Martin Scorsese to Develop a Gritty Joker Origin Story for DCEU

Jaw dropping reports from DC.

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By Jay Hunter Whilst the DCEU has gotten off to an uneven start, the huge news coming from Deadline this morning is bound to turn heads. In a massive show of intent, the comic book extended universe is set to have legendary director, Martin Scorsese produce a Joker origin movie, with Hangover director Todd Phillips in the directors chair.

The iconic villain played by the likes of Caesar Romero, Mark Hamill, Jack Nicolson, Heath Ledger and most recently Jared Leto, will reportedly get a fresh new take. This news of course put’s the divisive Leto – who will don the clown makeup at least once more for a Harley Quinn spin off – at risk.

Whilst this further convolutes the DCEU after a number of false starts, the promise of a possible gritty, down-to-earth Joker movie in the same vein as Scorsese’s other works (Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Mean Streets) is a tantalising one. More as this story develops.

Support RedShirt Films First Feature ‘The Book Club’

Think Great British Bake Off meets The Purge.

The Book Club is the first feature length film from British independent film company RedShirt Films, which focuses on six months in the lives of a community of murderers and all round terrible human beings. It’s an ambitious project stuffed with classic horror practical effects and terrible, horrible people. This film is being funded through an all or nothing Kickstarter campaign that runs until June 28th and through great levels of planning and clever design we can fund the entire production on the relatively small budget of £25,000. The Kickstarter is full to the brim with great perks and rewards, such as the opportunity to have head and body casts done for practical special effects, set visits, secret message groups, premiere tickets and of course digital rewards such as the score and access to an online screener of the film once complete.

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That said, don’t think for a moment that this is a small scale production. RedShirt Films have just cast star of Primeval, Alice and Lucky Man, Andrew Lee Potts and are in conversation with several other actors from the world of British TV and Film.

Writer and director Jamie McKeller was raised on a healthy diet of Evil Dead, Bad Taste and other such sticky delights so audiences can expect nothing but the finest in disgraceful special effects and comedy splatter filled violence, as previously seen in his award winning webseries I Am Tim Helsing and short film The Final Girl, which was praised by acclaimed horror director Eli Roth.

If successful, the project will commence filming in July 2017, with a completion date of February 2018. The film will then be submitted into horror festivals and events across the world, such as Frightfest, Screamfest, Dead by Dawn and The British Horror Film Festival with the ultimate goal of seeking distribution, both physical and online.

You can follow the project here

 

The Weeks Biggest Trailers

Hero’s, losers and Blade Runners all feature in the weeks biggest trailers

By Jay Hunter This week saw some of the biggest movies of the year receive second trailers. If you’re yet to catch up, you can see all of them in one place below.

Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan’s tenth full length movie has all the makings of a possible Oscar win for the celebrated director – however it’s release date remains a caveat for picking up the golden statue at next years Academy Awards. Starring Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy and Harry Styles, Dunkirk will document the story of allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France who were surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
Release date – 21st July

IT

The long gestating big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s classic is nearly here. Starring Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher and Stranger Things Finn Wolfhard the movie will follow members of The Losers Club in the American town of Derry. The kids unite to try and defeat the entity known only as IT, who takes the form of Pennywise the clown and other nightmares.
Release date – 8th September

Blade Runner 2049

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
Release date – 6th October

Watch Star Wars Celebration Live – Including The Last Jedi Trailer

Watch The Star Wars Show LIVE!’s complete live stream of day one at Star Wars Celebration Orlando, including interviews on the StarWars.com stage, panels, and much more!

By Jay Hunter Starting at around 11:00am EST/4.00pm GMT today. We will get our second day for Star Wars Celebration in Orlando. Rumoured to contain the world exclusive premiere for the new Star Wars episode, The Last Jedi – due to hit cinemas December 15th, 2017. We’ll be releasing the trailer via our Twitter page immediately after it’s release, but you hardcore fans may want to watch the live stream below with the trailer rumoured to be released between 12:00pm EST/5.00pm GMT and 01:30pm EST/6:30pm GMT.

Whilst Disney tend to leave some elements of the ceremony out of their live stream in order to give attendees some great exclusive content, we have it on good authority that we will be seeing footage to The Last Jedi this Easter weekend.

Star Wars Celebration is a fan gathering to celebrate the Star Wars franchise. It began in 1999, when Lucasfilm held the Star Wars Celebration in Denver, Colorado to celebrate the upcoming release of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

Skins Actress April Pearson Stars in Intense Trailer for Horror Thriller ‘Dark Beacon’

In intense new horror thriller Dark Beacon we follow Amy Wilcock (April Pearson, Skins) who loves the married Beth Gadbsy (Lynne Anne Roger) with a fierce and tragic passion.

In intense new horror thriller Dark Beacon we follow Amy Wilcock (April Pearson, Skins) who loves the married Beth Gadbsy (Lynne Anne Roger) with a fierce and tragic passion. When Beth’s distraught husband Christian (Jon Campling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) dies in an emotional intervention, the now widow disappears with her daughter Maya into secret seclusion…

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Amy eventually tracks Beth down to a distant lighthouse only to find her broken and maddened in the midst of an alcoholic abyss. But that is not all she finds. They shockingly discover that the spirit of Beth’s spurned husband will not rest until he takes the surviving trio with him. Can Amy save them all from the spiral of madness and the crazed and hell-bent supernatural threat? Check out the terrifying trailer below:

 

Zombieland 2 Script Complete

“We’re trying to get it going. All of our cast have read the script and love it.”

By Jay Hunter Every since smash-hit Zombieland arrived in 2009, fans have been asking for a sequel. The horror/comedy directed by Ruben Fletcher stared Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone. Following a shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America.

Last year, original writers Rheet Reese and Paul Wernick confirmed that they were currently working on a sequel, and now the pair have confirmed the project is complete. Speaking to Comic Book they said:

“It is [in active development]. We’re trying to get it going. All of our cast have read the script and love it. Ruben [Fleischer] is signed on. It’s just a matter of making our cast deals and making it for a budget number. All the cast have become superstars now so, we made Zombieland with 20 million, so it’s trying to fit that financial model into the sequel model so it makes sense for the studio and being able to pay the actors what they now get paid and deserve to paid.

We see [Sony Pictures chairman] Tom Rothman pretty frequently now and we’re pestering that dude. He’s like, ‘Please, enough with the Zombieland talk!’ We’re pestering him the way we pestered Fox on Deadpool. We’re not letting it go. We really want to see Zombieland 2.”

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Whilst no more details are currently available, it’s great to see that we have concrete proof that a sequel is in the works. Especially since Harrelson has admitted he would be open to filling Tallahassee’s boots once more. However with Stone’s and Eisenberg’s stock rising considerably since the 2009 original, it remains to see whether they would be on board for a sequel.

 

James Cameron to Return for Terminator 6?

Skydance are expected to make an announcement shortly

By Jay Hunter – Terminator is the franchise that absolutely will not stop, ever. After Terminator: Genysis officially tipped the scales in favour of poor movies over good movies for the property two years ago, the Terminator name has been shrouded in doubt. Initial reports suggest that both Emilia Clarke (who played Sarah Connor in Genysis) and the T-800 himself Arnold Schwarzenegger have officially left the franchise.

However, following reports that the series was terminated for good, Skydance producer David Ellison has announced that we should be receiving an update on the next movie shortly.

In an interview with ColliderEllison offered the following with respect to the Terminator franchise:

“I will say we have resolved the future of the franchise and believe me its an incredibly bright future. I think where it’s going will be the continuation of what the fans really wanted since T2.

“We have something this year that we will be announcing for the franchise. It’s something we’re incredibly excited about and we think is the direction it needs to head.”

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Whilst Ellison’s comments do seem to come across as production damage control, it’s entirely possible that the franchise will in fact keep moving forward. Not only is Terminator 2: Judgement Day receiving a 3d overhaul this Summer, but reports have also suggested that James Cameron is interested in return to the series himself. With the mammoth director receiving the rights once again in 2019, it’s possible that the production companies announcement will involve him in some aspect.