Mulan is one of those Disney properties that goes under the radar for many of the older crowds, but those who were alive with VHS’s knew all about Mulan. Disney is making their live-action while there will be another version of the film later to hit theaters, but right now it’s all about the outrage of recent news that Disney’s live-action retelling may not feature many, if any, of the songs from the original through a musical format.
In an exclusive interview with MovieFone – READ HERE – Caro gets asked about what the film will shape up to be if it’s not a musical as well as the current state of the songs even showing up the film, her response; “Yes, from what I understand, no songs right now, much to the horror of my children.”
The horror goes well beyond just her own children I cam promise you that, but at the same time, she gives us some really strong quotes about what the film is choosing to be while still representing a strong, female protagonist in response to a question that needed confirmed by the director herself;
“Well I’m not going to contradict Sean. His sensibility and mine for the material is right in sync. It’s a big, girly martial arts epic. It will be extremely muscular and thrilling and entertaining and moving.”
The interview also reveals to us that it could very much have a Ridley Scott tone with the action set pieces, though I don’t expect it to be that extreme, at least we can get an idea of what they are trying to go for now. The story of Mulan is a powerful, wonderful, feminist tale that is ripe for a live-action martial arts slash war type film.
The other live-action re-tellings of classic Disney properties have been musicals be technicality, but they don’t go all out like their animated counterparts so it shouldn’t be as surprising that they are trying to at least deviate from what was already made with the animated pictures. It may be difficult to handle if you’re a fan of the original musicals, but at least they are veering away from just putting real people in the roles of films that already carry loads of nostalgia for a generation. My optimistic lenses show me that at least they are trying to make genre films beyond what we’ve already been given.
The film hasn’t even started production nor revealed it’s possible star(s) so things could very well change if Disney feels like listening to the fans reactions to the live-action films. Of course, they didn’t listen to me after I said that those Alice In Wonderland movies were butt cheeks, but it turns out money speaks louder than me…
Somewhere deep in a cave where the original footage of Star Wars lies next to the original Rosebud from Citizen Kane, there is probably a room where big time producers and billionaire movie studio executives go to bid on which films they want the rights too. Do you know what baffles me the most about this fantasy? Well, it’s somehow that of all the things they spent their money on they chose to bid on the rights for The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle which Universal Pictures ended up winning.
The film will be a more faithful rendition to the original books which will star Robert Downey Jr. while Stephen Gaghan (Gold, Syriana, Traffic) is set to direct and rewrite the script. I gave you three of Gaghan’s movies on purpose in hopes of provoking a logical reasoning behind this choice of project for the both of these talents. While nobody went out and saw Gold, we all know RDJ and Gaghan are talented dudes, and if these underground bidding wars happened over the rights for Dr. Dolittle then I have to keep following what happens next.
20th Century Fox made the original 1967 film and remade the film later on with Eddie Murphy for a modern, family retelling. Clearly the studios were thinking big bucks for their next big family tentpole film and RDJ has that thing that makes people want to see his movies unless they’re the The Judge. After reading reports from Deadline, I just want to know what the hell kind of movie they’re trying to make with possibly a nine figure budget – supposedly north of $160 million – and what script ideas do these studios have in mind that is so good they’d bid over it.
My guess is, the studios want to take advantage of the technologies that made everyone flock out to see Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book. Obviously, the animals and the astounding CGI are what made people so impressed and it made tons of money in the process, snagging a money making movie star is just all part of the plan.
Every week, no, nearly every other day, does it seem like the news churns out for The Batman, and the latest is the possibility that the film’s new course could sail without the villain of Deathstroke who Joe Manganiello was cast to portray. Before we get down and out like we want to on this movie, the course correction seems to actually be making sense rather than just becoming this sloppy mess.
Manganiello was on a Pittsburgh radio show and was asked about his involvement with the film after all these changes and like most of us, he answered with an “I don’t know”. Joe is an incredibly cool, talented actor, and Warner Brothers likes him – as they should – so don’t worry about his future in a DC movie because the man almost portrayed Superman folks before Henry Cavill made the role worth respecting again. Joe could and should be in any DC role they can find for him because he’s that well suited.
Matt Reeves is working on a new script for the film which could likely not include the character of Deathstroke who is normally a staple for the Teen Titans, fans of the cartoon (not the crappy child version!) know all about Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke along with his menace to the Titans that included the likes of Dick Grayson’s Robin, who will likely already be Nightwing by the time a Teen Titans film comes out, Starfire, Beast Boy, Raven, Kid Flash in the comics, and Cyborg.
I don’t expect this to be the end of the road for Joe or for his role as Deathstroke just yet, but if it is, I don’t think they are going to waste his talents or let him go to somewhere like a Marvel or Fox nor should they.
Clearly video games are a lost cause when it comes to bringing them to film formats, but one style of storytelling that seems to be jumping in line the live-action adaptations for anime. Anime may be one of the richest mediums for original, inspired, stylized source material out there with fan bases to prove it, but with Ghost in the Shell getting a wide release this year, it’s time for other properties to confirm their existence. Right now, the latest anime adaptation will be Star Blazers aka Space Battleship Yamato.
Christopher McQuarrie, director of the upcoming sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise will helm the film. An exclusive interview with Skydance Media CEO David Ellison LRM was able to get an update on the project:
“We actually just hired Zach Dean to write the script, and we are working on it for it to be Christopher McQuarrie’s next movie after Mission: Impossible. Chris has been working on the film for a long time. It’s something that we’ve loved and been passionate about for years. This was something we originally went after seven years ago, and it took almost two years to get all of the rights to put together, which tells you how much we love it. The script is being written, literally, as we speak, and we want there to be a completed screenplay once Christopher McQuarrie finishes Mission: Impossible.”
It doesn’t get much more definitive than that. Fans of the anime and cartoon should be thrilled knowing that it will be in such good hands. McQuarrie did a stellar job at directing Rogue Nation and seems like he’ll be upping the ante on this sixth film so if he gets the chance to do somewhat a of a anime fused Star Trek type of film then we are in for a serious treat.
I think Warner Brothers has thrown in the towel on their efforts on the first set of plans they once had and are learning it’s time to try something else. Rewrites on scripts, new directors galore, and reshoots for Justice League seem to be tell tale signs of a “rebirth” of sorts for the studio and it’s superhero films.
Henry Cavill had recently hinted at Green Lantern on his Instagram which has fans speculating that he already knows who is cast for the role(s) or he knows the film will be coming sooner than later. Well, it appears that Warner Bros. wants to put another film in production this year with some of the film options being Green Lantern, Suicide Squad 2, The Flash, Gotham City Sirens, and Justice League Dark.
Writer and sometimes director David S. Goyer is rumored to be one of the front runners to direct Suicide Squad 2 if Mel Gibson doesn’t come on board. Goyer is also an option that could direct Green Lantern Corps., but I for one do not want him to direct any movie, ever. He can stay as a writer and I will be happy, but why of all people to look at for directing a huge film property would you look at the guy who wrote and directed Blade Trinity?
It just makes me want Gibson to sign on for Suicide Squad already just so Goyer doesn’t direct anything, but at the same time, I’ve seen a Green Lantern film fail miserably before, and I don’t want to see that happen again. There are so many rich storytellers out there who could direct the shit out of these movies and Goyer just isn’t one of them. I think it’s wise that they want to work on some of these movies earlier than later, but hopefully they actually have vision and focus that they can stick with this time around.
I kind of said what I needed to say in the title of this article, but because it’s professional to give you all the details, I’m here doing just that. The news came out that Warner Bros. was planning to make another Matrix film in the series, but none of knew which direction it was going to go. Many circled the idea of a film after the events of the trilogy, but not many of us thought about the prequel possibilities.
A prequel for the iconic Laurence Fishburne character Morpheus could be the direction the film is now headed. The film’s writer Zak Penn made some promising comments showing respect to the Matrix franchise by stating;
All I can say at this point is no one could or should REBOOT the Matrix. People who know Animatrix and the comics understand. Can’t comment yet except to say that the words “reboot” and “remake” were from an article. Let’s stop responding to inaccurate news… How about just re-release the matrix? Don’t reboot it, you can’t do better. Do I want to see more stories set in the universe of the matrix? Yes. Because it’s a brilliant idea that generates great stories. Look at what people are doing with the X-Men universe. Between Logan and Legion and Deadpool, does anyone want them to stop? Not me.
Breathe a sigh of relief Matrix fans, your new writer knows how to be a good politician. As I stated before, Michael B. Jordan is one of the best talents in Hollywood. Period. His star power can only shine brighter if he gets yet another big franchise to put on his now chiseled back. Jordan has not yet signed on, but it’s no secret that he’d be a perfect candidate for the role as young Morpheus if they manage to sign him on.
The Morpheus character was the mentor of Matrix protagonist Neo (played by Keanu Reeves)who eventually leads a battle against the machines of Zion. It’d be interesting to see if Zak Penn and what is reported to become a writer’s room for the hopeful franchise pre-boot and bring new life into a trilogy that had fans fading with each passing film. Maybe Jordan can sprinkle some of that magic he put on Creed and gives us something to believe in yet again, that is, if he signs on.