Weekly Weblinks: Comics and Coens

It’s Friday morning, and you know what that means: it’s time for the Weekly Weblinks. There’s a hefty amount of both blog posts and news this week. There’s some talk about upcoming movies that haven’t yet hit their wide release, as well as a couple looks back at slightly older films.

On the news front, there are remakes, retitlings, planned sequels, and a meeting of William Shakespeare and Joss Whedon. Plus, a long-lost Stanley Kubrick film is coming to home video. To find out what it’s all about, keep reading!

Blog Posts:

Ruth at FlixChatter takes a look at the upcoming Coen brothers-scripted remake of Gambit.

Ryan at 5 Word Movie Reviews has a review of Norwegian Ninja, a film which may just be as off-beat as it sounds.

Sam Fragroso at Duke and the Movies has been at the Toronto International Film Festival, and so he’s been able to see a lot of films that have yet to have their wide release. Among them is Silver Linings Playbook; read his review to see why it gets his seal of approval.

2000 A.D. comics character Judge Dredd, last seen in a Sylvester Stallone film, returns September 21 (in the U.S.) in Dredd, this time played by Karl Urban. It’s already out in its native U.K., so Tim the Film Guy has already seen the film, and gives his spoiler-free review.

Bubbawheat at Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights, reviews the director’s cut of Daredevil. The film was generally maligned in theatres; how does the altered edition hold up?

Michael at It Rains, You Get Wet has been going through the AFI’s 10 top 10 lists, and putting up his own lists by way of comparison. This time it’s romantic comedies. Go see what he picks as the 10 best, and what he thinks of the AFI’s choices.

Fogs kicks off his series of reviews of Reader Recommendations with Rob Roy, recommended by Michael of It Rains, You Get Wet. See what Fogs thought of this highland classic he previously overlooked.

News Blurbs:

Summer’s over! So how did the big blockbusters pan out? Box Office Mojo has the breakdown on the winners and losers of the season.

Most 007 fans probably have heard the news already, but just in case, it is now confirmed that Daniel Craig has signed on for two more movies as James Bond after Skyfall.

The 3D re-releases of Star Wars episodes II and III have been scheduled for September 20, 2013 and October 11, 2013.

Of course, there’s also some news for that other “Star” franchise. J.J. Abrams’ 2013 Star Trek sequel finally has a title: Star Trek Into Darkness.

Lionsgate has acquired the North American distribution rights to Joss Whedon’s contemporary Shakespeare adaptation, Much Ado About Nothing. The film stars, among others, Whedon regulars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, and Nathan Fillion.

When will the Winter Soldier start up? Spring. Chris Evans says shooting for Captain America: The Winter Soldier will begin shooting in March. The film is slated for an April 4 2014 release.

Are you ready to welcome some aliens back to Earf? Well, perhaps not yet, but director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin are looking into sequels for Independence Day. The film, released 16 years ago, is being re-released to theatres in 2013, but Emmerich and Devlin have stated they are working on bringing people back for sequels due to fan interest. The sequels, tentatively titled ID Forever Part 1 and 2, are still being hashed out. Among other considerations is how the film will be shot; the studio wants it in 3D, but Emmerich has expressed reservations about 3D cameras, and plans to have the films converted to 3D in post-production. I’m far from convinced Independence Day needs a sequel, let alone more than a decade later, let alone two sequels, but I think if it’s going to be done, it should be done right. If it’s going to be 3D, it should be shot in 3D; post-process conversion doesn’t come out as well as shooting it for 3D to begin with.

Stanley Kubrick did his best to prevent the release of his early film Fear and Desire, but audiences will soon get the chance to see it. An original negative of the film has been discovered, and Eureka has restored it in conjunction with the Library of Congress. The film will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray in January 2013.

Fans of 300 will be pleased to hear that the prequel has been given a title: 300: Rise of an Empire. Focusing on Xerxes, and similarly adapted from a Frank Miller comic, it is scheduled for release August 2, 2013, and will be directed by Noam Murro. It was previously titled 300: Battle of Artemisia.

MGM is crawling out of bankruptcy with the determination to get back on top quickly, going after a potentially interesting project. They’ve acquired the rights to Metro 2033, a novel by Dmitri Glukhovsky about survival in a post-nuclear-war Moscow, in which a young boy must brave mutants and the Fourth Reich to deliver a warning about a threat to humanity’s survival.

History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of man… but what about movie studios? Hoping to do better than the last time they adapted a Japanese monster movie, Warner Brothers has scheduled their remake of Godzilla for May 16, 2014. It is being directed by Gareth Edwards, and is being described as a “gritty and realistic” take on the concept of the 50-story radioactive dinosaur. What do you think? Will you be going to check this out? And will they finally use the Blue Öyster Cult song? And yes, it will be in 3D.

Just For Fun:

Here’s a silly little timewaster for Transformers fans: As a promo for the Transformers: Fall of Cybertron video game, the creators have made a Flash program, Transformers on Your Street, which allows you to type in an address and see a brief clip of Grimlock and Shockwave fighting superimposed on that address.

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15 Responses to Weekly Weblinks: Comics and Coens

  1. le0pard13 says:

    What a fine list of links, Morgan! Thanks so much for the shares and mentions. I’m honored :-).

  2. Oh my God…a remake of Godzilla?

  3. Will says:

    Ah man, another American Godzilla? Boo! Unless it’s good, but the chances of that are fairly slim I think. Also, I just started playing the recent game based on the Metro 2033 novel, and it’s incredible. It could easily make for a great movie if they do it right. I’m definitely excited for that one.

    • It’s possible an American Godzilla could be good, but I don’t know. Of course, all I’ve seen (as an adult; I have vague memories of Godzilla 1985) is the American one, so I don’t know how good the Japanese ones actually are.

      I didn’t know there was a Metro 2033 game. Glad to hear you think the movie has some potential.

  4. ruth says:

    Hey thanks for the linkage, Morgan! Too bad GAMBIT won’t be released for another year 😦

    As for 300, can’t say I’m excited for it, and I much prefer the ‘Battle of Artemisia’ title a lot better than the generic one they come up with now.

    • I’m OK with waiting a bit for Gambit… got to have something to look forward to in 2013, right?

      As for 300, I thought the first was comically bad, though I’m aware I’m in the minority on that one. For prequel titles, I think the first proposed one, Xerxes was probably best. I know they want to have the “300” there so that viewers know it’s connected (this being the usual “viewers are morons” logic of Hollywood execs), but it doesn’t make any sense, since the 300 was specifically in reference to the number of Spartans at Thermopylae. It has nothing to do with any other battle…

      • ruth says:

        I LOVE the first movie, I mean I’m a huge fan of Gerry Butler, so naturally 😉 I think it was stylish and fun, but it’s not the kind of movie I typically rush to see. The fact that GB is not involved again makes me even less interested in it.

  5. History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of man… but what about movie studios?


    • I know… 14 years may not have been long enough for people to forget the last American Godzilla. I actually hope this turns out all right — I don’t see any intrinsic reason it couldn’t. But my first instinct is wariness.

  6. “Star Trek Into Darkness”? Jesus Christ that’s lame.

    Now I want a LotR/ST crossover: “One Does Not Simply Star Trek Into Mordor”.

    • Yeah, as titles go, it’s a pretty cornball one. I love how they explained it as not wanting to do the Star Trek – Colon titles because of how poorly received those have been. Methinks they’re missing the point of what made those films poorly received…

  7. Great post, Morgan! Very cool links and even cooler news.

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