Believe it or not folks, we’re now at our fifthMission: Impossible movie, but considering – much like Fast and Furious – the franchise really only got started “late”, with the JJ Abrams directed M:I 3, this is technically the third part of the Bad Robot trilogy – Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation.
Placing the IMF (the returning Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg, plus new female spy Rebecca Ferguson) against an “Anti-IMF” called the Syndicate, it looks like another world spanning action romp filled with insane stunts.
While I think Christopher McQuarrie is a step down from Abrams and Brad Bird as a director, this looks like an absolute blast – and clearly Paramount agrees, moving it up from it’s original Christmas release date (and away from Star Wars) to a late July bow.
Someone went “Hmm, Adam Sandler, Kevin James, that little dude from Game of Thrones, and the guy from Frozen fight 1980’s video game characters? HAVE $200 MILLION DOLLARS!*”
I…yeah. The CG looks incredibly well done, and with Chris Columbus (Home Alone) in the directors chair, you have to believe that the movie will be – at worst – competent, but…I think I need to lay down.
Way, way back in the year of our lord 2011, DC Comics attempted to jumpstart their slowing comic business by relaunching their entire universe, in an event called The New 52.
While DC’s never strayed away from rebooting their universe in the past (see every single crossover with Crisis in the title, or the 90’s classic Zero Hour), this was certainly the most dramatic, tossing out pretty much all of the existing continuity and picking and choosing the pieces they liked the most to move forward. It was jarring for readers both old and new, but it certainly grabbed headlines. Heck, I tried to review every one of them.
That said, here we are, almost four years later, and not much has changed for DC Comics. Clearly – they feel the need to do something about that. Continue reading →
Believe it or not, franchises can continue on despite disappointing results.
While I’d be the first to admit that Tron Legacy had more looks than brains, I did enjoy it when it hit theaters back in 2010. I’m not sure the rest of the world felt the same, however, with a 51% Rotten Tomatoes rating, and “just” a $400 Million box office – which while sounding impressive, is versus a nearly $200 mil budget, making it a not-so-huge success.
Never the less, Disney apparently believes in the series enough to give it a third try, as word on a third films production came today from VanCityBuzz, a local to Vancouver blog.
According to the blog – who, as far as I could tell, would have no reason to make this up – production begins on October 5th for what they dubbed Tron 3, with Garrett Hedlund appearing once more as your stoic hero, and director Joseph Kosinski behind the lens.
One certainly hopes an adept screenwriter is involved in the film as well – as both Tron Legacy and Oblivion have unfortunately proven – Kosinski can deliver incredible visuals, but without a script, his movies feel adrift. At the very least, I hope for more Olivia Wilde as Quorra – the best part of Legacy on many, many levels.