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Jordan Vogt-Roberts to Helm Netflix’s Live-Action Gundam Movie

(Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Jordan Vogt-Roberts to helm Netflix’s live-action Gundam movieIt has been four years since the successful release of Kong: Skull Island, and now director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has finally found his next big project with Legendary. Vogt-Roberts has officially signed on to direct the studio’s first-ever live-action feature film version of Gundam for Netflix, which will be based on the universe of Sunrise’s iconic Japanese robot franchise.This marks Legendary and Netflix’s latest collaboration together, the two companies previously worked on films such as 2016’s Spectral and last year’s Enola Holmes as well as shows like Lost in Space and Pacific Rim: The Black. They are also currently working on the anime series adaptation of Skull Island and Tom Raider.RELATED: Netflix’s Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Series Wraps Production!Plot details for the Netflix film are being kept under wraps but the original Gundam series is set in the Universal Century, an era in which humanity’s growing population has led people to emigrate to space colonies. Eventually, the people living in the colonies seek their autonomy and launch a war of independence against the people living on Earth. Through the tragedies and discord arising from this human conflict, not only the maturation of the main character but also the intentions of enemies and the surrounding people are sensitively depicted. The battles in the story, in which the characters pilot robots known as mobile suits, are wildly popular. The Gundam universe is replete with numerous storylines of love and conflict along with the popular Gundam battles, in which the characters operate robot suits called Mobile Suits.The live-action Gundam film will be penned by Brian K Vaughan. It will be produced by Vogt-Roberts with Vaughan set as executive producer. Legendary’s Cale Boyter will oversee the project along with the Sunrise creative team. The project was actually first announced in 2018 at the Anime Expo.RELATED: Sony & Netflix Ink First-Pay Streaming Licensing DealCreated by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino, the franchise first started in 1979 with the TV series titled Mobile Suit Gundam. The massively popular Mecha anime and science fiction media franchise is Sunrise’s multi-billion-dollar property that has spawned a multi-platform universe encompassing televised anime, manga, animated films, video games, plastic models, toys, and novels among other media. Gundam continues to dominate Bandai Namco’s earnings almost forty years after its inception.
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    CS Video: Adam Wingard Talks Godzilla vs. Kong Deleted Scenes!

    CS Video: Godzilla vs. Kong’s Adam Wingard talks deleted scenes!Warner Bros. and Legendary provided ComingSoon.net with the chance to sit down 1:1 with Adam Wingard, director of the gigantic hit MonsterVerse crossover Godzilla vs. Kong! In this segment, we ask Wingard to talk about deleted scenes, specifically one we witnessed while on set in Australia in 2019. Check out what Wingard had to say in the player below!RELATED: CS Video: GvK’s Adam Wingard on His Favorite Godzilla Movie EraDirected by Adam Wingard (Death Note) from a script by Eric Pearson (Black Widow) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla: King of the Monsters) based on a story treatment from Zach Shields, Michael Doughtery (Krampus) and Terry Rossio (Shrek), this epic action-adventure pits two of the greatest titans in motion picture history against each other with humanity caught in the middle. The film not only marks the second major showdown between the two, but also marks the 36th Godzilla film and 12th Kong outing, with the former having two under his belt for the MonsterVerse while the latter only has Skull Island.The ensemble roster for the monster mashup features returning franchise stars Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) and Kyle Chandler (King Kong) as well as Alexander Skarsgård (The Legend of Tarzan), Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta), Shun Oguri (Gintama), Eiza González (Baby Driver), Julian Dennison (Deadpool 2) and Demián Bichir (Land).RELATED: CS Video: Godzilla vs Kong’s Adam Wingard Talks Mechagodzilla!Godzilla vs. Kong is produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Eric McLeod and Brian Rogers while Kenji Okuhira, Yoshimitsu Banno, Jon Jashni and Thomas Tull as served as executive producers and Jay Ashenfelter, Jen Conroy and Tamar Kent as co-producers.The blockbuster is now available in theaters and on HBO Max!

    My Best Friend’s Exorcism Movie Cast Announced

    My Best Friend’s Exorcism movie cast announcedThe Hollywood Reporter has brought word that the long-in-the-works adaptation of Grady Hendrix’s horror novel My Best Friend’s Exorcism is in full swing at Endeavor Content, with Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade) headlining an ensemble cast that includes Amiah Miller (War for the Planet of the Apes), Cathy Ang (Over the Moon) and Rachel Ogechi Kanu, the latter making her feature debut. Fisher will portray Abby, a high school sophomore who suspects her best friend Gretchen (Miller) may be demonically possessed. The movie is now in production, and is expected to land at Amazon Studios as a negative pickup.The demon has been summoned and now the world shall know…https://t.co/qDBFu3NfR6— Grady Hendrix (@grady_hendrix) April 9, 2021RELATED: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires Series in the Works at AmazonLong-time TV director Damon Thomas (Penny Dreadful, Killing Eve) will make his feature directorial debut after 18 years of directing episodic TV and TV movies. Based on author Grady Hendrix’s horror novel of the same name, the film will be produced by Happy Death Day writer and director Christopher Landon.Described as Beaches meets Heathers meets The Exorcist, My Best Friend’s Exorcism is set in 1988 and followed the relationship of two best friends, Abby and Gretchen. After an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act abnormally. As Abby slowly comes to believe her friend has become demonically possessed, both girls must soon face a tough question: is their friendship strong enough to beat the Devil?Pick up a copy of the book here!First published in 2016 by Quirk Books, Hendrix’s horror novel was named one of Paste Magazine’s 50 best horror novels of all-time. Hendrix will serve as a creative consultant on the film, with Jenna Lamia (Awkward, 90210) penning the screenplay. In addition to Christopher Landon and Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Quirk Books will also produce the film adaptation. This will be the first time that the book publisher, known for the titles Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, will be producing a movie. Endeavor Content (Killing Eve, Colette) will co-finance and handle worldwide sales.RELATED: Andy Muschietti to Direct The Howling Remake for NetflixGrady Hendrix‘s novel Horrorstor is also being adapted for the big screen by Josh Schwartz and Gail Berman. Hendrix is best known for writing horror-centric novels such as The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, We Sold Our Souls and Paperbacks from Hell: The Twister History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction. The latter earned him a Bram Stoker Award for Best Non-Fiction in 2018. He also wrote the screenplay for Satanic Panic, which starred Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell.(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

    CS Video: Godzilla vs Kong’s Adam Wingard Talks Mechagodzilla!

    CS Video: Godzilla vs Kong’s Adam Wingard Talks Mechagodzilla!Warner Bros. and Legendary provided ComingSoon.net with the chance to sit down 1:1 with Adam Wingard, director of the smash MonsterVerse crossover Godzilla vs. Kong! In this segment, we ask Wingard to talk about how the previous iterations of Mechagodzilla influenced his version in the new film. Check out what Wingard had to say in the player below!Click here to purchase Criterion’s amazing Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films collection!RELATED: CS Interview: Tom Holkenborg On His Score for Godzilla vs. Kong!Directed by Adam Wingard (Death Note) from a script by Eric Pearson (Black Widow) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla: King of the Monsters) based on a story treatment from Zach Shields, Michael Doughtery (Krampus) and Terry Rossio (Shrek), this epic action-adventure pits two of the greatest titans in motion picture history against each other with humanity caught in the middle. The film not only marks the second major showdown between the two, but also marks the 36th Godzilla film and 12th Kong outing, with the former having two under his belt for the MonsterVerse while the latter only has Skull Island.The ensemble roster for the monster mashup features returning franchise stars Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) and Kyle Chandler (First Man) as well as Alexander Skarsgård (The Stand), Rebecca Hall (The Night House), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta), Shun Oguri (Gintama), Eiza González (Baby Driver), Julian Dennison (Deadpool 2) and Demián Bichir (Land). King of the Monsters‘ Zhang Ziyi and franchise newcomer Jessica Henwick (Love and Monsters) were slated to appear in the film, though their roles were left on the cutting room floor.RELATED: Godzilla vs. Kong Destroys the Box Office!Godzilla vs. Kong is produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Eric McLeod and Brian Rogers while Kenji Okuhira, Yoshimitsu Banno, Jon Jashni and Thomas Tull as served as executive producers and Jay Ashenfelter, Jen Conroy and Tamar Kent as co-producers.It is now available in theaters and on HBO Max!

    WEEKLY universal Bumps Up The Forever Purge Release

    Universal bumps up The Forever Purge release a weekAfter the studio delayed The Forever Purge a whole year from July 2020 to 2021, Universal Pictures is bringing the hit horror-thriller franchise back to fans a little sooner as the studio has bumped its release up from July 9 to July 2, just in time for Independence Day weekend.RELATED: Warner Bros. Pushes Mortal Kombat Release Back a WeekThough the new release date sees the film escape the competition of Marvel’s Black Widow, it does now pit the fifth and final horror outing against the family-friendly Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway and the Chris Pratt-starring sci-fi actioner The Tomorrow War, which was recently acquired by Amazon and slated for a July 2 release.Franchise creator James DeMonaco will not be returning to the to the director’s chair for the film, which he confirmed to Entertainment Weekly in 2018 would be the finale, but will still act as screenwriter for it while Everardo Gout, award-winning director of Days of Grace, is helming.“I think it’s a great way to end it all,” DeMonaco previously told EW. “We want to end it all, I think, in this one, and I’m very excited. When I came up with the idea and pitched it to everybody, they seemed psyched, and I think it will be a really cool ending, how we take this one home.”RELATED: Lionsgate Announces The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Release Date!The Forever Purge will be  produced by Jason Blum, Man In A Tree duo DeMonaco and Sébastien K. Lemercier, and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form and is set to star Leven Rambin (True Detective) and be helmed by Everado Gout.The Purge series kicked off in 2013 with the first film, a smaller scale home-invasion thriller starring Ethan Hawke. It went on to gross $89.3 million worldwide and kick started the franchise, which to date has pulled in $456.8 million in worldwide grosses across four films (with the total box office grosses for each film out gaining its predecessor).

    New Saw Film Currently in Active Development at Twisted Pictures!

    New Saw film currently in active development at Twisted Pictures!As if fans weren’t already excited enough for the Chris Rock-fronted installment of the hit horror franchise, it’s been revealed that production company Twisted Pictures are currently in active development on a tenth Saw film! (Via JoBlo)RELATED: Lionsgate Announces 4K UHD Edition of Saw Unrated!Though plot details are, understandably, being kept under wraps for the time being, news of the project comes as a listing in the latest issue of Production Weekly shows that a new film named Saw X is in active development at the studio, with Twisted co-founders Oren Koules and Mark Burg once again producing of the studio. While this development is considered active, it should be noted that the studio may elect to postpone or cancel it outright should the next film underperform at the box office.Interestingly, franchise creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell are also attached as producers on the project, much like they have been on the previous installments past their writing and directing tenures in the series, though it marks the first time the former is producing via his Atomic Monster Productions label. Given the banner was only founded in 2014 and both he and Whannell already have full dance cards, it’s unlikely this extra bit is indicative of a deeper involvement from the duo.The original Saw‘s box office success spawned a franchise of six sequels, the first two of which had Whannell return as writer and producer alongside Wan and the first three helmed by Darren Lynn Bousman. After initially concluding with Saw: The Final Chapter in 2010, the series found new life with the prequel/sequel Jigsaw in 2017, whose box office success helped convince Lionsgate to keep the franchise rolling with the forthcoming Spiral, which appears to be set narratively after the events of the 2017 film though its deeper connections to the titular killer are currently unknown.RELATED: Spiral: From the Book of Saw Trailer: A New Game BeginsThe Chris Rock-fronted Spiral: From the Book of Saw is set to hit theaters on May 14!

    Fantasia Announces Virtual 25th Edition & Brain Freeze World Premiere

    Fantasia announces virtual 25th edition & Brain Freeze world premiereFans eager for the film fest season to continue can rejoice as Fantasia International Film Festival have announced their return for the 25th Edition of the event from August 5-25, which will continue the virtual format utilized last year as the pandemic continues to keep many areas in lockdown and using the leading-edge platform created by Festival Scope and Shift72.RELATED: Tribeca Festival Announces Plans for 20th Anniversary EditionUNVEILING OUR NEW 25th ANNIVERSARY POSTER AND #FANTASIA2021 OPENING FILM: Julien Knafo’s BRAIN FREEZE!Read all about it here → https://t.co/TyJsTpNK50 pic.twitter.com/Mw8xzQ3qdi— Fantasia International Film Festival (@FantasiaFest) April 8, 2021As the summer approaches, the festival will be following advice from local health authorities, with the possibility of also adding a range of flagship physical events to the lineup. Last summer’s virtual edition was a large success for Fantasia, 85,000 spectators attending screenings and amassing a record amount of media coverage, with 475 accredited journalists from around the world covering Fantasia and its titles. The lineup showcased 104 features, a quarter of which were World Premieres, with the majority securing distribution out of the festival, some highlights including The Block Island Sound selling to Netflix, Come True to IFC, The Paper Tigers to WellGo USA, Anything For Jackson to Shudder, PVT Chat to Dark Star and Minor Premise to Utopia.For the creation of its 25th anniversary poster art, pictured above, Fantasia has once again turned to the talents of renowned illustrator Donald Caron, who takes inspiration from Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima’s beloved Lone Wolf and Cub to create a work that not only acknowledges the key role that Japanese culture has played across Fantasia’s history, but also one that hints and honors the upcoming edition’s embrace of Japanese cinema as a core cinematic theme.The festival will be opening its upcoming edition with the world premiere of a major Québécois genre feature, Julien Knafo’s Brain Freeze. First pitched at Frontières, the festival’s world-renowned international co-production market, the film is a smart and stylish zombie comedy that slyly comments on social concerns both domestic and universal, telling the tale of an environmental disaster that leads to a fast-spreading virus ravaging a wealthy gated community off the island of Montreal.Brain Freeze joins the ranks of recently-released cinema that holds an eerie mirror up to our collective experience even though scripted and shot pre-pandemic. While production on the winter-set chiller was abruptly halted four days before completion following Quebec’s lockdown, shooting was miraculously able to wrap the following summer. Following its world premiere on August 5, the film will see a theatrical release throughout Canada on August 13 from Filmoption International.RELATED: Mystery Science Theater 3000 Relaunch Campaign BeginsProduced by Barbara Shrier (The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom), the film stars Roy Dupuis (The Rocket), one of Quebec’s leading actors for the past three decades who celebrates his 50th feature with this role, alongside Iani Bédard (Mon Ami Walid), Marianne Fortier (Aurore), Anne-Élisabeth Bossé (Laurence Anyways), Mylène Mackay (Nelly), Simon-Oliver Fecteau (Bluff), Stéphane Crête (Dans Une Galaxie Près De Chez Vous), Mahée Paiment (Les Boys), Louis-Georges Girard (Mafia Inc), Claudia Ferri (Bad Blood) and Jean-Pierre Bergeron (Sur Le Seuil).

    CS Video: GvK’s Adam Wingard on His Favorite Godzilla Movie Era

    CS Video: GvK’s Adam Wingard on His Favorite Godzilla Movie EraWarner Bros. and Legendary provided ComingSoon.net with the chance to sit down 1:1 with Adam Wingard, director of the smash MonsterVerse crossover Godzilla vs. Kong! In this segment, we ask Wingard to choose his favorite of the three major eras of Godzilla movies: Shōwa era (1954–1975), Heisei era (1984–1995) and Millennium era (1999–2004). Check out what Wingard had to say in the player below!Click here to purchase Criterion’s amazing Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films collection!RELATED: CS Interview: Tom Holkenborg On His Score for Godzilla vs. Kong!Directed by Adam Wingard (Death Note) from a script by Eric Pearson (Black Widow) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla: King of the Monsters) based on a story treatment from Zach Shields, Michael Doughtery (Krampus) and Terry Rossio (Shrek), this epic action-adventure pits two of the greatest titans in motion picture history against each other with humanity caught in the middle. The film not only marks the second major showdown between the two, but also marks the 36th Godzilla film and 12th Kong outing, with the former having two under his belt for the MonsterVerse while the latter only has Skull Island.The ensemble roster for the monster mashup features returning franchise stars Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) and Kyle Chandler (First Man) as well as Alexander Skarsgård (The Stand), Rebecca Hall (The Night House), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta), Shun Oguri (Gintama), Eiza González (Baby Driver), Julian Dennison (Deadpool 2) and Demián Bichir (Land). King of the Monsters‘ Zhang Ziyi and franchise newcomer Jessica Henwick (Love and Monsters) were slated to appear in the film, though their roles were left on the cutting room floor.RELATED: Godzilla vs. Kong Destroys the Box Office!Godzilla vs. Kong is produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Eric McLeod and Brian Rogers while Kenji Okuhira, Yoshimitsu Banno, Jon Jashni and Thomas Tull as served as executive producers and Jay Ashenfelter, Jen Conroy and Tamar Kent as co-producers.It is now available in theaters and on HBO Max!

    Legendary to build up Film Adaptation of History’s Ancient Aliens Series

    Legendary to develop film adaptation of History’s Ancient Aliens seriesLegendary and Counterbalance Entertainment are in the process of developing a film adaptation of Ancient Aliens, based on History Channel’s long-running sci-fi docuseries. The project hails from Cobra Kai creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, who are executive producing through their Counterbalance banner. On top of producing, Heald has also signed on to helm the film from a screenplay that will be written by Luke Ryan.“Helming my first feature with this same dream team who believed in me very early in my career is incredibly special,” Heald said in a statement. (via Deadline) “My partners and I are fired up to produce this epic story with Mary, Cale, and Luke. It’s a homecoming for me personally — and another bold step for Counterbalance Entertainment.”RELATED: George Clooney Teaming With Legendary for Buck Rogers RevivalFurther details about the film’s plot and characters are still being kept under wraps, but it is being described as a two-handed, globe-spanning adventure featuring ancient sites and artifacts, confronting the theories and questions raised by the popular docuseries.Executive produced by the late Kevin Burns, Ancient Aliens made its debut on the History Channel in 2010 and has been running on-air for 16 seasons with nearly 200 episodes. Narrated by Robert Clotworthy, the documentary-style series explores theories about the existence of extra-terrestrial beings, who visited Earth during the ancient times, where they supposedly influence many historical events and cultures.RELATED: Cary Fukunaga Will Direct Legendary’s Tokyo Ghost AdaptationThe Ancient Aliens film marks the feature-length directorial debut of Heald, who previously directed several episodes of Cobra Kai which is currently in production for its upcoming fourth season. The project will be executive produced by Luke Ryan and Jon Jashni.

    Mystery Science Theater 3000 Relaunch Campaign Begins

    Mystery Science Theater 3000 relaunch campaign beginsFor more than 30 years, the award-winning comedy television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 has been known as one of the best cult TV shows in history. The story of human hosts and their robot sidekicks trapped aboard a satellite and forced to watch cheesy movies by their captors, MST3K has maintained its reputation thanks largely to its devoted fan base, known as MSTies. In 2017 the show returned after an 18-year hiatus thanks to a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, enjoying two critically acclaimed seasons on Netflix, as well as a sold-out series of live national tours. However, there isn’t currently a home for new MST3K episodes, something that series creator Joel Hodgson is hoping to change with today’s launch of this Kickstarter campaign.RELATED: ComingSoon.net’s Stump the Editor Episode 1: Jonah Ray!“A year in quarantine gave us a lot of time to think, and we realized two important things,” stated Hodgson. “First, nobody’s virtual Zoom background is as amusing as they think it is. And second, that ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ is back because it’s what the fans wanted. So, you know, it doesn’t make sense for a network to decide the show’s fate after each season. That should be up to the people we’re making the show for. We want our fans to decide how long we keep going, and how many new episodes we make each year.”Through Kickstarter, Hodgson has an initial goal of $2 million, which will fund three new episodes, as well as the development of “The Gizmoplex,” a new “online theater” where Hodgson and his team can host live episode premieres, real-time watch parties and special live events year-round.After the initial goal is met, fan interest will determine how much farther the next season goes. At $3.3 million, the next season will expand to six new episodes, and the release of new apps that let fans visit the Gizmoplex using mobile and OTT devices. At $4.4 million, the season will grow to nine episodes, and at $5.5 million, a full season of 12 new feature-length episodes. If the top goal is reached, the team will also be able to riff 12 new short films, a favorite tradition amongst long-time MST3K fans.RELATED: CS Interview: Joel Hodgson & Jonah Ray on MST3K: The GauntletIf Mystery Science Theater 3000 succeeds in adopting a direct-to-fan distribution model, it will also allow Hodgson to honor one of the most common requests he hears from fans: releasing each new episode directly to fans as it is finished, rather than holding them until the entire season is complete. “Back in the day, each new episode of ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ was kind of an event to look forward to, and you could discover it with your family or friends,” Hodgson notes. “So, we’re pretty excited by the idea that each new episode can become this kind of ‘communal event’ again. Also, we’ve got a lot of fun ideas to make our virtual theater, The Gizmoplex, feel different from any other place you can watch ‘MST3K’ online.”With a fresh batch of cheesy movies to riff, Hodgson will be involved in all facets of the production of the new episodes. While a cast has not yet been announced, Hodgson confirms that all major cast members from Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return and Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet will be involved in the new episodes.To contribute to the campaign and for additional information, visit MakeMoreMST3K.com.

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