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Colony’s Ryan Condal To Write Logan’s Run

jessicasixThe saga of the Logan’s Run remake continues …

For decades, a number of interested parties have attempted to remake MGM‘s mid-70s science fiction film Logan’s Run. The film starred Michael York as an enforcer in a society where an idyllic life inside a giant mall ends at age 30. When his remaining years are stolen from him, he goes on the run to discover if there is another way of life beyond the confines of his walled society.

Producer Joel Silver has been behind the remake initiative, which counted Bryan Singer among its members for a long time. But as Deadline reports, the new lineup, which features Silver, X-Men producer Simon Kinberg and Greg Berlanti will be awaiting a new script from Colony co-creator and showrunner Ryan Condal.

The film will reportedly feature a female Logan as she faces her Lastday and goes on the run to find Sanctuary, a fabled land for those unwilling to submit to their society’s 30-year lifespan restriction.

Provided, of course, the film ever emerges from its decades of development.

Colony’s Ryan Condal To Write Logan’s Run

Rogue One Reshoots To Alter Tone; Possibly Introduce Key Character

2016_Celebration_KEY_ART-700x700While initial reports of additional shooting on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story suggested doom and gloom, a more positive spin has emerged.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the reshoots were ordered following a screening for Disney executives. The film, directed by Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards, reportedly skews more toward a war film — as promised at Star Wars Celebration last year — than a Star Wars film. The additional scenes are said to inject some more levity into the film and to “restore a sense of fun to the adventure.”

The site also suggests new Han Solo Alden Ehrenreich may make an appearance thanks to the reshoots.

Rogue One is set in a time just previous to the original Star Wars and details the quest to steal the Death Star plans from Imperial hands. The prompt sounds like Star Wars enough, but early details suggest the film would be told from the grunts’ point of view with little emphasis on the key Star Wars players and no Force awakenings for any of the central characters.

Perhaps Disney has realized moving away from the core Star Wars tone may be more risky than first thought. Which could still spell trouble for the project, but may prove to be its saving throw.

The answer will be revealed when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens on December 16th.

Rogue One Reshoots To Alter Tone; Possibly Introduce Key Character

The Strange Case Of The Emoji Movie Trademarks

emojiSony‘s intention to create a new film franchise with The Emoji Movie may be facing one important hurdle: they were denied the trademark to the word “Emoji.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, former video game executive Marco Husges owns the trademark and intends to build his own Emoji empire. “First get into the marketplace and then TV series, web episodes and movies,” he told the site. Curiously, Husges’s Emoji IP does not include the popular set of symbols used by millions everyday. He has set up his own rival lexicon, with the intent to develop a feature film with producers Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh.

Meanwhile, Sony’s Emoji Movie is still in development and said to revolve around Emoji Valley, a secret world inside the cellular phones of the real world.

It is currently unclear how the rival Emoji projects will settle the possible dispute. In the past, companies have been willing to license out trademarks, but reserving rights to use their marks on certain fronts. In the 1980s, Columbia Pictures — not yet part of Sony — licensed the word “Ghostbusters” from Filmation with the understanding that it would be a feature film venture. When the two companies could not agree to work together on an animated spinoff, Filmation used their claim to release a cartoon called Ghost Busters while the eventual Columbia spinoff was known as The Real Ghostbusters.

Of course, the strange case of The Emoji Movie may prove to be the most entertaining aspect about the whole endeavor.

The Strange Case Of The Emoji Movie Trademarks

The Night Manager’s Susanne Bier Reportedly On Bond Director Shortlist

007While the saga of Daniel Craig and his 00 status remains unresolved, the search for a new Bond director is underway.

Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes announced he will not return to the director’s seat and, according to the Radio Times (via The Hollywood Reporter), a shortlist of replacements already exists. One name on that list may be of interest to those championing actor Tom Hiddleston as the next 007: Susanne Bier.

Bier directed Hiddleston in The Night Manger, the BBC1 series which debuted on AMC in April. And while adding fuel to the speculation that Hiddleston could be the new Bond, Bier’s appointment as director — should it happen — would also lead to the first film in the series directed by a woman. But it remains to be seen if that would quell Bond’s chauvinistic attitudes.

The next film, the twenty-fifth in the official series, is not yet scheduled for release.

The Night Manager’s Susanne Bier Reportedly On Bond Director Shortlist

X-Men Spinoff Legion Gets Series Order From FX

legionLegion, the series based on the exploits of Professor Xavier’s son, has received a series commitment from FX.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the debut season will run eight episodes and focus Dan Stevens’ David Haller, a trouble young man who learns his visions may not be a symptom of schizophrenia, but part of a real conflict brewing in the world.

The series will also feature Aubrey Plaza as Lenny, a friend of David’s, and Jean Smart as a psychiatrist trying to help David with his problems. Rachel Keller will also appear as an unnamed character said to be “a mix of Rogue and Spyke.”

Legion was developed by Fargo mastermind Noah Hawley, who will serve as showrunner on the series. It will debut in early 2017.

X-Men Spinoff Legion Gets Series Order From FX

Exclusive Independence Day 8-Bit Game Goes Retro

id420th Century Fox Home Video has provided Bleeding Cool with this exclusive 8-Bit Independence Day video game in celebration of the film’s 20th Anniversary release on Blu-ray and DVD.

The game is playable at http://www.bleedingcool.com/independence-day/ and uses the scenes of aerial combat in the original film as its setting. Can you face off against relentless alien hordes and defeat the alien mothership?

Independence Day 20th Anniversary Edition is out on Blu-ray and DVD now, from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Exclusive Independence Day 8-Bit Game Goes Retro

Exclusive Independence Day 8-Bit Game Goes Retro

id420th Century Fox Home Video has provided Bleeding Cool with this exclusive 8-Bit Independence Day video game in celebration of the film’s 20th Anniversary release on Blu-ray and DVD.

The game is playable at http://www.bleedingcool.com/independence-day/ and uses the scenes of aerial combat in the original film as its setting. Can you face off against relentless alien hordes and defeat the alien mothership?

Independence Day 20th Anniversary Edition is out on Blu-ray and DVD now, from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Exclusive Independence Day 8-Bit Game Goes Retro

Rumored Rogue One Reshoots Suggest Film In Trouble

rogue oneRogue One: A Star Wars Story may have a difficult road ahead as Page Six claims the project will “go into expensive reshoots over the summer” to align the film with Disney‘s vision for it.

The film, staring Felicity Jones, Forrest Whittaker and Mads Mikkelsen is the first in Disney’s ambitious plan to create a yearly Star Wars film rotation between the saga episodes. The film has to be success and though the Page Six report may feature some hyperbole — referring to the situation as a crisis — it does suggest the project may not be the slam dunk glimpsed in the recent trailer.

A Disney source told the site that reshoots were always anticipated. And while additional shooting often carries a stigma, it is not always an indication that a film is going sour. Granted, it is often the case.

The second Star Wars spinoff, a film about the young Han Solo, is set to begin filming early next year with Alden Ehrenreich as the youthful Solo, a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan and Lego Movie directors Phil Lord & Christopher Miller at the helm.

The next Star Wars saga episode — currently untitled — will open on December 15th, 2017.

Rumored Rogue One Reshoots Suggest Film In Trouble

Mike Mignola Doubts Hellboy 3 Will Ever Happen

hellboyHellboy creator Mike Mignola is making the media rounds as the final issue of Hellboy in Hell nears publication and, while speaking with the Guardian, addressed the  question of a third film.

“I’ll believe it when I see it. There’s nothing I can do to make those things happen,” he said of plans to bring the characters back for a third outing or some other media presentation.

Mignola noted that the two films — directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Ron Perlman — are miracles. “Back then, [del Toro] was just a super enthusiastic guy who’d made a couple of pretty funky monster movies. But he was persuasive as hell and he fought like a dog to get these things made.”

Sadly, he doubts any level of enthusiasm at this point could be enough to get the third film made. “They didn’t make a lot of money, and that’s one of the big things people look for,” he quipped.

Mike Mignola Doubts Hellboy 3 Will Ever Happen

Dan Aykroyd Praises New Ghostbusters

While the debate over the merits of the upcoming Ghostbusters remake continues, one voice has emerged offering a positive opinion of the new film: co-creator Dan Aykroyd.

Aykroyd, along with Saturday Night Live cohort John Belushi, developed the project before Belushi’s death. Originally envisioned as a comedy in which a couple of blue-collar “Ghostmashers” travel through time to deal with paranormal threats, the idea evolved into the film co-written by Aykroyd’s Second City pal Harold Ramis and directed by Ivan Reitman.

But posting to his Facebook page yesterday, Aykroyd praised the new film, directed by Paul Feig, as having “more laughs and more scares than the first 2 films.” He was also impressed to see original star Bill Murray make an appearance.

His statement in full follows:

Some of his followers are less than pleased with his statement, but it remains to be seen if Aykroyd is correct about the film, which opens on July 15th.

Dan Aykroyd Praises New Ghostbusters