show, CinemaCon in Las Vegas. However, this magnificent montage of mutant mania has finally made its official debut online and it shows a somewhat different film than the full-length debut trailer we got a little over a month ago. Edited down to 57 sleek seconds, the drama of Logan's existential impasse takes a backseat to the sublime slaughteriffc force of pure, unapologetic action.

Amongst the awesome array of unloaded new footage, we see Wolverine in his true savage, scum-slaying form, starting with some hapless subway muggers who experience an upgraded Crocodile Dundee moment of their own when Logan unleashes something on them that's way worse than "a knife." Indeed, it may be the most action-filled minute of a trailer ever, culminating in our first substantive, full-bodied look at the powerful mutant villain, The Silver Samurai (Will Yun Lee), who, for some mysterious reason, is FREAKING HUGE!

The Wolverine trains for an epic showdown with a giant samurai by dispatching random riffraff when it hits theaters on July 26. Check out the new trailer just below...now.

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Star Trek Into Darkness clearly doesn't think that you've already had your fill of sample scenes. Thus, they continue to beam these meaty movie morsels online, the latest of which features Chris Pine's Captain James Kirk and Simon Pegg's Chief Engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in a suspenseful stroll to the Enterprise's engineering section that quite literally ends up full of twists and turns.

What seems to be the aftermath of a major ship battle sends the duo scrambling to fix the...aft power coupling...warp core...flux capacitor...phase inducers -- ah, screw it, who knows? The point is that an apparent battle that was surely an unmitigated orgy of awesome effects has left the Enterprise spinning in space with its gravity gizmos not working worth a damn. The result is something akin to a hypothetical Christopher Nolan take on the Star Trek saga full of head-spinning dimensional shifts in a dream within a dream, leaving us waiting for a grizzled-voiced vigilante to violently interrogate random red shirts.

While Scotty appears to be "givin' it all he's gawt," it seems that Kirk is the only thing keeping the Scotch-swigging space mechanic from a violent, fiery collision with an Enterprise bulkhead. Just like with another great cinematic duo, Kirk can't carry Scotty's engineering responsibilities, but he can carry HIM.

Star Trek Into Darkness drops bystanders into theater walls on May 17.

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past: First Look At Hugh Jackman As Wolverine

X-Men: Days of Future Past continues whetting the appetites of fans with tweet-teasing temerity by brief glimpses of important things and characters. The latest reveal of director, Bryan Singer gives us our first look via Twit-pic of what to expect from Hugh Jackman's return to the X-Men fold as Wolverine in next summer's mega-mutant movie spectacular.

Of course, we'll be seeing Jackman's Wolverine sooner, rather than later when solo sequel, The Wolverine hits theaters on July 26. Fresh from that performance and likely still in gym shape, the jacked-up Jackman steps in front of the camera to once again be a team player in this time-bending sequel that stars just about everyone from the X-Men movie mythos. In fact, for Jackman, Days will be the SEVENTH time he plays Marvel's adamantium-aligned assbeater, counting the hilarious cameo in 2011's X-Men: First Class. So, after being bombarded by the Japanatastic trailer for The Wolverine, as well as the unending barrage of the film's anti-shirt teaser posters, one may be inclined to ask what's so special about this latest photo of Jackman's Wolverine. One word: Jacket. Specifically, this film's representation of the bomber jacket that the older Logan sports in the original Days comic book storyline and quite memorably on the iconic cover of the January 1981 issue of The Uncanny X-Men #141 (see above).

Another interesting aspect of this picture is what we do not see; namely the entire front of Jackman's face. In the comic book storyline depicting a future dystopia, Wolverine, despite his virtual mutant-endowed immortality, appears far more grizzled and aged, even sporting streaks of gray on his temples. It just may be the case that more poignant surprises regarding Jackman's look are being saved for another day...of future past...or something.

X-Men: Days of Future Past still manages to make fashion statements while time-traveling and fighting giant robots when it hits theaters on July 18, 2014. Check out the new picture of Hugh Jackman's Wolverine (well his back, anyway) just below.

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Star Trek Into Darkness: Cumberbatch Cold In New Clip, Plus Revealing New Poster

Star Trek Into Darkness continues doling out suspenseful sample snippets, this time in the form of an irascible interrogation teeming with tension between Chris Pine's Captain James Kirk and Benedict Cumberbatch's John Harrison (who may not actually be who he claims).

While we've already caught sporadic glimpses of "Harrison" temporarily in the custody of Kirk and crew, this uninterrupted scene clocking in at 1:18 manages to drive home in a short amount of time the pure hatred that's emanating from Cumberbatch's performance. It's a true demonstration of the intellectual chess match between the two for the coveted (alebit figurative) brass ring of leverage. While Harrison stands in a cell, he is still far from being "captured." Despite Kirk's headstrong belief that he could have ended this mysterious villain any time he wanted with a shady self-defense slaying, it's clear that he is far from being in control of the situation. It's a feeling of pure anger and helplessness that undoubtedly drives home the recurring theme of the cocky young Captain's much-needed lesson in humility in the face of a mysteriously insatiable force of vengeance.

Star Trek Into Darkness gives Hannibal Lecter a run for his man-eating money in creepy jail cell scenes when it hits theaters on May 17. -- Oh, and in keeping with the theme of "vengeance" you may want to check out the IMAX 3D poster that just hit showing a space guppy of a U.S.S. Enterprise being pursued by much, much larger fish called the U.S.S. Vengeance, which just may be Harrison's new ride off this dump. Check out both the awesome exhibition of angry acting, as well as the killer new poster below...now!

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Die Hard 6 In The Works, Takes Action To Tokyo

Die Hard 6 is apparently not only happening, but looks to be taking things to the Land of the Rising Sun. It is being reported by Total Film that the next big-screen barrage of butchery and one-liners of Bruce Willis' John McClane has procured a screenwriter in Ben Trebilcook and that that the Tokyo-set sequel is tentatively titled Die Hardest.

The London-born Trebilcook, though bringing a relatively thin scriptwriting resume, is currently working on what is reportedly a video-game-themed project featuring real martial arts stars called Knockout. It was through this project, that Trebilcook came into contact with Larry D. Webster, a consulting producer on the latest Die Hard film, A Good Day To Die Hard, apparently leading him to procure the task of penning this sixth "wrong place at the wrong time" film.

While the script is still reportedly in its treatment phase, the Total Film report was apparently able to extract some brief details in discussion with Trebilcook and Webster. According to Webster:

“It is extremely faithful to the franchise and characters and is a natural progression. It's also a very plausible storyline.”

However, besides bearing the task of completing the script, Trebilcook will have to do the inevitable dance of catering to a number of impending industry variables that will affect his final product. Nevertheless, the writer seems to be proud of what he has on the burner and even makes a bold declaration as to where it will ultimately stand in the context of the entire legendary Die Hard series. According to Trebilcook:

"Getting Larry's support was great, but there are many hurdles to leap yet and two of those are called Bruce Willis and [producer] Alex Young. [There's] the possibility producers might go back and find some other source material to base the next one on, like they did with the first and second. Mine though, I feel it could be the Rocky Balboa of the Die Hard franchise."

While this past February's A Good Day To Die Hard did manage to bring the unapologetic action one would expect, it was also quite apparent that the franchise's best days were firmly in the rear view mirror. Filled with an overly-irate father-son dynamic, predictable gags, and an equally cliched "American tourist" schtick emanating from Willis amongst the Russian backdrop, the gimmicks clearly dominated. (Despite a nice third act plot twist.) Conversely, the plot of Die Hardest, reportedly takes Willis from his home of New York to the new setting of lights and cultural oddities in Tokyo, where the majority of the film will take place. While the description sounds like we're simply moving John McClane's antics around the world again for cheap laughs, Trebilcook's qualification of his film being "the Rocky Balboa of the Die Hard franchise" speaks volumes, implying a complete reinvention of a tired series that goes back to its roots, while simultaneously moving it forward into a dignified, poetic close. -- As I said, a bold declaration.

While Die Hardest, or, as I would have called it, "John McClane Breaks Tokyo" certainly doesn't sound like anything that measures up to any kind of grandiosity, the newcomer scribe may very well be playing his cards close to his chest. Regardless, it does appear that we have more "yipee ki-yay" heading our way, which should still satisfy many fans.

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Gears Of War Movie Revived With New Producer

Gears of War appears to be back on the menu over in Hollywood. In the first bit of movement for the long-in-the-making video game film adaptation in quite a long time, Variety is reporting that producer, Scott Stuber has been brought on board to begin developing a script for the film depicting war-torn planet, Sera overrun by ruthless invading creatures from beneath the ground.

The selection of Stuber, whose existing deal with Universal Pictures may bring the film to them, was the culmination of six months of meetings over at Epic Games to decide who should steer the initial phase of this film project after years upon years of inertia. Stuber, a producer whose works includes an array of comedy projects like the recent Ted, Identity Thief, and sitcom, Whitney, also has had a part in the action genre with Safe House, Battleship (do we hold that against him?), The Wolfman, and the upcoming quasi-historical Keanu Reeves vehicle, 47 Ronin. However, it seems that part of Stuber's task concerning Gears, is to procure a scriptwriter who will work alongside him and Epic Games in hammering out something worthy of the hugely-popular third-person shooter series.

Interestingly enough, it could be the case that the film may not exactly go the direct route in following the exploits of hero, Marcus Fenix and his Delta Squad crew. The Variety report provides possible (I emphasize, "possible") plot details which indicates otherwise.

"The [videogame] story is set on the planet Sera and follows a former P.O.W. who is civilization’s best hope in the fight against the Locust Horde, a race of creatures who emerged from beneath the planet’s surface and are intent on eliminating humankind."

Of course, this description could fit a number of theories. One, that they intend to go the same route as the successful and long-running Resident Evil films of centering on an original character who exists within the established video game canon, with occasional cameos/supporting roles from the game characters. The other theory (and this is entirely possible), is that the paragraph was a layman's attempt to briefly describe Marcus Fenix's story. (He was, after all, in a prison at the beginning of the first game; an aspect that may have caused some confusion, creating the "P.O.W." narrative.) In all likelihood, the latter explanation seems likely, but you never know.

Nevertheless, it looks like Gears of War has revved up its Lancers and tugged back on its Torque Bows for another possible shot at big screen glory. It's a deep, sprawling, and certainly expensive story to adapt, so it will be interesting to see how the project is handled; especially with its ever-watchful game developer making sure it gets treated with respect.

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