J. K. Rowling to Make a Screenwriting Debut

fb-coverIt was just announced by J. K. Rowling, herself, that she has been approached by Warner Brothers about turning a book that was in the Potter series, entitled ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ into a film. The movie is supposedly going to focus on the author of this book, Newt Scamander. Here is what Rowling had to say:

“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts’, realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”

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There is an actual version of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ available to read, written by J. K. Rowling. I don’t remember anything about this book, or the author, Newt, but I can’t deny I am intrigued and somewhat excited to see a branch of the Harry Potter universe come to life on the silver screen.

Have you any interest left in the wizarding world of Harry Potter? Let us know in your comments below!

RoboCop [2014] first trailer officially released!

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The first trailer for the 2014 RoboCop reboot is officially up! There has been some criticism about protagonist, Alex Murphy’s, suit, many comparing it to Nolan’s Batman. Another concern for some fans is the PG-13 rating. Here’s the trailer:

I, personally, think it looks pretty promising. We have a well-rounded cast (Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson) and it just feels like they might’ve nailed it. Then again, I thought the Green Lantern trailer looked good too, and we all know how that turned out. I also hope the cause of his disfigurement is not the explosion that the trailer leads you to believe.

What are your thoughts on the trailer? RoboCop is due for release on Feb. 7, 2014.

Awesome Fan Made Trailer for Man of Steel 2

It’s amazing to me how quickly videos like these are made. The news of Ben Affleck’s casting was just a few days ago and already a video of this quality is circling the internet. Kudos to the video’s editor SolyentBrak1 for piecing this together from various movies and TV shows.

I’m still not 100% sold on Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor. The rumor is he’s accepted the role but until there’s an official statement from Warner Bros. I’ll consider it nothing more than fans’ hopefulness. Also, I really don’t see Jeremy Irons as Alfred, but I’ll give SolyentBrak1 credit for thinking outside the box.

 

Ben Affleck is the new Batman

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That’s not a typo. Ben Affleck will play Batman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel. The first question on a lot of people’s minds: “Uh… did you not see Daredevil?”

Affleck played the titular hero in 2003’s Daredevil and it wasn’t super well-received. It has a 45% on Rotten Tomatoes and made $179 million worldwide. Affleck himself actually seemed disappointed in the film as well stating that he’d never again play a superhero.

Well, unless it’s Batman, of course.

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Bryan Cranston on Lex Luthor

There has been talk going around the Internet for the past few days about who would be a good choice to play Lex Luthor in the recently announced Superman/Batman movie. The two names I have seen the most are Mark Strong and Bryan Cranston. Well, news travels extra fast these days, and this goes to show. Bryan Cranston has apparently already commented on his thoughts about playing Superman’s bald-headed arch-villain, stating, “Give me a call. I like Lex Luthor. I think he’s misunderstood. He’s a lovable, sweet man.”

Frankly, I hope he’s joking. Not about playing Lex, but about his opinion of him. Luthor is far from being “a sweet man.” I, personally, would like to see Benedict Cumberbatch offered the role, but I don’t think Cranston would disappoint, either. I’m definitely a huge Breaking Bad fan, which, of course, is the whole reason he’s being buzzed about in the first place.


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What about you? Do you have any picks as to who should play the next rendition of the iconic villain, Lex Luthor?

Christopher McQuarrie to Direct Mission: Impossible 5

CM and TCTom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie seem to be best buddies now. After working together on Valkyrie, McQuarrie went on to write and direct last year’s Jack Reacher. While Reacher wasn’t a box-0ffice smash (I really enjoyed it) it did well enough to warrant a sequel and obviously proved to Paramount execs that McQuarrie can handle directing the fifth installment of their almost twenty year old franchise. I’m also pretty sure McQuarrie did some uncredited work on the fourth Mission: Impossible installment. His name was in the credits when the first trailer was released and then removed later.

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Awesome Video on the History of Film Compositing.

This is an excellent film history lesson. It comes from filmmakerIQ.com and they discuss the history of film compositing. Starting back in the 1920’s with George Melies and going all the way to the present with digital green screen. If you have an interest in how films are made, this video is a must-watch. You’re sure to learn something.

One thing I didn’t know is that they used blue-screen techniques as early as 1940! It gets a bit complicated but I have to give filmmakerIQ.com credit for describing it as simply as they can. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

As always, feel free to let me know what you think in the comments.

The League of Supermen!

This is a fun little video starring a few actors who have portrayed Superman in one form or another. I’m sure it’s meant to be an advertisement for the DC Animated movie Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox that’s coming out on Tues (review coming soon!) but it’s fun nonetheless.

It’s too bad Dean Cain couldn’t be there in person and no one seems to care that George Newbern isn’t present. Having Henry Cavill present would have been great, too.

Check out the video and let me know what you think.

Stay tuned!

We have two podcasts complete, along with two mini reviews by Justin and will be releasing them on iTunes once we hit a total of five. Doing so will allow us to be on the “New & Noteworthy” podcasts list. Stay tuned.